Friday, 21 October 2016

Alex & Ani Liberty Copper Collection Event

Hey guys, sorry for my lack of blog posts after promising to be back for good, things have been extremely hectic as I have recently changed jobs and started a masters degree, but more about all of that in a life update post.

Last night I was invited to take a little look at the brand new Alex and Ani collection, which was hosted in the Kilkenny shop in Dublin.

The collection looked like it was going to be pretty amazing from the invite but it was only when I arrived at the event that I realised the extremely cool back story behind the collection.

The collection consists of some key pieces, all of which feature copper accents which were created from salvaged copper from the statue of liberty itself.

One of the Alex and Ani representatives told me that the inside of the statue of liberty was being refurbished during the centennial restoration, and Alex and Ani purchased the scrapped copper from the original internal structure.

The copper was then purified and used in the collection to represent hope, which ties in with the brands meaningful and eco-friendly ethos. 

The collection features classic Alex and Ani charm bangles, cord bracelets, wrap around cuffs, classic pendants and rings.

Attendees at last night's event were all given the opportunity to own a piece of the collection, and the piece I was gifted was the gorgeous cord bracelet, which will work really well with my slightly grungy aesthetic, so thank you so much Alex and Ani. 

All of the pieces come with a certificate of authenticity which proves that the copper comes from the statue.


The event had a majorly Americana theme, with huge statue of liberty prints donning the walls and even 1950s pin-up girls performing swing songs.

Even the food was Americana themed, with mini strawberry milkshakes, sliders and hot dogs (not veggie unfortunately)

There was also a live art installation going on, with an artist free drawing a cityscape of the big apple, the Statue of Liberty included of course.

One of the coolest parts of the event had to be the DIY screen printing area, where you could print your own tote bag under the supervision of Damn Fine Print. I actually wore mine to Tesco this morning to do the shopping and the lady at the till said 'oh are Alex and Ani doing bags now?'

Another aspect of the collection is the slogan #CarryLight, which while it may sound like luggage instructions, is actually encouraging people to share who or what they carry light for. 

Friends, family, or freddo bars, whatever you love is what you carry your light for.

Follow me on Instagram of live updates of events like last nights showcase @sarahmagliocco.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

OOTD#17 | The National Gallery of Ireland | ASOS x Parfois

I recently shot one of my favorite jumpsuits in one of my favorite places in Dublin, the National Gallery. 

I spent last weekend wandering around both the National Gallery of Ireland but also the National Museum, and I think that a solid jumpsuit is an essential for easy city styling.

Jacket - Topshop

You may recall this Topshop trophy bomber from my last OOTD, but this time I've reversed it and worn the black and red side rather than the blue and white side. 
I definitely think that the oriental bomber jacket trend has run it's course but this is still one of my favorite pieces Iv'e bought this season. 

Jumpsuit - ASOS | Top - Missguided | Shirt - ASOS | Shoes - ASOS | Bag - Parfois

I was recently invited a little press trip to Porto to see the Parfois A/W collection (blog post on that coming right up) and they very kindly gave me so many amazing gifts, this backpack being one of them.
I'ts become my staple go-to bag and it's deceptively roomy. 

That's all for now,

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Taking a break from Social Media | The benefits of Tuning Out

Hey guys.
So lately my blog has been made up of #OOTD's and mini hauls, I haven't had the chance to write a good long blog post in quite a while.

The main reason Iv'e been away from my blog is because I started an internship at as a fashion and beauty journalist. For those of you who don't know, Evoke is an Irish online site which has about a million Irish readers. #NoBigDeal

Iv'e had some amazing opportunities with my internship, including sitting front row at fashion shows, heading to amazing events and getting to travel abroad to cover new collections. 

But because Iv'e been spending forty hours a week writing style and beauty articles at work, sometime's it's a little difficult to come home an be inspired to take up the reigns again for Vintage Venom.
| Sitting FROW at the DIT Graduate showcase 2016 |
So to begin my return to the blogosphere, I decided I needed to start with a clean slate.
I had read a few interesting articles about how good it can be for the mind and soul to take a break from social media to re-balance and recharge if you've been feeling a little down.

I follow so many amazing bloggers and just amazing people in general on Instagram, Snapchat etc. and seeing what they were up to always made me a little insecure that I was slipping behind with my work on Vintage Venom.

And of course seeing hot dogs or legs pictures beside an azure pool with palm trees in the background is never going to do much for the mood when you're trudging off to work in the rain at 7am.

So I decided that a good social media purge was what I needed to feel refreshed and ready to get back on track with my blog with confidence and without external pressures.

While I did feel creatively recharged after, I also noticed so many funny little subtlety's about myself and people around me while I was sans-Snapchat.

Like there's nothing quite so strange as sitting at the head of a lunch table on a Monday afternoon looking down at the crowns of four other peoples heads all bent towards the LED screens of their smartphones.

Later in the week I was going for a little run, which rarely happens, and so I felt the urge to Snapchat this major event. I mean, did you even exercise if you don't take the perfect post-workout gym selfie?

And was my Sunday brunch even nice if I didn't share a picture of it on Instagram? Why do I need to let people know that I'm enjoying a weekend afternoon with great food and even greater friends?

Is it to rub it in other peoples faces, that I, a 22-year-old-woman, have in fact got a social life or does it stem from a place of insecurity?

I often laugh at those poor people who are like look at me, look at my cute brunch and my fancy cocktails, how fabulous am I? But I guess now I just feel sorry for them. 

Obviously sharing a brunch picture of a particularly aesthetically pleasing meal isn't a sin, and I will definitely be guilty of it again, but I guess taking a social media break makes you consider your motives.


And this sunset. Why did I feel the need to share it in a digitally manipulable two-dimensional square, can I not just keep it as a memoir for myself?

Overall I felt better about myself as a person by abandoning the like button for a while. I thought less about the imperfections I feel I have because I wasn't so constantly saturated with images of digitally-altered models and bloggers every time I slid open my lock screen, and that was an added bonus of the purge. 

So whats the best way to dump your social media addiction for a while and de-clutter your mood? Well, here's how I did it.

First I popped all of my existing social media apps into a folder marked 'Out Of Bounds' so that even if I slipped and automatically went to check Facebook or Snapchat, I would see the folder name and remember.


Then I went to my notification settings and turned off everything social media related.
And that, my friends, is as simple as that. 

So maybe try purging yourself of social media for a bit. Here's some reasons why you should try:

  • You will be more productive without the social media distractions.
  • You could feel better about yourself and heighten you self esteem without the constant barrage of pretty much unachievable perfection that saturates much of Instagram
  • You will be more creative and encourage more independent thoughts as you move away from being influenced by what other people are doing. 
Once I had returned to social media, blinking blindly in the glossy glow of Instagram, I began to unfollow any accounts which weren't contributing to my happiness.
Anyone who made me feel insecure or just contributed nothing of substance, aesthetically or otherwise, was void of my follow.

Now that I'm back, I'm going to work harder on my Instagram, posting everyday to show things I love and to depict my life the way it is, not in some staged manner to make myself look great.
I know so many bloggers work so hard at their Instagrams and I will too, but I always promise never to promote a brand or product I don't actually believe in myself.

So take a break from social media, you may never look back. 

Sunday, 29 May 2016

OOTD#16 | Dublin Institute of Design Showcase | Topshop x Sparkle & Fade

On Wednesday I was invited to the DID Fashion Show to see the amazing talent of their in-house design students.

Bomber Jacket - Topshop 

I have been waiting with baited breath for this amazing Topshop bomber jacket to arrive on my doorstep. 
It was kind of horrendously expensive but it's reversible (prepare to see the other side in an OOTD soon)so technically It's two jackets...justified. 

Culottes - Penneys/Primark | Top - Sparkle & Fade @ Urban Outfitters 

Hat - Topshop 

Boots - ASOS | Bag & Pom pom  - Penney's | Belt - Thrifted

Photography by Ashley McDonnell of the Style Scruple

Sunday, 1 May 2016

OOTD#15 | The Botanic Gardens | Missguided

While the weather has certainly taken a turn for the worse, while the sun was shining I took a trip to the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. I'm definitely a bit of a plantkin enthusiast (although I struggle to keep my little Ikea cacti alive) so while the botanic gardens weren't exactly in full bloom it was still an amazing way to spend an afternoon, and shoot an #OOTD of course.
Jacket - Thrifted

Top - Missguided | Choker - Thrifted 

Cap - Gifted | Shirt - Primark/Penneys

Backpack - Vintage | Boots - ASOS

Dungarees - La Jolie Garde Robe Vintage, Marais, Paris
(shop similar here)

I noticed that the majority of my clothes always seem to be thrifted or vintage, so I think I might put together a blog post about my favorite Irish vintage stores and thrift shops.
New OOTD and workwear Look Book coming soon!

Friday, 8 April 2016

OOTD#14 | Reginald Street | H&M X Coachella

Just an art hoe hanging out in a Jesus gazebo. 

Jacket - Thrifted

So yes, I was one of those people who made my way to the H&M website in the hopes of checking out the H&M X COACHELLA Collection and snapping up the crochet dress of my dreams. Unfortunately this dress was all sold out online but that day I happened to be in H&M the Blanchardstown shopping mall and they had a few of them left, all of them tiny size 6's except for one, in my size. So it was fate obvs. And for €12,99 there was no way I was leaving it there. 
Sports Jacket - NIKE (Thrifted)

Cap - A random beach kiosk in Majorca when I was 8. So vintage?

Backpack - NIKE (Vintage - legit used to be my Mums in the 80's/90's)

Platform Boots - ASOS

Photography - Katie Clarke
Assisted by  - Daniel Bemingham

Thursday, 31 March 2016

OOTD#13 | Merrion Square | Thrifted / Vintage

Duster Coat - F21 | Shorts - ASOS

Canvas Bag - Maeur Park Flea Market, Berlin | Hat - Penneys/Primark

Necklace - Miss Selfridge | Top - Vintage

Shirt - Vintage 

Monday, 14 March 2016

OOTD#12 | South William Street | ASOS White

 A quick outfit of the day to celebrate my 22nd Birthday. Whether its a Taylor Swift song or a Kylie Jenner lip colour, 22 is where its at. I wore this outfit to my birthday celebrations at BiteClub, a street-food discotheque in Galway city and again today to shoot this look.

Co-ord: ASOS White

Boots - ASOS

Blue Jacket - Thrifted | White zip top - Nike

Cap - Gifted

Backpack - Primark|Penneys

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.