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
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 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
Register for Repeal

Register for Repeal

On February 6th 1918, Irish women won the right to vote. On 25th May 2018, Irish women will exercise this right and vote in the referendum to repeal the 8th amendment. If successful it will make this country a safer and more equal place for every woman living in it. We are doing this for our friends, sisters, daughters, granddaughters, for ourselves.

EVERY single voice counts. To have your voice heard you need to make sure that you are registered to vote.

Any Irish citizen over the age of 18 is eligible to vote once you are 18 on or before polling day. 

Check out checktheregister.ie to see if you're already on the register. If your name is there then make sure your friends and family are all registered too. Remember EVERY vote counts.

The register has been closed as of the 15th of February but you can still apply for the supplementary register which enables you to vote in the referendum by filling out an RFA2 form here. The RFA2 form must be filled out in the presence of a Garda and submitted 14 working days before polling day, so make sure you do it ASAP. 

If you are registered but are a student living in a different address to the one you are registered at and can't get home to vote, you are eligible for a postal vote.
You are also eligible for a postal vote if you are abroad on the 25th of May due to work, or if you have a physical illness/disability that stops you from getting to your polling station. Applications for a postal vote can be found here and must be in by April 28th. 

If you are registered but it's under the wrong address, you can apply for a RFA3 form here which must be signed in the presence of a Garda and posted to your local county council.

If you live abroad but have lived in Ireland in the last 18 months, you are eligible to vote. If you are in the position to get home for the 25th of May, please do. There are over 40,000 Irish people living abroad who are eligible to vote and every single vote counts. People coming home to vote had a huge impact in the Marriage Referendum, it helped us win then and it could help us win now. Check out Home to Vote for more info.

If you're not sure how to vote or if you want more information on the Eighth amendment, here are some useful links below.
Make sure to educate yourself and start a calm conversation with those around you. 

April 30, 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: Courtney Smith

Woman Power Wednesday: Courtney Smith

For this week's instalment of Woman Power Wednesday, we had a chat with super stylist Courtney Smith. Courtney is a stylist, creative director, writer and presenter, who has worked with clients such as Louis Vuitton, Brown Thomas and Tommy Hilfiger. We caught up with Courtney to grill her about all things fashion. Enjoy guys! 



Photo from courtneysmith.ie 

-What sparked your interest in fashion and styling?

I think it’s always been a part of me. As a child I loved to play dress up and would create fashion shows for my parents with outfits concocted out of just tights! It grew from there; as a teenager I used to spend my summers in the Grafton Academy doing pattern cutting or sewing courses and finally I studied fashion design in Sallynoggin before going on to do a postgraduate in London College of Fashion in Fashion media. I also worked in fashion retail from the age of 16 and loved styling customers so it all just tied in when I decided to make it my career. It was pretty organic. 




Photo from instagram.com/courtneysmithstyle 

-Who would be your dream client?

For a shoot? Vogue Australia - I adore all their shoots and their fashion director Christine Centenera is my ultimate girl crush so it means I would get to work with her!



Photo from courtneysmith.ie 

-What has been your career highlight so far?

Vogue.com featuring me on their website was definitely a pinch me moment but a defining career highlight would probably be shooting for Elle magazine Croatia. 



Photo from instagram.com/courtneysmithstyle 

-What do you think of the fashion scene in Ireland at the minute? 

I think it's amazing and it's evolved so much too. Irish women have never been afraid of expressing their individuality and personal style and we have such amazing vintage stores and stand alone boutiques so it's easy to stand out from the crowd. I think industry wise we probably still have a long way to go though, sometimes the creative briefs can be a little stifling, brands here are just more safe than they are abroad but we're getting there.



Photo from courtneysmith.ie 

-What's your tips for vintage shopping? 

I 
usually fall in love with a fabric or print first before I even see what type of garment it is and then I usually end up buying it, it might not even fit me at all but I will just get it altered. I also buy key items I know will work into the rest of my wardrobe such as statement coats or kimonos and also a lot of vintage accessories. Vintage shopping in Dublin is easy - we have amazing stores! I have a good relationship with some of them where they will phone me when something amazing comes in they think I will love, which ends up usually being bad news for my bank balance. 



Photo from instagram.com/courtneysmithstyle 

-You play such a large role in the Irish fashion industry and have worked with lots of young models. How do you think the fashion industry affects the young women working in it? 

Well just look at models such as Thalia Heffernan and Kelly Horrigan who are now in their 20s but I have been working with them since they were 15 or 16, both are very strong young women and haven’t let the industry affect them in a negative way but that could be down to their family and friends too and the types of people they are. I think in general the Irish fashion industry is a lot kinder than the international scene, we appreciate and generally prefer our models to be healthy over too skinny. I would be more worried about what social media is doing to young women and their self esteem than the fashion industry. 



Photo from courtneysmith.ie 

-What women inspire you?

That’s a tough question, I’m inspired by many women for many different things. My mum recently set up a blog aimed at women over fifty, I’m in awe of her that after retirement she can just create a new life like that and overcome new challenges like learning how to run a blog and work a computer which she never knew how to do before. Also my sister who is a new mum and literally took to it like a duck to water, I always thought I was going to be the more maternal one, she’s an incredible mum. Then there’s the women in my industry such as Kate Young, Grace Coddington, Grace Woodward to name just a handful who inspire me to create beautiful imagery and to aim high to achieve my goals.


Check out Courtney's website here
Follow her on Instagram here


Ciara x  

January 03, 2018 by Ciara Moran
Woman Power Wednesday: Tara Stewart

Woman Power Wednesday: Tara Stewart

This week for Woman Power Wednesday we chatted to the impossibly cool Tara Stewart. Tara is an Australian gal, now based in Dublin, and is your go-to girl for anything to do with music. Tara bounces between working as a music journalist, a radio presenter and a DJ. We caught up with Tara to chat all things music, enjoy! 



Photo from instagram.com/tarastewartdj 

-You have a really varied career; radio presenter, DJ and music journalist, how did you get started?

That's a very long one to answer! I've been playing music since I was 8 or 9 years old, I played the saxophone, flute and guitar and studied music throughout high school. When I finished school I wanted to make it in the lights as a musician and I moved to Ireland from a small town in Australia to pursue that. After a few years of highs and lows I kind of fell out of love doing that side of music. My early twenties were really hard because I was in a new country, trying to build a life and a career while working in hospitality full time, needing to afford rent, bills etc and also put money into music. So a few years ago I decided to put that side of me on the shelf and get into radio. I love to talk and love music so I thought it would be the perfect job lol. I sent in a really bad demo to a small training radio station, but they gave me a shot to work on my craft. Then after a few months I sent a demo into RTE and Adam Fogarty the station editor of the RTE digital stations 2XM and Pulse gave me a shot and I got my first show on a Thursday night. From there, he kept pushing me and helping me work on becoming a better presenter. Then I got another shot on Tracy Clifford's show on 2FM as a new music contributor. I would come in to RTE any spare time I had and would come in before and after my cafe job just so I can learn more, get more experience and meet people. I never went to college to so I had to learn from the ground up. While working my way into 2FM I was also working full-time in hospitality. A year and a few months ago I stopped working in that job and it was a really hard time. I didn't have a stable job to support me while trying to graft my way up the radio ladder. But at the same time it was the best thing for me, because I was more flexible and available so I started to get more work in radio. Now I can afford to pay my rent, bills and a few wines on what I earn so that feels good tbh. In regards to DJing, last year I was doing a good few club gigs here and there to get my name out there more and earn a bit more cash moneyz. I basically wrote to bookers I knew and said yo gimme a shot, I play deadly tunes. Then this year I've been lucky enough to have been booked for pretty much every Irish festival. 



Photo from instagram.com/tarastewartdj 

-Has music always been your passion in life?

100% I love music so much. I was brought up on so many musical styles from Elvis Presley on my dad's side and Joni Mitchell on my mum's side. Even though I don't really write music anymore, I still am able to release my passion for music when I'm DJing. I really love playing songs people love and can dance to.



Photo from instagram.com/tarastewartdj 

-Do you think there's a strong female presence in the Irish music industry?

I think there is now yes. There are a lot of female women killing it in radio right now and in the music world as singers and musicians. 



Photo from instagram.com/tarastewartdj 

-What would you say has been the highlight of your career so far? 

That's a hard one because I don't even feel like I've achieved a quarter of what I want to in my career yet. But, in saying that, my radio highlight would have to be interviewing TLC, Shania Twain, Faith Evans, Jojo and En Vogue. They're legends I grew up listening to. DJ wise, my highlight would have to be playing Forbidden Fruit and Longitude Festival, those two gigs were so much fun.



Photo from instagram.com/tarastewartdj

-What women inspire you? 

My mam firstly. She's an amazing woman and although I probably still wreck her head at 27 she's the best. Missy Elliott, she's just a legend. Emma Fraser, I've seen her grow two amazing business over the years and I'm a very proud friend. Tracy Clifford, she's been my mentor in radio since I started and she's helped me so much along the way. Shania Twain, that bish has been through some mental shit in her career and personal life, from her husband cheating with her best mate to having lyme's disease and losing her voice, and she's still killing it. 


Follow Tara on Instagram here 


Ciara x 





 





December 27, 2017 by Ciara Moran
Woman Power Wednesday: Enya Martin

Woman Power Wednesday: Enya Martin

For this week's Woman Power Wednesday, we chatted to Enya Martin. Enya is a Dublin based comedian, famous for her hilarious Facebook videos, featuring characters such as Shardon and Chanto. We caught up with Enya to chat female comedians, her love for Dublin and selling out her theatre show. 



Photo from instagram.com/gizalaugh_enyamartin

-What made you want to get into comedy?

I never once thought of pursuing comedy as a career, I just thought I had a razor sharp wit and a good sense of humour. It wasn’t until mid 2015 when I saw Facebook videos taking off that I thought to myself, maybe this is an opportunity to show new people my sense of humour and my ability to write. The first video was a great hit so I kept going and here we are! 



Photo from facebook.com/gizalaugh

-Many of your characters and sketched are based on a specific Dublin background, such as Chanto, or typical Irish mammy’s, such as Sharon. Do you think it’s important to celebrate and be proud of where you’re from?

Definitely, I wouldn’t be where I am if I wasn’t from Clondalkin. It’s where I source my material, it’s made me who I am today. I take advantage of it.



Photo from facebook.com/gizalaugh

-What would you say has been your proudest achievement in your career so far

Writing my own theatre show and selling out the five dates, which is something I never could have imagined. Growing up I was never the popular kid in school but after completing a goal like that I felt on top of the world.



Photo from instagram.com/gizalaugh_enyamartin

-Comedy has traditionally been dominated by men. What advice would you give to young women looking to break into the comedy scene?

If you’re funny then you’re funny. Don’t let gender turn you off giving it a bash. Women love going to see female comedians as they can resonate with each other. You wouldn’t believe the amount of men who tell me about how they love my comedy! I suppose the advantage I had is that I could road test all my material on social media and that gave people the belief that I was worth paying the money to go see.



Photo from instagram.com/gizalaugh_enyamartin

-What women inspire you?

Joan Rivers because she just slayed comedy as a female!



Follow Enya on Instagram here 
Check out her Facebook videos here 
Enya recently announced a Vicar Street show, you can get tickets to that here



Ciara x 

December 13, 2017 by Ciara Moran
Woman Power Wednesday: Jenny Wong

Woman Power Wednesday: Jenny Wong

This week for Woman Power Wednesday we caught up with the badass businesswoman, Jenny Wong! Jenny is a little powerhouse who has singlehandedly turned her hobby of nail painting into a fully fledged, very successful business. We caught up with Jenny to chat nails, starting a business and inspiring women.



Photo from nstagram.com/jennyyuksanwong

-When did you start getting into doing nails? Did you ever think it would ever lead to such a successful business?

I dropped out of two undergraduate degrees when I was younger and had been working in retail for about seven years when I decided to do nails. I always wanted to get a degree but at 25 I was still lost as to what type of career I was really interested in. I decided to learn a skill because I felt there was an opportunity to be your own boss there. I also enjoyed painting my own nails and was getting into nail art at the time. Tropical Popical had just opened and there was nothing like it in Dublin. So I said to myself, 'I’m gonna work there.' Three “stunning” (as my old boss Andrea would say) years later with the best girls ever and I was ready to take the leap into self-employment. I wanted to know what went into running a business and I also wanted a challenge, I wanted to see if I could do it.  I didn’t ever think it would lead into a successful business, I just put the head down, worked tirelessly, tried to have as much fun as possible with my clients and something amazing blossomed from all of the hard work and tears. And I honestly couldn’t be more proud of my little business.



Photo from instagram.com/jennyyuksanwong

-What do you love most about your job?

I love that I get to meet different people every day. Everyone usually is going somewhere nice or has a nice story as to why they're getting their nails done, so that’s always lovely chatting to them. I love my independence. I love that I can be flexible with my hours, it’s great not needing permission to take days off. I can work more when I need to, so I’m not limited on working hours.



Photo from instagram.com/nailsbyjennywong

-What would be the ultimate business goal?

To own a bigger premises with a few staff. I’d love my own little salon fam someday, that would be great. 



Photo from instagram.com/nailsbyjennywong

-Whose nails would you love to get your hands on?

The women who own Floss Gloss, I just love their branding. I have the ultimate girl crush on them! 



Photo from instagram.com/jennyyuksanwong 

-What women inspire you?

There’s a massive amount of driven and highly ambitious women in Dublin right now. Some I’ve worked with, some I’ve hung out with, some I only know from a distance through social media. But I’m so impressed with what every one of them have done as business women, as social activists, as ambassadors for body positivity. I’ve learned from and have been inspired by all of them, there’s just way too many to mention here but there’s tonnes of them in the city! ️


Follow Jenny on Instagram here
Check out her work here 


Ciara x 

 

December 06, 2017 by Ciara Moran
Woman Power Wednesday: Conny Donohoe

Woman Power Wednesday: Conny Donohoe

For this week's Woman Power Wednesday we're chatting to one of our fave gals, Conny Donohoe. Conny truly embodies a badass woman, constantly reinforcing that it's ok to be yourself and inspiring others to be as confident in themselves as she is. We caught up with Conny to talk transgender visibility, inspiring women and learning to love yourself. 



Photo from instagram.com/connygfromtheblok

-Do you see gender as an important aspect of your identity?

For sure! I am a proud transgender woman and being trans is a huge part of who I am. Coming out as trans for me has been pivotal in finding out who I am so of course it would be a huge aspect of my identity. It’s shaped all aspects of my personality, my strengths, my weaknesses, my confidence, my insecurities, etc. Does being trans define me? Jayziz no. I am a woman first and a trans woman second (and a bad bitch third hehe) but it’s still a huge aspect of my identity, definitely.



Photo from instagram.com/connygfromtheblok

-Transgender people are starting to become more prominent in the media, from women like Caitlyn Jenner opening up about their transition to trans models landing huge contracts. How important do you think this new visibility is to the transgender community?

Honestly, it’s been a long time coming and it’s about time trans people have had a voice in mainstream media. In the past we’ve been totally disregarded and essentially silenced because of the lack of trans visibility, so I’m delighted we are starting to get some recognition in mainstream media. Trans visibility right now is essential and I’m so glad we as a society are making some moves forward.



Photo from instagram.com/connygfromtheblok

-Do you sense a change in how Irish society treats people who step outside the ‘norm’?

Yeah there’s definitely been a change but I think we still have a long way to go. I think a lot of ‘normal’ Irish society kind of turns a blind eye towards trans people and gender non-conforming individuals and that carry on needs to stop. But in fairness to owl Éire, if you look at us in the 90’s and look at us now, we’ve obviously come a long way.



Photo from instagram.com/connygfromtheblok

-What advice would you give to young people struggling with their identity?

The advice I’d give to any young person out there struggling with who they are is that it’s ok to feel lost, it’s ok to feel disconnected from your body, it’s ok to feel in between and you’re totally allowed take time to figure yourself out. Not everyone is going to understand you and they don’t need to. Wrap your head around yourself first and then worry about the rest of them. I’d also say talk to someone about how you’re feeling and everything will fall into place eventually! That’s what I would have liked to hear when I was growing up I think.



Photo from instagram.com/connygfromtheblok

-What women inspire you?

How long do you have? I could actually write a Leaving Cert English essay on the women that inspire me. Among them is my ma, my nanny, my sisters, my aunties and all my amazing friends. I’m also totally in awe of trans women out there doing it for themselves (and in turn girls like me) like Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Paris Lees, Andreja Pejic, Jazz Jennings, Munroe Bergdorf… the list goes on! If you don’t know who they are, google them asap! Anyone badass and smart, I adore! My biggest Woman Crush Wednesday however, will always be Bad Gal RiRi Love to all the girls out there, mwah!


Follow Conny on Instagram here 


Ciara x 

November 01, 2017 by Ciara Moran
Woman Power Wednesday: January Winters

Woman Power Wednesday: January Winters

For this week's Woman Power Wednesday we're looking at the gorgeous January Winters. January is one of Ireland's most successful models working all over the world, including Paris, Milan and London. She has worked with brands such as Armani and her career shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. We caught up with January to chat modelling, self esteem and career goals. 




Photo from herald.ie

-Did you always want to be a model or is it something you just fell into? 

I've always been interested in fashion and wanted to be a designer or a model. I studied Fashion Design in college while I was trying to get into the other side of the industry. Getting into modelling didn't really start out as I had expected, I thought it was going to be this huge burst of excitement, and I'd be a supermodel in Paris within a week. It definitely wasn't like that!! I found it really difficult to get an agency here to represent me, it took ages. It's been a very slow climb.  



Photo from independent.ie

-How do you think the modelling industry affects how you see yourself? 

I think it definitely affects how you see yourself, for good and bad reasons. On the down side, physically, I always think I'm a couple of sizes bigger than I am. Which definitely comes from standing beside people in work who are very thin and comparing yourself to them. Weight is obviously a big issue in this industry. Symmetry is another one, I would have never noticed that my nose is slightly off centre if it wasn't for modelling (cheers for that)! But on the plus side, I'm very comfortable in how I look naturally. It must be from wearing little or no make up most of the time and doing nothing with my hair. I think it's made be very comfortable being in my own skin.



Photo from twitter.com/januaryrussell

-The fashion industry is predominantly a female one, do you think this has has an affect on how you see women? 

I don't think so. I see a lot of women who are successful in so many different areas. I'm in the company of strong women, female entrepreneurs, business women, independent women and hilariously fun women who work in loads of different industries. It's not just confined to fashion.   



Photo from independent.ie

-Do you have a certain career goal in mind? 

I have so many! I keep them in month/week/day intervals, my room is covered in lists! Top of the list is always to enjoy what I do and have fun while earning a living. I'm not very money focused, I value my time way more. I'm moving into the presenting and DJ'ing side of things, basically talking shite and listening to tunes (which I'm really good at), so I just need to figure out how I can make some money out of it and I'll be laughing!     



Photo from instagram.com/januarywinters

-What women inspire you? 

My granny Wendy is a huge inspiration. She's traveled the world solo and at 86 she's not giving up. She goes to really unusual places, she's pretty much completed the globe. I'm learning how to drive so I can take her on a road trip! 


Follow January on Instagram here


Ciara x 

October 11, 2017 by Ciara Moran
Woman Power Wednesday: Ciara Allen

Woman Power Wednesday: Ciara Allen

For this weeks' Woman Power Wednesday, we're chatting to the insanely talented Ciara Allen. Ciara is a freelance make up artist based in Dublin who has worked with the likes of Alexa Chung, Def Leppard, AC/DC, BBC and Primark, earning her a reputation as one of Ireland's top make up artists. Her book 'How to Succeed in the Beauty Business' is available from today. We caught up with Ciara to chat memorable career highlights, her new book and inspiring women. 



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-How did the idea of a book come about?
 
Beauty is such a huge industry and is still consistently growing yearly. With the influence of social media, makeup artists are now "seen and heard" instead of being hidden in the background like it was in the past. With so many makeup schools popping up and so many people signing up for courses, I've always been concerned that while they may teach them the art of makeup, few will teach you how to survive as a freelance artist. So many things can only be learnt on the job, so after my experience in the industry, I wanted to try and make it easier for others who wanted to make an impact on the industry. I sent off a book proposal to a number of different Irish publishers but got no response so I decided to setup my own company, Orange Publishing, and go it alone. While it hasn't been an easy task, I just kept moving forward and learning as I went.


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-You’ve worked on some incredible shoots, campaigns and faces during your career so far. Do you have a favourite or most memorable?
 
Hmm that's a tough one. I'd have to say that one particular job stands out in my mind and that was a TV show for Sky Arts with Joe Elliott, the singer of Def Leppard, and Brian Johnson, the singer from AC/DC. They were talking about the "good old days" from the 1980's and all of the shenanigans that went on both on and off stage. I have a real weakness for 1980's rock so I was truly in my element. 


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-Do you see the beauty industry as an empowering one for women?
 
Yes I totally do. Women are habitually very hard on themselves and tend to pick holes instead of appreciating all of the good they have going on. In my job I focus on the person not just the face. If someone is quite anxious I want to try and help them with that as well as showing them some makeup tricks along the way. We have the ability to empower each other instead of trying to tear each other down. Makeup can help to bring confidence and confidence helps us to get great things done so what could possibly be wrong about that?


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-What would be your top tips for someone looking to break into the beauty industry?
So much can be said for not giving up as perseverance will alway pay off. When I hit a few bumps along the way in my career, I was ready to throw in the towel, not because I wanted to, but because I didn't ever think that things would get better. But they did and now I'm using those experiences to help others succeed in the beauty business too.


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-What women inspire you?
 
I'm inspired by anyone who can just be totally themselves regardless of what other people think. This could be a 90 year old woman with pink hair, big earrings and red lipstick or a teenager wearing a Metallica shirt and old blue jeans. There is something about people that are just that little bit different that always makes me smile as they represent a type of freedom that feels like it might be disappearing.



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October 04, 2017 by Ciara Moran