Saturday, 31 May 2014

The Walled City

Usually, my summer months are filled with days spent aimlessly wandering around the streets within Derry, the Walled City. Derry is the city where my mum works, so I'd often drag myself out of bed early to have semi-productive days during my break from university (semi-productive = I changed out of my pyjamas).

This year it'll be a tad different - my days will be spent in a beach holiday destination: Ocean City, Maryland. But as fun as my summer by the beach is set to be, I'll no doubt be tad nostalgic for Derry, home, and Ireland in general... For approximately a millisecond between sips of an ice-cold strawberry daiquiri by the beach!

So, as a 'see you later' to the city, which has been uncharacteristically sunny over the past few days, I thought I'd share some photos that I snapped. Enjoy...

The countdown until I venture off to the States is on, next week I will arrive in Ocean City, and then my summer truly begins. Before then, I've been doing a little bit of sight-seeing and picture-taking in touristy spots in Ireland. If you like the sound of that, look out for my next style post on Monday, it will feature pretty pictures that I took at a country house I visited recently.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

See You in the Summer

Today marked the third day of sunshine in a row - quite the achievement for Donegal, a county which is usually battered by rain on a daily basis. Thanks to the weather I am officially feeling summery... How could I not? While the sun's been blazing in Donegal, I've been packing for three blissful months of warm weather in Ocean City, Maryland. This week is my final week of prep before I board a plane destined for the USA, as I'm going on a J1 working-holiday! I've never been to the States before so I'm super-excited! Eek!

Dress: Vintage (Flip, Dublin) // Ring: New Look // Belt: Vintage // Shoes: Dorothy Perkins

Before I hop the pond, though, I have one final week in Ireland. Today I spent it wandering around the city of Derry... I was even motivated enough to take a few snaps, which I will share here soon!

As for my outfit, I took a few photos of it in the garden when I got home. It's a vintage dress which I have had for an absolute age, but I still love to wear it. The same goes for the shoes, but unfortunately, they are falling apart a little now. Not ideal when I am taking them to the US with me but I'm sure they'll hold up... Hopefully!

*Shout out to my mum for helping me take these photos.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Farewell, DCU

I know I've been banging on about it for a while now but, it's official: My time at university has come to an end. On Friday I completed my final exam of my Communication Studies course and tomorrow I'm packing up and leaving my student accommodation. It is the end of the era... And, of course, I had to take some photos to mark the occasion.

Dress: H&M // Necklace: Penneys // Bracelet: Vintage

It's been a fantastic three years and I'm so sad that it's over... I loved the lectures, society life and the close-knit, community feel here at DCU. I am seriously going to miss it - after all, it's been my second home for a while now.

Eileen and Alan have have been a huge part of making my DCU years so special. I love these guys.

Also on my Instagram

*Shout out to Alan for helping me take these photos.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Bicycle Print and Mismatched Jewellery

Jumper: Penneys // Dress: River Island // Rings: New Look // Necklance: New Look // Glasses: Juicy Couture

This is what I wore to my friend Fiona's 21st birthday party. She rented a house in the city especially for her birthday bash - how cool is that?! I travelled down from Donegal to Dublin to attend, and since it's such a long journey I opted for comfy converse, shoes-wise.

The jewellery I paired with this outfit is a bit random... But I felt that the whole outfit was a little girly and childish, so I wanted the accessories to look as if they had been picked out by a young girl raiding her mother's jewellery box!

*Shout out to my Mum for taking these photos.

Friday, 16 May 2014

My Internal Monologue, Voiced

On Wednesday I popped over to the All Ireland Creative Industries Conference, which was being hosted in Derry. Most of the talks were geared towards those who are already lucky enough to have careers in the industry, but I didn't really mind that I was an out-of-place student. These types of events are a source of inspiration for me, seeing the high-flying, successful people talk about the media and their role in the creative industry. It also makes me question what I want to do in the future.

I've posted here about numerous job interviews that I've been going to, but, as I'm sure you're aware, it's super competitive out there. I've yet to secure a position. Maybe that's a good thing. Maybe I need a few months to do some soul-searching and to figure out what I really want to commit myself to. Maybe that's what I'll do.

In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell stresses the importance of practice by writing about the 10,000 Hour Rule: 10,000 hours is the amount of practice that you must put into something in order to become an absolute expert at it. It's a concept that resonated with me. There's no doubt in my mind that I want to put the hard-work in and excel at something... I just haven't figured out what exactly that is yet.

Before I started my Communication Studies course I was certain that I had figured it all out. I thought that I was destined to become an Advertising Executive. Maybe I still am, but, after three years of third year education, I am much less certain. My time at university has opened my eyes to so many other career options that I feel overwhelmed with choice. I've left university feeling a little confused, and for once in my life, I have yet to plan my next step.

What I'm trying to say, in a ridiculously long-winded way, is that I may be taking a year out, to concentrate on developing my interests and talents, and in the progress, figure out my next move. I emphasis the "may" because I can't be sure, who knows what opportunities may come knocking over the summer months. But for now, that's how it's looking. Sorry if I got a little heavy there, but I thought I'd share my thought process with you all!

Phew, now that I've got that off my chest... Time to plan a more lighthearted post! A new post will be up soon so keep an eye out for it! Thanks for reading and be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comment section.

Friday, 9 May 2014

A Little Update

I don't like leaving my little blog bare, so I thought I'd pop back and let you know what's up with me at the moment. The past week I have been a busy bee, with end of year assignment deadlines, job interviews and organising my summer travel itinerary, and so I haven't been able to bop around on the blogosphere as much as I'd like to.

However, I have a sneaking suspicion that I will be making up for my lack of posts very soon. On Monday I'll be handing in my final assignments, and then I'll be saying 'hi' to the summer, and 'hello again' to my dear blog. I am very much looking forward to that!

Until then, here's a little update on what I have been busy with recently:

- Taking photographs for my end-of-semester project
Also on my Instagram

I've had the pleasure of hopping around Ireland, getting snaps of people's happy places for my photography project, like the Iveagh Gardens in the photo above. This assignment has been handed in, but I'm not going to share it online until I've received my grade. I absolutely cannot wait to share it with you though. I am quite proud of it.

- Organised an exhibition
Also on my Instagram

Another project I've been working on is the Art Bursary Exhibition, which I curated along with fellow Arts Bursary Recipient and friend Christina Prendergast. Christina and I both displayed a selection of our own images and we also handpicked the best photographs from other DCU students. It's being displayed on campus, students are able to pop in at their leisure throughout the exam period.

- Got interviewed for a job

I took the train down to Kilkenny for an interview. Kilkenny is a lovely little town, and I had such a pleasant day strolling around the niche shops. Now, fingers crossed I impressed at the interview!

So that's that! Sorry I've been so quiet recently... But summer's on its way, and then you won't be able to get rid of me! See you soon! x

Friday, 2 May 2014

A Velvet Secret

Dress: Penneys // Skirt: Topshop // Shoes: Barratts

This velvet skirt pops up in so many of my outfits, but I just can't get enough of it! Also, it is a regular occurrence because I'm cash-strapped at the moment. I need all my pennies for my summer travel plans, not clothes. Alas, if I want a new outfit I have to remix the clothes I already have. Hence the ever-present velvet skirt.

These were taken at the Secret Lake in UCD, with my lovely friend Fiona. It was a beautifully sunny day and it was great to catch up with Fiona, seeing as I haven't seen her much throughout the academic year.

In other news, today is the last day of the semester... And, for me, my last ever Communication Studies lecture. I'll leave all the gushy, emotional stuff for the inevitable graduation post, when I'll be crying into the keyboard, no doubt. For now, I'll just say that I've had the most fantastic time at DCU over the past three years. I'm excited for the next chapter in my life but, god, I'm going to miss the place.

*Thanks to Fiona for taking these photos.