Monday, 2 May 2016

APRIL PLAYLIST


I never got around to sharing March's playlist (although there is a photo of it somewhere.) but April was such an amazing month in many ways, but especially for finding good music, that I spent a good chunk feeling a great kind of overwhelm because I was finding such good music to listen to week on week - how is this even possible ! I could write over a paragraph on each song, it's brilliance and how many different emotions it made me feel ! But to save myself from future embarrassment and whoever reads this from receiving a bulk of unnecessary synonyms for "ohmygod" "I feel so ecstatic listening to this brilliance", I'm going to try my best to cut it down a little.

I am also a little (okay maybe very.) hyper writing here and about to toss my laptop over because

a. A CHELSEA HANDLER SHOW AND SIXTEEN CANDLES IS COMING TO NETFLIX THIS MONTH ! THE CAPITAL LETTERS ARE NECESSARY ! I AM SO RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED !

b. I may have slight (okay, quite a lot of.) writer's block and my thoughts are racing around my brain too fast to write them down

b. I just feel stupidly happy right now

c. my laptop is already battered so

and I realise that there are two "b's" there.
On with the playlist !

First of all, Arsonist's Lullaby is a Hozier song and therefore hauntingly amazing as always and in the same week, I began listening to Circa Waves as they kept popping up in the recommended box on YouTube and T-Shirt Weather made every morning result in feeling as if it was summer and me playing air guitar whilst I get ready since if the song wasn't catchy enough already, there's the riff. Show Me Love is another catchy song and just beautiful in general. Me, Myself and I gets a mention for the single reason that it reminds me of the Fridays of April.

Somebody had mentioned The Weakerthans and even their name sounded like something out of the nineties so I had to look up their stuff and found not one but two songs about a cat ! Two songs about a bloody cat, I kid you not ! Plea From A Cat Named Virtute is not only great because it's about a kitty but it sounds so fun and the lyrics are brilliant too - "Invite the tabby two doors down You can ask your sister if She doesn’t bring her basset hound" !!! Like I said, there's two songs, meaning that there is a follow up - Virtute The Cat Explains Her Departure - which I am yet to listen to !

I also listened to some songs with music videos are bonkers (and therefore making the song even greater than it already was.) including Mind Mischief by Tame Impala - a band that I've been listening to too much lately - which reminded me of The Beatles song She's Leaving Home (another song I listened to quite a lot this month, actually.) . The bass towards the end of this song is glorious ! Also, Hot Wax by King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - another band with a unique name and similar music, getting a lot of seventies psychedelic rock vibes ! Acid Rain is another song that gets a mention for having a music video that matches the wondrous of the song itself. Everything about it from the setting to the dancing is more than magical ! I don't listen to an awful lot of electronic music but Lorn's is just amazing and makes me feel so many different things and in quite an eerily peaceful way too. Cherry Moon is another one worth a listen to !

I listened to more Catfish and The Bottlemen this month and Rango has become one of my favourite songs, having some kind of ecstatic feel attached to it ! Towards the end of this month I also found an Irish band Funeral Suits who's music is pretty brilliant - All Those Friendly People being my favourite at the moment as I feel very spontaneous when listening to it. The lyrics are brilliant, hence me screaming the song in my head "I am young and I am naive Tell me something I will believe" and "Shine, shine, like the sun Spread your warmth through the everyone" and "Smile, smile if you can If you can't, I'll understand" it's such a happy song !

I will probably be back at some stage during the week with today's outfit after I cry a few streams over schoolwork !

Grace

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Astray



All I ever seem to post on the Internet is photos of the sky, sunsets and occasionally maybe my glitter eyeliner or an outfit I wore ! This is my way of subtly acknowledging that my blog and social media yokes and what not are all infiltrated with photos of sunsets - the majority of which look pretty similar, in my eyes anyway. I even have a bulk from a week or two ago but I posted most of them on Instagram so there is probably little point of sharing them on here now too. 

The sun's rays were beautifully hitting off the metal bars that hold up the swings tonight so I ventured outside with mam's camera to take a few snaps and it turned out to be quite a nice set of photographs, if I say so myself ! I've began sketching ideas of scenes again and one that began on Thursday was the image of fingers sliding, dancing down the metal banister on outdoor steps or ramps. The swing's metal bars had a similar appearance to them so I gave photographing it a go and ended up delighted with the outcome of the colours ! The fourth and fifth last photos of the top of the swingball stand, sticking out the sky, caught my eye as well. It reminded me of summer and also my favourite music video (still, almost a year later !) - 'Headlights'. 

Speaking of photos, I got my disposables - mostly taken over Easter - developed the other day and again, there's a photo of few over on my Instagram where I generally post too much. I've also been listening to lots of brilliant music this week, mainly Tame Impala & King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard. I get way too excited over listening to decent music anyway but the music videos are so interesting that I'm arguing with myself over which I prefer more - the video or the actual song ! Speaking of great music, Lucy of Things The Books Forgot tagged me to a 'Songs That Shaped Me' post so I shall probably get around to writing that up very soon ! That's after I cut down the excessively long list of songs, of course !

Grace x 

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Disposition


No outfit post in three weeks ? What is this madness ! I enjoy writing on here and I adore clothing, except I honestly do not have a clue lately as to how to write a paragraph, describing what I am wearing besides stating the obvious, being like "This is a tshirt. It is black. I love it. And I felt very cool today. Bye." But nevertheless, I do love what I wore today and felt very comfortable in it, even though this afternoon's weather could be compared to a yo yo ! The television shows that I've been watching lately have been having quite the influence on my choose of outfits to put together. I've spent the past three weeks watching the first few seasons of Degrassi which are set in and aired during the very early noughties. I adore the goth style and the multiple chokers worn by characters Ashley Kerwin and Ellie Nash in these episodes so I might as well by putting together my outfits to match my chokers, not vise-versa, lately and probably got a little too much happiness from how well my necklace and star choker looked today ! I've also been re-watching the first generation (seasons one and two.) of Skins and Cassie Ainsworth is basically my new style icon ! Hence the patterned pleated skirt today. 


The sky was looking amazing again this afternoon so I had to take some photos of it - I still have some to post from during the week, I've already shared a few on Instagram - and speaking of photos, almost a month later, I finally brought my disposable camera into a shop to get those photographs developed ! I now have a photo album to keep the images in too and the disposable itself wasn't from a pound shop this time so I am looking forward to the results !

Grace x 

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Violet Flurries

Currently listening to : Arsonist's Lullaby | T-Shirt Weather | Boy Problems | Show Me Love

Grey hued violet flows down a wall as does an aroma of the same shade flurries
 It leans down to rest on the floor and becomes consumed
By the sparkling rainbow dots above where the violet lies
A lack of light forms a sense of serenity.
There are no rules - it is alone
The violet wanders and escapes, becoming free in a confined space
Only the speckled incandescence alerts to guide
Garnet whirls around, bouncing alongside the parallel cold tones
It fills violet up , racing virtuosity inside
Brightness opens in a flicker, it's time to wake up
canary hued pearl flows up the wall as does a sense of fenced-in flurries

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On Friday evening, I turned off my lamps, leaving only multi-coloured fairy lights on, closing the curtains. I then proceeded to lie on the floor and let my imagination roam free. It felt as if I was floating in the air without a single worry so this evening, I wrote about it. It's not as long as I would hope for it to be but I am slowly getting back into the long blogpost kind of thing again.

Grace x

Sunday, 27 March 2016

SEVENTEEN

Currently listening to : Winter Bird | Pacifier

The past few days have been quite hectic. On Thursday I went to The 1975's concert, on Friday I came home only to venture back out and yesterday was my birthday ! This outfit, which I wore yesterday, is similar to what I wore to the concert. Since buying a flannel, it is all I live in and I can finally understand why so many people do - they are so cosy, what the heck ! I am also still ridiculously chuffed that this blue mesh shop was found in a charity shop so at this stage I will wear it out at any given opportunity. Meanwhile, the choker collection continues (the crescent and star is not intended to appropriate any religion or culture.) and these pastel fishnet tights are adorable, I feel like a pastel goth off Tumblr in them ! 


My birthday mainly revolved around food - bacon, egg and rocket roll for breakfast, hot chocolate out at a coffee shop, Nerds and too many sweets at my friend's house and pizza for dinner followed by apple turnover ! I also received a container of six hundred bon bons (I shit you not.) from friends for my birthday. As you can imagine Easter eggs are not on the cards this Sunday. My poor little appetite cannot handle all the food !

Worryingly enough, there is only a week left of the Easter Holidays. Something that appears to have zoomed by, yet at the same time I can't really remember school nor anything we have actually done in school so needless to say, it would be far more preferable for the return to Fifth Year to be postponed ! I still struggle to believe that I am in Fifth Year. We won't mention next year.

Just like every post lately, I don't seem to have a lot to say !

Grace x 

Monday, 21 March 2016

Umber Outdoors

Currently listening to : Gallow's Pole | Ong Ong | Marks to Prove It | Loud Places 

For someone who spends a grand chunk of their time bullet-pointing down and making spider diagrams of their film and photography ideas, I put together a lot of impulsive photo sets ! Most of my ideas do not expand from paper, at least for the moment, for many reasons. One being that they all involve human subjects and I don't really feel comfortable being like "HEY WHO WANTS TO DO SOME IMPROV. PLAYING A SILENT CHARACTER WITH A BUNDLE OF CHARACTERISTICS FOR MY PHOTO SET OR VIDEO HEY HEY HEY !" to anyone I know and it's also why my face, feet and whatever else pops up regularly in this kind of stuff. I'm not self-absorbed. I honestly don't see me in my photos as me but a figure of me and photographs are so much more interesting with people in them anyway. I think they create a kind of connection or something to do relate to.

These photos don't have much of a story to them. I bought fairy lights, I'm the proud owner of a cute haversack-handbag found in a charity shop, I love trees, I'm back in my green coat again, my disposable camera is pretty cool, I'm going through a phase of enjoying red-toned photos and my radio keeps making funny sounds so I've had to plug it out. I also feel very happy and I make rash decisions to carry too many belongings outside into the freezing cold to take photographs and film video clips. I was so delighted to see how these photos turned out, the radio, camera and clothes kind of created a retro vibe, as well as the red tones. Speaking of my bag, I went shopping on Saturday as part of my birthday present and among the clothes bought, I found such great pieces in Oxfam - that bag, a yellow tee and a mesh blue top - which made me feel over the moon, it was ridiculous how delighted with myself I was ! 

I have a pretty exciting and interesting week ahead. On Thursday I'm going to my first ever concert - The 1975, it's my birthday on Saturday and I have something to look forward to almost everyday.

Here's to a great week !

Grace x 

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Creeping out of Green

 Currently listening to : War Pigs | Hymn For The Weekend | You | Bridges

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona daoibh ! That is 'St. Patrick's Day' as gaeilge (in Irish.) and I would write this entire post as gaeilge except that would then mean spell checking, grammar checking and of course, translating below and I'm a little too lazy for that ! As this was a day that I'd be spending in town being a sociable being (although, mainly eating a year's worth of sugar.) I have had my outfit planned for more than several weeks - I am cringing at myself as I write this. But I have reason ! Not because this happens every year (oops.) but because I needed somewhere to flaunt my 'creep it real' tee ! It was in Penney's back at Halloween (or should I say Oíche Shamhna ?) but my parents gave me it as a part of my Christmas present and it is officially the coolest t-shirt ever !!!!! The additional exclamation marks are necessary !

This of course had to be paired with my check skirt and leather jacket and white crop top for warmth ! I generally prefer to avoid the colour green on Lá Fhéile Pádraig unless it's in my hair or on my nails or eyelids but it was unbelieving cold this morning so the green coat had to come out. A miracle happened and I received no Paddy's Day or Commemorations comments all afternoon ! What is this brilliance ! Also wore my choker and bracelets as always, y'know, just add that in there.


St. Patrick's Day is more of a sociable and eating occasion than anything else. For example, when the parade began, my friends and I were sat in Costa eating twice our body weight ice cream, wedges and mini eggs. It's also the one day where you can buy a green 99 ice cream ! It is the start of the summer icecream season ! Usually, it's the one day where you see everyone ever from school (cue hiding behind your raincoat hood.) although we're getting to the age where most people either spend the day at home (the parades are a little shite.) or celebrate the day at a party at night rather than wandering the streets all afternoon so we saw barely anyone around today ! That probably shouldn't be so much of an achievement.

Not that it's of much interest to anyone reading this, I actually spent my money wisely today ! i.e not an excessive amount on food. I only bought 60c supermarket brand mini eggs and bon bons (okay, maybe still a little too excessive.) but I did spent money decently on a disposable camera ! Disposable cameras are my favourite things ever, even if it does involve the cost and effort of getting them developed. I was chuffed with three photographs being taken on it today except for when I remembered when I got home that I had never used the flash. Grace 0 - 1 Disposable camera.

A brilliant day, all in all !

Grace x