I was away with friends last week for a bit of winter sun so, after the time off, I was eager to get back to blogging as soon as I returned on Tuesday night. Since Sean can now pick up a camera again after breaking both (yes!) his arms, it seemed like we would be back in business buuuut, the Irish weather had other ideas.
It has pretty much rained non-stop since I’ve returned so, we’ve had to resign to the fact that indoor shoots will have to do until such time that the floods stop. The plan for yesterday was to do a shoot in the Irish museum of modern art (as per the first pic) but, as soon as the rain started we gave up & went to the Powerscourt centre.
Wearing two coats seemed like a good idea but it also unseasonably mild at the moment so it felt like a bit of an incohesive shoot, but, we did what we could & this was what we came up with… Hope you guys like it.
Topshop Leather trousers, Dune boots, M&S camel coat; All thrifted. Burgundy fur; London Vintage market. Bag; Vintage Louis Vuitton. Stone necklace; Gotten on my holiday last week.
I found this beautiful Avoca cape in a Camden street charity shop and, needless to say, I was sure it was to be mine as soon as I clapped eyes on it. Capes are having a serious moment this season but, on one hand, I havent been drawn towards the complex patterns that are offered on the high street… on the other hand the higher end pieces are out of my price range!
I’d given up on growing my collection until this beauty came into my eye line. It was costly for a thrifted piece but I recon it would have been around 10 times the price new. It’s also surprisingly warm which is a bonus at this very chilly time of year.
Iv had it for almost a month now but havent been able to find the right time to style it; I wanted to let the cape be the statement piece and pair it with basics but cream can be difficult as I definitely lean towards white tones in my basics collection. I decided to dress it with this vintage silk cream blouse to blend it but at the same time alow it to make its statement.
Boots; ASOS. Skort; f21 via the Dublin flea market. Clutch; Primark.
I LOOOVE to go out for brunch, its something Sean & I do every weekend that I’m off so we have been to a huge amount of brunch places over the last year all ranging from terrible to absolutely perfect. Here are my top 4 pics from this year:
1) The Greenery, Donneybrook; Great ambience, bright & spacious. Good mix of staples and more unusual offers on the menu.
2) Balfes; Great location, modern decor, delicious food, attentive staff.
3) Herbstreet; Perfect American style brunch menu, great atmosphere.
4) The Table; Lovely location, great views, perfectly done brunch dishes.
Best Lunch in Dublin
Theres a lot to be said for the humble sandwich and all varieties of which are served in Dublin. Heres the places that left me wanting more this year:
1) The Fumbally; Best salad plates in Dublin, huge bright space, options that are both healthy and delicious.
2) Meat and meat; Great spot for people watching, fantastic sandwich options.
3) Bibi’s; A little haven near the city centre… perfect lunch options & lovely calm atmosphere.
4) 147 deli; Hands down the best sandwiches in Dublin.
Best Dinner in Dublin
There are so many dinner places in Dublin worthy of a mention. I rarely eat out in high-end places and, quite simply, I feel there are enough amazing places as an affordable price around Dublin to keep even the most eager of foodies extremely happy:
1) Bear; Both bear and Skinflint are my favourite out af the Jo enterprise ventures. I spent a beautiful evening in Bear earlier in the year; simple food done really really well.
2) Chamelion; This restaurant serves beautiful Indonesian food in the heart of temple bar but it’s decor would transport you a million miles away. A great little getaway for a night out with friends.
3) Manifesto; This little Italian place in Rathmines is very unassuming but my god, do they serve good pizza. I’m not even a fan of Italian food but this place will not disappoint. Boasts having once won ‘best pizza in the world’. Enough said.
4) Bobo’s; Well, really, what better meal is there than a classic burger & fries? While I agree that both Bunsen and the counter are worthy of a mention, I think that Bobo’s just have the variety of toppings down.
5) The Mulberry garden; This is without doubt my number 1 recommendation for a special occasion. Beautiful setting, attentive staff, progressive menu and the perfect ambience. This is the place for that meal you’ve been planning.
6) Mak at D6; Theres a great ‘night out’ vibe to this place with music and dimmed lighting, perfect for a meal out with friends at the weekend. More importantly, the food is delicious. Tani and HX46 are also fabulous Asian options on the south side.
7) Han Sung Korean; You may be very confused when you hit this spot & realise that it is, in fact, an Asian supermarket with something vaguely resembling a small canteen down the back of it. Dont be put off… really cheap authentic Asian cuisine awaits you!
8) Mulligan’s; This pub in Stoneybatter serves up the most perfect traditional Irish food with a modern flare. It’s always buzzing and the have a great drinks selection… win win.
Best on Dublin’s Outskirts and Best Cafes
I couldn’t possibly compile this list without these places. The restaurants are simply too good to be left off and the cafes are ones that delight & offer me a great place to go to catch up with friends:
1) Platform pizza; This funky little spot in Bray serves up amazing pizzas and sides… a must if you are out that direction.
2) The happy pear; This amazing little place in Greystones is always packed to the brim with happy people enjoying amazing healthy vegetarian food. So good, I drive the 34 kilometres just to get me some.
3) Two fifty square cafe; This cafe opened near my house this year and I absolutely love it. Beautifully bright location with gorgeous coffees and a laid back vibe; perfection.
4) Wall & Keogh; This place serves my favourite coffee in Dublin, has a huge selection of aromatic herbal teas and plenty of board games for a rainy day… what more could you want?
Believe it or not, I only considered doing this post after it was suggested to by readers despite how obvious it may have seemed to those who know me (or those who follow me on instagram!).
I really hope you gain something from this post, this is not even a 10th of the places that I have tried in Dublin this year, I’m imparting my knowledge so you can be sure that your next meal out (or 10!) will be a good one. If you have any must-try places that I havent mentioned I would really appreciate you sharing them with me in a comment below.
Please share this post with any Dublin based friends you have or, anyone travelling to Dublin who wants to eat well.
Any reluctance I had when purchasing this camel coat has long since evaporated as it has now become my favorite winter piece. It fits so well, its amazingly warm and I love the length… perfect.
Since it was found on a charity shopping spree it wasnt the cost that had me hesitant, I simply don’t like having too much clutter or having too many possessions in my life so I tend to over think shopping from that perspective. I was in a frivolous mood when I came across it in the Dublin Simon Camden street shop so decided to pick it up despite definitely not needing another coat but, it makes me happy and cosy, for 15 euro I recon that’s a small price to pay. I already have a million ideas on how to style it as camel coats can be pretty much be styled with anything.
Weekends that I’m not working are precious, they are spent wandering various parts of Dublin; gong to markets, going out for brunch. I love my lazy weekends & this usually transcends into my attire; come Saturday morning I just want to get up & go so, whatever piece I have in mind is styled into a somewhat coherent look & then out the door I go to get into that day.
Boyfriend jeans; H&M. Adidas superstars via Depop. Adidas tee; thrifted.
1) Toying around with my new phone camera. 2) Visits to the happy pear making me a happy girl. 3) Loving photographing various parts of Dublin this month. 4) Sharing outfit details.
1) New diary for 2015 planning. 2) Bruch details from Balfes in the city centre. 3) Late nights out followed by early morning courses means a day of excessive coffee consumption. 4) Snack details.
1) Brunch details from The table, Portobello. 2) Success at finding the perfect brown-nude lip. 3) Rainy day details. 4) collaboration meeting with Danu ceramics.
Another busy month polished off & we’r into the last one of 2014!
Blog-wise, November saw the publication of my 10-look feature across 2 pages in U magazine, the begining of my first colaboration and, contact about more exciting news of publications & collaborations to come (keep an eye!).
The weather hasent been too bad in Dublin so there were lots of other non-blog related ventures shared through the i come undone instagram including the dedication to weekend brunching (daaaahling) as well as the usual amounts of dining out & attending events.
I finally got it together & upgraded to a phone with a camera that satasfies my constant photo-taking needs. I’d been managing on the i phone 4 but, already, only a week into being an i phone 6 owner, I dont know how I ever lived without it. I am nooooot a techy person so the other improved features pale in comparrison to the significanly higher quality camera which had me at hello.