Motivational quotes are flooding everyone’s Instagram feed lately, and while I always felt they were on the wrong side of cheesy – some cheesiness is important – lately I am jumping on the Monday Mantra bandwagon. Listen, Monday’s are hard. If a motivational quote or silly musing makes it easier and makes me even ten percent more productive facing into the week, I am all for it. Enjoy!
And a personal favourite………..
It’s Friyay!! And we could not be more excited. Also exciting, the new Joanne Hynes black pom pom coat that I just bought this morning at the second drop from the Joanne HynesXDunnes Stores collection. The new collection went on sale this morning, and – unless you rush online right now! – I think many of the best bits were snapped up by the early birds in store. The second installment of Hynes’ collaboration with Dunnes did not disappoint. The black pom pom coat with a delicious gold lining was on my hit list, but there were plenty of pieces to suit all budgets and ages. Lots of cosy knits – again, with pom poms, you can never have too many in your life! – gold and glitter tops for the festive season, and a faux fur coat in nude and autumnal tones. If accessories is more your bag, the embellished collars are back, along with some amazing detailed headgear. Get to the Grafton Street or St Stephen’s Green store asap, or check out the collection here.
On a completely different note, we are calling on all the 80’s babies to come out to the Bernard Shaw this evening and meet your childhood idol – he must have been? – Don Conroy. Don was ‘the man’ on the Den when we were growing up and for many, including me, our first art teacher. The owls, all the lovely owls. He will be in the Shaw this evening at 7pm for a free gig – is that what you call an art class?! – as part of their 10th birthday celebrations. Have your sketch pads at the ready. Legend!
The weather is set to stay nicely crisp and sunny this weekend, so why not take a hike in the Dublin mountains and take advantage of the fab views before the weather turns to pot! Nothing like a bit of fresh air to get rid of your work woes.
If being outdoorsy is not your bag, you can also get rid of the work woes with brunch and bubbles – that’s my plan! This weekend I am checking out Platform 61 on South William Street. Dublin is not short of places to brunch, the decision is often a nightmare with so many great places – first world problems. Another fav is Coppinger Row, Balfes and 777 for a margarita fix.
If you’re putting on the fire and staying in, the choice of amazing TV shows to binge on in the cold weather is endless. My Dad keeps raving about the new(ish) HBO show, The Night Of. Set in ‘real’ New York and described as a fictitious Making a Murdered, the critics – and my Dad! – are loving this one. A 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes is no mean feat. Plus is stars the wonderfully weird, John Turturro.
Whatever you get up to, enjoy!
Lately, with the crisp, cold weather and sunny blue skies – in Dublin lads, sorry – while strolling the city streets I am reminded of crisp autumn days in New York City. The NYC cold will literally bite your cheeks, but that blue sky and beaming sun totally make up for it, its easy to stay positive and stylish when it’s not lashing down rain.
In my New York state of mind – remembering Mr. Big’s cringe love affair with the movie star – I am channeling one of my favourite Manhattan ladies, Chloe Sevigny. Quirky, cool, effortless. She doesn’t follow trends religiously, and beats to her own – CBGB style – drum. Add those killer pins, a love of white outfits, and you have a winning combo.
Now, I’m off to find my braces and my clogs.
Image source: Pinterest, Vogue, Elle, Instagram
Let’s face it, Mondays suck. So cheer yourself up by hitting the high street and buying yourself a little Monday treat. Here’s some of our fav picks.
That beautifully embroidered peasant style top, with large sleeves from our old reliable, Zara. Shop here.
On my hit list this week, and on SALE! Shine bright in these Office boots. How could they not make your Monday better?!
Already in the bag, the twenty euro h&m dress. Ruffles. Vintage inspired. Floral. Bargain.
And finally jean, glorious jeans. These pearly dreams are for ASOS. Hurry, like anything beautiful on ASOS, they will be gone in a flash.
While there was no session, only work, these tunes helped to turn my Sunday blues around. Enjoy.
Rag n Bone Man – Human
James Vincent McMorrow – Rising Water
Pharrell Williams – Freedom
Last, but never least, the amazing-ness that is, Miss Murphy.
Roisin Murphy – Let Me Know