Monthly Archives: June 2011

Beautiful blazers and silly studs!

Got this new blazer recently and I’m loving that it goes with nearly everything I own! Out come my studded trousers that have been hiding away for some time, add my beloved mulberry bayswater and some simple peep toe courts!
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“TU” wear a jumper or “TU” not…

Adding a little personality to your outfit makes getting dressed fun and getting up in the morning a heck of a lot easier! Having went through a phase of bring edge to soft, feminine tutu’s i loved adding leather, heavy jewellery or anything that looked like it didn’t necessarily belong alongside something associated with dance and movement. Stiff, heavy and strong were the perfect characteristics in pieces to compliment my tutu’s!

Then i stumbled upon my over-sized jumper! Against the mint tutu and paired with wedges, perfect!

Popped on a pair of nerdy glasses grabbed a notebook to write down interview responses..Bob’s your uncle! ready for tea with my friend in that lovely new cafe!

When Michael Jackson met Cilla Black..

I love texture against texture, print against print. So when my vintage, super sequin slitted skirt entered my wardrobe it only felt natural to wear it with something that contradicted the initial style it automatically set! So why not throw on a men’s flannel shirt? Or why as some may ask..in my friends words ” Michael Jackson meets Cilla black”

Forgive the quality..Photography classes in the process!

Sinead Dunleavy…New girl on the block

Technique, commitment and exceptional workmanship a few words to describe the Girl who should be your one to watch.

It’s not just a personal opinion,  see for yourself, Sinead’s work is nothing less than beautiful.

Below is a perfect example of how Sinead combines her keen eye for detail to her design. The intricate details are strongly considered in the early stages and I believe this is a wonderful quality in a designer. It proves how committed they are to each piece that they design. That each piece contains a story and long thoughtful process.

So below is a taster of Sinead’s style. To me it is the definition of beautiful, even in the manner in which it is photographed. Wait a little while and the name Sinead Dunleavy will be on the lips of those in the know! For now she is interning in New York, only to return and grace us all with more amazing creations. Watch this space for more of her beautiful work and check out her website.. You know you want to!

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Sinead was lovely enough to take the time to answer a few questions about her prospering career, Enjoy!

How did you decide that fashion was the career you wanted to pursue?

I have always had a huge interest in making things since I was a young child and was always attending art courses.  When I attended the LSAD I just felt it the natural way to proceed. I didn’t feel the same passion for any other art module the way I felt about fashion, making a garment from start to completion.

What advice would you give to up and coming fashion hopefuls?

(DO NOT DO IT. Hahahaha) Go and do a small summer course to make sure its what you really want and maybe a two week internship somewhere to get a feel for the industry.

What/who inspires you?

I am inspired by everything and everyone. My two piece statement is inspired from family and heirlooms. I always have my camera in my bag and am continually taking photographs everywhere and quite often I reference those for inspiration. It may be a moment of madness or the look of a certain object, but it could end up being the mood for your collection.

Do you feel there is a strong industry for fashion in Ireland?

No. Not compared to years and years ago. We only have two material shops to work from here in Limerick and three in Dublin, the main capital. There is no incentive for Irish Designers to stay here; all the raw materials have to be sourced in London in an annual fashion trip. It is such a pity because we have some extremely talented Irish Designers.

As regards designers I think we have some huge names like John Rocha, Lainey Keogh, Phillip Tracey and Joanna Hynes that have really put Ireland on the map and are influencing more and more graduates to stay put rather than be outsourced to other countries.

How did you decide that fashion was the career you wanted to pursue?

I have always had a huge interest in making things since I was a young child and was always attending art courses.  When I attended the LSAD I just felt it the natural way to proceed. I didn’t feel the same passion for any other art module the way I felt about fashion, making a garment from start to completion.

How do you intend to pursue your career once you finish college?

At the moment I am taking on an internship in NYC from April until September so I guess it all depends on that! I think I will always design though. I love the process to much to give it up.

What advice would you give to up and coming fashion hopefuls?

(DO NOT DO IT. Hahahaha) Go and do a small summer course to make sure its what you really want and maybe a two week internship somewhere to get a feel for the industry.

What/who inspires you?

I am inspired by everything and everyone. My two piece statement is inspired from family and heirlooms. I always have my camera in my bag and am continually taking photographs everywhere and quite often I reference those for inspiration. It may be a moment of madness or the look of a certain object, but it could end up being the mood for your collection.

Do you feel there is a strong industry for fashion in Ireland?

No. Not compared to years and years ago. We only have two material shops to work from here in Limerick and three in Dublin, the main capital. There is no incentive for Irish Designers to stay here; all the raw materials have to be sourced in London in an annual fashion trip. It is such a pity because we have some extremely talented Irish Designers.

As regards designers I think we have some huge names like John Rocha, Lainey Keogh, Phillip Tracey and Joanna Hynes that have really put Ireland on the map and are influencing more and more graduates to stay put rather than be outsourced to other countries.

Big thanks to Sinead!

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River Island.. The summer season one stop shop

River island have really pulled out all the stops this summer. In store its bright colours, exotic and axtec prints and gorgeous basics! Also to my plesant surprise heir price points have dropped with prices, quality and style rivalling those of once cheaper high street chains!
My birthday wish list was complete with these silk like print shorts perfect to take me through summer months whatever the occasion! Then these sky scrapper heels with the beautiful floral print!
Also keep a eye for their great sale!

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Hussein Chalayan..A fashion mastermind

I’m forever amazed of the fine line between fashion, art and sculpture. Hussein Chalayan challenges every aspect of the above combining them all in a way that can only be described as mesmerizing. Each piece tells a unique story. Everyone item is thought provoking and for me, insanely beautiful and inspiring. This man is outrageously talented! He has challenged the boundaries of what we have considered acceptable in fashion.

Check him out!

The pieces in the video are wearable for day to day but still maintain his unique structure and style!

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Be SALE savy..

Its hard to resist the temptations of the sales, especially now with the economy in such a terrible state prices are slashed once they hit the sale rack!

But we are all guilty of making those impulse purchases simply because of the difference in the price you could have paid, and what you now have the opportunity to pay!

Impulse buying is so easy to do in sale season, but we have to resist.

Follow a simple rule. Aside from basics which are essential to the wardrobe think about what you are buying. Leaving the price aside for a moment (forgetting about how much of a bargin it is!) How much will you actually wear this piece?Think about dividing the cost of the item into how many times you will ACTUALLY wear the item!

For work wear, consider  how versatile it is with other pieces in your wardrobe.

Think about the quality,it may be inexpensive but will it last in comparason to a similar item at a higher price point.

Does it fit perfectly? If there is alterations required is it really so cheap afterall?

Will it transcend through seasons? A real trend driven piece is on sale for a reason, come winter you cant wear it anyway!

Forgive me for putting a damper on the excitement of bagging a bargain, believe me i’m  all up for a massive discount! However, its time we made more considered purchases and stopped flogging our money on pieces are nothing more than “Fast Fashion” .

With this in mind i wish you all a very happy sale shopping experience and i hope everyone bags a really great (considered) bargain!!

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Nailing it!

Getting my nails done isn’t something I do often, in fact this was my second time ever! So if you are like me and a french tip just isnt your thing try some nail art! Its fun, lasts a good week and can be personalised! I got my initials, a tuxedo and the pow from cartoon strips.
The Nail bar in the Jervis Centre is where i got these beauties, €25 with a polish and file, delighted!

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