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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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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Christmas Movie Suggestions

Hello blog 🙂

Today is a very chill Christmas-movies-and-endless-cups-of-tea-and-yule-log day.
I was on a night out last night and this morning I decided today would be a long awaited lazy day, complete with lazy day food and lazy day attire aka pyjama bottoms and the cosiest hoodie.
I can’t believe its only a week until Christmas day. It feels like only yesterday I was writing a back to school post and now here we are. I have most of my Christmas presents bought but I’m still waiting for some of them to be delivered, which I’m quite nervous about as I really hope they arrive before Christmas eve.
On Friday evening I watched one of my favourite Christmas movies “Elf”.
Today I want to watch another Christmas movie so I thought I’d ask you guys for suggestions. What is your favourite Christmas movie? I want one that really gets me into the Christmas spirit. I’ll leave a little list below of some more of my favourites and you can add some in the comments that you think I’ll like. Have a lovely Sunday!

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Other amazing Christmas movies

The Santa Clause
Home Alone
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
The Holiday
A Christmas Carol

My book collection and reviews

There’s nothing more relaxing than opening a really good book, and diving into it, letting it take over you brain (and your time) for a while. I have always loved reading since I was a little girl. Every Christmas my dad buys me 3 new books and encourages us to read as much as possible. I think my love of writing stemmed from there. As you can imagine, over many years of reading, I have collected quite a large number of books. I like reading all sorts of things, and have a very wide variety of books from thrillers to soppy love story books.
Pictured here is the line up of books I currently have on my bookshelf, that have been there for a while, as I go back to them regularly, to read a few pages, or review the things I have underlined. Do you do that too? I always have a pen or pencil with me when I’m reading, as I like to underline the things I find interesting.
I thought, for all the book lovers, or for those of you who don’t read very often, but are looking for some book inspiration, I would give a little review of some of my current faves.

Girl, interrupted.

 

I’m usually anti-book-to-movie nonsense, as it more often than not, ruins the image i created in my head of the characters. However, I admittedly watched this movie before I read the book and its one of my favourite movies. It follows a girl, the author of the book, Susanna Kaysen, through a difficult time of change in the late 60’s, as she struggles with mental disorders and lack of direction in her life. I loved this story so much, that I bought the book and loved that too.
There are heavier topics in this book, so if you don’t like things like that, it may not be for you.
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Bluets, by Maggie Nelson

 

I bought this book over the summer and was not at all expecting the book I got. It’s written in a kind of list format, and is all about the association the author’s life has, with the colour blue. She gives reasons, and situations in which she feels deeply connected to the colour. It’s easier to read it, than to explain it but it’s definitely worth the read.
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Looking for Alaska

 

As you can probably tell from the picture, I am a big fan of John Greens books. I’ve read all of them and can say confidently that Looking for Alaska was my favourite. This is one particular book that I would not want to see as a movie. I enjoyed creating the characters and their surroundings in my imagination. This story, follows Miles (or Pugde) as he enrolls at a boarding school and befriends some interesting characters, The Colonel, Takumi and Alaska, a beautifully unstable hurricane of a girl. To say any more would ruin the genius and the tragedy of this book. All I’m saying is read it, and you’ll know what I mean.

 

The Perks of being a wallflower

 

I feel a certain connection to this book, as I read it first when I was 15, the same age as Charlie is in this book, and was going through a rough time, as Charlie also was in this book. It breaks my heart a little bit to read this book, as each time I gain a new perspective, I see a new angle to it that I didn’t before. It’s the perfect view of teenage life, unglamourized, unromaticised and in its truest, provocative, raw and earth shattering form. I connected so personally with this book because it’s written, not like an adult looking back on their youth, but as a teenager, living in it. I think everyone should read this book, and appreciate it’s magic.

The Harry Potter Series

 

There’s something about Harry Potter that warms my heart. I read my first Harry Potter book when I was about 10 and ever since I’ve read all the books, seen all the movies and loved every second of both. There’s just something so magical (pardon the pun) about Harry Potter books, that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. It always somehow reminds me of Christmas, although I’m not sure why. Yes the books are based around adolsecent wizards and the things they get up to, but theres so much more to these stories. Lessons like the power of friendship and the strength of family bonds. I love Harry Potter and will go to my grave saying everyone should read these books.
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New camera!

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Before I start making excuses for no posts this week (here comes the excuse) I’ve been very busy with school and I just today, got a new phone. Yay for higher quality pictures!

So because I couldn’t do the post I was going to do (still to come this week) I thought I’d just do a little update to let you know that I am working on new stuff.

Now that I’ve got a higher quality camera, I can’t wait to start working on blogposts I’ve wanted to do for a while now. I’m excited to start taking better pictures and therefore making better blogposts! I hope I’ll be able to start posting twice a week on here and I’m going to make time even when my school schedule gets a little crazy. I love this blog and there’s so many fun posts yet to come. Watch this space!

Signing off,

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How to: Take care of your hair

Hello!

How is all of your Autumn season going? Good I hope!
Today I thought I’d maybe do a little guide on how to take care of your hair properly.
I’ve got incredibly thick hair and I’ve been adding blonde highlights to my naturally mousy brown hair since I was about 14. These two things combined can lead to the ends becoming quite dry and frizzy at times.
In this post I thought I’d give you some tips on how I take care of my hair.

 

Don’t over wash!

I usually wash my hair 3-4 times a week. Usually on a Sunday night (before school on Monday), a Tuesday, a Thursday and again on a Friday if I really need to, or I’m going out and I want freshly washed hair. So basically to shorten that, every other day lol.
Washing your hair too much can actually do the opposite to good, and dry it out.

 

Don’t over heat!

I tend to stay away from hairdryers and straightners most days. My hair is naturally wavy and sometimes frizzy so I don’t blow-dry it. I prefer to let it dry itself. As for straighteners and curlers etc, overuse of these do damage to your hair, so do your hair a favour and take a break! If you’re likely to use a straightener every day, give it a rest and try to use it maybe twice or 3 times a week tops.

Coconut oil.

A lifesaver. I will get to the other oil i use in a moment but for now, coconut oil is the bomb. After hearing all the raving about it I decided to go out and pick up a tub myself. I admittedly was skeptical putting such a thick, oily substance in my hair, thinking it was definitely going to weigh it down and make it greasy but it didn’t!
The oil practically melts on your hands so I basically just take a good blob of it and work it through my dry hair, from about the middle section to the ends. Stay away from the roots to avoid looking greasy. Leave the oil on for as long as you want, I find the longer the better.
Then just wash it out in the shower! It made my hair feel amazing.

If you needed another reason, coconut oil is usually only about €3 and lasts months.

Argan oil.

This helps with the frizzys. Just run a tiny bit thorough the ends of your hair after you wash it and it tames the frizz every time.

 

Regular trims

It’s a good idea to have your hair trimmed by a hairdresser about every 3 months or so. I personally suffer from that “i don’t want to go to the hairdresser because I want to keep my hair long” syndrome that so many of us do. However, i’ve learned that having your hair trimmed regularly can actually help it grow much faster! Who would’ve thought.

 

Eat Healthily

This one, although it sounds irrelevant, is super important. Eating properly is crucial to give your hair the right amount of vitamins it needs to grow and be strong. Eat a balanced diet and include lots of Vitamin C, which strengthens hair. Vitamin C can be found in fresh fruit like oranges and other citrus fruits like grapefruits or lemons.