Friday, 22 January 2016

25 'Get To Know Me' Questions

1. What is your middle name?
My middle name is Jane, after my great grandmother. I really like it because it's just a nice plain and simple name.

2. What was/is your favorite subject at school?
I have two favourite subjects: Spanish and Business Studies. I love Spanish because I think it's just such a nice language, and I love speaking it and learning new things about the language. I love Business Studies because it's just such a relevant subject. Literally whatever we are learning at any point in time, there is always something to do with that topic in the business news and I just find it really interesting.

3. What is your favorite drink?

4. What is your favorite song at the moment?
I have three favourite songs right now: 'Love Yourself' by Justin Bieber (which I just can't get out of my head!), 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, and 'Million Words' by The Vamps.

5. What is your favorite food?
Pasta - just anything with pasta!

6. What is the last thing you bought?
The last thing I bought was a new memory card for my camera after I accidentally threw my old one in the fire. (Don't ask...)

7. Favorite book of all time?
Ooh, definitely The Hunger Games! I love everything about the whole trilogy from the plot to the characters to the messages behind the storyline. It's so well-written and so gripping! In fact, I started the first book at 11pm one night and literally could not put it down and I finished it at about 7 or 8 the next morning! It's amazing!!!

8. Favorite colour?
Purple or baby blue.

9. Do you have any pets?
I have two cats called Oscar and Angel.

10. Favorite Perfume?
My favourite perfume changes all the time but at the minute it's DKNY's Be Delicious Eau de Parfum. It's a nice fresh and fruity scent.

11. Favorite Holiday?
I think it would either be my holiday to Berlin in 2014, which I wrote a blog post about here, or when I went to Rome in 2011. We got to see all the amazing landmarks like the Colosseum and the Sistine Chapel. Both Berlin and Rome are such beautiful cities!

12. Are you married?
I think I'm just a bit too young yet! Plus, I need to find someone willing to marry me first hahaha! But I want to get married when I'm older.

13. Have you ever been out of your home country? If so, how many times?
I was actually born in Australia but my home country is Ireland. My parents moved back here when I was nearly 2 years old, so I don't remember anything about Australia so for this question I'll count the times I can actually remember - I've been to Spain 5 times, England 4 times Italy twice and Germany once.

14. Do you speak any other language?
I study French and Spanish but I'm not fluent in them. I hope to be fluent in at least one language someday.

15. How many siblings do you have?
I have three siblings - two younger sisters and a younger brother.

16. What is your favorite shop?
I have a lot of favourite shops! I love Boots, Eason, H&M, Zara, Dorothy Perkins, River Island, Forever 21... the list goes on!

17. Favorite restaurant?
I think I'd have to say Pizza Express because yumm!

18. When was the last time you cried?
I'm really emotional so I cry at everything! The last time I cried was a few days ago when watching a sad programme on TV.

19. Favorite Blog?
I have wayy too many to list here but some of them are Zoella, Tanya Burr, Niomi SmartEstée Lalonde, A Model Recommends, Fleur De Force, But First, Coffee, What Olivia Did, Lauren ConradOlivia Redfern, Charline Has a Blog, and Vivianna Does Makeup

20. Favorite Movie?
I don't have just one favourite movie but some of my favourites are 'The Hunger Games', the Harry Potter movies, 'Love, Rosie', 'Les Miserables', '13 Going On 30', 'The Sound of Music'.

21. Favorite TV shows?
'Pretty Little Liars', 'How To Get Away With Murder' and 'Once Upon a Time.'

22. PC or Mac?
I have a PC and I love it so much, so I'll have to go with PC.

23. What phone do you have?
An iPhone 4S.

24. How tall are you?
I'm in between 5'1'' and 5'2''.

25. Can you cook?
I bake more than cook but I do have a few dishes that I make sometimes. I'll need a lot more if I go away to university in September though!!

I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about me :)
- Caoimhe x

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Big Little Lies | Book Review

Recently, I've been obsessed with murder mysteries. First, I started watching 'How To Get Away With Murder' (amazing TV show by the way!) and then one night I was starting a new book on my Kindle and I just felt needed something a bit more gripping and exciting than that book, so my mum recommended me some books she had read, 'Big Little Lies' being one of them. (She couldn't remember the name of the book though and said to me, "It's something 'Little Lies', hmm... Oh! Pretty Little Liars!" No, mum, I don't think you were reading the Pretty Little Liars books, haha)

I thought this book was amazing! At the very beginning you find out a parent has been murdered at a trivia night in a primary school but you don't know who has been killed, who did it or why they did it. Then it goes back to a few months earlier and we meet Madison and Celeste, who have been friends for years, and Jane, who is new to Pirriwee. The chapters in the book focus around the lives of these three women: their children, their husbands or partners, their history, and their friendship. It all leads up to the trivia night and all the pieces of the story fit together at the end for a shocking finale.

I found this book so hard to put down the whole time I was reading it! I wanted to read and read and read just so I could find out more and try and piece the puzzle together. I had my suspicions as to who had been murdered but I was so wrong! Nothing could have prepared me for the major plot twist at the end!

I think Liane Moriarty did such a good job with this book. It's a nice light read but so far from being boring! I like that she dealt with the topic of domestic abuse whilst not making it heavy or dull. Some other parts are actually quite funny and Madison is quite a funny character because she is just so sassy.

If you are into murder mysteries like 'The Girl on the Train', then I would highly recommend this book to you. It's a light read but so gripping! There were a few times when I had to physically stop myself from googling the plot of the book - I was so desperate to know what happened! I was so glad I didn't in the end because it made the ending so more satisfying and shocking.

- Caoimhe x

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Saturday, 2 January 2016

Hello 2016!

Happy New Year, everyone! I can't quite believe it's 2016. 2015 just flew in!

2015 was a pretty good year for me and you can see some of my favourite moments of the year in the collage above - my work experience in Madrid, seeing The Vamps live, going to the Irish Open golf tournament, getting Oscar, participating in my school musical, my formal, passing my driving test, Christmas, among so many other things. Obviously there were downs too. Nobody can have 365 days straight of positivity unfortunately! But I feel that for me the good moments far outweighed the not-so-good ones. Fingers crossed that 2016 will be the same!

This year will be quite a big one for me. If all goes well in my A Levels, I may be packing my things and moving to England or Scotland! After June, it'll be a big change for me whether I decide to go away or not as I will be leaving school and therefore pretty much everything that is normal to me. I'm not expecting it to be easy but I feel like I'm up for the challenge!

Before, at the beginning of every new year I made vague, generic New Year's Resolutions and every year I either completely forgot about them or failed to achieve them and gave up in the second week of January! So, this year, instead of having vague resolutions like 'get fit' and 'be happy', I thought I'd make a list of goals or a bucket list of things I want to achieve in 2016...

  • Drink at least 2 litres of water each day
  • Take at least 8,000 steps each day
  • Try to drive 4 or 5 days a week to improve my confidence on the road
  • Get my golf handicap cut to at least 24
  • Take more photos
  • Say yes to more things and just have fun :)

What are your New Year's Resolutions?
- Caoimhe x

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