Friday 30 December 2022
Thursday 29 December 2022
Saturday 10 December 2022
Firstly, please excuse the quality of my photographs lately. My phone jumped out of my purse while I was cycling along White Street. And if that wasn't bad enough, I promptly ran over it. It all happened very quickly 😞 The only damage was to the camera; the lens got a little cracked and is letting in too much light now. Ugh
Monday 5 December 2022
One thing that I am doing lately, and something that I will incorporate into my New Years Resolutions for 2023, is to try avoid buying new where I can buy second hand. In particular, I am thinking of my beloved Lilly Pulitzer. It is ridiculously expensive and guess what, the last two dresses I have found on facebook marketplace for a fraction of the cost. And I am reusing something that someone else is finished with and avoiding it being thrown out into landfill etc. So much better for my pocket book and for the environment win, win, WIN.
I am also trying to buy local and/or support small businesses. To that point I want to recommend these AMaaaaaAAAZING earrings from Taryn McCabe in San Francisco. I fell in love with these stunning "shoulder duster" leather cascade earrings. What you cannot see from pics online is a how lusciously glossy, shiny they are. Just beautiful.
And because it was cyber Monday, there was a special, and I also got these in GOLD. Again, so shiny. I would never have thought that leather could look so glitzy. I think I shall wear them to my holiday party.
Would you have ever thought that leather would make good earrings? Well it does! Lightweight. Very wearable. And so eyecatching. Extremely unique.
These would make a great Christmas gift for someone who likes hand crafted, "something different" and quality at the same time.
One of my favorite parts of Dublin all year round is Ranelagh. However, at Christmas time, this is when Ranelagh comes even more alive. Great pubs, great restaurants, just perfect for cozy nights warm in a pub, chatting and whiling a few hours away with friends. The village looks beautiful all lit up with their christmas decorations and lights and even their Spar looks great - with a christmas tree on it's terrace roof, it was featured in one of their ads a few years back.
And! It is a great place for shopping for lovely special gifts. I like going into Redmonds to buy a nice bottle of wine or champagne for Christmas day and they are always helpful in there...
This year there is going to be a great little pop up event/store in Ranelagh Arts. Ranelagh Arts is conveniently located right at the luas station - which is just two stops away from the Stephens Green stop. They will have a group of artists who are presenting a selection of their curated artwork, Perfect for a gift for a beloved, or heck why not buy yourself the gift of Art (which lasts forever) and get yourself something amazing.
Featured amongst these artists will be local man: PIGSY