Wednesday, 4 December 2013

1950's Photoshoot

I am currently studying Fashion Industry Practice in Sallynoggin College and this week we headed out to the Bray Head Hotel to do a Photoshoot as part of one of our college assignments. The theme of the photoshoot was the 1950's. It was such a fun theme to do and we went in teams of 4's. My group went for an elegant/classy 50's look. We have yet to receive the photographers official shots from the day, However, until then here are some of the photographs that I took behind the scenes throughout the day.

The photoshoot took place at The Bray Head Hotel in Bray; Wicklow. We got a real "Shinning" vibe from it (The shinning twins didn't make an appearance unfortunatley..)

  The picture below is our moodboard for the shoot.
To the right is a picture of our table laid out with the outfit and our props, all set to get started!

The model on the day was Megan :)
The black dress is from, I found this stunning black veil on ebay and we decided to add volume to the dress by layering it with a leopard print under skirt, which gives it the full flared skirt and cinched in waist which was one of the most popular trends from this era.
My Favourite element of this outfit that we styled is the vintage black veil, as it adds such elegance and completes this hauntingly beautiful look.

The Make-up was chosen by our team and the make-up artists and hairdressers working on this shoot were fellow students from Sallynoggin College. We went for the classic 1950's red lip, dark defined eyebrows and sultry black flicks and lashes on the eyes, while keeping the skin light, simple and flawless.

The picture to the left is of Megan and I on the day of the shoot!

I hope that you all like the images and I will post the official photographers images when we get them!


Tuesday, 3 September 2013

My 2013 Debutante Ball!

In today's post I am showing you what I wore to my debs.
I instantly fell in love with the dress that I wore to my debs, as soon as I saw it I knew that it was the one I wanted to wear. I went looking for my debs dress in a designer dress rental boutique called Cari's Closet in Malahide County Dublin; Ireland. Here is the link to their facebook page for more information on this amazing boutique:

I love this place so much because even if you don't have the money to splash out on very expensive designer dresses, you can still get the chance to wear them and feel like a million dollars by just simply renting one of these designer dresses out for 3 whole days for a fraction of what it would cost to actually purchase the dress. However, if you wish to fork out the money and invest in one of these stunning dresses of course you can purchase them as well as rent them out.
Here is the dress that I wore by Forever Unique and it only cost me 200 euro to rent out for 3 days and it would have cost me 700 euro to purchase! I did not want a stereotypical debs dress and so as you can imagine I was delighted when I came across this beauty. It's so unusual and I found that the mermaid tail really makes you stand out and it also adds height.

I wanted to go for a 'Old Hollywood' look, so I got my hair done in old Hollywood waves, I did red lips for the ultimate old Hollywood effect. I have to say that the dress fit me like a glove and I never wanted to take it off. The quality of the dress was amazing and it was very easy to move around and dance in throughout the night.
I am quite small as I am 5'2 and so I wore 6 inch platforms to make the length of the dress fit me perfectly.

These are the 6inch platform heels that I wore with my debs dress. They are from Schuh and they were perfect as they are both extremely stylish and they are surprisingly comfortable as wedges normally are more bearable to wear for long nights out rather than the option of stilettos.

 Finally I didn't want a plain stereotypical clutch bag either so I went on the hunt for an Alexander McQueen look alike clutch. This clutch from a jewellery store named Cherry's in Stephen's Green Shopping Centre on Grafton Street; Dublin. It is very much inspired by the famous skull clutches designed by the great Alexander McQueen. I was very lucky as it was originally around the 80 euro mark but I got it on sale for 38 euro! WHAT A STEAL!

Finally I would like to add in the fact that a lot of Irish celebrities in particular rent out dresses from Cari's Closet. For example I would just like to point out that former Miss World 2003; Rosanna Davison rented out the exact same Forever Unique dress as me the following day! How cool is that?
Who wore it better?

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Dungarees && Pinafore dresses

Unless you have been living under a rock, we all know that dungarees and pinafore dresses are back!
They are a huge trend for this spring/summer 2013 and they are not going anywhere in a hurry.
I do agree that dungarees in particular are not for everyone and they most definitely have an age limit depending on the style chosen and how they are styled.
    I have been browsing the web for some star buys in relation to both dungarees and pinafore dresses and where else could be better to search then the two high street giants that everyone loves TOPSHOP and URBAN OUTFITTERS.

Here are my top picks from both sites:
Great for the summer. Id say that this type would suit women up until their 30's.


The long trouser dungarees are that bit more difficult to pull off, it all depends on what way you style it. If you want simple, I would recommend a plain shirt or top but if you are daring and are body confident pair these dungarees with a crop top and some killer platforms or even flatforms!

These khaki ones are really different and are great for most ages as this khaki green colour is really flattering.

Yet again Topshop never cease to amaze and to produce such stand out clothing. This pattern is so fashion forward but I do think that these ones are more suiting for the more youthful girls. I really love them with the white heels in the photo here.

A playsuit type dungaree, really great for all those legs elevens out there!


Really elegant urban outfitters dungarees suits a wide range of ages.

These black ones can be worn casually during the daytime with flatforms, loafers or a great pair of boots and it all depends on your age on what you wish to wear underneath. To dress up for the night, switch your flats for those heels and accessorize to the max to make a real statement!

Another great one from urban outfitters.
Yet again classy and elegant, another one to suit both the younger and more mature age groups.

Due to the texture and colour I think that these short dungarees would suit both women up into their 30's, 20's and of course teenagers. These are a wardrobe staple.


Dotty monochrome pinafore dress. what is not to love? This screams youth, summer, fun and festivals!

Alexa Chung comes straight to mind when I look at this outfit. So stylish and so if you admire the fashion icon that is the beautiful Alexa Chung you can pull off her style with this timeless black pinafore.



Really grunge and effortless. Summer is here!
My favourite find from Topshop! The colour aqua is so energetic and fresh, these can be dressed up or down and I think that they would look amazing with really thick white platform wedges with a big floppy hat and a great pair of big round sunglasses.
So whether you are in your teens or your thirties you can find both dungarees and pinafore dresses to suit your age and your own personal style.

Friday, 21 June 2013


In todays post I want to write about this vintage shop in Kilkenny; Ireland called Shutterbug.
To say that it is one of my favourite vintage shops would be an understatement!
I first heard about it through facebook and so I decided to go and check out there pop up shop that they were holding in town. I was pleasantly surprised, not just by the amazing clothing but also by the amazing prices! I found some great buys that day. I bought levis, yes LEVIS shorts for just 20 euros, a fantastic vintage gold top, a checked shirt (I got the second one for free I might add) and I also bought a pair of topshop shorts for 10 euros! Now if that wasn't a bargain I don't know what is.

They often hold kilo sales in either Kilkenny or in Dublin and they always live up to my very high expectations. For those of you that are not familiar with what a kilo sale is, it is basically a giant sale!
You walk into a big room and there are countless racks, boxes and shelves jam packed with gorgeous clothing and in Shutterbugs case gorgeous vintage clothing. You pick up as many pieces of clothing as you wish and you put them into a big black bin bag or bags depending on how much you pick up, the bags are weighed and it is 20 euros per kilo. You would be surprised by the amount that you get for this amount. For example, the first Shutterbug kilo sale that I went to was down in Kilkenny and I left with three big bags of clothes. I was over the moon with my finds and you would not believe the quality! I must not forget to mention that the customer service is also excellent in person and online.

Here are some photographes of just a few of the amazing items that I have purchased from Shutterbug/Folkster over the last while:

This is the description that the owners themselves said about this shop:
"Shutterbug is an affordable, street-style vintage store owned by brother and sister Eoin Hennessy (photographer) & Blanaid Hennessy (stylist/buyer), who are aided and abetted by stylists Paula Doolin and Sinead Kelly."

"The store’s ethos is ‘overdressed for the occassion, underdressed for the weather’ at at prices that make sure every day can be a dress-up day. Expect everything from uber-glamorous...
sequin dresses to rough and ready military jackets. We are also re-designing and customising vintage Levi cut-offs in store to order, and adding our own style to reloved pieces. "

"Shutterbug runs a popular Kilo Sale even twice a year and recently launched their online site and now stock Jeffrey Campbell shoes. > "
I cannot stress enough how much I love this shop and so I urge you to click onto the link above for their online website and/or look them up on facebook :Shutterbug. You will not be disappointed, the selection of fashion Is simply getting better and better.

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Preparation for fashion college interview!

I am super excited! I have my interview for a fashion industry practise course in less than two weeks and I am preparing everything that I am going to bring with me. It is a two year course and then I hope to go on and study in "The London College Of Fashion" or if not I really hope to just move over to London and drive straight into the fashion industry!

I have my stylists portfolio:


The Fashion Stylist: Chloe Farrell
The Photographer: Chloe Farrell
The Models are @Carolyn H
and @Tracey T
My portfolio is very amateur but I  am really proud of it.
I am also going to bring photographs of items that I have made, I have made a skull studded black beanie hat, a studded black crop top and a Versace inspired cut out pinnified bodycon black dress.
I will post photographs of these items on my next blog post!
I am also going to bring along my folder of tears and cut outs. It is basically a folder full of all of my fashion inspirations and shoots that I really like.
I am going to bring a folder showing all of my favourite fashion designers, fashion stylists, fashion photographers, Models and my favourite fashion trends and eras of all time!
Fingers crossed that I get in!