Sunday, March 27, 2011

The comfort zone

I was walking to work a few days ago and I noticed an unusual thing. There were a few ladies walking ahead of me but I quickly realised that I was the only one tottering in heels. I curiously examined the situation (I seemed to attract way too much attention for my own liking just by walking 'louder' than ladies around me). Lady no 1, mid twenties, mid-size figure: runners, jeans, sporty jacket and 'Guess' bag. Lady no 2, late twenties, chubby figure: runners, trousers, sporty jacket, little hand-held bag. Lady no 3, early twenties, jeans, casual jacket, over the shoulder bag. Trying to keep up with the pace of the 'runner ladies' I put extra effort to my already dreadful walk in heels (I must have mentioned that before, love heels, can't walk in them) and kept just behind them. I curiously looked behind me, just a sneak peek to reassure myself that I'm not the only one working hard here and imagine my surprise when I saw lady no 4, early twenties, runners, skinny jeans, leather jacket, v. skinny figure and shades on.

I began to wonder whether this is some type of organised group. Imagine my surprise when at the next junction every single one of the ladies headed in a different direction. I felt like I can finally slow down and stroll to work, trying to look as gracefully as possible with my sweaty face from the effort I put into keeping up with the 'runner ladies'. I was really surprised to see that. I know it's common for girls to wear runners when rushing to work but I gladly noticed that a lot has changed and it is not that popular anymore (when I say runners I mean the proper workout runners, not just Converse). Imagine my surprise and dread to be walking along those comfortable women who were looking me up and down like I've committed some terrible crime just by wearing heels! Wearing heels to work is something I've taken up recently after realising that I soon will be 24 (ok, my boy will give it away anyway-25) and I spend most of the time in flats. Which are unflattering, unfeminine, do nothing to my figure and hey, how many more years have I got left to actually do that? I mean it won't get any easier as I get older... at least that's what they say ;)


 
If you're one of the comfortable ladies in runners, good for you but do look with respect and without pity at the others who try and make the effort at 7 am! I envy your comfort but I sometimes care about other things even more. 
On a really positive side? I caught up with 2 of the ladies just at the green. You can imagine the smile on my face ;)

Simply not to be missed

If you're in any way interested in photography or art you simply can't miss Steve McCurry's exhibition in the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar. Not sure who the man is? how about that photo, looks familiar?


I would say  so. One of the most famous and best documentary photographers in the world. I must admit it is an amazing exhibition with few of the best photographs I've ever seen in my life.



Exhibition is on until 24.04. Admission free. Truly amazing, make sure you make it!
More details HERE

Monday, March 21, 2011

Cropped

I've been looking at all the wonderful cropped little jumpers and tops that seem to follow me around but don't suit me in the slightest. I don't have a belly to show off and so, to wear them in any way short is out of question. I also don't have a belly for wearing something really tight with a cropped jumper over it. I do however have quite few see-through shirts. Which, as it happens, are not always appropriate to be worn on their own (like I said above: see-through). And so, this way I finally found it - my way to wear a cropped garment: see-through top/shirt + cropped jumper = safe (no naked bellies), comfy and still on trend



Jumper & Necklace - H&M
Jeans - Pull & Bear
Shoes, belt & ring - Primark

This is gonna make no sense now but I only wear it like that on the pics as they were taken in Holland and I didn't have the right type of shirt handy :) nope, I definitely won't be wearing it like that anywhere out of hotel room.. 


When in Eindhoven, I also made a friend - a recently bought top that I couldn't bring myself to wear before. I started to really like it while in there (by Primark).


 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

12 months 12 countries # 3 -> Eindhoven/Holland

3rd month of 2011, I'm still sticking to my plan and I have a 3rd country on my list - Holland.

Instead of getting drunk and going green since Wed (as much fun as that sounds) I took off to the colourful country full of tulips, windmills and amazing architecture. Unfortunately the Irish weather has followed me even there but I still managed to enjoy the break. This was my second time around in Holland and again, their creativeness expressed in interiors of houses, shops, cafes has completely astonished me. Every smallest detail seems to be there for a reason and I could simply walk through the streets of their little towns, look around and be happy. Cause how can you not when everything around you is so perfect and amazing? So this is mostly what my break was about-walking around, looking and admiring. Den Bosch is one of the prettiest towns I've been to so if you're ever out that way, make it your business to visit.

As per fashion, like anywhere else in Holland it's quite casual. I suppose you wouldn't really cycle around in a little dress and Manolos... Still, I think that they look really well considering the weather and amount of cycling they do (no one would ever wear anything but tracksuit if it was Dub) but I'll let my pics do the talking now. 




 




Ups and Downs:

Down: weather
Up: tulips
Down: industrial Eindhoven
Up: picturesque Den Bosch
Down: casual wear
Up: comfort
Down: calories consumed
Up: pretty cafes and yummy hot chocolates

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spring Clean for Charity

After countless amounts of changes of my Sunday plans I went to the spring clean for charity sale in RDS (as I initially planned ages ago...). I was quite looking forward to this, I haven't been last year and it sounded like something I'd love (and spend a lot of money at). I mean tons and tons of second hand stuff with all proceedings going to charity -> does shopping get any more guilt free?! 

I couldn't really decide on what to wear (hate that 'no-real-season' weather; sunny but freezing, rainy but warm->huh?!) so decided to have a quick 'spring clean' of my wardrobe myself. Ok so not really a clean, more like a rummage... and guess what I found? a lot of stuff I totally forgot about, like... jeans! OMG I can't even remember the last time I had jeans on. Disgraceful isn't it? So I threw a pair on and some flowery, colourful stuff just to reflect the spring season a little bit, since our weather doesn't really ;)

Here we go, my Sun to the market outfit.


Jeans - Pull & Bear
Shoes - Primark
Shirt - Stradivarius (I think..)
Waistcoat - thrifted
Necklace & belts - Primark
Bag - Gucci (thrifted)
Scarf - Pierre Cardin (thrifted)
Hair by my new curling wand by Babyliss ;) Seriously though, I'm impressed with how long they lasted, tricky to use though, at least at the beginning


Oh and as per market, a bit disappointing.. I mean there was a lot of stuff and I'm sure some great stuff but there was way too many people and so, I lost my patience before I really bought anything proper (not like me at all, coming back with a plate! yes, you see it right, a plate).

Thursday, March 10, 2011

'Covet:

To yearn to possess something belonging to someone else.' There could not possibly be a better name for the (already famous) rental boutique in Powerscourt. Today was my second time around in Covet and what can I say... I'm totally sold.

Have you ever imagined what it would feel like to walk into one of the style icons' closet? Filled with amazing designer dresses, old fashioned furniture, fluffy carpets, huge mirrors, heavy curtains, fab headpieces... you must get the picture. Well, that's exactly what Covet is like. The difference being - it's for real! The whole place has an amazing feel to it (apart from the interiors, names like Armani or Stella McCartney do lift your spirit quickly) and the ladies are as helpful as they could possibly be - smiling, full of ideas & advises and of course - so stylish.

It's hard to express the impression that Covet has left on me so all I can say is: go and see for yourself. Also, if you're jealous that I'll soon be wearing a vintage, totally stunning Givenchy dress... well run ;) 

Pics to follow...


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