Sunday, 31 August 2014

Scrapbook Making | Little Brother Edition


I love a good scrapbook and nothing makes me happier than have the right materials to make one. I spotted this scrapbook bundle in TK Maxx and couldn't resist. I had no idea how I was gonna use it, all I knew is that I needed it. I later decided to make it up for my little brother Thomas and I thought I'd share the result!




It was super fun to make and he really appreciated it, I love sentimental home-made gifts. I have a few more in the making that I'll have to share pieces of when finished.

"Not every page has to be a masterpiece."



Thursday, 28 August 2014

Family Wedding | Sonya & Chris

One of my favourite things in the world is a good wedding. I just think it's an amazing way to get everyone together and celebrate life. Now I have a huge family so I've been to a lot of weddings but this time it was my mummy's cousin Sonya's wedding. It was in Newry so it was nice to have a change of scenery.








I was mainly loving life with my cousin/best friend Tash, taking shots and having a lil boogie. 
I think even if I didn't feel strongly about the sacrament of marriage I'd have one anyway because when everyone gets older it's very hard to get everyone in the same place at the same time other than for huge life events like marriage and funerals. It makes me sad because it's defiantly not often enough but maybe it's because of that, that they are so special.

"Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city."


Monday, 25 August 2014

TOP TEN | The Best of Instagram


Now I'm not a multiple photos everyday Instagram user but I'm not sparse about it either, I think I've got a good balance now of what I post. Back when I first got it in December 2012, I was an insta hoe! Hashtags flying all over the show, like for like, follow for follow, all that craic. Now, I'm far more subtle. Most of my posts are fun times with family and friends, scenery, music and preachy positivity. I'd say I post every 3 or 4 days but that's only because something happened in my life I feel is worthy for Instagram which I feel is pretty good going. One out of about 50 photos will will be uploaded to Instagram and the rest to Facebook when I go on a night out or take a trip. So in this post I thought I'd share ten of my favourite posts so far!
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Flying Home
22/07/14
"Cheers for the past 3 years Newcastle, it's been real."
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Marriage Equality
19/07/14
"Happy Northern Pride! Unfortunately closed minds don't always come with closed mouths but they will be the ones that are left behind. Here's to the change."
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Graduation
10/07/14
"It happened #2014graduate"
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200th
27/06/14
"200th Post | Celebrating a 2:2 in my Psychology degree the only way I know how. Such a happy day for a lot of great people I know. Be positive, live a life you enjoy and be awesome to each other."
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English Trip
22/06/14
"Holy Island."
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Grad Ballin'
26/05/14
"1914"
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Lush
11/04/14
"Perfect balance between kid and adult: marshmallow bath & wine."
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#TBT
16/01/14
"mama and papa xxxxx"
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Bally
10/09/13
"Windmill  #walk #home #old #windmill #hinch"
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London
24/07/13
"Cheeky Chaboba in Camden. Strawberry and kiwi bubbles!"
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So there's some of my favourite posts so far, I might do a short list every year but there's 10/186.
Follow me of course, feel like Tyler Oakly with this shamless self promotion but I'll leave this here:
FOLLOW ME HERE @__franny___





Friday, 22 August 2014

The Giant's Causeway


I went to The Giant's Causeway for the third time the other day because my American cousins from San Francisco where over an they'd never been. It was my first time in the visitors centre though, it got a really nice gift shop and cafe. It also has a few interactive things and the story of Finn McCool plays on a big screen but I don't think it justifies the price of £8 to be honest. It's not the visitors centre you go for anyway it, it was a great day out!



After something to eat and a look around we headed on down to the Causeway. We got really lucky with the weather because the rain had stopped which was such a blessing! I snapped a few photos to share.












One of the great wonders of the natural world, right on our door step and I was the only one that had been before, tut tut. I think I have a bad case of 'the grass is always greener' thing where I pine over the beauty of other places and forget that where I am and the places around me are stunning too. Someone else could be thinking that my grass is greener if you get me? So I just need to appreciate where I am in the now. I mean look at these photos, just in awe of Ireland's very green scenery. 



Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Victoria's 21st Birthday




My friend Victoria turned 21 and a surprise party was held for her in our local RamJam. A pub filled with friendly familiar people is always a good scene. I loved this night and it was my first proper session in my local since I got home. I was ready for it!


As you can see, I like a lot of volume in my hair, which is very hard to achieve. I also wore my loom chocker that I just made that day cus I was all black err thing #swag I also tried to contour a lot more than I normally would and it came out no different #fail 

Birthday Girl's big bro Gareth and me. 
Me and the Birthday Guuuuurl <3
Home Birds
Me and Martin (the flash if usually my foe, it loves my blemishes) 
Looking decent ready to take our triple death shot (Sambucca, Vodka and Gin)
Speaks for itself really 
The night got a little messy after those shots but a little party never hurt nobody! 
Happy Birthday Victoria you beautiful, kind, wild woman!










Monday, 18 August 2014

Belfast Pride Week

This was quite a busy week for me and my chums, we were out every other night until Pride, celebrating the only way we know how. 

Tuesday at Boombox is HOOCHIE night so I tried to channel my inner hood by wearing my leopard print and chains and well that's about as hoochie mama as I get but I was with my hoes!



We stayed in my queen Ryan's flat in Belfast, he and a lot of others we know work in the Belfast gay scene so that meant cheap/free drinks all night which was fine by me. Little did me and Matthew know though, that Ryan's flat is the centre of all after party's. So while we thought we were coming back to eat our pizza and crash, we were greeted by half the club and I was more than alright with that. Party.


Thursday at Boombox is ZZAP! (Swear I'm not promoting them haha). This night me and Matthew were reunited with two of our old high school friends who I love to death, Niamh and Marty.


The best friendships I find are the ones were a whole year could past and it would seem like only yesterday you saw them. That's exactly what me and Niamh have. For the past three years we've been living in different countries and every time I see her it's no different. I would hate to go back to square one with anybody. 


Saturday night was PRIDE! Unfortunately it was raining all day so we didn't make the parade but that just meant more drinking time before we headed to Belfast. Fabulous.



We kit the Kremlin and anyone who was celebrating pride was there, it was packed! 
I love the Krem, it's always such a fun and friendly atmosphere. 



It was an awesome week celebrating good people for who they are. 
Make happiness the goal. 
We all play for the same team, 
others just need a little more practice.
Make your actions the coach.