Books recommendations, with a little help from my friends..

I’m always on the lookout for book recommendations, so I canvassed some of my friends, favourite bloggers and my husband for their book choices! My esteemed panel didn’t steer me wrong and now I’ve added to my already overwhelming book backlog and I hope you will too.

Without further ado…

Barry Finnimore is a singer/songwriter, a barista and my husband (n’awww). He’s just started working on his 3rd EP and always puts the seat down.

His Choice: Life by Keith Richardsbarry 1Deirdre Foley is a co-founder of and is a History grad & mPhil student. She can rock a red lippie like nobody else I know.

Her Choice: Fathers Come First by Rosita SweetmanDee 1.jpg

Co-incidentally, Rosita’s daughter, Chupi Sweetman Durney, herself an insanely talented jewelry designer, also gave me a little recommendation.

Chupi’s designs are amazingly beautiful and intricate, and I’m the very proud owner of an engagement ring and wedding ring designed by her. Her website is
Her Choice: A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett

Claire Kane has been responsible for quite a few wonderful blogging adventures, her latest is, which she describes as An Irish Beauty Blog with a Little More. A qualified personal trainer and Sports Nutritionist, she also runs I don’t know where she finds the time!!

Her Choices: Girlboss by Sophia AmorusoClaire 1.jpg

Room by Emma DonoghueClaire 3.jpg

Niall Murray is the singer and guitarist with Dublin 5 piece “Handsome Handsome”. If you get a chance to see this band live: Do It!!

His Choice: Catch 22 by Joseph HellerNiall M

Paula Dennan is the writer behind one of my very favourite blogs,  If she gives a book recommendation, you definitely follow it!!

Her Choices: Northern Lights by Philip PullmanPaula 1

Tender by Belinda McKeonPaula 2.jpgSoooo, there you have it, quite a long post, but some really great recommendations, my Kindle list has now exploded!!

Happy reading, and happy new year, xx


She Shook Me – €1.00 EP


To celebrate a great year (which included our marriage in October) we’ve decided to sell our She Shook Me EP (5 tracks) for €1.00 on our Bandcamp page – 

We’d be delighted if you’d download a copy, consider it our wedding present!!

We recorded it at Orphan Studios in Dublin, with Gavin Glass producing.

We were/are immensely proud of our work on it and it paid off with lots of airplay and good reviews, particularly for the title track, She Shook Me.



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Our wedding day, October 2015

Christmas Wants

I don’t know about you,  but when someone puts me on the spot to make a decision as huge as “What do you want for Christmas?” I freeze. Ironically, I literally spend hours and hours of my life trawling through Instagram, Asos, Amazon… drooling over items that would complete my life, if only it weren’t mid-month and I weren’t so broke… Yet when I’m offered, I clam up.

I don't know

What do I want for Christmas??

Call this a pre-emptive strike, if you will, or else take it as an ideas guide for yourselves, I won’t tell…

1. Tropical Popical voucher:

I’m starting big! This nail salon on South William St is a dream for manicure lovers and David Gandy lovers alike. Glitzy and kitsch, I adore this salon and don’t visit here half often enough, the staff are sweet and SO talented and I’ve never seen anyone coming away with less than amaazing nails.

I got my wedding manicure done here and I adored it, it was Gelish and it lasted a good month before I had to tearfully say goodbye.


My wedding nails, Tropical Popical

A €25.00 voucher from Tropical Popical would go a long way to curing my Jannui*, that’s for sure. Available on their site

*Jannui is a thing:

2 Peter Marks/Style Club voucher:

Some people say that vouchers seem impersonal or boring, but with a voucher for Peter Marks, I could high-tail it over to The Style Club on North Earl St and have a go in their relaxy chairs while treating myself to a nice hair-treatment with which I could swish into the New Year. Not too shabby for Hazel!

3 CVD Beanie Hat

I follow Custom Vintage Dublin on Instagram and they give me serious insta-wants.

Their bobble hats seem to sell out quickly, and I have no problem imagining why…

(ps, their sunglasses are bleedin’ gorgeous too!!)

CVD Beanie

Photo: Custom Vintage Dublin – Instagram

Check ’em out online –

4 IFI Membership:

There is little else I enjoy more during the winter months than popping into the IFI and settling in with a cuppa tea and a cookie to watch a movie or documentary.

I don’t go often enough, but with a €25.00 membership which includes free tickets, discounts at the IFI shop and café… I would definitely be motivated to indulge my culture vulture side more frequently 🙂

5 Magazine Subscription:

I *do* love a good browse of the magazine stands, but I often come away empty handed due to my aforementioned brokeness or else a security guard scorps at me and I get paranoid and leave the shop. HOWEVER, if I woke up on Christmas morning to a gift-wrapped magazine with a card telling me I’ve been gifted a 6 month/12 month subscription, I would be really chuffed.

Stellar Magazine is definitely one of my favourites and you can get a 12 month subscription for €23.00 over on their site. They often throw in gifts for subscribers too. Belter!!

So… 5 nice ideas for the upcoming festive season that won’t break the bank, don’t you think? What’s on your list? Are you adding any of the above? And most importantly, what are you buying me??