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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September 23, 2017

Checkmate




Usually, under normal circumstances, I'd mourn the end of summer. I mean, who wouldn't. But reality bites. Its time to say goodbye to all those warm weather activities and weekends of binge eating cake. Actually, who am I kidding, I'm still going to binge eat cake. However, after a pretty decent summer, my feet are dancing to a different beat. All these cold weather months wont be so bad anyway. Think about it - we get to wear long woolen coats, thick flannel and don't get me started on the oversized scarves. As we ease through September I've noticed that my socks have become increasingly lighter but a lot more darker hues have been introduced elsewhere. Case in point with these new checkered trouser. Who ever said guys cant have a Cinderella story, too? Now all I've to do is get my coat collection up to speed. BRB...

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September 13, 2017

College Blues



It's been a good four (maybe five?) years since I walked off my college campus for the last time. I still remember it now. I was walking away from everything I knew. It was no Yale but I definitely left a piece of my heart on that campus. For as long as I can remember, I've always been drawn to pieces that conjure memories from the past. I blame nostalgia and my unwillingness to 'let go' for hanging on to those memories spent with friends. Even if they are a little distant. Less of the sad talk though. Without a doubt, over time, I have defiantly circled back to my college uniform: skinny jeans and something oversized and usually blue. Boy did I wear that superman jumper to death. I've added a few updates since but overall, not that much has changed (except maybe learning to put the tube of peroxide down...). If one thing is certain here though, going back to a uniform never felt so damn good.

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September 7, 2017

Constant Stripe



Growing up in the middle of Ireland, I was always under the influence from the country's heavy hand. It wasn't the easiest to learn about fashion to be honest. But I didn't have a huge interest either. Yet, I'd still sprawl out on my bedroom floor and read through any outdated magazine I could get my hands on. Needless to say, I became a voracious reader. And every time, without fail, I would cut those magazines up and take my favourite pieces to the walls. I guess it was my own way of educating my rural style. That was over ten years ago and I've watched my sense of style change in some of the most fantastic (and drastic) ways. Letting go of some of those fond ideas we had when we were kids is necessary though, right? However, there have been aspects of my style that have adapted with all these changes from childhood to now. One of those of course, has been my love for stripes - now a constant in my wardrobe.

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August 25, 2017

New York Fashion Week: Men's SS18 | EILE Magazine Vol. 5 - Issue. 1


The sun is out, the waves have come to play and life is as carefree and colourful as a day at the beach. However, there are storming clouds gathering and they are not too far away. You could say we are in for some nasty weather. That is only one of many ways you could have interpreted the overarching message that New York Fashion Week: Men's brought to us last month. What I really think though - You should check out what the fifth season of the annual four day event had to offer in my latest piece for EILE and come to your own interpretation. Sound like a plan? Disappointment was not on the cards at this seasons showcase. 


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August 19, 2017

Agent Orange



Over the past few months I've found myself donating more and more clothes to charity. Having excessive amounts of clothing that I will never use again just makes me anxious. Yet, I will still go out and buy some more clothes, just cause. Doesn't really make sense does it? The thing is though, guys don't need a whole bunch of options, we just need the right options. 

Speaking of the right options. Colour will always play a part in this one but we have to drift away from our neutrals in the process. Besides, who doesn't want to look like a traffic cone? Orange isn't a colour that I'd wear often but here we are. Don't get me wrong - I love it - but its kind of hard to find a shade that suits you. But hey, the hi-vis look isn't for everyone.

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August 16, 2017

Lace It Up




Every year, without change, we have it drummed into us how vital it is to have all the latest laptops, smartphones or whatever endorsed product is of the rage. There are meticulously thought out marketing campaigns with elaborate presentations and huge press stunts that all feeds our hunger for the latest innovations. These days, we demand that all our accessories are both stylish and functional. Having said that though, its funny how history tends to repeat itself. 50 years ago, replacing your belt with a shoe lace would have been pretty stylish. Today, major brands are at it again. That's stylish and functional, right? They say fashion comes full circle and - in this case - it surely does.

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August 11, 2017

It's a Kappa Thing




Its been a solid ten days and I've really lost the run of myself. What am I like. However, when we tend to put something to the side for a while, we always make our way back to it. Its kind of like how the 1990's conjures up nostalgic memories of the past - a simpler time. I mean, Bart Simpson was showing us how to 'do the Bartman' and there was still a tiny chance that Ross and Rachel might actually end up together (It still should have been Joey, though). 

Having said that, it wasn't all rosy. For some, the 1990's was plagued by crime - unfathomable crimes against style at that. How can we even forget those thick curtain hairstyles, let alone those overly bleached jeans. It wasn't all that bad though, I guess. Grave digging designers are turning back to those times after all and breathing new life into old favourites, like Kappa. Throw some '90's playground slurs like "your ma" into the mix and you are certainly good to go.

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