Top 5 things to See and Do in Dublin

After enjoying a lovely a three day trip to the city back in August, I’ve finally decided to compile a short list of the top five things to see and do.

1. Temple Bar

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It may be rather touristy and overcrowded but I honestly fell in love with the place. The live Irish pub music is fantastic and the atmosphere is warm and cosy, making you feel right a home. One can also nab a drink with James Joyce!

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Temple Bar doesn’t just refer to the pub but an entire area which is filled with many other cosy pubs, bars and restaurants. Gogarty’s is the place to be for some traditional Irish folk music as well as some Irish dancing.

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2. St. Stephen’s Green

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In the centre of the city lies this beautiful green space known as St. Stephen’s Green Park. Head here for a peaceful stroll during the day or have a picnic by the pond and just watch the world go by.

3. Monument to Oscar Wilde

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Literature lovers everywhere will fall in love with Dublin and its rich literary history and will no doubt want to see their icons immortalised in concrete. Within close proximity to Trinity College lies a little park known as Merrion Square, and within the park you will find Wilde comfortably perched on top of a rock for all to see.

4. Trinity College and The Book of Kells

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A literature lovers dream wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the iconic Book of Kells and the prestigious Trinity College. The library of dreams is of course home to the actual Book of Kells (which contains the fours Gospels written in Latin and was completed in 384AD) and so many other writers’ works, where you can expect to see manuscripts and excerpts from the likes of Samuel Beckett to Seamus Heaney.

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5.  Grafton Street

After soaking up all of that culture and knowledge it’s time for some retail therapy. An entire street filled with all of your high street favourites and more.  Also, don’t forget to check out the city’s luxury department store Brown Thomas; think of it as the Selfridges of Dublin.

Some other interesting places you could explore are the Guinness Storehouse (as a teetotaler I thought it would be best to scratch this off the itinerary) the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol which tells the story of Ireland’s past.

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Jaeger Launches AW 2016 Campaign Featuring Sam Rollinson

BRITISH fashion brand Jaeger announces its new Autumn/Winter 2016 campaign launch, featuring British supermodel Sam Rollinson and shot by fashion photographer Boo George. The campaign takes an innovative, bold and contemporary approach which draws upon the brand’s founding principal.

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Jaeger AW 2016 campaign featuring Sam Rollinson. Photograph: Boo George

Bold, versatile and effortless, the collection is designed with a multi-faceted lifestyle in mind. The pieces reflect that of a contemporary urban explorer, resulting in an aesthetic that is fresh and authentic.

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Jaeger AW 2016 campaign featuring Sam Rollinson. Photograph: Boo George

Fronting the campaign is British model Sam Rollinson who embodies Jaeger’s new vision with her down-to-earth, level-headed  approach, giving her the engagement factor that is fundamental to the brand’s new campaign.

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Jaeger AW 2016 campaign featuring Sam Rollinson. Photograph: Boo George

Shooting Rollinson is revered New York-based fashion photographer Boo George who possesses the ability to translate high fashion campaigns in an approachable and accessible way.

by Rebecca Acres

Book Haul

Now that it’s autumn I’m really excited to snuggle up indoors with a cup of tea and a good book, so I picked up a few of these bargains over the week.

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Already being a huge fan of The Kite Runner, I was really happy to see A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed for a great price in a charity shop. The Kite Runner had me hooked, and at times an emotional wreck, with its beautiful characters, shocking twists and important lessons on friendship, family and love. Therefore, I have no doubts that I will feel the same about these books too.

Having read The Power of Now I knew I just had to pick up A New Earth when I saw it on sale. Although I am yet to master the art of mindfulness and being “present” I am always fascinated by the idea of it. I also find that reading books of this nature always make me feel so much more positive afterwards.

As for Bloom, I’d heard so many positive things about it online through other Youtubers and fans on social media. It’s said to be so beautifully written in fact that it’s reduced some people to tears. Anything with a personal, emotional core is sure to be a winner for me.

The Met’s Costume Institute Announces Fall 2016 Exhibition

THE Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art’s Costume Institute presents Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion for its Fall 2016 exhibition which will feature some of the organisation’s most significant acquisitions of the last 10 years. Curated by Assistant Curator Jessica Regan, with support from Curator in Charge Andrew Bolton, the exhibition aims to present fashion as a living art that interprets and becomes history – and also inspires subsequent art.

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The show will also explore how the department has honed its collecting strategy and acquired prestigious masterworks, including iconic works by designers who have shaped and changed fashion history.

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Dress, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen SS11. Photograph: Anna-Marie
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Ensemble, Raf Simons for House of Dior, AW14-15. Photograph: Anna-Marie
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Key highlights will include approximately 60 fashion masterworks from the early 18th century to present. Each piece will be accompanied by an explanation of its significance within fashion history.

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Ensemble, John Galliano for Maison Margiela SS15. Photograph: Anna-Marie
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Some recently acquired pieces will also be placed alongside pieces already in the collection to demonstrate the continuous influence of certain master couturiers and iconic historical silhouettes.

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Ball Gown, Jean-Philippe Worth for House of Worth, 1898 Photograph: Anna-Marie Kellen, courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Robe Volante, French, ca. 1730. Photograph: Anna-Marie
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 by Rebecca Acres

Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion will exhibit at the Anna Wintour Costume Center, The Met Fifth Avenue, from  November 8, 2016 until February, 5, 2017

Kitty Joseph Launches AW16 Colour Fields Rainbow Collection

FASHION designer Kitty Joseph has launched her AW 16 Colour Fields Rainbow Fashion collection. The range is inspired by prints, gradients and Josef Albers’ handbook Interaction of Color. The handbook influenced and inspired Joseph to explore the relationship of two colours in isolation. The collection uses a simple colour palette but ventures into different patterns and textures, resulting in a thrilling explosion of colour. The collection also sees Joseph’s first exploration into knitwear.

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AW 16 Collection Copyright ©2016 Kitty Joseph

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Joseph’s career first began at the Royal College of Art where she graduated with an MA in Textile Design. She gained instant industry recognition in 2011 after unexpectedly selling her entire graduate collection. Joseph has since collaborated on an array of projects with brands and celebrities ranging from Absolut Vodka to Lady Gaga.

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AW 16 Collection Copyright ©2016 Kitty Joseph

Always a lover of colour, painting and illustration, the foundation of the brand is built upon colour exploration and textile innovation, which the new collection epitomises. Additionally, a wider collection of complementary pieces will be available later in the year.

Kitty Joseph AW 16 Colour Fields Rainbow Fashion Collection Copyright © 2016 Kitty Joseph

AW 16 Collection Copyright ©2016 Kitty Joseph

by Rebecca Acres

A Day Trip to Oxford

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From its stunning architecture to its quaint streets filled with cafes, quirky shops and books stores, it’s so easy to fall in love with the city’s charm.

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Renowned for its prestigious university, history, culture and literature, Oxford is certainly an English city to put on top of your must visit list. Attracting many visitors from all over the world, both students and tourists alike,  the city possesses a wonderful multicultural atmosphere that makes you feel both at home and away somewhere new at the same time.

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Explore the gorgeous university colleges and libraries, and then make your way to the covered market for a little wander and a bite to eat before heading to Oxford Castle or a museum. On the way you can stop by one of the city’s many delightful book stores to fulfill all of your literary desires. You can expect to see lots of Harry Potter paraphernalia in the window displays, which will be sure to make you feel all nostalgic and warm inside. Then if time and weather allow, you can either pay a visit to the Botanical Garden for some natural beauty or go punting along the river.

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Oxford is a truly wonderful, relaxing city that will take you away from the hustle and bustle of larger city life. So what are you waiting for? Plan your trip now, you won’t regret it.

Buda or Pest?

Often dubbed as “Paris of the East”, Budapest is an East Central European gem that possesses Parisian elegance and charm with a relaxed and modest twist.

Budapest is divided into two parts by the Danube River. The west side is Buda and the east side is Pest. It wasn’t until 1873 that the two parts actually became considered as one city, hence “Buda-pest”. Buda is reminiscent of the past, whilst Pest reflects the buzz of the modern world.

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On the Buda side of the city you can expect to visit the notable Buda Castle, a Baroque style palace which is now predominately the Hungarian National Gallery. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even explore the Labyrinth of the castle where Dracula was once held prisoner! The Fisherman’s Bastion is another unmissable monument which gives you a breathtaking panoramic view of the Pest side of the city. Buda is remarkably nostalgic and replenishing.

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Contrarily, the Pest side of the city exudes an invigorating, youthfulness and vibrancy that is sure to attract those that have a zest for life. With its array of shopping streets, nightclubs, bars, restaurants and cafés, there are both many night time and daytime attractions. From the Grand Synagogue to the Hungarian State Opera House, there is plenty to do and plenty to see. Fancy some pampering? Try out one of the city’s thermal baths, you won’t be disappointed.

Budapest Chain Bridge, Hungary

Wherever you stay the opposite side is easily accessible via the glorious Chain Bridge; it’s simply magical by night.