Friday, 29 May 2015

MIND-FULL OR MINDFUL?



Recently I have had a very busy schedule and my mind tends to wonder during the day to all of my worries and stresses. Pretty common, but an absolute pain in the butt when it comes to meditating.  It can all get a bit much sometimes and I have been practicing and reading up on to different methods of being more present and focusing the mind away from things I shouldn’t worry about.

Per usual the concentrating on breathing came up. I wasn’t very good at it until I tried the method of breathing in for one, breathing out for one. Breathing in for two, breathing out for two – up until ten counts and starting again at one. It works a treat for meditation and is a great alternative to counting sheep at night time!
The other very effective way of combating my anxieties has been using a ‘grounding’ object. A grounding item can be anything from a piece of jewellery to a crystal. I personally have Mela beads I was gifted last year that I keep close by.  They work as a focus point to concentrate on when your mind is running wild – by using your sense of touch you concentrate on the texture and I repeat ‘I am enough, I have enough, and I am doing enough. I accept myself and my life fully right now.’ in my head and it tends to bring you to appreciate where you are despite how depressing your past can be, or how anxious the future makes you. 

After a good few months away from a shared practice, I rejoined Abhyasa Yoga on the Lisburn road and I have been hooked! Quite a few of my friends have signed up for the month too and it has been a really lovely way to spend the evening with them. Here I am being a wee yoga geek amongst some greenery wearing one of my favourite sporty get-ups. My gear was all super affordable from H&M, Primark and my gutties are kid’s Sketchers for cheaps! There’s no excuse to not get kitted out and get exercising in one way or another!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

THE GRANNY GRABBER



Last summer we laid the ‘Kiddy-Catcher’ to rest. It was my first ever car, and had served all of the Dallat offspring in their driving lessons. It was a red box with wheels that made a lot of noise, but I loved it so and was very sad to say goodnight to it.

Moving on I got m’self a sweet ride. Many would question calling it so, due to the fact that it was pre-owned by a granda and resembles something that your average spinster would roll up to ASDA in. I have loved being able to scoot back and forth from my family’s home on the coast with ease and get out and about on day trips too. It has made me even more excited for what the summer will bring!

There was a small window of beautiful weather last week where I managed to get out with my gal pal to catch some rays and snacks. I was wearing this beaut vintage day-dress in a currently popular style. The blue striped shirt & shirt dress is everywhere on the high-street, but I am very much in love with my vintage dress from Yellow Submarine Belfast. 

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

BEHIND THE SCENES // GO GIRL x BEEMICKSEE VIDEO SHOOT



So, I have been talking about it now for about a month, and it is finally time to reveal one of the latest projects I have been working on. Alongside fellow GOGIRL ladies and Sir Brendan Seamus of BeeMickSee, I am proud to promote the single / video launch of our #FreeTheNippleCampaign song happening on 02.06.15 at The Bar With No Name (Auntie Annies, Belfast). There will be boob buns, bubbles, an exhibition by Ciara McMullan and loads more fun, including a premier screening of the video. For more details check out the event page on Facebook, HERE!


BRENDAN SEAMUS (BEEMICKSEE) on how the project came about :
""It was a cold and wet Tuesday night in Belfast. I had been sampling some fine beverages with a companion in The Bar with No Name when we decided to make the trip to Laverys where we would watch A BadCavalier play on the floor of the back bar. Upon entering the venue I bumped into Megan and Nuala – who were 3 cocktails into a wonderful evening. They are an infectiously fun and inspiring duo. Nuala (an actress and burlesque performer) informed me that burlesque dancers in Belfast aren’t allowed to show their nipples during performances. I quipped “I’m all about the titties, bout the titties, no tassels” and they both said I should write a rap about it. I then agreed that WE should write a rap about it, and it was only natural that we ask Cheylene Murphy (of Wonder Villains) to write the music for it.""

CHEYLENE MURPHY on the writing process :
""I remember walking into Laverys that night and seeing Megan, Nuala and Brendy laughing and rapping about nipples at the bar. What a glorious scene to walk into! When I caught up with what they were talking about, I replied with a YEAH FREEING THE NIPPLES SOUNDS AMAZING and they asked me to write the music. In the classic drunk and excited way of "oh! And you can write the music!! AND IT'LL BE AMAZING!! Yay!!"
We all met up about a week later to talk about nipples & boobs to give Brendy the material to string the rap together with (we thought that was better left to a professional. Some of our rap attempts were fantastically tragic!) The next day I was messing around on the piano, giggling thinking about the boobs banter from night before. My favourite part was when we tried to come up with as many synonyms for breasts as possible. The song was very nearly called Lady Balls. The overwhelming vibe of the whole project was fun, hilarious and most importantly, CELEBRATORY of those weird jiggly parts on a woman's chest! So the chorus wrote itself in about 5 seconds. I listened back to it, it made me laugh and that was the chorus done! Then it was just about putting the rap over the chords and getting Ryan McGroarty to record the song professionally. Which was lots of fun to do. We even managed to get more Go Girls (and guys!) to do group vocals upstairs in The Bar With No Name. Which basically meant twenty people shouting 'Boobs!' over and over again at a microphone in the middle of the room; I’m pretty sure we terrified the people downstairs watching the match!""

NUALA DAVIES on creative visuals :
""Preparation for #FTN involved A LOT of beers and late night meetings, However it was an incredible journey that inspired a lot of amazing and creative things to happen. We MADE t-shirts, boob cakes and of course got to hang out with the adorable Nina! I think one of the most significant jobs for me was the overall vision for the aesthetic of the video. It was important that it reflected our personalities. (Which are bubbly and generally adorable. Haha) whilst also conveying our anger towards the hypocrisy of this issue. We wanted to make it celebratory of our bodies, light-hearted and fun with the lyrics really hitting home about our societies necessity to empower the female and give US not the media ownership of our bodies. WE LOVE BOOBS.""

CIARA MCMULLAN on the video shoot :

""I have to admit I had never really given much thought to the free the nipple campaign before I was asked to get involved with the video shoot. I was only going to be shooting on the day but after seeing all of the plans and hearing a rough version of the song I was very excited! Cheylene is the most enthusiastic organised person I know, so I trusted her plan would come together on the day. The shoot day was amazing - I have never worked with such a brilliant, creative bunch of people in my life. It was fun and productive all at the same time. The girls really opened my eyes up to the #FreeTheNipple campaign and just how silly that censorship law is. Over all I had an incredible day shooting the video and I hope to work with Nuala, Megan and Brendan again. Oh and Nina! What an amazing dog, the real star of the show!""


It really has been a delightfully banter filled project with a range of talented so-and-sos, and I only hope that the public enjoy the song & video, get a message, and have a giggle with it. I would love to see people down at the launch night as it will be a lot of good craic, but I will be sure to post up the video and all the craic from the launch here afterwards! It has been a pleasure working with all the guys once again and I'm sure it won't be the last! #FREETHENIPPLES!



BEEMICKSEE

CHEYLENE MURPHY

NUALA DAVIES

CIARA MCMULLAN PHOTOGRAPHY

GOGIRL

VENT LINKS





Sunday, 17 May 2015

KODAK MOMENTS #13


I'm at a weird stage of my life where I am thinking about returning to education. 
Recently I have had a bit of a shake up and I am keen to learn new skills that I can apply to my daily life to allow me to GirlBoss even better - so it's only natural that I want to apply myself to education once more. I imagine that when I start I would likely post a little learning journal, (f I can make it interesting enough) as I really enjoy watching and reading about other bloggers and what they are learning about and creating.

Alongside hunting for the perfect course, the hunt for the perfect home is still in full swing. This week is filled with house viewings and I hope to God somewhere is decent enough / not smelly / not mouldy / not run down by stinkin' students / in a nice area and at a reasonable price. Who knows, I could be moved out sooner than I thought! *fingers crossed*

Other interesting projects include the upcoming video launch of a song by myself, Cheylene Murphy of the Wonder Villains, Nuala Davies (or Nuala RUDE to some!) and Brendan Seamus of BeeMickSee. The video will be online from the 2nd of June and features fellow GoGirls, boob buns, bubbles and the best of all, NINA!  I will post all the details in a follow up 'Behind the Scenes' blog post soon!
There will be more information on GoGirl, what it is and our upcoming FUNdraiser gig in June - which I hope you lot support, because it is a truly great community that I feel blessed to be a part of.


Monday, 11 May 2015

TICKLED PINK



Last year I had the most perfect, limited edition, lined red rain-mac from ASOS. It was my ultimate rainy day shop run, festival favourite and doggie walking 'go to' coat. I left in in Voodoo Bar one intoxicated night, and I've never seen it since.
I had thought about replacing it with another red rain mac, but there hasn't been one quite like it. Then I found this pink badboy in Primark whilst stuck in a rain storm, and she does the job just grand. It's a bit blow-up doll-ish but I think it's cute.

When we were taking these snaps in Manchester I was en-route to surprise a pal that night and on edge that I would be caught out at any moment. Thankfully enough he was delayed due to exploding tyres..(well, not so lucky for them..)
There is very little better than surprising someone you love. I was thinking just the other day all about the surprise birthday parties I have thrown for my chummies and the thrill of seeing the shock on their faces. Nothing quite like it!
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