Wednesday, 13 January 2016

OOTD#11 | The Berlin Wall | Berlin Style Guide

(Coat-ASOS, Trousers-Topshop, Jumper-River Island)

The graffiti scarred streets of Berlin are a fashion bloggers dream, with barely an expressionless wall or pavement to be found in the city districts and beyond.
(Bag-F21, PomPom-Penneys/Primark) 

Even the doorways and lampposts are scrawled with tags, and layers and layers of flyers for art galleries, club nights and the underground music scene. 
(Scarf-ASOS (Menswear) Ring-Topshop) 
Iv'e been channeling a minimal, normcore vibe for the past few months and that reflected in the outfits I chose to bring to Berlin. This look blended in perfectly with the Berlin street style, as boyfriend coats, canvas bags and scarves made up the staples of Berlin style.
(Socks-Topshop, Shoes-New Balance)
 The colour scheme was muted, with the most trendy looks seeming to consist of layered coats, slouchy polo-neck jumpers tucked into dungarees, and lots of black Doc Martins and white runners. 

I have put together a Berlin Style staples guide below, featuring some of the most prominent feature pieces of the street style I saw. The Berlin look is all about minimum effort and maximum cool. If you look like you have tried with this look then you have failed to encapsulate the Berlin vibe.
Dusty hues, subtle athleisure and over-sized coats and jumpers are worn out, not a hint of a high heel or fake tan to be seen. New balances and chunky boots are footwear most often seen,and the boyfriend coat and longline heavy duster coat were seen on every district street.

Christmas Wishlist 2016

And finally, credit to my best friend Ashley McDonnell who shot this outfit for me, check out the outfit I shot for her over on her recently launched blog The Style Scruple.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

See the City | Berlin 2016

With one of my New Year's resolutions being to travel as much as possible in 2016, I set out for Berlin, Germany with my best friends. I have always wanted to visit Berlin, with it's saturation of street art, incomparable nightlife and rich history and culture.

Travel & Accomodation
We flew from Dublin to Schonfeld and then took a slew of trains, buses and taxis to reach all of our destinations. The public transport system in Berlin is multi-faceted as the city is so spread out but for the majority of our trips we used UBER or Taxi Berlin to travel to nightclubs and museums.
We stayed in an AirBnb on Paul-Robeson Straße, in a district which is known for its vegan and organic stores and restaurants. The apartment itself was gorgeous, with high ceilings and a cozy atmosphere. 
 (image: Airbnb)

Food & Drink | Brunch & Nightclubs
As ladies who love to brunch, and the help of recommendations from some natives we found a few amazing places to eat in Berlin. On arrival from the airport we went straight to Roamers on Pannierstraße, a tiny rustic cafe with the most Tumblr-esque aesthetic I have ever seen. The decor was an absolute dream with hanging plants and knick-knacks adorning the walls and the vibe was friendly and intimate as the place was tiny and barely seated twenty people.

(Image: Sasha Kharchenko) 

 The food was absolutely delicious and there were vegetarian options aplenty. I opted to start my day with the poached eggs but Ashley from the Style Scruple went for the pancakes which would be my reccomendation.
On our second day we visited Beakers for brunch, situated on Dunckerstraße which was a 10 minute scenic walk from our apartment. The decor was biker-chic and the ambiance was warm with candle light being the main source of illumination and the cutest dog loping from table to table.
 I went for the scrambled eggs, which were accompanied by some cheeses, fresh breads and a pomegranite salad. 
 Our food took close to an hour to arrive but it was well worth the  wait, everything was fresh, perfectly seasoned and delicious. It was also here in Beakers that I had the best soy latte of my life. Apologies for the poor camera work, candle light isnt my photographic forte and I was dying to eat after the long wait.

On our third and fourth days we took our hangover club to Spree-Gold, the most un-chain like chain of contemporary German cafes I have ever seen. The place featured typical Berlin style interiors with exposed piping and abstract light features. 

The food was amazing, ranging from all kinds of loaded omelettes, pancakes and paleo plates to pastas, super-food salads and granola's. 

Spree-Gold is a self service cafe, and so after you order you are given a little pager which alerts you when you food is ready, prompting you to go and collect it from the kitchen counter.
 The juices and smoothie shakes from Spree-Gold were even better than the food, with the fruits being squeezed in front of you. The price was reasonably inexpensive, especially considering the amount and quality of the food you received. 
While in Berlin, we also visited some of the clubs in Berlins in-famous clubbing scene. We went to Kitty Chengs,an intimate tiny club with a townhouse vibe, which strongly reminded me of Dublin, The Matrix which was a huge seven roomed dance club,complete with glow stick dispensers and dance cages and finally the infamous Tresor, which totally encapsulated what I thought the Berlin club scene would be.

Tresor is and underground (literally sub-terrain) club where unfortunately photography is not aloud but it is my top recommendation for a trip to Berlin. Prepare for miles of strobe lit tunnels, thick smoke and a post-apocolytptic rave feel.
(Ashley McDonnell from The Style Scruple and I at The Matrix Berlin)

Berlin by day
During the day we visited a variety of tourist attractions. On Friday we visited the Jewish History Museum, which was one of the most intense and sub-mersive curative experiences I have ever had.

 The museum consists of two buildings, one baroque style old building which houses the cafe and welcome area, and The Libeskind building where the interactive main exhibits such as the Axes, "the three axes symbolize three paths of Jewish life in Germany – continuity in German history, emigration from Germany, and the Holocaust", and the outdoor exhibits such . as the Garden of Exile and Tower of the Holocaust. 

 We also ventured to the unmissable Berlin Wall, both by day and night at the East Side Gallery area. We walked along the river taking in the historic monument and the art, both street and professional, that it hosts. 

We also went to the amazing Flea Market at Mauer Park. It took us a while to find the stalls as we slipped our way across the ungritted paths but once we arrived we discovered a maze of stalls featuring mostly vintage clothes (make sure to haggle your prices!), delicious foods, art and a variety of knick knacks.

 I picked up a huge warm vintage coat for my trip to Krakow in a few weeks and a canvas bag which I will feature in a blog post very soon.

On our way to the airport on Monday afternoon we stopped off at the DDR museum, located right opposite the river from the Berlin Cathedral. 

The DDR Museum offers highly interactive installations about Communist Germany, including a vintage car you can sit in and "drive" around pre-war Berlin and a house you can walk into which is decked out in the decor of the time where you can sit down and watch news bulletins or nose around the kitchen cupboards. You can also learn the popular dances of the time, live in a spy's jail cell, read about careers and beauty treatments of the time or look at installations about the German punk movement and the nudist movement of the time.

A trip to Germany wouldn't have been complete without sampling the famous Currywurst from a street stall. As a vegetarian I had to live vicariously through my friend Sarah as she tried the classic dish which was met with enthusiastic aplomb. 
Overall my trip to Berlin was amazing, it was one of my favorite city breaks of all time as when you walked down any street there was something interesting to see, whether it was a park, statue or graffiti on a front door.
(Hat -Primark,Jumper -River Island,Jeans -Topshop,Longline Coat -F21,Outer Coat -ASOS) 

My friends and I visited for four days,and coupled with going out every night we did not get to see everything we would have wanted to see such as Checkpoint Charlie. I will definitely be visiting Berlin again in the future to further explore the city and to enjoy many more brunches, nights at Tresor and the industrial and bauhaus architecture. 

Friday, 9 October 2015

Autumn Shoe Haul | ASOS, New Balance & Primark

The time for sliders and espadrilles is long over,and with that in mind, I decided to pick up a few new footwear items. The A/W fashion season is in full swing and is still my favourite season for style. As some one who is almost perpetually in an all black ensemble, I love when the high street colour palette moves to darker tones and edgier styles and textures are introduced.

I just received these boots from ASOS a few days ago. I chose these particular ankle boots because I'm a great lover of a chunky flatform and because I thought the diamond print texture was unusual. I can imagine Zoe Benson from AHS Coven wearing these and they will definitely be featuring in my Halloween LookBook. 

New Balance - €87
I know people say New Balance are overpriced and trendy and I was perfectly willing to let the trend pass me by. This changed when I saw this particular pair in Schuh. The minimalist scheme and mesh detailing was what sealed the deal and I decided to take a leap of faith and invest on what are now my comfiest pair of shoes. 

Primark/Penney's Oxfords - €21

I don't usually buy shoes in Penney's but these dupes caught my eye. The pale stitching on the sides is reminiscent of Dr Martins style and these could have easily passed as excellent dupes if it wasn't for the zipper running up the front instead of laces.I'm also still debating as to whether these are black or navy, it deviates depending on the lighting but there is a definite blue marbled effect. 

I hope you enjoyed this short post and I'l be working on giving you guys tonnes of new content in the coming weeks. I'm also selling some other shoes over on my Depop if you'd like to check it out. 

Monday, 5 October 2015

OOTD#10 Dominick Street|Public Romance

Hey guys, I'm back from my Summer working and travelling in Marbella and have settled back into uni life. I have plenty of content lined up for VV and may also be making some serious decorative refurbishments to my site pretty soon! But for now, here's a little OOTD. Haul coming soon and all the available links are in the descriptions. 

Backpack - Penneys/Primark

Bomber Jacket - Public Romance Sunglasses - Topshop  

Shoes/Socks/Tights - Penney's/Primark

Septum Ring -Regal Rose Hat- eBay Chain - American Apparel  

Top - H&M Basics Shorts - Topshop


Saturday, 30 May 2015

OOTD#9 Silver Strand

Necklace - Miss Selfridge

Sandals - ASOS 
Rings (left) - Miss Selfridge (right) Dunnes Stores

 Dress - ASOS

Bag - Penneys Sunglasses - Vintage

Hat - Forever 21

Jacket - Thrifted