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Pretty necklaces and things

I must apologise for leaving it so long without posting but I’ve set up a new photo-a-day blog and that’s been taking up some of my time…

Any how, there are some things that need to be blogged about and so I have returned to share with you! I’ve been very excited by the selection of lovely necklaces and accessories to be found at the moment. Miss Selfridge have a good selection of stuff right now and recently I got myself a lovely owl necklace for only €7. And on the Miss Selfridge website they have some rings with a tea cup or tea pot on them, which look really cool. I haven’t seen these in shops but perhaps they’re on their way in.

There seems to be a bit of a doll house theme going around at the moment. In House of Fraser I got a cool chair pendant from the shop Therapy. Despite the unfortunate name, there are a few nice finds in here both in terms of clothes and jewelery.

I’ve just recently come across the Hannah Zakari website, which I really like. This site is home to a load of creative sorts selling their unusual and quirky creations. There are lots of really nice necklaces and other accessories here. I’m liking this tea pot brooch by artist/designer Brendan Fan who also has some pretty great art on his website too, it’s very funny and accessible, I’d recommend.

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I’ve also seen some interesting bird cage pendants in Topshop. There are some lovely ones to be found on the internet too, like this one below from the website Folksy. This site is well worth checking out as well, it’s like a flee market on the internet.

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And last but not least I feel I should mention the abundance of lovely vintage style, watch pendants floating around. These have been around for a while now and don’t look like they’re going anywhere soon. Urban Outfitters is awash with them, River Island too and for a good bit cheaper (see the picture below). Topshop also have a selection. At this stage Penneys might even have them and I wouldn’t even mind if everyone was wearing one, cos they’re just that nice!



Dunnes is the new Penneys. Over the past few weeks the amount of quality bargains that myself and my friends have been finding in Dunnes, has been surprisingly impressive. Allow me to demonstrate:

Bargain no. 1: Nine pairs of earrings for €3. For a while now I’ve been really into round studs; I was very happy with this purchase.

Bargain no.2: Canvas runners for €4. I know runners aren’t exactly included the definition of stylish, but I quite liked these. They also are very comfortable.

Bargain no. 3: Navy jacket reduced to €10 from €20. I can’t begin to count the amount of compliments I’ve received since I started wearing this jacket. It’s a great length, and it has a belt which pulls in at the waist to give it a lovely shape. I really like the gold zip and buttons too, as well as the gold buttons at the wrists.

Bargain no. 4: Orange skirt for €15.This is a purchase that Saoirse (from Raindropsonkittens) made. She too has been receiving a substantial amount of compliments over this little number. The vibrant orange is quite unusual and adds a fantastic kick of colour to an outfit.

Looking like something you might pay dearly for elsewhere, this skirt is a fantastic find.

Bargain no. 5: Lovely navy dress for €10. I love the lace detail and drapey little sleeves. Again, this really doesn’t look like something that cost so little.

So there you have it, get yourself down to Dunnes today! To see a list of Dunnes Stores locations click here.

Cath Kidston

I’m always slightly surprised at how much good old-fashioned, natural scenery can change my mood. Whether it’s a good amble in the park, drive in the mountains or even a little sit in the back garden, without fail, I’m left feeling happier and more uplifted than before. And at the moment everything is in bloom and is especially lovely.

It’s no surprise that floral patterns are always so popular. Recently I had the pleasure to venture into Cath Kidston, a shop whose designs transfer the feel good cheerfulness of spring/summer-time flowers into their products and onto their customers.

(Image taken from Cath Kidston website.)

I was very satisfied browsing through the different sections of the shop, which ranged from home-wares to greeting cards, clothes, bags, purses, jewellery, fabric as well of a little bit of anything else you might think of. And I even managed to find some lovely badges. And for only €1.50!!

I also really liked the selection of postcards and greeting cards, of which I bought two at 50c each – bargain.

Kath Kidston stores can be found in Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin  and Kildare Village, check them out for yourself.

Dublin Flea Market

I visited the Dublin Flea Market for the first time this afternoon and had a wonderful time indeed.  I got a t-shirt for €1, a lovely brooch and (my favourite out of the lot) a teapot pendant.

The market runs on the last Sunday of every month and, judging from today’s turn out, is altogether a very popular affair. If you missed out on today’s market and just can’t wait a whole month for the next one to get your hands on this beautiful selection of  ‘Afternoon Tea’ jewelery, you can also purchase online at Etsy.

There was also a great little stand selling a very nice and slightly unusual assortment of badges, hair clips, earrings etc. Here is a picture of the badge I bought.

To check out more stuff by this seller click here. Or check out their blog here.

At the market in general, you can expect to find typical market-ey things such as stalls selling  the likes of second-hand and vintage clothes, art, crafts, furniture as well as delicious food.  For more details check out the Dublin Flea Market blog here.

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Nice t-shirts

I was in Urban Outfitters the other day and came across their selection of graphic tees which I really quite liked. Usually I wouldn’t bother spending very long looking at the t-shirts in UO as I’d rarely be able to justify spending the guts of €40 on one. But perhaps in this case an exception will have to be made! Below are my favourites costing €37 each:

The Hidden Man

I’m just after visiting The Sartorialist’s blog, a site which never fails to please me. Today I was very excited by the pictures that were posted from his Vintage Photo Contest.  I really love looking at photos and perhaps especially old photos, they sum up so much about the lifestyle of the people in them, the fashions at the time and the era in general in which the photo was taken in.

Recently my mom has been redecorating our house with old photos from her and my dad’s childhoods’, as well as photos of relatives in their families. One of these photos which was obtained from my Nana’s house, was of my great great grandmother. My mom decided to get it re-framed and after dropping it into the framers she received a phone call to say that they found a second portrait of a man concealed behind the portrait of the woman and would we like to have it framed too.  I joked that maybe this was a scam that was regularly pulled by the framers and several people around Dublin have the same picture of a forgotten relative hanging in their home. This perhaps sadly, was not the case, as the identity of the hidden man was confirmed as the lady’s husband, my great great grandfather.

Here they are –

Below is a picture of my dad as a toddler. I think my mom found the perfect photo for this ridiculous frame!

And below is a photo of my mom with her  siblings circa 1966. I love the clothes, which are really not too dissimilar to what’s in fashion now – socks with shoes, shirt with cardigan.

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Lovely shoes

I was shopping in Dundrum today and decided to go into the shoe shop Aldo. Somehow I had always presumed this was a shop selling shoes for old ladies, but upon inspecting the wares, I found myself happily mistaken. I was particularly drawn to their selection brogues and am now trying to make the difficult decision of which pair (or pairs!) to go for.

Check out their UK website here and click here for one of the pairs I have my eye on.