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Yay or Nay

April 29, 2016

 

That typical quote we ladies receive from are mums, when our hearts are broken or just having no luck whatsoever when its comes to dating, the usual one is “When the time is right, you will meet The One, “You might already know him” but you were never advised by your mum that he could be a click, swipe or tap away. My closest interaction with this form of dating was being introduced to a guy on Facebook and found myself dating him for some time. It ended the way it began with not too much in common and solely based on looks at first sight. To be honest, I’m 24 and already completely over this so called dating scene. In the past three years I have been living in New York, a city tailor made for singletons like myself, where the word commitment is only really referred to when applying for a job. I honestly love it and could accept the rules around its quirkiness. Like many twenty something’s the very idea of being in a long-term relationship just doesn’t fit into our plans at the minute.

However eventually that will change, as I am not too sure if I fit into this modern way of dating which my friends are all referring to as “great craic” (i.e. fun). There has always been dating sites and pardon my rudeness but it was something I always imagined was for those in their 60’s who were either widowers or recently divorced. Clearly I was wrong. Talking to friends, some are interested in a potential relationship, others for companionship and then the occasional friend who just wants a bit of fun. Oh I know, how romantic? I have met some couples who have met using Tinder along with other dating sites and they are the cutest but I am sorry, I really don’t want my future boyfriend or husband to click on my face as an option while he is “online” doing god knows what else. We are not a protein shake or commodity but human beings. Besides a picture is one moment and with good lightning and photoshop we can, lets face it filter the hell out of it lol! I am sorry but I just think its setting ourselves up for a real “mans world” and honestly there’s no point in complaining this time because we are to blame as well. I have had many boyfriends and dated a few interesting characters in my short space of twenty four years and never once with any of them did I feel I needed to submit a resume of my pro’s and con’s until now. We live in a disposable world for a long time now but I really feel it has taken on a new meaning of its own. As I am writing this piece in the “real world”, I have my hair in a bun (wrapped in a towel), panda eyes from the remainders of yesterdays make up and a chocolate stain on my dressing gown from the most amazing Cadburys Oreo bar I just ate and I am sure will regret later but you can just picture this. This is not Stepford Wives 2 gentlemen and if you are looking for Mrs. Perfect perhaps there are better and more realistic ways to find her.

I feel it’s unfortunate or sad to think that this is the reality or norm we now live in and I just can’t see happiness as an outcome and if there is, chances are, it will be short lived but maybe I am wrong? Relationships are not about having the hottest arm candy or the girl who can do backflips while still looking like Kendall Jenner. Men and women are always looking for something better and possibly replaying Beyoncé’s song “Upgrade You” a little to often. There is only one queen-B and sorry boys she is taken, despite the rumors! Yes attraction is necessary but “Shallow Hal” is not. I honestly feel sorry for my generation, we are never fully content. If you are always looking sideways you will never know what’s in front of you. If you are like this with relationships I am guessing you think this way with everything else in your life. If that’s what you boys want then be my guest but sorry I wont be taking part. My advice for younger women is dream big, work hard and be your own hero, boys want dolls but “real men” want a “real woman” including all their flaws towel and all. Fortunately I feel there are real men out there who want to be in a real relationship but I guess also most of these don’t have an account on tinder.

Stay Lawless,

Niamh

Feature, Mexico, Travel

San Miguel

February 23, 2016

Well 2016 has got off to a great start, I cannot believe how fast it is going and already we are nearly into March, its insane. Just back myself from Mexico, it was one of the best learning experiences I have had to date as a designer. I moved to San Miguel in January for nearly two months, to work as a costume designer on a local play. It was a very challenging task, as this was the first time I was the “boss” and it was a role I was really excited to take on but also if I am being totally honest was nervous about it. I have never spoken or studied Spanish in school so this was another hurdle to take on (I am not fluent by a long shot but it took me sometime when back in New York to stop saying gracious, so it had some impact lol). For me when you are a guest in a country it is so important to understand and respect their culture, traditions and language. One of the most enjoyable things I love about traveling is being out of your comfort zone.

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San Miguel de Allende is a beautiful historical town built in and around clusters of mountains. Most buildings date from the 17th and 18th century and have attracted a growing amount of young Americans and artists. You will constantly find a orchestra playing along with numerous bands or just charming small market stalls selling local hand made toys and clothing in the courtyards. What is special about this location while you are enjoying the culture and local beauty of this small city is the beautiful La Parroquia church from its strategic location is always in your view. I love historical architecture and the beauty it adds to an area and it is something that I believe should always be preserved. One place you must see it the Instituto Allende which holds some of the most breathtaking art work held around a cobbled courtyard. Not far from here you will also find several food markets, you will never taste food as fresh. One go my favorite past times was to explore the city and see the contrast of Mexican doors, it sounds strange but trust me the detail and craftsmanship in these doors are a work of art. Mexicans certainly no how to make an entrance.

 

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There are many small boutique hotels in San Miguel but if I were to advise you on accommodation there would be no better place in my mind than the Rosewood Hotel. Everything about this hotel says San Miguel, draped with local artists textiles and paintings you will never want to leave. Accommodating five exclusive restaurants from traditional Mexican cuisine to a bar that serves 120 different tequilas, where could be better? During the day you can enjoy the surrounding gardens while lounging by the pool. There really is no better hotel located in the center of the city, this hotel really has everything. Whether you stay here or not, you must visit to judge for yourself. I have been to many restaurants around this city but nowhere and I mean nowhere can beat the rooftop view from the Luna bar. It really cannot be described other than pure magical. Throughout the day and night you can enjoy authentic international tapas, while gazing at the iconic La Parroquia, spires, bell towers and Mexican rooftops. Another restaurant that I would advise is Tio Lucas a quant restaurant in comparison to Luna however you wont be disappointed. While eating Tio Lucas cuisine you will be dining in one of the most romantic places I had seen in San Migual. In the main part of the restaurant was a tree holding traditional Mexican star lights every inch of the restaurant was decorated in ornate fabrics and Mexican tiling, it was magical. I had my very first pina colada and ever since then have been hooked.

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Mexican clothing is very delicate and lavish and they are not afraid to explore or use vibrant colors which I love. There are many traditional clothing boutiques but for me, I wanted something that has a touch of Mexico but is still wearable elsewhere. That’s why I loved “Recreo”, handmade it has all the elements of traditional garments but still contemporary. Recreo which means recreate, was founded by American designer Charlie Coleman and his family. Featured in Vogue as one of Mexico’s most prominent and elite designers Recreo will not disappoint, tailored for both men and women they use only the world’s finest fabrics. Locally made, you will wonder why you had not heard of this amazing fashion collection sooner. San Miguel really is a city worth visiting whether you’re a history lover, complete foodie or just love to see something different, I would strongly recommend San Miguel as a destination to visit and explore, for myself a place I will never forget!!!

Stay Lawless,

Niamh X

 

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Feature, NYFW, On the Set

Vera Wang NYFW 2016

February 19, 2016

 

New York is full of surprises and if you had told me on Friday last when I landed in JFK from Mexico, that I would be given a press pass to Vera Wang, I wouldn’t have believed you. One of the main reasons I love being in this amazing city is you can make anything happen in a day. New York is an opportunity just waiting to happen. There is always a way in this city to grow and network. So this Tuesday, I had the honour of getting to see one of fashion weeks most elite and famous designers Vera Wang. This years collection was simply breathtaking, my favorite part was watching the full production of the show come to life. Models were walking onto the catwalk from every angle, it definitely achieved the element of surprise. With a selection of black gowns , olive greens suits and embellished nude dresses Vera Wang’s collection will be a hard one to out stage. Inspired by the 20’s and 30’s, Vera Wang wanted to convey a collection that represented strong and charismatic young women and she achieved this.

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I will admit there was a beautiful tall gown that would be a hard one to carry off for most ladies. If I was to wear it, I think a pair of jeans and an undergarment would be necessary. But then again, fashion is a matter of opinion and that’s just mine. My favourite was a nude tall column gown with a bib neck that was embellished with numerous panels of crystals and metallic sequins. It was a very diverse collection, from bold black suits to dreamy gowns. Vera created a magical show that was strong from the start to finish. One thing that I really adored when looking through the endless racks of clothes, was how the collection was styled. Layering was a big factor and I loved it. Patchwork was also a strong element and was used beautifully in a variety of colours from soft greys, olives and chartreuse in numerous fur jackets. This experience was one to remember and I am just so happy I got to witness a true fashion legend behind the scenes. Thank you to my lovely and talented friend Annis, who gave me front row pictures from the press box. A rising New York photographer who has brains, talent and beauty. Follow her on Instagram to find more amazing behind the scene shots. To see the full show for yourself visit www.verawang.com

Stay Lawless,

Niamh X

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Feature, Mexico, My Wardrobe

Romwe Romper

February 14, 2016


When we think of summer, we think of rompers, well I do and this particular one I feel you ladies will love. Romwe is an online store that will no doubt have you feeling and looking fabulous for the hot months ahead. I know its hard to think that far away, especially with the winter weather in full swing but I hope these pictures can help you ladies envision summer and start planning ahead. So start now, there is nothing worse then missing out on something special, especially a new piece to add to your summer wardrobe. I can’t wait to wear this in New York this summer, maybe with a cute strappy heel but for now in Mexico’s cobbled streets, flats are my preferred footwear. The balancing act on cobbles is never a fun moment to have and there really is no need for it. Asos always have a good range of footwear, I have been wearing sandals every summer for as long as I can remember. My favorite designs would have to be River Island, who are continually creating fabulous footwear with an extensive selection to choose from. If your not fully convinced then Kurt Geiger surely will. For accessories, one designer I feel you need to keep an eye on every season not just summer is Joie, an amazing American brand that I discovered while living in New York. This flower bag along with many other Joie purchases are one of my favorite pieces for the summer time. Being that its in the midst of winter its nice to think ahead and maybe even plan a trip away to escape this polar vortex that we are having in New York, why wait. Visit www.romwe.com to find some of the most amazing summer pieces.

Stay Lawless,

Niamh X

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