My beautiful baby sister Sinéad has lived and breathed music from the moment she was born. With a ten year gap between us, and six years between her and my next sister Éadaoin, she pretty much grew up with three mothers fussing over her! On finishing school last year she made the big decision to move to Texas to pursue her dreams of a career as a cellist, and her playing has gone from strength to strength in the mean time. She is a wonderful example of following your passion wholeheartedly despite the obstacles, and she always does it with a smile on her face. As much as we like to give her a hard time and tease about keeping her head out of the clouds, we are in fact very very proud of her! For anyone in the Cork area tomorrow, Sinéad is giving a lunchtime performance at 1.10pm in aid of an incredibly worthy cause, Marymount Hospice. The recital is on in the CIT Cork School of Music so if you fancy a lunch hour with a difference we’d love to see you there. Here’s a little taste of one of her performances stateside this year!
July has been pretty special so far with highlights left, right and centre! Concerts in the park, walks on the beach when my mum came to stay, climbing the highest mountain in Ireland with friends, morning swims in the Atlantic and an epic four day wedding celebration with two of my favourite people ever. I wouldn’t normally share my own images here, but July, I think you’ve earned it. Have a peek at my instagram if you’d like to see more!
As much as I’m on a light and airy shades kick at the moment (my current pinterest feed and last inspiration board is evidence enough!), sometimes you just can’t beat some moody hues. The A/W 2014 collection by Broste Copehagen shot by Line T. Klein certainly has me thinking ahead to autumnal evenings and cosy nights. I plan on enjoying every minute of the long evenings this Summer but that dark 5pm November cutoff wouldn’t seem so bad if you had this to go home to. See the full lookbook here.
One of my best friends is getting married in stunning Kerry this weekend and I cannot wait to get there to celebrate with her and all my other favourite people! The beautiful bride in question has one of the most striking and unusual engagement rings I’ve ever come across. A custom made rose gold and smoky quartz beauty that is simply magical. As an ode to smoky quartz and the week that’s in it, here’s a little board inspired by this gorgeous hue.
Having resisted picking it up for quite some time I recently finished reading The Secret. The hype at the time had put me off and while I’ll still be taking it all with a pinch of salt, I agree that having a positive outlook on life and awareness of your thought processes can’t but help you to feel better. The ultimate premise of the so called “Law of Attraction” is based on the idea that like attracts like, so if you focus on the things you want in your life they will be attracted to you. A bit extreme maybe but I really liked the emphasis on gratitude which is something I’ve been trying to consciously practice over the last few weeks. There are so many amazing things and people in my life (from the simple things to immense) that I am so lucky to have, and daily awareness and thankfulness for it all has really put a spring in my step. So I’m hedging my bets even further and putting some of the things I’d still love to attract in my life out there…hey, it can’t do any harm right?! It’s no surprise to any of you that read this blog regularly that I am itching to be able to own my own home at some point and ultimately raise a family there. Here are few images pulled from my dream home board that capture how I would like that home to look but more importantly feel (including the dreamy makeover that gorgeous Holly did to her bedroom, that girl is a wizard whose skills I will certainly be taking advantage of!) Have any of you made a similar inspiration board for future wishes and if you’ve read The Secret, what’s your verdict?!