Meeting Olivia Palermo

Never in a million years did I think I would ever utter the words, ‘I’ve met Olivia Palermo’. On Saturday I had the absolute pleasure of doing so and I just can’t believe that it happened. I had given an interview a few day’s before to RSVP Magazine as part of their ‘Women of Style’ series and had named Olivia as one of my style icons and days later I’m talking to her. It all seems so surreal and needless to say I was shaking like a leaf. My jaw wouldn’t relax when taking the photo and of course it’s hard to look decent against someone so petite and beautiful. Haha!

The meet and greet was part of her collaboration with beauty brand, Ciaté and some of her lucky fans got to meet their idol. Her make up and nail collection consists of beautiful rich Autumn shades, buttery lipsticks and glossy polishes. There are also blushers and eyeliners available within the collection that are sure to cater to everyone’s taste. Taking note from Olivia’s favourites, the products were hand picked by her based on what she likes to wear.

I took to the road early Saturday morning in order to make it down on time. With my wristband on my arm, my adventure to the capital with my mama was well underway. When it came to me walking towards her I went blank. I remember introducing myself but some things after that are a blur. Haha. She was so sweet and even more beautiful in real life. The atmosphere was amazing and I was trying my best to keep my cool. It’s not as easy as you think when you meet your icon but I managed to do my best and Olivia very kindly signed my planner and took some photos. It was over in a blink of a eye but I will cherish my meeting with her forever.

Once the shock wore off and I managed to gather my thoughts, I swapped my Kat Maconie boots for some flats and went shopping. I thought it was the only natural thing to do after such an eventful afternoon. For the occasion, I wore my biker jeans from Zara, a monochrome top and my favourite grey sleeveless jacket from Topshop. For my accessories I opted for my large tote from Dune as I had shoes, LOTS of make up and books to carry. I figured it was best to over pack than regret not bringing something. I paired all of this with some Topshop dainty bracelets and a beautiful large statement necklace.

For the rest of the day I drooled over bags that I could never afford, indulged in some Abercrombie & Fitch and Charlotte Tilbury purchases and stopping for treats in St. Stephen’s Green. I had such an amazing day and enjoyed strolling through Dublin with my pretty mama. The perfect day for some mother/daughter bonding.

I just wanted to quickly share the gorgeous lipstick I bought from Olivia’s collection. It’s a lipstick in the shade, Velveteen and it’s so incredibly creamy. It has a satin finish and good lasting power. The shade itself is pretty bold with a dark vampy undertone. Also, along with my planner, Olivia kindly signed a card with her photo on it, absolutely loving it!

I think I’ll be dreaming of our meeting for a long time. Did any of my Irish followers get the opportunity to attend?! I’d love to hear your thoughts. Hope you all had a brilliant weekend.

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DVF – The Woman I Wanted To Be

I can remember the first time I ever bought my first ‘real dress’. I was around seventeen years old and my adoration for Diane Von Furstenberg first started after seeing one of her campaign images in a magazine, hence me buying the now extremely dated dress. The Internet wasn’t what it was ten years ago, I think Bebo might have been around, but there was no platform for sharing and admiring the work of leading fashion designers. The term ‘Bloggers’ was not what it is today, everyone had a computer the size of a breeze block and it was all about the floppy disks. Therefore I created a scrapbook of my favourite looks consisting mainly of DVF herself. Each Friday I saved up my pay and treated myself to a glossy copy. I was in heaven. Even though I enjoyed all things fashion, it has taken me a number of years to really appreciate style for what it is, to understand my own personal look and embrace my body shape.

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I would like to think that I’m at a stage in my life where I am a little more experienced within the industry, but I understand that I still have a lot to learn. I love spending hours admiring fellow bloggers online, reading up on designers and even people watching to feel inspired by real life. I have a collection of style books that have become my bibles and I am excited to add Diane Von Furstenberg’s ‘The Woman I Wanted To Be’ to it.

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I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book, all I knew is that I had to have it. Was it going to be a book simply giving me a little insight into DVF’s life with some standard fashion and beauty tips included? Absolutely not.

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Like Diane and I’m sure many of you, I have placed my magnificent mummy on a very beautiful pedestal. The first chapter of her book, ‘Roots’ completely floored me. I had no idea what I was about to read. It was honest, captivating and heartbreaking. At the tender age of twenty Diane’s mother, Lily Nahmias, was sent to the notorious Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz. I myself visited the death camp in January and it is an image that will live with me forever. In this chapter, Diane shares her mother’s journey, the miracle of surviving it and the horrible aftermath. “God has saved my life so that I can give you life”. Her mother was a strong woman who constantly encouraged Diane to live life to the fullest, try to see good in any bad situation and to be confident in her own skin.

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The entire books consists of brutally honest thoughts that most people would be afraid to say out loud let alone put onto paper. Diane shares her life in detail as a mother, daughter, grandmother, friend, lover, wife, fashion designer and of course, Princess. A woman who holds such titles is a credit in my eyes and most definitely, an Icon. I don’t want to give away too much, all I can say is buy it. No matter what stage you are at in life, I’m sure you’ll all appreciate DVF’s words and have more of an understanding when it comes to her journey.

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(Image credit: Harper’s Bazaar || Vogue – Diane and her mother, Lily Nahmias || DVF Book, Diane Von Furstenberg with her husband Barry and family on their wedding day || Architectural Digest.)

I no longer look at Diane Von Furstenberg as just a designer and stylish woman, but an inspiration.

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