So my last post, while I found it good to do a more intense real life type post I thought I would do a more chill down time snappy read one today.
But if you did like what you read first all thank you! And second of all there’s definitely more to come.
So here’s the things that make up a great summers day for me…
In no particular order leeego… 🙂
1. Good Reading Material
So for some reason I do most of my book/novel reading in the summer time.
I just find it so relaxing to take a break from my phone and fall into another world. Focus more on the characters problems than my own 😄
These are a few books on my summer reading list:
2. The Playlist🎶🎶
Very very important. What is summer without the tunes that turn our days into movie scenes.
Spotify is my go to for music. There’s so much to choose from. Now I am a cheapskate so I have to deal with the ads and a limited number of skips. But besides this barely tolerable factor I like using the app.
This playlist is a working progress but I’ll suggest it here anyways. A for effort 😄
Now this one isn’t mine but there’s a good variety of club summer like tunes here. ☀️
And who doesn’t love a bit of throwback to the old favourites.
*For more see my Spotify @gurlthinking. Also some playlists are collaborative so feel free to add to them!
Sunglasses are my favourite accessory, along with chokers. And when the sun breaks through the sky you have to have the perfect pair so as not to let down your cute ass outfit, consisting of white de-stressed shorts, basic tee and maybe even a kimono. These are some of my faves, ones I own and some you can buy online.
Unfortunately I don’t have links to these but below are two sunnies I have my eyes on!
I’m very lazy when it comes to my hair. I don’t like doing too much with it or putting too much product on it. I like to have it very natural looking. A new fave of mine is sea salt spray. This emphasises the waves my hair already has, but giving it more volume and a soft feel and textured look.
I use the Tony and Guy Casual Sea Salt Spray. It’s a 75ml bottle that I have-perfect for travelling. It lasts me a while too because I don’t use that much at a time. I use this after I’ve washed my hair while it’s still damp, it doesn’t work with dry-trust me! 🙂
So that’s all I think of for now. I thought this would be a fun post to share what I love during the summer.
I feel so tired from this month- May has certainly used up a lot of my energy and kept my mind buzzing.
The first week of May marked the end of my first year in college…WaaaaaaT! It doesn’t seem real, I keep asking myself where that year went. I already have made lots of plans for my second year already! This includes planning events for the NUI Galway Style Society, the society blog and other groups I’m volunteering for.
One things for sure, I am very happy to see the end of all the study. The Leaving cert’s will hate me for saying that but don’t worry guys ye’re almost there!Watch this space because in August I’ll be doing a post about what to expect when you start college. 🙂
The high of finishing exams was also met with warm welcome of the sunny summer weather Ireland saw at the weekend (of that first week).
My brother was home from England for a couple of days so I stayed at home hanging with the family and getting my tan on. Some days my snapchat read 17/18’c but I swear it would feel hotter. We went for a brunch on the Sunday to this cafe in Galway called Tosnú. It’s on Abbeygate street beside the juice cafe raw. The staff are so lovely, they do an all-day breakfast AND it’s very reasonable, you could even say student pocket friendly. Unfortunately I forgot to take snaps of the menu or my meal but I will be back and hopefully will remember to then!
Now the beginning of my summer holidays also marked something else- the rush to get a job. I won’t go on and on about this because you’ll all know about it by now from my past posts. But there have been some signs of hope…This week I have been going to a few different trials at businesses around Galway. I want to talk about this again though because I’m thinking of doing a few tips posts about job hunting, interview clothing attire and I want to do a CV how to post also.
Long story short, it was a really great experience to work for a day in these places; I went to a retail shop, cafe’s and I did a group interview also. This was all organised and completed within the space of three days, so you can imagine by Thursday I fully understood the meaning of the word exhausted. Now I just have to play the waiting game and hope that get that call! I was told it could be a few days so I’m trying not to glue my eyes to my phone-well, no more than usual at least 🙂
Well this is too easy. My reality tv obsession is definitely being attended to with the juicy drama of shows such as Made in Chelsea, Geordie Shore and the return of The Hills to Mtv (just a re-run not new episodes). What more could I ask for! I’ve also fallen for First Dates Ireland which is so cute and cheesy, it really reinforces my love of the Irish humour and the special characters that live on this island. The bad news that May TV brought was the finale of season 12 of Grey’s Anatomy. ***SPOILER ALERT*** who else is absolutely shipping Riggs and Mer, and oh my the intense birth of Jackson and April’s baby<it’s a girl aww 🙂 > wonder what they’ll call her?!
Now that the sunshine has arrived- on and off yes but still it’s there- I have returned to my love for sunglasses. For my birthday my sister bought me these gorgeous mirror silver shades from the thrift market in Galway, they’re from a local Galway business called Cotton Face Vintage (Link below). My birthday was in September, but I didn’t want to waste these sunnies on dreary days of no sunshine. I put them away to save them for the summer and now they are out and shining! I’m not 100% sure but I think they cost €15 but don’t hold me to that, I’m sure if you message Sinead at Cotton Face she’ll let you know!
FB link: https://www.facebook.com/shopcottonface/ and http://www.cotton-face.com/
I do the bulk of my book reading this time of year. I actually have a summer booklist that I’m putting together for June/July/August. I might even do a post about it. Currently though I’m reading ‘Lucky’ by Alice Sebold. She also wrote the book ‘The Lovely Bones’. This story is about when she was raped while in her first year of college. I haven’t finished it yet but I will say that it is an intense read and I will warn you that there is graphic imagery. On my to read list is actually the popular book ‘The Luckiest Girl Alive’ by Jessica Knoll, which also deals with a girl dealing with her youth past and her rape. Unbeknown to readers at first this book is actually based on Knoll’s own experience of her being raped. I would recommend as preparation for this book that you read Sebold’s. If you’ve read either of these let me know what you thought of them in the comments below but please *NO SPOILERS!*
-Spending my time…-
Blogging and taking pics. I have to say I am really proud of the pictures I took for the post about the facial scrub. My dad has a Canon EOS 1100D camera and lately especially I’ve really been enjoying whipping it out and posing objects and taking pics. Don’t get me wrong, the iphone camera is very good, but there’s something special about taking a quality professional camera and just snapping away. It’s so fun and allows me to be so creative, in a different way writing allows me to. And because the days are longer means more opportunities to snap the day away. I also feel like good quality pictures will elevate my blog.
I don’t yet have plans for June. I’m hoping that I’ll be working, blogging, doing more photography and enjoying myself.
Oh and more sunshine so I can get a proper tan 🙂
Did you do anything interesting this May? I’d love to hear, or even list some ideas on how to spend the summer!
It’s April- Middle of Spring- It’s getting a little warmer and yes hallelujah we have seen some sunshine! I am really getting in the mood for the summer over the last couple of weeks. Which is very unlike me. I’m generally more of a winter girl myself, all that hot chocolate, cosy socks/pj’s, fires and that but no to hell with all that I am sick of the rain and the cold and I would very much like a natural tan thank you.
After a tough start to the year I’m finally getting some of my mojo back. I have returned to my ‘this is just a rough patch there will always be one but happier times are still to come’.
I’ve also been throwing myself into writing. This semester I have done a bit of writing for my college newspaper and I have to say I love it! Journalism and writing is always something I’ve thought about but not really ever gotten into it. But when things weren’t going great I knew I had to pick myself up and find some things to make me happy-like writing. It was the most amazing thing seeing my name printed under an article in a newspaper but also terrifying to think of people reading it. Although the college year is nearly over I’m already looking forward to getting involved with the paper again next year!
Also in march I joined the mac club and have fallen in love with the velvet teddy matte lipstick-Damn it 😀 Usually I don’t like to do what everyone else is doing- it just feels like copying and not being creative. So I never bought into the whole kylie J lip thing until last christmas. My sister asked me to write an xmas list and so I decided why not ask her to get me the lip combo and I’ll see what all the fuss is about 😀 turns out I really like it.The downside- I tend to have dry lips so this definitely isn’t an everyday product. But when I do wear it, I really like how it looks!
I FINALLY got my hair cut! Nothing too drastic just a simple trim. I haven’t been too happy with how my hair has been looking this last while so I wanted to get some life put back into it. And now it’s all about maintaining and styling. I’ve used a lot of products since I cut my hair up short the first time so I think I might do a post all about short hair soon!
St Paddy’s day was a fun day out as I met up with some friends from school that I don’t get to see that often because they’re doing the leaving cert and I’m in my first year of college. I waved all healthy thoughts and didn’t even hesitate when ordering that supermacs 🙂 Afterwards we just chilled in town having a few drinks (18 😉 ) to mark the occasion and catch up. I love those days where you just chill out and have good chats and the lols and even better I bumped into a couple of friends I hadn’t seen in forever!
Now though it’s back to the serious sh*t. As easter break comes to a close I hibernate in the library for a couple days rushing to get assignments done. This is exactly what my life is going to look like though until after the exams. Pretty soon the library will be seeing me a hell of a lot more than my actual home. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do- I’ll be damned if I fail my exams and can’t come back to college in August- Love it too much! 😀
So I guess even though this post is sort of all over the place what I’m trying to say is that March has been good to me. Hope for the same from April…fingers crossed.