January 23, 2015

The Doors of Dublin

Way back in September I briefly mentioned my side Instagram account. I can't remember when exactly I started The Doors of Dublin, but it was ages ago, definitely over a year! I had been following Ashlina's Doors of New York page for  while. The images she posted were stunning. I love New York, and I've been there a few times now, but what surprised me about her photographs were how insignificant they were. I could very easily have walked past any of these beautiful facades staring skyward at The Empire State Building. Doors are pretty basic really, they have a simple function and we use them daily without a second thought. At university I studied architecture and the incredible designs and purpose in buildings never failed to astound me. The doors Ashlina snapped ranged from regular styles you or I wouldn't look at twice, to intricate, glittering works of art, like that Versace-esque gold detail below. 
Images from @thedoorsofnewyork on Instagram
I think I must have been half-joking, half-bored when I set up The Doors of Dublin. I don't really remember making the decision. I just remember suddenly walking about my city looking at all these grand (and not-so-grand) entrances and thinking about how they came to be and what lay behind them. Ireland's capital is small, as cities go, and a lot of Dublin's centre is taken up by Georgian Terraces reminiscent of our rather British-centred past.
You can buy postcards, posters, and even cushions covered in Dublin's colourful Georgian doors. And they're bright and no matter how similar they might look, there's something different about each one, even it's just chipping paint. I love Georgian Dublin and these doors but I also like everything else about Dublin. Other doors need postcards too! I started capturing some of the best doors I walked past, and didn't think much of it, I liked doing it. I enjoyed appreciating little details of buildings, and the account slowly gained a few followers.
images taken by me for @thedoorsofdublin
In September, someone linked me to a Buzzfeed article Ailbhe Malone wrote entitled '16 Instagram Accounts That Will Make You Dream of Ireland'. Low and behold, look who's at number 9?! The Doors of Dublin. I was pretty delighted, not going to lie! This was a hobby (maybe not even that) of mine. I was just happy someone else liked the account!
That week I reached over 1000 followers! Amazing! Over 1000 people liked Dublin's Doors! 
Today, the account officially hit 4000 followers! I can't even picture what a crowd 4000 people would look like, the number doesn't really mean much. But just imagine ten strangers standing on a cold, wet street in Dublin admiring a door together. Yes, that would be quite weird. But also, cool. I like that people like this. I like that other Dubliners, and non-dubliners are tagging me and hashtagging their doors and I get to share their photos. It's this strange, unexpected chain. I love seeing other people's pictures and seeing people tag their friends in the comments of mine. 
I don't really know what else to do with the account apart from just continuing to do as I've been doing. It's become one of my favourite things, and I don't care if that's sad. The connection with other people feel's very cool. I want to walk past someone on the street photographing a door and then seeing that in my tags! Life is funny and people are interesting.  That's it, I guess. 
If you live in Dublin, or visit Dublin take photos of doors for me. I check the hashtags regularly enough so get busy! 

#thedoorsofdublin #doorsodoorsfdublin #dublindoors

If you're a dork who likes doors too - follow the account, why not?! And do some searching for doors in your own city! Set up your own 'Doors Of' Instagram! Do it! I want to see them all! 

I'll be back soon. I'm thinking about writing a post about the internship I've started but undecided still. Hmmm. Hope you're all well. x

January 18, 2015

Cuba: Havana good time

GREAT pun in the title, way too many photos, and a sneaky Domino's pizza beside me - I am ready.
My Mum has wanted to bring me and my siblings to Cuba for years now. There's no particular reason why, she has been herself once before. After last year didn't work in our favor due to my sisters college work and my own dissertation woes we finally settled on two weeks this winter to jet off together. When we were younger we used to go on family holidays every year and it was nice to do it again after so long! And I managed to avoid the January Sales and spend New Years in the Cuban sun. Perfect!
After a long flight and one night in Havana we headed out to Viñales, a small town situated in the stunning, leafy, Valley countryside. We spent a couple of days here staying in a lovely but basic 'Casa' and exploring the caves, tobacco farms and seeing the Mural de la Prehistoria. It was humbling to see how beautifully simple the people's lives here were. I'm glad we got to see a bit of real Cuban life before heading back to the capital. 
Havana was just as stunning as Viñales, but in totally different ways. Obviously it was more tourist-oriented but it was still shockingly under developed. A lot of the buildings are in need of reconstruction and a lot of the people seemed more desperate here to make money off of the tourists (understandably, of course.) It was humbling to see. And beautiful. The buildings, despite some of their decrepit facades, were brightly painted and decorated with washing hung out the windows and families sitting on stoops. I felt like I had gone back in time, surrounded by all the old, classic, cars. We walked around the city for hours, watching life go by, enjoying the heat and appreciating the fascinating enviornment that is this crazy city.
New Years in Havana was uneventful - I didn't go out and get pissed with my family, no.
We were in Havana for 5 days, and spent half our days exploring, seeing the fine arts museum, the revolution museum, the old town, the markets and walking along the Prado and ending up on our hotels rooftop pool before dinner. That's the kind of life I want forever, so if anyone can figure out how to make that happen, hit me up!
From Havana we took a guided tour down South, through Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, and ending up in Trinidad - one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been in. If you're going to Cuba any time soon, don't spend all your time in Havana. Trinidad was my favorite stop off! It's very small, and attracting more and more tourists but I loved wandering the streets which are uneven and cobbled and framed by tiny rainbow-coloured buildings. We drove back North after a few days, stopping to see Che Guevara Mausoleum which was fascinating. I only wish I knew more about Cuban history - someone remind me to watch the 'Che' movies. The last few days of our trip were spent lying out on a white sandy beach in Varadero. I got a little bit sun burnt, read A LOT and enjoyed the last of the thirty degree weather before our ten hour flight back via Amsterdam.
When I finished finals in May I went straight back into working retail and I've spent the last few months doing shift work and questioning my entire four years at university. I needed this time away from Dublin to recuperate and relax. I stress myself out very easily and I get overwhelmed at some very underwhelming situations. Travelling makes me love life again and this Cuba trip came at the most perfect time. I'm so delighted to have had the opportunity to go to this incredible country. I think it will be a very different place in a few years and I'm so happy to have seen it in it's authentic state, full of vigor. My Mum has worked her ass off for so long and I hope she enjoyed herself. I know that I don't appreciate her enough so, THANKS MUM, I love you.

I haven't spoken about it on here yet but I'm actually starting an Internship tomorrow in a Women's magazine with the Beauty Editor!!! I'm very very nervous but also excited. The butterflies are building. As it's unpaid (ah, graduate life) I have to keep on my other job parttime as well so I'll be flat out working 7 days a week. I'm trying not to think about that part of it all! If you want updates on my life and how I'm getting on in the REAL WORKING WORLD, make sure to follow me on Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter. I might do a post on it all after a while, but YAY. Moving forward.

Talk soon.
x

January 13, 2015

2015

photo from tumblr
I started writing this post about the last year. I tried to sum up what I had done, and what I had been through in the past twelve months in a few sentences. That wasn't fun. I don't want to think about 2014 anymore. (So last year. Sorry.)
I'm reading a book - actually, I'm only starting it. New years resolution: Read More - it's called 'The Power of Now' and it is all about living in the present moment, rather than losing yourself in anxiety about the past or future. So I'm not going to talk about 2014. And I'm not going to try and predict what's going to happen this year. Another resolution, LIVE NOW. This might be a bit difficult on the aul blog here, as I tend to reflect on all things past, present and future. But hey, let's just roll with it and see how it goes.
Happy New Year, I guess!
I just got back from Cuba!! (I don't know if telling you about my trip counts as reflecting on the past, but I guess because I only have good vibes about it, it's OK.) I'll have a full travel post on the whole holiday coming soon - I promise! Spoiler: I half met Jared Leto. I need to sort out photos and things because I took ALOT. Cuba was unreal; so gorgeous, actually HOT, and defintely picture-worthy. I got a bit insta-happy and sort of spammed everyone on there. If you just CAN'T WAIT until I share them on the blog, go stalk my instagram @eleanorcos.
I'm such a cliche for blogging about my new years resolutions. Maybe if I write them down and publish them to the internet they'll stick. Another on my long long list is this: I want to get back into making art. Doodling, painting, writing, collage-ing - I've seriously abandoned any creativity I once had in me. I need to go to more galleries and listen to more good music and  watch great movies. I finally saw Django Unchained the other day - WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG?! 
Do I sound like I dick if I say I want to be inspired? Don't care. Inspire me.
Leave me some inspiration before you go. What singer made you want to sing? What movie made you cry? What quote do you have tattooed on you? Let's all be dicks together.
photos from tumblr (sorry).
If you read my last post, you might be interested to know that the whole Christmas-with-divorced-parents thing worked out alright. Parents both seemed A.OK on the day so I'm happy. 

There's a lot of crap going on in the world at the moment. I didn't really know how to segue into it in this post, or how to even begin to put my anger and sadness into words. Maybe one day I'll be able to write coherently about more important issues than my make up routine or favorite chocolate bar, but until then, I just want to say to you, that you are great and good. Be kind to other people, be kind to yourself, try to love everyone and question yourself if you don't. Humans can be terrible beings, but we're also weird, beautiful freaks. Let's celebrate it. I hope you laughed today! If not, maybe tomorrow, eh?*

Talk soon. x


*THIS IS VAGUE AND ALSO SO LAME. I WILL ADDRESS MY THOUGHTS AND PRESENT THEM BETTER IN THE FUTURE

December 24, 2014

It was Christmas Eve, Babe, in the Drunk Tank.

I'm just going to accept that I don't/can't blog as often as I used to. I'll do my best not to apologize for lack of posts from now on. Adding that to my long long long list of New Year's Resolutions.
Look at that date though. Christmas Eve 2014. Holy Crap, how is it Christmas again, already.
I missed all the gift guide posting too... I was busy working retail at the busiest time of the year. (Hell. It was absolute hell.) 
I hope you're all excited about the big day. I'm looking forward to eating lots and watching movies. Then I'm back to work on Stephens' day for the January sales. Gotta make money, and pretend I'm saving. 
This year me and my sister bought 'Guardians of the Galaxy' for the family to sit down and watch together. I'm such a loser and am looking forward to that way more then I should be, not only because it's an excellent movie, but for the incredible soundtrack too. I'll be up and singing along after a few glasses of wine. Can't wait. 
Children of divorce might be able to relate to the pressure around the festive season of dividing your time between the two parentals. This year, my Dad has invited my brother and sister and I around to his for tea in the afternoon. Upon hearing this, my mother chose to tell us how hard this time is for her, and doesn't want to be left at home alone on Christmas Day. So, we've decided the best thing to do is tag team my Dad's tea. Two of us will go over, one will stay and make sure our Mum isn't lonely, and then we'll swap. This compromise we've landed on comes across like a military timed operation, and is set in place mainly so that my Dad can spend time with us and my Mum doesn't cry. 
I'm trying to figure out how I really feel about the whole situation (another New Years Resolution is to be honest with myself about my feelings. HA). I'm a little bit annoyed at the pettiness of the whole thing. And I think it says a lot about breakups - they never get easier, whether you're 15 years old, 23, or 60. 
The last thing I want to do is upset either of my parents, but I also don't want to end up feeling guilty about any decision I make. Honestly, it would be great if they could be nicer to each other, and more understanding. But when it comes down to it, I'm actually a little angry that this is made into a big deal. Christmas should be about family and I'm just trying to please all of mine. I guess what I want is for my Mum not to be sad, and my Dad to feel like he spends enough time with us. I hope it all works out. I'm afraid my Mum might be upset regardless and my Dad will feel like we don't care.
I just hope anyone else in a similar situation has it all worked out better than us!
photos from my instagram @eleanorcos (hat is from Urban Outfitters)
Moving swiftly on from that slightly depressing Christmas situation, I'm going to Cuba in FOUR DAYS. I can't wait to lie on a beach, read, listen to podcasts and get out of Dublin for a couple of weeks. Never have I ever needed a holiday more than now. My head has been fuzzy for months.
I doubt I'll get a chance to post again before I go, so look to my Instagram to stay updated on the whole trip. I'll definitely be doing a post or two on the whole thing when I'm back ( - not till mid-January!!!) so keep your eyes peeled for that. I'll try not to rub my mid-December sun holiday in your faces too much. 

Happy Holidays! - Enjoy yourselves.

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