Wednesday, 23 July 2014

An Insta' a Day

As I am working quite a lot this summer, I haven't had as much time for my photography as I had hoped and expected. However, my iPhone has stepped up and my Instagram looks a lot healthier these days, with pics from my travels. Here's a peek at my recent posts.

I adore this spot on the beach. It's lovely to simply sit and watch the waves crash around the wooden structure of the pier.

As I blogged about here, this place is so cute. I love the retro look of this sign, as well. Actually, the typography in Maryland looks like it's from another era. The signs and their fonts have caught my eye, so soon I'll be doing a blog post with a selection of the quirky ones I've found.

Another example of a sweet sign with a cute font. I popped into Satellite Coffee Shop on a rainy day, sneaking out of the wet weather to indulge in some cinnamon french toast.

Living with other girls can be a lot of fun for many reasons, notably because we get to borrow accessories and mix and match my outfits. I couldn't resist taking a selfie while wearing this cool necklace from Topshop, which I borrowed from my roomie Michelle.

And a final pic to sum up my trip so far: dipping my feet into the water at the pool bar. Thus far, this trip has been all about simple pleasures like this.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Amuse Me

My roommate has this theory that everyone has a child-like self, but soceity quietens it as people are constantly told to 'grow up'. If this is true then the kid-Claire certainly came out in full force when I hit the amusements last night. Exploring the mirror maze and seeing the glittering lights of the rides was enough to send Eileen and I back to the younger, more excitable version of ourselves.

Eileen challenged me to whac-a-mole and I found out that I kind of rock at the game. I racked up 150 points in no time, and bagged myself a little fairground prize in the process!

So we had fun doing the attractions, but the best part, for me, was taking in how pretty the place is. From the cute, glowing signs, to the beautiful merry-go-round, I had plenty of eye-candy to keep me content. And, of course, it is an excellent place to bring my DSLR. We were even cheeky enough to ask to take pics on the rides when they weren't moving. Hence the carosel photographs below.

Dress: Penneys // Necklace: Topshop // Shoes: Dorothy Perkins

As for the outfit, this is my go-to summer dress, as the blue colour and polka-dot design is simple and easy to wear, plus it has these cute slits at the waist, which I love. I am also wearing those little white sandals again because these are the only pair of summer shoes I bought over to The States. I would love to treat myself to new shoes (and clothes, for that matter), but my first priority is saving for travelling. I'll be heading to NYC next month, and I know having a bit of spending money for the Big Apple will be worth wearing these shoes until they've whittled away.

Until I spend up big in NYC, I'll be saving and behaving in Ocean City. Fortunately, there are many free and inexpensive activities to do here (sure, this holiday is all about the beach and sun anyway). Stay tuned (maybe follow me on Bloglovin'?) to see more pictures and here more stories from my adventure.

*Shout out to Eileen for helping me take the style photos.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Served with a Scoop of Pastel

This week I got some exciting news - I have been awarded the John Thompson Scholarship to do the Digital Marketing masters at DCU! If this doesn't call for a celebratory sprinkley soft-serve then I don't know what does. So I popped over to Dumser's Dairyland for my fix of ice-cream and pretty pastel decor.

Isn't this little ice-cream shop adorable? With it's pink booths, lemon-and-lime shaded doors and selection of flavors and toppings I think that it is set to become one of my favourite hang-out spots in Ocean City. It's also dangerously close to my apartment. Is a scoop of ice-cream a day healthy? I'll do some first-hand research and let you know by the end of the summer!

As for the look, I'm taking layering to another level by wearing one dress over another. You may recognise the dress from my profile pic over on the right side of my blog. I love it and wanted to wear it, so, with the power of layering I took away the daylight-inappropriate cleavage by donning the pastel number underneath.

Strapless Dress: Penneys // Purple Dress (worn underneath the strapless dress): Topshop // Lip Ring: eBay (and gifted to me by my BFF Alan) // Shoes: Dorothy Perkins

I decided to contrast the girly dresses with a lip ring. Before you freak out Mum, it's a fake one! I was half-considering coming home from America and tricking my parents into thinking I went wild and got a lip piercing, but oh well, I couldn't not share this outfit online. Here's a fun fact: I don't even have my ears pierced!

So that's all my news for now. Hope you too are having a fantastic summer filled with extra scoops of ice-cream and sprinkles on top. Let me know your thoughts in the comments, my lovelies!

*Shout out to Hannah for taking the style photos. I reckon my roomies will all be super photographers by the end of this holiday, with all the times I'll be begging them to help me out with my photoshoots.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

The Soul's Home

Today I received my final results for my BA in Communication Studies. I am thrilled to be able to say that I got the 1.1 that I was aiming for. Notably, I got 80% in my favourite module, Advanced Photography and Imaging. You may remember me mentioning my final project here and here. I was kind of obsessed with this project during my final semester, so I am ecstatic that the work paid off.

And now that the results are in, I can finally share the photos that I worked so hard on. But first, let me tell you my thoughts behind the project...

Here's a snipped from the introduction to my portfolio, which gives you an idea of what I was going for with this series of digitally manipulated photographs:

"This photography project, entitled The Soul’s Home, looks at the landscapes and locations which make a person feel content and fulfilled. It poses the question: Do the places we visit have a profound effect on us? Is a person’s special place part of their identity? Is it part of their soul? When looking at this series of digitally manipulated portraits, the viewer is invited to ponder these questions, and is also encouraged to ask themselves where their happy place is."

As for the photographs themselves, they have been digitally manipulated in Photoshop. I took a portrait photograph of the subject and a landscape photograph of their happy place and created the final image by combining both images in Photoshop. So without any further ado, here are the photographs that made up my final photography project.

I'd also like to thank everyone who helped me with this project. Thanks to my wonderful mother who drove me around Donegal for hours so that we could photograph everyone's happy place. And a massive shout out to everyone who took the time to be in a photograph and who were open enough to share their happy place with me.

Do you have a happy place? Let me know in the comments. Also, don't be afraid to comment with what you think of my concept and final images. Do you like them? Are they a tad too surreal for your tastes? Let me know, I love hearing from my readers!