Weekend Roundup: Paddy’s Day Edition

I gotta say this last week has bit a of a wash in terms of productivity – between my birthday and St. Patrick’s Day not a whole lot got accomplished. But we certainly had a great time! Ian took me to our favorite spot, The Winding Stair, for dinner on my birthday where I ate way too much steak and flipped through an Irish novel someone used as a journal from 1933 (complete with Rugby scores).

For Paddy’s Day we grabbed a few pints of Guinness to prime ourselves for the madness that was the Dublin City Center. I thought after Lollapalooza I could never see more drunk 15 year olds in one place, but I guess I was wrong… Other highlights of the day were watching tourists vomit on historical monuments, getting hustled for money by a South African man with a strangely Irish sounding accent, and discovering the existence of nursing homes for nuns. I would count the parade as a highlight, but we couldn’t really see much of it – shout out to those dedicated patrons who climbed virtually every vertical object in town to catch a glimpse, though.

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The city is slowly draining itself of tourists and I’m hunkering down for a few weeks of reading, essay writing, and dissertation work. If anyone has some good YA fiction recommendations about female sexuality and technology, let me know… In the meantime, here are few links from the interwebs for your lovely Sunday!

・Finally found sweet potatoes in Ireland, so I’ve got potato skins on the brain.

・Read Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home for class last week and totally loved it – thinking Are You My Mother? is next on my list.

・Went to see Hail, Caesar! on Friday- have you seen it? The Coen Brothers have really grown on me.

・Looking for classic white sneakers for spring: should I go adidas, converse, or leather?

・The things that women still endure in the work place is unreal…

Hope you all have a wonderful week and look out for some changes on the blog – playing around with a new look. Let me know what you like!

 

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14 Looks from Fashion Month

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[Alexander McQueen, Erdem]

Over the past few months, I’ve been getting more interested in runway fashion. I’ve loved personal style and have followed style bloggers for a while now, but never cared too much about what designers were sending down the catwalk. It seemed so removed from what I could wear and the shows seemed geared more toward celebrities and industry insiders than every day people.

But the last couple of seasons have been different. I feel like with snapchat and instagram designer shows are becoming more accessible and it’s easier to see the transition from runway to street style. My favorite bloggers to follow for fashion month are Chiara, Aimee, and Kristina – they go to all the big shows, have the best street style (5 outfits a day!) and always have fun with it. They feel like a bridge between the fashion industry and the general style-interested public.

My favorite overall shows have been Gucci, Rodarte, Prada, Marchesa, Alexander McQueen and Dolce & Gabbana – all things dramatic, layered, and ornately detailed. I’ve also put together all my favorite looks on Pinterest, if you’re interested.

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[Gucci]

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[Rodarte, Tommy Hilfiger]

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[Mary Katrantzou, Alexander McQueen]

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[Prada, Dolce & Gabbana]

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[Pucci, Dolce & Gabbana]

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[Marchesa, Mui Mui]

Have you been following the shows this month or are they just a blip on the radar? What do you think about the increasing transparency of fashion week? Would love to hear.

Weekend Roundup: Spring Has Sprung!

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It is finally starting to feel like Spring here in Dublin and I couldn’t be more excited! Birds are singing! Flowers are blooming! You can stand outside without hating your life! We spent the weekend resting up for a big upcoming week (my birthday and St. Patrick’s Day) and catching up on some work. We went here for brunch yesterday and loved it – great eggs benedict and loved this new wine. Here are some thoughts from the week, if you’re interested…

Highlight: International Women’s Week here at Trinity was awesome! In a moment of outgoing-ness, I volunteered to photograph some of the events and was so happy I made myself do it. For me, it can feel really difficult to put myself out there and get involved in something I’m not sure about but I learned so much from photographing panel events for the first time and went to several great events I wouldn’t have considered attending otherwise. I know it sounds trite, but I’m actually really proud of myself for doing it! #smartwomenstrongwomen

Hell yes to Chicago for shutting down Trump – our city won’t put up with his hate and irresponsibility!

This week has me thinking a lot about the ways women are undervalued in society. This article has some great statistics on the unbalanced distribution of unpaid domestic work.

On a lighter note, I’ve become addicted to Piano Tiles 2… Totally takes me back to learning the classics in my early piano days.

And this whole dog or bagel thing is getting out of control. Also, I know this is old but I just discovered the Groupon Banana Bunker hilarity of 2015.

Geekily excited for this book to come in!

My birthday is this week so I’m on the prowl for the perfect dessert to make… some options are this insane dark chocolate cheesecake (and how beautiful are the photos), a classic bread pudding, or this too-easy-to-be-true nutella lava cake in a mug.

Hope you have a wonderful week! Look out for photos from Women’s Week and something a little fashionable on the blog… And grab a Guinness for me! 🍀

AmsterDam, you fine!

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Last week, Ian and I made our way to Amsterdam for a few days of bike rides, museum hopping, canal rides, and foamy pints of Heineken. It was my first time there and I was so excited to just explore the city and be off the clock…

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When we arrived, the weather was all kinds of nasty – rain, hail, sleet, and snow all in one afternoon. But we were too excited to let that stop us from exploring. So after settling into our little boat (above) and getting our coffee fix, we headed out for a little snowy excursion.

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We wandered the streets as the sun finally made an appearance scoping out the other boats on the canal and pointing out our favorite buildings – Ian was a fan of the slanted houses, whereas I went for the crazy family crests. I swear there was one that was just a shield with three bananas on it 🍌🍌🍌

I loved the storied feel of everything and yet somehow the whole city looks like it just got a fresh coat of paint. At times, I felt like such a creep because I couldn’t stop peering into people’s kitchens and living rooms for some major home design inspo. They were all perfect – like does anyone in that freakin’ town have bad taste?

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When looking for where to stay, we kept getting recommendations to stay on a boat so I went on the prowl and found this sweet AirBnb. It was a little basic on amenities (bathroom not on board, little petrol heater, cots, etc.), but it wasn’t too far from the city, the harbor felt very safe, and it felt worth it just to say we’d stayed on a boat!

The harbor has lovely hotels, if the boat is not your thing, some nicer looking restaurants, and a bike rental shop right across the street so it made for a good home base. It was quiet and relaxed at night, which made it great for unwinding at the end of a long day.

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The funniest part about our stay on the boat was that everything swayed like we were on the water at all times – at dinner, at the airport, drinking coffee – I always kind of had this sense we were still moving. It took about 2 days of being home for it to go away! Bring your sea legs!

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When it wasn’t spitting rain, we decided to rent some bikes and head down to Vondelpark for the afternoon. It was amazing to see so many people outside with their families and walking their dogs – at one point we watched a doggie play group run around for half an hour and it basically fed my soul. We took a detour out of the park to check out the enormous houses (embassies? hotels?) across the pond and ended up back at the park’s bar for some bird watching and Heineken drinking…  🍻

In case you haven’t sensed a theme, we did a fair amount of drinking on our trip. One of our favorite places to go was  The Bulldog, which has several locations around the city and is an old haunt of Ian’s. There’s a whole string of their bars and coffeeshops on Oudezijds Voorburgwal (how’s that for a street name) right near the Red Light District, which makes them super convenient for a night out. The crowd was older than I expected for a hostel and it’s a great place to meet fellow travelers, if you’re interested.

On the same strip is Cafe Emmelot, which was a bit more subdued than The Bulldog with epic 80’s music videos and a pool table. I cracked up at all the reviews online saying how bad the service is because the woman behind the bar is comically unimpressed. That is, until we left a tip and then suddenly our service was great… amazing what a few euro can do, people! 😂

We also hit up Cafe Zwart right on Dam Square (shown below), which is amazing for people watching with its heated outside seating area and busy locale. But the place will completely rob you (Bavaria is like €9 a pint!) so it was more of a one time place for us…

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In terms of where to eat we didn’t do a whole lot of high class dining, but had a lovely time at Greenhouse Kitchen, which is v hipster plate sharing restaurant and vaping cafe. We also had good meals at Cau, one of the city’s 1000million mysterious Argentinian Steakhouses, and Ponte Vecchio, a seedy looking but strangely endearing Italian restaurant we had all to ourselves.

For breakfast, I totally recommend Bagels & Beans, which was right next to the harbor we were staying in. It was the perfect place to plan out our days over big cappuccinos and carrot bagels: good wifi, complimentary tampons in the bathroom, and local fresh fruit on the way out! 🙌We went like every morning and I would live there if we had one in Dublin.

If you’re in the museum district, I definitely recommend Cobra Cafe right outside of the Rijks. Even though it was super busy, it was by far the best service we had in Amsterdam, the beef croquettes were a major hit, and they have the craziest bathrooms. Both museums have cafes in them that we didn’t check out, but judging by the long lines they must be pretty good too.

Oh and get your hands on a waffle and some mayonnaise smothered fries while you’re there…

 

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On our last full day in the Dam, we made our way to the museum side of the city to check out the Rijks Museum and the Van Gogh Museum. I’ve heard amazing things about both from the art buffs in my life and was definitely not disappointed. If anything, I was hit over the head by how much art we saw that day. I didn’t take photos inside the museums because it stresses me out, but I did pick up a few postcards of my favorites…

The Rijks Museum has a great Catwalk exhibition right now with a ton of beautiful clothes, including a classic Yves Saint Laurent dress and this hilariously enormous gown. The Van Gogh Museum is an all around amazing feat of curation and I learned so much about Van Gogh’s sweet, sad life. It illuminated for me the deep effect of family and friendship on the life of an artist. I whole heartedly recommend both if you’re planning a trip!

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We loved our time in Amsterdam and can’t wait to go back. And a special thanks to my wonderful friend Kelly for all her recommendations! Till next time 😘

International Women’s Day ♀

I know I’m a day late, but I wanted to wish you all a happy International Women’s Day! Trinity has put together an awesome program of events all week long, a few of which I’ve had the chance to photograph, and let me just say the feminist spirit is alive and well in Ireland!

I attended 2 panel discussions yesterday that were amazing – nothing fills up my heart quite like seeing women come together for empowerment, debate, and solidarity. I’ll be sharing more of those discussions next week, but wanted to celebrate some of my favorite female heroes today…

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Top to Bottom:

  1. “Women who Changed Science and the World” by Hydrogene (also love the female scientists artwork from this etsy shop)
  2. Katharine Hepburn loading up, Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey getting hipster
  3. Painting by Georgia O’Keeffe, “Men put me down as the best woman painter. I think I’m one of the best painters.”
  4. The stately Frida Kahlo, The perfectly askew Patti Smith
  5. Michelle Obama (and the arms that changed a nation)
  6. The blissful Maya Angelou, A vintage Britney Spears
  7. The unstoppable Anna Wintour
  8. Margaret Hamilton with the code she wrote for Apollo 11, the stunning Pina Bausch
  9. Of course, my inspiring, strong, goofy mother 💕

Who are your favorite female role models? So grateful we live in a world with so many amazing women to look up to…