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Have you heard the Goss?

Last night, Buck Whaley’s of Leeson Street was the venue of choice to host Goss.ie‘s first birthday celebrations – and it was done in style.

IMG_3998Goss.ie is Ireland’s first website for the latest news from the world of Irish showbiz. Set up in 2014 by entrepreneur and award-winning journalist Alexandra Ryan, Goss.ie now has a dedicated reader-ship and an expanding team working hard behind the scenes. The mainly female-friendly pop website also caters for the latest news in movies, music, television, and last night Ali revealed two new sections to be added: Goss beauty – for the latest reviews and how-to’s, and Goss TV – a 60 second mash- up on the latest breaking news that you need to know.

In Goss.ie fashion, pink cocktails and gorgeous treats (set up by Sugar & Spice ) were provided for the guests; who included models and athlete Kelly Donegan and Hazel O’Sullivan, Mr Ireland Karl Bowe, social media guru’s Ciamh McCrory and Darragh Doyle and bloggers Nirina Plunkett of Killer Fashion, Mei-Ling Tong of Darling Buds of Mei, and Lorna Duffy of Fashion Boss. My favourite part of the night was definitely the photo-booth with these gorgeous bunch. The party was kindly sponsored by Cocoa Brown tan, who had everyone glowing (or maybe it was the strawberry daiquiri’s, who knows).



Some of the tasty treats provided by Sugar & Spice

Some of the tasty treats provided by Sugar & Spice

Huge congratulations to Ali and her team – Lisa, Sean, Sorcha, and Meghan on all their hard work, here’s to many more birthdays for Goss.ie!

Last night I wore floral silk tailored shorts from H&M- €20, a white cotton lazer-cut top from Topshop- €25, vintage leather belt from NineCrowStreet– €30, Leather bag from Zara sale- €10, and sandals from the Topshop sale- €30. I teamed this with simple makeup and a vibrant lip colour from Penny’s.

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Recovery 3.0

I know self-praise is no praise, but I feel I have deserved a tremendous pat on the back for passing the 6 month mark since my last operation. The manner in which millions of damaged cells, nerves, and muscle fibres are able to regain vitality after such brutal tearing, pulling and cutting is truly fascinating; the human body is an otherworldly entity.

Only now is my body able to catch up with my mind and allow the realisation to set in; I’m a mentally abled 21 year old who cannot bend forward, backwards, left, or right, who cannot run or jump or partake in anything strenuous really. You cannot imagine the constant disgruntlement I have towards my situation; and yet it is nothing compared to the billions of children who are riddle with HIV, who have lost limbs after accidentally stepping onto a mine field, or who struggle to achieve basic human rights. But I cannot fairly compare myself to these children because we live worlds-apart. We are lucky enough to have an adapting society that caters for the harsh injustices in the world, and a relatively safe one.

Since entering my adult life it has becoming increasingly difficult to cope with having a “disability”; a difficulty which has been heightened drastically since I have been left unable to work since January 2014. I use the term “disability” lightly; I have accepted that I am a disabled person but the Irish state has failed to see this and has neglected my plea for help. After emailing a certain Labour councillor twice with no response, I decided to call him. My first call was rejected and the second went to voicemail. This was over three weeks ago, I have heard nothing yet. I am only one of thousands of children and adults that don’t receive the appropriate support and help for illness or disability. Where is the justice?

On a brighter note, Pilates has proved a good remedy to regain some flexibility; I can’t do certain poses and flexes but the one’s that I can do seem to be working well! My time now is mostly spent managing pain and trying to get on with college life. I am still trying to gain weight- I haven’t gained any since the operation and the large pins in my hips are starting to protrude through my skin; not very comfortable as you can imagine and its painful sitting on hard chairs or anything stiff.

I’m keeping as positive as I can though, and have been in touch with Scoliosis Ireland who are helping other people like me get the help they need. Don’t ever let a disability or illness define who you are or what you can do. Mind over matter always.


Cultured Cuppa

From music to macchiato

Bad news for music lovers, but great news for you coffee lovers. Walton’s World of Music on Parnell Street made the transformation from music to macchiato, and has become a trendy new café and restaurant in the heart of the city.

As a fellow musician, who used Walton’s quite a bit, I was saddened to see it go, but my remorse quickly subsided after tasting their delightful coffee! Situated opposite St. Fredrick’s Street church, the entire shop has been given a lovely and fresh make-over and adds a little bit of aesthetic charm to the old street.

The Old Music Café and Restaurant is designed like an old country cottage, and the décor certainly gives it that ‘homey’ feel! I’m usually pretty safe when it comes to my coffee, I’m a cappuccino kinda’ gal, but the pretty menu (and pretty prices) enticed me to order a latte with a shot of caramel. Definitely my new go-to drink. And then I got the whiff of hot-from-the-oven scones, with fresh cream and strawberry jam; sure look.

But coffee is not their only speciality. Split into two separate seating areas, coffee goers can enjoy relaxing on the couch and exploring the décor, while the restaurant goers are surrounded by elegance and charm, and of course a decent bit of grub too.

The Old Music Café and Restaurant is a lovely little gem on the North side of the city. Check out their facebook page for more info.


– CulturedCuppa


Two ‘crumbs up’ from me!

Move over Marks and Spencer’s cookies; there’s a new kid on the block
You know that warm and fuzzy feeling you get eating a delicious M&S cookie? Well imagine that, only better, AND Irish(hooray Irish produce). On my travels over the weekend I came across The Dublin Cookie Co– the creation of Jenny Synnott and Jason Giles.

After meeting in college, Jenny collaborated her love for cookies with Jason’s love for the freshest fruit around; His juicy German cranberries make a perfect combo with her creamy white chocolate chip cookie dough.
As a healthy eater myself I am pretty conscious of my over-indulgent sweet tooth; but The Dublin Cookie Co. provide a healthy and delicious alternative to regular over-the-counter biscuits or cookies, and use fresh and tasty ingredients.

My favourite was definitely their sea-salted caramel and toasted pecan cookies; a perfect sweet and healthy snack for an afternoon cuppa tae! They also offer classic dark chocolate chip and creamy white chocolate and fresh cranberries.

I picked up a lovely packet of 6 mixed cookies for a fiver which stayed fresh for two days.

The Cookie duo want to expand their tasty treats from the lovely surroundings of The Grand Social market, into national supermarkets. If you want to get your hands on a packet you can catch them at the Grand Social Saturday market or by contacting The Dublin Cookie Co. on Facebook or you can email Jason at gfruit@gmail.com or Jenny at Jennysynnott@yahoo.ie

Love, Cultured Cuppa

Look, but dont touch

After a four year break, Kate Moss returns to Topshop with her latest collection. But was it to be as compelling and show-stopping as people are hyping about?

Kate Moss: those unforgivingly high, and cut-off infamous cheek bones. Her launch in 2007 was deemed as, “the most sought-after high street collection in history”. Indeed Kate is the epitome of fashion hierarchy, but was another celebrity collaboration with sir Phillip Green needed again? I have to say I much prefer her original collection which dappled together a perfect blend of shiny-neon, with bold vertical and horizontal prints.
Officially launched online last night, Kate’s (we’re on first name basis, it’s cool) collection received such tremendous feedback that they had to raise garment prices globally. This meant that your cream and delicately stitched Kaftan, that was 98 euros, now became 114 euros- not much difference out of your pocket, but a massive escalation in Kate’s already bottomless pockets.

Tasselled, beaded, backless, show-stoppers. All words which described the new collection, but sadly there are few pieces which truly caught my attention. Her collection in itself is exquisite- but for a different market. Irish girls will not be going around dressed as uber-cool boho inspired beauties any time soon. Not unless Irelands climate rises by 5 degrees first, at least. Her soft and delicate kimono’s, although beautifully patterned and shaped, just do not suit our poor skin tones and for the quantity of material used (I know, quality, not quantity), I can’t justify paying one hundred-and-odd euro’s for one.

I was disappointed by Topshop’s flagship stores’ range of products. I was expecting heavily sequenced and dazzling dresses. And if the pieces were available, they were not allowed be taken out of the plastic protective over-lay for fear of damage. Not very functional. In saying that, the cowboy-brown suede frilled jacket made me fan-girl a little. As well as being aesthetically perfect, it fitted heavenly. Maybe one day.
So unless you’re willing to spend a couple of hundred this year to look ‘festival chic’ for Body and Soul, Kate and her collection will be hitting the back-burner. Give it a couple of months and Penny’s will have the finest rip-offs you can get your hands on.




Urban Dublin: Jess Tobin

Dublin city is evolving herself quite well with all the wonderful people around lately. Our small dot on the map is fast becoming a hot-spot for art, especially graffiti. Dublin is becoming an urban jungle, and I like it.

There is more to graffiti than writing ‘Jocko luvs sandra’ on the chipper wall at 2am, armed with a balaclava, I promise.

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Jess Tobin is a super talented young lady who represents herself well on the Dublin scene. A bit of a newbie to the graffiti scene, she throws herself in with the big dog’s. Here’s what she has to say about herself.

“I’m an artist/illustrator/street artist. I’m not sure if I fit into any or all of those categories. I’m a bit of them all I guess”

Jess’s family didn’t hesitate to get their daughter into art as soon as possible and she received her first water colour set at just aged seven.

“I have a very arty family and have been drawing since I was very young, this was very much encouraged by my family, and both parents are artistic”

“When I was young & packing for holidays my art supplies were my main priority, I’d be the little dweeby kid sitting in the pub in Wexford (Lots of Dub families went to Wexford on holidays) drawing pictures in my sketch book, oblivious to people around me” – cute overload, Jess.

All street artists have a ‘tag’ which identifies them and their work. Jess goes by the name ‘Novice’. I was keen to find out why the talented artist describes herself as an amateur.

“Ha ha ok this is where I get all deep & meaningful. Well as far as I’m concerned, in the street art world, I am a Novice. I have so much to learn. But also I truly believe that the older you get the more you realize how much you have to learn”

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Jess loves to incorporate fashion style and geometric shapes into her pieces and says that “beautiful art inspires me. Fashion photography; it’s all about setting a scene, a vibe, an atmosphere so I go searching for images that have a vibe & composition that I want to incorporate into a drawing”

You can find miss Tobin’s pieces around The Liberties and other city centre locations (hint hint: she frequently paints at The Bernard Shaw).

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You can check out more of Jess Tobin’s art at http://jesstobinartetc.blogspot.ie/

Love, Cultured Cuppa