Autumn Edit

Photos by David Ganon 

Bag- Boutique New York 

Dress – &OtherStories 

Boots – Zara 

Sunglasses- MIUMIU

Dressing to match the Autumnal mood at the moment. Autumn is defiantly my favourite season of all. I love the greens, burnt oranges, yellow and wine hues and the hole transitional phase around the city and most of all in wardrobe of course!

I picked up this beautiful long sleeved print dress in &other Stories on Grafton Street last week for €89. I know that’s not exactly cheap but I really wanted a dressy day dress that I could also wear to dinner in the evenings or meetings for work. This  one will take me through all four seasons as well. Dresses like this are worth investing, especially when you see how easy they are to style  with the basics you most likely already have in your wardrobe. You can wear dressed down with a leather jacket and boots for a daytime option or up with a smart blazer and heel for work or an evening occasion. Below I did a little something in between. I paired it with this hard green print box bag and a pair of Zara leather boots I picked up last week for €55.95. They are so comfortable (true to size) and again ideal for a dressier style boot with the little chunky heel which is more practical when you’re running around.

Happy Shopping X

 

 

&Other Stories Edit

I picked up a few new pieces in &Other Stories last week to get me through the Winter. The A/W collection is one of the best yet with lots of lovely cosy knit jumpers, fabulous party dresses, a range of boots and plenty of covetable fun accessories. Perfect for layering on t-shirts and jumpers! &Other Stories is relatively new to Dublin having opened just last December. It’s owned by The H&M group a Swedish company who also own sibling brands COS, H&M, Weekday, Cheap Monday and Monki. There’s lots of amazing ways to style and mix and match your A/W pieces in “The Edit” section online &OtherStories. I put together my own personal favourites below.

I bought the Paris logo jumper which I teamed with blue jeans here but it’ll be perfect with a black denim or leather skirt and boots for the cold months ahead. I also love the Orange puffa jacket featured below which is incredibly comfortable and ideal for the commute to work. Puff jackets don’t have to be super casual they can be dressed up with drop earrings, a clutch bag, tailored pants and shirt. Do it casually with a layered oversized shirt, chunky knit jumper and team with jeans and trainers. They look great styled either way!  I don’t really find the &Other Stories stock to be true to size for A/W. Lots of the stuff is incredibly long sleeved and bodied so I would recommend trying on.  Most of the stuff I got was size S and I got the black polo knit jumper in XS size.

I also bought the black and green long sleeved dress below. It’s defiantly one that could take you through all four seasons which is why I bought it. So easy to dress up for work with a heeled boot and black blazer or dressed down with a skinny black polo neck underneath, leather jacket and flat boot for Autumn. Remember it’s always good to invest in pieces that are transitional, easy to work into your wardrobe and most of all that you feel most confident & comfortable in.

Happy shopping! x

Photos by Declan Kelly  

http://www.stories.com/ie/

All Below From &Other Stories  

 

Autumn Edit

Photos by Declan Kelly

Coat, bag and boots by Sandro Paris.

Ready for the transition to A/W? I’ve found a perfect dupe of my tanned Sandro boots below from Topshop. The Madison round toe suede boots are almost identical and much better value at 80 euro than my Sandro ones from SS17 collection. (Topshop Product code 32M29MTAN or click the picture below and it will link you to the page to shop). They also have them in black suede but I’d recommend getting a suede protector with these as they mark and scuff extremely easy.

Topshop have lots of lovely variations of crop frayed jeans at the moment perfect teamed with ankle boots, a cosy jumper, jacket or coat for the autumn months as it’s not quite freezing yet. My jeans below are Topshop a new style called Dree. Fitting is true to size I got petite size and waist 28 / leg 28. I always find the Topshop denim great for sizing as it’s very accurate and you can adjust to suit your waist and leg measurments.

My tricolour Bag is part of the signature collection of “Lou Bags” from Sandro Paris(sa855E) that launched earlier this year. They have lots of variations of the Lou Bag online if you would rather an all over color such as black, navy or Burgundy. Below is the bigger variation but I also bought the smaller size Lou bag in nude which I love but it fits just an I phone so I would recommend the bigger size for practical reasons. I like the shape of the Lou bag and the gold long chain is ideal for going handsfree or turning into a clutch bag at night. Simple bags like this are a great investment as the won’t go out of fashion like so many branded ones.

Happy shopping! x

 

 

Best Fashion Documentaries To Watch

Like most people I absolutely love a great documentary, the only thing is there really isn’t that many Fashion documentaries out there. Everyone in the fashion industry is so cautious and wary about the portrayal that most refuse to be filmed. Especially since the September Issue and The Devil Wears Prada aired. Anna Wintour was deemed an Ice Queen and most of the media  took a vendetta against the Fashion Industry for being so shallow and materialistic. It took the BBC’s documentary maker Richard Macer months to convince Alexandra Shulman to agree to film the two part documentary called “Absolutely Fashion” in which he followed her everywhere for nine months of filming. Initially I did’t like Richards interview technique. In fact I hated it! He asked lots of irritating and stupid questions. But then I discovered the more I watched that was in fact what really made the Documentary such a great watch. He was looking for a reaction and to push the boundaries beyond what was allowed, so much so the documentary nearly got pulled several times by Vogue.

It’s no surprise to many the Fashion Industry is a cut throat and fickle world but incredibly fascinating at that as well. The global apparel market is valued at 3 trillion dollars and accounts for 2% of the worlds GDP. The womenswear industry is valued at 621 billion dollars. Those interested in Fashion and even those who aren’t  are keen to discover what goes on behind the doors of massive couture houses and multi million dollar companies such as Vogue, LVMH, Zara so forth. For the closest of glimpses I’ve rounded off the best fashion documentaries to watch.

  1. Bill Cunningham New York Times Fashion Photographer
  2. Dries coming soon filmed over a year set to be one of the major Fashion Documentaries of 2017 https://youtu.be/Q7Sqe2DKAFo 
  3. Dior & I with Raf Simons at the helm as Creative Director, followed by Inside Dior as Maria Grazia Chiuri takes over ahead of Fashion Week at the Parisian Atelier.
  4. Alexa Chung Future Of Fashion with Vogue. She explores several avenues including graduate funding and what it takes to be a designer in the competitive industry today.
  5. Jeremy Scott The peoples Designer. A bizarre but interesting insight into the designers mind and how he became creative director of the infamously quirky and tacky Italian fashion house Moschino.
  6. Iris A must watch! Iris Apfel is one of the most interesting characters in the Fashion Industry.
  7. Scatter My Ashes At Bergdof’s. A Look inside one of New York most Luxurious Department Store.
  8. Absolutely Fashion follows Alexandra Shulman around for the centenary issue of Vogue and the Cover Shoot with The Duchess of Cambridge.
  9. Manolo The Boy who made shoes for Lizards
  10. Mademoiselle C follows former editor of French Vogue Carine Roitfeld as she sets up her own publication CR Fashion Book. 
  11. The September Issue … of course.
  12. The First Monday in May Anna Wintour and The Vogue team prepare for the Met Gala Ball.
  13. The Eye Has to Travel Diana Vreeland The real beginning of fashion editing.
  14. Franca Chaos & Beauty Netflix original on the one and only controversial Editor and Chief of Italian Vogue.
  15. Tom Ford   a glimpse into the intense life of Tom Ford – designer, filmmaker, photographer and writer.

 

My Top Fashion Book Recommendations!

“Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment” Lee McQueen

I thought I’d put together a list of book recommendations of my favourite Fashion books. I primarily read biographies and autobiographies about designers or photographers as well as my monthly favourite magazines which include Vogue, Harper’s BazaarElle, ID and Image . Best Bi-annual Love Magazine by Katie Grand and CR Fashion Book by Carine Roitfeld the imagery is out of this world and worth collecting every bit as much as Vogue.  It saddens me a huge amount that print world is dying out as I honestly don’t think there is any comparison between feeling the pages of fashion magazines to clicking through editorials online behind a screen. Print is my preference but I understand  the need for urgency when it comes to breaking news and the internet is simply the best way for that.

I love coffee table books on Fashion, Photography and Fashion Photography. Most are quite expensive but I usually treat myself to one or two a year off Amazon and they are totally worth it! Always so much to learn and so much inspiration between the pages. Here are a few of my purchased favourites below that I would recommend. Hope you enjoy & the titles are linked to bring you to Amazon so you can shop x

  1. The Fashion Book  highly educational and covers almost every photographer, designer, muse and model from the last 200 years in an A-Z profile. This is the first book I would start with.
  2. Dior by Dior an autobiography by the great Christian Dior where he  shares his triumphs & tribulations.
  3. Inside Vogue by Alexandra Shulman ex editor of British Vogue. A wonderful and brutally honest Diary she shares her final year at Vogue for the Centenary issue highs and lows as well as the pressure of the Fashion Industry. If you want a understanding of what it’s like to work for a global publication this is it!
    1. Grace Coddington  All three book-  A Memoir, The American Vogue Years, Thirty Years Of Fashion at Vogue. Honest, whitty and beautifully put together. A true visionary and inspiration in the fashion industry. Her work transports you to other realms. She will forever by my favourite stylist and editor.
  4. The Coveteur  Private Spaces and Personal Style endless inspiration and ideas especially if you are redecorating.
  5. Tim Walker   His incredibly photography and originality will have you spell bound.
  6. Kate Moss by Kate Moss totally iconic. She is one of the longest standing supermodels in the industry and still known as one of the best in the world.
  7. Peter Lindberg A Different Vision Of Photography. He has shot some of the most recognised pictures in the world including the famous 1990 British Vogue Cover of the Supers. 
  8. Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty, Unseen and Alexander McQueen by Claire Wilcox. Fascinating and captivating beyond comprehension. My favourite designer ever he changed the fashion industry forever.

10. Mario Testino One of the best fashion photographers in the world. He is one of the most recognisable and well respected in the industry.

 

Style Tips For Short Girls!

  

Firstly….

The best things come in small packages and secondly welcome to the short girls club! I was self conscious about my height for years but now I’ve fully embraced it and learnt a few simple tricks to flatter my body shape and my height that will maybe help you too.  I’m the smallest in my group and I’m just 5ft.2 and lets be real my days of growing are well and truly over! I’ve learnt over the years what works and what doesn’t… trial and error. I dislike wearing flats, and it’s not realistic to wear heels all the time unless like VB you are chauffeured from door to door for work and events. So I try to opt for flats that will make me appear taller and elongate my legs.  It may be a runner or flatform with a two inch wedge or even just a pointy flat so my legs look longer. I usually buy chunky wedge shoes because it’ll naturally create the illusion my legs are slimmer than they actually are and give me height all at once. Below are some of the do’s and don’ts of to dressing for a petite figure. Whether your small and Pear, Apple, Strawberry or Banana shaped hopefully the tips below will help you dress better for your size and give you more confidence in styling yourself. ♥ x

Nicole Richie always nails dressing for her height and small frame as well as perfect tailoring.  Suits are so elegant and can be worn so many ways smart and casual. Worth investing no matter what size you are they are!

SOME HEROS & INSPO FOR LITTLE LADIES! 



  1. In order for you’re clothes to fit right (particularly work clothes) it is worth visiting a tailor. The wrong hem, shoulder or cuff can ruin a suit and can be the making of looking well presented and put together.
  2. If you’re jeans are too long roll them up neatly and evenly or turn them up professionally. Bunched up at the calf is not a good look, find out you’re correct leg length in jeans. Brown Thomas offers a great service at The Denim Bar and several shapes, styles, price points and brands with a in-house alterations. What more could you ask for?
  3. Balance is KEY! Ask yourself are you even top and bottom? Is my torso longer or are my legs? My legs are shorter so therefore I know to opt for high waisted skirts or jeans to create the illusion my legs are longer than they are.
  4. Being small it’s a good idea to wear shoes that are pointy (weather it be flat, heeled or boot) we want to elongate you’re legs! Round is better suited to tall silhouettes. I try to wear colours close on bottom to the colours of my shoes also. Black with black shoes, with bare legs a nude is usually a good shout for creating a longer slimming effect.
  5. Lots of  retailers cater a Petite women now such as Topshop and Asos. They don’t always but it will more than likely fit you better if you are under 5ft.4. Most of them go up to size 14.
  6. Deep V necks are great on shorter women or big busted ladies as it will make the neck appear longer.
  7. A-line mini skirts and above the knee is usually best for you. If you want to wear a long skirt go for one with a slit up the leg this will also create a lengthening effect.
  8. Careful on the oversized layering it can look more granny chic …. Reference Olsen Twins!
  9. It’s nice to have a variety of bags for practical reasons, work or night out etc but over all you’re bag should be in proportion with you’re size. Scale matters!
  10. I love colour and think we should always wear the colours that are primarily on our colour chart and most comfortable in. However too much colour variation at once can create a blocky effect so be cautious.
  11. SHOES WISLEY…Ankle straps can be tricky. When opting for them be sure to go for a low ankle strap nothing too high up.
  12. Always YES, YES AND YES to Asymmetrical hemlines.
  13. Print scale is important and by all means go for prints bright bold and beautiful just make sure they are in proportion with you’re size also.
  14. All of the one colour will make you appear taller. (As seen below)
  15. Tilting the camera back slightly will make you appear taller and slimmer try to extend one leg when posing for photos …it will add an extra few false inches. 😉 I tried it above and it worked! x

  16. The Kardashians Personal Stylist Knows how to dress them for their height. Kim however sometimes looks much shorter when she wears long body con dresses teamed with boots. One of her signature styles created by Kanye.

 

 

Spring / Summer Trends 17!

Finally Summer has arrived…Thank god! We can now start shopping for our favourite florals, distressed denims and wear Tee’s & jeans teamed with cute mules. Less is totally more! YAY for exposed feet but pedicures are essential! For this S/S the High Street is jammed with floral prints (OBVIOUSLY… it is the biggest Summer trend repeat offender I know but it’s classic and we love it), light denims, pastels, lots of red, polka dots, mules and loafers… most noticeably this season Gucci Dupes. YESSSS thank you High Street! Shout out to Zara, Mango and Topshop. ♥

Try to incorporate basics that you can mix & match and will bring you from day into night. Think cost per wear. Smart buys are the key! Will I wear that dress in the day, to work and a Summer Barbecue? Do I have shoes and trousers to match that print top? Am I comfortable? Ask yourself the basic questions. If you don’t love it then in the changing room SORRY but you never will!

Summer is one of the best times of year (beers in the garden are acceptable again√). Try go for bright colours and steer away from the dark ones. Get dressed up you’ll feel good for it. Wear the dress you bought, wear the skirt you’d  usually only whip out on holiday’s there is no such thing as too dressy.  “It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed” as they say!

I picked some of my favourite pieces on the High Street RN! Can’t wait for these brighter days ahead. Click the photo to shop or hover the picture for retailers! Enjoy ladies! I’m off to try find a cute outfit for Craig David tonight as I’m about to relive my early naughties all over again!!!

Aoife X

 

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Gingham Style!

Gingham: “Lightweight plain woven cotton cloth, typically checked in white and bold colour”

 

If you had said Gingham to me a couple of years ago a flood of nostalgic memories from the nineties such as Home & Away and outdoor Summer picnics would have been what sprung to mind! Admittedly I have fast become a Gingham super fan! In my opinion Miu Miu is doing it best right now but I can’t afford anything from my beloved Italian brand and subsidiary of Prada. BUT that’s okay because thankfully the High Street is always to the rescue for those of us who don’t have thousands of euros to spend.

LFW

Gingham is shaping up to be one of the biggest trends of 2017 thus far and it’s really not school girl reminiscent this time! First we saw Gingham modernised on the catwalk in 2015 for S/S from designers such as Oscar Del Renta and Diane Von Furstenberg. The clothes were mostly demure long figure hugging skirts and cropped blazer jackets in Spring pastels. Fast forward to 2017 as we approach Spring again and designers such as Marques Almeida, Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood, Maje and high street retailers such as Zara and Topshop are giving us Gingham with checkers in blue, red, yellow, pink and best of all the classic monochrome. Gingham has been even further modernised by designers presenting in various divine styles such as bell sleeves, mini’s, voluminous bows and off the shoulder ruffled silhouettes!

 

Sienna Miller looks effortlessly elegant!

Celebrities and bloggers have demonstrated the look both casually and formally inspiring us the likes of Sienna Miller and Kendall Jenner. Gingham is easily accessorised and looks great teamed with some fabulous statement earrings, a simple bag and some chic footwear. For that “Off duty look” team a black and white Gingham top with ripped or frayed straight leg black jeans and add a pop of red with an accessory. Dark blue or navy denim look best teamed with red, blue or yellow Gingham as it compliments the primary palette. Whatever way you decided to wear you’re Gingham print make sure there’s a place for it in you’re SS17 wardrobe!

CHECK OUT BELOW! All my favourite Gingham pieces Designer and High Street. Just click the link to shop! x

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maje

 

Shop My Look

I’ve decided to post a little ‘shop what I’m wearing‘ piece. Below are some of my favourite brands such as Topshop, Zara and Sandro that I’ve bought from over the last couple of weeks and months for my wardrobe. Two golden rules that work for me personally are firstly think cost per wear and secondly how can I style this piece into my wardrobe? IE . Mix and Match! This is key! I try to make outfits before buying at random but sometimes as any self-proclaimed shopaholic knows … you just have to have it! In the long run this usually costs me more money …proof that planning you’re next purchase carefully is much more cost effective. The below are some blouses, dresses, jumpers, jeans and shoes I found took me from day to night, work or weekend. Click on the below photos to shop and enjoy! x

Topshop UniqueTopshop

Topshop

 

Sandro  ZARASandro