A few shots from last weekend’s wonderful wander around Christmas on the Square. Food stalls, a pop up cafe from the Coppa gang, complete with live trad music, and some really brilliant craft stalls showcasing the work of some of brilliant Irish crafts people (including Ursula Celano, Snow, Klickity, and Clare and Gar) made for a lovely Saturday afternoon.
All shots, bar the samba one (which is an iPhone shot), take with the Fuji X100s.
Kodaline and their sing-along encore from the balcony, coffee and cake (not just any cake, but salted caramel chocolate brownies by Kate) at the tiniest department store, sunset walks along the canal and surprise party with my favourite man and some great friends. ‘Tis been a fun few days.
[All of the above were taken with the Fuji X100s. Everything Zack arias said is true.]
Man, I just love this. I adore Oliver Jeffers – How to Catch a Star was one of Ethan’s first favourite books – so it was a cool surprise to see his work in this lyric video for U2′s new single Ordinary Love. There is an Irish connection there somewhere – he was born in Australia, brought up in Northern Ireland and, though he now lives in Brooklyn, New York, the accent is still there.
Watch the lyric video below and then, if you want to know more about him, check out the next video for a very sweet and inspiring look at his creative process.
Ordinary Love from Joe Ahorro on Vimeo.
Oliver Jeffers Process from Frank Collective Inc. on Vimeo.
At last, I had a chance to take a breather and go through my pics from Emily’s gorgeously autumnal bloggy evening, which was quite a while back now. I’m working on some very fun shoots at the moment, but sadly it means that personal shooting gets put on the backburner. Still, as always, trying to find a happy balance. But back to the lifestyle bloggers evening – it was so nice to see familiar faces and meet new ones. The staff at Peperina were genuinely lovely (even patiently posing for pics!), the grub was delish, and, though my craft creation was less than impressive, I had a lot of fun.
It’s events like this that remind me of how much I love the opportunities that blogging presents – without this blog, I wouldn’t have met people like Julie, Rincy, Ciara, and Claire; wonderful, genuine, talented women who, thanks to online chats (and more and more offline meet ups and collaborations) I’m getting to know and admire more and more.
I adore how photographer Max Wagner uses negative space. He’s just posted a ton of shots from the last seven months, which you can see on his blog, and they’re packed with creativity and incredible light. Truly inspiring. This print of his is high up on my wish list.
Loved working on this glitter jar DIY for volume one of Bash Magazine, and the tutorial is now online! See it here.
Styling: Ciara O’Halloran @ Style Serendipity
DIYs: Nichola Doyle @ Ceri Rua
Photography: Nathalie Marquez Courtney
Hope you have a lovely Hallowe’en and that a generous kids shares some of their loot with you! I took these pumpkin shots on Monday at the National Botanic Gardens, who had an incredible display.
Illustrator Gemma Correll (who is almost entirely responsible for my obsession with pugs) has come up with a handy guide of Hallow’een costume ideas, which made me laugh. Sexy Tax Return is particularly LOL-ful. You can get her work on everything from T-shirts to totes, badges and mugs here.
[Plus - a great antidote to all the NYC love, Joanna Goddard's list of things that suck about living in New York, illustrated by Gemma.]
Between one thing and another, Ben and I haven’t had a chance to hop on a plane and take a holiday so far this year. Which is perhaps why I’m going through the pics from last year’s trip to Andalucia, trying to squeeze some sun out of those pixels.
Around this time last year, we landed in Malaga, hired a car and drove to the tiny little town of Colmenar, and into our home for the week, a gorgeous old farmhouse surrounded by mountains. (By the way, I can’t recommend Airbnb enough – lovely user interface, very transparent system, and some truly amazing gems. We used it for our trip to San Fran in 2011, and had a great experience so decided to go with it again.) The farmhouse, run by Marina and Nacho, was about an hour from Malaga, and discreetly nestled among stunning mountains. It’s quite a way off the main road and the slow, windy drive up to it did freak us out just a little, but once we got there it was totally worth it. We spent the first few days reading by the pool, breaking only for a lunch of cured meats and cheese, washed down with some Spanish wine and playing with Marina and Nacho’s friendly cats. Each day began with a delicious smoothie and a typical Andalucian breakfast of freshly chopped tomato, virgin olive oil and crushed garlic on toast made by Nacho.
In the evening, we might head to Colmenar for some rustic and cheerful local fare, or take a drive into Malaga (which is way underrated and much nicer than I’d expected). Far and away our favourite place to eat in Malaga was Tapeo de Cervantes. This is a fantastic little tapas bar, and a great Tripadvisor find. It was crammed with locals as well as tourists, which is always a good sign. We squeezed and jostled our way trough and ate at the bar, having one of the nicest dinners of the holiday, before heading to an atmospheric shish bar or wandering the pretty cobbled streets, woozy and content.
After a few days of chilling, we took a scenic drive up to Granada, with plenty of fun pitt stops – pics from that adventure soon!
Here’s a look at the new issue of Image Interiors & Living – with my shot on the cover! The subject is one of the many incredible creations that the talented Claire Ryan, aka The Informal Florist, made especially for us. They included a eucalyptus garland, a beautifully wild birch wreath, and a festive evergreen arrangement. Ben and I headed to her studio in Stoneybatter (in love with it, btw, loads of light whitewashed brick walls and a beautiful upcycled table) for the shoot.
A few days later, I was in the Dublin suburbs for a crazy cute Christmas craft shoot being photographed by Mark Scott.. I shot lots of video, which B and I edited to the below – almost everything you see here was crafted by Marlene, our insanely creative creative director. All in all, it’s been a hectic, winter-tastic, fun couple of weeks.