October 14, 2014

Music for your Mood

You know that feeling when you step out of your house, put your earphones in, and remember you've just updated your phone with new music? Yes? No? Well, I do. And I will put my 'Recently Added' playlist on repeat. For weeks. I currently have two things playing in my head OVER and OVER and OVER. One is George Ezra's entire album, and the second is Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud'. I don't think it's a coincidence that I've just seen them both live. 

Ezra's album is his first, of many, hopefully. The soul in his deep voice is just fantastic and the mix of upbeat and slow jams is perfect for any occassion. I love 'Blame It On Me', 'Breakaway' and 'Blind Man in Amsterdam'. I saw him in the Academy last night and he was even better live. He even played his cover of 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun'! At only 21 years old he is bound to go even further! If you get a chance to see him now, I would! His tour at the moment involves the kind of small, intimiate gigs that are ideal for a young singer-songwriter. His talent shines through. And, I'm not going to lie, I definitely fancy the pants off him. THAT VOICE.

Speaking of fancying men for their voices, let's talk about Ed Sheeran. He's massive all over the world now, but still sticks to his roots and played four nights in Dublin's biggest arena with just himself, a guitar and loop pedal. If you haven't seen the video for his newest single, you need to have a look - it's very strictly come dancing, and very cute. 


I guess I'm tad obsessed with young English musicians. (I won't talk about One Direction in this post, OK.) But these two men are brilliant writers with such soulful voices, great for when you're in a melancholic state, as I so often have been lately. Close your eyes, lie back, and enjoy!
And if you like these guys check out the Irish (yay) Hozier too - he recently sold out his tour in a couple of seconds and I didn't manage to get tickets so if you happen to have a spare, throw it this way please and thank you!

On a bit of a different note, I have been writing a couple of articles for Intrigue.ie so if you're bored click here and have a read! I'd love feedback too - let me know what you think!

Tell me what songs you're loving at the moment? Any concerts coming up you're excited for? I'm suffering from bad post-gig depression. AWFUL stuff.

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September 26, 2014

Hummus and Pitta

I've become a little obsessed with pitta bread and hummus. I really must stop eating so much of it. Some days I wake up and tell myself I'm going to eat less food, and better. Quality over quantity, right? But then I reach for Doritos and dip, or scoff a weeks worth of toast in one afternoon. I'd probably be skinny if food wasn't so damn delicious. I'm nibbling a Marks and Spencer cookie as I type this. The diet starts on Monday. (Hopefully.)

Life has been pretty strange lately so I thought I'd fill y'all in on some things. 
I'm still working full time in a job that I don't hate, but one that inspires apathy. My indifference to my employment changes from day to day, but I have to remind myself of the money. And then I cry because it just doesn't seem like enough. Things could possibly be a little better if I was good at saving. 
I'm sure a lot of you are working or have worked in retail. You will know my struggles, and my pain, and my concern for the general population. It seems that customers don't know A LOT of things they should. Mainly how to listen to the word no. Adults act like children when they aren't getting what they want. And, I'M SORRY, but I DON'T OWN THIS SHOP. I DO NOT KNOW WHY THE PRICE IS SO HIGH/WHY THE BATHROOM IS ON THE TOP FLOOR/WHY WE CLOSE AT 8PM ON FRIDAYS. Actually, shout out to anyone in the service industry, because PEOPLE SUCK. 
I went camping last weekend for the first time in so long. I forgot how much I loved it, especially with good friends. I need to camp more. And hike more. If it didn't rain so much in Ireland I think I'd enjoy being outside. The lack of WiFi up mountains doesn't help things. But I suppose I need a break from the internet sometimes.

Speaking of the internet and stuff... (great segue here) I want to say a massive thank you to you all, and everyone at the Irish Blog Awards. I didn't make the final cut of either of the categories I was in, but getting nominated and then shortlisted for an award is just incredible. I can't believe that even happened. Laughable I was considered. But, I'm honoured and a little proud. Yay.

I'm still addicted to Instagram. As I mentioned in my last post on London, VSCOcam has been my favourite app for a while now. I edit my photos on there before I post them on my Insta account. There are several people on there that I check up on daily, and I plan to do a post on some of them soon, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, you can follow me, if you want to; I basically post daily on either my personal account @eleanorcos or my other account @thedoorsofdublin.
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The Doors of Dublin is something, again, I plan to focus a whole blog post on, but for now I'll just say that it's a small side project, run by myself, posting photos of doors from around Dublin. It was featured on a Buzzfeed article recently and has gained so many followers! It wasn't something I expected to take off like that, so I don't really know what to do with it now. Apart from post pictures of doors. So, I'm doing that. Have a look and let me know if there's anything I can do to improve... I'd love feedback! 

As for blogging, it seems everyone I know has started. Sometimes I get the urge to start afresh and delete all past posts, but I know I'll regret it. It's nice to look back and remind myself of how I was feeling at a certain time. This blog is two years old now! AH. I wish I had my old one from 2010. I know I need to improve my posts, maybe be more professional and pick a cohesive theme, or even just post more often (SORRY). I'm excited to see how my friend's and family's blogs turn out though. I wonder if they'll keep it up.

I know this post wasn't really about ANYTHING, so I hope it was kind of entertaining. Maybe you're reading it super bored and hungover, or under the desk at school, or on your phone on the toilet. I hope your day is going well and everyone you love is healthy and happy. That's all for now, I guess.
Talk soon(ish).

September 22, 2014

VSCO LONDON

I'm kind of a bad blogger to be posting this almost a month after going to London, but I wanted to share some of the photos with you anyway, so BETTER LATE THAN NEVER. I love London. Everytime I'm there I don't want to come home. From the variety of cultures, to amazing food, to fantastic public transport it just ticks all the boxes. There is an abundance of things to do and see and, even if the weather isn't great, I don't think I could ever be bored in London. 
I rediscovered VSCOcam's amazing editing tools, which is what I used on all the photos I've posted here. In case you don't know already, VSCOcam is an app, kind of like Instagram, but even better - it can make your iPhone pictures look like they're straight off the roll of a film camera. The romantic in me loves the way they turned out and I highly recommend trying VSCO out, it's FREE. And now we can be even more arty and pretentious on social media. yay.
Brunch at Jackson & Rye // The View from Paramount // Tubular // The Diner
I went over with a friend who was so excited to bring me to the Notting Hill Carnival so we went on the second day, bought a few beers, and danced through the downpours. I have never been so soaked, I had to wring out my bra! But I had such an amazing time! Carnival is a bit mental, and a massive celebration - just like a huge street party. I think it's the largest street part in Europe! I'm so glad I got to go, despite the rain.
Obligatory Tate visit // Fruit at Borough Market // Rides at Wonderground // Selfridges Balloons // Succulents // A Mexican Shrine displayed at the Textiles and Fashion museum // The Shard
I know I've been home for a good while now, but putting this post together has given me the holiday blues all over again. Don't you worry London, I will be back!
Now do tell me, what's your favorite city that you've visited? 
Speak soon. <3


I'm still not 100% sure how the VSCO grid works... but here's mine

September 12, 2014

SHAMPOO THAT MAKES YOUR HAIR GROW!! !!!?! !! MIRACLE SHAMPOO

To be honest, there was no way I could talk about this shampoo without sounding like one of those pop up scams. This shampoo has DEFINITELY made my hair grow faster. I've had countless conversations with new and old friends about how shiny and long and healthy my hair has gotten. And all I've done is change my shampoo. It's not even THAT expensive - I bought the shampoo and conditioner in boots for about €20, so compared to some designer ranges out there, this set won't break the bank. And it truly does work. My hair is longer. I'd recommend this to anyone. 
I think the brand is Ogx, and it's their 'Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco' range, which claims to soften, strengthen and add shine to your locks. I can't rave enough about it. I've never been this please with a shampoo, and I feel so lame for loving a product a much as I love this. They're not even paying me to write this - although, Ogx, if you're reading this and want to pay me, that's totally fine. 

I don't do that many beauty posts on here anymore, so I thought instead of doing a totally professional and educated hair product review (or, not) I'd add in another little shout out to my favourite mascara of the moment. The Maybelline Falsies Volume Express mascara is fantastic. You can see below how my tiny, basically non-existent eyelashes (on the right on) are transformed into something else entirely. To be fair, that was a couple of layers of the mascara, but as another drugstore/highstreet/read: not expensive product, it's not bad at all. I won't be splashing out for that YSL one everyone likes so much when this one is so great!
To sum up: these two products are good, use them if you want to. Apologies for the creepy eye photo. My eyebrows look dreadful - need to fix that. 
I'll have that delayed London travel post for you soon (maybe). 
Hope you're all well! And do tell me about all the beauty products you use that WOW ACTUALLY WORK!!! MIRACLE CREAMS! BERRIES THAT MAKE YOU LOSE A STONE IN A WEEK!! Comment below with all your recommendations for me! :)

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