Archive | January, 2012

pinterest – a new way to get creative online

27 Jan

Check out my new profile on Pinterest. Think of it as a little online personal collection of things you like- photographs, ideas, colours, texture etc..

It’s simple to use and easy to maintain. Follow me on twitter if you want me to send you an invite 🙂

See something you like online? Pin it to your wall and make little mini mood boards of all your favourites.

This is a great marketing tool for any budding designers/creatives/photographers out there as this can also be linked to your facebook timeline so everyone can see your great ideas and work.

Try it for yourself 🙂

 

 

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Smile – this is just so beautiful

24 Jan

Smile though your heart is aching

Smile even though its breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, whats the use of crying
Youll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

 

quick and easy exercises to do at home

22 Jan

A lot of people tell me they are stuck for time when it comes to exercise so below you will find a quick and effective way to get strong and healthy fast.

If you live on a middle floor apartment you might want to wait until the neighbours are out – there will be jumping and there will be ‘effort noises’, trust me I tried it for the first time last night…

30 jumping jacks

7 pushups

25 knee highs

7 burpees

10 crunches

7 squats

7 pushups

10 crunches

7 pushups

7 squats

30 jumping jacks

1 minute wall sit

7  pushups

25 kneehighs

 

 

Note: I am used to doing squats and crunches so I ‘upped’ my numbers accordingly starting with day 1, but if it is your first time, just one rep of this whole session should be enough for the first week or second week of your training.

Next week try 2 reps of the whole workout and keep that for two weeks and so on…Between 3-5 reps 3 days a week and you will be seeing some amazing results in your energy levels and general look and fitness.

recipe #14 spicy pasta soup

21 Jan

need:

2 tbsp olive oil

1 red onion, chopped

1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

2 x 400g whole plum tomatoes

1 1/4 litre of veg stock

110g broken spaghetti or other small pasta

handful of black pitted olives

half a handful of capers, drained and rinsed

handful of large. torn basil leaves

make:

heat the oil in a large saucepan

add onion and chilli, cook for about ten mins until soft

stir in tomatoes, pour in stock, cover, bring to boil, simmer for 5 mins

add spaghetti, simmer for 6-8 mins, stir in olives and capers and basil

serve drizzled with olive oil and some warm crusty bread

recipe #13 roasted ratatouille pasta – quick office lunch

18 Jan

need:

1 red onion sliced thinly

1 courgette, trimmed and in small chunks

1 aubergine sliced

1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks

2 garlic cloves, with skin on, left whole

2 tbsp olive oil

200g penne pasta

basil for decoration and taste

make:

heat oven to 200C

put all veg, garlic and olive oil in roasting tin, cover all veg with oil and season

toast for 20 mins, add tomatoes, roast for another 10 mins

cook pasta but keep about 5 tbsp of water when you drain it

put pasta and remaining water into oven tray and toss with veg in oil

add basil and squeeze over the yummy gooey garlic

 

Getting the balance right with Diets, Fitness & Health

17 Jan

Reading an article in the Irish Times this morning made me rethink the chats I’ve had with friends and customers over the last few weeks pre and post Christmas about health, fitness and weight loss. Everyone has gone gym-crazy and is back to the grindstone, drinking green tea and not having treats, not drinking for two weeks or three weeks then back on it again in a few days.

Where is the balance though?

I think that when people say they don’t have the time or the energy, it’s all down to lack of motivation, and that lack of motivation isn’t helped by processed foods, which are loaded with salt, sugar and additives and are not exactly mood-boosting. SO in an effort to start on the best foot forward and not detox myself silly, I think I’m going to look at my general health overall and start from there from this year forward.

I did kettlebells and resistance training in Barcelona for a few years and found it great for my overall strength and fitness. It made me not want to eat crap food, sounds like a joke but it’s true, Your body doesn’t want bad food if you treat it properly. Treats yes, but constant sugar and salt fixes just make you look and feel..well…sick. So maybe that’s the trick make yourself feel strong and start there.

I try and do a mix of exercises each morning- setting the clock 30 minutes early- and do a mix of crunches, leg-lifts, gentle arm exercises with dumb bells, lunges, squats with weights and some stretches or basic yoga moves. I didn’t do this last week and can really feel the difference in my motivation levels overall. I find it’s also good to write down what you have done each day or week to see a pattern in mood change and energy levels.

This evening I’ll go for a light run and again once before the weekend, but not for too long and not too high-impact yet. I think if you start too hard, the next step feels like too much of an effort. Build up the resistance slowly and you’ll start to feel like you need to work harder. There’s no point in doing the same class every week if you don’t put yourself into it. You might as well be sitting on the sofa to be honest if you are not pushing yourself a little further each week.

Zumba with my mate Ciara starts next Monday too so I won’t do any morning exercises Monday as I want to save my energy for the class that evening. In the mean time, I’ll try avoid any extra chocolate or sweets or sugar in my food and opt for something with a little more protein and iron and vitamin b which is great for when you need that extra spark. Not going overboard just everything in moderation. Oh and it’s good to grab a buddy when you go exercise as it’s makes it more silly and fun and easier to be motivated.

I’m not saying what I do is right, but it is healthy and I don’t advocate that everyone should look a certain way by any means, but I do know that you can’t cheat your body – it knows you and you know it, and only you really know when you have that ‘I feel great’ feeling in your tummy. To me, that’s healthy.

Face Fabric – Armani for Best Foundation 2012

11 Jan

Believe it, if like me, you have the tendency to get a little oily in certain areas an hour or two after application, it’s not down to adding another layer of powder, but a better base more suited to your skin type. Mine being combination-oily but with dry patches too grr!!

My friend Maria and I went for coffee the other day and I couldn’t help but notice her baby soft, clear skin, she always has had good skin but this was PERFECT skin, all flawless, but still dewy. FINALLY, a foundation that does what it says on the tin. Face Fabric by Georgio Armani. Long lasting, natural, and lets your skin look and feel healthy.

I sound like I’m on commission here -I’m not!- but I got this four days ago (35 euro in the airport!) and think I have finally found my signature base. I got it in #2 and my skin is typical Irish with a few freckles but not super pale either.

I apply it with clean fingertips and blend lightly wherever you need it, but just a little amount, and I wear it with Cremeblush ‘Lilicent’ by Mac on the apples of my cheeks, Eyebrow Pencil in ‘Hazel’ by Rimmel and Correcting Concealer ‘Healthy Mix’ in 52 Medium Radiance  by Bourjois.

Natural and healthy, and a nice glow 🙂 Try it and see for yourself!

New Year- New Resolutions

5 Jan

So it’s now the 5th of January, definitely enough time to seriously consider my New Year’s Resolutions, without legging it to the gym and never using my membership after the end of January. Plus I HATE those resolution gym treadmill stealing newbies who arrive all made-up and matching and take over all the machines for a month all full of swagger and pzazz, and then never come back. Ok rant over.

Here is my carefully-put-together-made-with-love list of New Year’s Resolutions: (in no particular order)

  • Get a job that defies awesomeness in Marketing/PR/Social Media/Event Management-preferably a giant mix of all of the above
  • Get my full Driver’s License and actually use it. I will let you all know when I finally take to the roads so you have the option of not, while I find my feet.
  • Take more photos and make the time to do it slowly like when I was in college.
  • Travel more- Already this year I’ve booked Berlin to see Florence in March, Barcelona this weekend, have to book Manchester with the lovely Ciara for our anti-European Cup trip, and somewhere along the lines I want to make it to Edinburgh to see Shell and Paulie, Southampton to meet baby Leila, Cath and Mike, and London to visit Emma, Mags, Emer, Ruth, Jamie, Paul, Kasia, Amy and more… On this hit list, if someone else is paying I’ll add in a few weeks in Thailand,Vietnam and Laos and a shopping trip to New York when my little brother Ali hits the East Coast with his buddies for the summer. Oh and Galway to see Rosalie and James, Rory, Jonny and Ciara and Gary.
  • Hand in my Post-Grad projects. FINALLY. By the end of January. POW.
  • Get back into Zumba classes at the end of January with Ciara.
  • Start to run again twice a week- I know…When it’s a little less gale-forcey.
  • Get back into music- Feel like my iPod list it about 10 years old. Seriously, any suggestions for playlists welcome 🙂 Also going to more gigs would be delightful. small and cosy. Noel Gallagher and Florence are on the list so far.
  • Go somewhere random in Ireland with the girls for a weekend. Something like Delphi or Killarney back in the day. YUUUUUHUUU!
  • Learn some more yummy recipes like these
  • Get a few facials. Want to try this
  • Be more positive and not so cynical in certain situations.
  • Start an intercambio or get back into my Spanish when Ana comes to live in Dublin yay 🙂
  • Embrace the pale.
  • Learn a new skill. Mosaic classes or pottery anyone? I’ll make you an amazing pot for Christmas.
  • Find new places in Dublin to love it all over again. Open to many suggestions on this one.
  • Cut down my wardrobe and fill it with smaller amounts of more useable lovlieness. Bags and shoes are an exemption to this rule.
  • Step back and see the bigger picture. It’s not always black and white. This is a toughie.

This list is ever changing. Let me know if you have any more suggestions.