Parisian Chic in the Heart of South William Street!

Luxury, indulgence and a touch of glamour has arrived at the corner of Dublin’s South William Street and Wicklow Street in the form of the new stand-alone Ladurée boutique.

In the latest exciting addition to the diverse Dublin culinary scene, the chic Parisian patisserie has recently opened its doors to the Salon de Thé (which can also be found in the Ladurée boutiques on Avenues Des Champs Elysées in Paris and in Harrods of London), offering a selection of high-end, French savoury delicacies!

Prepare to be transported directly to a Paris boulevard as you dine from a carefully curated menu of high-end Parisian-inspired dishes, from Le Pain Perdu to Le Croque-Monsieur Ladurée. And for the sweet-toothed, never fear – you can still enjoy an abundance of Ladurée’s traditional macarons, millefeuilles and decadent tartes served throughout the day.

Perhaps the most exciting part of this new addition to the Ladurée boutique is the Ladurée L’heure du Thé menu, or French afternoon tea! In typical Ladurée fashion, the L’Heure du Thé gives this traditional experience a touch of French finesse, serving up a selection of finger sandwiches, pastries, cakes and an assortment of macarons of your choice with a glass of Ladurée Champagne, Rosé or Prosecco.

So whether you fancy a tasty petit dejeuner, a luxurious champagne l’heure du thé or a sweet treat, a trip to the Ladurée boutique and its new Salon de Thé should certainly be on the cards! After all, life is all about little luxuries, right?

 

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A heart throbbing red carpet look this Valentine's Day

From glowing sculpted skin to the ever-popular statement lip, we're taking inspiration from some of the red carpets' leading ladies for our Valentine's date night beauty - with a little help from our favourite luxury budget beauty brand Catrice of course!

Here, we have our top picks from the Catrice collection to help you look red-carpet ready for your date night! Catrice is available from Penneys stores and pharmacies nationwide. 

 

Sculpted Skin

To add structure to the face and emphasize key features the new All Round Contouring Palette, €4.50 is a must-have. With four creamy matt textures and a separate highlighter this palette is perfect for flawless sculpting and shaping.

We have seen the red carpet light up with a little help from a trusty highlighter! The new High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder, €5.50 contains light-reflecting pigment and with a gentle dusting, your look is complete!

 

 The Statement Lip

 The Ultimate Colour Lipstick collection €4.50 is highly pigmented, long lasting and boasts 16 different shades. After all, it is Valentine’s Day so why not go for the look of love with the new ‘Hot n Spicy’ colour, a daring shade of red.

To add a voluptuous finish, the Luminous Lips Lipstick range €4.50 gives the perfect pout!

 

The Dramatic Eye

When it comes to lashes on the red carpet, it’s all about volume! The new 3D Lash Multimizer Effect Mascara, €4.95 provides intense, three-dimensional volume for a dramatic effect!

Over the years, we’ve all come to appreciate the importance of a good brow and the instant change that brows can make to your face. For the perfect pair, the new Velvet Brow Powder Artist, €4.50 is THE go-to product. The flexible sponge applicator and integrated brush shapes and defines the brows in a flash.

Happy Valentines! x

Feast your eyes on the perfect pancake recipe

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Pancake Tuesday arrives tomorrow, just in time to feed that final sweet tooth craving before Lent kicks off.  We loved Chef Donal Skehan’s simple recipes for traditional pancakes and indulgent toppings featured in Saturday’s Weekend Magazine (full recipe available here). 

RECIPE

All you need is:

-          110g of plain flour

-          A pinch of salt

-          2 large eggs

-          200ml of milk

-          75ml of water

-          2tbsp of melted butter

The Pigeon House Delgany - Ireland's latest bespoke wedding destination

Over the past few years, we have seen brides and grooms shying away from large, extravagant (and dare we say, over-sized!) wedding affairs, in favour of smaller, more intimate gatherings of close family and friends. Enjoying your special day is very much top of the wedding priority list and it would now seem that a small-scale reception is the way to go.

This is something that the award-winning Pigeon House is embracing, and this year is collaborating with renowned wedding planner Tara Fay to curate a magical wedding experience at their newest location in the fairy tale village of Delgany in Co. Wicklow. The Pigeon House offers the perfect intimate and authentic wedding venue for the bride and groom to be, with attentive service comfortably catering for up to 100 guests.

Owners of the picturesque Pigeon House, Paul Foley and Brian Walsh have gone that little bit further to put the bride and groom at ease on their special day - no detail overlooked! Paul and Brian have cultivated relationships with many preferred partners, from The Garden Florist to the Dylan Bradshaw Salon. each of whom are experts in the industry.

Michelin Bib award winning chef and owner Brian Walsh has delectably designed family style dining set menu using only the highest quality local artisan produce. A wine list featuring desert and prosecco wines, select cocktails, craft beers and artisan soft drinks has been created to compliment the menu. 

If you’re planning for upcoming nuptials, a visit to the Pigeon House is certainly on the cards!

www.pigeonhouse.ie

 

 

 

Buiding your career... What does it really take?

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It is fair to say that not all jobs are as 'glamorous' or straight-forward as they may appear from the outside, and nothing is ever an easy ride when it comes to carving a solid career in a fast-paced industry. Therefore, it's always refreshing to hear some honest advice from an industry insider on what it takes to be successful in your chosen career path. 

Earlier today, Rosemary Mac Cabe, renowned Editor and Blogger, posted an article on her blog entitled "So you think you want to be a journalist? “, which addresses the 'Sex and the City' perception so often attached to the industry (read the full article here!). 

Needless to say this caught our attention, offering some great insights and advice relevant to all career paths, including PR. A few points really stood out to us:

 

1.    Build Relationships – say “hi” to strangers, make yourself known and don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. After all, people need to know who you are in order to progress in your career.

 

2.    Make yourself indispensable – work hard and don’t be afraid to prove your worth! No task is ever to big or too small, no matter what level you may be at.

 

3.    The all-important pitch – a good pitch should engage your reader, and be persuasive and concise. Keep in mind that story you’re pitching should be something you would like to read yourself!

 

This is certainly well worth a read! 

NCAD student's creative installment 'Gallery of Found Art' unveiled at Brown Thomas Grafton Street

An outstanding opportunity has been given to a group of talented young students of the National College of Art and Design to showcase their innovative talents at Ireland’s most prestigious department store, Brown Thomas Dublin. They have reworked everyday objects such as plastic bottles and chopsticks into creative masterpieces.

The installation titled ‘Gallery of Found Art’ will be in situ until Sunday 21st February 2016. There are a total of ten installations on display, six in the Brown Thomas windows, three on show on the first floor and one sculpture installed in the menswear department. For example, bottles have been used to create a cascading chandelier, chopsticks have been used to make an elegant sculpture and a radiator has been transformed into a chair.

According to John Redmond, the Creative Director of the Brown Thomas group: “The old saying goes that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure and this is especially true when we view the world of discarded materials when seen through the eyes of these students. They have seen the possibilities in items we easily throw away. Instead of heading to the art store, they went to Recreate, an enterprise that takes end of line and surplus stock from businesses and reuses them as art materials. This is a very exciting project for the students who can boast their first exhibition was held on Grafton Street and seen by thousands of people as they passed by”.

Checkout the inspiration behind ‘Gallery of Found Art’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_J5Glmr-eqY&feature=youtu.be