Posts Tagged ‘beauty’

I Love Mayo!

April 20th, 2010 1 comment


Yes I really do and just to prove it, today marks the launch of To start with, this is where I’m selling my own original paintings and prints. I plan to sell locally produced art by other artists, photographers and craftspeople. I’ve always been surprised at the lack of locally produced gifts and souvenirs for sale in the area. Many gift shops sell products that have very little in common with the Ireland of today, let alone products actually produced here.

I will personally source products that I consider to be appropriate to sell and add them to the ilovemayo range over time. If you are a Mayo artist, photographer or craftsperson, and would be interested in ilovemayo selling your products for you, please contact me.

In time, I hope to be able to provide the very best of Mayo products in one place. As always, it’s Al who’s done all the hard work on this project so well done Al, he’s made a great job of the site! Hope you like it.


What Bretts have done right.

July 12th, 2009 2 comments

Fantastic. Vogue August arrived today. There was a price sticker on front that was EASY to peel off. In small neat letters it said ‘Jane’. Perfect. I’m very happy. It’s the little things….


What Sweeney’s have done wrong (Part3)…a solution

June 20th, 2009 No comments

Why didn’t I think of it before? I’ve ordered Vogue from Brett’s and asked Olivia not to write on it! I’m a genius!!!!!


Our Holiday

May 5th, 2009 No comments

We had a wonderful time in France with a group of our old friends from the Evening Standard. Piclist here. We laughed almost constantly. It was so good to see our friends again, the weather was great and we had fantastic surroundings and food. All of the important things in life!


What Sweeney’s have done wrong

February 27th, 2009 4 comments
Jan: Cate Blanchett, Feb: Cheryl Cole, March: Lily Donaldson & The Catwalk Report.
They’ve been defacing my copies of Vogue!  From Left to Right:  Jan: Cate Blanchett, Feb: Cheryl Cole, March: Lily Donaldson & The Catwalk Report.

As I’ve mentioned previously, I have a kind of love/hate relationship with Sweeney’s Supervalu at Achill Sound. That’s because although it’s a 16 mile round-trip to shop there, they are our nearest shop and so they have more of an influence on my life than any shop should.

If you’ve ever looked at my Main Lifelist you might know that I’ve been buying British Vogue since I was 17. It’s the only magazine I’ve ever bought regularly and it’s definitely the only one I keep. I could never throw one away. I’m not worried about keeping them in pristine condition, I like to pick them up (they’re all quite well thumbed), smell them and touch them.

It’s not the perfume samples I like the smell of. It’s the ink on paper, the varnish and the glue. (I think it was the scent of toluene in the varnish that I used to find so appealing. I don’t think they use that anymore). When I worked in magazine production, I became obsessed with the print quality of Vogue and even visited the press where the cover was printed. Yes, I was a printing press groupie. I’ve visited lots and lots of presses not just in the UK but all over Europe.

Anyway, as I say, I’m not precious about my copies once I’ve bought them (I’m considering trying to make some furniture out of some stacks of old ones) but I do think that Sweeney’s should show some respect for the products they sell.  I should be able to buy a pristine copy. If they don’t value them, why should I? I’m paying the full price after all (especially considering the huge Euro mark-up).

There is no need to write the price in Euros on the front cover in BIRO!!!. With a cover as beautifully glossy as Vogue it’s difficult to make a mark with a biro and so whoever does it has to press really hard. Whatever beautiful creature is lucky enough to make the cover ends up with a really ugly tatoo. What a thing to do. It really upsets me that they treat my favourite magazine in this way. Not just that (and I’m sure they don’t see it this way) but they are selling damaged merchandise. I buy it of course but that feeling of saving my beautiful new copy to sit down and enjoy with a huge cuppa and some chocolate has been ruined.


What Sweeney’s have done right.

February 10th, 2009 6 comments
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

We don’t have much choice shop-wise around here. It’s pretty much Sweeney’s Supervalu at Achill Sound (8 miles away) or nothing and so we’ve always had a bit of a love/hate relationship (one sided of course!).

Sweeney’s have been in my good books ever since they decided to start stocking my favourite confectionery. It was extremely lucky for me because this coincided with our decision to quit smoking and I needed something to fill the void.

I’ve been in Ireland for almost 9 years now and miss very few things from old London Town. I’d completely forgotten about Reese’s products, but when I spotted them at the sweetie counter, it was like meeting an old lover again and finding out that age has improved him.

Is it the glossy packaging? I really love the design, but that’s not what makes them so attractive to me. Over the last few years I’ve developed a taste for a kind of alternate sweet/salty mix. I’d got to the point where I couldn’t eat a chocolate bar without a packet of Walkers cheese and onion as a chaser and vice versa (my infatuation with Tayto has long been a thing of the past).

Reese’s have both, chocolateyness and saltiness in the one product and in the perfect balance for me. For a while I convinced myself that Reese’s are healthier for me based on the “why shovel two products down your cake-hole when you can just have one?” principle.  Now it’s turned into something else. There are two Reese’s products in Sweeney’s and I love them both and I can never make my mind up which to eat. It seems so much fairer to just have them both and that way madness lies.

Oh baby!

Oh baby!


and another one…

January 29th, 2009 No comments

John Martyn has died today. His music has been very important in my life and on my lists.


Tony Hart RIP

January 20th, 2009 1 comment

The wonderful Tony Hart has died. He was such an inspiration when I was a child and a big part of the reason I studied Art & Design.

He was however also the source of one of my biggest childhood disappointments. My picture of ‘Sunset with Birds’ (executed in felt tips) was never chosen for the Vision On Gallery. I was so confident that it would be shown that I suspected foul play when it wasn’t. First I blamed the Post Office, then the BBC.

It seems that I’ve reached the age when this type of thing will be happening more and more frequently. Oliver Postgate, another big part of my childhood died in December.


The Achill Drug Robot

October 20th, 2008 No comments

drug robot
This is not a great picture because it was taken with our mobile phone. Well done Al! I didn’t have the nerve to ask.
Silly but I’m a little obsessed with this machine. It’s the ‘robot drug dispenser’ from the pharmacy at Achill Sound. It’s a first in Ireland apparently. I love the bright white surroundings, the clean glass and the rows of little bright boxes. It’s just like an art installation.
Years ago, Damien Hirst was part owner in a London restaurant called The Pharmacy and there were artworks there that in a way were very similar. To me, visiting the chemist at the sound has started to feel a little like a visit to a modern art gallery. It’s a great addition to the area in my opinion, a thing of beauty. Although there is a lot of natural beauty around here, it’s nice to see some man-made beauty for a change. There’s not a lot of that. In fact I can’t think of anything. In this area, man’s intervention generally ruins the place.

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Amazing cloud picture

October 7th, 2008 No comments

Photo of a cloud taken by Al.  It’s a dolphin!dolphin cloud

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