Holly Carpenter Diary: Staying saintly at Christmas is going to be very tough
Welcome to my first-ever column for the Herald - I'm thrilled to be the newest member of the team.
I'll be keeping you up to speed on the hottest parties in town, what's trending and who to follow, block or blank online and what bars to hit on your nights out.
Like most of you I'm bracing myself for the Christmas party season (side note: I cannot BELIEVE it's already December in a few days - where did the time go?).
Navigating your way through the silly season is a mission.
Staying saintly when there are so many mince pies, tasty treats and glasses of Prosecco on offer can be tricky. You need iron willpower not to give in to temptation.
In the next few weeks there will be plenty of events and celebrations and I can't wait to head out with some of my closest pals, like Thalia Heffernan and my Clontarf crew, in our favourite spots around Fade Street, South William Street and across the city.
The next few weeks are going to be hectic.
If you're looking for a wild night of dancing on the bar and knocking back shots then XICO on Baggot St is your number one.
If you fancy a slightly tamer evening of food and cocktails then Zaragoza on South William Street is perfect for tasty tapas and it also has a string of great bars and clubs right on its doorstep, if you feel like staying out.
But this year, I am hoping to be more of a Christmas saint rather than a festive sinner. I can't be staying out partying until 5am, sleeping with my make-up on and then ordering Dominos the next day. No way.
In fact, I'm trying out a sort of festive pre-tox before all the partying begins. So I am hitting the gym with a vengeance over the next few weeks.
For me, the only way I have ever been able to really push myself in the gym and see results is when I work alongside a personal trainer.
When I go to the gym alone, I feel like I'm doing more damage than good, so from this week on I'll be training with Jenni Murphy in Fit Studios in Fairview.
Jenni is a personal trainer, TRX instructor and toned figure fitness competitor so she knows her stuff.
So to get back on track, I started as I mean to go on - with a healthy lunch in town.
After a couple of hours of shopping with mum, we stopped for lunch in Pitt Bros on George's St.
I've been dying to try this place for ages and I was delighted to see a very healthy chicken salad on the menu.
They offer a great lunch deal where you get a big meal with a drink and a free 99 ice cream for only €10 - so much for being saintly.