Girls Supporting Girls

I know I’m a few days late with this post, but I felt like I couldn’t let this iconic day pass without writing about it. My blog needed a little lift of feminine power on the day that encourages it most. I was inspired to write this by reading Zoella’s (my favourite lady blogger) blog post about women that inspire her and female encouragement.

 

I’ve learned through years of being friends with girls who do nothing but tear each other down, that the only way we’ll get anywhere in life, is if we LIFT EACH OTHER UP. It’s so simple. Girls who support other girls. Its important. My best friends now, who have been there for me through thick and thin, are some of the most beautiful, strong human beings you will ever meet. That’s the kind of woman you want to be. Thats the kind of sister, mother, aunt, cousin, neighbour or best friend you want to be.

 

I felt like this week, I needed to write about female encouragement, because seeing all the beautiful posts online about international womens day, reminded me of the power that can come from girl supporting girl, woman supporting woman. Encourage each other, use your energy for making other girls feel good about themselves. There’s enough toxicity in the world without women tearing each other down. Spread the love.

 

On that note, I want to make an offer to all you beautiful girl-bloggers out there. I’ve had nothing but incredibly support since I started my blog (all the likes and lovely comments) and I’m so grateful. If you want to form a support system, maybe do some sort of collaboration with me, I would love that. I feel like girls supporting girls should be put into practise on here too. Let me know in the comments, what women inspire you and if you’d like to collab on something!
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The Best Weekend ♡

I finally have a second to breathe, sit down and write about this weekend without any interruptions. So basically, I’ve had this weekend planned for a long time. In September, me and my two best friends bought tickets to go see one of my favourite artists, Jacob Whitesides. The day finally came around, last Friday.

If anyone knows the struggle of going to concerts when you live in the countryside then you’ll understand this post. Concerts are so much more of a big deal when you live so far from the venue. On Friday morning, we ditched school and got on a bus for 3 and a half hours to Dublin. We walked around all day, in the rain, our clothes and our feet soaking. We stayed that night with my friends sister who lives in Dublin, and we got changed there. Then we went to the concert.

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Jacob Whitesides does this thing for his tours, where the first 25 people who buy tickets get free meet and greet. We were in the first 25 so we got to meet him! I was so nervous. I had never met someone who was actually famous before. I’ve been listening to his music since 2013, it was so strange to see him in person, and have him give me a hug. He was so so sweet though and even more beautiful in person than he is on a screen. The concert was amazing. His voice in angelic, and he just had so much energy and looked like he was having such a good time.

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Afterwards, we wandered around Dublin, just people watching and enjoying the Friday nightlife. Back in the apartment, we had a pizza and talked about the show and went to sleep.

The next morning we got the bus back at 10 o’clock, which didn’t seem early the night before, but was painfully early when we had to drag our tired bodies to the bus station. The bus journey home felt so long too. When we finally got back I barely had time to have a cup of tea and I was off again, to a school football match. Unfortunately our team lost but it was a good match nevertheless.

Straight after, I rushed home and got ready to go out, as it was a friends birthday. By then I was exhausted but I refused to let the fatigue get me down. I went out anyways and we had such a fun night.

This morning I woke up, with absolutely no voice but I suppose thats just a sign of a well-spent weekend!

What did you get up to this weekend? Did it leave you without a voice too?

Also, I highly recommend all of you, dropping whatever you’re doing right now, and listening to Jacob Whitesides music. He’s so talented and his music deserves to be played more. Have an amazing week!

 

 

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Lazy Day Guide ♡

hello hello!

Sorry I’ve been m.i.a for a bit, I’ve had a pretty full up week, and with school and everything time just sort of got away from me. but I’m back (and I’ve really missed blogging).

I’ve just got midterm holidays which means a week full of doing nothing (except blogging and binge watching netflix) which I’m very excited to do.

Anyways, today i’ve decided to go with the theme of doing absolutely nothing.
I’m a big fan of a lazy day here and there.
I’ve put together a little lazy day guide, a kind of “how-to” on relaxing and having the best lazy day ever. So if you’re in need of a day of a relaxation, or need some inspo for what to spend your Sunday doing, keep reading.

 

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Get Comfy

The most important step. There’s no comfort in a lazy day where your face is caked with makeup and you’re wearing your skinniest jeans. Choose your oldest sweatpants and some fluffy socks for the ultimate “Lazy Day” experience.

 

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Netflix

There’s so many great shows and movies on Netflix, that you’ll never run out of things to keep you entertained. Some of my favourites at the minute, are Gossip Girl, American Horror Story, How to get away with murder, and Black Mirror.

 

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Reading

If you don’t like reading, obviously this step isn’t for you, but I personally love a good book on a lazy day. It’s one of the things that relaxes me most in the world.

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Nice Scents

My top tip for nice scents is use them in your bath or shower. Scents that you love, can be super calming and it’s always nice to smell good. Lush has some incredible scents, so you’re bound to find one you like in there. I really like vanilla scents so I get a lot of use out of this little Vanilla Dee-Lite body lotion.

 

 

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Outfit Planning

If you find it difficult to be unproductive (which it can be sometimes) there’s always useful things you can do around the house that I find almost therapeutic, one being, outfit planning. This is fun, as well as relaxing. Just go through your wardrobe and pick out things that you think look good together. Also, if there’s anything you don’t wear anymore, or have grown out of, put it aside and you can give to it a friend or to charity. Cleaning out your wardrobe is like a breath of fresh air.

Other things that perfect a lazy day:

Music

Snacks

Looking through old photos

Sorting out your makeup

Online shopping

Arts and crafts

Painting your nails

 

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Mystery Blogger Award ♡

Well this is a lovely surprise to brighten up my Friday evening! I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by the lovely Liv Laugh Discover which totally flattered me and made me smile so thank you. Her blog is fantastic too, so check her out.

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by OkotoEnigma’sBlog and the rules are this:

List the rules.

Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to the nominator’s blog.

Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well

Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

Answer 5 questions from the nominator

Nominate 10 or more people

Notify your nominees by leaving the nomination link in the “comment” of their blog

Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny question (specify)

 

3 things about me:

  1. I love tea and coffee. Warm things and feeling cosy are my favourite.
  2. I love art. I draw and paint a lot and I recently won an art competition which I’m very excited about.
  3. My favourite thing about blogging, aside from feeling happy with myself for what I’ve posted, is the feedback I get from my followers and people who read my posts. It truly makes me feel all warm and tingly inside every time.

 

LivLaughDiscover’s questions:

  1. If you could have any kind of magical power, invisibility, fly, etc. What would it be?

It would be invisibility for sure. There’s a nosey part of me that would just love to listen to peoples conversations without them seeing me. Also you could sneak into concerts and onto airplanes without paying so..?

2. Cats… or dogs?

This is awful because I love both! But I have a golden retriever who is my whole heart and I love her so much I’d feel like I was betraying her by saying cats lol. So dogs.

3. If you had a time machine, and you could go to any time, future or past, and in any place, Africa, America, England, anywhere. Where would you go and why?

This is such a cool question. I really don’t know though, maybe like New York City in the 20’s or something like that. But also Ancient Rome would be amazing. But I’d definitely go to the past, I’m not sure I’d like to see the future. Whatever will be will be.

4. What is your dream home?

This is a boring answer, but from someone who’s lived in the countryside all their life, my dream home is literally any kind of apartment in a city. But when I get old I’d love to live by the sea somewhere.

5. Favorite day of the week and why?

Saturday for sure, because it’s a day without school or responsibilities and you can do whatever you want.

 

My Questions

  1. What country would you most like to visit in the world?
  2. What’s one thing you absolutely not live without.?
  3. Have you ever done something and instantly regretted it?
  4. Who in your life do you feel closest to and why?
  5. Is there a fear you have that you’d like to conquer someday?

 

My Nominees:

aoifelrblog.wordpress.com

The Sasha’s world

Diary of an Awkward Girl

TESTAROSSA

Curlygirlabroad

ivanamakeupworld.wordpress.com

Safa Loves

 

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Cute Bedroom/Homeware Accessories ♡

Hi everyone!

Sorry I had a little break this week, I’ve just been really busy with school and some other things. Anyways, I went to Pennys yesterday and had a look in their homeware section. I absolutely love finding little things to put in my bedroom, or little decorations for around the house. I found some really cute ones yesterday, so I thought I’d write up a little bit about how I’ve used them, and how to make your bedroom look more put together.

 

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This is my windowsill. I’ve decorated it with candles and some tiny fake plants which I think add colour and just make it look really cool.

 

I got these little plants in Pennys for only €2 each.

 

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I got this candle too, which smells amazing. It’s Clementine and Honey scented but Pennys have such a huge range of candles. I’m a candle addict, but I’m quite fussy when it comes to smells, theres a lot I don’t like. This one is light but sweet and it’s delicious.

 

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This is my bookshelf, and I like to display my books like this, so you can see them all. I think bookshelves always look nice in a room. I think I got my one from Ikea. The “A” candle I got from Asda, and they came in every letter.

 

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There’s something nice too, about displaying music. I think it makes a room more personalised. Here are just some CD’s that I have displayed on my bookshelf.

 

There are so many ways you can add colour and character to your room. Some other things that I love are fairy lights, photos of family and friends, a bulletin board which you can stick things onto, like old concert tickets or to-do lists.

I’d also like to apologise for the crappiness of these photos, I wasn’t able to take any before it got dark, so I had to make do with the flash. I hope you all have a lovely Sunday and a good week. Leave me a comment below and let me know what you’re up to!

 

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Things I learned in 2016…

2016 was a year that was both really shit and really important at the same time.

Earlier this year, when I was moaning about not having the glamorous summer that all my friends seemed to be having, my friend said this to me;
“Maybe this summer wasn’t what you wanted, but maybe it was what you needed”.
I think the same goes for 2016. While I look back on it and see the negatives, the lack of progression and the rocky moments, I have to remind myself that everything happens for a reason, and while right now the reason might not be clear, it will be eventually.
In 2016, I learned a lot of things.

 

1. Not everyone is your friend
Having friends is an amazing thing. Especially when you have friends that you’re as close to as I am with my best friends. I don’t know who I am without them in my life. I think because I trust them so much, it’s hard for me to believe that anyone else is anything other than completely genuine. This year taught me that sometimes, people are fake, and aren’t nice and theres not really anything you can do about it except move on.

2. How to survive in a workplace
I got my first job this year, as a waitress in a local restaurant. It was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done walking in there on my first day. But I did it and I’m proud of myself for that. Surviving as a young person in a workplace environment can be hard. Everyone seems so much older and more experienced than you. The confidence needed to succeed really just comes with time. Everything is trial and error and its okay to mess up.

 

3. The value of money

I worked in the restaurant for most of the summer and earned a steady wage every weekend. When I stopped working there, the lack of cash flow was devastating. I still miss the money that I used to have, which has made me even better at money management and finding bargains.

 

 

4. That comfort zones sometimes need to be stepped over
I did a lot of things this year that put me way outside my comfort zone. Some of the things, I wouldn’t have dreamed of doing the year before, but they ended up being the things I remember the most.

 

5. That hard work pays off

Putting in work at things that you really want to succeed with, does pay off. Who woulda thought???

 

6. You can wear WHATEVER you like
I love fashion so much. It’s something I’ve always found comfort in. But for a lot of my life, I’ve had the mindset a lot of girls do, that I “can’t” wear a certain outfit or piece of clothing because my body isn’t right for it. I’ve got a very small frame, and often look too short and lost in many items that I love. I was so tired of hearing my friends say, “oh i could never wear that!”. So I started reminding myself, that fashion has no rules. You can wear whatever you like. I promise, if you start doing this tomorrow, you will feel so much better about whatever you wear.

 

7. Appreciate the little things
This is a lesson we all need, every now and then. In 2016, I did this a lot. Whether it’s a song, a really soft jumper, a phone call from a friend, a movie, a new TV show, a blog WHATEVER. Find little things that make you happy.

 

8. Blogging is as fun as it looks
I started my blog in late August and I remember how terrified I was to click “create blog”. I don’t know what scared me so much. I didn’t make a blog, so everyone would read it. I’ve actually only told one person in my real life about this blog. I made the blog so I would have somewhere to write about things I love. Somewhere to invest my time and energy. Making my blog was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I know it’s not some big blog with loads of followers, but it’s mine and I love it and I appreciate every like, follow and comment more than I can explain.

 

9. Sometimes you need to drink tea and watch gossip girl and other times you need to do tequila shots with your best friend. Its all about balance.

 

10. To start looking at my mistakes as lessons and start living the kind of life I want to live.

 

To recap on point 8, I never did get to thank you before new years, for an amazing few months. alanathropology has been my secret little corner of the internet for nearly 5 months. That baffles me as it feels like only yesterday I did my first blogpost (although I had no clue what I was doing). Thank you so much for always saying such sweet things and liking all my posts. I feel like 2017 is going to be a good year for blogging. Happy new year!

 

 

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Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas-Eve everyone!

 

The last few days have been seriously packed with lovely christmassy festivities. Yesterday was the very first day of my Christmas holidays from school and I went into town with my dad to do a bit of last minute gift shopping and also some food shopping. We also had lunch in a seriously cute little Cafe where the coffee was so adorably presented I had to take a picture.

 

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I managed to nip into Boots and grab my sister a few more little presents, a Rimmel Stay Matte setting powder and a Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in the colour 101.

On Thursday, a book (This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire) I ordered for my friend Aisling arrived in the post. Within my friend group, we did a little secret santa, as all of us are lacking in cash around this time of year. I wrapped up those presents today and finished wrapping some others.

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I had a really relaxing Christmas eve all in all and while I’m sitting here drinking tea and eating too much chocolate biscuit cake (again) I wanted to come on here and wish you all a blessed and amazing Christmas. Blogging for the last few months of 2016 has been one of the most fulfilling things I’ve done, not only this year but ever. I want to thank you all for being so lovely in the comments and always giving me feedback when i ask for it. I truly hope all your Christmases are relaxing, and spent with loved ones. If any of you want to leave me links to your Christmas blog posts below, then I’d love to read them!

 

I’m so grateful for you all, have a lovely day!
PS: If you don’t celebrate Christmas, and today is just a regular day for you, I hope it’s a really really good one.
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