Dublin’s Perfect Vintage…

… and luckily this vintage isn’t affected by the new wine tax.


Irene and Ruth of The Vintage Sessions

This Saturday is shaping up to be quite the vintage-themed cornucopia of festivities in our fair capital. At 11am the fabled Shutterbug Kilo Sale will commence at The Chocolate Factory. No appearance by Willy Wonka, I’m afraid – just rails and rails of clothes handpicked by the uber stylish (and just lovely) Blanaid and her team. Click here for details. Oh, and a word of advice – get there EARLY!

Form about 11 or so to 7pm, The Vintage Sessions are taking place in a beautiful Georgian house (The South William Space) on South William Street.  This is a full-on vintage experience.  Fifteen euros gets you in, gets you a vintage hair and make-up makeover, a mini photoshoot on a paper moon, cocktails and a market with some of the best vintage sellers in the country (I’m especially looking forward to perusing Om Diva and the winter selection by the lovely Olivia at Elsa and Gogo).  Did I mention that there will be vintage talks and presentations too?

*NERDGASM*  Here is the running order of talks and presentations for the day.

12.00 Panel Discussion – The Evolution of the Creative Quarter and the Rise of Vintage in the Area

13.00 Presentation – The Lost Fashion History of South William St by fashion historian Ruth Griffin

2.30 Presentation – 1940s Irish Fashion, by photo historian Orla Fitzpatrick

4.00 Presentation – Forgotten Irish Style Icons by fashion historian Ruth Griffin

5.15 Panel Discussion – Vintage in Ireland Today and why so many are choosing to turn their passion in to a career

Irene (in the photo above) will be MC-ing

Panelists include Ruth Ni Loinsigh (Om Diva and Creative Quarter board), Kathy Sherry (Dirty Fabulous), Garry O’Neill (author of the rather amazing Where Were You Dublin street style book) and yours truly.  I’ll be taking part in the final panel talk so if you’re coming, please do say hi!

There may also be Ukelele playing…

To get your tickets for the event, email thevintagesessions@gmail.com

Entrance to the Shutterbug Kilo Sale is free, gloriously FREE.

Giveaway #5: An Elsa and Gogo Jewellery Haul!

My favourite Irish vintage vendor is probably Elsa and Goga, due in no small part to their personal ethos.

Elsa & Gogo aims not to be the biggest, but the very best provider of vintage virtual goodies, always with a personable + unique approach,for Elsa & Gogo believes there is no shame in being small,there is shame in not doing things differently.

Named after 1920s fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli and daughter Gogo,Elsa & Gogo is helmed by Olivia Murphy, a self confessed hunter-gatherer for all things lovely and original.

In the past year, Olivia had expanded her business from offering hard-to-find vintage accessories in pristine condition, adding to that a carefully curated selection of clothing, the bulk of which she sells at markets as well as online.

Elsa and Gogo have very generously given me a nice big prize for all you readers.

  • A signed, v-shaped Pierre Cardin pave bracelet.  Bloody hell, this is gorgeous.  I really wanted to keep it for myself.  It’s in perfect condition.  Perfect.  Like a new pin.
  • A pair of purple flower-shaped rhinestone screwback earrings, also in perfect condition.  They’re about half an inch across so while shiny, they’re also nice and discreet.
  • An upcycled chiffon vintage scarf, decorated with a painterly digital print of a woman and a deer with bead embellishments. The scarf is super-light and slightly sheer with a lovely blue floral pattern.

You can visit http://www.elsaandgogoboutique.ie to see what else is on offer. I’ve heard that there’s a lot of clothing earmarked to drop at the end of the month – I almost cannot wait.

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My new baby - a neon green monogrammed satchel.

Phone photos March – June ’11

If last week was all about fashion and art, then this week is all about random lists. That’s not weird at all, is it? I keep taking pictures on my phone and always intend to post them online – but rarely do. Here’s a small selection.

Detail from a Versus-esque mini at the Warehouse S/S Press Day

The set up for eBay's online fashion week.

James from Thinkhouse PR's supa fresh (and slightly blurry) Louboutin hi-tops

The parent's new puppy, Holly. This does not remind me of a certain friend of mine in a different continent, oh no.

Beautiful packaging for vintage jewellery at Elsa and Gogo, one of my favourite Irish vintage sellers

Possibly the most unflattering birthday card ever.

My new baby - a neon green monogrammed satchel.

Any band with the words 'Rusty Roosters' MUST be good.

A page from Frida Kahlo's diary at the IMMA

Leonora Carrington painting - from a book on Surrealism