Friday, 27 February 2015


Hey Everyone :)

It's actually with a lot of sadness that I write this post BUT as of today, Friday 27th February 2015 I've decided to put a halt towards anymore blog posts for the time being whilst I take a few weeks break from my blog.
Little Piece Of Lynda is almost three years old now and starting the blog has been one of the most amazing opportunities I've ever had, an amazing experience and I've loved every second but that being said I think LPL has begun to spinal down a different route and isn't how it used to be.
For me, LPL was my way of making people laugh and smile and sharing my own stories whether it be the first day I met Conor Murray or a day out in Cork it was my own stories and I feel I've lost the personal touch to the blog.

At this moment, I do not know where I'd like to go and I've a lot of thinking to do in relation to my career and college courses so I feel to allow myself time to properly think I need to take a step back from the blog and see how my life is without it. 
LPL has been such a huge part of my life that I will really miss it BUT I'll be back!!!!
A week or two and I'll be back with some great things up my sleeve, perhaps a man going to Mars, a beautiful Emmerdale actor ;) and maybe even a Geordie ;) but right now my education comes first and I've a lot of thinking to do.
I just want to say a massive thanks to every single person out there who takes time out to read my blog, give me feedback and gets in touch with me. It means so much and to reach 25,000 views is something I could only dream about. I will genuinely miss blogging and telling you all my stories but I'll be back.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Man Crush Monday (Week 11)

Leonardo Dicaprio 

Oh ho ho ho.... It's the last Monday of the month and what a treat I have for all the ladies out there today, as a matter of fact this can also be a post for the men because there isn't a breathing soul out there that won't be attracted to today's man crush and that is the INCREDIBLE Leonardo DiCaprio, oh he really is incredible isn't he *sighhhh
I've always fancied the pants off Leo, but after seeing him in the Wolf Of Wall street well, nothing can really compare to him can they?!!
He's just one of those men who get hotter with age!! 
So without any more chat.. here he is hashtag, I won't be able to concentrate for the rest of the day lalalalalala
I'm not always on the ball when it comes to focusing on a Monday morning anyway but I promise you that there is a 0% chance I'll be able to get back with it today!!
Can I marry him now or??
Happy Monday Guys!! Have a good one.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Ain't Nobody Got Time For That -Feel Good Friday

It's FRIDAY!!!!
My favourite day of the week without a doubt, there's no better feeling than that Friday feeling, not even a Saturday feeling beats the 6pm Friday feeling, but to help get you even more into that Friday feeling, I've got two you tube videos that are guaranteed to make you laugh... well they made me laugh, for a long time, so long in fact it's been about seven days now since I first saw the video's and I'm still laughing.
Under no circumstances am I saying house fires are funny, they more certainly are not but this woman suffered the almighty effect of her apartment complex bursting into flames.... 
hell she got bronchitis!!
THEN, as if that wasn't funny enough they went off and made a bloody remix of it.. Oh Lord, it's the little things in life...

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Internet Trolls

What Gives You The Right???

One of the biggest unwritten rules of the media industry is you have to give yourself a thick skin, trust me it's one of the biggest parts of the media industry. Obviously everyone is entitled to their own opinion but is it really right be forever making judgement over the Internet?
The idea for this post came to me when I was reading through the comments on a piece I wrote for, reading through the comments is something I like to gear away from but it's something you just can't help yourself but do.
On every single post you'd publish there will ALWAYS, without fail be one person who will pick away at a story until they find something wrong and bring you up on it, which can be quite hurtful. Most comments are innocent, views on the post but there's always one, ALWAYS THE ONE.
If there's nothing wrong with it, they'll still make judgement. Maybe it's some sort of news story they already know, or maybe it's news they don't care about there is always the one and as a 'journalist' it's something I now deal with on a daily basis, and to be honest...I don't like it.

When writing my blog I don't really get negative feedback, mainly because I think people who read blogs are easy going, they understand personal pieces and don't leave mean comments but when you're writing on a much larger,a more public scale the comments people make towards you and your pieces is appalling and what I don't understand is what people get from this.
I've always been quite a confident person in the terms that what people say doesn't really affect me at all, so I'm very lucky that way but I can't lie and say it doesn't hurt when out of 100 comments 30 could be negatives and mainly for the reason a person doesn't like the news piece so the writer gets slaughtered, something every journalist out there has to go through on a daily basis.
Journalism to me is trying to discover the truth and present the truth to the public, but they're one of the groups that get the biggest reaction from the general public, people hate journalists but at the end of the day we're only doing our job.
When someone doesn't like what you wrote they will slam you, I've never gotten extremely hurtful comments but I see other writers who get crucified for their own opinion pieces, I strongly believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion (even though I'm the type of person who thinks I'm always right you don't have to agree with their opinion, but don't comment and insult the writer.. what does it gain you?

Obviously it's not just journalists that are open to internet trolls, people in the public eye are extremely open to it in the likes of models, actors, sport stars, I have to agree with people when they say 'it's part of their job' because a 'celebrity' life they thrive off media attention. The likes of Kim Kardashian, who would she be without the media? but that being said I don't think it's right.
When it comes to big big celebrities I think it's what they're used to, but for smaller local celebrities I think it's so very hard and I don't like it at all.
Take model Holly Carpenter for example, I recently got to speak to Holly on behalf of and she told me about her online abuse. As Holly's in the media industry she regularly logs online to see people leave nasty comments on her instagram and twitter accounts. I couldn't imagine having to deal with getting such negatives things tweeted to me on a daily basis, and for no reason other than doing her job.
I understand that sometimes things journalists write get a reaction but why a girl just doing her job, minding her own business... why is it people can't keep their negatives comments to themselves, or at least not tag the receiver. No one should have to log onto their personal accounts to see people who follow them sending abuse.

At the end of the day, we're human and I know for one us girls love a bit of a bitch but I think something we can all try to learn is to think before we speak or in this case type, you don't always have to agree with someones opinions but don't slate them online for it... not cool man, not cool.

Can't Stop Listening Too - Milky Chance

You all know by this stage that I love my music. It's something I can't go a day without thinking about especially since I got Beats as a Christmas present, I'm forever in my own world with my headphones in and with that I'm always on the look out for new songs to play.
My taste in music varies, I go from Kings Of Leon to Iggy Azalea to the Gipsy Kings one can not possibly say I have a music 'type' I like it, I like it simple as, but that being said there's one style of music I don't normally like, and that is 'Brannigan music'. My good friend is very much into his techno and electronic and for me, it's not normally something I can tolerate but the other night this song was put on (to keep the peace) and five days on, I'm obsessed.
Have a listen here and let me know what you make of it.

Milky Chance -Flashed Junk Mind (filous remix)

For me, I hear this song and I can almost feel the summer, it's creeping up!!! I picture summer evenings out my back garden, the rabbits back together but I also see Limerick, my favourite city!! A weekend away, a day in the city.. I think it's such a can I say it? pretty song??? I love it!!! Well done Brannigan!!

Monday, 16 February 2015

Man Crush Monday (Week 10)

Scott Cann

All of my friends know about my obsession with Hawaii Five-O, it's THE BEST and don't you think any different but most of my friends know I like it for Navy Seal Steve Mcgarrett but it wasn't originally Mcgarrett that I tuned in to see, it was his trusty partner Danno who first caught my attention.
 Again, like last week he may not be everyone's cup of tea but I think he is gorgeous, and beside Mcgarrett = Dream Team.
 Watch one episode of the show and you'll understand my love for him.. I admit, he's no Mcgarrett BUT to be fair, no one will EVER beat him!!
So without further a do here is Mr Scott Cann, aka Danny Williams!!

Oh God, now to get back to reality!!
Happy Monday Everyone!! :)

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Valentines day?? NO WAY! It's drool over Conor Murray day!!

Myself and Conor Murray.
If you know me at all you'll know my love for Munster rugby player Conor Murray, and if you know me very well and happen to be in my company today, February 14th you'll also know that it's me and Conor's third year first interaction anniversary! I know, I know, special day. 
Some may say it was a sign, meant to be...I would tend to agree, so without further ado, I'll begin to explain the day myself and Conor first interacted with each other.
Okay, Okay there's not much of a 'story' behind it, but I own a banner... a big banner..a 6 foot 2 banner for Conor. It's red and says 'Murray..Scrum Half Of The Century' and yes, it is as embarrassing as it seems, as a matter of fact here is a picture of the banner!! -> 
Don't judge me I was only sixteen, I didn't know any better!!
Anyway, I took a picture of this banner and sent it to Conor asking him if he liked it... spelling everything drastically, but Valentines day, 7:33pm..Eastenders had just begun, my phone buzzed @ConorMurray09 popped up... and so our story unfolds...  
Well I never, the excitement I felt was un natural as I rang every single person in my phone book telling them Conor Murray interacted with me. Not to mention when I went back to school the next day!!
Anyway, little did I know that this is where it was all about to begin as I caught my first glimpse of Conor two months later at a match in Cork, then finally got to meet the legend in the flesh a month after the match...and what a day it was. Little did I know that three years on, I'd be on good terms with Conor and can actually have a civil conversation with the legend!!
Anyway, with the day that's in it I decided to reminisce on some of my favourite moments with the Munster God and here they are... He's some man!!
This is when Conor saw the banner in the flesh.
My lucky rugby ball signed by Conor... until Mursher got at it.
When he knew my name was with a 'y' and not an 'i'
No caption needed.. *cough* miss!!!!
When we both appeared in a Limerick magazine for 'tweet of the week'...What are the chances!!! - Tiz a sign!!!

Thursday, 12 February 2015

How to do Valentines Day as a singleton

HAHA Valentines day.
Well Saturday's the big day, the day where you're reminded that you're single and no one wants you. You're hopeless in the romance side of life and will be forever more because let's face it, no one wants to be alone for Valentine's day so IF anyone was secretly in love with you they would have already admitted it to you. Realistically you might as well get the ice cream, put on sad music, maybe even the titanic lock yourself in a dark room and cry all day hugging a pillow, only way to get through it.

And if you haven't already coped on, I'm only joking hahaha and if that actually describes how you feel today then you need to slap yourself in the face, get the girls, blare up the tunes and have a dancing competition. The way I see Valentines day, it's a day that people spend €5/€6 on a card, more money on a small teddy bear holding a heart that says 'love' a cheap box of chocolates and then maybe a few roses. Can you honestly lie to me and say you'd like that?! No way rosé.
Anyway, I'm far too busy for a relationship, far too busy!! I'm a career driven woman, no time for them.. except Conor Murray, the career can wait for him..... ;-)
As a side note, Valentines Day (Feb 14th) marks the three year mark since I had my first ever interaction with Conor Murray, yes you heard me right.. on twitter, I sent Conor a picture of my banner and he replied with 'very cool' - oh how it was forever meant to be... well so I tell myself haha

Luckily for me all my friends are without men so we can spend Valentines the way it should be spent, by having fun!!!!
So with that being said, I took it upon my myself to think up of alternatives to do on Valentines day because well, I just wouldn't recommend going to the disco on Valentines night....
So here are some ideas for you singletons out there:

1. Cry
2. Get drunk
3. Phone your ex
4. Listen to Sam Smith with the lights off (or anyone sad...Kings of Leon could work...)
5. Finally, report every lovey dovey photo posted to instagram
Yes, Yes I am joking... I do not recommend doing any of them so here is my real list of suggestions!! I hope you find something to suit you :)

  1. Host a fondue party: This I like the sound of, everyone likes chocolate dipped strawberries and marshmallows and well anything that can be dipped in chocolate, so why not grab the girls, grab the chocolate and have this kind of party.. *cough* chocolate goes well with white wine *cough cough*
  2. Organise a battle of the sexes: This is something I could see going amazing, or going terrible but why not set up a few group activities where it's the males VS the females. Whether it be tennis on the Wii or beer pong, it sounds good doesn't it!!
  3. Host a VERY scary movie marathon: When we normally have movie nights the scariest film we'd watch is 'The Strangers' but this time why not go OTT on scary?! I can't really recommend any terrifying films but one I did hate was the Chernobyl diaries.. not cool at all but hey! you can't think of love when you're terrified.
  4. Bake: Get a few heart shaped cookie cutters and bake, bake, bake then when you're done deliver them to friends! Valentines day can be about celebrating the love you have for friends too so why not cheer up lonesome, desperate, heartbroken friends.
  5. Host an Anti-Valentine's party- This is perfect for all your single friends, why not get together and have a big party! Plus Valentines falls on a Saturday night so it's perfect!! You don't have to be aggressive about it but no talk of love, or happiness..haha I'm joking! Listen to anti love music like 'black thumbnail' by Kings Of Leon... well, it doesn't remind me of love when I listen to it?!!
  6. Treat yourself- Look if you were in a relationship you would be spending all your money on them, anything up to €50! so why not spend it on yourself? Take the day out, go shopping, get your nails done. Do anything you want, for yourself!!

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Can't stop listening to: Echosmith - Cool Kids

I love my music and I'm a real indie pop/rock type of person so from the minute I heard Echosmith's song 'cool kids' I was hooked and new an obsession was developing!!
I'd never heard of the band before but they're an American band formed in Los Angeles which consists of, wait for it...four siblings!!!!!
In a weird way, this song actually hits my core. 
Yes, I really did just say that but it's truly such a fantastic chill song that makes me want to grab all my friends and hug them but it also makes me feel like I'm a free independent woman that can take on the world.
I suppose it's really just which ever way you choose to look at the song, but take a listen and be sure to let me know what you think!! 

Monday, 9 February 2015

Interview with TV Cook and business woman Sophie Morris

Sophie Morris is one of the country's most loved TV chefs, with her regular slots on TV3's Late Lunch Live, her own book, a mentoring business and the ambassador for Kerry Gold butter, she's without a doubt an inspiration to women everywhere and I couldn't wait to chat to Sophie about her TV appearances, her cooking and of course everything else she has up her sleeves. Trust me, Sophie Morris is a force to reckon with, and a pleasure to chat too, I've never felt so inspired....
 I've personally always loved baking, from a young age my nanny had it beat into me and without sounding too cocky I was a natural!! Unreal I was, I could bake anything and everything it was one of my biggest passions in life. I even wrote my own cookbook, as a matter of fact I wrote two cookbooks, a Christmas one and an everyday one, I was going far with my baking, but then, one day I lost it all. 
Everything I baked tasted like soap, or turned green. I'm not joking ask the friends who would pretend they ate my cupcakes before feeding them to my dog, I was crap!! Even a packet mix of scones was too difficult for me but Sophie tells me there's still hope out there for me ''It's definitely a skill you can learn, a lot of people maybe have a flare for it but yeah it's definitely a skill you can pick up'' -What about someone who had the flare, lost the flare and is now trying to get the flare back... *sigh
But starting off Sophie thinks just start basic and work up, ''Youtube is so good these days, you can go on and watch the basics like 'how to chop an onion' the very basics. Get a very simple cookbook and keep practising and you'll begin to learn it is very easy''

Sophie grew up surrounded by a great cooking family,being related to the Deny family in Waterford but as much as she loved cooking, she didn't always know it was something she wanted a career in. She studied economics in college, actually in Trinity would you mind...but from there she incorporated her business mind and her cooking mind and so Sophie Morris Kooks came alive,
''My parents are both great cooks and I came from a family of great cooks so it was in my routes a bit. I was always surrounded by great food and cooking and I got into it from a young age, but I didn't think I'd ever end up working in it until later on''
Like I mentioned before Sophie studied economics and really enjoyed the business subjects growing up,
''I wouldn't say I was a nerd but but I always loved the business side of things and I really enjoyed it'' As much as she enjoyed business and cooking, Sophie didn't know what she wanted to do until years later,
''In college I didn't have a clue what I wanted to do, especially in the final year of college I didn't have an absolute clue. I had gotten a scholarship in Trinity which allowed me to stay on and do my masters for free so I stayed there for an extra year and and did my masters in economics. It was really tough so when it was done I allowed myself to take some time of, go travelling and think about what I wanted to do.
I was when I was travelling I decided I really wanted to take some time and go on a cookery course in Ballymaloe, that's what I really wanted to do and it was down there when I realised this is what I want to do. I wanted to combine my love of business and food and there's where I had the idea of starting my own food business''

Growing up I always watched cookery programmes on the tele. My nanny was an amazing cook so it was in my blood from a very young age. So young in fact one of my idol chiefs was Fanny Craddock. Growing up Sophie always admired Jamie Oliver (I did myself) but it was his style that went onto inspire Sophie,
''My favourite was always Jamie when he was really unknown and doing the naked chef, I loved him and of course all the other big names, like Darina Allen I always had her cookbooks'' 
It's one of my biggest dreams to walk into a shop and see my own cookbook, even though it would probably be recipes like 'how to follow the instructions on a packet of brownies' recipes but Sophie got the chance to live out one of her dreams and publish her very own cookbook, something she still pinches herself about, '' It was a huge dream of mine, I remember back in the days of Ballymaloe when I'd say to my mam 'I want to have my own cookbook' and she'd say 'you will' and low and behold I do, it's a huge dream come true and I'm really proud of it''
The minute the book idea came about Sophie jumped at it and is now a strong believer of never letting anything slip through your fingers '' I had the opportunity of meeting a publisher and at that stage I had gotten a bit of publicity and PR from 'kookie dough' and they had seen me on dragons den and she said would you ever consider doing a cookbook. So I came away from the meeting with the idea of doing a draft of the cookbook and sending it to her and I was then given a contract.
It showed me that with even a potential glimpse of opportunity just go for it, you never know what will happen'' 
Could a second book ever come about????
'' I'd love to write another one, it's just finding the time and when you're working in a business as well but hopefully in the future I'll get the chance to write another one''
Sophie on Late Lunch Live

Sophie is regularly making an appearance on TV, between cooking on Late Lunch live or sharing her baking tips but she's adjusted to it now and isn't as shocked when she sees herself on the tele, '' I think I've gotten used to it now, I don't think of it like people turn their tele on and there I am, I think I'm immune to it now but it is funny when the odd person comes up to you and says 'oh I saw you on tele' that's a bit odd.

I could go on and on about my cooking disasters I really could write a book on them *idea instead of a cookbook a, things I cooked wrong book but I was secretly heartbroken when Sophie said her biggest kitchen disaster was when she dropped a cake straight from the oven, ''I actually wish I did it would be a funny story, I had the typical taking the cake out of an oven but no nothing drastic''  Sophie represents young women so well, and especially young women in business, she's inspiring so inspiring in fact she won 'Image Magazines, young business woman of they year in 2011' a huge honour for any woman but for Sophie winning this award at 29, she couldn't believe it ''That was one of the biggest highlights of my business career, I couldn't believe it . I never expected and I loved Image, I think they're really great at promoting women in business so it was a huge honour''
Sophie does everything from running her own business, to mentoring other business, to cooking, to writing she does it all but admits her favourite part is working with new business and advising them as to where to go, '' I absolutely love working with new food industries, I was no naive when I started Kookie dough and when I see other food industries starting out I see what mistakes they can make and try help them around their problems''
With brains to burn if Sophie wasn't in the cooking industry she would still love to be in the business but has a hidden love for the tech industry ''sometimes I wish I did do something in that industry, it's so interesting. I was really into maths and science stuff in school, and I think all young people should know about it now''

Down to the serious stuff, if you could have anyone in the world for dinner who would you choose???For me, I'm still stuck I think I might bring kings of Leon, all of them because Caleb can cook plus he's good looking, Jared is fantastic looking and then they could sing me to sleep but Sophie thinks of it much more logically and chooses someone she could enjoy a conversation with ''Steve Jobs!! I think he's an absolute genius.I've read his books and I think he's absolutely inspiring, and a very interesting character and I'd make him a big vegan feast''

With student's across the country facing up to pre exams in the upcoming weeks, Sophie told me she also doesn't think the points system is fair at all and to really not panic, take Sophie for example: A masters in economics yet she is in the food industry you don't have to stay in the sector you studied in at all, 
''I really don't think the points system is fair at all and it really annoyed me how getting courses depended on the demand as opposed to the skill so I would say don't get overly stressed, it's not the end of the world it's just the very very beginning!! If you're not sure what you want to do just choose something you would enjoy. Work hard and study but don't overly stress. Whatever you enjoy doing you should do that in college'' 
And for anyone out there who wants to follow in the footsteps of Sophie her advice would be to:
''Go after what you love. I always had a vision that I wanted to own my own business and if you have a vision you need to follow it because that's your passion and if you have a passion that's what will get you up in the mornings and ultimately what you will succeed in.
Don't think about what other people think or say you should be doing, just follow your gut and what you think you should be doing, work hard and you'll get there''

A huge thanks to Sophie for taking her time out to speak to me, it was a pleasure!!
Wishing Sophie all the best with everything else that comes her way,
Lynda xx
Don't forget you can follow Sophie on twitter - sophmorris
And you can check out her website here-

Man Crush Wednesday (Week 9)

Eric Christian Olsen

Hellllloooo Monday!!!!
Last Monday was the first Monday of the month so it wasn't too bad, but this morning. Christ have mercy!! It was torturous, but fear not. I'm back again with this weeks Man Crush Monday and today it's actor Eric Christian Olsen.
He may not be everyone's type, but Lord above is he gorgeous!!!
Eric plays detective Marty Deeks in NCIS Los Angeles as well as many other things BUT I only know him as Deeks!! 
 The blonde surfer dude exterior, the floppy messy hair, the comparison to shaggy from Scooby Doo!! 
If I still haven't convinced you that Olsen is a babe, then you need to go watch him in NCIS LA. The caring, hilarious personality!! WOW!! 
And if you don't cry when he gets tortured... I judge you!!
Happy Monday!!