Sunday, August 28, 2011

En Français

I am supposed to be able to hold a short conversation in French by now.  It’s on my list.  Who is going to help me with this?

french accent

Gordon Gossip

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Sexy Detail

In my post on French style, I mentioned not forgetting the sexy detail.  I was reminded all over again when I spotted this on The Sartorialist last week:


I’m actually not talking about her legs (amazing, yes).  I’m talking about the t-shirt knotted at the back.  If it weren’t for those pins, your eye would be drawn to that often overlooked, but distinctly sexy body part: the small of her back.  Am I right?


And while I’m on the subject, is there anything in this world sexier than the side boob?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

More things to be happy about (13)

Charlie Brown and Snoopy;  the line you draw on a cheque that prevents someone from writing ‘and a million euro’;  time to browse;  floor-to-ceiling windows;  when the soup of the day is your absolute favourite;  action photography;  party sounds behind a door you’re about to open;  smelling the bakery on your street;  Spirographs;  piling leaves into huge heaps;  shaking a sugar packet;  suds;  gazing out the bus window;  writing in the sand;  the teacher you remember;  ice-cold Coke;  people who act like experts on a topic after reading one article in the newspaper;  lounging by the pool;  Mothers who believe that Weetabix will cure any illness; Game Set Match.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Thing #68: Rent Bicycles for the Day

Fun thing.  Fun, fun, fun.




Back in April, something miraculous occurred:  Both Roisin and I were not working (on a Friday) and it was about 25°C.  In Ireland.  In April.  I already said that.  Naturally, we took advantage of the fortunate circumstances we found ourselves in.


We packed a picnic and took the ferry to the largest of the Aran Islands, Inis Mór (which, my international friends, translates as ‘the big island’- we Irish are renowned for our creativity).  We rented bikes.  We had fun.


You may have read here that I was quite a late learner when it came to riding a bike.  I was kind of nervous to get on one again, especially having not been on one in years- but it turns out that the whole ‘it’s like riding a bike’ talk is true and you just pick it right up again.




Everyone should do this. 

Update:  The Day Zero Project website is up and running again, I just forgot to tell you.  You can see my list here- or set up your own list!  If you are doing this, please email me- thelmafrayne at gmail dot com.  I love reading other people’s lists.

€5 was donated to Habitat for Humanity for the completion of this thing.  Click here to read about the cause and donate online.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Fun Pix Fridays #17











1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

This post is dedicated to my good friend Lorraine, who I won’t see for a while.  Don’t worry Lorraine, I might be leaving but ‘Fix-it-Fridays’ are going nowhere.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Thing #25: Drink Two Litres of Water Every Day for a Month


This is one of those things that I’m not really sure why I put on the list.

Maybe I was tired of listening to celebrities attribute all their shiny hair and perfect skin to the miraculous benefits of drinking more water (not plastic surgery).  Maybe I wanted to reap the rewards of this untapped* natural resource myself.

Maybe it was just a filler.  It can be difficult to think of 101 things you want to (and will actually) do.

Anyway, following three separate attempts (spanning several months) and approximately 1,714** bottles of water later, I did it. And the results are in.  If you drink two litres of water every day for a month:

  • You will not feel thirsty.
  • You will pee like Seabiscuit.
  • You will not enjoy this thing.  You will wish you hadn’t put it on the list.
  • You may or may not see an improvement in the condition of your hair and skin (results were inconclusive).
  • You will continue to drink more water after you finish the thing.  You will have to remind yourself to stop counting the bottles you consume.
  • You will donate €5 to The Water Project, a charity who provide water to people who will never complain about too much water.

*excuse the (intentional) pun

** guesstimation

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Best of… July 11

This month:  more pictures, less words.  You like that?


The Sartorialist



Fashion Toast (Boots by Isabel Marant)


Cupcakes and Cashmere (3.1 Phillip Lim dress, Zara top)





City Brewed




Elle Street Chic





Vanessa Jackman


That’s Chic



My Daily Style