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??



Viva Las Vegas, baby


My lovely husband (eek!) and I went on honeymoon to Las Vegas at the start of November and it was the trip of a lifetime.


Elvis, baby!










Totally worth the long-ass flight and all the hassle that air travel entails, Vegas is a kooky, wired and weird experience.

Even though our body-clocks never quite settled on a time zone (we settled somewhere between Dublin and Vegas time), waking up at 5am/1pm and going to bed at around 10pm/8am, it really didn’t matter. Forget New York, Vegas is the city that never sleeps, man. 🙂

I hate to play favourites, but the highlights of the trip for me were visiting the Neon Museum and taking a day to explore the Downtown area.

  • “Vegas Vic”
  • Hunter S Thompson street art
  • Downtown Las Vegas sign

Now, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but here are a few photos of our trip, nothing incriminating, sorry!


  • New York New York, with the roller-coaster outside
  • Barry and I posing in the uber fancy Bellagio lobby
  • Just chilling with my zombies at the Zombie Apocalypse store
  • A view from the top of the “Eiffel Tower” of the strip, phone quality, soz.
  • One of the amazing neon signs from our tour of the Neon Museum, definitely one of the highlights of the trip.

Have you been to Vegas? Are you planning a trip? Will you bring me back???


Bank Holiday Weekends = Best Weekends

June Bank Holidays… conjures the image of sunshine, tourists bustling around Grafton St, teenagers annoying office workers in the parks at lunchtime, driving to the beach with the windows rolled down and the music blaring… right?

It lashed rain all weekend, just easing off in time for me to go back to work this morning.

Sigh. Despite this, I managed to have an awesome weekend.

On Saturday, I went to see the Foo Fighters in Slane.

The lineup was pretty great, I missed the Strypes (no loss to me) and arrived just in time for Ash, who I LOVE.

They played a cracking set, but the sound was very poor. From our spot on the hill at Slane Castle, it was really patchy.

Despite this, they did a great run-through of some of the oldies: Girl From Mars, Shining Light (which Tim dedicated to Dave Grohl, awww), A Life Less Ordinary… as well as newies like Cocoon.

Next up was Hozier, who I don’t love, if I’m honest. I think he was mis-timed, the energy from Ash kinda died a death.

Plus, it started to rain halfway through his set… but I’m not sure I can blame him for that.

Kaiser Chiefs were surprisingly (for me) good. Very lively and boppy. I didn’t realise I knew so many of their tunes!

And then it was time for the Foos. They played an amazing set, loads of classics and they threw in Jail Break by Thin Lizzy for good measure.

Good times 🙂

The mud though, the MUD! MCD really did a shite job of maintaining the site. There was nothing that some straw or wood chippings wouldn’t have fixed, but no, it was better to let people fall (badly in some cases).

By the end of the night, people were throwing themselves through it, apparently oblivious to the fact that it was full of sh*te, p*ss and puke from the day’s revellers.

I wonder if they were allowed to get on the bus at the end of the night??

Speaking of the buses, they were great, they had a great system in place to deal with the crowds and we were home and dry by 1am.

Not too shabby for Hazel.

On Monday, I bunked off doing the Mini Marathon due to “inclement weather”

So, my sister, fella and I popped over to IKEA where I got my hands on this little beaut:

All in all, a terrific weekend, although today, I feel like this chap:

Shook, I am. Shook.



I have the lurgy. Sniffles, aches and pains and a razor-sore throat.

Poor me. Today I will be lobbing hot Berocca drinks, Sudafed and other liquids into me like there is no tomorrow. (Maybe there won’t be, maybe this will just kill me. Dramatic much??)

I foresee a Netflixy afternoon ahead of me.

Hope you’re all luckier than me and having a lovely weekend.



To cheer me up, I’m listening to Iron and Wine’s Tiny Desk Concert. Love him 🙂

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