Blog Awards!

Absolutely amazing time at the Irish Blog Awards 2013 last night! I was a  lady and got to escort my gorgeous friend LolaDee to the event! Not only was she nominated but the little legend won Best Blog Post 2013. So unbelievably happy for Lorna, a true blogger who did it all herself! Read her AWARD WINNING POST and much more here: http://www.loladee.com/

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So when most people are invited to prestigious events like this they go through a process of planning. They plan their outfit, they plan their journey, they make a conscious effort to plan, so they don’t later face colossal amounts of stress. Lorna and I, did not plan, anything. At 2pm that day I bought my outfit for the cabaret themed extravaganza! God bless Penny’s. We then spent 3 hours running around Dublin like headless chickens attempting to time travel our way to Naas. Four Luas tickets, 2 bus tickets and 2 refunded train tickets, we arrived!!

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The Arrival: They say arriving stylishly late is quite the statement. We were not stylish, we were out of breath, sweaty, panicky and I had sparkly hot pants riding up where no sequins need to be. But late as we were we took our seats, and our wine, and got settled for the evening.

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With Lorna’s phone dead I took on the role of tweeter, woman against the machine. Here’s a few of our ramblings:

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After the awards, Lorna was interviewed and photographed, I looked on squealing ‘She’s a celebrity!!’. Then in true classy bird style we made our way to Harcourt Street to dance the night away! I highly recommend wearing an over-sized headpiece to Coppers, the reaction was nothing short of awe. I’m quite glad my bow headpiece got the glory it deserved in Coppers actually, it was playing to the wrong crowd on Abbey Street at 4pm as we began our journey. But never fear, when you feel judged for wearing sparkly hot-pants in central Dublin there is only one solution, hum the Sex and the City them tune to yourself. Do do do do dooo dooo do do do dooo dooo dooo…

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Today I achieved very little except sending ludicrous snap-chats of the penis straws my mum sent me. Hope you had a lovely weekend!

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Jacket Jealousy

Women of Ireland! Where is your Autumn jacket?! The season of pumpkins is officially here, after evading us for most of September. Say hello Autumn, say hello knitwear, say hello boots, say hello COATS & JACKETS! The weather is not quite cold(yet!), its raining, its humid, what in the world are we supposed to wear!

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My daily commute has become some what of a strip tease, I layer myself up after staring solemnly out my window for several minutes.. I begin with a cardigan, then a quilted jacket, then a scarf, then a little knitted headband and off I go. Confident each morning that THIS is the morning I’ve nailed it. Only to be mocked once again by mother nature. When I arrive at Luas stop I have inevitably lost the headband. After I scan my Leap card I begin to cram my over-sized scarf into my bag. Half way to town I make enemies of my fellow commuters by wiggling round the crammed tram trying to remove my coat. By the time I’ve battled my way through the drizzly city centre I’m a hot(literally) mess.

Now all this seems ever the more frustrating since my gorgeous girl Helen has nailed the autumn jacket trend. She picked up this beauty for €99.99 in Zara and it is such a great piece. The trench coat has always been a go-to option for inbetweenie weather, and has always been epitomized as  timeless. Helen’s Zara option holds this history, with sharp tailoring and classic buttons. However it also envelops the luxe trend we saw at the Spring Shows, it’s pronounced shoulders and smooth lines echo the tailored silhouette we are seeing from a range of designers.

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Helen styled the jacket today with a low-key weekend vibe. She kept the palette clean and bright with white skinny jeans and over-sized beige knit. I love how she teamed this neutral palette with her coloured Toms! Shoes are a great way to add subtle colour splashes as we move further into Autumn.

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Who’s hit gold with their Autumn jacket? Wear and Share!

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TOP FIVE: TOPSHOP

FASHION MEANS PLAYING DRESS-UP! I don’t know about you, but growing up we had a dress-up box. A huge formerly loved picnic basket, crammed in the bottom of my brother’s wardrobe. Within this basket were some crazy concoctions, dresses, sparkles, sheets of velvet, hats, feather boas, that box had it all! On my most recent trip to Topshop I felt a reigniting of my childhood excitement at the prospect of dressing up! Fashion is so unbelievably fun at the moment! There is nothing not allowed(except kitten heels let’s be honest here), there’s a huge youth aesthetic and playfulness about fashion. I may have let out a few excited squeals as I ran round Topshop.. Dressing up is back! Carve yourself into something new! Here are my TOP FIVE picks from Topshop.

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Topshop €32.00 

 

Channel your inner Matilda with this little hat! A great buy for all hairstyles, long, medium, pixie, this hat will flatter all lengths and styles. It’s also a crucial buy to cover up bad hair days. Keep this hat cute and innocent by teaming it with a floral dress and brogues, or edge it up with ripped boyfriend jeans and a graphic tee. Such a lovely piece that you can carry through to Spring.

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Topshop- €180.00 

 

Over the knee boots were a noticeable feature as I flicked through the pages of September Vogue. As a convert to this shape boot last winter I strongly recommend investing in a pair, they instantly amp up an otherwise drab outfit and can be worn with dresses or trousers. Topshop’s offering includes contrasting textures, which is a major theme this A/W. On a practical note the buckle behind the knee is a much easier option than other pull on versions of this boot I’ve seen. It’s also a little medieval bohemian esque, little features like that make me want to go on adventures! These boots are made for walking, so get on it!

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Topshop-€127.00

This coat. Drool. Topshop’s design team deserve immeasurable congrats for this baby! Nineties chic- check, Pink(colour supreme of the shows)-check, ‘boyfriend’ androgynous shape-check.  Check check check!! I can’t find one feature I dislike. This piece will shine no matter what you team it with, they’ve styled it above dressed down, but I can also imagine wearing this with a full length dress to a formal occasion. This will be my winter coat. There is no more to say.

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Topshop- €60.00 

This is such a beauty! Who doesn’t need this jumper in their life? I’m going to team it with my chambray boyfriend shirt, black denim skinnies and a parka. Fashion is fun, dress like it!

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Topshop- €59.00

 

This slinky little number is really hitting the luxe button, it’s a grownup dress. To be worn with red lips, mega diamonds and a seductive air. This dress really summarised my ‘dressing-up’ state of mind, as soon as I tried it on I felt totally different. When a little red dress has the power to do that I think that’s something special! The silhouette is lovely, very suggestive of femininity and body shape without giving too much away. Another gold star and place in my TOP FIVE.

 

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Did Our Parents Settle?

While strolling into town with my housemate last night we shared our current boy dramas, a standard enough conversation, one which actually occurs daily. And as we empathized, laughed and shook our heads a question occurred to me; Did our parents generation simply settle? My own parents are completely happy after nearly twenty five years of marriage, but are they the exception? Did the majority of their generation just get married because they felt they had to?

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The reality is that we as young strong women have literally no idea what to expect from relationships, when are we expecting too much, when are we expecting too little? These answers can be pieced together by our Irish experiences of relationships and also by the filtration of the media into our everyday lives. As a country Ireland is still tentative about the subject of divorce. Divorce is still a strange idea in Irish public forum, with archaic administration and lengthy legislation dragging the process out. Divorce banishes the idea that people are together forever, and we are the first generation of young Irish women to have divorce be such a tangible reality.

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Growing up during the rise of Celtic Tiger Ireland has left us with some confused ideas, we were the first generation given the gift of endless opportunity, we could be whatever we liked when we grew up, there were no limits, the world was our oyster, until the economy collapsed and it all suddenly went very very dark. This naive hopefulness has spilled over to our personal lives, we expect fireworks, princesses and unicorns when we set our sights on a relationship. What we are faced with is probably best described as jigsaw pieces that simply don’t fit. Should we abandon our hope and simply settle on the best frog we’ve kissed? Is this the recession buster solution to our relationships?

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Its no secret that films, books, magazines, and now even social media are projecting to us what to expect from relationships. The ‘Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus‘ and ‘He’s Just Not That Into You‘ debates pull and push our expectations. We shouldn’t expect a man to understand us… but we should also consider that he’s refusing to listen to us… not because he doesn’t care but because men can’t help us because they don’t understand… but maybe he does understand but he just doesn’t care… because maybe he’s not interested in you in the first place. Confusing? Yes!

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Maybe there is no such thing as The One or Prince Charming. This is initially disappointing, but then I start to see that maybe this makes life a little easier. Maybe I don’t have to wait for the fanfare, maybe I let go of my Disney expectations of relationships. But I feel a sense of nostalgia, I want to ride off into the sunset, isn’t that what I was promised? By giving up on this am I already settling?

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Every Girl? Perfect wedding, perfect man, fact or fiction? 

This is certainly a big can of worms, pass me a glass of wine and tell me your thoughts on this!

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TOP FIVE: RIVER ISLAND

Hello Fashion Lovers! This week I’ve embarked on a fashion mission! Autumn is here, leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping AND our wardrobes need revision! I’ve rounded up my favorite five pieces from five of my favorite shops!

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Kicking off the action is RIVER ISLAND. Always one of regular haunts, the store’s current focus is on their collaboration with style queen Rihanna. The collection is very true to the singer’s lifestyle and has some seriously quirky aesthetics, neon, cameo, monochrome and luxe sport pieces. The collection is ultra Rihanna and a real celebration of her unique take on street style. I’ve chosen one of my favorite pieces from the collection below:

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River Island €60.00

This LBD is blends a soft nineties reminder with a strictly modern feel. I do warn you, upon trying this joyous garment on I was slightly alarmed with just how fitted it is. If ordering online and between sizes I strongly recommend a truthful size selection. I think this dress can be styled in two very different ways, firstly addressing the strong luxe theme from the shows, metallic accessories, sky high heels and BIG hair. Another suggestion is to sever all ties to your girly go-to’s and stick on your cropped leather jacket, army boots and think grunge!

The next piece that caught my eye is this fun cropped jumper! The moustache motif has been popular for quite a few seasons now, celebrated usually in small accessories its been growing(pardon the pun!) as an urban go-to graphic. The crop-top reigned supreme this summer, but the crop-jumper is a little more difficult to style. My take is to channel your inner Grease, throw on a high-waisted skater skirt, plimsolls and rock that pony tail.

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River Island €37.00

Along with the crop-top another summer trend that I just can’t seem to shake is bohemian, festivals all over the world saw different takes on this floaty, flowery theme. This Chelsea Girl top offers bohemian detail in the stunning crochet and also ticks off the monochrome box. Its a great staple that can be dressed up or down. Bleached skinnies, black ballet flats and a bold colour blazer for day. Black leather shorts, platforms, a red-lip and serious strut can carry this beautiful blouse to a dance floor near you!

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River Island €33.00

A blazer has always been an autumn staple, and this green one beckoned me from across the shop floor! Green, mean and clean(lines) this blazer is melting my heart. Its appropriate for the season and brightens up our usual expectations of an Autumnal colour palette.

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This bag is so on-trend, its hitting ombre, luxe, drama, and will make a stunning addition to a simple LBD or even to a canvas of over-sized jumper and leggings.

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River Island €120.00

 

Keep an eye out for my next TOP FIVE tomorrow!

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Graduation

I experimented with a few titles for this post, ‘Graduation: It’s all Over’, ‘Graduation: It’s all beginning’, ‘Graduation: What the f**k now?’ but all that did was increase anxiety! Graduation was certainly bittersweet, I loved college, the classes and seminars paled in comparison to the fun I was having but I’ll never regret a minute of how I spent my time. So when it came to saying goodbye college and hello world I felt quite the array of emotions. Firstly I felt incredibly jet lagged having flown Boston-Dublin and arrived a mere 24 hours before the event, not my best planning! Then as I collected my little piece of paper I felt an overwhelming sense of gratefulness, gratefulness to my parents for encouraging me to choose a course I was interested in, gratefulness to my college for providing so many amazing opportunities, grateful to the friends I made, grateful to the boys I loved, grateful to the whole entire universe. I’m a graduate, I have a degree, I’m unreaaaaaal. Then after a lovely meal with my family a sudden ton of bricks hit me. I am a grownup. I am a grownup. Oh no! What on earth? There’s been some sort of mistake, I still listen to Taylor Swift, I still bite my nails. This is not the image of me as a grownup I imagined! After quite a few unrestful sleeps, a lot of googling of the phrase ‘gap year’ and tears upon tears. I remembered a little something, out there in my sea of confusion, panic and early twenties angst, one phrase reached out to me ‘Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together’ Elizabeth Taylor. So in quite a haze I did just that, I raided my mum’s bacardi, I put on my reddest red and sat on my bed in my fluffy pajamas. I’m not quite sure what’s next here, but with pending alcoholism I feel a return to Dublin is imminent.

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Big thank you to my gorgeous godmother who lent me this dress for the big day! Went with this simple fitted navy dress, black peeptoes, and some raybans for the sneaky sunshine that we had!

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Fashion-More Than Just a Week

With the shows in New York coming to a close and the invitations for London posted out, fashion weeks are dominating the media headlines. An attraction for celebrities from all disciplines, projections of future style and one hell of a party, fashion weeks are an annual media focus. But with million dollar shows, social media coverage from every angle and the all important designs themselves, just how do we fit into fashion week, and how does fashion fit into our everyday lives?

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The answers vary from the literal, ‘I live in Galway, New York fashion week traffic is about as relevant to my life as the Tayto-chocolate bar was-not at all’ to the figurative ‘New York fashion week is my guiding light, every year, wherever in the world I am’.  Truth be told the place of fashion week in my own life has become more and more accessible with the leaps in social media. Seeing baby Harper Beckham smile at Anna Wintour is a perfect example of that, no longer are shows simply represented by the lines of models but by the backstage snaps and the front row faces. This insider look into fashion week brings it to life, it makes it real and it makes it human.

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What happens when the week is over? Well in the immediate aftermath we do it all again with the London offerings, but for you and me, the girls who live fashion week through instagram. What happens? We can see emerging trends for spring, we know what’s in and what’s out, we have been introduced, albeit not directly, to Spring 2013 Fashion. Which is a gorgeous sentiment in its luxurious artsy way and it brings me to my next thought, how does fashion fit into our everyday lives?

For a twenty something like me that’s quite easy to answer, and also tangible with shoes and dresses pouring from wardrobe. But what does fashion meeeeean? I’m crying out for answers here. I believe its art and I believe its expression and beauty and happiness all smothered in chiffon and lace and wonderfulness. But what about my Grandad, who is eighty four, what does fashion mean to him? To him clothes are ascended not from heavenly hands of designers, for him the fashion process is a lot more simple. He has a maghongy wardrobe, in the back bedroom, with suits, shirts, trousers, everything he needs, in this wardrobe is his fashion. He still goes to his wardrobe like I do, he still picks his favourite shirt, his comfy trousers, he still makes choices, he still has an opinion. Right there, that’s fashion, that’s choosing to project an image, its choosing to be a certain person or to recreate a certain person you’ve spent decades carving. He has a favourite blazer, when you have a favourite item you have an opinion, you have an identity.

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Fashion isolates no one, fashion week is enveloping people more and more, fashion is for the first time in history, the most accessible art form you can experience. But remember, as many fashionista’s forget, you are never fully dressed without a smile!

I’m loving my #ootd a Zara blazer over a Motel dress!

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What are you wearing today?

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