Books to inspire: written with passion and purpose

“Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will, childhood equipped now with man’s physical means to express itself, and with the analytical mind that enables it to bring order into the sum of experience, involuntarily amassed.” – Charles Baudelaire I came across that quote at the beginning of Vivienne Westwood’s personal memoir, on display inContinue reading “Books to inspire: written with passion and purpose”

A change of scenery: Being an Expat in a new city

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl Now this is a post I started last week, as we have just landed in a new city and a new country (again)! We have moved to London and are currently in theContinue reading “A change of scenery: Being an Expat in a new city”

NYC in a nutshell: Packing and prepping for winter in Manhattan

Baby it’s cold outside. Take it from a girl who has experienced the effects of leaving summer in balmy Australia for Christmas in bitterly cold Canada, complete with a 70°C temperature difference: you’re going to want to pack a few things to save your face, hair and the rest of you from the frost! This one is a bit girlyContinue reading “NYC in a nutshell: Packing and prepping for winter in Manhattan”

NYC in a nutshell: Attractions, sightseeing and people watching

Bright lights! Big city! New York is a feast for the eyes and I stayed right in the thick of it in Midtown Manhattan for Social Media Week NYC. As someone who’s grown up dreaming of working in New York at some point in my life, going back for more than 48 hours was a BIGContinue reading “NYC in a nutshell: Attractions, sightseeing and people watching”

NYC in a nutshell: Shopping in Manhattan

For those of you who know me well, I’ve always been a collector of fashion magazines and more recently, a follower of fashion and lifestyle blogs, Instagram accounts and Pinterest design inspiration boards. The irony is, I don’t often splurge on high fashion or big name brands and I love looking through thrift store racks, vintage and antiqueContinue reading “NYC in a nutshell: Shopping in Manhattan”

NYC in a nutshell: An experience of a lifetime

Or as I should call it, how to cope in subzero temperatures during one of the coldest winters in a decade to hit the Big Apple: “You’re in New York! The city of dreams! Even if it’s -15°C, you should be outside in the great outdoors exploring!” These are all inside thoughts I had while briskContinue reading “NYC in a nutshell: An experience of a lifetime”

NYC in a nutshell: Food and drink

NYC in a nutshell: We all know there are heaps of blog posts, TripAdvisor reviews and Instagrams floating around the WWW tempting you to eat out, sample cocktails, order take away or try new recipes at home. I believe the scientific term for this is: food porn. Now I am guilty of the odd FP snapContinue reading “NYC in a nutshell: Food and drink”

NYC in a nutshell

I made the trip to New York from Dublin in February for 10 days – it was a mix of business and pleasure as I caught up with Aussie colleagues and friends living in the city. We stayed at the beautiful Hotel Chandler in Midtown Manhattan near the Flatiron District and spent the weekend before theContinue reading “NYC in a nutshell”