) The European lifestyle is so relaxed. Things don’t open till 11, big stores close around 7 or 8, and some stores are closed Tuesday and Sundays. Now that’s the life! I now know why Dubliners and maybe other Europeans are so happy all the time. They’re not stuck at work all day.
2.) The bread and croissants are amazing. Mike makes some pretty banging bread (see here for some examples), but the Europeans really know how to do it. I think the one thing that amazes me is that it’s good for more than 2 days even when you don’t put it in a ziplock baggy. What is this trick? There were several days that Mike and I just bought a 1-2 Euro loaf of break and got cheese or meats to go on it. Probably one of the best ways to save money while traveling abroad too!
3.) Guinness in Ireland is better. I know a lot of people say this, but it really is true. I feel like the Guinness in the states is heavy and thick, but in Ireland it’s light and refreshing…even though there’s still the infamous foam. The tour of the brewery is also awesome. The view from their sky bar is breathtaking. You can see everything in Dublin and you get to enjoy a pint of Guinness. 4.) Never say no to an Irish Breakfast. It’s the most filling breakfast you’ll have. Eggs, sausage, a roasted tomato, mushrooms, their version of bacon, and rice pudding (it doesn’t look like rice pudding though). You’ll be full till about 4 PM after you eat one of these babies.
Happy New Year! I know I’m a little late with this, but 2015 has already been a whirlwind for me. Mike and I went on our honeymoon, Mike started a new job, we got a new apartment, we had to find someone to take over our lease since we’d be breaking ours by about 6 months, my job hosted a 2-day conference with 2 big events, and my boss quit…again. It’s a lot to deal with, but thank God everything worked out for the better.
For Dream Till Green, I’m still working on the branding, but the goal and mission stays the same. It’s a place for Dreamers to share their dreams and encourage others whether it be for their career, their lifestyle, their travels, their food, etc. Never stop dreaming!
If you’d like to share your dreams, please let me know. I’m always looking for Dreamers to profile and contributors to write.
I have a confession: I haven’t thought of Christmas presents this year. Since Mike and I will be out of the states, there hasn’t been any Christmas shopping or even looking at gift guides like I usually do. It’s all been about how much money can we save for our trip and what little souvenirs can we get everyone in Ireland, Brussels or Paris. But, that ends here! Instead of choosing gifts for particular types of people, I’m going for a guide for everyone. There’s some pretty awesome things out there, so I’ve chosen to only pick items from a Kickstarter (or soon to be Kickstarter) or Etsy shop. I think these are the true businesses to support this year.
I hope you enjoy! And if you pick a gift from this post, please let us know!
This is Prynt, a phone case that turns your smartphone into a polaroid. It’s not really available yet, but you could maybe give the recipient a printed “coupon” of sorts. Their prototype right now takes 50 secs to print a full picture, but they’re hoping, with new technology, it will only take 30 seconds. Pretty dope invention, if you ask me. There’s instagram and all of those apps that will print them, but this is instant gratification at its best!
Even though I’m allergic to wool, I’m going to suggest this gift. It may not be sexy or creative, but this is a functional gift. And everyone needs some functional gifts for Christmas. They’re saying these babies are softer than cashmere. Who wouldn’t want their feet wrapped in cashmere?! If you do want these socks for Christmas, make sure you’re reading carefully. Only certain offerings are available for December delivery.
This is pretty hilarious, but ingenious. I’m a little surprised how many functions it has while not looking tacky. I’m not a big fan of the sunglass holder, but all of the other features are great for anyone who likes to drink.
I know there are other affordable wooden watches out there, but I know this company has great customer service. One of my past coworkers got a watch from them and it was broken and they switched it out for a new with with no worries. They advertise most of their watches as male watches, but I think they’re pretty gender neutral. My favorite is this sandalwood watch because it’s the perfect medium wood tone.
My head is spinning just thinking about all of things I need to do before our holiday/honeymoon trip, and I’m guessing I’m not the only one. So, to get back into the swing of blogging, I enlisted Mike to help me come up with ways to make our, and your, lives easier before the holidays.
1. Make/Buy Some Fast and Affordable Holiday Decorations:
I made this pom pom ball garland last year and it only took about 10 minutes and maybe $5. All you need is whatever pom poms you want (I got a Fall-ish package that had lots of reds and gold so I could keep it up from Thanksgiving to New Years without feeling too lazy), fishing line and a needle. Tie a knot on one end and start stringing the pom poms. I tied knots into the string along the way to make sure the pom poms stayed in place.
Get some chalkboard paint and paint any kind of surface (below is a piece of cardboard from a cheap frame. You can change the phrase and/or design for any occasion. We have this above our crate bookcase, but also have an old trunk used as a tv stand that’s chalkboard as well.
I also recommend going to Target or World Market and buying affordable, seasonal candles. Mike and I got a Cinnamon Candle and an Indonesian Teak Candle and our place smells just like Christmas!
2. Get into the Holiday Mood with Affordable Movies: We recently went to Target and saw great prices for Christmas movies…$5-$10!!! Whether you’re stuck working and need something cheery (like me) or just need to cuddle and be full of the Christmas spirit, movies are the best thing.
My Christmas must-sees: White Christmas, Holiday Inn, Home Alone, A Christmas Story, The Holiday & Love Actually (There’s actually more, but I don’t want to seem too Christmas crazy).
3. Download the Dry-cleaning app DRYV! I hate doing the laundry anyway, but it being the holidays, I really don’t want to do it. Why do laundry when you could be shopping, attending a holiday party, or drinking egg nog while watching movies. Well, some smart guys in Chicago made an app for that!
Chris Elipas partnered with Dan Parsons to bring Chicagoans the lovely DRYV app. Simply request a pickup, get notified when your dry cleaning is done and schedule a drop off. All you do is register for the app, scan your card in and you’re ready to go.
The service area is north to Montrose Avenue, south to 18th Street and west to Western Avenue, which means I have to get mine picked up at work, but I schedule mine from 7 AM – 8:00 AM. The guy was there at 7:02 and smiling! Smiling, people! And you can write in special requests, for example, I wanted a phone call instead of a door buzz and I got one. It’s a great service and I’m not just saying that because it’s on here.
Merry Christmas to you, DRYV is offering DTG Readers $10 to try out their service! Get those holiday suits and dresses dry cleaned for your corporate and family parties! Use the code: DTGHolidays
4. Get YourGroceries Delivered : I’m a tad hesitant of this because I’m a deal finder, but it can be useful. I’ve been told Peapod is the best!
What’s your favorite?
5. Do SomeAmazon/Etsy/Dreamer shopping! My family has used Amazon lists in the past for the holidays. It’s easy and guarantees a great price. But I also like to peek around Etsy as well to support small business owners. Both shops are easy to shop during your lunch break or on your commute to and from work.
6. Plan Your Meals: Plan those meals out and eat well! I know my life is a little easier because Mike is a chef, but you can cook his recipes too. Check out some of your favorite food blogs and copy down those recipes, then go to pea pod.com…or go grocery shopping.
Another year, another list of adventures to check off the list. Last year, I wasn’t too successful with my list, but hopefully this year will be different. It definitely started off awesome with a Halloween/Jamberry Nails/Birthday Party and a surprise Birthday brunch, so if you can help me accomplish my list of to-dos for my 27th year of life, let me know!
1. Host one successful Book Club (with at least 4 other participants)
2. Finish a 5K
3. Go to the gym at least 12x per month
4. Learn how to french braid my own hair
5. Make one new quality friend
6. Start writing my book idea
7. Relaunch DTG successfully with new design
8. Pay off all credit card debt
9. Volunteer for a charity at least once
10. Visit Lauren & little Natalie in New Hampshire
11. Visit NYC without it being for a work event
12. Go camping
13. Get art for our bedroom
14. Fix boot heels
15. Invest in a quality watch
16. Be happy for 100 days (do the challenge on Instagram)
17. Learn how to properly apply makeup that lasts for a full day
18. Save at least $2700
19. Get a legit celebrity to be a Dreamer on DTG
20. Get more than 3000 views during 1 day
21. Try new food at least one time per month
22. Go to a ballet/dance show
23. Have a fancy dinner where people have to dress up
24. Fix bike so I can actually ride it
25. Surprise Mike with an adventure at least once
26. Get to my ideal pant size (hopefully #3 will help with that)
Our past dreamer Danny Sobor has been living the dream. He revised his brand (now MILC), created a second collection, has his line in a brick-and-mortar retail store, and has gallery opportunities.
Sounds awesome, right?! We’ll read on and see how everything went down!
We’ve noticed there’s been some big changes since we profiled you last November. Can you walk us through some of them?
Definitely. I’ve been working to refine and simplify my aesthetic since September. I dropped Supply Co. from Milk because, well, we aren’t a dairy company. I also chose to go with MILC because I wanted it to stand for something, the Make it Limitless Collective. I’ve started working with other designers from Chicago to Providence hoping to form a network of creative people collaborating.
Congrats on landing in some brick and mortars! How’d you do it?
I owe it to a childhood friend Joe Brandt. He introduced me to the owner of Mint Clothing right before he was about to open the store. He was looking for some more Chicago streetwear, I showed him my shirts and he loved them. He bought nearly my whole inventory on the spot. I called my best friend and mom walking home tearing up with happiness.
I see you have a new collection, Dreams And Icons, can you tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind it?
My inspiration comes from chasing dreams and one of my favorite artists, Mike Giant. Mike Giant did a series called “Modern Hieroglyphics” in which he tried to boil down modern culture into a series of hieroglyphics and icons to create a language of today. I loved the idea, and tried to boil down complex themes, like choosing love over money in life, into the simplest forms possible. The second inspiration comes from following my dreams with MILC. The whole process of creating MILC and watching it grow, at its best moments, feels like a dream coming true, and the work is rooted in that feeling.
What else can we look forward to?
MILC is going to branch out. I’m currently working with musicians, photographers, and a few of my favorite artists to try out new pieces and concepts. We’re still going to make shirts, but I’ve also got some MILC artwork that’s going to be displayed in a gallery soon and one of the DJ’s is making a song called “MILC City.” I’m also talking to retailers to get the brand in more stores. MILC is growing, and I’m not entirely sure where it will take me but I’m excited for the future.
Like what you see? Go to Mint Clothing or http://shop.milc.us/ and shop the collection! Show us your picks and tag Danny too (@sannydobor).