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February 2013

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Feck The Gathering; Irish Tourism Just Got Funny.

This is a big year for Irish tourism what with The Gathering calling on the Irish diaspora to visit their mammy-land. If, however, photographs of lovely girls throwing wellies haven’t tempted your long-distance rellies, perhaps Grand Grand have the answer. Graphic designer Fergus O’Neill, who you probably remember from his motivational Feck It Sure It Will Be Grand posters, has come up with a series of some rather profound Come To Ireland prints.

Much Like England Only Smaller GrandGrand print funny Irish Tourism Grand Grand claim to have found the original prints “stuffed inside an armchair deep inside a government department” and after a “protracted argument over ownership here they are for the first time in over 70 years”. We call bull on that for many reasons, the main one being that there has never been an official in Irish history who could have come up with these gems…or had the balls to square up to the tyrannical Isle of Man. 
The Country Shaped Like A Teddy Bear GrandGrand print funny Irish Tourism  Do You Take A Drink Mister GrandGrand print funny Irish Tourism  Joyce Beckett and Wogan GrandGrand print funny Irish Tourism
The prints are available as posters (€65) and greetings cards (€3) with the posters’ print run limited to 100 and signed by the artist. If none of your relations have been able to afford to emigrate, perhaps they deserve one of Grand Grand’s other greetings cards, below. Sure why wouldn’t they?

Funny Irish sayings Good Lad Yourself  Funny Irish sayings Zip Up Yer Mickey greetings card  Funny Irish sayings You Could Be Dead greetings card

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Inside The Box; Stylish Storage Cubes

I’m having a bit of a swoon over these super stylish storage cubes from Varpunen. Made from PVC laminated polyester, each one is a lesson in minimalist geometry. Available in 20cm (€30), 30cm (€50) and 45cm (€60), they could be just the thing for keeping magazines, DVDs, socks or craft supplies sorted.  Just a few of these chic hand-washable babies and I’d have the most organised apartment in the world. In the world, I tells ya.

Geometric storage cubes design magazine storage
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Tuesday Boozeday; Cherry Mojito Cocktail Recipe.

Tuesday Boozeday is powered by Sarah‘s birthday today. Happy Birthday baby! It will come as no surprise when I tell you that Sarah’s downed a few cocktails in her day, but her favourite remains the mojito. Or sometimes the Mai Tai. Or a Long Island. Or beer slops. It depends on a lot of variants. Either way, she’ll hopefully like the cherry mojito, a sparkling blend of popped cherries and rum, much like the birthday girl herself. If you know the classic mojito, you’ll understand the gist of how to make one; squash fruit, add booze, ice and fizz and drink it down way faster than is ladylike. And repeat. As today is the last Tuesday Boozeday featuring cherry liqueur, feel free to leave some suggestions for March’s liqueur of the month. Liqueur? I barely know her. Yeah. 

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Wardrobe Cheat Sheet; 8 Ways To Wear A Black Maxi

Wardrobe Cheat Sheet; 8 Ways To Wear A Black Maxi Skirt

It may be spring but it’s still too early to start shaving my legs. Enter the maxi skirt; just the thing for skipping the puddles, picking the daffodils and dodging the razor. Here are 8 stylish ways to wear a black maxi skirt no matter the weather. Yay. 

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The Oil Cleansing Method; How Do You Wash Yours

 The Oil Cleansing Method

“For healthy, beautiful, radiant skin.” Well… I don’t know about that but I have been using this method for a few months now, and I must say my mug is looking better, much better. Less dry, flaky, inflamed, spotty and discoloured. Yes, it was a very sexy time for me. And as far as washing your face goes, I haven’t found a nicer way to do it.

“The basic concept of this skin care and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. The steam will open your pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed.” TOCM

 What You Need

Oil, Virgin and Cold-pressed work best. My favorites are Olive, Argan, Sunflower and Hazelnut. A washcloth.

The Method

Cleanse – Starting with a dirty face (you know you have one) rinse lightly with warm water. Pour 2 teaspoons of chosen oil into the palm of your hand and apply all over your face. Imagine the oil dissolving all that grime and make-up while massaging firmly, always moving upwards, for 3 minutes.

Rinse – Run the hot tap and dunk the washcloth under the hot water until it’s completely soaked. Apply the washcloth to your face and hold it there for 10-15 seconds, allowing the pores to open. Slowly begin to wipe the oil off. Rinse your washcloth and repeat until you’ve  wiped all the oil from your skin. Simples!

♥ This method rocks at removing eye make-up and unless I’m totally getting carried away with myself, it really helps to strengthen eyelashes as well.

Personalise

Ever the advocates of essential oils, adding a drop or two of these little elixirs to your chosen carrier oil will boost your skins individual needs to no end.

Oily Skin: Lemon, Lavender and Grapefruit

Mature Skin: Frankincense, Sandalwood and Carrot Seed

Dry Skin: Rose, Ylang-ylang and Chamomile

Acne-Prone Skin: Tea tree, Geranium and Peppermint

Combination Skin: Lavender and Rose

Sensitive Skin: Jasmine, Neroli and Carrot

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Doing Living Tasting

Fancy Cuppa; 5 Ways To Upgrade Your Tea

Don’t think you can enjoy your hourly cuppa any more? Think again. The same old cha may be liquid comfort but there are many, many ways to skin a cat. And make tea. In fact, if your boring old tea gets utterly prettified by these little beauties, you might just leave the cat alone. 

LET’S START WITH THE TEABAGS
It’s not where a lady always starts but if you’re going to fancy up your tea service, you’re going to have to upgrade your teabags. You know what, snigger all you want, these are pretty amazing.
Heart shaped teabag stylish serving teaHeart shaped teabag; €11, Absolute Mint.
DIY ghost teabag stylish tea serving ideas Heart shaped sewn teabag beautiful teabags Mustache teabag serving inspiring tea ideas
DIY Ghost teabag; Lady Monkey Bird. Heart teabags; €2.50, Tea Heritage. Moustache teabag; €4.80, Tea Heritage.

ADD SOME FLOWERS
What else would follow a teabag but flowers? It’s modern ettiquette. Oh…also, petals look all kinds of  pretty in your tea. Hey Ooh!
Blooming strawberry tea amazing tea Blooming strawberry tea; Honeysuckle Life.
Cherry blossom tea ideas Rose petal tea inspiring serving ideas Chamomile flowers tea how to serve tea
Cherry blossom tea; The Well Seasoned Cook. Rose petal tea; Georgia Pellegrini. Chamomile flowers tea; Babble

SMARTEN UP YOUR STRAINER
With sneaky robots, deep sea divers and Beatles’ songs looking to infuse your tea leaves, mornings are about to get better. 
Robot tea infuser funky tea ideasRobot tea infuser; €12, ModCloth
Diver tea strainer cuter infuser Mr Tea infuser design  Yellow submarine tea infuser ideas
Diver tea strainer; €13, Amazon. Mr Tea infuser; €7, Amazon. Yellow Submarine tea infuser; €10, Monkey Business.

FIND A TEAPOT THAT WILL SHOW IT OFF
What’s the point of splashing out on all those fancy tea-tastic accessories if you can’t sit back and smugly take it all in. Glass teapots are making a comeback, that’s our excuse anyway.
Sorapot teapot unusual tea ideasSorapot glass teapot; €180, Joey Roth.
Clear glass teapot stylish tea serving Clear glass teapot for flowering tea ideas Clear glass herbal teapot ideas
Clear glass teapot; €23, Teavivre. Teapot for flowering tea; €25, Teavivre. Clear glass herbal teapot; €28, Ali.

AND SWEETEN UP YOUR SUGAR
Think outside the sugar cube with these delightful nuggets of diabetes. Well played, cup of tea. 
Sugar cube men amazing tea ideasSugar cube men tutorial; LRF.
Green heart sugar cubes tea ideas Rose flavoured sugar cubes tea Skull sugar cube tea serving ideas
Green  heart; €11, Dell Cove Spices. Rose flavoured sugar lumps; Always Order Dessert. Skull; €13, Dem Bones.

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There’s Something About Mary; The Veterans Cocktail

“A woman drove me to drink and I didn’t even have the decency to thank her.”  W.C Fields

It’s been a long week and the only civilized way to begin this weekend is with a cocktail in hand. Cue, The Bloody Mary. One of the few acceptable tipples to chug before noon and we don’t seem to be alone in our thinking. What’s that Mary? More vodka…

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3Doodler; The World’s First 3D Printing Pen

Now, I’ve never much of a head for science. Photons and neutrons have always registered as either a cocktail I regret drinking, or a mac nail polish. But this, the pen that can draw in the air, this I can appreciate.

The excitement is all about the small Toy and Robotics Company with the big ideas named WobbleWorks, and their first product  3Doodler. A plastic extruding pen that allows you to draw in three dimensional space.

“3Doodler is the world’s first 3D Printing Pen. As 3Doodler draws, it extrudes heated plastic, which quickly cools and solidifies into a strong stable structure. You just plug it into a power socket and can start drawing anything within minutes. Most people will instantly be able to trace objects on paper, and after only a few hours of practice you will be able to make far more intricate objects.”

Max and Pete; The Inventors

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Billboards; Perfect Bill Murray Prints

Perhaps the most damning part of The Academy Awards’ history of snubbery is that Billy Murray has yet to take home a statuette. Not even for his tenderness in Lost In Translation, his deadpan genius in The Life Aquatic or his hair in Kingpin. Luckily there are plenty of artists with much Murray love to express and their awesome arty efforts might just get us through another pitiful Oscar season. Take a looksie…

Bill Murray wheatpaste poster; €7.60, Store Envy.
The Life Aquatic poster print  Being Bill Murray Art print  Bob Harris Art Print
The Life Aquatic; €45, Peter Strain. Being Bill Murray print; €12, Shop Loren. Bob Harris art print; €12, Derek Eads
Venkman poster printVenkman poster print; €13.50, Studio Tricktop.
Regal Bill Murray portrait print  Raleigh St. Clare poster print  Venkman Ghostbusters art print Bill Murray love
Regal Bill print; €19, ReplaceFace. Raleight poster print; €17.11, suPmon. Venkman print; €11.50, Derek Eads
A Tribute To  A Legend Bill Murray posterTribute To A Legend poster; €23, Store Envy
Steve Zissou poster printPrint of Bill Murray oil paintingWell I Want To Die St. Clair print
Steve Zissou; €15.50, William Henry.  Bill Murray oil painting print; €40, Saatchi Online. St. Clair; €11.50, Derek Eads.

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