Category Archives: Style Discovery

Fun and eco-friendly bag

Came across these sweet bags on the Young British Designers website and thought they were fun. Made from natural cotton AND only £20. If you haven’t visited this website, you should- it’s filled with fashion products from emerging designers and trendsetters. Always good to support up and coming talent!

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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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Janelle Monae

Ok, so Janelle Monae is one of my current music obsessions. I discovered her after hearing ‘Tightrope‘ on Ryan Tubridy on my way to work one morning and it blew me away. I love James Brown and his influence was clear, but also she had a very distinctive sound of her own.

I downloaded her album The ArchAndroid and on first listen I was a bit confused, possibly the strangest and most schizophrenic (the word I used at the time) album I’d ever heard- madness or genius I wasn’t sure!

A few days later I saw this:

WOW!!! I listened to her album a few more times and have now decided…yes it is genius, mixed with some madness but it works! I love her tux style, slightly androgynous but classic tailoring. She dances with energy and passion that many artists fail to show. I can’t wait to see what she does next.

http://www.jmonae.com/

 

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