DIY Christmas: Hot Chocolate Spoons

Monday 21st December…here we are! Hope you had a great weekend filled with Christmas cheer (and maybe some fudge making?!) Thank you for your welcome of my Advent piece about when Christmas is hard. I’ve been stunned at the honesty and courage in your response. I’m back with the last of my DIY Christmas tutorials, justContinue reading “DIY Christmas: Hot Chocolate Spoons”

The 2015 Guide to Ethical Christmas Shopping

Confession: I used to positively recoil at the thought of “ethical clothing”. I was sure that the deadly term meant itchy hemp, year-long autumnal hues and baggy linen trousers that were doomed to fray at the seems. Well, I’m glad to report that my fears were unfounded and that because activism is no longer aContinue reading “The 2015 Guide to Ethical Christmas Shopping”

BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE RECIPE…EVER

So, blogosphere, I’ve been keeping something from you and I don’t think I can do it any longer. I have the recipe for the world’s best chocolate cake. And it’s time for me to share it. I used to work with a great French baker who had lots of secrets up his sleeves and oneContinue reading “BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE RECIPE…EVER”

BANANA BREAD

So, this is a bit of an unusual post – after all, this is no foodie blog. Nor is it even a ‘lifestyle’ blog. However, as I have developed in my thinking about what is important to me and how I communicate it, I’ve felt the need to try to be more of a realContinue reading “BANANA BREAD”

THE BEST CHOCOLATE IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD

My favourite place in Belfast is a little, warm, underground, shiny-surfaced, haven of chocolate delight. Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, birthdays…I love to celebrate them at Co Couture. And one of my pals just proposed to his lovely (now) fiancee with a ring enclosed in a chocolate egg from here, too! So it felt like Christmas whenContinue reading “THE BEST CHOCOLATE IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD”

WhoMadeMyClothes?

Today is the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy during which 1,345 people died at a factory in Bangladesh where their safety and well-being was constantly ignored. The factory produced goods bought by many popular high-street retailers, and the pressure for the promotion of fair treatment and workers’ rights has continued since then.Continue reading “WhoMadeMyClothes?”

CARAC

Kiki, my lovely sister, is back from University for a few weeks. When we hang out we tend to try and solve global issues, paint our nails, reminisce, giggle a lot, talk about the future, shop and other things that sisters do. Yesterday when having a bit of a nostalgia session we remembered one of our favourite SwissContinue reading “CARAC”

BRIDE BLOG #2: an ETHICAL wedding?

I wrote last week that I felt the wedding industry was like a blown-up version of the beauty industry; it would be more true to say that the wedding industry is like a louder, brighter, bigger version of everything…food, transport, accommodation, clothing, decorations, printing: a lot of everyday things wrapped up in bows for aContinue reading “BRIDE BLOG #2: an ETHICAL wedding?”