Feb 28, 2014

Whiskey in the Nice Jar

I'm not a whiskey drinker. My first-year college classmates and I got kicked out of the Jameson Distillery many years ago when we were supposed to be reporting on an event, and instead were competing in our own who-can-drink-the-most-free-whiskey event. If there was one thing I learned in college, it's that I am not a competitive whiskey drinker. That, and shorthand really was a waste of time. 

Twenty-year hangovers can't be shaken easily but I must admit that I am a little swayed by these Jerpoint Glass whiskey tumblers, originally designed by Makers & Brothers for Jameson Select Reserve as a limited batch of 100. The new tumbler glass is produced using traditional mouth blowing techniques and brings the classic whiskey tumbler design up to date, creating a new, slighter form but with the same reassuring weight. The glasses are now available for all on Makers & Brothers' site, and make a beautiful designed-and-made-in-Ireland gift when packaged with a bottle of Jameson. 

(I wonder if my interest in the design and story of the handblown glass my drink is served in means that I might—finally—be ready to handle this grown-up drink ... and maybe, even, to show my face in the Jameson Distillery again!)

€34.00 at  Makers & Brothers

Feb 24, 2014

I'd Like to Thank ... Don O'Neill

I shop when I'm about to start something new. This could mean I'm not confident with my own nakedness. Or I hide behind clothes. Or I'm superficial. Or I'm a procrastinator. Or maybe it just means that I dress for success ... and instead of needing therapy, I just need a higher credit limit. I saw an interesting job listing this morning and my first thought was, "I'd need a sharp new suit for the interview." My second thought was "and shoes." When I took up running a few years ago, I shopped like an athlete who had just been awarded a place on the Olympic team. For me, look the part = act the part. Yeah, so maybe I didn't actually make the team, but I looked good out there puffing and panting and cursing and throwing up.

This week I'm working on a script-writing project so, naturally, before I get anything down on paper, I'm shopping for the Oscars. Of course, I'd like to use my position on the red carpet, and stage, to showcase Irish designers, because I'm all Jennifer-Lawrence-humble like that. I was thinking an unknown Irish designer (because that will give me more to talk to Joan Rivers about when she asks the inevitable "Who are you wearing?") but before I commission an Avant-garde piece, I'm considering Irish designer, Don O'Neill's Hollywood glam pieces. I mean, if his slick, beaded numbers have helped Taylor Swift, Oprah, Nicole Kidman, and Carrie Underwood look like winners, then maybe they'll do the same for me ...
Don O'Neill

The name "Don O'Neill" is not as quick off the tongue as some other Irish design luminaries like John Rocha, Paul Costelloe, or Philip Treacy, but you've most likely heard of the Kerry-born, New York based fashion designer's super popular label, Theia, where he serves as Creative Director. O'Neill's designs are everything an Oscar-dress should be – elegant, sexy, classic, Spanx-hiding, and chic. Best of all, the shiny bits will distract from my but-wait-I-didn't-even-write-anything ramblings.

I'd probably get an award just for looking so glam. Good thing because I won't have time to write with all the Zumba classes I'll need to take to fit in to one of these gorgeous gunas. And then there's the shopping for Zumba ...

Feb 14, 2014

Grá agus Ainmhian/Love and Lust

I thought I would share a few current (Irish) loves in honor of Valentine's Day. Hope your day/weekend is filled with tulips, truffles, and tenderness. I'll be watching a romantic movie—"Beginners" starring Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer, drinking wine, and eating Middle Eastern food. What's not to love? 

Claire Molloy uses hair from the manes of her horses (which she breeds) to embellish her beautiful ceramics. Love the subtle textures of this heart chain ornament.  ClaireMolloyCeramics.etsy

Eily O'Connell is my new jewel crush. I have very strong down-on-one-knee feelings for her work; it's organic, unexpected, and so very cool. Will def be featuring more soon. EilyOConnell.com

Helen Steele's designs are bright, bold, and colorful. I'm all about prints and Steele's are like wearable art. Love her fluid shapes and edgy-but-easy style. Sigh, I need an Irish shopping trip. HelenSteele.com


Feb 10, 2014

Emma Manley, SS 14

I've been under the weather the past week, literally and medically, and even waving at my computer seemed as easy to do as finding true love on a reality show (not easy at all, but there's always hope). So I've been laying about, watching movies, dosing myself with stuff to destuff, and generally slacking off. I'm back in business today and the first order of business is to avoid any real business and escape a little longer with a virtual shopping spree. I have been wearing the same heat-tech cords, snowboots, and flannel shirts (okay, pajamas) for weeks now and I am suddenly craving STYLE.

Fuck winter.

I want to bare a little skin/style in a cropped, sleeveless leather top from Irish designer Emma Manley, with a flared knee-length silk skirt with very cool leather center panel. I want to wear a swingy, teal chiffon skirt with a metallic leather peplum top. Actually, same metallic leather top begs to be worn with every other bit of clothing in my wardrobe; it'd look great with skinny jeans for my birthday, tweedy skirts for work stuff, and even those Japanese cords that supposedly prevent frostbite at the dog park. That Emma Manley has a knack for luxurious but wearable clothing. 

I kind of want every single top in her SS14 collection, from the casual-chic wool and linen jumpers, to the studded and perforated leather jacket/top, to the fun patent-leather and silk blouses. I'll take a swingy skirt, or two, too. Oh, the teals, the navys, the clays, the metallics! The chiffons, the silks, the leathers! Oh, I think I will double-up the cough meds and take this spree from virtual to reality ... with me finding true love and hope for soon-to-come spring days.