August 15, 2014

Blog Love #02: Handful of Fashion

Erika Bowes is one of my favourite bloggers out there. Her wardrobe is perfect., her face is even better and I love her smart, blunt personality too. She comes across as strongly opinionated answering questions on Tumblr but seems so much sweeter and maybe even shy in person. This 'Cyberstar' video is a great introduction to her and her Tumblr blog, (but this is from a good while ago.) - I just love her accent!
Her style is really versatile and  in her blog posts she rocks looks from layered grunge outfits, in an over-sized vintage coat to simplistic minimalism. I love that you never know what to expect with her - she recently dyed her hair a stunning grey colour! Who knew that granny-chic could look that cool?

And 5 hours later…….��happy new hair day
She is currently studying fashion at university and it really has been so interesting to follow the development of her style over the past year or so since I've discovered her. She has matured a lot and it's clear that she knows what suits her, and what's on trend and how to take both into consideration. 
Both her Blogspot and her Tumblr are so inspiring! I love her food and lifestyle posts too, her healthy meals and strong opinions are great too - she seems like such a great individual, and someone who really knows who she is. If you don't know who she is already I highly recommend checking out her various social media accounts, her Instagram is also one of my favorites! And keep your eyes peeled for that face, Erika is going places. 

Hope you're all keeping well! I'll be back with a post about my little trip to Galway soon. But check out my Instagram if you want to see what I got up to before then!
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August 12, 2014

100 things I like about Dublin (Part 3) // The Food Edition

So it's been a while since I've written Part 2 of my Love for Dublin series. I don't know why but I'm finding it harder than I thought to think of 100 specific little things I like about this city. You wouldn't guess I've been living here 22 years, would you? I thought I'd narrow things down and make Part 3 about places to eat. I do love eating, and I eat here a lot. So I thought I'd make this edition of the tag/series/whatever this is a list of my favourite restaurants and cafes.
If this is all new to you, you can read Part 1 and see my reasonings behind this tag by clicking here!

021: Boojum - The past few years have seen a surge in the number of Burrito restaurants in Dublin. I don't know why, I guess us dubliners must love Mexican food, but I'm not complaining. There's been a lot of talk about which of these is the best establishment and I (having tried an abundance of our burrito bars, you could call me an expert) can safely say Boojum is my favourite. I work just around the corner from it and have had to restrain myself from going in for a Burrito bowl for lunch everyday. 

022: Foam - Cafe and art gallery combined, a visit to Foam is an experience. The meals I've had there weren't AMAZING, I'm not going to lie to you but they have a huge selection of teas and cakes that are very good. You really want to sit in here all day and stare at all the kitschy tack that's all wonderfully strung together. They have changed up their menu, so I will try some more food stuffs and get back to y'all on that. But go and have some San Pellegrino Lemonade and enjoy the colours. 

023: The Greenery - this is my local brunch spot (my new favourite meal) that does THE BEST scrambled eggs and salmon. Great food, good atmosphere and close to my own home! If you're ever in the Dublin 4 area you must pop in. I love a good suburb restaurant. 

024: KC peaches - To help with my major indesiciveness problem, KC peaches' salad and hot food bar is ideal as I can pick and choose what I want. Amazing chocolate brownies are definitely a plus - I feel like I basically lived here for a short period in my 3rd year of college.

025: Eddie Rockets - If you're Irish you'll definitely know, and probably have enjoyed our own American diner experience. Eddie's is fast food, but great fast food. Their Malts and Milkshakes are so amazing, and the music they play just adds to the experience. If you're ever in the mood to pretend like you're in Grease but you're low on cash and in Ireland just throw on a leather jacket and go here.
026: Captain Americas - Nachos. Cheap cocktails. Done.

027: Hatch & Sons - This is a relatively new find of mine, only having gone for the first time a couple of months ago. It's always a plus to find a really fantastic Irish restaurant and Hatch & Sons is just that. Their Irish fry is beautifully presented and a classic, but they also do sandwiches in Blaas, a Wicklow soft bread roll that are amazing and the perfect size. Situated opposite Stephens Green, it's centrally located and not too expensive at all!

028: Blazing salads - Just off Wicklow street this tiny little take-away does amazing, healthy, vegan food. They have both hot and cold salads and soups. If you're looking for somewhere quick to grab and go this place is perfect! They also sell their own recipe books that I'm dying to have a look at!

029: Herb Street - I'm sorry, I'm going to talk about brunch again. Herb Street's breakfasts are the most amazing things. The french toast and pancakes are so fluffy and thick, my mouth is watering just looking at that picture below. You can find this lovely spot at Grand Canal, near the Bord Gais theatre, which is slowly becoming one of my favourite places in Dublin on a sunny day. Sit outside here on a Sunday morning, grab a freshly squeezed orange juice, and watch the world pass by.
Basically all of these photos are from my instagram @eleanorcos

030: Jo Burger - Another classic Dublin restaurant with really great Irish food, is this Burger joint. They have a great selection of craft beer, but it's the lemonade you need to try, along with the sweet potato fries! And nothing beats a good burger. 

That's it! I'm no restaurant reviewer, or foodie (ew. That word.) but we all need to eat. Eat or die. That's the new motto. So if you're from Dublin, or coming to Dublin, or in Dublin right now, maybe try these places if you haven't been able to get your hands on a guide book where the writers actually know what they're talking about!
I'm off to Galway now for two days so I'll hopefully do some fun things, take photos and be able to share them with you. I might just get drunk with friends, who knows. 
Intrigue just posted the interview I did with Clare Lyons, so if you like photography, or art, or me, or interviews or reading you should click here - THANKS.

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August 5, 2014

My First Tattoo Experience // Tattoo FAQ

It's been nearly three weeks since I got a little cube tattooed on the inside of my elbow and I could not be more delighted with it! Everytime I catch a glimpse of it I smile. I'm so happy with it and how it's been healing! I thought I'd answer a few questions and talk about the experience a little bit. I know I love reading up about other people's tattoos, and I think it will be cool for myself too, to be able to read back on this and remember how I was feeling after my first tattoo!

Did it hurt?
This is the first question I used to always ask people if I saw they had tattoos, so I thought I'd get it out of the way. Yes it did hurt, but not much, and not for long. I know everyone says it feels like a cat scratch, but I've never been scratched by a cat so the only thing I can compare it to is being scratched by a branch. But over and over again. Like as if you're walking through a forest and the trees are so close together so you can't help but keep getting scratched by them. That's as specific as I can get, folks. It's more irritating than sore, and not unbearable but not pleasant at all. It bled a little bit, and for a while afterwards so it feels numb and like you have a cut there. Nothing major. (And I didn't cry!) Having said that, where I got it done, on my arm, it is meant to be one of the easiest places to get a tattoo, I don't think your arm is going to be that sore compared to other body parts. The nearer the bone the sorer a tattoo is meant to be. Pain is all relative anyway.

Why a cube?
Giselle asked me this in the comments on my last post, and I guess it has been a common question coming from a few of my friends too. There is no real significance in the design or shape for me. I had been thinking about getting a tattoo for years now, and I was saving up images I liked.  I came across the picture below on Pinterest a few months ago and really liked it. 
Cube Tattoo Arm Tattoos, Geometric Tattoos, Minimal Tattoos
So I had that picture on my phone for ages, and I just felt a certain appreciation for the simplicity of it. I searched 'cube symbolism' before I actually got the tattoo done, just in case there was some weird cult that used it as their emblem or something - there wasn't. But there are a few nice associations with the shape that encouraged me to go for the design, but weren't the reason behind it. Basically, my thought process was more like 'why NOT a cube?'

How is it healing?
Pretty well! I kept it covered in cling film for a couple of days after because I was going to Longitude so didn't want it to get dirty and I've been sporadically applying nappy rash cream (how glam). It seems to be almost perfect now, no problems or pain at all, but it's still a little bit raised.

How much did it cost?
EEEK. This is bad. 80 whole euro. I don't mind because it has healed well, I'm happy with how it turned out and I went to reputable place (Dublin Ink) so I suppose you get what you pay for, but it seems extortionate for how small it is!

Did you plan it far in advance? 
Yes and no. I had, as I said before, been thinking about getting a tattoo in general for a while, but it really was a spur of the moment thing. We went into Dublin Ink the day before and asked if they might have room for us to come in the next day, and they did! We went in on a Thursday (the 18th of July), had to wait about an hour or so for them to talk with us about what we wanted and for an artist to be free and then it was all done in about 20 minutes. I think if I had booked it any further in advance I may have chickened out!
How long did it take?
Mine is so so tiny and probably only took about 2 minutes. It's about the size of my thumb fingernail. Obviously bigger pieces will take longer, and that will affect the pain too. This one was quick and easy! 

What do your parents/friends think?
My parents don't know. I am 22 years old and paid for it out of my own money, so I don't need their permission but I don't think they'll be too happy. They're both conservative enough when it comes to stuff like this, so I'll let you know what they think when they find out. But it's been this long already and they haven't noticed, so they can hardly complain! It's not a massive face tattoo, I don't know why they'd be really angry about it.
A lot of my friends have tattoos themselves so it's not a big deal to them at all. I think some are a little confused as to why I got a cube, but I don't mind. Everyone will get used to it. No one has told me they hate it anyway which is good, I suppose!

Would you get another one/more?
Yes! I definitely do want more, I also did want more than one, and now I know how the pain is and how much I like this I'm even more positive that I will. I probably won't get any for a while, but I'll still be keeping my eyes peeled for more ideas and designs! 

Anyway, I hope I didn't bore any of you who are disinterested - I do highly recommend the experience! I think it's such a great mode of self-expression, and a permanent way to remember yourself at this moment in your life. I think they're beautiful and unique and make people look even better. I like tattoos because they're different and any kind of art is good in my books. I'd love to know what you all think! Let me know if you have any, and if your experience was different to mine. Also, if you don't have any, are you planning to get one in the future? 
If you could get a tattoo RIGHT NOW, what would you get? Tell me!

July 30, 2014

Where did the sun go, and can it please come back?

Is it cliche to talk about how quickly this summer is going? Because I'm confused as to HOW it is nearly August already. Someone is playing some sort of sick joke. 
I'm back in work full time and it seems as though our Irish "heatwave" is well and truly over, so I'm trying to enjoy my days off as much as possible without the ice cream. A couple of weeks ago I went to the outdoor cinema in Merrion Square to watch Dirty Dancing, where I realized that we're never really told Baby's age. Maybe Patrick Swayze should have left her in the corner until she was legal?! What's the age gap there? Regardless of questionable relationships it was such a nice night, and there's a certain novelty in watching a movie outside. I hope I get to go to a couple more showings! 
I GOT A TATTOO. I wasn't too sure how to segue into that one... 

My first tattoo!! If you've been following this blog for a while I'm sure this comes as no surprise to you (remember this post, anyone?), but I still can't really believe I did it. I'll be doing a post all about the experience and pain and healing and everything soon, so if you have any questions about it do leave them below! 
I've also been talking a lot about this quarter life crisis/life fear situation with a lot of my friends and I think I'm starting to become more OK about not knowing what I want to do with my life. I still have time, I'm young and not even graduated yet!!! I've been considering moving to America in 2015 which is a massive deal for me and just a little bit scary. As much as I'm growing to love Dublin, I do think that I should experience the world and move out (still living at home at 22 is not a good look)! America is pretty far away, so if I don't come back an ~independent woman~ from that I don't know what I'll do!
both photos from my instagram @eleanorcos // .gif found on tumblr

I've been amazingly, surprisingly, FANTASTICALLY nominated for two awards in the Irish Blog Awards! I've been placed in two different categories; 'Best Personal Blog' and 'Best Lifestyle Blog'. I'm so happy and honored to be considered and placed among such amazing writers. Do take your time to check out all the bloggers listed - they're just brilliant. It's incredibly surreal that people actually recognize my little space on the internet and I will be forever squealing at your comments and appreciation. So, hey, hi, you, reading this, right now, AH. This is COOL. Thanks so much. I seriously love you.

I'll be back soon, talking about that little tattoo I got. 
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