I feel obliged to share this extremely traumatising event, that I have partially blocked out of my mind but unfortunately don’t think I’ll ever really be able to forget. The root of the experience lies in a seemingly economical Groupon deal. “$25 for spa day”? A paltry fee for access to a spa with unlimited… Continue reading The Unanticipated Drama and Trauma of a Spa Day
This week we received probably my favourite ever gift from home. Amongst the usual chocolate and crisps, encased carefully in bubble-wrap lay two wine glasses embossed with the signature Gibney’s of Malahide script we know only too well. Gibney’s probably won’t miss them, but it meant so much to us. “To be used when homesick… Continue reading Missing an Irish Christmas, but settling for the Fairytale of New York
Everytime I hear the word ‘Thanksgiving’, an anonymous choir of voices mumble “It is right to give thanks and praise” in my head. I haven’t been to mass in……quite some time, so I’m not sure why that religious reference remains so pervasive. This Thursday marks my second American Thanksgiving; my second year celebrating the fact… Continue reading It Is Right To Give Thanks And Praise!
When in Rome do as the Romans – when in the States, stick a feather in your hat and call yourself Yankee Doodle. At the ripe age of 24, I would consider myself to be very laid back and relaxed about most things – or as we colloquially call it in Ireland, “flaked.” But being in… Continue reading New York Notions!
County Cork native Jo Linehan took a gamble when she resigned from her coveted post as Junior Editor of IMAGE Magazine and booked a one-way flight to New York. The journalist and stylist spent several months networking and exploring the city, before ultimately deciding to return to Dublin. Here she discusses why the experience was… Continue reading Jo:‘Going away gave me a clarity and bravery that I’d never have found otherwise’
The basic bitch and how to spot her. Somewhere in 2009, a new term entered the vernacular. Thanks to a remarkably unfunny YouTube video, a phrase was coined that perfectly described the girl next door with a penchant for yoga pants, Ugg boots and Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Lattes. The Basic Bitch was born and irrevocably initiated into pop culture. The… Continue reading Is Classic The New Basic?
Several years ago, a family friend of mine sat next to a successful fashion designer on a plane from Dublin to New York. At the time, I was still in university studying for my journalism degree but I had romantic ideas that I would head Stateside once I obtained that piece of paper. My friend told… Continue reading Only In New York…