London Fashion Week Take 3

3 links to 3 Irish designers who have already shown at London Fashion Week …..  Click the designer’s picture and then click the video on the top right hand side of each designer’s page and see what you think….

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In a New York State of Mind

I’m just back from a trip to New York and even in the soaring heat, what a great city it is!   From Barneys to Macys and everything in between…..Wonderful!  Best shopping for me was wandering around the streets of Chelsea and Downtown Manhatten.  Taking in the ambience of The Meatpacking District, Greenwich/West Village, Soho……  Everything I love,  filled with street after street of food and shopping treasures!

I loved the feel of Orla Kielys Soho shop. Open plan on one side, showing the beautiful  Spring/Summer ’13 collection (on sale and failsafe when it comes to buying a pretty frock).  What makes it unique though, is the other side: designed like a life size doll’s house, filled with Orla’s mid-century inspired home delights. Oh yes!….  And then the 60’s caravan parked at the end.  It made me feel like I should really consider just throwing away everything I own and convert to a life  filled with pretty dresses, swaying in a summer breeze, on a forever vintage holiday by the sea.  Alas, that’s not on the agenda, so instead I sat down and took a moment to enjoy the air conditioning and design….. A cool haven on a hot day!

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I do feel I should share that my favourite thing in the whole of New York was free and for all to enjoy.  The Highline:  Built on an old railway, this amazing elevated  line of green park sits among the cityscape like a surprise present.  Stretching from 30th to 14th at 10th Avenue, it differs from other parks as it doesn’t really remove you from the business of the city , it merely lifts you above it! An oasis from where  you can look down and take in the incredible views of the Hudson and New Jersey to one side and the city to the other. It’s like no other green space I know and is loaded with inspiration for an amateur city gardener like me.

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And now….. Back to the real world, of unpacking chaotic suitcases, clothes mountain and long grass….. Welcome home 🙂

White Delight

Sporty and fresh, white is always super cool and on trend …..  Here are a few pieces that I love…

Red Valentino

Was £230 now £115 from Yoox

Red Valentino from Yoox

3 From Orla Kiely

Sale on now 30% off Spring Summer

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Moschino 

Was £890 now £445 from Yoox

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Cos

€79 (Euro price)

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Nail Art

Personally, I have a “Go for the Overall Look” kind of style(!!), so, on close inspection, my attention to detail lets me down for sure!!  I’ve never really felt that having nice nails was worth the effort. Short, clean and out of sight has always served me well.

It is however hard to  ignore all the amazing nail art that’s out there!   I find it fascinating that  such a small space can be such a vast creative canvas!  I came across Isobel does nails whilst browsing the web.  It’s full of amazingly creative nail art and is well worth stopping by for a dose of inspiration…..  I love that her Orla Kiely nails were inspired by her mug!  There’s loads more to see, so click and discover.

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Although, in my part of the world (Ireland 🙂 ), the weather is not yet warm enough to consider removing Winter layers, I can’t help but dream about balmy days to come…….

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Shot on location in Palm Springs, Orla Kiely’s Spring Summer 13 collection is packed with sweet frocks, pretty knits, gorgeous sunshine colours and prints and as always the perfect bag!  Watch the video here to see for yourself or check out her lookbook.

London Fashion Week Take 5

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5 links to 5 Irish designers who showed at London Fashion Week…..  Click the designer’s picture and then click the video on the top right hand side of each designer’s page and see what you think….

J.W. Anderson
J.W. Anderson
Paul Costelloe
Orla Kiely
Orla Kiely
John Rocha
John Rocha
Simone Rocha
Simone Rocha

February Pinterest

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I had fun today looking through some of  my favourite online shopping spots (Marni, Orla Kiely, J.crew, Topshop and more)  and  adding to the February Pinterest board along the way…… Feel free to take a look here