Monday, 22 September 2014

What Happened Last Summer

Hello, I had a really great summer i must admit. I was very lucky to be able to travel and spend the majority of it, not bored. But it doesn't take away the fact that it is the dreaded month of...September!
 Now i'm in Transition Year so hopefully there will be a few interesting posts to do with it this year.
4th year is so different to how i expected it to be and there are a lot of things to do, so i've been pretty busy.
 Since my last post i've been to Wales, Mayo, Louth and Cavan! Wales was for a week with my friend Chloe, and her family; we went to Chester on our last day to go shopping, and we saw some of Ronnie Woods paintings!
 Mayo was for a week with my aunties and cousins; we cycled 27k in a day from Westport to Achill- I really enjoyed it surprisingly..
 Louth was an overnight school trip in a hostel type place, we did activities in Carlingford Adventure Centre.
 Last but not least, Cavan. The hometown of my favourite band, The Strypes. Grace & i travelled up to Cavan and bumped into Ross' mum and sister.  (It was only a day trip)
 On the 10th of September i got my junior cert results back and my friends and i went to Dandelion beside Stephens Green.

Now it's back to school routine but it won't be long before October is upon us and one of the best days of the year is here...HALLOWEEN!

Some of my photos:
(the rest of the photos from Cannes in July. I was so happy about seeing Tim Burton, Jack Nicolson, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep and Paul Mc Cartney's hand prints outside the Cannes Film Festival Theatre!)




Wales: (Saw a really cool friends themed cafe in Chester, went Segwaying and saw a street that reminded me of a certain Arctic Monkeys member..)

Carlingford School Trip: (tried loads of new activities with my school)

Dandelion: (went to a disco for the first time in about a year and a half!)

Cavan: (Wandered around one random Saturday!)


 By the way, did any of you see The Strypes performing on The Imelda May Show last night? I love both of them, so for me it was really exciting to watch! (If you missed it you can watch it on Rte.ie)

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Outfit of the Day // Sweetheart Dress

Hello!
 So I'm still in Cannes (France) and we got the train to Monaco, Monte-Carlo yesterday. The boats were huge and it was cool seeing where the formula 1 races take place.
 I was also very excited that the Selena Gomez film ('Monte Carlo') was filmed right where I was standing!
 Here is my outfit of the day:
Black wayfarers 
Black and pink polka-dot sweetheart dress
Black low-top converse


As far as accessories and make-up goes, I've kept it very simple because I cannot be bothered in this heat! Oh well, the dress does the talking..

Hope your summer is going well~I'll post again soon!
X

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Outfit of the Day//Retro in Cannes


Hello!
 I'm currently in Cannes, France. It's very warm so I've been wearing all my summery dresses while I can! 
Today's outfit:
Gingham sweetheart dress
Black leather belt 
White platforms
White cat eye sunglasses
Some photos I took:
 Thanks for reading,
Check back soon! 
Tara 

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Arctic Monkeys, Miles Kane and Jake Bugg, live @ Marlay Park, Dublin.

Hi!
 Last Saturday (12th July 2014), I went to see Arctic Monkeys in Marlay Park, Dublin.
My friends and i left our houses at 10 am (see what i did there? ;D) and we were queuing from about half 10. We talked and waited in line until about 3 o'clock, and then we were allowed go through security and then into the huge field where the stage was.
 The capacity of this gig was 37,000....and we got right up to the barrier. FRONT ROW. I don't know if i'm just lucky when it comes to gigs or if waiting in line for hours just pays off. 
 The second we saw that stage we sprinted across the field and got our places. We waited over an hour and a half for the first support act; 'Royal Blood'. They were a band i hadn't listened to before but i thought they were decent.
 After their performance we waited another hour, during that hour the huge screens on the side of the stage displayed tweets with the hashtag 'marlaypark2014'. My tweet got shown more than 8 times and i caught a picture! I was so happy that my profile picture was from when i met the strypes because a selfie would have been so embarrassing to have up on the screen in front of 37,000 people. It's funny because a guy yelled out 'ugh,she met the strypes!' one of the times when it was shown. 
Then, Miles Kane came on. I was excited to see him live because i love his music and he is such a great performer. 'Rearrange' and 'Don't Forget Who You Are' were probably the best live (In my opinion) my friends and i danced like crazy. 
 Not only that-but Josh Mc Clorey from The Strypes was watching his entire performance from the side of the stage! I waved at him and hoped Miles would ask him to do a song with him on stage but unfortunately he didn't! 

After another hour or so wait, Jake Bugg came on stage. I was buzzing because i love Jake Bugg, his albums are really great and i had been looking forward to seeing him. 
 He opened with 'Theres A Beast and We All Feed It' which is a really good way to excite the audience from the start.  
 The best songs live (for me) were 'Two Fingers', (one of my favorite songs!) 'Messed Up Kids' and 'Simple Pleasures'. I'm so happy that i'll be seeing him live again in October at his gig in the Olympia!
Once Jake Bugg was finished, the crowd began to get pushier and rougher as everybody wanted to be up close to see Alex, Matt, Jamie and Nick.
 This is where being in the pit has its flaws-we were getting absolutely squashed up against the barrier and our hair was getting pulled but we waited patiently for the Monkeys to come on stage.
 Alex pranced on stage wearing his signature leather jacket and a shirt that was unbuttoned one too low, but it worked because, you know, Alex Turner.
 They opened with 'Do I Wanna Know', and effortlessly charged through with other songs from their newest album: 'Arabella' and 'Snap Out of It'. 
 Then they moved onto some of their old hits which really got the mosh pit going and was a tad scary (to say the least) but was fun all the same. We didn't give in to those annoying people who try to take your well earned spot at the barrier, we didn't let people being pulled out by security ruin our night, and we didn't let the hunger get to us! 
 It got to a point where there were people being pulled out of the pit every second! Passed out, drunk, dehydrated, overwhelmed..at least 100 people were taken out by security. Which was really distracting for us as we had to bend our necks awkwardly and get our hair pulled every minute- but it soon calmed down.
 Then they played 'My Propeller' and 'I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor' - that's when i spotted Josh (again) at the side of the stage with BP Fallon! They were having a great time-i wish i could have been up there with them!
 After two of my favorite songs of the night 'Fluorescent Adolescent' and 'Why Do You Only Call Me When You're High?', they went off stage. The crowd yelled 'Ole Ole Ole' until they re-appeared for an amazing encore including one of their best songs ever; 'R U Mine?' 




Overall, it was an amazing, unforgettable day.. what a great way to have my 10th gig!