26 November 2014

The Weekend Edition #6


I mentioned in my previous post that I was feeling a bit under the weather at the weekend. C decided that the best way for me to recover was to get some fresh air outside of the city. There is nothing that I love more than going for a weekend drive to small towns so I was definitely up for a little adventure, despite feeling so ill. We jumped in the car and headed south to the beautiful seaside town of Dalkey for a late afternoon lunch. Dalkey is filled with little shops and cafés where we enjoyed soup and sandwiches. I loved the old castle and the decorated side streets that had the cutest gift shops. On the drive back we had an amazing view of Dun Laoghaire at dusk. I was so happy to be able to capture it on camera. I'm already looking forward to coming back in the summer when the weather will be (slightly) warmer to be able to appreciate all that this little seaside town has to offer.

24 November 2014

Under the Weather


This past week I've been feeling a bit under the weather. I don't know how I came down with this cold. It may have been the round of golf I played with the wrong shoes and ended up with wet feet at the 7th hole, or the cooler temperature and lack of proper dressing, or I may have have caught it off a friend - no grudge held! Whatever the case, I caught something bad. My throat was like sandpaper, my nose was constantly running (see used tissues above) and I had this foggy headache that wouldn't lift. The medicine and drugs are so different here in Ireland that I had a difficult time finding ones were as effective as the ones back in Canada. So, along with some medication, I reverted back to using old wives' tales tricks to help me heal.

  1. Salt water gargling is always the first thing I do when my throat starts to feel scratchy. I dilute about 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 4 tablespoons of hot water and gargle three times a day, once in the morning, once before dinner time and once more before bed. It taste gross but I swear by it!
  2. Steam of any kind is great for unclogging blocked sinuses. Be it a steamy hot shover or steam straight from the kettle. I like to stick my head over the open kettle head and breath in the steam for a couple of minutes. It always works wonders. If you have access to a sauna, that works best.
  3. Physical activity is another great way of unclogging a blocked nose and sweating out the cold. It may be hard to get out of bed and off the couch but I've found that a little bit of gentle physical activity and fresh air can work wonders. I went for a walk along the coast for some fresh sea air over the weekend and I felt so much better afterwards. Alternatively, a bit of yoga specifically designed for when you're feeling a bit under the weather is a great form of gentle exercise. I recommend Yoga with Adriene's Yoga For When You Are Sick video. It's the best one of the kind I've found yet.
  4. Chicken noodle soup is so comforting especially when you're sick. It's really a no brainer. 
  5. Hydration is the absolute key when you're sick. Drinking lots of liquids will help in so many ways. It's easy to forget but essential not to. Water can be kind of boring sometimes so green tea is a great substitute. If I'm not in the mood for any caffeine I'll drink some herbal teas, mint and lemon herbal teas are my favourites. 
*Disclaimer: These are just some of the non-medical remedies that I personally use. Of course, the best thing to do is always to consult a pharmacist or doctor for the best course of action. They are the specialists. Everyone is different and these remedies may not work for you as they did for me. 

19 November 2014

An Afternoon with Charlotte Tilbury

Some of the tools and products from her namesake collection. The palette is The Dolce Vita Luxury Palette.
A few years ago my roommate at the time got me into beauty videos and tutorials on YouTube and I haven't looked back since! I quickly became a huge fan of the Chapman sisters, better known as Pixiwoo, Lisa Eldridge and Charlotte Tilbury. Being in Montreal, so far from all four of these very talented artists, I never thought I would get the chance to meet them and chat with them. When I saw on Brown Thomas's Instagram that Mrs.Tilbury was going to be at their Grafton street location last Friday there was no way I was going to pass up the chance to meet her.


Charlotte is truly amazing. Having done the make-up of so many celebrities and models, it's no wonder. Kate Moss, Cara Delevigne, Penelope Cruz, Olivia Palermo and Jennifer Lopez are just some of the many, many faces she has made-up throughout her career. She also works on many fashion shows, including London and Paris fashion weeks and many editorial photo shoots. 

Upon meeting her she said, in her characteristic drawl, that I have gorgeous lips. She looked at me carefully, checked my eye colour - brown- and declared that The Golden Goddess and The Rock Chic looks are the ones that suit my facial features best. "Darling, look at those eyes! You can do anything with them!" We chatted about our favourite products and I thanked her for her videos and the work that she does to inspire women to feel more confident about themselves. It was a short meeting, but not one that I will soon forget.

My eyes made-up by one of her make-up artists using the Dolce Vita Palette.

** All photos taken with my phone. Sorry for the poor quality!

7 November 2014

A Fitness Update


This past summer I decided to start running after years of not doing any sports besides skiing. I was following the C25KFREE application on my phone which was an 8 week program to train for a 5 km race. Initially, the program was easy to follow. The hard part was running in the summer with temperatures sometimes rising as high as 35ºC, which made it very difficult. Mid-way through the 8 week program Montreal was hit with a particularly bad heatwave and I just kind of stopped running altogether. I was busy getting ready for my move overseas and I lost all motivation for my running. Fast forward to now where I'm slowly getting back into some kind of fitness routine. I haven't started running again, but I have found new ways to stay fit.

Yoga 

I've been doing yoga for years. My father first introduced me to the practice when he bought be a book before my high school finals to help me cope with the stress and anxiety I was feeling. I've taken classes on and off through the years, but my favourite (and most cost-effective) way to practice is at home with YouTube videos. Yoga with Andriene is a great resource. I discovered her through Anna from Vivianna Does Make-up and I've tried a lot of her videos. She's real, not too zen and her sequences are brilliant and really work. My favourite videos these days are the Yoga for Weight Loss: Abs and Arms and the Yoga Flow 20-minute Vinyasa Sequence.

HIIT

Another recommendation from Anna is the Fitnessblender.com workouts. These are a lot more intense and I've been doing one about once a week. My favourite is the 40 Min Cardio HIIT Workout + Butt, Thighs, Abs: Ultimate Workout for Belly Fat Loss, No Equipment. I know it works because I feel sore for days after. My goal is to step it up to two a week starting next week.

Walking

This might be a no brainer for some but walking is a great way to stay in shape. I've been walking a lot more since moving to Dublin. I walk to get to places and I walk just to walk around my neighbourhood. They say you should walk 10,000 steps a day, or the equivalent of around 8 km. I'll admit I have no idea how many steps a day I take, but knowing you need 10,000, which looks and sounds like a big number, motivates me to walk as much as I can. Sometimes, when I know I'm going for a particularly long walk, I'll use my RunKeeper application on my phone which records the kilometres and calories burned as well as a whole host of other statistics and measures.

3 November 2014

A Look Back at October


Apologies for the delay on October's Look Back post. October was a very busy month for us. I celebrated my first Thanksgiving outside of Canada by cooking a homemade apple pie and having an extra special Sunday roast with C's family. We got a new car, celebrated C's birthday, I started a new hobby (golf) and continued my search for a job in Dublin. This past month, I've had the opportunity to make our apartment feel more like our home and meet new friends making me more and more comfortable in my new city. It was a very good month all around! I'm now looking forward to November, the much cooler weather and the start of the holiday season. (The Christmas decorations are all out and the city looks so festive!)