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August Photo Diary: First Month in Cardiff, My Birthday and Wolf Alice

I always love August not only because its my birthday month but because it always has great weather and it feels like the last celebration of Summer. I know a lot of people love Winter but Im dreading leaving the Sun behind. I think if you are born in Summer you just like Summer and vice versa.

At the beginning of August, I moved out of my flat in Bristol. I was actually so sad to leave because I loved my flat and the area I lived in. I will also miss all the cool things there are to do in Bristol but Cardiff is only an hour away so I wont miss out too much.

Before I left, I went to the Bristol Balloon Festival with the charity I was interning with this Summer. Although I couldnt stay to see any of the hot air balloons, I did really enjoy the festival especially since the weather was so nice.

The weekend before my birthday I went out in Cardiff with a few friends. This is the picture I took before I got rained on and competely ruined my hair haha

On the day of my birthday I had a really nice day shopping with Chris, I got some things for the flat, a bag and some loafers.

Chris got me this beautiful necklace and the dress I'm wearing in the last picture. The necklace is even more special because it looks exactly like the necklace he gave me on our first Christmas together that I lost in Paris. 

We went to Cote Brassiere for my birthday meal. I love the atmosphere in there, it feels like you are dining in Paris, also the garlic bread is amazing!! lol

Afterwards we went next door to Bills and got some drinks and dessert

My doughnut in take this month is shocking!

We also went to see Wolf Alice in Pontypridd near Cardiff. Wolf Alice were doing an intimate tour where they play in lots of small venues around the UK. I couldn't believe it when I saw they were playing in Pontypridd, the last time I seen them was in the Motopoint Arena in Cardiff. They were honestly so good this time, they are a band that should always play small venues. You dont get the same buzz at an arena. I love their new songs Yuk Foo and Beautifully Unconventional, I can't wait to hear the new album now!

I also went to Hubfest in Cardiff this month. They had lots of bands playing in venues around Womanby Street in Cardiff.

A friend recommended Rainbow Maniac and I loved them, you should check them out

It was such a nice night, I just love festivals in a city.

I've also been exploring Cardiff myself this month. It takes a while to get used to a new city but I'm starting to find my way around it.

Last week I went for a walk around Bute Park in the sun, I cant believe how big it is.

Last weekend we went to Cardiff Bay for a few hours because it was so nice out

They had a fair on but it was really for young children so I couldnt participate :( but it was still a fun little day out nonetheless

September will be an interesting month because I have to submit my 20,000 word dissertation and find a job, eek! wish me luck ...

July Photo Diary: Mums 50th, moving house and all the food

July flew by, I took two trips home to Ireland and I was flat searching which those of you who have done it before know it is very very stressful!

The first trip home was to see Mum on her birthday, she was 50 this year so there was lots of celebrations. We went to our favourite restaurant in Letterkenny The Yellow Pepper for dinner and drinks!

this breaded brie tasted as good as it looked

sex on the beach

we also went to the Glebe House Gallery in Churchill, it was home to the painter Derek Hill. It is such a lovely place to visit if you are in Donegal. We took a tour of the house and it has such major decorating inspiration and a very impressive collection of art.

Mum and my auntie then flew back with me to Bristol. The first night they were there we went to Fishers restaurant in Clifton. I would totally recommend it for seafood lovers. I had salmon fishcakes and they were gorgeous
That night we decided to to visit the Clifton suspension bridge. I have been in Bristol almost a year so I thought it was time I visited the iconic landmark. It is really spectacular especially at night, you need to have a head for heights though!
The next day we took a shopping trip to Cabot Circus. We had food in Cote Brassiere which is a chain of french restaurants in the UK. We were able to sit outside in the courtyard in the sun so it literally felt like I was on holidays again

Cod, lentils and spinach, yum!

I didnt buy much in the summer sales this year but I did pick up these espadrilles from Zara. I really love how good they look, Im very fussy when it comes to shoes! They are so versatile, they literally go with anything from jeans to dresses.

cute photobooth of me and Chris on a night out that I love so much! :) sometimes you just need a good night out 

I flew back home again to go to my Mums party, she held it two weeks after her birthday so everyone could come. We had a marquee, lots and lots of food and the best company. I had to leave the next day which was sad because I left behind so much gorgeous food.

After lots of stress, we finally secured a flat in Cardiff and are moving tomorrow. I'm sad to leave Bristol but excited for our new move :)

June Photo Diary: Sunshine, Weston and the Manics

I didn't get up to much hi-jinx in June because of the expensive trips we took in May to Paris and London. We did however have a heatwave which meant trips to beer gardens and lots of summer dresses

unreal for England 

spinning records on hot afternoons

our fridge broke during the heatwave so we were desperate for cold drinks under the shade of a beer garden

On one of our days off we took a trip to Weston Super Mare which is about an hour from Bristol. It has a pier by the beach, lots of arcades, a Ferris wheel and everything you expect from a seaside town

fish and chips is a requirement

forever too scared to go on these

so pretty in the sun

cutie with a Mr whippy

still as pale as ever despite a month of sunshine

We bought a last minute ticket to the Manic Street Preachers in Bristol Harbour. The harbour was such a nice place for a gig and it was nice seeing the Manics again. It made me feel a little better about not being at Glastonbury, just a little though! :P 

May Photo Diary: Dot to Dot festival and The Kills

I put together a few pictures I had from May. I left out the pictures from Paris but you can see those in my last post

I love this t-shirt from Topshop, they have a great selection of slogan tees this summer

I've been obsessed with the Alexandra Savior album Belladonna of Sadness. The music is written by Alex Turner and most of the lyrics by Alexandra (as far as I am aware). Its really sultry and cool and I would definitely recommend listening to it!

I've also been listening to the new album from Cherry Glazerr Apocalipstick. I loved the last album and I'm liking their new style, in particular I like the songs Nuclear Bomb and Trash People

I went to Dot to Dot festival this month in Bristol and it was a lot of fun. It was about £25 a ticket and it got you into most venues in Bristol. We missed the afternoon slots but we still managed to catch four or five bands

The first band we saw was Cherry Glazerr, the frontwoman Clementine Creevy is a bit nuts on stage but she's also a great guitarist, her new band members also sound really great live

I also seen The Big Moon, its my third time seeing them, I caught them earlier this year after the release of their debut album. They are a really fun indie band that I would definitely recommend going to see if you get the chance.

I also seen Pins again, they were the highlight of the night for me. They are always such a fun band to see and their new EP is really great too!

The last gig this month was the Kills at Shepherds Bush Empire in London. Although I had already seen The Kills twice in less than a year, I bought tickets for the 15th anniversary tour because I thought it would be the last time I'd get the chance to see them for a long while.

Dream Wife supported them on their London dates which was great because I love Dream Wife. Its always that little bit nicer when you know the support band too. 

The Kills always put on a great show and never disappoint. I was standing in front of Jamie this time and his guitar was very very loud. Although he sounded great, it took away from the songs a little. I'm still glad I seen them one last time!