This past weekend I ventured up to Belfast, as I usually do, but this time a bit earlier in time to see a Foil Arms and Hog show. Definitely see them if you get the chance! This was my second time seeing them. They have YouTube videos on their channel which you can check out for a laugh. Afterwards we went out for drinks with our friends but were sensible because the boys had to work the next day. Saturday was the day we set aside to go visit Derry. I got little gifts for my boyfriend’s family for Christmas in America and they were still laying about in Belfast. So I gave them their long awaited presents from me…finally!
We were a good bit outside the town in the countryside. The views are stunning. And especially the drive up to Derry from Belfast. It gets prettier and prettier. I think anywhere you grow up you get used to the scenery and potentially forget how beautiful it is because you see it so often. When I was new to Ireland the Irish thought it was funny how much I loved photographing fields, hills and horses and cows, which I get because that’s probably really American of me. But it’s nearly three years later and I still love taking photos of Ireland…But now with a great camera and even greater company (:
All in all, it was a lovely day full of catch ups and scenic driving. Derry in general is a really gorgeous county with a ton of interesting history. I especially love the town itself. It’s very hilly though so be prepared to work them legs. I can’t wait for the day I get to show my Dad around Belfast and Derry. I know he’ll love it!
Speaking of Derry, have you been watching Channel 4’s new show ‘Derry Girls’? It’s brilliant. All the characters have crazy good Derry accents (most of them are from Derry in real life I believe except for a couple of the actors). I learned a new term from it the other day…A nicker bocker glory! When a character on the show ordered one of these at the diner, I thought he said ‘nichol bockel something’ and immediately texted my boyfriend to ask what it was. After a few confused texts, he eventually decoded my gibberish and confirmed it was indeed a nicker bocker glory they were referring to. It’s a layered strawberry ice cream sundae and it is on my list of things to try!! I also want to go to that diner from that scene in Derry Girls.
On Sunday, it snowed and I was praying for a snow day off from uni but no such luck. We did a quick run to ASDA. I love ASDA because big grocery stores remind me of home, haha. Then went bowling. If you watched my Instagram story, you probably saw me humbly bragging about being in the lead. That went south really quick when my boyfriend caught up to me and we tied.
Hope you enjoyed your weekend too (:
The big 21…on the side of the ocean where I can already legally drink. A party was had up north with some rooftop cocktails at The Perch, followed by some dancing at Filthy’s not too far down the road…but the girls got a cab because of our high heels. If you know the distance between The Perch and Filthy’s you’ll think we’re insane, haha. The night somehow flew by but I was so happy with how it went!
I had a ball getting my hair and makeup done by the lovely and funny Maria Gorman (Click her name to see her post about the ‘soft glam’ look on me and follow her for more) at Blue Hairdressing. Everyone at the salon was so nice and they kindly gave me a glass of wine to celebrate turning 21. I must be a light weight because it went straight to my head…after one glass. I’m so lame!
As a student I tried to budget what I was spending on a special birthday outfit but still wanted to feel fab on my big night. I did a lot of searching online and in stores and eventually was pretty happy with how my outfit turned out. I went for a simple all black outfit with pearl details (you can’t see unfortunately but there’s pearls all down the back of my heels – I’d snap a quick pic but I left them in Belfast, whoops!). My heels have been broken in for awhile now, thank goodness, and I can’t find a direct link but they’re from Pretty Little Thing I believe. All in all, it was an affordable outfit for a birthday! I’ve provided links for all items I could find down below.
LBD – Boohoo
Earrings – Accessorize
Purse – Accessorize
Tan – the local NI brand Bellamianta (I love this stuff – great for even the palest of the pale!)
On my actual birthday (Monday) my two best uni friends and I got dinner and some unreal cocktails at Sophie’s in Dublin. Yes, that’s the place you see on Instagram that has the swings! Check out our swing pic below. Did you even go to Sophie’s if you didn’t get a signature swing snap? It’s fab and was such a good shout from my friend Caoimhe. I ordered a ‘Thinking of You’ so yummy.
(The dress from Monday night can be found here)
I don’t know where the weekend went but it was awesome. I’m such a lucky gal to have such great friends and a wonderful boyfriend who made it all so special for me! We celebrated all weekend long, Friday-Monday, and I think I need to sleep for awhile haha. Here’s to 21! I have a feeling it will be a good one.
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I have so many plans for Redhead American and it’s content in 2018 and am so looking forward to sharing it!
Thank you! (:
Happy, happy New Year! First off, I want to say a big thanks if you followed my blog and/or blog’s media platforms in 2017. I know it’s a baby in the world of blogs but any support is appreciated. Blogging was something I was contemplating for a long time and I finally worked up the courage to post Redhead American this past August. I have received really kind feedback since then which always makes me smile, so thank you very, very much!
I hope you had a fun and safe New Year’s! NYE celebrations for me took place in Belfast at a small house party. Maybe I can’t even call it that, let’s say a gathering. There was drinks and dancing and overall it was just very fun. I’m bummed that I hardly took any pictures which leads to resolution number one…
- Take more pictures!!! This one frustrates me. I need to take way, way more! I’m hopefully getting my good camera fixed up this week or next. I use an iPhone 6 most of the time, but it’s pretty old so sometimes photos are a bit fuzzy. It still works well otherwise though so I don’t see a point in upgrading. So stay tuned for better quality pictures…
- Unplug more. I know it’s great keeping in touch, especially when you live far away. I’m definitely a little guilty of getting stuck on my cell phone sometimes. Especially when I’m traveling!
- This leads into…read more books when waiting for planes, trains, buses, you name it. (If you have suggestions of any good reads, toss them my way!) I’m not going to set a specific number of books per month because final semester of uni should be enough work. My brother got me this one for Christmas so that’s my next read.
- Get comfortable AND simultaneously cute traveling shoes. I have yet to find a good pair. My go-to is my white low-top converse to allow me to walk more. I don’t like bringing a lot of shoes. I usually bring just one so it’s tricky because sneakers/runners can’t always get into bars/clubs (some bouncers just don’t allow you to!) Suggestions?
- Less chains, more local cafes. Self explanatory. Support local businesses whenever you can! Here’s a read from Love.Live.Local (based in Massachusetts) about why shopping local is important.
- Skip the cab and walk more (if it’s wicked cold or raining I may get one, understandably) and discover more.
- See a country I never thought I’d go to. Like I said in my recent post, traveling opens your eyes. I’m really excited to see what adventures 2018 holds.
- Be kinder to the planet while traveling. Less plastic (particularly plastic water bottles)! I’m gonna invest in an eco-friendly water bottle very soon.
Of course I have all the typical ones like, establish a more structured exercise routine, eat healthier, drink more water, etc. but these are ones are more travel oriented. I’m super stoked for 2018 and hope you are too! What are your New Year resolutions?
Best of luck on achieving yours!