Monday, June 29, 2015

Record Hunting, Om Diva & Pigging Out in Dublin

Epicurean Food Hall, 1 Liffey Street Lower, Dublin 1 

Dublin is the perfect place to spend a weekend, there is endless places to eat and shop, photograph and explore. This particular visit to Dublin was to hunt for some bargain records at Record Store Day. You can't properly bargain hunt without some fuel though so first on our agenda was lunch. The first stop on our food journey is the Epicurean Food Hall, with kitchens from around the world at affordable prices, it's a must visit. We choose the Ugly Duckling and I had the Pittsburgh Sandwich. That mountain of pulled pork and coleslaw on top of a huge helping of chips, is actually a sandwich, a very tasty sandwich at that. Plus it only cost €6.95, such tasty tasty food for that price. With out belly's full it was time for some exploring. 

27 Drury Street, Dublin 2

While walking from one record store to the next, I stumbled across the prettiest boutique. Om Diva Boutique mixes vintage finds, contemporary collections, cutting edge Irish designs (Atelier 27) and design studios all under one roof. It is an amazing space filled with unique pieces and vibrant colours. One of Atelier 27's designers that caught my eye was Lisa McCormark's jewelry label Capulet & Montague. her pieces are sleek, modern, bold and beautiful. This place is a real gem, I could spent hours trawling through their collections. After that it was on to Tower Records with the crowds of vinyl lovers to see what was on offer.     

An unexpected bonus off the day was getting to meet one of my favorite bloggers ever, Audrey Leighton, after I noticed on Instagram she was doing a meet and greet in the Clarence hotel. Her blog frassy is a hotspot of style inspiration, travel envy and truly honest life advice and tales. If you don't already read her blog you must, she writes with humor and so genuinely, and she's just as nice in person.  

Crackbird, 60 Dame Street, Dublin 2

Lastly it was time to end the day with a huge helping of chicken at Crackbird (a sister of the Jo'Burger and Skinflint restaurants). We had dips, sticks and dunks to start, followed by buttermilk chicken for mains, washed down with the tastiest drink (soda, mint and lime, their homemade lemonade is also really good). After all that food and shopping it's definitely time for sleep.

What's your favorite Dublin spots? Any restaurant recommendations?

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Road trip: Carton House


I love to travel and explore, never tire of new adventures and experiences. On holidays I'm never the one my the pool all day, I want to see all that I can everywhere I go, I'm a complete tourist basically. In reality though there just isn't the time and the money for me to travel endlessly, so instead I look for adventures constantly, even if it doesn't involve a passport. There is so much to see a car drive, bus trip or train journey away. Just because you haven't left the country doesn't mean there isn't endless things to see and memories to make. When the sun is shining it's the perfect excuse to jump in a car and go for a road trip. This road trip took place in a convertible, my first time in one with the roof down. The feeling of driving along with your hair blowing in the wind is amazing, it makes the journey the best part of a trip. On this particular sunny day we decided to visit Carton House Hotel in Kildare. Carton House is a 1,100 acre estate and historic mansion that was the ancestral seat of the Earls of Kildare and Duke of Leinster. It has since been developed into two golf courses and a hotel. We visited the estate for a picnic and a walk around the beautiful grounds. What is more perfect than a summers day eating salty chips in the grass.
Any road trip recommendations?

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Summer Dress

Dress-Borrowed from my sister

If the weather would stay summery I would live in this maxi dress. My sister actually picked it up in Liverpool last year on our sister trip there, but I 'borrowed' it. It's so light and comfortable, the ideal dress for hot summers, if we get one that is. I also picked up the prettiest backpack in Primark for €15, it's very colourful and detailed so a steal for that price. Backpacks are the perfect alternative to handbags for the summer, way more convenient for festivals and travelling. June has arrived and it's officially summertime which means time for road trips and adventures. Ireland is a beautiful country to explore, there's so many breathtaking wild spots that's just a car journey away. I plan to visit as many as I can over the next few months. Monday we visited Lough Boora Parklands in the lashing of rain and next on my list is the Blackstairs Mountains in Carlow. Summer weekends for me are all about hurling matches and long walks in forests, not to mention lie ins. 

Recipe: Milky Bar Cheesecake

My boyfriend and I decided to make this amazing cheesecake when a nasty cold had hit our home and we needed a little pick me up. It's really easy to make, I love any recipe that doesn't involve actually turning on an oven. You can use any white chocolate you like but Milky Bars go very nicely with this recipe. The recipe itself is based on this glenisk one, we made small cheesecakes so double the ingredients if your making a large one.

Ingredients: 90g of digestive biscuits, 25g butter, 200g of soft/cream cheese, 30g of caster sugar, juice and zest of 1/2 lemon,  150g of white chocolate (we used Milky Bars), 150ml of fresh cream, raspberries to decorate

1. Place the biscuits in a sandwich bag and crush into crumbs
2. Melt the butter and then mix with the crushed biscuits. Press mixture into a cheesecake tin (we did two small ones) and chill in the fridge.
3. Beat together the cream cheese, sugar, lemon until smooth, do this with an electric whisk we didn't have one so my boyfriend got some exercise doing this by hand.
4. Whip the fresh cream.
5. Melt the white chocolate, once melted pour into the ingredients from step 3. Then fold in the whipped cream.
6. Pour the cheesecake mix onto the biscuit layer in the tin. Leave to chill in the fridge, it takes best if left overnight.
7. Before eating decorate with raspberries and enjoy. 

If you have some mixture left over try making tiny cheesecakes in shot glasses they are so cute!


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mint Hair & Fringe Shorts

Boots-River Island

So much has happened since I last had the chance to blog; my sister and I visited Krakow, my friend had her first baby, Ireland voted Yes to Marriage Equality. A great and eventful few weeks since my last post. Despite the lack of writing I have accumulated a mountain of pictures to share, with posts planned that include a guide to Krakow, DIY dreamcatchers, a recipe for milkybar cheesecake and stacks of outfit posts. The blogging buzz is hitting me hard and I can't wait to share everything I've been up to. First things first, what better way to start than with one of my favorite outfits lately. I've harped on and on about the bargains I got at the Folkster kilo sale last Novermber (here, here and here) and these braided shorts are my favorite piece I picked up. For €38.50 I got 4 pairs of shorts, 1 skirt, 1 jacket, 1 jumper and 3 scarfs but I honestly would have paid €38 for just these shorts. The braid and fringe edging make them look so unique and special, that you can pair them with the simplest thing and your outfit will never be boring. Unfortunately, the mint dip dye has faded from my hair since taking these pictures (it was Bleach London Washed Up Mermaid), so my hair is currently just plain ombre. I think a nice light lilac will be perfect for my next hair experiment, it'll get my hair in the mood for summer and the beach.

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