Monday Mantra

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Motivational quotes are flooding everyone’s Instagram feed lately, and while I always felt they were on the wrong side of cheesy – some cheesiness is important – lately I am jumping on the Monday Mantra bandwagon. Listen, Monday’s are hard. If a motivational quote or silly musing makes it easier and makes me even ten percent more productive facing into the week, I am all for it. Enjoy!

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And a personal favourite………..

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XX M

The IT List

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It’s Friyay! And we are excited. A) It is sunny in Dublin B) A fab Topshop skirt that hasn’t fit in months tied up on me this morning. It’s the small things.

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I will keep this short. Go and do something for Culture Night 2016, wherever you are in the country. There are tones of amazing free events on tonight.

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If in Dublin, go and see something for the Tiger Dublin Fringe. While Panti Bliss’ RIOT and Hot Brown Honey are getting a lot of attention, there are plenty of productions to suit all budgets and tastes, and nice to support the small guy/gal too.

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And if sweating, meditation or bending is more your bag, check out Wellfest in Herbert Park for a jam packed schedule of fitness classes, mediation, yoga, and mindfulness. Something for mind and body.

Have culture/fitness filled weekend, and feel extra smug on Monday.

B xx

 

 

Outdoor Yoga Dublin

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On a sunny Wednesday evening – yes, yesterday was actually sunny – Happenings brought back their summer outdoor yoga, and I just had to go along and get my zen on.

While the teacher does go through the movements a little fast at times – you may need to know your Shiva from your Svanasana – it is a lovely hour spent in the park. Relaxing, suitable for all levels, and I am little sore today, which means I worked some muscles.

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Happenings host outdoor yoga every Wednesday at 6pm and Saturday at 11am in Dartmouth Sqaure Park, costing only €5. They also host brilliant and beautiful outdoor cinema events throughout the summer, keep an eye on their website for dets, http://www.happenings.ie/events/dublin

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Marriage Equality – #YESEQUALITY #VOTEYES

I tagged along to a marriage equality event hosted by the YES campaigner on Sunday. While I am very much in camp YES, I had not been overly active in attending events or campaigning – apart from the odd rant on Facebook.

Attending this event was an eye opener – in the best way possible. Hearing all the speakers and seeing the love on Merrion Square could turn any cynic into a rainbow clad equality fanatic! The articulate and passionate speakers spoke from the stage to loud applause and cheers, but more than that, it was all the loving and affectionate couples and families that warmed my heart. Families of all shapes and sizes attended – including heterosexual couples – and made their voices and choices heard and see on a lovely sunny Sunday.

To think that many of the couples in attendance were gay – or in relationships – when homosexuality was illegal in this county just boggels the mind. I can’t imagine growing up, being in college, and being a young adult and fearing arrest if I was to embrace my chosen loved one. It’s just insane. (As are many of the NO posters!)

So, while not trying to be pushy or a preacher, think about that last comment. And think about your unborn kids and grandkids who may grow up to gay, and make an informed, equal, loving decision.

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Image source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

First Model With Down Syndrome Walks at New York Fashion Week

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Jamie Brewer an actress, best known for her role in American Horror Story, who just happens to have Down Syndrome, became the first model with Down Syndrome to walk down the catwalk at New York Fashion Week yesterday.

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Designer, Carrie Hammer, booked Brewer to model as part of her “Role Models Not Runway Models” campaign, which the designer started when she was first asked to show her line at Fashion Week.

This is not just about fashion, this move, and the campaign, is breaking boundaries for people with intellectual disabilities in the world of fashion, and beyond. And Brewer herself sees the significance; “Young girls and even young women…[see me] and say ‘hey, if she can do it so can I”. Brewer, told Today; “It’s a true inspiration being a role model for any young women to [encourage them] in being who they are and showing who they are.”

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Hammer told Today; “I called up my existing clients who were all incredible women and one of them happened to be a doctor and a sex therapist who happened to be in wheelchair. It was never intended to be this incredible statement.”

Hammer did include a model in a wheelchair on both her runway and print campaigns and, even if unwittingly, this has become a statement and sparked a new debate on our – and the fashion industries – definition of beauty.

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Referencing the dress she wore at New York Fashion Week, Jamie said; “It’s amazing, it’s really neat. Many women have many sides to their personality, this dress fits…mine. I am honored to be in it.”

It’s time for change, fashion is not exclusive to the skinny, pretty or rich, its something everyone can enjoy and have a passion for. Therefore, the shows, campaigns and social media threads should reflect this.

Bravo Hammer and Brewer.

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