Friday, September 30, 2011

20s Mad Hatter

I began feeling as if I've moved countries because of that heat. Now I'm soaked and definitely in Dublin.

When your brolly is no longer of use to you and you're wet and cold, the best place to move on to is a bath. After that, it's your laptop with another look from the recent shoot.

This was a very modern take on a 20s style hat.

To keep the look together I stuck to 2 main colours: pink and grey which are always good together. To give this outfit a modern, unexpected twist I accessorised it with an oversized, silver clutch and Vivienne Westwood Melissa heels.

Here's the final effect.

Photography: Gabor Nagy, website: Gaborimages
Model: Bozena, Blog: Room no 65
Make up: Daphne Lopes, Blog: Lilac Fashion
Styling: Myself
What would Coco say..? ;)

The Yellow Jacket

I have recently had a pleasure to work on a very cool photo shoot. I was given an opportunity to style the shoot so it was great fun. It was obviously a bit of work as well but really enjoyable! I was glad that I've done my homework and was fully prepared the day before the shoot as I had an awful head cold on a day and no chance for creative thinking in such state.

The first outfit was inspired by some of the looks below.

The yellow jacket was to play the main role and as I wanted a strong contrast, everything else was black. To make sure that it doesn't get boring the top was covered in sequins, I added leather gloves and generally tried to make it a little bit glamorous and sparkly. I also went for silver accessory which works great with yellow.

Photography: Gabor Nagy, website: Gaborimages
Model: Bozena, Blog: Room no 65
Make up: Daphne Lopes, Blog: Lilac Fashion
Styling: Myself

Structured jacket created a nice shoulder for the model and the black skirt was really flattering on her.

What are your thoughts?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Man up

Androgynous looks are really trendy again and high street has never offered so many, so cool, masculine items before.

To get the look right, try to mix both very masculine and very feminine pieces. The look that's most 'in' right now, has a bit of a street style twist with that 'I don't care what u think,I'm stylish' thing going on. The absolute must have items are pleat-front trousers and boyfriend blazer. Personally, I pull the look together with a feminine blouse and stilettos. Boxy shirts with a bow tie detail are very on-trend too and fit in perfectly.

If you want to give it a little bit more casual, street feel, mess up your hair, add a red coloured item and leopard print accessory!

One of the leaders of androgynous look for A/W 11 was Chanel who really pushed it far with very slouchy trousers and untidy look.

Below is an example of a set with androgynous feel, mostly by River Island; bow tie by Asos.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

It's that time of the year again...

My birthday. This is the first time I spent my birthday in Dublin in a few years now as I sort of got into a habit of going away for it.

My friends have been amazing and you can just see how well they know me... tons of fashionable presents! I can't say how much I appreciate it all.

My boy has exceeded any expectations and came in with as fashionable tech-y present... the Ipad :) That also means I'll never have an excuse for lack of blogging again!

Thank you all for an amazing day.

As I'm feeling older I always tend to reflect on life (more so than on New Year's) and so, I hope to commit some more time to this blog as it not always shows how much I'm simply addicted to fashion.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Statement scarf

After I watched a fashion show at Dublin Festival of Fashion last Thursday, I knew I will have to make a trip to 2 stores: H&M and Penneys. I was impressed with few different looks at the show but there were 3 things I loved most: the dress + the navy fur from Penneys and the orange blouse from H&M. It was actually quite funny when my friend D. has turned to me to say: 'this is SO you' just when I was about to tell her how much I want to get this outfit! (have I become predictable? hmm something to consider on my next shopping trip... buy something less 'me').

I hit H&M first.

I was never a big fan of the brand but I admit they seem to be getting better! I'm a little doubtful as to the quality of their clothes and the cut is often a bit off for me but I snapped couple of things in few minutes and was quite surprised to see 2 of them fit nicely! (Including a top I spotted at DFF show which by the way is VERY similar looking to one Penneys has at, funnily, € 0.05 higher price!). I headed downstairs just to have a quick look at accessories and going down the escalator, looking at all the various scarves on display I thought: 'I will probably never buy a scarf on high street again. Why would I? I can get a great, unique, vintage/designer scarf for better price second-hand. Why do people buy scarves in places like H&M?!' The moment this exact thought has crossed my mind I noticed something that looked like a cosy blanket. After quick examination it turned out to be a scarf (or snood to be precise).
I literally fell in love.

I took everything I thought about high street scarves back (in my mind) and (ashamed) headed to the till...

Just to summarise; the shopping didn't take more than 15 min including trying the clothes on; result is a pretty much full outfit at (a spectacular) € 42. Not too shabby H&M...

Trousers, Snood & Blouse - H&M
Shoes - New Look (never worn, completely forgotten and rediscovered)

I got a chance to get in to Penneys few days later, unfortunately none of the furry stuff seemed to be in yet ;) I did find a dress though which for anyone looking for a cool dress for a night out (with great body and confidence) would be a fantastic buy! It's very similar to Stella McCartney's dresses (especially the one on the left), it fits great and it's just € 15!! I say go for it ladies :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

12 months 12 countries # 8 -> Brussels, Belgium

I was warned several times that I'm heading for the most boring place in Europe, however, on Friday morning, I have landed in a 'chips and chocolate heaven' (& beer but personally I'm not a fan).

I don't know whether it was the weather (26C+ and blue skies are always welcome, especially since I haven't seen those since June -> my last trip) or the beer festival that attracted lots of tourists and guaranteed a constant buzz around the city but I really liked it! It had that European feel to it (you would sort of expect that from the European capital huh) with cool cafes, galleries, markets, restaurants with pretty views etc. Moreover, it was flooded with chocolates and chips and if you know me at least a little bit, you know that I can resist anything but these two. I actually realised going through the photos that most of my pics from the weekend are chocolate shops & displays.

If you're heading to Brussels anytime soon (for leisure, not business purposes) I would recommend few things:

1. Check how to get to your hotel, they have a huge metro / tram / train / communication service but it can be really confusing when you don't know where you're going
2. Make sure you know where you're actually trying to get to (as in address :)
3. If possible, stay in the Stanhope hotel : fab fab place, I enclose some pics below
4. Visit the flea market that's considered to be one of Europe's top 10 and is actually on every day! anything from furniture, jewellery, paintings, to tons and tons of vintage bags and clothes (some really funky and old) can be found there
5. Book your luggage in advance so that you could actually shop at the above
6. Visit the Mini Europe! sounds corny and childish but it's actually fun, also, there is an ocean world (or something like that) that looks cool so bring your swimming suit along!
7. Take the city tour - it really is interesting! you can also get some tan if the weather is good and you sit on the deck!
8. Eat as much chocolate and chips as you can (unless you're there for more than 2 days, I wouldn't push it then ;)
9. Enjoy!

 Below are my few little purchases: a vintage bag, an old ring and 2 vintage scarves, all from the market + traditionally - Vogue.

4 more countries to go and we're in to 2012... hard to believe. 

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