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Nasty Gal’s Autumn/Winter Press Day at Cafe Bombo

I had the pleasure of attending Nasty Gal’s autumn/winter press event during the week in the ultimate Insta-worthy surroundings, the cute and kitsch Cafe Bombo.

When I saw the event was taking place in Cafe Bombo, I was very excited. This has been on to my to-visit list ever since reading about it over on Bean Magazine.

On arrival, we were treated to a drink of our choice and a delicious pizza from adjoining Proof Pizza.

And it didn’t stop there as we also tucked into gorgeous desserts, hot chocolate and tea from the cutest teapot known to man. Seriously, just look how happy I am!

As one of the other guests said, it was like Christmas and a birthday rolled into one!

Cafe Bombo is located on Thomas Street in Dublin and is a gorgeous setting for brunch, tea or coffee or one of their signature bombolini desserts.

They also do an unbelievable hot chocolate with whipped cream and mini marshmallows – yum!

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Hot chocolate

The cafe is decorated with neon lights, floral wallpaper, pink and marble furnishings.

In the bathroom, monkeys swigging vodka and clutching cigars adorn the walls.

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Cafe Bombo
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Mad monkeys
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Cafe Bombo

Once brunch was over, I had a chance to peruse the new collections and was really taken by the shoes and bags.

I love a good handbag, especially this pretty pearl beauty.

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Pearl handbag and high-shine shoes

It might not be the most practical bag but I love it!

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Pearl beaded bag

The footwear collection was equally enticing with lots of high-shine patent,  snakeprint and velvet shoes and boots.

And there were also some adorable mini-bags, including a sequin one with a hip-flask style clasp.

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Snakeprint boots and mini bags
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Nasty Gal shoes and boots

Checks and faux leather featured heavily in the clothing and among the standout pieces were a long check mac and a black faux leather jumpsuit.

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Love this fabulous check mac
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Checks featured heavily in the collection
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Checks and muted colours

I wore a black faux leather skirt from Aliexpress, with a black polo neck, a jewelled hairband also from Aliexpress and ankle boots from Mango.

The skirt is an exact dupe for a Zara one (just search ZAYA for Zara dupes on Aliexpress) and I love the embroidery.

I’d been looking for a jewelled hairband for ages and was delighted to find this one for just over €10, while my skirt was just under €14.

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My Aliexpress jewelled hairband

If you’re interested in my Aliexpress purchases, leave me a comment and I’ll do a post on them.

After finishing the afternoon with a chat with some of the other guests and a cup of tea, I headed home feeling very full and delighted with life.

We also were given a very generous goody bag which included two t-shirts and a mini-bag, I’ll pop up some pics of me wearing them up here soon, excuse the creasing in the photos below!

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E.T. t-shirt I received in my goody bag
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Nasty Gal E.T. and Powerful Fucking Women t-shirts and mini bag

If you want to grab the E.T. t-shirt for yourself, you can nab it for €15 here and the cross-body mini croc bag is €12 here. (These are not affiliate links, btw).

Thanks a mill to Ashley and Burrell PR for inviting me and throwing us such a great party, it was really enjoyable and I know a lot of hard work went into putting on such a great day.

Hope you all enjoyed this sneak peek at the autumn/winter collection and drop me a comment if you’ve any questions, just click the grey speech bubble icon below right.

Thanks for reading and if you would like to follow me on social media,  check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page.

Edel

 

 

 

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DCU’s ‘Life Imitates Art’ Fashion Show 2019

The Helix Theatre played host to DCU Style’s annual fashion show last Thursday, a colourful kaleidoscope of art, fashion and music.

The theme of the night was ‘Life Imitates Art’ with famous paintings serving as backdrops and inspiration for the show.

The night kicked off with a stunning dance routine to Billie Eilish’s hostage performed by two incredibly lithe athletic girls.

Fresh back from a stint at London Fashion Week, bubbly 2fm DJ and fashionista Tara Stewart was on MC duties for the night.

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The Aussie native paid homage to Irish design by wearing a custom multi-coloured Helen Steele creation and called for a round of applause for her dress when she took to the stage.

Diversity was evident on the catwalk with models of different heights, shapes, sizes and colours strutting their stuff in a confident fierce manner.

The Helix resounded to the sounds of Kanye West, The Carters and Lizzo as the models sashayed down the runway.

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Models wearing Oasis

With a one-year modelling contract with 1st Options up for grabs on the night, it’s no wonder they were bringing their A-game.

The deal went to Jack Deignan, a proud moment for him and his family as a fashion insider told us his mother had flown in from Hong Kong for the occasion!

Also impressing the audience were stunning five-foot powerhouse Tara Ellis Cantwell and statuesque beauty Benedicte Akambu, who previously won the 1st Options modelling contract and is now signed to them.

While high-street brands River Island, Oasis and Penneys featured in the show, the majority of the clothing was from local vintage stores and independent designers.

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Rebirth of Cool and Retro Vintage

These included Tola Vintage, Dublin Vintage Factory, Rebirth of Cool, The Harlequin, Nine Crow St, White Noise, Wise Guy, Charlotte’s Love and Heartbreak Social Club.

 

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Dublin Vintage Factory menswear

The show was a testament to the strength of Dublin’s independent fashion scene.

The attention to detail in styling, curating and casting the show was evident throughout the night.

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Tailoring and formal wear from Folkster and Magee

Magee tailoring and Collar and Cuff suits were paired with Folkster’s dainty occasionwear for an elegant look with Dizzee Rascal’s Dance Wiv Me playing in the background.

 

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Folkster occasion wear

It wasn’t all skyscraper heels as models went barefoot and let the clothes do the talking for Charlotte’s Love to the sassy sound of Lizzo’s Boys.

While The Carters’ Apeshit hyped up the already excited crowd as models showed off Selfmade’s one-of-kind painted and print designs.

Standout pieces included Folkster’s embellished jackets, a shin-length Nine Crows fur coat modelled by Benedicte Akambu, a see-through red plastic mac styled with leather look leggings also from Nine Crows, an adorable Tola Vintage red and yellow check skirt styled with a turquoise Lacoste polo shirt worn by Qichen Hu and a black Wise Guy t-shirt worn as a dress on Katie McGowan.

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Benedicte Akambu in a Nine Crows coat

Dylan Bradshaw provided the hair styling and Inglot were the makeup artists on the night.

The show was sponsored by some big-name brands including Just Eat, Bank of Ireland, Broderick’s, Spin 1038 and Carter Beauty.

Some well-known faces were spotted in the audience including YouTuber Grainne Binns looking incredible in white over-the-knee boots, black mini dress and a white faux fur coat.

During the show’s interval, we got a sneak peek at some of the up-and-coming Irish talent in the Project Young Designer competition.

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Project Young Designer entry
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Project Young Designer entry

The designers had to come up with a concept based on the theme of the show and interpret this into their piece.

It was judged by fashion maven Ella de Guzman, owner of popular Dublin consignment store, Siopaella.

NCAD student Heather Gilroy was awarded the prize for her innovative design combining a heavy roll-neck jumper with a light white floaty skirt over lightweight trousers and runners.

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Heather Gilroy’s winning design

Heather’s design was inspired by the paintings of Louise Bourgeois with motherhood being the main theme.

She designed the outfit in the hope of modernising and bringing to life the work of Bourgeois through the means of clothing.

Her design will be showcased for all to see in Siopaella’s Temple Bar store.

An honourable mention has to go to NCAD’s John Mangru’s beautiful baroque corset and skirt modelled by Anna Lattimore, inspired by his love of extravagant renaissance paintings.

He used the colours, texture and actual garment references from the outfits in the beautiful paintings.

John said he wanted the outfit to have heavenly and ethereal vibes.

This led to the choice of fabrics that were very soft and light, almost cloud-like.

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Anna Lattimore modelling John Mangru’s design

He also wanted to showcase his love of beading and printed textiles on the project.

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John Mangru’s design

The show closed with Kanye West’s 2005 hit Touch The Sky blaring and a shower of colourful confetti descending from the ceiling.

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A slick professional production from start to finish – well done to the DCU Style Soc and all involved. 

This was actually the first ever fashion show I’ve ever been to, which is mad considering I eat, sleep and breathe fashion!

It was an amazing night and I loved every second of it. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page.

Edel

 

 

 

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Primark’s Christmas Holiday Takeover 2018

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I was delighted to attend Primark’s Christmas Holiday Takeover in the gorgeous number 11, Great Georges Street North.

For the sake of handiness, I’m saying Primark throughout this post but you all know I mean Penneys 😉

First of all, the location was AMAZING. I had often admired the stunning Georgian houses on this street but never thought I would have a chance to look around one.

It dates back to 1774 and has a fascinating history.

I am obsessed with interiors and antiques, so I was in heaven! (Wonder do they do wedding receptions?!)

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Number 11, Great George’s Street
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Some of the amazing interior decorations

The Christmas range was spread out in three rooms over two floors and I enjoyed admiring the sumptuous surroundings, ornate chandeliers, paintings, cabinets full of creepy dolls and beautiful old furniture.

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More creepy dolls
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A chandelier from one of the rooms
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The cutest Christmas jumper

There was Bailey’s hot chocolate to drink served in beautiful Versace-esque china and adorable snowman cupcakes to eat as well while we browsed.

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Delicious Bailey’s hot chocolate
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Almost too cute to eat!

The event was catered by Black Sheep foods.

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Snowman marshmallow cupcakes

On the first floor, there was loads of cute Disney, Mary Poppins and Harry Potter stuff as well as novelty Christmas jumpers and adorable baby reindeer and snowman outfits.

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Hogwarts cushion and slippers
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Harry Potter cushion
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Harry Potter cushion and throw
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Minnie Mouse slippers
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Disney balloons
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Disney Christmas stockings
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Mary Poppins ornaments and cushion

 

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Christmas jumpers

Upstairs, there were rails of partywear for ladies and kids.

Among my favourite items were the multi-colour sequin top and long skirt, a sequin slip dress, a black velvet trouser suit with silver embroidery and a funky mohair colourful leopard print jumper.

All of these items will be available instore in two weeks’ time, just in time for Christmas!

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This striped velvet jumpsuit is ideal for a night out over the festive season.

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Velvet Primark jumpsuit. Pic: Primark/prshots.com

There’s lots to choose from, if you aren’t a fan of sequins, there were also gorgeous red and green satin slip dresses.

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Sequins and sparkle

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Mohair multi-colour jumper

When I posted this amazing leopard print jumper on my Instagram stories, my friend who lives in Brazil wrote to me saying she needed to get her hands on one!

I might have to post her one over because she really misses Penneys!

The childrenswear was really cute also.

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Red shoes
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Novelty reindeer glasses

There were beautiful Christmas trees in each room, decorated with kitschy ornaments, baubles and gold letters and a DJ spinning Christmas tunes in the corner.

My years in retail have left me with a hatred of Christmas music but the event was so much fun, I didn’t even mind.

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Christmas tree
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Christmas tree

I wore my Bershka leather-look dress with black tights and boots.

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My outfit for the day (I look so awkward ) Pic: Anthony Woods)
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Burger ornament

How cute are these Disney baubles? I’m almost thinking about getting a Christmas tree for my apartment this year.

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Primark Disney bauble

The last room held a selection of nightwear and underwear, as well as shoes, perfume, makeup and nail sets.

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Perfume and nail sets
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Burgundy shoe boots
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Glitter vanity case

I’m a sucker for anything floral so I loved these green satin PJs and robe.

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Primark underwear and PJs
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PJs and lingerie
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Lingerie and robes

There were lots of fun and novelty stocking filler ideas mixed around the rooms, from cocktail fishbowls, face masks and games.

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Fishbowl cocktail set
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Facemasks

And there was plenty of decorative inspo from lights and candles to toy elves, Santas and reindeer.

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Star light
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Christmas toys and decorations
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Toy reindeer and reindeer slippers

These sequin slippers and rhinestone-embellished hairbrush are both great stocking filler ideas.

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Rhinestone hairbrush
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Rhinestone hairbrush

Thank you to the girls from Primark for hosting such a wonderful event, I can’t wait for the next one!

Hope you all enjoyed this post and got lots of inspiration for Christmas. This post is not sponsored.

I’ll be heading away to Portugal on my first press trip at the end of November and I’ve also upping my outfit post game, so expect some posts on these soon.

Thanks for reading as always and if you would like to follow me on social media,  check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page.

Edel

 

 

 

Confidence, courage and community: What 4 years of blogging has taught me

When I began my blog in 2013, I was so broke, I didn’t even have a smartphone, never mind a camera or any other blogging equipment.

I had a part-time job which I didn’t like very much and as I’d moved to Dublin from Galway a few months beforehand, I didn’t know many people in Dublin.

I had a lot of free time and needed an inexpensive hobby to entertain myself with.

I thought about starting a blog years before but was afraid to “put myself out there.” Eventually I decided to just go for it, because I had nothing to lose.

I soon realised blogging was rekindling my passion for writing and it made me feel excited.

I’d completed a psychology degree in 2010 but since leaving college, I’d floundered.

I had done some subbing in a school for autistic children and I also worked in a summer camp for special needs children abroad but I found the work very emotionally draining and was deeply unhappy.

When I started my blog in 2013, I was working in retail but that certainly wasn’t what I wanted to do with my life.

When I began blogging, I found it helped me in various aspects of my life.

 1.Confidence

Although I am very outgoing and have never had problems making friends or chatting to strangers, I sometimes suffer from a lack of confidence in myself and my own ideas and opinions.

At this point in my life, I would go out of my way to avoid talking about my personal life with other people, as I didn’t want them to know I worked in retail and wasn’t as successful as some of my friends.

I was also suffering from extreme anxiety, particularly at work. After enduring severe bullying in a previous job, I found myself unable to articulate myself properly to managers in work.

I would find my hands shaking during routine work meetings or speaking to managers one-on-one.

When someone criticised my work, I would take it very personally and feel as though I was being bullied again.

Once I began my blog, I had something I enjoyed talking about and I gradually began to feel more confident in myself and my own abilities.

I still struggle with anxiety and low self-esteem from time to time like many people, but blogging helped me regain a lot of the confidence I was missing.

2. Career

When I was younger, I was determined to have a creative career. Being from a rural background, there was a lot of pressure to go down a traditional route, like primary school teaching.

I cannot tell you how many times people tried to dissuade me from pursuing my interests and tried to steer me towards teaching. (No shade to all the amazing teachers but I would have made a REALLY terrible teacher!)

Ever since I was a young child, I loved fashion and art and hoped to pursue fashion design. After spending the year after Leaving Cert doing an art portfolio course, I wasn’t quite so sure and decided to study psychology instead.

However, once I began writing about fashion, I knew I had found something I really wanted to do.

It also rekindled my interest in writing about other topics and media in general. I began to write other pieces for online magazines and really enjoyed it.

A few months after I began my blog, I realised I wanted to do a postgraduate course in journalism.

It took another two and a half years for me to get my act together and save the money and while it was extremely tough, it was also the best thing I ever did.

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I’m now working as a digital journalist and while I’m now 29 and slightly older than some of my colleagues, I also have experience in other areas on my CV.

Before I found my current position, I had applied for a LOT of jobs and at the interviews, the interviewers were always curious about my blog.

It certainly helped me get a previous internship and my current job and I am very grateful for that.

3. Community & Friendship

At first, I used to just tweet my blog link into cyberspace or sometimes share on my own personal Facebook page.

Needless to say, I didn’t get many clicks, apart from a few from curious friends.

I joined several blogging groups on Facebook, including the Irish Bloggers Group. Here I found an amazing community of bloggers, blogging about diverse topics and openly sharing personal experiences, such as mental and physical health problems, relationships and bereavements.

I learned many tips from other bloggers here and all about the basics of blogging. What I didn’t know, I researched.

Then in 2015, I met some blogging friends in real life. I’d joined Girlcrew and noticed a post about forming a blogging meetup group.

The day I met my blogging friends sticks out in my mind for several reasons.

Earlier that day, I’d been to an inquest into my dad’s sudden death a year before. It was a very sad and difficult day and I thought about skipping the meetup.

But once I got there and met the founder Sinead (SineadSocial) and the other bloggers, I was so excited to chat to other people about blogging and share blogging tips and stories.

I left feeling happy and I’ve gone on to become good friends with other bloggers.

They are Sinead, who coaches other bloggers on starting a blog, social media and blogging resources, Kathryn (ViolinKit), who shares my love for vintage clothes and thrifty finds and Ciara (Irish Travel Key), who is passionate about travelling abroad and day trips in Ireland.

Then there’s Martina (From the tiny flat), who blogs about healthy eating, exercise and training on her blog, Senan (Oakleaf Adventure) who blogs all about outdoor life and Eadaoin (Firechild Photography) who is an avid photographer.

Meeting these people was crucial to my enjoyment and knowledge of blogging.

I’ve also connected with some lovely fellow bloggers online who I’ve never met but enjoy their content.

My blogging journey has been very positive in general but I have experienced some jealousy and resentment at times. Blogging can also be lonely, so having a supportive group of blogger friends makes all the difference.

I’m so glad I have my blogging friends and I’d recommend anyone who wants to learn more about blogging to join the Girlcrew Bloggers.

4. Perseverance

There were several times in my life when I felt like abandoning my blog. I was filled with self-doubt when I compared my humble blog to that of prolific bloggers. I had thoughts like “I’m no good at this”, “no-one will be interested” and “I don’t have enough followers.”

Counting followers, clicks and hits and comparing your blog to that of others will only make you unhappy. If you admire another blogger, see what you can learn from them but never try to copy their content.

It’s good to keep track of your followers and hits on your blog so you can assess what type of content your readers enjoy most but don’t let that take over.

In 2014 I contemplated completly abandoning my blog. My dad had just died and I hadn’t posted in several months. I was very upset for months afterwards and I found daily life a massive struggle.

I found it hard that life around me was still going on as normal while my life seemed so empty and sad.

Gradually I began posting again and although I was still dealing with the bereavement for many months afterwards, it helped having something I still cared about.

I’m so glad I didn’t give up on my blog as it proved crucial in helping me find work in the INSANELY tough media industry.

While my blog is still quite small, it fills a huge part of my life.

It’s a hobby, something I can put on my CV, it has taught me so many skills I never would’ve learned on my own (SEO, basic code, basic photography etc.) and I’ve also enjoyed some moderate success.

In the first year of my blog, I made the long-list for the Irish Blog Awards and in 2015 and 2016, I was delighted to be shortlisted for Best Fashion category.

I’ve also had the pleasure of attending some amazing events and meeting interesting people in the worlds of blogging, PR and media at these.

I used to think I couldn’t blog because I didn’t have the best equipment or loads of money for clothes and I have a tendency to look awkward in photos.But in reality, it was only my own fear holding me back.

I can never keep a straight face while posing for a photo so if I take an #OOTD it’s usually with a big cheesy grin on my face.

Although the world of fashion blogging can be competitive, I’ve found my niche with thrifty style.

Hope you all enjoyed this post and thanks for bearing with me on this one.

Don’t forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Edel

& Other Stories: The Dublin Début

When A-Wear closed the doors of their Grafton Street premises three years ago, it seemed unlikely a similar tenant would be found to replace them. HMV briefly languished there before leaving a gap once more more.

Thankfully, & Other Stories snapped up the lease and have transformed the vacant building into the epitome of Scandinavian chic. I attended their launch evening last night and I couldn’t believe I was in the same building! (No shade A-wear..)

I’ve been looking forward to this since H&M opened their beautiful College Green store. And when the invite alone is this pretty, you know it’s going to be a good event.

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Arriving at the store, I was warmly greeted with a mini size Moet champagne with a cute compliment inscribed. I could get used to that kind of treatment!

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There were also juices and water on offer from handsome waiters, a DJ playing and 30% off everything in store that evening! I was immediately envious of the DJ’s shift dress, a gorgeous holographic creation.

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I used to love wandering through the various floors of A-Wear and the new Other Stories makes the most of the space available. On the ground floor, there’s a mix of makeup, candles, body products, jewellery, underwear and clothes.

Shoes reside in the basement along with bags and funky accessories such as velvet phone cases. The top floor is devoted to dressy pieces.

If IKEA and H&M had a baby, this is what it would look like.

The entire shop is painted white with marble and wooden shelving. Cacti and plants are dotted throughout the store.

Other Stories offer 10% off to customers returning packaging from their cosmetics and for textile recycling also. Having said that, they use a lot of paper to wrap products so that’s a tad counterproductive!

My favourite area of the store was the top floor. There were so many gorgeous pieces on display, from a holographic skirt, soft forest green t-shirts, lacy tops and leather dresses. The majority of the collections are quite simple but chic.

I also loved the shoes, from turquoise mules, silver snakeskin flats and heeled boots, there were loads to choose from.

The bags were also amazing from mock croc totes, Chloe lookalikes and  PVC satchels.

& Other Stories have a higher price tag to go with the beautiful clothes but some of the pieces were quite affordable with 30% off. Unfortunately I still have to buy all my Christmas presents so had to exercise restraint this time!

I could sit here all day telling you how fabulous & Other Stories is but nah. Go see it for yourselves! It’s opening today at 12 pm, 26-27 Grafton Street and there’s a treat for the first 50 customers..

I couldn’t leave without buying something so I got a beautiful iridescent green nail varnish. On our way out we also got a goody bag. At first I thought mine was jewellery as it came in a beautiful little box but it was actually a set of three lipsticks! I can’t wait to try them. They were €15 each separately so it was a very generous gift.

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Galloon Burgundy lipstick. Pic: Otherstories.ie

Thanks to the lovely staff at & Other Stories and Baluba for a great night. I will be back soon wielding my Visa debit card!

Hope you all enjoyed this post and let me know your thoughts on the new store.

Thanks for reading as always and don’t forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Edel

 

 

 

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Angel Haze live at the Academy in Dublin

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It was by chance I discovered one of my favourite artists Angel Haze was playing the Academy in Dublin.

There was very little publicity about the tour (and later I found out why) and I only realised when it popped up on Spotify.

I was so keen to go that I used my emergency credit card (well this was an emergency!)

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Angel Haze burst onto the hip-hop scene with the debut album Dirty Gold.

The rapper, who identifies as agender and uses the pronoun they/them, has since split from her label and released her new mixtape Back to the Woods.

I only began listening to this a few days before the gig as I knew these songs would be featuring. I loved Dirty Gold which is a deeply personal album. At the time I was listening to it I was having some personal problems.

I can honestly say this album really helped me, music is the best form of therapy. When I was feeling bad I would either go for a run listening to it or listen to it at night when I couldn’t sleep.

Back to the Woods is quite different but very easy to listen to. Even though I’d only listened to it a couple of times I knew most of the songs before the gig.

Following the acrimonious split from Island Records, Haze said they “hate” some of the Dirty Gold songs so I guessed they wouldn’t be featuring in the show!

(Plus they favourited my tweet saying I was listening to Back to the Woods..almost died!)

The intimate surrounds of the Academy’s Green room played host to Haze and her support acts Californian rapper Devmo and Cork indie act Talos.

Devmo was the ideal warm-up act and it was great to see a female rap artist as support.

Her cheeky personality really comes across well on stage. I particularly enjoyed her rendition of “Take me to Church.”

Talos seemed very subdued compared to Devmo’s energy yet singer Eoin French’s falsetto vocal is incredible.

 

Tk Kayembe who produced Back to the Woods took to the stage as DJ and hypeman around 9pm as Angel Haze almost sneaked on stage, all dressed in black.

“The more energy you give to me, the more I’ll give to you!” she announced to the crowd.  As I’d speculated, the set was dominated by Back to the Woods songs.

“Moonrise Kingdom” is one of my favourite songs from BTTW.

For “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Detox” Haze selected two girls from the crowd to dance and flirt with on stage and also hopped down into the crowd at one point.

“The Woods” was a visceral powerful performance which details Haze’s was abused by a brother and how their mother turned a blind eye to it.

This song shows off both Haze’s singing ability and rapping. “Impossible” and “The Eulogy” were also impressive performances.

Haze’s most famous song “Battlecry” was the only “Dirty Gold” tune that they performed to the rapturous crowd.

“Would I be a dick if I didn’t play Battlecry?!” Haze asked the audience. The answer was a resounding yes!

“Werkin Girls” also produced by Kayembe had the entire crowd rapping along.

Haze then thanked the crowd saying a lot of people doubted their ability to undertake the tour and told the fans they were here because of them.

Haze is playing 40 cities across Europe without the support of a label hence the lack of publicity.

In fact, when I read the Academy’s listings in the paper, the gig didn’t even appear which is a travesty!

Haze signed CDs after the gig but I was too broke to buy one! From what I saw on social media, lots of lucky people got take a photo with them. Haze seems really appreciative and very gracious.

The gig was really reasonably priced with tickets only €20 including booking fee. Money well spent in my opinion. 🙂

Hope you all enjoyed this post, let me know if you were at the gig or if you’re an Angel Haze fan.

I have lots of exciting posts coming up, my next one will be one the sneaker trend.

Thanks for reading as always, if you’re having any difficulty leaving a comment, just click the grey speech bubble in the bottom right-hand corner.

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Chupi’s 10th Anniversary

This evening I attended the 10th anniversary of Irish jewellery label Chupi.

Chupi Sweetman is one of Ireland’s most successful jewellery designers, known for her delicate pieces inspired by nature and the wild.

I love looking at the Chupi instagram account so I was dying to see the collection in real life!

The event was held upstairs in the Powerscourt centre and was decorated with gold balloons and bunting.

Chupi herself looked amazing in a flesh colour dress with white lace floral details, in the style of For Love and Lemons dresses. She also had a gorgeous gold hairpiece.

I went with a fellow jewellery fanatic Siobhan from Aquaruby so I was in good company. 🙂

We got a glass of wine first thing and browsed all the gorgeous jewellery on display.

Unfortunately, I’m still restricted by the student budget so I wasn’t buying but had a lot of fun looking. I wore a vintage shirt, black jeans and snakeskin boots to the event.

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These are some of my favourite pieces from the collection. I loved the Constellation pieces especially each representing a star sign.

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Constellation necklaces
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Chupi jewellery

I also fell in love with the Crown of Love laurel leaf earrings which can be worn as an earring or ear cuff.

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Crown of Love earrings

The farthing coin Worth your Weight in Gold earrings are amazing, a little piece of history in the palm of your hand. Available in silver, gold or rose gold.

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Worth your weight in gold earrings. Pic: Chupi.ie

Outside a girl offered to take a polaroid picture of myself, Siobhan and her friend Meabh.

The picture came out lovely and we actually drew straws over who should keep it! I won 😛

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Polaroid picture!

As well as the delicate gold pieces, there were also gorgeous colourful pieces like these beautiful rings.

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And while I normally don’t wear rings, I did fall in love with the One in Million star ring below.

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The Wild Ivy leaf earrings below were another favourite. These are cast from a real ivy leaf.

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The swan feather necklace and I Can Fly earrings below on the right are exquisite. Again these were cast using real swan feathers and are plated with rose gold.

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We also got a lovely goody bag with a cute notebook and pencil-perfect for college! I really wanted some nice stationary for college so I was thrilled.

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Cute stationary

 It was a lovely evening and it’s always great to see Irish and independent designers doing well.Here’s to the next ten years of Chupi.

Thanks for reading, hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Don’t forget you can like my page on Facebook here and keep up to date with my blog.

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Edel

Irish Blogger Conference 2015

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Last weekend I attended the Irish blogger conference in the Radisson in Dublin. It was something I’d been really looking forward to going to, even missing Slane for it! Sorry Hozier, next time…;)

I decided to get dressed up for the occasion and wore my trusty Asos black crochet hem jeans, a floral print top and my black fringed Mango jacket. I accessorised with a tiny gold star chain, black leather rucksack and my new iridescent green/blue Penneys sandals.

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This floral top was such a great bargain, it’s River Island but I picked it up for €5 in a charity shop. It’s a really great shape and fit.

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My jacket is from the new Mango on Henry Street. It’s practically my second home at this stage!

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I was quite nervous but also really keen to see what was in store! The first thing I noticed (besides all the gorgeous glam people everywhere!) was the amazing goodie bag which was under my seat. Ermagerd! It was full of lovely things, make-up, vouchers, skincare and even some edible goodies such as popcorn and a tin of Bewleys coffee.

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The organisers had set up a projector and projected live tweets from the event. They also had organised lots of exciting competitions throughout the day. Among the competitions was a Best Dressed competition and they picked both a male and female audience member who both looked amazing! They also had a charity partner in the form of Teenline (a helpline dedicated to young people in distress) and encouraged us throughout the day to make a donation to Teenline.

Initially I thought that the only speakers would be bloggers but I was delighted to see there was a wide range of speakers from different backgrounds. From fitness experts, social media strategists, designers and even RTE’s vet Pete Wedderburn, it was a great line-up.

My favourite speakers of the day were Alison Canavan and Barbara Scully. Alison who is a prolific Irish fashion models spoke about the importance of taking care of mind and body. She was very candid in speaking about her own difficulties with depression and anxiety and I really admired that.She started her talk by getting us all to do a simple meditation. I was absolutely riveted listening to her as her words really struck a chord with me and the tips she gave us for taking care of ourselves were invaluable. She told us “Depression is a result of lack of expression” which I thought was really profound. Alison imparted a lot of wisdom and you can visit her site here.

Journalist Barbara Scully was another excellent speaker. She was very witty and had the audience in stitches with her funny anecdotes. She reminded us that “the internet is ruled by women and cats” which was met with a great cheer from the largely female audience. She also spoke about the need for more women in journalism and broadcasting and I couldn’t agree more. You can visit Barbara’s site here for more inspiration (and cats!)

I also really enjoyed Darragh Doyle and Timi Ogunyemi ( Picture This) talks and slideshows. Both guys were really witty and interesting.

At the end of the day the host comedian Marcus O’ Laoire talked to a panel of six of Ireland’s well-known bloggers, Nuala Gorham, Joanne Larby, Holly White, Anita White, David Cashman and James Butler. It was really interesting to hear about their different backgrounds and how they’d established themselves. After that there was a Q & A session where members of the audience could ask the panel questions. I thought the best advice came from Joanne Larby (The Makeup Fairy) when she advised the audience never to respond to negative or troll comments online. She reminded us that “brands are watching” online interactions and not to get drawn into arguments.

It was a brilliant event and I’m very glad the organisers Cool Events and the Irish Blogger Association came up with idea. I really enjoyed the whole experience and really commend the organisers on creating such a great event! Here’s to the next one!

PS here’s a sneak peak of what’s featured in my next post…some online shopping goodies and I’ll be giving my opinion on the best online retailers and finding original clothing online.

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Edel

New H&M College Green-Believe the Hype

I’m slightly behind schedule on this blog post, all about the brand new H&M store on College Green. However here it is at last! When I heard there would  be a new H&M in the city centre, my first thought was really? Three H&M’s within 15 minutes walking distance of each other?!  However this is no ordinary H&M, it’s a gorgeous new flagship store and anyone who hasn’t been in needs to see it ASAP. The building housing it is the former National Irish Bank and just the building alone is worth a look!

The building is a protected structure dating from the mid nineteenth century and was designed by an architect named William Murray. In 2012 Savills auctioneers listed it for sale at €4 million! H&M were brave enough to buy the building and are also planning to base their sister brand & Other Stories in the former A-Wear Store on Grafton Street. I would love to see this happen as the A-Wear store was quite big and it’s a shame to see it idle now. Also & Other Stories is currently only available to Irish customers online so it would be a welcome addition to Grafton St. Many shops such as A-Wear, Korkys etc. were forced to close due to the high rents on Grafton St. and the area has become less exciting with each closure. I think H&M will breathe some new life into the area and it is badly needed.

A sketch of the building (Archiseek.com).

The store has been open for over a month now but for anyone who hasn’t been there/doesn’t live in Dublin here’s a few pictures. (PS I hate to be the obnoxious blogger who only writes about things in Dublin but unfortunately the capital city is the obvious choice for flagship shops/new openings/fun things).

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Views of the decorative arches.

The new store now comprises of four floors and is 25,000 square feet! It blows the other two H&M stores out of the water to say the least.

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Bird’s eye view from upstairs!

And here are some of my favourite items currently in store. The new shoe department is particularly alluring and I’d crawl on broken glass for these chain-detail patent brogues. I think they’d be the perfect way to brighten up a dull work outfit/plain black dress. *wipes drool off keyboard*

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I’m also completely in love with these Perspex heel shoes-like the brogues they can add a fun dimension to an outfit and yet are very chic. If like me, you hate stuffy conservative clothing but sometimes have to wear it, adding funky shoes/jewellery etc. is one way to “break the rules”.

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I can’t say enough about this shirt, its a mix of formal and fun! I think it would work in both a casual and formal outfit, either as styled or with pale blue jeans.

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And for going out they also have some excellent pieces such as this fringed skirt.

Or this equally cute quilted skirt with imitation leather front.

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I could go on and on about the store but the best way to experience it is to visit yourself! Let me know your thoughts, do you like the new H&M or would you rather see something else there? Do you think the building has been put to good use or do you think there are too many high-street stores in Dublin now? I look forward to your feedback.  PS. if you like reading my blog, you can like it on Facebook here. Thanks for visiting my blog as always. 🙂

Foxes live at the Academy

Foxes kicked off her “Glorious” UK and Ireland tour last week at the Academy. With tickets only €22.50 it would’ve been a crime not to go.

Considering the fact that she is a comparatively new artist, I didn’t know what to expect. However I was completely blown away!

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Electro-pop outfit Ariana and the Rose were the support act first on stage. I’d never heard of the New York singer-songwriter but she had a great stage presence and got the crowd warmed up. She also had an awesome outfit including light-up runners!

Even though I hadn’t heard her music before she is probably one of the best opening acts I’ve seen at a gig. At most gigs people are looking at their watches and phones during the support act and grumbling but she interacted well with the crowd and made it easy to want to watch her.

I really enjoyed “In Your Bed” which you can listen to here.

Foxes didn’t take the stage until 9.30. My phone battery conveniently died before she even appeared so I don’t have any pictures of her! She pirouetted on dressed in a baseball jacket, black sports bra, pink sequin joggers with rhinestone details and white 90’s runners with white socks. Foxes stylist I salute you! Foxes or Louisa Rose Allen (her real name) looks very young in person and in this sporty 90’s outfit and pigtails could almost pass for a teenager.

At first I thought she might be over doing the dancing and mincing around but I soon realised it’s part of the act.

Foxes sings with a live band and no backing singers. I was seriously impressed by the quality of her voice live. While I really admire her as a singer/songwriter I also love her aesthetic. Her videos for Youth and Let Go For Tonight are amazing and she has great fashion sense.

The highlights of the show for me were “Glorious”, “Holding onto Heaven” and especially a medley cover combining Destiny’s Child “Say My Name” and The Artful Dodger’s “Movin’ Too Fast.”

I absolutely LOVED the Foxes rendition, it was gorgeous. She performed it sitting on the side of the stage with her guitarists, it was lovely to hear an acoustic song like this in contrast to the high energy numbers.

I think she may have changed the lyrics of “Movin’ Too Fast” but that’s artistic licence. 😛

During my time in a former job I always heard a dance song called “Clarity” being played.

The song itself irritated me BUT I loved the vocalist and have only recently discovered Foxes sings on it! When I heard it sung live, I immediately liked it a lot more.

Likewise I never realised Foxes featured on Rudimental’s “Right Here” which she also performed. Her vocals on these dance tracks are what made her well-known but her own music is equally worthy of recognition.

This track really seemed energise the crowd, everyone was dancing and singing along to it. Her voice sounds most authentic on plaintive tracks such as “Right Here” and “Youth” and the audience seemed to connect with this.

She also performed a mashup of Pharrell’s “Happy” and Massive Attack’s Teardrop. This is a slow arrangement completely different to the Pharrell version, you can hear it on Youtube below.

She appeared to get a little emotional during “Teardrop”.  She continued in this vein on “Youth” telling the crowd “This is the first song I wrote, on the train to London. I wanted to be a singer and I never thought I could be a singer.”

 I was really looking forward to “Let Go for Tonight” which I knew would be the encore. (Also I could read the set list from where I stood. )

This was the only song she sang over a backing track and as the crowd were so loud, it was hard to hear. However it was still a triumphant finale. I think she was especially excited as it was the first gig of her tour and it was an enthusiastic performance.

I kept my gig outfit casual, denim shirt, patterned leggings and a gold necklace.

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