Só Collective at Kildare Village

Kildare Village is Ireland’s very own shopping euphorium that holds an array of classic designers from Gucci to Calvin Klein. For those of you who prefer the finer things in life at a discount price, then this outlet destination is the ultimate shopping experience. Nestled beautifully just outside Dublin, the Village is without a doubt a picturesque scene with an incredible variety of brands available.
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Titanic Quarter

The time has come to branch out from my usual garden background and try something new. I had a more raw and industrial backdrop in mind and I knew exactly where to go. I took a trip down to the Titanic Quarter over by the docks to snap some street style shots for the blog. I was getting ready to head into town for some retail therapy and decided to shoot a last minute OOTD.

I love the architecture within the marina location and in particular, the drawing offices. I’ve previously attended a fashion show in the iconic building and it is one of the oldest buildings in Belfast. The beautiful red brick proved pretty for a walk by shot. Wearing my trusty Topshop sleeveless jacket, I paired it with my oversized polo neck and torn black skinny jeans (also from Topshop).

I have recently became obsessed with British designer, Kat Maconie and invest in a pair of her fabulous ankle boots for Autumn. I wanted to try a new style and these gorgeous burgundy snake skin boots (black version available here) are the chosen pair. I absolutely adore all things metallic and the gold frame heel adds such a unique detailing to them. They are incredibly comfortable to wear and go with so many looks. They are quite pricey but I will get great wear out of them season after season.

I don’t know if you remember but last week I had a lovely dinner with the girls from Next and they kindly gifted me with this black Chloé dupe. It was the perfect accessory to wear with my outfit and it surprisingly holds a lot for a petite bag. I know I’ll be wearing this little beauty lots during Autumn, the saddle trend is making a big impact within the style scene.

Is it possible to get Christmas morning excited about a pair of boots!? Expect to see and hear lots about them on my blog and Instagram. Hope you’re all having a great week.

Nx

Nails Inc x VVB

It will be a while before I can get my hands on a fabulous piece from Victoria Beckham’s collection so for now I’ll enjoy her nail polish collaboration with Nails Inc. I had been meaning to treat myself to this gorgeous set since it first launched but out of sheer laziness I never got round to it. I decided to indulge in a mini shopping spree last Friday (as you do) when I set eyes on this beauty in the House of Fraser.

  
  
The set consists of two shades, Judo Red and Bamboo White, perfect shades for summer in my opinion. At the moment I’m absolutely loving any crisp white or frosted pink tones so I know I’ll get great use out of the Bamboo White. I did test the colours out before purchasing them and they’re quite universal which is a bonus.

I do like a good two coats of polish for a solid look, sometimes even three if I’m feeling flirty. I applied two with the Bamboo White and I was pleasantly surprised that it gave me a full coverage finish. Sometimes when it comes to whites, creams and frosted shades I lose patience as no matter how many coats I apply, they’re always transparent looking. With regards to the Judo Red (it is more orange than red), due to time I was only able to apply one coat as I was in a rush but the pigmentation is so good with the one coat. Absolutely loving the results as you know yourself even on nights out you often forget to apply your polish and a last minute coat is generally what’s left. (And I’m not singing the praises of the polishes just because they’re by VB).

  

  
Have any of you tried the VB collaboration with Nails Inc yet? I’d love to know which shade is your favourite!

Nx

Meet Hayden Williams

I’m sure that you’re all aware that I’m obsessed with fashion illustrations. With my art & design background, I’ve always had a thing for illustrations, but since moving into fashion, it has grown!

I recently came across 22-year-old British fashion designer and illustrator, Hayden Williams. He is a fabulous artist and captures the true beauty of style. His illustrations are one of a kind, magnificent pieces and he has even designed a few celebrity designs such as: Beyonce, Rihanna and Audrey Hepburn. The illustrations I’ve chosen consist of a mixture of high end fashion and well known style icons. From the Black Swan costume to a fabulous Vogue Cover inspired piece, he’s pretty much made his mark as a seriously talented designer and illustrator.

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I have to say that the Vogue and over sized ball gown that I saved until last are my favourites. I would love to invest in an illustration or two! ♥

Hope you’re all having a fabulous week!

Nx

A Classic Chanel

Despite the horrible weather that battered Belfast on Saturday, I decided to fight the rain and wind, and shop up an absolute storm.

I’m heading to Krakow, Poland, on Thursday so I needed to pick up a few pieces for my trip. While I was browsing in Victoria Square, I came across a delightful little stall that is the ultimate ‘designer heaven’.

Michelle, who is the owner of Chic Art, is a talented artist who creates magnificent fine art and limited edition shoes, handbags, hats and character illustrations that come in a black or white vintage style frame.

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Each piece is hand crafted with swarovski elements throughout them. Some even have feathers on them like the hats styles. They’re so unique and a must have for any true stylista!

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I couldn’t help but fall in love with these fabulous illustrations so I decided to treat myself. I opted for the ‘Classic Chanel’ piece and I was beyond excited when purchasing it. I love this iconic black quilted bag with swarovski embellishment on the Chanel logo. I’m definitely going to purchase a few more pieces soon!

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Check out www.chicartbymichelle.com for more information on her pieces.

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend. ♥

Nx