30 January 2015
I don’t think I’ve ever seen Dublin look as good in January as it did from Sophie’s restaurant at The Dean. This four-star Harcourt Street hotel is incredibly slick and stylish and filled with eclectic design details that make it feel edgy, but elegant.
It makes me sad for our city when the best way we can think of to praise a new venue is to say it doesn’t feel like Dublin, but like [insert achingly hip American or European city here]. So I am not going to tell you that The Dean feels a bit like a New York hotel. What it feels like is contemporary Dublin (which, ok, can sometimes feel a little bit like New York), complete with Irish art, neon signage and a colour palette that is sophisticated and neutral, but also a little bit brooding and dark.
29 January 2015
Spring at River Island is all about fun with a capital F – and actually, lots of other things beginning with f, too, like faux fur, fringing, fluffy bags, flatforms and, er, festival chic! With cactus themed cupcakes and props, there was a desert heat theme to last week’s press day - which had us itching to feel the sun on our skin once again.
27 January 2015
If beauty blogging has taught me anything, it’s that when it comes to makeup, price is no indicator of quality. There are very few categories of products where you can’t find a perfectly lovely option in the budget to mid-priced category. Brows, however, are an exception. Sure, for every high end brow kit, there is a budget alternative – but often, the cheaper products fail to shine.
Budget kits tend to fall down on packaging - though for the most part, we can forgive that, because we know it’s what we pay for with pricier products. The limited shade range is also understandable, to an extent; mass market products, after all, are made to cater for the masses, and factors like available retail space and stocking decisions impact on the colours available.
26 January 2015
Mr Fluff and I decided to stage our own #antiJanuary protest by accepting an invitation to stay at The Meyrick Hotel. Perfectly located, this four-star hotel is the grand-dame of Eyre Square, right at the heart of Galway and conveniently located for everything the city has to offer. I’ll ‘fess up right now, though – we didn’t leave the hotel for our entire stay, preferring to stay cocooned within its elegant, art deco surrounds.
23 January 2015
As of today we can get our paws on Chanel's Spring 2015 beauty drop, Collection Reverie Parisienne. The standout piece of an all-round swoon-worthy collection, the Jardin de Chanel Blush in Camelia Rose, €43, is really very special.
22 January 2015
Sales shopping is one of this month’s few pleasures but, though I looked far and wide, I found nothing to tickle my pickle (or suit my tiny budget). What I did have though was persistence and an Arnotts Christmas voucher which allowed me to swoop in just at the end of the sales, to snap up this Raoul hexagon tote bag - for 70% off the original price. I know!
21 January 2015
Hillhead Bookclub is a West End restaurant slash café slash bar that’s housed in a converted cinema; the décor is effortlessly cool with a quirky, offbeat charm (think mismatched crockery and cutlery, ping pong, retro video games and great music).
20 January 2015
It’s addictive, this hair shortening lark. No sooner had I gone for the chop at Preen than I was back in the hairdresser’s chair - this time at my old flame, The Style Club on North Earl Street, who were happily as wonderful as ever – yelling MOAR!
They obliged by taking off a further inch and a half and giving me more of a classic bob, which can be worn straight and sleek or with my hair’s natural movement and wave, to give a more tousled effect. With every new hair do comes new hair doin’s, so here’s what I’m using on my new shorter locks (lockettes?).