“Glamping” – a luxury we have only become accustomed to in Ireland in recent years. Camping you wouldn’t find me doing these days but glamping – hell yes! Gone are the days of trying to stuff into and poke around a two man tent that starts to leak as soon as there is a hint of rain. Not ideal for the Irish summer! Having longed to try the glamping at the renowned Dromquinna Manor for so long, we finally bit the bullet and booked a night away recently and boy, was it worth the wait.
Stuffy, pokey tents these are not – they are pure luxury when it comes to camping! Custom double-skin roofs, veranda decking area, a little basket of toiletries, hot water bottles, the most comfortable and luxurious bed and they even have a canvas wardrobe for your clothes! Possibly a most vital inclusion? (well I’ll let you be the judge of that) – a power point for mobile phone chargers. The on site facilities are excellently maintained and spotless with plenty of mirrors and hairdryers in “Her Stables” – so aptly named – and when the rain pelted, (all evening and all night – thank you Irish summer!) the tent proved its worth and thankfully, we remained bone dry.
The setting is simply stunning and tranquil overlooking the lake and glorious Kerry mountains – the perfect place to switch off and relax. There is a gorgeous on site restaurant and bar called “The Boathouse” serving up delicious food and drinks and a large gin menu if you so fancy!
Last but not least, a hamper of croissants and tea/coffee (and juice for the kids) is delivered to your tent the next morning. What better way to start the day than with a good strong coffee on the deck overlooking the lake in peace!
All in all, we had an excellent experience and I will definitely return again! 10 out of 10 and the perfect getaway for couples, friends or families!
Wishing I was on that swing with a large gin right now….
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Hi guys! Happy Tuesday with bells on it! I haven’t done a “Tuesday Shoesday” post in quite a while so I decided to put together an edit with some of my most favourite espadrilles & slider styles that are available right now and bang on trend.
I am having quite an obsession with espadrilles and sliders. There are too many gorgeous pieces out there and had to really narrow down the post so as not to bombard you all! We may not be having the best summer but lets embrace the “slightly” warmer temperatures and leave those boots aside. Just click on the pictures for direct links!
Tuesday Shoesday / Current Favourites
Soludos Platform Gladiator Sandals
Jeffrey Campbell Pink Suede Sandals
Adidas Sliders @ Asos
Leather Slides @ Anthropologie
Topshop embellished sliders
Soludos Tall Dove Grey Espadrilles
Espadrille Sandals @ Topshop
I genuinely want them all! Happy shopping and keep an eye out for those summer sale bargains too, there are lots to be had.
Apologies in advance for the diminishing bank balances if you too have a shoe addiction.
P.S. How gorgeous is the style in the cover photo! ?
C, X x
This is such an easy and nutritious dinner to make! Not only that but these fritters are also super tasty and something different to do with all that quinoa and sweet potato for a change! I picked up the recipe from the first Deliciously Ella book. This recipe would serve 6 people but I made up the whole batch, cooked some and froze the rest for later!
You will need:
1 large sweet potato
260g quinoa (1 mug)
4 tablespoons almond butter (I used peanut butter) * You can also substitute the almond/peanut butter for Tahini if you have a nut allergy *
8 tablespoons buckwheat or brown rice flour (I had gluten free white rice flour and used this)
4 tablespoons tomato puree
2 tsp ground turmeric and 2 tsp ground cumin
Salt (I used pink Himalayan) and pepper
Peel and chop the sweet potato into small pieces and steam/boil for about 20 minutes until soft.
As they cook, rinse the quinoa under cold water until the water runs clear and place in a saucepan with the juice from one of the lemons and 600ml (2 mugs) boiling water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes until all the water has evaporated and the quinoa is fluffy.
Drain the sweet potatoes once they are soft and blend them in a food processor with the juice of the other lemon and the almond/peanut butter, tomato puree, flour, turmeric, cumin and a dash of the salt and pepper until smooth.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180C.
Put the sweet potato mix into a large bowl and mix in the cooked quinoa. Grease a large baking tray with some olive oil and scoop 2 tablespoons of the mix onto the tray to make a large circle, then do the rest with the remaining fritters which should give you twelve circular fritters.
Bake for 20 minutes until they are perfectly stuck together and then if you like you can place them in a frying pan with a little olive oil to fry each side for a few minutes so they are a little crispy.
Bon Appetit! X
“One day like this a year will see me right….” I’m still singing after the Elbow gig at Live at the Marquee on Wednesday night! I absolutely adore music and always feel so uplifted after a good gig! That being said, I don’t go to enough concerts, something I need to start doing more! I picked up this cute smock summer dress from Asos recently. It was quite the bargain at €37 and have it linked below too (just click on the pictures for links). It’s really good quality and has that lovely jersey material for a good fit. Winner all round!
Current Favourite Summer Dresses
I’m obsessed with dresses at the moment! I think it’s because as a nation and our climate, we don’t get the chance to get out of the jeans much but I’m definitely making more of an effort this summer. That being said, I don’t know if it’s a good thing because right now I want all the dresses! Smock and midi styles being my top favourites. Topshop, Zara, River Island and Asos have a great range at the moment and lots of good offers! Whitefawn Boutique also have the most divine range at the moment and they are also having a sale!
The dress above that I wore on holidays is from an Australian label called Auguste and is now sold out, however they do have other gorgeous pieces in stock and some on sale!
I adore the label. They have such a gorgeous range of clothing, however they are that little bit more expensive as the pieces are such good quality and you must be prepared to pay customs charges on delivery! So you would really really want to get the wear out of your piece before purchasing.
Happy shopping 🙂 C, X
Festival season is currently in full swing and summer has finally arrived! When it comes to festival style, keep it easy going and above all else, comfort is key. Festivals in Ireland more often than not, can be wash- outs so make sure to pack those wellies and rain jackets. Here are some of my top picks for festival style to get your festival wardrobe in check. Just click on the images for the links!
Kimonos are a boho festival staple and so easy to style. The best thing about purchasing your festival wardrobe at the moment? There is lots of sales happening at the moment so check out your favourite store as there is definite bargains to be had. When it comes to sales and bargain hunting, I prefer shopping the sale sections online as it is much less stressful than fighting to get to the clothes rails!
***Fancy Festival Footwear***
Let’s be honest – when you are going to a festival in Ireland, there will be rain and where there’s rain, there is LOTS of mud! So come prepared. I purposely haven’t included any sandals as it is incredibly rare for a festival in Ireland that you will get the chance to wear them. Lest you want to be struggling around a mud covered field destroyed! You want to be warm and comfort is utmost key. My one piece of main advice is to invest in a good pair of wellies. Yes, they may hurt the wallet at the time but you will never be so grateful for a good fitting comfortable pair for all the walking, dancing and all that lovely mud! For the rare dry days, a funky pair of ankle boots or converse will complete your vibe.
Happy shopping! Peace out X