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Summer Clothes

August 17, 2010

Dear Readers,

I’d had another fantastic weekend which made the following rainy days so much more bearable! Last Saturday I was wearing my newly purchased beach dress by Karolina Schlagner that made me feel like spending the evening on a sunlit terrace of a seaside restaurant. I miss the ”real” summer days the most when it is the sunniest in Ireland. It feels almost the same yet I know that when the sun comes down, the cool night will bring the feeling of nostalgia for the balmy summer nights rich with aroma and noise of living things…

These were my thoughts when I put on the dress and found some accessories. I bought the earrings and the cuff two years ago in Tenerife from a lovely German lady who was selling jewellery in the lobby of the hotel I was staying at. Since I was spending my short break on my own, I ended up chatting to her every day on my way to the beach. It was one of those encounters that in some way inspire and refresh you.

I guess all those feelings and memories did inspire me again as I got this sudden idea to go out and have dinner somewhere nice. Since I moved to Kildare I haven’t really got to know any of the local restaurants, so I ended up searching on the net. I after a few clicks I came a cross a lovely French restaurant call Vie de Chateaux overlooking the canal in Naas. My boyfriend and I ended up having one of the loveliest evenings ever enjoying Irish summer and tasty French food  thanks to some clothes and some summer memories.

 

Dress: Secret Style by Karolina Schlagner, Shoes: Dunnes, Earrings and cuff: handmade, Clutch: Body Shop

How to style a summer outfit

How to style a summer outfit

How to style a summer outfit

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White Rabbit meets Lady Umbrella

August 13, 2010

Lady Umbrella  may not keep me dry but  paired with a rain jacket it is definitely a perfect outfit for Dublin summer when one moment it is warm and sunny and the other it is pouring rain.

I’ve recently rediscovered this old thrifted rain jacket which I throw in my bag every morning and put on when it is chilly or rainy. An umbrella is out of question at the moment, unless a I grow an  extra arm to carry it together with the rest of my staff  I tend to have with me, and maybe improve my short term memory as well so I don’t keep forgetting it on the bus! Why do people bother with umrellas when there are rain coats?? I know, I know, the shoes, and the makeup. Well, it is not a problem as I managed to sleep in every day this week and had no time for makeup. Also taking the bus and walk a lot these days, no no heels either.  

T-Shirt: Lady Umbrella, Rain jacket: thrifted, Pants: thrifted, Shoes: Zerep

Lady Umbrella tee

Lady Umrella and Rain Coat

Lady Umrella and Rain Coat

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Trip to the Loft Market

August 12, 2010

My Dear Readers, it is almost Friday and I can only hope that it will be as great as my last Friday. Let me tell you about it!

I had just finished a tough week in school and decided to treat myself to something I haven’t done in ages – shopping. Shopping has become pretty much forbidden territory for me since I took a month of unpaid leave from work to study full time in Grafton Academy – and also decided to take on surfing (c’mon White Rabbit, why don’t you give yourself a break and stop having a new hobby every week, maybe then you will also stop  moaning that you are too busy and tired) as a new hobby. But you know what, I haven’t really missed it that much, at least not the high street version of it –  I find trends more and more predictable and oppressing, and after visiting two or three stores displaying exactly the same styles, I was filled with boredom and frustration. Why get rid of hard earned cash for something everybody wears now and that will become disposable next year? It is funny because I actually love browsing magazines and blogs  checking out new directions and looks but once they hit the stores I lose interest. 

So I headed straight for the Loft Market in Powerscourt Shopping Centre. It is a place I  love to visit to browse through original clothes and accessories and chat to the designers. Even when I don’t buy anything, the Loft is an amazing source of inspiration where I always feel welcome.  I like the feeling of getting to know the clothes and the story behind them before taking my favourites home.  So I would back again and again and when I am ready and if my chosen piece is still there I’d buy it. And if it is not you can always arrange with the designer to make something similar for you. It is the most unique shopping experience!

 So since I heard that they had some really good  sales on, I knew right away  that was the place I would exhaust my shopping budget. I left over an hour later, with a warm feeling in my heart and my bag full of treasures. Well, maybe not so full, but definitely rich with three amazing pieces – slouchy wool pants from Sinead Doyle’s  AW 09/10 collection (I have been eyeing them for ages!), a jersey beach dress by Karolina Schlagner which will be great for apres surfing ;), (I know the summer is almost over but that is why I love timeless pieces!), and a quirky Lady Umbrella tee in bright yellow! Keep an eye on the blog because the looks styled by White Rabbit are coming soon!

My happy Friday continued with listening to some lovely jazz music by Colette Quartet in candle lit D-Light Studios while sipping wine and ended by getting totally hammered in Toast after a few more glasses! I don’t think I will repeat the experience tomorrow but hey, all in moderation! 🙂

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Griffith College Photography Exhibition

August 11, 2010

Dear Readers, you really can’t say that this summer is boring in Dublin! Not only the weather is relatively pleasant, although in a slightly unpredictable way but the cultural life is also no less enjoyable!

At least I am having great fun attending all the inspiring events. The latest one that grabbed my attention is the photography exhibition showcasing the works of recent Griffith College graduates. It held my interest for two reasons. One is the picturesque venue, Cowshed Theatre on Farmleigh, located in the heart of Phoenix Park,and  the other is the theme of the exhibition. The mix of commercial and fine art images explore the concept of possession and ownership in contemporary society –  a topic that couldn’t be more timely and timeless at the same time. See you there!

Griffith College graduades photo exhibition

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Vintage and Craft Market with Grace Kelly

July 30, 2010

My Dear Vintage and Craft Lovers, I hope you are looking forward to the long weekend! If you decided to stay in Dublin and are thinking about nice thing to do, Vintage and Craft Market is something you might be interested in. The fair is held on Saturday, 31st of July from 11 am to 5 pm in Airfield, Dundrum.

You can browse through hand-made and costume jewellery, vintage clothing, vinyl records, and much more! What makes it special is the screening of iconic Grace Kelly in Rear Window, the ultimate treat for fashion and style lovers!

If you are interested but can’t make it this weekend, don’t worry, the Vintage and Craft Market is held every last Saturday of the month.

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Re-dress Ireland

July 26, 2010

We all know by now that ethical fashion is not only a fleeting trend but a way towards the future. We can all do so much to stay fashionable yet ethical – from being more conscious and prudent shoppers to unleashing our creativity and making as well reworking our existing clothes. And doing so not to be cool or trendy, but simply because it makes sense.  A lot of people think they can’t even sew a button but sometimes a little nudge is enough to teach us more inventiveness and resourcefulness. Like learning styling techniques or basic crafting skills.

Ethical Dublin fashion

So if you are eager to change your old ways, you can take the first step towards being more creative and attend Crafternoon Tea Design Crash where Dublin designers will teach you the basics of the design process, pattern drafting, alterations (very handy when the hem is too long or you need a bit of a nip in the waist), and reworking old clothes into fabulous new ones for  €90, lunch included, on the 14th of August.  Also, keep your eyes because some other exciting events like French Knickers and Coctails, Curious Collars, and Embroidery Embellishment are coming soon!

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3M Fashion Design Competition

July 23, 2010

I have always had a secret passion for stationary products. I can spend hours going through pens, notebooks, scissors, and adhesives. They give me a sense of order and calm, at the same time stimulate my imagination and promise a perspective of creativity. Anybody with me?
 
Another grand passion of mine, as you have probably figured reading my blog, is fashion and making clothes. So I can’t possibly imagine a greater joy them combining the two – an access to a bunch of stationary products of my choice to create a stunning piece of clothing. Yessss! You want specifics? You do, ok, here you go!
 
3M are organizing a fashion competition which you can enter on your own, or as a team of maximum 4. All you have to do is register before the 31st of July, pay a fee of €5 to support The Children’s Sunshine Home and Laura Lynn House, and  select 15 products from the list specified by 3M.  The package will be posted to you. Select them carefully as the 15 products is all you will have to create a full garment with a WOW factor. Very Project Runway-like, isn’t it? 😉 The top designs will be displayed “on the runway” at the 3M Fashion-it fashion show on September 16th 2010.
 
If you are as intrigued as I am, read some more details on their Facebbok page.

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/3M-Fashion-It/126449414051243?ref=ts

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