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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, 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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