Summer siren…pink-red-wine fusion!

“You look like a summer siren!” exclaimed a work friend as we walked from the office under the blazing sunshine. Tuesday was one of those rare, lovely summers day we haven’t had in a while. It’s on those days I like to dress as bright as I can and take advantage of the sunshine.imageSo a summer siren….huh? Sirens are found in many Greek stories, Homer’s Odyssey for instance. Sirens were beautiful, yet dangerous creatures, their lovely music was said to entice sailors to their doom. imagePhoto:Google Images

According to my friend, my outfit with it’s colour fusion of oranges, pinks,wines and reds was fiercely beautiful and enticing….just like those mythology creatures. As the conversation went on and we strolled through the park, we saw beautiful red flowers and as they complimented my outfit, we thought that this was certainly a photo opportunity!!imageWhen I put on my outfit on that morning, I never thought I will walk through the park under the sun and red flowers. The outfit was my choice and my environment just helped me look like a ‘summer siren’. Sometimes our environment and society can influence how we look but at the end of day we are our own style Picassos!!image

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The Wild ’60s Fashion

Fashion evolves! What we are wearing now, the next generation will no doubt view with both awe and dread…..but then that generation’s kids might start rocking our style.

I remember, as a kid, my parents had a small wine-coloured briefcase which they kept for storing different kind of papers but also some very old photos. I recall a photo of my aunt (Mum’s sister) and her friend as girls wearing tight mini dresses, platforms shoes and very big hair (which I found out later were wigs).image(Not my aunt and her friend but the look is close!)

I was shocked…..my aunt wearing a mini-skirt when, I thought, most of the girls back then didn’t wear anything above the knees walking down the street. When I asked my mum how my aunt got away with this, I was told that was the fashion at the time. Yes, it was the 1960s and the mini-skirt and mmini-dress was the most eye-catching garment of the decade…. designed for the skinny female form, ideally. imageNow the 1960s are back on the high streets, in different forms and trends. Although the minis ruled the roost, flares, midis (for the conservative types) and velvet were all part of the 60s trend.imageSometimes, when I buy clothes and wear them, it takes someone to remind me what era I’m rocking. Our clothes are all from past decades, just not of the same quality in most cases. Your mum’s wardrobe might have looked like a fashion nightmare when you were 14 years old but if you visit it now, it’s a haven of vintage, durable fabric and great quality clothes.imageBefore you put away those wonderful clothes, think about how the next generation will appreciate your wardrobe, when it comes back in fashion 50 years from now. Maybe in next few decades kids will be walking around wearing technology-based outfits……..so our outfits will be a little bit unique!image

White – the new black!

Last weekend I attended a christening where 6 babies were being baptised. The babies looked so adorable in their little white outfits. Prior to the christening there was a wedding in the same church and the bride looked stunning. These two occasions were happy new beginnings for all involved and both had one thing in common – they wore white!imageI have blogged about a lot of colours in the last year but never about white. I suppose it’s because it is  a colour I never thought too much about until recently, when I noticed that even my wardrobe’s pallet is displaying a shimmer of white!  We all strive for change in our lives, we want to feel at peace, within and without, and that’s where the colour white can work perfectly. It is said that attraction to white clothes or accessories might be viewed as a wish for new beginnings and renewal or it might even encourage the purification of one’s thoughts and actions –  so, I took this as a sign for me and put it to test….imageAs it’s the summertime, I have decided to wear all white on a few different occasions and I have to admit, I feel very energetic, peaceful and happy.imageWhite is the prettiest colour that can complement any other hue…… so, if you are not all about white then put it to use with darker coloured clothing.image

 

Cold Summer? How to look cozy and chic!

The weather has been very confusing lately but summer is here at last…well sort of! The challenge for us ladies though is how to dress well for an occasion when the weather is so changeable.

I went to an outdoor house party one summer looking all pretty in light summer-wear but the weather changed unexpectedly. I was so cold that I couldn’t move. I remember asking the host (whom I didn’t know that well) for a jacket. I didn’t care about the colour or size…i was way too cold to be pretty and all I wanted was some warmth! Lesson learnt…so, to avoid the chance of ruining your day/night out because you are too cold, my advice is to dress for the unexpected. Here are some fashion clothing that could be useful:imageBlazers and Cropped Jackets: Blazers are great with whatever outfit you might be wearing. You can dress them up…or down. Try throwing a nice blazer or a smart jacket on top of whatever outfit you’re wearing and you will not only look amazingly stylish but you’ll also be warm.imageScarfs and shawls: You may recall my post about winter blankets, well, they can be quite handy during the ‘Irish summers’ too. Scarfs and shawls are great as accessories, especially when you don’t want to carry a jacket around. Despite being lightweight, they are also useful when temperatures drops.imageCoats and rain jackets: I have to admit there was one day last week it suddenly turned so cold that I had to reach for my tucked away winter coat. Remember, you can always wear your lightweight summer outfit underneath.imageWhatever you decide to wear for the occasion, just make sure that you feel cozy and that it is weather proof!

Food meets fashion…the ideal lunch outfit

I’m usually all about dresses, bags and shoes but a girl has to eat too. You can only look good in your clothes when you’re happy and healthy!

A few weeks ago I went out to this cool brassiere & wine bar for dinner in Dublin 2. It is so funky inside, the decor is warm and the stone walls gives it that wine cellar look. The food is amazing, the staff are welcoming and atmosphere is vibrant. I liked it so much I thought of bringing my friend there for a pre-weekend lunch.imageThe question of the day though was…..what to wear?  Believe me, it’s always a big question for most ladies!

The day before our lunch, myself and Sorcha were exchanging outfit ideas all depending on the weather of course.  There are so many outfits one can wear for lunching out without being over the top, e.g. jeans, blazers, jumpsuits, dresses, shorts etcimageMost restaurants are not overly particular about what people wear but I think it’s nice to dress appropriately when going to a restaurant, no matter the time or occasion. Something formal or smart casual will be ideal.imageI, personally, find skirts and dresses are very safe and comfortable, especially during this summer period. As we were on a work lunch break, we were already in the right outfits…..thanks to the sunny weather.imageWalking back to the office, a lady stopped and complimented us on how beautiful we looked……thus ending our lunch date on a happy note.
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