Spanish Prints

It’s safe to say that the holiday blues have well and truly kicked in. I miss the sun, sea and sangria! The weather here in Ireland is HORRIBLE and it’s not helping with my mood. Although saying that I do love Autumn, I’d rather fast forward to it and skip the end of ‘Summer’. I’ve an exciting event coming up as the new KIKO store opens on Wednesday 31st August. I absolutely love the brand and picked up a few products when I was in Spain. I’m excited to get a private run through of the store and products, need new looks for Autumn. I’ll be sure to blog and Instagram  the launch so stay tuned!

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Oriental Prints

At the start of May I took a much needed trip down to my second home, County Kerry. It’s without a doubt the most peaceful and picturesque part of Ireland to visit. I spent all of my summer holidays there as a child and now I have family living in The Kingdom. The weather was AMAZING and I made the most of it by revisiting my favourite spots around Killarney. There are so many incredible sights to see and Ross Castle was top of my list. The sun was shinning but there was a refreshing cool breeze making my outfit choice simple. I have been OBSESSED with my Oriental inspired bomber jacket, I literally cannot stop wearing it. Not only are the exotic prints a majestic feature but the material is light yet keeps you warm at the same time. I love those kind of clothes and it always reminds me of Irish mummies when they say, “Make sure you bring a light jacket with you. That one cloud in the sky is looking angry”.

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Summer at Warehouse

Given the fact that it is June and supposedly Summer (It’s hard to tell between the rain and sunshine). I thought I’d share my latest print purchase with all of you lovelies. When it comes to statement pieces, I always head to Warehouse in Victoria Square for all things vibrant. I definitely do prefer a bold look over a sweet sherbet style as I personally think it’s what suits my skin tone best. I definitely feel more like myself when I wear prints and bright colours, particularly during the Summer months when I have somewhat of a tan (It’s hard to get one with Irish summers).

The Aztec print is always a strong contestant during the brighter months. This gorgeous yellow and navy chiffon top is the perfect style for casual daytime looks and Summer BBQ’s. It has an open spilt back, although it was too cold to flash the flesh. If you keep an eye on my Instagram then I’ll be sure to upload a shot when it’s warmer.

The love for my Carvela gladiator sandals is real. I love any excuse to wear these beauties, they’re so comfortable and they go with everything. I always try to incorporate some edge into my looks, I like combining different styles together. I think it makes your outfit more personal and shows your own creativity.

Hope you’re all having a great week. Lets cross our fingers for some actual hot weather throughout the entire summer, I’m in dire need of some Vitamin D.

Nx

Inside Jigsaw 

I’ve always been a huge fan of the classic kimono. I find it to be incredibly chic and comfortable look to wear, styling them is effortless and I love how they help add a touch of drama to your outfit. I first spotted my new piece at a fashion show held by leading high street brand, Jigsaw. It was love at first sight and when I paid a visit to the store later that week, I was taking home a new friend. (Plus this fab fluffy pompom and delicious candle!)

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I was heading out for a family dinner on Saturday night so I wanted to wear something casual yet chic. I paired my kimono with another Jigsaw piece, a grey tee and my khaki green trousers from River Island. I usually wear quite bright looks so it’s a nice change to opt for more neutral tones.

I love the complimentary cocoon-shape, it falls so effortlessly with a relaxed fit and wide style sleeves. It is a beautiful pure silk fabric with an exotic statement floral print, the perfect ensemble. When wearing a piece like this, I would recommend pairing it with a simple outfit so that your kimono makes a bold statement.

When it came to my accessories, I decided to stick with the natural look so I wore my Tom & Eva tote and rose gold gladiator sandals from Office. I was designated driver and driving in heels is my idea of hell.

Happy Monday, lovelies. I’ve an exciting beauty post coming this week featuring a product that I have been dying to get my hands on for a while now so stay tuned!

Nx

Art Loves || Carrie Neely 

Having studied art growing up, I have always enjoyed spending my time celebrating the work of others. Carrie Neely, a well known art consultant from Belfast has made an impressive impact on the art scene from the UK to New York. Having moved to London in 1977, Carrie spent ten years working with some of the worlds’ top named artists, dealers and galleries including Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Charles Saatchi, Eyestorm, Magnum Photography, Rankin and David Bailey. She also ran her own art gallery in Bloomsbury, next to the British Museum. Her past client list includes Diesel, Reebok, Sony BMG, Selfridges, Olympus, Agnes B, Hewlett Packard, Donna Karan, Hiscox, Fortnum and Mason, Based Upon, David Collins and Candy & Candy, as well as many high profile individuals and celebrities.

The new wave of Northern Ireland’s top creative entrepreneurs, artists and fashion glitterati turned up to support fellow creative business woman Carrie Neely in the Launch of her newly branded Art Consultancy ‘Art Loves’ in The Ivory Belfast. Art Loves showcased a stunning exhibition of limited edition prints by contemporary Irish artists ‘Art Loves Editions’, a project funded by the Arts Council NI to support local artists and create accessible, affordable art to be sold online through www.artloves.co.uk.

 

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Myself and my Aunt enjoyed browsing all of the magnificent contempary pieces from various artists throughout the country. I love to invest time celebrating up and coming artists particularly those who are graduating from the art college at the University of Ulster. Throughout my time in school and university I was always a huge fan of pop art especially legendary artist, Andy Warhol. You can imagine my excitement when I first set eyes on this breathtaking Marilyn Monroe print by artist, Christine Trueman.

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I absolutely adore a good statement piece. Those of you who follow me will know that I enjoy vibrant clothing and accessories so it’s only natural that my taste in art is the same. This bold print  Magnetic Sea, is an exquisite portrait by artist, Trevor J Brown. I just love the drama of this piece as it is a one of a kind style that is definitely worth the purchase.

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If I had my way, I would have purchased so many pieces. There is something dark yet beautiful about this next print. Named I Need Time by Anne Corry it is the perfect title and I found it quite personal. Needing more time is the story of my life so I couldn’t help but giggle when I first came across it. The rawness of this piece is so appealing to me and I think I will have to invest it it over the next few months.

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Credit in order of appearance: Christine Trueman, Trevor J Brown, Anne Corry, Chris Cunningham, Bern Campbell, Brian Ballard, Leo Boyd.

Thank you to Carrie for inviting me to such a great launch. I had a lovely evening browsing such talented artists and enjoying the odd cocktail.  The exhibition is open to the Public until the end of July on the 3rd Floor of House of Fraser.

Nx