I have moved domains! 


Hello, 

So last week I made the change to The Little Things Company and I shall no longer be posting here on Little Things by Ebony. 

Thank you for your support so far and I’d love if you would join me over there! 

Ebony 

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Little Things Turns One!

As you can probably guess it’s been 1 year since I took the plunge and picked a name and theme. Writing a blog has not only brought many opportunities to my door but has come along with a whole community of bloggers and amazing people with it.

During my first year I found writing to be cathartic, challenging and enjoyable. I didn’t set any goals for myself as I wanted to see how organic it would be. Turns out I’m completely addicted and it’s been the best decision. This year I shall set goals for myself and the first one shall be launching my website soon. 

‘The Little Things Company’ is the umbrella under which my blog shall now live. Expect more posts of a beauty/ food/ crafting variety! 

I’ve wanted to do this for a very long time, I have spoken to fellow bloggers who have been so kind, fountains of knowledge and so patient when I ask silly questions. Thank you to all of you! It is very refreshing to know that you can be supported everyday by people in the same boat. 

My first post was called New Beginnings and this is New Beginnings 2.0. I was in a very different mindset last year and didn’t expect to do a 180 and go back to my art roots. I don’t know why I fought it for so long it was always going to happen.

This post also marks another change. Tomorrow shall be my last day at my current job, after nearly three years and with all the opportunities that have come my way recently, the time had come. 

A completely natural choice and one I’m so happy about. I have so many posts planned and I can’t wait to share them with you- I hope you’ll tag along too.

Thanks for reading,

ebony

“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you might find, you’ll get what you need” Mick Jagger 

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Tanya Bakes Giveaway!

Morning all, 

Who doesn’t love a cute cupcake or delicious cookie over coffee? I like to spend my afternoons off baking, but I especially like enjoying the treats afterwards.

I’m so excited for The Great British Bake Off to start again and in honour of it and my new favourite cook book, I’m running a competition.

I have loved using the Tanya Bakes book so much I’ve decided to give one away! So you can practise your baking for next years GBBO/GIBO.


To enter like my Instagram page, this picture and tag 3 fellow baking buddies! 

Alternatively enter on Facebook, like my page, this picture and tag 3 friends.

Easy 🙂 

The competition will end at midnight on the 23rd of August and the winner, picked at random, announced the 24th. Which is also when GBBO start again. Excitement!

Good luck everyone!

ebony

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Hodson Bay Getaway

We traveled to Athlone for two nights as last year I won a mini break with Today FM. Now I’ve never won a competition before let alone one for a break away so I didn’t really know what to expect. We were so spoiled by the Hodson Bay Hotel that I didn’t want to go home in the end.

The day we arrived the staff took our details and planned everything for us which included dinner and a day in their award winning spa. I couldn’t begin to tell you how nice and obliging the staff were- especially Roisin and Charlee. Our room was overlooking the lake and had a bottle of wine waiting for us when we arrived.


We had a stroll around the lake and visited some of the boats in the harbour. We may become boat people after seeing some of those beauties. I’ve always wanted a barge, my favorite show as a baby was Rosie and Jim, so maybe that explains it ha!

The spa day was amazing, we were treated to a full facial and massage, using Phytomer products. I loved these products and even Eoin remarked how well his skin felt afterwards. My therapist Charlee, was a fountain of knowledge with the best masseuse skills I’ve ever come across. We spent an hour in the Thermal Suite before our treatments and it was the first time I’d properly switched off in a long time. I left feeling like a million dollars and we’ve come to the conclusion that we are definitely spa people. Afterwards Eoin wanted to go for a swim so I popped a hairmask on from The Body Shop in visited the sauna for a while. The pool was very busy with families* but I could’ve stayed there for days. I slept like a baby that night, I’m putting more days like this into the diary.


We spent the best part of three days eating, drinking and feeling zero guilt about it! It was such a treat but it is back to eating well now, or trying to at least. Thank you to the lovely staff at the Hodson Bay and TodayFm for a much needed getaway! 

ebony 

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*A great hotel if you have a young family, swimming, water sports and even a Viking boat trip to Athlone castle. 

 

 

 

Benefit Brows Are The Answer

For years I’ve ruined my brows with wax, threading, dyeing, over plucking and general abuse. As a kid I had sparse, blonde eyebrows that were like two rectangles on my forehead. When my mum caved and let me get them shaped I was obsessed with keeping them thin. This also caused years of torturous regrowth and filling in.

As a commitment to them I have let them go wild since last December. That probably sounds crazy but they are so fair you can’t see them. They’ve come a long way but it has taken ages! I used to spend a frightening about of time on them. Who doesn’t spend the majority of their morning drawing on eyebrows?

Well, now you really don’t have to labor over them anymore. No more brushing, fixing into place, finding the perfect shade of gel or powder, loosing your rag when your fave brow brush goes missing.. it’s all  over.

Benefit have changed the game. Releasing a range of eyebrow products that literally change your life. I’m not even being a tad over dramatic here. You need to get your hands on these products!


Goof Proof Brow Pencil (shade no. 2) and Gimme Brow (shade no. 1) are amazing and should’ve gone in my favorites post! Goof Proof is the easiest pencil to use, a diamond shaped tip blends, fills and defines all in one go. Once I’m happy with my general shape I use Gimme Brow to create fuller brows and with the tiny precision tip it is so easy. I’m not a make up artist obviously but I love the look of my brows now. 


The range is so extensive and the shades will suit just about anyone! Do yourself a favor and pick them up now,

ebony

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My Favorite Products This Month


As a nation who battle Rickets and a lack of vitamin D each summer we tend to tan a lot for that ‘healthy glow’. There have been complete and utter failures on the tanning front. I’ve learned my lesson and through some ugly attempts I have come to the conclusion that cremes and mousses are my friends. Step up my favorite product so far this year- L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Fresh Feel Gel. I wrote about it earlier this year if you would like more information. I use this every week, so easy to apply and get rid off. Everyone should try it.

Next up is iWhite, instant teeth whitening. 5 days, 10 trays, easy. I would highly recommend these whitening strips. As we cannot get hold of Crest strips here in Eire this seems to be the next option. I noticed a difference after two days and unlike other whitening gels or toothpastes I didn’t suffer from any sensitivity afterwards. They are sold in Boots for around 30 euro, but were recently on offer. They can be used should you have an occasion coming up and want those pearly whites. I would also like to point out that you should visit your dentist before taking on any whitening treatments. Look after your teeth!

My favorites list wouldn’t be true if I didn’t include a hair care product. Xpert Professional Structure Smooth Shock Foaming Oil (that’s a mouthful) is amazing. I’ve naturally dry, frizzy curls and this is the ultimate frizz free product. Not only does this smell amazing, it holds the curls for days. Works beautifully with a blow dry too, especially if you have thick hair, no fly aways. A massive thumbs up for this one.

Face masks seem to be the next beauty craze and I have been using the Beauty Pro Collagen Mask with Brightening Vitamin C. I tend to use these when I’m alone as they are quite frightening. No one needs to meet the DHL guy in this bad boy. They are “formulated with high potency vitamins, herbs and botanicals”, they also sound like the back of a gin bottle. Unfold the mask, slap it on the watch some crap reality TV for 15 minutes. Maybe even pour yourself an actual g&t in the process. Happy days.

Now onto the most disappointing product I’ve ever come across. Simple was a brand I used to use but after the age of 16 you move on from. I was hoping for a gentle cleanser for my eyes but alas no. Kind to Eyes Eye Makeup Remover I had hoped would rid me of mascara and the likes with a simple wipe. This stuff burned the eyes out of my head. The product stings your skin and eyeballs and leaves a sticky residue behind. After washing my eyes with warm water, the burning subsided. I think I’ll sticking to Micellar water from now on. Be very careful of this should you have sensitive eyes!

That is my list so far this season, although I know in about a week I’m going to decide it is Autumn and out come all the pumpkin spiced candles, winter layers and Dr. Martens. So long sandals I’m over summer now. Anyone feeling like this?

ebony

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More east coast adventuring.

I’ve fallen for Dun Laoghaire in all it’s glory. The seaside, the houses, the proximity to Dublin without being Dublin. 


It reminds me so much of Cowes on the Isle of Wight where we would visit my grand parents and great grandparents. The ships in the harbour, ice cream and fresh fish. 


I’m a green forest person. I like trees and parks but I think the cute homes swung it for me! I may have to visit again.

We were lucky to get scorching weather so we chilled out in the garden, watching the planes fly over head as they returned to the Air show in Bray. 

Evening strolls around the mews, terraces and private lanes fed my real estate appetite. Although now I’m lusting for a 4 floor, big windowed, pale pink palace. 

I must remember to play the Lotto.

ebony

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My Love of Shirts!

Shirts and blouses. Collarless, giant collars, collars with sparkles. Short sleeve, long sleeves. Fitted, long, layered. They range from black to grey to white. Sometimes they are patterned.

I love shirts. 

Could you tell?

A shirt or blouse for every occasion. Wear them structured, nonchalantly draped or under your favourite jumper or leather jacket, heels or flats. They are my best wardrobe friend!

Some of my all time favourites have been from Marks and Spencer. Great quality, affordable prices AND extra buttons for the larger busted ladies. Nothing worse than a gaping shirt! 

They are killing it with their range recently and I searched long and hard for this one. Alexa Chung teamed up with M&S to create the Archive Collection. Jazzing up pieces throughout the years and bringing them into modern times. 


They created this shirt in both white and blush. Victorian ruffles, structured, high collar, the softest cotton. It was a thing of beauty. It was released and sold out within days, I had no luck. Until I searched the sale online- a size 10 just waiting to be popped into the basket! I was even too impatient to iron it for a proper photo. It also makes me feel like I’m in a Tim Burton film. 


Not just content with finally buying THE shirt, I had another snoop and found this floral masterpiece with navy velvet bow. Navy velvet bow! 

Limited Edition has always been a favourite collection and this has just been added my own collection. Perfect for late summer into autumn. Another nod to that 70’s boho trend that seems to be trucking along into each season nicely.

The Alexa Shirt was €15.99 down from €50 and the Limited Edition blouse is €40. Finding that shirt was like adding a piece of fine art to a wall. I do have an addiction! 


ebony

Winter Crumble in July.

Last week Amazon delivered a lovely package containing Tanya Bakes which I have been dying to try out! I’ve read and re-read it from cover to cover, it looks great and very, very tempting. 

With the weather being terrible, we decided it was a comfort food kind of a day and crumble was the answer. Time to put my new purchase to the test. 

The recipes are very easy to follow and lets you know exactly what you need in advance. I loathe getting half way through a recipe and realising I don’t have the required 22cm square tin or something!


15 mins to prep and 45 to cook. You will need a deep oven proof dish. I used 4 cooking apples, blackberries and raspberries. I’ll try it with rhubarb next. 

Chop fruit,place into the dish and sprinkle with cinnamon. To make crumble topping use 1tsp baking powder, 100g butter, 125g sugar. Crumble with fingers to create a bread crumb consistency. Pour over the top of your fruit and bake at 170*


Serve warm with ice cream or custard. 
I’m probably going to make everything in this book- well done to Tanya, it’s a lovely collection of recipes.

Sweet tooth 1, healthy eating plan 0.

ebony 

10 Things I do for a Positive Day

Dear Blog,

It has been 2 weeks since my last entry or update and for that I am truly sorry. It has been a tough week, not through anyone’s actions or even my own- positivity just went out the window with the sun.

I certainly suffer from SAD and I have to work extra hard to stay sparkly. Even though I had a few good days they were swallowed up by negativity and anxiety. 

Everyone has bad days so I won’t go on but I will talk about how I drag my ass bank out of The Funk.

  1. Art. This is my first, my last and everything. I could stare at a single painting or sculpture for hours. I always feel happy when I visit a gallery. I visited two recently and I left feeling creative and empowered. I need to use my skills more and I have a canvas just waiting to be painted. 
  2. Meditation. People may scoff but if you spent 20 minutes a day in utter silence or reminding yourself about the good things in your life, you’d feel great too! I use crystals to guide my meditation and they really help me.
  3. Reiki. Everyone should give this I go.
  4. Meeting a friend for a chat. You’d be surprised how much you’ll forget and it’ll cheer you up no end.
  5. Dance. Put on some music and let loose. I’m usually found dancing and cleaning my house. Try it it’s very therapeutic.
  6. Clean out your wardrobe. If you haven’t worn it in 6-12 months or it is too big or small then donate it! Someone else will love it.
  7. Pamper night. Bath, mani pedi, hair mask, facial, tan. Whatever it is that makes you feel good then do it. I’d recommend clean sheets, new pjs and an early night with a good book. You’ll wake up a happier person.
  8. Pinterest. Create a board of things you love. Make it a secret board if you want, add motivational quotes, recipes, puppies. Anytime you feel a bit rubbish just take a peek at your board. 
  9. Blub. Ladies especially, sometimes you just have to cry it out. We just have so many feelings. Put on a movie you know you’ll blub too. Just let it out. 
  10. Get outside. Go for a walk. Look after yourself, start taking supplements, drink more water. It is easy to just crawl into bed with a “share” size bar of chocolate but it’s a quick fix. Endorphins are a much better rush. I know for a fact that I need to exercise to eat as much pizza as I do. Sometimes that’s all the motivation I need. 

It’s tough to get out of The Funk once your in it, these tips work for me and once I’ve looked after myself I feel happier. 

Would love to know about your tip or tricks. Let me know if you try any of mine- 

I hope your day is great,

ebony 

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