22 February 2015

EVENT | Blogger Meet Up February 2015

photo creds to Celine

Prepare for selfies galore, as at long last I'll be sharing with you my experience at meeting up with some of my amazing fellow teen bloggers last Sunday! After seeing Gaby last October, meeting a person you have grown used to looking at on a computer screen and talking to on Twitter being surreal was not unknown to me, but it still was so bizarre and wonderful to me meeting up with these fantastic girls.

Seven of us bloggers travelled near and far to meet up at a shopping centre, but for me it was extremely near! The first of the group I saw were Grace and Aveen, who ran towards me; an ideal start to the hang out. It really reassured me since I was the tiniest a bit uncertain about meeting anyone I know from online, as anyone is naturally.
After talking to the pair for a while, and feeling like I was watching an AwkwardSprinkles video, Chloe arrived, and soon after Aoife, followed by Celine and Sarah. We all ventured up the escalators to Eddie Rockets for some grub. I was their 'tour guide', as the bloggers were foreign to the centre. While that was fun, I kept walking too far ahead, and without thinking almost went up the 'down' escalators, with all the girls following me! Great first impression, Jane, great first impression.

I made up for your absence in the other photo, Chloe, with this masterpiece; you and Grace looking too cool for school alright!
By the time we ordered in the retro diner, I came to realisation that I was quite chatty, probably too chatty, as I sat in the centre of our two tables. I tried to be as cool as possible, but I'm not sure if I accomplished that. We ate our yummy meals, and already it felt like I had met up with the group many times before. They were all so lovely and nice and fun to hang out with! The highlight of lunch was by far the selfie stick incident, and was also Grace's favourite part ;). I was terrified a waitress was going to walk into the long length of the selfie taking device, which lead to my excessive laughter, therefore adding to the great impression the group were getting of me. Brilliant.

We went to window-shop in Bershka and Penney's, which surprisingly took a short while, got stuck in an awkward situation in Starbucks, and we hung out outside for a bit to take even more selfies. You can never have enough when you're bloggers! Ultimate Squad Goals were achieved in our photo taking session. 

Photo creds to Sarah

 Grace of Dainty Sprinkles and I

Photo creds to Grace
This pretty much sums up the whole meetup for us!

Me photo bombing Aveen and Grace's snapchat; I sincerely apologise.

Aoife of Barrel of Secrets and I

Chloe of Cocobelle and I

Celine of Vintage Teapot and I

super sorry for blocking you Aveen! 

 I had an absolute blast with the girls, but ironically had to be the first to leave them, even though I was by far the closest to the centre! It turned out my mum had some errands and had to go; I wish we spent more time together, but I think cutting it short was good as it'll leave more for us to talk about next time!

Meeting with this lot was unbelievable, in the best way imaginable, as it was so odd to see them as 3D people, especially Grace who I've known for almost three years. I certainly cannot wait to meet these brilliant, stunning girls again, and it has to be very soon! Thanks girls for everything :D


Make sure to watch Grace's vlog of the day here!

20 February 2015

TRAVEL | Roman Holiday

Two weekends ago, as part of our Christmas gifts from Mum and Dad (which now that I think about it, I didn't include in my haul, woops!), we, Mum, Dad, Mark, Emily and I, flew 2000 km away from home to the historic, famous city of Rome (yes, I consider myself a poet). However, our reasoning behind this journey was to see the Ireland vs. Italy Six Nations game in the Stadio Olimpico. T'was a fun game!

We have visited the spectacular city twice before, so were used to the surroundings of all the main tourist sites. Nonetheless, on our last day, the Sunday, we decided to browse around. Out came my camera, iPhone and photography skills as we strolled the streets of the ancient promenades, including the Forum, of where one of the oldest, most powerful empires in world history used to reign. CUE PHOTOS OF PRETTY BUILDINGS!

seriously that architecture tho

Bro and Sis looking alt

Many of the buildings were being renewed or cleaned or reconstructed or something of that sort, including the Trevi Fountain when we went to visit it, my favourite monument of Rome. It was basically invisible behind masses of scaffolding. I was disappointed is an understatement; at least I have experienced its beauty before!

the Forum

Me looking alt

Julius Caesar's statue...  I think!

me looking alt part 2

And the only building you recognise; the Colosseum! Super proud of this photograph :D

I have no idea

A brilliant weekend in the capital of Italy included;
- constantly squinting in the sun. Always bring sunglasses, no matter what time of year it is!
- seeing Ben Stiller sit near us in a restaurant and the becoming star struck with the rest of the fam... apart from Mum. She shockingly didn't recognise his name. We did try our best to be as calm as possible, as locals were chill about it. So chill. No, we didn't get an autograph or photo.
- being awe-struck in hipster zone Brandy Melville on Via Cola di Rienzo. And of course spending a few bob there!
How could I not!?
- whipping out the good ol' selfie stick in front of the Colosseum, and soon realising it's the norm of Rome with street sellers promoting their *adds Italian accent* 'selfie selfies' everywhere. And I mean everywhere.
- marvelling at makeup in KIKO (for approximately 3 minutes as we were in a rush to the match) and hurriedly buying a random lipstick because I 'had to buy something there since it isn't in Ireland'.
- eating lots and lots of pasta, but not pizza, for some odd reason.
- half studying on the plane there and back, because a few days following our Roman Holiday were the beginnings of my February Junior Cert Mocks. Joy.
- WATCHING BIG HERO 6 ON THE PLANE HOME (I got to watch it all before we took off as were delayed for aaagggeesss) AND ADORING IT TO BITS. We had TVs on our plane for only a two and a half hour journey because it was a bigger plane and the Irish Wheelchair Rugby team were on board and needed more room for their legs, I'm guessing. BUT BIG HERO 6 I CAN'T.
Sincere apologies for the delay of this post, or any post, as I'm (sadly, reluctantly) limiting my time in the blogging 'sphere as study is a bit of a priority right now *cries because blogging is better and Fashion Week in London has started*. Next Friday, I'll be finished my mock exams but then for a few weeks after I'll have mocks and real oral exams. Busy, busy! Hopefully I can blog occasionally, but definitely this Sunday a blog post will be coming your way all about a meet-up with teen bloggers last Sunday.
See you next time!
I now leave you with Fall Out Boy - Centuries for two reasons:
1. It's based in Rome... Duh.
2. They have a song in Big Hero 6 (not this one) and