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The holidays are over and we must admit we are feeling pretty heartbroken about it. Why do they have to go by so quickly?

It feels like Christmas Eve was here in an instant and now we’re back in the office.

It’s been a long and draining day and it feels weird to be wearing something other than pyjamas, but the weekend is only one day away.


There’s no doubt that everyone will be feeling a little miserable, and most definitely shattered, after the first day back at work so do yourself a favour and curl up on the sofa for the evening with the remainders of your selection box.

Like us, you’ve probably grown tired of Christmas movies and binge-watched the new series of You in the space of two days but one of our favourite movies is on TV tonight.

Brooklyn will air on RTÉ One today and we honestly couldn’t think of a better movie to watch after being at work all day.

Starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters, Brooklyn follows Eilis, a young Irish girl who moves to New York in the 1950s, as she starts a new chapter of her life far away from home.

Brooklyn airs on RTÉ One at 21.35 tonight.


Being financially independent is hard enough as it is, without the possibility of living in New York. Forget the student lifestyle of drinking all night and having a lie-in until midday. It takes hard work and financial discipline to survive the NYC life.

We all dream of it; the bottomless brunches near Central Park, shopping debt-free on 5th Avenue, living in an apartment that’s LITERALLY the exact same as Monica’s from Friends.

New York is heavily idealised as one of the greatest cities in the world, but it’s hard to deny how magical it can be. Ice-skating at Rockefeller centre at Christmas, essentially recreating Home Alone 2, hitting the iconic bars and gliding past skyscrapers and Broadway.

It permanently feels like you’re on a movie set, the city that never sleeps embodies movement and energetic culture. It’s impossible not to love it, but is it possible to afford it?

Insider recently rated New York eight on the list of the world’s most expensive cities to live in. It was the only American city to make the top ten, and once you break down the costs such as travel, food and rent, it’s not hard to see why it made the list.

We spoke to one of our New Yorker contacts who spent one year living the New York lifestyle to get the 411. You wanna see the receipts?


Rents have increased at double the rate of incomes in the last seven years alone, according to StreetEasy, which means that you need to make six figures to live in many of the city's most elite neighbourhoods. Yikes.

An average Irish student living in NYC could be paying amounts which range between $700 and $1500 a month on rent, as well as utilities. This would of course depend on location, size, how many housemates you share with and facilities like Wi-Fi and laundry.


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Our lucky wanderlust gal spent $900 on rent per month, a good deal seeing as it included utilities and the internet, as well as a washer and a dryer inside.

“I shared with three others, and only had one bathroom, and it was in a pretty dilapidated building in Bushwick with a not so helpful landlord.”

Secret deals in NYC in terms of rent are essentially non-existent. Most people agree that seeing a unicorn is probably more statistically likely. Or a Friends reunion.


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One major extra cost comes in terms of furnishing an empty space, as most apartments in the city will come unfurnished.

Buying second-hand items can be a huge help, and finding things on the street, but both of these options of course have their limitations.

For example, I got my mattress in Berkeley from the street outside our fraternity house, which most people did, and got a very rude awakening when our entire room was visited by bed bugs.

If you think California rent is better than New York, you’ve got another thing coming.

Food and Drink

First thing’s first, you HAVE to limit eating out and going for expensive drinks in glamorous bars. Many New Yorkers are blasé about dropping $10 on coffee and a mediocre muffin.


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We’d all love that lifestyle, but you have to prioritise. Pre-packed lunches is the way to go, and cooking at home.

“A cocktail in a bar would set you back about $14, and in a trendy rooftop bar you could easily spend $20 on a drink. Eating in a restaurant could set you back about $35 for a meal if you included a drink, sales tax and tip."

"This is the worst thing about price of food and drinks in NYC! You think the price will be less, but a 20% service charge adds on a hefty chunk to your bill.”


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NYC also has a city tax, so your paycheck won’t have much spending power. Supermarket food in New York is also highly expensive, so even if you want to cook from home, finding lower-cost ingredients can be tricky at best.

My J1 was essentially a three month binge on fries, $4 pizza slices and the occasional scrambled egg on toast if I could afford it. Eating healthily is even harder, considering fast food and ramen are the only semi-affordable meals.


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“Places like Trader Joe's were good for lower cost own-brand items and for whole food/grain type things, but fruit and vegetables generally were always expensive. Meat and fish were also very pricey, there was definitely a good incentive to turn vegetarian.”

I’m personally astounded that I escaped contracting scurvy on my J1 to San Francisco, I barely saw fruit or vegetables the entire time. Spending under $10 on one meal became a challenge that was seen as the Mount Everest of nutritional budgeting.


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Try starting an Excel spreadsheet for all of your expenses, so you can budget in advance. Prepare as many meals as you can to prevent buying expensive snacks in stores, and avoid buying too many perishable food items that you would throw away if it went uneaten.

Wasting perfectly good food will become a mortal sin to you after a few weeks of living the NYC life, trust us.

Nights Out

“If you pre-drink in advance, then you don't have to spend too much on a night-out. Liquor in shops is actually quite cheap. The subway runs all night so you can get around cheaply, and otherwise a shared Uber wouldn't be too expensive."

"Some clubs charge entry and then have expensive drinks. I don't smoke but cigarettes were also a massive cost.”

Keep the receipts from any bar you go to, and it will be come alarmingly obvious that purchasing drinks the entire night most definitely adds up.


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The Irish have perfected pre-drinking culture, so don’t let yourself slip too much on your night out by buying $16 cocktails every ten minutes, or you’ll be in for a rude awakening when you check your bank balance.

For a couple of free beers, one of Brooklyn’s best craft distilleries (New York Distilling Co.) opens its doors to the public for free tours and tastings on weekends from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m, don’t miss your chance.


“This was one of the most expensive aspects of living in New York. Flights in and out of the city were always pricey. There is no Ryanair equivalent of budget flights unfortunately."

The Amtrak train service is notoriously expensive. Without advance booking (and even then), it can be $100 for a measly two hour journey… good God.

Buses are the cheapest option for the city, but the reliability and quality leave a lot to be desired, as you might imagine. The buses are often incredibly late, over-booked or cancelled.

The public transport system (MTA) costs you $121 per month for unlimited use, which isn’t bad compared to Dublin, and can be used on buses and subways. However, any of the longer commuter trains are much more expensive

If you’re thinking of parking in the city, be warned that the cost of this is extortionate, as are the prices for renting a car in NYC.


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People would often go to neighbouring states of New Jersey or Connecticut to get cars, rather than face the pain of using their hard-earned cash on New York prices.


Hidden costs and fees are what make so much of New York that bit more expensive than Europe and other places.

Laundromats charge extremely high prices purely because many apartments in the city don’t have laundry facilities, so they take full advantage of this. Hand-washing some of your clothes can aid this process.

When it comes to activities, there are ways of finding cheaper alternatives. The amazing city has a vast array of things to do; the buzz and excitement of the place is captivating.

The tourism industry in NYC is always booming, so charging huge fees for activities such as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller entre, boat rides in Central Park and more can be expensive beyond belief.


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The Staten Island Ferry is free though, so take advantage of that.

Are you desperate to see the Picassos in the Museum of Modern Art, but don’t want to hand over the $25 admission fee?

The museum offers free admission every Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 pm, and you can also visit the sculpture garden for free every morning from 9:30 to 10 am.

Chelsea’s unreal free art galleries are mostly located between W. 14th Street and W. 29th Street around 10th and 11th Avenues.


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The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s fee is waived on Tuesdays, which means you have the ideal escape for the hustle and bustle of Manhattan life.

Finding activities for free is hugely common in parks, try bringing a picnic to Central Park, embarking on a free yoga session in Bryant Park or grabbing street food (the hot dogs are mouth-watering) and chilling on the lush grass.

Central Park Conservatory offers free tours as well.

The Federal Bank of New York’s Gold Vault has free tours every afternoon. Built in the 1920s and containing over 6,500 tonnes of gold, this little-known treasure can teach you some fascinating financial secrets of the city.

Try stargazing on the High Line, a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.

Neighbourhood residents saved the location from demolition, and the High Line opened in 2009 as a hybrid space where visitors can experience nature, art, and design for free.


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Watch outdoor movies at HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival and Syfy Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Grab a seat and bring some snacks, it’s one of the best free activities New York has to offer. Soak up the skyline, it’s one of a kind.

Grand Central Terminal is also a tourist favourite, the 102-year-old train station is still in massive use but it embodies NYC grandeur. The outdoor part of the 9/11 memorial is also free to visit.

So there you have it, if you budget like your life depends on it, you can survive the financial battle of New York City.


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It may not be exactly like Sex and the City, but who would ever believe that Carrie could afford a huge Manhattan apartment BY HERSELF on a columnist’s salary? It’s ridiculousness. We still want her life though.

Susan Ertz summed it up pretty well when she wrote that New York was "never built for the comfort and happiness of its citizens, but to astonish the world." Well, it succeeded.


Victoria Beckham has been rocking the pavements of the French capital this week.

Paris is playing host to fashion week, which means tight schedules and a lot of running around.

All the high fashion seems to have caught up with one member of the Beckham family, and Victoria was having none of it – rookie mistake!

The mum-of-four called out her son's sleepy antics like the lady boss she is.

The 44-year-old took to her Instagram story and owned Brooklyn. 

The teen was seen trying to sleep on route to London via the Eurostar. 

Victoria captioned the snap: "Love spending quality time with @brooklynbeckham."

To our sheer delighted, the fun didn't stop there as Victoria added another photo, just in case Brooklyn wasn't mortified enough the first time. 

The fashion queen asked her 21m followers if she should take her the 19-year-old's sleeping personally.

It's fair to say, Brooklyn won't be falling asleep in his mother's company again. 


Given how likely it is you were in a food-induced coma during its slot, we feel obliged to tell you that Brooklyn was aired on RTÉ last night.

We also feel obliged to disclose that it was subsequently the subject of much discussion on Twitter.

From ex-pats admitting they were never too far from a Kleenex during Saoirse Ronan's performance, to disgruntled individuals lamenting their decision to sit through a sex scene in the presence of their parents, Twitter was a real mixed bag last night.

And if you want to be in a position to continue the discussion during the traditional Stephen's Day drinks later today, we suggest you throw your eye over our favourite tweets on the topic.

Warning: spoilers ahead.



There is a lot to be said for the unique joys of a Netflix Originals series binge. The Get DownOrange Is The New Black, Bloodline, House Of Cards, Grace And Frankie, Stranger Things, Breaking Bad… OK the list is FAR too long. 

However, and lest we forget, Netflix has its very origins in a wealth of pretty cracking award-winning movies.

With the weekend now upon us, we've rounded-up ten recent blockbusters that are absolutely worth a watch..


1) Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Riggan Thomson is a faded Hollywood actor best known for playing the superhero "Birdman" continues his struggle to mount a Broadway adaptation of a short story by Raymond Carver.

The film won four Academy Awards. Michael Keaton was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Actor and the film was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay.

2) Brooklyn

The life of an young Irish immigrant forever changes when she visits 1950s New York. But whens summoned home, she finds herself torn between two worlds.

Brooklyn was nominated for three Academy AwardsBest PictureBest Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay, and won the BAFTA Award for Best British Film

3) Lobster

In a near future world, single people are hunted and forced to find mates within 45 days, or will be turned into animals and banished to the wilderness.

Lobster was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and won the Jury Prize. The film has been nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 89th Academy Awards.

4) Sing Street

In 1980s Dublin, a teen whose family is falling apart transfers to a tough school, where he forms a rock band to fit in and win a girls attention.

Sing Street was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy category and Jack Reynor won an IFTA for Best Actor in a supporting role.

5) The Theory Of Everything

As his esteem grows in the world of physics, Stephen Hawking’s body is ravaged by ALS, forcing his increasing dependence on his devoted wife, Jane.

Eddie Redmayne landed the Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor for his performance.

6) Still Alice

When happily married linguistics professor with three children is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it challenges her career and her family life.

Julianne Moore won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for her leading role in this drama.

7) Gone Girl

His marriage crumbling, Nick comes home one day to find his wife has vanished. And as the police turn up the heat, the shocking truths come to light.

Rosamund Pike received an Oscar nomination for her role in this adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-seller.

8) The Big Short

A group of wily opportunists make a fortune off of the US economic crash by sniffing out the situation in advance and betting against the banks.

Nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, this star-packed romp took home the fold for Best Adapted Screenplay.

9) Django Unchained

Accompanied by a German bounty hunter, a freed slave named Django travels across America to free his wife from a sadistic plantation owner.

Quentin Tarantino and Christoph Waltz both won Oscars for Tarantino’s violent spin on Spaghetti Westerns.

10) The King's Speech

In this biographical drama, Britain’s King George VI struggles with an embarrassing stutter until he seeks help from speech therapist Lionel Logue.

The Best Picture Oscar winner also brought Colin Firth the Academy Award for the year’s Best Actor.


It's been an amazing day for Irish film after a slew of Oscar nominations for both Room and Brooklyn, and actress Saoirse Ronan says the whole experience has been a "dream."

The Carlow native scooped a Best Actress nomination today for her role as Eilis in Brooklyn, after missing out on a Golden Globe win last Sunday night.

"When we made Brooklyn, we had no idea of what was to come," the 21-year-old said in a statement this evening. 

"It is the most personal film I have ever done, the hardest one too. I am honoured to represent this film with my friends – John, Nick, Finola, Yves, Colm, Amanda.

"This has all been a dream. To see how the film has been embraced has been heartwarming.

"Thank you so very much to The Academy – you are a group of people I respect greatly and to be recognised by you means so much."

Despite not being able to pronounce her name, US audiences have definitely fallen for Saoirse's charm in recent months, with a host of appearances on US chat shows during the press circuit for Brooklyn.

Just last night she gave Stephen Colbert a crash course in Irish names, from Tadhg to Caoimhe:

Here's hoping there's no issues for Saoirse's name (it's pronounced like inertia, doncha know) at the Academy Awards next month.


Saoirse Ronan is literally everywhere at the moment.

She has been on one serious press junket this awards season as the Carlow native is expected to be nominated for an Oscar for her turn in Brooklyn. 

And she has certainly been reminding everyone that she is most definitely Irish, if her name and accent weren't already giving the game away. 

From plugging Dublin beauty salons to giving the gift of Barry's tea, it seems that Saoirse now wants to help Americans nail the perfect Irish accent. 

On the Late Show with Stephen Colbert that aired in the States yesterday, Saoirse filled the host in on how NOT to do an Irish accent.

Dispelling stereotypical Irish impersonations, Saoirse advised that the accent should not to get too high-pitched and the sound should be quite "melodic and sing-songey." 

She also helped Stephen out with the pronunciation of some very common Irish names such as Caoimhe, Siobhan and Oisin. 

Watch Saoirse on her serious charm offensive below:




If the people of the world hadn't heard of Tropical Popical after it got a triple shout-out on The Ellen Show last week, they certainly have now.

Actress Saoirse Ronan couldn't resist name-checking the popular Dublin nail salon on the Golden Globes red carpet in LA this evening, as she recalled the moment she heard about her Best Actress nomination.

"I was getting my nails done in a salon in Dublin and I had no idea the nominations were coming out that day" she told E! host Giuliana Rancic.

"By the time I was doing all the reaction phoners afterwards, I was sitting in the corner of this salon, it's called Tropical Popical, there's lots of palm trees and flamingos, and everyone was getting their nails done and drinking champagne around me."

Speaking about last week's Ellen Show mention, salon owner Andrea Horan told SHEmazing it was a dream come true.

"It feels like it's fake.The fact that she [Saoirse] was actually describing the salon was just amazing. It's gone mental since then, we've had people calling from all over."

Carlow native Saoirse looked absolutely breath-taking in a white Yves Saint Laurent number for her appearance at tonight's awards, showing she's more than able to handle the high stakes of the US awards circuit:

She was at the centre of some geographical controversy this week, as UK channel Sky News claimed her as "one of our own" when annoucning her BAFTA Best Actress nomination.

Presenter Richard Suchet today apologised for any offence caused:

Wishing our gal Saoirse the best of luck this evening!



Irish actress Saoirse Ronan has been all over the papers this week as she does the press circuit ahead with Brooklyn ahead of awards season.

But unfortunately a few high-profile media outlets still refuse to consider her as 'Irish,' despite her Carlow upbringing and Irish passport.

Sky News made that exact faux-pas today, when discussing the BAFTA Best Actress nomination list, on which Saoirse was included.

"If we look at the leading actress category, I think we can take Saoirse Ronan as one of ours," one presenter said, also referencing (actual British person) Dame Maggie Smith.

"She's in Brooklyn, she's nominated."

German-Irish actor Michael Fassbender was another star noted as British later in the report, to really mess things up.

Hmmmm. Needless to say, Twitter went into overdrive after the unfortunate comments:

Barely a month ago, the same problem befell Saoirse, Michael and Colin Farrell as they were all nominated under 'Best British Actor/Actress' categories at the London Critics' Circle Awards.

Anyone need a map? It sounds like it…



Here at SHEmazing! we particularly covet our cinema trips. In fact, there are plenty of evenings where we’d embrace the big-screen over a big night out on the town.

Which is why we are oh-so excited to see that the capital's much-loved Vue cinema has been given a seriously fancy-pants overhaul and revamp. 

Located in Liffey Valley, to mark the occasion, it is hosting a gala, Vip event on Friday, October 23 at 6.30pm.

On the evening there will be a special screening of the new Saoirse Ronan film, Brooklyn, and to celebrate, Vue has given us two pairs of tickets to giveaway. 

Almost as good, the lucky SHEmazing! users who nab the passes will also be treated to complimentary popcorn and drinks. Hurrah! 

Good luck! This competition will run until 5pm on Wednesday, October 21, so make sure you're quick.


We don't even know if we're surprised since the Beckhams seem to be ruling the world at the moment – but research has found that the famous family are now richer than the Queen of England. 

Brand Beckham accounts for the whole family of six, who are now worth nearly half a BILLION Euro!

According to The Telegraph, researchers at the London School of Marketing assessed all of their business ventures and estimated the family is worth €630m.

And according to the Sunday Times rich list 2015, the Queen's estimated fortune is €460m. 

The study showed the sum of the Beckham's value, with footworks at €200m, the Beckham name at €94m and their ventures at €80m. 

And that's only going to grow, seeing as their children, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper, are only starting their careers in the limelight. 


Irish actress Saoirse Ronan was all smiles for cameras at the Toronto International Film Festival as her latest project Brooklyn was welcomed with huge praise from critics.

The film is an adaptation of Colm Tóibin’s novel of the same name. The story of Eílis who leaves her rural hometown in Ireland for the US was adapted for film by Nick Hornby.

Speaking to Now Toronto, Saoirse was keen to downplay the acclaim she is receiving for her performance opposite Domhnall Gleeson.

She said that she was able to strongly identify with the character and her desire for growth fighting with a longing for her home:

“By the time we made the filmI’d essentially gone through Eílis’s journey.”

She explained that even now she feels a huge emotional attachment to the project and her character as she explained:

“I was right in the middle of feeling a deep, deep homesickness, missing my own mom and figuring out where I belonged in between these two places.”

Since the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year it has received much praise and exceedingly positive reviews. The New York Post commented Saoirse’s performance was “awards-calibre”.

While her work has been generating speculation of Oscar nominations, Saoirse would rather talk about the work itself than any awards or accolades.

She said that any “Oscar buzz” she hears is being taken with a pinch of salt.

She also commented that while she loved her costumes she felt a lot that had to do with the body types accepted as the norm in the 1950s.

"The shapes of the clothes are much more womanly, allowing for curves. Women were encouraged to have boobs and have a bum."

She added that she preferred “how much healthier” women’s body types were in the past.