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Have You Seen This Locket?!!?!?

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Not sure if it was a slow news day or I underestimated the power of the internet but this whole thing got real wild, real quick. 

With the mind-boggling number of responses, retweets and support from famous Irish celebrities and public figures-I am forever grateful. At this time, my tweet has been viewed 282,210 times, with over 2.5k likes/retweets (!!) I truly want to find the owner and for this story to have a happy ending. I have no leads so far. 

While I have a *~ GLiMMeR ~* of spotlight, I do want to explain why I was in this charity shop where I found this dress to begin with. I was looking for a birthday outfit!! And I was onto my 4th charity shop of the day. Thrift shopping, buying secondhand clothing has become standard to me. One reason being that I actually dread running into someone who is wearing the same thing as me. I actually have anxiety even thinking about it. 

But besides my personal reasons, I do want to resonate a topic that's always on my mind. The fashion industry is the second-leading cause of pollution in the world. The age of fast fashion and disposable clothing is here: cheap manufacturing overseas, mass producing of synthetic fabrics, pesticides in cotton farming, toxic chemical wastes from dyes etc.

I don't have a solution on how to end the problem. We're all guilty of it. Including myself. I think it'll only get worse. Learning about this while studying fashion in college, it made me second guess walking into a Forever 21 or Zara.

Buying used clothing is a small start. I know that it doesn't sound very glamorous but I promise when you find a good find, because you eventually will, you will be very pleased with yourself. 

My vintage 'digging' has become a fixation. You should of seen how many thrift stores I dragged my dad into when we did our Northwest road trip. Or that the highlight of my Berlin trip last month was finding a suede skirt for 10 euro. I have become obsessive over fabric content, apparel construction, country in which the garment was made, and imagining what type of person owned it before me. 

I am determined to find the owner of the locket, I hope that with reading this that maybe next time you need a new outfit, that you'll go to your local charity shop and find a garment that you're in love with. And check the pockets. 

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Dress from Oxfam on George’s Street

Sweater/Jumper from Tasty Threads (one of my favorite secondhand clothing stores in Dublin!!)

Boots- Shakuhachi (now out of business so LOL)

Sunglasses- Karen Walker

Read more about my story here:

Do You Know Who Owns This Locket? -BBC

Do You Know Who Owns This Locket? Woman Looks to Reunite Jewellery Found in Charity Shop Dress with It’s Owner -Independent.ie

Can You Help Solve The Mystery of This Locket Found In Charity Shop Dress? -Extra.ie

Interview on-air with Jenny Greene-RTE FM 2

Hi From Dublin!

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My mind is buzzing. Always. I constantly feels like a Fiat 500 is doing a crash test that is happening in my brain. On my mind lately is how my style is evolving. I don't want to make this dramatic or a post about *~FiNDiNG MySeLF~*; but the way I dress has always been a reflection of my identity. I recently moved; I left Los Angeles and moved to Dublin, Ireland. When I told people I was moving, many people asked what I was running away from. And to tell the absolute truth: nothing. My life in Los Angeles was an absolute dream. And sometimes being too comfortable is uncomfortable, especially for a person who's mind is buzzing faster than she can even comprehend. That's kind of my problem- I get distracted so easily. And I know that an attention disorder sounds like a total millennial disease but I've got it pretty severely. So I'm here, on the other side of the world and I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing but at least I have the time to sit and write rather than attending another chicken wing special happy hour. And I hope while I'm here I start to write more. 

Before I get completely off topic, here is what has been buzzing in my mind lately style-wise. So much plaid, mixing prints, sneakers (haha coming from me), off-the-shoulder jackets, lob-like hair, crochet sweaters, peachy lipstick, oversized coats, nude colors, and fairytale-like shimmery highlighter. 

A few styles on Tumblr that I love rn. I'm not sure if this at all makes sense and/or correlates with my above description; that'll just help you understand the mess in my mind. I'd love if you'd share your fav styles rn with me too. 

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10 Things To-Do In Dublin

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1. 37th Dawson Street- Of course my number one thing to-do in Dublin would be a bar. Irish people really enjoy their whiskey and I'm learning to keep up (or at least fake it, don't worry dad). I absolutely loved this bar, it's trendy with the neon signs while having moose head taxidermy on the wall making you feel like you're in a cozy pub. 

2. Stroll The Neighborhoods- Something that I was totally unaware of before getting here is that all the houses have like the cutest doors ever. It's actually like a 'thing.' It's a decorative and historical thing to have a colorful painted door, read the full story by clicking the link. 

3. Collect Sea Glass On The Coast Of Dun Laoghaire- Find ocean treasures scattered across the beaches and put it all in a little jar and make yourself a souvenir! About a 20 minute DART ride out of the city. 

4. Grafton Street- Ireland's world famous shopping and culture street! It is gorgeous during the holiday; it's covered in sparkling lights and has multiple decorated Christmas trees. They have some of the same shops as the do in LA such as Topshop, Ted Baker, Zara etc. I fell in love with the store Brown Thomas; It's a high-end luxury department store that I would compare to Saks. I started salivating over the Celine Phantoms (per usual).

5. National Museum Of Ireland- So I'm not much of a history nerd like my sister, but she dragged me here. I appreciate history and all, but there's only so much I can take before it all looks the same to me. They have an exhibit here on the 'bog people.' Which are these super old dead bodies they find in the bogs that are preserved because of the environmental conditions (gross). So basically, I walked in kinda scared but I survived and it wasn't too terrible. I even found it fascinating. I made my sister walk into the rooms first, and then I would walk in subconsciously doing a wink face with one eye open. 

6. Irish Breakfast at Gerry's- If you're in Ireland, obvi you have to get an Irish breakfast. It's all the rage here and they take it very seriously. Personally I'm not much of a breakfast type of gal, but you gotta get it if you're here. If you don't want to eat the black pudding no hard feelings, I have a hard time eating it too once I found out what it's made of. 

7. Brazen Head- The oldest pub in Ireland! OPEN SINCE 1198. How crazy is that?! It's like as if you just stepped into a time machine. This bar is super cozy, great atmosphere and funky decor. You have to visit while in Dublin!

8.Gunniess Storehouse- The number one visited place by tourists in Ireland.  This place is absolutely massive, and if you didn't like beer before you will now. It's a 7-story self tour through the factory. After finishing the tour, the top level is the Gravity Bar where you can see a panoramic view of Dublin through all glass windows while drinking a pint. 

9. Bewley's- The cutest cafe on Grafton Street! You can come here for a casual coffee or sit down for lunch or dinner in the back room or upstairs. Shimmering chandilers hang from the ceiling and the walls are covered in vintage floral print wallpaper.  They have the best scones I've ever had in my entire life. Also I highly recommend the Irish coffee. 

10. Trinity College- The most beautiful campus. My sister is attending graduate school here, and I swear it looks like Hogwarts or something. This is where you can find The Book of Kells (a 9th century gospel manuscript) in the Old Library if you're into historical things. 

 

Wearing faux fur coat from Topshop, black dress by James Perse, tights from H&M and booties by Rag&Bone