Wednesday, November 22, 2017

One for make-up heroes

I love make-up, but since I don't pay much attention to it (apart from concentrating on not buying too much lipstick,) I'm never sure what to get. Do I want 'HD Brows'? Nope, they're a bit scary. Would I prefer to hide the scar in my eyebrow I got falling down the stairs aged 16, which sometimes makes me look like a 90's boy-band member? Yes please. 

So after frequently failing to find the right shade to go with my blonde hair/darkish brow combo, I finally asked a nice woman at the Benefit counter, and she gave me just what I need: a Precisely, My Brow Pencil ... good colour (because someone else picked it for me,) thin pencil so they look like actual eyebrows, and attached brush to blend things in. Hoorah! I'm a real girl!

Monday, November 20, 2017

One for spiders

This is Jeremy. Jeremy is a spider. He lives in a garden in Crumlin, and works as a weather forecaster for RTE. He usually prides himself on the intricacy of the webs he creates, so is furious that this photographic portrait was taken the day after Hurricane Ophelia, which sadly decimated his 'greatest work of art'. (Like every great artist, Jeremy always claims his latest finished web is his 'greatest work of art'!) 
In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys reading the books of E.B. White, and watching Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets. His greatest dream is to rebuild the relationship between humans and spiders. All in good time, Jeremy. All in good time.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

One to watch - Paddington 2

Paddington 2 is absolutely magical ... Hugh Grant almost manages to steal scenes from the bear himself (as well as the entire ridiculously stellar cast;) and the former actor in me couldn't help but love all the theatrical references, including the classic: 'Exit bear, pursued by an actor.' 

Seriously, I want to go again immediately. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

One for awesome illustrations

If you're an avid reader of this blog, you may have spotted occasional images by the awesome Jen Darcy. Now after years of hoping that she should sell her work; it is finally a thing! You can buy Christmas cards, or prints of some of her amazing illustrations on her Etsy shop

Need more convincing? Just look at these bad boys:

Monday, October 9, 2017

One to ponder

That is a very good question, and something that we should all try to rectify!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

One for baths

I have recently rediscovered the magic of baths ... why did no one remind me?! Ours is mint green, and lovely and deep, so I feel a bit like a mermaid when wallowing in there. Why? Not sure, but it's a great feeling all the same. Plus our bathroom is the only completely finished room in the house as the others are still awaiting a new floor; so it's a nice escape. 

To make it even more relaxing, add bubble bath or dead sea salts; and light a candle. Heaven!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

One for weather

As usual, I made the mistake of thinking Summer was just starting, then realising that it's October already! Time to get out all my favourite jumpers, coats, and hats! Layer up people, there's a storm brewing, and it's called Winter.

Friday, October 6, 2017

One for treats

Oh my goodness, these doughnuts look so beautiful. Just look at them: Crunchy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. You'd definitely fail the challenge of trying not to lick your lips while eating a doughnut on one of these bad boys!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

One for hat galleries

Why did I not know before that Hat Galleries are a thing?! I'm definitely going to erect one somewhere in my house, for all my beautiful hats, which have been living in an IKEA bag for the past year ... sorry hats, you know I still adore you, don't you?! You can just hang them from nails, pegging onto ropes, or from wooden hooks; but I think my favourite is this look, using clothes pegs. Ooh the possibilities!

One for Art Prints

Print by the amazing Allyson Johnson
available from Society 6

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

One for health(ier) eating

I'm an 'everything in moderation' kind of girl. But after going from a job where sitting down felt like a special occasion (ah life in the theatre!) to a job where I drive to work, sit at a desk, then drive home; I need to put a bit more thought into what I'm eating, and how much I'm moving around. Especially because there is a food magazine in the same office, so there are samples of the most amazing food in the kitchen ALL THE TIME!

I'm skeptical of all the 'influencers' around at the moment; but after procuring Roz Purcell's new book Half Hour Hero, I'm pleasantly surprised how accessible and tasty the recipes seem: There aren't too many ingredients in each recipe, most 'trendy' health food ingredients are optional and I've actually heard of them, and (as the title suggests) they're quick to make. 

First on my shopping list, is a Julienne Peeler; so I can make cool looking vegetable spaghetti without the risk of chopping my arm off on a spiralizer!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

One for Marching for Change

It was pretty darn fantastic to join the Abortion Rights Campaign's 6th Annual 'March For Choice' yesterday; calling for the Government to repeal the 8th amendment and allow legal access to abortions in Ireland. It was announced this week that there may be a referendum on it next year.

As always, the great thing about the march was twofold: Adding our voices to the voices of an estimated 30,000 people, and ... admiring the banners people made to get their point across.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

One for movie classics

What are your favourite films? It's always tricky to narrow it down, but in terms of desert island choices; I'd have to go for:

When Harry Met Sally

Sense & Sensibility 

A Town Called Panic

Withnail & I

and of course...

Singin' in the Rain

In fact, I'm watching Singin' in the Rain right now: It's the sort of film in which I find new things to love every time. 

'She's so refined. I think I'll kill myself.'

I still remember watching it for the first time, at the re-opening of the Screen Cinema; which sadly has now closed for good by the look of it. Nothing like watching a classical musical on the big screen with surround sound. Although hearing Lina Lamont through cinema speakers is something my ears could have done without, even if it is hilarious!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

One for weddings

We have officially booked the legal (aka registry office) bit of our wedding for January ... in my head, we shall look something like this, on our way to our local for toasties and Guinness. In practice obviously, I will be wearing at least 3 more layers. Also, the manfriend is a silver fox. Oh and I don't look like Keira Knightley. Apart from that it's exactly the same!