When in doubt turn to vintage

When in Doubt Turn to Vintage

You know I have been rather stuck for inspiration these days when it comes to fashion. Never did I think I would look forward to the summer season ending (only in fashion terms of course) but I can’t wait to see what is coming next. I realised I haven’t bought anything new in quite some time and while that is good for a number of reasons, I have missed playing dress-ups.

When I get stuck for inspiration, I always turn to vintage. I know vintage is not for everyone but I love it and I mean proper vintage not something from last season.  Often I prefer the shapes and silhouettes of vintage pieces and I love imagining the story behind the garment. I have a few places in Dublin I head to when I’m in a vintage mood and it is a challenge not to buy everything I see. Thankfully I had my sensible head on (sort of) and hit a few charity stores first. My first stop was Vincent’s Charity Shop on George’s Street and I needn’t go any further; I struck gold! Continue reading

Beauty Bag

Beauty Bag

The Ordinary

It’s time to head back to the beauty bag and this week I’m going to start with my recent purchase from The Ordinary. There has been a lot of hype about this brand; a brand under the Decium umbrella and if I’m honest I was totally sucked in. High-end quality skin care at reasonable prices?! Who wouldn’t be sucked in? Eager to spend my money I went straight to The Ordinary website and then it happened, I found myself in a world of confusion. It was very hard to work out what was what, in which order to use the products and whether I needed all of them or none of them! I spent a lot of time researching products which delayed my purchase but I eventually got there. Continue reading

Grief, sunshine and no wifi

Summer

Grief, sunshine and no wifi

You probably saw that I had taken a few days off and hit the hills for some much-needed sunshine.  Sorry Dublin, summer has been ok but let’s be honest we could all use more sunshine! A bit of a last-minute trip, mostly because Mr B and I couldn’t decide where to go but we finally got organised, packed our carry-on luggage (Ryanair weren’t getting another cent out of me!) and off we went to sunny Fuerteventura. Continue reading

Beauty Bag

Beauty Bag

Inglot Signature Collection

It’s time to head back to the beauty bag and I’m feeling rather overwhelmed (and a little camera-shy) of late so I’ve decided to do a smaller post on either one product a or few at a time so I can get on with things. The longer I leave it the more products I buy which means my beauty bag gets fuller and fuller and I haven’t shared a single thing with you, so it’s time for me to get cracking!

I was fortunate enough to attend the recent launch of Inglot’s Signature Collection and I couldn’t wait to get home to try the goods.

When going through my makeup collection I realised I actually didn’t own any Inglot product and I don’t know why. I’ve only heard good things about the brand and after trying this palette I will definitely be back for more.

There are four palettes in the Signature Collection and I was fortunate enough to get my hands on the Berry  palette. A quad of four beautiful ‘berry inspired’ shades. Think golden cranberries. I went straight in and used all four at once. I’m not sure if that’s how you are supposed to do it but hey, I couldn’t resist.

I was so impressed with the pigmentation of all of the colours and I was even more impressed when my eyeshadow looked almost as good as it did in the evening when I first applied it in the morning. These colours are so beautiful on your eyes that you can really go full glam (which may not suit everyone) or you could try a more subtle look with just one colour.

It comes in their Freedom Palette, a great system for designing your own palettes and better still it’s reusable. I have to admit I’m not that keen on the magnetic lid (I’m being very picky here) and it is rather heavy so maybe not ideal for travelling but who cares, the eyeshadow is so bloody good.

With a retail price of €32 I may have actually put this palette back on the shelf, but now that I have tried it, I would not hesitate to buy one myself.

xo

Wish List #28

Wish List

#28

 

Have you been following my Wish Lists? Well you should. I tell you I feel like have really curbed my natural instinct to shop. My wish lists seem to be providing a false sense of reality in that I feel I actually own all the things that have caught my eye and therefore don’t need to shop!

This week has been no different. Check out what goodies I’m pretending to own here.

xo

Blink and it’s gone

Blink and it’s gone

Again

The recent furore surrounding Lucinda Chambers’ interview with Vestoj has caused such a stir in the fashion world it would be fair to say it almost broke the internet (not in a ridiculous Kim Karadashian way).  And with good reason. Not sure what the story is? The short version is Lucinda Chambers, former fashion editor at British Vogue got fired and told the world about it.

Lucinda Chambers’ spent some thirty-six years at British Vogue, twenty-five of those as fashion editor got straight to the point in her interview;

A month and a half ago I was fired from Vogue. It took them three minutes to do it.

When I first read the article I was taken aback at her honesty and not just about being fired. She spoke about the various aspects of the industry, advertising pressures, vulnerability and  selling things we don’t really need. Within a blink of an eye, the article published on Vestoj website was removed.  In the age of social media where everything is at our fingertips there were plenty of opportunities to see screenshots of the interview and people were scrambling for a view. With another blink of an eye and a note from the editor, the article reappeared.

Some might say there is nothing new in the article, that behind all of the glamour and retouching we have always suspected the ugliness that lies behind the fashion pages in magazines. And this is probably true, however I can’t help thinking that there is more to this than Lucinda Chambers telling us that she got fired. Her honesty is of course refreshing. I’m not sure I would be able to admit to anyone outside of my close circle that I got fired from a job but in her eyes that was the story so why not tell it? Why not talk about the anxiety and vulnerability that the fashion world inhabits? We all know it and in an odd way it was a relief to hear, from such a prominent person that what I thought all along was true.

Scott King, “How I’d Sink American Vogue,” 2006. Courtesy Herald St, London.

But we all play a role in this story. Whether we work in the industry, read magazines or buy clothes.  Lucinda Chambers’ role has been very clear and in very simple terms I can’t help ask if it was all so terrible why did she stay so long in a world that made people question their own worth? As adults don’t we have to make choices and take responsibility for the environment we contribute to, the people we surround ourselves with, our body of work and the trends (if any) that we follow? With Lucinda Chambers’ talent I can’t help ask why did she not find another way to participate in the fashion world? Or is it too much to take on? Is this in fact her contribution, after all these years to tell this story?

In the midst of all the drama and many articles and opinions voiced on the matter, there is yet another note from the editor;

“EDITOR’S NOTE: Following the original publication of this article, we’ve been contacted by lawyers on behalf of Conde Nast Limited and Edward Enninful OBE and have been requested to amend the interview. This request has now been granted.”

I’m glad the article has been republished and that I got to read the original interview without the  airbrushing mentioned above and that in itself makes me wonder what difference this interview will make.

You can read the current version of Lucinda Chambers’ interview here.

xo