“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.
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.
If you follow me on Snapchat, you’ll have noticed that I picked up quite the haul!
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.
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.
Best known for her lead role as Siobhan Delaney in RTÉ’s Love/Hate, the 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.
It was such a treat to shoot the elegant, creative Louise Stokes of Loulerie for the current issue of Image Brides.
Loulerie is a beautiful jewelry boutique on Chatham Street. I was lucky enough to get to hang in their creative space, where they dream up new product ideas and shoot concepts.
For an interview with Louise, pick up the summer/autumn issue of Image Brides, on shelves now!
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!
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!
His big brother Ethan will be eight – EIGHT! – just a few weeks later, so plenty of cake and hyper times coming up.
“Promise to become best friends with your body. Treat it with love and appreciation and aim to find your best self.”
We had so much fun on this shoot with Liz Costigan , personal trainer, yoga teacher, and all-around amazing, warm, positive ball of energy.
Click through for some more pics!
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.
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?
Get ’em at Tarxia.com.
I’m excited to share a little photo story of Ben and I getting tattooed while in San Francisco. While it was ever-so-slightly overshadowed by the other big life event 😉, it was nevertheless an incredibly exciting experience.
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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.
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.
I can’t believe she has turned three! Blows my mind. She is fierce and smart and a total charmer.
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.
Top pic by Ben.