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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. 

telecom eireann jumper

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

 

 

 

Renaissance Art meets 2013 Design

I’ve always loved art and I’ve been noticing some amazing art prints reproduced on clothing which I think are worth sharing.

I have a diverse taste in art but most of the pieces I’m showing here display Renaissance art. The Renaissance or Rebirth was a time of immense creativity and rich cultural developments in the Middle Ages in Europe.

The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli

My favourite painting has to be Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and I bought this printed sweatshirt from Romwe.com.

Sandro Botticelli was assigned to paint this by the famous Medici family who were a wealthy family who were great patrons of Renaissance artists. Romwe are currently offering a 5% discount on many of their sweatshirts including this one which is about €31 with discount available here.

Romwe Sweatshirt. Pic: Romwe.com

 

I also really like this iconic painting American Gothic by Grant Wood. It’s slightly sinister looking and contrary to popular knowledge it is meant to depict a father and his spinster daughter, not a married couple.

In fact Grant hired his sister and a man to pose as the figures. It is one of the most widely parodied pieces of American art and was controversial for its depiction of rural Americans.

Romwe have taken this painting and transformed it into a sweatshirt which looks great styled with a beanie hat. It’s also included in their offer, check it out here.  The print is on the reverse as well as the front and makes for great casual wear.

The Couple Print Sweatshirt
Romwe Sweatshirt. Pic: Romwe.com
The original painting

I bought this gorgeous blue circle skirt from Romwe again.  I wore it on my holidays in Barcelona with a black tank top  and black studded flats and it was perfect for light holiday clothing.

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Scenic Painting Print Umbrella Skirt
Scenic Painting Umbrella Skirt

This skirt can be hard to match because its super colourful  and loud but pastels go really well with it and black also.

I bought it back in May when it was on offer and they also offer 15% off your first offer so it’s a real bargain! You can buy it for approximately €30 here.

Mona Lisa skirt found online

Fresh in Temple Bar were doing a similar Mona Lisa skirt before but I cant find anything like this now.

Hopefully they bring out some styles like this again soon, until then check out their Facebook to see their stock, its one of my favourite little shops and everything is one of a kind. Great for vintage denim, original pieces and they have a selection of studs for all the customising junkies out there!

Zazzle.com have a range of artwork ties, bags and other accessories. Some of them are expensive and I don’t know what the quality is like but here are some of my favourites.I love Van Gogh’s work especially the beautiful “Starry Night over the Rhone ” which is featured on this rucksack.

Zazzle have loads of cool products worth checking out and a great range of Christmas gifts.  They have lots of smaller items like ties, badges, wristlet bags and cosmetic bags printed with these designs if your budget can’t stretch to one of these.

The Van Gogh Original

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A different style of bag with Michelangelo’s iconic painting. This design is available on several types of bags with varied prices.

I love the story behind this painting, Michelangelo was commissioned to paint frescos ( a type of painting on damp plaster) on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome and had to endure very uncomfortable conditions whilst creating this. Contrary to popular belief, he actually was standing, not lying on his back yet it must have been very uncomfortable having to work looking upwards all the time.  This painting is instantly recognisable and has produced many imitations and parodies.

Finally  another bag from Zazzle.com.

The painting is called “The Kiss” by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. It’s an amazing piece of artwork and still enjoys much popularity today.

The Kiss

If you look in the mirror in my photo below, you can see a Klimt print in the background of my livingroom!

I hope you all liked this post. It’s been great to blog again as I hadn’t had a laptop for a month and I’ve been very busy at work but I’ve missed blogging.

 Thanks as always for dropping by.

Edel