This Week I’ve Been Reading #2

It’s time for another round up of blog posts that have caught my eye, I’ve discovered loads of new blogs this week so this is gonna be a long one.
 
Sunday:
 
 
Fiona Hanley writes a guest post about #TwitterJokeTrial over on Jack of Kent.
 
Queenofthecouch wonders when it became acceptable to teach young girls that boys show their interest in them my teasing, hitting etc. – You Didn’t Thank Me For Punching You in the Face. *Just a heads up that this post contains swear words, don’t say I didn’t warn you!*
 
Love is a Plague over on It Only Encourages Them. Cynical? Yes! But worth a read anyway.
 
Monday:
 
Derek treats us to his version of Tom Wait’s ‘Martha’. It’s his best cover yet!
 
Abigail Rieley writes about the arrest of a witness in a rape trial and a wider problem – A Matter of Respect.
 
 
Girlwiththeskew-earring has a different take on Valentine’s nails.
 
BritishBeautyBlogger reminds us of the dangers of Fake Make Up.
 
Leanne Woodfull shows us some photos from her shoot with David Mushegain.
 
 
Tuesday:
 
CherrySue appears on Beaut.ie with a Valentine’s Nail How-To.
 
 
 
Reclaim the Voice treats us to something beautiful, for the day that’s in it – Is It.
 
Wednesday:
 
Over on Beaut.ie, Lorraine is all about red lipstick.
 
Staying with Beaut.ie they introduced Emma as a new contributor and her first post was all about liquid, gel and cream blush.
 
 
Shameless plug time, I wrote a guest post over on It Only Encourages Them about Equal Rights and Adoption.
 
Thursday:
 
Gay Writer? Or a Writer who Happens to be Gay?Sean P. Farley wonders if the distinction actually matters.
 
Over on Fash Mob, Rosemary Mac Cabe shares her modern rules of dating.


Dee over at Viva Adonis has the lowdown on what’s what when it comes to La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar range.


Jennie talks about what to do when your heart isn’t always in strictly blogging about beauty anymore, you don’t say goodbye, you just change things up a little.


The Life and Times of Chantelle features a guest post by Chantelle’s friend Kate, all about being diagnosed with and coming to terms with Lupus.
 
Friday:


Migraine and how you don’t need to suffer are the topic of the day over on Beaut.ie.


For her latest Inspired by Literature post Jessica talks about Jane Austen and make up inspiration.

Enjoy! And don’t forget to let me know what your favourite blog post of the week has been in the comments below.

This Week I’ve Been Reading #1

Here’s a round up of blog posts (and things) that have caught my attention this week. 
 
There are two blogs in particular that I look forward to checking out every Monday, they are Rant, with Occasional Music and CherrySue Doin’ the Do and as usual I wasn’t disappointed.
 
Derek treats us to his take on Bowie’s Life on Mars in his New Music Monday post.
 
CherrySue banishes the start-of-week blues by picking five good things that have happened the previous week for her Monday’s Moments post. There’s always something here that’ll put a smile on your face.
 
 
Over on The 5050 GroupPaul Bowler explains why he supports Gender Quotas. My own instincts tell me that gender quotas are wrong but the more I think about it the more I find myself accepting that they really are the only way to bring about that kind of change.
 
Tuesday saw Dylan Haskins, an Independent candidate for Dublin South East in last year’s general election, announce that he was donating the €10,00 surplus from his campaign to ten charities and campaigns. A brilliant idea, I think you’ll agree, round of applause for Mr Haskins.
 
Wednesday was the day I fell in love with make up all over again, thanks to Karen over at Lovely Girlie Bits. Just look at the gorgeousness of this Tom Ford Palette.
 
 
It Only Encourages Them takes a different turn with the inclusion of the poem Complicated Pleasures by Billy Ramsell. Go read it immediately, beautiful really isn’t a good enough word to describe it.
 
Thursday saw Chantelle show off her new runners. As someone who loves running I can understand her excitement.
 
If your phone, iPod or other gadget has had an accident involving water then Kat and Rachelle over at Dolly Rouge might be able to help with their tips on rescuing water logged gadgets.
 
Over on irunablog the topic is being sad and how it’s sometimes easier than being happy. Something I, for one, can relate too. Oh and there’s a pretty cool song choice in this post too.
 
Friday saw Sarah from Adoreabubbles experiment with bright eyeshadow and bold lipstick, here’s the look she came up with it.
 
What blogposts got you talking this week? Let me know in the comments below.

Musings: My Experience of ‘Coming Out’

I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve been asked, by people I barely know (we’re talking friends of friends and the like), what it was like to ‘come out’ to my family and friends. 
 
My answer really depends on the tone in which the question was asked, more often than not I reply with ‘Well, how did it go when you told your parents you were straight?’ This normally leads to people staring at me with a bewildered look on their face while I try not to laugh. Although one guy did say that he hadn’t gotten around to breaking it to them yet

Musings: Running Away From my Thoughts

Why do I run? The obvious answer is that I do it for the exercise, it’s the easiest way for me to keep in shape because it doesn’t involve putting pressure on my hands and wrists so it doesn’t aggravate my arthritis. 
 
But the obvious answer isn’t always the honest answer and this week I discovered why I really enjoy running so much. It’s the best way to get away from whatever nonsense is going on in your head.

Musings: Being Gay, in Ireland, This Weekend

As a gay woman in Ireland, and proud of it, Eamon Delaney will no doubt view me as one of the ones that ‘want to increasingly change mainstream culture to suit them’ but I’m here to put him right.
 
Now I know Delaney stated in the piece that he wasn’t ‘being reactionary’ and is ‘all for gay rights and an end to prejudice and discrimination‘ but frankly if you’ve read it then you’ll know that is clearly not the case (here’s a link just so you know what I’m talking about).

Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi

There comes a time in most people’s life when they read a book that changes their outlook so profoundly that they want to thrust it into the arms of others and demand that they read it ASAP, for me that book is Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi.


Subtitled A Story of Loss and Gain, you know you’re in for a painful read from the get go but I wasn’t expecting it to be this heart wrenching, even after watching de Rossi’s interview on Oprah.


Opening with the revelation that she is regularly woken from her slumber by the voice inside her that continually asks ‘What did you eat last night?’, Unbearable Lightness dives straight into de Rossi’s life during the filming of Ally McBeal when her eating disorder really came to the fore.

de Rossi interweaves her early life with that of life in LA, from becoming a model at age 12, changing her name at 15 (she was born Amanda Lee Rogers), to landing her first acting role and the decision to drop out of law school to pursue acting in the US. 


It’s all dealt with in simple but powerful prose directly from the eye of the storm because de Rossi decided to speak from the heart of the issue rather than as a healthy person looking back making it obvious what was going through her mind at any given point in time.


Inevitably this book also deals with de Rossi’s battle to accept her sexuality and it’d be hard to imagine not including this aspect because at certain times this struggle seems (to me at least,) to enable her to fall deeper into her eating disorder. By that I mean, it seems that she felt she couldn’t control one aspect of her life so turned all her attention to following a strict diet and exercise regime which spiralled out of control and led to both bulimia and anorexia.