Handmade Irish bags

I was so thrilled to be contacted by Waterford based Claire Povey to see if I would like to try out one of her beautiful handmade bags. These bags are perfect for bringing to the beach, the pool, the gym or for using as a changing bag. Claire kindly gave me the Harbour beach bag which I started using as my changing bag since it’s not quite beach weather down Southjust yet! Continue reading

Personalised Cuff Links from Sally Clay Jewellery

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This is probably a post that is suitable all year round given that personalised gifts are great for both Christmas and birthday presents. I do love a special personalised gift, I love coming up with the ideas or creating them and I love getting them. I think there’s an added element of the effort involved that makes it all the nicer receiving a special gift that someone has put thought and effort into getting you. Continue reading

Useful tips for buying children’s clothes

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Our small lady absolutely hates getting dressed, so I try and move as deftly as I can. My speed and agility is, however, sometimes thwarted by irritating baby clothes. So I thought I’d put together a post that might be useful for new Mums, Mums-to-be or those who want to buy clothes for friends with babies or kids – here are some simple things to bear in mind to make life easier  for Mammy’s the world over. Continue reading

Concrete Jewellery

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I’m really excited about this latest DIY – I was lucky enough to be gifted (!) a bag of quick drying sand and cement by my every thoughtful husband. I had spotted a few cool DIY projects on Pinterest recently that used concrete as the medium for working with. Being a Civil Engineer by qualification I thought it only too fitting to put the practice we had mixing and testing concrete in the concrete lab in the old Civil Engineering building in NUI, Galway to use (those were the days right Laura!?). Continue reading

Contouring and Highlighting in 3 easy steps

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I went for a class with Sarah at Inglot in Mahon Point today and really enjoyed it. I decided to get her to give me some tips on the, ever daunting, topic of contouring and highlighting. She used their HD foundation (in 71) on me as a base and I have to say it gives incredible coverage but perhaps a little heavy for daytime wear for me.

The easiest way to show what she taught me on the topic of contouring is to show it in a series of steps – three in total – bronze, highlight and blush. The key to this entire process is to use tiny amounts of product and a light hand and to build up your product bit by bit until you’re happy with the look. Continue reading