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Hi! I'm Fiona, an Irish girl living in the UK. Lead singer in rock/pop band Alter Ego, I have a passion for fashion and great music! I own far too many clothes and some very cool photographers take photos of me wearing them all! I hope my blog reaches people who share my obsession with fashion, style and beautiful things! Thanks for stopping by! Fx

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Red Carpet, Red Dress










"I'm gonna roll out the red carpet when you come home
I'm gonna treat you like a VIP
I feel like you ain't never known
Gonna have a brass band at the station
Gonna let 'em know what the united nation
I'm a gonna roll out the red carpet when you come home"
~ Buck Owens

Tommy's Honour, a film directed by my impossibly talented boyfriend Jason Connery, recently had its UK Premiere. Five years in the making, the film was released in America and Canada last month, it opened the Edinburgh International Film Festival last year, it won the Scottish BAFTA for Best Film shortly after, and only today we've heard that the film is being honoured in the British House Of Commons. It is a powerful, beautiful, deeply moving film and I couldn't be more proud of Jason.

The Premiere was very fittingly held in St Andrews, where much of the movie was set and filmed. Such a special occasion called for a spectacular dress and there was only one designer I was going to call on to dress me. You all know how much I love the designs of Ireland's Emma Manley. Renowned for making beautiful clothing, using tough fabrics, her designs are a wonderful mix of feminine and masculine.

Where do I even begin with this red leather masterpiece? It is, to me, the most beautiful evening dress she has ever designed. Made from the softest leather, the sharp, structured bodice is sleeveless and features a scalloped edged, deep v-neckline. The drop waist is super flattering for me as it elongates my short torso, and the ruffled, tiered skirt, almost flamingo in style, is fun, flirty, and absolutely fabulous. It is embellished with hand cut leather flowers in red, silver, and white, each one held in place with tiny studs.  

I styled it with my favourite Dior shoes; they are very comfortable, despite their towering height, and they complimented my dress without distracting from it. A wonderful beaded vintage bag from the late 1950s (coming to a blog near you soon) and gold fan earrings finished my red carpet look off perfectly.

Jason, the main man of the night, cut a fine figure in his kilt. I overheard someone say that he looked like Scottish Royalty. He really did. He was, hands down, the best dressed man of the night in his Clan's tartan, made by Slaters of Edinburgh. Joined on the red carpet by the American Producers of the film, and stars such as Jack Lowden and Therese Bradley, it was a joy to see Jason celebrating with the talented people who had worked so hard alongside him. Tommy's Honour is showing now in cinemas across the UK; go see it if you can, it is very very special. If the film is not in a UK cinema near you, simply go to https://www.ourscreen.com/film/tommys-honour pick a local cinema, choose a date and time, invite friends and have a private screening all to yourselves!

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Jason's Outfit: Slaters of Edinburgh

Photos: DC Thompson ©

Friday, 14 July 2017

Red











"Red was your colour.
If not red, then white. But red
Was what you wrapped around you.
Blood-red. Was it blood?
Was it red-ochre, for warming the dead?
Haematite to make immortal
The precious heirloom bones, the family bones."
~ Ted Hughes

The Harper Mini Dress is, hands down, my favourite piece from Emma Manley's AW16 collection. In fact, it is actually one of my all time favourite Manley designs. Ever.

I love this dress for so many reasons - it is a classic, timeless design, it's a fit-and-flare silhouette that will flatter all body shapes, it is girlie and feminine, it's short (I love getting a bit leggy), and it is red. It also has the cool leather details, at the collar and the cuffs, that are so synonymous with the Manley brand. It is feminine, with a tough edge. It is perfect.

For a busy day dashing around London, I styled my little red dress with a very funky pair of silver Camilla Elphick ankle boots. Believe it or not, it was a little bit too cold for bare legs the day we shot this, but the Baltic conditions didn't deter me. The legs are out, and there's no going back now!

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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Summertime Blues










"I'm gonna raise a fuss, I'm gonna raise a holler
About a workin' all summer just to try to earn a dollar.
Sometimes I wonder what I'm a gonna do
But there ain't no cure for the summertime blues"
~ Eddie Cochran

Have you ever seen someone wearing an outfit that absolutely captivates you? An outfit that inspires you? An outfit so beautiful you simply have to buy it and wear it too? A few years ago I saw a photograph of Kate Moss at a stylish Country Wedding (here). She was wearing a loosely tailored pair of shorts, with a matching jacket or blouse. Her outfit looked like something from the 70s, a fashion era I adore. It was boho and retro, but still beautifully contemporary, and she really stood out from all the other women who were wearing the usual wedding guest 'uniform'. I found out that her outfit was a one of a kind vintage ensemble, so I knew I would never be able to buy it in a store or online. I never forgot her outfit though. In fact I saved a picture of it to my phone; something I'd never done before.

Fast forward five years, to a lazy Sunday morning surfing the net, and imagine my complete surprise and absolute delight when I found the closest thing I'd ever seen to my dream outfit right there on my computer screen! Rixo London had been inspired by the very same Kate Moss vintage look, and the 'Pandora' top and 'Fleur' shorts are their wonderful homage to this now iconic look.

Simply pair these two gorgeous pieces together and you really do have the most perfect, Moss-worthy summer wedding look. I added a blue, embellished bag by Manley, two cute, fun necklaces by Susan Alexandra, and a great pair of Chanel shoes to complete my dream look.

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Necklaces: Susan Alexandra 'Little Friend' and 'Best Friend' Bronze Necklaces
Photos: Jason Connery ©

Friday, 16 June 2017

T-Shirt Right There










"T-shirt right there
Your hair messed up like a Guns-N-Roses video
Ooh ooh so hot
Still got it up in my head, you were moving around in the TV light
I ain't ever seen anything like, your dress, my floor, the way you wore my t-shirt"
~ Thomas Rhett

The easiest solution to off-duty dressing is a great white t shirt; nothing beats it for style, comfort, and versatility. A white tee can be worn all year round, with shorts throughout the summer months, or with a sleek blazer or chunky knits when chiller days kick in. It is the perfect tran-seasonal piece.

Finding the elusive perfect white t-shirt is no easy task though. I had thought for a long time that it might actually be an impossible task! Thanks however, to one of the coolest brands out there, my search is finally over. PSC Brand (previously blogged here) is known for its witty and clever slogans, and they have very quickly become the go-to place for cool-girl fashion.

This particular t-shirt is now sold out (Sorry! You have to be quick to nab a PSC Brand tee) but fear not, they have a cornucopia of many other perfect t-shirts on their website. Don't dilly dally though, grab them while you can, I promise you won't regret it!

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Shorts: Zara Denim Shorts (similar)
Photos: Jason Connery ©

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

The Grass Is Greener









"I want to move faraway
Faraway from everyone
Where the grass is greener
Where the sky is softer
The rivers will stay calm
And the birds will sing my song"
~ Unknown

I have a few of these leather Tees by Emma Manley (see here and here). Paired with jeans in Winter, and shorts in Summer, they have become a wardrobe staple for me, and I couldn't resist adding another one to my ever growing collection. This one is especially gorgeous; it's leather, and it's green! Maybe it's the Irish in me - whatever, I had to have it.

Green leather is unusual. Green leather is cool. It's just not something you see every day. Made from the softest nappa leather, this simple design is effortlessly stylish. It has a boxy fit, dips longer at the back, where a full length zip runs all the way down the centre, and a contrasting white panel takes it to a whole new level of fabulous.
I styled it with skinny jeans, my favourite over-the-knee boots, and the the most gorgeous bag by Lulu Guinness. The 'Marcie' bag was a birthday present from my wonderful boyfriend. He said the iconic Lulu doll face design on the front reminded him of me. I adore my bag, it is a perfect mix of practical and fun.
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Photos: Jason Connery ©


Friday, 12 May 2017

Second Hand Rose









"Even clothes I'm wearing
someone wore before.
It's no wonder that I feel abused,
I never get a thing that ain't been used.
I'm wearing second hand hats,
Second hand clothes,
That's why they call me
Second hand Rose."
~ James F Hanley

My vintage wardrobe is growing, slowly but surely. Up to now, I have heavily favoured pieces from the 1970s, but this latest addition to my little collection is a whole decade older.

This gorgeous 1960s mini dress is from Peekaboo Vintage. A great take on the classic LBD, it is brightened up beautifully by a colourful, striped waistband and pretty, slit sleeves in rich shades of purple, red, orange, white, black and green. A deep, plunging neckline takes it from sweet to sexy, and a removable double rose pin on the chest draws all eyes to a sultry flash of cleavage.

I styled my dress with a great pair of turquoise Miu Miu shoes. The lush colour clashes beautifully with the dress; I love a funky colour clash, if it's good enough for Sex And The City's Carrie Bradshaw, it's good enough for me.

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Dress: 1960s Vintage Dress (similar)