24 hours in Dublin

I went to Dublin at the beginning of January to visit my dear friend, Tomás. He works as a cabin crew for a flight company, so it’s rare to catch him on land. Luckily, I booked a few days off from work just in time, so I jumped in a plane and took off to Ireland.

I didn’t go there as a tourist really, but just to spend a few days with my friend. When in Dublin tho, you can’t miss one of the seven. (The Trinity College). After a few good hours of learning with our eyes about one of the oldest universities in the world, and literally inhaling all the culture from the Old Library,  we finally decided to leave the Celtic Heaven.

Next, we went to a place called “Books Upstairs” (Dublin’s oldest independent bookstore) which I highly recommend (the owner’s sense of humour is delicious, the place is very well organised and the prices are amazing). I left there with the complete collection of lyrics by Nick Cave and “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari.

After a quick meal and drink at the Pub (The Old Mill I think it was called), we managed to identify the ugliest dress in Debenhams (I don’t have a photo unfortunately, but you can take my word for it).

Spent the rest of the night walking, revisiting the bridges I saw during the day, and taking photos in the mist. 9/10, and would come back! Also, it was very fun playing Bridget Von Hammersmark for this instant photoshoot 🙂

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When your best friend is a photographer 🙂

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50 points for Slytherin ! (O’Connell Bridge)

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Bridget Von Hammersmark in action ! (Ha’penny Bridge)

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(all the photographs featured in this article were taken by Tomás Amaro)

Sooo, when are you going to Dublin? And if you’ve been there already, what did you visit?

 Outfit:

Wool coat (custom made) 

Wool skirt (Burberry)

Wool beret (TopShop)

Turtleneck bodysuit (Zara)

Suede shoes (Dune London)

Before I go, just a little Trivia about the Trinity College:

  • founded in 1592, it is the oldest University in Ireland, and one of the Seven.
  • it has it’s own trademark colour called TRINITY PINK (a very light and soothing shade of pink)  – Can you imagine the lawyers and the doctors wearing pink in the 19th century? I think it’s amazing.
  • it’s the permanent residence of the Book of Kells, an illuminated Gospel manuscript, believed to have been written between the 6th and the 8th century in latina vulgata. (common latin) – one of Medieval Europe’s greatest treasure.
  • my favourite part, the Old Library, smells like heaven. (considered to be one of the most impressive libraries in the world – built in the 18th century, house of over 200,000 books)

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Vintage Weigh & Pay – Review

Hi there ladies and gents,

As promised, I’m back with impressions from the Vintage Weigh & Pay event.

First of all, I will start by saying “always go for the early bird tickets”. Luckily, I was there at 9:30, so I could take photographs of the venue and the racks of clothing before the mayhem began, or else I wouldn’t have had time to shop. I did my shopping quickly and started to take photographs soon after the doors were open for the public.

I couldn’t believe the numbers. The queue was constantly forming outside and the flow was amazing. It was my first large vintage event, and I’m happy I was there as a photographer, because it offered me a complete perspective on such events. I think it’s amazing that they do a proper tour all over the UK, stay tuned!

At first, I thought that the lack of windows was going to be a problem, but I found out that it didn’t bother me at all in the end. They used the venue’s badass stage lighting, which actually helped a lot with my photography, and they definitely helped with seeing if the colours of the clothes were authentic. The staff was friendly and very helpful, and I met a lot of people with whom I shared the passion for anything vintage.

All the clothes, accessories and shoes were organised very logically, which made the overall shopping experience fairly easy. Everything was diverse, from size to style and fabrics, so no matter what you were looking for, there was a big chance you would find it at one of the Vintage Weigh & Pay events.

Rowan and I went there on different missions, but we both achieved what we wanted. It’s usually about the vintage designer clothes and recreating classic outfits, but this time I was a very impulse buyer, proof that you can find literally everything there.

We left the fair with almost 4 kilos, and we want some more!  I can only describe what we bought as an affordable fantasy (we both really like the rockstar look, and after seeing “Almost Famous”, we had our minds set on the Penny Lane coat). I’ll write a post with everything we got as soon as we can take them out for a spin in the sun.

For now, I’ll leave you with this slideshow with photographs I took at the event. Enjoy and hope to see you at one of the next vintage events – I will keep you posted!

For more photographs, click here!