Sunday, 15 February 2015

Love Aftermath

Well Smudgers,

how are we all? Enjoying the rain after Valentine's Day? ;)

Ya know it's not so bad; you're either ....
a) single (with the options of excess sorrow drowning drinking or pizza with friends or YOU HAVE OTHER CRAP TO DO THAN THINK OF VALENTINES DAY!)
Or ....
b) taken (with an extra side dish of goofy PDA or YOU COMPLETELY FORGOT IT WAS VALENTINES DAY BECAUSE OF THAT OTHER CRAP CALLED LIFE and you were last minute preparing!)

I know it's been quite a while since my last post where I was off to the Style in the City 2 event where there was style from....

**Cotton Face (http://cotton-face.com/) where owner Sinead Lally invites you into a treasure chest of quirky costume jewellery and friendly price-tags. The shop is located along the beach in Spiddal, Galway. Once loved vintage attire and cool alternatives are all over this place :) From faux fur Parisian coats to flowy short-shorts, I can't think of a more adventurous shopping trip!!

**Harper (http://www.harper.ie/) on Elington Street in Galway holds within its doors an array of styles. Here you can turn any simple girls night out to ladies in the city! The aim for this store is unique and new with stock sourcing from a few places, you may know them; New York, L.A., Milan, London and Paris.

**Swamp (http://swampfashion.com/) is an 100% Irish-owned lifestyle hight street brand. It's quality fashion at its most affordable, from casual to classic wear. With new stock every week, catering from sizes 8 to 18, and exceptional customer service no wonder its a leading fashion retailer.

**Fiona Mangan Millinery (http://www.fionamangan.com/) award-winning milliner based in Athenry and a truely lovely woman. She holds the title of Ireland Accessories Designer in 2012 from the Kerry Fashion Awards, and in L.A. she claimed the Best Fascinator Award, in 2012 also. Zara Phillips is among one of the many Irish celebs who can be seen in one of these fascinating fantasies. Mangan's creations have been features on local and national newspapers and fashion magazines. She has stockists in Galway, London and Hong Kong - made for Strong, Unyielding females that dare to wear!

**Flea Style Market (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Flea-Style-Market/328499153887335). Having worked at the Flea Style Market with Sinead Lally for two years (my "in" into Fashion <3 ) this monthly gem is funkiest indoor flea market. Located at the Electric Factory on Lower Abbeygate Street in Galway, popular vintage sellers from across Ireland can be found exchanging goods... for money though! The styles of the night were put together by Natalie McKeogh - her love and taste for vintage flare was evident that night, with a lovely patterned poncho and a maxi black dress with a turban and gold belt.

**Public Romance (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Public-Romance/196521403700625) located on Lower Abbeygate Street as well, run by Sinead Coughlan, who studied Fashion Design at LSAD. it aims to offer two unique fashion retail experiences with a selection of contemporary designer clothes and accessories downstairs and vintage 60's to 90's finds upstairs.

**Eureka (https://www.facebook.com/eurekapreloved) is a new kid on the block, found beside the post office in Salthill, Galway. It has established a reputation for innovative style and immaculate quality clothing. They have a wide range of sizes, and prices ( varying from €10 to €300!!). But whether its high street or high end pieces that you have a hunger for, this is the place to fill up.

The theme of the night was 'Glitz & Glam' and if you follow Freaky on Facebook (but of course you are!!) then you would see all the pretty pics! The entire event was sophisticatedly constructed by Sinead Lally, Rebecca Casserly (of BecBoop.com), Amber Doyle and Aidan Judge Stylist. All profits were raised for JIGSAW Galway, which offers support for young people aged 15 - 25, and the Brothers of Charity, who aid those with intellectual disabilities. Well Done to all for a fab night :) xx

Now let's skip to present day!

All Fur No Knickers - Strangelove event by Hunt & Gather <3
This Friday the 13th I, Freaky, was partying it up with the followers of Hunt & Gather. They throw some kick ass parties! My friend and I hopped up to Dublin to meet some friends and headed off down the streets to this thing, only one thing = secret venue .. And one problem = we don't know Dublin ...
"And the Lord looked upon them and said, " Lads, Google it?"..
Standing where our maze ended was a smiley fellow, named Sam I think, who led us down some stairs to a basement. I know that sounds a bit creepy but it was cool, there were fairy lights so!? Our names were ticked off the guestlist and we were shoved into a room of burlesque, fancy dress and some serious second-hand smoke. It was BYOB, which I was all for, and up a little flight of stairs to a canopy of blankets, pillows and friendly faces. By the time 3am hit the walls were sweating and the music wasn't getting any quieter so the only option was to dance it :) It was close to 5 before we were asked for the 3rd time to leave and then, with the new friends (shout out to Anna you riot!) we had acquired over the last 5 hours of drunkenness, we made our way to the Breakfast Club (a club that opens at 7am apparently because why must the party end??). After walking a mile and a half, and two comrades lost to over-tiredness (poor Gav and Paddy), we called it quits. I had an hour of sleep on a lovely strangers floor mattress before getting the 8.45 coach back to Limerick so I could go to work like a responsible adult :P

-->> the moral of the story kids, GO TO THE NEXT EVENT!!

A lot of the time it's hard to be a responsible adult when all you want to do is be a dumb kid and stay out all night and watch the sun come up without a care in the world.
Life is difficult, especially at the moment for Freaky. I think this life is moving too fast for little ole me and I want to experience everything!! Making a bucket list and checking it 50 times, so I'm off to London in two weeks for a me-cation with my housemate!

I know I'm completely brutal for the posts guys but if you feel like keeping up with Freaky Smudge, I'm always on Instagram so give me a follow anytime :)
Well that's it from me tonight as I am supposed to be studying but whatever. Later Smudgers!
XOXO
F.S.




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