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Katie Yorke

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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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Lifestyle

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.

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Prince Auction Highlights

April 19, 2018

On May 18th in the Hard Rock Cafe, New York items from the life and career of Prince will go under the hammer of Julien’s Auctions.

As an individual Prince was, by all accounts, shy and retiring, however, once he stepped into the public eye he became the outlandish performer we came to know and love.  In order to achieve this remarkable transformation and unique style, he used every aspect of his appearance as an outlet for his creativity.  He wore extravagant costumes with high heeled boots to disguise his 5’2” frame and used spectacular jewellery to complete his look.  Onstage his costumes incorporated or complemented his jewellery, including a police cap adorned with face-obscuring chains worn during his performance at the Radio City show in New York, 1993.

As he evolved musically, his image also changed to reflect the artist as he matured. However, one of the constants in his career was his association with the colour purple, which began following his multi-Grammy award winning song Purple Rain (1984) along with the movie and album of the same name. The album sold over 25 million copies worldwide and catapulted him to superstardom.

Prince’s impact on the music industry can be most easily understood from his live performances, which were so extraordinary that they took on almost mythical proportions. As a live performer he was set apart from his peers due to his musicianship and quirky fashions – he danced in heels, played his guitar like no-one else, never scrimped on his band and always sang live.  His guitars were made ¾ size, due to his diminutive height and slight build – the smaller guitar made him appear larger on stage. Continue Reading