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! 

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Christmas Treats

Who's getting super excited about Christmas? I know I am. 

Thursday was a wet and miserable one, made even more so by the fact that I had a big assignment looming. However, my self-pity was soon erased by a surprise waiting at my door. 

Monday, 15 December 2014

Mince Pies - Where are the Best Mince Pies in Dublin?

I can hardly believe that I used to dislike mince pies. How weird.

Now, I love them. Can't get enough of them, in fact.

Being a good citizen, I've taken it upon myself to do some mince pie research so I can fill you in on where the best mince pies are to be found.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Do Some Good This Christmas - A Gift to Make a Difference

The Christmas jumper phase continues to grow every year. Now, loads of shops like Penneys and Debenhams stock a great selection of jumpers, there are stalls in the markets just for Christmas jumpers, and real life stores dedicated to the finest funky Christmas attire.

Now, even the cows are embracing the Christmas jumper fashion, thanks to the Send a Cow charity in the UK!

paper doll - send a cow christmas

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Operation Christmas Cheer is Here!

I am a Christmas freak.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Irish Blogger Conference

On Saturday Ireland’s bloggers descended on the Spencer Hotel in Dublin’s IFSC for the first ever Irish Blogger Conference.

Upon entering the revolving doors of the swanky Spencer, we were greeted with bright lights spelling out IBC in sparkling glory - with a hashtag, of course - courtesy of Lisa at LovinLetters. People sipped on prosecco before going in to the conference room to listen to a panel of esteemed Irish bloggers and digital entrepreneurs.

The panel was made up of:

Joanne Larby of The Make-Up Fairy

Leanne Woodfull of Thunder and Threads (and my favourite fashion blogger!)

Rachel Farrell of Oh, Hey There Rachel

Caroline Hennessy of Bibliocook

Masterchef Ireland judge and restaurateur, Nick Munier

Conor Lynch from SocialMedia.ie

Sue Jordan of Cherry Sue, Doin the Do

Ali Rose of the Goss,ie. 

Keith Mahon of TheTaste.ie

All spoke about their experiences in the world of blogging, how they got to where they are today, and how blogging has changed their lives and given them some fab opportunities.

There was an afternoon break where we were let loose on tempting displays of make up from Essence, Catrice and Wet and Wild, as well as aloe vera and coconut water drinks. Beautifi had a make up stand set up for touch ups.

Then there were the cupcakes, mini works of art created by Jen's Couture Cupcakes. They were snapped up quicker than the make up!

Luckily, I was able to get one before they were gone, but failed at capturing the fabulous edible stiletto perched on top in all its glory.

The bloggers took questions from the audience, which was great. It was really interesting to hear how some of the girls deal with online haters, trolls and downright bullying. It's scary stuff, and really shitty that they have to deal with that.

One point that was repeated again and again was not to get into blogging for the freebies! We all know this already, but hearing the fashion bloggers detailing how much effort goes in to their outfit posts, with linking to all the products etc, underlined the point even more.

The unique power that bloggers have was also highlighted. If a brand sends a product to a blogger who then posts one image of the product to their Instagram followers, it gets exposed to thousands of engaged and responsive followers, who want to know what bloggers think about their goods.

If you consider the fact that an average women's magazine in Ireland has a circulation of say, 20,000, and then consider the following that some bloggers have, it really shows the power of bloggers and their worth. And yet advertisers will happily spend massive chunks of their budget on traditional media, despite the fact that when it comes to television advertisements for example, we tend to ignore them.

While we all like a good freebie, when you consider that a blogger has the ability to make a product sell out in hours, due to their Instagram following alone (not even taking into account the actual blog!) getting a free pair of shoes doesn't really match up to the value bloggers provide.

The day was filled with inspiration. The bloggers stated the importance of being original, sticking to you niche (oops, I'm guilty of that one!) and working really, really hard in order to get ahead.

Being in a room full of fellow bloggers is just brilliant. It's very inspiring and also a relief to be surrounded by other who just get the weird world of blogging.

Emma O'Farrell and Fiona Reid of Cool Events really impressed with the organisation of the event, and I look forward to the next event in the new year.

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Friday, 28 November 2014

Super Miss Sue - Seafood Excellence

oysters super miss sue dublin paper doll

Super Miss Sue is a fantastic Dublin restaurant that really impresses. Owned by John Farrell of 777 and The Butcher's Grill, Super Miss Sue provides the perfect dining experience.
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