Friday, 17 December 2010

There's No Place Like Home

Well semester 1 of 2nd year is officially over! And tis been an eventful one lol loadsa new friends and partying...a lot more coursework than I would have liked and a whole lot of drama :D

My Uni highlight would have to be the Photoshoot at the Norwood Hotel where I work. It was so much fun styling and customising the outfits with my hoards of jewelery. I even got to be the make up artist! I never realised how bossy I was until that day....the photographers insisted we helped direct our models on how to I rose to the challenge and eventually Shibby and Kirsty joined in :)

However, it has been a long semester and I can't wait to go home and cuddle up with the family by the fire and Christmas tree. That's if I get to fly home weather permitting...if not it will be me, my room and a microwave please snow, stay away!
Being the Irish socialite that I am, plans to hook up with my friends again are already being organised, and surprise surprise, it all involves booze! Likely to be every students plans over the next few weeks seeing as the majority of coursework stress has been and gone. Thank God.

I am having trouble when it comes to packing though. Seems being so generous and a Christmastime fanatic has its not being able to pack any clothes for home because my suitcase it bursting to the brim with Princess wrapped christmas presents! Well lets just say it better be unwrapped presents my case better be packed with when I come back to the 'deen :D

I've really enjoyed writing this blog, and to those of you who've read through my waffling I Thank You all! I am tempted to keep it up, probably not as regularly and especially not over the holidays 'cos I'm a busy girl. Lol.

Merry Christmas and have a savage New Year folks, see yis in 2011!

Le grá ó,
     Millie x

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Louise Kennedy

I must say this designer is undoubtably the epitome of Irish sophistication and glamour. Her A/W10 collection just oozes pure class. She has even created an International title for herself as a designer of sophistication. Even Mary Robinson (the first ever female Irish President for the Scots reminder) wore a gown of hers for her inauguration in  1997, which is such an honour to be presented with! Miss Louise has also been graced with the title of Irish Designer of the Year on, not one, but Four separate occasions.

I chose to post about this elegant lady for two random reasons (aside from the fact that her collection is stunning obviously!)

1. Her A/W10 photo shoot was set in a hotel just like our one in November :) Except ours did have a more eerie dark feel to it, but however, great minds think alike!

'AMELIE' Dress

2. Her collection incorporates teal into the colour scheme, which I was very impressed with, seeing as my Christmas dress is just that :)
(See Buying Affections post)

'CLARA' Dress

So I am going to leave this post with pride, knowing that a world renowned designer and myself share the same ideas and interests. This can only lead to great things........possibly a collaboration with the little lady in a few years time, ye never know!

Make sure you check out her website

Le grá ó,
     Millie x

Sunday, 12 December 2010

London Fashion Week

Never in a million years did I think that this time two years ago while working my ass off for the Leaving Cert exams did I ever dream that I'd be on my way to London Fashion Week! Ever since I moved over to the 'deen I have never looked back. My course is amaaaaaaaaaaazing!
Fashion management. When I told folk back home that's what I'd be studyng there was mixed, sometimes concerned, responses. They assumed it was a one year course, like a PLC (college to Scottish readers) and that it would get me wrong they were :p

When I hear of people dropping out of Uni because they chose the wrong course my heart sinks for them. And then I realise how incredibly lucky I am to have started a whole new life over here, made new friends, surprisingly manage to hold down a job and live! My instincts were right, as soon as I visited to speak with Karen, my year head. I eagerly waited for the Leaving results, praying that I'd get the grades I needed....

And now, Here I Am. :)

LFW deposit has been paid, and is one of the best Christmas presents EVER!!
February pleeeeeeeease hurry up.
I can almost smell the waft of luxurious fabric, and feel the smooth, or eccentric (depending on the designer), textures. I can practically hear the clanks of heels and the faint chaotic chatter backstage before the show begins. I can taste the air of excitement and see the flamboyant outfits, which will eventually trickle down to high streets and in a few weeks be modeling my own version of them. Or better still, start off the trend first!

In S/S 2011 LFW in September three Irish designers were featured! My darling Paul Costelloe was the FIRST to showcase his collection via a classy catwalk show. His line was contrasting from floaty white fabrics to short metallic pieces. Costelloe got his inspiration from “Madeleine Vionnet, 1920s and 1930s reinterpreted with a rock’n’roll attitude".
I can't wait to see what he comes up with for Februray!

Miss Orla Kiely showed off her collection through a LFW presentation.
And John Rocha's line, who is in Debenhams, also paraded down a catwalk.

I can't seem to narrow down my shortlist as to who I wanna see. I'm gonna be running around like a blue arsed fly trying to catch a glimpse of every catwalk show, from the legendary Vivienne Westwood to Christopher Kane !

It can’t come quick enough. This shall be the longest, most anticipated Christmas present ever…the fact I’m incredibly impatient doesn’t help matters either!

Le grá ó
   Millie x

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Philip Treacy

I was honestly left starstruck after googling Mr. Treacy. This genius has literally left me stunned and makes me so proud to be IRISH! His hats are the rare diamonds sought in the fashion world. He could even give Miss Elsa Schiaparelli a run for her money with his bold and daring designs....If you are a follower of style and the outlandish, continue reading!

Treacy is an Irish man through and through from rural Co. Galway. But he soon whisked himself off to Dublin to study in NCAD (The National College of Art and Design) to become the iconic Irish milliner that would shock and awe the public (in a good way).

Philip Treacy was summoned to Paris 1991 (when I was born!) by the legendary Karl Lagerfeld after he graduated and went on to design in the House of Chanel for ten years! This boy certainly got to live the dream. Treacy also started collaborating with Alexander McQueen for his white Haute Couture collection at Givenchy while he was livin' it up in Paris.
And the Philip Treacy set out on his own and never looked back!

He has been awarded the title of British Accessory Designer of the Year on FIVE occasions the early 1990s.

Branching out, Treacy designed hats for various films, including the legendary Harry Potter franchise and the stylish Sex and the City films! But Treacy's real claim to fame arose when he designed a hat for the Grammys and developed his close relationship to a miss LADY GAGA..........

Gaga modeling Treacy
This relationship was heightened when Gaga applied for an Internship with Treacy. Gaga wants to brush up on her millinery skills and create yet more flamboyant headpieces for her stage outfits. And who better to learn from than the extravegant Philip ? Talks are still underway but, fingers crossed, the crazy duo could be working together next summer.............imagine the possibilities !?

The Unconventional yet Brilliant Duo

Philip Treacy's A/W 2010/11' collection is stunning. The general theme is Edwardian like in the style of the hats, contrasting in bright colours of shocking pink and turquoise. I was quite surprised when I noticed that his collection seems to transcend down onto the high street in terms of colour and trends.

The fluffy headpieces everyone's sporting?...Take your hat off (excuse the pun) to Treacy. For his collection he created an outrageous pink number and now the majority of students are wearing the stylish headbands to keep cosy.

The oh so adorable hats with animal ears in the likes of River Island? All Philip Treacy! He created an armour like helmet in zebra print sports huge animal ears.

River Island 12.99

The turqouise and cream themed scarves and hats within the walls of Accessorise have been adopted due to Philip Treacy's colour scheme.

Accessorise 16.00

The endless accessories embellished with feathers and fur?.......Go raibh mille maith agat, Mr. Treacy (meaning 'thanks a million' in the Irish tongue)

Unfortunately Philip Treacy's homepage won't allow me to steal a few pictures for the blog but be my guest and explore the website. I promise you won't be disappointed :)

Le grá ó,
     Millie x

Friday, 3 December 2010

Christmas daze

Well, I must say I've had quite a depressing few days...The snow is getting old. I believe that I'm possibly suffering from frostbite and to top the bad weather off and make me resent it even more, my Mammy and sisters can't fly over to visit me!

So as I begrudgingly cancelled their hotel booking, I thought 'what better way to cheer me up than a good auld night out?' So I rounded up the Irish troops and headed out for my friend's birthday. Despite hiking to the flat in boots filled with snow and my farmer friend wearing plastic bags as ski's, the weather didn't stop us from partying and twas quite a good night!
However, home nursing the hangover, the feeling of sadness started to sink in again. And then it hit me. And I call myself a fashion student ! To fill that empty void, the shopaholic in me whispered, 'retail therapy is the only way!'
So with that I threw on some woolies and ventured off out into the cold...

Seeing as December is finally amongst us, I felt it perfectly acceptable to let the Christmas shopping commence. And, surprisingly, buying for other folk was more exciting and rewarding than purchasing new outtfits for me....who knew!?

However, that last comment didn't stop me from looking ;)

H& The velvet red curtains in the window display drew me in and as soon as I wandered in, I felt immediately Christmassy. Christmas music flooded through the store and the rails were filled with racks of fabulous clothes in arrangement of blacks and reds.
Then I racked through H&M online to find that half the stuff I fell in love with wasn't on the website so am presuming they're all new stock....unless they've sold out in the space it took me to get home ?

Here's some I found. First the sexy Christmas party dress:

Second, the shocking yet subtle, day time dress:

Followed by the oh so cosy looking camel coloured cardi that would look great layered with the dress and the layerable all rounder pastel shirt:

Then, lets not forget the bulk of snuggely scarves and gloves H&M have in at the moment in an array of creams, browns, pastel pink and turquoise....The perfect Stocking fillers!

Whoever is brave enough to buy me clothes for Christmas, do so now! I am lovin' the winter lines at the moment, a mixture of cosiness and party time all in one.

Le grá ó,
     Millie x

Friday, 26 November 2010

Staying Stylish in Snow

Wow. That's all I can say!
It is absolutely freezing in the 'Deen....It would have to be when I move over here that Scotland sees the earliest fall of snow in 17 years !! I must say I was quite unprepared for it.

I had to rummage amongst hoards of bags under the bed just to find a suitable coat that would actually keep me dry. I must admit that although this coat is ancient, it does the job. And as a fashion student that shouldn't necessarily be my main concern, but under these conditions I really couldn't care! The coat gets whipped off as soon as I step through RGU doors and my hair gets to stay tame :)
It's not that it's an ugly coat. It's pretty. It's a baize toned jacket, so it has the camel tone vibe, and also has a fur collar, making it bang on trend. But it seems dated in my eyes due to the length of time it's been buried in my wardrobe back home. But over here I actually get the wear out of it! I think it's our own perceptions that make our clothes seem unstylish depending on how long we've owned it. We always seem to want a new one for every season.
But why should I waste money when I have a jacket that keeps me warm and is on trend? And even if your jacket isn't on trend, MAKE IT TRENDY! Buy a detachable fur collar or buttons. They work. And it costs less!

winter wonderland

Wellies were (well still are) my only downfall. I have yet to purchase a pair. For me, it seems silly to prance about in Uni or town flaunting a pair of wellies. Back home you rarely see people in them, unless they're on their way back from the stables! Because Ireland doesn't get a lot of snow at all (apart from last Christmas) wellies aren't a necessity. Its rain that we have to get through day in day out, and all that that requires is a waterproof jacket! (unusally a very unflattering one, which is why fashionistas, like me, don't wear them)

Being me, I don't want just any pair of wellies, I really want some cool ones. After scanning the internet I found a website that sells quirky booties. (

The one small drawback however is the price tag. This luxorious quilted boot costs £115.........But worth it in the long run right? They'll most certainly keep your feet toasty and prevent colds. 'Cos if you get sick, you'll fall behind in Uni. Yes? That is the arguement I shall use when bringing up the subject with my ma :) I love these because of the quilted texture because they are Oooh so channeling Chanel!

I cannot even attempt to justify to my mam these next pair of these booties....They are just fabulous!  Impractical? Probably. Do I care? Not in the slightest. They are the most coolest wellies with that hint of glamour that I have ever seen :)

However, these beauties also carry a hefty price tag of £99........looks like I'll be heading to B&Q instead. Sadface much!

Le grá ó
   Millie x

P.S. I bought my Christmas dress I was pining for in Republic J

winter wonderland

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Buying Affections

After countless dazy Retail Loyalty lectures so far this semester, I was actually able to witness myself becoming loyal to a store in a matter of seconds! Tis what happens when ye start becoming a serious student, I suppose, noticing all these little details after 'eagerly listening' to them in class...

Yesterday myself and a friend headed into town (solely for the purpose of fixing my laptop.) However, plans tend to change when two fashion students are together...Chatting erupted about some cute dresses she found online and before we knew it, we were in a sea of beautiful colourful fabrics.....heaven :)

Have a goo at my Soon To Be Christmas Party Dress....


Republic. Is that a big shop over here? I ask because this was my first encounter with them. Needless to say my friend was disgusted that she had to introduce me and the trip was well overdue!

Firstly, the sales staff were brilliant. While in the midst of putting out new stock that I desperately wanted to get my hands on, they still managed to be helpful in terms of finding sizes and pointing me in the right direction.

Secondly, the prices were reasonably affordable. And, as a student, that's a colossal issue! I believe I'm now more likely to choose this store when I want a new dress rather than the likes of New Look.

After, like an hour, messing in the changing rooms and customising the racks of outfits we dragged in with us, the sales assistant brought us directly to the counter to pay. The information she supplied us with was great. We gave them our email addresses to update us on any sales and discount days (seeing as we just missed the last one! Rage.) Then either, further happiness, when I discovered they are believers in 10% student discount! That loyalty programme is definitely a way to keep me bemused. Yes, I do realise they are merely buying my loyalty, but it builds up to trust and preference.....eventually. Well that's if the products purchased are of good quality. Other than that, I have no other faults with it the scheme!

If it wasn't already good enough, one of the items I was purchasing was on sale for just that day! (A gorgeous baby pink floaty mini top for £10) And, to my sheer delight, another item was Buy One Get One Free - another promotional technique that I happen to love. Well, in fairness, who doesn't?!

Check out my beautiful new blazer style jacket....


So, all in all, my first ever trip to Republic has left me happy and wanting more! Obviously the discounts were the main core for the satisfaction, but the sales staff contributed greatly to the overall experience and I wouldn't hesitate to go back, especially since my Christmas wardrobe is in there :) Republic, you have found yourselves a new customer!

Le grá ó,
      Millie x

Orla Kiely

Orla Kiely is the definition of Quirky. Her style signatures in her collections consist of colour, pattern and texture, topped off with a funky reinterpreted 60's twist. "We're bout taking something from the past and moving it forward." Kiely also likes to find influences from old films to inspire her collections. The Kiely consumer is described in one simple word, "Creative". Anyone have a colourful, retro-print bag hanging off their arm? Think quirky. Think Orla Kiely.
The Kiely flagship store may be located in Covent Garden but do ye wanna know the best thing about her? She's from the Irish homeland so she's a perfect character to discuss in the blog. Fair enough, she is from Dublin but I won't begrudge her of that!

I would consider Kiely to be Ireland's answer to Laura Ashley. Not only are they involved in womenswear lines for the likes of London Fashion Week but Kiely also has fragrance, paper and homeware lines!

And I can't enough of her website at the moment! The layout is so adorable and it's easy to use, which I found to be a godsend, as me and technology don't necessarily go hand in hand. Lol. The backdrop is a stem-like wallpaper, colourful, then transforms to a soft grey colour when viewing the products which makes it easier on us who have to occasionally wear glasses! But the pattern still keeps in check with the brand's image nonetheless.

What I most love of Kiely's Autumn/Winter 2010 is the bags. I want them all! There are sophisticated satchel like bags in arrays of browns and blacks, followed by a line of contrasting bags in shiny leather, prints and colourful patterns.


 Now I am In Looove with this slouchy tea-rose leather bag! But after having a double take at the price tag, I cannot fulfil my need (okay fine, my wanting) of this adorable piece of arm candy. To make it even more attractive it also comes in the other colours, nutmeg and walnut.

Now after extensive research I was unable to find a replica....this upset me. So if anyone can help me out it's much appreciated! My research was forcefully limited due to the death of my netbook laptop....So I was banished to the depths of the library and the looks I got from fellow students glancing at me scrolling down the computer screen at countless bags was priceless! I just wanted to scream, 'It's bloody research!' Some people are so quick to judge.

ASOS had the tonnes to choose from. However, none felt right. And because I was exiled to the library Topshop online failed miserably to load! Zara online was disappointing and New Look wasn't much better, despite all the options I was given. Typical when you want something, eh?


Now this cute nutmeg beauty is another favourite because it has the presence of a satchel and they are so on trend right now in any of the natural and brown tones so grab one a.s.a.p.!

And, to conclude, the finale piece. The bags that show who the eccentric, 60s loving Orla Kiely is!


This Acorn Cup Print bag is one of the items that make Kiely unique. It's vibrant, revives 60's quirkiness and makes one hell of a statement! The prints in the A/W10 collection effectively bring the Autumn itself to life with acorn prints and leaf motifs. Make sure to check out the homepage and fall in love with her like I have :)

Le gra o,
      Millie x

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Court Charity Chic

 As you guessed from the title, Yes. I was summoned to Court......sounds quite bad if unaware of the truth! I swear it's all innocent guys! During the summer I witnessed a fight outside Priory, not surprised really!, and had to make a statement. Being who I am, I was more concerned over what the hell to wear standing on a witness stand rather than the actual task itself. Typical!

Anyone been to Retrospect ? Amazing!
Back home charity shops are dull, have a mysterious odour and finding a quirky item of clothing amongst the junk is as rare as finding a pair of Christian Louboutins 70% off !!
Here, in Aberdeen, charity shops are cool!  For our Uni photoshoot, we borrowed dresses from Retrospect, and may I saw that man who works there is The Best! During dress rehearsals I rooted, as you do, and found the most gorgeous brown blazer Ever....and it fit. Score :)

Best Buy of the Season, if I do say so myself. Especially when I found a replica in Topshop that was
£60.00 :)
So on the day of court rather than being bland and boring in the usual custom of white shirt and black skirt I embraced my stylish side, a la Paul Costelloe's Equestrian Chic!
I jazzed up the blazer with a brown skirt, my riding boots and a brooch. But not just any brooch, an Owl Brooch. I am in loooove with them right now, they're adorable and mine was even better because, being the bargain hunter than I am, I bought it on sale in Miss Selfridge.

Her name is Betsy :)

To compliment my arrays of brown, I threw on a turquoise scarf to inject some colour. I felt like little Becky Bloomwood from Confessions Of A Shopaholic with her statement green scarf!

Despite all my planning, bargain hunting and customising, the guy plead guilty and I had sat in the witness room for two hours amongst black suits for nothing and my outfit never got it's time to shine......ah well, least I got to experiment and make it work :)

Paul Costelloe and Becky Bloomwood would have been proud.

Le grá ó
   Millie x

Paul Costelloe

The King of Equestrian Chic this Autumn/Winter 2010 is Dubliner Paul Costelloe. With his sharp and pristine tailoring, he makes this trend stylish and sophisticated rather than bland and barnyard. With Costelloe's vast amount of traveling under his belt, working in Paris and Italy to the UK, he likes to keep his collections fresh, but this season he has returned to his roots, and we LOVE IT! Mr. Costelloe's collection consists of key materials like tweed, made of shades of cream and brown but he also presents us with a contrasting dark blue version. His cool country vibe is a vital look this winter and he certainly knows how to utilise it to his advantage.

Think tweed, jodhpurs and riding boots. If a dedicated follower of this trend purchase both heeled ankle hiking boots for night chic and long riding boots for a casual adoption of the trend. I would say incorporating riding crops to your outfit would be taking the love for equestrian hotness a step too far...that is more so bordering the dominatrix line!

The best feature about this trend is it can be worn for any occasion given the right accessories. Office wear, casual, for a night's perfect and Costelloe makes this work, especially since the majority of Irish folk live around horses! We all should be experts at this look! Given the fact I live by the Curragh Racecourse and own two horses I feel that I can carry the chicness of it quite well, I already have my riding boots, both for casual and evening attire, along with my cream jodhpurs and checked/tweed shirts :)

In my experience the Equestrian look does indeed exist back home, but just in a different manner. And by that, I mean a more so scruffy manner! This trend back in Kildare involves baggy t-shirts, warm jumpers and dirty jodhpurs. The only garment that does resemble Costelloe's collection would be the massively over-sized gillet but that's as far as it goes :)

Many of the high street stores are bang on trend with this look so nip into the likes of Topshop and Zara for a wee goo! Here's two fabulous blazers from Topshop that I am very tempted to purchase.....Think Preppy. Customise casual blazers with tight trousers/leggings with heels for a night out or a cute skirt for more sophisticated occasions.

Fitted Tweed Jacket

Over size Soft Belted Jacket

If you fancy having a goo at Paul's collection, go onto this John Lewis website:

Le grá ó,
     Millie x

Sunday, 24 October 2010

The Proud to be Irish Society

For a stylist maybe?

As I promised, details of the Irish antics and whatnot would be posted on this as soon as! And, darlings, I always keep my word.
 My two good fellow Irish friends decided to set up an Irish Society. I didn't think they had it in them but they clearly proved me wrong. Their was a joke between us that I would be the Treasurer, purely based on the fact that (a) I'm Irish, and (b) I'm nicknamed the 'lil' treasure'. Lol. To my surprise this 'running joke' became official as they registered my name for the role! I would just like to say this now....bad move lads. Lol. Trusting me with moneys, shame on you :p
I seriously dunno why they'd even consider to allow me deal with the society funds?? I told my mam on the phone she actually couldn't stop laughing! I was quite annoyed by that response to be fair as you'd think your own mother would be proud of her daughter to gain such a prestigious position. But no. She just finds it hysterical....Suppose I can't blame her really...I am a self confessed Shopaholic....But that's beside the point!

So last night was the first ever Irish Society meeting. A very momentous occasion indeed! Being the eager fashionista that I am, I decided to dress for the part. A Treasurer must be organised, sharp and sophisticated. I adopted the sophisticated look and feel thta I done myself justice. I decided to don dark tights, a tight black waisted skirt and a cream, pristine shirt with a mini frilled collar - it's adorable! To fully embody myself into the role I whipped out my glasses, just to have the whole package there. And it worked.

However, all my prepping and organising proved to be totally and utterly pointless as not one single person showed up! Cheers for the support the first ever society meeting ended up being the three of us playing pool and doing what we generally do, getting drunk! And it even happened unintentionally!

Quite a disappointing result all in all in terms of the Irish supposedly 'sticking together', but despite that I had great craic with the lads :)
However, I didn't even get to report on peoples' outfits though, and I was looking forward to that. Pictures and all. So the only outfit mentioned is my own, how sad....I refuse to comment on the lads wardrobes' because they seem to think they're style guru's and I don't wanna upset them and wreak their buzz...but may I just say that one was wearing a tracksuit...and he's one of the Presidents. Bless their lil' cotton socks! In fairness to the other, he did get his hair cut, but denies it was for the occasion. Effort is effort.

Ah well, maybe the next meeting will prove to be a success, we'll soon find out!

Le grá ó,
     Millie x

Monday, 18 October 2010

dia dhuit fashionistas :)

Fashion. Love. Lifestyle. (The title of this blog for you Scottish folk.)
Fashion, well for me, isn't complete without love. And the love I'm talking about is your strong affection for those fantabulous pair of heels that you pass by the shop window on your way to Uni every morning. Lifestyle ties in with fashion and love because being able to actually afford those glittery beauties is a totally different story!

To comfort that nagging little touch of occasional homesickness, I have decided the only way to cure it is writing about something close to my heart, Irish fashion :) That way when I'm visiting back home me shopping along Grafton Street (Dublin) will be classed as extensive research for my blog. Good plan? Methinks so!
         My idea is to research and discover key pieces/accessories from Irish designers Autumn/Winter 2010 collections and match their items that reflect the best trends of the season. Then, to incorporate more leisurely shopping (I mean research...) into my blog, I will investigate popular high street stores and find the more affordable, aka cheaper, version for bargain hunting, yet oh so stylish and fashion conscious, students!  

But that’s not all my darlings, for I will also be blogging about student life itself and what it’s like for Irish students living in Scotland. This will include sociable encounters (drinking, shopping and clubbing to name a mere few) and acquaintances’ styles compared to Scottish style. There will be photos if friends are willing to participate…probably when a little bit tipsy. Lol. The Irish-ness in Aberdeen is savage! And it’s quite comforting to hang with fellow Irish people (I live and work with them!). You will soon discover that us Irish are extremely versatile when it comes to socialising, or in reality terms ‘getting locked’, in the cheapest manner possible…For the fashionistas inside of us we will gladly sacrifice food and go hungry for a few days just for that cute new gúna (dress) to wear on that night out J
The Irish are slowly but surely taking over Scotland!

So with all that said, I hope you enjoy my blog and I can’t wait to start researching both online and in stores for those must needed winter accessories for countless Irish nights out in the 'deen!
Let the fun commence…

Le grá ó
   Millie x