Joining Intercom |

Joining The Intercom Team

The point is not to try to change ourselves… It’s about befriending who we already are. – Pema Chodron

New Muji pens have been bought. A walking route has been mapped out. There’s a fresh Moleskine ready to go. Today, I join the Intercom team, and typing that alone makes me grin with excitement. 

Intercom is a company I have long admired. When a role on their content team came up, I texted a friend of mine, lamenting the bad timing as I was just months into my current job. “But Intercom is the dream, isn’t is?” she replied. That said it all, really.

I’ve watched and admired the company from afar, as they grew and grew, hiring their heroes and building an incredible team as they went.

When I made the switch into the tech scene a little under a year ago, the Intercom blog (and newsletter and podcast) was a lifeboat that I jumped on. I read and re-read blog posts, not just for practical advice and best practice tips, but to be inspired by the enthusiasm and drive of so many smart people doing interesting things with technology.

To be joining John, Geoffrey and Adam on the content team today is a thrill and honour, and I couldn’t be more excited. Wish me luck! 

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Link Love: October

Oddly intrigued by these mermaid crowns

Above: What a gorgeous collaboration: The wonderful Paper Fashion worked with photographer Walid Azami to bring shots of dancers to life using brushstrokes of gold and the results are stunning

Have been working my way through the excellent West Wing Weekly podcast, which is co-hosted by one of the show’s stars, Joshua Malina, along with Hrishikesh Hirway of Song Exploder (another favourite). I am also very tempted by the nerd-tasticc merch

Design agency Huge Inc has launched Magenta, a pretty cool looking digital publication focused on stories about design. I particularly like the Envy section, which features I-wish-I-had-done-that odes to great apps and ideas. 

Speaking of design envy: Have you seen Squarespace’s New York offices?

I need this: A shirt that corrects your posture

Popped into Network last week, a new(-ish) new coffee spot on Aungier St, with some very instagrammable takeaway cups, great interior design and ridiculously luscious looking torched salted caramel meringue brownies

Have a great weekend!

Gaza Port |

Photographing Gaza

I’m just back from a whirlwind trip around Palestine, thanks to an incredible photo project that took me to Gaza for a few days.

It’s a huge privilege to get to visit the area. As Lonely Planet puts it:

Israel has blockaded the tiny strip from land, air and sea since just after Islamist party Hamas took control in 2006, keeping Gaza’s 1.8 million residents in and, with the exception of a handful of journalists, politicians and aid workers, the world out. 

Erez Crossing, Gaza

Above: The tunnel leading into Gaza at Erez, the border crossing on the Israel–Gaza barrier. 

I had been advised not to post too much about the trip in advance, for fear it might lead to additional questioning at the various border checks, but I’m looking forward to sharing more now. 

I was in Gaza with the most wonderful project, dreamed up by Jenny Higgins. After visiting Gaza with Trocaire earlier this year, she discovered that someone had just set up a circus school there. She secured funding from Culture Ireland to go to Gaza, and spent a week training with the teachers and students and put on a show. 

Gaza Circus School |

Above left: Juggling balls, and, right, Henrik preparing to put them to good use.

Gaza Circus School |

Mohie, one of the students at the Gaza circus school.

Gaza Circus School |

Above: Henrik and Jenny training at the Gaza circus school.

The Irish community really rallied around the project, called Taking Flight in Gaza, donating to a GoFundMe, hosting a fundraising event on Culture Night and even donating circus equipment (I carried a trapeze and clown props over in my suitcase, I kid you not), which is, as you can imagine, difficult to get in Gaza.

Jenny and Henrik Gard, a wonderful acrobat with a very cool back story, brought tons more gear and were there to teach the students of the school some new skills and put on a show at the end of the trip. I was there to document it all.

Beach camp, Gaza

Above: Pics from around Beach camp, the third largest and one of the most crowded refugee camps, on the Mediterranean coast in Gaza City.

It’s difficult to put into words just how tough the situation is in Gaza. The UN estimates that by 2020, Gaza could be completely uninhabitable. Children as young as ten have lived through three wars. The unrelenting unfairness of the situation is quite overwhelming. Electricity, for those who have it, is limited to a few hours per day. The taps and showers run with salt water. Seemingly simple everyday things are near impossible to get.

Despite this, we spent our days with a group of young Gazans determined to smile, laugh, and find fun. Everyone we met was incredibly warm and generous, intent on making our stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

Gaza |

Gaza |

Above: Our brilliant translator Hind, photographed with a home-cooked lamb dish in her garden. Check out the beautiful tray, which features traditional Palestinian embroidery.

We were regularly welcomed into people’s homes, and the number of cups of tea offered (which is drunk sweetened and stewed with sage and sometimes mint) would make any Irish mammy proud. This is what I tried to focus on, both in camera and out of it. My hope was to show a different look at life during conflict, to try and capture moments of happiness, comedy, beauty and fun. To show the city as being more than rubble and destruction.   

Gaza beach cafe |

A waiter prepares shisha at a Gaza beach cafe. 

After the trip, we traveled around the West Bank, visiting East Jerusalem, Bethlehem and even Hebron.

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Above: Phone snaps from around Jerusalem.

 All in all, an incredible, eye-opening trip. Looking forward to sharing more!

Finalist! Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards

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 |
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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 |

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.

Off The Grid, San Francisco |

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 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. 

Charlie Murphy for CARA Magazine