Monday, 23 February 2015

Bread and Butter Food Market, Drumcondra

bread and butter - lovely food co - drumcondra lilacpaperdoll.com

Ah, how I love Sundays. Being free from work, with lots of hours to spend as you wish, enjoying the last taste of freedom before returning to a new week.

The other Sunday, we went outside and were hit with a harsh chill, much like this Sunday. Instantly regretting not layering up sufficiently, I pulled my hat down further and wriggled my fingers in my mittins as I waited to warm up slightly.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Winter Woolies - Staying Cosy in Style this Winter


As this has been my first winter at home in a few years, I have been really loving wrapping up nice and cosy. So much so, that I have amassed quite the winter woolly collection.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Sparks Fly at Norah Casey's Spark Seminar



Last Friday, I attended Norah Casey's Spark Seminar at the Gibson Hotel. I got the chance to go through work, and was interested to see what it was all about.

I knew of Norah Casey as the Chairwoman and owner of Harmonia. (That's the massive publishing company that owns U Magazine, Tatler and Woman's Way, among others.) If this was all Norah Casey did, I'd be impressed. Chairwoman and owner of publishing company is exactly the kind of woman you'd be mad not to admire. But the long and varied list of Norah's many, many roles is enough to make you need a little sit down to recover.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Instagram Roundup - January


I thought I would do a round up post each month of my life through Instagram. I've seen other bloggers do this and thought it was a nice idea. And hey, if we're being entirely honest, I think it will be a post that won't take ages to put together!

Monday, 9 February 2015

Voya Seaweed Bath

The other night I climbed into a piping hot bath filled with green, smelly, slimy tendrils.

Voya Seaweed Bath lilacpaperdoll.com

Monday, 2 February 2015

A Phone-less Weekend and What I'm Reading

Hi everyone. Apologies for another bad week of blogging. I can't believe it's February already! I had the crappy experience of phone death on Friday night. My S3 took one fall too many and that was that.

I've just bought a replacement after a phone-less weekend, but when I got home I realised that the mini-sim I have is somehow too big for my new phone, so now I have to wait another day to be connected again.

Being without my phone has made me realise how much I depend on it. It's a bit scary how often I go to take out my phone during the day. It's funny, because whenever I'm backpacking, I love being kind of free from my phone. So much so, that when I moved to New Zealand after travelling around Asia, I put off getting a phone for ages and ages. I was reluctant to get tied to a phone and enjoyed the fact that I wasn't always contactable!

I have also realised how much blog-related stuff I do on my phone, what with all the social media and arranging photos etc. I really feel that I've fallen way behind on all things blog-related.

But on the bright side, I enjoyed reading a book on my commute today, something I used to always do, but since I started blogging I find that commute is always spent on my phone. I think I should have one day a week where I just read on the way to and from work.

I, of course, wanted to read more this year, and was thinking two books a month, but what do you know, it's now February and I've only read one and a half, oops. In my defense, I've also read a lot of samples from the Kindle store, as I research how best to spend the rest of my Amazon voucher!



So far this year I've read The Moment by Douglas Kennedy, well, re-read. I love Douglas Kennedy books. This one is set in Berlin during the time of the Berlin Wall, so I think it's my favourite of his books. I read it before and during my trip to Berlin, which was great.

I'm currently reading The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, which I'm really enjoying.

Are you reading anything good at the moment? I bought Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham but I want to save it for a while, because I'm pretty sure that as soon as I start it I'm going to go on a book binge and absolutely devour Lena's lovely words in one sitting!




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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The Pixie Files- The Reality of Having a Pixie




A look back at the good, the bad and the scary aspects of a pixie hairstyle.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Superfood Kale Salad with Parma Ham & Parmesan

kale salad recipe - parmesan, parma, tomato, onion, olives and balsamic vinegar

This is a super, super salad that will have you feeling filled with smugness and satisfaction.

Basically this salad is both delicious and contains my favourite superfood; kale. When I made this, I was feeling as run down as anything.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Paper Doll in 2015


Okay, so this post was written in the New Year's glow, filled with fresh start goodness and thoughts of being productive. But you know me by now, I continued to be as busy as before.

Friday, 2 January 2015

2015 Has Arrived!

2015 has arrived on lilacpaperdoll.com

Happy New Year everyone! 
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