Thursday, 28 February 2013

The Big Egg Hunt: Dublin

There a giant eggs to be found all over Dublin from now until the 15th of March! They are part of the The Big Egg Hunt where you can enter a draw if you spot 20 or more. The 100 eggs are a public art installation with  all the eggs being designed by artists from all over Ireland. You can view all of the eggs together from the 16th of March onwards.

Here's one I spotted inside the shopping centre at Stephen's Green, Grafton Street.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Cute Stuff from TopShop.

How cute are these animal hairbands from TopShop?! I really love the bunny one most of all, how adorable! 

TopShop are also currently stocking these sets of five rings which, at 4.50euro, are a steal! They really remind me of something Lady Gaga would wear and I probably will purchase these on Thursday when I get my bursary from college!

The trouble with the Top Shop flagship...

It's so big and you're walking along browsing,  when suddenly you find yourself in the maternity section...So you have to gwt out of there asap in case someone spots you, without making it obvious that you are horrified at finding yourself in amongst the wierd mannequins with baby bumps... In the midst if all the rush and confusion, however, you look up and see you've landed yourself slap bam in the middlen of the petities section which is so much worse!

Get out of there quick before someone spots and identifies you as an intruder!

Monday, 25 February 2013

Oscars 2013: My Best and Worst Dressed

The 2013 Oscars awards was on last night. I didn't get to watch it but this morning the first thing I did was check up on all the dresses worn. This year I think everyone played it quite safe. There were no dresses that made me say "Wow!" whether for positive or negative reasons. All dresses were quite average so it was quite hard for me to pick out my favourites and least favourites but here are my 5 best dresses celebrities and 5 worst dressed:

Best Dressed 
(Only 4 'cos no other ones really stood out for me!)

4. I thought Amy Adams looked really nice in this Swan Lake-esque gown. It's not something I'd wear but she looks good!

3. Jessica Chastain kept it really classy. This dress is very safe but very classic. I think she looks like Jessica Rabbit!

2. I really like this dress. It really enhances Anne Hathaway's figure and I love the cut out sides, they make a quite bland dress edgy.

1. This was my favourite dress of the night on Jennifer Lawrence (Although she did trip up and fall in it!). I think she looks radiant.

Worst Dressed

5) Not only does this dress make Jennifer Garner's tummy look pregnant but the ruffles at the back completely hide her bum. She looks like a beanpole in this except for her stomach- Not attractive!

4) I'm normally a cheerleader for Kristen Stewart, I think she's really cool! But this dress doesn't flatter her whatsoever. It makes her waist look fat which it certainly isn't. I also have a problem with the fact that the dress just doesn't seem to suit her personality! Bring back pre-affair Kristen!

3) This is a disaster on so many levels. I suppose the dress isn't too awful but I think Adele looks atrocious here. Has she mot managed to lose any of the baby weight yet? Was there nothing else she could find to flatter her figure a bit better? Oh well, atleast it wasn't as bad as the curtains-dress that she wore to the Grammy's! 

2) I can't really pinpoint what I don't like about this dress- So
 I'm going to go with EVERYTHING! It reminds me of this: 

5) Surprise, surprise. I can't actually remember the last time I saw Helena Bonham Carter in a dress that I actually liked. She has become a regular in the worst dress articles. Better luck next time!

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Mon P'tit Paris

I'm just off out to buy chocolate (I'm going to make Rocky Road!) with my new shopping bag. My sister (Click here to see her blog!) brought it back for me from a skiing trip in Chamonix, France.

It's cute and environmentally friendly!

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Life Hack: How to cut a pepper

I loooove peppers! Green, red, yellow I love them all (But red is my favorite!!). They are bursting full of vitamin c also contain the antioxidant lycopene which can reduce your risk of cancer. I love adding them to any dish that I cook really, however I find that they are hard to prepare in that they are awkward to chop and taking out the core is always tedious.

I once heard that Jamie Oliver makes incisions at the top and then forcefully pushes the stalk downwards into the pepper to break the ties to the fruit. Then you can pull the entire core out the top. I've tried this: The seeds get EVERYWHERE.

Here's my advice on how to properly cut a pepper so that it looks pretty and there is minimal mess and waste:

1) Take you pepper. The one I used in the picture examples is small but this works for all sizes and colours. 

2) Turn it on it's side and chop off the top and then the bottom. You're left with a tunnel of fruit with the core attached inside.

3) To remove the core turn the pepper upright again and insert your knife in a vertical direction to slice the four (maybe 3) pillars keeping the core inside the fruit.

You're tunnel is now hollow!

4) Cut the tunnel cleanly in half.

5) You can now take one of the halves and place it flat onto the cutting board! This makes it perfect for cutting into nice symmetrical shapes which you wouldn't otherwise get with a pepper :)

I like triangles/darts!

And also matchsticks.

If I was artistic enough I'd cut them into cute shapes like stars! I suppose I could try diamonds.. Even someone as graphically challenged should be able to manage that, right?

The best thing about this chopping method is the minimal amount of waste produced. I swear, what's in the picture below is all I threw out! And actually, I probably could have gotten a bit more fruit off those two pieces if I really tried!
And that's it! You can now serve up triangle stir-fries (They taste so much better than generic stir-fries, I swear!)

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Looks crummy but it's really yummy! (Veg and Lentil soup)

Since it's Wednesday I'm going to share my amazing recipe for Katie's (Paleo) Vegetable and Lentil Soup!

Never judge a book by it's cover and never judge a soup by it's colour! Really, this soup is AMAZING. It's really filling too because the lentils are so thick and full of protein.

Here's how to do it:

Wash 2 cups of lentils in water: Put them in a bowl and pour water on. Move them around with a spoon until the water turns cloudy then drain the water. Repeat this until the water no longer turns cloudy.

Chop your veg and put them in a saucepan with a teaspoon of oil and fry them a small bit. The veg I use are: 2 small onions, 2 peppers (Use different colours for best effect!), 3 carrots, whatever you have lying around the kitchen and as many chillies as you want and/or can handle!

Now add the lentils to the saucepan plus a vegetable stock cube (or 2 if you like!) in 2000mls of boiling water. Bring to the boil and add any seasonings you want: I use white and black pepper, ground chilli flakes and curry powder! You can also add salt if you wish (but it's bad for you!!).

Once boiling, put a lid on the pot, lower the heat and allow to simmer for around 1.5 hours, test it and you'll know when it's ready! Be sure to warn your taste buds of the immense flavour party that they're invited to!!

Saturday, 2 February 2013

The Six Nations Rugby Starts Today!

I'm so excited, I love international sports! A lot of people say I'm not a real fan if I don't support anyone (Particularly in football) at club level but I disagree- Come on Ireland!

The boys in college set up a fantasy rugby league.Here are the players I chose:



FDJ HeaslipIRE

FDJ HaskellENG

FDM Cas'giovanniITA

FDG JenkinsWAL

FDS ParisseITA

FDD O'CallaghanIRE

SHM PhillipsWAL

FHF MichalakFRA (My Chosen Kicker)





OBL HalfpennyWAL

I'm looking forward to seeing Zebo do his stuff today- I've heard a lot about him, I never knew he was Irish though!

I downloaded a new app to go along with watching the game. It's a live challenge, I'm not really sure what's involved yet though! I shall soon find out!

Ooh, it's all about to kick of in the Millenium stadium! COME ON IRELAND!!