Saturday, 16 January 2016

10 Things That Happen On A Night Out In Carlow

Since moving to Carlow in September I've become mildly obsessed with heading out for a night on the town, coming from a small town with only one option for a dance on a night out going to Carlow was a shock to the system especially when I got introduced to The Foundry!! Aka, my new favourite place in the world. It's so big there, the music is out of this world, the drink is cheap and to top it off it's an actual nightclub something I was not one bit used to having to attend 'the disco' back home for years.
 Before I go on to make myself sound like a session moth or anything of the sort let me explain to you why I love a night out so much.
Firstly it breaks up the week so well, the student nights out in Carlow are Monday and Wednesday which are perfect nights when you think about it.... Monday, sets you up for the week and a Wednesday is bang straight in the middle of the week and having lectures all day everyday, you do need the odd night out to 'de stress' yourself.
 Secondly it's the best way to catch up with all the college girls and thirdly when I move back home I won't have The Foundry or The Tower or Scrags so Ima live it up whilst I have the option and still have my hips!!
  As much as I love nights out in Carlow they've become pretty predictable and you know that certain things are going to happen and it's just a waiting game, here are 10 things that happen on a night out in Carlow:

  1. Tully's is discussed -  Tully's is the student bar in Carlow and it just so happens to be my favourite bar in the country, there's nothing I love more than a quick stop into Tully's before heading to The Foundry. There's live music, cocktails and a dance party going on so Tully's is the ultimate beginner but we need to talk about this 'Are we going to Tully's?' 'Lads stop are we going there first?' 'I dunnooooo....maybe not, maybe just straight to the Foundry!!''Yeah no it'll save money'  it may not sound much, but it's discussed...EVERY SINGLE NIGHT!!
2. You fall into Tully's anyway no matter what the decision - Agh feck it it's only 11pm to Tully's we go!!!
3. You fall out of Tully's and hit the club - Whether you're drunk or not you fall out of Tully's there's about 890 people squeezed in so when you're leaving you're all leaving together and you've no choice. Hand in hand you walk up the street to The Foundry where yet again there's more cueing!! 

4. The Bouncers Are Shouting - This happens all the time and to be honest it quite annoys me, no matter what time you decide to head to the Foundry the bouncers are always shouting at some person usually with some good reason but none the less dampner on the night or what?!! Head down...keep walking!!

5. There's a fight - Okay this happens everywhere in the country but there is always a fight on a Wednesday night, I mean obviously when every single student in the town is out for a good night but there's always a fight. Be it out on the street, in the club or even in Wangs after the dancing the lads (mainly girls) always start something!! - Eugh, give it a rest!! 

6. Wangs Or Milano's-  One thing I can't understand about Carlow people is how they eat Chinese after a night out?? 3 in 1 after a night of vodka? no thanks curry cheese chips any day but none the less there you go, piled into Wangs or Milanos for a Thursday/Tuesday morning of regret!!

7. The fight for the taxi begins - Look, friendship does not exist when you're looking for a taxi after a night out, with 1,0000,000 million thousand people looking for a taxi and only two taxi's all hell breaks loose!! The only way to get a taxi is to leave early and even at that it's a struggle!! -bloody taxi shortages!! 

8. The search for a session- It's like clockwork the Foundry clears, the taxi's are shut for the night and the search begins... there's always a session in Carlow but WHERE?!!!! WHERE IS THE SESSION AT?!!! 

9. You leave the session, in tears and in a panic- WHAT AM I EVEN DOING HERE?!!!! All sessions go different ways but there comes the stage you realise you're too drunk, you look around see things you don't like, then it hits you....I'm out!! 

10. College Time - You wake up either on that Tuesday morning or that Thursday morning and for a minute everything is okay and then it hits in 5 minutes!!! KILL ME!!

And there you have it ten things that happen on every single night out in Carlow, and Monday night cannot come quick enough ;)

Friday, 8 January 2016

Iskra Lawrence Interview

For me, the best part of blogging or any area of the media industry is the interviewing side. There's nothing I rather than getting the opportunity to chat to new, interesting people and there's sometimes I literally have to pinch myself for having the opportunity to interview people I genuinely look up too and my first interview of 2016 is with a young woman I idolise and that's UK model Iskra Lawrence.
 A couple of months ago as I scrolled through instagram I came across a picture of a girl I had never seen before lifting some pretty heavy weights and thought to myself 'Wow, what a woman' so I went onto her page and learned she was a UK model living in New York called Iskra Lawrence and she's a pretty big deal with a huge instagram following of 791k people.  I couldn't get over how amazing she was sharing her workout videos, inspiring posts and teaching girls about being comfortable in their own skin and what Iskra prides herself on is not retouching her photographs embracing her curves and even her cellulite she's also known as the next Kim K with her extraordinary booty, I hope you enjoy my interview with the lovely Iskra Lawrence.
Little Piece Of Lynda: You began modelling at the age of 13, but was it always your dream to become a model?
Iskra Lawrence: My mother actually entered me into Elle girl search for a supermodel as she knew I loved fashion but at that point I actually dreamt of being a ‘brain surgeon’. But as soon as I got taste for modelling I loved working with creative teams, getting my hair and makeup done and getting ‘dressed up’ and styled.

LPL: Was it always modelling or was there ever any other career options?
Iskra: I have wanted to be numerous ‘things’ from dancer to owning a car garage to becoming an architect. I wish growing up more children were told not what do you want to do when you’re older in singular terms but let them know they can try hundreds of different career paths throughout life. I haven’t been to college or university because I wanted to model and it was my sole focus. Maybe I’ll go back to university however right now I’m very fulfilled and love what I do and I try very hard to be humble ask for help and learn off everyone I meet.
LPL: You recently took the plunge to move from your home in the UK to NYC what made you decide to pack up and begin your new adventure?

Iskra: I have dreamt of living in NY since i was 15 and went on a school trip. I love a challenge and to create situations that put me out of my comfort zone and force me to grow. So as soon as the agency I had read so much about and was desperate to be signed by asked to represent me I had no doubt in my mind I was going. I wasn’t worried about leaving because I knew I could always come back and there are no failures in life only lessons.

LPL: You landed your first big break by landing the untouched campaign with Aerie but how did that come about for you? Has it changed your life much?
Iskra: There was a couple of casting rounds, one of which was a filmed question about your favourite body part. Not only did the Aerie campaign change my career forever it made me believe that anything was possible and increased my confidence ten fold because I wasn’t retouched and they booked me for being me not my measurements.

LPL: You're now run one of my favourite websites 'Runway Riot'  but for people who have never heard of the website how would you describe it?
Iskra: RunwayRiot is the fashion, style, and beauty site for women of all sizes. We are dedicated to serving an underrepresented and often overlooked community ​of curvier women ​who deserve to have just as many stylish choices as everyone else. Every editorial fashion spread you see will be 100% unretouched. And we hope to encourage healthy body image in the fashion industry and positively impact those women who may have felt excluded before, because we celebrate that everybody is beautiful.

LPL: Iskra how different is it living in the USA compared to the UK?
Iskra: NYC is extremely fast paced compared to the UK. It’s such a small island so it’s intense but I love it because it drives me to work hard and play hard.

LPL: How did you go about getting your body into the shape it is in now?
Iskra: I didn’t change or alter my body shape I focused on health and fitness and becoming the best version of me.

LPL: The Booty Iskra, it's one of the biggest talking points surrounding you but were you born with the curves or were they born in the gym?
Iskra: I have always had an hourglass shape and I learnt to embrace it and find ways to workout that worked for my body and over time I became curvier through exercise and eating more

LPL: What advice would you give people hoping to tone up or loose weight?
Iskra: I would encourage people to stop looking to ‘lose weight’ I don’t believe in diets I believe that the focus should be your body’s and mind's health. When you begin to research nutrition and try workouts that your body responds well to if you have the goal to be the fittest strongest version of yourself you will naturally shed fat.

LPL: What is a typical day like for Iskra Lawrence?
Iskra: In NYC I wake up make a juice either go to a photo shoot or if I’m not shooting I’ll catch up on emails and social media, do some interviews go to about 3 meetings, film for RR or write my self-care piece. I usually eat out with my girls a couple of times a week and go to the cinema or the club once or twice a week.

LPL: What's your gym playlist like?
Iskra: I love hip-hop, rap and some house music.
LPL: Can you tell us something about yourself that no one else knows?
Iskra: I have a balloon phobia it’s terribly embarrassing lol

LPL: Was there ever a time in a career that you felt like giving up, what made you keep going?
Iskra: Yes from 14-18 I just thought I would get by modelling doing small jobs but never ‘make it’. I was doing my A-levels and just seeing where it went. But the more rejections I received and body scrutiny I realised that there was no one representing girls my size and it motivated to be that change.

LPL: What are your top tips for looking and feeling good?
Iskra: You decide your worth not the mirror, a man or the media. So wake up and love that you’re you, one of a kind and give your gift to the world no one else can - you!

LPL: Is there anything else left in this world that you'd still like to achieve?
Iskra: Sooooooo much I haven’t even scraped the surface I have a huge announcement coming soon. I also want to have a TED talk, make compulsory self-care classes in schools and have my own nutritional baking show. There’s a lot more but I’m taking it one step at a time there is no rush.

LPL: And finally Iskra with you being half Irish (I know lads, we can claim her as our own) do you like Ireland and do you come back often?
Iskra: HAHA yes my mom and her whole family is from Ballymena in NI I try and visit once a year - love it! :)

And there you have it, my exclusive interview with model Iskra Lawrence, I'm literally still in shock I got to interview Iskra with it being a real dream come true for me. Huge thanks to Iskra for answering these questions and Gary for setting the interview up.
Of course you can keep up to date with everything Iskra in the following ways: 

I hope you enjoyed this little piece of Iskra :)

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Carrick Under Suir

We all know about the floods that have taken over Ireland in the past couple of days but one of the worst hit areas was my home in Carrick On Suir, Co.Tipperary where the flooding was out of this world sending the entire town into shut down.
It began on the 29th of January storm Frank hit and sent everyone into a frenzy!! Normally you wouldn't mind a bit of rain or the odd puddle here and there but this was something else when Carrick was no longer Carrick On Suir but Carrick under the Suir... literally!!
Devastating to see old people removed from their homes and seeing local people's homes destroyed leaving them with nothing. Thankfully I'm blessed that I live on a hill so I wasn't in any danger but seeing the damage done to homes on the other side was heartbreaking.
The town was practically shut down with most roads blocked, there was no escaping the town either with the main roads closed. Havoc struck when the community was told about the pressure being put on the old bridge and how it was expected to collapse at high tide at 11pm on the 29th.
Thankfully the little bridge stood up to the water but it's still closed to this very day.
I decided to dedicate a post to the floods because I've never experienced anything like it and I'm feeling so blessed and thankful that my house wasn't damaged but I'm thinking about all the poor people who have had some serious damage done to their homes, take a look at some of the images for yourself via the Facebook Group 'Things I miss about Carrick On Suir'

See horrible isn't it, how can a small town put up with this? Once again though Carrick came out on top with most roads being cleared and reopened today. It was an awful thing to have struck the town and a time that I don't think anyone here will forget anytime soon.
Carrick On place in the world.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

'Sisters' - Movie Review

From the minute I saw the trailer for 'Sisters' I knew it was a movie I had to see, even though I don't have my own sister my best friends are like my sisters so I could literally relate to every part of the trailer and it looked hilarious.
 On our last night of college before our Christmas break myself and my two housemates decided we would have a girls night dinner, cinema and then a girlie movie night and we decided to head off to see 'Sisters' best decision we ever made....

The movie stars Amy Poehler and QUEEN Tina Fey (from Mean Girls) so straight away I knew it would be comedy gold, there's never been a film (except for The Martian and The Wolf Of Wall Street) where I saw a trailer and enjoyed the movie every bit as much as I expected but with this movie I did.
  The film is about two sisters Kate (Tina) and Maura (Amy) who have to return to their family home to clean out their bedroom, they spend their night routing through their rooms when they decide to have one last party and go out in style allowing Maura to have her night in the house.
 The party escalates pretty quickly and as the movie goes on the funnier it gets with a dance routine that I seriously need to learn and you know what else? John Cena is in it, yep JOHN CENA <3

Trust me when I say this is a film you need to go see, if there's one thing you need to do this month it's gather the girls and head to the cinema.. you wont regret it, not one tine tiny bit!!

Friday, 1 January 2016

My 2015 In Review

It's gone 6 O'clock on New Year's Day I'm in my dressing gown, hair wet and watching The Kardashians but the time has finally come for me to review my 2015, and with not a lot of time left to do so (because yes, it is officially 2016.)
 To be honest I find this post really hard to write because looking back on 2015 is an extreme roller coaster of emotions for me but with everything that happened this year I don't think I've ever taken more experience from a year in all my life. There's been tears, tantrums, laughs and general good times but looking back on the year a lot more happened than what I remember at a first glance. 
 I've read a lot of 'Goodbye 2015' posts over the last two days and I've been thinking about my own for the past two weeks 'how will I lay it out?' 'how will I explain the antics of 2015' 'how will I make such a shit year sound good?' so I went through every post I wrote of 2015 and it hit me ...2015 wasn't such a crap year, yeah okay it had it's shit moments but overall it wasn't actually that bad.
The Education: To be honest when It comes to 2015 and education it's hard to remember everything that this year threw at me, it started with me repeating my leaving cert I had just dropped out of school and was studying from home. I spent 80% of my week in grinds and the other 20% in tears, I had no idea where I was going in life or how I was going to get there. I can honestly say I had never been so down or depressed but college was worth the suffering. 
 Whilst repeating the leaving cert I also decided to take a course in broadcast journalism and presenting with Waterford Institute Of Technology, WLR fm and Beat 102 103 and it was the best 12 weeks of my life. Gaining the experience with radio and presenting was incredible and it really made me decide 100% on a career in media. I'd never felt such at home and heading into the broadcast centre every Tuesday was the highlight of my week!! It was tough with the LC I'll admit but I know have a degree in talking... it feels great ;)
After the course was over it was time for the LC exams to start, they really didn't go to plan but with the luck of God and cheat sheets I got my results and I was delighted with them. Results night was a different experience altogether myself and the two girls headed off to Waterford for a night out alike every other LC student in the South East and what a night it's a picture to sum up the night --> 
When it was CAO time I  found out wasn't heading to Limerick and was devastated, all I wanted in my life was to study journalism in UL but I got accepted into media and PR in Carlow IT and that's where I now am having the time of my life :) Moving to Carlow was one of the scariest things I have ever done, before I moved here I had never even been to Carlow let alone know anyone there so it was the scariest thing to ever happen to me. Months on and I'm so grateful for everyone I have met since moving there.  
 I've spoken about Carlow so much on the blog over the past few months so I won't go into detail but YES!! 

The Journalism and Media :January was a great month for my 'journalism career' with my first ever article getting published in Limerick newspaper 'The Limerick Leader' it was my first ever hard copy of a published piece so I was over the moon. It was a piece about the Irish education system and it went down really well, I then got a call from the team at Limerick Live Fm asking me would I come down to Limerick to debate the education system which I jumped at. It was so much fun getting to go on air live and made me realise that I needed to be on the radio.. it's the dream!!
 In January I also got some work experience done in Beat 102 103, I'd had so many days work experience there over the years but I was at age where I took everything on board even more and appreciated every second there.  
     2015 was the year I also got my fair share in writing experience, I began the year writing with online newspaper '' which I quit after numerous months as I felt it wasn't the right path for me. I took so much away from news reporting which I hope will help me in the future. I also began writing for Just Jen Blog and The Secret Obsession which was such a great experience in their own way. The finally later this year I began writing with which I'm so grateful for and love writing for so that's definitely a highlight of 2015. 

The Blogging:Little Piece Of Lynda really took off this year, I had over 19,000k hits on my blog this time last year and my aim for right now was to have 30,000k hits, I now have over 83,000k and I've never been so happy. This year I also purchased my URL and I got my new blog header which I'm obsessed with. 
As Well as this my blog was nominated in the Irish blog awards in the best youth, lifestyle and beauty category which I couldn't believe. During the year I did consider leaving the blog and took a break from blogging, it didn't last long but the break did the world of good and I now love blogging more than anything in my entire life.
 2015 was an amazing year for interviewing people, my favourite part of the media industry is chatting and meeting new, interesting people and this year was mega.
 You can check out all my interviews here:

One of the most exciting things to happen to me this year was getting the opportunity to interview one of my favourite rugby players Mike Sherry for my course which was literally my most favourite interview I've ever done, Mike is such a lovely man so having the opportunity to interview him was amazing. 
Everything Else: So apart from the writing and the education this year has been seriously great. After going through a bit of a stumble in late March I decided I needed to get myself away and I headed off to Glencomeragh Hermitage House for a few days with my best friend.  
 Going to Glencomeragh was one of the most amazing things I had done during the year, I didn't have any internet, no make up, no one only my best friend and it helped me escape so much, whilst there I got to spend time alone with my thoughts. I spent an evening listening to my earphones, walking the ground and writing notes which may not seem the most fun thing to people but for me it was exactly what I needed and I couldn't have been happier...I mean look at the view, that was amazing in itself.

 2015 I also decided to join the 'I Am A Girl' blog campaign which I'm so proud to be a part of, supporting women's rights is so important to me. 

One of the best days of 2015 was when we went to Cork to see the Irish rugby team training, being in the same perimeter as Tommy Bowe and Ian Madigan was a dream come true but the day could only get better when I met Jamie Heaslip and God Jordi Murphy...such lovely, lovely men. There hasn't been many days in 2015 that stood out and made me go 'WOW' but this was one of the greatest days without a doubt. I actually also met Irish rugby player Sean O'Brien on a night out in Carlow (I may or may not have referred to him as the 'tullow hunk' instead of the 'tullow tank' ...morto). 
Halloween in 2015 was one of the best nights of my life, we all dressed up like idiots and headed out in both Carlow and in Carrick every single one of us had the best night ever and I don't think any Halloween will ever live up to that, In August this year I also turned halfway to forty which was devastating!! This year I'll turn 21....WOW!!! 
Aisling's Debs
Summer was shit. Not gonna lie all it did was rain and was boring but one major event we had was Aisling's debs and you know when your bestfriend is making their debs so you go up to get a picture with them ...and then completely cut them out of the picture, yep that's us but she did look amazing I promise.  We also had a new addition to the family last year with my cousin Maeve giving birth to the beautiful little Lucy, a highlight of the year 100%.

One of my most proudest moments of 2015 was when I finally plucked up the courage to visit the dentist and get my first filling and it was the most traumatic experience of my life even though I was highly sedated!!
I promised my best friend and my mother I'd go to the dentist before the end of the year and in December I bit the bullet and off I went (I did almost have a heart attack but nonetheless I did it!!!)
 One of the most memorable moments of 2015 for me was when I got my first (and last) tattoo, a little moon on the top of my spine... I'm obsessed it's without a doubt my favourite thing in the world and I have it for the rest of my life :) There it is over there <---
 This Christmas my uncle also came home from Canada to spend Christmas at home and although it wasn't what I had imagined or anywhere near as good at least I got to see my uncle after years and years.

And so there it is those are the 2015 highlights for me, nothing very exciting I know but there they are. I mentioned before that for me 2015 wasn't the most amazing year but it taught me so so much.
Friendship was something I learned a lot about this year, it was only since summer that I got close with one of my bestest friends in the world Rosin Crellin, a person who I now couldn't live without so I'm so grateful to have met her!!
 Another thing I learned the hard way is that you really can push a loyal person to the point that they no longer care and it's very hard to ever fix that but what I did learn is things can always be fixed, they may never go back to the way they were and it may take a long time but where there's a will there's a way. It's safe to say 2015 was a serious whirlwind of emotions but I have nothing but great expectations for 2016.

I just want to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who takes the time to read my posts, It means so much to me <3
Wishing all my readers nothing but the best for 2016!!
Here's to a good one :)