My weekend: Margaritas, yoga and eggs Benedict

Weekend roundup | nathalie.ie

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine kicked off with birthday drinks for Vicki in Xico, above top, the new Mexican-themed bar that's where the Baggot Inn used to be. I stuck to classic salt-rimmed margaritas on the rocks, Ben tried a Tequila Old Fashioned and the birthday girl went with a Piñata Colada. I'd love to see 'em serve some Micheladas though. I don't even like beer, but I love them.

Saturday was mainly yoga, housework-y stuff and photo editing, before a rewarding Sunday brunch (with a side of Sangria) in Market Bar, with Ben, mum, Kel and the kids. Oh and Ben and I also snuck in a few late-night episodes of House of Cards. Are you watching it? We're playing catch up before season three starts next month. It's so gripping and smartly paced, and constantly throwing up surprises – it's rare that an episode ends without Ben and I turning to each other with WTF?! faces.

I'm glad I brought my camera along to Sunday brunch too, as it gave my three-year-old nephew Noah a chance to get to know it – he pressed the shutter on the two pics below, of his sister Isabel and his mum! Pretty good, huh?

Weekend roundup | nathalie.ie

And here's the little cutie himself, snapped by Ben:

Weekend roundup | nathalie.ie

I can't quite believe it's the last week of January. It will be a busy one, too: I'll be starting my new course tomorrow – an introduction to ceramics – heading out to an Image Interiors & Living house shoot, and whipping a fun new blog series into shape. Have a good one!

 

A night on the town, January style | Super Miss Sue Pop Down Review

Super Miss Sue Pop Down | nathalie.ie

Super Miss Sue Pop Down | nathalie.ie

We weren’t meant to be going out. We were both completely exhausted, and had a clean, quiet Friday evening planned – cooking up some veggies from our first Absolutely Organic order (more on that soon), catching up on some reading, getting an early night. But after a cocktail with this lovely and talented lady, I met up with B and we were feeling mischievous. Well, cold and mischievous. 

So we chanced our arm at the Super Miss Sue Pop Down, nabbing two tables at the bar. The menu is a kind of greatest hits compilation, featuring dishes from 777, The Butcher Grill, and Dillingers. I loved the decor –  art deco lighting, rows and rows of glowing bottles of Campari behind the bar, lots of gold accents. 

Super Miss Sue Pop Down | nathalie.ie

We both got 777’s tuna tostada to start – two crunchy corn tortilla discs, topped with tuna sashimi, pickled cucumber and drizzled with habanero mayo. Fresh, zingy, with just a little kick.

I kept it simple for my mains, and went with The Butcher Grill’s chargrilled Omaha sirloin, which did everything it said on the tin – nicely charred on the outside, juicy, tender and pink on the inside. Ben went with the special, whole seam bream, which he described as “charred and juicy.” Of course, I then told him he couldn’t say that because I had just described my steak as charred and juicy, but there you have it.  

The SMS Pop Down is a good date spot – dark, cosy and atmospheric, if a little cramped. The tables looked nice, but I actually loved sitting at the bar, taking in the beautiful bottles, people-watching the bundled up Dubs that walked by. 

Super Miss Sue Pop Down | nathalie.ie

From there, we stumbled home, full and happy, where I promptly fell asleep on the couch. I think it was 11pm. The best of both worlds.

Super Seed Home-Made Granola

home-made granola | nathalie.ie

Make your own granola, and there’s no going back. My version is a re-jigged take on this awesome recipe from Minimalist Baker, which features dark chocolate. However, for a week-day kick start, I forgo the chocolate and add in a whole load of seeds.

A batch usually lasts us around two to three weeks in an air-tight container or jar. I serve it up with plain yoghurt and sometimes a bit of chopped fruit. I’ve also been known to grab a cheeky handful as a snack too.

Recipe below. Next week, I’ll share a very quick and easy spiced raspberry compote that goes great with this!

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    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    20 min
    Total Time
    30 min
    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    20 min
    Total Time
    30 min
    Ingredients
    1. 2 cups porridge oats
    2. 1 cup of coconut flakes
    3. 1 cup raw almonds
    4. 3 tbsp. sugar (I'm currently liking coconut sugar)
    5. ¼ tsp of salt
    6. 1/4 cup coconut oil
    7. 1/4 cup almond/peanut butter
    8. 1/3 cup maple syrup/agave/honey
    9. 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
    10. 1/4 cup of flaxseed
    11. 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
    12. 1/4 cup of whatever else you like – I'm into walnuts
    Instructions
    1. Pre-heat the oven to 150°.
    2. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
    3. Over a medium heat, warm and melt the coconut oil, nut butter and syrup/honey.
    4. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients, and mix well so that everything is well coated.
    5. Spread the mixture evenly onto one or two baking sheets (I do mine in batches).
    6. This needs about 20-minutes in the oven, but watch it carefully as it can burn quickly. I rotate mine around 10-minutes in to get it all evenly browned.
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Home-made granola | nathalie.ie

The White Album

The white album app | nathalie.ie

Looking forward to giving this a go – an app that lets you snap 24 pics on your phone and see them for the first time when they’re delivered in print. No edits, no retakes. The White Album app is free to download, and an album of your 24 shots costs $20 (including worldwide shipping). 

Would you try it?

(via Swissmiss)

A Winter Walk

A winter walk | nathalie.ie

For no other reason than the sky looked pretty, the sun was setting in 18 minutes and Ben and I had never explored this road in our ‘hood before. It also gave me an opportunity to take some new portraits of B, which I hadn’t done in a while.

A winter walk | nathalie.ie

A winter walk | nathalie.ie

A winter walk | nathalie.ie

A winter walk | nathalie.ie

A winter walk | nathalie.ie

A winter walk | nathalie.ie

Is there an area near you that you haven’t explored? Consider hitting it up in the last half hour before the sun sets to max any photo opportunities.

Link love

Succulents from @tawwni's Instagram feed | nathalie.ie

AboveThis Instagram feed is giving me so much succulent envy.

Date Night In. Lovely idea for a cookbook.

Another great January playlist from Sarah.

Inside the wardrobe of Frida Kahlo (via Ruth).

Beautiful pictures of Florence.

This gorgeous dustpan would definitely encourage me to clean up crumbs a bit more.

Great fitness campaign. #thisgirlcan

Below: Love this quote so much, I didn’t event mind that it was promo material for a movie (one I can’t wait to see btw).

Have a lovely weekend! I’m hoping to check out the new brunch offerings at Dublin’s only taco truck, get in a windy Sandymount walk, check out the talent at Showcase and celebrate a friend’s birthday with afternoon tea at The Shelbourne. Fun times for January!

Recent Work: Black, White and Botanicals

Black, white and botanicals shoot | nathalie.ie

Black, white and botanicals shoot | nathalie.ie

Black, white and botanicals shoot | nathalie.ie

Some pics from a recent black, white and botanical shoot for Image Interiors & Living. Styled by Ciara O’Halloran, she created a look that was clean, simple and fresh. I wanted basically everything in this shoot, and not long after bagged myself that magazine house, created by lovely Irish duo Snug.

Black, white and botanicals shoot | nathalie.ie

 

Tiny eternities and magnificent stars: poem 9

Tiny eternities and magnificent stars poem 9 |nathalie.ie

A sweet and beautiful hand-typed poem by Christopher Poindexter on Etsy.

Currently crushing on: Ballet

Crushing on ballet on nathalie.ie | pic by Akira Enzeru

It all started when Jeanne recommended Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead. A novel about  how an American ballerina helps a Russian dancer defect, set against the backdrop of the exciting, challenging world of ballet, it has lead to a full-blown obsession.

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead | nathalie.ie

As the NY Times notes, Shipstead “does caustic humor, simmering hostilities and social envy well”, which makes for a fun, immersive read.

Just before that,  Jo’s post reminded me about city.ballet, a great AOL series narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker all about life as part of the New York City Ballet. It’s on it’s second season now – each episode is less than 10 minutes long and brimming with interesting tid bits and refreshing honesty.

If that’s not enough (and for me, it wasn’t), hit up Netflix – go for cheesy nostalgia with Zoe Saldana’s film debut, Center Stageor keep it real with the brilliant 2011 documentary, First Position.

I never did ballet – I did get notions one summer though. I think I was around 10, and we had this brilliant Russian gymnast working with us in the circus that season. She trained my sister Kelly and I for a few months, and I have vivid memories of doing ballet drills to her chiming “Raz, dva, tri, chetyre!” and, after weeks of practising, finally, finally managing to do a side split. That’s as far as I got though.

I would love to see ballet live some day; which might happen sooner than I thought, as the Moscow City’s Ballet’s production  of The Nutcracker is coming to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, which is just up the road. So the obsession can continue…

Underground Ballerina by Anthony Passant

Top: Absolutely gorgeous shot by Akira Enzeru.

Bottom: Underground Ballerina by Anthony Passant.

Weekend wanderings

The Beauty We Love desktop wallpaper | nathalie.ie

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? My Friday kicked off with all the feels as I – at long last – finished The Office (US). Totes emosh doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Saturday started off wonderfully though, with a lovely yoga class, followed by mint tea here and chats about new year schemes and dreams with two favourite ladies. I was only able to do it because something I scheduled in got cancelled, and it was a great reminder to make time for stuff like this, just hanging and chatting, not rushing off to the next thing. It’s these little small changes that I hope make days nicer and brighter.

Ranunculus | nathalie.ie

In that vein, I popped into The Garden and picked up some pretty blooms, just for the pleasure I knew I would get out of shooting them and finding places to dot them around the house.

Ranunculus | nathalie.ie

Ranunculus | nathalie.ie

Ranunculus | nathalie.ie

This week I’ll mainly be planning the March-April issue of the mag, and following through on one of my intentions by attending a college open night and hopefully signing up to an evening course. I’ll keep you posted!

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