Nikki
Well I tortured Jennie back in June with some old pictures to celebrate turning 30 & its only fair I do the same to Nikki. 

Nikki
Shots shots shots!
Now, lucky for everyone getting to enjoy these photos (or unlucky for you Nik & those in them!) I don’t have any up to date photos of Nikki as she has been living in Australia for several years now! 

Nikki's 21st
Nikki & I have known each other over 20 years. We first met when she joined my primary school in second class (I hope that’s correct, you’ll tell me if not) We had plenty of great times and got up to plenty of mischievous over the years. Some of these pictures show that.  


We may only get to see each other every couple of years now but when we do, it’s like nothing has changed & no time has passed. That makes us still in our mid-20s right?

Nikki & I
I hope you have a wonderful 30th birthday Nik. Welcome to the club. X

P.s. I’m getting away with that first picture because you’re too far away to kill me! I was originally looking for a nice school pic but I couldn’t pass this up!!

“It’s important to remember, we all have magic inside us” – J.K.Rowling

Being the huge Harry Potter fan that I am, I thought it was only right to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter Potter franchise. 

On 26th June 1997, I was a couple of months away from my 10th birthday, Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone was released and I couldn’t have been less interested. Little did I know that day, the absolute fanatic I would become. 

Roughly 4 & a half years later, my cousin and her then boyfriend, now husband, insisted I watch the DVD of the first movie when it was released and from that moment on, I was hooked. I went home and borrowed the first 3 books from my Dad and started reading. After that I bought the books and went to see the movies the minute they were released.

Since then, I’ve bought endless amounts of Harry Potter merchandise, been to The Making of Harry Potter in the Warner Bros. Studios and been to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London. The last thing on my Harry Potter wish list is to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. There’s also some Harry Potter bed & breakfasts and escape rooms in the UK that I would not say no to either. 

So here’s to 20 years of Harry Potter and in the words of two of my favourite wizards:

Dumbledore: “After all this time?”

Snape: “Always!”


Today the first of our group of friends turns 30! So I thought the only fair thing to do is to share some really old (and some less than flattering) photos here. 



I thought I’d also share a little background of our friendship. We’ve been friends for half our lives now. I just realised that today. We first met through the boyfriends we had when we were 14 or 15. Back when we used to think that 25 was over the hill & our lives would be over. Those boyfriends didn’t last long & there’s been a few more since that didn’t last either (ha!) but our friendship has. Now that’s the nicest thing I’m going to say because if I say anything too nice, she’ll accuse me of going soft on her. 


Happy 30th birthday Jen! Thanks for getting old a little bit before me. I’ve learned 1 thing from reminiscing over the past 15 years….we might be old AF now but we definitely look better now than we do in some of these throwback pics…

P.s. Let’s not talk about my lack of eyebrows in that photo from Crete 2004. Or the fact that we clearly had a not at all cringe yellow theme going on.

A creepy doll - 2011

= A creepy doll – 2011

A black and white TV star - 2012

A black and white TV star – 2012

Jane from Twilight - 2013

Jane from Twilight – 2013

It’s that time of year again! I love love love Halloween. Whats not to love? Lots of sweets and treats and an excuse to dress up and wear what you want without worrying about how crazy you look. I don’t really understand store bought costumes. I think they usually look great and if you can buy something, wear it as it is and be satisfied with it then good for you but I prefer to make my costume and if it doesn’t involve something a bit crazy in the make-up department I’m a little disappointed. 

While I decide what to dress up as this year I thought I’d share some of my costumes from the last few years. I better get my thinking cap on.

What are you dressing up as this Halloween?

adding fake blood

before hairstyle creepy smile Jane Dane as a dead pilot Dead pilot Dane & I

1) Make-up on, contacts in, starting to create fake blood,  2) Fake blood,  3) Evil smile,  4) Jane from Twilight,  5) Dane’s costume involved a lot of tissue paper and liquid latex,  6) Dane dressed as a dead pilot,  7) Quick lift (elevator) photo on our way out

I dressed up as Jane from Twilight for Halloween and it was easy and fun. I thought I’d go through my costume in case anyone is interested in dressing up as Jane sometime. 

The biggest part of this costume is the cloak. It would be pretty easy to make one but because I only decided on my costume on the day and I’m pretty lazy I bought mine. It needs to be full length, have full length loose sleeves and a hood. Simples. You could go all out and go for a velvet material but any material will do.

For the face you need a pale foundation which you can mix with some white face paint so you have the coverage of a foundation with Jane’s pale complexion. Cover your face & neck with the mixture. Finish off with a matte powder because you don’t want any shine (I’m pretty sure you can’t sweat when you’re dead). Next you need plenty of dark grey and black eye shadow and black eye liner for the eyes. You should also use a red/brown colour for the point where your eye lid meets your brow bone. You can decide to leave your lips plain or choose a dark lipstick but it’s important to know that Jane’s lips are usually a brown colour so I would suggest a brown lip liner because you’re looking for a matte finish. I didn’t have a pencil so I used a nude lipstick and put a light brown eye shadow on over it which worked very well. It stayed on all night too – bonus!

Although you don’t often see Jane’s fangs I think it’s a good idea to add some and a bit of fake blood to get the full vampire effect. My fangs didn’t work out so I went without. The last big touch of the outfit is red contact lenses. They pull the costume together as her eyes are always red. Jane permanently wears her hair up. I won’t go into detail as to how to do it here as I’ve no video demo but you can find one on YouTube and it’s quite easy. Then you just need to add a silver pendant type necklace & some black shoes of any type as they’ll mostly be covered and you’re done! Not bad for a last minute costume. 

Price List:

Cloak €30

Foundation – my own (I’m pretty pale naturally so it worked out well)

White face paint (liquid) – €3

Matte face powder – €6

Black, grey and brown eye shadow – my own ( I used the Urban Decay Naked Pallet)

black eye liner – my own

Fangs – €4

Fake blood – €4

Red contact lenses – €15

Silver pendant necklace – €6

Black shoes – My own

 

Total cost: €68 but you could save at least €20 by making your own cloak.

 

My DadWith my Dad and StephenMy Dad and IMy Dad and IMy Grandad and I

1) My Dad looking cool in his leather Jacket in the 1980’s,  2) With my Dad and Stephen on what I think was my first Christmas,  3) Me and my Dad on holiday in the 1990’s  4)In Rome with my Dad in 2011  5) With my Grandad around 7 or 8 months before he died.

I’m a self-proclaimed Daddy’s girl so what else would I blog about today than my Dad? I get a hard time from the rest of my family all of the time for being such a Daddy’s girl but I wouldn’t have it any other way. He’s pretty amazing (don’t tell him though, his ego couldn’t handle it). Growing up my Dad would do anything for us.When me and Stephen were kids, my Dad worked in a job that he hated and he worked terrible shifts which meant he didn’t get to see us nearly as much as he would have liked. He worked in that job to provide for us and he did it for years. When he wasn’t working he was usually making things to earn some extra money for our family.Maybe when I have kids of my own I’ll understand but I can’t imagine doing the things he’s done for us. I always rely on my Dad, probably a little too much but, I really can’t imagine not having that support there. When I’m in trouble or need help he’s always the first person I go to and I think it will always be that way. I’ve learned so much from my Dad. Let’s face it, they just don’t make them like they used to.

So here’s some information about my Dad:

1. He works in Adult Education, the same as I do and he’s my boss. I’m so glad I took his advice on my career choice when I had no clue what I wanted to do. 

2. He’s the youngest of three children.

3. He’s the hardest worker I know (and that’s not always a good thing).

4. He knows everything, I mean everything. He’ll try to tell you he doesn’t but he’s the most intelligent person I’ve ever met. You want him on your team for trivia games and table quizzes (just not the sport round although he will probably get some of them right too).

5. We’re very alike. I get told all the time I look like my dad. We have the same taste in a lot of things including books and music but rarely films.

6. He’s very stubborn (hey, I told you we’re alike)

7.  He hates sport. I get my love of Football from my Mam.

Anyway that’s enough of that because I wouldn’t want to make him blush. I think it’s only right to mention my Grandad here too. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the decisions he made in his life but that’s a story for another day. He’s no longer with us and I miss him terribly especially on days like today. He was an amazing Grandad and a great pal.

 

Jade (Left), me (middle) and Kiara (right)Al & EmmaJade & OwenCaptain Morgan & OrangeGav and JennieJade, Kiara, Emma, Jennie & Imy girlsFriends

1) With Jade on my left and Kiara on my right,  2) Al and Emma,  3) Jade and Owen – teamwork!  4) Captain Morgan and orange – tastes just like a Super Split,  5) Gav and Jennie  6) My girls,  7) Having fun & being silly,  8) Drinks with friends

My friend Jennie had a barbecue and drinks in her garden on Saturday to celebrate her birthday. We had amazing food and loads of fun enjoying the sun. The weather was perfect which really adds to the atmosphere because it’s so rare.  As you can see from the pictures, it got a bit silly but that’s all part of the fun and I always have the funniest time with the girls. It’s great to catch these moments in photographs that we can all look back on. I was drinking Bay Breeze cocktails and they were easy and delicious. I was delighted to let Dane know I’d found a holiday drink. I’m usually really picky and end up trying one or two cocktails and giving up when I can’t find one I like.  I also had some Captain Morgan and orange which tastes just like a Super Split ice-cream.