July 30, 2014

Where did the sun go, and can it please come back?

Is it cliche to talk about how quickly this summer is going? Because I'm confused as to HOW it is nearly August already. Someone is playing some sort of sick joke. 
I'm back in work full time and it seems as though our Irish "heatwave" is well and truly over, so I'm trying to enjoy my days off as much as possible without the ice cream. A couple of weeks ago I went to the outdoor cinema in Merrion Square to watch Dirty Dancing, where I realized that we're never really told Baby's age. Maybe Patrick Swayze should have left her in the corner until she was legal?! What's the age gap there? Regardless of questionable relationships it was such a nice night, and there's a certain novelty in watching a movie outside. I hope I get to go to a couple more showings! 
I GOT A TATTOO. I wasn't too sure how to segue into that one... 

My first tattoo!! If you've been following this blog for a while I'm sure this comes as no surprise to you (remember this post, anyone?), but I still can't really believe I did it. I'll be doing a post all about the experience and pain and healing and everything soon, so if you have any questions about it do leave them below! 
I've also been talking a lot about this quarter life crisis/life fear situation with a lot of my friends and I think I'm starting to become more OK about not knowing what I want to do with my life. I still have time, I'm young and not even graduated yet!!! I've been considering moving to America in 2015 which is a massive deal for me and just a little bit scary. As much as I'm growing to love Dublin, I do think that I should experience the world and move out (still living at home at 22 is not a good look)! America is pretty far away, so if I don't come back an ~independent woman~ from that I don't know what I'll do!
both photos from my instagram @eleanorcos // .gif found on tumblr

I've been amazingly, surprisingly, FANTASTICALLY nominated for two awards in the Irish Blog Awards! I've been placed in two different categories; 'Best Personal Blog' and 'Best Lifestyle Blog'. I'm so happy and honored to be considered and placed among such amazing writers. Do take your time to check out all the bloggers listed - they're just brilliant. It's incredibly surreal that people actually recognize my little space on the internet and I will be forever squealing at your comments and appreciation. So, hey, hi, you, reading this, right now, AH. This is COOL. Thanks so much. I seriously love you.

I'll be back soon, talking about that little tattoo I got. 
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July 21, 2014

Longitude Festival 2014 | Saturday Review

Last Saturday I went to Longitude Festival with a couple of friends, a few pints of cider and a poncho (just in case). I had such a lovely time, it was super warm for Dublin, and we arrived early enough to get up close for Hozier, Sam Smith and The 1975. Sam Smith was a surprise favorite of mine and I can officially say I am in love with the man - he is such a cutie, and that voice is MIND BLOWING.
I had no time to figure out an outfit in advance so I wore a dress and flower headband that I got last summer in Penneys (Primark) with boots from River Island and dark bags under my eyes from a tiring week. I didn't take any good photos of clothes for you but I hope you enjoy my microsoft paint work of art. This is how to #fashionblog.
One of the best parts of the day was after we ate our overpriced burgers, cradling fresh (and, yes, OVERPRICED) pints we stumbled upon the Speakeasy tent, which seemed to be a kind of an art collective-interactive-anything goes sort of area. We managed to rest up on a couch and watch a country-rap band imitate Tom Waits and two Drag Queens dance better in heels than I ever could.
After catching a bit of HAIM's set (which was average to be honest, I did not seem to experience the hype everyone else did), my night ended with Disclosure and when they finally played 'Latch' Sam Smith joined them again on main stage to sing vocals! It was an incredible final performance from all the lads, and Smiths voice was, of course, flawless.
 Disclosure ‘Latch’ with Sam Smith Live @ Longitude Festival 2014
this photo is from longitude's facebook page, ok 
I had such an amazing time! It wasn't too messy, it didn't rain that much, and every act I saw were great live. I already want to go to another festival and get drunk and sing along to pop songs! Yes Please. If you are going to any soon remember to stay with your friends, don't get TOO drunk, and be polite - there's nothing I hate more than PUSHERS at a concert. Everyone calm down and enjoy the music.
I've posted a few other photos on Instagram so do head on over if you want to see more: @eleanorcos. And Tweet me and Tumble me and do what you want, what you want with my body, what you want with my body..
Right. I'll be back. Don't you go anywhere. x

July 11, 2014

The Best of Tumblr

I love Tumblr and Pinterest as online mood boards. When I'm feeling uninspired (or just bored) I turn to them to browse and waste away a couple of hours but more often than not I just end up wanting to revamp my whole wardrobe. I've been saving a few outfits I came across and thought I'd share with you the kind of stuff I've been loving lately!

If you have tumblr or pinterest please do link them below - I'm always on the lookout for new accounts to follow!

July 7, 2014

SO Much Love for Gray Malin

Gray Malin is slowly becoming one of my favourite photographers. I may have mentioned him on this blog before, but I thought I'd designate an entire post to his gorgeous work! He may not have the most original or digitally masterful pieces, but you cannot deny the beauty of his stunning, birds-eye view, beach scenes of his 'A La Plage' series. 

Malin shoots his often-busy, brightly coloured works from doorless helicopters. They're the perfect addition to any holiday home or beach house, or any room really! I'm still living at home but when I move out (eventually, some day) I want to get myself one of his prints. 
They're making me want to get to a beach NOW.
As well as his beach series he has also done a few others, another one of my favourites being the Prada Marfa collection. I'm sure you've come across iconic images of this isolated Prada store art installation, sitting  in Marfa, a famous arts town located in West Texas. This particular shop is an art installation, so don't head out there hoping to pick up a new bag! Filled with a 2005 collection of Prada purses and shoes, the store is sealed shut and sits freestanding on the side of the open highway and Malin shot the shop various times in different scenarios. 
I love the juxtaposition of the high end, designer brand with simple, country life.
Basically, Gray Malin is pretty cool, and his work is bright, often calming, and just nice to look at. If only it wasn't SO expensive! (For the average part time towel sales assistant it is, anyway)
Check out his website here, and follow him on instagram here

On another note, I've been somewhat absent from the blogging community and I feel so out of tune on here. I don't have writers block, I actually have loads of ideas for posts and things I want to address but I haven't been able to find the time or give it the right attention needed since I've finished college. I'm working part time, and learning to drive and catching up with friends who are all hanging around bored in Summer. I need to take a week to just sort out all my online stuff, reply to e-mails, get some draft posts started etc, etc. I'm sure none of you even care, or need me to give you excuses but I really must get my act in gear. I love this little piece of my life and it's so nice to have it as a document of what I'm up to and what I'm loving. I won't apologise for being gone (I'm sure you're all sick of that), but I promise to try and fall back into the habit of this blogging lark. I do miss it.