Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Droplets

New Look jumper and coat | Penneys blouse and beanie | skirt from local shop | Tesco boots


 Every winter, I cannot escape a good blouse underneath a jumper along with a crazy patterned skirt. It's the same reliable combination that gets me through the weekends of the cold months when the weather no longer allows me to dress up as a wannable hipster without 'catching my death' so I'm forced to choose between throwing myself back to the 1960's or throwing myself into every piece of black clothing I own - We seem to have a case of all three here if we call the beanie a hipster-like piece.

So after eating twice my body weight when out for the afternoon with my mam and nanny and as a result, having a desire to lie on the floorlike a unaccomplished whale, I went to my friend's for the evening to pretend I can play dance video games, lock my other friend out of the living room and look fabulous in a onesie. Onesies are fabulous, don't deny it.

I do apologise for this shorter-than-usual post in terms of text, but I promise you that there's a long TY Thursdays coming the day after tomorrow !

And I keep adding to the paragraphs, but I've just noticed a little surge in followers so thanks a million again to everyone who reads Dainty Sprinkles !

"I do rainbows and sparkles between one and five"

Grace x

Friday, 14 November 2014

The Exciting Mundane


Today has been a great day if I add everything together and this week has been extremely great (although I didn't have anything relevant to write about for a TY Thursday's but that will be back next week !) so I am entering the weekend as a very happy child. 

Good // interesting things that happened to me this week included

☆ Seeing my friend for the first time in three weeks - altogether now "good cat good cat" and stroke hair. I don't understand that anymore than you do, it just became a thing. 

☆ Spending an entire double French attempting to glue class lists onto envelopes - they were second year classes, so I obviously spent more time looking for the names of my brother and his friends than I did actually gluing 

☆ Learning a new song on keyboard - can I call myself Beethoven or maybe Vivaldi yet ?

☆ Getting to know new people - while we're there, can I also call myself a social butterfly or when I do that, is the glitter tape going to rip off and I'll be smack on the ground like *three cheers pour moi* 

☆ Realising I need to get my ess-haich-iy-tee together because I'm bored and unmotivated from having no homework to do so I need to do something with my life after school like baking or filming videos rather than sitting on Rookie or Netflix or Tumblr for several hours. (Please note if any teachers read this, don't give me loads of homework now, just a bit, thanks.)

☆ Joining in the #tbloggers general chat last night and chatting to some really cool bloggers - in which I tweeted that I'm really loving posts lately full of crappy-quality photos of everyday routines so that whole conversation inspired the first few photos which I took at lunch and also when walking out of school.

Thank you 'this week' for being pretty cool ! 

Grace x 

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Sometimes

I swear it's an ironic duck-fish-water animal pout
 jumper's either from Penneys or New Look probably Penneys | New Look shorts | Penneys beanie | Tesco boots


I have nothing to say or write about on here today so I may as well talk about my beanie ! I bought this in Penneys back in August and to be honest, I welcomed the freezing cold with warm arms (oh irony.) this week because I could finally wear my winter gear ! I know loads of people who have this hat in the burgundy or navy blue but the mustard colour has really grown on me so like I said in my last post, it's glued to me at all times bar when I'm in class or someone decides to try it on - in which case I try to speed up the process of returning it by yelling "It doesn't suit you anyway" I'm so cruel. Lesson learned, if you're Transition Year at my school, reading this, and you decide to try on a hat, come Monday - don't attempt to borrow mine !

Stories or achievements from this week that I can actually talk about on the World Wide Web include 
☆ successfully resisting the urge to laugh or join in all eight billion times there was a twenty one vine reference made
 successfully not crying at the John Lewis Christmas ad because lettuce be honest, it was nowhere near as sad and I'm becoming increasingly disappointed that no moaners on Facebook have compared themselves to Monty the Penguin living the single life 
☆ learning another song on keyboard that I can actually sing except for the cat-in-a-blender-pitch part of the chorus after I found accurate chords online
☆ making a twat of myself as always in social situations despite improving on that end - but hey we can't have all the marshmallow clouds of social cop so I may carry on not so casually running away from social situations !


Grace x

Thursday, 6 November 2014

TY Thursdays #7 : Returning to Classes, Failing to Make Butter and The Freezing Cold



This week we returned from our midterm break and several things became clear to me before I was in the door five minutes 

a. I had not been in proper classes for almost a month so it took me a few days to learn how to contain my laughter when the word "21" (Vine reference.) is  used in a sentence or shouted out

b. I walk into a class and don't recognise half the people there because they've all got haircuts or something and then I look at the other half of the class who I don't recognise either since I've forgotten that they're actually in this class

c. Thanks to a mixture of the hour going back and the month being November, it is freezing cold and it is only going to get colder from here so I have a bobbly beanie, winter coat and gloves glued to me at all times I'm not sitting in a classroom where I can glue myself to the radiators. 

I haven't found adjusting back to classes too difficult, it just feels like we've started a new term or something and Monday out of all the days this week, seemed to speed by. The majority of people I know wish they were back with their Galway group in classes but I've actually missed my classes and the people in them (plus in fairness, I'm in classes with half my Galway group.) so it was nice to see all those people again. Also since going back on Monday, I can see that Galway has helped me on the social skills end of things - I feel much more confident approaching or speaking to people who I don't know too well which is helping a lot in class and at lunch. Speaking of Galway, on Tuesday we received back our reflection sheets and hand sheets which were so nice to read after it being two weeks since the trip and again the messages on the hand sheet are so so lovely, they'd literally make your day !

Activities in class I've enjoyed this week include learning how to introduce ourselves in Japanese, performing our scenes we wrote in pairs in Drama and learning about the NNI Press Pass competition we'll be entering in English ! Our first set of modules will be coming to an end soon which is going to be devastating (mainly because it means I won't have Drama on a Monday anymore !) but this week in Public Speaking, we began public reading which was actually really interesting. For the triple class, we learned about public reading in a religious environment and all had a go at practicing it in the Oratory which was not near as frightening as I had predicted.

 Another class I enjoyed this week was our last Ag Science module today, in which we attempted to make butter again ! We had to leave to go to assembly early during our previous attempt so this time we were determined to transform cream into butter with the help of a few marbles in the forty minutes. As you can tell by the lack of photos with a slab of butter as the subject, we weren't successful in our experiment but although we'll never know what our homemade butter would've tasted like, we do know what the process tastes like after Bronwyn tried it as part of a bet (she's getting two and a half chocolate muffins for it !) and told us that didn't really taste like anything !

Both a lot and not a lot of things happened on our first week back and I'm looking forward to what the rest of November has in store for Transition Year,

Grace 

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Forever Imagines

New Look jumper | skirt from local shop | Penneys tights 




As per usual, this Halloween I had no idea what or who I would like to dress up as which is why I am, as usual, dressed in black with a heap of eyeliner, fake blood and dull eyeshadows planted on my face. My general theme was anime eyes after being told numerous times that my attempt at the look several weeks ago was creepy and frightening so naturally, I had to force my friends to let me do the same on their eyelids ! Whilst we ate a box of chocolate fingers together in less that five minutes and my friend painted our nails, I generally attacked their faces with the pencil and liner for the anime eyes, fake blood anywhere they wanted and black eye pencil on their brows- a bit of navy and grey eyeshadow too for creepy contouring ! After this, our evening consisted of eating all the food before it was actually needed, quoting along to Mean Girls and creating too many group chats on our phones and whirls. Halloween is the definition of Halloween for a reason !

My mam also allowed me to spook-ify her face earlier on in the day which resulted in lots of eye liner and fake blood again ! Besides the eyes, my makeup consisted of blood running from an eye, mermaid scales using fishnet tights and eyeshadow for contouring along with some mess ups that turned out like bruising and berry lipstick mixed with black eye pencil. Also, back to my outfit - Ignoring me dressing so colourful as always, I was in Penneys on Thursday looking for the fishnets when I saw the patterned panda face and skeleton tights which have been available online for yonks yet only now the shops are hopping onto the trend. I didn't plan on even buying a pair, except the skeleton pair were down to one euro as it was the day before Halloween (and apparently according to the world you can't dress like Halloween after October 31st.) so I kind of immediately grabbed the last pair because I am going to wear these until they are covered in holes !

That was my eventful Halloween that has caused me to be an actual zombie with exhaustion today and like a lot of my posts lately, I'm going to finish off with a quote - this one is a tweet of Lorde's (i.e the coolest seventeen year old on the planet.) from yesterday that sums me up perfectly

"people keep asking me what i will be for halloween and my answer is that i am halloween"

Grace x

Friday, 31 October 2014

Everything October



I've discovered that October is my favourite month of the year. It's the blue sky and the sun reflecting off the glowing trees before sunset, it's the multi-coloured leaves scattered under my feet and everything they create. October is often quite eery and I'd go as far to call it unpredictable, except I know it so well at this point, it's what comes after it which is what is unprecedented.
October to me is magical because it's change - something I cannot stand except in this situation, the uncertainty and uneasiness which I can't get enough of and it makes me feel like some kind of adrenaline junkie that is extremely unlike my usual ways. It's usually an exciting but scary month for me as events always take a steep step up like a climax or turning point and I remember more things this month than I do from any other.

I mainly remember things because I connect memories to music in the charts and written accounts and I generally have a pretty bad record when it comes to actually reminding myself to keep up diaries so I just mentally tie songs and days together which results in me having to play them over and over to become accustomed to them and not crying when listening at a later stage - it took me two years to get over One Republic's 'Good Life', I have problems. Songs that are released or make the charts in October are melodies that stand out to me. They're so upbeat yet dark and dramatic as if the world is going to end in a matter of days yet you both fear and look forward to it, which makes since considering that the end of the year is only two months away. I always feel like I've ripped out a whole load of organs and restarted my  life or something when I listen to these songs which sounds gory and satanic but honestly - it's not !

"It's the most wonderful time of the year" and I hope you have the most wacky Halloween yet, whether you're still harassing your neighbours for sweets at sixteen, destroying your friends' faces with fake blood and eyeliner or sitting in your bed watching The Rocky Horror Show with your best mate, food. I'm spending my October the Thirty First the way of the second option this year.

In the meantime, I'm going to fawn over the pastel goth Halloween tag on Tumblr because "I'm a mouse, duh !"

Grace x 

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

A Very AwkwardSprinkles Halloween Blog 2014 #1



Halloween is two days away and I feel like I've been seriously neglecting Dainty Sprinkles, blogposts-wise, this week so there's no better way to fill this first Halloween blog of 2014 than talking about life lately in a humorous-way-if-you-understand-my-sense-of-humour. As usual.

So since speaking to you last (which I speak about as if it was a month ago, yet it was only Saturday.) I have tried to fill time that could have been spent procrastinating, doing many things that are likely to still count as procrastination.

One, has been trying out some new things here on the blog which include buying a custom domain and changing the header. I made an impulse decision over the weekend to buy the domain 'daintysprinkles.com' as it's something I've always wanted to do and although I was full of hemming and hawing at first, I eventually decided after three dragged out minutes, to continue my whole washing away doubt and leaping in attitude. Three or four days later, I'm still sitting here having failed in connecting it to my blog or whatever you call it after reading the instructions too many times and I'd ask more "tech savvy" (stahhp cringe attack at my use of the English language.) bloggers for help except I'm kinda hopeless !

That paragraph is too long so I'm starting a new one to tell you that I *tried* (please place emphasis on the 't' word.) to fiddle around with HTML and photo editing again in order to update the blog design as things were becoming a little dull around here and some of my favourite blogs such as this, this and this had all switched up their headers so I was becoming more tempted as the month went on and after more than several severely horrible ideas, I came up with one I actually liked which you can see in the header and sidebar ! I am yet to actually change entire design of Dainty Sprinkles but seriously, I would be afraid and quite certain that I would completely mess things up that looked fifty fifty beforehand.

Other forms of combating but making excuses for procrastination have included putting the chapter about major and minor chords I have paid attention to in music class to use by teaching myself something that sounds like Sweater Weather on the keyboard which you can listen to here and telling myself I'm going to film another Halloween video which never seems to actually happen.



Finally, if you couldn't tell from the photos above, Aveen was over at mine yesterday so we obviously filmed an Awkward Sprinkles video for each of our channels after spending an hour gossiping and making ourselves feel ill with the amount of popcorn and chocolate eaten. I actually didn't procrastinate last night on editing the video above, you can immediately waste sixteen minutes and thirty eight seconds of us blowing bubbles like mature young adults (or actual adults in Aveen's case.) explaining why ever self defence class in our school are told the story of Aveen without using her name but everyone knows it's her and singing along to pop songs. Aveen's video won't be up for another few days, but when it is, you'll be watching me put vampire makeup on her - don't say we didn't warn you. Then we thought it would be fun to go outside in the almost dark at 5pm and take loads of photos - we didn't freeze to death if you're waiting for me to exaggerate me life away.


I don't have much else to say except that I'm hopefully buying fishnet tights tomorrow for my Halloween costume - I'm not actually wearing them but I'm using them for something to do with the end result and if you watch enough beauty videos on YouTube at this time of year, you will know what I'm dressing my face up as. If I actually manage to film a video in the morning, except another post tomorrow evening but before then, you can read my previous awful Halloween blogs here, here, here and here. When you get really bored, you can even laugh at my previous two Halloween's here and here as well !

Have fun.

Grace x