Tuesday, December 28

let it........

Overnight 20" of snow in Brooklyn
A winter wonderland
Photo of Prospect Park in 1904 from HERE

Saturday, December 25

Wishing you a very Peaceful Christmas

This has been quite a year 
to think merely 12 months ago I was preparing for, what was, unknowingly
to be our last Christmas in our house in Ireland.
Now here we are in New York 
The adjustment for the children has been more difficult than
I anticipated but slowly, we are all finding our way.
I thought it appropriate on this Christmas eve to share with you
these beautiful photographs by someone whom I have met in my new life here in 
the big Apple
There is such a quiet peace in her photographs
These are taken from a series called
"Sensible Longing"
They find the sacred in the Urban world
Meghan wrote this about the series
In many ways, the series Sensible Longing grew out of my budding relationship with the Rolleiflex medium-format camera I acquired a year and a half ago. I'd seen some work by another photographer on a Rollei, and I knew right away it was the tool I needed - the tone, the texture, the romance with light were all what I was looking for, plus I quite simply loved the square shape. As I began to learn more about this particular camera, its personality traits and limitations, I really began to appreciate the sensory experience it provides: looking down into the hood, half tuning out the noise around me, I steal a moment alone with the subject, and give myself permission to be present in a way that might not otherwise be possible. It's a contemplative moment, and in keeping with the spirit of the project. I will occasionally will use another medium-format camera, such as a Diana, for the series, but the Rollei is my partner in this enterprise.

Wishing you all the most peaceful and serene of
Christmas Days

Saturday, December 18

blog blank......

Blog Blank: when you saw an image or an article on a blog
not too long ago that you now want to reference, re-read,
show someone or refer to for some other reason......
but you cannot remember where you saw it and cannot
after too many an hour trawling through familiar blogs,
find that one image/article/christmas present you were looking for

Friday, December 3

Chadwick Tyler


,,,,,,,, and beautiful


Friday, November 26

Breakfast Biscotti

Sometimes the morning after a day of feasting
one doesn't feel like a large slap up brunch
but more a crunchy,
yet sweet breakfast of strong coffee and Italian biscotti
I started to make these when I lived in
rural Ireland and purchasing Italian Biscotti
meant a train ride to Dublin.
Now I know these are better than any store bought ones I have tried.
The method sounds a little fiddly but really it is incredibly simple
maybe just a step more than your usual cookie
But this is what gives these their tooth breaking crunch.

1 large egg
4ozs sugar
1/2 tspn vanilla extract
5 ozs plain flour
1/2 tspn baking powder
1/4 tspn salt
2 ozs whole almonds
3 ozs chocolate chips

Line a baking tray with parchment paper
Pre-heat oven to 350f/180c
Whisk the egg and sugar with an electric whisk until pale, you want it to leave ribbons when you lift the whisk
Add vanilla extract, then fold in flour, salt and baking powder
Add choc chips and almonds
Shape dough into a log approx 10" long which is tapered at each end
Bake in the oven for 25 minutes
Remove and leave to set for 5-10 mins
Slice into biscotti and lay back on the baking tray 
Pop back in oven for 10 mins then turn and cook for a further 5-10 mins
Remove and cool on a wire rack
You can store them in an airtight container for 7-10 days... but

They probably won't last that long.

Photo's by Helen James

Monday, November 22

Sometimes it's the small things....

New table and chair from
for my budding Artist

Photo by Mark Geary

Thursday, November 18

Tom Ford

Tom Ford the modern day Midas
He turned around Gucci
He was THE designer of the nineties
His first movie was oscar nominated
His scents are divine
his eyewear coveted
I have to say I never really liked his Gucci work
I admire him, but it was not to my taste
However, now he has returned to women's wear
and the pieces look exquisite
Tom created a sensation when he decided to show his capsule collection 
to a miniscule 100 selected people
shunning many press and bloggers
and going against the grain of instant gratification.

The pieces are immaculately made and meant to last 
The true future of luxury.

New collection available at his Men's stores

Friday, November 12

10th collection by Eilis Boyle

10th collection from Eilis Boyle on Vimeo.

so beautiful
from the ever talented Eilis Boyle
To see photos from the launch event go
to see more beautiful clothes by Eilis

Thursday, November 11

coming up.....

Tune in tomorrow for the online launch of 
Eilis Boyle's 
10th collection
Fashion Film

Thursday, November 4

I married an Irish farmer

Imen of I married an Irish Farmer

I am both humbled and flattered that the wonderful Imen of 
asked me to do an interview for her wonderful blog.
Her questions were truly thought provoking for me
to read it and find out what I am up to here in New York
click HERE
I look forward to the day Imen and I meet in the real world
for proper teatime

Wednesday, October 20

Loretta Lux

Photographs by
exhibition on now at
in Milan

Thursday, October 14

Louise's last year

incredible pictures of
Louise Bourgeois
Alex Van Gelder
In her final year of life
to see more go here

Friday, October 8

New collection by Eilis Boyle

 Incredible new collection by Eilis Boyle

so beautiful
Eilis talks often on her blog about 
the struggles of being creative and 
having to pay the electricity bill
This collection was all about bursting through
that struggle and trying to find her
"true identity"
through design

I believe she succeeded
to see more go here 
........ and she used a Helen James headpiece
in the shot above
never looked so good

Sunday, October 3

commes des garcons s/s 2011

Only Rei Kawakubo 
could make a wig turned inside out
the chicest headgear on the runway 
this season

Friday, October 1

German Collins

I couldn't make it to the opening of the exhibition by
incredibly talented photographer
German Collins 
last Thursday in Dublin

but I didn't want you to  miss out on seeing these
inspiring and beautiful images
for more work by German go HERE

Tuesday, September 28

Irish Talent

Dais from Dais on Vimeo.

A beautiful short film 

Conceived by Sonya Lennon
and Christian Amman

Sunday, September 26

what's new what's next

On Thursday
was being held at the New York Design Centre on Lexington Ave
An Emporium for Interior Designers

I went along to have a look around
I loved the organic lighting by

These reminded me of Sea Anemones and Jellyfish

I was also captivated by the creations of
textile artist

Also this week all of our boxes have arrived from Ireland
I had a helper to unpack
He came prepared 
(sorry for the bad iphone pictures ..it was 6am)

 All of these strange shapes and sizes

 unwrapped to reveal treasures I already owned
Like christmas presents from a best friend who knows
just what you like
All of my cookery and design reference books
This Domino book of interiors, will be dog eared in just a few months

We are trying to make our apartment feel like home
I will keep you updated on all the changes

Thursday, September 16

Monday, September 13

just another weekend in New York City

Well it's been quite a weekend!
Friday night was Fashions Night Out!
I wanted to go home to bed
You are in NYC! 
said my angel/devil on my shoulder
Yes they were right I must
Decided to pick one event and then explore things in close proximity to this!
The event that was picked was 
The Olsen twins at their Elizabeth & James store
The reason?
 The Row A/W10

a) I really admire their label The Row 
b) a friend was playing a gig nearby right after (hey I was always practical)
c) my colleague who was accompanying me wanted to go

We arrived at the store at 6:50
10 mins before they were due
There were not many people around
"sorry ladies, wait here" said the man above
so we waited .....

The queue quickly snaked around the block

passing the time looking at my friends shoes.....
Eventually we entered the store
we were like 2 giddy groupies

The Olsens were looking petite and demure as they manned the cash registers
(no flash sorry)
Job done we were off to check out other things, 
We were in the meatpacking district and it was buzzing 
bands playing on the street, lots of fabulous people
shopping, chatting.
There was a carnival atmosphere

unfortunately the Alexander Mcqueen shop
was just closing as we arrived

we had to make do with looking in the windows

I will go back next week

Saturday morning I went to one of my favourite Brooklyn stores

I want everything in this store
The clothes
The jewelry
The Home collections
I settled on 2 shirts and a dress 60% off in the sale!
Then Saturday evening I met an old friend

The creator of this incredible jewelry collection

it was 7pm 
....don't you love New York

 I wanted these shoes so bad

and this scarf....... you can't believe how soft it was

Then Sunday I was off to the 
DKNY spring 2011 fashion show
It was held on Greenwich Street
in the west village
not in Lincoln centre like most of the shows this season
There were huge amounts of press/bloggers outside
photographing shoes, bags, buyers, celebrities

waiting for everyone to sit and the show to start.

Natalie Massenet from Net-a-porter was opposite me
Hilary Alexander was across the way
Oh, they were all there
The fashion crew
........and me
The show was all about the scarf
The palette was navy, dune, pink and red
You can see it tomorrow on Style.com
I'm off to bed....... I have to get up for work in the morning!


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