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