Finalist! Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards
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Finalist! Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016

I’m delighted to share that this space is a finalist in the Photo Blog category of this year’s Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards. I’ve been sharing photos here since 2009 (had to double check that before typing!) so I’m really thrilled to be on the list. 

The awards are taking place in Duffy’s Circus tonight, which is a nice bit of serendipity, given my circusy roots. Looking forward to going along with my themed accessories, above (the ring was a present from Ben, the vintage trapeze cigarette holder – which I use for business cards – was an Etsy find). I’ll be snapping and sharing pics from the night.

A huge thank you to any one who voted, and big congrats to my fellow nominees!

Learning Lettering: Tips and resources | nathalie.ie
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Learning Lettering

“It’s a simple and generous rule of life that whatever you practice, you will improve at.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

Do you know what’s great? Sucking at something. Being a total beginner and slowly and steadily seeing yourself improve. It’s massively rewarding. 

If you have come across any of my Insta stories, you’ll know that I’ve been playing around with a couple of new creative outlets, mainly watercolour and calligraphy. I got lots of messages asking about what I was using, so thought I would share some of the great buys and online resources that might help other beginners looking to get started. Click through for more!  Continue Reading

Coffeewerk and Press, Galway
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Current Obsessions

Ben introduced me to Mini Metro, a very simple, minimalist little game a few weeks ago and I have played it more times than I’d care to admit. You can try it out online here

My treat of choice right now is Bean & Goose Irish sea salt and cocoa nib bars. 

Instagram stories. I’d been giving Snapchat a go, and enjoying it (I even made it onto a Lovin Dublin listicle!) but am loving Insta stories more at the moment, thanks to the immediate network that’s there. 

Coffeewerk and Press, above, an awesome little coffee shop and design store in Galway. Post about my recent shoot there coming soon. 

Stranger Things, Netflix’ hit 80s thriller. Ben and I devoured this recently. Brilliant fun! The soundtrack is on Spotify too. 

Everyone has been raving about Meet Me in the Morning. I went recently and have to admit – it’s just as lovely as they say. The “Nut Eile” on toast was divine. 

These very cute new Moleskines

PS I’m also writing for the MiniCorp blog now! Find me posting about start-up life, project management nerdiness and the awesome MiniCorp team.

Off The Grid, San Francisco | nathalie.ie
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Off The Grid San Francisco

While San Francisco can’t come close to the dizzy array of food trucks that its Californian cousin LA offers, come Friday night there are plenty of tasty eats on four wheels at Off The Grid, a weekly outdoor food market on the grounds of the Fort Mason Center. Ben and I visited in March as part of my foodie photo trip there for CARA Magazine, and it was one of the highlights of our visit.

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Click through for some more snaps (though if you’re hungry, maybe bookmark the page and come back later…) Continue Reading

Summer lavender harvest in Wicklow | nathalie
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A Summer Lavender Harvest Party

“There are some things I know for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.” – Alice Hoffman

Ben and I were driving down the N11 when we came across a gorgeous lavender harvest sale. It’s one of my favourite plants, so we pulled in for a look. Turns out, there are organic lavender fields in Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow and, every summer in July, Fragrances of Ireland host a lavender harvest party. 

Summer lavender harvest in Wicklow | nathalie

There were bunches and bunches of beautiful, vivid, freshly cut lavender everywhere, as well as fresh plants, lavender oil, soaps, and even honey made from the bees that feast on the lavender. 

I loved seeing the different shades – from deep midnight blue to rich violet – and taking big, greedy gulps of gorgeous lavender-scented air. 

Summer lavender harvest in Wicklow | nathalie

Summer lavender harvest in Wicklow | nathalie

Summer lavender harvest in Wicklow | nathalie

If you follow me on Snapchat, you’ll have noticed that I picked up quite the haul! 

Summer lavender harvest in Wicklow | nathalie

Summer lavender harvest in Wicklow | nathalie

Summer lavender harvest in Wicklow | nathalie

Summer lavender harvest in Wicklow | nathalie

Definitely one of the prettiest pit stops we’ve made in a while! If you’re a lavender lover, they’ll be there again this weekend – head to lavender.ie for info on opening times and directions.

Charlie Murphy for CARA Magazine
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Charlie Murphy for CARA Magazine

I’m so excited to share some pics (and overs) from my shoot with Charlie Murphy, which made the cover of the current issue of CARA Magazine.

Charlie Murphy for CARA Magazine

Best known for her  lead role as Siobhan Delaney in RTÉ’s Love/Hatethe shoot took place on an early May morning at The Dean Hotel. It’s my first cover for CARA so I have been excitedly waiting for it to come out – read Tony Clayton-Lea’s great interview with her on planes now. 
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Charlie Murphy for CARA Magazine

 

Lens and Larder at Kildare Village
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An Evening with Lens and Larder at Kildare Village

Rhubarb martinis, tangy Irish oysters, pink pickled eggs and charred, earthy beetroot. A salad dressed with bright, edible flowers. Feasting on a giant cut of freshly caught halibut. Buttery potatoes. DIY Irish coffees laced with Teelings whiskey, and heavenly mouthfuls of buttermilk tart.

(If you’re hungry and reading this, I’m very sorry.) 

Last Friday, Ben and I headed to Kildare Village for Lens and Larder, a gorgeous pop-up dinner celebrating Irish food that was a total treat of an evening. Some snaps after the jump!

Lens and Larder at Kildare Village

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My nephews | nathalie.ie
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Birthday Brothers

Can’t wait to hang out with these guys this weekend. Noah (mischevious face on the right), turns five today and I’m told a superhero party is on the cards. He’s so teeny and light, but makes up for it by being the most ferocious ball of energy. 

Happy birthday Noah!

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His big brother Ethan will be eight – EIGHT! – just a few weeks later, so plenty of cake and hyper times coming up.