Happy 4th July!

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It’s Monday and it’s freezing in Dublin, but it’s also 4th July so today I wanted to take some time to wish all my friends and readers from across the pond, a very Happy Independence Day.

Us Irish love a good celebration, and while we may not celebrate the 4th July in the same way as our American friends do, we always send a Sláinte or two their way, as they do for us on St. Patrick’s Day.

I think most Irish people feel an affinity to America as our history is so closely linked in many ways. It has long been a haven for Irish emigrants as we all know, and with more Irish in America now than in Ireland, it’s no wonder many of us love going there. I love America, I always have.

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I love its cities, I love its food, I love its spirit, I love its people, I love its ability to make you feel like anything is possible, I love its weather, I love its history, I love its movies, I love its streets that are laid out so perfectly, I love its traditions. I’m not so fond of some of its crazy characters, but I still love it. I’m sure you get the picture now!

So many of my favourite things come from there, and I love going there. I try to go at least every couple of years and never once has it disappointed me. I’ve been to California, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Florida, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. There is still so much more of it I want to discover.

I want to stand at the Lincoln memorial and have a chat to Abe, I want to sing a country song in a Nashville bar, I want to eat real southern fried chicken in the deep south, I want to go to Graceland, I want to take a selfie at the White House, I want to drink wine in Napa, I want go to a show in the Grand Ole Opry, I want take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, I want to visit a real ranch in Montana. I want to see it all and do it all.

When I was younger I used to say, before I die I’m going to get in a car and drive the whole 50 states of America, and that dream is still there. I haven’t thought about it for a while, it may not happen for a while, but its still there.

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As I sit here looking out the window at another city I truly love, my mind can’t help but wander to the warm sunny US of A climate, imagining all the celebrations that will be had today, and wishing I was there for the BBQ, beer and firework fun.

I’ve been in the US for the fourth on two separate occasions and both were days I’ll never forget. Summer dreams and sunny memories.

So to all my American friends, I wish you a very Happy 4th July and hope you have a wonderful day.

Sorcha x

 

It’s My Blogiversary!


Today marks the six month anniversary of my blog and I really can’t believe it. Okay so six months isn’t really that long I know, but when I started out, I didn’t know if I was going to make it to one month let alone six months.

I was very apprehensive about putting myself ‘out there’ and have second-guessed and questioned myself many times since. Sharing personal aspects of your life is a scary thing to do, especially when you don’t know how your blogging or writing will be received.

Thankfully so far, I have had nothing but positive feedback and lovely comments from friends, other bloggers, and all my lovely followers which I am so incredibly grateful for. I’m sure my blog is not for everyone; I’m not the best photograher, I write about anything and everything, and I’m sure sometimes people just don’t want to hear about how my day went! But I totally get that and I’m good with it too. We’re all different.

There are so many incredible bloggers out there, many of whom I have discovered since beginning this blogging journey myself, and it’s opened up a whole new world for me. I read about incredible places, I swoon over gorgeous fashion, I’m glued to every new beauty review that I can find. But what I’ve come to discover most is that the blogging community is a very friendly, kind, supportive and fun community to be part of, and I’m very glad I took the plunge.

No doubt there will be challenges ahead, especially as I’m taking some time out from my day job to focus more on blogging. But for once in my life I’m excited and not scared by that thought.

I’m averaging around 2,000 views a month with around 1,000 unique readers, and although that’s small in the grander scheme of blogging, I’ve been told that it’s a pretty good start.

I’ve been reading over some of my old posts, trying to decide which have been my favourite posts so far but there are so many to choose from:

There was one of my first ever posts Resolution Time where I told you all about the Year of The Holiday and how many places Dave and I want to visit this year, which so far is working out brilliantly…

There was the post where I was challenged to write Ten Random Facts About Me by another blogger which was so fun to write, and was a great way to get to know some of my fellow bloggers too…

There was the beauty review I did on the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette which has now become my favourite palette…

And I can’t forget about my beautiful wedding photography post Wedding, Photos, Love which is my highest viewed post to date…

It’s been great reading back on them all and remembering the year I’ve had so far. There have been ups and downs, but it’s been an adventure. If you haven’t already read them then please go take a look.

For now however, I just really want to give you all a big kiss and thank you all for coming on this journey with me! I hope you’re enjoying it, I hope I’m not boring you with my day-to-day musings, and most of all, I hope you’ll continue to come along on this crazy ride.

I hope you all have a lovely sunny Saturday.

Sorcha x

 

Happy Paddy’s Day


Happy St. Patrick’s Day, or Paddy’s Day as us Irish like to call it. This is possibly one of the greatest days of the year, a day where our little nation gets noticed and celebrated by the world. Sure we’re so much craic why wouldn’t you all want to celebrate with us?!

Unfortunately, for the first Paddy’s Day ever, I have to work. This week is also the busiest week of the year where I work, but I’ve got my green hat on and I’m embracing it. The music is playing on the radio, we’re having a sing song, and most of all, we’re having fun.

I don’t know one person who isn’t proud to be Irish. For such a small country, we’ve got a pretty big presence around the world, and it’s on days like today that we feel most proud.

So wherever you are this Paddy’s Day, I hope you’ve got a nice cold drink in your hand and you’re getting ready for some craic agus ceoil.

Sláinte bar agus beannacht libh go leir. Lá fhéile pádraig sona duit!

Sorcha x

International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day ladies!

To celebrate this great day, I’ve put together a few of my favourite quotes and meme’s about us women. We’re pretty great really, and sometimes we don’t get enough credit for being so.

This morning in work we gave all the ladies a single white rose each to represent friendship, women standing together with women, having each others backs and being a forces to be reckoned with. It’s all about empowering and respecting each other today and I love that. We shouldn’t need a ‘day’ to do it, I would hope we all do it as much as we can everyday, but it’s nice all the same having a dedicated day to take stock and recognise.

Tonight my Mum and I are going for a bit of pampering, what better way to enjoy the day. How will you be marking the day?

Whatever your plans, let’s all celebrate each other today, and acknowledge how great we are! 🙂

Sorcha x

Mama’s Day!

It’s that day of the year where we get to celebrate all the incredible, amazing Mamas out there. Our own Mums, our grandmothers, our aunts, our friends…

 

Where would we be without our Mamas? I for one would be lost without my Mum, she is my confidant, my advisor, my helper, my calmer, my friend. And today I thank her for always being there.

  
So Happy Mother’s Day to all you lovely Mamas, I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Sorcha x

A Perfect Saturday

Last weekend my sister and her new fiancé were home for the weekend. In case you missed my post last week, they just got engaged, and that meant some major celebrations were in order.

We are a complete foodie family, so where better to celebrate than the crème de la crème of restaurants in Dublin, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. For those of you not familiar with Guilbaud’s, it is one of Dublin’s top restaurants located beside the Merrion Hotel, and currently holds two Michelin stars. So we’re talking fancy, shmancy people!

  

Lunch was booked for 13.45pm and we had organised to have the private room for our celebrations. There were six of us in total, and the day was incredible. C’était incroyable!

When you arrive, you are led into a lavish sitting room area where you can enjoy a pre-lunch drink. This room has all the characteristics you expect from a Georgian townhouse, high ceilings with intricate cornicing, walls that host paintings from some of Ireland’s most famous artists, and luxurious, cosy furniture. All of which make this room a sanctuary of relaxation. You could so easily while away the hours in this room, conversing as you sip your champagne.


When it comes to the food, you have the option of ordering either from the Lunch or A La Carte menus, but for this visit we opted for the set lunch menu. At €55 for 3 courses, this is an absolute steel, particularly for a restaurant of such high standard.

Once we ordered and made our way to our table, we were given a selection of homemade breads to choose from – Tomato and Fennel, Walnut, Brown Soda, Baguette, there were so many options I can’t remember them all! I opted for the baguette and then our Amuse Bouche arrived. It was Eel with an apple jelly. At first I was a bit apprehensive of the eel, but actually it was delicious, and the perfect taster ahead of our meal.

Let’s face it, in a restaurant like this it’s really just all about the food, so here’s a look at what I ordered:

Starter: Onion Soup, with a Hint of Langoustine

 

Don’t let the title of onion soup fool you here. This was onion soup on an entirely different level. It was rich and creamy, and the more you ate, the more flavour that came through. In one mouthful you taste chive, in another taste cream, in another you get Langoustine. Each mouthful a wondrous journey of discovery! This was simply heaven in a bowl.

Main: Monkfish with a Tomato Curry Jus, Potato Gnocchi and Courgette

 

I’m not usually a big curry fan but I love Monkfish and decided to give this a try. As with all things in this restaurant, nothing is ever as it seems and the curry flavour was oh so subtle. Just enough to give the fish a kick while remaining gentle and respectful of the delicate Monkfish flavour. Delicious on so many levels. Our mains were accompanied by creamy mashed potato and green beans, all so wonderfully French.

Dessert: Cheese Plate


I know many of you might be thinking cheese, seriously?! I know, I’m weird like that. I don’t have a particularly sweet tooth and I love cheese so this was a no-brainer for me. I had a mixture of both Irish and French cheeses, opting for the milder choices as I’m not really one for blue cheese.

Just because it looked so pretty, I also had to get a picture of the desert that everyone else opted for which was a Raspberry Parfait with Aerated Rice Pudding. Apart from looking amazing, I was told that it tasted amazing too, so happy campers all round.

Petit Fours

 

The Petit Fours you get here are unlike no others I’ve seen. You’ll have to excuse the missing item in the picture which was a sweet sponge, my Dad had it eaten before I got my photo!

My sister and I cut each of the rest in half and shared them between us: Quince Jelly, a mini Lemon Meringue Tart, a Pistachio Cake with Pistachio Crum, a Raspberry Macaroon, and the best of them all, a White Chocolate, Piña Colada and Pineapple Cake Pop. Oh. Dear. Lord. This was a little explosion of happiness in your mouth. Utter indulgence. Delicious doesn’t even cover how tasty this was.

All washed down with some Champagne and beautiful wine.

Once lunch had finished, we made our way into the bar of the Merrion Hotel, grabbed a seat by the fire and ended the day by drinking some more red wine and talking all things weddings and politics (given the day that was in it).

I am by no means a food expert, but the day was so enjoyable that I wanted to share it with you. How all Saturday’s should be spent I think…

Oh and for all my fashion loving followers, here’s a look at what I wore for our day out!

Sorcha x

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun


It’s almost the weekend, and I’m very excited because this weekend I’m heading away for my lovely friend Nikki’s hen party. Whoop! I can’t disclose any information as yet – it’s all a very top secret surprise for the bride-to-be. But it’s going to be GREAT.

If you’ve read some of my earlier posts, you’ll know that one of my big resolutions for 2016 is to go to places I’ve never been before, and this trip will be my first destination. Although I won’t be sharing it with my new hubbie, I love nothing more than a good girly night away, and what better reason for a girls night than to give our fab friend a spectacular send off into married life. That, combined with the fact that I haven’t had a night out since the wedding, means this is set to be one hell of a party!

I promise to fill you in when I get back, and while I’ll be keeping the weekend’s antics to myself, I will be sharing my first travel review of the year. If you can’t wait until then though, remember you can always head over to my Instagram where I’ll be sharing lots of lovely details over the next few days.

Until then, happy weekend! Cluck, Cluck…

Sorcha x

Monthiversary!

With all the excitement of getting my first blog post live yesterday, I forgot to mention perhaps one other equally exciting event… Dave and I were married one month yesterday. Hurrah!

 It’s cheesy as hell I’m aware, but at least I’ve now migrated from weekiversaries to monthiversaries. Dave will be especially pleased as I don’t think he could handle me wishing him weekly happy anniversaries for the next year!

Given how much I absolutely LOVED my wedding, I’m sure I’ll be sharing details on all the planning and finer details over the coming weeks. I’m a post-wedding bride in mourning with nothing to plan, what an alien feeling it is. Thankfully three of my dearest friends are all getting married over the next few months so I think I’ll get away with talking all things weddings for a another little while yet.

For now… Happy Monthiversary hubbie!

Sorcha x