Top 10 picks from New Look AW14

From burger bags and unicorn clutches, to tartan fur-trimmed coats, gilets and Sex and the City inspired sandals, New Look has some exciting styles in store for their Autumn/Winter collections. Filtering into stores from now through to September, I can’t decide what I want first. But to give you a sneak peek at what to expect, I’ve picked out my top 10 picks from their new collection. Let me know what you think!

 

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Bestseller AW14 Fashion Festival

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Pictured at the Fashion Festival with my gorgeous mum Mary and the lovely Laura Webb!

In the next installment of Autumn/Winter fashion fever, Danish fashion company Bestseller has introduced its brand new collections to the Irish market. And in a rather unique getup, the collections were featured as part of an exciting fashion festival held at Bestseller Headquarters in Ballymount, Dublin.

Bestseller is the parent brand for Vera Moda, Only, Noisy May, Object collectors Item, Vila Clothes, Y.A.S and Jack & Jones, as well as accessories brand Pieces, to name just a few.

Last week, the brand pulled out all the stops to launch their AW14 collection with the help of delicious canapés, cocktails and music, and featured their collections like a trip to the high street. Each clothing brand had its own room to wander through the collections, while a catwalk was set up for the highlight of the night; the Bestseller Fashion Show.

Top Irish models strutted along the catwalk and the event was MC’d by Glenda Gilson and Mike Sheridan. And since it wouldn’t be a festival in Ireland without the all-important tuuunes, the fashion posse were also treated to a post-show performance by Featuring X (an all-girl Indie quintet), Travis Oaks and, as a surprise guest, The Riptide Movement.

So here’s just a taster of what we expect from next season’s Bestseller collections:

Vila

My favourite city is the inspiration behind the autumn collection for Vila this year, with a ‘stroll down Paris’ boulevards and avenues’ summing up next season’s look for the store. It’s all about the girl who is the heart and soul of fashionable Paris, but can throw together a look faster than you can say ‘bonjour’.

Vila will be featuring feminine pinks, floral prints and delicate touches of lace, along with city vibes of fitted skinny jeans and bold textures.

 

Jacqueline de Yong

If you’re unfamiliar with the name, then you’re not on your own but it won’t be for long. Jacqueline de Yong is a newly founded sub-brand of ONLY which was introduced only last year. It’s available to buy in ONLY stores and offers a fresh new take on the essential wardrobe for the price-conscious fashionista!

This autumn, it’s more grunge meets chic, but without a hefty price tag. We can expect typography tees and jumpers, along with a collection of bold and colourful prints and laid back denim.

Y.A.S

Probably one of my favourite stores at the moment, Y.A.S is the ultimate in understated coolness. The collections for this brand feature mostly around dresses, leather items and great tailoring and are always presented in a really fashion-forward way. The look book for pre-Spring ’15 features page after page of outfits I would love to keep in my wardrobe – classic leather jackets, soft tailored blazers and cropped trousers, utility skirts and feminine shirts. The type of purchases that are often considered key investment pieces!

Summer’s here at Tesco!

The summer finally arrived this week. Until now, the weather hadn’t quite been in sync with our calenders, but as optimistic as us Irish are, we were busy embracing the summer anyway, whilst just keeping our fingers firmly crossed that the sunshine would, eventually, prevail.

And this week, we finally got spotted by Mother Nature and we are being promised more than just one day of sunshine – possibly up to a week! We can’t believe it.

And to celebrate the fact that it is, in fact, June, I went along to check out the F&F Summer Collection preview last week and I was so impressed!

F&F feature their clothing range for men, women and kids at Tesco stores across the country and this year, the summer collection is Rio-inspired and full of summer brights, on-trend styles that could be mistaken for falling straight off the catwalk.

The womenswear collection was much bigger and more diverse than I imagined which was a really nice surprise, with everything from bold print trousers and pretty summery tops, to bikinis, sexy swimsuits, lace shorts and crochet kimonos.

Some of my favourite pieces included this ‘Take me to Paris’ top (although once it has Paris on it, I’m sold):

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And this bright pink ‘you can’t miss me’ floppy sun hat:

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I also set my sights on the tribal matching shorts and kimono set worn by stylist Courtney Smith, who was MC and the stylist for the event and fashion show.

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What struck me most was how on-trend and fashionable each piece from the collection was. F&F is certainly competing with some of the great fashion brands out there for the most stylish stakes. With such good prices too, there will be a few pieces from the photos below that will definitely be making it into my summer wardrobe this month. Did someone say payday??

Accessories by F&F

Beach Brights

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TK Maxx Opens at the Ilac

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as spotting a bargain or a designer label you love at a price you can actually afford. For any shopper it’s a bit of a thrill and it’s one of the many reasons I love taking a wander through TK Maxx to see what treasures I can find.

The discount fashion retailer opened its brand new store in the Ilac Centre in Dublin last week and I was delighted to have the chance to pop along for a sneak peek ahead of its grand opening.

The store is all shiney and new and full of gorgeous new stock – I even spotted a pair of gold Michael Kors heels which, devastatingly, had been snatched up by the time I came on my second round of the store – you have to be quick in this shopping business!

The designer labels and brands are priced up to 60% less than the original asking price meaning your bound to come across a steal. The store (and all other TK Maxx stores across Ireland) receive daily deliveries too, so regular shoppers can always count on coming across something new.

I took a minute to chat to one of the representatives from TK Maxx on the day, who said that one of the reasons why the store does so well is because it is a totally different shopping experience to other high street stores.

“Shoppers come in and if they know they are looking for a pair of jeans, they can go straight to the section for ladies jeans, straight to their size, and have a range of different pairs to choose from. It’s really straightforward and simple, yet it works really well,” she told me.

I’ve made a pact with myself this summer that if it’s sunny out, I steer clear of the shops. But if you’re looking for me next time it rains, you’ll find me shopping in TK Maxx. Possibly near the shoe aisle, size 5, looking for those Michael Kors.

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No celebration would be complete without cupcakse

No celebration would be complete without cupcakes

Purple! Love the homewares section too.

Purple! Love the home wares section too.

 

It’s summertime in Oasis!

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It’s hard to remember what summer feels like when you’re stuck in an especially elongated winter frame of mind. You’re sick of the sight of your winter coat, you judge time by how often Corrie comes on TV and your google homepage automatically clicks into pages of teasing tour operators.

But believe it or not, somewhere out there, in the not-as-far-away-as-you-think future, is the summer. It’s the light at the end of a stormy, cold and let’s just say it; miserable tunnel.

But just for a quick minute recently, high-street hero Oasis lived up to its name and gave us all hope as it previewed it’s Spring/Summer 14 collections at its head office at Stephen’s Green.

There were clashing prints, ice-cream coloured sorbet tones, aviary prints and pretty florals, as well as the odd denim dog. Cute, I know.

Having been a former employee at the store, I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for the brand. Its signature styles, classic structure dresses and feminine prints are a bit of a home comfort but you can count on a few surprises being thrown in the mix too.

Keep an eye out for a gallery of my favourite of the SS14 picks from the collection…

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River Island SS14 Lookbook

As promised, I’ve managed to pull some of my faves from River Island’s lookbook.

Let me know what you think!

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SS14: River Island Press Preview

While we might be still traipsing around in our fur-lined boots and brollies, somewhere in the not so distant future there is a light at the end of the winter tunnel. Although that still seems a long way off, it appears that it’s already springtime in the fashion world with high street stores already previewing their Spring/Summer trends for 2014.

River Island is always a firm favourite when it comes to choosing an outfit for a night out on the town. The fact that the brand’s collections are always so diverse and contemporary is something I really like, and you can be sure there will be the odd bold and daring item that’s bound to inject an element of fun into our wardrobes.

This year however, I’m already impressed with what’s on the cards. Think soft pastels and monochrome staples, floral patterns and fun prints as well as metallics and neons. And then of course, there is a huge range of fun accessories – Miu-Miu inspired sunglasses, fluffy pastel handbags and chunky daytime shoes.

The brand held its press preview for SS14 last week in Dublin and while I managed to take a few snaps of my favourite collections (which are already being added to my Spring/Summer/Someday wishlist), I couldn’t resist sharing their fabulous edible beach. Yup, that’s right. The sand was made from honeycomb while the little bottles of suncream were actually biscuit cake. Amazing.

School’s not quite out for summer yet, but it’s certainly on its way! My fave looks from the River Island SS14 look book are to follow…

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Cali Beach Cakes. It was all edible, even the starfish!

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Metallic accessories and classic plastics focus on adding textures to your outfits. Think 3D applique flowers, glitters and colour pops to add those finishing touches.

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Posh Pastels mix chic tailoring with romantic feminine colours for a ladylike and flirty vibe!

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Bright colours, neons and patterns are the key looks this season

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Monochrome looks are perfect when injected with a burst of colour or a bold graphic print.

Golden Globes 2014: Worst Dressed

I love January. I’m probably on my own on this one but for me the financial crisis that comes hand in hand with the New Year is widely overshadowed by the fact that a) it’s my birthday month, b) it’s an excuse for me to rewrite my bucket list, and c) it’s the start of Oscar Season. The latter meaning lots of decent movies for date night and plenty of red-carpet looks to lust over.

Only it doesn’t seem to have gotten off to a great start this year. The red-carpet glamour, that is – there’s still time for the list and my birthday isn’t until next week (Wednesday, in actual fact).

The 71st Golden Globes were held at the beginning of this week and while there were plenty of fabulous designers dressing those who were strutting their stuff on the infamous carpet, I can’t say I was too enamoured by any of them.

I was hoping to write a post on what dress I’d give my left arm for (I’m a righty, and that not generous) but alas, things don’t always go to plan. So rather than struggle to seek out the rare gem, I figured I’d embrace the weird and wonderful instead.

Don’t get me wrong; there was plenty of drama on the red carpet with movie starlets sticking to what they do best. There were some throwbacks to the Victorian era, some well-dressed baby bumps and a few questionable looks that raised more than a few eyebrows…

There’s plenty more where these came from, but let me know your verdicts!

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I’d choose Dior too, if I were going to the Globes. But I’d leave the trousers behind I reckon Emma Watson.

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This dress isn’t too bad, but rumour has it Hayden paid for this Tom Ford number herself. Apparently a no-no when it comes to the Red Carpet. She didn’t get the memo!

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I love JLaw but I’m not liking the double black banded look. It’s not quite cutting in the right place!

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Julia Roberts wore a D&G number, but kept the shirt on. “Big mistake, big.”

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I’m not a fan of canary yellow. Lena shouldn’t be either!

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Lady Victoria Hervey wore a dress… no honestly she did.