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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Jane Birkin Love

Hiya!

I’m happy to be back with a new iconic look I put together for you + a lil bit extra. As you well know, my main target for the last vintage fair I attended, was to recreate Jane Birkin’s hippie look – the London babe turned Parisian in the 60s, which I was totally obsessed with in my teenage years.

She’s an endless source of inspiration, the perfect example of effortless look and class, and also the inspiration for the famous Hermès Birkin bag – which I will probably afford in another life. 🙂

Last weekend I went to West Wales, and took advantage of the sunny days and all the green around me. One lazy Sunday afternoon, I realised I have some of the clothes I purchased at the Vintage Weigh & Pay, and decided to do a small photoshoot at the country side. Hope you enjoy the final results!

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I am wearing a pair of Levi’s shorts and a no-name country pearl white blouse, both purchased at the #vintageweighandpay

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Thanks for stopping by – hope you enjoyed my little article!

 

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!

Vintage Weigh & Pay 5/03

Hello miladies and gentlemen!

I am back to tell you about another vintage event, which I am literally counting the days for. I did my first vintage fair last week and it has awoken something in me. After doing some research, I bumped into the Cardiff Vintage Weigh & Pay, which takes place on the 5th of March at the Tramshed in Grangetown CF11 6QP. It’s the same principle as the Vintage Kilo Sale, but on a larger scale.

I am going to be photographing at the event, which will give me a deeper insight into the vintage fair concept. I will also be blogging about it as soon as I come back, so stay tuned!

You pay £15 for a kilo, so you can choose any combination from 6 TONES OF CLOTHES. Yes, you read it right! You need a big venue for such an event, and I’m happy they have chosen the Tramshed – a place I photographed before. It’s easy to get there, and there’s a lot of space to shop without bumping into each other. The only thing that I’m a bit bothered by is the lack of windows, but I suppose a fair of this proportion will need a building the size of a warehouse, and you can rarely find windows in a place like that.

As for tickets, you gotta hurry up, because they only let 600 people in per session.

It’s only £3.50 per person, and you can purchase it here.

As you know from my previous post, my goal is to find vintage designer clothes and recreate iconic looks. Last time, I recreated the Audrey Hepburn photograph, using a Ralph Lauren Oxford Shirt I found at the Vintage Kilo Sale.

This time, my main goal is to recreate some of this Jane Birkin looks:

  • A glittery floral print on a nice summers dress

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  • This american country girl look
  • A 70s short style dress with a pair of boots

Vintage Kilo Sale – Review

Hi there ladies and gents!

As promised, I’m back with an experience to share about my first Vintage Kilo Event. First of all, I would like to say that they gained a regular costumer in me. The atmosphere was chill, nice music in the background, friendly stuff, vintage passionates and natural light – coming from the huge windows of the Portland House building, which, in my opinion, was a wonderful choice. The stocks were replenished constantly, which made me stay until the end of the event. I actually saw this as a treasure hunt, and I’m really excited to come back. (I think the next one is in May, but I will keep you posted anyway)

I am amazed by how many things Rowan and I got 3 kilos, plus some other individual items. It may cause addiction, because we left there wanting some more. If you’re curious about what you can get in a kilo, I suggest you have a look on their FB page or follow their Insta, because they always post outfits they create with their items. (plus, you learn a thing or two about vintage, which is always a plus).

My main target was to find vintage designer clothes and recreate iconic looks. My inspiration were Audrey Hepurn and Edie Sedwick, and I managed to do a bit of both. I recreated this Audrey Hepburn photograph, using a Ralph Lauren Oxford Shirt I found at the Vintage Kilo Sale. It’s around £100 new, and because it was part of a kilo, it probably cost me a fiver.

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The first thing I found was a DVF wool sweater from last year’s collection. It was almost £200 new, and because it was part of a kilo, I payed maybe £5 for it. That’s what I call a bargain! Then, I found the polka dot GAP sweater below, which was £50 new, and a Ralph Lauren white hoodie from their Activewear collection (£100 on their site).


It’s worth mentioning that there was also an individual items room, where they sell reconditioned designer clothes and Converse shoes. Not sure if it’s part of the Vintage Kilo Sale Fair or independent traders. The prices start at £10 and go up to £40, but not everything is worth the price actually. Some of the stuff I wanted to buy, had stains or they just didn’t look that good. My advice would be to do a close inspection, no matter what you buy.

Still, I got 2 individual items in a wonderful condition, really well preserved – a Ralph Lauren sleeveless long shirt (£20), which I’m planning on wearing with a pair of Converse + and chavy a Ralph Lauren Polo T-shirt for Rowan (£15).


Click here for photographs from the event.

Shopping List:

  • DVF wool sweater + Ralph Lauren hoodie + GAP sweater = 1 kilo
  • A no name lumberjack wool shirt + a Fred Perry grunge style warm jacket = 1 kilo
  • The Ralph Lauren Oxford Shirt I wear in the Audrey photo + no name a pink glittery short party dress + a few silky scarfs = 1 kilo
  • Ralph Lauren sleeveless cardigan + Ralph Lauren Polo male shirt = £35

Total spent: £80

Total saved: more than £500

If you’re not convinced yet, go have a look for youself!

Thank you for stopping by,

Laura.


Vintage Kilo Sale 11/02

Hi there ladies and gentlemen!

There’s an upcoming event this Saturday that I just can’t wait for. It’s called The Vintage Clothing Kilo Sale, and it’s exactly what you think it is and more! I have been following these guys for a while and I’m thrilled that they’re coming to Cardiff. You get a kilo of clothes for just 15 pounds, and I already have a list of things that I’m looking for, things which I’m going to share with you.

The first thing I asked myself was what exactly can I buy in a kilo?  Well, an example would be – a coat, a pair of jeans and a sweater or multiple summer dresses.

Also, will I find designer clothes? It seems that there’s a very big chance that you do! If you’re like me, you’ll try to find, restore and modify them. Nothing compares to the fabrics they used for a Chanel suit in the 70s!

How much do I pay for a ticket? It’s only £3 if you’re there early or £1,5 in the afternoon. I was lucky enough to receive a 2-for-1 voucher, and I intend to bring my boyfriend along to the event. He wants to find an aviator jacket – and this is the place to look for it.

For more information about upcoming events, locations and prices, you can check their official page.

I’m going to write about my experience there as soon as I come back, and I will show you guys what gold I find. I have chosen to get inspiration from Audrey Hepburn and Edie Sedwick this time – wish me luck! I’ll leave you with my list for now:

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An oversized boyfriend shirt with dangly bracelets.

A Faux Fur coat similar to the ones Edie Sedwick and Sienna Miller wear in this photos.

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This pair of sexy stockings Edie wears as her ballet costume.

Fingers crossed, and I’ll let you know how it goes. Click here for the official page event.