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Check the Pattern

When we think of check, plaid or tartan, most of us think… kilt, right? These days, it’s mostly seen on loud obnoxious sports fans on away games, or tourists, or at weddings where the dude has some sort of Scottish family ties and decides he simply MUST honour the ancestors in this way. Well, first off, when we talk tartan, …

Waterford Rose Kirsten Mate Maher on stage singing Nina Simone's 'Feeling Good'. Photo: Domnick Walsh

The Lovely Girls Competition

Ok, so this post is really about the Rose of Tralee, but we all love a bit of Father Ted – don’t we? When Father Ted first aired, Ireland was a different place, and I do wonder if shining the light of satire onto some of the more entrenched parts of our culture actually helped to move us along a …

Festival Fashion

Festival Fashion

Besides the practical aspects of what to wear for an actual outdoor music festival (which we’ll get to in a minute), ‘festival fashion’ is a whole thing in itself. A friend was invited to a hen do in Ibiza recently and had a mini panic over the dress code, which was ‘Coachella’, and this is not uncommon. Now, for anyone …

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Pink is for Boys?

According to EU and US surveys, when we think of pink is reminds us of charm, politeness, sensitivity, tenderness, sweetness, childhood, femininity and the romantic. It is, of course, traditionally associated with Girls. Pink is the pale red colour that was named after a flower, the Dianthus family, if you’re interested, were called ‘pinks’ before that became the colour name, …