Nov 29, 2013 - Blog    Comments Off on Costa Christmas

Costa Christmas

Given my grá for Christmas cups, the lovely folks from Costa Coffee invited me to a bloggers’ evening hosted in their College Green premises.  The event was held downstairs and the usual seated area had been transformed into a lovely Christmassy atmosphere.  The room was decorated with straw and fairly lights and I felt like I was in a coffee scented manger in Bethlehem.

Costa Christmas cups

Costa Christmas cups

Upon arrival guests were serenaded by the wonderfully talented Evan Walsh.  Once I took my seat, I was treated to a black forest hot chocolate.  This is the most luxurious hot chocolate imaginable.  Chocolate, cream, black cherries, more chocolate, I could go on.  A banquet of festive nibbles was beautifully presented in our manger and we were free to sample as many as we wanted.  Of course, I made a pig of myself, it would have been rude not to.  I tried the chocolate yule log which was delightful.  It was a moist chocolate sponge with a chocolate cream topping, covered in, yep you guessed it, more chocolate.  My favourite treat of the night, however, was the gingerbread muffin with a golden syrup centre and toffee icing.  I hate ginger, I hate its taste and its smell but this muffin was delicious.  It tasted of Christmas.  I don’t think I ever want to eat anything but the gingerbread muffin again.

Costa cakes

Costa cakes

I think I probably outstayed my welcome as I was reluctant to leave the cosy atmosphere.  The staff were friendly and … Read the rest

Nov 23, 2013 - Blog    Comments Off on 5 Steps to Better Skin

5 Steps to Better Skin

At 28, I’m convinced I’m developing jowls and I’m well on the way to resembling the droopy face of Deputy Dog. My frown lines have well and truly settled and I have the remains of a dried up lake mapped on my forehead. My sulk lines, yes, they are a real thing are embedded into the skin beside my lips. The worst thing is, it will only get worse. How did this happen? Yesterday I was 18 and pitying those in their old age of 30. I was never going to age. I didn’t need to take care of my skin. So here I am, not recognising myself and feeling undecided as to whether I’m to blame, or my skin is to blame for letting me down. From talking to my friends, I’m not alone. We all feel the same way. Dare I say, some of it is also in our imagination? We constantly imagine that we look dreadful. Whether bad skin is a reality or a matter of paranoia, there are a few simple steps that we can follow to brighten our skin, if not at least trick ourselves into thinking we have re-found our glowing youth.

1. Water: I hate it. I hate consuming fluids full stop. I’m probably de-hydrated, perhaps I’ve always been. I feel like I’m drowning my stomach and throat when I drink water and I’ve convinced myself that I suffer with water cramps (?) as a result. I’m currently trying to overcome my own … Read the rest