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!

My nephews | nathalie.ie

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

Tarxia Inlaid-Wooden iPhone Cases | nathalie.ie
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Gorgeous Handcrafted Andalusian iPhone cases

How beautiful are these? Created by two Spanish graphic designers, they are made using a centuries-old technique.

 The Arabian Andalusian technique, known as Taracea, is still being used in Granada, Spain and it involves artisans with both patience and skill creating geometric compositions out of inlaid wood.

Tarxia Inlaid-Wooden iPhone Cases | nathalie.ie

As explained on Design Milk, “Hardwoods used are lignum vitae, ebony, walnut, wenge, sycamore, and sapele, which are then finished using natural materials to result in cases that are 100% ecological and hypoallergenic.” There are nine designs available. Don’t they look like stunning tiles or a beautiful parquet floor?

Tarxia Inlaid-Wooden iPhone Cases | nathalie.ie

Tarxia Inlaid-Wooden iPhone Cases | nathalie.ie

Get ’em at Tarxia.com.

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The Fall Won’t Kill You: Great Posts About Career Change

You’ll risk screwing up, sure. You’ll risk ruining it all – the skills you’ve acquired, the small notoriety you’ve been given, the general comforts of knowing what the heck you’re doing, of feeling comfortable, of feeling good, of feeling right.

The past eight months have brought a lot of change into my life – from scary-awesome things like getting engaged and getting tattooed for the first time (post on that soon), to scary-scary stuff, like leaving a wonderful job in a career I had spent decade building to try something completely new, and then leaving that new job six months later. Notes on Career Change | nathalie.ie

As always in times like these, the internet is filled with encouraging, positive gems, balms to soothe those painful, what-the-hell-have-I-done moments, so I thought I would share some that have really resonated with me.  Continue Reading

Isabel turns three | nathalie.ie
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This Little Lady

I can’t believe she has turned three! Blows my mind. She is fierce and smart and a total charmer.

Isabel turns three | nathalie.ie

Isabel turns three | nathalie.ie

Whenever she sees me, she instantly throws her hands wide and exclaims, “Where’s Ben?”, which I find mildly wounding but mainly adorable. Well able to hold her own against her two big brothers, “My turn!” is one of her favourite expressions. 
It honestly feels like just months since her polkadot first birthday party, complete with a cake smash session.

Do you know what else blows my mind? The cake my mum made. 

Isabel turns three | nathalie.ie

Awesome, right?

Top pic by Ben.