Albums + Feelings

Introductions, Life

I was thinking about five albums that mean a lot to me but aren’t necessarily my favourites. These albums all captured a moment in time during different periods of my life. When I think about them I can feel my thoughts, the colours, and hear the sounds. I can almost see what I was wearing and I can remember where in the world I was standing. I hope I can teleport you to those times too.

From Under The Cork Tree – Fall Out Boy

My strongest memory of listening to this album was when I had finished a day in school. I went back to my grandmother’s house to do my homework. I was up in my bedroom in that house. It was a bright and airy day. I was standing in my school uniform but I had taken off my jumper and my shirt was untucked. I was enthralled by these four guys. It was such a good album, the first album that made an impression on me. This was the start of my FOB obsession. I don’t know why this album meant so much to me, maybe it was down to feeling like an angsty teenager. Whenever I listen to this album I feel youthful and energetic. Maybe even a bit rebellious (as rebellious as I can get which isn’t very). This album will always mean a lot to me and I will always think of it as my first. 

Most memorable song – Dance, Dance


Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not – Arctic Monkeys

First of all I never can say/write this title properly unless I look it up and I don’t know why. When I was planning this post I wrote ‘Whatver you say I am’. From day one of buying it I don’t think I’ll fully ever remember it. My strongest memory of this album is sitting on the fooor by the stereo after I bought it. The blinds were closed and it was nearly completely dark. I instantly became obsessed with this album. It made me feel infinity cooler than I was previously. I loved the lyrics and I loved the British indie scene that I was never a part of. I just loved the aesthetics, the smoking, the Fred Perry, the white sneakers. All things that I never did/wore. This is a great walking album, everything about it makes you stand taller. 

Most memorable song: From Ritz to Rubble



Trilogy – The Weeknd

This album I experienced in college. I was enveloped in it after a few listens. For months this was all I listened to and I honestly can’t believe that Abel is the same person who is currently writing what he’s writing. There was something so raw about Trilogy. It was about real things and The Weeknd’s voice was hypnotic. My favourite song was Montreal – I think I could listen to him speak French all day. The most prominent memory is cooking the kitchen, it was dark out but I remember it to be warm. My housemates came in and asked who I was listening to and was I emotionally okay that day. Abel’s lyrics were definitely not something I could relate to but I loved for that insight into his life. I think of that album and I am filled with emotion – the sign of a great album. 

Most memorable song: Montreal 



Graduation – Kanye West

I don’t know what made me buy Graduation but I’m glad I did. I don’t remember many people in my friends group listening to it but maybe it was the apparition of shutter shades. I remember going into HMV in limerick and seeing it. How could you miss it with its beautiful cover art created by Takashi Murakami. I also remember getting in our old silver Passat CL and playing it for I would say around two minutes before my mother told me she had a headache. It was another album my friend and I listened in the bus. The bus was our version of blaring the songs in a car. I would bring my iPod classic and we would share earphones only to speak when we wanted to say something about the album. It is a pivotal album for my teen years. 

Most memorable song: Barry Bonds



B’day – Beyoncé

This album as my first real introduction to Queen Bey. I had the Destiny’s Child album Destiny Fulfilled but this was fully Beyoncé. I remember buying this album in a record store not too far away. I never really listened to her solo music but something told me to grab it and I’m glad I did. I like every song on this album, my strongest memeory listening to it was in my grandmothers house where I learned all the lyrics to Upgrade U and acted it out as if I was in a music video (thank God I had no access to a video camera). This album makes me feel euphoric and like I am a great dancer (which I am definitely not). This album was the start of my long life love for Bey.

Most memorable song: Suga Mama

Music

thoughts

Music is so universal; it is a language we all speak. I constantly listen to music and my music tastes vary quite a bit. I adore that music can transport you to a moment in time. Whenever I read, as a teen, I would listen to an album on replay. Rihanna’s Good Girl Gone Bad instantly brings me to the time I was lying on my bed in my Grandmother’s house reading Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison.

If I take a moment and properly think about it I can remember how the air felt and how bright the room was. I can almost feel the mattress underneath my body. I can feel the paper and I can smell the library pages. Everything about it is warm and the thought feels pink and yellow in my mind. The thing is because it is a memory it is a bit fuzzy around the edges. That is where music comes into play. I listen to that album and I am in instantly in that moment even though it was around a decade ago.

Music, for me, is an instant time machine. If I hear Clean Bandit’s Rather Be I think of a weekend in London in 2014. These memories are endless and the more I indulge in, the more that will be created.

 

2016

Life

Let’s be real, 2016 was difficult for a lot of us and I was no exception. Between dealing with my own health, losing my job, and helping to care for a terminally ill relative, 2016 really tested me. As we come to an end I have already spoke about my resolutions but now I want to talk about the highlights of the year for me. This is an eclectic mix so bare with me.

Getting hired

I graduated college with a Bachelor of Science degree in something that I knew from week one I had no intention of pursuing. I finished college and was left with the prospect of “well if you’re not doing this, what are you doing?”. I managed to get an interview with a start up and from there got the job. I couldn’t believe I was working as a digital designer and writer in the centre of Dublin. Even though my health caught up to me I really enjoyed working in the city while I did.

Internet

I started a website, Mettle, with a friend. We started it because we both love to write but we felt media was focused on celebrity culture and negative connotations around that. We created Mettle to not only showcase our ability to write but also create content we felt people would enjoy. It has been very interesting to run something like this and has taught me a lot. Although it is going through a transformation at the moment (and if I’m honest I’m not sure what is planned for 2017 in relation to Mettle) I really enjoyed writing for myself. I also reached a rut in my personal Instagram account but after I reopened this one, I am excited to start over. If you fancy following it, you can find it here.

Writing

Besides Mettle I have been writing a lot. I actually finished a manuscript of a novel I have wanted to write since I was 16. It was absolutely bewildering to hold a thick bundles of pages in my hand and hopefully in the new year I will finish editing it and see if it is any good. I have enjoyed dabbling with poetry though I am not very good at it. Writing has been a great solace for me this year. Creative outputs are vital for me.

Music

It was a pretty tiring year but one thing that was consistent was new music. It all started with ANTI and it just continued to get better. My favourite albums of the year are;

  • ANTI – Rihanna
  • Views – Drake
  • Joanne – Lady Gaga
  • Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande
  • Lemonade – Beyoncé

You could be sure I was usually listening to a mix of all these. There are some I want to listen to properly before adding them to the list; Starboy, Blonde, Glory, Coloring Book, Untitled Unmastered, Awaken My Love.

Books

I have always loved getting lost in a good book but at the beginning of this year I gave myself the challenge to read 12 books. I fell short of that resolution but I definitely increased the amount of books I read. This year I am starting up the challenge again but this time I am starting a mini book club with a friend. We haven’t decided on our first book yet but keep an eye out in January because I’ll be blogging it all.

I really resented this year, it has been my toughest in a very long time but looking at the positive aspects has been very therapeutic

Everybody’s always talking at me, everybody’s trying to get in my head

Introductions

Why is it that some music is considered embarrassing? Are we all focused on being cool 24/7 that we can’t embrace our undying obsession with Sugababes (just me? Okay…). I have one distinct memory where I was walking into Dundrum Shopping Centre and outside volunteers were collecting money so like most people I stopped to put in money. At the time I was listening to shuffle on my old iPod classic. Let me just explain my iTunes is not, has never been, or never will be cool. I think I am the only person who enjoys my iPod on shuffle as it varies from rap to R&B to pop to Irish comprehension lessons (always learning!). Yet, here I am outside Dundrum, giving money to charity and the volunteer asks me what am I listening to? This is a completely valid and normal question, I have earphones in which must be plugged into something that emits sound. I could have been listening to  The Beatles, Guns’n’Roses, Drake, No Doubt numerous ‘cool’ musicians yet I was listening to the High School Musical 2 soundtrack. I absolutely froze and like whenever I need more time I ask the person to repeat the question so I can formulate an answer. “I was wondering what you’re listening to?”. To which I replied, “Nothing, it’s paused.”.

Let me ask you what is worse, that I was listening to music he probably didn’t like (also everyone else in the world other than me and my best friend) or saying I was walking around with earphones in and an iPod plugged in but said iPod was paused. Not turned off, not out of battery…paused. I probably would have given him all my money past, present, and future just to evaporate. He looked at me and then looked at my iPod which I then took to run.

I have decided no longer shall I shame myself for not constantly listening to ‘cool’ musicians. When I get the question what music do you listen to, to which I usually reply “well, it varies but my favourite band is Guns’n’Roses” to “well, it varies but my favourite band is Guns’n’Roses and I occasionally listen to HSM2. No, not the first one, the second one. Yes, the Disney movie about a musical high school.” Until then I will continue to binge on Sugababes (which if you have been around here long enough, I’ve mentioned a few times), and don’t tell me it’s a guilty pleasure because there is nothing to be guilty about! (Except maybe HSM2, I probably should feel guilty for that…)

My July

Life, Monthly Favourites

July has been one fantastic month! I spent most of it lounging around in Tuscany, which was a bit surreal, I caught up on my reading, I listened to old music rather than new and, I ate myself one stone heavier (sigh).

(P.s this is a long post!)

Read-

I am a sixteen year old girl at heart and never really grew up to adult literature. Instead I read YA novels because, for some reason, they appeal to me more. In the YA category I read Paper Magician and, Glass Magician by Charlie M. Holmberg. I enjoyed this series, it is a novel focused around a young girl named Ceony as she leaves Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined and starts on her journey to become a Folder (someone who is magically bonded to paper). I found this series original and I am currently loving any setting that is in London. I would recommend these books if you like magic, romance and strange characters (vague, I know).

I finished the Divergent series by Veronica Roth and simultaneously started Paper Towns by John Green. I am keeping these together because I was quite reluctant to bother finishing Divergent as I was just not into it and felt myself skimming pages rather than actually reading and I found starting Paper Towns the same BUT I won’t call it quits on Paper Towns. I will give it a proper read in a couple of weeks when things are a bit calmer and I can actually find time to read. (pleasedontkickmeofftheinternetplease)

The by-far best book I read this month was Bridget Jones. It makes me wish she was a real person and my best friend. I loved every minute of it and, even though I watched the films first it only enhanced the experience as every time I read Daniel Cleaver’s dialogue I heard Hugh Grant’s voice and that was a wonderful addition! There are a few books that I mentally add to my future apartment bookshelf and this will be there but, I really want the white hardback cover (aesthetics, eh?) but can’t find one that delivers to Ireland. Disappointing.

August Goals: Finish Master Magician and Bridget Jones series. I don’t predict much reading for this month!

Beauty-

Urban Decay’s Revolution Lipstick in Catfight. Ok, yes I know I haven’t worn it outside my bedroom but I love it. Think I might do a post on it in order to prevent me droning on.

I have wanted to try the Sephora face masks for a long time but as there is no Sephora in Ireland I ravaged the one in Lucca. I tried the Green Tea Face Mask and the Rose Eye Mask and they were wonderfully hydrating and the Green Tea FM definitely helped with my blemishes. I have a Pearl Face Mask lined up for a day I need it!

As my skin has been quite bad after graduating I have tried Anthony Gycolic Facial Cleanser and I have found it powerful and doesn’t leave my skin dull or dry. That being said I really wouldn’t recommend for people with sensitive skin.

August Goals: Find a blusher other than Benefits Coralista. Any recommendations?

Travel-

I spent the beginning of July in Tuscany and it was stunning and beautiful (more cliche words please, Lisa). It is exactly how you imagined it; terracotta roofs, vineyards, olive and cypress trees all framed by mountains with lush grass. The temperature never dipped lower than 30C and I loved every second. I travelled to Lucca a couple of times and a few other towns around Tuscany. Next time I go back I would like to go to Florence and Venice and, maybe go back to Rome.

August Goals: No travelling lined up, must save money for future travels.

Tuscany

 

Internet-

I am loving Tumblr so much at the moment. I have been following many more blogs and fine tuning my dashboard. My favourite blog atm has to be Marnie the Dog. That puppy would cheer up the coldest heart! As I have been insulting all of the internet’s prized possesions I have to say I really don’t enjoy the ‘what are those’ Vine trend BUT I am loving the ‘run’ vines. I could watch those forever!

August Goals: Expand my list of Tumblr blogs to follow. You didn’t think you could have goals for your internet life but here you are.

Music-

I have been listening to a lot of older songs. Bridget Jones brought me back to early 2000’s music, a lot of Sugababes…a bit too much Sugababes. I am currently (as in right this second) listening to I am…Sasha Fierce. What a great album! It reminds me of secondary school and reenacting the songs (should’ve kept that to myself). I also have been listening to a lot of Drake and The Weeknd but at the moment, who isn’t? I bought Pinkprint because I have been really enjoying Nicki BUT (get ready for a v dramatic story) I bought it while in Italy at a cafe and downloaded it but apparently they never took the money off my card and I (stupidly) assumed they had and spent the last (€20) on other things. I now am in debt to iTunes to the value of €12.99.

August Goals: Pay iTunes the €12.99 I owe them from buying Pinkprint…cant live with this guilt. Less Sugababes (slowly wean myself off).

TV & Internet Shows-

Pretty Little Liars. This is such a strong love/hate because I wait all week for it and then it comes on a Wednesday. I get a cup of tea and lie on my bed and then its leave with so many unanswered questions. Also they are taking a mid-season hiatus (pleasePLLdon’tdothistome).

I have yet to finish The Vampire Diaries, the last two episodes to go I just have no motivation. I feel like everything else is on a season break, I guess that is because everything else is.

August Goals: Get back into The Mindy Project (Mindy Kaling, please be my best friend).

 

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you feel like I should be watching/listening/reading/using anything please leave it in the comments! Apologies for the long post but, hopefully it was enjoyable!