We find God and religions To bait us with salvation
Live version of ‘Iron Sky’ from Paolo’s album ‘Caustic Love’ featuring Charlie Chaplin’s speech from The Great Dictator. Recorded live at Abbey Road, London. Two words – Pure Perfection. Can’t wait to see him on my birthday. Enjoy!
We find God and religions To bait us with salvation
Last Wednesday Emily From China Village organised the third lifestyle bloggers meetup this time in one of her personal favourite spaces Coppa Café at the Royal Hiberian Academy on Ely Place. I can see why she loves it – located at the entrance to the gallery, it is bright and welcoming. The staff are very passionate about what they do and they put service and food at the forefront. There are lovely little touches like the table napkins being made by Frederico’s Italian momma!
This was my third lifestyle bloggers meetup and I always come away with more inspiration and contacts in the growing blogging world. Everyone is very friendly and helpful and it’s lovely to put faces to blogs. We were welcomed with a refreshing cocktail before being treated to a range of speciality sandwiches, frittata and salad with a glass of wine. Unfortunately I had eaten before I came but the food was delicious. I will definitely be back when I’m hungrier so I can enjoy it. I was lucky to share my table with Priscilla from Woke Up in Dublin and I also met the lovely Ajda, a food stylist as well as catching up with Alex of Hydrangea Girl and Rincy of A Little Bird.
After we had been fed and watered – Emily organised a helpful swap-shop of resources and ideas where we all shared either an idea or asked for help with something. This was a really good exercise. I was looking to connect with more bloggers and luckily both Lauren from The Dare Project and Holly from Sweet Like Cinnamon were also looking for similar so hopefully this will lead to interesting guest blog posts by both soon – watch this space!
I really enjoyed the night and sharing blog stories and tips with fellow bloggers. We got lovely goodie bags from Etsy and Tiger to take home. Thanks to Emily and Coppa Café for organising and hosting a lovely evening.
And another instalment of McVities and this time it stars the cutest of kittens…
Hear them purr!!!
Ladies and Gentleman of the Class of 1999 and everybody else
Great life advice set to music, using a remixed version of the song “Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)” by Rozalla, from Australian film director Baz Luhrmann on his 1998 album Something for Everybody. The lyrics are taken from a famous essay “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young” — written in 1997 by Mary Schmich, a columnist with the Chicago Tribune — which gives some amazing advice for life
On Thursday 20th February, myself and the sis attended DublinTown and TGI Friday’s Movie Night as part of the launch of Dine in Dublin Week. I won tickets from DublinTown. We were treated to cocktails and finger food and a showing of that classic 80′s movie Cocktail starring Tom Cruise. Apparently he did all his cocktail training in TGI Friday’s and it also features in the movie where he meets Doug Coughlin and learns the tools of the cocktail trade. It was held in the new TGI Friday’s located on Fleet Street which is well worth checking out. It is huge and I loved the little touches like the cox hanging from the roof and the funky pictures. It looks shiny and new and is a welcome addition to temple bar. All the cocktails were customised and inspired by the movie such as The Hippy Hippy Shake; Lady Jordan; Flanagans Pour and The Red Eye. The staff were most accommodating even bringing the sis mocktails as she was driving. One of the bar men also did a demo of the Tom Cruise moves, I think they called them flairing – most impressive! TGI Friday’s offer cocktail-making classes. I loved the movies – a blast from the past and we had a lovely night. We’ll be back to try more of the cocktails.
Be sure to check out Dine in Dublin for some great value meals in some of Dublin’s best restaurants. They also have a food pavilion outside The Central Bank on Dame Street from Monday the 24th February to Wednesday the 26th of February from 12-5pm. It runs until March 2nd.
Thanks to DublinTown and TGI Fridays for a lovely night.
Things to make you smile…
Sing It Kitty
We built this city – how cute is this karaoke Kitty! Think they captured that feeling of your first bike and freedom perfectly. You can star in your own kitten-rocking, face-morphing music video at http://www.singitkitty.co.uk #SingItKitty
All young girls should read this…Dr. Kelly Flanagan, a Clinical Psychologist and father of three writes letters to his young daughter filled with good advice which is helpful to everyone. I have two young nieces and often think that the world they face is very different from the one I grew up in. We are bombarded with images in the media of what is beautiful and much of the focus is on external beauty. As Dr. Flanagan says “I figure we have about five years to radically alter the arc of history and the subjugation-by-image of the female gender. We’ve got a lot of work to do. And it begins in the heart of each and every woman.”
Dear Little One,
As I write this, I’m sitting in the makeup aisle of our local Target store. A friend recently texted me from a different makeup aisle and told me it felt like one of the most oppressive places in the world. I wanted to find out what he meant. And now that I’m sitting here, I’m beginning to agree with him. Words have power, and the words on display in this aisle have a deep power. Words and phrases like:
Instant age rewind,
Choose your dream,
Nearly naked, and
When you have a daughter you start to realize she’s just as strong as everyone else in the house—a force to be reckoned with, a soul on fire with the same life and gifts and passions as any man. But sitting in this store aisle, you also begin to realize most people won’t see her that way. They’ll see her as a pretty face and a body to enjoy. And they’ll tell her she has to look a certain way to have any worth or influence.
But words do have power and maybe, just maybe, the words of a father can begin to compete with the words of the world. Maybe a father’s words can deliver his daughter through this gauntlet of institutionalized shame and into a deep, unshakeable sense of her own worthiness and beauty.
A father’s words aren’t different words, but they are words with a radically different meaning:
Brilliant strength. May your strength be not in your fingernails but in your heart. May you discern in your center who you are, and then may you fearfully but tenaciously live it out in the world.
Choose your dream. But not from a department store shelf. Find the still-quiet place within you. A real dream has been planted there. Discover what you want to do in the world. And when you have chosen, may you faithfully pursue it, with integrity and with hope.
Naked. The world wants you to take your clothes off. Please keep them on. But take your gloves off. Pull no punches. Say what is in your heart. Be vulnerable. Embrace risk. Love a world that barely knows what it means to love itself. Do so nakedly. Openly. With abandon.
Infallible. May you be constantly, infallibly aware that infallibility doesn’t exist. It’s an illusion created by people interested in your wallet. If you choose to seek perfection, may it be in an infallible grace—for yourself, and for everyone around you.
Age defying. Your skin will wrinkle and your youth will fade, but your soul is ageless. It will always know how to play and how to enjoy and how to revel in this one-chance life. May you always defiantly resist the aging of your spirit.
Flawless finish. Your finish has nothing to do with how your face looks today and everything to do with how your life looks on your last day. May your years be a preparation for that day. May you be aged by grace, may you grow in wisdom, and may your love become big enough to embrace all people. May your flawless finish be a peaceful embrace of the end and the unknown that follows, and may it thus be a gift to everyone who cherishes you.
Little One, you love everything pink and frilly and I will surely understand if someday makeup is important to you. But I pray three words will remain more important to you—the last three words you say every night, when I ask the question: “Where are you the most beautiful?” Three words so bright no concealer can cover them.
Where are you the most beautiful?
On the inside.
From my heart to yours,
For more good advice from Dr. Kelly Flanagan check out his blog:
Be You, Be Beautiful
Laura O’Connell of bu beauty writes:
It was early on a Saturday morning and I was feeling disheveled, tired, single and old. Bundling into a lift with my two nine year old nieces I caught sight of myself in the mirror.
“God, I look disgusting” I said to myself.
“Why?” The lovely twin faces stared back at me, genuinely confused.
I looked at them and felt an instant pang of guilt. I had just taught them about female insecurities. They saw a pretty aunty, I showed them they were wrong. The last thing I want is to teach these girls about is self deprecation. They are beautiful, confident and happy at their nine years. And are about to enter into their teens- a world of constant image-analysis.
Having worked in media for the first few tumultuous year of my twenties and then tripping somewhat accidentally into the world of organic cosmetics, I have had my eyes seriously opened to that of the term “Beauty.”
I go to beauty conferences, read blogs, review new brands, trial, test, judge, inspect. And as a result I find myself fastidiously inspecting what the “New Beautiful” is. Is it BB Cream, CC Cream, Calogen, Botox, Plastic, lifts, extensions, retentions?! Is it skeletal thin, curvy, toned? Is it extra hair on top and less hair below? Is it white teeth, wavy curls, long lashes, bronzed goddess or porcelain doll?
What are my nieces up against – was it always like this?
As a woman in my late twenties, I have found it increasingly difficult to decipher what sexy and gorgeous looks like. I am infiltrated with various images, tips, solutions and diet-plans – and each one a suggestion on how I should better myself, how the Me I am now, quite frankly, won’t do. It all seems to say to me -”You thought you looked good? Well you couldn’t unless you’ve tried this!”
This all got me to thinking – Oh God? Am I perpetuating this school of thought by selling products that boost, heal and polish? Beauty is my business, after all.
My nieces don’t stand a chance.
I once read an article in which a renowned French feminist was asked why she was wearing make-up, to which she responded – “But why not? I like looking good for me. Just because I have respect for myself as a woman does not mean that I need to feel ugly.”
Hmm, self-respect huh? Self-confidence? Now there’s a new one…Is this where we need to be looking for beauty then? In ourselves? Instead of covering up can we simply be happy? And if needs be, we can enhance or polish- bring out something from inside.
Okay, okay, the whole “beauty comes from within” is an age-old proverb…but is it time that women should start taking it seriously?
This is where I’m at now. I am developing my brand on these ethics and I feel happy about it.
So, armed with a mic and camera, I went out and spoke to four ‘ordinary’ women who seemed to me extra-ordinary, inspirational, confident, self-assured, interesting and expressive. The results? In a word: Beautiful.