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Found this amazing video on Youtube and had to share it. It’s brilliantly creative and very funny. Enjoy!

When Daphne Guinness, fashion doyenne and artist, becomes your first customer it doesn’t just mean you’ve sold a piece but it’s also a stamp of approval from one of fashion’s most creative and well respected characters. Hogan McLaughlin, 22 year old artist, fashion designer and former ballet dancer, was commissioned by Guinness to design some items for her and as a result has come to public attention for his beautiful work. Guinness said, “Within the first 15 minutes, I knew he had a gift. He is a voice that has to be heard. His drawings and illustrations are extraordinary in their execution and detail and through those drawings, they needed to be brought to life. He has the innate artistic gift that is like finding a rare flower blossoming in the wasteland. I believe in him and what he is doing.”

Hogan’s pieces are certainly along the lines of Daphne’s preferred aesthetic; dramatic, elegant, structured. To me it could almost be described as cross between a 19th Century dandy and a futuristic aristocrat. I love his work. His use of materials is stunning – I’d love to examine the pieces in person to see the weight of each garment and to see how they move. The cut of each piece has incredible attention to detail and is beautifully finished. To my mind Hogan is a master in the making and I look forward to seeing his direction in future years.

Silk-chiffon military coat with tiered train, entirely embellished with metallic-silver palettes, lined in silver silk-lame.

Black neoprene and heavy-bonded satin with metal zipper detail.

Black heavy-bonded satin dinner coat with removable front piece, lined in white silk.

White sheer silk-gauze "Shipwreck" gown built on a nude coutil corset.

Detail: White sheer silk-gauze "Shipwreck" gown built on a nude coutil corset.

Black sheer silk-gauze gown built on a nude coutil corset.

Detail: Black sheer silk-gauze gown built on a nude coutil corset.

Etsy has come up with a new system similar to the Genius Recommendations on iTunes or the recommendations based on past purchases on Amazon. It’s because of this that I found Metal Couture by William Llewellyn Griffiths and more specifically this stunning ring. It’s a sterling silver revolver ring with a Mother of Pearl handle and a spinning chamber. The detail and craftsmanship are absolutely stunning and I have fallen in madly in jewellery love! Available here.

Sterling Silver Revolver Ring

I loved hearing David Mitchell speak at the Dublin Writers Festival a couple of years ago and when I came across this video on Youtube I was reminded why. He is so considered and genuine and seems like such a lovely person as well as a truly brilliant writer. I really look forward to the day when I can think of myself as a real writer in the way that he describes at the beginning of this interview.

If I had a cat I’d be buying this for sure. It’s a scratching post with a difference. A perfect present for the cat owning DJ in your life! From

*This post may or may not be the first in a series of Christmas present ideas from the Multiverse. You’re welcome.

The news that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are developing a movie based on the notorious American mobster Whitey Bulger filled me with good cheer! As you already know I am a big fan of gangster films and Bulger’s story is chock full of potential. In fact Bulger’s story inspired Jack Nicholson’s character in Scorsese’s The Departed. After 16 years on the run Bulger was finally apprehended in June of this year, thus ending a criminal career that had spanned 67 years and included drug dealing, extortion, theft and 19 counts of murder.

Matt Damon when interviewed by GQ last month confirmed that the Good Will Hunting duo would work on the project, with Damon starring and Affleck directing. I think Affleck’s real strength is in directing; Gone Baby Gone was brilliant and The Town is one of my favourite movies of 2010. It looks like the Untitled Whitey Bulger project (as it’s called on iMDb) won’t be released until 2014 but it’s definitely one to watch out for.

FBI Poster for James Joseph "Whitey" Bulger

My Dad forwarded me this link last week. Understandably he was blown away by it being a saxophonist himself. I watched it, then rewatched it and watched it again! It features Colin Stetson, an American saxophonist who has played with Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, Feist, Laurie Anderson, LCD Soundsystem, The National, David Byrne and Lou Reed. Colin has also released solo recordings on saxophones, clarinets, cornet, french horn and flute.

As can be seen from this video, Colin’s technique is remarkable and he achieves his sound without loops or overdubbing. He uses circular breathing (given that he’s performing on a bass saxophone I have no idea how he doesn’t pass out) and also taps the keys on the sax to create percussion sounds. Truly phenomenal. Check it.

I’ve been a fan of Tom Binns jewellery since I first saw his designs in Vogue many many years ago. He has worked a lot in silver and created some beautiful pieces, which have been seen on Princess Diana, Beyonce, Sarah Jessica Parker, The Olsen sisters and Daphne Guinness amongst others. I recently saw some of his new collections on Net A Porter and was instantly captivated by his neon crystal Masai necklaces. This is statement jewellery at its best, the kind of piece that becomes the focal point of a look. Team one of these with a simple t-shirt and jeans and it elevates the outfit, pulling everything together. Definitely a new entry on my jewellery lust list.

"Slap Dash' Neon Yellow Paint Splattered Masai Necklace

'Noble Savage' Multiple Stud and Crystal Necklace

'Fauve Pastelle' Pastelle Necklace

'Punk Chic' Silver Multi Safety Pin Necklace

'Ethno Teknik' Hand Painted Crystal Masai Necklace

'Faux Real' Multi Colour Crystal Necklace with Round Stones

(All pics from Tom Binns Design. Click pics to be taken to website)

I have already embarked on the second draft of my novel and so far am about three chapters in. It’s a more laborious process this time around. The first draft had much more momentum as I was concerned primarily with plot and characters; getting the story down before it got away from me. This second draft is more focussed on the language used to tell the story, honing and polishing the prose, making sure that each sentence is as good as it can be. On average for the first draft I was getting between 1500-2000 words done in a day. Now I’m down to about 200 even though I’m spending just as much time on it.

One of the things that is nagging at me is the fact that I don’t yet have a title for the book. With my first book I thought of the title fairly quickly and I still love it. It’s one word, simple, would look great on a cover and relates to the subject matter in more than one way. This time around I’m coming up blank and don’t even have any possible contenders. It reminded me of this article which discusses rejected titles for famous novels.

Did you know that Fitzgerald toyed with Trimalchio in West Egg, Among Ash-Heaps and Millionaires, On the Road to West Egg, Under the Red, White, and Blue, Gold-Hatted Gatsby, and The High-Bouncing Lovers before settling on The Great Gatsby? You can read about this and 24 others in the article on Flavorwire. Enjoy!

Elizabeth Taylor started it. Dita Von Teese has just launched her first. Britney has six. Halle Berry has three. Jennifer Aniston has one. Paris Hilton has fourteen and JLo is the Queen of them all with seventeen. Celebrity fragrances are everywhere. 

Lady Gaga has announced that she will be jumping on the bandwagon (brandwagon?) in 2012 with her debut fragrance “Monster” which apparently will smell like blood and semen. If I were designing it, “Monster” would have top notes of raw meat, latex and glue, and come in a heelless shoe-shaped bottle, covered in glitter, fan letters and shards of glass.

Obviously I’m not a perfumer, or a “nose” as it’s known, but I have come up with some ideas for celebrity fragrances that I’d like to see. If Elizabeth Arden or Coty want to contact me to discuss any of the below I’m open to offers.

Entitlement by Lindsay Lohan – Husky, musky and with strong notes of a three day old bender. Top notes of cigarette smoke and flat champagne dry down to an undertone of desperation.

Winning by Charlie Sheen – Top note of stale sweat, middle notes of a career up in flames, drying down to mimic the chemical aftertaste of a coke drip at the back of the throat. And here’s the commercial.

Denial by Tom Cruise – Manly heterosexual leather and musk give way to subtle notes of soap and forbidden fruit.

Velvet Robe by Hugh Hefner – Top notes are reminiscent of baby oil and denture glue unfolding to a subtle strain of Preparation H.

(And what’s my poison? I’ll take a bottle of Coromandel any day.)

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The first Christmas card on my shelves. So lovely! #christmas #christmascard #cutout I don't think Deliveroo stopped to consider their slogan in an Irish context. #gwan #ride #deliveroo Amazing cake by Shona for a joint 40th for four of my bestest mates. #cake #40th #birthday #birthdaycake First time DJing here. Such a lovely venue. #caverncamera #DJlife #Dublin #djing No wonder the chicken is chilly. It's effing baltic outside. Me and the wonderful @zilbyrne. #tbt #farrieranddraper #bestmates


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