It was ironic that whilst sitting in the restaurant of this beautiful 'lifestyle' store that I was struck by an article in the Health & Living supplement of The Irish Independent about why women are leaving the workplace and going back into the kitchen. Are we all hankering back to the 1950s and trying to be domestic goddesses? I mean, who doesn't love a bit of Cath Kidson and a homemade cupcake? Here I was, in Avoca surrounded by the stuff. I own pastel coloured silicone baking trays thanks to The Great British Bake Off, a glue gun thanks to Kirsty's Homemade Home and George Clarke's Amazing Spaces has pushed me to search online for a vintage caravan on several occasions. I am also no stranger to stalking a good cooking and home decor blog (check out The Pioneer Woman & Freutcake) and don't even get me started on the spiders web that is Pinterest.
We are living in a world where pictures of beautiful lifestyles are bookmarked in Orla Kiely covered gadgets in our pockets and handbags. They are lovely to look at and to sometimes try to emulate. But, it's definitely still okay to buy a ready made dessert and turn it out onto that Cath Kidson cake stand.