Monday, July 14, 2014

Brocade & Lime

This weekend as I was out for a morning stroll down Cornmarket Street in Cork, I walked for the hundred time in front of a vintage inspired clothing store, and just like every single time I pass it, I stopped for a few seconds to drool over the dresses in the window. However, this time, my guy pushed me ahead and told me to go inside and have a look, to take as much time as I wanted, and that he would wait for me outside. A man encouraging me to shop AND offering to wait while I "take my time" doing so? How did I get so lucky!?

So I opened the door (which had a tiny bell attached to it and made the cutest sound) and walked into paradise...

I was welcomed by two gorgeous young ladies all dressed in 50's attire: the victory rolls, the red lipstick, the perles... They were a vision of vintage perfection! 

While at first glance the store might look small, there is actually a back area and a second floor. Even thought the entrance room doesn't seem to have a lot in it, I did spend more than 20 minutes looking at each and every piece of clothing, one more gorgeous than the other. On top of dresses, tops, and skirts, they also had hats in stock and the most beautiful shoes I have ever seen. One paire in particular grabbed my attention and I have every intention of returning for them! 

What I did not expect from Brocade & Lime was the other services they offered. Not only will you find clothing and accessories to die for, but you can also go there for an afternoon tea, watch black and white movies in the courtyard, be made up into a 1950's vixen, and have your hair and makeup done by artists trained in vintage beauty styling. They even offer bridal packages which include champagne, hair and makeup, movie, cupcakes, and an unforgettable experience for the bride and her girlfriends.

You can find more information on this gem of a store on their website at and their Facebook page.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Glendalough, Wicklow, Ireland

Two years ago, I set foot in Ireland for the first time and fell in love with this country and the beautiful sceneries it offered. Never would I have guessed back then that I would end up moving and settling here. But most of all, I never guessed that I would have the courage to hike the Wicklow Mountain once more...

To celebrate my two year anniversary of my first arrival here, I decided to go back to the first place I visited: Glendalough, in County Wicklow. For anyone looking for the typical Irish fields, loads of sheep, tiny roads, old rock walls, nice people, and small towns, Glendalough should definitely on your list of places to see.

While I wouldn't have stayed there a whole week (there aren't THAT many different things to do), I find it is the perfect little spot to get away for a few days and become one with nature. A bus makes daily trips from Dublin straight to the information center, which is located next to a hotel and a few minutes walk away from a youth hostel. Both times I went, I stayed at the hostel and it was great. The people working there were really nice and helpful, and everything was clean and comfortable. While I haven't stayed at the hotel, it was quite lovely in there and the food was delicious. They also have a nice pub with a pool table  and dart board for those rainy evenings.

Between the hotel and the hostel is the St Kevin monastery, where you can find hundred years old ruins, cemetery, and 100 ft tall tower. Glendalough truly is gorgeous and whether you're an experiences hiker or not, there are different trails that will suit everyone. I recommend this place to anyone who has an interest in nature, history, or even simply in relaxing!