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Sunday in Paris

Sorry for the silence. Since I came back from Paris the days have been flying by. But now I have a moment to start going through the pictures from the city of light. Let’s start with this outfit from last Sunday. The weather in Paris was brisk and cloudy, perfect to take my new leather pants out for a walk. I had actually been looking for a good pair of leather trousers for months, but couldn’t find them anywhere in Dublin or in any of the online stores I desperately browsed through. And while I wanted a beautiful pair in soft lamb skin, I didn’t want to break the bank either. And finally one day on my way home I found that the perfect pair was waiting for me in one of the thrift stores on Caple Street. I had them altered at Fitz and altogether spent less than 50€ for a perfect, tailored pair. Happy happy! I got a new favourite jacket from Helmut Lang at the sales at Printemps and I love it! …

DIY silk vest

I found this white silk blouse in a thrift store in Finland last year and never wore it as the design of it was a bit too 90’s for my taste. So this weekend I finally got my act together and altered it into a vest with stud details. This was my starting point: First I cut of the sleeves and the upper collar, leaving a few millimeters to create ragged edges . I also cut the front part shorter from the hem for an asymmetrical look. The only part that required some sewing was the neckline: I pinned the shape of the desired neckline and after cutting out the extra fabric I stitched both sides of the new neckline. Finally I hand stitched the sew-on studs (that seem to be everywhere this year!) on the shoulders and on the collar. Another option would’ve been to glue the studs on the fabric.  

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!

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 …

autumn flowers

Lately we’ve had a chance to enjoy some beautiful sunny afternoons. But the cold autumn winds are blowing and the shopping streets are filling up with hungry fashionistas in the search for that perfect autumn wardrobe. This fall I’ve challenged myself not to buy anything new. When I’ve been browsing through magazines, all the titles scream: buy buy buy! “50 must-haves of this season”, “Update your wardrobe”, “70 affordable tips to get the catwalk looks”. I guess that’s the game. But does it have to be? More on that later.. The vintage silk tunic was a true gem; I paid 5 euros for it at one of the charity shops close to home. Cardigan is from COS a few seasons back and I bought the leather bag in Finland many years ago when I was studying. Shoes are from Bohemia Vintage here in Dublin.

today

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.

sunday

A walk up to the Phoenix Park, a breeze and just a little rain. Leather jacket: Gestuz, Dress: Helmut Lang, Jeans: Tiger of Sweden, Ballerinas: Nine West, Bag: Mulberry