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Wednesday, 7 September 2011

A peek at some of my Dublin vintage loot

I mentioned the vintage bounty I found this past weekend. Loved this frock so much I wore it straight away! Here's me demonstrating the swishy-ness of the frock, styled up with some tights and sandals:
 (Dress- Vintage from Perk Up! Dublin; Sandals- Swedish Hasbeens)

I especially love the muted colours and graduated tan base tones that make this polyester baby so 70's, and if you look closely you can see the tiny pleats all over the back, chest and skirt of the dress.

This scarf was a recent purchase from Athena Procopiou at Liberty. I call it my 'Frankie the fox' scarf (don't know why I feel the compulsion to name my things. I just do). That Liberty scarf hall is something else... once I had the cashmere yumminess of Frankie wrapped around me, I was doomed. Handed the card right over.  

Liberty is my idea of heaven. I blame the impeccable merchandising in that place- it's light and roomy, everything is displayed so artfully on tables instead of crammed together on a rail or straggling from hooks on a wall display, the sales people are not pushy at all... a breathe of fresh (retail) air, just a stones throw from the bustling high street. In fact, got so giddy on the Liberty scarfy loveliness I bought another one by the same designer (will show that soon). May need to eat beans on toast for tea for the next couple of weeks, but scarf happiness is worth it. And I like beans :)

Next dress was also a Dublin find- not sure the fabric of this sundress (a kind of love child of faux-suede and velour?), but it is buttery soft. Nixed the matching belt and paired it with some black and sequins to lift the beige-ness:
(Dress- Vintage from the Fluorescent Elephant in Dublin; Skivvy- Uniqlo)

The belt is a cherished old friend that came with a different dress, but I love the mix of colours and sequin sizes and it is surprisingly versatile.
(Belt- Gorman)

Some little silver and lapis drop earrings my dad bought me years and years ago:

And my trusty nude patent Russell and Bromley brogues. Definitely wear flats more often since moving to London- was once a die-hard heel devotee. Don't know what these bad boys are made of, but they never seem to get scuffed or smudged despite being such a light colour.

Will post the rest of my vintage Dublin purchases sometime soon!


Sunday, 4 September 2011

Charmed by Dublin (to be sure, to be sure)

Back in town after our city break in Dublin, feeling relaxed, refreshed and ready for the week ahead.

A quick outfit post from Friday (can't remember the reason for the pout... potentially a grumpy morning face?)
(Dress- Witchery; Scarf- Tsumori Chisato; Boots- Acne; Tights- Tabio)

Clumsily drawing your attention to the floral-on-floral combination. You can't see that detail of this scarf but it is huge when unfurled and has a really simple, graphic image in the centre, framed by tiny liberty print blossoms. I fell in love with it when I bought it in Japan a few years back.

These tights always divide opinion. When I was boarding the plane on Friday night, the steward scanning in the tickets apologised to me 'in case I thought he was staring at my legs' and explained he was actually looking at the previous passengers' rolling suitcase. I hadn't thought he was staring at my legs. His embarrassment made it clear that he had been. Or perhaps wasn't staring any more as he had been temporarily blinded by the acid brightness of the tights...

Saturday outfit, a melange of prints and textures for exploring the town.

General itinerary: hearty fry up for breakfast; morning trawl around the vintage stores in Temple Bar area (Perk Up!, Jean Cronin, the Fluorescent Elephant and the Loft Market are highly recommended); obligatory trip to the Guinness Brewery; late lunch at Leo Burdock's (amazing fish and chips); afternoon snooze (the height of indulgence in my book- blissful); bar crawl in the evening (my fave was the Exchequer- spectacular 'Gingerbread Jack' cocktails ); possibly MacDonald's and Burger King after that (I know. I know. So bad, but so good).

(Flannel checked shirt- Uniqlo; Vest- Vintage from Tokyo; Skirt- Vintage from Copenhagen; Boots- Acne; Tights- Tabio)

A close up so you can see the pattern on the knitted vest- was glad I thought to pack the flannel shirt and woollen vest as it was chilly in the city, especially when walking by the Jiffey River.

I love this skirt- a proud vintage bargain. The flowers look like they've been hand-painted onto the skirt as the print has a slightly grainy quality, the colours are a little muted and you can see the brush strokes.

Will post a few more pics of the trip tomorrow.

Hope you had an excellent weekend too?


Thursday, 1 September 2011

A spot of feline fun

Terrible pun, I know. This was yesterday's outfit (today's was strictly pajamas as I was home sick), and served double duty as it took me from presentations during the day to a few drinks and nibbles at night.

Clearly a post-vino pose...
(Blouse- Sonia Rykiel; Jeans- Lee; Boots- Acne)

Twice as nice?

I do love this blouse- silky and trapeze shaped, with a playful matching neck-tie and a little heart shaped pocket on the chest that strangely can't be seen in the pics. A close up on the spotty print:

And on the choice of accessories. I thought the oversized pearl and diamante earrings worked well with the leopard in a Dynasty-esque tribute to 80s power dressing.
(Earrings- Sportsgirl)

Excited to report I'm off to Dublin tomorrow evening for a weekend of fun with B and J- hope you have great weekends too!