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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

Monday, 30 December 2013

My Fair Lady

Regular readers of my blog know how much I love & support Irish fashion; two of my favourite Designers being Ireland's Emma Manley & Natalie B Coleman, both of whom feature regularly in my posts.

I am so excited to have recently discovered yet another fantastic Irish brand - Lennon Courtney. Developed by two of Ireland’s leading fashion stylists and style commentators, Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney, the brand is a range of elegant, ladylike wardrobe staples. Their first collection, entitled ‘The Weekend’ consists of classic, day-to-night pieces that are inspired by "a confident woman embracing her dark side".

This beautiful skirt was my first purchase, followed very closely by the pretty silk organza top. I fell in love with this beautiful ensemble in the brands Lookbook & couldn't wait to recreate it. The skirt, in the softest faux-leather, is a beautiful mix of vintage and contemporary. The flattering A-line shape nips in the waist, making it look tiny and it is perfectly paired with the stunning puff sleeve top. A simple pair of black court shoes & a bright red lipstick finishes this elegant look off beautifully.

The great thing about both of these pieces is that they will go with so many other things in my wardrobe. I've already worn the skirt with a great band t-shirt for a cool rock & roll look & the top will look fantastic with jeans, all kinds of skirt shapes & high-waisted shorts; oh the styling potential is endless! You will definitely be seeing more Lennon Courtney posts on here; I've already bought a beautiful white maxi dress that I know you will all adore!

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Friday, 20 December 2013

Winter White

My favourite colour to wear this Winter is white; it is the seasons hottest colour and had a huge presence on the AW13 catwalks.

The trick to wearing Winter whites is getting the fabric right; delicate Summery cottons, sheer silks & light linens simply won't work. Instead, go for heavier textiles, chunky knits, sports-luxe quilting, heavy silk/satins and tough leathers.

The Manley 'Hail' dress is a beautiful take on this potentially tricky trend. Made from the softest leather, the dress features Emma Manley's signature stud embellishment throughout. It is bold without being over the top or flamboyant, elegant and comfortable but still sexy and, as with all of Emma's designs, it is very very cool.

I added a monochrome touch to my outfit by styling the dress with black Christian Louboutin shoes and a bright red lip added a lovely pop of colour. The crisp, clean look of a white dress on dark, dreary Winter days will always make you stand out from the crowd!

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Dress: Emma Manley 'Hail' Leather Studded Dress in white (similar here and here)

Monday, 16 December 2013

Monday, 9 December 2013

Heavy Metal

One of the hottest trends for A/W13 is the metallic trend. You can find metallics everywhere; shoes, bags, clothes, even our makeup is sparkling. High shine textures in pastels, bronzes, cool silvers and rich golds are brightening up the dreary Autumn and Winter days.

Ultra modern & very cutting edge, this trend is not for the faint hearted. The key to wearing this potentially tricky look is to keep it simple, wearing one metallic piece at a time. This beautiful Manley leather skirt, in a pale metallic gold, is one of the most gorgeous pieces of clothing I have ever seen! Bold and bright, it creates an effortless edginess and makes a dazzling style statement.

To balance out the look and to stop it looking too futuristic and space-agey, I paired the skirt with a simple navy, loose fitting top. I kept all my accessories very neutral and simple; a great pair of flat black brogues from High-street favourite Topshop and the most fabulous black satchel from The Cambridge Satchel Co. I am obsessed with these amazing satchels and I want one in every single colour!

I love this cool, easy to wear, daytime look. The sun may not be shining at the moment, but my skirt certainly is!

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Monday, 2 December 2013

After Dark All Cats Are Leopards

Antipodium's 'Intersection' coat, in a fabulous, mixed leopard print tapestry, is quite simply the coolest coat of the season. I was lusting after it from the moment I spied it online! 

A great transeasonal piece, it is made from an easy-wear woven fabric and features hidden buttons, side paneling with two large pockets and is finished with a detachable shearling collar (not seen here).

I wore it for a rainy day out with a cute black dress from Twenty8twelve, my 'wear them with everything' black patent ASOS brogues & a great black satchel from The Cambridge Satchel Co.

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Photos: Kate Carpenter

Monday, 25 November 2013


Isabel Marant is the Queen of laid-back Bohemian chic. Her Etoile line offers a slightly more youthful, relaxed, purse friendly collection that always remains true to the cool, boho aesthetic of her main line.

The semi sheer, chiffon 'Prewitt' dress is the kind of style I love to wear; it is lightweight and feminine with that laid-back, edgy, Parisian feel immediately associated with the brand. In a burgundy & rose colourway, the dress features long sleeves with buttoned cuffs, an all over leaf print, a cute ruffled skirt, sexy shoulder cut-outs and a back keyhole detail with button closure to the neck. It comes with an optional, matching self tie making it a very versatile, easy to wear piece.

I wanted to style the dress in a very relaxed, casual way so I paired it with my Marant-a-like ankle boots from High Street brand Karen Millen. I love this outfit, it is so 70s. I'll always be a bit of a Hippy at heart and I love to reflect that in what I wear.

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Friday, 15 November 2013

Manley Traits

I've blogged about this beautiful skirt by Emma Manley before (see here). With it's perforated leather & silk panels and cool stud embellishment, it is a firm favourite and is worn time and time again; it was inevitable that it would feature in another Blog post!

On this occasion I styled it quite casually, pairing it with another great Manley piece, the 'Dakota' Horse Shoe Jumper. It is made from a light marino wool & linen mix and the big collar is the same soft, perforated leather as the skirt. It too is embellished, with two gold horse shoe studs. I wear this top with jeans, shorts and all kinds of skirt shapes; it is tremendously versatile!

My accessories include the red satchel that comes virtually everywhere with me these days, a beautiful over-sized Michael Kors watch & the most fantastic pair of manly brogues. I'm really into flat, androgynous footwear at the moment. Pairing them with this pretty skirt gives them a playful, flirty twist and the two-tone, colour block design really makes them stand out. They compliment this cute, quirky look perfectly!

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Thursday, 7 November 2013

A Load Of Bull

The latest addition to my ever growing collection of Natalie B Coleman pieces is this gorgeous bull print dress. It's the kind of piece you would expect to see on the Olsen twins in an issue of Vogue or Tattler; it is impossibly cool.

The dress is from Natalie's stunning A/W13 collection 'I Belong To Me'; she says she came up with the exploding bull print in different scales and colours, inspired by Cubism and Hopper’s Hotel lobby colours, with some pop art colour references thrown in. It is featured on a number of great pieces in the collection. I fell in love with the print as soon as I saw it, not least of all because my birth sign is Taurus, the Bull!

The dress is made from a luxurious, heavy satin and features the digitally printed bull design to the front, voluminous bat-wing sleeves in a 100% wool mix, an absolutely stunning butter soft lambskin leather back in brushed gold and is finished off with a gold zip, tailor made in Italy. Natalie's great attention to detail & a sophisticated finish means that even the lining is special; it is her own special jacquard weave of gold lace bulls. The dress also has slit pockets to the side & you all know how much I love a pocket!

This is the perfect day-to-night piece & for it's first ever (daytime) outing, I styled it with my much loved satchel & simple flat brogues. It can easily be dressed up for a glamorous night out by adding some chunky gold jewellery & towering metallic heels. It also looks great styled with a skinny belt, a great way to show off a tiny waist & give the oversized dress some structure. Versatile & gorgeous; I'll be wearing this dress forever!

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Dress: Natalie B Coleman Bull Print Dress (same dress, different print)