There’s a coffee bandwagon right now

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Sometimes the copying is about passion rubbing off onto others and when that happens it is a beautiful thing. It’s this influence that creates tribes and movements. We love that! Coffee here in Northern Ireland has been marked by lots of this kind of influence.

But, sometimes the copying is about something else entirely because, in business many people have no original ideas of their own and they will always try to replicate what others are doing in order to make money. There’s a coffee bandwagon right now.

Read my full post here on Medium 

Oct 28th 2014

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Food & Drink / Life

The 27th October was/is my Birthday. Spending the following day as we did was pretty great…

To summarise the pictures below! Wedding toilet selfie, sublime pea risotto, amazing braised rib, tasty lunch at Established featuring Colin Harmon behind the counter [sort of], chance meetings with Donal from Harrys Shack, Susie from 3fe and Oh… a wedding…. Not in that order! All of the people mentioned and/or photographed are pretty awesome…

Also, City Hall in Belfast is pretty grand inside, all marble and shiny. James St. South was amazing. And now I’m 37 years old!

When bad packaging happens to good products

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Let me introduce you to my new favourite beauty product. It is from Soap and Glory and it is their Make Yourself Youthful Super Serum. It is reasonable priced, especially for the claims it makes and is packaged like a luxury product.


So first of all lets talk about the good stuff. This serum has made my skin feel great and hopefully look a little bit brighter. I have been applying it after cleansing my face before going to bed at night and notice that I am waking up with a better complexion and would even consider stepping out without make up on which is genuinely unheard of for me. My make up is gliding on a bit easier and because of the low price point I will be happy to buy it again to see further results.

Now the bad news. The packaging is a silver rigid tube and nearly every single review which I have read online has mentioned how hard it is to get the product out of the packaging once it gets near the end. I have had mine for a month and it is still dispensing with no problem but a quick glimpse at Soap and Glory and Boots online reviews show that lots of consumers are not happy.

I hope that Soap and Glory can respond to these reviews – it will be interesting to see how customer reviews start to shape how products evolve.


Lots of high street names have added review functions to their websites and it is interesting to see the negative and positive views getting displayed up there for all to see. I recently wanted to buy a pair of sporty trousers from Topshop tall range and decided to hold off because of two reviews which mentioned the words “disappointing” and “cheap material”. Brave decision for retailers to let their dirty laundry get aired in public, eh?

Have you ever changed you mind about a purchase because of a bad review?

Tech Jean Beta Test from Hiut Denim

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The Tech Jean is an amazing fabric that has been designed for the active man and woman. At its core is a crimped polyester that is designed to flex, and then go back into shape. [Read more here]

A small group of people have been testing these over the past six months. Now another slightly larger group are testing them out before they go on sale for real on 1st December…

I’m in group two so my jeans just arrived… first impressions… they look and feel amazing! It’s going to be fun wearing and testing these!