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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Flawless Trends in Reykjavik...

Good morning everyone!

As you might have noticed from my quite long absence, college has officially started and with it assignments and projects are coming up everywhere, making me feel like I was under a pile of work…

Right now I must say I am pretty happy with what is going on between college work and my own projects. I cannot wait to meet Antonina Zharko today to talk about our next photo shoot together, but meanwhile I want to show you something that I realized I have never been telling you about…

In fact, since this summer I have started contributing to three online magazines, I am so happy and excited to show you right now:

Reykjavik Boulevard
www.reykjavikboulevard.com 


It's not just a fashion magazine.
It's a very complete diary which features fashion, art, photography, travels, all together with interesting interviews and absolutely stunning images… Basically my dream magazine!
In fact, I have been reading it for so long before attempting to ask Niccolo', the editor, if he was looking for contributors and if I could have had a little space among the great people who were already contributing to it…
Since then it has been very interesting for me as a real learning experience because despite having contributed to some other publications before, it was my very first time facing an editor and having to deal with proper requests and conditions…
Right now, the magazine is about to brake out in print as a creative guide, something else from a magazine which in my mind goes much closer to an art book.
Because art it's what inspires the concept of Reykjavik Boulevard, strictly linked with life to the point when they become one single thing.
It's a must and not just must see: must read.



The most recent I started writing interviews for is Flawless Magazine
www.flawless-magazine.net


Despite being Irish based, the magazine is well known in many other parts of the world including Germany, Russia and the USA.
It's a fashion magazine, more: it's a fashion fairytale with incredibly high standards in the images published and the people interviewed among whom you could find some of the biggest names of the fashion industries such as photographers, designers and models.
Flawless aims to be print as well, which makes me reflect a lot about the big deal of the online journalism which is supposed to take one run the new ten years: so why does everyone still wants to be printed?
Well, I suppose because seeing these kind of images on a screen takes away a bit from them.
Flawless is the kind of magazine that a fashion design student would rip apart to fill their work book, the kind of magazine that you want to have in your hands, stick the photographs on the wall or simply save it in your library forever and look at it again in some years and remember how avant grade, how beautiful fashion was at this time.
Let me tell you, if it will become printed (which it probably will due to the determination of Samson, the editor who is still going on with this project after so many years and so many obstacles), I will definitely stop buying many of the fashion magazines I am currently purchasing on a regular base...



and also another very special one, to keep in touch with I am obliged to practise my French as it's based in Paris.

It's called TTT Magazine and it's very cool because despite not being very open to submissions from free lances as they have a very well fitted team guided by editor Gael Savary, they accepted to publish some of the editorials I've sent them.
For example, take a look at page 49 of the issue linked here: http://issuu.com/tttmagazine/docs/octobre_preview?e=2945694/5273712#search


The Trendy Team is very interesting for me because it represents something very different from 
what I have been looking at for the past two years, living in Ireland.
In fact, because of my dream of working in a fashion magazine, I am a fashion-magazine-buyer and living in Dublin I usually get to see mostly British fashion magazines.
I personally love them and I think that Vogue UK is the most inspiring one for me at the moment..
But I sometimes forget about how particular British fashion is compared with other countries which are famous for their designers and for having some of the fashion capitals of the world such as Italy or France.
If British fashion is very avant grade and forward and inspiring, the Italian fashion for example is much more connected with its long tradition of elegance and sobriety, still focused on consistent statements made from each designer in their new collection.
What about French fashion?
Well, that has always been the most difficult for me to define, but I guess you could go very close by looking at TTT.
It's just so French: a little androgynous, a little bohemian, very elegant, not too crazy but very very cool.
French fashion has a particular feeling about it, which is almost the same that French women have about them.
You cannot really define them and the way they look and why they look so good by they do.
I hope you'll find your way among my mind games and pretty confused explanations but I am sure that having a look at these three magazines will eventually help you!

Which one is your favourite?
What do you think of them?

I am very curious to know your opinion and your reflections on the different styles and visual choices they make, 
the three editors: Niccolo' Scelfo (Reykjavik Boulevard), Samson Ogunshe (Flawless Mag) e Gael are incredibly talented and passionate about what they do.
That's the main reason why I am so happy and excited of being able to look close at the development of their projects from inside and contribute to them as well..

Enjoy the reading!

Stay tuned..


Snapshots of the week


Going with Alex to Priscilla Queen of the Desert and being upgraded from upper circle to seats five lines away from the stage! #excitement 

Watching the match Barcelona vs. Real Madrid with the boys (ouch Madrid..) 

Diceys on a casual Sunday, getting ready for Halloween craziness!



Have a great Halloween everyone! 
Be scary and let yourself be scared… 
but most of all: stay tuned!




Saturday, 19 October 2013

Getting cooled @SugarCubed

Hello everyone!

Here we are, another Saturday is approaching and you cannot imagine how happy I was this morning when I woke up and saw the actual sunshine outside the window...
Yesterday it was possibly one of the uglies days I've never seen in Dublin and despite being always inside of some place I really felt like it was dark the entire day.

Oh well, here's another week and as I said and it's already almost the end of October: time flies!
Assignments are approaching and I am so excited about the idea of my week end in London getting closer and closer...

But today I'm going to show you the last little report of the events I went to two days ago.
Let me tell you, town this Thursday was just crazy and packed with events, launches and openings!
We could say this week in general was, because on Wednesday while the wedding event at Project51 was happening there was another event going on in Claredon Street: the lunch of Sugar Cubed.



Sugar Cubed is probably the coolest hair salon I've ever seen...
Not only because of the design of the walls and the stations that reminds me a bit about an old hair salon somewhere in NYC,



not only because everyone working there looks so stylish and cool,



not only because they host some art pieces such as the one now sitting in the window: a sculpture by Sek 2,



not only because the owner Mark O'Keeffe has a passion for photography and has provided the shop with great images to portray its look in the most effective way,



but because of something about the relaxed feeling that this place gives you.





It's not just a pretty salon where to treat yourself, 
it feels something more stylish than that like it was meant to host VIPs and stand out from the many many other places where to have your hair done in Dublin.



It's not super sleek, super posh: 



it's just so cool and being there gives you the feeling of becoming slightly cooler yourself, which I think it's much better than feeling like becoming slightly tidier...





Something which surprised me a lot is that despite having seen many cool hair places in Italy and in France especially, some of them owned by real stylists who work within the fashion industry and are usually behind the scene of fashion shows and runways, I thought Sugar Cubed could definitely compete with them and eventually beat many of them for the way it looks.





Talking about the actual skills of the hair stylists there, I still have to try them, which I will probably do very soon...
But the huge glass window in front of the shop which allows everyone to see what's going on inside makes me think that they must be looking forward to show Dubliners what they are capable of...



That will have to be another post!
Stay tuned...


Thursday, 17 October 2013

Getting some benefit

This is just to show you the pinkest, most bubbliest, girliest, funniest and cutest shop which just opened in Dublin today...

The name is benefit boutique and what they do there is simply create beauty in so many different ways.
From hair to nails going through make up, but also treatments of various type and natural organic spry tan, they have it all to make a woman happy about the way she looks like...





Since I've moved to Ireland, Ive realized that here women have a very different idea of "taking care" of themselves.
While I was living in Italy I was aware of the fact that hair stylists are some kind of modern gurus and sometimes therapists at the same time and that having cured nails is a synonym of class...
but for sure I had never heard of spray tan, fake lashes and piles of make up being put on your face in order to "get ready" to go... where? Well, pretty much everywhere.



Still, it's not really my thing, but I get completely fascinated by the way in which Irish women take care of their image, their look and what they do to modify it or simply highlight it in a way that make them feel comfortable and self confident.





For me a simple like of eyeliner is totally fine, maybe i hazard a smokey eye sometimes but in general I am so not aware of how many layers of make up you should put on and in which order, therefor I am so curious about everything regarding it, but also about what pushes a woman who could already (I think..) look beautiful without spending that much time working on it to choose to spend significant part of her money and time doing it...



For sure, if the environment in which you should spend money and time is so nice and comfy as the one offered by benefit boutique, the question becomes slightly easier to answer to, because basically every woman even if not for a full treatment, would like to spend some time in that sort of shop being taken care of.



It's the kind of treat we like to give ourselves sometimes, which doesn't necessary means spending half of our day every day putting make up on, but simply choosing some day of the week just to look at each other in the mirror and go: uh yeah, this is the only thing I'm going to worry about for the next hour: the color of my new nails!



It's a way to take your mind off from what you are doing, work, study, everything else.
I guess we could compare it to reading a book for book lovers, or playing video games for boys...
This is the treat of self-lovers, who sometime exaggerate and become a joke where fake tan compared with various layers of make up and other stuff makes it hard to understand who is beneath all that, but who are usually able to distinguish between what makes them feel all right for one day and what becomes an obsession; between what actually makes them look nicer and what ruins the canvas they are desperately painting on and which would have been better without all that colours on it...

(My friend Karen and I)


In the first case, a place like benefit boutique comes as a very useful thing to have close to home.
Well, now in Dublin there is a very nice one, and it's in town in the heart of the creative quarter to be precise.
And it's pink, very pink...




Project wedding...

Good evening everyone!

Today despite having gone trough a pretty insane week end, having been sick the first days of the week to then feel better and go out partying again I feel so full of energies...
What seemed to be a hopeless day in the first part with me trying to desperately overcome something in between the sickness which is not totally gone yet and the aftermaths of last night turned out to be an incredibly productive and funny day when I went out for coffee with Karen and Sami and the coffee became a tour around all the launches happening today in town in hair salons, boutiques and beauty shops! 

But before to tell you something about that about today I must share with you the chronicle of something else which made me so proud: the wedding event which took place at Project51 last night and the very first event I took part to as an intern!

Oh yes, maybe I haven't mentioned it yet but I just got an internship in this amazing boutique showcasing Irish (but not only) designers but also soap makers, hat makers, artists of various type and flower designers...
It's such a creative and inspiring environment and Hannah, my boss, is just about to take it from the old owner Michael and she is already starting to pull out of her hat some great ideas for how to modify and refine the shop but mostly about events and stuff happening in the next months.

She has clear ideas about what she would like Project51 to be and I think I realised it last night when I got there and the entire room had been turned into a sort of bridal paradise where to gather amazing ideas for a wedding or simply shop beautiful jewels and hats and have a glass of wine.






The event was a good occasion to showcase some of the amazing hand made pieces of jewellery made by Siobhan Finnie (http://www.sfinniejewellery.com) who has just became a member of the Project51's family and whose creations are going to be available in the shop from now on, with the amazing pieces from Grace O'Reilly (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grace-OReilly-Jewellery/461875423826416) and many many others...

Grace was there herself for the entire duration of the event and it was so nice to have the chance to chat with her for a bit.
Another lovely participant to the event was with no doubt Zivile Burbaite of Gift Fairy , lovely florist whose coloured tulips and roses and green plants were surely a big part of the setting...

(From left: Grace O'Reilly and Zivile Burbaite)



(On the right side of the photo: Siobhan Finnie's jewels)

But there were many ladies who popped by to spend some time at this lovely gathering which turned out to be dedicated to braids and weddings only formally...
In fact it was enjoyable and enjoyed by every single one who took part and the ladies had a bit of fun trying on some of the pieces in the shop




Hat maker Kate Betts was there too and her designs were for sure among the most desired ones: everybody wanted to try on her hats and they did! 
I did too... they are just as amazing on as they look on the shelf.
No, even more...

(From left: Hannah, future owner of Project51, Kate Betts, hat maker and baker Alice Healy)


Later on during the night I also had the chance to chat a bit with stylist Carmel Daly who came with her lovely daughter and spent quite a lot of time browsing among the pieces in the shop as she is styling a shooting very soon and she was looking for some inspiration for that.
For sure she was in the right place and that I could see from her pleased face while going around Project51: she had the expression that only someone who can really understand the value of a design and appreciate it would have, someone truly passionate about great fashion and its quality.

(From right: Hannah, Zivile, stylist Carmel Daly and her daughter Karen Daly of One Fab Day) 

But talking about something else but fashion, the highlight of the evening were the cakes baked by lovely Alice Healy.
She was not only an incredibly funny woman and a lovely mother as her daughter's approach toward her could testify but also an incredibly talented baker.
Her cakes cupcakes and funny patisseries contributed not only to delight the audience because of their taste, but also because of the way they looked like which was absolutely fantastic and made them into real decorations...









Even if the audience was not only female, I must confess that what I enjoyed the most was being surrounded by so many interesting, clever, gorgeous, talented women.
First of all Hannah, who I am sure it's going to make a fantastic job and kick off with the new upcoming Project51 but also Grace, Zivile, Alice, all very different because of what they do and how they are but all laughing together and loving a piece of lemon cake...







It was a really lovely night and the first one of many successful events held by Hannah at Project51...
Some of you might wonder why I told you that this made me proud at the beginning of the post.
The reason for that is because I feel so happy to be a small member of the Project51 team and to have the chance to see how this world of fashion lovers and also PRs and also sellers, in a word multi taskers, work and how do they pull it out being always fabulous and most important making the people around them fill fabulous...

I think I'll learn a lot from them, I feel like I already had!
Yesterday night for example...

So stay tuned, because there will be much more to see and enjoy for you as well!
And if you live in Dublin or even close to it you might want to pop by and have a look next time: good fun ad beauty assured!
Check out the facebook page to know more: https://www.facebook.com/Project51Dublin?ref=ts&fref=ts









Monday, 14 October 2013

Snaps!


My week end in Italy

The festival in Ferrara... #intfe

Back to Dublin and to my internship at Project51

Our amazing hipster party!

Going to the movies with Erika on a very chilled Sunday...


Wish you all a great week!
Stay tuned!