Monday, September 11, 2017

One to remind yourself


Ever go through stages where everything seems a little bit scary and overwhelming? Well, this one is for you, folks! You can do it: Even if it is currently scaring the crap out of you. Go forth and conquer!

Friday, September 8, 2017

One to Read - Tangleweed & Brine


Deirdre Sullivan's gorgeous new book Tangleweed & Brine, is a collection of new 'feminist fairytales'; which in fact provide a new take on the stories we know so well; proving that we don't need Fairy Godmothers or Princes to save the day ... sometimes it is all the more interesting to save yourself! They're just the right length to dip in and out of; and, I hope, destined to become part of the stories we tell generations to come. (Preferably instead of The Princess and The Pea, which is dreadful!)

Sunday, August 27, 2017

One for tea


It's true: Last week I went out for tea and cake with a friend of mine: I'd forgotten how big a difference there is between loose leaf tea, and tea bags. 

Nice pot of loose leaf Earl Grey, a slice of orange and basil sponge cake ... delightful!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

One for national dog day


Dogs are great! Seriously: Look at them! It doesn't matter what shape or size they come in, they are pretty darn cool. Maybe one day when we have useful things like a garden fence, we shall have our own. Till then, I'll continue making friends with every dog I see (and guessing what they are called.)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

One for everyday adventures


Yesterday I went to the Botanic Gardens in Dublin for the first time. Why have I not been there before?! Who knows! 
It's a wonderful place with a gorgeous mix of different areas: A rose garden which is in full bloom at the moment (we could hear gorgeous singing from the nearby church as we wandered around), an incredible vegetable garden with some of the biggest happiest veg I've ever seen, areas of huge ancient looking trees, neat flower gardens, huge glasshouses, and a very friendly heron wandering by the River Tolka. 
I must go again soon for another exploration: It seems the sort of place that would look slightly different each time you go!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

One for Positive Living

With the 'variable' weather, the impending end of Summer, and getting used to working in an office (and therefore sitting down for hours every day on the bus and at a desk rather than roaming all over the place;) I have been trying to build up a better routine for feel-good living. This may come partly from being so blown away by the ability to have meals at regular times EVERY DAY and to drink plenty of water, that I want to improve other things too!

So if you're feeling a little 'off', or are trying to restart the positive living goals you had at the beginning of the year (how is it August already?!) Here are a few things that will help give you a mental high-five. Many are rather female based (because I am one), but a male friend of mine read Caitlin Moran recently, and gave it a very positive review; and I think everyone could get something out of the below:

Read

  • We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere - By Gillian Anderson & Jennifer Nadel. A bit like 'Tiny Leaps, Big Changes', they don't pretend to be scholars on the subject; but are sponges that have done the research, and found the most interesting things to share. Presenting 9 principles with personal explanations, inspiring quotations, tasks, and affirmations; I want to give it to all my buddies.


Listen

  • Tiny Leaps, Big Changes - I just discovered this: Super short episodes, and really interesting topics. Plus the presenter sounds very genuine, and interested.
  • The Guilty Feminist - I have now decided that the only way to talk about things is through the medium of comedy. With episodes on Nudity, Fighting, Photography, and really everything; it is hilariously brilliant.

Do some Yoga

  • Yoga With Adriene: Free youtube videos, that aren't too 'zen' and have plenty of options for different skill levels, different motivations, and different lengths of time.


Meditate

  • Headspace : You have to pay a subscription, but it's really really worth it.

Plus...

Go for a walk, actually drink the recommended 1.5 - 2 litres of water every day, go to sleep & get up at regular times, step away from social media, go forth & do things, and see your friends!

Monday, August 14, 2017

One for organisation


Ok, I admit it: After having big plans for my bullet journal, I have now retreated to more familiar territory; with an 18 month Moleskine diary. And it feels good! No more do I have to worry about filling in all the pages properly, I can now plan ahead with ease ... I've already been filling in important dates (like the wedding!) and doodling on empty pages. Plus the yellow cover makes me smile, so it's lovely to have in my handbag. This isn't a paid ad or anything; I just really like my new diary! Any other stationary nerds out there?!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

One to read - The Versions Of Us


I'm currently reading this, and it's great ... as you'll see from the Sunday Times quote on the front cover, it is leaning toward chick-lit; but is really absorbing and doesn't feel trashy. I haven't finished it yet, so I couldn't spoil the ending even if I wanted to! Have you read it? What did you think?

Monday, July 17, 2017

One for summer holidays


I'm so excited for our summer holidays to Mole End! I wonder what we'll explore this year?!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

One for weddings


So as I may have mentioned ... have I? Who knows! I'm getting married to my lovely manfriend in March. The thought of getting married is super exciting, and I'm very chuffed with plans for our wedding, but the whole wedding industry is absolutely bananas! 

It seems crazy the amount of pressure people are under to spend over a grand on a dress (bought at least 9 months in advance to give time for multiple fittings;) to start wedding prep a year in advance including personal trainers, dermatologists, dietitians, teeth whitening, tanning, and lots of hair and make up trials; and to spend thousands on decorations, wedding favours, etc etc. It's fine if these are things you really love and can afford; but a lot of people seem talked into/carried away with things they don't really care about, and lose all sense of their own personality. 

Since I find most of this absolutely terrifying (and have seen a lot of overly Pinterest inspired 'vintage' weddings in my place of work complete with random leather suitcases, and mismatched china) I am putting a lot of concentration into not being sucked in. I have also bought a vintage dress on Etsy, because bridal shops scare me. But it's amazing how tempting it is to buy into it all (a lot of it does look wonderful) ... maybe it IS the most important day of my life?!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

One for decorating


Gorgeous! I can't wait till we have proper flooring in my house so I don't have the messy bare concrete any more ... we still have a slight pothole situation!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

One for fringes (of hair, not society)

Via: Pinterest

I love having a fringe, but as someone who is a little lax when it comes to booking hair appointments (especially as I've been double jobbing recently and only have limited time,) it can be frustrating to try to maintain it. My hair seems to grow so fast that there are few occasions where it is actually the desired length! Still, in my head I look like Michelle Williams in this photo (in real life I certainly don't.)

Friday, June 23, 2017

One for style


I love shirts with open backs, but I think I spend too much of the year wearing numerous layers for it to work on me. I'll just have to save the idea for special occasions!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

One for the garden


We've just discovered that there are raspberries growing in one (rather overgrown) corner of the garden. And redcurrents. It just proves how much work there is to do tidying the place up; as there are some lovely plants being overrun by weeds (and in some cases we don't know which is which!) At some point this week I have very good intentions to do a proper weed clear out, so we can see how many of the little beauties there are ... anyone for jam?