Sunday, 23 October 2016


Currently listening to : Violet | I Wanna Be Sedated

I am in both my green coat and a new pair of tights. It is officially winter. These days I prefer shopping in second-hand stores , however what other choice does one have but the high street when it comes to tights ! This pair are from Penneys - as are most of the tights I own due to the cosiness and comfort - and they're so cute and ribbed, I had to maintain a great deal of self-control in order to avoid buying a pair in every colour ! The white t-shirt over the pink top combination is inspired by this look from a scene in 'Its Kind of a Funny Story'. I'm yet to get around to actually watching this film but every time I see photos of that scene on Facebook, it reminds me to both look up the film, as well as somehow recreate the style. Also, the boots used to belong to my brother. I reluctantly wore them on the Galway trip (which my brother is actually currently on.) two years ago and then I took a shine to them a month ago when my friends and I visited the woods. I do feel a combination of an adventurous little kid and a full-of-angst sixteen year old in this outfit.

My weekend has been pretty nonchalant, although I did cry over stupid scenarios and Gilmore Girls for three hours, eat pancakes in a coffee shop, buy cute clothes in a charity shop, bump into friends, meet somebody I only knew from the Internet and take photographs during golden hour ! Nowhere in that list refers to schoolwork but I swear that I have completed near to four hours so far today !

Grace x

Sunday, 16 October 2016


Currently listening to : One Line

Yesterday's outfit had me feeling similar to a bohemian pixie ! All the floral, the off-the-shoulder style, the loose fitting pieces - quite ideal for this time of year when the temperatures are bobbing up and down more often than a yo-yo. It would take me to become fond of wearing off-the-shoulder tops only just as we approach winter. In Ireland. Where's my sarcastic little round of applause ? If there is more reason for an ironic round of applause, look how much I tried not to wear all black again ! On a side note, I spend seven euros on a NYX black lip liner in Boots yesterday. I have been feeling guilty ever since so the plan is to begin my lifetime of getting so much use out of it by wearing it on the day that yearbook photos are taken. And perhaps also in my sleep. The latter was also sarcasm.

These posts are beginning to resemble small talk since my brain is fried due to seanfhocail and random sraith pictiur phrases taking up permanent residence in my train of thought, Section B and H of Gerald Barry's Piano String Quartet killing my brain cells by playing over and over again in mind and finding too many similarities between every foreign language I take. Did I mention that the overtime my brain is working to develop ideas for portfolio ? 

I started a new journal the other day and I am so so ecstatic due to the outcome of the cover ! Considering it was so minute and I have barely any spare time anymore, I combined most of the images - almost all are originally derived from Tumblr - from a mood board-type collage which I had made for my art project. Screencaps include scenes from Dazed and Confused, Some Kind of Wonderful, Skins and Dazed and Confused once again. The colour scheme reminds me of toasted cheese sandwiches or grilled cheese, whichever you prefer. And the kind in which there is also ketchup !

Another week begins ! Only two more until mid-term,

Grace x

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Taking Time

Currently listening to : Haxel Princess

The weather is so gorgeous at this time of year - I am going to turn into mush ! The highlight of October has to always be the silver beach in the glow of golden hour, surrounded by it's falling leaves. Because of packed weekdays and weekends due to Sixth Year and an occasional social life ( ?) I have had barely anytime on my hands to go out and take proper photos of the autumnal weather, however the other night I had to take a prolonged dinner break from the books to explore !

Breaks from the books are so important, not just to avoid losing sanity but also to speed up productivity because of the clear mind gained from that break - especially when the time out involves the outdoors. I am a true procrastinator so ridiculously prolonged breaks have always been a part of my study routine but now more than ever, do I find myself taking every opportunity to leave my room or even the house, when it arises ! 

I don't have a lot to write today since my brain is unfortunately filled with Sraithpictiur phrases which therefore, results in me constantly thinking as Gaeilge. And then I begin jumbling French and Japanese sentences. I also began watching Gilmore Girls on Saturday and insist on watching at least one episode each day because clearly my priorities are in order. This is problematic.

Grace x

Tuesday, 11 October 2016


Currently listening to : Wasting My Young Years | Childhood | Waiting Game | Beggin for Thread

On Saturday, I went out with friends for yet another eighteenth ! Its one of the strangest experiences on a Monday, listening to my friends who have officially reached the age of 'adulthood' (the adjective 'adult' is questionable.) speak of their nights out that weekend. For a lot in my year, that kind of thing is unlikely to be out of the ordinary but I'm just sitting there listening like "since when did this all happen ?!". So after school, I proceeded to deter myself from acknowledging the existence of Sixth Year by putting up Halloween decorations. I'll never be ready to 'adult' - it was a pain not to go out on Saturday with specks of glitter dotted over my cheeks ! Besides the whole fright as to the fact that all my friends - and in another few months, myself included - are turning eighteen, Saturday was a brilliant evening. I love the nighttime, mainly since its full of paradoxes - an atmosphere that's peaceful but very much alive, the streetlights in front of the dark sky, its amazing !

I felt so comfortable in my outfit on Saturday which was quite a surprise considering that it consisted of tights, a mini skirt and off-the-shoulder top ! The colour scheme also turned out suprisingly well. I didn't intend for there to be a theme of green, however that is how things developed. Basically in love with all the colours and textures plus the coat made me feel very sophisticated ! On a final note, my platform boots defied me ! For the first time ever, my feet were dying the entire following day and I felt betrayed ! In fairness though, there was some kind of jewel-style sticker stuck to under my foot plus I went down a steep-ish hill which was probably a bad idea. Oops.

Grace x

Sunday, 9 October 2016

September Playlist

I have being procrastinating on this post for over a week so now may be a decent time to write it. I listened to such a copious amount of music in September, it is ridiculous. Especially since I had little to no access to the Internet for two weeks plus I've been busy. I don't know where to begin and I mightn't get around to writing about every artist or song ! It seems to have been such a long month because of all the music I listened to, however we may start somewhere. Preferably, dealing with Closer first. Just to clear that it is here since it is basically all I heard in school every morning for the majority of the month. All the confusion over the lyrics. And the repetition of the lyrics once they were learned. Please, never again.

Beach House receives at least a paragraph of their own as I have been listening to so much of their music ! I initially listened to some of their stuff back in May but somehow, I rediscovered them at the beginning of September and I am so in love ! Their music is so soothing and magical, the kind that makes one feel either overwhelmingly content or sad depending on one's mood beforehand and the duration of time one spends listening. I genuinely feel as if I am being transported to a different universe every time I listen to any of their songs and everything is so so enchanting and beautiful, I just melt ! Because of those aspects, their music comes across - to me, at least - as a little eery or uneasy too, but its fascinating. My friend compared 'All The Years' to classical music and then I started sobbing on the bloody bus to Higher Options listening to it (luckily, nobody noticed or else that would have been difficult to explain.). Its so calming and magical, yet again, seems a little eery to me. Definitely one of my favourite songs. I also cannot decide on which I love more - the music or video of 'Master of None' ! Also 'White Moon' is really really great ! Its returned to being stuck in my head on and off for the past week or so.

I was also listening to lots of Aurora's music again this month, notably 'Awakening' and 'Silhouettes'. Similar to Beach House, her music and lyrics are beautifully enchanting so I love listening to any song of hers since it will always leaves me feeling a little more creative or inspired. Songs which made me feel silly and great during September include 'Chili Town', 'Mixtape 2003', 'Communication Breakdown', 'Fire Walk with Me' and 'Capsize'. I have no idea why I haven't been listening to Hinds before now but they are so cool and on another planet, I just aspire to be them, really. Anything by Gang of Youths, particularly 'Magnolia' and 'Radioface' could be added to that list too. Their songs and music videos are bloody amazing and they almost create the whole 'yay im going to explode' feeling except I find that their songs can be slightly anti-climatic, although perhaps I am just over-critical and picky !

Finally, the ad for the 'Gemini Feed' music video - which is incredible, may I add - kept making appearances on YouTube and then I heard the track on the radio so now I am hooked listening to Banks all over again - ten out of ten recommend, I love her music so much. 'Knife' is another song I listened to on repeat after recognising it from a beautiful scene from Skins and then 'Hero' kept playing in my head the whole time for too long after watching Boyhood multiple times. And finally, part two of 'why have I not being listening to them before now'. Bombay Bicycle Club. Particularly, 'Luna'. Oh my gosh. Where has this song been hiding from me ! I adore it - if its new to you, then you need to listen to it !

Thank you or well done for getting through another monthly post of me fangirling over my favourite music !

Grace x

Friday, 30 September 2016

Start Shaking

Currently listening to : Luna | Capsize

Today was non-uniform day at school which is always one of my favourite days of the academic year since I can be comfortable in my own damn clothes ! This year we had a theme, specifically a seventies themed, which made things a little frustrating so I spent all week worrying over whether to go preppy, punk or as a member of The Runaways. Although, that in turn, derailed me from stressing over which college I want to study in next year so you can take the distraction as a positive or negative. In the end, my outfit wasn't exactly my favourite to have worn on a non-uniform day as I would have liked to have added a few less feminine elements. However, as always, I decided to go way out of my comfort zone, cue unnecessary anxiousness as I approached the school but just like every year, those worries somehow morphed into confidence by the time I reached the school doors ! 

I wore four inch heeled boots to school ! I repeat, four bloody inch heels ! This should really be the title of this post, if not the opening line ! I have no idea how I got through the entire day and evening without slipping once but I did it and it felt amazing ! Considering I have awful coordination, I do love wearing heels and strangely find them so so comfortable to wear plus they are a great boost for my self-esteem. Not only did I learn today that being a little taller than usual creates a lack of short jokes from friends for the day (THANK YOU HEELED BOOT BABIES, YEA THANKS !) but I also discovered that being short can have one, maybe pushing for two, perks. That one being that the sink is much easier to reach when brushing teeth in the morning. Cue me screaming into mam, "I NEVER REALISED I WAS THIS SHORT !"

I can't believe I have spent an entire post rambling about what I wore today without even getting to describe it - what ! My hair is too long to spike with sugar and water and I've been too tired to put together a proper punk look so I went for a more preppy style with the blue blouse, A-line skirt and knee highs. I tried to add in a few punk elements with the double-winged eyeliner, which I forgot to photograph close-ups, the lace and also my leather jacket and chunky boots. I never wear knee-highs to the knee, especially not with these boots, since I'd be afraid of being cat called which is unfortunately the reality of things - even in a smaller town - but today I felt so confident, it was a 'feck it' moment ! And I should try make more moments 'feck it' moments, they're good.

Also, I went to see Bridget Jones's Baby this evening and oh my god, it was amazing ! My friends and I did not stop laughing for the entire film and it was also artistically beautiful - the locations are so well-chosen - and now I want to see it all over again !

On a final note, I listened to so much music this month that I'm going to leave it until the next post ! 

Grace x 

Sunday, 25 September 2016


Currently listening to : basically every song from Boyhood | Radioface

Last night called for Aveen's birthday at which stage, starter platter springs to mind and I become a little over-excited by the thoughts of calamari (FISH IS FOREVER HOLDING ME BACK FROM BEING A TRUE VEGAN !). I was also the youngest there, cue me being even quieter and stranger (I SWEAR I HAVE AN ACTUAL PERSONALITY, AN ACTUAL VOICE AND ACTUAL OPINIONS !) than I usually am at birthday dinners. Now would probably be a good time to mention that Grace being quiet and strange at sit down social outings involves Grace saying a. nothing whatsoever b. awkward fidgeting c. trying to give the impression that I have a decently functioning appetite d. the odd chuckle to a joke that I probably shouldn't understood. One would begin to question why I ever leave the house. Anyway, the highlight of the evening had to be Aveen's birthday cake which had a photo of Aveen's favourite Instagram goat - the name of whom I forget - and the entire situation was priceless ! The best part being the look on the waiter's face when he took it away to cut into pieces.

My outfit yesterday evening was put together at last minute and probably a little boring. We have a 70s themed non-uniform day at school next Friday which is really bothering me since I want to have fun dressing up except themes are almost like a restriction and I can't be a**ed to turn in a deliberately parallel style for the sake of it. Also, all the seventies styles I enjoy the look of are too risque - I wouldn't wear them around a free house, let alone down the street, let alone to school - and my hair is too long to spike up with sugary water. So that's all I think about in terms of clothes at the moment and I hadn't worn my mesh time in a while which prompted the need to give it a little love ! Left the flannel at home in the end but it can be really handy and comfortable if you're similar to myself and feel a little odd in tighter clothing.

Speaking of school and fashion, I have woven my way back into the web of love for makeup ! I kind of fell out with the whole idea last year and stuck to the one look for an entire twelve months, however I have returned to the bandwagon of so much makeup ! Its becoming only slightly ridiculous at this stage. Experimenting makeup has always been what I look forward to most in the morning, it is so much fun, and I probably experiment a little too much on schooldays. Since the beginning of term, I've been braving a red lip (THE FEAR OF BRIGHT RED LIPSTICK HAS FINALLY LEFT !) and the usual eyeliner every day but this week I left the reds at home and went a little wild with the eye shadows. On Friday morning I went on the search for eccentric looks from Milan Fashion Week and found photos of the amazing glitter lips and gapped winged eyeliner. I tweeted my attempts to recreate a toned down version the looks, although I forget to snap photos of the faded purple lips.

An impressive number of words in today's post - I am on a roll ! I haven't been snapping copious amount of cliche random-objects-with-the-background-of-a-cliche-sky photos yet and to be honest, my imagination is a little dead right now but hopefully I might get out this evening.

Also, one last thing - wow, I am really writing a bunch today ! I cut my revision early on Thursday evening after seeing the 'Boyhood' had finally come to Netflix and oh my gosh, it was so worth it ! When I first heard of the film when was initially released back in 2014, I presumed it was going to be cliche and overrated, however I was still quite intrigued. Although only extremely visually pleasing at the beginning and end, the entire story was just amazing and I am still not over the fact that the film was shot over twelve years ! It is such an incredibly unique film, its difficult to compare anything to it and I'm not sure if I have ever seen anything as good as it !

Grace x

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Little Ventures

Currently listening to : Knife | In The Name of Love

On Saturday my friends and I had our third little adventure out (okay, the second took place at my house which therefore only involved the other two venturing out.) known as 'Grarkack' because joining our names together was the extent of our combined creativity when it came to titling our group chat.

Under the illusion that the woods would appear or feel somewhat autumnal, I suggested the idea of venturing to the woods only to come across not one pile of brown, fallen leaves ! Also, the chestnuts were all crushed and strangely textured. There was also no distinct garlic aroma. However, we did encounter many an intriguing mushroom (apologies to my friend who despises the sight of the things !) which resulted in me constantly insisting on stopping to take a snap !

Grace x