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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Easter in Amsterdam 2018

I've been to quite a few places in Europe, but I've never been to Amsterdam...until now.

My boyfriend Stephen used to live in Amsterdam, so when he suggested it for our Easter getaway I knew I could get a real insight to the heart of Amsterdam.

Because we're not yet fully immersed into Spring we knew the weather would be hit and miss. So I didn't expect much, weather-wise. Nonetheless, I enjoyed what Amsterdam had to offer in regards to food, architecture and history. 


On our first day we found a place called 'Vegan Junk Food Bar' that was a delicious restaurant that specialised in well, junk food...but without the meat and dairy. Just look at how incredible it looks because it tasted equally as good.

'Vegan Junk Food Bar'


On yer bike...


Cafe Brecht (As in Bertolt Brecht)


What I really wanted to visit was the Rijksmuseum that housed the fruit of the world's most renowned artists, Van Gogh and Rembrant.

However, more than anything I wanted to see Petronella Oortman's Doll House because the week prior I had just finished 'The Miniaturist', a piece of fiction that borrows the real life of Petronella and her Doll's house. It was during her very own experience of witnessing this beautiful piece of art that inspired Jessie Burton to write the story. Such houses back in the 17th Century would have cost just as much as a normal house and was a way for the wealthy women in society to show off their collection, style and interior 'tastes'.

Inside the Rijksmuseum

'Self-Portrait' by Vincent Van Gogh

An example of a 17th Century cabinet/ Doll's house

Inside one of the Dolls' Houses

A close up of one of the rooms in Petronella Oortman's Doll's House

Petronella Oortman

Standard Doll's House

Rijksmuseum's photo of Petronella's actual Doll's house 

Where do I go now?

Monday, 19 January 2015

Australia: Week 1

I'm currently sitting out in the back garden of my brother and his girlfriend's house in Melbourne. I'm enjoying the last of the day's sun after having just returned from a Hot stone massage and facial.

I can't believe I'm on the other side of the Earth, and feeling like I'm in heaven. I flew into Melbourne on Thursday evening, which was Thursday morning back home in Ireland, so I was so quite jet lagged. Something I do remember is driving past fields and fields of kangaroos. I thought 'wow I'm really jet-lagged if I'm seeing kangaroos already, but my brother and his girlfriend were surprised also. It was so surreal. l arrived at my brother's house and met the new addition to their family, George the pug. They also have a Samoyed husky named Eskie who I had met at home in Derry before they moved to Australia.

My brother has been living in Melbourne for a couple of years and now I can appreciate why he and his girlfriend left to live here. The first evening after I had arrived we walked along the harbour and went in for a meaty dinner in a place called Breslins. After that we went to a bar called Madam Brussels which was a bar in an almost derelict building. We entered the building and took the elevator to the top floor. Never did I expect to see what I saw, only a bar in the theme of a 1920's garden party. There were floral suites of furniture, artificial grass and the waiters were dressed in tennis gear, not to mention the most fashionable and hip customers. I was in awe.








I was still very jet lagged so the next day I rested on the hammock and had an intermittent routine of reading, drinking tea and sleeping. The next day we took the dogs a walk to the park, had a nice grilled fry and then ventured into town. We walked about the city and had dinner.


On Sunday, we had high tea at the Hougton Tea Rooms, a chic tea room that always has a queue outside it. We were given a menu of unique teas and were able to window shop our choice of dessert. The sheer decadence of the cakes as they were displayed, the smell of the fragrant teas and the late 1800's ambiance was truly like that of an old film depicting high society. Quite in a sugar coma, we went up Collin's Street, more like 'designer alley' where we coveted the latest trends of the Gods of the fashion world, Chanel being my favourite, Obviously.

















Im so excited for Thursday because my boyfriend is arriving, and it feels amazing that I get to share this experience with him. 

Monday, 15 December 2014

VIDEO: Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)

As Christmas approaches, learn a little about Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), how it may come about, and what someone can do about it. Please leave your comments and let me know if you want me to do more videos.

Thanks so much for watching.


Monday, 4 August 2014

I've Been Getting Naked!

I have been getting NKD, in the Vita Liberata sense of the word that is.

 Vita Liberata, in case you didn't know, is an Irish based company (Hooray! for our home brands) that specializes in fake tanning that's, what Alyson Hogg founder and CEO of the brand says is, " safe, healthy, glowing...and non-toxic". Ireland is nation in dire need for a  'wee colour about us' for we're a pale bunch, especially my fellow redheads and I.

I've been in the Sun a lot recently, but I wear Factor 50 which means there's no hope of getting a tan. (Who am I joking, I'm a redhead, it would take a month for my skin to go from blue to white to yellow to an 'alive looking' colour)
However, I always turn to wearing Vita Liberata's  'pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tanning Mousse' as  gives me a nice lasting glow without having to worry about sun damage. It also gradually wears off without leaving me looking like I've snake skin. This tan is actually House of Fraser's 'Tried and Tested: Tan on Trial' overall winner. The brand is also used by the 'Four Seasons Spa' in Paris, the best Spa in Europe and the 2nd best in the World.

Need I say anymore?

So, with all this in mind, you can imagine how excited I was when I recently received a bottle of Vita Liberata's new tan, 'NKD SKN Tinted Mousse' in 'Medium. 

This week is important/busy for me and I've a Wedding to go to, to add to the excitement. That means that there's no better time than to get NKD!

 Time to get down to the nitty gritty (applying the tan that is!!! --- Get your mind out of the gutter here people)

 I showered and exfoliated, then once I fully dried down I pumped the tan onto the mitt.
At first I couldn't believe how smoothly and quickly it went onto my skin, it was also a gorgeous tint.
I had applied the tan in about 5 Seconds... O.K that's a bit of an exaggeration, but I had it on so quickly because the formula is so light, and not at all sticky (Bonus! I was able to put my clothes on immediately)


You can clearly see how natural the tan looks as it's applied. So far I'm very, very impressed with it because realistically, how often are we able to just put on a coat of fake tan and put on our clothes immediately after? We actually have to do some sort of secret dance to dry quicker with most formulas (Or is that just me?)
If you're interested in trying it out I assure that you won't be disappointed.
You can find out more about Vita Liberata and shop their products on their website: Vita Liberata

If you'd like to see how this tan has lasted keep an eye on my Facebook Page: The Red Dutchess
& Instagram: Red_Dutchess

I'll be doing regular posts on how it has developed, lasted and worn off.

 Thanks to Vita Liberata, and thank you for reading.

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