Tuesday, 9 December 2014

My Top Coat Picks for December

Inspiration for this post: I literally almost got blown away walking to work today. It made me think of warm, fluffy coats and how much I love them.


If I had it my way I'd wear Harem Pants, Belly Tops and Maxi Skirts every single day...
Unfortunately I couldn't have it any further from my way as I live in IRELAND!
My fellow Irish and UK friends will understand the struggle of Freezing cold, Rainy winters (and not the best summers either!).. and the struggle of trying to keep your signature style whilst still staying snug and warm.

Well I've scoured the length and breadth of the web, or four of my favourite places to shop in less dramatic wording.. and have found four Boho friendly coats that suit my style down to a T..

The first is this Willow Waterfall Blanket Coat from Boohoo.com. I tend to wear a lot of black during Winter, and I've been trying to stay away from it and add more colour to my wardrobe. The warm beige and brown colours are a perfect way to do so. Although it may not look very warm, and you never know when ordering online, the Kimono Silhouette is great for layering, wear your wooliest jumper underneath, add a fur stole or knitted scarf and you can even gather it at the waist with a thick black or brown belt. Not to mention it's a great price at just €34!

The second of my picks is this Faux Shearling Ovoid Jacket from Topshop..
Again steering away from black, it's a lovely, light Tan colour with a brown strip down the front and lining the pockets and sleeves. Its tastefully shapeless, meaning that once again it can be layered and you may get away with wearing half of your wardrobe underneath on the frosty days. 

I used to loathe fur coats, I thought they were tacky, and to be honest my hatred for (real) fur in the fashion industry and the lack of ethics behind it made me sick looking at even faux fur coats.
Nowadays I've stopped being so uptight about it and am loving faux fur looks. Particularly this Amber mixed one from Missguided.com. The mix of  colours is so pretty on the eye and allows for it to be extremely versatile when matching with pieces in your wardrobe. Not to mention the warmth and snugness.. ooooh... so soft!

Lastly, this pretty Camel Duffle Coat from River Island. The Toggle fastening just makes this one for me! It's so Ethnic looking and Fashion Forward while it remains warm and functional. My favourite thing about this one, that set's it apart from any other coats I love, is the faux fur lined hood. I never use brolly's and am in desperate need of a hood for these stormy days we're having.

I bought my Winter Coat early this year, so it's not on the River Island website anymore, but it's pretty much all of the above coats combined :)
Have you ladies got your trusty winter coat yet? What's it like?
Which of the above would you go for?

x


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Evolution of the Bowler Hat

What started off in the 1920's as a rounded, felt hat, the bowler has managed to surpass millions of other trends and remain on trend and fashion forward for almost a century. 
I personally love bowler hats as do many other fashionista's and style icons out there today.
They definitely don't get the credit they deserve.
Here's a little look at the evolution of the bowler hat...

1916

1920's

1940's

1960's 

1980's

1990s

Today














Sunday, 19 October 2014

Nicoletta Ceccoli: Lollipop Land

This Italian Illustrator creates these enchanting and whimsical drawings of fairytale-like scenarios, Each with it's own haunting twist.








For more of these amazing illustrations, See Nicoletta's Official website here!
x

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Fashion Week Bohemes: Part 2

If you haven't seen part 1 scroll down or click here!

Now.. Part 2 of my favourite of the many Bohemian influenced Runway shows this Fashion Week, for Spring 2015.

Emilio Pucci Spring 2015


Let's take a little trip back in time to the seventies, Hippy beading, Fringe, Suede boots, tie dye and the appearance of the ever eye catching tangerine colour.  It just doesn't get any better than this.. does it? 

Marchesa Spring 2015


Marchesa never fails to impress me, and their collection was my favourite this year (Along with Dolce & Gabbanna.) This magical, Fairytale like collection was inspired by hippies, gypsy's and grunge, three of my favourite things! Romance was visible in every details from the gold lace embroidery, flower details and tulle. I'm in LOVE! This show definitely proved that Marchesa are still standing out, as they celebrated their tenth year anniversary.

Badgley Mischka Spring 2015


More Romantic, flowy dresses were evident than ever in Badgley Mischka's collection. A show that started with plain white, structured pieces, I'll admit I yawned a little and was about to turn it off before it stunningly transformed into light fabrics and pretty pastel colours floating down the runway.
Inspired by the 60's with the idea of 'Marie Antoinette on the moon!'

Etro Spring 2015


Veronica Etro decided that she wanted her collection to be handmade and imperfect.
Customising, dying, braiding, fringing and embellishing were all there, along with a strong Native American influence. Each garment was heavily accessorised and unique, while the earthy colour palette tied it all together. I want those fringed boots in my life.. ASAP!

Which of the above is your favourite? Like I said before Marchesa really impressed me, I'm also in love with each and every one of Etro's looks!

x

Monday, 6 October 2014

Fashion Week Boheme's: Part 1

As you can probably imagine, I was in heaven this fashion week.
It's about time Boho trends are hitting the runway, they've always crept up but this year they took over!
Here are some of the shows that stunned me most with their beautifully bohemian pieces this Spring 2015: 

Alberta Ferretti


These are the kind of gowns you want to adorn yourself in as you run through an enchanted forrest in your most whimsical of dreams. Light, Mousseline gowns, appliquéd and drapes with a touch of fringe here and there. The colour palette developed beautifully from the peachiest of pinks, to purples and brown suedes. I am in love!

Roberto Cavalli


I always expect to see some Bohemian Influence in Roberto Cavalli's collections, but this year he done it in such a pretty way this year. Beginning the show with some psychedelic, painted patterns on light, flowy fabrics, then some black pieces with mesh cut out panels, the contradiction of the sever black colour against the light airy fabric was perfect. The colour palette also included some gentle lilac and beiges embellished and embroidered.

Custo Barcelona


A nice change from the usual romantic and lengthy dresses, Custo Barcelona is a brand known for it's daring, should I say, Skimpiness? It was a refreshing collection full of intricate details and random splashes of colour. Metallic embroidery, beading and translucency all didn't go amiss in this fabulous collection. 

How do you feel about the above looks? Which is your favourite?
Part 2 coming soon...
x



Friday, 26 September 2014

Inspiration: Hands

'To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild Flower, 
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand, and Eternity in an hour.'
-William Blake













Thursday, 25 September 2014

Lisa Falzon: Pretty Moon Prints

I love the moon, I love it's giganticness, I love it's brightness and it's mystical glow.
It's therefore no surprise that I fell head over heels in love with these stunning moon themed prints by Lisa Falzon. 
I just love her characterisation of the moon, with it's sad little eyes and puckered lips.
I'll never be able to look at the moon the same again.






Lisa Falzon has her own Illustration brand, Meluseena, and sells her work online.

To see more of her wonderful work check out her Facebook page here!

x




Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Dogsters: The Canine Hipster

I couldn't help myself...
Here's ten of the most hip pooches on the web.








Thank you Pinterest.
x


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