Two Stylish Sisters

Taking inspiration this week from an article in The Huffington Post, I decided to write my very own piece on the great Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis and her younger sibling, Lee Radziwill. Radziwill, oft in the shadow of her older sister, by the very nature of Jackie’s role, allows us to appreciate her style even more.


Image courtesy of Imagewell.

In the words of Vogue’s Hamish Bowles, Jackie often hid behind the tyranny and constance of the paparazzi in her signature sunglasses. Modest, private, yet über-stylish.

….she shielded herself from the paparazzi gaze behind her trademark bug-eyed sunglasses…..


Photo credit: Tom Wargacki on Getty Images, circa 1976.

We can appreciate why Lee was named the International Best Dressed on the Hall of Fame in 1996. Having a strong eye for fashion and style alike, her Parisian home was featured less than several years ago on Elle Décor Magazine.


Radziwill in Christian Dior, circa 1960

I am literally addicted to posting photographs on my blogs, but when you see style as effortless at the Bouvier sisters, I am even more compelled. Radziwill, listed in 2013 as one of the best dressed by The Guardian, we can clearly see why.


Photo credit: Andy Warhol

Standing the test of time? That they have both done. Barefoot in capris on the island of Capri, to one piece swimsuits and headscarves to beat the band; Bouvier’s style. Absorb.


Photo credit: Benno Graziani, circa 1962

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Would you polka with me?

Would you dare to share your polka love? Would you daringly go head to toe like this young lady did at Milan Fashion Week? I simply love this outfit. This outfit seems loud but it works because she sticks to the same block colors; differing shades of navy, white and camel brown. And what a gamble throwing red in the mix. Look how she ties her accessories with this once choice of color; her lipstick, her nail varnish, sunglasses and the cute belt. Bravo!


Image courtesy of ImaxTree (2013).

An archived ‘LIFE’ magazine featured the polka dot mixed with a fabulous muslin shawl collar. Photographed by the one and only Nina Leen. This elegant lady was not afraid to show her dotty side to boot.


Photo credit: Nina Leen, circa 1955.

Esther Quek is never afraid to show her side of jest in Belgium’s ‘Style du Monde’ after the AW 2015 Prada Fashion Show. Sporting a playful red jumpsuit enveloped in white with black polka dot print, not a care in the word.


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Outfit Planning


Alarm clock ring plus an icy cold nose can mean only one thing; Monday morning blues. Perish the thought. Too cosy to start your day early? Looks like even Audrey had a hard time getting out of the sack. Can’t decide what to wear? Ladies you need to start planning ahead. There are so many ways to do this. Let me help.

ORGANISE YOUR CLOSET: I’m not here to lecture on clutter or messy bedrooms as those of you who take pride in your clothes and fashion tend to be a little on the neater side. However, I’m sure there is room for a wee bit more organisation. Section your wardrobe: Trouser suits, rolled in to pants and jeans etc. I like to keep all my skirts in a separate section, be it pencil, a-line or maxis. Believe me this will make it easier to put your outfits together. I promise.


Photo credit: Chris Andre

MENTAL PLANNING: Get off your phones, tablets and other electronic gadgets that you so often find stuck to your palm. Shut your eyes and just have a think. Have a good, long, hard think about what is in your closet. Scan your each section and try and visualise specific items. Start with the basics. Pants versus dress versus skirt. Next choose the top. Will it be a shirt or a funky blouse under a pinafore dress? Remember baggy on bottoms, tight on top and vice versa.


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GET INSPIRED: There are tonnes and tonnes of fashion magazines in your nearest newsagent and metro stop. Grab one. Even if it’s just once a week. It’ll take the edge of that long train or bus commute too. Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Netaporter; the list is endless. There is a fabulous Irish magazine by the name of ‘Social & Personal’ that have gorgeous fashion ideas. These will not break the bank and it’s amazing how much visual inspiration you can get. 

“When I first moved to New York I bought VOGUE instead of dinner. I just felt it fed me more.”

Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City


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DON’T FORGET TO ACCESSORISE: You would be surprised how much a dainty neck scarf or brooch can maximise your look. If the canvas outfit is fairly safe in terms of being a dark navy/black/grey, pick a bright contrasting scarf like scarlet red with black or baby pink with grey. I just love a vintage brooch on a smart blazer. Think cameo. Don’t dream of leaving that house of yours without a decent bag. I’m far too passionate about bags to include it in this blog but be rest assured I will be doing a very in-depth feature on some work bags soon. 


Fashion Accessories by Andy Warhol (ink and tempura on paper) circa 1955. Photo courtesy of Christie’s.

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To Tell a Time


I am SO in love with my gorgeous new watch by Thomas Sabo. I found it under my Christmas tree all nearly wrapped with all necessary trimmings. Christmas morning i opened the gift bag and there inside lay a new wrist clock. Just for me!

White zirconia stones crowned upon a rose gold-colored stainless steel frame, it offers feminism, style, elegance and durability. Most of all it is pretty!  In my field of work I am constantly living by time slots and deadlines. In between patient treatments and assessments with the dancers, I wash my hands at least twenty times a day. I often work with the watch off my wrist for hygiene purposes. Because of this I needed a strap which would be easy to take on and off. The Century watch from the Glam & Soul collection proved right for me.


                               Above: The “Century” wristwatch circa $230

With the new in-vogue midnight blue strap in rich leather I never have to worry about it snapping or breaking. It ticks all the boxes in terms of jewellery for me. And, on another note it goes perfectly with my spanking new virgin wool midnight blue coat by MaxMara along with my new Cos purchases over the Christmas break. Needless to say I will be blogging about these purchases too in the course of time.