Friday, 6 November 2015


Well unfortunately my lovely little blog has run it's course.. I've been at it since I was just seventeen.. thats a 5 year journey and I've enjoyed every minute. I'm not just ready to give up blogging yet though and have now launched a new site VIASERENA.NET!

My new blog is highly Fashion based but I'll still be discussing Art and Music every now and then. Expect a lot of Couture, Styling tips and Fashion news.

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Lastly, thank you so much to all of my lovely followers. You've made this experience so much fun for me and I thoroughly enjoyed all of the interaction and feedback I got. I hope to see all of you ladies over on the new blog.


Friday, 3 July 2015

Haute Couture by Iris Van Herpen

Haute Couture is like porn to me.
I know, I may seem to be getting ahead of myself here, but when I see a structural, over the top, innovative piece of Fashion I get a thrill like no other. I've always had a deep appreciation for art as well as fashion, so when the two are combined I just lose myself. 

Which brings me to this post... showcasing some of my favourite pieces by Iris Van Herpen.
It comes as a shock to me that I haven't mentioned her before on my blog, she's been taking over my Pinterest boards for years, I guess it was just too difficult for me to choose which collection to show you as they're all pretty breathtaking.. So instead of choosing just one here is a mix of my favourite Avant Garde looks by this talented couturier. 

As you can probably tell, Normal rules don't apply here!
Iris is known to blend craftsmanship with innovation and never before seen fabrics and is knows to collaborate with artists and scientists to create these stunning collections. 

What do you think of her work?


Friday, 26 June 2015

Steal her Coachella Style: Rosie Huntington Whitely in Chloe

I am constantly drooling over Rosie Huntington Whitely, the Victoria's secret babe, with an amazing sense of style. 
She's proving great motivation for me to get fit and toned for my holidays and I've already bought a few pieces completely inspired by some of her looks.
She rocked Coachella in a stunning Chloe dress from the Spring 2015 collection, and right when I was about to give up my hunt for an affordable alternative, I came across this stunning dress on Missguided. 

Although it's not exactly the same it shares key qualities like the flirty silhouette, short length and crochet like embellishment on the neckline and waist. 
Why not change things up a little and add a splash of colour by adding a beautiful, bohemian beaded bag and your best sunnies!
Shop the look:
Dress: €53.20
Sunnies: €18 River Island
Handbag: €18 Aldo


Saturday, 13 June 2015

If Disney Princesses Wore Couture... (Part 2)

Yesterday I began this post with a bang and covered some of the classic Disney princesses, Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Belle and Ariel. If you missed this post you can read it here or simply scroll down.. 

Today I'm continuing with the five newest princesses.. so here's what would happen if these lovely ladies were dressed by our favourite couturiers... 


It's no secret that Jasmine is among the sexiest, and nobody rocks a harem pant like her, but if we were to change things up and dress her in Couture I think this stunning Gold & Aqua Zuhair Murad gown which was showcased in 2007 is the perfect fit!


When she's not kicking ass defending China from the huns I can see Mulan Slipping into this curve hugging oriental gown from Chinese Fashion Week.


This is the dress that inspired this whole post, I was having a creep through Dior's Haute Couture collection designed by John Galliano in 1998. It's one of my favourite collections ever and I instantly recognised the dress above and couldn't help but compare it to the princess and the frog. 


She's left her tower and she's making a statement! If Rapunzel were to strut her stuff in Couture I can definitely see her in this flowing Zuhair Murad gown.


I'm not ashamed to admit that I've watched frozen twice in one day... the newest Disney Princess is super glam already and doesn't need much fixing up, but I can definitely see this ice queen rocking this sparkling Atelier Versace gown.

I'm so sad this post is over, It was so much fun to create!
Which of the above is your favourite?

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Friday, 12 June 2015

If Disney Princesses Wore Couture... (Part 1)

We all have a little Disney princess inside us, and as you've probably noticed on my blog I love designing posts inspired by the ladies. On a recent Couture creep I started to notice how many gowns resembled those of my favourite Disney heroines and with Disney re-creating our favourite animations into live action movies I thought there was no better time for it!
So here's how things would go down if the Disney Princesses were dressed by some of my favourite Couturiers... 

Snow White

No better way to start than with the oldest of the princesses, Snow White. Russian Couturier Ulyana Surgeenko is no stranger to fairytales, using them as inspiration for most of her collections, including the royal blue and mustard piece above which shares uncanny similarities with Snow Whites famous dress.


When Cinderella dusts off the soot and ambers and glams up for the ball I can see her in no other than  Elie Saab. This intricately detailed, beaded, embroidered look is a lovely modern take on Cinderella's dated, overly decorated ball gown. 


Make it pink... The lovely Sleeping Beauty was dressed for the Edwardian Era, but what if she was attending next years Met Gala? This stunning, encrusted gown with a cheeky slit and a ruffled rose detail on the shoulder was a part of Ralph & Russo's Haute Couture collection in 2014. 


I think we all lit up inside when Belle descended from the stairs in that Golden, tiered gown.. and who better to recreate such a statement piece than the late Alexander McQueen?


Sea shell bra's are so last season, If Ariel were to walk the red carpet on her shiny new legs she'd definitely do it in style. This Aishwarya Rai Bachchan gown is from the 2015 collection and features a mermaid silhouette with a classy off the shoulder neckline. 

What do you ladies think of these picks?

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Part 2 coming tomorrow...


Thursday, 4 June 2015

5 Dresses for the Unconventional Wedding Guest

Summer is here, and being part of a huge Italian family, Summer is practically another word for Wedding Time!!!
I adore going to weddings, I've never been to an Irish one but Italian ones involve twelve course meals and a whole lot of Vino, So I can't complain.
Of course my favourite part of any wedding is finding the perfect outfit. It's almost a challenge, trying to translate your own personal style into more of a formal look, and of course you don't want to blend in with the crowd while your at it, and throwing on a horrible fascinator with your brightest dress won't do the trick, so adding a trendy twist is always a nice touch.
Unfortunately for me I will not be attending any weddings this year, so this wish list of five dresses for the unconventional wedding guest is hypothetical for me, but may be of use to you...

When wedding time comes FCUK is always a go to brand. 
I always have a creep through their rails when shopping as some of their pieces could easily be mistaken for Valentino or Dolce & Gabbanna without the designer price tags! If you're not too keen on showing skin this look is modest and let's the vibrant, floral embroidery do the talking. Add some turquoise heels to break up the colour and a small clutch that can be worn in your hand or on your shoulder.
Dress: €345 FCUK
Clutch: €31 Accessorize
Heels: €48 Public Desire

I know, I know you've seen this dress before on the blog.. But I am just OBSESSED! 
I love the cut, I love the shape, I love the detail.. The label Self Portrait which I've already posted about here! are creating avant grade looks and making them accessible to the high street and I just can't get enough of this little red number. Let the dress speak for itself by adding plain nude pumps, a nude clutch, and trade the horrible, dated fascinator for a simple, pretty rose in your hair. 
Dress: £240 Self Portrait
Clutch: €28 Accessorize
Heels: €35 Public Desire

Another brand I'm very fond of is Virgos Lounge, their vintage cut dresses are vibrant and bedazzled with gems and jewels, making them perfect for a stand out look. This hot pink beauty is part of their new range and I love that strappy neckline and cheeky split down the middle. Add some Gold heels, and although they're hard to find, try to go for a plain or gold clutch. I have ordered from Virgo's Lounge before and had to send the dress back as it was swimming on me, so if you're going for anything from their site I recommend ordering a size smaller.
Dress: €215 Virgos Lounge
Clutch: €49 Accessorize
Heels: €73 ASOS


If you're a little more on the edgy side this is the look for you! 
The silhouette and length of the dress are simple and modest but the leather effect adds a punk rock edge. While mosts would probably go for a plain shoe I love the idea of adding a print, particularly snakeskin which compliments the wine colour. 
Dress: €49.95 Zara
Sunglasses: €11 Aldo
Clutch: €32 Aldo
Heels: €41 Public Desire


This dainty little look is a winner for the girly girls out there. The silky little number is both delicate and feminine, While some may doubt the smaller heel I just love it with Vintage looks like this, very Audrey Hepburn. While you might want to keep your jewellery at a minimum so as not to take away from the simplicity of the look, a pair of oversized earrings and a pearl embellished clutch will compliment the dress perfectly.
Dress: €390 Ted Baker
Earrings: €17 Aldo
Clutch: €54 Aldo
Heels: €82 Aldo

I am so fond of all these looks but if I had to choose one It would have to be number 2. I've been stalking that dress both online and in store for months now waiting for a Sale to launch..

Which of these looks would you go for?


Saturday, 16 May 2015

Steal her Summer Style: Rosie Huntington Whitely

You ladies know how I love to re-create celebrity looks, but it always proves difficult when that celebrity is a six foot tall Victoria's secret Angel.
I am obsessed with Rosie's flawless, chic style and lust after most of her outfits, and I've found one that's super simple and easy to pull off. 

Baggy, boyfriend jeans are a must for Summer! People tend to shy away from them as they look quite difficult to style but they're so easy to pull off by adding a feminine touch with some sandal heels and showing a little skin with a crop top as Rosie has done above. If you're not completely comfortable in them why not opt for a high waist pair so that just the mid riff is showing? 
With this combination you have a perfect, simple, Summer look for Barbecue season or shopping with the girls. 

Jeans: €50 Topshop
Crop top: €8
Shoes: €94 Topshop


Friday, 8 May 2015

Stella Jean Spring 2015

Stella Jean is a new, Italian - Haitian designer on the scene who blew me away when she lit up the runways with a burst of tropical colour in her Spring 2015 collection.
Her culture is very clear in her collections as she mixes easygoing grunge silhouettes with bright, vibrant colours and stunning, eye-catching prints. This eccentric mix and match approach was inspired by her return to Haiti to find inspiration in her mothers birthplace. 

Every last detail is bursting with the designers own style and taste.
A true inspiration to our Summer wardrobes, why not wear your old chequered shirt with a printed maxi or a colourful baggy tee? Summer, in a sense, is a time of freedom. Break out of those Winter blacks and let your true personality shine!

This collection is just... Summer perfection!


Saturday, 2 May 2015

5 Documentaries to get you through the week

I am obsessed with documentaries.
It's gotten to the point where I choose them over movies.
There's nothing better than finishing up watching one and feeling like you've learnt a little more about this crazy world we live in. They truly open your mind and make you look at life a little differently each time. I have a giant list of favourites and thought I'd share some with you lovelies. 
So, in no particular order, here are my top 5 documentaries to get you through the week:

The Cove 

Blackfish was such an amazing documentary, but seeing as most people I know have seen it, and it's already on most Top Documentary lists, I thought I'd introduce you to a similar one.
The cove was released in 2009 and follows a group of activists as they infiltrate a cove in Taiji, Wakayama, Japan, where mass dolphin slaughterings are held regularly.
Not only is this the at the peak of animal cruelty, it's also endangering the locals and anyone in fact who consumes dolphin meat in Japan. 
This is an upsetting one for animal lovers, but something you need to see and spread awareness about to protect these beautiful creatures.

It's a Girl

This one was a true eye-opener for me.
I always knew that gender-cide existed, but never to the extent it's reached today.
Over 200 million girls are missing in the world due to some backwards, traditional thinking in countries like China and India, where, particularly in the more rural areas, women are seen as worthless and too much of an expense for a lot of families.
This documentary digs deep and explains why for some, 'It's a girl' are the three deadliest words in the world.

Jonestown: The life and death of people's temple

A disturbing documentary to say the least, but who wouldn't be curious about a story that started off good, and ended the mass suicide of over 900 people back in 1978.
Jonestown started off as an agricultural project and religious organisation led by Jim Jones, 
A leader so powerful and manipulative, that was able to brainwash a whole community into drinking Cyanide. The documentary features interviews with family members and actual survivors, and a true insight into the horrific events that led to that horrible day.

If it's music that tickles your fancy, then this is a must see!
It follows the lives of two bands, The Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, at the peak of their careers, when it was make or break time for them in the music industry.
We see the friendship between the two, and their founders, Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor, gradually turning into a rivalry, and of course some erratic rock and roll behaviour and excellent music to top it all off.

Thailands Drug Craze

I have watched a few of Stacey Dooleys BBC3 documentaries. 
She has the voice of an angel and a ladylike mannerism that makes her so easy to watch.
The most interesting one I've seen to date has to be about Thailands Drug Craze. 
A drug called Yaba, which could easily be mistaken for an ecstasy pill by naive tourists, is spreading fast and the effect it has on people is worse than fatal, making them act psychotically and eventually un-responsive. This one is a little close to home with so many of my friends having travelled to Thailand, but definitely worth a watch!

Most of these documentaries are available on Youtube for all you cheapskates like me. 

Have you seen any of the above? What's your take on them?
All recommendations are welcome!


Thursday, 30 April 2015

Runway to Highstreet: Etro Spring 2015

Lets talk Etro.
It was definitely among my favourite collections this Spring 2015.
A lot of designers showed their take on 70s fashion, some modernising it, some making it festival chic, But Veronica Etro stayed true to the 70s by creating imperfect, hand sewn, customised pieces with a huge influence from Native Americans. Keeping it light, flowy and care free the designer managed to create a collection fit for Woodstock and the modern hippy. 

I created a Runway to High Street post for Dolce & Gabbanna Spring 2015 and it went down a charm with you ladies, so I thought I'd create another one for Etro seeing as it's going to have a huge influence on my Summer Wardrobe this year. Here's are a few stunning Pieces that will help you add that Etro edge to your Summer Wardrobe:

Blue Fringed Poncho Dress: Lotus Vintage NY
Tunic with Studded Placket: Zara

Sleeveless Fringed Jacket:
Vibrant Tribal Dress:
Open Printed Dress:
Fringed Peep toe Boots:
Desert Fringe Suede Boots: Topshop

And there you have it.. I am after every piece in this post... 
Must wait until Payday.. Hang in there Serena!

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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Mashugana: Swarofski Crystal Pendants

I have mentioned Mashugana many times already on my blog and posted about the wonderful pieces they sell, but I finally had an opportunity to photograph my purchase and wanted to share with you all  on a more personal level.

Last Summer upon receiving my first pay check in a new job I decided to treat myself to something pretty on Etsy. I'm a major Etsy creep and had a list of items that I wanted, But the Crystal pendants and rings from Mashugana surpassed everything else. 

I'd had my eye on the Rainbow Peacock Pastel Diamond Crown Necklace since spotting it on Pinterest. It's a stunning piece and I love anything that plays with your eyes as it does. When you stare into it there is a beautiful, colourful effect and it's almost like there are tiny peacock feathers hidden inside. 
It's also a great piece for layering and I love wearing it with a choker or several of my other necklaces. 

Your are given the option upon ordering of Antique Brass (which I went for) or Silver Plate.
You can also choose the length of your necklace. The delivery was spot on and Customer Service is up to scratch, which is always something that I take into account when buying from Etsy.
I am now lusting over several other products on the Mashugana page. 
They would make a very special gift for a dear friend or a nice treat for yourself.
You can check out the Mashugana page here!


Thursday, 23 April 2015

Your 5 Summer Wardrobe Staples

Every Summer before I start picking up pieces for my wardrobe, I write a list of five staples that I know I'll get loads of wear out of and be able to mix & match with other clothes. I guess you could call it economising. So this year I thought I'd share with you five on Trend staples and where to get them.

Palazzo Pants

If you haven't already got a pair now is the perfect time. They were everywhere at Fashion Week and I've seen various top bloggers rocking the look. Choose your Pants wisely and be sure to try them on, if they're ill fitting it will throw the whole look off. I'd rock any of the above with a cute crop top, some wedges and a floppy hat for a sophisticated, elegant look. 

Strappy Sandals 

Behold the Strappy Sandal, the perfect Summer shoe. They can be worn with almost anything and are great for dressing up a simple look like baggy Jeans and a tank top or an elegant midi skirt. I am especially in love with the snakeskin ones, two major trends in one, and those Royal Blue ones are just stunning!

Anything Crochet

Crochet is a timeless Summer trend, and every Summer the shops fill up with dainty little knits.
I love anything crochet, especially for Festivals, they ooze chilled out Summer vibes. So weather it's a small crop, a cardigan to funk up any outfit or a full on multicoloured rainbow dress, here are my favourite pieces. 

A Statement Hat 

I'm a huge fan of hats, but avoid them during Winter in fear that they'll be blown off my head.
Well it's Summer now and hats are great for shading your face from the blistering holiday heat, hiding a bad hair day and for making a statement and adding a high fashion vibe to your outfit. I'm a huge fan of straw hats, and floppy ones too, and a combination of the two is a match made in heaven. If you, like me have an abnormally tiny head, I recommend buying your hats in H&M, they have a great range of sizes and their smalls really are teensy!

A Quirky Handbag

This obsession hit me when I spotted a bag shaped like a banana in H&M last Summer. I really wanted it but refrained from purchasing in fear that I wouldn't be brave enough to bear it, it ended up being my biggest regret and all Summer I longed for a quirky, banana shaped bag.
If there's one thing that Fashion Week thought us, it's that handbags that aren't necessarily shaped like handbags are the perfect way to add character to a simple, summer outfit. 
I'm particularly loving the apple juice carton one, very Chanel!

So what do you ladies think of these five Summer Staples?
Have you already got some or do you plan on picking any up?


Tuesday, 21 April 2015

OOTD: Bershka Bargains

I had a little meltdown a few months back when I ran out of clothes to wear to work, Ok maybe I didn't run out, but I'd worn everything I have to the point where it was either falling apart or I was just damn right sick of seeing it.
So I popped out to Dundrum on a shopping adventure with a very small budget.
My plan was to pick up office appropriate clothes that I could still wear out for drinks with the girls on a Friday night. Bershka is the kind of shop I usually don't pay much attention to. I loved the place when I was a teeny bopper but it hasn't appealed to me since. My shopping trip was coming to an end and I still hadn't bought a thing, everything was so expensive and shirts like this in Topshop were costing an arm and a leg, Just as I was about to give up I spotted Bershka and decided to have a quick gander. Lucky I did because I came out of the place with bagfuls and spent less than sixty quid!

This flowy, Rust coloured shirt was on a rack of €10 items. The colour stood out to me most as I'm trying to cut down on wearing so much black now that Summer is coming. I also love the way it drapes at the front and that low V neckline, I can throw a string top under it for work and whip it off when it's time to party! I decided to go into Zara a second time after I was done seeing as I had some cash left to spend, and I picked up these Super skinny black jeans for just €30! (So cheap I just had to buy them in Blue too!)

 These fringe sandals are my absolute favourite, even though after a few hours in them you're just about ready to amputate your feet, the pain is definitely worth how funky they look and they can give a simple outfit like this a dressed up, Bohemian edge. I bought them in River Island last Summer and practically live in them now. The Fringe bag is from H&M, I've had it for months and it's definitely time to bin it seeing as the zip is fully broken and it's falling apart.. but will I? Probably not, I'll get another month out of her.. fingers crossed..

Something I just had to focus on in this post is my favourite necklace EVER!
My mam is usually pretty lousy at buying gifts but she got it spot on this Christmas with this stunning, layered choker from Topshop. I wear it with everything and it's such a nice way of dressing up low cut tops. It's super thin and terribly dainty, so after my first time wearing it I managed to tangle it so badly, it took a very patient friend of mine a long time to untangle, but now I have it back and I'm super careful with it. 

Hope you ladies enjoyed my first outfit post in a very long time, now that the sun is out I'm hoping to include a lot more in my blog.


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