Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! See you soon x

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

All I want for Christmas...

Scrap my other list! All I want for Christmas is a husky.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The little t guide to... Being a foodie

Do you know what this is? It's a sushi Christmas tree of course- isn't it cool? I found it here.

I don't know too much about cooking (hence why I've never tried to do a recipe post), but what I am good at is talking about and eating food. And isn't that what being a foodie is all about?

I know what you are thinking- poor talentless little t- anyone can talk about and eat food. ANYONE. But no! It takes years of practice- keeping up to date on the newest food trends (Sushi Christmas trees?), hours of labourous trawling through food blogs for the latest must-eats, watching reruns of The Restaurant and mimiking Tom Doorley... the arduous list goes on.

Never fear! I've done the legwork for you and when it comes to that all-defining moment in a foodie's career- the complicated menu- here is my little t guide so that you too can avoid pointing at the menu like a simpleton...

The top ten mispronouced foodie words (and how to pronounce them):

Gnocchi (Nyoh-kee)
Gyro (Yeer-oh)
Huitlacoche (Wheet-lah-koh-chay)
Pouilly-Fuisse (Poo-yee-fwee-say)
Mole (Moh-lay)
Paczki (Poonch-key)
Pho (Fuh)
Prosciutto (Proh-shoo-toe)
Sake (Sah-kay)

Which foodie words do you have issues with pronoucing?

Friday, December 17, 2010

Fun Pix Fridays #6

Thursday, December 16, 2010

My day so far...

Arrive in work at 8.30am on. the. dot. Remove coat, hat and scarf.

Need to get a padded envelope. Trek all the way down to the warehouse. Walk past about 50 people on the way down. Walk past the same 50 people on the way back.

Now I need pritt stick- that's at my old desk. Dammit. Walk past 30 people on the way down. Walk past the same 30 people on the way back.

My interviewee arrives at 9.30am. Go to Reception, greet him and lead the way to the conference room. Conduct the interview and see him out.

Return to my desk. Stretch. Realise my dress is not zipped up at all at the back. Die of embarassment.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Inspiration: Eva

Eva Fontanelli is editor of Elle Italia.
All photos via The Sartorialist

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New Shoes #3

This year, Forever 21 finally opened its doors in Ireland, but as its only in Dublin I have yet to venture inside. I didn't mind one bit when I realised I could shop online- these boots were my pilot purchase.

They arrived on Friday and I was very pleased- sufficiently high, but cushioned with a hidden platform in the front. Fit is perfect (I'm a UK4, but the sizes still haven't been converted on the website so you add 2- I ordered a 6).

Delivery outside the UK is a standard €6, easily justifiable by the prices of the clothes/ shoes/ accessories and the super-fast delivery (Mine came by courier in 2 days). I would highly recommend a peek on the website here!

I'll be wearing the boots with my turkey pants (pictured) on Christmas day. The last time I wore these out they were mistaken for pajamas, but I just love them.

Monday, December 13, 2010


Okay, so I know this blog is getting totally random, but I when I found these pictures of Obama (circa 1980) I just knew I would be sharing them with you. Isn't he cool?

And this hilarious book (probably around the same era) on keeping fit with John Travolta.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Fun Pix Fridays #5

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Must reads

Recently, while compiling our Christmas Wishlists, Fiona and I found it very difficult to find (online) a list of must-read novels. Of course, there are tons of lists- books to read before you die, 100 best books of all time... On these lists, amongst what I would consider some good finds, there were the obligatory pretentious classics that don't interest me right now (Ulysses, Jane Eyre, War and Peace anyone?).

It got me thinking, how does one seperate the un-put-down-able books (the ones you LOVE, the ones you try to savour towards the end as they are beginning to 'run out', the ones that after reading you thrust upon all your friends threateningly) from this kind of literary snobbery?

I've decided to put an end to this, and tell you about some really good books, which I've actually read and had I seen you just after I finished them, I would have strongly advised you to read them too.

Here's my top 20 (in no particular order):
1. We need to talk about Kevin, by Lionel Shriver
2. The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy
3. The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd
4. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
5. The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafos
6. A Thousand Acres, by Jane Smiley
7. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
8. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne
9. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
10. A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini
11. The Chamber, by John Grisham
12. A Painted House, by John Grisham
13. A Map of the World, by Jane Hamilton
14. Bonjour Tristesse, by Francoise Sagan
15. The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink
16. Matilda, by Roald Dahl
17. To Kill a Mocking Bird, by Harper Lee
18. Sarah's Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay
19. Breakfast at Tiffanys, by Truman Capote
20. Sleepers, by Lorenzo Carcaterra
Just the list for now- I can review them in a little more detail later if you like. What are your favourite books?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Red lips

I've shyed away from red lips for quite a while, but last halloween red lipstick was an essential part of my sailor costume (scary, I know!). I surprised myself by loving it and now I've come to this conclusion:

Red lipstick is magic.

Its gives an instant glamour and can lift an otherwise boring black ensemble (of which I own a lot). It also eliminates the need for complicated eye make-up, thus cutting down on time needed to prepare for a night out.

The next time, I'll be focusing on achieving a flawless base (I recommend Laura Mercier secret camoflage concealer, Chanel Pro-Lumiere base and MAC Mineralise Skinfinish powder). If you need blush, I think a very neutral colour like Sienna's or a very small amount of bronzer works best (I like Georgio Armani in 04). All you need on your eyes is some black liner (I use Bobbi Brown Long Wear gel eyeliner in Black Ink, and find it easy to manage) and lashings of black mascara (try Dior Show if your budget will stretch). For the red lipstick itself, my favourite colour is Topshop's Rio Rio (you might remember from my Christmas Wishlist)- just apply to well moisturised lips and top with a clear gloss. MAGIC.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Fiona laughed when I told her I was considering buying a pair of wellies: "Wellies? You?... It's funny, that's all".

Okay so wellies are not very glamorous or elegant- even the word 'wellies'! But on a practical note, given the kind of weather we have grown accustomed to here in Ireland... and how damp feet permeate a cold, miserable feeling throughout your whole body... and how cool they look here...

... Shouldn't we reconsider? How does everyone feel about wellies?

Monday, December 6, 2010

More things to be happy about (6)

A towel warmer in the bathroom; repositioning the christmas lights so that no two of the same colour are together; wearing safety goggles outside science class; a chance to sleep in; cheeks all aglow with the outdoors; dogs leaning against your leg; the ability of parents to guide their small children around my the tops of their heads; book clubs; self-encouragement; Aladdin and his wonderful lamp; the freshest of ingrediants; coming up with ideas; toast turning the required shade of gold; a rendez-vous; shorelines; smoky eyes; sitting in a special position before a shocking scene in a movie; dressing up to the nines; pick-up-sticks; Hollywood love lives.

Oh, and if you're in the mood to feel good about life, you should read this post from Styles n' Cream.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Fun Pix Fridays

Last night, Roisin and I watched Fade Street and One Night Stand and toasted mini marshmallows over four tea lights (in the absence of an open fire, we improvised).
This weekend, I am looking forward to getting dressed up (tonight) for the unofficial start to a month of parties/ nights out, NOT spending the weekend driving- and finally getting a chance to enjoy the snow, ticking more items off my Christmas shopping list, turning our apartment into a mini-SPA for DIY treatments on Sunday and extending the fun by taking Monday off work and (hopefully- weather permitting) spending the day in IKEA.
Happy Friday everyone! x