Saturday, November 29, 2008
If I can only have one thing ever again can it be this please? Its so big that I think I'd have to get rid of everything else in my room but thatd be ok with me. Catherine you could have my giant new wardrobe, take it in each for this please.
Look how happy the robot stereo is to be playing music, and why wouldn't he be?
Unfortunately I can't find anywhere to actually buy this so it's definitley one of those things only Santy can get for me.
Speaking of Santy I forgot to post this
While travelling through Russia this summer we came accross Santy on his summer holidays, turns out during the summer he losses a few pounds (perfect beach body an all that) and heads to Olkhon Island.
I have two official markers that signify the beginning of Christmas, I have to see this add
and hear fairy tale of New York, last week while watching Eastenders with my brother it came on the radio in the cafe and so Christmas had begun.
I think me and Catherine are more excited this year then ever before I don't really know why, I don't have any money, can't buy any presents, its cold and I have lots of exams coming up but none of that matters I'm going to make my Christmas cake, start the mulled and get ready for everyone to come home over the holidays.
This is now my official christmas outfit, I say wear all the red, green, things you own.
One thing I do have to complain about is the stupid Brown Thomas window. When I was a young'n the best day if the year was when we got to take the afternoon off school, head into town to see the unveiling of the window, which was usually Alice and Wondreland themed, then we'd go to Captain Americas for din dins and to end the best day ever The Panto. Brown Thomas has lost its Christmas magic.
Friday, November 21, 2008
1) Free 'P' Star
There are two of these in Paris and they're both in le Marais, the uber hip gay area. My favourite was Rue de la Verrerie because there was an awful lot more space. It's a vintage shop plain and simple, with a great selection of everything. One of the many wonderfull things about it is that it's open till 11pm during the week, just in case you realise you've absolutely nothing to wear just before you go out. Never once did i enter this place without buying something. It's ridiculously good value. They have a great €3 box that is nothing short of a treasure chest. My only warning is to avoid it at the weekend. These are not big shops and they will literally be packed with people trying things on in the middle of the floor. There is only one changing room, so dress appropriately.
Free 'P' Star, 8 Rue Ste-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, 75004 and 11 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004, Paris.
Now, as Free 'P' Star is a fairly conventional vintage shop, Guerrisol is not. They don't have charity shops per se in France so this is the next best thing. And, unlike Free 'P' Star, they are all on the outskerts of the city. They are very large warehouse style shops crammed with old clothes, shoes and bags. It's a very different experience from shopping elsewhere as many people shop here out of necessity as opposed to just wanting to find a fabulous bargain. I used to frequently run into the bum who begged outside the bakery up there, lovely guy. It is however the place to find the real bargains. Pair of lovely shoes for €1.50 and gorgeous shorts for €2, thanks very much.
Guerrisol, 31 avenue de Clichy and (my favourite one) 17 bis boulevard de Rochechouart, 75009, Paris.
French markets are famous and for good reason. I am conviced that this place is where vintage shop owners come to buy up all the amazing leather bags. It's not a particularly pretty market but it is well worth a visit if you have a bit of time. It's on the periphery of the city, as with all the large markets but it only takes about 20 minutes on the metro from the centre of the city. I would advise everyone to avoid the more famous Puces de St Ouen because it is just enormous and as with many of the markets, just a little too ghetto for my liking. Just remember, be prepared to haggle if you want a real bargain. I have an awful habit of getting very excited when i see something i like and destroy all chances of getting a bargain.
Puces de Montreuil, Port de Montreuil, 75020, Paris.
Now, this is serious stuff. Depot ventes are where wealthy Parisian women dispose of their clothes when the season is over. It's just like the old swap shops that used to be around Dublin, they leave the clothes in and take away a percentage of the profit when they're re-sold. Chanel pumps for €100, pristine condition Marni dress for a measly €200. If you just love designer clothes but do not have the budget for it then these are just perfect. Not to mention the fact that they are all over Paris, so there is plently for everyone. My favourite is Troc en Stock, which conveniently enough, i could see from my bedroom window.
Troc en Stock, 6 Rue Clauzel, 75009, Paris.
I never actually bought anything here because it was a little out of my price range. That's not to say it's expensive but, i was a poor student after all. My favourite thing about this place is the layout. The clothes are organised by colour and hang on rails around the room. The shop is how i imagine my dream home - my bed surrounded by all my clothes neatly arranged around me. It is part of No Good Store on Rue des Martyrs which is a concept store/gallery. It threatened to close down while i was there but luckily is still going strong.
Wochdom, 72 rue Condorcet, 75009, Paris.
For even more great shops in Paris, look here.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I'm sorry the last bowtie post was far too short and left out so many of the lovely bowties that have been seen lately, its just that I saw the David Hart one thought it was gorgeous but had no time to write anything longer.
So the Bowties have been seen quite a bit in the spring/summer 09 shows.
For Sonia Rykiels 40th year in the biz a group of designers created pieces inspired by the legend, bow ties were featured heavily in the styling. There were some very cool bejewelled ones but I can't find pictures of them now.
Eley Kishimoto were also using them in their shows.
As was Luella.
However there's only really one person that you can convincingly call Mr Bow Tie and that'd be Alexis Mabille. After leaving Dior he started his own unisex line and since has been creating the most wonderful bowties and he's been using them all over the shop.
Monday, November 17, 2008
The sizing was also quite odd, I went a size smaller for all the shirts and then tried two sizes bigger for the dress and it still wouldn't fit, very strange altogether. Another thing that really annoyed me (perhaps a little irrationally) were the buttons, if I'm paying fifty quid for a shirt then I certainly want a lovely button on it (buttons are very important to me, my button box is one of my most prized possesions).
I'm sorry for that little rant, I did end up buying two of the polka dot shirts, one of which I hadn't seen on the website so I was pleasantly surprised. Of course my love of wearing too much of everything means I'll eventually wear both shirts together a liitle like this.
After raiding the ladies section Anna and myself buzzed it over to then mens section in search of lovely cardies and the like. Unexpectedly it was far bussier than upstairs, we were pushed out of the way by men running towards the trenches and there were frantic women on the phone to their husband or son 'WHAT SIZE ARE YOU? HERE YOU, YOU'RE SKINNY LIKE MY LAD, WHAT SIZE IS THAT COAT YOU'RE WEARING? 38? LUV WOULD A 38 DO? OK OK.'
The whole collection was a little underwhelming but we've all got a few more lovely shirts although our bank balances are considerably worse off.
This was what I was wearing the day after the big sale, unable to put off my new CDG purchases.Shirt- CDG for H&M, Bowtie- hairclip from carboot sale made into a necklace, Polka dot belt- vintage, Skirt- Dunnes, Tights- M&S, Brogues- Topshop
Saturday, November 15, 2008
The Miu Miu window display at Rue Saint Honore. It just made me go "wow".
(Photo from Jak &Jill)
It also made me think of Picasso.
So when i got home to my lovely sewing machine i started working on this.
In Paris, speciality shops are all grouped together in the same place. So when you need some fabric the only place to go is Rue d'Orsel in Montmartre. This place is like heaven on earth, shop after shop just filled with fabric, and all the trimmings your heart could desire. Im fairly certain that i was wondering around open mouthed when i first discovered it.
It was there that i found the ultimate circus fabric. I had been wanting to pay homage to the Miu Miu harlequin inspired collection that i saw in the window of their on Rue Saint Honore. It was in a section dedicated to children's costumes with a great variety of harlequin prints for only €4 per metre. Id been humming and hawing about buying it for ages. I was quickly running out of room in my suitcase and i had already sent a package ahead of me but, when my last day finally came around i knew that id regret it when i got back to Dublin. So on my final day in Paris i spent my very last €4 on one metre of loveliness.
Friday, November 14, 2008
On a book hunting trip over to Bolton Street this afternoon i popped into a little shop called Ritzy Rags. This is a great charity shop. They had an amazing hounds tooth skirt suit that was very Chanel-esque for only €10 and a pretty good collection of fur coats and 80's jumpers. Unfortunately the skirt suit was about four sizes too big so i went for an adorable trapeze tartan jacket that i got for an unbelievable 70cent. Bargain! It's actually a child's coat but im a very small person(i claim im 5'2 but im pretty sure that's a lie).
All the stuff comes from France, ooh la la, with the proceeds going to Friends of the Elderly. Like Lil has said before we are big fans of old people - chic or not.
The point being that my new jacket looks fab with my wonderful Comme des Garcons frill blouse.
Left: Black H&M jeans, white Bershka shoes, black dickie bow borrowed from dad and white Comme des Garcons for H&M shirt. Right: With 70cent kids coat.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I asked the shop assistant just in case i had overlooked it. His response was, "oh, you mean this one", pointing to the poster. "No, the jacket with the round neck and matching skirt." To which he replied "Oh, no, we didn't get that in."
Now, this is the problem i have. Just because we are not London or Tokyo we don't get the full collection. What the hell is this about?
If im mistaken, id appreciate if anyone could put me back on track, but for the mean time, im really quite disappointed.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Things to look out for when buying vintage rings;
2) Check the stone. If you are spending a lot of money, know your stone. For example Lil bought a citrine ring. What's a citrine? If you don't know the stone you're buying then you will not be very capable of judging the quality. All natural stone's have something called inclusions. These are natural marks in the stone. The higher the quality of the stone, the less inclusions that will be visible to the naked eye.
3) Check the setting. The setting is what the stones are set into to attach them to the band. Claws are what hold the stone in place. Always make sure that none of the claws are damaged or that the stone is loose as this is costly to repair and could result in loosing the stone.
I'm not ashamed to say I often admire the style of old ladies that I see shuffling down the street, in particular one of my neighbours has the most amazing collection of hats, although I've never actually picked up the courage to ask any of them where they got their fabulous coat or beutiful silk scarf, I'm not cool enough to be seen to take fashion hints from old people just yet, instead I'll just rummage through charity shops and should actually probably take a trip to Guiney's.
Anyway, point is I hope to be a stylish old lady like this woman one day.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Then I thought maybe a monochrome sparkly look would be cool, black beret, white top
After that it went too far, I put on everything, all of it. More is probably too much when it comes to sparkle.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I was having a tough time deciding what to wear when i received a text from Anna saying, "Ive themed my outfit today Obama wins America." I thought this was a bloody great idea. And decided to do the same. This is the "Obama wins America" outfit that i wore to college on Tuesday. Complete with Obama badge that i made from the blue and red Tesco envelope that came through the door that morning.
White loafers from Urban Outfitters, red tights from Penneys, white skirt hand made, blue top from Guerrisol(Paris), grey cardi from Zara and red belt stolen from my mam.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Tom knew the deal back then, great tash and great checkered shirt, so trendy.
Ive been a fan of moustaches for quite some time. They're not just for boys you know.
My version isn't so much about the pearls as it is about wearing all the gold chains you and yer ma own.
*I wanted to make a wall flower type pun but its just not in me today, I'm not as punerrific as usual.
Sunday, November 2, 2008