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Total Nostalgia: Damn Fine Print’s Telecom Eireann Jumper

Do you remember the days of call cards? Have you ever used a payphone or heaven forbid a landline? If the answer is yes, then congrats you’re probably yet another disillusioned Gen-Y-er!

While I’ve often blogged about my love of charity shops, vintage sales and online shopping, I haven’t devoted much time to supporting small local brands and businesses.

I used to love shopping the high street but years of working in retail combined with knowledge of the effect of fast fashion on the environment extinguished this love.

Recently I was in town shortly after payday and there were sales everywhere. Despite the fact, I had cash to splash and there were “bargains” to be had, I didn’t buy anything.

These days, I tend to think my purchases through a bit more and I’m also trying to buy more goods from small local businesses.

Browsing Instagram one day, I saw an ad flash up for an amazing jumper with the old Telecom Eireann logo on it.

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Telecom Eireann jumper

I love a bit of nostalgia and I can fondly remember the Telecom Eireann logo plastered everywhere from the phone book to the old phone in my granny’s house where I spent a lot of time as a child.

From looking up people’s numbers in the phonebook, to prank calls and chats with my childhood best friend who got a phone for confirmation, the old landline brought me endless amusement.

With my heart set on buying the jumper, I clicked through to find it was a local business, Damn Fine Print in Stoneybatter. 

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I had no idea they sold clothes as well as art and I decided to buy one of the crewneck jumpers. It cost €35 which I thought was a really good price and as I was able to pick it up from their studio, I didn’t have to pay delivery.

The jumper was ready in just under a week and I was delighted when I tried it on at home. It’s a lovely vivid blue with a soft fleecy lining and feels really cosy.

The colour was true to the image I’d seen online and I got lots of compliments on it.

One friend even decided to order it for herself in green after seeing me post it to my Instagram story #influencer

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The colour is really vivid

I really think it’s worthwhile finding local brands and labels to support where possible.

Obviously, the jumper was only printed in Ireland and was made abroad so it may not be 100% sustainable but it’s still better than purchasing a cheaper high street jumper that everyone will have.

I’ve gotten lots of wear out of it already and I know it will be in my wardrobe for years to come if I look after it.

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Catch me in my natural habitat

We took these photos on a casual trip out to Donabate beach and it wasn’t planned so I’d little or no makeup on.

However, I think this enhances the casual look!

I’m also wearing denim shorts from a kilo store in Amsterdam, Adidas Gazelles and a River Island bag, can you tell I like blue?

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Strolling around

I bought the jumper in a small and as you can see it’s quite a baggy fit but I like loose jumpers.

It was part of a limited run but Damn Fine Print are now selling them again, just in time for Christmas, in blue, yellow and grey. Green is sold out.

There’s also a grey t-shirt which is €25. You can shop here.

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Donabate beach
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All kinds of blue

Donabate is a lovely spot for a peaceful beach walk and I found some beautiful shells on the shore.

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I didn’t shell out too much for this jumper haha
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Donabate beach
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River Island bag with shells

I’m going to use these to fill a jar to make a nice ornament for my apartment.

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Trying not to fall off these rocks

Total outfit cost= €47, excluding presents.

Bag: -(present), Jumper €35, Shorts €8, Hairclip €4, Runners: €59 (present).

FYI, this wasn’t a sponsored post and I wasn’t asked or paid to promote any items featured. There are no affiliate links either. The items I’ve marked as presents were from my boyfriend and family – not gifted by companies.

Hope you all enjoyed this post, if you’ve any questions, feel free to leave a comment below by clicking the grey speech bubble on the bottom right.

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Edel

 

 

 

Return of The Flare

Hurry up, We're going to be late for ... OMG there is the captain of the foot ball team.

A while back I predicted flares were coming back after Lykke Li wore them to her Vicar St. gig late last year. Guess what ? Flares are indeed creeping back in after being consigned to a special place in sartorial hell for many years. Ah flares, I wore them my entire childhood/adolescence and they may have slightly bolstered my self-esteem at the time but looking back I can’t see why!  Having B*witched for style icons didn’t help either. :/

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Was this ever a good idea?

Flares in the early 00’s required a heel of some kind (or a god forbid a chunky runner circa 2005), required frequent washing due to them dragging on the ground and  always ended up extremely frayed. I had denim ones, cord ones combat ones, velvet purple ones, embroidered flares, coloured flares, the skinny flare, the flare so wide it forced others off the path……

With the advent of skinny jeans, flares were promptly discarded and forgotten about. Until now. The 2015 reincarnation is here and you may just like it 😉

Forget faded denim, the gothic velvet flare is much more sophisticated. They are gorgeous in dark colours and accessorised with graphic t-shirts and lots of attitude! They are an alternative for people who want to try flares but don’t want to look like a hippy. If you want to wear these, remember they are fitted in the waist and velvet isn’t a forgiving fabric so pick your size carefully.

URBAN PEOPLE Bohemian Burgundy Velvet Hippie Flare/Bell Bottom Pants 831 S #Urbanpeopleclothing #CasualPants
Pic courtesy of Pinterest
THOSE PANTS HOLY SHIT. <3 I need some in every color!
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The 20 Best Street Style Looks from Milan Fashion Week, Fall 2014: Sarah Nicole Rosetto
Pic: Fashionista.com

I usually try to feature affordable and easily available products but I haven’t seen flares in any shops here yet. However I discovered this US site Colors of Aurora which is worth a look.

Red Velvet flares Colors of Aurora

Flared jumpsuits are equally ok and very flattering.

Pic: Pinterest

And if you really want to go there and wear denim flares, pick a dark wash or a distressed style. Very pale washes coloured or embellished denim will look like you stepped out of a 00’s time capsule.

Here’s one of my favourite bloggers The Native Fox wearing dark denim flares.

Pic. :thenativefox.blogspot.com

Free People also have some gorgeous flares and flare jumpsuits..all expensive but great inspo!

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Free People denims

Here’s the best thing about flares, they suit almost every body shape. Tall, short, curvaceous, thin, they flatter all shapes and sizes. If you’ve ever read the book The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, I’m willing to bet those pants were flares. This is why I wore them for so long during the awkward teenage years! I was insecure about my body and wearing flares helped me feel better. One important note though, if you are more on the petite side, make sure you get your flares taken up or wear heels. Flares skimming the floor is grand, flares wiping the floor not so great. You don’t want to look as though you are drowning in fabric! Also avoid long cardigans or baggy tops with flares, a fitted top or slightly loose t-shirt works best.

Let me know your thoughts on flares- a welcome back or hell no?

Thanks for visiting my blog as always. As always you can find my blog on Facebook here. Next up for me is a trip to Belgium in March! I look forward to writing about this soon.

Edel

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The 90s style: Still preoccupied with 1995

While watching the video for “Hideaway” by the amazing Kiesza, I was struck by the 90s vibe.

90s and grunge fashion are really making a resurgence for better or worse. From the moment Miley Cyrus appeared with hair buns at the VMA’s last year, it was obvious the ’90s were back with a bang.

With that in mind, here’s a nostalgic 90’s post featuring the good, the bad and the ugly!

I’m 26 so I grew up in the ’90s and had a lot of fun with trends such as plastic chokers, bandanas, combat pants, dungarees, scrunchies, hair mascara, face glitter, etc.

90's chokers. i used to have a blue one and wore it all the time
Y’all ready for this?? Pic: Tumblr.com

I love 90s style but I’d like to get the balance right between “90s” and “reverting to childhood.” When I noticed girls around town wearing plastic chokers I was like…

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I’d actually prefer these bad boys to make a comeback..here’s hoping!

These happened in the late '90s and sometimes offered magical healing properties. They totally worked.- 34 pieces of super 90's jewelry

Here are a few memories for you all and a guide to incorporating the 90s into your current wardrobes without making the mistakes you made the first time around. 😉

Sorry, Sarah Michelle Gellar :/
JT in the noodle head days. Pic: Tumblr
90s fashion at its finest (33 photos) – theBERRY
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How the Spice Girls danced in these platform shoes without twisting their ankles. | 25 Things That '90s Kids Are Still Trying To Figure Out
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Stop right now. I am not ashamed to say that I attended many a Spice Girls themed party!
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Bright eyeshadow, big shoes and wacky outfits…I loved them soooo much 😥 It was never really about the music with the Spice Girls, it was all about the attitude!

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90s Gwen Stefani is so on trend for spring :: Fashion news - Cosmopolitan
Ultimate 90s girl.

Has anything ever looked bad on Gwen Stefani? (No.  The answer is no.)

Even in the ’90s, Gwen was still amazing!

Drew Barrymore, 90s
Drew Barrymore

So now that we’ve all had a significant dose of nostalgia, what trends should be allowed to come back??

All hail the humble scrunchie, this much-maligned hair accessory is back. Scrunchies are on Instagram, Etsy and every cool girl you know.

Adorned make amazing scrunchies in all fabrics and patterns-check them out. Be warned you must have long and preferably thick hair to rock a scrunchie.

But you can always wear one on your wrist if you want, the ultimate primary school flex!

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Scrunchie from Adorned Vintage on Etsy. Pic: Adorned Vintage

Asos Marketplace is the perfect place to find 90’s clothes, it’s chock-a-block with independent retailers selling vintage and reworked clothing.

Dungarees and tie-dye can look really good if handled with caution. I’m a massive fan of grunge so big baggy denim jackets, oversized jumpers and ripped jeans are fine by me

Fresh in Temple Bar always have a great selection of grunge and tie-dye items.

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Big baggy jumpers with abstract patterns like this one from We Are Hairy People are fundamental in creating a 90s look.

The best thing about 90s clothing is it’s perfectly acceptable to wear clothing at least three sizes too big for you, comfort and nonchalance is key in pulling off this look. Wearing men’s jumpers works also. 😛

Sports slogans and sporty jackets are another easy way to inject some 90s style into your look.

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If you still need to be convinced and you think “I’d never wear a turtleneck”, take a look at 9 Crow Street’s amazing “94” lookbook.

This will not only make you want to wear 90s clothes, it will make you want to time travel back to the 90s! You’re welcome 😉

9 Crow St. Pic: NineCrows.com

So that’s my take on the great revival, I’d like to see the beanie hats, plastic chokers and butterfly clips remain in the past but there are so many other trends I’d really welcome back.

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90s style Vintage denim dress

I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know what you loved/hated about 90s fashion!

For more inspiration, check out my 90s and Clueless Pinterest boards.

Thanks for dropping by! Don’t forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Edel