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New Found Vintage


I am not your typical Vintage shopper, in fact the idea of wearing someone else’s unwanted clothes was completely alien to me!

That was before I made my first purchase in a 2nd hand store in Germany over a year ago. Less than 10 Euro for an amazing sequin cobalt blouse – I knew I was onto a winner!! The make up of this garment is amazing; fully padded shoulders, gem detail buttons and hand stitched sequin bib detail – I fell in love.


There were a few more finds after that – but it wasn’t until I heard about a Kilo sale that my respect for vintage clothing reached a new level.

The Christmas work party was pending, and as I work in a busy fashion office full of girls, there was a slight level of pressure to look lets say….. impressionable!

Having lost all hope in the high street stores after traipsing up and down Grafton St. – I scoured the web for inspiration.

Then there is was – in all its glory – THE SHUTTERBUG VINTAGE CLOTHING KILO SALE – queue lightbulb moment!!


A Kilo Sale is a COMPLETELY new concept to me – but I welcome it with open arms!!!  Basically, you arrive at the venue, are handed a big plastic bag – and off you go (taking care not to lose your life – to the army of shoppers also fending their own territory!).

Once you are happy with your finds – make your way to the till – the goods are measured – and you are charged 20euro per Kilo of Clothes.  Simple and SO SMART!!!

The beautiful and uber cool Blanaid Hennessy is the person responsible for this Vintage Clothing sale and is also the owner of Shutterbug Vintage in Kilkenny, which features vintage pieces and Jeffrey Campbell Shoes.  She has also launched a website featuring contemporary brands, the Shutterbug Vintage edited collection and ‘Folkster’ line of clothing and accessories.


Below are some of my finds for the Christmas party season!!


For my post Christmas vintage fix, my boyfriend treated me to a voucher and drive down to Kilkenny to see this treasure trove of vintage goodies! (Huge browny points earned – I also think he was more excited than me, if possible!!)  Another few gems to add to my small collection of previously loved garments!!


IMG_6140 Check out the below for more vintage goodies;

Ange xx

Exciting things to come for Penney’s SS13 range!


Pre Christmas I attended the Penney’s Press Day in Tripod, Dublin and below is a glimpse of the exciting and fresh range due this SS13. 

From the moment I stepped through the door (whilst being greeted by 2 hunks!!) it was evident the team at Penney’s went up and beyond any expectations!

The venue itself is a huge open plan warehouse; a perfect blank canvas. Original features such as the builders blocks, ladders and wooden structures added to the raw atmosphere and ensured that our attention was focused on the product!





Some old school pictures of New store openings!




The Western Story

Penney’s have bought confidently into the Western trend.  Taking inspiration from Isabel Marant AW12 collection, the range features several Western shirts, tassel leather jackets, embroidered sweats and side embroidered skinnies. The perfect off – duty look!!


Retro Beat

Retro Beat is your quintessential black and white story, with highlights of corals, mints and lilacs.  This is the perfect Autumn to Spring transitional trend as you may not be quite ready for the brights of summer and are still drawn towards monochrome pieces.  Inspired by the 1960’s Mod culture this sophisticated trend should be a stable part of your SS13 wardrobe!



Crystal Couture

Crystal Couture is all about textures and iridescent colours.  Sequins, embroidery anglaise, metallic fabrics, organza, delicate knits and embellishments make this elegant range very commercially appealing.  The palette is soft and feminine with neon highlights for the more confident customer.


Fresh Instinct

Fresh Instinct is ideal for the casual fashionistas. Think trackie bottoms teamed with heels and an animal print bomber with a slogan tee!!  The palette does exactly what it says on the tin – its FRESH, focusing on the primary colours, again with punches of neons! Listen up girls – Sportwears is no longer confined to the gym – Hurrah!!


Chica Latina

Chica Latina is all about FUN!!  This is a high summer trend, perfect for Festivals and holiday wear.  As you can see from the below, the base colour is black with strong splashes of colour and an eclectic mix of prints!



If I were to sum up the Penney’s SS13 range in 3 words it would be FRESH, FUN and EXCITING!!! Bring on the summer!! 🙂

Ange xx

New Years Eve – What I wore (Jazz)


So, as promised over at my most recent blog on how to banish cellulite for GOOD, which is available here >> <<

I present to you all the dress that inspired me to stop being lazy and start looking after myself better, all in the name of being FABULOUS to ring in the New Year! New Year, new dress, new me! Sounds logical… Right!?


So here is a “selfie” as I believe all the cool kids are calling it these days!

The dress is from House of Fraser and is the “Alex Matte Gold Sequin Dress” by “Glamorous”, which you can purchase here >> << should you so desire!

And it is a complete knock off of the uber expensive “Anita gold sequin dress” by “House of Dereon” for a fraction of the price! Obviously this is something I want to brag about!$ProductLarge$

Obviously I don’t look as FABULOUS as this beautiful model, but I got many compliments on my “60’s style” over the course of the night, as well as being told I looked like “A Bond girl…” (riiiight) Or a “Charlie’s Angel” (Which is EXACTLY what I was going for) so I’ll take what I can get!

I love how the dress hugs my curves but is unbelievably flattering and I just LOVE the three quarter length sleeves! I have always wanted to find and get away with a dress like this and I really felt amazing in it! Win!

ImageMyself and my awesome friend Richie / Boo the prankster!


Me (L) Karen (M) Niamh (R)

Me and my two beautiful friends Karen and Niamh!

As you can see, I kept the makeup to a minimum, seeing as the dress made such a statement, and I wanted to keep to the 60’s vibe, so a flick of liner and a red lip (as usual) was about all I wore!

Hope you all like, please comment below with any questions / advice you have! Thanks for reading guys!


I’m a rockabilly!


As promised to the lovely Annette over at <;;>; here is my first outfit of this Halloween!


The background story to this is basically that we were having a house party and NONE of my friends wanted to dress up. I really wanted to dress up but didn’t want to look like an idiot so I decided to wear clothes that I’ve never put together before and do my hair and makeup Rockabilly style! My top is a bralet from Penneys and a polka dot pencil skirt from River Island and my blue shoes are also from Penneys!


Here is a close up of my makeup on the night and if you take a look at my most recent beauty post you can see everything that I used to achieve the look here >> <<




The eyelashes are Cheryl Cole lashes by eyelure…

Basically I LOVED wearing this look and everybody told me how amazing I looked as a rockabilly so I might just start rocking the rockabilly more often!


Moi and my lovely friend Grainne at the party… Who didn’t come as a leopard, funny enough!


The Emmys 2012 red carpet glamour… The Good, The Bad and the Downright Fugly!


The 64th Annual PrimeTime Emmy Awards were on Sunday night, the 23rd of September at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. The biggest trend of the night was bright colours, and plenty of them, although canary yellows seemed to be the leading choice for the fashion pack! Other prevalent colours were orange, red, green, blues and teals. Other popular shades include the season’s “it” hue, which were purples, burgundys and wine shades. Sequins were, as always a popular choice, in all shades – teal, silver and gunmetal being the most popular – and we also had a few little surprises in the shape of mermaid gowns!

So here, I bring you a selection of red carpet looks that stood out to me the most, some for all the right reasons and some for alllll the wrong reasons! Oooh, I just love judging people with more money and talent than me!

First I bring you The Good:


Ginnifer Goodwin

I absolutely LOVE this look, Ginnifer hits the mark in this stunning dress by Monique Lhuillier and Rona Pfeiffer and her jewellery is by Graziela Gems. She is carrying a silver crystal minaudiere by Salvatore Ferragamo, the styling is fab and her hair and makeup is just flawless. It would have been a crime had she over accessorised or gone too dramatic on her hair and makeup. Hooray for Ginnifer!


Julie Bowen

In the first of the yellow gowns you will see here from the Emmys, Julie shines bright in this strapless gown by Monique Lhuillier. Julie kept it simple with a clutch and dangling earrings. Leaving her hair down but off her face, she showed off her smokey eye and nude lip and she looks stunning.


Kaley Cuoco

“The Big Bang Theory” actress Kaley looks gorgeous in this yellow Angel Sanchez dress, with a sequinned bodice. She wore Jimmy Choo heels, her clutch was by Stark and her jewellery was by H.Stern. Her messy side plait and natural make-up is just perfect too!


Claire Danes

Another blonde and another yellow dress! Claire Danes won the award for “Outstanding Lead Actress” for her role in “Homeland” on the night and this yellow dress by Lanvin made sure she was noticed on the red carpet! The dress is “bump-friendly” for pregnant Claire and she looks absolutely radiant!


Leslie Mann

I absolutely LOVE this look by Leslie Mann and it narrowly missed out in my favourites list! The turquoise accessories look AMAZING with this Naeem Khan dress and her upstyle and make-up choices are perfect! Plus I just LOVE a dress with pockets, she looks very cool, fair play Leslie!


Emilia Clark

The “Game of Thrones” star wore a “Resort 2012” dress from Chanel. The sleeveless, white number featured eye-catching embroidery on its bodice and under-skirt. The dress is absolutely AMAZING but her nude pumps don’t really do much for me, I’d have loved to see her go more daring, but sometimes safe is good too! Simply accessorised, the girl looks great, top marks!


Nicole Kidman

Ah, good old Nicole made me very happy in this elegant Antonio Berardi gown. It is absolutely stunning on her and her Fred Leighton jewellery are the perfect accessories. I do prefer Nicole with her beautiful curly, loose hair, however the straight style does add some edge to the dress. I’m not MAD about the matching shoes, BUT overall I think she looks great!

Lucy Liu

In one of the best sequinned dresses of the night, the ever stunning Lucy Liu showed off in her Atelier Versace gown, Lorraine Schwartz jewellery, and Guiseppe Zanotti shoes and a clutch. Her hair, makeup, everything is amazing, as if she is 43! Hope I look that good at 33, never mind 43!


Julianne Hough

This is how you channel your inner mermaid! Julianne wore a white and aqua-green gown that was embellished with Swarovski crystals from Georges Hobeika‘s Fall-Winter 2012-13 Couture collection. The gown also featured velvet accents on the bust and velvet petals on the bottom and train. I love everything about this dress, even if it is a little over the top. Julianne is 23 and can definitely get away with it! Julianne also wore shoes by Brian Atwood, a clutch by Judith Leiber, and a ring and earrings by Norman Silverman. Her Marilyn Monroe inspired hair and simple makeup ensure she looks absolutely stunning on the red carpet!

And now, for The Bad!

Sofia Vergara

This is how NOT to do the mermaid trend. I can’t put my finger on what exactly I don’t like about this dress, I think it’s the shoulder straps and the cut-out and the fact that it’s a LITTLE bit too risque! Even for me.  The dress is by Zuhair Murad and the “Modern Family” star tweeted a picture of where the zip bust just above her derriere 20 minutes before she went onstage to collect an award! Thankfully her wardrobe team fixed it and all was well! Plus 20 points for Sofia having a GREAT sense of humour about the mishap but minus 50 points for the dress splitting on her too!

Amy Poehler

Now Amy actually topped a lot of the “Best Dressed” lists for this Stella McCartney dress, but she doesn’t top mine. Sure, she looks sexy but I think this dress sits funny around her waist and I’ve seen her looking much better! She doesn’t need to show off a lot of flesh to look sexy, she is beautiful as it is and in my (humble) opinion, a well tailored dress would have been even better!  She accessorised with a plastic ring from her son’s playbox – which is a woman after my own heart! Yummy Mummy, but must try a little less hard!

Michelle Dockery

UUUUGGGHHH, I don’t even know WHERE to start on this Louis Vuitton royal blue gown. The ghastly netting at the throat? The bad stitching on the chest? The CREASES? Her face looks shiney, the red lip doesn’t neccesarily go with the ghastly blue dress, it’s all just wrong, wrong wrong. Sorry Michelle!

Elizabeth Moss

So, Elizabeth went for this floral print Mikado gown by Dolce & Gabbana… Hmm. There’s two things I hate about this dress. The print and the style… Oh wait, that’s just about everything! Although, I might not hate the style of the dress in a block colour, but it just does not work with the print. She gets lost in all the folds and shapes. Oh and I also hate the shoes. I like her new hair though!

Julianna Margulies

Another puke print is this green brocade, couture-style Giambattista Valli gown which looks like it is weighing Julianna down. The print isn’t AWFUL and neither is the style of the dress, but together they just don’t work on the red carpet. I’m not mad about her hair, but I do love the makeup with the pink lip!

Kenley Collins

So I LOVE Project Runway US and I LOVE Kenley Collins’ vintage style, and while I do love this print AND the dress, my only qualm is the length and those SHOES. They do NOTHING for the outfit, or for Kenley’s legs, BUT her 1920’s inspired hair and red lip are also beautiful with the dress.


Heidi Klum

Alright, fine – it may not be downright fugly, HOWEVER I am holding Heidi Klum in a higher regard than most of the others on this list. As you know, I LOVE Project Runway and over all the seasons I’ve gotten a grasp of Heidi’s style and almost ALWAYS find myself gasping with LOVE for the dresses she sports when she walks out from behind that screen. This left me feeling a little empty – and on the red carpet… For shame Heidi! The thing I really hate about this Alexandre Vauthier dress is the double split, it reminds me of Angelina Jolie at the Oscars this year, except with BOTH legs. I also can’t help but feel that if Christopher or Dmitry brought out a gown with a double split, Heidi would tell them she doesn’t get it. I don’t get it… but apparently some people get it, as Heidi has topped the best dressed lists for this gown – to my surprise. Other things I hate include her shoes and her jewellery – it’s all FAR too matchy-matchy. However, her makeup is beautiful aaaand, I still love her!

Ashley Judd

Things I hate about this look: EVERYTHING. The dress is basically the EXACT same as my Debs Dress, circa 2004, the colour, the style, everything! The shoes are basically the same as my Debs shoes too. Except even I had the sense not to wear a hairstyle that made me look like the lead role in the Eggheads… Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a good beehive, but this is a very, very bad beehive. Ashley Judd misses the mark all round in this Caroline Herrera gown with bad styling.

Lena Dunham

Jesus. Christ. Lena, what were you thinking? What were your stylists thinking? What were they thinking at Prada? *SIGH* I don’t even know what else to say about this. Lena’s character in “Girls” would probably wear something like this to a red carpet event and you should NEVER get confused with your character. While the fabric is lovely, the dress is frumpy and sits on Lena in ALL the wrong places. Also, she looks like she’s angry because she knows her dress is poxy. That said, her makeup is lovely… But really, that dress… NEXT.

And finally, a selection of my favourites!

Allison Williams

Well Allison definitely beats her “Girls” co-star to the top of MY Best-Dressed list. I am literally in LOVE with this gown (Perhaps I’m being patriotic?) by Oscar De La Renta. Allison is channelling some MAJOR trends by wearing it, combining peplum, an emerald hue, and a directional silhouette all in one major ensemble. She looks absolutely stunning and I love that she kept her hair and makeup so minimal!

Jessica Pare

Mad Men star Jessica Pare certainly stood out in a very simple custom-made white Jason Wu assymetrical gown with a stark black belt. Jessica looks every inch the Grecian Goddess, from the beautiful dress down to the lovely waves in her hair. She kept the accessories simple, choosing a deep red lip instead of over-the-top jewellery. A girl after my own heart!

Edie Falco

WOW! I totally did not recognise Nurse Jackie! Edie looked fabulous in the very popular Stella McCartney “Optical Illusion” dress, which was navy blue on the front and white at the back. The dress enhanced Edie’s great body and the gold thick belt detail cinched her in at the waist to accentuate her curves. She chose to go long and loose with her hair while keeping her skin tanned and flawless. Overall, Edie’s dress and styling was very sexy and made her look younger than ever!

Jane Krakowski

Jane Krakowski shimmers in this STUNNING gunmetal strapless gown by Kaufmanfranco and she also wore metallic Hamper pumps, which looked amazing. I love everything about this, the glamour of the sequins in a gunmetal colour and the change from small sequins at the top of the dress working down to a larger size, with a slight fishtail. I wish I owned this dress. Her hair is gorgeous, not too curly and not straight and Jane’s makeup, as always in flawless. She knows what works for her and she works it in turn!

Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi, host of reality tv show “Top Chef”, has since been quoted in an interview as saying she “wasn’t sure she would have the guts to wear it” – Well Thank GOD she did! A change up from the canary yellows, the bold orange chiffon gown by Monique Lhuillier  stands out a mile and looks absolutely amazing with Padma’s skintone. Her loose waves and natural honery bronzed makeup were her perfect accessories, along with her Yvesse pumps, of course. I am so envious of her tan and of course, how well she pulls off an orange dress!

So there you have it, my least favourite and most adored looks from the 2012 Emmy’s… All opinions are my own, but I would love to hear feedback from all of you guys!

Who claimed your favourite OR least favourite look at this years Emmys?


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The Ivory Closet – All a girl wants!


I was lucky enough to get an invite to this years IFTA awards in the amazing Dublin Convention Centre – one catch – I had less than a WEEK to get kitted and preened.

The pressure was ON!

Thankfully I was put in contact with the LOVELY Sheila Cahill of the Ivory Closet, Limerick who saved my ass!

The Ivory closet is based in Limerick and boasts a HUGE selection of dresses for hire for all occasions with labels such as Rachel Gilbert, DVF, Matthew Williamson and Herve Leger – to name just a handful.

The Dress Hire store is the brainchild of Limerick sister’s Sheila, Aine and Niamh and is not only making its mark in Munster, but their service is available all over Ireland and their dresses are a sure guest at any Black tie event in Dublin!

These girls are taking the Dress rental industry in Ireland by storm and just in their first year have built a reputation based on personal service, trend awareness and attention to detail. This can be seen by their constant communication with clients through their Facebook and Twitter pages – posting images of new stock and celebs wearing the latest designs due in store.

I can see that these sisters eat, sleep and breathe fashion – so I wish them every success in the future and if you haven’t already friended them online – do it. NOW!

For the event I wore this AMAZING Rachel Gilbert dress.

Andrea x

Wild Wild West


Oh yes… Dig out your Ponchos, dust of your Cowboy boots – the Western Trend is back!!!

I know what you’re thinking -“‘How do I wear this trend without looking like I have stepped off the set of ‘Wild Wild West’?”, but the key to this micro trend is detailing and texture – not head-to-toe Daisy Duke!

Let’s start with the denim shirt – not so scary – a staple piece in a lot of wardrobes. This basic shirt is now taking on new branches with stud detailing, tipped collars and South American influence embroideries – a la Isabel Marant’s yoked cowgirl shirt.  Kate Bosworth teamed the Marant shirt with denim cut offs for a casual, sexy look for this year’s Coachella Festival.

Check out Zara’s take of the trend with this cute horse print shirt with contrast yoke detailing on the shoulders, €39.95 in store now.

Feeling a little braver?   Ankle boots are a key item for this AW12 and Topshop’s range of Cowboy boots are set to excite even the most timid of dressers!!

This trend also has a sweet and playful aspect with the use of colours and Aztec prints.  See the beautiful Whitney Port below sporting these cute Navajo shorts and Beyonce in funky printed boots and matching circular bag.

So whether it be a blanket poncho, fringed leather jacket or the customary cowboy hat, be sure to have fun with this trend when incorporating it into your wardrobe.

Andrea x