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My New Year’s Resolution!

The last few weeks have been spent between relatively being frozen in my room and juggling my need to move constantly.  One thing that I’ve become obsessed with early spring (?) cleaning.From digging into my wardrobe to welcome the new year with open arms to fighting dust balls hiding under furniture in the corners. I think that is enough of what I’ve done so far in the month of December. Please excuse the lack of update in the month of December from me. Thank you.

With that long intro; Welcome to the year 2017 ladies and gentleman! With amazing movies, songs, art and fashion in the coming months it is already looking so good *squee*

I’ve never believed in the New Years Resolution, but this year I thought I might just start this, and see how long I will last! A challenge to myself. Rather than just focusing on productivity and health I want to focus on the fun thing in life.

  1. Music! I think we can all agree that music is the part of life that can give you the joy – we have all at one point had thought if only we had music effects like movies in our life. Wether we go running, groceries and even shopping – it can make all thing in life much more fun or in some cases endurable. *wink wink*

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    Streets in rain – Europe

  2. Arts – Ok, lets take a step back and admit that I actually went to gallery opening, helped out backstage, did some of the research, to the local museums, theatres, musicals etc. However, I still feel like I should have visited more galleries – so far I’ve gone through galleries in London, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Dublin etc. But this time I will sit down in one of these galleries and take the time, or something. I think we can all agree that arts is one of the important parts of culture so yes visit more of these  places and maybe as a throwback to kinder garden do a full on report on the blog – after all we don’t want to forget about them so quickly do we?
  3. Languages – Now this is something that will show results within the first few months. I think I will make steps in this plan, maybe up my ante on the French language – try a blog post in one? Maybe something on singers – Edith Piaf, anyone?
  4. Fashion – This is the one that I think everyone is interested in. For now I think my goal would be to watch all the catwalks of the next seasons. Sketch some of the models and clothing, and at least learn to appreciate one item of clothing outside my comfort zone. Another would be to get some of my suits to be refitted.

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    The open sky from my window.

  5. Last but not least go somewhere hot this year! Maybe it is just the winter in Ireland thing but I’m starting to dream about sandy beaches with tropical sun, migrating sand dunes with crystal blue lagoons, and exotic colours and strange spicy food! Well here’s to the new year!

    Does this sound like a to do list than a resolution to anyone else? No, just me?

As always thank you for the love, likes, and views!

Welcome to the year 2017 everyone, lets make it a great one!

Artdramaeco

 

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The New Vintage!

Can we talk about the sweatshirts, t-shirts and the vintage outfits running down on every designer catwalks? Because I have some great vintage clothes. Then I see that they don’t really want vintage. They look vintage, combined with some of the more modern patterns of floral and new personalities of the 21st century, they are not in actuality vintage.

So what do I do? I will buy the new accessories, match it with some vintage and then walk the street feeling great?  Have some great long coat and you are effortlessly chic. All I want to say is that this season is the one for me.

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Winter Coats!

Some seasons your style goes out the door but this season – for those of us in love with the vintage, classic glamour and arts! this season is open season – for this girl!

Super healthy Oatmeal cookies!

This is a great recipe for those of us that have ran out of eggs, have cravings, or want to try to eat healthier! A great recipe if you’re watching your weight without compromising the taste. What else can I say?

Ingredients:
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30 gm of nuts/raisins/seeds
60 gm of butter/coconut oil
4 tablespoons of honey
10 gm of flour
2 tablespoons of milk
1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 pinch of salt

Oven:
Preheat the oven to 175 degrees.

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients.
  2. Add the wet ingredients
  3. Since this has no butter and sugar to melt. Spread the dough
    to the size you want your cookie to be on the baking sheet
  4. Bake at 175 for 15 minutes, or until golden in colour.
  5. Do not touch! Cool it for half an hour.

Voila!! The best cookie in the world.

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Fashion Hacks – Introduction

Hi everyone!

 

We all know what we like to wear, where we like to shop, how to hunt for the best bargains and even digging up some clothes from way back that is in season. Here is 5 Fashion Hacks that will give you that satisfaction you get when you get an amazing deal!

  1. Keep everything, even that one that keeps bugging you every time you look at it.

    Now I know. The minimalists are probably planning to murder me right here but hear me out! Look at what is in fashion – the 90’s. Chokers, denim skirts, the blocky colours etc. Now that just shows that fashion cycle around. Keep your clothes. Pack it up once it is out of season and keep it for when it comes around again! Now you have actual vintage and no need to fork out the big buck!

  2. Keep your clothes in tip top condition, after all we all like to look crisp and suave.

    Depending on the fabric and how often you wear them, you need to wash them often. Now the trouble begins when you wash it either too often or incorrectly. Follow the instructions on the clothes. A good tip is to wash them in cold water, with as little detergent as possible. I know dry cleaning is attractive to use to clean everything, but don’t do it too often! The harsh chemicals will ruin your clothes much quicker.

    Fold/Hang your clothes. Woollen sweaters, Cashmere fabrics, leather and other fabrics that are sensitive- they should be folded don’t hang! – They will drag the fabric and ruin the shape/form etc. Hang the coats, shirts, dress skirts, trousers etc. A good hanger will help keep the form/shape of the clothes.

    Keep a rotation going. Don’t wear one thing too much. Wear them in rotation to give your clothes a rest in between. The easiest tip yet!

  3. Quality over quantity as the saying goes

    I know I know. The obvious but with all the money you are saving, buying the better quality will be so much easier right? The quality does not necessarily mean breaking the bank but rather shop wisely. Shop around, check the fabric quality – don’t be fooled by the name, check where it was made etc. Not only will the better quality last longer but will be much friendlier to your skin.You will notice how it is softer, last longer etc.

  4. Move over summer winter is here! Where am I going to put everything?

    This is the part you have to be careful. Storing for long period of time can be dangerous for your clothes if not done properly. Research properly before you do anything. Make sure everything is airtight if in a box – fungus can grow anywhere! Infestation alert! Try using unused luggages, clear plastic bags etc.

    Pack loosely if you don’t want to crease. Hanging items can be stored in clear hanging plastics. Tips time! I recommend washing all garments before storing to remove dirt and protect against moth infestations. (Fungus/Moth depends on the humidity in your area.)

    Wherever you store them, make sure the area is clean, dry, and well ventilated. That means no  attics and basements. Protect against insects and odours – use packets of lavender and/or rosemary.

  5. Crease free life for the go! I hate ironing, but it a necessity. Why? Here are some tips sot make it a touch easier.

    Ironing clothes is so hard! It is terrifying. What if you burn it? What happens when you create creases, what happens if it becomes itchy? Well here are some quick tips. Use an ironing board. That is not an option. It will make a huge difference. They’re wrapped in special material that’s flame retardant and breathable, i.e. steam is able to escape from underneath the item you’re ironing. Nifty right?

    If you don’t have the more modern versions of an iron where you have the option of spraying water/mist while ironing keep a spray bottle filled with clean water near you. Preventing the burning is that much easier.

    If you are however in a pinch – put your clothes on a hanger, while showering the steam will help remove the creases.

How to survive a long haul flight.

Can we all say that we love travelling? Seeing new places, faces, sights, food and so on.
However one of the things that we will all have to endure is the long haul flight. For those that get air sick? Good luck!

For this short post I will be blogging about how to survive the long haul flight to you chosen destination.

  1. Stay Healthy

    A human being is not made to sit still for long periods in one go. So walk up and down the aisle. Stretch. Do arm, joint, neck etc exercises in your seat.

    Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated before, during and after is important too! Less caffeine the better. Bring a water bottle – you know when you have to go through security you have to throw away anything liquid on you? Well bring tea bags, some instant coffee etc. You can refill along the way. Nifty right?

    The plane is cold. Bring some fluffy socks and a jumper. Chances are long haul flights will go through a night cycle so you will feel somewhat chilly. Wearing comfortable clothes is vital here.

    Try to bring something that will  help you sleep. Wether it’s a neck pillow, a sleeping pill, or a thick book you will need some help sleeping upright.

  2. Distraction for the long hours

    There will always be loud noises on the plane, whether it be from noisy children, loud people in general or the general noise of large mass of people within a confined space screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-17-41-54for a long time. Get yourself some noise cancelling earphones. These are life savers. Life Savers.

    On that note bring your USB too. Most long haul flights will have a plug connector. You should be able to charge your phone, tablet etc. while on your journey.

  3.  Take note!

    Have a pen at hand! It might seem a bit ridiculous to mention it but when you are crossing borders (hello? Long flight?) there will always be entry/exit information that you need to fill in. A pen is always useful.

  4. Carry on luggage.

    Now I know that putting in that extra kilo of shopping into your carry on is looking very attractive, but leave it in the luggage case. In you carry on you shouldn’t have anything too heavy. Something extra on your carry on can mean less legroom for you – and after fifteen hours you will wish you didn’t bring it on.

    Some books, phone, tablet, earphones, toiletries etc. Some stuff that will help you pass the time.

  5. Be Safe.

    Now, I know when you are tired and grumpy from being squeezed into a tiny place with lots of people can be annoying but that is just it. You are in a public place. Keep your money, purse, identification, bag etc. safe. If your have a backpack, a gym bag etc as you carry on. Put it in the overhead – that’s fine.

    Make sure you have a small bag as well though – for your identifications, tickets, money, cards etc.

 

Cheers and have a fun flight! Maybe if you have some tips of your own write it down?

ArtDramaEco

 

 

A Bag Lover’s Guide – Types Pt2

  1. Satchel

    Screen Shot 2016-11-14 at 22.21.58.pngThe satchel is something we can all agree that the modern student needs. The holy grail, that is satchel, has helped generations of uni students carry their daily load of heavy books, laptops and the pencil case to and fro in our daily lives. So how about a last hurrah for them, after you leave them behind for the glamour of the working lifestyle?

  2. Bucket bag

    The bucket bag climbed the ranks of handbag fame last year, due in part to minimalist accessories designer Mansur Gavriel and in another  the growing DIY community, but now it is 2016, going on 2017, and you can’t walk into a retail store and not see a version of it in some form.

    The bucket bag has a universally appealing shape: It is structured, but not too much, fashionable but not trendy, and the perfect size to carry around with you – not too large and not too big just perfect!

  3. Cosmetics bag

    Whether you need a large bag for home or a small one for on-the-go, there is cute and versatile options available everywhere. Pretty much every brand, retail store, and drug store has one by the make up aisle.

    From cute and chic to masculine with primary colours you can find it anywhere and for those of us that likes to travel often this certainly comes in handy.

  4. Envelope clutch
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    Now, this bag is gorgeous. The fabric choices, the hand clappers, the minimalistic style – it is simple and elegant. I think this one is actually my favourite type out there. From the clutch style of Alexandre Wang to the floral printed ones by Jil Sander (As seen on the right side pic). Can I say, eye candy?

    Match the envelope clutch with some matching heels you will look ready for that interview while looking classy as hell.

  5. Messenger Bag (Courier Bag)

    “A type of sack, that is worn over one shoulder with a strap that goes across the chest resting it on the lower back.”

    Simple to use and the classier version of a bag pack the sport brands such as Adidas and Nike certainly has taken advantage of the market available here.

     

 

 

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A Bag Lover’s Guide – Types Pt1

  1. Luggage Case

    Considering that everyone likes to travel – wether it’s a trip, moving, camp, stay-cation or vacation we can all agree that what we need is a luggage bag. Preferably with four wheels that go all directions, a handle that does not get stuck and lightweight so we can use it for maximum effectiveness.

    I really don’t think we need to deliberate on exactly what it is and how it is one piece that everyone has.

  2.  Clutch

    For those of us that have phones, purses, and a spare lipstick for a refresher this is a crucial one for a night out! Going for an art gallery, museum, movies and even just hanging out with your mates, this is a piece that most of us have, and for some of us need in our lives.

    It can dress up an outfit or make a statement – some of those arts (studs anyone?) and graphics – to finish an outfit. Maybe even start a conversation even.

  3.  Bag-pack

    Now the less we say about this the better right? Let’s just say we all remember having to carry a bag-pack to and fro from school, wether it was filled with books, food, or anything else is not in question here. Just that we all had it.

    screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-21-02-52Now the question isn’t for the bag-pack from our childhood but rather the one we use for hiking, back packing, globe trotting. The one that will contain our lively hood once we start our tour of the world, one city at a time – back packing across the globe.

  4.  Gym bag

    Your gym bag is a daily struggle. There are countless blogs and post dedicated to packing your gym bag. There are gym owners, fitness fanatics and personal trainers that have logged hours into the gym and have hit a snag here and there.

    It need to be light, have space for extras, your gym outfit, towels, extra chargers, water bottles. Need I go on?

  5. Minaudiere

    screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-13-39-01 That is to say – the perfect companion for a  night out. Cute, perfect and will hold your  lipgloss, ID, and even some cash for the ride home! You can dance with it and is not too big that you need to hand it over in the cloak room!
    Can we say anymore here?

Girl’s Top Ten Travel Tips

Travelling is something that I know we all want to do. After all we are on this earth for a short while so why not go out and see what is out there? Now here are 10 tips that will help you on that dream trip – after all a little goes a long way – and for trips that is definitely true.

  1. Stash Extra Cash!

    Cash is king. Cover your ass in an emergency – stash some in a few different places, at least a couple hundred dollars/euros. Your wallet gets stolen or your card gets eaten by the ATM, you’ll be glad you did.

    Some stash spots ideas: socks, a toiletry bag, hidden pockets, anywhere else you can think of!

  2. Meet Local People

    Make it a point to avoid other travellers  and fellow tourists from time to time and start conversations with local people. English is widely acknowledged but make sure to carry a handy simple phrases book in the local language. You’ll get a friendlier response and a more honest one once they see you put some effort into their culture and language.

    Learn from those who live in the country you’re visiting. People enrich your travels more than sights do.

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  3. Back Everything Up

    Keep both digital and physical copies of your passport, visas, driver’s license, birth certificate, health insurance card, serial numbers, and important phone numbers ready to go in case of an emergency. As with cash if it gets stolen, lost etc. you have a back up ready.

    Use dropbox, keep it in your e-mail, have your passport in your pouch – have an extra as a back up ready!

  4. Try Couch-surfing

     

    The couch surfing is not a new phenomena. We millennials’ take up a large portion of the population – and travelling is on top of the thing we want to do and do do – you will be sure to find someone you know wherever you’re going. If not there are websites available that will help you couch surf. Couchsurfing.org is a large online community – can be found on Facebook, Twitter etc. of travellers who share their spare rooms or couches with strangers for free.

    If you truly want to experience a country and it’s people, staying with a local is the way to go. Meeting the locals and a free place to stay, what more can you ask for? (Don’t answer that.)

  5. Get Lost On Purpose

    If you want to see the parts of a town – where the people live, work and shop you need to get there first. The best way to do this is on your two foot — write the name of your hotel so you can catch a taxi back if needed, then just pick a direction and start walking.

    Don’t worry too much about stumbling into dangerous neighbourhoods either, as locals will generally warn you before you get that far.

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    Forest floor

  6. Eat Local Food

    Think you already know what Chinese food tastes like? Chances are they are completely different to your local Chinese place. Taste a bit of everything when you travel, the street food, the restaurants with large queues, and even the recommendation from your friend. Especially if you don’t know what it is.

    Don’t be scared of the food. If the locals can eat it safely so could you.

  7. Keep Good Notes

    Start a journal when you start travelling. My memory for details sucks. Information like the names of people I met, conversations I had, feelings about a new experience, or what a particular town smelled like. Write it down.

    If you ever want to write about your travels, these details are handy. Sketch a building, stamp from the local tourist shop, the receipt from the local gallery – keep it and start a scrapbook. After all you do want to look back at it don’t you?

  8. Pack Less Stuff

    You don’t need more than 1/2 the stuff you think you do to travel. We’ve all over packed. It’s a right of passage. My first time was with a luggage, bag-pack, and my own large handbag. Now I only have a small carry on (bag-pack again – easy to transport and no need to wait for the luggage to come out) with a pouch for my important stuff to keep at hand.

    As a full-time young vagabond, everything I need has to fit in my bag-pack. If you’re not sure about packing something, you don’t need it.

  9. Stay In Touch

    Remember to call your family & friends. Maybe surprise them and go old-school by sending a postcard (it’s in the mail, Mom!). Travelling isn’t lonely, you constantly meet other people, but many of those are fleeting. So maintaining a strong connection with the people who know you best is important.

    Another point in favour is that it is for safety reasons – tell them where you will be going, with who and around when you will call them back. Keep you social media updated so that you will be safe all the time!

  10. Treat Your Body Well

    Travel can throw your body out of whack. Time difference anyone? When you’re moving from place to place it’s difficult to maintain a workout routine, we don’t sleep enough, or we eat that delicious, sumptuous cakes too much. I’m guilty of snacking on too much sugar and not exercising. What’s a girl to do when there’s so much to do and so little time?

    Remember to be nice to your body. Get enough sleep, stay hydrated, eat healthy, use sunscreen, and exercise often. That way you will actually be able to go out and see everything.

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The poor artist coat – Just me?

As the winter season finally settles in I can’t help but wonder how people go out without a thick layer of clothing, knitted hats and scarves with leather gloves and the Uggs dug out from deep under your wardrobe!

This winter all the coat seems to have taken a step back into the past. With oversized coats at all the high street stores, patchworks, minimalistic, shearing, bright and vintage – there is no end in sight to the gorgeous choices you have this season! You really can’t go wrong with anything you have this year! Yay

As for me? With the wide variety of choices available I’ve decided to dig into my parent’s old wardrobe for that one coat that is oversized, patterned and bright!

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The Bag Lover’s Guide – Introduction

Can we all take a moment and appreciate the beauty of bags! Handbags, clutches, flap bags, mini bags, the large sports bags can I go on or what?

There is nothing to be upset about if you’re addicted to bag shopping! If you’re not into splashing out on a bag, you can still spend a bit on getting that bag that will bring your outfit together.

It makes tracksuit and t-shirts look chic with the perfect bag. It is also functional! You use it for throwing any of your junk you carry – you make-up bag, your phone and other tech, an extra sweater or cardigan, or even flats for when your heels are killing you! It is an essential wardrobe piece. Everyone has one – whether it is for functionality or a fashion statement. It is a staple in our lives. I think what we can all agree is a bag is essential to us!

If you do like to splash a bit on bags then – have you seen those bejewelled one, or the one that has the artwork incorporated into the design? There are waiting lists on some of these bags and some could pay for your holiday! Don’t get me started on the Hermès Birkins. Drool…

This is only part 1 of a series. I’m not sure exactly how we will go about it. By the seasons? designers? or maybe the top 10’s?