Fairytales at Fairyhouse

I spent a lovely afternoon yesterday at Fairyhouse soaking up the sun, and style at Ladies Day. I was one of ten fashion bloggers invited by Ladbrokes to attend the annual Easter festival, and it was a great opportunity to meet new faces and hear about their blogs and interests. It was a great day’s racing, made extra special by Katie Walsh and Sandra Hughes winning for the laydeees;-)
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The style stakes (judged by the lovely Vogue Williams) were extremely high, but I thought Ciara Murphy from Meath was more than a deserving winner. Isn’t she fab:-)

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Another favourite outfit of mine was an Umit Kutluck design worn by Meilinn, one of the bloggers at our table (below left). It was powder blue and she had the most beautiful hat made by Suzanne Ryan to compliment it. Milliners were talk of the table as there were so many fabulous hats at the races. Meg Mulligan is another new milliner I heard about, Laura from Stylesavvy was wearing one of her creations (below right). High five to Laura who was one of the finalists in the best dressed:-)
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I usually wear a dress to the races, (unless I’m just going to see Mike and I’m in jeans & Jodphur boots!) so I decided to opt for a playsuit for a change (by Italian brand Pinko) and matched it with some Kate Moss red lippy. I know I’m a fan of Kate but it’s the best lipstick ever to stay on! I am not the most careful applying lipstick, and have a tendency to forget when it’s on but it hasn’t left me red faced yet. That’s me photo bombing the lovely Lorna from Fashion Boss below..;-)

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As I mentioned above, aside from the style it was a great day’s racing too. I love to see Nina, Katie or one of the female jockey’s winning, and of course female trainers too so for me that was the icing on the cake. I love the pic below with her dad, fairytales at fairyhouse coming true:-)
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Gottex Innovation exclusively at Dunnes Stores

I’m reeeeally excited about a new Swimwear Brand launched in Dunnes Stores recently called Gottex Innovation. Gottex is a leading designer swimwear brand (you might have come across it in Arnotts or Brown Thomas before) and they have designed a capsule collection exclusively for Dunnes Stores – whoop! There are 19 styles in the range, with something to suit all tastes (tankini’s, cut-outs, triangles, u/wired bikini’s, one pieces and bandeau’s!) The range retails between €15 (for a bottom) and €45 (digital bandeau swimsuit) which is very reasonable considering the quality. (I’ll admit I’m marginally biased but it’s true!) The range is now available in 30 stores and online, with four more pieces to be added to the collection this week. The winner for me is the cocktail swimsuit (middle below)- it could walk the red carpet!

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The Platform is back!

You’ll know by now that I am a big Clarks fan, and love seeing them collaborate with designers. The Orla Kiely collection has some very fun styles, the winner for me this season are these disco platforms:-) Stella McCartney is also bringing the trend back, the navy floral pair below can be bought on Net-A-Porter. Little bit more expensive than the Clarks!

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Lennon Courtney

I popped into the Lennon Courtney Store during the week, the clothing brand of stylish duo Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney. The store is right opposite the entrance of where I work so I have often see the fashionable pair out and about (they seem really friendly:-) Their latest collection has a good mix of bright colours and muted tones, the winner for me a white/silve dress with capped sleeves (bottom right). I got my sister to try it on and it’s lovely on too!
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The collection is available in a number of Dublin outlet (I have definitely seen it in Kilkenny Design and Arnott’s.) In the South East, I came across it yesterday in Sarah King, a favourite boutique of mine in Wexford town – see their rail below.

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Best Bridal Shoes!

If you’re in the market for Bridal shoes, Debenhams have some nice styes, including a Jenny Packham collection (see directly below). The designer Badgley Mischka also has a lovely range, how fab are these jewelled heeled pair!

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Fun Fur

The one (or only!) good thing about this baltic weather is that you get to wrap up in colourful furry accessories. I’m a big fan of Charlotte Simone, I came across her scarves in The marvel Room at Christmas and two of my friends happen to have one now and I’m always admiring them. Below are some of my favourite colourful wools and furs from Savida, Topshop, Codello and Inwear. The reason I was sitting on the floor is that I was trying to clean up my wardrobe at the weekend but ended up just sitting on the floor reading old Style magazines instead. Story of my life!

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Runaway Bride

I think I found my wedding shoes. What could be more comfy on the day other than a pair of high top runners with some glitter to glam things up! There’s a little story behind these hi-tops. One of the players on the club team with my brothers, his daughter had the coolest hi-tops every week in Wexford park and I often told her mam that I would love a pair! So thank you Champion Sports for supplying glitter hi-tops for grown ups:-)

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Happy Birthday Kate!

As the queen of the super’s turns 41 today, I can’t help but admire her for rocking those heels so effortlessly. I only hope I can wear heels like that when I’m her age. Highly unlikely considering I can’t even manage them now. That’s why she’s is still my number 1!

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Great wedding website – oncewed.com

My aunt showed me this website recently – Oncewed.com- and I’m hooked. Whatever type of bride, wedding or theme you have in mind – there is something for everyone. Or if you have no theme (I have no theme!), it’s still great for ideas. There’s also a huge amount of fabulous second hand dresses for sale on the site. 716 pages in total to be exact! If you’ve always wanted a Vera Wang or Monique lhuilier dress but it’s out of your budget, this is the website for you:-)

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Imagine walking down the street…

and bumping into  these two! Taylor Swift and Lena Durham strolling in New York this week. Two talented ladies ♥ I watched the VS show that she performed at recently (my boyfriend thought it would be good research for the blog lol!) It’s a spectacle in fairness, and great to see Hozier flying the Irish flag at it  :-)

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