Thursday, 7 July 2016

The Band Jumper | Hades

You must think I'm crazy talking about jumpers in July but these band jumpers from Hades are just too damn cute to wait until Autumn to show you! I discovered this brand when I seen a picture of Carrie from WishWishWish wearing the pink Smiths jumper. Hades is a British knitwear brand that was established in 2015 and uses Scottish lambs wool. Their current winter collection is called 'Some Girls are Bigger Than Others' and is based on the celebration of cult status bands and musicians. The collection reminds me of Bella Freud's famous 1970 Jumper. They are priced at £160 so they are cheaper than Bella Fraud but still a little upmarket. The collection is available to shop on the Hades website or at Liberty London. Liberty London have an exclusive version of each jumper from the collection. The inner fangirl in me wants to buy them all ... 

Sonic Youth

Patti Smith

The Smiths

The Slits

Monday, 4 July 2016

Photo Diary: June

a photo diary of things I got up to in June (insert beach related emojis here)
last week I visited Chris and we went to Barry Island in South Wales, we were lucky enough to go on the sunniest day of the week :) a lot of the fair wasn't open so we took a walk along the beach and got some chips, you know typical seaside things
Barry Island Beach
We also played some mini golf, it was so much fun even if I did lose :(
as you can see it was pirate themed hehe
we also went to a cocktail bar in Cardiff that day called Lab 22, they had a prohibition themed night with twenties style cocktails and a live jazz band, unfortunately we couldn't stay for the band but we are definitely going to go again this month
this was literally this nicest cocktail I've ever had
it was super hot at the start of the month so I did a little sunbathing which was perfect after finishing my exams :) I also got a temporary job as a waitress in a diner so I was working for a lot of June
I also went to another beach! one closer to home this time though
one of the reasons I love summer is because I love summer music, my favourite bands to listen to in summer are The Stone Roses, Melody's Echo Chamber, Peace and Alvvays

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Rebel Girl: Three Female Fronted Bands To Watch This Summer

Black Honey

Brighton born Black Honey have been creating a lot of noise in the British indie scene since their gig at The Great Escape in 2015. A year later their homecoming gig was met with a loyal local following and national press interest. DIY magazine describes the bands confident return to the Brighton stage as an unstoppable performance. The band have gained notoriety for their volatile stage presence and eccentric Americana. They are often seen hauling plastic flamingos onstage and staging Tarantino-esque photographs with rising photographer Charlotte Patmore. The mid-Western image extends to their single 'Spinning Wheel' which opens with a verse reminiscent to Nancy Sinatra's Bang Bang before launching into a reeling Spaghetti Western riff. Front woman Izzy Baxter's love of Americana has caused her to be compared to the likes of Blondie and Lana Del Ray. However, in an NME article the band assert that they are "quintessentially British" and have recently announced a UK tour this Autumn to promote their latest EP Headspin. Black Honey's recent tour with Catfish and the Bottlemen and rumors of a possible record deal makes them one to watch this summer.

Black Honey - All My Pride at The Great Escape 2016

The Big Moon

London band The Big Moon have the potential to be one of the biggest break through acts this summer. Since the release of the 2015 single 'Eureka Moment', they have been steadily touring the UK indie circuit, supporting The Maccabees and The Vaccines on a couple of dates. The release of The Road EP earlier this year reveals the band's potential for mass indie appeal. The debut EP sounds as fully fledged as any established band with pop pleasers like 'Sucker' and 'Nothing Without You'. Front woman Jules Jackson's nack for writing catchy singles is equally matched by her impressive vocals, brilliantly showcased on the EP's self-titled track 'The Road'. Despite only being new to the gigging scene, their stage presence is wrought with a playful confidence that is translated though guitar shredding duels and onstage banter. Their latest single 'Cupid' is another banging hit that according to an interview with DIY is about a failed romance involving a boy who dresses up as an angel. The Big Moon will play a host of summer festival dates including Latitude, Kendall Calling, End of the Road and Glastonbury.

The Big Moon - Cupid

Dream Wife

Image by Aidan Zamiri

Dream Wife are a Brighton based band that are heavily influenced by nineties girl groups and London's growing art scene. The trio - Rakel, Alice and Bella - formed the band a year ago as part of an art project for a gallery exhibition. The project involved creating a fake girl band that played with concepts of femininity in pop culture. The exhibition created such a stir that Dream Wife booked a number of gigs around the UK and became signed to Enfer Records. The members' background in art and love of pop culture continues to shape the band's image and sound. The influence of nineties grrrl goddesses Bikini Kill is clear in the single 'Hey Heartbreaker' which opens with a taunting hey hey hey before releasing a riot of guttural cries and scything guitars. Dream Wife also cite The Spice Girls, Grimes and Debbie Harry as influences in an article with The Guardian which describes them as an "Icelandic Brightonian three-piece with the attitude of New York punks and pizazz of disco queens". Dream Wife harness the energy of nineties girl power for their theatrical live performances. The band's glam pop image is conceptualized in their videos with the help of London creatives such as Maisie Cousins, Sam Boullier, Eleanor Hardwick and Aidan Zamiri. Dream Wife's self-titled EP is now available to stream or purchase. Dream Wife will support Black Honey on their UK tour this Autumn so you catch two great bands for the price of one, tickets are on sale now

Dream Wife - Hey Heartbreaker

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

ASOS Summer Sale Wishlist

The ASOS summer sale is now on so I made a wishlist of my favourite items. The majority of the items on sale are pretty summery so its not too late to kit out your summer wardrobe. There are a lot of  really on trend looks like the cold shoulder tops, ruffles and pussybow collars. I personally love the white tea dress and the pink ruffle blouse. Let me know your favourite items in the comments below :)







Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Insta Monthly: May

May was very eventful. I finished college, moved back home and spent most of my time job hunting (still no luck!). I'm quite sad to have left Dublin and my little UCD circle but hopefully the next stage of my life will be as exciting. The first picture is from this post three years ago when I first visited UCD, I'm feeling pretty nostalgic
my film peeps 
celebrating with cocktails
best cheesecake! If you happen to be in Donegal, I recommend The Yellow Pepper for eats
went for a little stroll along Dun Laoghaire Pier with Chris 
pretending to be all chill (top and sunnies from River Island)
Dublin Castle - I've lived in Dublin for three years but I'm still sightseeing hehe

they make Penny Dreadful here so if you wanna be an extra ...
Chris is obsessed with Orchard Thieves, Heineken if you're reading (which I'm sure you are) please bring this to the UK!
visited my family in Carrick Finn, the beach there is so beautiful, even on a less than sunny day
my parents went to London and brought me back lots of goodies from The Rolling Stones Exhibition - people are going to actually think I went :P I wish I could have though, it looks so good
My parents got me these amazing boots from Office for my birthday (even though its 3 months away) I feel like Bowie in them
In March I pre-ordered The Kills new limited edition vinyl and I was part of the lucky 250 who got a signed zine with it :) woo!

I'm pretty unsure with how summer will go this year but I'm going to put a lot of work into writing and blogging

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Photo Diary: Wolf Alice,The Big Moon and My Final Weeks At Uni

I haven't posted in so long because I've been so busy at college. I'm currently doing my last few assignments ever! I've posted some photos of what I've been up to since March
At the start of the month, I went to see The Big Moon at Workmans in Dublin. They were so so good, you should definitely try and see them if you can. I think they will be playing at a lot of festivals in the UK this year. I personally love The Road and Nothing Without You
I also went to see Wolf Alice in Cardiff, they were really good. Giant Peach was one of my favourite songs this year.  
I wish I had enough money for merch because the you're a germ tee looked so cool
I also went to the cinema while I was home. I saw 10 Cloverfield Lane and loved it. I cant wait to watch it again when it comes out on DVD
I also seen The Witch in Dublin. Surprisingly, The Witch didn't come out in a lot of cinemas in Ireland but I made it to one of the last showings in Cineworld. I really liked this movie too, it was pretty spooky and Ana Taylor Joy's acting was so good
I also went to a college formal this month. I wore a coral maxi dress from Coast and I got my hair put up by Peter Mark
I was getting super bored sitting at home writing essays so I went to Tower Records. It was a few days after record store day so I missed a lot of the special releases but there was a lot of discounted records
I got Lana Del Rey's Born to Die for only €15 which is cool because they used to sell them for €30
I also got Back to Black for only €15 :) I've been wanting to get it for ages
so I'm currently drowning in books and essays but I only have two more weeks until I hand in my last assignment and then I'm free ...

Friday, 18 March 2016

St. Patrick's Day at Glenveagh National Park

It was such nice weather this St. Patrick's Day that I decided to skip the parade and go for a walk in Glenveagh National Park :)
I took most of the photos on my Nikon D3100 but it ran out of battery so the last few were taken on my iphone
I got tea and cake in the castles cafe. I got St Patricks Day themed green aero cheesecake which is actually a lot nicer than it looks