Monday, December 21, 2009

Designer stuff

Personally I'm not a big designer clothes' lover. Of course, if there were millions of € lying around in my bank account (and couch) I wouldn't really mind. I can't say I don't believe in statement pieces and clothes that are an investment and never go out of fashion (if there is such thing) as I do. Nevertheless I can't see the point in buying clothes you can't really afford or put together with the other not-so-expensive ones.


Said that, I still do my 'ohhs' and 'ahhs' sometimes looking at the stuff on the catwalk. One out of the bunch that gets me excited is Carolina Herrera and her classy pieces (especially dresses). Here are some of her Fall 2009 Ready-To-Wear beauties (photographs: http://www.style.com/).





Now, something much more casual and probably affordable. Pringle of Scotland in their successive attempt to modernize its heritage pattern, created this cosy piece which I absolutely fell for (Pre-Fall 2010) :

Cosy, chic & funky -> all my favourite adjectives describing one piece! :)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Freezing...

What I always admired about Irish people is their way of standing this cold and miserable weather and getting through it like it would be a sunny day in Italy :)

The above mentioned weather condition welcomed me today morning at the bus stop with little snow that looked so out of place falling onto my sad face. While I was trying to disappear behind my oversized coat and a scarf tied up to my forehead one of the Irish unaffected species passed me by. I couldn't help but stare at her lively walk in silver flats (as opposed to my black flat boots), lovely coat (as opposed to my grey 'potato sack') with a shiny waist belt (no comparison), etnic style pashmina (as apposed to my black boring scarf) and a classy Chanel bag (as opposed to my out of place sparkly, animal print sack thing).

Being an Eastern European you would think I'd be better in getting through winter in style, wouldn't you?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The good girl's knitwear





My shopping trips are on hold at the moment but that doesn't mean that my credit card's debit isn't painfully stretched from time to time.



I went to homestore+more last weekend and was not supposed to even look at other shops. But how can you not pop in to TK Maxx when it's almost next door..


It has to be admitted that the damage was hardly done - 2 knitwears for a total of € 50! That's hardly an expenditure, isn't it?



The finds were... a very pale, kind of dirty shade of pink knitwear with very wide sleeves finishing just before an elbow. Very plain except for the bow that can be tied up at the front - makes it look really chic. I love the colour, in my opinion a great colour for dark-haired ladies. Looks a bit dull on blondes but can really bring out a dark complexion (in my case dark make up;) ).


The second find was what I immediately called a good dirl's cardi. It's what comes into your mind the moment you look at it. It could be great with some edgy, heavy jewellery and some stronger accents to break the 'good girl' look.








Hopefully Santa will also clear the debts this year ;)


Untangling

I've been planning to sort my jewellery out for a while now. The basket of horribly tangled necklaces bothered the over-organised side of me each time I walked into the bedroom. The problem was, I had to find a way of hanging them up, otherwise they would be back to the same messy state very soon.

I know there are some cool and lovely hangers on sale in town now but the thing is 1) I can hardly afford my rent at the moment 2) they might be great for chains and small stuff but won't hold many of my oversized beads etc.

What's better at the times like that than DIY?! :)

I didn't actually plan on sorting it out last weekend but I got a box of stuff for hanging pictures (lest than € 2) and it had these small hooks that turned out to suit my 'jewellery storage idea' better! My boy fixed 2 of them under the corner shelf on the opposite walls and ran a wire between the two. I didn't manage to fit all of the necklaces in there but it's more than good enough for me :)

So here they are: some of my nicely lined up treasures ;)











Monday, November 30, 2009

I am sterdam


Thanks to my wonderful boy I got to spend the last weekend in Amsterdam. Jupi! :)

I actually can not believe I've never been before. I absolutely fell for that city (red light district being an exception). The architecture, the boathouses, the apartments filled with books up to the ceilings and the effortless & natural style of the residents -> what's not to love?!

Being organised as I am despite the fact that it was my boy looking after the whole trip, I made sure to check if there's anything of my (fashion) interest to see. I wasn't disappointed. The December issue of The Irish Tatler recommends every fashionista's Amsterdam heaven - The Museum of Bags & Purses.




Stocked with historic as well as the latest, most envious handbags, the place has a real charm, character and is truly worth visiting. Located in the city centre and easily accessible will not waste too much of your time and is sure to please an eye :) If your man isn't as patience as mine (he actually went around the place with me!) he'll definitely enjoy a cup of tea in a gorgeous museum cafe.



Some of my favourites were the 'scruffy' Vivienne Westwood bag, Paul Smith's extra cool old school car bag and beautiful shoes by Stella McCartney (unfortunately a bit out of focus). My boy's faves were the two jewelled evening bags by Kathrine Baumann - not a bad taste for a man my dear ;)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

In search of inspiration

Somewhere between terrible weather, lack of work, being broke and trying to make all the important relationships work, my inspiration for clothes or rather clothes AND writing got lost. I've been trying to scribble something for a while now. No luck.


So here are just few pointers that are kind of on my mind...


1. An appeal to all the girls out there who do not look at themselves in a mirror before they leave their house in a jacket... well, like that:


I'm not trying to be nasty here. Everyone has their bad days/buys etc. But this? in November? in Dublin? white?! Good luck for anyone trying to pull it off.

2. "Fashion is all about eventually becoming naked" -> I'm just loving this quote :)

3. River Island have new 'day to night' looks and the black skinny jeans are my definite winner. The day outfit is so cool and casual with that tee and cardigan and the outfit for the night... well, you just couldn't ask for more.


The jeans


The day look


The night look

4. I've made my first good sale on ebay - the dress that was used only once, worn by my friend for a photoshot and was definitely going to waste. I'm nearly proud of myself ;)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The best dressed Dub?

Ouch, I haven't been around for long... There is an explanation though-I'm not that lazy yet! I was in Wales for a while and my dad has been over since I got back so I'm a bit busy. Now, explained :)

I actually thought Wales would be great 'material' for the blog. How wrong was I? Disappointing but after getting back I realised there wasn't a single person whose look stuck in my mind long enough that I could describe it. The only 2 things were 2 great dresses in my friend's wardrobe - the black, torn, 'witchy' minidress and the cutest ever pale and black fancy collar dress.

Back to present. I had quite a busy day. Graduation (I'm an emotional type of person who actually cares - even my boy laughed), shopping (read: running around), interview, cooking for my family (no, I don't cook, yes my family knows, why then? sometimes they just enjoy 'torturing' me and coming in for homemade dinners-I still love them).

In between those I saw someone who is more than worth mentioning. Someone who made me feel completely underdressed, reminded me that my fringe needs a hairdresser like never before but at the same time made me go...wooow!

That someone looked like she was out of a magazine. No, I mean really. Take a mag and cut someone's picture out. You'll get a pic of her. Certainly the best dressed and best looking girl in Dub today! So what was the look?

Grunge grey chunky boots, skin-tight black leather trousers, very see-through lace black top, bikini-type black bra, short fitted black sculptured shoulder jacket. Add really skinny silhouette, blond perfectly straight and messy at the same time hair and here we go: everyone on the street was stearing at her.




You Miss made me feel scruffy. I forgive you; simply fantastic look!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Cropped jacket


Just a quick note on the above which seemed to be quite popular among attendants at the Milan Fashion Week S/S 2010.


I think it's great with high waisted trousers or skirt as I personally have a bit of a problem what to put over the top which is tucked inside. Wearing nothing over the top is a bit too much for me as it reveals all the good and in my case also the bad sides. Cropped jacket is a brilliant way of stylish cover up to hide these little bits that we don't want to show off ;)
All pics - Milan Fashion Week.






Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fashion Studio

I only discovered H&M's fashion studio last week. Not really sure if it's early or really late ;) The point is - it's pretty cool. For those who are not aware-you basically put outfits together. You can swap between pieces of wardrobe, their colours, the way you want them to be worn etc. And of course you get to pick the model :)

I had a go and this is the outcome of my first try.


I'm actually pretty impressed, with H&M I mean. I'm not really a big fan of their clothes but they look pretty cool there and are actually really easy to put together. They could surely increase the variety of clothes listed for styling to make it better and more fun but it's not bad. I actually liked the black scarf so much (tried with few coats) that I went off and bought one today :)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Simply Riveroholism

Being subscribed to River Island web I always get e-mails about new trends, competitions and most importantly SALES. Week in advance. Something a completely broke shopaholic does surely not need right now.
I guess what has already happened can not be undone ;) I got e-mail about sale coming up in stores on the 20th. Yep, today is the 20th...
I seriously got into the habit of sleeping in at this stage. Dark, autumnal mornings don't help my pre-September resolutions of getting up early etc. Today was (not) surprisingly different though. The RI Sale 'somehow' managed to beat my morning laziness and get me out of bed @ 8. I got to the shop just when the rain outside eased a bit so it was possible to actually walk across town and early enough to get some stuff I am really really happy with...
Here are my fav bargain pics;

I think it's a dress but I tried it on with very tight skinny jeans and it looks perfect. It has pockets which is very cool

Back

Front - I was watching that dress for a while but wasn't convinced to the price... I changed my mind today when the tag with sale price came up ;) it's really cute and dressy and although I hate animal trends, I always say noone looks good in them well... never say never!

I absolutely fell for that bag. Not my colour at all and my sis must have asked me like 30 times - 'do you actually need it, I mean how many bags do you have?' but that's not the point! it's new but it looks old and it's just so different from everything they normally have I think and the label inside with the quote about love? I mean how could you refuse?!
Summing up - make a move before it's too late!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Cover up... in style and pocket friendly

As much as my cold still bothers me there is little (or nothing) that stops woman from shopping (commonly known). So I set off today for (what was supposed to be) a very short shopping trip. Target? boots. I know... it's getting late and any reasonable fashion/shopaholic has already 3 pairs for the coming winter but I always prefer to take time with these... Ok, I lied, I just don't know what I'm really looking for!

Anyway, I went through quite a lot (read:endless) ankle/knee/over knee -> very this season! boots in most of places around town but didn't find my dream ones. So I decided to meet up with my sis and her little one and do a bit of 'looking for nothing in Penneys'. Surprisingly enough (not really, I had to buy SOMETHING after all) I got this cool jacket at a not surprising but shocking price! (too good to mention!) It's grey and big and cosy and slouchy and it ends just above my knees and most importantly it's exactly like the one I wanted! It goes well with the sequined hat that up until now has been more of a decoration on my mirror and possibly will be good to stick these autumn flowers onto...


This is probably what I like most about winter - every single day there are very good and logical reasons to cover up - head to toes ;)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Winter Flower Hippie

Short evenings and cold weathers not only made me feel like a cup of good tea in tracksuit bottoms in front of TV but also reminded that it's about time to think of a new way to cover up the head and protect it from that Irish wind.

Following my love for the hair flowers this autumn a new interest set in-a headband. And I'm not talking a random headband. I'm talking thick, wool, cute with a flower headband! I spotted quite few around town worn really well and some other worn as badly. The question is where do I get them? If I knew the trend was coming in summer I might have just about made one myself ;) Too late for that now. I searched through piles of sequined hats, Russian furry hats, military hats... no sign of my beloved headband.

So, just to make my point, I searched the web also and this is what I'm talking about :) my personal winner: the bottom grey model by etsy.com - both the headband and the way it's worn. The middle one is by Topshop and the other two as cute as they are just picked randomly on the net...




The question arises: where do I get a headband that would make heads turn around? ;)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

My first post

So this is what blogging is like... well, it's probably way better cause I still have no clue about all these bottons and making your blog look cool but at least I started. Hey, it's the first step that counts, right? I used to write, a lot. And I've been trying to get back for a long time. The problem was how. Apparently blogging is the easiest way to do that so after a lot of thinking I decided to give it a shot. I'm an over-organised person in general but I don't stick to things and habits. I hope this will go better than my gym memberships ;)

Ok, the end with this boredom. My first fashion related stuff will be a description of a girl I passed by on a street.... 2 days ago. A typical early morning in Dublin when the summer is over-it was pouring rain. I almost thought the global warming has its effect on the island and the days of completely soaked socks, jeans and jackets are over but then a reality hit me in a face-they are so not. I was walking back to mine after staying a night at my boy's and by the time I got to O'Connell Street I was embarassed to walk looking like this with all these people around. My cool leather Bertie runners weren't looking that cool covered in a dirt and completely soaked... Ok, the girl! The girl passed me by at the South end of O'Connell Bridge. As for a nasty day like that she looked like she was born in this raining weather!

Brown leather ankle boots on a little, not higher than 5 cm heel + torn dark skinny jeans with a lot of bleached spots + tight black top and dark leather jacket + shoulder bag hanging casually from her right shoulder, half open, a brilliant cherry shade/colour. Very obvious but so very cool with the curly hair all around the place-a breath of fresh air on that miserable morning.. The pics below are as close as I could get to reflect the look; jeans are from River Island and the ones she was wearing were more bleached; the bag is a Parisian Lamarthe, the shape is similar but the colour should be more cherry-like; jacket by River Island; shoes random.
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