Monday, January 26, 2015
Yesterday, my brother and sister-in-law welcomed into the world sweet Isabelle Grace weighing in at a mighty little 5 lbs 14 oz. I have looked at the first image of her over 18,000 times and have possibly squealed happiness to every single human being I've come across today. Is it possible to develop heart-bursting crushes on your first niece this quickly?
Because darling Belle- you are already so, so incredibly loved.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
"Where's home for you?'' A seemingly simple question that always creates a moment of pause. Born in India, living in the States for years before coming to Ireland at a very impressionable 17 years of age then a considerable amount of travel thereafter- nothing and everything feels like home at times.
Coming across this passage by Nick Miller today is for my fellow wanderlusts, adventurers and kindred spirits. I adore it. And quite naturally, it makes me feel itchy feet to travel again...and soon.
Travel is little beds and cramped bathrooms. It’s old television sets and slow Internet connections. Travel is extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. It’s waiters, gas station attendants, and housekeepers becoming the most interesting people in the world. It’s churches that are compelling enough to enter. It’s McDonald’s being a luxury. It’s the realization that you may have been born in the wrong country. Travel is a smile that leads to a conversation in broken English.
It’s the epiphany that pretty girls smile the same way all over the world. Travel is tipping 10% and being embraced for it. Travel is the same white T-shirt again tomorrow. Travel is accented sex after good wine and too many unfiltered cigarettes. Travel is flowing in the back of a bus with giggly strangers. It’s a street full of bearded backpackers looking down at maps. Travel is wishing for one more bite of whatever that just was. It’s the rediscovery of walking somewhere. It’s sharing a bottle of liquor on an overnight train with a new friend.
Travel is ‘Maybe I don’t have to do it that way when I get back home.'
(pictures from a sunset road trip in North East Hungary last year)
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Friends and just all around genuinely lovely people, Joi and Damien, are turning crush-worthy at Irish Design Showcase at the moment. Ones to watch, highly commended and 'one of the freshest homeware collections in Ireland for years' are but just a few of the accolades bestowed upon them this weekend. They both will cringe at me writing this about them but we are just so unabashedly proud of them.
At the end of last year, Ciara and I shot some of their linens for a bit of creative dabbling and you can see the images sprinkled around the website and in the showcase book these next few days. And if linens are not quite your thing, I have a sneaky suspicion these two still might win you over.
Charmers- the pair of them. We adore them something mighty!
Sunday, January 11, 2015
An opportunity to shoot for Gardenista last year led me to introductions with artists/writer/poet/painter Erica Van Horn and Simon Cutts. So grateful to have spent five hours with them one fall afternoon and truthfully, I could have easily passed five more without a moment's hesitation.
Their work, their stories, their home (they found their bungalow through a happenstance hitch-hike ride!) and quite literally every nook and cranny of their property held me curious to know more.
I remember that last minute urge to fly around their bungalow to take photos indoors- inspired how their renovation turned spaces, ceilings and even corners of tables into a story, a conversation, a memory...a piece of art.
Absolutely delighted to have seen their home featured in print with even more beautiful images from Mark Scott and words by Lizzie Gore-Grimes here on the daily where I've become smitten all over again.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
After last year's lull, 2015 is starting with such motivating vibes that I can only hope to use it for better. Getting out of the comfort of the rocking chair and picking up and moving forward. I'm digging the thought of it.
On new year's eve, I happened upon this article which spoke of 'professionals taking charge of their own learning plans'-not as scary or as complicated as it may seem (I promise!). The author goes on to discuss the 80/20 rule for learning: focusing 80% on your strengths and 20% on something new. It was an informative, light read.
So I thought it might be fun every other week to share a small bit of 20% of something new here. The equivalent to the world of blogging's weekend links.
New definitely does not have to mean boring, sweet friends.
The learning plan article I'm referring to by Glenn Brooke
How to drink wine!
Number four on Erin's non-goals hit straight to the heart for me.
I bookmarked this photography tip page as soon as Nathalie posted it.
The correct way to eat sushi, for sushi lovers like me.
A teenager's view of social media. Smart.
I heard this song in a colleague's car recently and adored it. A goodie sort of oldie.
Finally, if you follow me along on Instagram , I mentioned I would be postponing Paris trip posts here for a little while. In light of all the recent heartbreak and sadness, I just can't quite bring myself to hit publish -my heart, thoughts and prayers are with that beautiful city.