My Chic ‘Must Haves’.

Looking for a way to wind down after a long days work in the office and watching replay of the McGregor UFC fight, I came upon Miss Vogue’s ‘Chics Must Haves’. I have picked my versions of the Puffy Skirt, the Silk Dress, TipTop Tapestry and of course Clashing Prints. I hope someone of you out there will like my choice of picks just as much as I do.

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Above:  1. Sylwia Majdan Skirt

My silk dress pick is inspired by Louis Vuitton’s slinky silk collection, Figure-hugging and back-revealing. Think slips.

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Miu Miu’s divine tapestry duster coats were well up there in my ranks. You all well know by now that I have a thing for overcoats, all colors, shapes and sizes. Needless to say the pale blue wizards coat of dear ole Miu Miu caught my attention. Can we please compare this with Ulyana Seregeenko’s red one below? Hello Paisley.

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 And, last but not least; the clashing prints. Brought to you by Grimes (Claire Boucher) herself. Not the biggest fan (musically), I do like to keep an open mind and portray an unbiased view, so here goes. Kudos to fashion devilment and the likes.

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She must have taken a leaf out of Kenzo’s lookbook (below)

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M for Moccasin

I can’t help it, but I’m going through a moccasin slash loafer obsessions this past fortnight. I am off on my annual purge to Italy in another week and a bit. I suppose one could say I’ve already started my shopping list. I can tell you the Gucci loafer slippers are top of my (very long) list!

M for Moccasin

 


Gucci black leather shoes
€705 – saksfifthavenue.com

Gucci horsebit loafer
€760 – nordstrom.com

Gucci loafer
vestiairecollective.com

Robert Clergerie slip on loafer
€385 – avenue32.com

Flat loafer
€31 – modcloth.com

The black plain ones (see below) are just as beautiful as any Gucci moccasin. The open back allows for easy access. The small, thin base heel allows for comfort and the leather front offers quality and durability. A trip to Zara this weekend sounds inevitable, doesn’t it?!
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I’m mostly looking forward to wearing the open heel as they can be paired perfect without a stocking as the tail end of the summer still lingers. But, also I see them as a transitional type of shoe as they can be worn with a light sock with jeans or 3/4’s or simply with a pair of black tights and a dress/skirt. They will become a core part of my autumn wardrobe. The rest of my shoes best make some room.

The Funky Sweatshirt

I love Sundays, simply because I love to go down to my (now I can finally say it) local and pick up the Sunday Times. I’m ne’er a foot in the door and I rip the plastic insert to shreds to reveal that all important ‘Style’ magazine.

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Above left: Grey Merino Wool Giraffe-Sleeve Sweater (€230) Paulsmith.co.uk. Right: Love Moschino Long- Sleeve Sweater (€205)

Flossie Saunder’s Sunday fashion tips decorate my day. She recently did an interesting article on the comeback of the casual statement sweatshirt. I’m not quite convinced how great I look in them, however it does make me appreciate a good sweater, especially oversized.

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Above: Left: Sugarhill Boutique Nita Curious Cat Jumper, Navy (€32) Johnlewis.com & Wearing Top Mr.Cat Print Loose Sweater from Withchic.com (€27)

I am trying to wean myself off oversized tops but I’m finding it hard to breakaway. Perhaps the funky sweaters in this blog might convince me. I plucked them from Polyvore. Here are a few of my favourites.

 

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Above right: Fendi fur-embellished cotton-blend sweater (€ 1,179)  & left: Banjo & Matilda star-intarsia cashmere sweater (€345)

Slap on a pair of your favourite comfortable jeans. Let’s go with a pair of high-waisted baggy ones. I’m thinking Jackie from That 70’s show or  casual Abby Ewing from Knots Landing. Messy hair bun, funky new sweater and a pair of aviators. I think we’re in business.

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Here is my favourite pick. What a cute little gem, and for a fine price tag of €15 from pinkqueen.com I absolutely adore this mustard color. Pair with skinny jeans, high heel ankle boot and oversized tote. A shiny million dollars you will look.

Streetwear

London, a city vibrant on the street and below. Traveling home from Wimbeldon to Kensington, my colleague (forever stylish) agreed to let me photograph him on the tube and tag his gear. I took this opportunity to list what he is wearing in the photo below and I created a collage of his ‘look for less’ seeing as Rohan has an expensive eye!

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Above: Rohan wears brown hat by Scala Classico, bag by Ted Baker, overcoat by NA, jeans by Zara, t-shirt (All Saints) and trainers (Nike Huarache).

This outfit I simply love. It has a lot of safe neutrals but then just as you think you have it sussed, out comes a flash of color. The shade of red is eyecatching without being gaudy. The jeans comfortable and everyday? Wrong! Try wade through the streets of London and survive a day stain-free. Sporting the goods is one thing but being able to juggle their practicality is an art in itself and this is something Rohan has clearly mastered.

Dare I mention the sparkling white trainers?!

So, I have condensed this ‘street style’ look and pinned down the look for less. These are pretty much all high street stores and they will save you a quid or two. Dont be afraid to purchase online especially if its a store you know and whose size fits.

Streetwear

 


Levi’s mens ripped jeans. Ageless, timeless in pale blue and available from mrporter.com for a whopping €58.


Mens red jacket. Otherwise known as the Marbeck Field jacket.
€96 – wolfandbadger.com

Nike mens shoes in shiny white. €115  in Office.


River Island mens short sleeve shirt
€9 – riverisland.com. Where would ya be going?

Ted Baker men s duffel bag. This  ‘Loyell’ black duffel is on sale from 6pm.com €125. Half price! This is the same listing as Rohan’s own.


Mens cap Since writing this blog, this has sold out but there’s an array of fabulous fedoras and what not available like this. farfetch.com

Rianna Phillips Iphone cover. If you want it, ask the piggy bank for thirty pieces of silver! €30 on silkfred.com


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Green, Leafy Days

I decided to dedicate this blog to my very recent return to green leafy Ireland after a long stint away in North America. It’s not until you return to her proud island do you realise Éire is so lush with growth. I am proud to say I’m Irish and so because of that, I dug deep in my Polyvore virtual wardrobe (and imagination, of course) and spat this one out.

Green, Leafy Days

 

I have seen a lot of this leaf print very recently, both along my work travels and at home. ‘What an odd look’, I first thought to myself. I was recently on Instagram and saw one very trendy english celebrity post a snap of her new armchairs- newly upholstered in green leaves, no less. My room mate even has a new blanket throw in this beloved print. I cannot get enough! Happy reading.

Dolce Gabbana green shirt dress
€2.420 – brownsfashion.com

Dolce Gabbana high waist trousers
€820 – farfetch.com

Green necktie
€98 – theoutnet.com

Dolce&Gabbana leather slip-on shoes
€925 – saksfifthavenue.com

Dolce Gabbana dolce gabbana purse
€3.050 – matchesfashion.com

Vintage cuff bracelet
€14 – unique-vintage.com

Bling Jewelry green brooch
€12 – blingjewelry.com

Chain pendant
€9,02 – maykool.com

Dolce Gabbana silk twill scarve
€480 – luisaviaroma.com

Dolce Gabbana dolce gabbana belt
€520 – farfetch.com

Marni thick lens glasses
€155 – marni.com

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Express Dressing

I realised my June deadline was just about up tonight, and, as I aim to complete 4 monthly blogs I realised I was only on 3. Without further ado I jumped on my Polyvore app and made a run for it. Hence the title name, ‘Express Yourself”. Take the quickest peek at what I have come up with as a result. I started with the red pressed bermuda shorts, matched it with a striped off-the-shoulder (which of course is all the rage right now) and teamed with a classic black open toe stiletto sandal with ankle strap and the cutest patent tote.
Express Dressing

 

I started with the red pressed bermuda shorts, matched it with a striped off-the-shoulder (which of course is all the rage right now) and teamed with a classic black open toe stiletto sandal with ankle strap and the cutest patent tote.

“Express Dressing” details enlisted below:

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Walter Van Beirendonck, Yes!

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Photo courtesy of Luca Tombolini.

So I know I’m probably jumping ahead but who doesn’t in the fashion world. This is the Spring 2017 collection from Walter Van Beirendonck. I have never written a blog yet on menswear and so I figured it was time to make amends with myself and delve into the masculine side of fashion. Darren Casey you will be proud.

 

Van Beirendonck, Belgian born, has brought something magical to the modern day runway. Fearless and edgy, he promotes baggy pantaloons, statement shirts and color coded footwear.

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Inspired by the Mad Hatter’s unsolvable conundrum, this was the latest for Walter’s next Spring collection. Manic, unsolved, chaotic and mysterious all at once.

Hatter: “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” (to Alice) “I haven’t the slightest idea!”

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You can’t go wrong with a leopard/teal mix, eh? The asymmetry is so daring but stunningly elegant. How about a matching print sock to boot?

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Sourced via Vogue 

Not having known much about this designer, I am more and more in the awe the more I delve in to researching him. I am slowly becoming more obsessed with this Antwerpian. Maybe it is because the year he began designing was the same year I was born but I almost definitely drawn to his exhibits.

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More womenswear I say!

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Shades of You (Blue)

This week I am in the Old North State of North Carolina. Blistering afternoon temperatures soar mid to high twenties. My Irish skin has me taking refuge in my hotel room during the peak, daylight hours. It also has me people watching from my window on the high seventeenth floor. Thanks to the hot summer sun, she gave me some fashion inspiration- Fair trade for keeping me imprisoned in my own room.

And so I figured, why not keep cool during these hot summer June days with a shade of cool blue?!

Shades of You (Blue)

Miu Miu cashmere shirt
$790 – mytheresa.com

Rucksack bag
zaful.com

Self-portrait rose sunglasses
$155 – net-a-porter.com

Travel sun hat
luxurydivas.com

Stackable glasses
sunglasshut.com

Topshop nail polish
$8.68 – topshop.com

Baby blues mixed with soft pinks will hide any trace of sunburn. Trendy en-vogue flip flops and a giant sunhat is the perfect combination guaranteed to keep you cool as a cucumber.
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Celebrate a Summer in Yellow

Finally we can officially call it summertime. We no longer complain about the chill in the air but rather, one can hear the passersby whinge the very opposite…. how hot it is outside! Fantastic.

Here is my latest collaboration of all my favourite things yellow. Be not afraid to make that yellow statement, because I sure am not.

Celebrate a Summer in Yellow

 


First thing is first, look at this cute yellow pinafore. I have been obsessed with these since I was a child. Hey, if there’s a nip in the air in the evening why not pop a short sleeve (or long) white shirt underneath.

Blumarine short dress

$440 – yoox.com

How retro these look. Is it bad to think I think these are technically affordable?

Gucci shoes

$545 – italist.com

I’m sasd to say I definitely will not be adding this to my bag fix anytime soon (not by choice anyway) . Why not tie a little scarf around the top handles to jazz it up. Navy is always a winner. So complimentary.

Crazy about this watch. Definitely making the purchase.

Crayo leather watch
jcpenney.com

Very sixties I thought. Hence my choice to match with the Gucci footwear.

Alexis Bittar earrings
truefacet.com

So ‘Knots Landing’, eh? I can see Abbey Ewing sporting this.

Ranting and raving about ownership of these (as reflected by my many instagram posts).

Dolce Gabbana cell phone headphone
$6,870 – net-a-porter.com

Alexander McQueen scarve
6pm.com….. OR, you could also jump in to Primark on your way home from the office and get a plain yellow scarf. Tie it up turban-style and strut. I remember going in to college (late) with a purple sparkly turban on my head. I wish I had that courage now….I seem to have lost it a long the way somewhere😦

What more can I say?

If you are not feeling the turban theme, protect those locks with this cute sun straw hat.

Benoît Missolin straw hat
matchesfashion.com

“Get it while it’s hot”- Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City)

What a cute little accesory and closing line to this yellow affair. Pair with a long navy maxi as you enter the sunsetting evenings. A guarnteed head turner.

Jil Sander Navy yellow belt
$100 – yoox.com

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In the name of Japan

In the name of Japan

Simone Rocha pink coat
€1.215 – brownsfashion.com

Sexy pantyhose
€5,35 – amazon.com

Nila Anthony over the shoulder bag
€34 – dollskill.com

Olivia Burton rose gold watch
€105 – the-dressingroom.com

Linda Farrow retro glasses
€450 – coggles.com

Cultural Intrigue bridal umbrella
€7,99 – lunabazaar.com