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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, 24 July 2014

Smile For The Camera

"Smile for the camera
For me one more time
So the memory of you
Will never fade away"
~ Robert Guerrero

I promised you a post about this cute Sugarhill Boutique dress when I blogged about the gorgeous top version (here). I'd struggled to choose between them so ended up buying both! I don’t feel at all guilty though as I know I will get great wear from both pieces.

The beautiful skater dress in a rich vibrant blue (that matches the colour of my eyes exactly!) features Sugarhill Boutique’s exclusive, quirky, hand-drawn camera print. It is fitted at the waist, has short sleeves and a cutaway back that adds a cute detail but still manages to conceal pesky bra straps.

I styled my dress with a simple pair of black brogues, a statement red lip and a big smile. It needed absolutely nothing else; simples!

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Photographer: Kate Carpenter

Thursday, 17 July 2014

The Midi Skirt


The midi, or mid-length, skirt is sometimes regarded as being dowdy, with some gals fearful it will make them look frumpy. They imagine it will cut their calves in half, thicken their ankles or shorten their legs. Oh how wrong they are!

The midi has become a very credible style staple. Between mini & maxi lengths, the midi sits below the knee and above the ankle; it is an ultra-ladylike, poised, chic style. The reality is that it shows off a tiny waist and highlights trim ankles. Leaving more to the imagination makes it a sexy and alluring style.

Being such a a short girl I must admit I was a bit nervous to try this potentially tricky style but being made up mostly of legs I was assured that I could carry it off. I turned to my favourite Designer, Ireland's Emma Manley, for inspiration. Her 'Erin' skirt is such a cool, punked-up take on the midi trend. Made from perforated navy leather, it features a cross-over double front and a lamb nappa waistband in black with snap fastener detail. The perforated leather is studded with conical antique gold studs, the skirt has pockets on the side seam, is fully lined in silk and, thanks to all the studs, it literally jingles, rattles and sings along with every step you take!

I styled my skirt with a fantastic matching top; the 'Dakota' sleeveless, button down silk shirt. It features the same navy perforated leather as the skirt on its bodice and is embellished with the same Manley signature stud detail. The metallic Dior shoes add a very 70s touch & the vibrant red of the gorgeous, over-sized Nadia Minkoff clutch brings a great pop of colour to this super cool look.

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Friday, 11 July 2014

Snake In The Grass

Snake print is really hot this season; it’s a trend that has never really gone away and I am delighted that it has slithered its way back to the forefront of our Spring/Summer wardrobes. As animal prints go, snake is one of the easiest to wear; not as Bet Lynch as leopard print, not as bold as Zebra print, it is instead, elegant, sophisticated and very versatile.

The ‘Rafi’ shirt from Reiss is a great way to rock the snake print trend; the silky shirt, in striking black and white, features a cute little collar, covered button placket, single button square cuffs and is a gently fitted shape. Rafi can be dressed up or dressed down; it would look great teamed with a classic black pencil skirt and heels, with tuxedo trousers and a tailored jacket or as I’ve styled it here, with a pair of distressed denim shorts and comfy ankle boots.

I went very casual with this look but even so, the shirt still makes quite a style statement. I love it to bits and I’m trying very very hard not to purchase the Reiss dress, skirt and clutch that all feature the same cool print. Lets see how I get on with that!

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Shorts: Zara Denim Shorts (similar)


Friday, 4 July 2014

Faster Better and Stronger

My band Alter Ego was recently booked to perform at the 30th Anniversary celebrations for iconic 80s TV series Robin Of Sherwood (remember when it was the law to love the Hooded Men Michael Praed & Jason Connery?) and I wanted something new and green (the green bit was particularly important, obviously) to wear for such a cool gig.

This beautiful Karen Millen shift dress, in the brands signature stretch fabric, was perfect! A figure caressing style that sculpts a flawless silhouette, the dress features sexy cut-outs at the shoulders, zip closure to the back and a stunning, dramatic splash print (in green) that I knew would stand out on stage. Such a stunning dress deserved equally stunning accessories so I styled it with classic Christian Louboutin peep-toe shoes and a statement clutch bag from Kiwi Designer Karen Walker.

Karen Walker's Fall 2014 collection was inspired by the way New Zealand's Suffragettes printed their messages on dresses, bags and even on money; making a statement without having to say a word. The limited edition 100% leather clutches read “Young Willing and Eager”, “Hello and Goodbye”, “Liberal Miserable and Cynical" & “Faster Better and Stronger”. I chose the latter slogan as it struck a chord with me and perfectly describes the me I am today. I am faster. I am better. I am stronger.

The outfit was perfect for the Robin Of Sherwood gig; comfortable, green (the important bit) and a little bit sexy. We played our way through two energetic sets, watching actors I adored as a youngster and so many of their wonderful, enthusiastic fans dancing to our music all night long. It was wonderful; the trippiest gig ever! As Robin and his Merries would say, "Nothing's forgotten, nothing is ever forgotten".

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