I’m still here, and here’s my lust list!

Dear lovely blog followers, I am still here but alas my blog has been AWOL for a little while. I’ve changed jobs, moved houses and had a few ups and downs along the way.

I’m hoping to be back on track with you guys pretty soon. For now, here’s what I’m longing for of late…

This fabulously undone but still gorgeous top from Asos

This deadly sequined skirt from Topshop, to be worn with an oversized knit and some cut-out boots.

Topshop skirt, you will be mine…

This dress from Warehouse, not your typical LBD, and a great shape.

I’ve been after stacking rings from Etsy for the longest time. I think I might just bite the bullet soon, but which one?! This is going on my maybe list!

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Remembering The Lockout through the Arts

Historical centenaries are both too old and too new. One hundred years is a stretch too far for most people who witnessed the events first-hand but the following generations’ memories, created or not, are still fresh, fresh enough for tears and heartbreak.

Jim Larkin, the Lockout of 1913 and the people of the tenements are being remembered this year in Dublin in various, interactive ways. Strumpet City is this year’s One City, One Book and among other events, 14 Henrietta Street, a former tenement house has been opened up to the public and a dramatic telling of the personal turmoil of the people of the Lockout was performed 7 times a day until the end of August.

I had heard much of Strumpet City, but like so many books I want to read, it got pushed to the back of the shelf in favour of the latest shiny best-seller. I must admit, when I got the book into my hands, the size of it nearly made me return it to its happy home on the bookshelf, but I didn’t, and for that I’m glad. My usual trip home on the 46a was spent transforming my view of a city I thought I knew.

The city’s plight, the splintered perception of those involved, on both sides of the closed door and Plunkett’s multi-dimensional telling engages the reader and I felt I was floundering with the same dilemmas and suffering as the characters portrayed. Similar dilemmas, moral quandaries and downright hardship is what Living the Lockout is based on. When one of two brothers, who once supported Larkin wholeheartedly, becomes disillusioned with the stark, dark reality of the Lockout it presents a most tense, emotionally charged atmosphere in which the audience is part of the production.

The previous grandeur of the tenement house is still visible though now cloaked in peeling paint, uneven floors and a sense of poverty which pervades every inch. The interactivity of this production is where it excels, the actors engage with the small audience of 15, and ask them questions to which they expect answers. Some of the questions are haunting and innately unanswerable, and unbearable. Would you sell your last piece of furniture to pay for food, but in doing so, leave your children to sleep on a cold, dirty floor? Could you accept that the ‘scabs’ had no choice but to go to work? Could you stick to your principles but risk starvation? Would you?

If you’ve missed the performance, get your hands on the novel, it’s good enough to make you rethink contemporary Dublin.

Stateside Shopping: Beauty Bits

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When it came to cosmetics shopping in the Big Apple, I knew what I wanted. I had done my research via blogs and magazine reviews and whittled it down to a few* bits. *more than a few.

Left to right: Mac Face and Body foundation in C2, Origins Clear Improvement Mask, Laura Mercier Spellbound highlighter, Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Exposted, Revlon lipstick in Black Cherry, Revlon Lipbutter in Red Velvet, Maybelline Full n’ Soft mascara and Anastasia Brow Wiz.

That sounds like quite a lot but my only unnecessary splurge was the Laura Mercier highighter and a place complete blame on Sinéad and Dee from Viva Adonis for that one :-)

Here’s a closer look at a few of the prettier products:

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IMG_4570I’ll be reviewing all of the above in due course, stay tuned!

Stateside Shopping: Neon Nikes

Part deux of my transatlantic shopping are these neon Nike Freeruns. A week in Manhattan showed me that you ain’t nobody without a pair in the most garish colours possible.

I bought these in Jersey Gardens, an outlet that is probably bigger than county Louth! They were $50(ish) and so far, so good. They’re the lightest pair of runners I’ve ever bought and very flexible too.

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