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The Revenge Dress

August 8, 2018

When Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer on July 29th, 1981, people in the United Kingdom and across the world, rejoiced for what they saw as a fairy-tale marriage.  The Prince had finally found his Princess and they would live happily ever after, or so everyone hoped!

The truth about the marriage that followed was far from being a fairy-tale.

Following the birth of two sons; William – heir to the throne, in July 1982 and Harry in September 1984, the marriage fell apart. Diana would later say that they were “the closest we’ve ever, ever been and ever will be,” in the lead up to Harry’s birth but that on discovering the child was another son, Charles, who desperately wanted a baby girl, all but deserted her.  As Diana would later tell biographer Andrew Morton “Charles always wanted a girl. Harry was a boy. His first comment was, ‘Oh God, it’s a boy.’ His second: ‘And he’s even got red hair.’”  Diana claimed that the night Harry was born, while she was still recuperating in hospital, Charles chose to attend the theatre with his “friend” Camilla Parker-Bowles. This was a grave disappointment to her and signalled the beginning of the end of their marriage.

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MoonKoin – Stunning New Collection

August 1, 2018

This stunning new collection is available online and at the following Newbridge Silverware stores;

  • Arnotts
  • Wicklow Street
  • House of Fraser
  • Tallaght
  • Blanchardstown
  • Newbridge, Co. Kildare
  • Cork City
  • Mahon Point
  • Limerick
  • Kilkenny
  • Dungannon
  • Belfast

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Music

Growing Up – Kurt Cobain

July 13, 2018

Introverted, sensitive, shy and polite… not generally words you would associate with a rock star, yet this is just how people described Kurt Cobain after meeting him. Growing up in Aberdeen, a suburb of Seattle in the US, the son of Wendy and Donald Cobain, Kurt was a happy-go-lucky and loving child with an artistic streak. His creative talents extended from drawing his favourite Disney cartoon characters to playing musical instruments.  From the age of just two he was playing the piano and singing songs to entertain his family.

In 1987, Kurt started a band with his school friend Krist Novoselic and after experimenting with a series of names, the band settled on Nirvana, which Kurt said was “… a name that was kind of beautiful or nice and pretty instead of a mean, raunchy punk name like the Angry Samoans.”  Following a succession of drummers, Nirvana’s line-up was completed with the arrival of Dave Grohl in 1990.  They played relatively local gigs on the west coast of America, and quickly established themselves on Seattle’s radical grunge scene.

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The Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night

July 6, 2018

When the Beatles began filming A Hard Day’s Night on March 2nd, 1964 they had just returned from their first tour of America and ‘Beatlemania’ had well and truly gripped the world. An audience of over 70 million had tuned in to their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show and they topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.  Although filmed in just six weeks, the movie captured Beatlemania at its most frenzied but also at its happiest.

Director Richard Lester filmed in a semi-documentary style using handheld cameras to capture the energy of the action.  In case the Beatles couldn’t act when they arrived to set, the script, written by Alun Owen, was kept simple and was constructed to ensure that each of the Beatles spoke in short sentences.  Once filming began and it became apparent that the boys were naturals in front of the camera, new material was written to demonstrate the individuality of each Beatle. As a result, a lot of their lines feel improvised, although little was.  Paul later said, “Alun hung around with us and was careful to try and put words in our mouths… the film manages to capture our characters quite well, so I thought he did a very good script.”

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A Day in the life of a Jewellery Designer

May 31, 2018

This week we’ve decided to catch up with our Jewellery designer Nora to get an insight into her job here at Newbridge Silverware.

When and how did you join the team here at Newbridge Silverware?

Newbridge first appeared on my radar in 2013.  At the time, I was a student at NCAD completing my degree in jewellery design. I had just participated in the jewellery design competition that was organised for the students. The competition gave us the opportunity to have our creations transformed into bespoke collections by Newbridge Silverware. My work impressed the team here so much that just a short time later I found myself my dream internship here. I loved every minute of it! So much so, that five years later and here I am as a permanent jewellery designer.

What is a typical day like for you in Newbridge Silverware? 

Each day is different here and that is something that I really love about my job. I could be working on a lot of different projects at the same time, such as bringing my ideas to life by sketching my designs and researching the latest jewellery trends. I spend a lot of my time on the manufacturing facility, checking on the progress of my latest designs with the production team. The support and expertise of the manufacturing team contributes so much to the final outcome. Continue Reading

Food

Chocolate Delice Recipe

May 24, 2018

Satisfy that sweet tooth with this tasty Chocolate Delice recipe from our head chef here at Cafe Carleton!

Ingredients

Butter 225g

Dark Chocolate 330g

Water 40g

Gelitine 10g

Egg Yolks 80g

Egg Whites 330g

Caster Sugar 160g

Chocolate Glaze

Dark Chocolate 50g

Cream 120g

Butter  20g

Golden Syrup 10g

Method

  1. Melt butter and chocolate together
  2. Soak gelitine and dissolve in the warm chocolate mixture
  3. Add egg yolks to chocolate mixture, and combine
  4. Whisk egg whites until stiff then gradually add sugar, whisk until stiff and smooth approx 3-5 minutes
  5. Fold in the chocolate mixture and pour into mould
  6. Place in fridge and allow to set
  7. Bring the butter , cream and golden syrup
  8. Pour onto the chocolate and mix until smooth
  9. Allow to cool slighty and pour onto the cake
  10. Place in fridge and allow to set

Why not add a side of summer fruits and ice cream to complete the dish?!

Serve and enjoy !

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Princess Diana – Wedding Dress Toile

May 17, 2018

On Saturday May 19th, 2018 Megan Markle will walk down the aisle of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle to marry Prince Harry.  Speculation is rife about what dress style she will wear and who the designer will be and with that in mind, it seems fitting to look back on the most famous of all the British royal weddings and the most famous wedding dress of all time.

In late 1980, Vogue Magazine placed a call to fashion designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel at their salon in Mayfair asking if they had a suitable outfit for a photoshoot they were doing on upcoming beauties.  The pair had graduated from the Royal College of Art just 3 years previously but were making a name for themselves in the fashion industry. Vogue refused to say who the outfit was for but specified that it must have a high neck and be very romantic.  Hanging in the Emanuels’ salon was a chiffon blouse which had been created for another client, but they decided it would be ideal and sent it to Vogue.

It was later that they learned that the subject of the photoshoot was Lady Diana Spencer.  Elizabeth Emanuel recalled in her book, A Dress for Diana, “The fashion team (from Vogue) had assembled a large collection of clothes from several designers for her to try… When she saw our blouse on the rack she fell in love with it, asked who made it and was directed to us.”

This was to be a very fortuitous moment in the lives of both Diana and the Emanuels and was the start of a fruitful relationship.  Shortly after the Vogue photoshoot, the engagement of Prince Charles and Lady Diana was announced and the photo of her, in the Emanuels’ blouse, taken by Lord Snowdon was used as the official engagement photograph.

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A Summer Wedding

May 14, 2018

If you have decided to make this summer extra special by saying I do, the countdown is on! We know that planning a wedding can be overwhelming, especially as the big day looms and your Pinterest boards multiply… so we’ve put together a Wedding Inspiration Guide to help you with those little details that make all the difference.

Wedding Favours

Wedding favours are not an essential part of a wedding, but they are becoming increasingly popular with couples who are using them to add a touch of personality to the day, giving gifts that reflect themselves as a couple. Favours don’t have to be a big expense. They can be bought, grown, baked, or handmade with love. Favours can be as simple as miniature chocolates (and lets face it, who doesn’t love chocolate?) or personalised treat bags. Some couples are making the extra effort in 2018, offering their guests welcome bags filled with mini essentials such as sun-cream, umbrellas and water. Including a handwritten note or a photo is a thoughtful keepsake that will make your gift a true original.

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Audrey and Givenchy

May 3, 2018

The relationship between Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy was profound at a professional and a personal level. They collaborated professionally on numerous occasions throughout their careers, but they also developed a deep and meaningful friendship which lasted until her untimely death in 1993.

It was the director Billy Wilder who sent Audrey to Paris in 1953 to find authentic Parisian designs to wear in his new movie Sabrina.  At the time, she was twenty-three years old and on the cusp of super stardom – Givenchy, was a young and exciting fashion designer having recently opened the House de Givenchy on February 2, 1952.  Audrey was already a fan of his work using some of her earnings from Roman Holiday to buy a Givenchy coat.

Although Audrey was becoming a household name in the US, Roman Holiday had yet to be released in France, so when they met, Givenchy hadn’t heard of her before and assumed he was meeting with the legendary actress Katherine Hepburn.  However, he was instantly taken with Audrey when she arrived at his door.  Givenchy was unavailable to design new clothes for Sabrina but, undeterred, Audrey asked if she could look through his collection.  Having tried on some of the garments it became apparent that Audrey was the perfect model for Givenchy’s designs – straight off the rack!  The pair went to dinner that night and their friendship was sealed as they learned they both had a penchant for discipline, dedication and loyalty.  Audrey left Paris with three Givenchy designs which she wore in Sabrina.

At the Academy Awards in 1955, Sabrina was nominated for six awards but won only one for Best Costume Design!  The award went to Edith Head, the director of Paramount’s wardrobe department.  Gracious as ever, Givenchy did not get angry or upset that he did not receive credit, however, Audrey was mortified and swore to make it up to him. Continue Reading

Food

Salmon Recipe

April 26, 2018

Say Sayonara to Spring  with this delicious Salmon dish from our head chef here at Café Carleton. A quick and easy recipe for Summer dining!

Ingredients

Salmon 200g
Wild garlic 200g
Rape seed oil 200g
2 egg yolks
Dijon mustard 5g
Trout caviar 10g
Nduja sausage 80g
Cannoli beans 100g
Cream 80g
Chives 10g
Salt 2g
Black Pepper 1g
Wine wine vinegar 10g

Method

Wild garlic aioli
1. Blend olive oil, wild garlic, salt and black pepper and press through a sieve
2. Whisk egg yolks, salt, pepper, mustard gradually add wild garlic oil until emulsified, approx. 3-5 mins

Cannoli Ragu
3. Cook cannoli beans until tender, strain, add to pan with nduja sausage, add cream and reduce, approx. 2mins, then add chopped chives

Salmon
4. Grill salmon approx. 5-8 mins

To garnish
Buttered wild garlic leaves and trout caviar

Simply serve and enjoy!

To read more about our award winning Café Carleton, click here.