How many times has your style changed? For myself personally, I have lost count. At twelve I rocked the sock sleeve inspired by Avril Lavigne. Then there was the era from of Abercrombie & Fitch. At college, I think there was some confusion as I would wear river island sandals in the midst of winter with jeans and leather jacket. I know what was I thinking. But there was one thing that I have loved to wear continuously from the early age of twelve and that has been a puffer jacket.
Since my teens, the puffer jacket has evolved from a causal dual coat to wear while walking to becoming a fashion statement of its own. Designers like Moschino have taken a basic fabrication and made it into something that is memorable for all the right reasons. But no one embraces daring designs like the high street and let’s be honest they always get it right. Dunnes Stores is renowned in Ireland as the no. 1 grocery store however that will soon change. If you haven’t noticed Dunnes Store has reinvented its business. Instead of picking up Brennan’s bread you are now greeted by designs from Irish designers such as Paul Costello and my personal favorite Joanne Hynes.
This seasons A/W 2017 collection Dunnes Stores have embraced a vibrant palette which mostly consists of pinks. Last winter we seen pink frequently used by many designers. Jcrew set the tone with there faux fir pink coat with oversized lapels which I proudly own. But I am getting a little off point here, just so you know pink has been in for the last year and I don’t see it changing anytime soon.
I have picked out a selection of fashionable yet practical puffer coats that I think you ladies and possibly gents will love. At the end of the day, the lovely thing about puffer coats is that they are unisex. In relation to style, I wore my Savida coat with jeans and a cardigan/top. My jeans are from Free People and I am ashamed to admit these are the first pair that I have bought in five years. Terrible but true, having bad skin I found a lot of denim irritated my skin and I always felt more comfortable in skirts, until now. For the last year I have searched high and low for bell bottom jeans and finally found a pair that I love. The denim is soft with a little stretch which is always welcome in my book. I have picked out other jean styles in case bell bottoms is not your thing. My top is a lace cardigan that I purchased from Primark this summer and I embellished it with my favorite brooch from Jenny Vander Vintage. If you click on the looks below you will find a direct link to the product. So happy shopping ladies and of course…..
(Photography by Yong, Instagram Smashnj)
It has been a while. I have been working on a few exciting projects that I will later share. But until then I wanted to share my latest whereabouts last Wednesday ‘River Islands A/W17 Preview.’ For the last three seasons, River Island shoe collections have taken over my room literally. There are eight shoe boxes in my wardrobe not including several others decorating my floor this very minute. It’s hard to resist a cute pair of boots especially when they are sixty euro. No matter what the style or current inspo, River Island has always maintained an affordable choice. This collection will be no different.
One important part of my job is to always stay ahead of each season which I love. It is no hidden secret that the autumn winter months are a full-time party. For me personally, when I think of party wear the 70s jumpsuit quickly passes my mind. However, another iconic era that transformed the disco era was the 80s. Metallic frills, bold silhouettes (including the permed hair) made this a memorable decade in fashion. River Island has embodied some of these timeless elements creating a collection that can be adored by many. If you love exaggerated sleeves, vibrant colors and a touch of faux fur then this collection is for you. I have not yet been given a date when the first pieces will be released however I predict August would be a time to start looking. I hope this has given you ladies something to look forward to and of course…
River Island our excited to announce the launch of “Dress for The Occasion”. A collection designed with with a romantic and sultry feel. So ladies if you have an up and coming event that you wish to impress this week is the time to visit your nearest River Island store. I have seen these dresses in person and I honestly was blown away, truly. Two in particular that would be perfect for a bridal dress, veil not included. I am not over exaggerating this collection is spectacular but it is limited edition so don’t hold back. Nothing haunts us ladies more than a dress we did not buy. You have been warned.
1. Frilled white layered halter dress – 269 euro
2. Beaded Cape – 100 euro
3. Floral embroidered dress/long sleeve – 94 euro
4. White halter neck jumpsuit – 161 euro
5. Coral dress – 161 euro
6. Floral maxi dress – 107 euro
7. Beaded long sleeve dress – unknown price
8. Grey frilled maxi dress – 95 euro
9. Floral caped dress – 114 euro
10. Floral off-shoulder dress – 94 euro
The perks of being a stylist are endless, besides having the excuse of continuously buying for our so called kit, you are your own boss. What’s not to love about that ? Creative directing and styling has always been my dream job and although I am new to the fashion and film business, just four years to be exact. It’s a weird but wonderful feeling to wake up knowing I’m doing what I love. To be a good stylist you have to stay ahead of the game and always educate yourself, whether it is the latest designer, model or photographer but let me get to my point. One part of my job is to attend Press days and my latest one was for River Island 2017 S/S (Spring/Summer) Collection. I know poor me; I had to scroll through endless rails of summer dresses, floral skirts, and beach cover ups, which have yet to be launched in stores. I think you can sense my sarcasm.
Personally I don’t remember a time where I have never walked out of a River Island store and had not lusted over a piece of jewellery or clothing. When I was a teenager it was all about the River island bag. I still remember the very first one I purchased. It was pink with a thick sporty strap and the heavily embellished key chain. Every girl had it.
Not much has changed because for this spring, it’s all about pink, pink and more pink. Styled with a little stripped blouse and embroidered jean, I believe River Island have nailed it this season. It’s so funny this time of year, we are still in hibernation mode and the sheer mention of a bikini puts all us ladies into a complete panic, well for me it does. However when buying beach wear, RI is always my first choice and this season is no different, it’s the best motivation we could ask for the fast approaching summer season.
Kimonos are normally my preferred piece to buy from RI and although they have a fabulous selection I feel completely in love with a particular bikini seen above. Gingman is everywhere this season and why not its beautiful. Whatever you decide to buy this summer its reassuring to know we will be the best dressed on holidays thanks to River Island.