Sunday, May 22, 2016

May Playlist

Lanes - Yuna
Tennessee - Kiiara
I'm In Love -Kygo, James Vincent McMorrow
Coming Home - Sigma, Rita Ora
Catch & Release - Deepend Remix
Georgia - Vance Joy
Hallucinations - DVSN
Crush - Yuna, Usher
Just Like Fire - Pink
Raging - Kygo, Kodaline
Youth - Troye Sivan ( Gryffin Remix)
I Lived - One Republic

I really wanted to do an outfit post today but the weather has been so unreliable lately. We've had some beautiful sunny days and some rainy ones too. But as it happens, the sun shines most during schoool hours and rains every other time! So I thought it'd be better to do the monthly playlist than no post at all.

May has been a study-heavy month for me and a lot of Leaving Cert students ( Seniors) because of our upcoming exams (which begin in 16 days). Personally I like to listen to classical music when I'm studying as it helps me focus more there much of what I've been listening to are piano and orchestrated pieces. The times I' not studying, I'm either winding down with some slow down tunage or trying to motivate myself to actually do some study so this month's playlist is a bit of a mix of both which I hope you will enjoy.

On a side note I have two more days of school left!! ( Cue the bittersweet tears.) Of course I'm delighted to be leaving school but my heart breaks at the same time knowing I'll never see half the faces of people I've shared 6 years of my life with, intimately or otherwise. We're coming to the end we've always known would arrive and a part of me has accepted that it's time to move on but some part of me wants to cry every time I think about it. I will of course be doing a post about Graduation and school and all that jazzy jizzle (hopefully including an outfit post) next Sunday but I just wanted to give y'all a heads up.

In the mean time, would love to know what you've been listening to lately. And if you have any bands or playlists you'd recommend, don't hesitate to let me know in the comments. 

Till next time my pretties xxx
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Sunday, May 15, 2016



 Cyclone B. cannisters 

List of Inmates


 Taken in the women's barracks


 Words of victims

 Schindler's desk


As much as I love history, I didn't choose to study it for my final years of school. Partly because I'm not very good with dates ( I mean I have forgotten my own birthday three times) and partly because I generally have a head like a sieve. However when the history teacher announced plans for a trip to Kraków, I couldn't see a reason not to tag along (other than the fact that I was pretty broke). It'd be time I get to spend with friends, and a highlight of our final year of school. Furthermore it'd be one more country to add to my travel list!!

But we've been back now for 2 months and I can't put a lid on the massive wanderlust hole that it's opened inside me. There's a humbling beauty in delving into a city's history, such as that of Kraków's that leaves you questioning your own knowledge of the world around you. I know people who've been in Ireland all their lives, don't own passports and have no desire to ever leave Ireland. Now while I do not judge these people, I have to be honest, I find it difficult to understand their reasons. I'm constantly wishing to wake up somewhere new. New cities,  new faces, new accents, new sounds, new, new, new.

I remember sitting in a very hot Kraków police station surrounded by officers, not understanding a single word anyone was saying and feeling completely beside myself. On the one hand I wasn't entirely happy that my purse had been pick pocketed and that being the reason I was there in the first place but on the other hand I oddly appreciated?...enjoyed?... the experience. Does that even make sense? Who loses all their valuables in a foreign country and is actually grateful for it?  

Thankfully I had generous and wonderful teachers who supported me for the rest of the trip and made contact with the authorities and came with me to their head office for a statement. My English teacher even rooted through some trash cans with me, t'was a real bonding experience for us!

But it was the fact that it happened, in a country I've never been to, where I do not understand or speak the language that made it more significant as an experience. I can probably live without having to go through that again, and I have definitely learned my lesson now but I crave the sense of adventure and bemusement I felt, especially when all the people in the office I was being questioned in started spontaneously dancing to Shawn Mendes' Stitches on the radio because it was the office favorite. Like what!??

Come July 13th I will be boarding a plane to Ghana, West Africa where I will spend three weeks with my family whom I have not seen in about 4 years. I am beyond ecstatic! However I don't think I'll be able to hold myself back after this trip. Is there such a thing as a travel bug? Because I think I've caught it, big time!!

What are some of the places you've been or want to go? And any recommendations? Love to know!

Till next time my pretties xxx
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Sunday, May 08, 2016

Hello from the otter side

Wasn't it Albert Einstein who said 'Madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?' It seems every time life gets hectic, the first thing I tend to do is put writing on the back-burner. It is step one of My Survival Guide to Life and it is a very crazy and messed-up one because I LOVE WRITING!

For so long I dreamt of being an author and writing enough romance and supernatural novels to cover up the walls of every teenage romantic's room, floor to ceiling, twice. Now it takes me ten minutes to come up with two somewhat coherent sentences. I can feel the telling twinge of a headache right between my eyes and a more noticeable one at the back of my head from having to think so hard.

The art of writing has been described by many authors as a muscle. And just like any other muscle in the body, it needs regular exercise and conditioning to be able to work efficiently and improve. The months I blogged, I was able to open myself to a wider world of creativity and new ideas that I could incorporate into every aspect of my life, even school. ( Yeah, I know, don't underestimate the power of blogging.)

When I decided to close the metaphorical door on blogging, I also closed myself of to so much more. School work began to take over my life. I quit my job to be able to have more time to focus on the subjects I was struggling with. I stopped reading. I barely had time to eat or sleep.I was losing too much weight too fast. I was burning myself out. It was really no surprise when it all finally caught up to me. I woke up to my first ever cold sore ( hello herpes) and all the nastiness that came with it. The fever, the aches, tiredness, irritability....the whole package.

Two days of bed rest is a lot of time for thinking but that's a story for another day. However I realized that I really missed writing and blogging in general and I was a right eejit for not realizing it sooner. Maybe it's because I am of the first generation to be raised by the internet? You know, the ones that still remember what it's like to play with friends outside the range of a mobile phone or WiFi or what a Tamagotchi is, buuuut are still tech savvy enough to be asked by parents and grandparents to explain technology.

Blogging me a platform to express myself (even more than I already do). It's how I converse with my internet mother and worldwide family of internet siblings and friends. I love it and I miss it.

So I'm back and will forever be thanking the eye opening power of Herpes Simplex Type 1.

Also I realize there is no correlation between the title of the post and what you just read but as far as misheard lyrics go, I found it pretty funny. But here is a cute otter to make up for it.

Till next time my lovelies xxx

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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

November Playlist

I have been so excited for this post. Not only because it involves music, which I love but also because its my first bilingual post! It may be a day late because I did say starting from December but shhh, don't tell anyone ;)
I hope y'all enjoy this month's playlist. It's very much relaxed and chill and is definitely not reserved for any particular time. My album of the month has to be Atlas: Year One by Sleeping at Last. I cried for 10 minutes as I listened to Saturn on repeat. Don't judge, I had just finished three hours of calculus study for a test I was convinced I would fail ( I passed yay!) , I was definitely not in a right state of mind. Oh the power of math and music!

Till next time my pretties xxx

Animal - The Acid
Hurt Me - Lapsley
Arcadia - The Kite String Tangle
Drop The Game - Flume, Chet Faker
Dreamers - Hopium
Electrified - Young Wonder
Better Off - Emily Vaughn
Ninja - Banoffee
Hyde - Astrid S
Say My Name - ODESZA
Milk N' Honey - Anderson Paak
For You - Fyfe
Eyes Shut - Years and Years

Sono molto eccitita per questo post. Non solo perché riguarda la musica che amo ma sará il mio primo post in inglese e in italiano! É un ritardo perché avevo detto di comminciare a Dicembre ma ditelo a nessuno.

Spero che vi godiate tutti la playlist di questo mese. É molto rilanssante e tranquilla e non é limitata ad un momento specifico.

Il mio album preferito di questo mese é Atlas: Year One al Sleeping At Last. Ho pianto per dieci minuti quando ho ascoltato la canzone Saturn piú volte. Non criticatemi, era dopo tre ore passate a studiare matematica per un esame di calcolo. Pensavo che non sarrabbe andato bene. Non stavo bene mentalmente. Oh il potere della matematica e della musica!

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

É la vita.

Check Crop Top - Blue Inc.
High-Waisted Button Jeans - H&M

It feels like years have gone by since my last outfit post so I figured it was about time that changed.
I loved this top so much when I saw it that I actually bought it in blue as well along with a skirt in a massive haul. The jeans which took me forever to find are just heaven and I just loved the grunge feel it gave paired with the top. 

I also have an announcement. I want to let y'all know that I will be posting I'm TWO languages starting from December! What language you ask? Italian!!!

I'm hoping by doing this on a regular basis, I can improve my Italian by the time I sit my State Exams and so I have a greater chance of passing the exam, getting more points and gaining my sorry button a spot in University! Yay to the future!!

What study methods do you use? I'd love to hear about any study tips you might have.

Till next time my pretties xxx
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Sunday, November 08, 2015

Sweater Weather Tag

Hi guys, welcome to my first 'tag' ever. *Yay*

 I really wanted to do this as a video as a treat for you guys but I just knew it wouldn't be the quality I wanted and didn't want to subject all you pretties to that. I don't exactly have the best editing software  at the moment, just an old windows (extremely old) computer that works maximum 10 minutes if you exclude the start up time and constant freezing before shutting down again. There's not enough daylight hours outside school/work and also I had exams all this week, the majority of which I probably failed...ooops, but there will many more tags and of course there's always next Autumn so don't worry, there will be many videos in the future of Albatroz & Co.

Now, let's get started!

1. Favorite candle scent?

Funny story, I got a really bad cold last year that lasted way longer than I'd wanted it to and somewhere along the way, I must have damaged the veins in my nose somehow because I have only been able to smell faintly ever since. Now unless something is really close, really strong or stagnant, it pretty much goes unnoticed for me but before the whole incident, I'd have to go with Vanilla cause who doesn't love the smell of Vanilla?

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?

Hot chocolate hands down! Caffeine isn't really my thing.

3. What’s the best fall memory you have?

I'm not too sure what season this memory is but I'm almost certain its Autumn. Growing up in Ghana when it rains, it rains but I remember one time it was raining outside like crazy and all us kids ran out into the rain and started dancing and soon the adults joined in too and we basically had a dance session in the torrential rain as it drummed on our skins, laughing and unleashing our inner childish ways. 

4. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner?

  I'd have to say dark lips. I mean it doesn't work for everyone, ( least of all me), but when the shade is right for the person and they've got the confidence to pull it off, then they own it!

5. Best fragrance for fall?

Cashmere by Next. There's nothing more beautiful than the warm cosy feeling that it derives. That and the fact that  I can smell it.

6. Hats or Scarves?

Both! I'm an extremely cold person. I have a friend that refuses to hold my hand without gloves because they are too cold!

7. What is autumn weather like where you live?

It's actually been a really weird Autumn here in Ireland. I'm not exaggerating when I say we've had better warmer nicer, generally more enjoyable weather this Autumn than we did during the Summer. However it did rain today, but that's okay because the rain is my favorite weather. 

8. Most worn sweater?

My most worn sweater is a wine and black stripe/check jumper I scored in a closing down sale in England in a shop called Blue Inc. 

9. Must-have nail polish this fall?

I don't really wear nail polish, I like to go natural but I always think pastels are perfect for just about any season.

10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles?

Although I've never done it, I'm going to go with jumping in leaf piles. I mean I can play football any time of the year, but you can't jump into the beautiful autumn leaves any time you want.

11. Skinny jeans or leggings?

Skinny jeans all the way. Black ones.

12. Combat boots or Uggs?

Combat boots. You can wear some frilled chunky socks and create a killer look with it too.

13. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?

I've never had it :(

14. Favorite fall TV show?

I'm terrible with TV shows, I generally never really stick with anything but right now it Graceland although I'm already battling myself to finish it before heading on to Narcos because I know if I leave it now, I won't be going back.

15. What song really gets you into the fall spirit?

Although I've been listening to The Weeknd NON STOP and I think everyone should check him out, I'd have to say Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood will always have this title ( no pun intended). 

So there it is, the first and by all accounts not the last. What would you have answered to these? I'd love to know.

Till next time my pretties xxx
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Sunday, November 01, 2015

Ink and Music

I got a tattoo!! Yes, you read that right. About 6 weeks ago, two days before my birthday I got my first tattoo, why? 1) I love tattoos, completely and absolutely love them. 2) I wanted something to mark my recognition as an adult in the eyes of the law.

But why the triangle? 

Well there are many reasons I can spoof about why someone might get a triangle tattoo but for me it was pretty simple. 1) I love triangles, they are my favourite shape. 2) To me it symbolises and attracts positivity which I love to be surrounded by. 3) It’s a constant reminder to stay grounded, especially in one of the most stressful times of one’s life, in the case of sitting the Leaving Certificate exams/ final exams.

Do I regret it?

To quote the words of John Green; “I like my choices”

In fact, I love it!

With the ink aside, I realized I haven’t done a playlist for a while now and October has been such a chill month in many things and definitely in music too so it’d be terrible of me not to share. 

Before I begin, if you haven’t already heard of The Weeknd, 1) Get out from under that rock. 2) You MUST check him out. He’s definitely ruled my October so excuse any excess of him in this playlist.

The Hills – The Weeknd
Acquainted – The Weeknd
Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl – Wet
17 – Youth Lagoon
Kerry – Youth Lagoon
Earned It – The Weeknd
Spanish Sahara – Foals
Strong - London Grammar
Crash - You Me At Six

Also, hope y'all had an awesome Halloween!! I went to a showing of Silence of the Lambs with some friends while wearing a sweaty bunny head which gradually gave me a massive headache but nothing a long nap couldn't cure.

How'd you spend your Halloween?

Till next time my pretties xxx

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Sunday, October 25, 2015


Skirted Overall - Thrifted
Jumper - River Island (men)
Knee Socks - Primark
Socks - F & F

It's my favourite time of the year!!!! Halloween!

I seriously feel this year's Halloween has been overshadowed by the premature promotion of Christmas but never the less, it shall be celebrated in style!

 I've been dying to play around with my photography lately and Halloween just presented itself to be the perfect time. This bunny head is part of a full costume belonging to my school, however it's seen its fair share of occasions with me.

I really wanted to go for something dark and unnatural and I came up with this. I like to think of it as a cross between Alice and the Rabbit.

I loved shooting this and I definitely plan on doing more abstract posts like these and Happy Halloween!!

How do you feel  about Halloween? Love it or hate it? 

Till next time my pretties xxx
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Sunday, October 18, 2015


I was talking to a friend earlier this week and somehow this D.I.Y I did last year came up and now I'd love to share it with you guys. I fall in love with the simplicity and beauty of this D.I.Y every time I walk past it in our hallway and I hope you find the same joy in it. Let me know how yours turns out!

What you need:

  • Canvas
  • PVC Tape (washi tape)
  • Scissors
What to do:

1) This is basically a series of triangles, big and small. Start of by making yourself a big triangle.        

2) Continue to make these triangles. Trim the edges of the tape so it lines up with the edges of your canvas and also where it meets other pieces of tape. Cut diagonally.
Note: It'd be a good idea so step back every now and again to get a clear image of what you have so far. 

4)Continue to make these triangles of all sizes.

3) Once you are happy with what you've got, the VIOLA, you are done! You can use little pieces of the tape to dot around the top of your canvas or wherever you feel is too blank.

Another thing you could do is paint over the tape and then peel it away afterwards for an even cooler effect.

Till next time my pretties xxx
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Sunday, October 04, 2015

Autumn Leaves

There's something about long weekends that either drags in piles of work or waves of relaxation, the kind that has you reorganizing your wardrobe and shoe collection or running errands every second of the day and it was so lovely to be able to relax from my busy schedule last week and get myself together again ahead for exams in November and general life.

One of my favourite things about Autumn is how it seems to contain all my favourite weathers and colors. It rains pretty drizzly rain, the sunshine kisses and caresses, never too hot, the wind blows lazily, and leaves show the simple and raw beauty of nature.

And another aspect of this season I love is how easily you can integrate your Summer wardrobe into your Autumn one. I absolutely love this dress from Lipsy. I remember when my mum first brought it home and I stuffed it in the back of my wardrobe because there was no way the 14 year old metal loving - all black living - brightness-hating self was ever going to be seen in that dress!

And now this dress is one of my favourite to pull-on on a sunny day, be it lunch with friends or a walk down the pier. It really goes to show that people can change! 

And in other news, it's almost time for HALLOWEEN!!! 

What are some of your favourite Summer/Spring pieces?

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