December 7, 2017

Purple Haze



Eighteen days and counting...who knew Christmas would come around so quick this year. One thing is for sure though - the weather is pretty brutal. Quare cold, some would say. But every now and again we get treated to that perfect winters day where there is next to no breeze, the temperature is just right and the lighting is lit AF. Sounds great, right? Sadly they are few and far between these days. Pops of colour will just have to do instead.

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December 1, 2017

Loosen Up


Maybe it is because when I was a kid, all the clothes that were bought for me were a little too big and I was always told that "you will grow into them", but as of late, I'm really starting to love oversized sweaters, tops and anything that goes on the upper half of your body. Not so much on the baggy trousers, but give it time. There is something about the wideness of garments that seems more modern to me than a slim fitting top. Maybe I've just been wearing my clothes all wrong since college and I lost the comfort part along the way - who knows.

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November 25, 2017

Rainy Daze



Most people have a tendency to hate rainy days. I'm not too fond of them myself but you certainly can learn to make the best of them. They don't have to be all that bad when you think about it. Any excuse to stay indoors all day, am I right? It could be one of those "productive" days where you catch up on a hell of a lot of TV and just sleep. If you cant do that though, then put on your whitest shoes and wear your heart on your sleeve while you try to avoid all the puddles. Or you could just hide out in carpark like me - that works too. All the millennials are doing it.

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November 15, 2017

Cozy AF



Everyone is about simplifying their lives these days. Its all about gathering staple products that are time tested, ageless and of course, unisex. We all want that wardrobe that just doesn't go out of style. And not just because we are too lazy to go shopping or just don't have the money, but because it is functional and just works. More than anything though, we all need a big coat that says "leave me the alone, I'm cozy AF". There is nothing practical about today's world, but you might as well try make sense of it all while scoring major style points, right?

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November 9, 2017

Fresh Eyes



Way, way back just before I left school, my art teacher told me 'that everything happens for a reason and good things come to those who wait'. Quite a common saying you could say but it has stuck with me ever since. Now, think way, way back - there was a time when plaid pants were only seen on golf courses or even just at private schools. Thankfully that is not the case anymore. A common staple for me, as you know. A little punk and a little preppy, you could say plaid pants have got fresh eyes. 

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November 2, 2017

Currently [In Dublin]


So many people these days claim that there are no more subcultures around. To be fair, these claims are questionable at best. All you have to do is look at how many forms male fashion subsequently takes on. And if that doesn't do it for you then just look to the urban subculture that is Streetwear. Whether you want to admit it or not, streetwear is present in nearly every facet of life. This is a culture that is heavily rooted in counter culture. It is continuously taking inspiration from the hip hop scene, punk scenes and even the skater culture. This is a culture that is universal though. With its biggest scene in Japan and quite a tailored one in the likes of London, this allows places like Dublin to create is own raw version. And a version that will help set us apart at that. With things like District Magazine, Cleavage Club, + Coffee & Kicks (to name a few) creating hype around what was relatively a small scene to start with, there is no reason why Dublin cannot but right up there with its own unique streetwear differences. There are so many different niches around the city that allow people to explore to explore in a creative manner that is a very exciting time to be around Dublin. One thing you will notice though is that there is never a constant aesthetic. At any given point a trend can die and another will appear just as fast and it is that that makes it apparent that there is a streetwear culture on our fair aisle. At the end of the day though, regardless of what people say, you express your personality through your style - whether that is a uniform that is shared with the majority or if that is standing in line for a certain "hyped" piece. Streetwear is special though, and very dynamic. Influence can come from anywhere and anything. It allows one to become more fluid and a lot less stereotypical. It allows one to fit into a space that encourages this kind of behavior.

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October 25, 2017

Thinkin' Back



Thinking back, there is always a couple of terms from your childhood that you will remember from time to time. "That'll put hair on your chest" they'd say. Whatever the occasion, I can always remember my Dad and Granddad saying it to me. But for one reason or another, I always remember it when I drink whiskey. Maybe its because I started enjoying a glass of it after Granddad passed, who knows. One thing I am sure of though is that I was just a kid wanting to grow up fast and this just stuck with me. Its kinda funny how we hear and see things throughout our childhood and they find a way of sticking around isn't it? You could say the same for the pinstripe. It took its time, but it has finally broke free from its power banker and gangster connotations and these days its a lot more contemporary and frankly, cooler.

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October 13, 2017

Happily Balanced


'A story like mine should never be told. For my world is as forbidden as it is fragile.'

"Work"....even typing it feels foreign and rather awkward. It is always going to be one of those words that finds a way of squeezing into your life, bringing with it varying levels of inadequacy, anxiety and success. I think we would all be lying if we said we absolutely loved working. Giving CPR to a tub of Ben & Jerry's sounds like a whole lot more fun, lets be honest. Finding a balance is an ongoing struggle when our attention spans are unraveling dangerously close to zero. However, finding new ways to heighten productivity while keeping a positive attitude while you are royally exhausted is key. Finding that balance isn't only about dangling on one leg looking for that photo op, am I right? 

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October 6, 2017

Purple Patch



Isn't it funny how the simplest of things can have the biggest impacts on us? I mean, do you remember Popeye the sailor man? I use to love the guy. The cartoon as a whole takes us back to a time where things were much simpler, where people had a sole craft and the pace of living was a lot slower. Not to be getting nostalgic or anything but something that has been around just as long as Popeye, if not longer, is workwear. It is always the clothes that offer some sort of function that stick around isn't it? These are pieces that are pretty much fit for purpose basically. Think dockhands. Think carpenters. Think fishermen. Workwear is wearable in the truest sense if you will. Brands of this nature stick to what they know. Having said that, I was a little surprised to find Dickies releasing purple and yellow teddy fleeces. Perfect for Autumn though, eh?

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September 27, 2017

Casual Crush


Lets talk about being casual. Scratch that, lets talk about how much I love casual clothes. Even in some cases, I'd say 'love' isn't even a strong enough word with my obsession about being comfortable. Its a sordid, but intimate relationship. Like, I'm completely okay with being a professional couch potato. A little Netflix and a whole bunch of take away - sounds pretty ideal. Having said that, I think style is entirely subjective. It kinda balances on a quite self assurance. Its like a visually disruptive confidence. You still want to be able to challenge yourself though. Taking calculated risks should be part of your daily routine.

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