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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, 18 May 2018

California Dreamin'

“All the leaves are brown,
And the sky is grey.
I've been for a walk
On a winter's day,
I'd be safe and warm
If I was in LA.
California dreamin'
On such a winter's day”
~ The Mamas & The Papas

Stoned Immaculate Vintage is one of the best loved online vintage stores. Filled to the brim with hugely covetable pieces from the 1960s and 1970s, it is a treasure trove of fashion’s very groovy past.

It came as no surprise in 2015 when, off the back of such success, founder Chloe Chippendale partnered with designer Elliot Hans to create her own ready-to-wear collection of retro-inspired pieces. Called Stoned Immaculate: The Label, the line was created in the canyons of Los Angeles, and echoes California's golden era. Drawing inspiration from old photographs, books, and films, the Brand creates designs that will undoubtedly become future vintage treasures.

The hero piece from their latest collection is this retro, 1970s style sweater. Reminiscent of a beautiful California sunrise, it gives a playful nod to the decade’s effortless glamour, and is the perfect remedy for those lingering Winter blues.

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Shoes: Golden Goose Superstar Leather Sneakers in grey (similar here and here)
Photos: Jason Connery ©

Friday, 4 May 2018

Green Piece

“The dawn was apple-green,
The sky was green wine held up in the sun,
The moon was a golden petal between.
She opened her eyes, and green
They shone, clear like flowers undone
For the first time, now for the first time seen.”
~ D H Lawrence

This is the second piece I’ve bought from Rat & Boa (I blogged about the very beautiful ‘Anja’ dress here), and even as I ordered that dress, I knew I would go back to get the equally gorgeous ‘Margeaux’ jacket at some point. Cut from luxurious, textured silk, this tuxedo style robe features a beautiful Oriental print set against a bold, emerald green background. It’s the perfect layering piece, and the Designers really hit the nail on the head when they described it as “part Bourgeois, part vintage dream”.

A wearable, eclectic, very cool piece, it can be worn open for a laid back look, or the belt can be tied to add structure, for a more sophisticated look. It’s something I can wear with denim shorts in the Summer (my favourite way to wear it), or I can throw it over a little black dress for a seriously sexy date night outfit.

I kept my look very simple here; I teamed the jacket with black skinny jeans, a black tee, an embellished Manley bag, classic black Louboutin heels, and a fantastic initial necklace by Irish jewellery brand Edge Only. The result is a cool, modern look, that gives a little nod to the 70s boho vibe I love so much. It’s the perfect daytime, nighttime, anytime look.

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Photos: Jason Connery ©

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.

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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.

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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.

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Photos: Jason Connery ©