Apologies for the tumbleweed…

I’d like to apologise for the radio silence. It dawned on me only last week when I was reading another (very fabulous) blog – more details on that later – that it’s been almost a year (!) since I last posted on here.

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In my defence, I’ve been pretty busy exploring a completely new path in life. On the other hand, I’ve been a great fan of procrastination…!

Anyhows, over the last couple of months, I decided to pursue a love and interest of mine that had always been something I wanted to do – drama and acting.

I took the plunge first during the middle of last summer, signing up to a weekend workshop with John Dawson. Initially, I wasn’t entirely sure if it was something I could try – if I would be any good at it. After that weekend, I was hooked. Completely convinced that even if I wasn’t as good yet as I wanted to be, it was something that I really enjoyed, and the idea of getting hired to do something so enjoyable? A dream!

So fast-forward a couple of months; and I’ll admit – I’ve been really lucky. I have gotten to work with some of the most creative, crazy and funny individuals. I have discovered a whole new way of looking at film and TV. I was a little worried that “knowing too much” from behind the scenes would ruin some of the magic – a spoiler if you will – but if anything, it’s actually just given me a much better appreciation of the artform and the huge talent, preparation and ruthlessly large workload that contributes to these pieces.

I’ve learnt a lot, and more importantly, I’m learning more every day. Which is what you want from life right?

Ok that’s enough for the moment I reckon.

But not as long until the next post – promise!

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Street Art in Dublin

More and more pieces of street art are popping up all around Dublin at the moment. Particularly in the city centre, MURO Street Art‘s recent event left behind some wonderful works. While some on the corner of Greek Street have been sprayed over – *Boo!* – the bigger pieces are still available to see along the Luas lines near the Four Courts stop.

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I love to see that they have painted these wonderful pieces on buildings that were falling into disrepair and making the area look quite derelict. Literally blank canvases!

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What I don’t agree with it is the fact that these are being looked at as graffiti that needs to be painted over…

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There are plenty of other spots around town to spy other creations. Some buildings in Templebar are quite colourful, and there are lots of other finds around town as seen by Ekaterina Smirnova here.

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Street art certainly seems to be more of a growing trend (not just in Ireland, Athenian street art here ) as more boomtime purchase buildings are being left untended, with increasing demand for art space, but not much of anything in the way of support for aspiring artists..

I personally like it;  I love to see all the various methods of expression. It also goes to show that you don’t need a massive budget to produce something special.

Last night’s Met Ball – My Thoughts..

Last night’s Met Ball Gala was as always, a celebrity-packed affair. Held at the Metropolitan  Museum of Art, the guests certainly made quite an effort. Some, however, took the punk theme a little more literally than others..!

I think that those that stuck closest to the theme unfortunately didn’t quite pull off their respective looks, and possibly just lacked a bit of imagination.

Miley Cyrus and Madonna were definitely top of the list in this regard!

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Photo from justjared.com

What can I say? Miley looks like she has been waiting all her life to go to a punk party. The end result? She looks like a spoilt brat with a bad attitude.

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Photo from justjared.com

Madonna looks like, well – where do I start? Ok, first of all kudos to any 54-year-old stepping out in an outfit like this – that takes cojones..! 🙂

 

Some of my favourite outfits had elements of punk, but kept their own personal and individual styles.

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Photo from justjared.com

Love the slick of lipstick on Rooney Mara – makes the whole outfit so much more edgy. And that dress – wonderful.

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Photo from justjared.com

I’m not usually a big fan of Kristen Stewart’s style, but this colour really works on her, and her androgynous look really helps her pull off this Stella McCartney jumpsuit.

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Photo from justjared.com

Emmy Rossum has managed to punk up this whole ensemble with fantastic smoky-eye make-up and a great braided up-do, showing off her fantastic bone-structure in the process. Predicting great things for this girl.

 

 

Next up: a few honourable mentions go to a few who looked amazing – even if they “forgot” that there was a theme…

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Emma Watson’s cut-out, cutaway black dress was just edgy enough, without going over the top. The simplicity of her hair and make-up ensured that she looked the essence of elegance.

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Zooey Deschanel  looked simply radiant. Veering away from her normally kooky look, this white one-shouldered design highlighted her pretty  features and great figure perfectly.

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Photo from justjared.com

Ashley Greene’s dress had a bit of a dress-up feel about it, but teamed with glossy locks, and incredibly slick make-up, it all just works quite well. The opulence of the gold-flake style waist really brings the dress bang up to date.

 

 

 

 

Last but certainly not least – her Honourable Fashionable Self – Sarah Jessica Parker once again quite certainly stole the show, and lets us all understand why she quite simply still remains a style icon years after SATC wrapped up.

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Til next time folks,

Shar

XO

Little Irritants and Silver Linings..

You know sometimes when you have one of those days where nothing seems to go quite right?

Your alarm is a little more shrill than usual – You get out of bed slightly groggier than usual – Your hair just won’t cooperate into the style you want it to – Your coffee is a little cold – Some heavy-footed clod stands on your ballet flat-clad feet – The office is so chilly that your fingers have frozen, slowing down your typing –

You just know that the day is not going to go the way you want it to.

Just a day where it's over before it started, and all you want to do is crawl back under the duvet..
Just a day where it’s over before it started, and all you want to do is crawl back under the duvet..

But then, every now and then you get a silver lining, and the day takes a interrupted boomerang style turn to the day, and suddenly get much better.

For instance: Something in your eBay shop finally sells – you find €2 in your pocket *that you didnt know you had* – you find out that something crappy that affects somebody you don’t particularly care for (cruel, but hey) – somebody finally reads your blog (can I get a whoop, whoop!) – you finally complete a workout where you feel like you’re not part of the story that inspired The Three Little Pigs -AKA neither pigletty nor huffing and puffing – thanks fitness helpers

And there’s your silver lining. You realise that the inside-out socks in the morning are probably not going to prevent the world from turning, and the silly little foibles are, as Twitter likes to call it, simply #FirstWorldProblems …

And just like that – feeling much better.

Smilee SmileeeSmileeee

The Big Questions, and no Answers…

Due to various things that have been happening recently – details that shall, at some stage, become more clear – mainly to me 😉 – I have been re-assessing life paths lately.

Many thoughts and ideas
Many thoughts and ideas

What’s the plan?

What to do?

Where to go?

How to do it?

How to go about it?

These are pretty big questions at any age, but the longer you leave these questions, the harder it seems the answer is to find..! Or maybe it’s just more pressure attached to questions like this the older you are…

The Big Questions...
The Big Questions…

So it’s come down to a few sub-questions of my own:

What do you enjoy?

What do you like?

What do you love?

And still more questions…

Is this feasible? (aka are any quids to be made…)

How long would this take?

How and where do I start?

And most importantly – can I do it?

Well, as you can imagine – these questions inevitably got a big pause when I asked them of myself.

So for now, these questions will have to remain, posed in the air. Paused, with a big speech bubble and a gigantic question mark.

So in the meantime, as I ponder on the more serious questions, I like to distract myself with my great loves:

Fashion – have been spending possibly more time than I should on Polyvore – dreaming mostly… My Polyvore Creations…

Music – have been obsessively listening to Emeli Sande – still not sick of that amazing voice, music and lyrics… Her writing is so insightful and mature, it’s crazy to think that she is only 26.  (Also on a tangential point – does she not have the nicest Scottish accent you have ever heard? )

The beautiful and insanely talented Emeli Sande
The beautiful and insanely talented Emeli Sande

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dance – And I have been ridiculously jealous and gobsmacked in equal measures at this little girl‘s breakdancing – unbelievable talent…  at age 6!!  

and of course my other half – he is of course, a constant source of distraction..!

Hopefully I will have a few more answers before my next post..

Until then! 🙂

S xo