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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, 11 August 2017

Happy Coat












"I made my song a coat
Covered with embroideries
Out of old mythologies
From heel to throat;
But the fools caught it,
Wore it in the world’s eyes
As though they’d wrought it.
Song, let them take it
For there’s more enterprise
In walking naked"
~ William Butler Yeats

I love faux fur, and over time I have worn and written about a number of faux fur coats and jackets (see here) on my blog. Topshop, ASOS, and higher-end brands like Shrimps, and Unreal Fur have shown us how to rock the trend, with their cool, colourful designs. Miranda Dunn's 'Happy Coat' is *the one* though. This is the faux fur coat all the fashionistas want. It has been seen on celebrities such as Fearne Cotton and Emilia Fox, on bloggers, stylists, and now, I am delighted to say, on me.

The 'Happy Coat' is a bespoke piece. It is hand cut, and can be personalised with your initials (two or three letters - or plain if you prefer) to the back. It is fully lined in a beautiful contrast satin lining, it has two pockets, and gold metal fur clips to fasten to the front. The coat can be made in pale pink, black, navy, bottle green or camel, and for the lettering you have a choice of cream, leopard, pale pink or pale blue.

I had my coat made in black with my initials boldly emblazoned in dramatic leopard print across the back. My initials are FU (think about it, it can take a moment to sink in!) and that causes no end of merriment every time I wear this gorgeous coat! And in case you were wondering; yep, I was absolutely melting shooting this coat in the middle of a boiling hot Summer in New York City. It was worth every single sweaty moment though, to wear such a magnificant coat, and I wasn't going to miss an opportunity to let you know that Miranda is taking pre-orders now for AW17 coats.

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Friday, 4 August 2017

Pink Tinsel










"As I, a puppet tinsel-pink
Leap on my springs, learn how to think
Till like the trembling golden stalk
Of some long-petalled star, I walk
Through the dark heavens, and the dew
Falls on my eyes and sense thrills through"
~ Edith Sitwell

Pink tinsel isn't just for Christmas. Pink tinsel is forever. Especially when it comes in the form of this 1960s inspired dress by Irish Designer Emma Manley. From the moment I saw it, I thought Mary Quant, Twiggy, The Beatles, The Stones, all things swinging 60s. The loose A-line fit, the short, easy to wear length, no sleeves - it's reminiscent of a decade where hemlines rose, and a much bolder approach to colour went hand in hand with young women who were moving away from the stuffy, matronly clothes of the 50s.

Only the coolest, retro bag would work with this beauty, and a visit to Dirty Fabulous Vintage in Dublin led me to this divine beaded clutch. If you ever find yourself in Dublin's Fair City, you simply must visit this one of a kind store. From the moment you are buzzed through the doors you enter a fashion Wonderland. I could have stayed there all day, and bought literally everything on their shop floor. It is a magical place, full to bursting with a cornucopia of vintage treasures; a shopping experience not to be missed.

I finished off my look with possibly the most beautiful shoes I have ever had the pleasure of wearing. Valentino's now iconic Rockstuds are a masterclass in contemporary cool. The modern style perfectly compliments the retro look of the bag and the dress. I'm ready to shimmy now, I'm ready to shine; I told you pink tinsel wasn't just for Christmas.

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Friday, 28 July 2017

Sunflower







"If I could, I would plant sunflower seeds
on every inch of my body
so I know that
one day
I would become
Beautiful"
~ Unknown

The closing night Gala of the Edinburgh International Film Festival called for a very special dress, so I hit the red carpet like a bright ray of sunshine, making a big bold statement in this yellow dress of dreams! Yellow is the only colour to wear this season; from mustard, to egg yoke, to pale daffodil, the Spring/Summer catwalk has been awash with this bright sunshiny colour.

The 'Parker' leather dress from Manley's SS17 collection is a piece of yellow heaven; a classic shift dress in style, the scalloped edges to the hem, neckline and sleeves add a touch of cool to the classic shape. Hand cut flowers in kelly green, silver, coral and sunflower yellow give a nod to flower power and 1960s fashion.

So it's time to look on the bright side, it's time to let the sunshine in, it's time to let yellow, the most uplifting shade in the colour spectrum, transform your Summer wardrobe.

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Photos: Getty Images ©

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 ©