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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, 17 November 2017

Wallflower











"She never danced, not in the open
But once she closed her dark blue eyes
She was the centre of the party.
She heard the sounds of all the laughter
Glasses full or being filled,
She was the princess of the non-existing empire
Of the wallflowers that blossom on an extraordinary day"
~ Peter Heerings

A lot of my fashion dreams have come true recently; from getting hold of an almost exact replica of a vintage outfit I'd seen Kate Moss wear years ago (here), to wearing extraordinarily beautiful dresses on the red carpet at film premieres (here and here), it's fair to say that it's been a pretty exciting time on the fashion front. There was however, one fashion dream I never could have imagined coming true. I never thought I would get a second chance to own the one that got away; my Gucci dress of dreams.

A glorious floral masterpiece, the dress first appeared on the Gucci catwalk in Fall 2015. It was so far out of my price range, and sold out so quickly, that all I could do was gaze longingly at pictures of it and dream of wearing it. And then, two years later, the great Alessandro Michele reimagined some Gucci classics for an exclusive 20-piece collection for Net-a-Porter. In doing so, he inadvertently made my fashion dream come true.

There, amongst the beautiful pieces emblazoned with Herons in flight, the 19th century tapestry prints, the Dionysus bag and the Ace sneakers, was my floral Gucci dress. This time I didn't hesitate, I snapped this beauty up before I could even take a breath! Everything about this dress is everything I love in a dress; the floral print, the rich red colourway, the loose 70s inspired silhouette, the fluttering pleated ruffles. It is, to me, the perfect dress.

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Dress: Gucci Floral-print silk-georgette mini dress (similar here and here)
Photos: Jason Connery ©

Friday, 3 November 2017

Studio 54











"At studio 54, they’re waiting at the door
Can't get in - just can’t win.
This is New York by night, this is New York by night
So get ready for the time of your life"
~ Dennis Parker

Donna Ida Thornton’s 1973 Collection was inspired by the year she was born, and features retro styles with Californian vibes and soft, feminine styling. '73 was a pivotal year; it was a time of technological innovation, unique styles featuring bright, bold colours and patterns. It was a time of change across the political landscape, and great diversity in popular music. It was a time of individuality, when beautiful people partied the night away at the now infamous Studio 54.

Vibrant colours, inspired by the 70s disco look, feature on this aptly named 'Studio 54' noir cashmere knit. The fabulous sweater, with its loose fit, subtle balloon sleeves, and 6 colourful lurex stripes on the right arm, is a great modern take on a retro look. The off-the-shoulder detail gives it just the right amount of sexy and sweet.

Have fun styling the 'Studio 54' sweater with skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, leather trousers, and cute skirts of all shapes and lengths - it goes with everything. I teamed it here with my favourite denim skinnies, and dressed it up a notch or two with great heels, and a beautiful embellished bag.

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Photos: Jason Connery ©

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Double Yellow Lines











"Double yellow lines
By the side of the road
Yellow lines will carry
Me home, yellow lines by the
Side of the road take me
Home tonight"
~ The View

Matching sets and coordinates; the very thought of this tricky trend might send shudders up and down your spine. It may conjure up terrible images of your Granny in her twee two-piece outfits of yesteryear. Trust me however, wearing one print or one colour head to toe might seem like a big fashion faux pas, but a matching top and bottom is the fuss free way to dress to impress; it's all about matchy-matchy.

Ireland's Emma Manley showed us how to rock this potentially tricky trend beautifully in her SS17 collection. This bold coloured, buttery soft leather mini skirt is a guaranteed attention grabber no matter what it's worn with, but pair it with the matching sunshiny yellow leather tee, and we're talking cool, effortless style with a capital S.

I added a casual, dressed down edge to my co-ord set with a great pair of flat mules by French brand L'intervalle; I've been wearing these Gucci inspired slip-ons with everything, and I can't recommend them highly enough. An embellished Manley bag, to compliment the navy detail on my top, was the perfect finishing touch.

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Friday, 6 October 2017

Serene In Green










"Green is serene.
This colour of nature
resurrects in early spring
to paint our landscape again,
from drab brown to soft fern haze."
~ Unknown

My school uniform was green. I wore it every day for most of my childhood, so when I reached adulthood, there was a long period of time when it was the last colour I would choose to wear. Thankfully I have long outgrown that silliness and I now love to wear green. This sage green beauty by Manley is a firm favourite.

Versatile 'Tabby' can be worn as a mini shift dress or a sleeveless jacket for layering, making the styling potential endless. Made from textured silk, it features bottle green leather inserts with scalloped edges on the pockets, shoulders, and down the length of the back. Each leather strip is embellished with hand cut flowers in green, silver, pink, and yellow. 'Tabby' comes in pink or green colourways, and with or without the embellishment.

I'm wearing the green, embellished 'Tabby' as a dress for this post. I styled her with the Valentino shoes of dreams and a cute feathery clutch bag.

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Bag: ASOS Feather Clutch (similar)
Photos: Jason Connery ©

Friday, 29 September 2017

Cherry Blossom










"Are we to look at cherry blossoms only in full bloom, the moon only when it is cloudless? To long for the moon while looking on the rain, to lower the blinds and be unaware of the passing of spring—these are even more deeply moving. Branches about to blossom or gardens strewn with faded flowers are worthier of our admiration"
~ Yoshida Kenko, Essays In Idleness

The hottest fashion label of the moment is Rixo London. Offering timeless pieces with a retro 70s feel, their collections can be seen gracing the pages of all the best fashion magazines, and they have become the go-to favourites of fashionistas and celebrities alike. Everyone wants a piece of Rixo.

For their Fall '17 collection, the brands founders Henrietta and Orlagh got their inspiration from Shanghai chic, with vintage inspired pieces adorned with moons, clouds, bamboo, brightly coloured blossoms, and hand-painted jungle prints. I won't lie, I fell in love with the entire collection, but the 'Alanna' dress, with its bold yet sophisticated print, was the hero piece for me. Cut from silk-jacquard, the dress is panelled with cherry blossom florals in vibrant, contrasting colours. Fine pleats at the waist, and gathering under the bust are a nod to kimono styles, while the buttoned cuffs and shorter hemline add a modern, contemporary touch.

I jazzed my dress up even more by pairing it with an equally vibrant Rixo star print neckscarf. I love the unexpected clash of colours and prints. A simple pair of flats and some 70s inspired accessories were the finishing touches to a show-stopping look that is full of Eastern Promise.

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Friday, 15 September 2017

La La Land












"Floating like a feather in a wide open space
Landing in a perfect happy place
Hello world, we're here again
Living life in La La Land"
~ The Go Go's

A visit to Los Angeles last week really brought out the LA girl in me. I completely embraced the casual, laid back vibe of that beautiful City, and this was very much reflected in the way I dressed. I wore slouchy tees, relaxed track pants, frayed denim shorts, distressed jeans, cute rompers, and loose, breezy dresses to compliment my loose, tousled hair. It was all about understated chic, and I absolutely loved how unfussy and free I felt and looked.

This cute dress, by Joie's diffusion range Soft Joie, encompasses that California vibe perfectly. Featuring an all over red diamond print, the blouson top, rolled up sleeves, and short flounced skirt give it a casual yet sophisticated feel for a very free-spirited look. It's the kind of effortless dress you simply throw on week in and week out. Perfect for lunch with the girls, a romantic date night with someone special, or as seen here, a day of sandy toes and salty kisses on a beautiful Los Angeles beach.

Of course I added a little bit of Irish to my outfit with my favourite Manley bag; you can take the girl out of Ireland etc etc. This gorgeous embellished bag gets a lot of attention whenever and wherever I use it, but LA girls fell so deeply in love with the bag I could barely keep up with the never ending stream of questions I was asked about it!

A great pair of sunglasses (an absolute must in Los Angeles) and metallic flats (whipped off so I could feel the warm sand between my toes) were the final touch to achieve perfect California cool.

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