Sunday, 20 July 2014

Again

New Look top | H&M maxi dress | Dunnes denim jacket | Tesco boots



So I decided to be all bright and fruit-floral patterned except then it's like hey Grace's bright outfit ten steps back because these prints are on dark clothing ! I wore this outfit to my friend Vivien's birthday dinner on Thursday mainly since it looked semi-formal-ish whilst still warm and comfortable and even though the dress is getting quite short now like hello ankles how are ye doing it's still my favourite dress and during summer especially it goes with anything really.

The purple dye is fading out but I'm hoping to slightly touch it up (cough thanks mammy cough.) before the end of July and then if it's still stained on the first of September, We'll hope it's silver so I can tell the teachers that I just dramatically aged over the summer as if they'd ever believe that. As an Irish citizen I am obliged to bring up the topic of the weather in awkward social situations (I realised recently that this topic saves everything.) so I may as well mention that the weather was surprisingly beautiful and warm this weekend, So much that we ate dinner outside and mam made pizza so (lots of so's I need a new vocabulary !) I will leave you with photos of pizza above !

Grace x

Friday, 18 July 2014

When blogging motivation becomes lost


A few months back, I wrote a long long paragraph on having to have motivation to find motivation but then to find motivation you have to find motivation which kind of takes away the whole point of being motivated to do anything but there one big box constantly staring at me and inside it are blogpost or video ideas and the motivation to put these ideas into words but this box is locked and I can't find the key so I don't know what today but at least I can string together a cheesy metaphor ! But there are a number of methods I'm using to open the box ....

The first way is doing whatever motivates you to get up in the morning or exercise or just get off your laptop and do something ! Personally, I am ten times fuller of motivation and energy if I get up really early in the morning as I'll know that there is tons of time to full although on six out of seven days the alarm clock is usually snoozed and it is 10am by the time I get up. I also find that once I get ready and by that I mean fully dressed with makeup on, I am just there like "I AM READY TO CONQUER THE WORLD".

The next way is what I call delving into your roots where you basically go back to either your earliest posts or maybe the posts of this month a year back and see if you're still interested in the topics you blogged about then and incorporating those ideas and themes into your future posts. Recently I've been reading back over my posts from July 2012 and although they are undoubtedly cringey, I've found that I still enjoy writing and reading posts like them so it's definitely driving me to improve my content. 

Although a blogger should blog about what they like to blog about and their interests, It's important to pay attention to feedback and use it as an advantage ! I usually take note of the posts that I get the most feedback on and use them to put together an idea of what Dainty Sprinkle's 'readers' like to see on here. When I get requests I also take note of them too and they really help when coming up with post ideas. The best situation at the end of the day is having a 'healthy balance' of what you like to write and what your readers like to read. 

I find that watching DIY videos or videos that have had lots of time and effort put into them motivates me the most to put together a post or film a video and these videos usually leave my head spinning full of ideas to put into action and imagining the end results. I also love reading fashion blogs which really influence my style although if I began negatively comparing my blog to others, The tab will be closed as that will only drive me further away from being excited to write a post ! Tumblr and Instagram are brilliant sources of inspiration since as they always say - A picture can tell a thousand words and I never feel like I've wasted hours on Tumblr because I always come away with tons of ideas from different themes and tags ! *Puts on serious glasses* Remember lack-of-motivation-person if you do a DIY directly inspired or taken from a DIY you saw online remember to include a link to the original as it's extremely frustrating when your ideas are not credited when taken ! 

Another obvious way of staying motivated to blog is keeping a list or notepad of ideas and putting together a mood board of ideas on your wall or saving photos that inspire you to a folder on your laptop, My last and favourite way of motivating myself to blog is creating a list of things I've done lately and seeing how I can incorporate them into a post - Take for example if I recently went to a scenic area, I may have photos of the plants or sky which I could write a post on. Even if you're thinking right now "Well all I do is sit on my laptop and watch telly" you could write about makeup look or outfit inspired by a character of a TV series you love or failing that you could write a review-style post on that series ! 

That is the very long ramble of how I am currently motivating myself to think of post and video ideas and I hope they might give some of you post ideas too ! 
Tell me in the comments how you beat the bloggers' block !

Grace x 


Monday, 14 July 2014

Pastel Daisy



Penneys knit tank top | Topshop skirt






Dainty Sprinkles is lacking lately for several reasons 
a. I get up too late each morning to do anything 
b. I find myself using my laptop less and less
c. When I do it's because Netflix 
d. WHAT DO I EVEN WRITE ABOUT

On Saturday, Aveen of The Random Life of Aveen and myself went to Costa where we were planning on noting video ideas but that idea ended up being scrapped and we ended up not having time to film an AwkwardSprinkles video but there will be one in the coming weeks hopefully ! Whilst procrastinating we ended up taking literally fifty photos of random daisies on the "pitch" in that estate that Aveen lives in - Procrastinating was blamed on the fact that there were people walking around cue big awkward laugh and hiding. On the way back, The beautiful pastel flowers photographed above were spotted hanging out of the fence of a house and they were way too beautiful and elegant to leave without a photo being taken ! Back at Aveen's we were soon devouring (why am I using big fancy words.) lots of chocolate (thank youuu.) and by the we were setting up to film I was about to go home !
And that is the paragraph long essay of how the video was filmed.
*Cue the end*

I cannot remember if I previously mentioned this but my dad painted my room last week and not only are three out of four of the walls now an eccentric aquamarine shade, They are also decorated with pretty canvases and everything has moved around too ! I may do a "room tour"-like post in the future but for now here's a little spontaneous photo of my dressing table and bookshelf. The butterfly and leaf lights that I am obsessed with hang around the mirror and from the bookshelf to the nail polish shelf and they are honestly so mystical and pretty at night so I'll definitely need to take a better photo of them soon. Above the lights on the mirror are my favourite canvases which remind me of the photos of Paris I've seen online, There are also two other canvases in my room which I received for my birthday and I'll post a photo of them here another time too !

So that's all for this post and I'll talk to you soon,

Grace x

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Everyday Summer Makeup





I was always quite adventurous when it came to wearing makeup in the summer months and whether that was a good or bad thing depended on how many canary yellow and neon green eye shadows were rubbed on my eyelids. This year I have been wearing much more neutral makeup similar to what I would wear to school during the year and I guess the only difference is that the eye shadow and lipstick is applied as actual lipsticks rather than a slight stain plus the wings are thicker. 

You can watch me apply the makeup above but to describe it in words, I always apply concealer which makes up for my currently dreadful foundation application skills over my eye lids and under eye circles and also on my ever growing areas of spots which stick out even more once concealer is applied - What logic ! Then I dust too much powder everything and begin lightly filling in the gaps of my eyebrows. As for the eye makeup I mess up on a daily basis, I apply the lightest shade all over my eyelids and up to the browbone, Then I mix the next three shades and apply them to the crease. After that, I blend it all in with the second lightest shade and finally I apply the darkest shade to my lower lash line. Finishing my eye makeup, I spend way too much time flustering over applying an even layer of eyeliner and winging it out plus even more time evening out clumps of mascara. The last step of my everyday makeup routine is applying berry lipstick which takes a while and more ends up on my teeth than lips if I'm honest with you. 

That is the tale of my everyday makeup and I hope you enjoyed reading my rambles !

Grace x


Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Shade

Cardigan's my mam's again lolol | so is the choker | crop top from local shop | Penneys skirt | Tesco boots

Recently we've returned to weather you'd except to inhabit an Irish summer so today the heat of the sun roasted everyone then the rain brought about being very cool meaning you're going to be either freezing cold or too warm in whatever you wear *insert loud sarcastic cheer*. I borrowed another one of mam's cardigan which is not too heavy yet not too light and it kept me comfy throughout the messed up weather this morning which really needs to make up it's mind up in terms of rain or sunshine. I also love the beautiful wintry colour with the polka dot crop top and polka dot skirt ! I wasn't too sure of putting together two prints that happen to be different colours to one another at first since it can all look a bit too much but I was doing ecstatic happy dances when I walked out the door in prints everywhere without looking like a seven year old.
Or maybe I did.

 

In other news, Half my hair is actually purple now *thank you mammmmy* and I feel like some kind of Bratz or Monster High doll now which makes me feel happy and what's even better is that when the colour begins to fade out it will hopefully turn lilac ! If it doesn't, I'm just going to be like "I TRUSTED YOU PURPLE" but it will probably fade into silver. Oops. In more other news, My room is being painted and my bed and table, etc. are moving to opposite sides of the room so it looks really spacious and I'm just here screaming internally. Above are photos I took of my bedroom during June where everywhere is a mess ! We should probably all place imaginary bets on how long it will take my room to become overcrowded and messy again.

One last thing before I finish, If you follow me on Twitter *you should be you should be* you may remember that I brought up the idea of a collaboration blog about two months ago and I'm delighted to tell you that #CollabSunflower began two days and you can visit the blog here. Eleven amazing bloggers and I are running this until the end of August and you can find links to all their blogs over on the collab ! Also, There are only three days left to nominate in the Blog Awards Ireland and I'd love it if Dainty Sprinkles could get into the awards this year ! Last year this blog reached the shortlist *thank you so much* and it would be so amazing it could reach the final in 2014. So click here to nominate Dainty Sprinkles or another Irish blog you love !

Talk to you soon,

Grace x

Monday, 30 June 2014

Dainty Sprinkles Loves Fanny Crown

*images used in the collage above belong to Fanny Crown and Google Images*

Recently I was contacted by the lovely Amy of Fanny Crown asking me to take part in their blogger competition where I would pick out my favourite dress from their website and tell you how I would style it.
Before I even searched the pages and pages of dresses, I knew what I was looking for (Black, Black again and MORE black.) and after a considerate amount of time scrolling, I finally found the ideal dress !

This particular dress is named on point as the 'Splendid One Shoulder Party Dress' a dress you could imagine being worn to a glamorous Cotillion Ball in Gossip Girl. It is perfect for any kind of ball or debs especially if you're looking for a dress on the full length side without being covered in jewels the size of rocks ! Besides the colour and simple jewel detail, One of my favourite things about this dress is the cape cut out in the dresses' only sleeve. It makes the dress even more effortlessly beautiful distributing laid back vibes yet still staying formal.

This gown could be worn in so many different ways, but personally I'd prefer to introduce gothic elements. I think curled hair simply pinned up - similar to the photo from their website above - would look amazing with this dress. I would also wear some black jewellery on the same wrist as the sleeve although I would stay away from necklaces due to the one shoulder neckline of the dress. You can get away with practically any kind of footwear with this full length dress (mostly as it will rarely be seen.) and although I would like to side with classic strappy heels, I feel like this outfit needs a bit of edginess which requires a pair of chunky ankle boots !

I honestly cannot choose on one particular makeup look I would wear with this dress since I adore too ! I think a nude lip would look gorgeous with a black smokey eye accompanied by layers upon layers of mascara but I also feel that either natural or again black smokey eye makeup would look beautiful with a dark berry lipstick. Personally I would always go with any look that involves a dark lippy but I'd love to read in the comments what look you feel would do this dress justice !

And finally ...

I have also been given a 15% discount code for all readers of Dainty Sprinkles (i.e you !)

Coupon code: DAINTYSPRINKLES14
This is valid until 8th August 2014.

So that is how I styled this wonderful dress -  Thank you so much to Fanny Crown for allowing me to join their contest which was a lot of fun ! For more beautiful dresses and information on their blogger contests, Be sure to visit Fanny Crown's website - http://www.fannycrown.com/ !

Talk to you soon,

Grace x 

Saturday, 28 June 2014

The Fault In Our Stars Themed Makeup


Today I'm showing you the makeup I wore when I went to watch The Fault In Our Stars at the cinema.
The makeup is revolved around blue pigments as the colour of turquoise can be seen on the cover of the book and on theatrical posters for the film.

First of all ....

Myself, I used - Essence 2in1 eyeliner // Catrice Glamour Doll waterproof mascara //Collection Gothic Glam lipstick in Revenge // Catrice Absolute Nude eyes hadow palette // Essence Quattro palette in Denim 4.0 // Collection Intense Colour eye pencil in Blue Belle

If you have three and half minutes to spare, You can watch how I created this look below.
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When creating this look, I first applied a base of concealer onto my lids and crease. I would normally use an eye primer which I would recommend to prevent the creasing of powdered or cream eye shadow but right now I've almost ran out of it. I then began applying eye shadow and I used a beige shade all over my eyelids and below my browbone and then a dark bronze shade of brown in my outer crease.

Now for the blue ! The shade of eye shadow I used is much darker than the eye pencil so I applied that to my outer lids and lower lashline. I then used the eye pencil which is turquoise and I applied that from my outer lid to the middle of my lid and blended it. I also layered it over the dark blue on my lower lashline.

Finally, I lined my upper lashline and applied mascara to my lashes. For lips, I wore a berry lipstick to finish the look !





Thanks so much for reading and tell me in the comments if you have read or watched The Fault In Our Stars yet and what you thought of it, 
Grace x

Monday, 23 June 2014

There's nothing more cruel than only nine lives

Dunnes cami top | Topshop skirt | Penneys cardigan | Tesco cut out boots

I love the warm hues of this outfit as they compliment my hair so well. These colours remind me of sea punk - Especially the Hawaii print on this shoe string top which would prompt you too feel as if you're sitting by a pool or coastal area surrounded by beautiful flowers. Like I said in my previous post, I prefer to wear cardigans during this time of year since summer clothing tend to highlight my uneven hips so these cardigans are my best friends ! They can also protect arms from sun burn, etc. so little purple here being light and vibrant was quite appropriate for today's heat.

Lyrics from Lorde's "Million Dollar Bills"
Currently listening to : Netzwerk | Million Dollar Bills | Ghost | Bravado | Think About It

My new found talent of getting ready in record time has resulted in many consequences including not waking up until less than an hour before I need to leave the house which therefore prevents any time for filming  'get ready with me' 's. Tomorrow I am forcing myself to get up at seven in the morning so hopefully I will find the time to film a makeup video cue a *yay* !

Welcome to the Procrastination Station,

Grace x

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Burgundy


Today I got dip dye done in the hairdresser's and I am now the proud temporary owner of a half burgundy head ! The purple strands will be staying for the next two months regarding that I 'touch it up' once or twice and then I'll half to see how the remaining stain disappears before I return to school since there is no way this hair is getting the chop ! 


I am so happy with how the dip dye turned out especially since it is so similar to the photo I found on Tumblr that gave me the idea of which colour dye to choose. I also didn't expect the colour on hair to be so bright and vibrant although it did help that the ends were already bleached because of the ombré and there is a slight ombré effect throughout the burgundy because of this ! Also, If you're wondering - The dye used is Crazy Colour in 61 Burgundy.

I personally love this alternative to dying the full head and roots but I'd love to hear your stories !
Have you ever dip dyed your mane before ? 

Grace x