Monday, October 31, 2011

12 months 12 countries # 11 -> Chiang Mai, Thailand

As promised, something on the next part of my trip - Chiang Mai.

This is the third year in a row when I'm in Thailand and although I keep on saying I must go somewhere else next year, leaving here today already makes me wonder how soon I'll be able to come back...
Thailand for me is simply heaven on earth; perfect weather, the nicest people in the world, great food, cheap bags, I mean you can't complain.

The resort we stayed in was amazing, we even had a dressing room (like I said, heaven) and all around resort there were cute little hidden spots for reading and sitting around. We also discovered a small, French cafe just around the corner which seemed so out of place in Thailand but so so lovely with old fashion French music in the background.

I got to do the touristy things (even rub a 'little' tiger) but most of all, I sat by the pool and read books. Heaven.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

12 months 12 countries # 10 -> India

In case you all think I'm gone for good, well, I'm certainly not!

I'm really enjoying my time off and what's with all the bad weather in Dublin, it seems like I went at the right time too. I won't be trying to be mean and put up pictures of blue skies and clear water (maybe later;) but I'll share a few snaps from the first stop on my trip - Mumbai.

Although it already seems like months ago, when I think of Mumbai a few things come in to my head: the crowds and craziness, the hardly bearable heat, the amazing smells, loads of colours around, poverty and rich hotels, Gandhi's quotes, markets and goats on the streets. Oh and one more: the continious curiosity and attention that a white person attracts.

Like in any other big city in the world, you'll stumble upon designer boutiques and fancy shops at some stage. Not as easily accessible to locals though, all such places are closely guarded by armed security. As for fashion on streets? Tourists stick to shorts and tshirts and locals dress mostly in traditional clothes. Anyone dressed up in D&G stands out a bit too much...
Amazing place to visit, maybe not for its stylishness though :)

Below are some snaps, I hope you'll look forward to seeing some more, next time from Chiang Mai.
Xxx

Thursday, October 20, 2011

DIY - studded collar

I've been putting this off for way too long now.

My boy sometimes (not often enough in my opinion) has a go through his wardrobe and throws some unwanted items to me for 'experimenting'. A lot of them are totally unsuitable (if it was my choice, they'd be gone in the 90's ;) but some, I actually keep, hoping to turn them into something suitable one day.

I had that shirt for ages now. I thought about it as soon as metallic and studded collars appeared around.

I wish I took a picture of it BEFORE I started the changes. I'll start doing that (in case, like myself, you're artistically unsettled and try turning 'nothings' into 'somethings' ;).

It has a stain at the front so I considered cutting it short but it would be tiny bit too short for me so I thought that tying it up at the front will partially cover it and generally take attention away from it. It was long sleeved and I think sleeves in man's shirts are so masculine that you either have to roll them up or get rid of them completely to avoid looking like you really are wearing your boy's old shirt.

I didn't want it to be all pretty pretty so I tore the sleeves off to give it a bit of a ripped, messy look.
Obviously, something feminine had to be added (so my boy wouldn't take it back) so I went for sparkly studs.

I wish I had the time to iron it before I took the photos but considering that I'm about to get on a plane for my 3 week holiday,hey I'm lucky I got a chance to snap it at all!

Shirt-DIY
Trousers-Zara
Heels-Dunnes

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Chilly

Since the temperature has dropped so suddenly and mornings spent waiting for a bus are less and less fun, I decided to finally have a look for my suitcase with winter clothes.

As I'm still at my boy's and still mostly in boxes (except for clothes and cosmetics), looking for a suitcase in a room full of boxes and suitcases is really no fun. It was also not as easy as I thought and unfortunately my 'winter wardrobe case' was not found.

What is a girl got to do when it's freezing outside and she hasn't got a single hat to wear? Surely, hit Penneys.

€15.50 for all below and I'm probably sorted for the winter :)

They're so cosy, can't wait to wear them already!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Textures and patterns

When it comes to patterns and textures and most of all, mixing them, I usually stay clear. This season seems to be all about them though so I slowly and safely try to implement a little bit of pattern and different textures into my wardrobe. I am yet to get to the oh-so-now aztec prints but I reckon I've made some progress!

First of all, I bought the same jumper Arielle from Somethingnavy has worn (see it HERE). My boy is far from convinced (after all I'm nowhere as skinny as her) but I'm happy to add something a bit different to my wardrobe (usually when it gets colder it's all grey/black/green cardigans).

The second step was the bottoms. I still find it hard sometimes to put them together with something (as you'll note on the photos, those socks just don't go with them; pity I realised it after I had the photos taken!) but they're so unbelievably comfy that I can't live without them already!




Blouse - COS
Trousers - Selected Femme
Socks - a present
Heels - New Look

Thursday, October 13, 2011

12 months 12 countries # 9 -> Edinburgh, Scotland

If I was to describe Edinburgh in just two words I would say... omnipresent tartan.

I've personally become quite fond of tartan and with heritage being one of the key trends this season, I was looking forward to see some cosy yet stylish outfits that would incorporate such characteristic, national pattern. I have only spent 2 days in Edinburgh and all I can tell you is I haven't even picked anything printed as by day 2 I was tired of it.

I loved the fact that Lyle & Scott cashmere scarves and some cool items by Pringles of Scotland could be picked up in some totally random shops but I was  amazed with the prices which often excedeed BT2's! I walked the Royal Mile, went to the Fudge House, castle etc but I also committed a bit of time to charity shops.

Although I haven't bought anything (time and 'boy' constraints ;) I would gladly consider going back to do some proper rummaging. The number of charity and vintage stores is really high and even the charity stops have great selections of vintage clothes. Some of the stuff was overpriced but I suspect if you moved away from city centre it would be ok.

The weather wasn't very inviting but people were really friendly and number of coffee shops endless so you could hide from the rain and enjoy something tasty. It's definitely a city full of character and I will gladly go back (if only for shopping ;)

Below are some various snaps from the weekend; highlight: Stockbridge market. Very cool place, in lovely area, full of tasty food.







Do I fit in? my brollie certainly does ;)




 



Striking some poses when it finally stopped raining...

Snood - H&M
Blazer - H&M
Jeans - Sisley
Jumper - Zara
Necklace - H&M
Belt - Italy
Boots - Kurt Geiger
Bag - Gucci

Monday, October 10, 2011

Rockalicious

Last, however, in my opinion, definitely not least look from the photo shoot.

This is the one I was most worried about and had some doubts. It's definitely not the kind of look our model would go for and I found it hard to imagine what would she look like in this outfit.

I must say this is probably my favourite look now so I am delighted that I went ahead with it. She also seemed to have a lot of fun posing for these photos so all in all, everyone is happy :)



 



Photography: Gabor Nagy, website: Gaborimages
Model: Bozena, Blog: Room no 65
Make up: Daphne Lopes, Blog: Lilac Fashion
Styling: Myself
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