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??



She’s losing it!

Literally and figuratively, I am losing it… #yesitsanotherweightlosspost

I just finished a 6 week programme run by my friend Claire at Volta Fitness, a recently qualified Fitness Instructor and Sports Nutritionist.

Claire started Volta Fitness last year (sadly hanging up her boots on the wonderful Music&Everything blog) and I have followed her avidly with some pride, I must say.

Having followed Claire’s programme (where she looked through my goals, motivation and circumstances and created a plan for me, reinforced with Facebook support), I have managed to lose 11lbs so far*. Delighted with life, so I am.

I can’t speak to the science of the whole affair, but it appears that re-thinking my eating habits, cutting way back on white carby food, upping my protein intake and lobbing in some exercise does a body good. My body anyway.

*I say “so far” because I have no intentions of stopping. Claire’s plan was so easy to implement and follow. There are no faddy Points/Syns/Yums etc to count, no calorie/macro formula to crack, just sensible guidelines and a kick up the hole to move more.

Claire can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as her Blog.

11 lbs lost

True that 🙂

Courtney Barnett in Whelans

On April 4th, my fella and I popped along to Courtney Barnett’s sold-out gig at Whelan’s, Dublin.

It was a warm Saturday night and I was kinda “meh” about going out, to be honest, but I am so glad we did!

Barry heard Courtney on TXFM some time last year and I bought him her EP ” A Sea of Split Peas”. I loved her grungey, almost monotone trails of consciousness lyrics:

“the paramedic thinks I’m clever because I play guitar. I think she’s clever because she stops people dying”

and her wordplay “it’s Monday, so mundane”.

The gig was sweaty and jammers. The middle aged lady in front of me was pressed up so close against me, I think she got me pregnant…

Courtney and her band played a blinder, a lot poppier than I’d imagined and almost psychadelic in places. I thought she was gonna lob herself in to the drum kit and a couple of points, but she managed to restrain herself!

She was cool enough to come to the merchandise stand after the gig and do some signing, which was deadly, my boyfriend was thrilled cos he had popped over to buy me a copy of her new EP “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and sometimes I just Sit” as a Thank You for the gig tickets.

She gave me a big wave through the crowd too. She has an amazing fringe. And a Torvill and Dean tshirt. Total girl crush.

Moi’s EP (I think you can tell from her handwriting that she totally wants to be my bestie)

Courtney Barnett EP

This is my favourite track, from her debut EP

Culture Vulture at The Odessa


Just a quick note about my night…

Barry and myself went to the Odessa to Culture Vulture, a monthly night curated by Tony Clayton-Lea.

This month’s guests were John Cummins, Lisa O’Neill and Lenny Abrahamson, who did a Q and A.

Lisa’s set blew the doors off the room, it was lovely, charming and quirky, like the lady herself. We saw her a while back supporting Rodriguez in Vicar Street, and I fell in love with her song Elvis, I give you Irish Stew. Her between-song chats were great too, so engaging and fun.

John Cummins is the Irish Slam Poet Champion and an absolute legend. I believe he should be the poet laureate. His line about “Agenda Kenny” got a whoop last night.

Here’s John in action at the Brownbread Mix in 2010.

We had a great night, can’t wait to see who’s up next month.


*Culture Vulture poster from the Odessa’s website

Culture Night, 2013


This Friday, September 20th 2013 is Culture Night in Ireland.

From their website:

“Culture Night is a night of entertainment, discovery and adventure in Dublin and across 34 towns, cities and counties in Ireland. Arts and cultural organisations open their doors until late with hundreds of free events, tours, talks & performances for you, your family and friends to enjoy.

Culture Night is an initiative co-ordinated by Temple Bar Cultural Trust and supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with the regional arts offices and local authorities throughout the island of Ireland.”

This year, Barry and I are delighted to have been invited to play at the Smithfield Art Tunnel at 7.00pm approx. We’ll be accompanied by other musicians and storytellers.

Can’t wait, if you’re in Dublin, it’d be great to see you, otherwise we’ll try to get a few photos on the night.