Sunday, June 12, 2016

Looking Forward










Top - H&M
Skirt H&M

I must've  missed these outfit posts a lot more than I previously thought because shooting this outfit filled me with so much happiness and totally calmed my exam jitters.

My love for everything H&M definitely shines through this outfit. I bought the skirt in Poland two months ago visiting Kraków on a school trip. I've always loved skirts but the quest to find one that suits has always been a long and unpredictable one. Who knew all I needed to do was go to a different country?

For now, it's Tuesday evening and I'm sitting on my bed preparing this post for y'all ( which I really hope y'all enjoy). The infamous exams that have been slowly trudging towards me begin tomorrow and its been so trippy. One minute I'm feeling completely confident that everything will be alright and the next minute I just want to crawl up in foetus position and cry myself to sleep.I know I don't have much of a reason to worry but that's always easier said than done. Hopefully when you guys read this ( 5 days from now) I'll be pushing through the exam stress and keeping above water. *Insert pep talk* You've totally got this girl! *end pep talk*

There are so many things I want to do and experience after these exams and I have a BIG surprise in store for y'all. Guess you're just gonna have to come back if you want to know then aren't you?

Till next time my pretties xxx
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Sunday, June 05, 2016

Green Power


Photo Credit: Christian Highlander

A few months ago I decided to go on a detox to help me boost my energy levels and manage stress better. Today I'd like to share one of my favorite recipes that I loved and found very helpful. It sounds a bit far fetched but give it a shot, I promise you won't regret it.

Ingredients:

Handful of Spinach
2 Kiwis
1 Banana 
Preferred amount of Water

Blend it all together and you're good to go!

 I loved drinking this in the morning either for breakfast or as a mid-morning drink. Either way it'll definitely cleanse and refresh your body and get you feeling your best in no time. 

Hope you enjoy and let me know how it goes!

Till next time my pretties xxx

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Graduate








I cannot express in words how happy I am to be back with an outfit post!! It’s been seven months since my last outfit post so I think it’s fair to say this post has been long overdue. Clearly I'm a bit rusty because I'm not entirely sure what is going on with my arm in these pictures OR why I'm facing the same direction in almost all of them but it feels good to be back.

As it happens, this is the outfit I wore to my graduation bar the heels. Being my usual Little Miss Last-Minute self, I’d managed to completely put off all graduation prep until 9 hours before the ceremony (yeah, I know. I'm terrible but I still managed to scoop The Most Organised Award, so I can't be that bad!). Anywho, two shopping centres and well over 2 dozen shops later I came across this outfit thanks to my mum (a.k.a chauffeur and trusted critique) and the wonderful Sales Assistant at H&M with the super cool turquoise glasses. What more is there to say? It was love at first sight. It also brought into sharp focus the fact that I'm in desperate need some retail therapy. Something that must be addressed after these exams. Only 10 more days and counting (eeekkk).

But its 10pm now and as lame as it sounds, I am seriously drained. All this studying has really done a number on me, especially with all the lifting that comes with the journey of food to mouth.


Till next time my pretties xxx
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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

Kraków




AUSCHWITZ CAMP I



 Cyclone B. cannisters 



List of Inmates

AUSCHWITZ CAMP II 


 Taken in the women's barracks

SCHINDLER'S MUSEUM

 Words of victims


 Schindler's desk

SALT MINES








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 gave...gives 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 shhh...no 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
Sail - AWOLNATION
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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