Friday, September 24, 2010

For Arthur....

Yesterday was Arthur's Day - a day Guinness celebrated their 250th year anniversary as the brewer of their world renowned beverage. Very Irish and a big deal. I didn't go out and celebrate, Karl on the other hand did. I don't like Guiness but he, as most Irishmen, does.

What do you think of Guiness yourself? I can't stand it, or any other beer in fact.

New Earrings

These are my new earrings. Glass beads in deep petrol with a shade of turquoise. They're so adorable!!

They change shades depending on how the light hits them and from what angle you are looking at them, kind of like my hair at the moment.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Dazzling Red Hair - Because I'm Worth it

After watching too many episodes of Desperate Housewives lately, I was inspired to colour my hair red. It's true that the last time I coloured my hair a few weeks ago I tried to go for a red colour, but it was only as I had not tried red before and wanted to try something new. I got a shade of red that wasn't too bold, but after Desperate Housewives and seeing Bree I wanted to try something more bold, since the last time you could barely see my hair was red to begin with.

The results turned out far better this time, you can clearly see my hair is red! It was a bit freakish while I was in the progress of dying it though, as it looked as if my head and hands were covered in blood. I'm still a bit disappointed that my roots are significantly more red than the rest of my hair. I guess dying your hair black and wanting to try anything else can be a bit of a hassle, but I didn't want to go to the hairdressers and make it lighter. I might do that for the next time, or I might just simply go back to dying my hair black.

So what do you think? What should I go for next time? Red... or.... black?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cheese, Ham and Red Onions equal a piece of Heaven

I'm going to watch a movie on my laptop and enjoy my snack platter I have just made.
Ham, cheese (cheddar preferably, if you have smoked applewood it is so much better), cherry tomatoes (please use these and not normal tomatoes), red onion and mushrooms. Add a slice of buttered toast and a beverage you enjoy.

Quick, incredibly tasty and fun to eat, as you're taking small bites from each category.

Does it seem like something you would enjoy?

Food, Laughter and Family does the Soul Good

This weekend will be spent quietly at home so I can show you what I was up to last weekend instead. 

Me and Karl went to the Laughter Lounge in city center. We bought our tickets through work as there was a group event organized. The Laughter Lounge is a stand up comedy club with three different locations. 

You can find their website Here.

I wore a lovely short 50s style dress in a bright green pattern and draped on a scarf. 

We took the bus into Dublin. There was rain pouring down so we took shelter under some wines by the busstop.

My new bag got a bit of rain damage but fortunately dried up.

In the Laughter Lounge we got a free cocktail each that quite frankly was a bit disappointing. They were a bit lukewarm and I would be surprised if there was any alcohol in them. Our fingerfood went down quicker and was absolutely tasty though! Don't ask me why there is a pen in the picture...

It felt like we were waiting forever for the acts to start and the room was very warm with the big spotlights bruning from above.

The laughing lounge chair in the club's logo looks like one of Karl's co-workers, which we all thought was incredibly funny. 

There was a surprising large amount of people from work present but only a few people from my team.

We all got our hands stamped with "Puff" and "Fag". I didn't notice until a few of my friends arrived and we compared our stamps.

The evening was very lovely and even though I don't have any pictures from the comics (no cameras allowed) I was laughing heartily and the standup comics were genuinly funny and talented. At the end of the night Paul Sinha performed. I hadn't heard of him before but he is apparently quite well known.

He talked about having his own special niche as he is an Asian/British gay standup comedian that is a trained GP. I think I enjoyed his act the most out of the four comedians we saw. At the end of the night he talked about how he has been single since, I think it was 2001, as he travels quite a lot.

He surprised us all by starting to describe the love of his life, and it turned out to be a person sitting right in front of me - somebody from work! As the crowd cheered on Paul took a picture of him with his mobile phone and they exchanged some flirtatious remarks. At the end of his act he went over and hugged the guy and they also kissed on the lips.


The next day we had a big family dinner. Karl's dad, sister and brothers came along, with husbands, wifes and girlfriends also present. There were two pregnant women in the room but otherwise the kids had bee left at home with babysitters.

I was too busy helping Karl in the cooking and cleaning to take pictures and after it was finished too engrossed in eating it to bother bringing out my camera. We had a traditional Sunday roast dinner though, with mashed potatoes, croquettes, boiled vegetables and a lovely piece of meat. For desert there was a huge trifle that we all wolfed down.

We went out for drinks and went to a few different pubs. I enjoyed drinking Kopparberg's new cider: Strawberry & Lime. If you haven't tried this I feel it is my duty to highly recommend it, as it's very, very nice!

We sat around talking about everything and anything. Karl, Tony, Paul, Mark, Karen, Corina and Tony.

Nathalie, Corina and Tony.

Tony posing in his most handsome angle.

I wore a black lace dress, a red belt and a heart necklace.

My playing cards cardigan from H&M and a lovely suede bag from Topshop got to follow me out for the night.

The chairs were very comfortable! I also loved the floors.

This particular bar was very colourful and there were posters, paintings in bold colours hanging

We were sitting in a corner at the end of the bar, in a little enclosement, so we could be loud and obnoxious without bothering the other people.

Everybody had their own different favourite drink. I stuck to my Strawberry & Lime.

Natalie and Me

We went to three different pubs and at the end of the night I was very tired. At one point I was leaning my head on the table, just wishing everybody else would get tired so we could get home. A few people stayed over and slept in our spare room and on the livingroom couch.

I felt it was a very nice night. I got to know Karl's family a bit more and felt I opened up a bit more and became less shy. It can be a bit difficult when you have to get to know somebody's family and you're pushed into a tight group of people that have all known each other for a long time and have memories and things in common, but this night was very nice for me.