Saturday, 20 September 2014

Feather

  Tesco jumper | Dunnes blouse | Penneys skirt 


If you aren't following me on my social media accounts ("god people what are you doing with your life" ?) it will come news to you that yesterday afternoon when I got into car following an awful day and week at school, mam starts scrolling down a web page entitled 'Best Youth Blog Finalists 2014' on her phone and I start screaming. I am not one to scream when excited or overwhelmed especially when there are people from school walking by - either home or to a bus stop - and probably think you're deranged but I can't believe I'm typing this - DAINTY SPRINKLES HAS MADE THE BLOG AWARDS BEST YOUTH BLOG FINALIST ! I would generally apologise for the 'cap locks' but this is crazy and it doesn't feel one bit real. I am not one to blog all year round with awards in mind but since I first heard of the Blog Awards Ireland, it has always been my dream to make the finalist for best youth blog and this year I was surprised to make the shortlist since my blog's content been lagging quite a bit but to make the finalist ? That is crazy. Thank you so much to the judges of this category for seeing something in Dainty Sprinkles and congrats as always to those who made the finalists too !

So I was going shopping for the Galway trip among other necessities yet I still insisted on wearing a heap of layers. You are probably going to be seeing a lot of blouse based outfits here over the next few weeks because the collars seem to become my life during the winter and the likes so if you haven't seen that over the past two winters here (This has been going TWO winters ? Sorry, but what ?) prepare yourself, I swear it's not repetitive ! In other news, today when on the hunt for hoodies and tracksuits basically clothes I don't own for Galway (don't live in pretty skirts shorts and jumpers like me people.) I realised why everyone's lives revolve around hoodies because I found the comfiest one ever in New Look so that's basically going to be my new best friend. 

I can't think of anything else so I'll shut up now and talk to you soon,

Grace x

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Aware's #BeattheBlues Campaign

Today I'm about talking about Aware, an Irish organisation who provide services to people affected by mental health. They do amazing work such as providing support to sufferers of depression and supporting the research of these kind of issues. This post is specifically going to be about the work they do with young people - Over the past two years Aware have been brought their Beat the Blues programme - a free positive mental health campaign - to more than 67,000 young people between the ages of 15-18 all over Ireland. This is an eighty minute programme which explains the importance of mental health, how to deal with it and where you can get help. 

This is such an important programme for so many different reasons and it is needed. According to Aware.ie, up to 10% of teenagers are affected by depression at any one time and almost 75% of serious mental health cases first emerge between the ages of fifteen and twenty five. Those figures are startling enough but what is even more alarming is the stigma that still exists. People are hesitant to engage in a conversation about mental health openly and when they do it often ends up creating quite an awkward atmosphere. But without these issues being discussed how are teens supposed to learn about the importance of their mental health and how to recognise they're not okay and more importantly, who are teens supposed to turn to when are depressed but are hesitant to after past discussions on the topic ?

One step at a time, programmes like Beat The Blues are bringing us closer to dissolving the stigma and feeling comfortable enough to openly speak to each other about our mental health like we do about our physical health. It's teaching us teens the importance of a positive mental health and getting support. It is nothing to be ashamed of and nobody suffering from any form of mental illness should ever have to deal with it alone. 

This week, the sixth years in school attended the programme and from what I've heard it was extremely helpful especially for dealing with exam stress. You can read more about the #BeattheBlues campaign here and if you are feeling depressed, Aware have a brilliant page about depression and young people here

Please remember that you are never alone and it is always ok to ask for help. 

Grace x 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Autumn Playlist 2014


Today's post is something I haven't tried before but we're going to give it a go anyway and it's very short and sweet if I may warn you in advance ! I've found a lot of new music through SoundCloud and the likes lately so I thought I'd show you my Autumn Playlist.

First are New Politics, a Danish dance-rock band and two of their songs Everywhere I Go (Kings and Queens.) and Harlem. Harlem is their most popular song and the style the instruments play in reminds me a bit of American Authors but Everywhere I Go is my favourite ! It's so upbeat and the lyrics are brilliant - "This one's for everyone that said I'm nothing, This one's for my friends that don't give a ---

Next up are AJR with I'm Ready ! I feel like some kind of hipster now that my favourite radio station is beginning to play this magnificent song as I've been listening to them since I discovered them through songs in the background of YouTube videos over summer ! The song sounds so pumped and hyper and their style of music is really different, I can't put my finger on it. I just keep humming the whole time "I won't forget you, but I may forget your name" Story of my life basically. And apparently the whole "I'm Ready" bit at the start of the choruses is Spongebob !

Next song is Stigma ft Paloma Faith's Changing ! I've been hearing this on the radio since for about a week now so by now I am completely in love with it ! Not only is Paloma Faith one of my favourite singers, Stigma always make brilliant songs and I personally think that this is better than Nobody to Love. I have some kind of feeling that it's going to be a huge song this Autumn !

A brief one to mention is Next Year by Two Door Cinema Club ! I was obsessed with it towards the end of Second Year - two years ago, which is scary to say. It was my absolute favourite song back then and TDCC were my favourite band so when I heard it playing in Boots last Wednesday you can guess that I was an emotional mess listening to it for the rest of the week. I blame it on the word which makes me permanently cringe - nostalgia. The music video which is linked at the beginning of this paragraph is brilliant too so you should check that out !

My last song is another one I found on SoundCloud - Seasons of B-Sides by Satellite Stories who are Finnish (Scandinavians basically make the best music.) and this song is a really uplifting one and releases so many laid vibes. It's my favourite song at the moment and they really reminds me of The Door Cinema Club, I've listened to lots of their music but I haven't found one I love as much as this yet but I will tell you if I do ! 

One last thing I should add is that I recently found the song I was obsessed with when I was in senior infants ! I had never found the name of the song nor who sang it and I didn't even know any of the lyrics so obviously when I was looking up Green Day half for my music project, half for my ears the other night and found the song I loved was "Holiday" I silently squealed. It's ironic that I find it now almost ten years later after it took so long.
Six year old Grace had A* music taste. 

Grace x 

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Layer of Typical

Penneys dress (!) | New Look skirt | Dunnes denim jacket | Forever 21 necklace | Tesco boots

I feel like a proper fashion blogger in this outfit. Except I'm annoyed now because you know when you feel like "your outfit is on point" as the hipsters would say it or basically when you actually feel your outfit is half decent but you spend the whole day at home ? Today was one of those days. The story this grey top over above the skirt is that it's actually a high-low dress ! I've only worn it a few times since it is so short in the front and then today all my tights were in the wash so to avoid an existential crisis I wore a black skirt over it even though you can still see the back which is slightly odd but I think it still works ! And I'm back into my denim jacket again which adds to the whole laid-back-ness of the grey and now I've after realised this is another monochrome outfit. Well at least you didn't say me yesterday evening - all black, unintentionally because I didn't know what else to wear.

Thanks a million for the lovely comments on my last post and all the comments lately in general ! I've also became obsessed with rings yet again so when I was in town with my friends on Wednesday I bought a new one that I've been eyeing for ages - it's the ring on my index finger if you're wondering. Wearing practically ever ring I own (except for two over sized ones which would be too uncomfortable to write with.) to school has became an either good or bad habit and now I've became obsessed with mood rings like the one on my baby finger which I've had since I was six and I was googling them today and technically there do change depending on your emotions since they change according to body temperature and obviously whether you're stressed or calm, etc. is going to affect your body temperature and tada that's how they work and now I'm freaked out because the colour changes around the same time or situations every day.

Finally, it's five days until voting closes for Best Blog Post of the Blog Awards Ireland. I'd really appreciate a few more votes so if you could spare a minute you can give Dainty Sprinkles' post on postivity a vote here - thank you so much to everyone who's taken the time to vote !

Grace x 

Thursday, 11 September 2014

TY Thursdays #2 : Modules & Junior Cert Results !



The past four days have been quite exciting in Transition Year since not only did we begin modules, we also got back our Junior Cert results ! It all started in third class on Monday morning when word swept around quicker than a tsunami (literally.) that the first three module class lists were up so obviously when I moseyed on down to the TY noticeboard at break, it was crazily packed and the pushing and squashing could only be described as a horde of elephants so of course there were elephant noises made to accompany this - and I actually managed to keep the zoo noises in my head. When I eventually made it to the noticeboard - where it was even more packed sardine like mind you - I was delighted to have got into Drama, Public Speaking and Printmaking !  

My favourite module of the three was always going to be Drama and it was exactly what I expected ! One of the things we did in groups was getting given a name of a product and in around ten minutes  we had to come up with a name for the imaginary product and perform an 'ad' for it in front of our classmates. Our group's product was spot cream so we came up with 'Wackaspot' and an ad where there was a stereotypical scientist and two girls couldn't get rid of their spots. Ad extra cheesiness at the end with 'Thanks Wackaspot !' in a cheesy voice ! On Tuesday morning I had  Public Speaking which was far more interesting than I'd previously imagined - we learned about job interviews, what to wear to them, etc. and also how it can often start as soon as you get out of your car thanks to the interviewer looking through their window ! That afternoon I had the Printmaking module which was quite fun even though we had to move room since we eighteen of us couldn't fit in the first one, let alone twenty four. I didn't think I was going to enjoy this module but then we were told on Tuesday that we're going to be printing on a t-shirt or bag rather than just on paper which I cannot wait for.

 Yesterday was the big day that everyone was worrying about. Junior Cert results. To be quite honest I wasn't too fussed over the whole thing and all I cared about was getting the day off so I could lie in for another hour. Even when I got to the school I still wasn't nervous but very impatient since the queue was so long although it was moving much quicker than I thought ! I went outside to open my results and I thought I was going to burst out crying when I did - I was originally expecting all C's and two fails but I completely exceeded my own expectations. I opened the paper and the first thing I saw was a D in Maths and a C (WHAT !) in science. I couldn't believe it and when I saw the rest of my subjects I really didn't believe they were my results ! Me getting results like them in a state exam is been like unicorns so I believe in unicorns now. I'm still in a state of shock and I'm presuming whoever corrected my science paper is an extremely generous and patient person ... Maybe my aliens needing hearing aids answer and shaded apple on a weigh scales diagram cheered them up. All my friends did brilliantly in the exams too and I didn't see anyone looking really disappointed outside the school which is always nice to see ! 

Next week we have to play an instrument or sing in music class which I'm dreading but on the positive side, I'm looking forward to my second week of modules,

Grace. 

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Double Colour Graphic Eyeliner


I've lost count of the amount of times over the past month that I've said that I would do a post on colour graphic eyeliner and I finally got around to it ! Compared to previous times I've attempted filming this, I actually didn't end up accidentally dotting eye liner everywhere but my eye lid so I was literally doing very bad celebratory happy dances afterwards. 


As per usual blogspot won't let me insert the video for this look so you can click here to watch it and also read about it in the text below !

1. First I just applied some concealer on my lids and usually I'd use the Nyx Wonder Pencil except it was blunt while I was filming and as you know je suis si paressuse so I used Maybelline Fit Me concealer instead.

2. Then I put on some eye shadow and since this look is concentrated on the colourful eyeliner, I didn't want anything to distract from that so I applied the first four shades of the Catrice Nude eye shadow palette all over my lid and over my crease, etc. . I also applied the darkest shade to my lower lash line.

3. Onto the main aspect of this look - The eye liner ! I first applied a seriously thin line of black liquid eyeliner (like you can hardly see it - I wear more to school !) to my upper lash line using an Essence eyeliner pen and then for the coloured liner, you can use any kind of liner (pen, pencil, etc. .) but again I used a liquid liner in a coral shade above the original black line. It turned out thicker than usual but thankfully not to the point where it's covering the entire eye lid !

4. I then winged this out - outlining and filling in. After this, I went back to my black liner and used it to outline the wing to create more popping look. Finally, I finished both eyes off with some mascara.


So that is the finished look. Thank you so much for reading this post and I may or may not be back with another TY Thursday in two days ! In the meantime, best of luck to everyone getting back their Junior Cert results tomorrow - Lettuce hope we all get the results we're hoping for ! 

Grace x 

Sunday, 7 September 2014

I Can Try By Pretending

New Look jumper | the dress is like years old where is it even from | Tesco boots

"Not as creepy as your face". The sass is real.

This weekend I have suffered the consequences of getting up too early and getting little sleep. The consequences being sniffling and and sneezing all over the place, being stuck in bed and therefore having to bail on my friends at last minute (I am the worst for that.). I eventually dragged myself out of bed this morning to make the most of the day and somehow filmed a video plus took outfit photos and now I'm going to have to find a way to stuff fifty tissues in my skirt pocket all week. This is yet another outfit mixing monochrome with colour because this jumper is so cosy, I am fawning over it and the swirly pink pattern on the dress seemed to go with it so I was like "well that's what we're wearing this weekend". I don't know why I speak about myself in the plural form. Also, I am not climbing a tree in the fourth photo although I like to think I am so I'm carrying on my second useful catchphrase from this week. "Fake it until you make it". This involves me rambling to people in my class I've never spoken to before and pretending I don't want to run out of the room and hide in my locker. Second catchphrase has been "For *feathers* sake". First thing I say at the start of the day, last thing I say at the end of the day. It should really go on my TY hoodie at the end of the year. 

Also ! Speaking of school - TY Thursdays ! I was meaning to explain it to you in a post beforehand but then I made an impulsive decision to write the first post this week just gone so I'd have at least one example for my portfolio email ! In simpler words, we have to keep an account of our Transition Year experience - called as the 'portfolio' - in any form of media such as scrapbooks, memory boxes, blogs, videos diaries, etc. and I've decided to opt for what comes naturally to me - blogging ! So from now until May, expect a TY Thursday post either once a week or once every fortnight.

You can read about my first week here but when we're told to 'talk among ourselves' in class, I've taken to drawing eyes. Lots of them. The photo above is of most of the ones I've been drawing on one of the information sheets (minus the watermark obviously.) which are very useful when filling awkward silences because I just keep my head down and draw. They're supposed to look like the dramatic eye makeup from fashion weeks but I've mostly been told they look creepy and also that they resemble something that's either from a horror film // bright eyed. So I guess I should draw arms and legs off them to creep everyone out even more (s/o to my easily freaked out classmates. jk no.).

 In other news, I was in physio on Friday and it turns out I'm actually getting on well with the exercises and now I can stretch my leg up really high without it hurting. I actually feel like I've achieved something in life. Just in case I'm not on here before Wednesday, good look to anyone reading this who is finding out their Junior Cert results this week ! We'll all be grand because it's not the Leaving Cert and we get a day off school and don't have to wear uniform. Sorry if you're stressing out more than I am, that probably did not help. Either way I'm going to be in a pile on the floor laughing at some of my results like I told you on Thursday.

Don't forget there's still eleven days to vote for Dainty Sprinkles' post on Positivity for Best Blog Post in the Blog Awards Ireland ! You can vote once a week here and as always, thank you so so much to everyone who's supported me by voting (and thank you x10000 to everyone who's shared the link !) I appreciate it more than you'll ever imagine ! 

Grace x 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

TY Thursdays #1 : Induction, Bin Bags and Paper Napkin Fashion Show !







(L-R: Emma, Myself, Leah and Bronwyn !)


Transition Year began on Monday and for a first week, it's been pretty fun and interesting so far ! We had induction for the first two days which seemed to drag on forever, only because my friends and I's thoughts were preoccupied by worrying about what class tutor we were in and if we got all the subjects we'd applied for. We were told of what transition year consisted of, information on work experience and the portfolios we'll be doing (i.e this !) plus what modules were available - most of these things we already knew about, but it was still good to 'refresh' our memory of what we'd learned about TY before now ! I resembled a bowl of jelly when the class tutor lists were being called out but I was slightly comforted by the wise words of Chyan and Liana "there's twelve of us, there's six class tutors, lets keep thinking that way". In the end, I got into a brilliant class tutor which I love and there's also three of my friends in there too so things didn't work out half as bad as I thought they would !

My favourite day this week was Tuesday when we put on the 'fashion show' ! I feel like I really 'came out of my shell' this day and went home feeling so happy, I felt like I could burst. I had repeatedly said to my friends that I had no bother with the fashion show as long as I wasn't the 'model' for the group I was in so you can guess who ended making an eejit out of their self for my group (Moi. Yes, me.). The exercise, as you might call it, happens every single year so we all kind of knew what was coming at of us before we even walked in on Monday and the purpose is generally team bonding and getting to know your new classmates. Although I was in a group with my friends Bronwyn, Emma and Leah who I obviously knew very well already, none of my friends or even friends of my friends were 'modelling'. So not only did I have to walk down the oratory in front of all one hundred and fifty of my year plus teachers, I couldn't exactly stand there waiting for the daunting event to start on my own so I forced myself to chat with people I didn't know too well and even some who I'd never met before which is something I can never bring myself to do. Good thing was, we all knew we were about to make right fools out of ourselves ! It was hilarious watching everyone walk up and down the oratory especially the ones who did mockery struts and poses. Everyone had their phones and cameras out (I didn't manage to get any photos of the models in their outfits unfortunately.) so I'm pretty sure I just sped walked up and down to get it over and done with as soon as I could ! Congratulations to the group who's wedding theme won the fashion show, there were three of them in the group - one dressed as a bride, one as a groom and one as a priest (or bishop I think he became !) , it was definitely well deserved !

As for the outfit we made, I don't even know what it was even inspired by (we didn't even have a theme !) but the four of us agreed that we wanted to do a particular style of dress which I would compare to a pinafore. We were also dead set on either a collar or dickie-bow at the top of the dress and as you can see, a peter pan collar was cut out of a polka dot napkin in the end and we lined it with plaited sparkly wool ! There was also a need for some kind of belt around the waist in order to give the dress a shape so loo roll was plaited (again, if in doubt, plait !) and there was blue highlighter running through it to fit in with our colour scheme and there was plaited wool again on the straps of the dress ! My favourite part of the outfit are the bows. I was in awe of the bow hairband, it was so cute and so real (as in not tinfoil and napkins.) I wanted to wear it forever ! Creating some kind of footwear was also suggested so we made bows again out of napkins and tied it in my laces. It honestly made such a difference to the outfit and was probably the finishing touches we needed so then after that, we decided to leave the outfit as it was there and then and not to go overboard and in the end it received lots of compliments !

Since then we've began classes and the optional subjects I chose are Japanese, art, history, French and music. Today we had double maths and considering it was my first time having a double in the subject, I was so surprised that it was probably the first time in forever that I managed to concentrate and stay interested in the subject for an entire class let alone a double which was brilliant since I do really like maths, the problem is that I am dreadful at it. Maths and I, we're in an ongoing love-hate relationship but it's helping that I've got a good teacher ! Music has also been much more fun so far than I expected and a lot of that is because it's not as theory based as it was in the Junior Cert - it's more based around projects and practical elements.

It's hard to believe the week's almost over ! This time next week, I'll have got back my Junior Cert results and everyone I know seems to be petrified yet I just can't wait to see how bad I did in Maths and Science.
That probably wasn't the best thing to say.

So that is my TY Thursday post for this week and I really hope you enjoyed,

Grace

Monday, 1 September 2014

Everyday Foundation and Brow Routine | #TeenBlogSeries


So today on Teen Blog Series we're doing foundation and brow routines for teens !
And that rhymes. 

"Teen Bloggers Anouska Millar and Beth have decided to start a project called #TeenBlogSeries. Its aim is to bring together lots of the teens/young adults in the blogging community. For the next ten consecutive weeks, over 80 bloggers will be writing every Monday at 6:30pm about many different things, all beauty, lifestyle or fashion related. You can view everyones posts by going to the hashtag on twitter "TeenBlogSeries". If you would like to supply products for the giveaway, get involved, or have any questions, please email: anouskateenblogger@googlemail.com. "



    
To be frank with you, I don't wear foundation. The thoughts of it terrifies me after my two month relationship with BB cream (hola unnaturally yellow face !) this time last year. I'm also not very self conscious when it comes to my skin so to put it in to better words - I'd leave the house without concealer on sooner than I would without wearing eye makeup. You could say that my 'foundation routine' is pretty simple - concealer, powder and sometimes the odd bit of bronzing powder. 

Concealer-wise, I've been using Maybelline Fit Me for at least the past year. I wear shade 15 which is still ever so slightly too yellow for my skin but not as bad as shade 10 would be ! I usually apply this over my breakout areas which are currently populating like crazy by the minute and also under my eyes. After this, I use Nyx Wonder pencil which actually matches my skin (PARTY GUYS LIKE PLEASE !) over my eye lids and any areas of redness. I then set this with No7 Perfect Light press powder in Translucent and that is my foundation routine done and dusted, no pun intended !

As for brows, mine are pretty full and even if they weren't, I still wouldn't believe in turning them into Crayola's latest crayon project ! I have a gap at the end of the brow you see on see on the left and then the end of the right brow is quite sparse so I fill them in lightly and we're finished !



So that is my foundation and brow routine - sorry there is no video with this, I did film my full every day makeup routine for school but it is refusing to save when edited. This brings me onto my next technology related problem (technology hates me duh.) which is that charger #2 is broken (TWO CHARGERS IN ONE WEEK MY LIFE IS A SHAM !) so I've no access to my own laptop right now explaining my absence on here. In more positive news, I began Transition Year today and although I'm going to feel even more drained this time tomorrow after two days of induction, I love my class tutor and three of my friends are in it too so that's worked out much better than anticipated - Keep a look out for Transition Year related posts during the year !

Grace x