Thursday, 22 August 2013

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Fast Fashion #1 Finger top rings and NYC 'Lavender Cupcake' Nail varnish

I am completely head-over heels besotted and in love with these midi and finger top rings from River Island. I've loved this little trend since it emerged during Spring 2013, and after looking for a simple style with an affordable price tag I finally bought these beauties! They add a subtle, dainty yet edgy touch to the most basic outfit and enhance the overall look without stealing all of the attention like a statement cocktail ring (which I love too, don't get me wrong!). The plain and pyramid studded bands are available in a pack for €4, and the two arrow finger top rings are a steal at just €2! I cannot stop wearing these. It's a problem! They just go with everything, wether I'm dressed up for a night out, or having a lazy day in basic a t-shirt and jeans combo. Go and pick up a set from River Island before they sell out, I might even buy a second set! :P I also really like this new nail varnish from NYC called 'Lavender Cupcake'. I'm trying to stick to pastels since I'm trying to hold onto the summer forever! I can't help but be drawn to darker colours though! It's a really strong formula and gives a lovely thick, opaque finish with two coats. It claims to be chip-resistant for 10 days, and although I wouldn't agree that it possesses those magical powers, overall it stayed intact really well, and I had to apply another coat after 5 days. Which is actually pretty impressive considering I work part-time in a book shop!

Ciara x

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Rihanna for River Island - Autumn/Winter 2013/14 Collection

She's back again! After her iconic debut clothing collection with River Island earlier this year, Rihanna didn't keep us waiting too long for another immaculately designed collection for us to covet, for the Autumn/Winter 2013/14 season. Even though everyone is still in summer mode, the release of Autumn/ Winter collections never fails to cause ripples of excitement to move through designer and high-street lovers alike.

The pop-culture icon has stuck to her initital aesthetic of sport-luxe vibes, with a strong urban theme. Prints of camo and bold stripes pop, as well as striking textures like leather trousers, quilted bomer jackets, and mesh crop tops are also included. The collection features somewhat typical Autumn/Winter tones of deep burgundy, black, and army green with flashes of neon yellow for the braver ones out there! Rihanna has cleverly taken note of key silhouettes for the coming season of cut out shoulders, and cocoon cropped jumpers.

My standout pieces from the much anticipated collection are the striped midi dress, and cocoon cropped sweatshirt in the stunning shot below!

Take a look at the other campaign shots, taken on the streets of New York by photographer Lachlan Bailey. All that's left now is to wait and see if we will be treated to another runway show, like the unveiling of her first collection at London Fashion Week earlier in 2013. Fingers crossed!

Ciara x

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Style Crush ~ Angela Scanlon

With a thriving career in the fashion industry that is evolving day after day, freelance fashion writer, stylist and now Tv presenter Angela Scanlon is quickly becoming one of my style icons.
This Irish cailĂ­n is a big inspiration for me both in terms of her eclectic, edgy yet effortless, polished personal style, and her career achievements in writing and styling. On a side note, I also have bucket-loads of respect for anyone who embraces their natural traits ie. Angela's glossy red-hair, and ivory white skin tone (which I have myself!) are two typical Irish features that most try to cover up, but they are something she flaunts with pride. I love that. Go and check out her feature "Proud to be pale" in the current September issue of my style bible Company Magazine.
(How AMAZING is this outfit?! I want it. Now.)

 After studying business in college, she got involved with boutiques and styling in her hometown of Dublin, and eventually made the decision to move to London after multiple doors opened for her. She has worked for publications such as Vogue, Company, The Irish Times, and Grazia, as well as clients which include Topshop, The British Fashion Council, Christian Louboutin, and most recently with Louis Vuitton as a model for their Neverfull handbag. Angela's thriving career in the fashion industry is certainly one which I aspire to have the opportunity to emulate in the future. Vogue have already named her 'One to watch' for 2013, and I couldn't agree more!

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 Here are a few snaps of my favourite drool-worthy looks from Angela!

Ciara x

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

3 in 1

Sorry for not posting for nearly a month, I was sunning myself on holiday! Plus i have been non-stop with work since I came home a week ago. Oh well, it pays for my fashion addiction! :D
I have finally gotten around to doing a previously promised post on how I would style this AMAZING River Island neon embossed jacket. It's from the Spring/Summer 2012 Collection, and unfortunately is not available any more, (for obvious reasons, I mean look at it!). It is a jacket of many tricks, with the ability to turn heads as a finishing piece to an already polished party outfit, as well as instantly adding a pop of colour and edge to a simple white shirt and boyfriend jeans. Here's 3 ways that I like to style this jacket for day and night time looks. Enjoy!

(Sorry the lighting isn't great, the only chance I had to take these photos were on a miserable rainy day. Thats Ireland for you!)

Outfit 1

Jacket-River Island
Blue silk top-Forever 21
White embossed skirt-Zara
Studded heels-River Island
Oversized jewel ring-Accessorize

 Outfit 2

Jacket-As before
Neon pink top-Primark
Elephant printed shorts-Primark
Turquoise flatforms-Zara
Gold necklace- Portuguese market

Outfit 3

Jacket- As before
White studded shirt- H&M
Ripped boyfriend jeans- American Eagle
 Studded pumps- Primark
Blue stone vine necklace- Zara
White ring- Forever 21

Ciara x