Tuesday, 9 April 2013

a view from the road

Completed in 1809, the Military Road was built to open up the Wicklow Mountains to the English Military. There were several military barracks along the road and it was used as a route to move the remnant rebels of the 1798 uprising out of the city.

The road started in Rathfarnham in County Dublin, passed the head of Glencree, with a spur down that valley to Enniskerry, dipped down Laragh, over the hills into Glenmalure, and finishing at Aughavannagh. Sections well known would also include Featherbed Mountain, Lough Bray and Sally Gap. 

We fell in love with this area when designing landscape interventions for a studio project a few years ago. This venerable piece of infrastructure connects the city with the mountains and affords us Dubliners a direct passage to fresh, mountain air.

On this particularly bitter April morning, we had the pleasure of wearing pieces from several contemporary jewellery designers courtesy of the lovely Coldlilies (how apt)! Coldlilies are a website stocking contemporary, design-led jewellery in gold, silver and semi-precious stones handcrafted by Ireland's leading independent jewellery designers. Founded by former college classmates and present-day jewellery lovers Ciara McKenna & Kim Knowles, Coldlilies launched 16 independent Irish designers in 2012. In 2013, they plan to launch more exciting up-and-coming designers from across Europe and the US, as well as exclusive limited edition collections. 

Ciana wore:
'wrap your laurels around me' ring,'love,life and laughter' bracelet by Chupi Sweetman-Pell
veiled earrings,unicorn bracelet and unicorn necklace(worn as headpiece)by Daniella Cardillo
'colour my summer' bracelet and 'whispering rose' bracelet in gold  by Loulou Grenelle
patent white skirt by asos
pink body, coat and beanie by topshop
boots by zara

Becky wore:
'oh la la collar' by Melissa Curry
leather leggings by Topshop
boxy sweater by Zara
turquoise heels by Zara

later Ciana wore:
leather neckpiece by Úna Burke

later Becky wore:
chevron ring by Muireann Walshe 
isosceles bangles and rings by Niamh Spain 

All jewellery available from www.coldlilies.com


  1. Love this! The turquoise heels with the colourful Melissa Curry Necklace is quite the combination! x

  2. Wow! What an amazing set of photos! The jewellery is amazing and quirky, not seen anything like it before. And I love both of your outfits :)
    I've just recently found your blog and I can say it's possibly my new fav, I could look through all your posts for ever, they're just amazing! Love how you relate architecture to fashion, something pretty different :D
    Following via bloglovin' :D xxx

  3. Hi girls! Thanks for your lovely comments and feedback...keep it coming! Delighted you're enjoying the blog!x

  4. These pictures are absolutely incredible. What an amazing location! xx


  5. Great location , excellent photography , a real eye for dramatic lighting and perspective !
    Keep up the good work x

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