Joanne Hynes Collaboration X Dunnes Stores

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As Sunday’s go – when your team are not, for once, in the All Ireland GAA Football Final – Sunday was a pretty great day. Thanks to the lovely Joanne Hynes and her collaboration dropping into Dunne Stores.

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The first Irish collaboration for the designer – and an exercise that Dunnes are nailing these days – who has taken some time out to have a family, did not disappoint. It was one hundred percent Joanne. All her amazing quirks, shapes and colours; mirrored perspex triangles on a pink jumper, diamond studs with a large bow on a black bomber jacket, and of course, her amazing embellished collars. The collection – and even the setting in the Stephens Green SC, which looked like you have walked into a Joanne Hynes boutique – felt like a step back in time to what Hynes does best and what she is loved for. Unique, wearable pieces, that can take you from day to night.

 

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Part two of this collaboration is due in store on October 18th – I am told there is a pom pom coat, dreamy! There are still plenty of pieces left in this collection, so get shopping here.

B xx

 

H&M Studio Collection Lands in Store

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Ah, H&M, you’ve gone and done it again. Made me spend all my wages in the first week of the month. Luckily I’m a big fan of beans.

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The new Studio Collection – which hit stores this morning, September 8th – is dreamy, romantic, with a touch of goth and some interesting autumnal tones. In particular, I’m loving the loose tailoring and colour of the Jacquard-weave jacket and trousers, which is now in my shopping cart! There is a beautiful touch of velvet with the silver grey trouser suit, with white shirts and exaggerated sleeves featuring throughout.

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H&M is the queen of the high street, and with studios collections like this and a Kenzo collaboration in November – eek!! – they are sure to hold onto their crown and break our banks accounts for many seasons to come.

B x

P.S. I only bought the jacket because Man Repeller wore it. Obvs!

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Summer Shoes 2016 – The Chanel Revival

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I don’t think any of us can walk down the high street right now without seeing a cute pair of two tone pumps – usually kitten heel height – in cream or white with a black toe, i.e. an homage (imitation?) of the Chanel pump of 2016. They are everywhere, and for good reason.

Loved by bloggers, Instagram stars, and the fashion elite, the Chanel pump is instantly an recognisable classic, but packs a serious fashion punch for such simple design and minimal colour. They are extremely versatile, great wore with jeans and dresses, and are a super shoe choice for that difficult transitional weather we are quickly – too quickly – approaching, keeping toes in with ankles out.

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For the real deal, head down to Brown Thomas on Grafton Street or go to Polyvore.com. And for the unreal deal, as per those strolls down the high street, head to Office or go online. They do a really nice take the shoe, with a comfy size heel that won’t kill you for day wear, and won’t break the bank!

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Image source: Pinterest, WhoWhatWear, Vogue US

Trend Watch – Our Love Affair with Flamingos

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Pink birds. Whats not to like? I have, and it seems the rest of the world also has, had a fascination and love of the long necked feathered lady – there are males too! – for some time now. And it would seem flamingo fans worldwide have come out of the alkaline lakes – where they live, apparently – and the fashion industry have taken notice.

You can get pretty much flamingo anything these days – bags, dresses, key-chains, shoes, blowup pool seats – you name it, millennials have it. You are not a real blogger or Instagram star if you haven’t posted a picture of yourself in an inflatable flamingo on hols, in a pool, with a cocktail, an insane body – you are 19, it’s easy then (she typed bitterly) – in a crochet bikini – how is this even a thing. Yarn and water??

Both high end and high street designers, like Kate Spade and Prada, have jumped on board, so its as easy as visiting Dublin Zoo to see any flamingo style fashion and make it part of your wardrobe. I must say, it does cheer me up of a Monday! Go pink or go home.

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Images: Pinterest, Elle, In Style, New York Times, Sophia Webster  

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.

Bearing with Bare Legs this Winter

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Two of my favourite fashion magazines posted conflicking articles last week on the age old question; when should we start wearing tights again?

We have been unbelievely blessed with mild weather here in the captial over the last few months, but, alas, Jack – Frost, that is – caught up with us over the last few weeks. As did his friend – does p*%ing rain have a nickname? – today. It’s wet wet wet out there.

A lot of people look forward to this time of year, they finally know what to wear. They can dive into the winter warerobe and not be afraid of heading off to work in a wool coat and turtleneck only to drown in their own sweat by the time they arrive at their desk. This month is the start – WAY too early if you ask us – of the Christmas cheer, which makes us dream of snow, and wrapping up in cashmere and faux fur of all kinds. Its December, pull out the woolies.

Having said all of this, I do admire the street style stars I see in New York and London who brave a set of cold pins for fashion. There is something so SJP skipping in NYC about not wearing TIGHTS in winter. And as my friend says, if you’ve got the legs, show them off! My question back is, what if you pins go blue, not so exy then are you? I’m not sure any Sally Hansen or tan is going to do me any favours if I was to ditch the 600 deniers I love so much.

Here are some of the heroes of the look, being all wrapped up on top and nacked on the bottom never looked so chic…..

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So the answer to ‘when should we start wearing tights again?’, is really up to you and how long – or cold – you can bear having bare legs? On the other hand, you could alway grow out your hair instead, also saving you money for Chrsitmas when you skip the wax….no?

Image source: Vogue, WWD, Pinterest