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Pick of the week: Triangl Bikini

I booked a much-need holiday to Spain this week so my pick really portrays my lust to escape and bask my body in sunshine. However after a few bold restaurant outings where I stuffed my face, along with a plethora of festival food and alcohol I do not have the sudden urge to get into a bikini. No surprise there. 

That’s where my secret weapon comes in. Cue neoprene, the fabric of 2013 acts like a wetsuit material when worn as a bikini and hopefully it will work miracles by sucking in all those little lumps and bumps I have got from my daily affair with ciabatta. 

You can get these neoprene bikinis from Aussie brand Traingl. I first noticed them when I was in Oz and particularly on one of my all time fav bloggers Oracle Fox. At the time I couldn’t afford one as I was travelling but in the last few weeks I have spotted them on a lot of other bloggers too like Anoushka Proetta Brandon and Fashion in Flux, both wearing them beautifully. The jury is still out on weather it can work on an average body like mine so we will have to wait and see. I have ordered the classic black one below and it comes in at around €50 for the two piece.

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Metallic madness

The trick with metallics is to wear them with absolutely nothing else shiny. So many people are scared to wear shiny silvers and golds and for good reason, as so many get it terribly wrong. However if you stick to the simple, basic rule that also applies to animal print (never wear two of any leopard print) you will shine bright like a non-cheap diamond.

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Take these H&M shorts, ideal for a night out on the town perhaps? Me, I prefer to wear these to a festival, dressed down with a printed jacket, a loose fitted leather look tee and timelss, black Chelsea boots. Comfy and chic!

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This Zara skirt- yes it would be ideal dressed up for date night but it would also look a lot more unexpected with a pair or black cons and a crop top as a Sunday brunch look.

Either way less is more, so keep it simple.

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Pick of the week

“Heading on yer holiers?”

I hate that question. Do I have to be going on my holidays to get my hair done?! Gas stuff!

Anyway if you’re going on holidays to sunny climates I recommend you pick up this nifty little sunglasses case.  The Navajo print with a slight Marrakesh feel will ensure one will never lose their sunglasses again! 

For €20 in Topshop, things are looking a lot brighter all of a sudden.

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Boring brides be gone

I have got serious bride envy! No I am not a desperate biddie who is lusting after a man to fulfill my life, I just want to wear these three dresses. Edgy, out there and a little bit different being a quirky stylish bride has never been so en vogue.

Angela Scanlon, Olivia Palermo and Fearne Cotton are known for making fashion statements and they did not disappoint when it came to their big day.

 My fav NY socialite Olivia caused a wave of social media madness and magazine editors to tweet about how stunning her (and her hubby) looked making their nuptials. Wearing an ethereal Carolina Herrera white tulle skirt and white shorts adorned with ostrich feathers, paired with a cashmere sweater she defied all the traditional elements associated with weddings. She also added a pop of colour and something blue with a pair of Manolo Blanhik heels. 

160614 LET IT BE 17.jpgAngela stuck to her Irish roots choosing Irish designer, Sorcha O’Raghallaigh. The custom made dress was anything but common and had a nostaligic feel. The gold lace overlay on top was true to Angela’s personal style and truly unique. Then there was Fearne. The blonde hip London DJ looked like a princess and the epitome of fairytale wedding wearing Emilio Pucci. The short-sleeved white gown with higher hem and sequined detail around the sweetheart neckline suited her down to a tee. 

So when did it become cool to go all non-traditional? For me a long time. These three ladies prove it work’s when you stick to what you know and stay true to your oh so stylish roots!

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Pick of the week

I’m a fan of stag heads. Those who know me know its all about the all-white, washed out walls interior look for me. From shaggy cow-hide rugs, leather filled trunks and washed up beach shells. The Byron Bay ethos!

This Stags head is a bargain at €44.95 and surprisingly from a store I’ve never mentioned on this blog before…Harvey Norman!

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H&M does Chloe to perfection

What do H&M and Chloe have in common? Apart for the fact I’m a huge fan? Quite a lot.

Both are for the perfect for the free-spirited girl and while one fashion house originated in  France, the other is quite loved by French ladies (I can vouch for this for the time I spent living in Paris).

H&M isn’t my first stop on a shopping trip but one section that ticks all my fashion shoe boxes is H&M Trend found mainly in Dundrum in Ireland. I picked up this little beauty with of-the-moment graphic grid print. The combo of the monochrome pattern and the dropped back hem makes this a style statement ideal for summer day time wear. The hemline is definitely more flattering for shorter legged ladies, like myself. 

While I love gazing at Chloe shows every season with lust I just can’t quite afford it right now…or ever, so my version of the Maxi Check Crepe Wavy Dress for Chloé Fall/Winter 2014-2015, is this H&M dress and it will have to do the trick for now.

 

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From where I stand in my H&M dress!

 

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Penneys Preview AW14

With scorching weather outside you will be forgiven for thinking I’ve got heat stroke and gone a bit crazy talking about AW14. But when it looks this good, it is hard not to go hysteric. Its July the 1st, we are in the midst of high summer,  and I’m bared legged at work, yet somehow I am still lusting after this dogtooth boyfriend, teddy-style coat. Penneys has done it again!
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Most fashion lovers prefer AW seasons and it’s understandable. Like myself the possibilities are endless with layering, colour, texture and leather boots aplenty. Penneys always defies expectations and gets better year after year. This fashion shoot is a sample of that!

To me, their summer offerings are never quite as good. Personally, when baring all in summer, I think your clothing needs quality and structure which they just can’t offer for the price point. However when it comes to faux fur (see above), fluffy woolies and polo necks for layering you won’t be able to pass their doors. Once again, when the cold hits, which will most likely be next week, Penneys is the place to pick up basics!10494783_792811910738777_6287688211470757975_n

 

Proud to be Irish

I went travelling last year around the world. Did you know? I presume you do as it is a running joke among my friends that I literally talk about my travels, Oz and backpacking to every Joe soap I meet.

Before I left, I was disheartened with Ireland, I admit I didn’t see the beauty in it anymore and was quite bored with everything to do with this little island. It probably was an affect of the recession, working long hours on graduate wages, trying to survive. Going out every weekend letting off steam to the same places with the same people got tiring. I simply couldn’t wait to leave.

Cue one and a half years later and I’m back on Irish shores with a whole new perspective on things. Firstly, one thing that stood out was how many alternative foodie haunts had popped up and the fact that people were actually in them. It seemed that there was a bit of love around town again. With initiatives like #LoveDublin from Failte Ireland and influencers on social media, Dublin started to become ‘cool’ again in my eyes. Clearly I am easily led.

I have been home 9 months now and I have enjoyed Ireland more than ever. I’ve been to Achill Island for the first time and stuck my head out the car window along Wild Atlantic Way, just like they told me to in the Discover Ireland ad. I’ve sipped on a pint of Guinness in Templebar like a typical tourist, walked the Strand in Rosslare in winter, enjoyed cocktails around town on rooftop bars, and sampled more Irish restaurants than ever before. You get the point.

So when I first heard about the Emporio Armani AW14 shoot shot on Dollymount Strand I immediately didn’t think, ‘Why they hell would they shoot in Ireland?‘. Instead I was excited to set my eyes on it. Shot by famed Irish photographer Boo George and assisted by the Irish Film Board, Armani have described the location as “striking” and the perfect accompaniment to the “subtle colours and textures” of their sleek Autumn/Winter 14 campaign. One has to just look at the shaggy fur coat below against the stark background and they’re coveting after it.

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When Annie Leibovitz shot for American Vogue in Kerry last year it was collosal, with Tourism Ireland stating, ‘Vogue’s Kerry shoot is ‘invaluable publicity’ for region’ and boy weren’t they right! It seems like Ireland has caught on like the Irish common cold for shooting fashion films, documentaries or high-end editorials. It is fast becoming the go-to fashion destination.

The American Vogue piece from last year titled ‘Wild Irish Rose’, was a nine-page fashion shoot featuring renowned beauty, Daria Werbowy who actually lives in West Cork for part of the year. It was styled by Grace Coddington, one of my all time styling idols.

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While fashion journalists from Ireland continue to jet off to sunny Morocco in the midst of March for high summer bikini shoots, fashions game players are arriving on our shores. I understand we don’t have the weather for getting models in their nips in the height of December and having worked in the industry, I know this needs to be done, However you can’t help but wonder whether we are using our little Ireland to the best of our ability.

But either way the shoot is a great advertisement for Ireland and may it be continue…Windswept and freezing, the models probably didn’t have to pretend to be moody. 

Here is a few pics of me enjoying Ireland to the maximum.

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Plus watch out for my next post on the Penneys AW14 collection which looks like it is shot in Ireland and is amazing…

Kimono Kimoyes!

This is what I envisage what I look like on days like today in Dublin! I’m most likely more akin to Helena Bowman Carter but one has to dream.

Nicole wears my current cover up obsession the kimono how it should be. I’ve thrown on kimonos casually for a while now but obviously with the weather being so splendid they have recently resurfaced. With Body & Soul festival on this weekend go grab yourself one and channel your inner hippy chic!

Easy to throw on, usually made from prints that are fine if you spill spaghetti on – what’s not to love about the kimono?

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