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January 2013

Looking Loving

A magic carpet ride with Siren Elise Wilhelmsen

You may have previously heard me banging on about fantastic Norwegian artist SIREN ELISE WILHELMSEN, and her super clever design the grandfather knitting clock. Well, she’s done it again… and again. Introducing us to a “carpet with its own memory” and a “soft thermometer carpet” that changes colours; Skill, character, diversity and individuality cannot be in question here, this artist knows exactly what she’s doing and boy does she do it. With such refined execution and tenacious appetite for design that culminates into such original works, I am fast becoming Miss Wilhelmsen’s number one fan. Boo Ya!

Memory Carpet 

“A chair has been standing on the same spot for a long time – so long that it has become a part of the carpet it´s placed on top of. Together the two elements tell a story about our everyday habits, it creates a new situation and encourage us to use the remaining empty space.”

Season Carpet

Wilhelmsen refers to her Season Carpet as a soft thermometer; It’s made from 100% wool and dyed with particular heat-sensitive pigments. “The carpet is braided in a three-color pattern, where the colours have different temperature sensibilities and will change its colour at different temperatures. In this way, the carpet will change its look through the day and the year – depending on the environment.”

Living Looking

Magnetic Creatures; The Writings On The Wall

Sustainable wallpaper that you can stick woodland creature magnets to? Yes, please. These fun wallpapers are created by Sian Zeng, a London based design company specializing in wallpapers and interior accessories. Sian Zeng products are known for their narrative based designs which are often magical with an eccentric charm. Just think of all the insults messages you could write on the dry wipe thought bubble magnet

Woodlands Wallpaper Khaki Blue 

Magnetic Woodlands Wallpaper Brown Pink

 

Woodland Creature Magnets

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Doing Tasting

Virtuous Reality; 5 Healthy Snack Recipes Masquerading as Treats.

What’s  the point of eating healthily if you lose the will to live while doing so? Everyone’s on a health kick these days and if we’re going to prolong our lives indefinitely we better have something tasty to eat. Here are 5 delicious snacks that just happen to be quite virtuous. More like virtu-licious.

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Ricotta and spinach pizza; Real Food Traveller.

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Baked sweet potato crisps; Cheap Recipe Blog.

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Skinny baked onion rings; A Healthy Jalapeño.

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Baked potato skins loaded with smoked salmon; Reader’s Digest.

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Healthy mushroom burgers; Team Paleo Diet.

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Living Tasting

Tuesday Boozeday; Hot and Stormy cocktail recipe.

A play on the classic Dark and Stormy cocktail, the Hot and Stormy is our very own invention that includes spicy fresh chillies. Why? Because when it’s dark and stormy out, you sure do need the heat. Or something. Why are you asking questions? Just do it. And remember to use a straw if you don’t want a mouthful of chillies.
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Looking Loving

Mercado Global; Artisan interiors with a conscience.

Mercado Global don’t just sell wonderful things, they do wonderful things too. Set up in 2004 by two college students who, upon returning from a trip to Latin America where they witnessed the debilitating poverty first hand, knew they needed to help make a change from ground level. Today they help 400 artisans across Guatamala sell their products in retail stores across North America and online. In an attempt to break the cycle of poverty that so many charities struggle to overcome, Global Mercado educates and supports women primarily and with amazing results. Last year, 2,000 children were in school thanks to the income their mother’s received through working with the initiative. 

Here’s a small selection of the amazing do-gooding goodies on offer, for more homewares, accessories and jewellery, visit Global Mercado

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Pin stripe cushion; €46. Brocade clutch bag; €58. Tie-dyed cushion; €49.

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Brocade cushion; €60. Tie-dyed clutch; €31.50. Striped weekend bag; €207.

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Living Looking

Ten under thirty; Colour dipping.

 Ombre, gradient, dip-dye; call it what you will, colour dipping is hotter than Hansel right now. Take your cue from spring’s efforts to brighten up the world and start planting some much needed colour into your wardrobe and home the trippiest, dippiest way.

Dip dye tights. Colour dip cushion. Duotone sunglasses. Two-tone bra. Duo tone necklace Duo colour wedge. Two tone bowls. Colour block dress. Two-tone pendant. Jewellery jewelry. Two-tone shirt. Duotone colour blocking homewares fashion trends 2013.
Duotone serving bowls; €22.15, Wind & Willow Home.
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Duo colour wedges; €27, Charlotte Russe. Two-tone shirt; €29.70, Nasty Gal. Two tone  clutch; €22.50, Trend Essentials.
Two-tone pendant. Jewellery jewelry. Two-tone shirt. Duotone colour blocking homewares fashion trends 2013.   Ombre felted planter.  Dip dye tights. Colour dip cushion. Duotone sunglasses. Two-tone bra. Duo tone necklace Duo colour wedge. Two tone bowls. Colour block dress. Two-tone pendant. Jewellery jewelry. Two-tone shirt. Duotone colour blocking homewares fashion trends 2013.   Dip dye tights. Colour dip cushion. Duotone sunglasses. Two-tone bra. Duo tone necklace Duo colour wedge. Two tone bowls. Colour block dress. Two-tone pendant. Jewellery jewelry. Two-tone shirt. Duotone colour blocking homewares fashion trends 2013.
Two tone pendant; €27, Hello PollyFelted ombre planter; €16.80, The FelterieDip dye tights; €30.55, BZR Shop
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Duotone sunglasses; €30, Nasty Gal. Colour dip cushion; €27, Cocos Heaven. Duo-tone dress; €30.55, Run Nicky Run.

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Living Looking Loving

Got You Covered; 10 Interiors Books That Are Really Worth Their Weight

In a world full of apps and blogs (ahem) there is something so tangible about leafing through an actual book on home decor. An idealist’s paradise, it feeds the mind with dreams of, if only’s … and one day’s … And there tends to be good reasons why these ideas and images have been permanently captured in the armour of a hard back.  But in recent years, and with the now infamous “don’t move, improve” mantra in full swing, we’ve been bombarded with all sorts of interior styling advice, making it a more time consuming and expensive task sorting the Amanda Talbot’s from the Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen’s.

 So here are 10 of our tried, tested and approved books on interior decor and design. If nothing else, at least they’ll look the part on the coffee table.

               

Paris objet trouve by Herbert Ypma; Enchanting and eclectic, Paris filled with old-world charm.

Living Modern by Richard Powers and Phyllis Richardson; The ultimate resource for those with an interest in contemporary design and modern living.

                

Recycled Home by Mark and Sally Bailey; Stripped-back simplicity, discovering the potential of rescued objects.

         Remake it, Home by Henrietta Thompson; Smart and savvy. A wealth of fantastic projects and money-saving tips.

                    

Bringing Nature Home by Ngoc Minh Ngo; A real beauty. This book presents an alternative to traditional flower arranging.

                     Creative Walls by Geraldine James;  Will inspire you to organize and arrange your collections on any surface in your home to create character and charm.

            

A perfectly kept house… by Mary Randolph Carter; For all those who choose to live “imperfectly” with the messy things they love, this book shows how to do so with considerable style ideas.  

          Choosing Colours by Kevin McCloud; Love him or hate him, Mr McCloud really knows his paint and how to deal with colours in a non ridiculous manner.

                            

Decorate by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick; Of the hugely popular design blog Decor8; This bible holds over 1,000 professional tips, ideas, and solutions for every room and every budget.   

    Domino, the book of… by Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello & Dara Caponigro A little bit coffee table book, a little bit how-to guide, the book takes you step-by-step through each area of the home.

Loving Tasting

My boy Lollipop, You make my heart go giddyup

space lollipop

 Illinois based confectioners Vintage Confections have created some uniquely crafted designs that you can eat! Taking inspiration from Insects, Solar systems, and Vintage Prints and Maps (to name but a few); Sugar Art duo Heather Kelly and Cheryl Carr are proving that with an original idea, and a sweet toothed client base, the skies really are the limit. Art on a lollipop, Ooh yes please.

   

   

 

 

Doing Living

5 YouTube Beauty Gurus you can definitely trust.

January can be cruel to our self-esteem. Our hair’s turned into frazzled frizzy fluff, our skin’s on a par with Mickey Rourke’s and the ugly tree has been sneaking in to our rooms and giving us a nightly spanking. Time to learn us some new beauty tricks. The thing is, with over one million beauty tutorials on You Tube, figuring out whose advice to take can be baffling stuff. Here are my top five YouTube gurus who know how to prettify the masses and come with very good reasons we can trust them too.

The Superstar Make-up Artist; Charlotte Tilbury.

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While the rest of us spend our time trying to look like Kate Moss, Charlotte Tilbury is the person Ms. Moss goes to to make her look like herself. As one of the most in demand make-up artists in the world, Tilbury commands mega-bucks for editorial shoots for the likes of Vanity Fair, Vogue and Elle. Mere months ago she set her blog and YouTube channel and these aren’t your usual product-laden videos; Tilbury doesn’t seem to promote any one brand and is just as at home using drugstore cosmetics as she is using the higher end lines. She also steers clear of baffling terms and techniques meaning we can follow what she’s doing without needing a dictionary and a suitcase of brushes.
Charlotte Tilbury must see; Everyday Make-Up Tutorial Using Highstreet Brands; The Perfect Brow; Eyebrow Shaping Tutorial; Copper Smoky Eye with Laura Bailey.

The Professional Model; Ruth Crilly

Ruth Crilly blog. Lauren Conrad he beauty department. Elizabeth Holmes Wall Street Journal WSJ. Wayne Goss. You Tubes best beauty gurus. Of the best youtube makeup make-up experts. Beauty gurus you can definitely trust on you tube. Jenna Marbles.Having worked as a model for 12 years, regularly featuring in the likes of Vogue and Elle, British hottie Ruth Crilly now vlogs her infinite beauty tips and tricks on her A Model Recommends chanel to an ever eager public. Going beyond the usual make-up tutorials (although, her’s are goooood) she has recorded videos on diet, skin care, hair care, fragrance styling and even hibernation; her general vibe is about feeling good to look good and if that means marshmallows before bed, so be it. She’s great at sniffing out budget must haves and is a big fan of once-off buys like beauty and styling gadgets. Ruth Crilly‘s must see; The Secret to My Clear Skin; Get Glowy Model Skin; How To Hibernate (The Deep Sleep Tutorial).

The Celebrity; Lauren Conrad.

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Having stared her way into celedom through her lead role in MTV’s The Hills, Lauren Conrad has put her fame to use with a super slick beauty blog and YouTube chanel The Beauty Department. Clearly a woman who knows how to pull herself together, the few videos that are on the channel are definitely worth a watch. Full of trend led tutes, both hair and make-up, these are some of the more professional quality videos in this genre and while Lauren herself isn’t in all of them, she pops up occasionally. Unfortunately the channel hasn’t been update in months and I suspect they’re won’t be more any time soon. Lauren Conrad must see tutorials; Lauren’s Everyday Waves; Get Catty Eyes; The Fishtail Braid.

The Dude Who Can Look Like A Lady; Wayne Goss.

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When Wayne Goss’s regular model isn’t available, he mans up and uses his own gorgeous mug to talk us through his seriously addictive tutorials, thus proving just how effective they are. A master of shading and concealing, he has a knack for explaining how to hide our hideous carbuncles and haggard eyes like a pro in the most adorably soothing way possible (wait for the wink!). His tutorial on how to contour like Kim Kardashian, though far from a natural day look, will help even the most checkbone-less of faces achieve a angles to die for. Also, big props to the boy for managing to shun cosmetic company sponsorship and avoid the lure of freebies.
Goss Make-up Artist must see tutorials; Contour and Highlight like Kim Kardashian; The New Way to Apply Mascara; The Best Liquid Foundations – Ever!

The High-Powered Journalist; Elizabeth Holmes.

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Working as The Wall Street Journal’s style editor gives Elizabeth Holmes access to the best of New York’s beauty brains and she’s only too happy to put them through their paces. Holmes’s beauty tutorials and tips feed on the WSJ’s channel but if you search her name you can filter all the blah blah blah news out. The former political correspondent is a far cry from the tweenage beauty poppets that are so prolific on YouTube and her no-nonsense tone is bearable first thing in the morning. She hasn’t had too many hits just yet but I suspect that might be because she forgoes the faddy celebrity looks that so often lead us down a dark, dark path. Elizabeth Holmes must see; How To Get A Textured Manicure; How To Get The No Make-Up Look.

Honourable Mention; The Complete Nutter.

You Tubes best beauty gurus. Of the best youtube makeup make-up experts. Beauty gurus you can definitely trust on you tube. Jenna Marbles.

Though not strictly a beauty guru, Jenna Marbles’s fairly questionable sanity and tenuous grip on reality makes her the perfect person to get advice from in my book. Jenna created perhaps the single most important make-up tutorial of all (seriously NSFW) How to Trick People Into Thinking You’re Good Looking, which features nuggets like; ‘Glasses are for douchebags’, ‘I like to use colours like black, because it says, “I’m a whore”‘ and, ‘There’s no cure for ugly, but you can make yourself into a human optical illusion’.  Her subject matter strays way beyond beauty tips and with over 6million subscribers, it’s only a matter of time before she gets her own TV show.
Jenna Marbles must watch; How To Trick People Into Thinking You’re Good Looking; What a Girl’s Hair Means.

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Doing Tasting

Happy National Irish Coffee Day; 5 Irish Coffee dessert recipes.

“Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat.” ~ Alex Levine

It’s National Irish Coffee Day today. It’s also Opposite Day, an occasion to be marked by saying the complete opposite of what you mean but being a woman I already do. Zing! I’m here all week folks. If you think Irishing up your cup of Jo is celebration enough of the former though, then these tasty Irish coffee-laced recipes might just tempt you to go a little further. Justified calories and alcohol are what weekends are made of. 

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Irish coffee cupcake recipe; Spiced.
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Irish coffee macarons; Daydreamer Desserts.
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Irish coffee cake recipe; Culinary Travels.
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Irish coffee sundaes recipe; Gourmet.com.
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Irish coffee cookies; Corkscrews and Curls

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