April 24, 2014

Instagram #07

I haven't done an Instagram update in a while so I thought I'd let you know what I've been getting up to via one of my favourite apps - you can follow me here, or find me at @eleanorcos.

I have exams in just less then 4 days now, so of course I'm taking any opportunity I can to get out of the house and take a few snaps of my neighbourhood. The weather is still quite good - classic 'exam weather', really. I love how alive and colourful the world seems in the sun, everything just looks better. 
My dog, Roxy had an operation on Tuesday. It all went well but she has gum disease so we have to give her cream for her gums. I don't think she appreciates it at all so I've been giving her extra cuddles to make her feel better. 
Last weekend I went down the country to Wicklow with two friends to do some study and get out of Dublin for a while. It was nice to be with other people doing work and it was actually quite productive! We managed to get in a bit of beach time and woke ourselves up on Saturday morning at 6am for the sunrise which was so beautiful but I'm still not sure if it was worth how tired I was (although I did go back to bed for a few hours afterwards).
I don't know if I have talked about what I study that much on here; I am majoring in The History of Art and Architecture. It's an interesting subject but I find studying for it AWFUL as learning off dates is just not my cup of tea. It does however make procrastinating easy as there's lots of art-related blogs that I love that allow me to pretend to myself that it's somewhat relevant research (it's usually not.) Anyway, to my delight I stumbled across this Instagram account 'Mean Girls Art History', @meangirlsarthistory. I know that Mean Girls has got to be the most over-quoted movie on the internet, but I can't help but laugh at them in this context. I will forever be amazed by the way some people's creative brains work. I'm really upset that I didn't come up with this idea first!

If any of you have finals/exams coming up, I feel your pain! Summer is so close - WE. CAN. DO. IT. Good luck to you all!
Let me know if you have any favourite Instagram accounts - I want to find all the best ones! And tell me your own Instagram names below and I shall check them all out too! :) Speak soon!

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April 19, 2014

100 things I like about Dublin (Part 2)

It's been a while since I've posted, I've been studying away! It's actually been super sunny out again, and whenever the weather is like this I always fall back in love with the city. So I've been inspired to continue this tag! For Part 1, and the reasons I started this series, click here.
011: Trinity College: I may be somewhat biased as I am still a student here, but I do think the Trinity Campus is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It's centrally located, making everything so accessible, from food options to procrasti-shopping. But what I love most about the place is the buildings. Front Square alone seems grandiose and important, and walking through the college grounds, the general atmosphere and ambiance  make me feel happy that I go there.

012: Chicken Fillet Rolls: This is a weird one, OK. I'm sorry. because I guess it's not really Dublin-specific, but nothing beats a good Chicken Filly. If you have never had one, (click here) wait until you're hungover and pop down to Maguires on Grafton Street for the best deal. Get a can of coke to go along with it. It's dirty fast food at its best.

013: The Buskers: If you're from Dublin, no doubt you've seen the Keywest crowd block up entire streets. There's something very special about the dublin buskers, maybe it's the strange mix of characters out and about, maybe it's the variety of talent and ability. Whatever it is, you have to love the people that turn your wander around town into an uncomfortable concert. And if you to catch the old man playing spoons as instruments outside Powerscourt you're in for a treat. Such fun.

014: Tourists: There's something entertaining about tourists in Dublin. The way our streets are planned out ('planned' used extremely loosely) and the unusual mix of the old and the new, as well as poor signage means more often then not tourists walk around, map in hand with a confused look on their face. I love watching them take photos with statues of Molly Malone, or try to fit the whole of the Spire in frame. Now I know this feeling isn't exclusive to Dublin, but one of any native watching visitors to their hometown. There's something about groups of American's trying to find the Guinness Storehouse that makes you, sigh and shake your head, and smile as your directions confuse them even more. We just don't have 'blocks', see?
015: Dun Laoghaire: (Pronounced Done Leery) Nothing beats a stroll along the pier in Dun Laoghaire on one of those rare Irish warm, sunny days. Teddy's Ice Cream is a must - THE best ice-cream in Dublin, NO competition. The Harbour at Dun Laoghaire is so nice and it's crazy how such a beautiful seaside town is just 30minutes from the city centre. I love sitting back, watching the boats, trying to spot sea lions and creeping on all the cute dogs. 
016: Poolbeg Power Station: Right, now, this is a bit odd, as clearly, looking at the photograph, Poolbeg is what it says on the tin; it's a power station. But I can't help but love the old barber-shop style red and white candy cane stripes of the two chimneys. I love how ominously it stands over the water and how visible it is. You can see the towers from so many different places in Dublin, and I like being reminded how close everything is, and that we are right by the sea at all times. Fun fact: These are also the tallest structures in Dublin.
017: Molly Malone: As mentioned above in 014, Molly Malone is one of Dublin's finest tourist magnets. It is simply a statue of Molly, wheeling her wheelbarrow (through the streets, broad and narrow) situated at the end of Grafton Street. In googling information about the statue I have since found out that apparently the statue is fondly nicknamed as "The Tart With The Cart" or "The Flirt in the Skirt". I can only assume that these names come from her rather large boobs in her low cut dress. I love the statue, and to be quite honest, I am jealous of her Double D's!! Only in Dublin would we erect a statue with Katie Price-style breasts!

018: Alcohol (ab)use: Dublin is great for a night out. And nothing says a night out in Dublin quite like a naggin or two. I'm not saying that I love the drunken Irish stereotype but I do enjoy an alcoholic beverage or seven. And the best thing is, in Dublin, and in most parts of the country, no-one really minds if you're hammered. From nice relaxed pubs, to clubs and festivals - we sure know how to drink. And we know how to laugh at (and look after) people who have a bit too much. Maybe it's not the greatest reason to love a city, and alcoholism and the affects alcohol has on a person are no joke, but sure, it's all about the craic. I dare you to sit outside the Pav in Trinity on a sunny day with a can of cider and not enjoy yourself, I DARE YOU.
019: Dublin Flea Market: This half-inside, half-outside market takes place on the last Sunday of every month and it is one of my all-time favourite activities in Dublin. I love all the quirky vintage finds alongside the irish-made crafts and baked goods! It's so rare to find a flea market with a nice atmosphere as well as great buys! This is such a gem.

020: Everyone knows everyone (also known as the Dublin Two-degrees of separation): Dublin is small but it seems even smaller when every person you meet knows someone you know. Personally, I hated this aspect of the city, I felt like I had no anonymity and that everyone was just showing off how popular they were by name-dropping all their mates who live in your neighborhood. It bothered me that people you just met would be more concerned about who you knew in common then actually getting to know you. In a way, I still get a little irritated by this. But it's also just such an amusing trait of Dubliners that you must forgive and forget. No one means harm, it's just a strange fact that we all seem to know each other. And it is quite funny that folk you meet will try figure you out by those you know. 

Tell me your favourite thing about where you live - GWAN!
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April 12, 2014

Lovin' Zara

I think it's pretty valid to say that Zara is one of the favourite high street stores right now. In the past few years they have seriously upped their game and focused on what they do best; on trend, structured, minimalism at a fraction of the price of brands that do similar styles, such as Sandro, Massimo Dutti or The Kooples.
Their new look book is a perfect example of the shapes and fabrics that now we expect and love from Zara, and I am dying to get my hands on some of their new stuff.
In the meantime I thought I would share a couple of my favourite Zara photographs from various lookbooks and advertisements over the past months.
As well as structured work-wear and more formal pieces Zara also do more casual pieces perfectly. They have hit the nail on the head with the balance between sporty and lux - so well done!
Those blue trousers are just fantastic, they're from a recent collection and should be in your local store now. They are perfect for summer, the fabric is so light. I am just loving the print and colour!
What do you think of Zara at the moment? Any pieces you have your eye one?

Speak soon.



April 9, 2014

Premature University Nostalgia

Last week I had my last ever college lecture. I went to my last ever University end-of-year ball. And on Monday I finally handed in my dissertation! (YES, I actually did it!!)
I'm now in this weird time in between finishing classes and exams, and I suppose I should be making the most of it and studying my ass off but at the moment I'm taking a break, resting up and trying to get my head around the fact that it's THE END
My class all went for drinks after handing our dissertations in and there was just one moment when I looked around me and it hit me that it was all nearly over. And I know that we have exams and graduation isn't till November and most of my classmates seem to be staying in Dublin, but it's still such a weird realization. And in some ways, I'm so ready, and DONE with studying, but it will be strange not to be in class anymore. 
Sunday was the warmest day we've had in a long time and I went for a walk on the pier . It was such a peaceful break from all the dissertation stress going on. I thought I'd be more freaked out about these final weeks of being in university. I'm not as scared as I probably should be. I feel a little bit relieved because I've been working at this degree for the past four years, but it's bittersweet. I don't want to say goodbye to all the lovely people I've met. I don't want to be an actual ADULT. I don't know what kind of job I want, or where I want to live. I guess we can call this my 'Life Fear Period'. I'm sure I'll figure something out. But right now I'm still processing the fact that college is basically over. 
I'm just going to sit here for a while and think back on the last four years. I'm getting way ahead of myself y'know, I still could fail! Whatever happens I'm proud of myself for finishing that dissertation, no matter how average/poor it is. 
Check me out. 
Nearly a graduate.
Who would have thought.

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