Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Does this count?


As part of my Day Zero Project, I have to make it on to the cover of TIME magazine (it’s Thing #32).  I’m just wondering if I buy this pillow cover, can I knock it off my list?  Your call, readers!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Super Mario Bros.

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I’d consider mothering two Italian babies just to clothe them in these super-cute onesies!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Thing #82: Watch every episode of Sex and the City (in order)


Done.  That was too easy.  Just for fun, here are some of my most memorable moments from all six seasons.

Best of… Sex and the City

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Models and Real People

In The Real Me, Carrie is roped into a production of a fashion show featuring supermodels and famous New Yorkers as ‘real people’. She thinks she’ll be wearing a beautiful blue sequinned dress by Dolce & Gabbana, but shows up to discover there’s been a change of plan. She is presented with a pair of nude jewelled panties and a blazer. She freaks out but braves it anyway- just to fall flat midway down the catwalk. Heidi Klum follows, stepping over her and making Stanford exclaim “She’s fashion roadkill!” There is a moment and then Carries picks herself up, smiles and keeps going… what we all have to do in life, after all.

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The Pot

In season three Carrie relives her teenage years with Wade Powerlad Adams, a comic store clerk who still lives with his parents. It’s all mellow and carefree (complete with scooter rides- yes really) until Wade’s mother walks in on them both smoking pot in their upper east-side apartment. Wade shamelessly pins the blame on Carrie. Wade’s mother asks “Is it true Carrie? Did you bring marijuana into this house?”, to which she reponds “Yes Mrs. Adams, I brought the marijuana into the house… and I’m taking it with me when I go”. That’s called making the best of a bad situation.



Everyone has an opinion on the Aidan vs. Big debate, but what about Berger? I’d support Team Berger for sure. I would have thought the fact that his (in)famous He’s just not that into you speech inspired a whole movie is reason enough to make him a significant player? I liked him for his rugged good looks, his goofy wit and the bike. I love that bike! Carrie really annoyed me in the episode where she doesn’t want to go to a red-carpet event on it- she is being really prissy and complaining about what the helmet will do to her hair… just get on the damn bike Carrie! (Okay he did break up with her on a post-it note and that’s worse I suppose).

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When Harry and Charlotte get together

Harry and Charlotte’s relationship tugs at everyone’s heart strings, even mine! Harry is everything Charlotte is not looking for in a man- and he appears at a time when Charlotte is finally coming to terms with the long-term prospect of being single. When Harry confesses that he thinks Charlotte is the sexiest woman he’s ever met, it’s so cute that her response is “Harry, don’t be ridiculous, I’m wearing my glasses!”. Its funny how someone you don’t even like to begin with (Charlotte describes him as unattractive, pushy and sweaty) can turn out to be the love of your life. In fictional TV shows at least. (The proposal was sweet too, remember?).


A woman’s right to shoes

In this episode, Carrie is forced to take off her shoes (a health hazard) before coming into her friend’s baby shower. At the end of the night, her precious Manolos are lost and she is offered neither sympathy nor compensation from her friend. Carrie is understandably irked and begins to consider all the celebrations (and subsequent expensive gifts) dedicated to people in relationships- engagement parties, weddings, anniversaries… but nothing for singles! (It’s so true- why are there no Getting your shit together and making it on your own parties?) In the end, Carrie calls her friend to announce that she is getting married- to herself. She registers for only one gift: Manolo Blahniks and her friend concedes to buy the for her. Happy Ending. The moral of the story is shoes are important to some people and you should, like, respect that!

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Robert and Miranda’s short-lived romance

Do you remember Dr. Robert Leeds?  I loved him!  He was such a man.  A man man.  You know what I mean.  I also loved him because he had a central role in two of my all-time favourite SATC scenes:  that awkward post-break-up encounter on the stairs (if you haven’t seen it, watch it immediately HERE) and who can forget when he uses a tampon to stop Steve’s nosebleed?  If there is any better way to emasculate your girlfriend’s ex, then I don’t know of it.

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The Big Ending

Confession:  I didn’t like Big.  But I have to admit, the ending was well-played.  Big realises that he can’t live without Carrie and goes to Paris to try to win her back.  Conveniently this occurs just when Carrie wants to break up with the crazy Russian, Petrovsky.  The ending was bound to be cheesy (I was prepared for that) but they managed to fall just short of the point where I want to throw up.  Bravo!

€5 has been donated to UNICEF Ireland for the completion of this ‘thing’.  Click here if you too would like to donate online.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Lace Shorts

As I already mentioned, I’ve become more than a little obsessed with lace shorts lately.  I think they are going to be a new classic.  I already have a black pair and a cream pair (both from Zara)- a navy pair would complete my collection!

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All images via Cocogroove

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


gummy bearskin rug

This is a gummy bearskin rug.  What geniuses live amongst us to come up with this!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Poor T-Rex

Another dinosaur joke
Another dinosaur joke.  God, I am such a nerd.  (Remember this one?)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012



Remember when we talked about un certain je ne sais quoi?  Well, she has it.  Stop it right now, Chloe, you are too good.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hot Guys Reading Books

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Would you go out with someone who doesn’t read?  I have done in the past, but if I'm honest it makes me uneasy and I always tried to slyly slip a few of my must-reads onto their nightstands for encouragement.  (In hindsight, this was possibly considered very annoying…)

The Hot Guys Reading Books tumblr has been around forever it seems but was  a recent discovery for me that (quite literally) made me laugh out loud.

The site was a cheerful reminder of two things:

1.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder (Some of the pictures made me go really?, while for others I was swooning along).

2.  Men are made infinitely more attractive by intelligence (or the appearance of it).

Monday, May 14, 2012

Thing #81: Attend a ‘Hot Yoga’ class


Do you do yoga?  It’s the best! 

Hot Yoga is when the studio is heated to 105°F before a 90-minute class.  The heat enables deeper stretching (preventing injury), relieves tension and detoxifies the body.  GrĂ¡inne and I tried it at Bikram Yoga Galway and it immediately became a fond weekly ritual.  You can read about the countless benefits for body and mind here- for me, it made me feel calmer and induced a coma-like sleep afterwards.  I actually looked forward to the sleep I would get that night during classes.

When you try it for the first time, yoga can feel a little awkward.  I remember feeling frustration when my body wouldn’t do what I wanted it to.  Sometimes I felt like I didn’t fully understand the instructions- and the quiet of a yoga studio is no place to be raising your hand and asking questions.  Our instructor was always directing us towards our sweet goldilocks spot when holding a position… we had no idea what he was talking about until I realised one day, with a smack to my forehead, that goldilocks was always looking for something to feel juuuuuuust right. 

I read on Diana’s blog how the beauty of yoga is that your brain has to take a back seat and trust your body to guide it.  It’s so true- it gets easier as soon as you learn to switch off.  And I managed to find my goldilocks spot in the end.

€5 has been donated to UNICEF Ireland for the completion of this ‘thing’.  Click here if you too would like to donate online.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Pooh and Piglet too


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Best of… April 12

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via The Sartorialist

I take back everything I said about Scott.  He’s done some unbelievable portraits of handsome men this past month and put me right in my place.  These images are nothing to do with fashion, yet everything to do with fashion at the same time.  Do you know what I mean? (I imagine you blank-staring me right now).

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via The Sartorialist

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via Sincerely Jules

More leather.  Black leather.

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via Atacadas and City Brewed

It’s not all black anymore- I’ve added some colour into my life with bright denims. I’ll be needing some more grungy t-shirts to go with.  Any recommendations?  I had my heart set on this one, but it’s all sold out!  Perhaps its a sign I need to steer clear of grunge for a while- I may be taking the term shabby chic too literally.

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via This is Not New and That Kind of Woman

This is more the kind of inspiration I need.  And honestly, it wouldn’t kill me to look a little more polished!

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via Fashion Toast and We Heart It

What I have done is developed a rather serious obsession with lace (lace is prim and proper, you know).  I bought another pair of lace shorts impulsively and I’ll guiltily admit that I don’t exactly need two pairs of lace short-shorts.

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via Coco Groove

Leopard-print short-shorts though… I don’t even have one pair of those.

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via Coco Groove

In other (completely unrelated) news, I just bought a bicycle.  It was one of my new year’s resolutions!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Thing #44: Work in another country

Here I am, in another country, working.  Some people would call it work… and I certainly get paid for it.  It is work.  I don’t think I’ve ever revealed on here what it is I actually do for a living.  Well what I do is this: I teach kindergarten.

Are you surprised?

Don’t be afraid to admit that you are.  All my friends and family didn’t hide it when I announced a sudden career change last year.  I mean, I don’t even like kids, not really, and most of them take an instant dislike to me.

What happened was that one dreary wet day in Ireland I was about to impulse buy an iron when I just stopped cold and thought Is this my life?   The reason I moved was that simple: I realised I wanted change.  I am totally not one of those people who resist change.  Change is gooooooood.  So I listened to the voice in my head (Oprah?), put that iron right back on the shelf where it belonged and made some shit happen.  Change, then, meant moving to the UAE and teaching Kindergarten.

It worked out pretty well for me.  A lot of the time, I like it.  For sure.  You definitely learn a lot when you change stuff in your life.

Allow me to impart some of my newfound knowledge.

Some Things I Learned (about Life) from Teaching:

1. Kids are just people, except smaller.  I told you I didn’t like kids, but that was before I realised this life-changing fact.

2. You can be happy for no reason at all.  I guess the same goes for being sad.

3. Work hard and be nice to people is a good ethic to live your life by.  Some of the most important of life’s lessons come really early on and are then forgotten somewhere along the way.

3. If you want to get someone’s attention, whisper. I know that when I shout, it’s only to relieve my own built-up tension (completely necessary) but serves no purpose in teaching the children.

4.  Good manners are important.  So important.

5. Don’t make a promise that you can’t fulfil.  I’ve learned the hard way.

6. Everything new is scary.  When you are little, every thing is a new thing- and it can be so scary.  We all have to be as brave as the small ones and do it the first time.

7.  You can make a lot of things out of paper plates.

8.  We only get dumber as we get older.  The way I’ve constructed that sentence is surely proof in itself.  But seriously, young kids learn things insanely fast.

9.  There is no such thing as a cool teacher. (Bradley Cooper in the Hangover, you deceived me!) Believe me, I’ve tried but I still end up making statements like When you behave like that, it makes Miss Thelma very sad (and yes, I refer to myself in the third person).

10.  If you want something, just ask.  Children have an ability to demand what they want with all their might, without an inkling of the possibility of not getting it.  We can all learn from that.

€5 has been donated to UNICEF Ireland for the completion of this ‘thing’.  Click here if you too would like to donate online.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

This Fellow

literary snobs

We all know one of these fellows.