Cullen Cuts – Whatever Works Edition

“Never underestimate the power of a good outfit on a bad day”

This week, it’s all about ‘making it work’. Putting together an outfit can be difficult, pulling those bits and pieces from your wardrobe together and simply wearing whatever works in the moment is key for this look.

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Top 5 Healthy Food Blogs Right Now

If you’re looking for the best advice, ideas and great recipes for living a healthy/balanced lifestyle then you’ve come to the right place.

The internet is packed with healthy food blogs but I’ve compiled a list of my favourite 5 to help you chose which to follow.  These blogs contain great recipes, insightful posts on diet trends and great tips for eating better. Continue reading “Top 5 Healthy Food Blogs Right Now”

5 Reasons To Love Ireland

When Irish eyes are smiling, they’re usually up to something

It’s St. Patrick’s day so it seems only right to dedicate a post to the good aul Irish.

*Disclaimer: This post is written by an Irish person so may be slightly biased.

  1. Irish Mammies are legends.

Did you know Irish mammy’s are up there with the best mammy’s in the world. For example, an irish mammy will always know when it’s important to wear a coat, she knows exactly how to deal with any illness (a nice flat 7Up) and her overprotectiveness is a constant source of entertainment.

2. Obsession with the weather.

We’re all completely obsessed with the weather which doesn’t seem like the best reason to love us but think about it, hanging around with an Irish person means you will never be cold as you will be forced to wear a jacket and you will always carry an umbrella as it’s instinctual for an Irish person to know exactly when it’s going to rain.

Besides, if you ever run out of things to talk about, the weather is a hot topic for us Irish

3. Gift of the gab.

We are known around the world for having the gift of the gab. We are the best for casual chats and telling stories. You will always feel welcome in the company of an Irish person, you will more than likely laugh for the whole time.

Just be aware that it may be difficult for you to get a word in edgeways.

4. Guinness and other Irish products.

Another reason to love Ireland is Guinness. 850 million litres of the good stuff are sold annually, so it’s safe to say it’s fairly popular. Pouring Guinness is a skill that many Irish people have, so finding yourself an Irish friend who can pour you a ‘perfect pint’ is imperative. Also, at only 198 calories, it is the perfect diet drink and don’t forget.. Guinness is ‘Good for you’ Along with Guinness, us Irish have some other great products such as Tayto and Cadbury dairy milk, you can’t go wrong with these.

5.  St Patrick’s day is a great excuse to celebrate.  

Finally, one of the best reasons to love Ireland is of course today: St. Patrick’s Day.

It’s that one day of the year when everyone is at least a little bit Irish and it’s a great day to celebrate being an Irish person or even knowing one.

Some things you didn’t know:

The first parade actually took place in New York City.

In Chicago, plumbers dye the Kelly River green, it lasts for about five hours.

Guinness sales double on St. Patrick’s Day

You may know this one but St. Patrick actually banished the snakes from Ireland, so come visit us, at least you know that you will be free from the fear of getting bitten by a snake!

May your troubles be less and your blessings be more and nothing but happiness come through your door.

How Bono Inspired My Music

As a proud Irishman, I draw a lot of inspiration from the culture which I was so lucky to inherit, telling my story and other stories no matter what part of the world I find myself in. I’m also very inspired by Irish musicians like U2, Hozier and Glen Hansard who tell stories through music, some of my favourite songs and albums have come from the Green Isle I like to call home.

An Irish band that have definitely put Ireland at the forefront of the music are none other than U2. As their 30th anniversary ‘Joshua Tree’ tour is about to begin, it seems only right to thank them for the amazing music they have shared with all of us. Not only have they inspired other Irish people (like me) to share our music with the world but they have also influenced a huge number of bands and musicians such as the Clash, the Beatles, Elvis Presley and Kraftwerk.

While many musicians are inspired by artists like U2’s Bono, how many can say they were with him on the night their nephew was born?

Bono’s Baby

My nephew’s first bunch of flowers was from the legendary Bono.Unknown to my beautiful nephew, he came into contact with Bono the night he was born.

We were staying in the famous Shelbourne Hotel as snow storms that January meant our family home was too far away to travel for my heavily pregnant sister.

Bono and myself got into a conversation about the music industry in the infamous Horse Shoe bar where he naturally gravitated towards my sister Jen and her baby bump. Not long into the conversation after swapping stories about the birth of his own children, my nephew was ready to enter the world!

And then that night my favourite person in the land Mr Cian James was born. Turns out I’m a bit of Bono’s baby too – my dad recently told me that one of the first concerts I ever attended was a U2 concert in a car park somewhere crazy in Dublin as dad had no babysitter and didn’t want to miss out on the live action, so he took me along with him.

Another Twist of Fate

That is where the story started but now in a beautiful twist of fate I am actually managed by Phil Q, the man behind launching U2  in the United States. Phil Q is an American music industry executive. He has held positions as CEO at Virgin Records, Warner Bros. Records and EMI, and has been involved in the careers of recording artists ranging from Linkin Park to Josh Groban to the Spice Girls. Phil is known as a defender of artist rights. He has spoken out on the fight against music piracy and the need to restore the value of music.

He is regarded as one of the most promotion-minded executives in the music business and is regarded as a thought leader on the subject of partnership between brands and artists.

What are the odds that after my chance encounter with Bono and the fact that his concert was the first concert I ever attended that I would be managed by his manager. I do believe that everything happens for a reason.  

A Musical Inspiration

During U2’s first dates outside Ireland, they played a gig at the Islington’s Hope and Anchor to a crowd of only 9 people and look at them now. You know what they say, from humble beginnings come great things.

To this date, U2 have won a total of 20 Grammys, they’ve won music awards from Billboard, MTV, the Golden Globes, People’s Choice Awards but to name a few and most importantly they’ve shown the world the talent and potential our little country holds.

 

Cullen Cuts – City Edition

“There’s so much beauty when your eyes lay lost in all the city lights”

This week, I’m visiting London and wanted to share some outfit inspiration for city travelling/living.

London is a great city, it’s home to some of the best museums and galleries in the world with plenty of diverse restaurants and beautiful sights to visit. No doubt, you will want to make the most of your time here, like any city so you may find yourself walking a lot to take it all in.

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