Coming out…

Back in January I wrote about coming out to my family and mentioned that I didn’t have a big ah-ha moment when it came to realising that I was gay.

There were no questions. I didn’t struggle to figure myself out. I just was. Which was great until now.

Now, at the age of 28, the questions arise. With that comes the ups and downs, the what the fuck moments, the decision to either be the person I thought I was or the person I am now and the things, said and done, that have meant unnecessarily dragging others into my year of confusion.

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Review: Kylie Minogue Music Box EDP

I’ve amassed quite the perfume wardrobe, over the last few months, with the latest edition being Kylie Minugoe’s Music Box EDP*.

Music Box was created to commemorate Kylie’s 25 years in music. I’ll allow that number to sink in for a moment. It’s described as an ‘alluring floral fruity fragrance that captures all the happiness and wonder surrounding the singer, whilst reflecting her petite, almost doll-like irresistible femininity’.

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In the hole

The darkness has descended, again, and I don’t much like the person I am right now so I’ve gone and done the one thing you’re not supposed to do…I cut myself off from people. 

First it was Twitter, I said I was taking a break ‘cos I don’t do well there when I’m in this state. And that’s true, in so far, as I don’t like the person I come across as yet, I can’t seem to stop myself from tweeting on insomnia/darkness fuelled nights. 

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First dates

[Non date related note – Apologies for the mix of fonts, no idea what’s going on there but will rectify it as soon as possible.]

A recent Twitter conversation, about first movie dates, reminded me not only of the one and only time I went to the cinema on a date but got me thinking about first dates in general.

Have you ever seen ‘Down with Love’ starring Ewan McGregor and Renée Zellweger? No, seriously, have you?! If you have could you leave a brief synopsis in the comment section because all I saw was about the first twenty minutes and I’ve pretty much blocked out anything about the actual plot.

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Rant, With Occasional Music – where writing and music combine

The world is full of blogs, on pretty much every topic you can possibly think of, I’m sure we’ve all got ones that we visit over and over as well as just dipping in and out of others as and when a particular post catches our eye.

One of my favourites is Derek Flynn’s Rant, with Occasional Music and it turned one last week. Now I realise that I’m a little late with this (time keeping has never been my strongest point) but I wanted to mark the occasion by sharing just some of the reasons why I love Derek’s blog.

1. New Music Monday – Mondays wouldn’t be complete without me checking in to see what song Derek has to offer this week. Some weeks it’s original material and other weeks it’s cover versions.

It takes a certain kind of voice to take on the likes of Waltzing Matilda, Martha, The Ship Song, Crazy In Love, Titanium and my personal favourite Lover, You Should’ve Come Over but Derek manages to make each one his own.

2. ‘Do You Dream At All?’ – April 2nd saw the release of Derek’s debut album ‘Do You Dream At All?’. You can read his thoughts on the whole experience here and here.

The album contains ten original songs which take you on a journey that manages to both hit you where it hurts and compel you to sing along (often at the same time). The two stand out tracks, for me, are ‘The Way We Lie’ and ‘Original Sin’

Here’s the official video for ‘Do You Dream At All?’, the first single from the album.

3. What Can Writers Learn From Songwriters? – I love this series of posts which examines the writing lessons that can be found in the songwriting skills of the greats such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.

4. This post which made me full on sob while I was on the bus on the way to #dubtweetmas. Okay so it was actually a post that was linked to that set me off but Derek was the one who led me to it and it was the inclusion of the Leonard Cohen lyrics at the end of his round up that tipped me into full on sobbing territory. I’m pretty sure I called him all the names under the sun, to his face, when I arrived into the pub with puffy eyes and mascara streaming down my face. I meant them in the nicest possible way, of course.

I could go on but we’d be here all day at that rate so you’re just gonna have to go read his blog for yourself. No seriously if you’re into music, are a writer or an aspiring writer and/or just love reading then you’re bound to enjoy Derek’s unique blend of music and writing.
On a personal note, thanks to Twitter and the power that is the tweet up I now count Derek as a friend so to see both his writing and music going from strength to strength is brilliant and it’s richly deserved because apart from being talented he’s also one of life’s good guys.

He’s always on hand with an encouraging word or two when it’s needed and is a big part of the reason why, amongst other things, I’ve started entering short story competitions as opposed to just throwing a story aside and forgetting about it once I’ve written it.

This post is just my way of saying thank you Derek and wishing you every success for the future.

You’ll find Derek in the following places:

‘Do You Dream At All?’ available to buy – cdbaby and iTunes
Twitter – @derekf03
Facebook – Derek Flynn Music
YouTube – derekf03

Review: Isabella by Isabella Rosselini EDP

Isabella by Isabella Rossellini EDP was released in 2002 but has since been discounted. I’ll apologise now for any product lust that I’m about to create but I couldn’t resist reviewing this.

Isabella contains top notes of mandarin orange and lemon and middle notes of tonka bean, white magnolia, Heliotrope and tobacco. It’s base notes are made up of Iris, oakmoss, musk and vetiver.

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Insomnia: Yes, I’m still awake

Here we are again, it’s gone 5 am and I’m still awake. If previous nights are anything to go by then this means there’s no chance of me sleeping at all.

Insomnia is something that has visited my life over the years, usually in short bursts, but it’s been a constant foe (I almost said companion but it’s not exactly friendly) since January. 

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Review: The Body Shop Moringa Beautifying Oil

I’ve been on the hunt for a new hair serum, cream or oil since deciding that the stale ashtray smell of the Joico Re:Nu Fullness and Body Primer wasn’t for me so I was delighted when The Body Shop sent me one of their new Beautifying Oils* to try. 

Available in 11 scents, I received the Moringa one, these dry oils can be used on  the body, face and hair. Containing a blend of three lightweight nut oils, Community Fair Trade Marula Oil, Kukui Nut Oil and Sweet Almond Oil, they claim to instantly moisturise, smooth and illuminate. The Community Fair Trade Marula Oil is sourced from the Eudafano Women’s Co-operative in Namibia.

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Melanoma Awareness Month: Eau Thermale Avene Suncare Range

According to a recent survey* a whopping 77% of Irish people don’t apply any sunscreen when heading out for their lunch hour. This is despite the sun being at its most harmful during this time.

The survey also showed that 53% admit that they’ve been sunburnt, at least once, in the last five years. This is a shockingly high number especially considering the increase in the incidences of skin cancer in recent years.

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