Month: September 2012

Sian Jacobs sample sale

Sian Jacobs has quickly become my favourite Irish designer and this weekend I expect to see a lot of ladies fighting over her luxurious and sustainably produced cashmere creations at the Winter Sample Sale. Winter 12 Sample Sale FRIDAY 28th SEPTEMBER 2012 12.30 pm to 8pm & SATURDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 2012 11am to 5.30pm @ The Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 Pictures from http://www.sianjacobs.com and Sian Jacobs on Facebook

pasta chanterelle

Back home in Finland pretty much everyone I know has their freezer full of mushrooms and berries by now. Bottles and jars filled with homemade juice and jam are being labelled on dark autumn nights. I was lucky to get a small share of this season’s magic flown over  in the suitcases of visitors. Chanterelle is a  wild mushroom with a meaty texture and golden orange colour. It’s fruity aroma which comes best out when cooked with butter and cream is much appreciated by culinary experts around Europe. In addition this beautiful, precious mushroom is rich in vitamins C and D. Here is a simple pasta recipe to try at home. Clean the mushrooms and cut the smaller. In a large saucepan cook the chanterelles until the water from them is gone. Add 2 table spoons of butter  and a chopped onion. Cook, stirring frequently for a few minutes. Add some cooking cream and just a little dry white wine. Let  simmer over low heat 8-10min while you cook the pasta. Season with salt and …

Wuff!

It seems like new cafés are popping up lately like mushrooms in the autumn rain. Well, all the more options when thinking about Sunday brunch! I happened to pass Wuff on 23 Benburb Street, Dublin 7 one day and kept it safe in my mind until Sunday morning. It was around noon when we walked in. The streets outside were quiet with the exception of the occasional tram chugging by, but inside Wuff it was warm and crowded. We were lucky to get a table for two even if the place was packed and the few unoccupied tables seemed to carry a Reserved sign (Reservation would definitely be an idea worth considering). The lick your chops – menu is quite straight forward, fairly priced and it was difficult to decide between the many options. Finally we went for the vegetarian salad and truffle flavoured eggs with Gruyere cheese and toast. To drink I had Everlasting Life (how cool was that to order??).  When sipping my tea surrounded by stylish photographs, busy waiters, tinkle and murmur …

Sunday

After a Sunday brunch we took the long way home.  I was wearing a dress by Jasmin Santanen, a Mulberry bag and my leather boots that I soon need to take to the shoe doctor. A tip for a minimum budget & effort Autumn Wardrobe update: get a pair of burgundy stockings!

the red dress with a story

On our last night in Croatia we were walking through the old town of Dubrovnik and ended up in a narrow street full of life and small shops. We stepped into an old orthodox church and on the way out I saw a small boutique across the street. At the open door way was a mannequin wearing the perfect dress. Now, I’ve been looking for a dress for an October wedding and even if we were broke (It was the last day of the holiday) I had to try it on. And it fit like a glove. But I had to leave it there as I didn’t have enough money with me to get it and we were flying home the next day. All I got was a picture. Back home in Ireland I couldn’t stop thinking about the red dress. So we tried to remember the name of that small street, the church, the shop and finally found out a little bit more about the small Croatian designer brand called Nebo.  Then we found …

Heritage

As I mentioned earlier, this autumn will be all about re-discovering my existing wardrobe, secondhand shopping and DIY. I want to challenge myself to create up-to-date, personal looks without running around the shops like a mad woman. And if I really want to buy something, I will go and take a look at the local Irish designer stores. So, let’s begin with a trend that we can call “Heritage”. From right: Burberry, Ruffian, Ralph Lauren. Pictures from Style.com One trend on the fall/winter cat walks was heritage: Tweed and wool creations that take our mind on horse back straight to the British countryside. Without forgetting fur, leather and the colour Burgundy. The burgundy knit is Dolce&Gabbana and I bought it second hand about 8 years ago. The Laura Ashley skirt is a recent acquisition from one of the charity shops here in Dublin and it cost me 5€. the squirrel fur was 95€ at A Store is Born (One of the most amazing vintage stores in town), my favourite leather belt is from a vintage store in …