Category Archives: Events

And the winner is…

Ah The Oscars. Usually I’m very excited about them but this year, for one reason or another I haven’t managed to see very many of the films nominated so feel somewhat clueless about who should or shouldn’t have won an award. However, I still enjoyed eyeing up the fashion. I love a good dress and The Oscars is the ultimate ceremony when a girl can really go for it, wear the gown of their dreams (given to them or made for them for free!) and make a real statement.

In 2012, it was a little bit too safe for my liking. I think I was missing Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman as they always bring the glamour. But, in saying that, hands down my winner was Michelle Williams. Yay!! I love her style and she nearly always gets it right with her choices. This time, it was perfect!

A close second was Guiliana Rancic, who is a TV presenter for E! Entertainment. She was working that night but turned up looking more stunning than most of the actresses nominated. And tying with her would have to be George Clooney’s arm candy, Stacy Keibler. Again, not nominated but looked so good!

Noted a lack of necklaces which annoyed me as I do like a bit of jewellery darling! And as I rambled on to my hubby- “If I go to the Oscars..” he interrupts ‘You mean when you go to the Oscars’, I laughed, corrected, “Yes sorry, WHEN I go to the Oscars, I wouldn’t wear something like that!” And he would of course be my date haha…you never know. I definitely have some drama in me.

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There’s no such thing as a gruffalo!

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a talk with Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson (author of The Gruffalo, Tyrannosaurus Drip, A Squash and a Squeeze, and Rosie’s Hat to name a few) and the Laureate na nÓg, Siobhán Parkinson (author of Amelia, Kate, All Shining in the Spring and Sisters-No Way!).

Two inspirational and interesting women who not only write fantastic children’s books but champion reading and writing for children and support the importance of local libraries.

The event was held in the Verbal Arts Centre, Derry, produced by Dog Ears and presented by Marie-Louise Muir from BBC Ulster’s Arts Extra.

It was a fab event for aspiring writers, lovers of literature and of course the infamous Gruffalo! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to these two writers and their experiences, their attitude to their own writing as well as others.

I was really struck by Siobhán, her humour and openness and her attitude to writing- especially when she described the time in her life when she considered herself a ‘secret writer’ and with which I could identify. I asked her more about this time of her career and how she got the courage to show people her writing. She opened up about her first book and how dear it was to her- a very special and emotional moment for us all in the room.

Both are clearly intelligent, passionate about what they do and at the same time, humble with their success. And Julia was sweet enough to stay behind and sign the books of those who came to see her. A truly lovely event and huge thanks to all the organisers!

My signed copy

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Not all golden at the globes

To sum up my thoughts on the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards from Sunday night- disappointing. I recorded and watched the red carpet and ceremony on Monday, and have been looking at various photos and opinions on the fashion and ceremony.

My first disappointment was in host, Ricky Gervais. After last years slating monologues I had big expectations that once again he would fill the room with gasps as the A-list egos trembled at his feet. This year however, I felt that his jokes weren’t so funny and he had definitely toned down his digs, pandering to the celebs and their egos. Such a shame.

Second, the fashion. Overall I think it was a good night, no total disasters (or as Andre Leon-Talley might say dreckitude) but no one really wowed me either. It was all a little dull.

I think my top picks were: Charlize Theron, Julianna Margulies, Rooney Mara, Sofia Vergara and Salma Hayek.

Oh so close…Zooey Deschanel. I love this girl and her quirky, fresh style but I think the hair was too done and if she’d put it up, it could have really shown off the back. Another almost and fashion crush of mine, Michelle Williams. I like that she tries new things and mixes them with stunning vintage pieces. I loved her dress, the texture and colour but I think the headband was one accessory too many.

And the worst for me was…Sarah Michelle Gellar. It did not work on her or on the red carpet. It was bright but a bit boring, too much fabric and the shape has been done to death.

So all in all- dull and disappointing! I love it when someone gets us talking like January Jones’s 2010 Emmy dress in bright blue. I loved it but it polarised opinions. And I never thought I’d say it but I think I miss Helena Bonham Carter! I want to see mismatched shoes and crazy hair haha that’s what the awards season is about.

Let’s hope that the celebs step up their game for the Oscars in Feb!

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Hot Tickets to cure New Year blues

Doesn’t it feel like we start January with such positivity and motivation, then by the second and third week that revitalised feeling is already beginning to wane? For me, I decided several years ago to stop doing new years resolutions which has helped me with this. Instead, I write a list of aims, hopes and goals for the year. Some things are simple like making more time for my husband or to watch less TV, others may include developing new skills such as my photography or writing. It’s therapeutic to make positive changes that are not limiting like banning alcohol and fatty foods.

The other thing I like to do in January is make plans and think about events or activities that I would like to do- another way of keeping motivated. I’ve been surfing the internet, looking to see what’s on and found some amazing gigs and films that I hope to see in the next two months.

First being a visit to QFT in Belfast (http://www.queensfilmtheatre.com/) They have some great films showing this month including the much lauded The Artist and Shame. Both films are already nominated for several Golden Globes and no doubt Oscar nods to follow. (And I do love a good award season!)

Dublin has some unreal gigs coming up in the next few weeks with big names such as Florence and the Machine, Snow Patrol, newcomers Christina Perri and Maverick Sabre to name a few. I have already suggested to my other half that a good birthday pressie for me would be tickets to see instrumental duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela in The Olympia Theatre on Sunday 19th February. Tickets are €39.05 plus booking fee.

The other gig that I would love to go to is on Friday 2nd March at The Academy and is my latest discovery, Ben Howard whose 2011 was huge with his album Every Kingdom and is only set for bigger and bigger things in 2012. Tickets are great value at €16.50 plus booking fee. Definite must!

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