Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Big Apple

If you follow me on social media you may have noticed that I was freezing my butt off in New York for a few days last week. Before you ask: no I did not spend a glamorous week at New York Fashion Week. I probably shouldn't admit this but I only realised it was on when I was already there!

Life often takes unusual turns & direction and recently I seem to focus on food, exercise and my foodie daytime work so much that fashion has been a little bit less prominent. Not that I don't enjoy the beautiful clothes anymore! (I have not gone crazy my dear) However, I looked forward to a few days in busy New York getting lost in the crowd, enjoying the fabulous food & cafes of Meatpacking District & Chelsea and getting submerged in a good book in the tiny apartment in West Village with an occasional glimpse of a metal fire escape rattling behind the window.

New York is a very unusual place, I feel that the more I see the more I have left to see! It's as if discovering it was only making it into a bigger 'job'.

I was never afraid of hard work though so I am happily taking up the challenge of trying to discover the prettiest spots, the coolest shops and the tastiest bites!

Here are a few of my top to visit from the recent trip (sorry if they're too obvious to some!):

  • Chelsea Market - over the 4.5 days I had in the city I was there at least 4 times, that should say enough. Food, fashion, life..
  •  The Egg Shop - I discovered this place when trying to come up with something we could do / eat for Valentines. My boy is the fussiest egg eater (I know he'll disagree saying he just wants them right, which does seem fair enough but rarely happens in Dublin). This place not only gets it right, they get it SO bloody right. It nearly went on fire when we were there so I would recommend seats close to the door ;)
  • Sarabeth's - so busy but so worth it, I just love them and it's the essence of New York and their brunch culture to me
  • Gansevoort Market - worth to visit for the location itself, you will accidentally bump into every designer / cool shop there is to find in West Village when trying to find it
  • Eataly - if you want to feel like you're in Italy while in New York
  • Baked by Melissa - this is now a tradition, I need to get their tiny tasty peanut butter cupcake thingys the moment I land
  • Rossopomodoro - amazing Italian in West Village, I think this is not the only location, well worth checking out
  • Bluestone Lane Coffee - for a great cup of flat white, you know you need to head to an Australian joint. It will not disappoint and the avocado is good too & SO insta-friendly 
  • Coppelia - when in America, American Diner is a must. This one serves Cuban twist on food 24/7. Rather perfect.


I think I could go on but this is just making me feel like holiday again so I will stop right here and let you enjoy a few shots of my fave locations. No outfit posts since I was wearing about 10 layers, could not care less for looking good, just wanted to get rid of my cold and be happy.



Chelsea Market




West Village




The amazing Egg Shop







Compulsory steam & yellow cab shot ;)


Hudson River



Soho



Views from the High Line


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Apple Juice

January juicing has either become your daily habit now or is a long forgotten resolution. I couldn't think of a better time to get this bag! Fitting in with the foodie trends and super-trendy, it may not fit your Nutribullet cup in but will surely keep you looking cool (maybe even healthy ;). 



Accessorize, € 39.90, Available now

Some Street Style featuring funky bags! 

Best Street Style Shoes and Bags at Fashion Week Spring 2015 | POPSUGAR Style & Trends Annabelle Dexter Jones // this outfit is everything

Street Style

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sale picks & Happy Closet

January presents us with some new challenges every year and between the blues of returning to work, diet, exercise and everything else that seems like too much effort, I always struggle with my budget after an expensive Xmas shopping period. Sales don't help and as much as I try to stay away, 3 pieces from this outfit were purchased on sale this year (failed!). I picked up the top, trousers and the bag at 50% off and I'm only feeling half guilty ;)

However, last weekend made me realise how often I make mistakes when shopping. I had a 4h session with Annmarie O'Connor as part of my Happy Closet makeover. After receiving my 'diagnosis' with a lot of reference to 'impulse shopping' and 'emotional attachment', I would lie if I said to you I wasn't dreading it. Massive black bin bags were presented to me before I even finished making coffee and so I opted for a herbal tea to brace myself ;)

I am not actually sure at what stage I got comfortable or forgot the bags but I truly enjoyed the session. I couldn't get over the amount of fantastic advice Annmarie gave me from styling a vintage dress I love but couldn't really wear, through belt storage solutions to style icons I should keep in mind to inspire me and suit my style. I am still a little bit stressed about getting rid of more than half of my wardrobe (yes, I am not messing) but I look forward to better decisions and a way happier closet! If you're struggling with your bursting wardrobe & still have nothing to wear or simply need some advice this Lady should be on your speed dial ;)

x







Leather look trousers - Zara
Top - Zara

 It's in the detail...


Bag - DKNY
Felt ring (left hand) - by Karina Krolak
Oversized silver ring (right hand) - Fruit Bijoux
Necklace - a present 
Heels - New Look 


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Structured

I have a serious thing for structured sleeves. Although I like floaty ones as well... I might just have a thing for weird sleeves actually, now that I think about it. This outfit post was all about the oversized, unusually shaped sleeves of a very simple tunic. I must have taken these photos months ago and never posted them but hey better late than never right!?

Wintery weather, Christmas rush and New Year weirdness tends to send me to a creative halt. Just as I'm trying to reorganise my life before a new dose of rush & to-do lists, my wardrobe seems to get in a way. I feel like scratching it all and starting all over.

It may be that this year I will actually get to do that, a bit of a new start. With Annmarie's visit this weekend to reinvent my wardrobe (hello Happy Closet!) AND my shopping habits, I look forward to report to you how the new me will shape in 2015.

I also hope to see you at the Dublin Flea Market on the 25th where (a lot of) my wardrobe will be up for sale.

x






Tunic - Fifi
Leggings - COS

It's in the detail...



Bag - All Saints
Necklace - Joanne Hynes
Boots - Boohoo

Friday, December 12, 2014

Sticky

One thing that Barcelona definitely is on a warm November day is sticky. Although it was nice to leave the heavy coat in Dublin and jump back into a dress & a biker jacket, I could not control my frizzy hair and sort of melting makeup. Not the best look for outfit shots but when you get lost in pretty little lanes, admiring cute little restaurants, hidden boutiques and unusually dressed locals, you don't really mind.
Spanish have a unique sense of style. Home to some of high street's biggest brands, it often appears to me that locals prefer to shop... well, locally. Oversized tops, biker boots, leater jackets, skinny jeans and draped scarves dominate the streets. Everyone seems comfortable in their clothes, smiling widely and kissing a friend/partner/anyone (do you also find the Spanish kissing a lot?!).
Wearing heels seem so out of place there, I decided to stick to flats myself. The oversized dress provided a lot of much needed freedom and allowed for copious amounts of tapas over the weekend...









Dress - Zara
Jacket - H&M
Flats - Penneys

It's in the details...



Bag - Selected Femme
Ring (gold, right hand) - & Other Stories
Ring - (thumb, left hand) - Pandora




Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Vicky, Christina..

Barcelona of course! I don't know about you but I absolutely love that movie. Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson AND Javier Bardem in one place = good times!

I liked Barcelona first time I visited a few years ago but this time around I totally fell in love with the place. I think staying in less touristy area was a brilliant idea and I would recommend for anyone going there soon to pick the funkiest place on Airbnb and really soak up the atmosphere, people and of course, the amazing food & wine (which I spent most time photographing and enjoying ;). Outfit post from my trip coming soon but for now, just enjoy this fabulous city.

x



















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