Style Watch РMickey from Love 

Ah, love. Who doesn’t need some love in their life? So who doesn’t need some Netflix Love in their life? The answer, nobody! Because Love – Judd Apatow’s new comedy – is bloody awesome. I have a big love – heart? – shaped hole in my life after binging on season one and two. Figurativing, that is. Gus is adorable. I want Bertie to be my best friend. And I’m very eager to find out if Witchita will be given the green light for another season. But most of all, I need more of Mickey’s outfit inspiration. Carhartt overalls anyone? Yes, ME please!

She rocks contemporary vintage like a pro. Baseball jackets, mini skirts with rocker boots and all those great t-shirts. Oh the t-shirt. The costume designer for the show describes Mickey’s style as “hungover Alexa Chung” which is a great description and an even better muse. There have been a few stand out moments for Mickey; the red swimsuit with jeans, the carhartt overalls – which are actress Gillian Jabob’ s own – the silver slip dress, the Modern Vice boots and the Yankees baseball jacket. Like any good wardrobe choices in a TV show or movie, I believe Mickey and what she wears. Her style adds so much to the overall character, authentic, like popular style choices today – I’ve got similar biker boots, a baseball jacket, an army jacket, overalls and many worn t-shirts! She’s cool without being try hard, you know she does like fashion, but is not a slave to it. In short, I Love her. Single white female anyone?

To get the look, hit up your local vintage stores and head to Modern Vice for some killer boots. If you haven’t watched the show yet, hurry up!

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Top 5 Vintage Shops in Dublin

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We all know the vintage craze has been around for as long as, as, slice bread? Well, maybe not. Unless people in 1928 – yes, I Googled ‘when was slice bread invented’ – wore clothes from the 1880’s and called them ‘vintage’. Anyway, you get the drift, vintage is cool.has been a trend¬†for some time.etc. etc.

But lately, in Dublin, vintage kilo sale events have started popping up all over the place. The lovely folk at Folkster, started the ball rolling and have hosted several, excellently organised, kilo sales in Dublin and their native Kilkenny. I have been to the events in both cities, and have always purchased great finds. And at ‚ā¨20 a kilo – that’s 3 to 4 items of clothing, depending on weight – it is worth the queuing and general rummaging around in the crowded warehouse.

Now, others are cottoning on to the trend and this Saturday, Tola Vintage Рa great store in Temple Bar Рare hosting a kilo sale in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane. On April 26th, Hunt & Gather will join forces with Dublin Vintage Factory and host their own sale in Hangar, Temple Bar. Great venue name, by the way!

This surge of vintage kilo sale action prompted me to name some of my favourite vintage stores in the capital. We all love them, and¬†don’t want to see all this kilo madness take away from some great stores, with owners who have a passion for old, beautifully made pieces. In fairness, you won’t find many exquisite and unique pieces of vintage that are available in these five stores at a kilo sale, with hundreds of rails, and even more people.

Here’s my pick – in no particular order:

Om Diva

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LOVE IT. This store is great for many reasons. Firstly, if you are looking for something colourful, fun and unique for your Saturday night on the tiles, this is the place to go. I love the array of patterns, eras and rainbow colours¬†on sale downstairs, just like the staff, the clothes scream FUN, FUN, FUN! In December, I¬†picked up five dresses from the Om Diva ladies at the Smithfield Christmas Market, all of which I adore and constantly complimented on. On the ground floor they have a fantastic selection of costume jewellery, and of course upstairs they stock some of Ireland’s newest, home grown designers. Bravo ladies.

27 Drury St, D2

Jenny Vander

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Right across the street from Om Diva, is the vintage mecca that is, Jenny Vander. This store is like travelling back in time, or visiting you fabulously eccentric and fashionable granny’s attic. This treasure trove stocks exquisite jewellery and flamboyant headgear, that all look as if there is a deep story behind them. These are no ‘kilo sale’ clothes. These are the real deal. 1920’s cocktail dresses, feathered hats, bridal, quality pieces at the higher price bracket – and deservidly so. Check it out, its worth a look even if you are not a vintage wearer.

50 Drury St. D2

Tola Vintage

tola vintage 2¬†On the other end of the spectrum, Tola Vintage is all about the ‘trendy’ vintage pieces that everyone is wearing right now. High-waisted ‘mom’ Levi jeans, shell tracksuit tops, 80’s shirts, you get the picture. Its the cool kids vintage du jour. The store is great, and if you like the more contemporary vintage streetstyle trends, this is the place to go in Dublin town. And, as mentioned, they are hosting a kilo sale this weekend.

10 Fownes St, Temple Bar

Folkster 

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As mentioned, these folk started the kilo sale trend, but their Temple Bar store is much more than vintage. It is one of the nicest shops to go into in Dublin right now, they have a mix of fantastic, on trend vintage finds, along with great LA and European labels that are not stocked anywhere else in Ireland. The wall of bling would make any magpie get tiny little goosebumps, and to a newly engaged lady like myself, their bridal range is unique, with a vintage theme, allowing you to be the kind of bride you would like rather than what your mother might like. They also have a homewear section, prepare to drool.

9 Eustace St, Temple Bar

The Harlequin

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Ah, The Harlequin. I could lose hours in this vintage closet – and I have. This is just a straight up, no fuss, deadly vintage shop. You want a tweed jacket, you want a pair of show stopping cowboy boots, you want a dicky bow or a turban? Go here. You will find every vintage inspired outfit you’ve ever wanted, and ones you didn’t know you wanted. It reminds me of all the best vintage shops in London and NYC, that have been around forever, know what people like, and don’t overcharge them for it. Simples.

12 Castle Market, D2

I could go on, five doesn’t sound like a lot. Wait for Part 2, ‘The Next Top 5 Vintage Shops in Dublin’.

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STREET STYLE/dublin

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Its cold here in Dublin. Not as cold as New York, I’ll give you that, but cold nonetheless. And it can get tricky to remain stylish in these minus temperatures, so bravo to our street style masters¬†this week. They managed to stay warm, and give¬†us something nice to look at.

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Kyran, works in Ted Baker. He is wearing Ted Baker, head to brown leather toe.

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Morganna Murphy, who works in the one of my favourite Dublin boutiques, Om Diva, is wearing vintage and her own designs. She made the skirt and the fluffy bra! We love.

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We didn’t catch this stylish lady’s name, she made a quick dash, but we love the colour pop scarf and comic book inspired tote.

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Lauren, is our idea of laid back cool, with a dollop of Mod. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Dr Marten brogues are the IT shoe right now. Even Victoria Beckham wore them – shocked face.

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We spotted some excellent clashing prints, with faux fur and more Dr Martens. Our model was a little shy!

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Aideen’s¬†turquoise¬†scarf and vintage shearling jacket caught our eye.

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A passer by shows us that the Levi jean jacket is very much back.

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