Winter Looks

I can sense spring is fastly approaching here in Ireland. 🌺Wildflowers are in bloom, the sun sets later, and most days are warmer.

This winter I’ve tried not to buy too much fast fashion because I’m trying to transition from fast fashion to higher quality clothes in lower quantity. I wore my standard look for class a knit sweater, jeans, and brown boots with freshwater pearls.

Purple nails for Valentine’s Day ❤

I wore a red dress from Free People (that I got on sale) and my DKNY purple heels for Valentine’s Day.

Back in late November, I wore a sparkly top from ZARA and black jeggings from Penny’s.

I’m really looking forward to the spring season because it’s my birthday time of year! Plus, it’s finally seasonally “appropriate” to wear brighter colored nail polish. I really want to sport pastel gel nails and neon ones too. ❤

Winter Ice, Ice…Rebecca Minkoff bag and phone case review

Christmas came early?! I feel extra icey now that I’ve gotten my navy and silver accessories from Rebecca Minkoff. I think navy is a great colour because it works all year long. It works in the winter with sliver/glitter looks and in the summer with tan or neutral outfits. I got this small navy crossbody on sale from RM. It has two small inner compartments and a sizeable inside opening.  I can fit my phone and passport inside with room to spare. The strap is adjustable and a good length. The leather shoulder part is a smart design choice because it allows for extra comfort when worn. The phone case has sliver glitter underneath the design for a wintery touch! I’m very excited to wear my new bag and flaunt my phone case for the rest of late fall and winter. I recommend these purchases. ❤ 

Fall Outfits

Fall is almost over 😢, so its time to listen to holiday music and look forward to winter! One of my favourite autumn class outfits is pictured below. I wore an Anthropologie sweater top, INC jeans,  and Anthropologie boots. My  statement earrings and coat are from Pennys. The coat was steal, super warm and only amounted to about 30 euros! ❤ 

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This red top is from Topshop as are the olive booties, and the jeans are from New York and Company. Oh how I love this festive red blouse! I just hand wash it and hang it up near my heater to dry. Its like new after about 10 minutes of drying.
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My button-up is from New York and Company. I love it because it has an iridescent quality and can appear pink or light purple in different light. The skirt is from Penny’s. I need to probably wear a belt with it next time because its a size bigger than my usual size.
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My coral sweater is from Ann Taylor and my flare jeans are from Topshop. ❤
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Pennys coat ❤

Fall Outfits 18′

Fish and Chips Review Series: Part Two

Since my last post, I’ve eaten fish and chips at two very different places. Once at Dicey’s located in The Russell Court Hotel and the other time at the Fish Shack in Dun Laoghaire.

Dicey’s is what the name implies ––– a dicey place, a “nightclub,” famed for cheap drinks. The fish and chips there were a tad oily, as expected for “bar food,” but the fish tasted reasonably fresh. They provided lemon, ketchup, and tartar sauce. I enjoyed the perfectly salted flavour of the thick-cut fries and I give them a 5/5 score, the fish freshness and batter 2.5/5, overall flavour 3/5, and presentation 3.5/5. IMG_5010

Oh how I love Dun Laoghaire! It’s a very beautiful costal town known for fresh seafood.  Fish Shack had a long line and half an hour wait time, and I understand why. At this location, the fish and chips costs 14.50 euros. The proportion is small, but still enough to satisfy. The fish was so fresh that it still had the skin on. The flavour of the catch was not overly fishy either. I ate the entire thing, presentation decorations included lol. I rate everything 5/5, and I cannot really find any faults in my meal. I appreciated the inclusion of chili peppers in the fish batter. The flavour of the fish was simple and not spicy, but still had a bit of kick. Neither the fries or the fish was oily. I highly recommend! ❤

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Outfits of the Week

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Update: I just got sparkly glitter blue gel nails done to pay homage to Sunmi, a South Korean pop artist’s new mermaid-themed title song Siren. Any other kpop lovers out there? My outfits of the “week” are in reality a combination of outfits over the span of two weeks! I only have class one day a week and research meetings twice a week. I need to dress more stylishly without a purpose ha ha.  Also, I’m still trying to figure out how I want to format these posts.

The first outfit is what I wore to my program’s orientation. The plaid blue blazer is from Banana Republic (my favourite blazer place), the jeans are from Free People, button up is from New York and Company, and best of all, my new boots are from Tommy Hilfiger. The velvet srunchie is from Accessorize. I love my booties because they’re adaptable and can dress up any look. However, they were very uncomfortable to break into!

I need to find more comfortable heeled shoes. I want to wear heels more often because I like feeling dressy, but I don’t want to deal with feet torture. I’m looking into Everlane heels and I may purchase a pair.

The second outfit is a turtleneck dress from Reformation, tights and blazer coat from Penny’s, and fake gold hoops from a local beauty store back in the U.S. I’ve been wanting to shop at the pricy but sustainable clothing brand Reformation for a hot minute. So as soon as this dress went on sale I snagged it.

In outfit photo number 3 I am pictured in a New York and Company sweater and jeans. I wore my old Anthropologie suede thigh high boots. I love Anthropologie’s delivery service btw, they are one of my go-to brands to shop online. They pay attention to detail and package purchases really nicely.

I topped off that outfit with a black trench coat from New York and Company, and a inexpensive green scarf from Charming Charlie. My lavender pearl drop earrings are from Nouvelle Pearl.

In picture number 4, I’m wearing an old VS tan blazer, pink turtle neck (I don’t know where its from), lavender pearl necklace from Nouvelle Pearl, jeans from INC, and waterproof sneakers from Cole Haan.

In the next picture I am wearing my black trench again, a grey scarf from Charming Charlie, and old dark blue Levi’s. ❤

 

Fish and Chips Review Series: Part One

This fish and chips series will include reviews of fish and chips restaurants at various price points and locations.

I love fish and chips when its done well, and Leo Burdocks at 4 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin do just that. True, Temple Bar is a tourist area, but the building is so picture-ready! That location’s restaurant is well maintained and fairly priced. I bought a full cod fish and chips with a water and it only ran up to around 11 euros. Its a very large piece of fish and they jam pack the container with fresh hot chips as well. When I went there with a friend on a Sunday afternoon it was mostly empty and quiet during the beginning of our meal. I give the exterior of this restaurant and interior cleanliness 5/5, and customer service 5/5.

As for the food, I loved that the fish was not oily, yet still had a flaky batter. I give the fish and chip quality 4.5/5 and flavour 3.5/5. The dish is very simply flavoured, but despite its simplicity, just like a nicely done lightly seasoned Udon soup, the overall eating experience was deliciously satisfying. It’s best to eat it hot and immediately in house, there’s plenty of seating at this location as well. I recommend Leo Burdocks and I’m happy to kick off this series with this restaurant chain.

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Rebecca Minkoff Tote Bag & Wallet Review

I think the Rebecca Minkoff Washed Nylon Tote and Becky Continental Wallet are amazing choices for any graduate student! I purchased the tote because it has a zipper, and can expand at the sides. I also love the bag’s nylon fabric. It makes it easy to clean. I adore the fact that the bag is all black ––– its a less obvious choice for repetitive wear to class. Black matches everything after all.

The Becky wallet has so many card slots, six rows on both sides of the wallet. It has a zipper with leather fringe detail and a back pocket on the outside. The wallet’s leather smells deliciously sweet and perfectly leathery. I love the gold accents on the front of the wallet because it adds a youthful edge. I got the wallet on sale and I very much recommend this purchase. The quality and price makes the bag and wallet worth it.

I feel like my blog may slowly become an ode to Rebecca Minkoff. I love the brand’s feminist ethos, affordability, and quality. They also use affirm, a credit program that allows customers to make small monthly payments rather than pay for items in full. ❤

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