For a moment I thought they were building a circus at my local square, when the colorful trucks and vans drove in and the music started to play, but actually it was the Diet Coke by Jean Paul Gaultier on Tour. You can visit this exclusive event in Belfast, Dublin, Cork and Galway in July-August and pop along to get a taste of JPG inspired mini nail treatments and anchor body art. You’ll also have the chance to have your picture taken while sipping the sparkling black beverage from a cool Jean Paul Gaultier bottle; corset lace, fishner stockings and sailor stripes – All the signature elements are in place! And while these little metallic bottles can add a funny touch to your home decoration, when you’re done with them, remember to recycle! Visit the Diet Coke facebook page for dates.
In my search for local Irish designers I visited Cow’s Lane Designer Studio and among the colorful jewellery, metal sculptures and furniture made by local artists and designers I found one clothes rail that stood out. Sian Jacobs is a Dublin-based designer specialized in cashmere and silk creations. She works directly with small Nepalese suppliers that use sustainable AZO-free dyes and employ local skilled women offering them a fair income and normal working hours. Part of the profits even go to Foundation Nepal, which is an Irish registered charity that helps women in the Nepali communities to fight their way out of poverty. So, these silk and cashmere cardigans and tops don’t just look and feel luxurious but the sustainable values behind the creations add an extra appeal to them. I bought a T-shirt in light grey jersey with a pale rose silk back piece and I’m sure I’ll be back for one of those timeless & elegant cardigans in the near future. The sales assistant explained that this particular model was made in New York and would …
I can’t remember the last time I came across a book as inspiring as Etcetera etc. by Sibella Court. For two days now my eyes have been glued into it’s scrapbook-like pages full of beautiful and inspiring interior ideas. Objects found in nature, local thrift stores or artisan’s markets together with items you’ve inherited or made with your own hands all become a part of the color palette of your home. According to Court ” You’ll end up with a home that’s distinctly and beautifully yours and not just a replica of homeware catalogues or generic furniture stores.” Etcetera etc. is candy to the eye, full of beautiful ideas that will inspire you to recycle, collect and create. It is personal, sensual and harmonious and it offers the best tips of a professional stylist to help you create that living space that truly reflects who you are.
We’ve been looking for a trunk to store bedlinen and towels. And now this little beauty from Oxfam Home moved in.
Sun is shining, music is drifting in from the streets below and I’m inside with a sore throat. Like a burning red scarf around my neck.
Even if I think that my days of piercing experiments are over, I had to get this piercing jewellery inspired ring. Just for the thought. Ring: Top Shop
How lucky am I; sunshine on my day off! All I needed to wear was a featherlight tunic. Silk/cotton tunic from Levi’s, Second hand Hugo Boss ballerinas from Oxfam.
On our way home from the vet, we passed the Oxfam shop on George’s street and noticed it was open. This store does occasional late night openings (the staff hinted that they are aiming to organize one every last Thursday of the month) with special items and little treats for their customers. This time it was designer clothing and lemonade, very nice initiative indeed. I walked home with a pair of black ballerinas in perforated leather and a snazzy vintage bracelet.
Jeans from Levi’s sample sale
As the living room is still not finished, it’s time for inspiration and plans, and hunting for the best deals. Anyway, this is more or less what I have in mind… Pictures: http://www.industrydesign.ie Picture: Industrial garment rack from Stellableudesigns at Etsy Picture: Click here for source