Monday, 25 February 2013

My first trip to Dublin :D

This is a rather long post, but last week was pretty cool. On Friday I jumped on a plane and headed to Dublin. Despite only being an hour away, it was my very first trip to Dublin and the place is beautiful!

I landed and headed to the City Centre, right next to Trinity College, and went on the hunt for food. We went to the fabulous Alfie’s, on South Williams Street. The food was soooooo good:

And this is what I wore for the day:

Dress: Dorothy Perkins
Cardigan: South (via very)
Belt: Dorothy Perkins
Tights: Marks and Spencer
Shoes: So Fabulous (via Very)

We did a lot of walking and window-shopping, before heading back home to relax.

On Saturday, we took the Dublin bus trip. The weather was quite windy, but we headed to the back, so we would have better photo opportunities. The tour took us all around the City and the surrounding areas, including where the president lives (very fancy as you can imagine!). The weather took a turn for the worst and it began to snow, so we made our way to the front of the bus where there was shelter.

We had a lovely Chinese buffet for lunch (I forget the name, unfortunately), and then walked around the ever-famous Temple Bar. It’s not an actual bar, more of a cluster of cool bars, eateries and galleries – there are so many pictures, but I think this one is pretty cool:

This was me by day:

Dress: Lady Vintage London
Cardigan: South (via Very)
Belt: Dorothy Perkins
Tights: Marks and Spencer
Shoes: So Fabulous (via Very)

Now, you can never go a day without cake, and the Queen of Tarts is the cutest little café:

I had the chocolate cake (which I’m ashamed to say, I didn’t finish)

Later that evening, dinner consisted of the most delicious burgers from Captain Americas, on Graton Street. There may or may not have been a cocktail or two, but you can’t prove anything if there are no pictures! ;p However, here is a picture of me by night:

Everything (bar shoes and tights): Very
Tights: Boots
Shoes: New Look

Sunday was my last day and probably my favourtie day too. It was such a beautiful day; the sun was shining so going on an adventure was the aim of the day. We drove up to Killiney. The People's Park Dun Laoghaire had a predominantly food market. I wanted everything!

But then…then, we headed to the coast. I *LOVE* being by the coast. The water was gorgeous, the day was clear, and you could see the mountains with their snowy tops – it was breathtaking! Don’t believe me?

Here’s my outfit for the day:

Skirt: Joy
Shirt: Jumble sale (I think)
Vest: Very
Belt: Dorothy Perkins
Gloves: Dorothy Perkins
Tights: Marks and Spencer
Shoes: So Fabulous (via Very)

Our last stop was Johnny Fox's. It’s the highest pub in Ireland and right near the mountains! Apparently, it’s more of a tourist attraction now, but the interior is still lovely and quaint.

I had a wonderful time and can't wait to get back!

‘Til next time folks!

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Desaparecidos Assemble

So last night was a thrill and a half, because I saw Desaparecidos, live. This was great because I have a lil' crush in Mr. Oberst, so spending the evening in his company was no problem.

I love every one of his pies –
* Bright Eyes
* Desaparecidos
* Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band
* Conor Oberst, and
* Monsters of Folk

I remember hearing Conor for the first time as a tween, when my then friend, played this little vinyl called ‘Kill the Monster Before It Eats Baby’. From my recollection, it was an import copy and sounded awful; but there was an instant love for his lyrical content – for someone so young, I found the maturity, honesty and vulnerability, wonderful and relatable. I’ve been in love with his music ever since and always try to catch him when he plays live….

I got to the venue a little late, so I wasn't as close to the front in the beginning; but being pixie height meant I was able to burrow my way closer to the front :D The crowd were mainly tall hipster boys, but seriously, the high pitched squeals that came when the band walked on stage, would have rivalled any tween girl, at a One Direction concert! It was adorable, actually (and a little amusing to be honest!).

There were a few girls, too - just wish I could have gotten closer to one of them, just to high five! 

I'm always unsure what to wear to gigs like this, so I went with something simple. You can't go wrong with a polka dot dress, so that's what I went with:
I look a little grumpy here, but it'd been one of "those" mornings :/

Dress: Dorothy Perkins
Belt: Camden Market
Cardigan: South (via Very)
Tights: M&S
Ankle boots: ASOS

A close-up of my fabulous 'Betty Boop' necklace (an eBay purchase)

All in all, it was a fab night - I arrived grumpy but looking presentable, and left elated but soaked through from all the dancing. Come back soon Conor!

'til next time folks :)


Sunday, 10 February 2013

Granny dresses are the best!

Just a quick one from me.

Today, I visited lovely Hanna, to hang, eat lasagne and take some outfit pictures. Now, because the weather was so appalling and because I’m lame, I literally brought the clothes I was wearing – one of my gorgeous granny dresses. I swear, they are the best, myself and Rachel are in agreement on this. They’re great throughout the year and can be dressed up or down.

I found this gem, in a charity shop and snapped it up for pennies. I love charity shopping and thrift stores, there are always good bargains around if you’re patient enough to look:

Close-up of print :)

Dress: Charity Shop
Cardigan: South (via Very)
Tights: Boots
Shoes: Dorothy Perkins

I'll have a more detailed post on Tuesday, as I'm off to see the wonderful Conor Oberst and the rest of the Desaparecidos fellows, tomorrow night - cannot wait!

'til next time folks. :)


Monday, 4 February 2013

Getting my thrift on, in the East :)

So yesterday, I went on a road trip with my fabulous friend, Shel. We went to the The East End Thrift Store for their 'fill a bag' sale. The gist of it was to fill either a small bag for £10, or a big bag for £20. I found a few treasures there and walked away with a huge bag, full of clothes. Shel also managed to throw her finds in with mine - all for the bargain price of £20! Here’s a little peak at my gold:
I *adore* vintage dresses (especially when they're granny dresses!). The colour and the print are lovely.

You can't go wrong with a tweed blazer, and there were many on display. This is the one I got.

I also managed to find a jumpsuit that needs to be altered a little; and a skirt, which I'm going to put an elastic waist on. I will no doubt show you those, when I've worked my magic (or more likely, have had someone else to do it for me. ;p)

I wanted to wear something that I could throw myself around in, in comfort, but still look nice, so I turned to one of my favourite places – Lady Vintage London. This is the cutest print and I decided to wear comfy Grey wholly tights with it:
Dress: Lady Vintage London
Cardigan: South (via Very)
Belt: Dorothy Perkins
Tights: Marks & Spencer
Shoes: So Fabulous (via Very)

Oh, and there's the small matter of buying the best hot water bottle, EVER!! 

Hope you all had a brill weekend!

Love and hugs,