Thursday, 1 December 2016

November Playlist

Happy December the First ! I am probably not going to shut up about it being the festive season, the end of the year approaching plus the sentimentality that this is the last Christmas in second-level education, however, I do have Sixth Year to keep myself grounded from becoming both over-excited and anxious. Swiftly changing topics, there's a funny story to the notepad pages pictured above. I was searching for objects from when I was younger when I found one of these cute little notepads that I used to get in my Christmas stocking. In this particular one, I had created a kind of cartoon-style in which the story moved as the pages did - a kind of flipbook ? In this one, anyhow, younger Grace decided to dish out her relationship advice which was - may I add - not from personal experience, but, most probably, television shows. Things still haven't changed. The 'stoopid' page also.

I got into The Runaways' music so much this month ! I've enjoyed their music for so long but this month it was on another level, beginning when I began playing random songs of theirs' at my friend's for Halloween where 'Saturday Night Special' became my new favourite. 'I Love Playin' with Fire' is another great jam. 'White Icing' reminds me so much of songs - especially jazzy Christmas music - from the seventies and its so funky but chill, I love it ! A brief mention to the retro vibes I listened to at the end of the month in 'Above Us'. But .... Oh my gosh. How have I not listened to the brilliance that is Stevie Nick's voice before now ? 'Edge of Seventeen' was stuck in my head all last week and I love it so much that I couldn't complain when the chorus was the first thing that I heard in my head each morning !

The final five songs I have yet to discuss were listened to on the school trip I went on, which I will probably write about in a post very soon, once my roll of film is developed ! 'Cold Water' was not one of the main songs listened to, however it was playing on the way back from an activity and not only was it so catchy, but Mo's voice is so unique, the kind that forces you to listen, that it was stuck in my head for the rest of the trip. I really cannot believe that I enjoyed a song featuring Justin Bieber this month, let alone admitted to the deed. I really don't know how to describe the other songs. They're so so intricately beautiful, mystic and fascinating anyway, it doesn't really help that I have even more of an attachment to them after dancing in the rain to them on the last day. In hindsight, the latter was a pretty bad idea.

If you listen to any song off this playlist, it needs to be '10 Mile Stereo' ! Beach House's music is always so magical anyway but I swear, this is so alluringly enchanting and I felt as if I was in another world every time I listened to it. Next to that, in terms of exquisitiveness, is 'No Care'. Daughter's voice and lyrics are so haunting, but in a mesmeric kind of way, and its the kind of song that you could suit any mood, its just amazing ! When listening, I always imagined myself as a stitched up, stuffed puppet doll with yellow strands of wool for hair. So following that, I would twirl around but it was more likeable to 'flailing' as the lyrics in the song describe. 'Whites Not My Colour This Evening' is completely different, being of angsty, energetic vibes. It screams a kind of 'unconventional' anthymn, I'm probably looking into it too much, but it always looked like a spirited, powerful march with bright yellow, pink, blue, white and green paint flying everywhere when I heard it. The bassline makes one feel as if they're about to go into battle ! Finally, 'Teenage Lobotomy' is another energetic, angsty one. A little shorter, but nevertheless, as great and catchy plus, one can dance wildly to it. Or yell out each lyric. I only did the wild dancing. Swear. No sarcasm this time.

Grace x

Monday, 28 November 2016

Bittersweet Sky

Currently listening to : Above Us

On Saturday, I thought I ventured out several times from the afternoon onwards in an attempt to clear my cold a little or at least distract myself from the reality of having one, since it was way too warm and stuffy inside. Side note; lying in the grass and leaves in order to achieve a decent angle of a photograph is really only inviting your cough and runny nose to disimprove. I really don't need to be reminded of my stupidity from here on out. Anyhow, following that bout of impulsiveness, I went into town to meet friends for the turning on of Christmas lights. It was going to be bloody freezing so I did add a scarf after this - I do use that brain inside my head, I swear ! I think I found these shorts in a charity shop over mid-term, if not afterwards. I don't really own a pair of shorts which either fit or feel comfortable on me (curse my younger self for buying all the pretty eccentric shorts in the kids' section.) right now so when it became apparent that this pair was loose-fitting and made me feel half-decent upon looking in the mirror there was internal screaming. Another plus - matches my red hat.

Also over the weekend - Gilmore Girls revival ! I apologise if I spoil anything here but oh my gosh ! What can I even say ! I am all on for the portrayal of flawed protagonists ! All on for cliche plotlines ! All on for the illustration of the ever-improving and maturing relationships between the likes of Lorelai and Emily or Jess and Luke. As for the ending ... On the outer layer, there seems to be such a need for more episodes, so many new unanswered questions have come about. However. Delve in a few layers deeper and it can be found that those questions are very answerable by the viewer theirself. The storylines have come full circle. And yes, its cliche and predictable to the point where anyone could probably create any possible future plots and be proved correct if Amy and Daniel Sherman-Palladino were to write any future series. But its nice in a way and very fitting. And perhaps I have watched too many Richard Linklater films thus leading me to become accustomed to enjoying seemingly mundane, everyday ordinary life-depicting storylines and scenes which although, having a credible destination, are sometimes overlooked due to the lack of dramatisation. I mean, there was no climax in those films, there didn't need to be since it all just happened.

 So in summery, so many people were disappointed since the revival was bigged up in a way to be something it wasn't. And there's not problem with that. Unless you are one of the many who had hoped for a tight  ongoing plotline featuring a climax and resolution or two ideal desirable protagonists who had grown to have learned from, and therefore removed, their flaws. However airy fairy and unrealistic Stars Hollow and the Gilmores' eating habits may be, the storylines, relationships and characteristics portrayed and developed in that programme have always been very realistic. It would not have made sense to carry out the revival in any other way.

Grace x


Saturday, 26 November 2016

Fifteen Plus a Half

One of my favourite things to look forward to during the week is late Saturday afternoon, a time I always allocate especially to taking photographs of anything outside that catches my eye. Last weeks' findings, pictured above, began with an urge as always to play a younger version of myself. I think I'm supposed to be fifteen and a half years old here. It began with having a Capri Sun (I had left-overs from Galway.) one afternoon and coming to the conclusion that they never taste as good at home as they do when away on a trip. Then I thought of the interesting, youthful images which could be created from the combination of juice cartoons and lip product stains, however it didn't exact turn out as hoped due to insecurities surrounding my chin ! Three sarcastic chairs for body image ! Yes, that 'chairs' is supposed to read as 'cheers' but I typed it in accidentally and now wish to keep it since its amusing me. After thinking of that idea, I had taken out lip glosses which a friend had given to me last Christmas (I am yet to use them since I am awful. Oops.) and the shiny gold which they rested on in the packaging was so festive and gorgeous, I could imagine how amazing it would look, stained with lipstick marks. Linking that back to the 'fifteen and a half years old' influence, I used constantly to blot my lipstick with a dressing gown between the ages of fifteen and sixteen. And the pens are my latest favourite stationary and the colours just looked well with the lipstick stains, ditto the tarot card-style cut-out from Rookie Magazine so there we go.

On a final note, look at how adorable Plum and Truffle are !
Turning on of Christmas lights time !

Grace x

Wednesday, 23 November 2016


Currently listening to : Edge of Seventeen | I Love Playing With Fire

Do I belong in the nineties when wearing this outfit ? Or is it the seventies ? Or maybe even the noughties ? I am confusing all the decades, the fashion of which influences every piece of clothing I buy. They all share similarities which, in this case, probably originate in the seventies - leaving out the style of beanie, perhaps - so there we go, I can stop rambling on that topic now. I'd swear that this top is all I've worn lately ! I found it in a second-hand shop the weekend before mid-term and ever since, I take every opportunity to get use out of it because it is so ridiculously pretty !

I would have written a lot more tonight and I know I always say that, however, this evening I spent a half an hour on English homework writing a two-page-long dialogue, which was supposed to be a three hundred word-long diary entry. So then I was overcome with exhaustion and between that, deciding on which French exam paper comprehension to attempt next, an online conversation with a friend in which I was still in my fast-paced thinking mindset; I was - and still am - likely to drop asleep sooner or later, hence the break from revision to relax, whilst using my laptop. I also have until Friday to finish season seven, the final season, of Gilmore Girls which is not as amazing as the seasons it followed due to the absence of Amy Sherman-Palladino, the writer and creator. Hence the decreased speed in dialogue and sometimes, almost vaguely planned, and therefore seemingly bizarre, storylines.

Nevertheless, I could not be more excited for the four-episode, six hour-long revival which air on Friday !

Grace x

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Rising Wintertime

Its been bloody freezing cold this week and on Monday, wherever I went, it seemed as if the heaters had gone on strike ! The bright side of accessorising with almost-purple hands all day was the beautiful blue skies and winter sunshine that came with such arctic weather. I have been in a rut concerning props lately. I decided to give bubbles in hand accompanied by glitter writing on my face another go and whilst the glitter aspect was a slight success, taking photos of bubbles sans self-timer (my neighbours were outside and the self-timer is loud and strange-sounding.) proved near impossible, hence the lack of photographic evidence. Whilst nature is beautiful and I am lucky to live somewhere surrounding by that beautiful nature, I don't travel to many outdoor spaces and when I do, mam's camera is often not in tow since I'd be visiting with friends. As a result, my photos generally end up appearing as replicas of each other, all very familiar so I try to very my sets by adding manmade subjects - humans or often feminine motifs.

Also went on a mini length rant on Instagram on Tuesday afternoon which couldn't be prolonged since a full-length essay would appear as attention seeking, it would be unnecessarily long and also, I would end up being overwhelmed having to actually process everything, let alone put it into words ! Its here but I took the Kinsey scale test (I was bored and the subject was niggling at me !) only to spend the next half an hour overthinking the result (which was half-expected.) as to whether it was due to having Asperger's and being a late bloomer or having Asperger's and taking medication. In the opinion of some, this may seem a little too much 'over-sharing' for the Internet. But I wouldn't tend to agree, a more detailed rant would tend to be written into a private journal, etc. of course, but I don't see much of a problem with discussing these kinds of matters ! I am almost an over-dramatic, processing-delayed, almost-adult teenage girl ! If this was written in the early noughties, I would probably end the paragraph with 'whatever'.

Grace x