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My favourite things from 2012 | Jamie Tuohy

As 2012 draws to an end, I felt it was appropriate to round up the year with a look at some of my favourite things from the last 12 months. An exercise in self-indulgence, if truth be told. (The only exercise I ever do).

MY FAVOURITE PERSON

CHEZBOMB

Was there ever a doubt? It has to be Cheryl. After meeting her, could it be anyone else? Like a pint-sized Aphrodite with her adorable dimples and flowing, tousled brown locks, Cheryl was a vision to behold when I met her back in October. The obsession will never die. 2012 was a great year for Cheryl, with her first solo arena tour, the release of her third album and autobiography and of course, the much-anticipated reunion with Girls Aloud. All hail Queen Cheryl.

MY FAVOURITE SONG

call my name CO

Call My Name by Cheryl. Obviously. After a short sabbatical, Cheryl returned with her impossibly-catchy, fist-pumping collaboration with Calvin Harris which resulted in Call My Name becoming No. 1.

MY FAVOURITE BOOK

the dinner

The Dinner by Herman Koch. The plotline is easily explained. Two couples meet in an Amsterdam restaurant and skirt around the fact that their sons have committed a grievous crime. The book details each course and as the evening progresses, the barriers break down and it’s revealed each couple isn’t as different as the guilty son they are trying to protect. Paul and Serge Lohman, together with their respective wives Claire and Babette must confront their own consciences in this beguiling tale of biased morality and personal loyalty.

MY FAVOURITE TV SHOW

REVENGE

Without a doubt, it has to be Revenge. Emily Thorne’s quest for filial vengeance against the Graysons is set in the Hamptons and makes for fascinating and unpredictable drama. Mike Kelley has created one of the best shows in years and the retributive offerings and antics of Emily Thorne was most certainly a 2012 TV highlight.

MY FAVOURITE MOVIE

wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower. A coming-of-age drama about an awkward teenager who struggles with self-confidence before finally being accepted into an eccentric circle of friends sounds like a typically clichéd teenage movie. However, The Perks of Being a Wallflower far exceeds its general outline, just as its central character’s timorous disposition transcends the realms of everyday teenage angst. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the movie adaptation of Stephen Chbosky’s first novel of the same name and while I initially went to see the movie solely to see how Emma Watson was ‘coming along’ since Harry Potter, the flick co-starring Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller became my favourite film of the year. Check out my review here.

MY FAVOURITE TWEETER

IRISH

@irishmammies – every time. Colm O’Regan is the genius behind this motherly account which relays all the hilarious witticisms of the Irish Mammy everyone loves. From sayings like “will you have it in bowl or a wafer?” and “there’s a fierce draught”, @irishmammies has become my favourite Twitter account, offering a sense of familiarity and hilarity in the vast cyber sphere. The book it has spawned Isn’t it well for ye? The Book  of Irish Mammies is also well worth the read.

MY FAVOURITE GADGET

MY IPAD

I got an iPad as a Christmas present and it has swiftly become my favourite gadget. LIKE, EVER. I can see why it is Oprah’s all-time favourite invention. I can’t fathom how I lived without it. Je l’adore.

MY FAVOURITE PURCHASE

mass jump

There have been a few, but this Massimo Dutti jumper comes out on top. A gorgeous blend of wool and cashmere, I’m treasuring it forever, and wearing it incessantly. Sorry to all the aviator jackets that didn’t make the cut – especially to my denim one, you little beaut.

MY FAVOURITE QUOTE

jimism 1

Beating Macbeth, is my housemate Jim Murphy, with his hilarious aphorisms. On seeing hot French people in a queue for a club, Jim noted,

“I LOVE French people. These French rides were like “bonjour” and I was like “BON-FUCKING-JOUR!” (Please note, this is most effective when said in a strong Cork accent. Sheer brilliance!)

For more of these hilarious one liners, check out the Facebook page dedicated to all of the Jimisms here. Give it a live – you really won’t regret it.

MY FAVOURITE IRISH CELEBRITY

rosanna

Rosanna Davison. 2012 was definitely Rosanna’s year and she got the nation talking back in September by becoming the first Irishwoman to pose on the cover of German Playboy. The sizzling shoot undoubtedly earned Rosanna a whole new army of fans, but equally the cynics were out in force. What’s so admirable about Rosanna is the way she handled the whole situation – proving herself to be an intelligent and articulate woman who is in control of her own career. Rosanna showed how the shoot was about female empowerment as much as it was about looking gorgeous. 2013 is looking bright!

MY FAVOURITE SURPRISE

GHETTO BABY

Cheryl really treated me in 2012. When she released the raunchy new video for the Lana Del Rey-penned track Ghetto Baby it made her soldiers’ Christmas. Nobody expected it and it was a welcomed treat. Plus it’s her steamiest and hottest one yet, with lots of Trezza action. Watch it here.

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Get the Hamptons’ Vengeful Style | Jamie Tuohy

Ireland’s national broadcaster has been showing the US hit drama Revenge at a competitively speedy pace, by screening a double bill of its retributive shenanigans every Tuesday night. However, RTE’s weekly vengeful offerings paled in comparison to my thirst for Hamptons’ dramaturgy, so I took it upon myself to step into the 21st century and emerge from the cave, to watch the rest of the premiere season online.

And boy, what a season finale it was, with murder, deceit and lust all intertwined into Mike Kelley’s thrilling inaugural series. It’s safe to say that the appetites of millions of fans around the world have been whetted in anticipation of the sophomore season of Revenge. However, while my attention has been firmly placed on Emily’s thorny (no pun intended) quest for filial justice, my gaze has also been duly fixed upon the impeccable style of the Hamptons’ most beautiful people. Sweeping gowns, velvet blazers, and thousand dollar accessories are as commonplace amongst Victoria, Conrad and Daniel et al, as the ever present rain is, here in Ireland.

When discussing Revenge in terms of its fashion, most of the discussion leans towards the immaculately groomed style of the leading ladies, but I think the male characters, especially Daniel, Nolan and Jack have all bases covered when it comes to men’s fashion. From classic Hamptons’ Ralph Lauren-style privilege in the form of Daniel Grayson, to Nolan’s quirky popped-up collar look, and right through to Jack’s laid back dress sense, Revenge presents an impossibly stylish melange of sartorial apparel.

It’s a look that takes its lead from Scott Disick, who has been described as one of the most important style icons of the last decade, and his classic-meets-preppy-via sometimes-relaxed style is evident in each one of the show’s male characters. Most of us guys don’t have billionaire fathers or global empires, but the Hamptons’ look isn’t as elitist or niche as one may think. It’s an adaptable and accessible style that is, in many ways; transcendental and this is because at its very origins, it’s simply a traditional beach-house look with a fancy persona.  Check out how to achieve the Hamptons’ look below:

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What I expect from Season 2 of Revenge | Jamie Tuohy

Here in Ireland, our national broadcaster has been showing the US hit drama Revenge at a steady and relatively speedy pace, with a double bill of retributive drama adorning our screens every Tuesday night. However, my appetite for its vengeful offerings was far greater than RTE’s weekly screening, so I decided to step out of the cave and enter the 21st century by watching the rest of the series online. How conformist of me.

I finally finished watching season 1 last night and Emily’s thorny (I promise you, I only realised after typing that word, what a beautiful pun it is – it really wasn’t intended) quest for justice looks set to continue into the series’ sophomore season. Now, rather than letting my excitement for the imminent series turn this post into a frenetic exercise in alliteration or a demonstration of my spontaneous word play, I’ve decided to cut straight to the chase, and follow the instructions of my blog’s name. More matter and less art, please Jamie.

Okay, there is no need to state just how brilliant and thrilling Mike Kelley’s Revenge is, and it’s safe to say that the season finale has whetted the appetites of millions of fans around the world.  However, mine has not just been whetted, but sharpened and seasoned with such zeal, that I’ve decided to foreshadow what’s in store for the Hamptons’ most beautiful people. (I think my affiliation for hyperbole could serve me well in Victoria’s inner circle). Here it is:

 

Season 2 will be opening with a wedding:

Mike Kelley has revealed that Season 2 will premiere with a wedding. I am hoping that the forthcoming nuptials will be those of my favourite opportunist, Ashley Davenport and ‘heir to the throne’, Daniel Grayson. Ashley has been Victoria’s lackey for long enough and I want to see her impeccable social climbing culminate in a Hamptons’ marriage. Hopefully she’ll get Daniel so drunk that he’ll marry her without being conscious of what he’s letting himself in for. I really hope that the creators of the show don’t make the wedding episode obvious by letting Jack and Amanda get married. We don’t want to see love (or a close second to love – we know Jack loves Emily more than Amanda), we want to see falsity and insincerity, created through marriages of convenience. Ashley and Daniel over Jack and Amanda, please!

 

Death and Victoria:

Victoria CANNOT die. Her ability to fight with Conrad in such a beautifully articulate and eloquent manner has me idolising this grammatically correct piece of perfection. Victoria is immortal. Such genius will never die. I predict that Victoria will be alive and well and will resurface in episode 2, which is appropriately entitled “Resurrection”. Victoria will probably have been smart enough to get off the plane before it takes off – perhaps a flashback to Conrad’s final words, in which he told her if she got on the plane, it will be the last thing she does will serve as the agent provocateur. However, I don’t expect Lydia to be as forward thinking and if anyone dies, IT WILL BE LYDIA.

 

Charlotte won’t die:

I don’t think Charlotte will die from an overdose. The early episodes of season 2 should see Charlotte in a hospital, after her ‘father’ Conrad made the 911 call. I also think that someone will discover Emily’s true identity and I think Charlotte is the only Grayson who has the true propensity for goodness, therefore I wouldn’t be entirely shocked if it were Charlotte who discovers just exactly who Emily Thorne is – and keeps her secret.

 

Emily will suffer at the hands of Takeda:

Nolan warned Emily to watch her back when it came to disobeying Takeda, so I’ve no doubt that he will resurface in a menacing manner to say the least. In the teaser clip for season 2, we are shown Emily tied to a wooden post under water and I’m 90% convinced that Takeda has something to do with this. Whether it’s a test of endurance for his protégée, or an act of villainy on his part, I’m undecided yet. Thoughts?

 

Ashley will have learned a thing or two from Victoria:

Whether or not Ashley marries Daniel is open for debate, but I definitely think these two will be an item in some shape or form in season 2. I think that we’ll see Daniel getting his hands dirtier at Grayson Global and I’m sure that Ashley will have a major part to play in it all.

The Loose Ends:

Here are a few certainties (well, I think so anyway).

Emily’s quest will extend beyond the Graysons in season 2. She’ll seek vengeance on a much larger scale, incorporating and undoubtedly trying to bring down the Americon Initiative which was mentioned in season 1’s finale. I think this will have some link to the clip shown in the teaser, as she appears to grapple with unknown forces. Of course, these could also be figures from Emily’s past.

Amanda is most certainly not pregnant with Jack’s baby. I think Takeda might be the father. He needed Emily to be emotionally uninvolved, especially with Jack. By getting Amanda pregnant and having her return, he knew Jack would do the honourable thing and stick with the girl who is apparently expecting his child. Too crazy?

I think the Grayson family will be extended – we’ll learn more about Victoria’s family and all about her past as Viccy Harper. Similarly, Conrad’s family before his marriage to Victoria should make an appearance.

 

Woah! That’s it guys! What do you all think? Do you agree with them? Or are you completely and utterly diametrically opposed to them? Tell me. I love all this ‘revengey’ stuff.

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