Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Best of... November 10

Here are my picks from some of my favourite fashion blogs this month.

As always, some great images from The Sartorialist

In the middle of a veeerrrry cold spell in Ireland, I am loving anything that looks furry and warm right now. Rumi's coat might enable me to put my very unglamorous ski jacket away for good. I'm still longing for those Jeffrey Campbell boots too. But I'll stop going on about them. For now.

Isn't this a cuter way to wear check than with jeans? Less of a risk of looking like a farmer I think. This is from a lookbook, but I found it on one of my new blog discoveries, Green Gables.

Facehunter. I love this picture as much as the outfit.

Remember my post on workwear? Here's some more inspiration from My Daily Style.

These pics are from Cupcakes and Cashmere- my new favourite blog! It combines my two great loves- fashion and FOOD. But what I love most about Emily is that she is SO organised, visit her blog and you'll understand..

And last but not least, the usual dose of ripped-up clothes and unkempt hair from Knightcat.

Monday, November 29, 2010


Some things I wish I had invented...

An umbrella for two

Swimmer glasses

Anti-theft sandwich bags

Royal-family teabags

Pizza cones

Mown grass scented candle

ipod gloves (so you can still use your ipod/ touch phone)
Hot chocolate spoon (just stir into hot milk)
Chef's pencils

Book laptop cover
Bearded hat

Friday, November 26, 2010

Fun Pix Fridays #4

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is still only celebrated as a real holiday in the U.S and Canada, which is a terrible shame since it is one of the only holidays that has not turned into a tinselly-twinkly-glittery commercial affair. It remains simple and true: Thanksgiving is a time to sit down and eat dinner with the people you love and to remember all the things you have to be thankful for. I think we should all celebrate thanksgiving.

Here are some of the things I am thankful for right now:
  • My family
  • Really good friends
  • Christmas being around the corner
  • Living in Galway, with the best housemate, in our lovely (if slightly disfunctional) apartment
  • Being able to keep warm in this chilly weather
  • This blog (my little outlet)
  • Having a job (albeit temporary) in a recession
  • Hot meals, and not needing to avail of government cheese handouts
  • My credit card
  • Home never feeling far away
  • That most of my worries can be eased with long chats and cups of tea

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! x

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

50 Things: Niamh

I had a lot of fun compiling my 50 Things post, but it is even more fun to read yours! This list put a smile on my face on a particularly dreary Monday morning, so I decided to share.

This is Niamh and this is her list.

1. I only started drinking tea at the age of 22.
2. I have a birthmark, which resembles a coffee stain on my left hand. I used to think it was dirt and try to scrub it off.
3. I like listening to music right before I go to sleep and right when I wake up.
4. I love falling asleep listening to rain and stormy weather outside.
5. I always have a to-do list. Sometimes I write things I've already done on my list, just so that I can cross them off.
6. No matter what the weather, I prefer bare legs when I'm going out to tights.
7. I don't really enjoy roast dinners.
8. I have huge problems discerning left from right. When people ask me for directions, I just have to point.
9. People-watching is one of my favourite activities, particularly at the airport.
10. I enjoy squeezing spots and blackheads.
11. Princess Diana died on my 9th birthday. All the adults at my birthday party were glued to the TV.
12. Elevators that go fast make me feel sick and scare me a little.
13. People tell me I have an embarassing laugh. It is pretty loud. When I am in hysterics , it's completely silent apart from the odd screech.
14. I am particularly bad at recognising celebrities (and knowing their names).
15. Most days when I am eating breakfast, I think about what I'd like for dinner.
16. It takes a lot of hard work and hairspray to get curls to stay in my hair. Meabh is the only person who has ever successfully curled my hair.
17. I know nothing about politics.
18. The more stressed I get about something, the less I achieve.
19. My favourite thing to do on a crisp Winter's day is to walk along the beach.
20. I wanted to call our dog Sisqo but I wasn't allowed. We called him Shadow instead.
21. My favourite thing to do on a night out is dance.
22. I hate public speaking. Even in smaller groups, I go bright red if I have to speak.
23. Toast has to be buttered into the very corners.
24. I like the window seat on planes.
25. I think glasses suit me, but I don't need to wear them.
26. I cry at the happy parts in films.
27. I really appreciate nice gift wrapping.
28. It really bothers me when people chew loudly or with their mouths open.
29. I would prefer to die than to eat puréed food.
30. Shoes are my favourite thing to shop for.
31. I secretly enjoy watching programmes about cooking and cleaning.
32. I am completely incapable of being subtle.
33. I am really bad at knowing the location of countries/ cities and try to avoid any geography- related conversations.
34. In spite of number 33, I cannot wait to travel the world.
35. I am jealous of my brother, Eoin, who has higher cheekbones and longer eyelashes than me.
36. I don't like milk. When I am eating cereal, I tip the spoon so that the milk drains off before I eat it.
37. I have never dyed my hair.
38. I can't whistle or click my fingers.
39. I but the Sunday Times solely for Style magazine. The paper gets discarded instantly.
40. Until last year, I had never attended a wedding.
41. The first time I was on Dublin Bus, I handed the driver a five euro note and said "Dundrum please!".
42. I am obsessed with having a skinny arm in photos... to the point where I sometimes look like I am trying to break my own arm.
43. I regard my housemates as my second family.
44. I hate patent leather.
45. Every morning when I get out of bed, I make it straight away so that I won't be tempted to get back in.
46. I hate doing my own eye make-up.
47. I can watch films/ read books that I have already seen/ read and not remember how it ends.
48. I consider myself to be a good judge of character.
49. Cleaning without wearing rubber gloves makes me squirm (even if it is someone else doing it).
50. I love having manicured nails.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Elle Beauty Awards 2010

Elle is the one magazine that I have bought every month this year. I love its fashion focus and how the articles are intellectually written and never direct my attention to 'how to lose 7lbs in 7 days' or '10 steps to a happier me'. 2010 was the first year that they held Beauty Awards and they had my full attention. I don't know what it is, but I have a bit of an obsession with finding 'the best cleanser', 'the ultimate mascara', 'the miracle hair treatment' (so much more intelligent I know)... and I welcome the advice of any team of experts, who want to shorten my search.

Here are some of the winners that I'd like to try (and why)...

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

" I got my first taste of Clarins as a present from my parents 20 years ago and I kept adding more to my list. I was told about Beauty Flash Balm as a base to my foundation by a make-up artist in Paris. It glides on, absorbs instantly and leaves my skin refreshed and plumped. It's also perfect as a mask for tired skin. I apply a thick layer before a night out for a skin pick me up."
Lisa Snowdon, Presenter and Model.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

"Cleanse and Polish is my all-time favourite cleanser. Its soothing and removes even the heaviest of make-up. The muslin cloth is great for added exfoliation"
Jemma Kidd, Make-up Artist

Nars, The Multiple

"I'd just got off a 17 hour flight and had to go straight to a shoot.
Luckily, Make-up Artist Craig Beaglehole was well used to jet lagged skin and produced a stick of Nars, The Multiple in Orgasm. Its perfect for giving a healthy SPA glow to stressed out skin. I always pack one now to give sheer, shimmering colour on eyes, cheeks, lips and more."
Liz Earle, Founder of Liz Earle Skincare.

Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment

" I went to Morocco last year and fell in love with Moroccan Oil hair products. They make my hair feel amazing without any build-up. I can use a small amount and my hair is soft and healthy all day long."
Bobbi Brown, Make-up Artist.

Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara

" 2000 Calorie mascara changed my life. I never leave the house without putting it on, or I look like ET! Even though my beauty philospohy is simple- less is more- I still have to use a little 2000C."
Eve Lom, Founder Eve Lom Skincare.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Fashmatics: Anna Wintour

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fun Pix Fridays #3