Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Hey there...

Soooo.... Hi.

It's been a while, hasn't it?
I'M SORRY YOU GUYS I LOVE YOU REALLY <3

I've been up to my eyeballs in stuff since I last posted!
I...
(a) went to Spain for three weeks
(b) did compious amounts of babysitting
(c) went back to school
(d) realized I have a MASSIVE exam in like, 8 months that decides what college I go to (!!!!)
(e) slept.... a lot.

So, I' ve been busy!
I don't think I will continue to post here, for the time being. I can't post regularly enough and if I'm gonna do it I want to do it right.

I will continue to check out blogs and follow them etc :) I def will blog again at some point, just not for now :'(
Slán go foill,
Aoife
Xo

Monday, 24 June 2013

When I'm big a want a garden like this...

Hey guys! So, after a few months of having this blog, I have decided to do my first inspiration post! These are my absolute favourite to look at on other peoples' blog so I decided to do my own ones.  This one is garden themed and is based on my dream garden. All images are from my tumblr (click on the button above) Enjoy!

Friday, 21 June 2013

Mid life crisis of a blogger....

Hey guys,

I feel like I have having a mid life crisis in relation to my blog.

On one hand, I want to write and post things for myself, to help ME figure out who I am and what I like. I really struggle with this. For me, it's much easier to blend in with the crowd, wear/say/do the "done" thing and there an end. But I know that this world has so much more to offer the real me if I express myself as myself. Blogging, as I envisage it, can help me to explore different, I dunno what, lets call them "things", and somewhere in this blog I will find find the aforementioned "things" and the people who also like these "things". I want this blog to be a highly personalized blog where I can explore the world and all it has to offer. Damn the followers and comments, well and good if they come and if they don't, sod 'em.

On the other hand however ....
I think every blogger wants to be a "successful" blogger like Suzy Bubble and Tavi Gension. I want to write/ create a blog that draws followers and brands like a magnet, so that I'm universally recognized as a "successful" blogger by the time I'm twenty (or so, I'm not too fussy on the age). I'd love to be interviewed for, I dunno, magazines and shit and have the question, "So, Aoife, where did it all begin for you?", and be able to smile (a little smug on the inside) and say that I started a blog and anyone can do it and get to where I got to. I don't want to be famous, that's not the word. Known? Appreciated? But not for nothing. For my blog.

Even as I am writing this article, it sounds so materialistic and self centred. There are civil wars on in the world and millions of people dying from starvation and incurable diseases and here I am twittering on about "wanting" to have a successful blog and "wanting" to explore my tastes. But I know my feeling guilty won't solve the worlds problems, despite my doing my best to support charities.

I think I need to redefine the word successful, for myself. Is it gaining followers and developing a loyal following? Or is it exploring different aesthetics and developing my tastes? Does one ambition have to come at the expense of the other? Can I do both?
I think I am going to run with my first ambition, and let it take me where it will. It feels more "me" and less contrived than the other one. So, this blog is for one person and one person only. Moi. I'll still cherish my readers (still slightly amazed that people actually read my ramblings!), and listen if they have opinions and suggestions but my one focus on the blog is me. So, I think I will shake things up a little. Expect a few changes over the next while.
Two of the changes are:

1. I am going to make a button for my blog and will be willing to have a button exchange. I have a vague idea in my head about what I need to do to actually make it etc but if anyone is interested, email me at lolipop.candi@gmail.com.


2. I am considering making a blogroll for my blog! This is (for people who don't know) a list of blogs on the side of my blog that I think you should check out asap coz they are AWESOME. I have a number of blogs in mind for this (I will contact you for permission first) but coz I follow so many wonderful blogs (ahem... all 120+ of you) email me if you want your blog to be included and I'll have a look and get back to you asap if I want to include your blog :)

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Bookity bookity bookbookbook!

Hey Guys :)
I am a bit of a bookworm (as I have mentioned before) so I have decided to make bucket list of sorts. About books obviously.
Some of these books are classics and some a bit more recent. I don't know if I'll do a review of the books, maybe just the ones I particularly liked. I'll keep updating this list, adding books and marking off the ones I've read. I was going to make this a "before the end of the summer" bucket list, but there's no rush on me so I'll do as many as possible during the summer and continue on into the school year (I said the dreaded S word :0). If anyone has any suggestions to add I would LOVE to hear them! Most of the best books I have read have been recommendations. Don't be shy, leave a comment :)
1. Les Misérables
2. One Day
3. Pride and Prejudice
4.1984
5. Sense and Sensibility
6. The Great Gatsby
7. Anna Karenina
8. Looking for Alaska
9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Luckily, I have a kindle (I <3 my kindle) so all the classics will be free! Yay :)

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Observations from Germany :D

Hey Guys!
Sorry I haven't posted in a week but I spent the last four days in Germany! It was an amazing experience. My big sis is an au pair over there (she is coming home reeeeally soon whaaaa excitement or what!) and she was able to show and my aunt and I around the place and show how the public transport and stuff worked. And, of course, it was fantastic to see her again after so many months :)
Unfortunately I didn't take many pictures because my aunty and I were hanging out with my much missed big sis and I didn't want to eat into that time. So the few that I took are below but I'm afraid they're not very exciting.
It was a really pretty city (don't want to mention where, coz like, the internet is full of dangerous people FYI) and it is SO different to home. I definitely will go back for another visit (or five) when I'm older and have loads of cash to splash. (LOL I wish) 
People also dressed very interestingly over there. When my sister was working (the kids couldn't just mind themselves for a few days which sucked haha), my aunty and I would find a nice cafĂ©, order a fancy ice cream between us and watch the world go by (and talk a lot). So she watched people and I watched outfits. It was a pretty big city and there was a diverse range of people who passed by and it was fascinating to look at all their outfits. 
I noticed that the elderly ladies dressed in a classy, simple but sophisticated way, much more than at home. I'm not sure if this was because they were in the city on a day out or if they genuinely dress like that on a daily basis. 
The younger generations tended to be more stylized way (as is usual), but it was very simple style. It reminded me of ZaraH&M and Mango. I really enjoyed watching all the things that everyone wore and how they put them together. I will definitely be trying to recreate the looks at home. 
I also noticed that the 20 something year old men dressed very preppy-ily. They wore shorts to the knee and shirts buttoned all the way up, with nice brogue type shoes. That was certainly made a change to the tracksuit pants and loose t-shirts of all males under 30 of Ireland! 
You may have noticed that I changed the backround of my blog. Again. I just felt like a change and to be honest the orange was nice for a while but it didn't do much for me after that. It's very girly but I love it :)
That's all for now guys :) Now that summer has officially started (WHOOP), I will try my best to blog much more regularly and check out other blogs.
A German band that were playing traditional German songs in a beerhall we visited.
A man who was covered in sand and just sitting on the ground. We think he was supposed to be  promoting something.
The roof of the beer hall.
A door of a massive church we visited.
Picture says it all.
The AMAZING Ethiopian food we ate in a restaurant. 











Sunday, 2 June 2013

OOTD

Hey Guys!
I've just realized that I haven't done one of these in ages! Opps... I have to admit, I love getting dressed up and everything, but it is such a PAIN to set up the tri pod and try to pose nicely for these :/ And I'm still too embarrassed to ask someone to take these pictures for me.
Anyways, it was my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary today so all of us went up to even-more-farmers-there-than-there-is-here-land for it. This was the outfit I wore. I got this dress is Swamp for €6 at the back, on the sale rack. I was gobsmacked, and still am. It is such a gorgeous dress, there were tons of them in the shop, I don't know why they were so unpopular.
Also, I felt in the selfies mood. How amazing is this filter on my camera? I really love it, instantly makes me look fifty trillion times classier. As did my sisters massive sunglasses XD

Friday, 31 May 2013

I love and hate this feeling

Hey guys! Recently, (last weekend to be exact) I watched Les Mis for the first time. Wow.
Words cannot describe how that film made me feel. It made my blood run hot and cold and I laughed through my tears and cried through my laughs. It made me question so many of my morals about about issues that I think are important, love, religion, crime, the "right thing to do". I cannot get the film or its amazing soundtrack.out of my head. I am listening to it on my iPod as I write (type?) this post. I love how the songs different lyrics intertwine but you can still make out the words.
My favourite character is Marius, acted by Eddie Redmayne. I am only slightly in love with him. Even if he is like 30ish. ;) I think his (Marius') relationship with Eponine is a realistic portrayal of many relationships some girls have with with male friends; ie they are madly in love with him, abeit silently. I also love the way that him and Cosette fall in love at first sight. I don't know if this is the way in real life or not. I don't even know if I've been in love. I've been involved with boys before and had a proper relationsip but was it love? It certainly wasn't at first sight like Cosette and Marius. I dream of this happening to me, honestly I do. It was portrayed so perfectly in the film, across a busy street. So romantic.
It really really is a work of art and I would DEFINITELY reccomend it to anyone to anyone who hasn't already seen it. I know I'm a little late on the band wagon, as it was released around Christmas but I didn't get a chance to see it in the cinema.
This film has had such a profound effect on me, I can't express it. I don't even understand the emotions that it has caused me to feel. I'm a very impressionable person. Things tend to have an impact on me. Things that pass over other people's heads or things they just shrug off. Blogging had opened me to a world where other people are just impressionable as I am, and who aren't afraid to express it. (Thanks guys, I'm not alone! Cheers) I'm a hopeless romantic. I want to fall in love at first sight, hello? :P This kind of film really tugs on my heartstrings. It makes me want to get up and dance, start a revolution, break down and cry and about a million other things. I want to find a cause that I would fight and die for. I want to be a singer and do broadway shows and act in shows like this one. I want to do something with my life. Does any of this make sense to anyone else? It is a very angsty post, I just needed to get it all out. Also, I used this post to try and work out how I actually feel about the film so apologies if it jumps from thought to thought, I just wanted to gey everything down before it swept through my fingers. Unforch all the links didn't save (>_<) but all the images are from tumblr :)