Thursday, 28 May 2015

Casual 17th Birthday Celebrations | OOTD

Yesterday was my 17th birthday. As it falls right smack-bam in the middle of exam season, I always wait until after my exams are over before having a party. It just means everyone can properly enjoy themselves more without the thought of 'oh, I should really be revising right now'. But my family didn't want my birthday to pass without even a tiny party!

Thankfully I had no exams yesterday so it was just a study day. My mum and dad were working and my sisters and brother were at school so I did actually have no choice but to do a bit of work during the day! In the evening we went out for dinner to an Italian restaurant - my favourite!

It was such a lovely and relaxed occasion! It was good to get the opportunity to really sit down and talk with my family with nobody having to cook or anything. The past few weeks have just been so busy!

So here's what I wore...

I ordered the kimono from Dorothy Perkins on Sunday and it arrived yesterday so of course I had to wear it! I love it!

A friend bought me the blue Hollister top for my 11th birthday but I only fit into it recently, haha! It's such a pretty shade of blue.

The jeans are high-waisted Moto Joni jeans from Topshop.

The plimsoles are from New Look. They're such a pretty purple colour and are so comfortable to wear! Perfect for something casual to throw on in summer!

The mini tote bag is from Miss Selfridge and I am totally in love with it! It's the perfect size because it's small but can still hold everything I need when going out. It's another lovely shade of blue!

I really like this outfit and I think it's perfect for a casual spring/summer day. It would also be perfect with a pair of gladiator sandals!

- Caoimhe x

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Top 5 Tunesday #10

As you will already know if you my very fangirly April Round-Up, I attended 2 concerts in April: one was to see Olly Murs and the other was The Vamps.

Now I don't know about you, but after I go to a concert, the artist I went to see is all I listen to for a solid month afterwards. I literally become obsessed. Throughout April I had Olly's album 'Never Been Better' on repeat and The Vamps' album 'Meet The Vamps' ( but I always have that on repeat so there's not really much difference there ;D). Therefore, this should really be a Top 35 Tunesday featuring all the songs off both of these albums but don't worry, I'll keep it at 5! I've decided to pick my 2 favourite songs of Olly's and 3 favourite of The Vamps at the minute.

So, without further rambling (seriously, be quiet Caoimhe and get onto the actual content of the post), here are 5 of my top 35 most listened-to songs of April...


1. Risk It All - The Vamps

This is my all-time favourite Vamps song. (Saying that, I'll say that now and then next week it'll be a totally different song, haha!) It's such a beautiful song and I love literally everything about it from the lyrics to the melody to their voices on the track. Obviously I love how it sounds on the album but I think I actually prefer the live version. They bring out a beautiful guitar melody which isn't heard on the track and it just sounds amazing live!


2. Seasons - Olly Murs
Oh my goodness, this song is SO catchy!!! I first heard it a few days before going to Olly's concert and since then, it's rarely been out of my head! But I'm not complaining because it's such a good song!
It was so funny at the concert because he told the audience he wanted to do vocal warm-ups with us and sang the 'woo-oo' bits to us and we had to sing them back. It cracked him up! Then he told us it was his mating call and start beating on his chest like a gorilla whilst singing it - it was so funny! :D

3. Hurricane - The Vamps

This song never fails to put a smile on my face! It's a great song to listen to if you are having a bad day. I find it can instantly lift my mood and make me feel like I can take on anything. I love songs like that! Brad, James, Connor and Tris originally wrote this song for the 2014 Disney movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and I think it fits that whole theme perfectly! I love the upbeat tempo and the lively, uplifting lyrics.

4. Beautiful To Me - Olly Murs
I'm such a sucker for cute love songs like this one! The lyrics and the whole message of it are just so sweet!
I really love the big powerful chorus of this song, especially because I, personally, think it's quite unexpected. He's singing quite quickly and using a limited range of notes and then BOOM straight up to that note on 'love'.
Also, on the subject of this song, Olly announced literally the day before this post went up that 'Beautiful To Me' would be his next single but I had this post all planned the weekend just passed. I think he read my mind (or my drafts!)
5. Lovestruck - The Vamps
To be honest, before the concert this song had never really stuck out to me. Don't get me wrong, I loved it like all the songs on their album but it just never stuck out to me as one of my favourites the same way that 'Shout About It' and 'High Hopes' did. But they did an amazing performance of it at the concert, featuring an instrumental segment at the start where they each had a huge drum and were beating them in a really cool rhythm (I'm really bad at explaining things like this but you can see what I mean by watching this Instagram video taken by Tristan's girlfriend, Anastasia). There was fire and everything, like it was just an amazing performance - something quite different but so interesting!
But yeah, since the concert I've been listening to it so much more and I think it's becoming one of my favourites. It's another one of those cute little love songs that I'm a sucker for!
To see last month's top 5, click here
- Caoimhe x
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Friday, 1 May 2015

April Round-Up

April started off really well considering it marked the start of my Easter holidays. I was off school for a whole week and a half, yay! Although I had to study quite a lot, I did get to spend 4 days fully off all work at my holiday house. I spent lots of time with my family and friends, ate lots of chocolate and even got to spend everyday there outdoors as the weather was so nice!

I played golf everyday, entering a competition on the Monday and another one on the Tuesday. I actually ended up winning the Tuesday competition with a score of nett. 68, which cut my handicap to 30! I was really happy, especially considering the fact it was only my second competition of the season. As well as that, it was on my 2015 Bucket List to get my handicap cut to 30, so mission accomplished! I think I might need to make my goal 24 or something for the summer though, considering I'll be out playing most days!

On Wednesday 8th April, I went with one of my friends and her friend, whom I'd only met once before, to see Olly Murs in the Odyssey Arena. I had such a great night! He performed so well and was so good at interacting with the crowd. The show was energetic and upbeat right from the start, instantly putting everyone in such a dancey mood! He slowed down a bit in the middle singing Dear Darlin' and Let Me In, which were two beautiful performances. They were so stripped back and showed off the real raw talent he has. For 'Up' which he sings with Demi Lovato on the album, he brought out one of his support acts, Ella Eyre. She has such an incredible and powerful voice which sounded so good alongside Olly's. Overall it was just such an amazing night. Olly seems like such a lovely, genuine and down-to-earth guy and if you ever get the opportunity to go see him, take it - he's a brilliant performer!
(Side note: I would post one of my own pictures from the concert but they all came out funny due to the lights. Olly just looks like a plain white figure in them all, haha!)

Not long after that (12 days to be exact!), I was back at the Odyssey. This time I was seeing...MY FAVOURITE BAND IN THE WHOLE WORLD - THE VAMPS!!! After 186 days of impatiently waiting I finally got to see them and it was honestly one of the best nights of my life. They put on such an amazing, energetic show, getting the audience so involved and even going as far as getting a fan up on stage with them! My friend and I were in row 12 and they were such amazing seats! Because the stage was shaped like a 'D', when they came out to the curve bit they actually felt so close to us! When they first ran out on stage and started singing 'Wild Heart' I had one of those pinch-me moments. I'd heard and watched so many of their live performances on YouTube and I was like "Wow. Wait. I'm actually here and they're actually here." It was such a surreal feeling!

I loved the fact that after singing a few songs together as a band, there was a part of the show where each of the 4 members got a solo bit to themselves. Tristan, the drummer, was first with an incredible drum solo, then came James, the lead guitarist, singing 'Move My Way', which was a song he wrote when he was 15. It must be so special for him to see how far he's come since then.When he originally wrote it I'm sure he dreamed of performing it in front of thousands of people - and now it's a reality! Then it was Connor, the bassist. He sang an amazing version of Sum 41's 'In Too Deep' with Brad, the lead singer, accompanying him on the drums. I love that song and I think it suited his voice so well! Brad was the last of the solos. He sang a beautiful version of their song 'Another World', accompanying himself on the piano. After singing a few verse or so on his own, the other boys came out and performed with him. It was magical. So yeah in case you couldn't tell already, I had the time of my life, singing and dancing the night away! It was such an amazing show and I'm not just saying that because I love The Vamps - my mum went with my 10-year-old sister and her little friend she even said how much she enjoyed it! I can't pick what my favourite performance was because each of them had something different about them that I loved!

Another exciting thing that happened this month was that on Monday I posted my application for my provisional driving license. I'm so excited to learn to drive! I turn 17 on 27th May which is quite late compared to a lot of people in my year in school and a few of them have already passed their test! I'm hoping to start my lessons in the summer after my exams are over. Aahhh!

I hope everyone had a good April! :)

- Caoimhe x

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