Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Reflecting on 2014

As Christmas 2014 draws in, I thought I would reflect on the events of the past year; how I've changed, how the friends who I love have changed, how life itself for me has changed.

January 2014

At the very beginning of the year, my friends and I took the train down to Durham. It was among the first of many adventures for us, and I shall always treasure that day. The weather was dreary and cold and my hair was probably shorter than it had even been, but it was definitely a day to be remembered.

I think we made the other groups in our year (then year 10) feel jealous because, unlike them, we didn't just get together for parties- we were (and still are) a group of genuine friends. To them it probably seemed strange that boys could simply just be friends with girls.

April 2014

I went to London with my family and, like every family holiday, we had a brilliant time whilst arguing for about three quarters of each of the three days we were there.
Each member of my family (including myself) also managed to hideously embarrass themselves at some point- but my Dad took the crown for something so hideously embarrassing even thinking about it is pricking my eyes with tears (some tears of laughter, some just genuine pain).

May 2014

It began as just a metro adventure with the whole group, but somehow it boiled down  to just me and three others being chased by this weird farmer guy and his dogs. We ended up at Penshaw monument (at least I think that was what it was called). To this day, I have no idea how we ended up there, I only know that it wasn't worth it and it took ages to get home. 

But that day was one of those rare perfect days where you set out to do one thing and end up doing something completely different. It reminded me how lucky I am to be surrounded by such perfectly funny people who kept me dying with laughter for the full agonising day we were outdoors hiking up hills.

July 2014

The day we went to Hadrian's wall with the school! 
It was tiring but definitely worth it- all of us girls spent the entire hike trying to talk to an incredibly handsome teacher who was sadly leaving.
We had some hilarious moments and loads of memories on that day, which I will always fondly look back on. It was a wonderful month, ended by my birthday.

 August 2014

Me and my three wonderful best friends spent a few amazing days in Beadnell. So much fun and laughter was had with us four that I can't even pick one memory. But this photo was taken as we were climbing over rock pools next to Seahouses.
I shall always treasure the memory of that time, purely for being the time when I realised that I am the luckiest girl in the world to have the funniest best friends.

October 2014

I love this picture- even if there is someones (possibly my) thumb over the lens. This is from our school trip to Belgium, and even though one of my best friends was missing, it was still a wonderful time.
Me and two of my best friends had a brilliant time with our other friends in a wonderful, emotional trip visiting trenches and museums.

I'm going to leave December blank because it isn't over yet, and I can only reflect on something once it is totally over!
This year has taught me who my friends are, and recent events have tied my friendship group together more tightly then ever! I love everyone in the group with all my heart, and I'm really hopeful for the new year to be even better then the incredible start to year eleven!

Yours Unconventionally,
Evangelina x

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Nightlife; gig

This was my first gig, ever. To sum it up in one word: Meh

The backstory behind this is that basically, I'd been badgered into going by these girls in my science classes. A boy in one of the bands performing is a sort of friend/acquaintance kind of person, and yet I probably wouldn't have ended up going if it wasn't for them convincing me to.

To be truthful, I had wanted to go for ages, the opportunity had just never risen, and my closest friends hadn't really wanted to go, so I went with some others (not going to lie, they didn't really miss out!).

After being convinced to go and recruiting my allies, I had the strife of deciding what to wear. The first thoughts to run through my head were "dark" and "grunge", so I rifled through my wardrobe a few days in advance to plan my outfit.

After much debate, I decided on just a black vest from Topshop, dark jeans from New Look and velvet heeled shoes from Topshop.

The next hurdle was makeup. Fake eyelashes? I'd never worn them before, and I decided now wasn't a good time to start. I settled with my general look of tonal brown eye shadow- except slightly smokier than usual, with thin black eyeliner to elongate my eyes.

It was Newcastle in a light I'd never seen it before. Maybe because it was Black-eye Friday, or maybe because it was past my bedtime ;)
The outside of the place sort of looked like a brothel mixed with a tattoo parlor, yet it was still sort of exciting.

Inside I expected kids sneaking in drink, smoking in the bathrooms, etc. Instead, we were stopped outside and our bags were searched (I had nothing in mine because I am a good child), and only a few kids managed maybe a flask between them. There were no traces of cigarettes. Just one high guy dancing in the corner.

The bands were good- I felt out of place, though, because I didn't know any of their songs. I was just sort of dancing along to the best of my ability.

Yours unconventionally,
Evangelina x

Monday, 15 December 2014

Hopes & Inspirations

In the light of Christmas I'm suddenly starting to feel more hopeful.
Not only for Christmas, but for 2015 as well, and so, even though it is usually reserved for New Years posts, I wanted to make a list of the things I hope to do in the upcoming year:

Yours unconventionally,
Evangelina x
(P.s. This post will later be deleted. I made it in a hurry, but put quite a lot of thought into it!)

Monday, 8 December 2014

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My name is Evangelina.
I am (very) aware that it is unconventional, and (very) OTT. But nevertheless, it's my name and I suppose you're stuck with your name.
Unless you change it... but I just can't be bothered.

Anyway, I'm not entirely sure why I created this blog- possibly as some form of creative outlet that will no doubt be upstaged by all and quite possibly every other blog out there ;)

I'm hoping to make this into a sort of lifestyle blog- every diary that I have ever owned by now has at least two inches of dust over it, so by posting pictures of the more interesting things in my life, maybe I can have something more intriguing to tie to my name!

Yours unconventionally,
Evangelina x