5 Ways to Wear the Floral Halter

Our floral halters are our number one must-have item for summer! These babies are seriously versatile, whether it's festivals, day trips or nights out with the girls, the floral halter is always sure to have you slaying! Here's our top five ways to style these cuties. 


FESTIVAL GAL


Floral halters are SUCH a festival essential! For an easy but cute festival look, rock your halter with a pair of cute pants and some of your fave accessories. Check out our gal Ami totally nailing the festibabe look in this pic! 




Halters
Trousers
Sunnies 



CLASSIC GAL


Sometimes you just can't beat a classic! Pair your floral halter with a pair of vintage Levi shorts and some cute sunnies for the perfect summer look! Click the links below this pic to shop the look. 




Halter
Shorts 
Belt 
Sunnies 




CASUAL GAL


Halters don't have to be for a special occasion! For a more casual look, pair your halter with a pair of jeans and a cute leather jacket. We love pairing similar colours together as shown here on our fab model. 



Jeans
Sunnies



GLAM GAL



One of our personal fave ways to wear our halters! Going full glam with these babies is so easy too, all you need is a leather skirt and some fab accessories and you're good to go! 



Halter
Shorts
Hat
Bag


BOHO GAL


You might not be able to count on the sun making an appearance this summer but you can guarantee that the boho trend will come around! Get ahead of the crowd and pair your floral halter with a suede skirt and a cute bag for the perfect boho babe look!





Halter
Skirt
Bag


Ciara x 
May 08, 2018 by Ciara Moran

Our Top 8 Reasons to Buy Vintage

 
With so many places for us to be spending our hard earned cash, why should we choose to spend our money on vintage? Here's our top eight reasons why vintage trumps high street!


It’s Environmentally Friendly:

In an age where many of us live a fast paced life style and give in to the trend of even faster fashion, it’s important to take a step back and look at how our shopping choices can affect our planet. In an article by Lucy Siegle for Huffington Post, Siegle claims, “If we think of a hierarchy of ethical ways of dressing, vintage should be near the top.”

For example, one third of all denim products are manufactured in Xintang, China. It takes approximately 1,600 gallons of water to make a single pair of denim jeans, as well as a huge array of seriously harmful chemicals, dyes, and processes. Due to this huge scale production of denim in Xintang, 80% of its water is polluted. So, by shopping vintage you are choosing not only to brighten up your wardrobe with some seriously sick threads - you are also choosing to support a more sustainable way of shopping.





An example of the level of water pollution in Xintang. (Photo from www.greenpeace.com)


Everything You Find Is Utterly Unique:

When buying vintage not only are you consciously deciding to rebel against the fast fashion industry, you are also sure to find some absolute treasures. From those gorgeous gold buttons to that stunning scalloped collar, it’s all in the details ladies! So when choosing to buy vintage you can rest assured that you will never walk into a room to find someone wearing the same thing as you are.


Quality Over Quantity:

“Vintage” is a term coined for clothing that is twenty to eighty years old, and for the most part, clothing during these eras were produced on a much smaller scale. These were times when clothing was made to last, a time where people spent much more on small amounts of clothing. Nowadays clothing is inexpensive to produce and rarely inexpensive to own, so when buying vintage a shopper has the chance to experience truly well constructed garments at non-luxury brand prices. The quality of vintage clothing is truly unmatched by todays contemporary brands.



Our style icons Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen rocking some gorgeous vintage pieces. (Photo from www.pinterest.com
)


 You’re Buying A Piece Of History:

One of the most exciting things about shopping vintage is often imagining the stories behind each unique piece you find. Unlike fast fashion brands where a garment is constructed, transported and shelved; vintage pieces have often seen life, good and bad, and manage to come out as beautiful as ever at the end of it. Whether it’s a varsity tee with a students nametag stitched into the neckline, or your mother claiming “I had so many of those shell jackets back in my day!” the stories are endless. Shopping vintage is buying history, art, and the stories of those who have come before us.


It Is A Completely Unique Shopping Experience:

If you’re already an experienced vintage shopper, you’ll know that shopping vintage is an experience unrivaled by any high street store. Whether it’s a vintage store, a flea market or an online seller- it’s all about the hunt! You never know what you’ll find when rummaging through rails and rails of stunning vintage pieces! And if you’re not particularly familiar with shopping vintage, we can say without hesitation that it is an extremely enjoyable experience full of fun and surprises.



Our gorgeous treasure trove in Galway.


You’re Often Supporting Small Businesses:

In such a trying economic environment, it’s time to consider where our hard earned cash is being spent. When you buy vintage not only are you getting an incomparable shopping experience, you are also more often than not supporting small business owners. It is hard to comprehend the blood, sweat and tears that go into creating a small business from the ground up, so why not support them, eh?




Nine Crows founders Emma Fraser & Dean McDaid 
(Photo from www.totallydublin.ie)


An Unparalleled Selection Of Stock:

Another amazing aspect to consider when buying vintage is the HUGE variety of stock that most vintage suppliers carry. Due to the diverse nature of most vintage stock, it is a shopping experience that can be enjoyable for any age. You are sure to find the perfect clobber for any occasion be it a festival, a wedding, after work drinks, or even a great gift for your granny!



Throwback to our mega cute 2016 festival look book.


The Vintage Community:

While this cannot be assumed of every vintage retailer, our experience has shown that the over all vibe and atmosphere of most vintage stores is relaxing, inviting and friendly. One of our favourite things about perusing vintage is the lovely people we meet along the way! Whether they’re professional retailers or a car boot salesman, you’re sure to be welcomed with a big friendly smile, followed by cute chats and excellent customer service.



A few members of the Nine Crows family.

Article by Kaitlyn Burke.
 

 

 

May 01, 2018 by Kaitlyn Burke
90s Vibes

90s Vibes

We've been all about those 90s vibes here at Nine Crows HQ lately and our latest stock drop is absolute 90s GOALS! We've put together a little Get The Look guide featuring some of our fave 90s trends/style icons  and Nine Crows pieces to give you guys some outfit inspo. Check out our picks below, happy shopping! 
 
 
The Slip Dress 

Photo from instyle.co.uk
 

A simple slip over a plain t-shirt is one of the classic 90s outfits, as modelled above by the Queen that is Rachel Green, and we've got you covered here at Nine Crows with this stunning little slip. 




Black Pleated Crepe Slip Dress
 


The Denim 

Photo from anothermag.com                Photo from vogue.com               Photo from cosmopolitan.com 

 
When you think 90s you think denim and our stock is full of dreamy little denim numbers, including these fab Winona-lookalike mom jeans, cute little denim dresses and dungarees that'll have you looking like Rachel Green in no time. 
 

Mom Jeans                Dungarees                 Dress               Two Piece 



The Oversized Shirt

Photo from pinterest.com

 
Any one with an ounce of style in the 90s owned an oversized shirt, preferably with a funky print, and we have PLENTY in stock for all you stylish gals. Grab a shirt, layer it over one of our sports tee's and you'll fit right in at a 90s rave scene. 
 

 
Blue & Green Shirt                Sheer Glam Print Shirt 


The Sporty Babe

Photo from buzzfeed.com

 
Kate Moss is looking absolute sporty babe GOALS in this pic and also like she's walked straight out off the Nine Crows website. We have loads of fab pieces to help you get the athletic vibe including our classic shell jackets and gorge little sport shorts. You'll be looking like The Moss in no time.


 
Adidas Shell Jacket               Sporty Crop Top                Nike Shorts


The Glasses 

Photo from hypebeast.com 

 
One of the most iconic images from the 90s is Kurt Cobain with his glasses and we've got identical ones in stock here at Nine Crows! Whether you want the classic black or some funky lenses, we've got them all online.
 

 
Orange Lense Kurt Glasses                   All Black Kurt Glasses


The Tartan Skirt 

Photo from wheretoget.it 
 

Rachel Green in her cream jumper and tartan skirt was one of the most wanted outfits of the 90s and we have the perfect skirt in stock for you to get her look! Pair it with a cute knit and some knee high socks and you're good to go. 
 

 
Classic Tartan Skirt                Red Tartan Skirt 


The Tied Crop Top 

Photo from pinterest.com 


Drew Barrymore is one of our favourite 90s babes here at Nine Crows HQ and we have the perfect little crop top to help achieve her look. Wear it with a pair of our printed trousers for ultimate 90s Drew vibes.  


 

The Ultimate Icon
 
Photo from schuelove.com    Photo from whowhatwear.com   Photo from popsugar.com    Photo from manrepeller.com 

 
In our eyes, the biggest 90s style icon will forever be Kelly Kapowski. There wasn't a girl in the 90s who didn't want Kelly's wardrobe (or her boyfriend) and here at Nine Crows we have PLENTY of Kelly-inspired pieces to help you live out your childhood fashion dreams. Channel major Kelly vibes in one of our printed dresses or two pieces, or rock a pair of our printed shorts for a very Kapowski-esque look. Maybe you can't choose between Kelly or her Saved by the Bell castmates, if so, get 'so excited' for a Jessie-inspired headscarf or a tie-dye shirt a la Lisa Turtle. And becuase our Irish summers are usually more dreary than dreamy, cosy up in one of our cute printed cardigans, just like Kelly (unfortunately you have to find your own Zack Morris).
 

 

Floral Dress               Floral Two Piece                Printed Shorts 

Headscarf                Tie Dye Tee               Printed Cardigan 
 
Ciara x 
March 27, 2018 by Ciara Moran
Top 10 Things To Do On A Snow Day

Top 10 Things To Do On A Snow Day

We might all be stuck inside today because of the weather but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing fun to do! Snow days start off pretty exciting, a whole day off work/school?! The dream! But once the excitement wears off the boredom can definitely start to settle in right? Well we’re here to help! Here’s our roundup of our top 10 things to do during a snow day! 





1; Make a playlist - Being stuck inside all day is the perfect opportunity to make yourself a playlist full of all your favourite tunes! Here at Nine Crows we have playlists for all our moods - an uplifting one, one for when you’re sad, one full of new songs, one full of old songs - play DJ for the day and spend it curating your Spotify.  





2; Try out a new recipe - Today is the perfect day to tackle that recipe you’ve been dying to try! Work on perfecting a new signature dish or just go back to basics and make some cookies. Either way you’re sure to have fun and have something delish at the end! Here’s a recipe for some insane brownie cookies to get you started.


 


3; Netflix - Let’s be real here, when the weather is this grim, all you want to do is curl up on the couch and watch Netflix! Whether you choose to start a new series or rewatch a classic movie, Netflix and a cosy blanket will be your best friend today. We’ll be spending our day bingeing on Friends, you just can’t beat a classic! 





4; Make a photo album - Our generation is notorious for taking pictures on our phones and leaving them there, but really, nothing beats having printed photos to look back on! Sit down today with your phone or your laptop, wherever you store all your photos, and print them all out! Stick them in a photo album too while you’re at it and then enjoy looking back (and cringing) at all your old photos! 





5; Read a book - Take advantage of all the spare time today and read that book you’ve been dying to check out! Or why not try an audiobook? From biographies to science fiction, fantasy to horror, you can find pretty much any audiobook online these days! Audible is our app of choice but you can also find lots on YouTube.





6; Do some exercise - Just because you’re stuck inside all day doesn’t mean you can’t get some exercise in! Check out some fitness videos on YouTube or look up exercises on Pinterest and set yourself up a little at home gym. Here’s some videos to get you started.

20 minute total body workout.
30 minute abs and booty-toning workout.





7; Have a pamper day - Pretend you’re at a fancy spa instead of stuck at home today. Run a bubble bath, paint your nails and do a face mask. You’ll go back into work tomorrow glowing! Here’s some ideas of at home face mask recipes.






8; Play some games - Go old school today and rummage out your old board games. Old classics such as Monopoly or Cluedo are perfect for having a laugh with family and friends when you’re all stuck together and bored! Just don’t get too competitive! 





9; Get outside - Go out and play! Embrace your inner child and get outside in the snow. Make snow angels, throw some snowballs and build a snowman, being a child for the day is great for clearing your head of all grown up stresses! 

10; Online shop - The snow may be falling out there but that won’t stop us from shopping! Treat yourself to some new pieces from your favourite online stores! And don’t forget to check out www.shopninecrows.com! Here’s some of our top picks from the site! 




Pink and Navy Festival Pants



Black Wet Look Arena Full Tracksuit



Berry Toned Knitted Jumper 




Rainbow Splash Wrap Front Blouse 




Burberry Baseball Bomber Jacket 




Tommy Hilfiger Candy Stripe Two Piece




Classic Blue Denim Jacket 




Textured Blue Bumbag 




Burberry Style Bucket Hat




Gold Layered Necklace




Ciara x 

All images from Pinterest. 

February 28, 2018 by Ciara Moran
Love Your Community

Love Your Community

To launch our Love Your Community campaign we knew we wanted to do something special. Something that was fun but that also allowed us to open up the conversation around mental health. We decided to bring together some members of the Nine Crows community for a photoshoot where we could all have a laugh but also get their thoughts about the topic of suicide and start the conversation that we so badly need to have. It was so encouraging to see how enthusiastic everyone was about getting involved and it served as a great reminder of how thoughtful, compassionate and smart the women within this community are. It truly gave us hope that if we keep working together, we can make a change.

We've included the girls answers to our questions below and also a little behind the scenes video of the day so make sure to check that out too.

Huge thanks to all the girls involved, Dean Ryan McDaid for photography, Simon from Kilig Productions for videography and to all of you for the support you've given the campaign so far. 




Hannah O Toole - @hannnahlulu 

How do you show your love for your community?

I make a conscious effort to bask those in my community with all the love I can muster up. The matter of the fact is, you just don’t always know what others may be going through in their personal life. So by trying to bring a touch of joy to every soul you come across can make a huge difference. Just do your thing and be a good person.

In what way do you feel loved by your community?

The support I receive from my friends makes me feel loved by my community. Each relationship is so unique and I cherish them all in different ways. Having a strong support system of people you can turn to when times are rough or simply just people to chill out with, who can lift your spirits is seriously underestimated.

What does community mean to you?

Growing up, I didn’t have the most supportive of family units but this encouraged me to explore outside. Finding your lil tribe, who get you and not only accept your quirks but encourage you, is so important for human flourishing and just general well-being.

What steps do you think we can all take to make our communities more inclusive, happier spaces for everyone?

I’m genuinely proud to be a millennial, we get so much slack from older generations over silly things, however, I feel we are working together to make our community a more progressive and inclusive place for everyone.

Do you think there is enough of a conversation going on about mental health in Ireland? 

Undoubtedly there needs to be more conversations held about mental health.

What ideas would you have about opening up the conversation?

Simply having the courage to start talking. I know it’s a lot easier said than done as people fear judgement due to the stigma attached to mental health, but opening up the conversation will reduce peoples unease around the subject.

Are you aware of the spike in suicide rates for young females in Ireland in the last year alone?

Prior to the campaign I had no idea about the spike in suicide rates for young females living in Ireland. I was genuinely shocked and saddened to hear.

What is your advice for someone who may be feeling like taking their life?

Please speak to someone. The power of sharing your emotions with another is seriously underestimated. I promise you will feel such a huge relief from just talking.




Wei Ying Chang - @_weiying

How do you show your love for your community?

I show my love to my community by showing respect and trust, celebrating successes and remembering the little things. I think it’s important to show your appreciation and support by making an effort to help out people in your community and recognising their accomplishments.

In what way do you feel loved by your community?

I feel accepted for who I am and always feel welcome and comfortable to reach out to my community for help when I need it. The Malaysian/Chinese community here in Ireland is so close, there’s definitely an almost familial bond between us. I remember the happiness and excitement I’d feel when we’d go over to each other’s houses and eat dinner together. We’d also get together for holidays such as Chinese New Year, it felt good to embrace and celebrate our culture. Even now, I still keep close friendships with them, we basically grew up together, so I suppose there’s a sort of community love there. 

What does community mean to you?

For me, being part of a community means having a safe and happy place to go to. I find that there is a strong feeling of togetherness and a common sense of identity and vision within a community. It is a support system that is there to show love, support and encouragement during tough times. 

What steps do you think we can all take to make our communities more inclusive, happier spaces for everyone?

I think having respect for everyone is one of the most important things to have in life, even if you have completely different views. Promoting equal treatment and opportunities along with celebrating diversity will strengthen the bonds within communities. 

Do you think there is enough of a conversation going on about mental health in Ireland? 

Yes but only in certain environments. 

Where are you seeing this happen?

The student union in college organise mental well being talks during the college year which I think is effective and helpful. They cover topics such as handling stress, anger and grief and encourage you to channel those emotions in a positive and productive way. I think this is helping people realise that mental health is just as important as physical health.  

Are you aware of the spike in suicide rates for young females in Ireland in the last year alone?

Yes, I find it deeply upsetting. 

What is your advice for someone who may be feeling like taking their life?

My advice to them is to remember that they are loved dearly and that there are people out there to support and care for them. Speaking to loved ones and opening up to them about the difficulties in life is helpful in figuring out positive solutions. Focus on healing rather than ‘getting out of depression’. It is a process but don’t give up hope, trust it. 




Ami Jackson - @aha.j

How do you show your love for your community?

To be honest, I move about a lot and don’t feel a particular loyalty to any local community but I care about global issues. In my own life I like to think I’m good to my friends and they feel they can confide in me and I try to be a kind sister.

In what way do you feel loved by your community?

I feel blessed to have a supportive and loving family and incredible friends. I’m lucky to have people around me who understand and respect mental health as for many people that’s not the case.

What does community mean to you?

Community is literally just a group of people sharing a space and often it can be a very exclusive and pressurising place with massive discrimination. Having said that community is so powerful and important and when a community gets behind a positive cause that is how change is created. In its best form it is a force which can lead to real positive change. The online community is worth highlighting as well and it's probably what I relate most to on a day to day basis. It’s a constant stream of influence and it’s important to make sure that’s an inspiring space for you and not a toxic one, because it can be so easily! 

What steps do you think we can all take to make our communities more inclusive, happier spaces for everyone? 

A good community has similar values and ideals, is safe, equal, inclusive and welcoming. Campaigns like this one Nine Crows are doing are so important and there needs to be more stuff like this to broaden the discussion on mental health and lots of other issues. 

Do you think there is enough of a conversation going on about mental health in Ireland? 

No, I think it's improving, but no. 

What ideas would you have about opening up the conversation?

Opening up about personal issues is automatically judged and I think thats the first thing we need to get rid of. We need to stop stigmatising mental heath and ridiculing difference. People need to speak out. It has to start on an individual basis. Openness breeds openness and as I have spoken to people they have shown honesty and openness to me. I have had mental health issues for a while now. It has affected my ability to function in normal society and keep important relationships. A while ago I was admitted to a mental institution as an inpatient as I had become a danger to myself and was going through a period of psychosis. I really didn’t think I’d ever see myself there, but it did me a world of good. I learned compassion again from the people there. Also, if you’re unfamiliar with mental health, just ask a question! You don’t need to have experienced mental health issues first hand to be allowed to talk about it, we just need to talk!!

Are you aware of the spike in suicide rates for young females in Ireland in the last year alone?

Honestly I wasn’t, I only learned that through this campaign.

What is your advice for someone who may be feeling like taking their life? 

I want to give this one some time. It’s hard coming up with an answer to this as everyones experience is so different and I want to honour that. I’m sorry. I hope when I’m wiser and older I will be able to answer this.




Ciara Moran - @ciaram96

How do you show your love for your community?

By being there for the people around me and really listening when they come to me with a problem. I like to think I’m someone that people feel they can confide in, someone that they know they can count on as a loyal friend. Simple things like complimenting people can also help them feel loved. I remember somebody once telling me that every time they saw me I always had something nice to say about them and that really stuck with me. It’s nice to make the people around you feel good.  

In what way do you feel loved by your community?

When I see people working to make this community a better place. People speaking out for human rights, be it gender, race or sexuality, make me feel loved by the community. Knowing that the people around me want this community to be a safe space for everyone is an amazing feeling and helps me know that I’m surrounded by good people. On a more personal level, the genuine support and love shown to me by my friends, whether it’s because something good has happened, something bad has happened or just randomly, my friends constantly make me feel loved just by being there for me and encouraging me. 

What does community mean to you?

Community is having a stable support system around you, people you know you can depend on. It’s surrounding yourself with good people who have something in common with you, no matter how small. It’s a group of people with shared experiences who are on hand to give you what you need, be it someone to have fun with or a shoulder to cry on. 

What steps do you think we can all take to make our communities more inclusive, happier spaces for everyone?

I think we’re definitely going in the right direction. Our generation is probably the most open-minded and accepting and I definitely feel we’re constantly working towards making our communities more inclusive and happier. We still have a long way to go but by if we keep opening up about difficult topics and educating each other on different issues, we’ll get there.  

Do you think there is enough of a conversation going on about mental health in Ireland?

No definitely not. We may have progressed a lot in recent years, but we still have an old-fashioned method of sweeping things under the carpet and only acknowledging them when something serious happens, which is just not good enough. 

What ideas would you have about opening up the conversation?

We need to start talking and really talking. There is still a serious stigma attached to mental health, we’ll open up a little bit but not enough. Talk to people around you, post about it on social media, make mental health discussion commonplace in public consciousness. Normalise talking about mental health. The conversation opening up can be the jumping point we need into actually tackling the problem. Make it something we can’t ignore, a serious issue that we need to do something about. 

Are you aware of the spike in suicide rates for young females in Ireland in the last year alone?

No, until starting this campaign I wasn’t aware of just how serious the issue was and I think that’s half the problem. People aren’t informed of the true depth of the situation, which just further alienates people who are already feeling isolated. They feel alone, like they’re the only ones feeling this way when in reality, there’s so many people in the same boat, it’s just not spoken about. 

What is your advice for someone who may be feeling like taking their life

Speak to someone, no matter who it is, telling someone how you feel will help. Surround yourself with positive influences. Don’t be scared to attend something like therapy, sometimes talking to a professional and addressing how you are feeling can help you see what the true issue is and really help you work through it. Remember what you are feeling is temporary and suicide is a very permanent solution. It may not feel like it right now but there truly is people out there who care about you and who are more than willing to hear your problems, you are not a burden. Take it slow, nothing will change overnight but you will get there eventually.




Conny Donohoe - @connygfromtheblok 

How do you show your love for your community? 

Straight off the bat, I love supporting Irish projects like films and music and art and businesses. There is so much Irish talent that goes so under the radar so always showing them love is a really easy way of supporting our community. Right now with the abortion referendum I also love going to as many repeal marches and events as I can, seeing all different types of women come together to stick it to the man is a great example of community pulling together the way we should. 

In what way do you feel supported by your community?

There was a march recently in Dublin for a call to improve trans and gender non-confirming people's medical/legal rights in Ireland and the feeling of unity and togetherness with everyone marching was really inspiring and reasurring. My whole family came with me and I saw so many people I know coming out to support. I feel like that's the epitome of community showing each other love in a big way, they way they should.

What does community mean to you?

Community for me is being apart of a group of people that all go through similar things, support each other and show each other big love. It gives me a sense of unity and unconditional support. More specifically for me, this year meeting more people from the trans/queer community has been so reassuring that things do get better and we all have each other to talk to and confide in or whatever. 

What steps do you think we can all take to make our communities more inclusive, happier spaces for everyone? 

People love pushing this agenda right now that PC culture has gone too far and I think it's a pathetic excuse for people to just say whatever they want and not deal with the consequences when they offend people. When minority people/communities are talking about the issues they face we need to be listening rather than jumping to defend our previous actions. I think we can all constantly check ourselves and listen and research and really embark on the pursuit of 'wokeness' . That's what's gonna make our communities more inclusive happier and diverse spaces for everyone. 

Is there enough of a conversation being had about mental health in Ireland right now? 

There's definitely more conversation being had right now than there's ever been before but it's definitely not enough. There's great organisations like Jigsaw, HeadStrong and Spunout that are there for young people dealing with mental health issues but of course there is always more that can be done! 

What ideas would you have about opening up the conversation? 

We could definitely do with raising more awareness about mental health issues with young kids in schools and teaching them positive coping mechanisms for whatever issue they are dealing with. That way when the day comes that they are dealing with this stuff they can cope with it in a better way. We also need to be encouraging more people to be open about their struggles, listening to them and supporting them. We need to shake this narrative that's so popular nowadays that mental health is attention seeking and over exaggerated or whatever else. 

Are you aware of the spike in the suicide of young females in Ireland this year alone?

I wasn't aware but I'm not surprised giving the way we treat women in general in this country and world wide. Now that I think of it anyone I know who battles depression specifically is a women. It's very concerning and upsetting.

What advice would you have for somebody considering taking their own life?

I suppose the main point to try and get across to somebody feeling that way is that they are very much loved and although it might not seem it right now but there are so many people that want to help you beat your demons.




Aisling Kelly - @aislingkellymakeup

How do you show your love for your community?

I show love by being compassionate and empathetic to those around me. I have respect for others in all walks of life and make an effort to treat everyone equally and with authenticity. I also try to stand up for those who are not in a position to do so for themselves whenever I can - and hope that others would do the same for me. 

In what way do you feel supported by your community?

I feel loved by my community when I witness others selflessly working towards making my life, and the life of others around us, a better place. Those of us who fight for equality, positive political and social change, and for a better quality of life are showing love to each other and to future generations. I'm proud to be living in this timeline for this reason.

What does community mean to you?

To me, the meaning of community is fluid. I would tend to automatically think of 'community' as where I live and how I interact with my neighbours - though I think many of us have lost the sense of community in that way, especially those of us who live in cities and who work long or irregular hours. But I think for many of us, 'community' encompasses the people we interact with regularly, whether in daily life or online. A lot of people my age were the first to grow up using social media as a means to connect with other like-minded people and as an introduction to others who live completely different lives to our own in a safe and healthy way. Typically we were warned not to talk to strangers online but actually, some of my most valued relationships in my life began through social media. I think we have the ability now to create our own communities that are flexible and open to people with varying interests, ideas and experiences. This helps us all to be more open-minded, empathetic and compassionate - which is what I think 'community' should mean. 

What steps do you think we can all take to make our communities more inclusive, happier spaces for everyone?

I think the key to making life in general a happy and inclusive place is education. To feel included is to feel considered, understood and accepted - and that begins with conversation and learning. If you're unsure about who a person is, or where they're coming from - ask them. Likewise, if someone is showing confusion about who you are or your beliefs - create a calm and understanding discussion and learn from each other. I think a lot of negativity comes from fear and a great way to combat fear is to speak, listen and learn from one another. 

Is there enough of a conversation being had about mental health in Ireland right now? 

 I think we have come leaps and bounds in terms of conversing about mental health in Ireland but there is still a long way to go.

What ideas would you have about opening up the conversation?

In schools and colleges now it's more common to have things like meditation classes, group discussions about feelings, societies, mentors/councillors checking in on students, etc. But from personal experience, it can be scary to leave education and feel like there is no one checking in on your well-being on a regular basis anymore. I would love to see people being encouraged to ask friends and family how they're doing more often. Life is tough and we can be overwhelmed with negativity in the media - where we tend to see lots of stories that are triggering to those who have experienced similar harrowing situations. Keeping this in mind when using social media would be great - think twice about commenting your opinion on news articles and be mindful about how your comments could be interpreted by others who are sensitive to the topic. If you notice something affecting a friend of family member - check in on them and ask them if they want a chat. 

Are you aware of the spike in the suicide of young females in Ireland this year alone?

I wasn't acutely aware of a spike in suicide rates among young females in Ireland but sadly I'm not surprised as I have unfortunately seen too many cases in my own circles recently. It's a tragic and a harrowing epidemic. 

What advice would you have for somebody considering taking their own life

My advice to someone who is feeling like taking their own life is to reach out to someone, anyone. If you are feeling like you are at the lowest point and you have no way out - please know that there is ALWAYS a way back from that feeling and there are ALWAYS people who care about you and who would do anything to help you feel better. As cliched as it sounds, a problem shared really is a problem halved. Talking about your feelings is really scary but it is hugely relieving just to put it out into the world. You have nothing to lose by reaching out to a friend, family member or even anonymously online or over the phone to a helpline. There are so many of us who would never judge you for feeling that way as so many of us have gone through that same feeling even numerous times throughout our own lives and come out the other side thanks to the help of others. I'd like to put myself forward as someone who is willing to listen and to do my best to find a positive solution to how you're feeling. 




Robyn Deane - @misssrobyn 

How do you show love for your community?

I think as a whole one of my main goals in life has always been to empower other women, specifically plus size women. I grew up very insecure, depressed and felt that I never belonged in any sort of body category, it made me feel very isolated. But, I then got into social media. I discovered plus size model Tess Holliday when I was really young, I had never seen a woman so confident and happy. I try to post a lot of body positive content on my social media accounts, selfies of my body, photos of me without make up, etc. I would love to have a bigger platform to really challenge the industry that dictates our cultures beauty standards, and realising that made me think ‘oh, actually, I want to be a model.’ I once got a message from a beautiful 35 year old woman telling me that I made her believe that she was beautiful and that her fatness didn’t equate to ugliness. I was 17 at that time, doing my leaving cert, had crippling anxiety and spent all of my free time on the internet. I couldn’t believe it, her support gave me so much confidence.

In what way do you feel loved by your community?

My self expression has never been dismissed. When I’m ranting about the struggles fat women face within our society on Twitter for an hour, my friends and every other body positive person is right behind me. Listening and supporting. 

What does community mean to you?

Community to me is comfort, Its relating to people who have had similar experiences and struggles as you. Its people who will show you kindness and empathy. Community to me is basically friendship. 

What steps do you think we can all take to make our communities more inclusive, happier spaces for everyone?

Respect, kindness and showing genuine interest in the well-being and comfort of others. Asking if a person is okay, being open about how you feel within the situation, being cautious of triggers, etc. 

Do you think there is enough of a conversation going on about mental health in Ireland?

No, I don’t. The stigma surrounding mental illness makes it seem as if it’s a choice. We’re fed the idea that mental illness is just being sad and chatting to your friends about it will make it all go away. Yes, that will help in some way, but there needs to be more. There needs to be more access to psychiatrists and therapists, colleges and schools need to have more than one counsellor. The government needs to put more funding into the adult mental health services because as a whole it’s a disgrace and again, adds to the stigma that no one actually cares. When professionals in Ireland start to treat mental illness as if they were treating physical illness, maybe then there will be change. 

Are you aware of the spike in suicide rates for young females in Ireland in the last year alone?

Yes, I am aware. It's now more important than ever to rid the stigma attached to mental illness. 

What is your advice for someone who may be thinking of taking their life

From my own personal experience, what helped me get through a very dark time was keeping busy and reading other peoples experiences of how they got through being suicidal. Make plans for yourself. Reward yourself for getting out of bed and showering. Things resolve at the most unexpected times, good things happen, things are constantly changing. 




Grainne Binns - @grainnebinns 

How do you show your love for your community?

I always offer an open ear and do my best to offer advice where I can if it’s going to help someone even if I don’t know the person all that well. I am very open about my life on my social media and from this I like to think that people in my community online and offline see me as someone they could confide in if they ever felt like they needed someone to talk to. I always make en effort to compliment people too because I feel like something so simple can make someone smile!

In what way do you feel loved by your community?

I feel so loved in so many ways that I am so grateful for! Online and offline I feel the love! One stand out moment for me was quite recently when I posted on my Instagram story about having a bad mental health day and how difficult it can be to live with an eating disorder/body dysmorphia at times and within about 10 minutes I had so many supportive and encouraging messages, some from people I know and others from people I’ve never met before! I felt so cared about! 

What does ‘community’ mean to you?

Community to me is everyone coming together and creating a safe environment that allows people to be themselves and be proud of who they are. It is about offering support in every aspect of life whether it be for creative endeavors, sexuality, mental health and just being able to have a good time and enjoy life, but also being able to have someone to talk to whenever things aren’t going so well!

What steps do you think we can all take to make our communities more inclusive, happier spaces for everyone?

I think it is important not to judge people, let people do what they want to do if it makes them feel good. At the end of the day we are all different and it is about accepting people for who they are and encouraging everyone to feel comfortable in their own skin! We need to lift people up, not knock them down!

Do you think there is enough of a conversation going on about mental health in Ireland? 

I feel like within the last few years there has definitely been more conversation but I definitely do not think the current conversation is enough. We hear about it on mental health awareness weeks/days but what about the rest of the year? It is still a pretty taboo topic, the people who speak out about their struggles are often described as incredibly brave for doing so, and they are, however it shouldn’t still be such a taboo topic. It should be normal for everyone to speak about their issues without feeling embarrassed or ashamed. So many people suffer with mental health issues and if they don’t personally they definitely know someone who has/does. 

Where are you seeing this happen?

I think social media has been a huge platform for people to share their own struggles which creates conversation! Especially when well known celebs or influencers/online personalities are open about their struggles, it can make someone’s feelings of being weird or alone for struggling disappear and even help them speak up about how they are feeling. 

What ideas would you have about opening up the conversation?

I feel like just normalizing the conversation is one of the main things. Making it known from a young age that sometimes people aren’t ok. I definitely don’t think I knew what mental health was when I was in primary school or the early years of secondary school so when I hit my teens and began suffering with my own mental health, it was an alienating lonely experience! I do think this has changed slightly now but I think more needs to be done within the education system and within the home about normalizing it. I also think there needs to be a shift in only speaking about the more common mental health problems in society and we need to put more effort into adding the less spoken about struggles like eating disorders/psychosis/schizophrenia etc. into the conversation. 

Are you aware of the spike in suicide rates for young females in Ireland in the last year alone?

I’m unaware of statistics and exact numbers but last year I heard of a number of girls who I didn’t know personally but knew of through friends who lost their lives to suicide. I think it was definitely the first year anyone close to me had lost a friend to suicide so I guess that’s living proof of the spike in suicide rates for young females!

What is your advice for someone who may be feeling like taking their life?

It is incredibly hard to think logically at such a stressful time and easy to feel like nobody cares about you or that things are ever going to be ok but my best advice is to just keep going, get out of the house, exercise, get some fresh air and try meditation. Speak to someone even if you think they wont care. One thing I always find really helpful and reassuring when I am going through a rough patch is to ask the question, will this still be a problem in my life in 3 months, in 6 months or even in 1 year? Because, literally everything in life is temporary the good and the bad moments. In the worst times, it is important to remember all of the good times and focus on everything we’ve overcome and achieved already so far in life! 




Eimear Lynch - @eimearslynch

How do you show your love for your community?

It’s always important to be kind to everyone and support each other. I also think everyone should have an opinion on issues that effect them or the people around them and stand up for what they believe in. 

In what way do you feel loved by your community?

I like to surround myself with people who make me happy and are supportive with everything I do. 

What does community mean to you?

To me, my community are the people I surround myself with and people with similar interests and beliefs as me. 

What steps do you think we can all take to make our communities more inclusive, happier spaces for everyone?

I think it’s important to be open to try new things and be open minded. It’s also important to allow people to be creative and be themselves without limiting anyone. 

Do you think there is enough of a conversation going on about mental health in Ireland? 

I don’t think so. It’s still a very taboo topic that people are afraid to talk about.

What ideas would you have about opening up the conversation?

Social media is an important part in a lot of young peoples’ lives so I think more people posting about their experiences could be helpful. The “Me Too” movement was a great way to show people that they are not alone with their experiences with sexual misconduct. Something like that but about people’s mental health issues could be effective. It’s really helpful to your suffering to know you’re not the only one feeling that way . 

Are you aware of the spike in suicide rates for young females in Ireland in the last year alone?

I had only become aware of it recently which I think is part of the problem. These statistics are often not spoken about. 

What is your advice for someone who may be feeling like taking their life

Things get better. And although you may feel like there’s no happiness in your life at the moment, this moment is only a small part of your whole life and things get better. 







If you need to talk to someone:

Pieta House: 1800 247 247  

http://www.pieta.ie/

 

 

 






February 26, 2018 by Ciara Moran
'Love Your Community' - Nine Crows X Pieta House Event

'Love Your Community' - Nine Crows X Pieta House Event

This Valentine's Day, Nine Crows decided that we need to think about love on a broader spectrum. The love we have for ourselves, our minds, our bodies, and our surrounding communities. Love is all around us, it comes in all shapes and sizes from many different people. We decided we wanted to celebrate the love that comes in all forms from everyone around us. We want to remind everyone of the importance of showing your love for your community and supporting each other.

This got us thinking about our community in general and of the struggles it faces, including mental health issues. The Nine Crows community has been rocked by several tragedies stemming from mental health issues over the years and we wanted to do something about it. We wanted to do something that would help us show our love to the community and to address the mental health problems it faces and to do something about it. We came up with the idea of our Love Your Community campaign, a campaign which will focus on raising awareness of mental health issues within our community and to start a conversation that badly needs to be had. 

To launch this campaign we decided to hold an in-store event in both our Dublin and Galway stores in aid of Pieta House on Valentine’s Day so that we could all hang out together and show our love for each other while raising some much needed funds for a cause that has deeply affected our community.  20% of all sales on the day went to Pieta House and there was donation buckets in store which everyone was extremely generous with.

It was such a fun day, the tunes were blaring, drinks were flowing thanks to our amazing friends at West Coast Cooler and everyone was munching on jellies throughout the day. We also had a super cute selfie station ready to take some polaroids which we popped up around the store. It was so amazing to meet all of you who came and to see the enthusiasm for helping the cause. 

Huge thanks to West Coast Cooler for supplying us with our drinks and raffle prizes for the evening, Pieta House for working with us on the event and to all of you who came and showed support.
 

If you didn't make it down to us but you still want to help out, head over to the Pieta House website and make any donation you can. www.pieta.ie/donate


































Ciara x 
February 20, 2018 by Ciara Moran
Love Your Community - Nine Crows X Pieta House

Love Your Community - Nine Crows X Pieta House

Something we are very proud of at Nine Crows is that over the years we have grown from a brand into a community, one full of inspiring people who we care deeply about. We’re also aware that there are many of you within our community who are struggling everyday with mental health issues and devastatingly, we have lost several members to suicide. We've decided it's time to do something about it, to stop sweeping mental health under the rug and pretend it's not happening. We want to launch a campaign here on our blog where we address the issues our community is facing and try to help in any way we can. 

We've decided to launch the series this Valentine's Day, a day about celebrating those who you love. We want to show our love for you guys, from our staff to our models to our customers, everyone who makes up the Nine Crows community and help raise awareness for this huge issue which is affecting us. We want to remind everyone that love is all around us, it comes in all shapes and sizes from many different people and the importance of showing your love for your community and supporting each other.

We've decided to hold an in-store event in both our Dublin and Galway stores in aid of Pieta House this Valentine’s Day where we can all hang out together and show our love for each other while raising some much needed funds for a cause that has deeply affected our community. 20% of all sales on the day will be going to Pieta House and there will be donation buckets in store. Join us for some deadly tunes, super cute selfies at our selfie station and some FREE West Coast Cooler (from 5pm)! If you can’t make it on the day but still want to help out, you can donate to Pieta House at www.pieta.ie/donate

For more details about the event click here.

Keep an eye out for the online campaign launching soon.

Let’s come together and show our love for our community.

Ciara x 


February 13, 2018 by Ciara Moran
Girl Crush of the Moment

Girl Crush of the Moment

Our girl crush of the moment (and one of our number one girl crushes of all time) is the one and only Baddie Winkle. 





Baddie is our number one badass babe to follow on Instagram. This 89 year old is not your typical Grandma, she's all about hip hop, twerking and slaying the basics. 





Along with giving us serious fashion inspo, Baddie also reminds us to always be yourself, no matter what age you are. She's all about loving yourself which is something we can totally get on board with!





"Stealing your man since 1928" - Baddie Winkle 



Follow Baddie on Instagram here 


Ciara x 
January 24, 2018 by Ciara Moran
Woman Power Wednesday: Niamh O'Donoghue

Woman Power Wednesday: Niamh O'Donoghue

This week for Woman Power Wednesday we're chatting to the fab fashionista and businesswoman that is Niamh O'Donoghue. This inspiring gal works as Marketing Manager for Image magazine and also co-founded Cupl Content Creation, a company where Niamh and her business partner help companies create content to help their brand grow. We caught up with Niamh to grill her about her career goals, Cupl and overcoming obstacles.



Photo from instagram.com/niamh_cupl

-What made you want to get into journalism? 

When I was in school I set my hopes on becoming a doctor or surgeon. Unfortunately, I spent more time I'm hospital than school and when the time came to do my leaving cert, I came out with about half of what I needed. 
While I was doing some stints in hospital I started reading - a lot - and writing as a form of therapy (and Netflix wasn't a thing back then). I wrote my first featured article at 14 in Kiss Magazine talking about my recent diagnosis with severe scoliosis. I got the kindest email back from the editor at the time (it was around 2008/9 - if this was you, get in touch!) who said I had a knack for writing. Low and behold, 6 years later I found myself in DIT studying journalism and have never looked back.



Photo from instagram.com/niamh_cupl

-What would you say has been the toughest thing you’ve had to overcome in your life so far?

I've had my share of near death experiences: When I was 13 I was diagnosed with sever scoliosis and started on a 10-year journey to straighten my spine. Four spinal operations later and I'm one of a handful of people who has my spine fused to my hips, so I can't bend side to side or backward. That in itself brings a lot of difficulty day-to-day, but the human body is brilliant and I’ve learned to adapt. In 2015 I was diagnosed with kidney disease and thyroid cancer (within two-weeks of each other) while I was doing my thesis, so that was incredibly tough. These experiences though have me who I am and helped me to keep dreaming big.



Photo from instagram.com/niamh_cupl

-Tell us about Cupl, how did it come about? 

I co-founded Cupl Content Creation with my business partner Jake in 2017. Together, we combine our skills of photography, video, graphic design, branding, strategy and advertising to make really enjoyable experiences for brands and audiences. *deep exhale*. Now that the sales pitch is over: we make cool shit! Follow our journey at @cupl__ and cuplcreative.com 



Photo from instagram.com/niamh_cupl

-What would be your ultimate career goal?

Ultimately I see myself working in the fashion industry - I'll settle for fashion editor at Vogue! In the meantime I'd love to work at Man Repeller, Dazed or Refinery29. Alternatively, I'm more than happy to travel from fashion-week-to-fashion-week shooting street style. This year I’ll be shooting at London, Florence and Milan which I’m hugely excited about.



Photo from instagram.com/niamh_cupl

-What women inspire you? 

I'm grateful that I work in a job where I get to meet and talk to so many brilliant women. But, if I have to list some Irish champions; Sinead Burke, Sophie White, Ellie Balfe, Marie Kelly, Ciamh McCrory, my mammy andLouise McSharry.



Follow Niamh on Instagram here
Check out Cupl here


Ciara x 
January 17, 2018 by Ciara Moran
Woman Power Wednesday: Aisling Kelly

Woman Power Wednesday: Aisling Kelly

This week for Woman Power Wednesday, we chatted to the amazingly talented Aisling Kelly. Aisling is a Dublin based make up artist with a seriously impressive portfolio. She has been named as 'one of the most exciting make up artists in Ireland' by the Irish Times, has had her work published in numerous print publications and featured on both the big and small screen. We grabbed Aisling for a chat about her incredible career journey and her advice for any aspiring make up artists. 



Photo courtesy of Aisling. 

-What's your favourite thing about your job?

There's nothing better than making people feel more confident in themselves. Make up is such a powerful tool and the transformation in attitude that takes place during a makeover is so special to witness. When someone sits in my make up chair, I always want them to leave feeling like a bad bitch - super confident, cool and distinguished. Seeing that happen is the best. 



Photo courtesy of Aisling. 

-Was your plan always to be a make up artist or was it something you fell in to?

I realised recently that even as a child I had been subconsciously leading myself into this career path through my hobbies and natural interests, like painting my Barbie's faces and trying to make myself look like my favourite singers with bits of cheap make up that came with the Sabrina the Teenage Witch magazine that I begged my parents to buy me once a month! The first moment that I remember thinking 'this is what I want to do' was seeing Pat McGrath's make up for John Galliano SS10 ready-to-wear show. I was 15 at the time and it jumped off the pages at me. I'd never seen anything like it and I remember gasping out loud at how beautiful, meaningful and moving it was. I started my art portfolio that year and went from there. I was lucky that when I started social media was only in the beginning of becoming what it is so I wasn't under any pressure in terms of getting a certain amount of likes or followers. I just posted what I was creating for my portfolio and the following and clientele came naturally from there which allowed me to work for myself part-time during art college and full-time since graduating in 2016. I work hard on my craft continuously and the career path has come as a result of that.   



Photo courtesy of Aisling. 

-What would you say say has been your proudest career achievement to date? 

I've been lucky to have loads of great moments in the short time that I've been working as a make up artist and it's impossible to pick just one moment that stands out. Getting a first class honours degree in design for stage and screen was a huge achievement for me after four years of consistently hard work. Being signed on the creative board of Not Another Agency while I was still a student was also a big deal that meant a lot to me. Pat McGrath is my all-time make up hero and she commented on a photo of my make up that I posted on Instagram and that was a big deal for me! Most recently, Italian Vogue published a photo from a shoot I put together and to see my make up with the Vogue stamp on it felt amazing. 



Photo courtesy of Aisling. 
 
-What advice would you give to young women looking to get into the make up industry? 

It's really great that so many more young women are pursuing creative careers but with social media, make up artistry can sometimes be portrayed as an easy job where you get sent free products all the time, when in reality it's often 18 hour days, early call times, doing make up outdoors in all weathers at all hours or giving up your weekends to work while your friends are out drinking! My advice would be, if you're passionate about make up and willing to work really hard, it's the best job in the world. Think long-term, keep practicing and try not to worry about how your work is perceived online or by others - as long as you're improving your skills every day and are creating work that makes you feel happy, that will come through in your work eventually and the work will come back tenfold. 




-What women inspire you? 

To me, an inspiring woman is someone who identifies her goals and chases them with perseverance, fearlessness and with respect to others - even if she doesn't receive the same respect back. I also admire any women who work selflessly to help others, particularly those involved in the Repeal the Eighth movement and those helping to combat homelessness in Ireland. In particular, my mom inspires me everyday. She suffers with a chronic illness called M.E. that has changed her life drastically over the last decade but she still somehow manages to be the most supportive, encouraging, kind and loving mother and friend to me and everyone else in her life. 


Follow Aisling on Instagram here 
Check out her website here 


Ciara x 
January 10, 2018 by Ciara Moran