I asked my extraordinarily talented artist niece to explain where she draws her inspiration from:
I have been infatuated with drawing for most of my life and over the years, have gained experience in many different artistic media on a vast range of projects. As a result, I have developed a distinct style that is cynical, fanciful, surreal, and airing on the edge of comic. In the last few months, I have focused on illustrations and cartooning while completing my BA at McGill University in Montreal, QC. Currently, I illustrate for two of McGill’s newspapers and magazines. The topics of articles that I illustrate are varied, having ranged from neuroscience to cannibalism. In addition, I have shown my work at several local art exhibitions, for one of which I was invited to design the logo.I have had a great deal of success with this work, and have learned in the process to be efficient and productive in taking the germ of an idea and developing it into an original composition that makes a statement. Most of my other pieces, though, are merely visual representations of whatever happens to be going on in my head at a given moment. In the future, I intend on focusing more on scientific illustration that is anatomically accurate, visually aesthetic, and informative.
Eleanor’s portfolio can be seen here
We have been wearing tonal courts now all year round and paired with Falke skin tones tights they have proven to be the most elegent to the eye, especially for women who wish to give a taller image. It doesn’t take much to realise that we can now easily do the same for our summer look. There are numerous tonal sandals in every collection and at every price. A small block heal is comfortable. Most come with ankle straps so if you are ankly challenged then make sure to leave the strap loose rather than neat. The tonal shades will ensure a lengthened asthetic and if you need to you can wear Falke’s ‘makeup for legs‘ Shelina tights or stay ups with sandal toes for perfect leg skin colouring. Falke tights are available in Brown Thomas nationwide, McELhinney Ballybofey, Arnotts and Clery’s in Dublin along with independent boutiques across Ireland.
Lila Calypso are a brand new Irish dress label and an all Irish company and we love it…put Lila Calypso on the one to watch list and check out the website for Irish stockists who are keeping quiet about this great find. Dresses are in super easy and flattering styles, exclusive prints and look fab for any occasion. Irish women love love love dresses and rightly so and Irish Boutiques are looking for new labels to bring to their customers. Dresses are a one garment wardrobe change and shape shifter that makes the bigggest impact. I love a dress that can take you anywhere from girly lunch to best friends wedding or the ever popular races. This label is one that only needs more styles to take it from early days to a large brand label…watch this space!
Check out Lila Calypso on Facebook to see what’s coming next….
Hurrah it’s finally Spring! Or it was… at least it seemed like Spring there for a few days? Either way it’s raining again and we are sitting in the office freezing in our skimpy cardigans (never take off the jumper until May, that’s my new motto).
One thing I really enjoyed this past weekend was being back outdoors, jogging and cycling. And judging by the crowds of people out walking in Howth yesterday afternoon everyone else is ready to get back outdoors into the fresh air too, regardless of the showers.
So having gotten completely soaked through this weekend on two separate occasions (and now having the head cold to show for it) one thing I really need is a lightweight and genuinely waterproof raincoat. I love the combination of classic shapes and bright colours available from Happy Rainy Days, and since there’s no chance of it not raining I’m sure I will get PLENTY of wear out of it!
Happy Rainy Days coats are now available to buy in season…perfect for whenever Spring decides to up and vanish for another while!
I hadn’t been to Israel for several years, last time all I remember was hummous, falafel and clothes that were predictably Middle Eastern. Fast forward to 2014 and a huge leap into a cosmopolitan feast of sumptuous food and an eclectic spread of fashion that has an international following. The fashion venue and tent for Israel Fashion Week was host to several shows over three packed days and nights.
My continual obsession with notions of sipping cocktails from a patio by a pool while watching a sunset somewhere, anywhere are still prime movers in my fashion fantasy world. Label Alembika fullfills that dream perfectly. Alembika was founded in 2005 by two women, fashion designer Hagar Alembik,a graduate of the Shenkar School of Design, and Judith Fadlon PhD, an anthropologist. Alembika offers a collection suited to women of all ages, specializing in the middle andlarge size range, to which Alembika’s layered look is especially flattering.
Diva dresses, which are my favorite all time label. This is because they come in so many styles and in so many colours, always something new and always fabulously flattering. Patricia Roe, singer songwriter and friend is getting plenty of wear out of hers as she goes forward to Eurosong in Ireland with a dam good chance of making it to Denmark. Please do vote for her on the 28th February if you are in Ireland and if you aren’t please keep your fingers crossed!
PS. Spot the Irish Legend King of Football !
Here’s to February… is it spring yet??
Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas
Finally Christmas is just one week away. You may be reading this secure in the knowledge that all your gifts are carefully wrapped and tagged while your loved-ones get ready to panic buy their way into a second mortgage. But it doesn’t do to get over-confident, that’s when disaster strikes. Picture this: it’s 5pm on Christmas eve, you just popped down to the post office to collect your perfect thoughtful gift, and lo and behold it’s gone missing. Or another scenario: your sister arrives in unexpected from Australia on Christmas eve. Surprise! You don’t have a single gift for her, you old scrooge. All the shops are closed. Now you know the true meaning of panic. The following ideas are proper last minute, all you need is 10 minutes and a printer (or not since you can just email them to the recipient). And not a single one-for-all voucher in sight. Phew.
1. Concert Tickets
Granted this one does require a relatively close relationship to the recipient but gig tickets are great last minute gifts as they are print and go. Just comb ticketmaster.iefor names of artists or djs your friend likes/ has mentioned. It’s probably best to go for smaller, up-and-coming acts as it’s likely your bff is well aware that Beyonce is coming to town and has booked her tickets already, however a smaller indie act playing in Whelans or The Academy could have slipped under her radar. Surprise! You are the greatest friend in history.
2. Magazine Subscription
This one is pretty simple if you know the person well, or if you work with them. If they buy it regularly, they will definitely love a subscription. Subscriptions to Irish-based magazines are particularly reasonable. Image will set you back €39 euro per year, U is €44.20, Easy Food is €30 and Stellar is around the €25 euro mark. A small price to pay for the gift that keeps giving all year long!http://www.subscribe.ie/
3. TEFL course
This is the perfect gift for your young (or young-at-heart) friend who has itchy feet. This person wants to travel the world but doesn’t have the funds for one of the fancy yachts people are always talking about… They can learn to teach English as a foreign language and travel to all the fabulous parts of the world constantly in need of more teachers. An online course is perfect as you won’t be required to have a detailed knowledge of their personal calendar to gift them with it. There are regularly deals on groupon but even on websites such as teflexpress.co.uk there are often 120 hour courses on special offer at €99. www.teflexpress.co.uk
4. Spotify Subscription
Spotify is basically owning online music at the minute. If your friend owns a phone or a laptop, they almost certainly have a spotify account. They will also be well acquainted with the fist-clenchingly annoying ads (un-mutable!) that play between songs. For just €4.99 a month (or €9.99 for the offline service too) you can gift your loved-one the sound of wonderful, uninterrupted hits. And all the extra hair they won’t be tearing out anymore. www.spotify.com
5. Oxfam Charity gifts
This is almost certainly the best gift you can give to the person who has everything. Let’s face it, not only do they not need that decorative soap dish, they really don’t want it either! There is a huge range of gift options to choose from on https://www.oxfamireland.org/unwrapped (suiting every budget!) making it super easy to personalise the gift too. For the new mother? Send ‘Care for a baby’ just €17. For your child’s teacher? Send ‘schoolbooks’ for €10. It’s as easy as pay and then print out your lovely colourful card. www.oxfamireland.org
Have a happy and stress-free Christmas everyone! Ho ho ho.
Rosanna Davison , a long standing customer of The Kildare boutique Divine owned by Mary Greene whose cool chic ensures stylish fashion for women who love difference and lots of choice. The edit smacks of confidence and accessories are chosen with care. This evening was infused with a Christmas theme but clothing that could be worn for several different occasions so offering excellent value. Prosseco, nibbles and a much sought after goodie bag kept the audience smiling.