Style Watch – Awards Season

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Its that time of year. Again. Is it me or does it feel like the gap between award season hype is shortening every year? With this hype and the rush to the theatre to see ALL the Oscar nominated movies in a month – I have only seen La La Land, which is enough for me, I’m OBSESSED – comes the style watch. We watch in anticipation for the stars to come out in their finest and wow us while we are all wearing our flannel pj’s and warding off the post Christmas blues. So far. So so.

Like last year, nobody has taken our breath away. There have been some brilliant looks, yes, but the stars are playing it safe. They are going for pretty, not bold. Ladylike, not edgy. And you know what? That’s OK. I think we expect too much. The Golden Globes, The Baftas, they are not the Grammys. We expect some madness at the Oscars for the music industry – we can’t even breath after Beyonce’s Peter Dundas number – but why do we expect so much from the others? When, just like us, the women probably want to take these opportunities to look pretty, glamorous, classy and grown up. Crazy, edgy style has become common place. Street style is everyday. We can wear sequins before 6pm, sneakers to work, logo t-shirts to speak our mind, and fringing and feathers are not just for Saturday night. Quirky and cool is the everyday uniform, so, maybe, when there is a red carpet and everyone is watching, maybe they just want to look like the nicest version of themselves, without the bells and whistles.

While I am not comparing my life to Emma Stone (Ryan, call me!) the only experience I can compare awards season to is my wedding day. I love sequins – like, LOVE – I wear bright colours on a daily basis, I currently have an unhealthy affair with ruffles and fringing, and my friend Orla calls me Rock Chick. I was bombarded with comments like ‘I can’t wait to see your wedding dress, you’re going to be so cool’. But I wasn’t. I was me, yes. But I went for pretty. I went for classic. I channeled my inner Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe and went for Hollywood – BIG – hair and a traditional dress. Because I wanted to be pretty. I wanted to be grown up – I rarely dress like the 36 year old I am – I wanted to be timeless, and look back on those pictures of me walking down MY red carpet with my Dad and feel like a goddess. Knowing I will probably never look this glam again – or have a glam squad again! – and soak it up. While they do have glam squad on tap, maybe they just want to rock the red carpet and the stage receiving their awards looking like the accomplished, classy women they are.

Alessandro Michele and Gucci may have a lot more to answer for than soft, pretty ruffles and injecting pink into every aspect of our wardrobe. Maybe pretty is the new black?

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And then, then there is Queen Bea. She SLAY!

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Lets see what happens at the Oscars, we may all be choking on gold sequins that night.

B xx

Image source: Hello, The Telegraph, Elle, Pinterest

Style Watch – Solange Knowles

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The WEAR IT/dublin soundtrack over the last few weeks has been the eagerly anticipated album by the other – much cooler, I still love you Bea – Knowles sister, Solange. Her style credentials over the last few years – that wedding! – have impressed anyone with a fashion pulse. And now, her music is doing the same. With lyrics and spoken word clearly showing her feelings towards America and its treatment of African Americans, A Seat At The Table still manages to be a extremely relaxing and beautiful album, even with politically charged words. With a smidgen of Erykah Badu thrown in – there will always be comparisons – we love it, and while listening to it on repeat, it has reminded us of how much we adore her style too. Always brave, a lover of yellow – yes! – unusual, geometric shapes, print clashing, bold colours and patterns from her African roots, she knows how to dress to make a statement yet remain true to herself and her body shape. We could have posted five hundred pictures, but that would be a little excessive (stalkerish).

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And more yellow…………

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And finally, that wedding. EVERYTHING. solange-13

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B xx

Image source: Vogue, Elle UK, Pinterest, Man Repeller, Instagram

 

 

 

IT List: Beyonce & Other Things To Do in Dublin This Weekend

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Weekend, you got me lookin’ so crazy right now! Yes, yes, I am off to see Queen Bey tomorrow evening at Croke Park. And I’m excited! If I’m honest, I am more excited about kicking off with brunch at The Dean Hotel and a full day and night out with my sister. I am looking forward to seeing Beyoncé in the flesh, seeing what a – from what I have read – spectacular show she will put on; the costumes, the dancing, the general bad assness. But Beyoncé has lost her sheen for a lot of people over the year, and in particular since she ‘dropped’ Lemonade last month. Has anyone watched it in full? What is it actually called? For me, the most interesting part of it was reading the very revealing lyrics about her life with Jay-Z, the women, her Dad, the crying, the fact that a beautiful, successful woman can go through such hard times in her marriage.

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When Beyoncé brought out her documentary in 2013 and spoke about how Jay-Z taught her how to be a woman, I was a little bit done. She has a strong, successful Mother and sister, but this ‘man’ – who we now find out is a liar and cheater – taught her how to be a woman? Please! Good role model work there Bey. ‘Kids, go out with a rich, successful dude and he will turn you into a rich, strong woman.’

Now, none of us can talk or judge when we are not in the marriage, but from the lyrics in Lemonade we find out in detail that this man did not treat her very well, but she is happy to stay with him and make money on the back of the whole thing. Smart? Maybe. Media and money hungry? Maybe. Each to their own I guess.

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Saying all that, I can’t WAIT to dance to her old hits – she better play them –  with my skin and blister!

Stone Roses in Dublin

On the other side of the spectrum, the Stone Roses are playing in Marlay Park. I saw the band the last time they came to Dublin – known more for all the 30 and 40 something year olds who were let out of the house for one night and went absolutely insane than for the music. A great gig none the less.

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High Street Sales in Dublin

If a packed concert is not your bag, and you have the stamina for a packed shop, I would hit up the sales before they come to an end. I went into Zara this week and the discounts are pretty amazing. Although, in a rush of blood to the head, I did buy too many skirts that don’t fit me – they were 7.99!!!! – and now have to take back.

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Brunch in Dublin

For brunch, we are hitting up Sophie’s at The Dean, and I am very excited. The view makes you feel like you are in a very cool European city – are we not? – and I can’t wait to try the grub. There is so much choice on the brunch front in Dublin right now, I don’t know how they all survive. But its great for us living here! I checked out Gotham Cafe for brunch last Sunday – not an obvious spot – and their menu is fantastic and really different. One to check out for sure.

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Whatever you do this weekend, have fun. Its summertime(ish).

Biddy – WEAR IT team.

Street Style – Coachella 2015

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While we are still wrestling with our umbrellas and having the ‘will I/won’t I wear tights today’ conversation with ourselves, in sunny Californian festival season has officially kicked off.

Coachella is the first festival on the style calendar, and the star studded event never fails to deliver outfit inspiration for ladies – with tiny waists and long legs – around the world.

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For our Irish climate, we may need an edit – longer shorts, maybe the odd jumper or overcoat. And for those without model features, be inspired by the loose flowing dresses worn by Alexa Chung.

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While Coachella does provide a treasure trove of festival inspiration, I have to say – while these images were our favs – there was a lot of disastrous, and somewhat outdated, fashion on show. Many celebrities – Kendall Jenner, I’m looking at you – looked exactly how they did last year. Too much fringing, too much cut off denim, and too much general ‘I think Coachella allows me to dress like an American Indian’ type behavior. For many of these American starlets, its like they see this festival as a reason to go posh hippie, which really has become so outdated as an overall look. While I love some fringing and the odd turquoise accessories, I think many of them take it a little TOO literally.

Lay off the tassles and daisy ducks for 2016 ladies, I know you can do better.

@wearitdublin

Image source: Harper’s Bazaar, Instagram, Vogue

The IT LIST

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Your weekly guide. Read IT. An enjoy your weekend.

WEAR IT: Something green. Its St Patrick’s Day on Tuesday, and Ireland are playing rugby tomorrow, so there are plenty of reasons to don the emerald hue. Think street-style icon in green, not leprechaun or GAA star.

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SEE IT: A new fashion photography exhibition, Resonate, at the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar. Showing work from 23 seriously talented folk, including Linda Brownlee, Leonn Ward, Andrew Nuding, Neil Gavin, Alen MacWeeney, and Rich Gilligan, to name just a few.

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EAT IT: Greens – its almost St Patricks day! Or, a nice brunch. The Odeon are hosting The Love Brunch on Tuesday from 2pm, with cocktails, canapes, cocktails, yummy brunch stuff, and cocktails. Did we mention there would be cocktails? Get more information here.

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HEAR IT: Hozier. Or people like Ellie Goulding covering Hozier. Seems everyone and their mother – not mine – are covering Take Me to Church. I do like his new song too.

SAY IT: Happy St Patrick’s Day!! You are sensing a theme here, right?

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Have a good one!

@wearitdublin

The IT List

Its Friday!

And that means one thing here at WEAR IT/dublin, the weekly IT list. And this is our first (tiny applause!). The weekly IT list will give you all the information you need on what to eat, see, wear, and listen to this weekend. Enjoy. And please send us any of you IT items in the comments section below.

WEAR IT: A rain coat. We have started our weekend rather wet here in Dublin. Try a good old fashion trench, like this one.

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SEE IT: Fifty Shades of Grey, I guess? Everyone is talking about it, its out today, so why not go and get your perv on with some Jamie Dornan, or Dakota Johnson, whichever takes your fancy. I will be heading to the National Concert Hall tomorrow night to see the remarkable Declan O’Rourke. If you don’t know him, you should, watch this.

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EAT IT: Chocolate. Are you beginning to see a Valentines theme running through our IT List? We don’t need a reason to eat chocolate, but if someone gives you a box this weekend, eat them. Any rich, overpriced foods can go on into this category. While I am not a Valentines person, anything that encourages us to go out to a fancy restaurant or scoff a box of Dairy Milk – kicking it old school – is fine by me. I will move on to trendy stuff like kale next week. WARNING: don’t go overboard like this chick.

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HEAR IT: Tis the season to be romantic, and after cleaning up at the Grammy’s, I am having a bit of a Sam Smith love in this week. I think it is as much about wanting to go for drinks with him, as it is his music. And my weekly playlist always includes the unique and amazing Róisín Murphy who has been announced to play at this years Electric Picnic music and arts festival. Whether listening to old school Moloko tracks, or her own stuff, I am a happy camper. And try to watch the videos. Her style in this video….those silver boots, the cape, that hat….there are no words. #coolestladyintheworld

SAY IT: ‘I love you’. Oh go on then, lets just love this list right up. Tell that special someone, even if its your Mom, that you love them this weekend. Everyone likes to hear that somebody loves them. It is most appropriate this weekend, but there is never a wrong time to say it. I Googled ‘love’ and this image came up….why not?! #courtneylove

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Mwah! Happy V weekend!

@wearitdublin