Thursday, 5 April 2018

The Famous Disco Of Carrick On Suir

Can I ask you a question?
When you think of a 'disco' what comes into your head? For some people it's what thirteen/fourteen years old go to to get their first shift, for others it's what their uncool parents call nightclubs but for the locals of Carrick On Suir the disco is our one and only nightclub and guess really is called the Disco. 

'You goin disco' a phrase you'll hear at least forty seven times during a Saturday night out in Carrick and realistically if you're over the age of 15 and under the age of 25 then the disco is your only port of call past 1am on a Saturday night.With the €10 entry fee,sticky floors and part creché it's easy to see why the majority of us say 'na not goin disco tonight lads' yet like a magnet you feel yourself being pulled in that direction until the next thing you know it's 1.45am and you're bopping around to maniac promising yourself 'I'm not going next week' and spending a ridiculous amount on shots because you're simply 'not drunk enough'.
For me nowhere beats The Foundry in Carlow or Langtons in Kilkenny it's just another world from the Disco. I personally love electric dance, house music and it's in these clubs you really get the chance to go to town with those dance move and let yourself go. The dance floor is so big, you don't know every person there and the best part? You don't know the dj's playlist. Drink is cheaper, people are friendlier and it's dirt cheap to get in so why even stay in Carrick?? Surely it's a no brainer? 

It's almost been a month since I last hit up the disco and with the bank holiday quickly catching up with us there's a well overdue trip to Utopia (the official name but honestly if you call it anything other than the disco no Carrick person will know what you're on about) 
I'm in the small minority of people who love, actually love the Disco and the little things that go with it. There's a right of passage every Carrick family will go through when it comes to the disco and that is when the new youngest of the family flag their way into the disco. Four years ago when I was in my early stages of the disco I met my older cousins Mark and Declan out and to their disgust their baby cousin has made it to the disco and that was them done with the disco 'Big whop de do' I thought to myself, drama queens...that was until a few months ago when I met my baby cousin Lee in the disco and suddenly 'that's that then, done with the disco' of course that quickly changed when I realised it was half 12 and my Saturday night was over but a right of way for every family nonetheless. 

Be it a good or a bad thing about the place too is everybody knows everybody so those seats over don't sit there! That lad coming over there...walk away! You're guaranteed to catch up with old friends and thankfully with the place being as small as it is you're never lost from your buddies for too long...But the best, and I mean THE BEST part of going to the disco is having the DJ know you so well that you only have to walk up to him and Sex On Fire is coming on..LEGEND!! 

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Catching Up With - LOUISE DA COSTA

It's crazy to think it's been three years since I first came across Louise Da Costa in a Carlow nightclub, it was the first time I ever saw a DJ performing and putting on a show opposed to just standing there pressing buttons and I was inspired so much so much by this woman. A 24 year old Derry girl with a degree in History was quickly becoming Ireland's number 1 female DJ and years on she's become a household name not only in Ireland but around the globe. 
 I featured Louise (or as I call her the queen) on my blog wayyy back in 2015, which you can check out here ... but now that so much time has passed and with so much success under her belt I decided it was the perfect time to catch up with the woman who inspires me daily & who I'd now consider a friend, the one and only Louise Da Costa.

So Louise, since we last caught up in 2015 what has been going, what's changed for you?
''Hey Lynda, great chatting to you again! Lots gone on over last few years! I've been touring flat out nationally & internationally, back out to Asia and middle east and lots of European dates coming up this year too. I've been living between my suitcase and the studio [laughs].  Releasing lots of new muses and have even had a couple of No1s on Beatport etc as well as some commercial chart success on iTunes.
I'm also delighted to have joined the team at award winning Irish record label Full Tilt as head of A&R. Its been a wee bit of a whirlwind!''

You've blown up the Irish radio recently, how does it feel when you hear your music coming on the radio? ''The love from Irish radio & DJs has been truly incredible! Obviously without all the support the music wouldn't get too far so it means a lot for people to get behind it,  from radio stations, to fans requesting  to the DJs championing it! 
Massive respect too all the DJs & stations for pushing  music from myself as well as the label & supporting home grown artists.
There's been a lot of international interest also from Europe, Asia, UK, Middle East & beyond. Most recently in Scandinavia where one of my releases has been featured in fitness albums & programmes. Obviously its a real buzz when you're heading to a show or in the gym & you hear your music come on the radio! Cant imagine the novelty wearing off any time soon!''

When we last spoke you said you never plan a set list you just feed by the crowd is this something you still do or have you found a new technique? ''Hahah, no change there Lynda! Still winging it in that respect! Obviously I'm researching new music on a daily basis and making my own edits etc to play out  so I'm well prepared. Unfortunately a lot of DJs seem to just come along with pre- programmed sets and pretend to do something. But personally just that I don't think you can plan for an atmosphere. I feel you have to be able to react to the vibe & change things about to keep people interested and involved in every tune.
Playing off the cuff & to the crowd is what has worked for me & thankfully still does.''

You're head of A&R at Full Tilt who's worked with the legendary Alan Fitzpatrick and John Gibbons, how is that going for you? ''Absolutely loving it! We've a fantastic team at the label & one of the best studios in the country & a world class engineer in Tommy Conway! Its tremendous fun & has been a great success so far with hit after hit in the charts. I  love been involved in the sourcing and development of new talent... It keeps the ideas fresh & every day you're interacting with different artists & learning something new. Also love the fact that we're able to get behind Irish acts & push home grown talent!'' 

If someone wants to be signed by you and your label what should they do? ''Firstly get in touch! I can't stress that enough! Reach out, get involved, even if you're productions aren't there yet its worth getting in contact.  As an accredited education centre we offer a range of production courses & services, so even if you don't get signed you may learn something useful. In terms of artists & music however, we're looking for all kinds of talent from DJs/Producers into House, Techno, Progressive etc as well as singers of all styles! So, shameless plug here haha],hit me up''

Now that the bank holiday has come and gone some people might not be in the mood to hit the town again, what tunes would you suggest they listen to, to get in the mood?
''Feeling loads of different sounds at the moment! Loving the new Cliq trackTommy Conways InvigorateCamlephat - Panic Room, Mark Knight Feat. Mr V – We Get High From The Music, Tough Love - One Love, Riton ID, and obviously my own latest release Solstice.. too many to mention! Check out the full list of my current faves via my Power House Play list on Spotify >''

You're one of the most positive and inspirational women I know, how do you keep those positive vibes? ''Haha thank you for your kind words!  I just think life's just way too short to be down! There's so much to do & so many great things to experience, what's not to be positive about!''

FINALLY, do you ever think 'what if I just went on to teach history? 
''Yes all the time... especially when I'm behind the mixing desk or on tour,  I'm like why am I not in class at 9am waffling about the Roman Empire! Haha no not really, I think things have moved on so much with my music career that I'd find it very difficult to move into a 9-5 working environment now.
I still love history and I'm an avid reader, more as a hobby id love to go back to college and do some post-grad studies in classics, but that would be a pursuit of pleasure rather than part of the career plan at the moment.
Id more likely be found teaching about Djing /production at this stage. Regardless though, I think its healthy to have a wealth of interests and options in terms of career choices as then you'll never feel to tied to any particular field. Although I'm still in music at the moment, who knows what the future holds''

And there you have it, my little catch up with the unbelievable Losuise Da Costa. Take my word for it this lady is the most positive, hard working, down to earth woman I have ever spoken to and and mark my words this won't be the last you hear from this Queen!! 

Saturday, 10 March 2018

My Top 3 Foundations

Believe it or not there comes a time in every girls life where we realise we can no longer get away with essence mousse foundation (that's three times darker than our actual skin tone) and have to face the facts that if we're going to wear foundation it's for our best interests to pay out that little bit extra cash and invest in a good brand. Don't worry,  I'm under no illusion that for make up to be good it has to be expensive as a matter of fact most of my favourite make up is from Penney's but from my own personal experience I've spent years trying and testing cheap foundations and it's never left me anything but disappointed...and blotchy!! 

When I'm looking for a new foundation there's three things that it must have. Firstly  I want full coverage, when I wear foundation I want people to know I'm wearing it so yes it better cover up my ghastly spot that popped out over night. 
Secondly I want it to stay put ALL day!!!! When I'm in work I don't have time to top up my make up every half an hour and with all the lifting and walking we do it can get very warm and as a lot of girls can relate to your foundation can just slip off your face so I want a long lasting base than will still be perfect at 9pm that night. 
Finally, I don't want my face to feel caked with make up, many a day's I've had a foundation on where you could actually cut a chunk out of it before reaching my face and that's not a pretty sight but taking those three rules into consideration, I've finally after found three foundations that have changed my life and will hopefully change yours all between the €30 / €40 mark.

Kat Von D - Lock It Foundation

This is top of my list as it's hands down my favourite foundation, it even covers tattoos!! I was a little apprehensive buying this foundation as I presumed it would be extremely thick but it's not that heavy and gives an amazing cover. I really put this one to the test and it passed with flying colours. Starting work for nine I put this foundation on around 8am, didn't have to top it up all day then went straight from work to a spinning class and it was still perfect at 10pm that night going to bed. It's amazing and I'd really recommend it. I bought mine from Debenhams and it'll set you back €34.50. Try it you won't be disappointed!! I use shade Medium 52 warm (without tan).

Kat Von D - Lock it foundation shade Medium Warm 52
Estée Lauder - Double Wear 

Second on my list is the nations trusted go to Estée Lauder - double wear foundation. Growing up I used this as a going out foundation but with it setting you back €40 that wasn't going to cut it as a secondary school student. Now I'm back to my beloved foundation and it's a stayer alright. This foundation will last the distance and gives amazing coverage!! My only issue with this foundation is how quickly it dries so my advice would be to blend as you go as opposed to putting the make up on everywhere and then blending. I use shade 3N2 Wheat for the day time and shade 3W2 when going out. 
Night out with Double Wear shade 3W2 

Inglot - HD Foundation

Admittedly I had never used an Inglot product before but when a store opened in Waterford and I got my make up done in there I soon became hooked and my go to product was their HD foundation. This is a real night time, going out foundation and is a bit too heavy for during the day but last summer I bought this for a wedding and it was amazing. It looked so natural but had amazing coverage and ever since then I've been hooked. It costs €33 for a 35ml bottle but a little goes a long way and you can always pick it up for an extra €3 when you get your make up done in store. 
I use shade 77 and if you are looking for the perfect nighttime foundation this is your one!!
Wedding Prep with Inglot HD shade 77

And there you have it three of my favourite foundations that have never let me down and hopefully wont let you down either!

Thursday, 1 March 2018

I'm Back Baby

Hi everyone!! It's crazy to think I haven't been blogging since before Christmas but I'm so happy to say Little Piece Of Lynda is finally back in action and it's safe to say you won't be getting rid of me anytime soon.
 Listen there's no one who wishes she had this wild, amazing story to tell you all as to why I haven't been on the blogging scene much but in reality the only excuse I have is life getting in the way. So between working/education/fitness / having fun and life itself blogging unfortunately took the back seat but that's changing from here on out.

So what's been going on you might ask? a little bit of this, a little bit of that don't worry everything will be revealed in due course and I cannot wait to put a new little spin on my blog.
The thing I'm most excited about this time around is my new section the 'Carrick Corner' where I'll feature all things from my home town of Carrick On Suir. I'll still be covering everything from fashion and beauty to Conor Murray but with a little edge. From a few home truths, interior and a lot more real stories thrown in for good measure be sure to  buckle up because 2018 is my year and you're coming along with me!!
Don't go far because I'll be back soon ;)
Lynda Xx

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Christmas Tractors Of Carrick On Suir 2017

The Carrick Beg Christmas Tree in previous years
 Being from the little town of Carrick On Suir means a few things... number 1, you'll always be secretly disgusted with the Christmas lights in the town, I mean come on where is the tree?!!

Number 2, if anyone outside of Carrick has the audacity to knock the lights in Carrick On Suir or mention the lack of the tree then that's not okay and you'll have an issue with that.

 Number 3, you'll always wonder about the so called ghost of the Shebeen pub.

Number 4, you might not admit to loving the Clancy Brothers but my God when a verse of the gypsy rover comes on you're up and at'em.

And number 5, Christmas won't officially begin until you see this crazy little town lit up by a parade of snazzy tractors.

When I lived in Carlow I would tell anyone who would listen about Carrick On Suir, having lived here for 22 years no where will ever beat this little town in my eyes, but when I'd tell them about one of my favourite events on the calendar the Christmas tractors run, they could never understand what was so great about it? Excuse me... WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT IT?!!!
Well, let me tell you,

Now in it's fourth year the annual parade was started by local man Stuart John Downie to bring a little change to the usually quiet town around Christmas and give the place a little buzz. Why wait hours to see a coca cola truck when you can witness something so different and so fun within the town of Carrick On Suir. It brings the community together and there's nothing I love more than catching up with old friends and then heading into O'Callaghan's pub (for a hot chocolate of course ;))
 After the parade of lights through the town, the tractors park up in the car park where you can take pictures and have a go on the amusements.
 Thousands come from all over the country to witness something so special and if you are around tonight then it's something you should definitely make time for!!
I for one cannot wait, fair play to everyone involved!!
Merry Christmas and I'll see you there!

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Black Friday 2017

This could be a blessing or a curse but this Black Friday I'll be working and it also falls on the weekend that my car insurance is due so I won't be going wild (that being said I did spend €100 on Boohoo's pre party this morning) but that didn't stop me raiding through every website on the interweb to see what I could (and most possibly will) spend my money on tomorrow.
So what is Black Friday??? - Black Friday is officially regarded as the first day of the Christmas shopping season. A day in which many retailers have special offers in store and a day you break the bank in minutes on things you don't really need but convince yourself you do.
Here's a list of deals in store and online that If I was to flog my money this is where it would go...I hope it's of some benefit.

1. Meadows And Byrne - 20% off almost EVERYTHING!! If you want to revamp your home just before Christmas there's no better place to look than M&B. With 20% off almost everything online check out the website from midnight onwards.

2.Victoria Secret - VS have some of the most beautiful underwear/models ever but for me it's their body mists I love the most. With my favourite 'Aqua Kiss' and many others only €7 it's the perfect time to pick up a spray.

3. Yankee- 
I don't know anyone who doesn't love a yankee candle and with a large jar only €19.95  where could you go wrong?

4.Boohoo -  My favourite online shop are hosting a Pre Black Friday Party with 30% off EVERYTHING!! Use Code - BOOM and you'll be amazed at what you save. 

5. JD Sports -  If you're looking for anything sportswear related then this is the website for you, there's 30% off almost everything so you can literally shop til you drop. 

6. MandM direct - I'm not joking I don't need a new pair of runners but after looking on the website there's about seven pairs I NEED in my life!! Up to 75% off. 

7. Inglot - Like all girls I love Inglot makeup and wear their HD foundation daily so I'm obsessed with any sale Inglot have. All week Inglot have had 20% off on certain products so take a look on the website and see what catches your eye. Plus for any men reading every woman loves Inglot!! 

8. Asos- 20% off everything with the code WIN20're welcome ;) 
9. New Look - 25% off absolutely EVERYTHING!!!!! 
10. River Island - 20% off everything starting from today. 

11. If you're looking for anything make up/perfume/beauty wise then of course you need to check out Debenhams with up to 30% off - ends Friday. Sam Mccauleys have gifts for everyone and the one and only Perfume Shop which ends November 26th so you have a few days to look there ;) 

12. My Protein .ie have 30% off EVERYTHING!!! Use Code- BLACK to avail of this offer.

13.  Aer Lingus - All you have to do here is look for yourself, you won't be disappointed!!

And there you have it, 13 places you need to check out tomorrow to get the most of your black Friday.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

🎃Little Piece Of Halloween

Hey Everyone 🎃🎃🎃
I can't believe it but It's that time of the year again, only one more day until it's my favourite month of the year OCTOBER!!! Which means only one more day until I re-launch my Halloween blog 'Little Piece Of Halloween' 🎃🎃

It's hard to believe another year has come and gone since I started Little Piece Of Halloween but now that it's in it's second year I've so much up my sleeve for what I hope... will be the best month ever. I can promise you loads of spooky stories, things to do, decorations, days out and my own personal encounters with the paranormal within such a spooky month.

So, if you're looking for me anytime from now until November 1st you know where to find me and don't fear because LPL will be back very shortly. Please check out Little Piece Of Halloween  and feel free to share with the Halloween lover in your life.
Until then,
Lynda 🎃xx