Thursday, 31 July 2014

Summer Haul! Hollister, Roxy, TK Maxx & Easons!

Hey Everyone!

So as you can tell from the title, I recently went shopping and decided to write a 'Summer Haul' about it. Personally, I find subscribing to email newsletters quite dangerous, especially if the newsletter mentions massive reductions on items and also free shipping on all orders. That's basically what happened to cause this haul!

First off I'll start with Hollister! Some of you may know already, Hollister had a sale AND free shipping which excited me greatly as their shipping fee is a little expensive in comparison to other websites. I rushed onto the site and ordered these beauties! First up is a white 'Hollister All-Weather Jacket' which I got for 39 euros (it had been 99!) I wanted to buy it in black unfortunately it had sold out. Nevertheless I love it in white!

 I also bought a green t-shirt for 17 euro. If you look below I was wearing the t-shirt in the latest Awkward Sprinkles videos, which you can see here and here It's a really comfortable and soft t-shirt, perfect for the lovely weather we're having at the moment!








I went to a shopping centre with my Mam and brother which is relatively near where I live. I went to Eason's and bought some new books! I bought the first Game of Thrones book after procrastinating for nearly a year. I went looking for it in town months ago but could never find it? I also bought 'Four' by Veronica Roth as I love the Divergent series (Christmas 2012 wouldn't have been the same without Divergent and Insurgent!) So I'm quite excited to read those two books. 

I also bought The Fault In Our Stars, even though I have a copy which I bought over a year and a half ago. Well, you might know about how my first copy got water damaged on a flight from London to Dublin (bottle of water burst, fun) and I gave a friend a lend of the book over 6 months ago and still haven't gotten it back so I felt I should probably buy another edition even though I really miss my first battered copy. 




I also went into TK Maxx and saw they had a sale on Vans! I'm a massive fan of Converse in particular but I've developed a passion for Vans so I couldn't walk away from these lovelies at 35 euros. I got them in a 7.5 UK size (I have big feet I know) I really like the leopard print and think it's something I wouldn't usually go for but I really like these!




 Finally, I was on the Roxy website (sale and free shipping hello) and bought two t-shirts and a new school bag (back to school in a month, boo)

So I bought this orange t-shirt for ten euros and the blue t-shirt (which I'm wearing as I type this!) also for ten euros which I thought were brilliant bargains.

I'm a little obsessed with Roxy and I always have a Roxy schoolbag for school so, for my last year of secondary school, this year wasn't going to be an exception. I bought this lovely polka dot bag for 22 euros down from 49.95. It also came with a free pencil case which I'm going to use as a spare pencil case should I ever forget mine on a busy day!
I've always loved the tags Roxy have. (Weird obsession I know) 




The crest on the front of my new Roxy bag. 

So that's about it from me! I have a fairly busy weekend ahead of me as it's the August Bank Holiday and there's usually a festival held in town which I usually hear all the way from my house but whatever So I'll be attending various events and I'll be writing about it here don't worry! (May feature another blogger who you probably can guess) I'm quite excited so it'll be a good weekend! :) 
I hope you liked the haul, have you bought some bargains recently? If so, let me know in the comments! 
Stay Strong, Happy and Fearless!
Aveen xx


PS. I also bought some things from Arnotts but I'll be featuring those in a later blog post. Hint, what I bought is for my bedroom. Possibly the next time you'll see my bedroom it might look a liiiiiittle different!


* All items featured in the blog post were bought by me, I was not sponsored to feature any of these brands. If you wish for me to write a review for your product, email me at aveepopk@gmail.com All reviews are my own opinion. 

Sunday, 27 July 2014

''Everything’s In Order In A Black Hole, Nothing Seems As Pretty As The Past Though''

Hey Everyone!

It's the end of another week, which honestly shocked me, this week flew by! Many of you will be delighted to hear that another AwkwardSprinkles day was had on Saturday! Which means TWO new videos, aren't you all lucky?! :D

Grace and I met up down the town and sauntered around the town, catching up and having lots of fun. We later went to Grace's gaff (our obsession with 'gaff' is becoming slightly terrifying) to film two new videos which are so utterly random and strange, I'm slightly concerned about how we will be perceived afterwards! :)

I didn't really do much this week, I kind of took things easier this week. As a result I feel rejuvenated and eager to finish aims I had planned for the summer instead of just reblogging GIF's of Dan Howell (That said, nothing wrong with spending countless days drooling over Dan Howell's jawline) I also bought the magazine that will be featuring a massive poster of him in August. Life = Made.

I also made a Facebook page for my blog, you can check it out here and I'll be posting on this page whenever I write a blog post or make a YouTube video. I made the Facebook page after nearly a year and a half of procrastinating doing so!

In other news, the Long List for the Blog Awards Ireland was released on Friday. If you check the sidebar, you'll see that this little blog was nominated in THREE categories, for Best Lifestyle Blog, Best Personal Blog and Best Youth Blog! I was completely and utterly shocked when I read through the nominee's! I had to read it a couple of times to make sure I wasn't dreaming. So I'd like to say a massive thank you to the lovely people who nominated me, I really and truly appreciate it and this has given me the confidence to announce to my family and friends that I have a blog! Some of my family and friends knew but I don't think many did!

So The Random Life Of Aveen is no longer a quietly kept secret and it feels good to be able to say, ''Yep, I'm a lifestyle blogger and an occasional YouTuber as well being a Leaving Cert student''

I also developed an obsession with loom bands. I bought a couple of packets just to try it out and I was honestly hooked at once. I've made nearly a dozen loom bands so far and I'm experimenting with different designs which is really fun.

I also bought some new music on iTunes, I got Ed Sheeran's new album 'X' the deluxe version, AM by Arctic Monkeys and the 1975's self-titled album. I'm really happy with the albums I bought, I'd been meaning to buy them for a LONG time so my days have been filled with lots of new songs (yay!)

Photos from my week!
With Grace!

Raindrops keep falling on my head...


LOOM BANDS! I made Wexford and Limerick loom bands for my cousins. (I'm writing this whilst still wearing my Wexford jersey, there's always next year)


Another loom band

Selfie at Grace's gaff|!


Stay Strong, Happy and Fearless, 
I'll see you all very soon!
Aveen xx



PS, Grace uploaded the latest AwkwardSprinkles video, mine will be on the way shortly! :) 

Lyrics: Arctic Monkeys ~ Fluorescent Adolescent 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

All The Voices In My Mind, Calling Out Across The Line...

Hey Everyone!

So this blog post is a few days late and in all honesty, I don't really have an excuse! Every day is melting seamlessly into another, leaving me in the lurch and thinking of all the things I could have finished in the past tense, instead of actually doing the work I wanted to do.

However, what matters now is that I'm actually progressing to finish the random things I've procrastinated for the past few days. During the summer months I seem to just 'lose the plot' as my routine is thrown out of sorts for a few months. I suppose you could call it having freedom but I think for a few blissful weeks I let it go to my head, resulting in a week or two of just thinking of what I could have achieved in that wasted time instead of progressing further to achieve anything.

I have a huge 'block' in my head about school. It's my last year in second-level education and I think my mind is in denial over this somewhat terrifying prospect. However let's be positive, there's still over a month of Summer holidays for me to procrastinate and enjoy! I'm planning another YouTube video soon as I recently made some purchases online (some of which arrived!) from Roxy and Hollister so I'll be doing a Mini-Haul soon and maybe another video or two that may contain a trace of Sprinkles or Awkwardness (Watch this space)

Down below are some random things I bought during the week. I was down the town with my friends and for the first time in probably 6 months bought KISS magazine. I started reading the magazine when I was around 10 or 11 but stopped at the start of this year, mainly as I felt I had outgrown the magazine and personally, enjoyed the previous editor's styles of writing and also choice of topics. (I'm so picky I know)

I also bought 'The Book Thief' on DVD. I read the book (and cried a little) earlier this year and heard rave reviews about the film. As of yet I've to finish watching the DVD but the half hour or so I saw was utterly excellent. I just need a quiet evening or afternoon to just sit down and watch it. I also bought some iTunes cards because well, music.

I also got my hair cut for the first time in like 3 months. I'm usually very good and get it cut once a month or every 6 weeks but with Summer exams and going to the Gaeltacht for 3 weeks, time seemed to melt away. Before I knew it my hair was extremely thick and bushy so I knew it was time to get my hair thinned and cut again so my hair is nice and styled again!

Last Thursday I went to the Chinese with some friends for Viv's birthday. We all had a great evening and had amazing milkshakes afterwards (it's tradition okay) Grace was there too but we were sitting at other sides of the extremely long table, ooops.


Photos from my week!





Some of the girls at Viv's birthday

Random selfie from Thursday after getting my hair done

Photo with Viv!

Wexford played against Waterford on Saturday so again I'm embracing being a Yellow Belly and wearing my jersey. Let's hope the match in Thurles will be good!

So that's about it from me, I'll hopefully be posting later on in the week. I'm also blogging on Collab Sunflower! Check out the collaboration blog, each week we have a different theme and it's just brilliant.
I'll be posting on Friday about  'A Momentous Memory'

Stay Strong, Happy and Fearless!
Aveen xx

*Lyrics: Ed Sheeran ~ Bloodstream 

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The Summer Tag!

Hey Everyone!

So I was tagged by the lovely Guilianna Marie to do the Summer Tag! Here goes!

1. What's your favourite thing about Summer?

I love the general freedom of Summer. You're allowed (within reason) to do whatever you want for three months. There's nobody telling you how to spend your time like in school, your time is for you and you get to choose exactly how you spend those precious hours of freedom. By watching seasons of multiple tv shows on Netflix like me  




2. Do you have a favourite Summer drink?

During Summer I love to get frappé's from Costa, particularly the sticky toffee one, it's amazing. Water also cannot be underestimated, when you're dying of the heat, a gulp of ice-cold water is one of the best feelings ever.

3. Is there a location you like to go each Summer?

Not particularly, during Summer in the evenings sometimes my family and I go to the local seaside area near my town and like every year we go to the same chipper and get a bag of chips and just look at the sea. It sounds so simple but it's so nice and relaxing and it's the funny thing we do each summer.

4. Favourite look for Summer?

As I have a summer job it generally doesn't matter about my appearance, I have to wear a different set of clothes in work so I'm VERY casual on most days, just wearing jeans, Converse, t shirts and a hoodie. However if I'm going anywhere I do dress up more!

5. Dresses or skirts?

Dresses all the way!

6. Sandals or ballet pumps?

I prefer ballet pumps, but I rarely wear them. I wear Converse most of the time, they're my favourites!

7. Do you prefer your hair up or down for Summer?

For work, my hair is up but everywhere else my hair is down and straightened within an inch of its life!

8. Deep smokey eyes or bold lips?

I really like deep smokey eyes so we'll go for that!

9. Favourite perfume for Summer?

It's a perfume my godmother got for me! It's an Armani perfume and smells amazing!


10. Last but not least, favourite music for Summer? 


Looong list but... The 1975, Arctic Monkeys, Imagine Dragons, Ed Sheeran, P!ATD, 5SOS, Birdy and lots more! 



Phew! Thanks for reading, hope you liked my answers!

I tag:
Jane
Rachel
Gaby
Grace
And... YOU!

Stay Strong, Happy and Fearless!
Aveen xx

Sunday, 13 July 2014

''We Are Surrounded By All Of These Lies, And People Who Talk Too Much...''

Hey Everyone!

*Lyrics: Ed Sheeran ~ Tenerife Sea

Sorry that this blog post is a little late, I spent yesterday afternoon chilling with Grace of Dainty Sprinkles and also watching a GAA match which featured the Wexford (Yes I am a yellow belly!)

Grace and I met up in the afternoon and got the best creamy coolers in Costa (whilst half heartedly writing down video idea's in my blogging notebook) however we mainly spent the afternoon just chatting and catching up (mainly because I live like a hermit on the internet)

We went up ''The Pitch'' near my house. It's basically a green area with a goal post but isn't big enough to have two goals. However there was lots of pretty daisies and flowers so we took photos of them! We also took some outfit photos which made us feel extremely self-conscious as I have neighbours *shudders* Those photos will appear on Grace's blog soon.

Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to make any YouTube video's however we will be filming an AwkwardSprinkle's video or two very soon so keep your eyes peeled!

When Grace left, I started watching the hurling match on tv between Wexford and Clare. The previous week it led to a draw so this was a replay. Again, the match went into extra-time. Wexford isn't well known for being brilliant at GAA sports (except maybe camogie, the team won a few All-Ireland's a few years back) However the last time Wexford won an All-Ireland in hurling was in 1996. (I wasn't even born at the time! I was born like 3 weeks later)

So the match was vitally important and led to a lot of screaming and shouting and joy in my house and I'm sure a lot of other houses around the county. Well done to the lads, they were absolutely surreal and won in the end which was brilliant! I was tweeting frantically during the match so my Twitter is just a mess at the moment.

So that was about it for my week! I'm working in my summer job which is going well so I tend to do very little in the afternoons except maybe watch another series on Netflix, listen to music, read books, go on Tumblr or go on a Costa run (It's dangerous having Costa down the road I swear)

I'm also taking part in CollabSunflower!  Last week's theme was 'Questions' and you can read how we all interpreted the title, it's quite interesting! So check out the blog and give it a follow! :)


Photo's from my week!
Daisies!

Daisies 

Flowers near my house

Taking a photo of Grace taking a photo of me

Chocolate treats in the garden!

A VERY blurry photo!

One of my snapchats I sent after the match proudly wearing my jersey! 

Stay Strong, Happy and Fearless!
Aveen xx

Thursday, 3 July 2014

I Had A Dream So Big And Loud, I Jumped So High I Touched The Clouds..

Hey Everyone!

I'm home nearly a week and realised I've been very quiet in the blogging world so I've made a resolution with myself to try post more often this Summer, as I'll be really busy with school work and the Leaving Cert from September (boo!) For the time being however, I'm making an effort to post with good content as regularly as possible.

I guess this blog post could be considered a ''My Week In Photos'' as it's quite photo heavy.  Here goes!


When I came back from the Gaeltacht, my parents surprised me with a new pair of Converse! I thought it was an interesting colour, green, as I was just back from the Gaeltacht. They're really comfortable and stand out when I wear them with my black jeans. 

This is my ''Fainne''' which is the Irish for 'ring' I got this ring in the Gaeltacht and when you wear it, people know they have the option of speaking to you in Irish too. I'm going to start wearing it out and about and see if anyone starts speaking to me in Irish!


A random selfie on my day off. I didn't straighten my hair, this was the result.

The John Green book shrine. My room is still a mess so there's lots of random things on the shrine (and TFIOS & LFA are missing as well as I'm reading LFA and a friend has TFIOS)


I went to see Mrs. Brown's Boys with my family and it was hilarious. One of the actors in the film was even in the same screening (he left at the VERY very end to avoid everyone, comical)

I got this cute tin in the shopping centre. I loved the red and white stripes and the retro feel of the tin. 

I'm re-reading Looking For Alaska. I actually finished it today and still got a little emotional even though I've read it before. 


That's about it from me, I'll hopefully be doing some fun and interesting things in the next couple of weeks. Might even film a YouTube video or two if I get the time!
Stay Strong, Happy and Fearless!
Aveen xx


* lyrics, American Authors ~ Best Day Of My Life