Coat to Wear

October 30, 2009

Goodness me, it grows chilly, doesn’t it? Do you know where it wasn’t chilly? NEW YORK. A better post will advance happily forward when I’ve got my film developed but in the meantime, how are your respective necks? Feeling the wintersome air? Hmm. We can help.

Giles Deacon has made a dress for a rabbit. The Cadbury’s Caramel Bunny, to be precise. He’s also made some limited edition scarves for the same rabbit. (Why a rabbit would need clothing, is beyond us, but we’re always a fan of Animals Doing Human Things).

Here’s a picture of the scarf:

It’s quite nice, isn’t it?

We have two of these to give away for free free free. If you want to enter the competition, please send an email to with a picture of your favourite animal wearing human clothes. It can be a link to google images, or you could physically draw it if you’d rather. Either way, you want the scarf, you need to give us anthropomorphism.

Comp. closes this time next week i.e. 6th November 2009.



Make and Do

May 21, 2009

We have such a dubious claim to being a ‘fashion blog’ that we surprise even ourselves when the term gets bandied about. Sure we were nominated in the Irish Blog Awards under that category, and go to the Fashion Blogger’s Brunches, but, really, we like to think of ourselves as ‘Life and Style’ (thanks for the title, Clare Dot). As such, when we actually feature, fashion items it comes as an equal shock to us as to you, dear readers. Nonetheless, a DIY post.

I wanted to have a pair of Rumi-style boots, but do not make megabucks. I am an enterprising creature, however, and fond of not studying for exams. Thusly, I found an old pair of ankle boots, some straps from an old bag, and some chain headbands from Primark, and set to work. And safety pins. I am not an able seamstress.

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Do you like my lo-fi camera skills? And how about the lay-out of materials you might need? Also, I forgot to take a photo at the very start. Just imagine the boots have no chains on them at all. Ok, great.

Then, basically, I stuck them all on. Literally. With glue. And safety pins. Like I said, I am not an able seamstress. (Unlike the Offshoot Girls, swoon)

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This is the end result. I’m very excited about wearing them. Except not on my bike. I fear they’ll get caught in the chain and I will end up, really embarrassed, in ER.

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En-chain-ting, n’est pas?



April 1, 2009

Bored on a Friday evening? We can’t be having that. Come one come many to Spy on South William St to the launch of Songs for Swinging Children.

Songs for Swinging Children runs from 7pm-11pm and promises 2 for 1 cocktails, lovely tunes and NO ENTRANCE FEE.

We will play many things, including Cher, Camera Obscura and Chuck Berry. We will also play things that don’t start with ‘C’, obv, but alliteration’s always ace (see what I did there?)

If you’d like us to play you something, leave a comment below. Hope to see y’all there.

Ailbhe + Katie-Lilga

It is ratherveryinfactmightily cold these wintery days. And as I sit in work with FM 104 blaring Snow Patrol behind me, there is nothing that I want to do more than be on a sunnysunshinegoodtime island with some quality music and beautiful people. Thank you, then, Bodytonic and Night Flight, for putting Airbound Croatia into my pudgy little fingers.

Night Flight is one of the better regular club nights in Dublin, and when combined with The Lovely Bodytonic Crew, it all promises to be some kind of special. Here’s the pitch:
The Festival itself takes place in the small Croatian coastal resort of Petrcane, with open-air stages on the beach, a nightclub called Barbarellas and pirate ship, The Argonaut.

Musically it will something for everyone, keeping it downtempo by day at the bar with a mix of yacht rock, warped electronica, folk and disco then its to the outside terrace for dubstep, hip hop and live bands, before the club kicks off with late night house and techno.

At the moment, tickets only cost 39e and are available from here.

For more information send an electronic mail to, and if you’d like to pitch an act to play, go here.

I’m proper going. For reals.

About Your Dress

November 14, 2008

Long long before Gok Wan and Trinny and Suzie, there was a budding designer who understood- nay, KNEW- that the world is comprised of different body types. This young upstart had visions of an army of females, all clad in urban streetwear, all rejoicing in their own individuality. This was a line for all girls, all real girls. Only fitting then that it should be called Re: Al Girls.

Yes. It’s diary time again. Here is our first extract. Can we please bear in mind-
a)The baffling amount of layering inherent in these ‘designs’.
b) The deft use of colouring pencil.
c) The clear arrows pointing to the accessories.
d) The options for so so many of them to be made into trousers.

I think the ‘Superstar’ jeans are my favourite. Although, I do hold a soft spot for the green shirt/blue tie/ jeans combo, as it was based on an outfit (in fact, it WAS an outfit) that I used to wear on the regular.




Alas, no designs remain from ‘Gutterstar’, the diffusion range.

Yeps. It’s true. That’s why we’re running a competition! With prizes! Lámhaí síos, beolaí dúnta, and éistigí suas…

A friend of mine is running an event in the Morrisson Hotel on Friday the 24th of October, called ‘The Hat’s Off’. It’s social mixer for stylish, hip young urbanites like you, our lovely lovely readers. There’ll be a free cocktail reception at 8pm, followed by music from Halfset (with whom there’s an interview in the new issue of Analogue) and DJ Will Softly. Also, my nearest dearest and bestest friend Simon will be running some projections during the night. He’s very talented, so it’s bound to be good. Katie and I will be there also, drinking and giggling in the corner.

Tickets are on sale now, from Road Records and City Discs. They only cost 20e, which is pas mal. However, would anyone like to go along for frees? We’ve got two sets of tickets for yiz yes yes. Up for it? If so, comment with your name and email address and we’ll sort you out. If you’re too late, go and buy a ticket anyway. You’ll enjoy yourself, promise.

edit: Tickets will be allocated on a LUCKY DIP basis. ohh goody. Closing date for entries is one week from today, Saturday the eighteenth of October, leaving the winners with six uncomfortable days and six sleepless nights to endure as they attempt to contain their excitement. Be strong.


If I Was A Rich Girl

July 2, 2008

Or, rather, when I am a less poor girl, and I get paid, there’s going to be some serious upgrading.
Firstly, my bag needs to be sent off to be fixed. What started out as this:

Now looks like this:

Secondly, I’m going to trade in my Boots 17 orange lipstick (which though it’s a lovely shade, makes my lips go all rotten the next day)

Instead, I will buy the real deal:

Lastly, my battered Benefit blush-

-will become a cosmopolitan classy Chanel compact-

Oh oh oh. I cannae wait.


Behold Hannah. She’s currently trying to expand her colour palate to include yellow. She’s doing very well, I feel.