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Lady in red, is she dancing with you? Well, she should be. In Ireland, when we think head to toe red we think about the cheesy Chris De Burgh song. But there is nothing cheesy about this new(ish) trend. Head to toe one colour is the darling trend of the fashion set, and the leader of the pack is red. It was all over street style looks at fashion month and there is red errrythang in all the high street stores. Once it trickles down, you know it’s a trend. But it is a bold move and made to get you noticed – wall flowers need not apply.

If you are venturing to the scarlet side, some stuff to note; keep accessories super simple – maybe just a gold hoop. Try out different shades, like darker berry reds, to see what suits you best – it doesn’t need to be bright, if that’s not your jam (get it? Jam!) – and mix different shades of red together for added quirk. If it is a suit, wear with simple tees, slogan ones are always good, to make it more cool girl than golden girl.

Here are some of the best takes on the look (all hail Eva Chen). Not all head to toe, but you get the picture.

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I personally have stayed away from red for many years, not intentionally, more subconsciously, as I have my own red accessory with me all the time, a frequent red face – a combination of being easily embarrassed and having a very Irish complexion. After looking at these pictures, I might just cake on the foundation and go for it!

Image credits: Harper’s Bazaar, Pinterest

Style Watch – Mickey from Love 

Ah, love. Who doesn’t need some love in their life? So who doesn’t need some Netflix Love in their life? The answer, nobody! Because Love – Judd Apatow’s new comedy – is bloody awesome. I have a big love – heart? – shaped hole in my life after binging on season one and two. Figurativing, that is. Gus is adorable. I want Bertie to be my best friend. And I’m very eager to find out if Witchita will be given the green light for another season. But most of all, I need more of Mickey’s outfit inspiration. Carhartt overalls anyone? Yes, ME please!

She rocks contemporary vintage like a pro. Baseball jackets, mini skirts with rocker boots and all those great t-shirts. Oh the t-shirt. The costume designer for the show describes Mickey’s style as “hungover Alexa Chung” which is a great description and an even better muse. There have been a few stand out moments for Mickey; the red swimsuit with jeans, the carhartt overalls – which are actress Gillian Jabob’ s own – the silver slip dress, the Modern Vice boots and the Yankees baseball jacket. Like any good wardrobe choices in a TV show or movie, I believe Mickey and what she wears. Her style adds so much to the overall character, authentic, like popular style choices today – I’ve got similar biker boots, a baseball jacket, an army jacket, overalls and many worn t-shirts! She’s cool without being try hard, you know she does like fashion, but is not a slave to it. In short, I Love her. Single white female anyone?

To get the look, hit up your local vintage stores and head to Modern Vice for some killer boots. If you haven’t watched the show yet, hurry up!

WID 💋

Street Style – The Trench

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Dublin. Ireland. What is the story? Am I hot, am I cold, is it raining, is it sunny? Who the hell knows! All I do know is I am loving pulling out my long, vintage trench coat on the mild, wet days when winter wool just won’t cut it. The trench – or mac, as we usually say – is a style stable. An item for every wardrobe, whether you are a minimalist or maximalist – isn’t the latter more fun?!

They often come in midi lengths and sometimes feel difficult to style without looking swallowed, so here are some great street style looks to help you along your rainy way.

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And don’t forget your shades, your brolly, you hat and scarf. Just in case!

B xx

Image source: Pinterest, Vogue, Elle, Instagram

Beat the Windy Weather: Beanie Style

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Its been a windy few days. And Doris is playing havoc with our wheelie bins and our hair. The answer – to your hair issues at least – is a trusty beanie hat. Not just for the painfully cool, twenty something year old hipster in a ‘rock band’ who insists on wearing his beanie indoors. In the summer. No, this small and simple garment is as stylish as it is practical. Take note.

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Don’t blame us for the hat hair.

B xx

Image source: Elle, Vogue, Pinterest, GQ, Street Style Stalker, Instagram

 

Transitional Style Staples

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With the weather up and down like a yoyo – am I hot, am I cold, am I suffering from early menopause? – getting ready in the morning is becoming time consuming and a straight up pain. Maybe you are one of those super organised folks who put out your clothes the night before, but for most of us very Irish people we take a look out the window – or in 2017 check our app – to get a glimpse of the day ahead and decide last minute what to wear the office/cage.

In the morning rush – no, nobody has stuck to that ‘getting up 30 minutes early to do mediation’ new year resolution – I find myself reaching for three elements to make up an outfit. Blazer. Cropped jean – Mom or cropped flare. Court style shoe, or the 2017 variation of the court thanks to Pheobe Philo.

Why all so good? Well, a blazer can go over anything, even the most hideous or worn looking t-shirt. They are great for this weather when it gets a little hot in the office, they are comfortable, and you always look smart in a blazer. While many people cannot wear jeans to work – poor you! – the Mom jean or cropped flare seem to be the more dressy of the jean family. They can look smart – with said blazer – enough to wear to the office once paired with the right top and shoe (plenty of examples below). This brings me to the skin baring shoe. For a lot of people it is FAR too early to be showing any skin, even on your feet. But I have opted for the court shoe sans sock for some time now, given the mild January we had, and I have to say I love it! I feel I have more choice when not restricting myself to the winter boot everyday, and again, this shoe style dresses up my blazer and Mom jeans in no time – and I have no time.

Lots of inspiration for you………….

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So the moral of the story is; invest in black court shoes and a black blazer, and Emmanuel Alt is the High Queen of the blazer/jeans/court shoe uniform. Watch and take notes.

MxB

Image source: Pinterest, Vogue, In Style, Elle, Instagram

 

The IT List – Things To Do This Weekend

It’s Friyay!! And we could not be more excited. Also exciting, the new Joanne Hynes black pom pom coat that I just bought this morning at the second drop from the Joanne HynesXDunnes Stores collection. The new collection went on sale this morning, and – unless you rush online right now! – I think many of the best bits were snapped up by the early birds in store. The second installment of Hynes’ collaboration with Dunnes did not disappoint. The black pom pom coat with a delicious gold lining was on my hit list, but there were plenty of pieces to suit all budgets and ages. Lots of cosy knits – again, with pom poms, you can never have too many in your life! – gold and glitter tops for the festive season, and a faux fur coat in nude and autumnal tones. If accessories is more your bag, the embellished collars are back, along with some amazing detailed headgear. Get to the Grafton Street or St Stephen’s Green store asap, or check out the collection here.

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On a completely different note, we are calling on all the 80’s babies to come out to the Bernard Shaw this evening and meet your childhood idol – he must have been? – Don Conroy. Don was ‘the man’ on the Den when we were growing up and for many, including me, our first art teacher. The owls, all the lovely owls. He will be in the Shaw this evening at 7pm for a free gig – is that what you call an art class?! – as part of their 10th birthday celebrations. Have your sketch pads at the ready. Legend!

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The weather is set to stay nicely crisp and sunny this weekend, so why not take a hike in the Dublin mountains and take advantage of the fab views before the weather turns to pot! Nothing like a bit of fresh air to get rid of your work woes.

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If being outdoorsy is not your bag, you can also get rid of the work woes with brunch and bubbles – that’s my plan! This weekend I am checking out Platform 61 on South William Street. Dublin is not short of places to brunch, the decision is often a nightmare with so many great places – first world problems. Another fav is Coppinger Row, Balfes and 777 for a margarita fix.

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If you’re putting on the fire and staying in, the choice of amazing TV shows to binge on in the cold weather is endless. My Dad keeps raving about the new(ish) HBO show, The Night Of. Set in ‘real’ New York and described as a fictitious Making a Murdered, the critics – and my Dad! – are loving this one. A 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes is no mean feat. Plus is stars the wonderfully weird, John Turturro.

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Whatever you get up to, enjoy!

B xx