Thursday, 27 November 2014

Recently: In Pictures

First off: A humble explanation for my absence... It's coming to the time of year where my college assignments are piled high. Combine that with my Christmas job at Boots and I barely have time to sleep, let alone blog. So, until Christmas, I'll probably only be uploading one or two new posts a week. Roll on the Christmas break, though, because then I'll be stuffing myself with home-cooked dinners, chilling by the fire and blogging to my little heart's content.

Here is my life in pictures... Not terribly thrilling, but I thought I'd share regardless.

Luas Line in the Morning
I've been getting up fairly early to get into town, bag a seat in a coffee shop, and work on assignments before work. Hence the deserted Luas stop at 7am.

Photobooth Picture with my Friends
It was Michelle's birthday, my dear friend and roomie, so we hit the town and got this cute photobooth pic in the club.

Going Through Photos from Graduation
Reliving my graduation by editing the pics from the day.

Stella Full of Storms Poster and Snapchat
Wish I'd taken a few sneaky photos at Stella Full of Storms. It was such a good show, I had to include it here, so I stole this Snapchat from my friend Fiona. Big congrats to Fiona, who produced the wonderful play.

Barry M Silver Glitter Nail Polish
Cheering myself up with sparkles. Barry M has the best glittery nail polishes.

Outfit I Wore Out for Drinks
An outfit from October, when I had time to go out, just for the hell of it.

Selfie, Outfit with Two Collars
Embracing my favourite style for Autumn, layers.

A few of these were taken from my Instagram, ID:clairepetersen32, give me a cheeky follow if you fancy!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Being Thankful: A Simple Way to Feel Happier

This post isn't going to be quite as soppy as the title would suggest... I just wanted to share how I keep myself positive, even when circumstance seems intent on putting me down. And, as the title would suggest, it's all about gratitude.

A notebook of handwritten gratitudes

I discovered this technique by reading the popular self-help book The Secret. I wouldn't say I'm a die-hard fan of this book, there are certain points in the book when I felt like I couldn't roll my eyes hard enough. I just don't think The Universe gives a feck about my wellbeing, as the book would have me believe. Despite what the myriad selfies may suggest, I'm not narcissistic enough to buy into the idea that if I ask for something, The Universe will deliver it to me. The Universe aside, the book does actually have some good tips buried beneath the waffle. One of the book's fundamental tips for a successful and happy life? Being grateful.

Of course, if you sat down and thought about what you're blessed with, you'd have no choice but to be thankful and radiate happiness. But the problem is that often we don't take the time to do this. So we just solider on, never pausing to appreciate our luck. The fix is simple: Reflect on what you cherish, be thankful, and feel content. But how exactly? Read on...

Jot down three things that you are thankful for each day. These can be general, or specific to the day of writing. I've being doing this on-and-off for a while now, and my gratitudes range from heartfelt notes appreciating friends and family to... "my hair getting longer" (that is actually one of my gratitudes for the 16th of August!). Thinking of three things to be grateful for will help you focus on the positive, and writing it down makes it infinitely more powerful than the negative thoughts that may flitter through your mind.

If you feel like getting creative, why don't you draw what you're thankful for? Or, if you're not confident as an artist, you could take the time to write out key gratitudes in pretty hand writing. You could even dedicate a whole notebook to your (prettified) gratitudes, and look back on your creations when you're feeling low.

When you've got time to kill, and you've refreshed Instagram and Twitter far too many times, why don't you take the opportunity to count your blessings. Literally count them, that is. Make a mental list of all that you're thankful for and see how many can pinpoint.

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I hope you enjoyed reading my tips for being thankful! I don't think it came across overly soppy! Anyway, now would be a great time to say: Thank you to all my readers and those of you that take the time to comment. I really am grateful for blogging community that I know and love. Muchas gracias, merci beaucoup, thank you, darlings.

...I take it back, this is super soppy. x

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The Grad Ball: What I Wore

It may be slightly unorthodox to roll up to a fancy ball in a short skirt... But it's not as strange as me tottering around in my wedges as I push couches out of the way and rearrange the whole living room just to get a full-length snap of my outfit. Blogger's problems, eh?

As my camera is god-awful in low light, I usually shy away from taking my outfit posts indoors. But with those evenings getting darker, and long days spent at work and college, it's near impossible for me to take photographs in the natural light. The upside of all these restrictions is that I've been forced to get creative. Hence the furniture rearrange and a longer exposure time when taking the photographs. Just. Keep. Still... Hold. That. Pose.

Graduation Ball Outfit with a Short Skirt
Top & Skirt: Foravi // Shoes: Office
Green Skirt and Electric Green Wedges Electric Green Wedges from Office

I put together this outfit for my graduation ball. The event was on at a swanky hotel, where we got a three course meal (complete with everybody's favourite blogger cliché: macaroons! Why did I not snap a picture of this?) and entertainment to boot. It was the last hurrah, the final time we're allowed to be reckless students. Of course, we'll still act like reckless students regardless, but it's somehow more acceptable at the graduation ball.

Anyway, this is the outfit that I wore as I partied the night away with my cherished uni friends. If you were going to a ball, would you keep it classic with a long flowing dress, or go for something a bit different like this top and skirt combo? Do share, I love hearing from you.

Friday, 7 November 2014

A Fine Day to Graduate: What I Wore

Claire Petersen Graduation Outfit

As of yesterday, I got two extra letters added to my name... Baby, you can call me 'Claire Petersen, BA'. I am now officially a graduate of the BA in Communication Studies, I've got a fancy certificate to prove it an' all!

The graduation ceremony was such a lovely event. My beloved family made the trek down to Dublin to celebrate with me, and I got to see the friends I'd made over the last three years walk up and collect their well-deserved degree. I was slightly tearful at it all. But I also had an absolute giggle as I dressed up family members in the gown and silly little hat. Oh, and of course I marked the occasion with the entirely cliché, but practically compulsory, hat throw. I couldn't not.

University Graduate with Grandparents University Graduate with Mum

As for my outfit underneath the traditional hat and robe, I wore a mint green cape dress from Warehouse. It was such a struggle to find a suitable dress for the event. I knew that there would be many a photo taken, so I was on the look out for a simple outfit that would add a pop of colour to the traditional graduate attire. Sounds like a simple enough request, but I was disappointed by the selection in the shops. I did, however, come across a sort-of-suitable dress. The problem was that it came in a terribly unflattering shade of pink, which totally clashed with my hair and complexion. Although the shop assistant had informed us that we'd find a mint green version online, it wasn't available on the House of Fraser site or the Warehouse's own site. Disheartened, I did one last Google search, only to come across the dress being sold on ASOS. There was one left. And it was in my size. Needless to say, I hastily snapped it up.

Claire Petersen Graduation Outfit Warehouse Mint Cape Dress
Dress: Warehouse // Necklace: Dunnes Stores // Heels: Penneys // Bracelet: Vintage

Dunnes Stores Mint Green and Purple Statement Necklace

Paired with a statement necklace, I like to think it made for the perfect graduation outfit. The best thing about it was the back, where pretty lace detail peeks out from behind the cape. This was ideal, as it meant that while it worked as a day dress under my robe, once the robe had been returned, it instantly became more dressy. So the dress was able to work for both the ceremony and the fancy dinner we had later on.

Warehouse Mint Cape Dress Back Red Hair and Warehouse Mint Cape Dress Back

And that, my friend, was what I wore on one of the most monumental days of my academic career. Let me know what you think of the look in the comments!

Monday, 3 November 2014

DIY Sharpie Bowls

DIY Sharpie Bowl with Stars Pattern

I like embracing my lazy side on Sundays, so when I felt like getting crafty last night I racked my brain for the most chilled out DIY I knew. And what's easier then simply doodling on a bowl with a Sharpie, and then popping the result in the oven?

Sharpies and DIY Bowl

I got these bowls for free with Uncle Ben's rice a while ago (I'm such a sucker for a freebie), so I wasn't worried about messing around with them. I decided to keep them simple, so I drew a little pattern around the rim of each bowl and left it at that. After completing the design I simply put them in the oven for 30 mins at 180°C, and it baked on and stay put. The hearts were supposed to be red, but as you can see the colour Sharpies are a tad unpredictable, and they actually ended up yellow!

Rims of DIY Sharpie Bowls

I got this idea off A Beautiful Mess. A while ago they blogged about revamping plain mugs using a Sharpie. The first time I tried out this DIY I made an Adventure Time mug, which I gifted to my brother for his birthday. I've been told that it's been holding up well, as long as you stick to handwashing your creation should stay in place.

Adventure Time DIY Sharpie Mug

As you can tell, Sharpie mugs are so ridiculously easy that even the biggest DIY-phobe could do it. Of course, it helps that the only supplies you need are a Sharpie, a mug or bowl and a working oven! Have you tried out any super simple DIYs recently? Please do share!