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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

Friday, 13 April 2018

Stripe Up Your Life













There are those that
Are more influential than gold medals.
Certain ones have an instinct for satire,
Some are able to reincarnate themselves.
Their power is in shifting perspectives,
There is beauty in stripes
~ Alison Riley

Breton, nautical - call it what you will - stripes are a quintessential Spring/Summer look that will never go out of style. Inspired by sailors uniforms, Coco Chanel first introduced the look to the fashion world in her 1917 nautical collection. Since then the Breton stripe has endured to become synonymous with chic Parisian style, and is a wardrobe staple for men and women alike.

This stripe top is by French online-only brand Sézane. A firm favourite with Bloggers and Fashionistas alike, Sézane has a simple but very effective format, they have a permanent collection that runs through the seasons, and a monthly release of limited-edition collections that once gone, really are gone. 'Oscar' is one of their classics; available in red or navy stripes, it is a very lovely take on the trend. The addition of a tie at the back, that reveals a sneaky peek of flesh, makes it a real stand out piece.

The joy of the simple but chic Breton stripe top is its versatility. I styled my stripes with a pair of skinny jeans, my old Jimmy Choo Hunter Wellies (it's Lambing season here in the Scottish Borders, so these are currently my go-to footwear), and the cutest Baker Boy style hat that I found in an off-the-beaten-track store in Brooklyn, New York. This cute, sailor inspired outfit is the perfect off-duty look.

Get The Look:
Top: Sézane 'Oscar' Stripe Top in ecru/navy
Jeans: Frame Le Skinny De Jeanne Cropped Skinny Mid-Rise Jeans
Wellies: Jimmy Choo Hunter Wellies (similar)
Hat: Baker Boy Hat (similar here and here)
Photos: Jason Connery ©

Friday, 6 April 2018

Working Class Hero













“As soon as you’re born they make you feel small
By giving you no time instead of it all
‘Til the pain is so big you feel nothing at all
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be”
~ John Lennon

Nothing is cooler than a vintage t-shirt. Fact. A vintage tee styled with skinny jeans is a timeless classic, but believe me, they can also be paired perfectly with summery maxi skirts, retro denim cutoffs, or glammed up with sharp tailored suits. They are incredibly versatile, and a great way to make a real fashion statement.

I found this fantastic 1980s John Lennon t-shirt in Elizabeth and James’s LA store, and I loved it at first sight. It's an original, a one-off piece that no-one else will have. That's one of the joys of a great vintage find. Elizabeth and James designers Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen have long been advocates of all things vintage, and they recently added a personally curated selection of vintage clothing and antique goods to their beautiful flagship store.

I went classic with mine and styled it with a pair of black frame-sculpting skinny jeans, flat Gucci-esqué mules, and a very cool Baker Boy cap. The hat of the '60s and '70s thanks to style icons such as Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot, the Baker Boy cap has once again become the go-to hat for all style conscious fashionistas. It's the perfect match for my cool retro tee.

Get The Look:
T-shirt: Elizabeth and James Vintage Tee (similar here and here)
Jeans: J Brand 915 low-rise super skinny jeans in pitch (similar)
Hat: Nordstrom 'Brixton' Baker Boy Hat in black (similar)
Shoes: L'intervalle Nukin Flat Slipper Mules in black (similar)
Photos: Jason Connery ©

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Wrapped In Style













“Style is the answer to everything.
A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing.
To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it,
To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art”
~ Charles Bukowski

Rat & Boa, a brand by Valentina Muntoni and Stephanie Cara Bennett, was born out of a desire for the two good friends to create pieces that are wearable, eclectic, sexy and fun. They say that the brand is for the bold, the spirited and the experimental.

I came across them completely by chance on Instagram, and leapt straight onto their website to check them out properly. I snapped up this beautiful wrap dress the moment I saw it. Silky, and sensuous, the ‘Anja’ dress has a deep v neckline with a glossy black collar, and kimono style sleeves that finish in a contrasting black panel. A white floral motif is set against a bold blue background, and the tie belt can be pulled in for a sexy figure hugging look, or left a little loose to create a more relaxed silhouette. It can be dressed up with killer heels, or worn open, jacket style, over a white tee and skinny jeans combo. It’s a classic, forever piece, that can work in any situation; the perfect day to night dress.

I wore it for the first time on a magical date night when my love took me to a very schmancy New York restaurant. Paired with classic Christian Louboutin heels and a my favourite Nadia Minkoff London clutch, I felt like a million dollars on a very special, romantic night.

Get The Look:
Photos: Jason Connery ©

Friday, 23 March 2018

Willow












“Somewhere the timing will all come together
The mishaps will turn into sunny Decembers
The lovers will be able to find their willow
I wouldn't leave you
I would hold you
When the last day comes
~ Jasmine Thompson
One of my favourite pieces from Manley’s Spring/Summer collection was the gorgeous, embellished, green Tabby dress (blogged here). I was beside myself with excitement when I heard that it was returning in the brands A/W17 collection, in black, and “not quite as you’d expect” Emma Manley teased.
She wasn’t kidding; featuring the same 1960s inspired silhouette, the newly named ‘Willow’ dress is made in a much more Winter friendly wool and cashmere, almost fleece-like material. For Autumn/Winter the embellished flowers were replaced with the coolest gold, silver, and black studs on black patent leather inserts.
‘Willow’ is a beauty alright, a much more dramatic version of her Summery counterpart, and I will be wearing her throughout this seemingly neverending Winter; as a Mary Quant-esque dress with towering heels, and layered as a long-line waistcoat over jeans and classic tees.
Get The Look:
Shoes: Dior ‘Extreme’ Shoes (similar here and here)
Photos: Jason Connery ©

Friday, 2 March 2018

Fashion










"Fashion, turn to the left
Fashion, turn to the right
Ooo, fashion
We are the goon squad and we're coming to town"
~ David Bowie

Few things look better with a pair of jeans than a Bella Freud cult knit; her jumpers are quite simply the coolest, most stylish, most rock and roll of all jumpers. The Designer draws her inspiration from some of fashion and music’s most enduring and iconic stars, from Jane Birkin to David Bowie to Anita Pallensberg, and the result is a brand that, season after season, produces fashions most coveted jumpers.

This bright, sunshiny yellow sweater is from Bella Freud's AW17 collection. One of her best ever collections, it was full of unexpected colours for that time of year, ballet pink, and sunshiny yellow; gorgeous knits that slip effortlessly into every modern girls wardrobe. This fantastic colour brightens up even the most gloomy Winters day, and the 'Fashion' intarsia emblazoned across the front is me to a tee.

I teamed my jumper with a new pair of jeans. I can't believe I have found another pair that fits me so well. J Brand has become my brand; it is the one brand I know will work for me every single time. I'd been searching for a lighter blue denim and this pair is perfection. They have that low-rise I always look for (I have a short torso so high waisted jeans will never look good on me), and distressed details throughout, for a well-worn look. They are technically a cropped style but being such a shortie the jeans are the perfect full length on me. No alterations needed at all!

This bright, cheery ensemble is very easily dressed up or down. I kept things relatively laid back though, by adding a pair of 60s inspired flats by UK brand Ops & Ops, and the most coveted sunglasses of the season from Rayban.

Get The Look:
Jumper: Bella Freud 'Fashion' Jumper in yellow (similar here and here)
Photos: Jason Connery ©