Wednesday, January 28, 2015

My Favorite Gigs of 2014

Slayer @The Academy




Soulfly @Whelans

The Frames @ Whelans

Music is one of my boyfriends greatest passions, his musical taste is varied and his brain is packed with knowledge. Listening to music, discussing it with him or watching him play is a constant learning experience. I'm forever hearing new songs, bands and back stories, he's like my own musical encyclopedia. My favorite part of all is going to concerts and gigs with him, apart from robbing all his concerts tshirts of course. All the photos in this post are taken by his talented eye. There is something unforgettable about a great gig; the energy is unbeatable, the adrenaline that pumps through the crowd just before it begins is insane. In 2014 I had the chance to go to some amazing gigs; Slayer at the Academy, Soulfy at Whelans and The Frames at Whelans. Both venues give an intimate feel but can still cram in enough people to leave your deafened from the crowd. 

Seeing Slayer in July was a standout for me, I've been to many concerts that are out of my comfort zone but I was pushed far beyond at this. I naively agreed to stand right at the barrier without really thinking what that might be like. When the lights went down and the crowd grew impatient for Slayer to take the stage, I realized what I had signed up for. Thousands of fans surged forward chanting and I could literally feel the music vibrating in my chest. We couldn't have gotten closer to the stage, it was virtually an arms stretch and clearly a coveted spot as people jostled to get to the front. Towards the end we gave in and headed upstairs to watch the carnage below. The atmosphere was just surreal, I loved every minute of it, although not as much the ringing in my ears and throbbing in my arms the next day. 

Next up that same month was Soulfly at Whelans. My boyfriend rang me up in work to say he had won tickets off MCD productions on twitter to see Soulfy. So after a quick raid of his Tshirt selection,  myself and a friend tagged along to see a band we had never heard before looking them up on Youtube that day. After a little photo op beside the tour bus parked right outside, it was time for a drink in Whelans where the sound check pounded through the wall. This time I watched from the safety of the balcony, in awe of the pits, crowd surfing, moshing and abundance of topless men (My boyfriend suggested I write 'throngs of sweaty men', but that seemed a little 50 shades of metal). I left with major hair envy from Max Cavalera's dreads. A very different gig to Slayer, more intimate which may have been due to the smaller venue, but also attributed a little to how much they engage with the crowd.

On the 30th of June we went to a one off gig by the Frames for Whelan's year long 25th Anniversary celebration. A very generous friend of my boyfriend invited us that morning, which was incredible as these highly coveted tickets sold out in a matter of minutes, there was just 450 tickets in total. Unbelievably after gushing about Whelan's support and their importance to the band, Glen Hansard announced that everyone's drinks for the rest of the night are on him. The poor bar staff... The Frames played for over 3 hours, it was obviously a striking contrast musically to the previous two I wrote about but I love getting to have such varied experiences. This was the most personal gig I have ever been to; it was a perfect one off night, beautiful music and free drink for all.       

Don't let this post deceive you though, you'll still find Taylor Swift blaring in my car virtually every day of the week. 

xox

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Winter Shorts

Blazer-Catch Clothing
Shorts-Folkster
Blanket Scarf-Primark
Boots-River Island

Here's another little gem I picked up at the Folkster Kilo sale last year. I got 4 pairs of shorts, 1 skirt, 1 jumper, 1 jacket and 2 scarfs for €38. It has to be one of the best shopping bargains I have ever gotten! If you get a chance to go to one of their kilo sales then don't skip it. The heavy cozy material of these shorts stood out to me from the rails and rails of clothing. I love a pair of shorts in the colder months with heavy black tights and these were the perfect pair. If you want to keep wearing shorts no matter what the weather, invest in Primark's super cozy fleece lined tights, they are incredible, so warm and soft. Best of all, you won't end up with annoying ladders in your tights so you'll get loads of wear out of them. What's a winter outfit without a blanket scarf to wrap up against the chill with? Blanket scarfs were everywhere this autumn/winter and I for one can't get enough of them. Although it seems to be lost on a few people who are convinced I've just taken my picnic blanket out for the day.

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!
xox

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Pizza & Photography in Dublin

Pacino's Restaurant, Bar & Venue
18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2

Cycling the MGWR, from Past to Present
The National Photographic Archive
 Meeting House Square, Temple Bar

Irish Film Institute
Temple Bar, 6 Eustace St, Dublin 


During the week, we ventured into Dublin for a little art and some delicious food. I mentally had to drag myself away from my cosy bed and slippers and out into the freezing weather, but it was worth it. We started the evening with an early dinner at Pacino's on Suffolk street. First up was a well earned drink after a long day at work, a Bellini for me and a red wine for him. We've been going out for dinner in Pacino's for years, the food is delicious and the location is perfect for spending the day exploring Dublin. I had a Parma pizza with a thin crispy base topped with rocket and he had a huge steak with a helping of veggies. With our tummy's full we headed out into the crisp evening towards Temple bar. Our next stop was the National Photographic Archive for the current exhibition Cycling the MGWR from Past to Present. It is a multimedia exhibition by the artist Pamela De Bri. Her work is centered around the former Midland and Great Western Railway route which she cycled and photographed. The exhibition is a fascinating look at how the stations had changed since they were photographed between 1937 and 1977. She not only photographed those stations but also captured stories and local history from the locals themselves. The exhibition was buzzing with people admiring her work and nibbling on canapes. Just before returning home we nipped into the Irish Film Institute for some tea and cake and then it was off to bed with the wind howling outside. 

Where are your favorite spots in Dublin?
xox

Monday, January 12, 2015

January Sales Finds


I do love a good sale but I'm not the kind of person who will queue up at the crack of dawn for a sale, I'd rather drop in for a browse when the craziness has died down. Despite my lack of dedication to the January sales, I still managed to pick of a few nice bits. I call it January sale finds but I actually got most of this stuff in the post Christmas sales in December. First up is the ridiculous bargain that is this Benefit Sexy & Scrumptious set from Boots for just €14.33. The set includes CORAlista, high beam, posie tint and they're real! minis, a mini lipgloss and an eyeshadow palette. The eyeshadows include peachy sheen, terracotta satin, steamy copper, deep bronze and passion pearl. The packaging is just adorable and I can't believe the price I napped it for. Next up is another jacket from Zara, I never tire of Zara's outwear selection. This blazer was €60 down from €90, not exactly cheap as chips but the fit and quality are perfect, I love the pretty gold buttons on the sleeves. €60 might not seem like a bargain but it's a piece that I will wear alot for both work and going out. Lastly a bit of a different choice for Janaury sale finds is a chocolate haul. I went to Kildare Village to have a nose around but nothing in particular caught my eye until I came across the Lily O'Briens shop. A chocolate outlet store is my idea of heaven! I picked up this selection of delicious sweets to eat on New Year's Eve for €12 (It was mix and match 4 for €12). The crispy hearts are AMAZING.

Anyone find any gems in the sales?

xox
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