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Eat Pray Love – working for inspiration?

Inspirational Looks

Inspirational Choices

Inspirational Ideas.

I think the title gives it away – Inspiration is what you look for in fashion, what you put into fashion and what you want to project in your style and wardrobe. In today’s world where people are finding inspiration in travel, nature, lights, and even from the graffiti around the corner shop.

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Inspirational Shelf

So when you are creating your new image what do you look for when you are looking for an inspiration? How do you start? From where you are to where you want to be, who you look up to? What kind of image do you want to present at certain time (at work? with your social friends, at a festival?). With all this how do you even start?

Well the thing is you have to have to pick an image, idea, felling etc. in your head and start shopping. Stick to the one image and stick to it like glue. Your image is what you present to the world. Have a minute to pick your inspiration and go shop your wardrobe. It should incorporate who you are – what your hobbies are, how active you are, where you go to and how often.

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Inspirational woman of fashion

Clean and suave? Boho chic? Rocker hard? Go hard, loud, and proud of your style. This is who you are, what describes you; at the end of the day what you picked is your choice.

 

 

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Cocktail Mix – in styling up?

Mixing brands? Mixing patterns? Mixing basic with couture?

Can it be done? ‘Should’ it be done?

When I was looking for inspiration for an outfit to go out with my friends – I remember a conversation with my friends from way back – in Secondary school (High school for those of you not using the same system as me – Ireland).

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She told me that her basic style is where the basics are brought up in value, in style and price, by mixing it up with a brand and  my other friend mixes her Louis Vuitton man’s

coat with pretty much every dress when she goes out for drinks and dinner.

I must say that this looks beautiful and I have thought that this was the way to dress since – I am forever traumatised by matching pink tracksuits from my own history – pink phrase. However since then I have met many more people and I’m proud to say that I know at least one person that dresses in one brand only. She dresses pretty much only in Adidas when she wears Adidas – the whole shebang – shoes, tracksuit, socks as one outfit. She looks bang good too.

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Mix and match?

So now my question is is the whole “brand synergy” – by mixing you get better outfit – a passing fad or is strict “one brand one outfit” the one that is passing? Would you say that you follow brand synergy or one brand and one outfit? Which one would you say is wrong or right? Which way of dressing makes you look and feel good? Or are you guys like me where you mix and match depending on the day? As in there is no hard right or wrong?

 

 

Worth the splurge!

Ok let me say that I am a girl who likes her luxury. Wether it is travel, that bag with the beautiful design or that one pair of shoes that is comfortable and exactly in your style is what I consider to be worth the splurge. Of course these are a splurge – that is worth it. Guilt free and something that is worth the money it costs – which usually end up on the high end of the scale.

The high cost might give you a pause and a lot of hesitation however these items are usually not ones that provide instant gratification but rather give back on your investment over long periods of time.

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Bags

Starting a new work? You need to buy the proper professional wardrobe with quality in mind – that can cost you a full paycheck if not more. Your image is the first thing that anyone sees and you need to look like you’re confident in your abilities so that your boss can give you responsibilities that you look like you can handle it. So those shoes, suits and blouse that fit but costs a bit more? Buy it, buy them with confidence- they are your best friend.

Can I say traveling? Now when I say travel I don’t mean you splurging on a 5 star hotel, buying tickets and packages at their full price but rather for the experience- are you in Thailand? But the elephant ride is a bit costly? Check online and think about if you will regret it. Will you be back anytime soon? No? Then do it despite the cost because come on a ride on an elephant… amazing memory right here.

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Wardrobe

Ok, now onto shopping for real. That bag and those shoes? If it is the style you want with the quality you are looking for. Buy it, buy it now because finding those are rare, and you will look back and regret it. The bag is multi purpose, one you will use for a long time and has a great value? Worth the splurge. You get all your investment back two fold. You can bring it everywhere- again quality vs quantity here. Same with shoes too. There is an item that you use everyday- you need to be comfortable, look good –  in your professional and personal life.

did I answer the question here? Or did I just babble on… please tell me to stop if you don’t think it’s good in comments and if you did like it say so…. I’m super friendly… introvert.

Cheers,

Artdramaeco

 

Something pretty to look at.

Online shopping vs In Store shopping – which should you choose?

I blog about, fashion, design, food, travel and whatever else catches my fancy and for this weekend I thought about shopping. My best friend is graduating and has ordered a dress from her favorite online store, but has back ups if necessary for the big day, but options right? This got me thinking about shopping.

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I would like to say that I’m all for technology and options but online shopping is just not for me. I prefer to be able to see the clothes, try it on, feel the fabric and walk around a bit before buying anything. However there is something called online shopping and my friends love love love it. They have more options, more size availability and even a hassle free way to do  quick shop and get on with your day without taking the full day.

I’m still convinced that in store shopping is the best way to shop for clothes so I have made a pros and cons list for both.

Why shopping in store is ….Better?

1. As I mentioned earlier, you can try on an outfit, what looks good on other might not on you after all. When you buy that outfit you know that you are getting what looks good on you, and that it fits you perfectly.

2. This is considered the reliable method, despite the booming sales in online stores, a massive 85% of people still prefers to shop in the old brick and mortar stores. That many people can’t possibly be wrong right?

3. The instant gratification. Come on you buy it and you have it, while online shopping is a bit annoying as you have to wait days, sometimes longer if it gets lost, and don’t even mention having to organize where you can pick it up – work, home? Can you pick it up from the mailman if you’re at work at that time? So many uncertainties there for me…. 🤔

4. Have you signed onto a sit for something and get constant spam email. Everyday, every morning and before you sleep. Can I say annoying? With in store there is no such things so hurrah.

5. Now you can’t really drunk shop can you? Specially in store, can you imagine having access to the shops, when you’re drunk and imagine the bill the next morning… 😅

 

Is online shopping better?

1. You can control how much you’re buying. Impulse control girl!! That way you know to stay within your budget.. at least that what they say. I don’t know how…I feel like he more sales you see the more likely you’ll buy…maybe that’s just me…meh.

2. Convenience. You can do this anywhere, anytime. No hassle, no nothing. You can buy that dress from home in your pjs while eating ice cream if necessary. Or at work in your coffee break because you need a treat right now. You don’t have to spend the whole day shopping for that one item.

3. Remember that loud crying kid, and the overwhelming crowd rushing into the store for sales? Yeah me too.. but here with online shopping you don’t have to be squeezed in a crowded place, at the back of a long snake of a line whether it’s at the queue, or the changing rooms.

4. The variety you get is so much better! You practically have the whole world as your shopping center here…

 

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Even after the long list I still haven’t made up my mind yet. I guess it’s all about moderation right? I might still prefer in store shopping though for more obscure ones, or books (safe option) I would go for the online stores.

Which do you prefer?

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Cheesecake – pure indulgence recipe!

I realise that I have not posted in April so to make up for it cake! Cake for everyone! Sweets are the bandaid to our soul…(づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ

So this is a simple  delicious cheesecake – that is no bake, simple and the easiest! Just make sure to do it the day before, so you can leave it to set over night in the fridge. Now back to business.

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My cheesecake is in squares. Hurray! for squares \(^ω^\)

Ingredients:


For the base of the cheesecake:
150gm of digestive/shortbread biscuits
42.6gm of butter (melted)
43.75gm of sugar

Cheesecake part:
Now here is where you can play around:
200gm of cream cheese
62.5gm of caster sugar
1/2 lemon juice
120 ml of double cream (whipped)
Depending on how indulgent you want you can add another 200gm of cream cheese and mix it with – passion fruit/melted chocolate/Nutella! etc

Steps now:


  1. Crush and mix the base part. i.e: Biscuits, butter & sugar, into fine crumbs. Press the mixture into the bottom of the tin and leave it in the fridge to set.
    TIP1! Try and use a loose bottom cake tin, if this is not something you have at hand – use your normal cake tin, just line it with baking paper. After setting it you should be able to easily slide it out from underneath the cheesecake (biscuits base?…)
  2. Now onto the cheesecake part! Mix the sugar, cream cheese and lemon juice (vanilla extract if you don’t want to use lemon juice) in a clean bowl and beat until smooth. Seriously, until you cant feel the sugar grains (if you don’t want to touch test – until you can’t see it anymore)
  3. Now you have to whip the cream until it doubles in size in another bowl. Take one third and gently fold into the cream cheese mixture from earlier – the air come from the whipped cream so please remember – be gentle. Take another third and fold  in and the final third and fold it in. (if you want to add passion fruit/chocolate/Nutella this is the part you mix it in – just make sure it is do!)
  4. Now you pour the mixture over the biscuit base and gently tap the tin to fill in any air bubble.
  5. Leave it in the fridge over night and Voila! Creamy, indulgent cheesecake! Yum..

Eat, Share and Love it with you friends, family and guests…bring some over to work to share, or bring it over to a birthday party! \( ̄▽ ̄)/ Share the love..

I would just brink it into my room and eat it over a nice cup of fruit tea with honey…

(ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

ArtDramaEco..
xOxOxO

Love and Long walks by the river side…cheesecake, anyone?

We are welcoming another month of the year 2017 today, May!

Spring is mid season and I have already started my plans for the summer – ok, let’s be real just some tentative plans at this point. I’ve checked my savings, started listing my expenses and can now plan a week or two of vacation. Somewhere I can hike, drink and eat till I explode while immersing in a new culture. Can’t wait! 🙂 Maybe if I’m feeling like it find someone to fall in love – after all Spring is the season to fall in love. Am I right? If I can’t I will take a passion fruit cheesecake with some lemon honey tea. Just as well. It’s the same.

Now, maybe it’s just me, but for me the new year starts and the old one ends in the Summer. A little quick to jump into the new season, but I will always look ahead with glee.. the schools are out, IMG_0602the sun is shining, and the whole world feels like it’s waking up!

<<Perhaps, that’s why I’m starting this blog post by welcoming the new month…when I haven’t done that before. Maybe I should start every month like so? Welcome to the new month!>> o.O

Longs walks by the riverside, sitting under the weeping willows by the docks, and biting into my spicy and flavour full lunch while laughing with my friends. Can I write anything more idyllic? I can’t help but think that summer is just that. The idyllic months of the year – where you can wear that dress, without feeling like the winds will freeze you, the sun is out for the longest time and the day never ends and the night is spent in the heat gazing into the light – wether it’s the stars, or the stage lights who can say?

I would love to take out that maxi skirt, and style a bohemian outfit for my day on Monday. Wear printed shorts, a simple shirt and blazers for Tuesday, pick up short skirts and long shirts for Wednesday and I can go on – it is the best! Even just to go out without a coat is good at this point 😉 I’m ready to get out from my hibernation and just enjoy the sunshine again!

My plans for the coming months? Quick weekends away, long hikes, and some serious music festival while couch surfing along the way….Who’s with me?

 

ArtDramaEco,
My goals – become a sloth in my next life.
(づ。 ◕‿‿◕。) づ

 

Shopping, sharing, shrinking – what do they have in common this week?

This week I ask a question – I’ve done shopping, sharing and shrinking what do these activities have in common?

Clothes.

I know, a weird topic but let me explain. I receive my salary (wages etc.) weekly. Quite a nice sum, but still by the time I’m sitting here, I’m broke, three clothing shorter and somehow my work shoes for tomorrow not available for show? How, you ask my lovely reader? Well, I happen to live with my sister. With only 2 years apart we pretty much share everything except the intimates – undies and bras, we even have the same shoe size. Just adorable right? No.

So to start of the week. I gave back all the money I owe her for since the beginning of the year, even though she hasn’t paid back a dime for any of the money she owes me. Now I’m broke because I did the groceries, shopping for myself and my hobbies – i.e: photos, painting, sketching, reading etc.

screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-14-32-40We share clothes because we have similar taste in clothes, though we do wear them completely differently. So the new shoes I just bought last week is being booked by my sister for tomorrow – so I’ll probably borrow hers, right? I cycle, she walks, her shoes does not support my lifestyle – so I’ll have to bring a change of shoes as well.

I have a cold from last week, I mentioned in my last post, and I would like to wear the warm sweater, but she washed it and now they’ve all shrunk!! Like the last time she washed them she shrunk them and the time before that, and now this time she washed all the sweaters and have sadly shrunk all of them…My life!

So now I’m beginning my week, shoeless, sweater-less, and moneyless until midweek. Bleh.

If you’re beginning to suspect that I’m bipolar, I’m sorry, not true. I have wanted to rant all day, so this is it. I know positivity is the key so here are my tips to regain your balance when things just build up!

  1. For every one thing that annoyed you today, think about two more things that you are grateful for. Me and my sister went to this library with great architecture and spent half the day sketching!
  2. For every annoying thing that happens make sure to do something that will make you happy. Web site building meeting for an Arts event that is happening in Dublin this week!
  3. Before you sleep make sure to end the day happy no matter what! After all a night spent frustrated and angry will not make you a happy camper – is that how the saying goes? (no, I know – just wanted to put it in there.)

Alright I think I will end this here. Sorry for the rant like long post. If you don’t like these types of post tell me, or you can tell me if you like it and I will continue these long posts too.

Ciao!
Artdramaeco.

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Pursuit of perfection in love – Appreciation.

I’m writing a short list of people I want to thank. Not because I wanted to thank someone but because I just felt like I want to end with a small high note end for the lovely week – even though I caught a cold, still had to cycle to work in the rain and that time of the month came at 4 a.m in one week, just because. By the way feel free to note if I’m over sharing, I can never really tell?

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Road trip – wild hair with my lovely phone that I lost 😅😅

The first being my fellow blogger I started following recently and nominated me for a blogger recognition reward list! I know this is silly but I just wanted to thank her, as it the first time for me. So thank you Orianasnotes. I know it is a little late but just wanted to say thank. xoxo

Another person I would like to appreciate, just because I’m in the mood is to my lovely sister, Mia. She is always the one to push me, the one to bug me, annoy me and inspire me. So love you! Of course I want to continue with including my cousins Enerel and Tsenguun, because I feel like I should?

To continue with the theme, I would like to thank my followers and my fellow blogger who follow me, just because this blog feels like a way to get some parts of me out there. I’m a very introverted person in real life so this would be my hobby, passion, thoughts all in one go, so to know that people do read, like and comment on them makes me feel just a little bubbly inside.

Now to the last, but not least:

This is the month for declaring appreciation and love for those ones that we love and have been with us – our parent(s)?

Not to say they’re perfect but they did raise us, when they were home for it. They’re views are not exactly like mine but their lifestyle is now ever present in my life – when I’m looking for relationships ( or lack thereof) cooking food, making the bed, leaving the house – small things that we learned through observation. I love them and this is my small note of appreciation, because I do realise that I’m part of the small percentage of the population that is privileged – and I’m here because of their hard work. Even though their small habits bug me to death half the time.

 

 

 

Muses in fashion & arts.1 in a 7 billion.

For my wonder readers, please excuse my ramblings; this is just my random stream of 💭 thought.

 

What do you do when you’ve run into  a wall? Do you trudge on and continue until you get back into the “groove”? Do you go for a long walk by the river side, warm beaches, take a night out with you friends and recharge? Where do you find your muse?

Searching for inspiration is tiring – would you even call it inspiring when you had it under pressure? For me I loved nature – the sun, the sea, the mountains, the hills; everywhere and nowhere, you name it I likely loved it. This is usually reflected in my art and fashion style- I love things that look natural, the shade, the flow, the fluidity; the genuine article.

After all the original body lifted into a higher being is not the original it rather a distortion, so do I have to find it amazing and inspiring? For me, the answer is no. I love it, I hate it – it’s only my opinion, I can do what I please with it, right? So does this stand mean that this unique experience is my identity, my muse even?

So would Mother Nature then be my muse? I wish. It takes its anger out on me every month, I don’t think it is happy to be my muse if so.

Ha, I still can’t force pen and paper together, unless the mood hits me. All I can write is that when there’s a writers block, accept it, find something beautiful to be inspired by. Write a synopsis; something short, ugly and utterly your feelings; Maybe it will dissolve?

Art allows you to show how you perceive the world around you because no one else in the world looks at it exactly like you!! So even just writing about that is utterly unique and you. So be proud, loud and walk a little brighter because let’s face it there is noe else in this world of 7 billion like you, right?

 

so here’s me with my random points of blubbering….

thread softly, because you thread on my dreams

artdramaeco

Writers block, daydreaming and fashion rules

“I’ve never seen someone wear chinos with tights before. Isn’t that against the rule of fashion?”

Is it? I’ve been stuck on what to write about when this question suddenly hit me. Is there a rule for fashion, and if so who set them? Why? Society? But aren’t the fashionistas the rule breakers, the futurists, the Visionary; the ones that don’t follow the rules, but follows their heart and artistic inspirations? Is there a rule to follow?

Finally, after that riveting opening, please excuse my long delay from blogging here. There is really no excuse, just a long stint of writers block on poor old me.

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Road trip dreaming

When I think of designers, influencers and even the everyday fashion magazine reader I think of us as the artist 👨‍🎤 of our image. How we dress, how we walk, how we are – they all say something about us, so if there are rules aren’t we wearing a uniform? I for one, have never really read the terms and conditions, the rules or even the guides….which I guess says something about me..to the point I just can’t justify following rules about fashion…it is mine, my clothes, my body, my expression of myself so why do I need to follow some random rule? After all if you look through history there were some crazy fads throughout, am I right? Like come on people, why would you put bird poop on your face?

Sincerely,

Your utterly apologetic blogger.