Cafe Vaudeville Sparkles on their 8th Birthday

A few weeks ago, myself and a friend, headed to the fabulous Cafe Vaudeville to celebrate their 8th birthday party. Dressed to impress in our finest, we headed to Belfast’s hottest cocktail bar for a night of dancing.


Diet Coke appointed fashion designer Marc Jacobs as their creative director in their 30th Anniversary year and the Louis Vuitton designer created three looks that captures the style and spirit of each decade. The three styles consisted of: a tuxedo for the 80’s, a hot pink dress for the 90’s, and a stripy look – from one of his own designs – for the 00’s. For this very stylish occasion, fashion stylish and blogger, Katrina Doran, recreated the three looks that he designed.


Speaking to Katrina about the event, she said: “To recreate the tuxedo look for the 80s I gave the look an update for AW13 and used a pair of gorgeous brocade cigarette pants from Biba as my tuxedo trouser – a black jacket by Linea, a silky white shirt from Pied a Terre and switched the bow tie for an embellished collar to give it a party feel.”


“I also did a second look with Rebecca to show how to use a simple square silk scarf to create a super-cute pussycat bow look. Simply fold in half to form a triangle – then fold again and again until you have a long strip about two inches wide. Tie around the neck in a bow and fan out the fabric to create the bow effect!”

To get the 90s hot pink dress look, Katrina emphasised that: “Something in magenta is essential! I dressed Carys in a hot pink and purple colour block dress by Mary Portas and styled it up with a colour pop Ampersand necklace from Pluck & Devour.”

And finally, Katrina gave us some info on her third style:  “My stripy look included a body con striped mini skirt by Pied a Terre and while I could have clashed more stripes on top – as it was a birthday party I was gave it a sparkly kick with an embellished bomber jacket worn over a green Ted Baker shirt.”


If any of these fabulous styles, make your heart skip a sweet beat, then pop on down to the House of Fraser, Belfast, where you can treat yourself this season.


Amongst the lovely guests, was fellow FABB blogger, Rosanna from I’ve never met someone as adorable as Rosanna, I loved her chic style and of course, she was wearing a Pluck & Devour butterfly statement necklace. I had a great night with her.


The fabulous and talented Pluck & Devour designer, Grainne Maher, was also in attendance with family and friends, along with the glowing Vita Liberata ladies. It honestly was such an amazing evening, I was loving the tunes that the DJ was playing, from old school beats to today’s chart topping songs, the event sparkled from head to toe.



For my outfit, I decided to keep things classic so I wore my figure hugging black, cream and white dress from Warehouse. I bought this a few months back, but, this was my first time wearing it, I don’t usually opt for quite a figure hugging look, but, I’m so happy that I did. I loved how comfortable the dress was, and I paired it with a deep red lip and black court heels.


Thank you to the FABB, Katrina Doran, Diet Coke, and of course, Café Vaudville to throwing a great birthday bash. ♥

Hope you all had a great weekend.


Diet Coke Design Award

Diet Coke has teamed up with Belfast FASHIONWEEK and is currently on the lookout for aspiring fashion designers to take part in the much-loved Diet Coke Design Award which is now into its fourth year.  The award is an integral part of autumn/winter Belfast FASHIONWEEK and 2013 poses a new design challenge with the chosen theme of ‘30 years of fashion’ celebrating the  30th anniversary of Diet Coke. Fashion lovers across Ireland are invited to submit design concepts celebrating the fashion of the ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s.

diet-group2The Diet Coke Design Award is open to all fashion fans from now until Friday 13th September. The competition opens doors in the fashion industry by offering a place on one of the highly sought after short fashion courses at London College of Fashion – including flights and hotel accommodation.

Entrants will be asked to put their raw talent to work by designing a fashion forward and unique garment which encapsulates a decade of their choice from the past 30 years. Three finalists will be shortlisted by a team of judges and all three shortlisted designs will be created by Una Rodden. The winner will be announced at the finale show of A/W’13 Belfast FASHIONWEEK with the prize awarded live in front of the anticipating audience as well as a photo shoot with leading photographer Khara Pringle.

Aoife Nagle, Senior Brand Activation Manager, Diet Coke, is excited to see what creative spectacles our Irish talent has to offer: “The Diet Coke Design Award is going from strength to strength each year and the standard is always incredibly high.  It never fails to amaze me how wonderfully creative and unique our Irish talent is.  This year is even extra special as Diet coke celebrates its 30th Anniversary – the Design Award is a brilliant opportunity to celebrate 30 years of the brand as well as 30 years of incredible fashion.  It’s fantastic to be able to open the floor up to up-and-coming designers by providing an outlet to showcase their hard work, talent and enthusiasm.”

DC_Trisha_2013Suzanne Ferncombe from Co. Waterford who was last year’s winner, said the Diet Coke Design Award is a great platform for upcoming Irish designers:  “I really enjoyed taking part in the competition last year.  It was a great opportunity to express my creativity and individuality and then watch it come to life on the catwalk!  Being part of the buzz at Belfast FASHIONWEEK is also an invaluable experience which gives great insight into the world of designers as well as lots of opportunities to meet with and gain inspiration from, other successful Irish designers.”

Diet Coke Design Award Winner 2012 - Suzanne Ferncombe from Waterford

For more information on the competition and how to enter, please contact the Belfast FASHIONWEEK team on +44(0)28 9032 4437 or email The brief and application form are also available for download from