Shopping for a cause

I broke my ‘no shopping ban’

But for a very good reason

I knew it wasn’t going to last forever. Actually I managed my personal no shopping ban for longer than expected but it has come to an end and all for a good cause. For the next few months I’ll be shopping in the maternity and children’s section! Baby B (that’s what I’ve named it) will be joining Mr B and I in early March and we are both thrilled and terrified. Continue reading

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Wish List #39

Wish List

#39

As Fashion Week continues I’m still pinning away like mad, ogling all that graces the catwalk. I’m rather fond of Paris Fashion Week mostly because of its backdrop and the amazing locations for some of the shows. Each city clearly has a place in each designer’s heart and I’m sure it is taken into consideration when deciding where to present their collection. New York, Milan, Paris? Tough choice!

There have been some surprising highlights for me from each city. I have some of my favourites that I would skip a meal or two to watch live; Delpozo and Gucci, Valentino, now under the solo stewardship of Pierpaulo Piccioli and Dior where Maria Grazia Chiuri, former creative partner of signore Piccioli, has taken the reigns. Alongside my favourites,  I love discovering new designers and getting different interpretations of the season ahead. And of course you are then left with some familiar names that are unfairly forgotten.

Check out the likes of Paskai, Dries Van Noten and Undercover Lab. There are many more I’ve  ranked as favourites, a high accolade indeed and you can check them out in my Wish List below. Take a quick look here or a closer look over on Pinterest and read why I pinned each beautiful ensemble.

If you’re getting Fashion Week fatigue fear not as this week’s Wish List will be a mix of the last remaining days of Paris Fashion Week and all sorts of other lovely bits.

xo

Wish List #38

Wish List

#38

As Fashion Week continues I’ve hardly moved from my computer keeping up with all the shows coming out of London and Milan. If you’re not up to speed, check out last week’s Wish List to see why I love Fashion Week so much, regardless of the city.

No surprises really that a lot of my favourite designers, collections and pieces are a mix of stripes, monochrome, clashes of patterns and there’s even a few in there for my minimalist side. Here are some of my favourites. Continue reading

Sustainable Fashion

Sustainable Fashion

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Some of you may have heard about Stiall, a fantastic creation by Linda Conway. Stiall is a place that looks to ‘de-mystify sustainable fashion.’  It really is such a clever, informative and necessary tool in today’s world of high-speed fashion and well worth your time. The reason I’m talking about this is because Stiall, more specifically the Stiall Challenge has put my brain into overdrive. Continue reading

Wish List #37

Wish List

#37

I know it is the start of a new week but I’ve been glued to my computer screen keeping up with all the shows from New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week so I’m a little behind.

I have saved all my favourites from New York Fashion Week and the start of London Fashion Week and you can check them out below. I’ve added a small note in each pin, usually describing the outfit as ‘beautiful’ or ‘fabulous’. If you’ve followed lovetomtom for a while now you will know exactly why an outfit has made it to my Wish List!  Continue reading

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

The Met Gala 2017

The Met Gala 2017

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons

Art of the In-between

The Met Gala is one of those events, more than any other in the fashion world that takes my interest to a whole other level. This year’s theme, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons Art of the In-between was no different. I would know Rei Kawakubo’s work from a distance and come fashion season I would always watch a Comme des Garçons collection but if I’m honest I struggle with the fashion versus art debate, the images and conflict her work presents.

When I heard The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York was honouring the work of Rei Kawakubo I took notice and possibly a little too late. Once I started researching, reading and what I can only describe as inspecting,  I was like a moth to a flame. Barely scraping the surface of her body of work I became more intrigued with her concepts and her ability to transport these to the fashion world. If I’m honest, I was counting down to the first Monday in May.

The other thing that always intrigues me about The Met Gala is imagining how those on the guest list honour the theme. Is it their interpretation of the theme or in this case, is it life imitating art, literally? Last night at first glance, I was disappointed with the lack of Rei Kawakubo pieces on the red carpet. Surely this was the night to go all out and embrace avant-garde in a way one may not normally do? This morning, with a little more time I once again started inspecting and I found what I was hoping for. Authentic Comme des Garçons pieces or individual homage to the challenges Rei Kawabkubo has presented over the years. Some referenced specific collections, others specific pieces and this is what I enjoy most about this event.

In complete contrast, it appeared some on the red carpet gave no thought to the theme and just put on a pretty frock and I have no time for them. If you haven’t already looked at last night’s red carpet, do so at your own pleasure. Instead my mind is here, with Rei Kawakubo and her work at Comme des Garçons.

#metkawakubo @roversi @anna_vrc @juliendys MAY 4. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Comme des Garcons' The Ceremony of Separation FW15, photo by PAOLO ROVERSI, head lace and make up by Julien D'ys

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Model @annaewers by @robbiespencer for @dazedfashion @dazed set by @simon_costin PHOTO PAOLO @roversi

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xo

The Backpack Dilemma

The Backpack Dilemma

I have struggled for some time now with seeing backpacks in mainstream fashion. I’m a firm believer that just because something is in fashion does not make it fashionable and backpacks definitely fall into that category. I detested backpacks in my school days and see no need for them as an adult. Unless you are hiking or possibly travelling but in no other circumstance do I see a need for them.

With all of that said, I do see their practical value and here is my dilemma. Every few months I revisit the idea of buying one mostly due to back pain so I spend hours online researching and find a backpack I deem age appropriate and vaguely stylish. This is then followed by me falling off my chair at the price and I then decide I don’t need one after all. I am currently at the start of that cycle again but with good reason. Before I left for my trip to Oz I considered using a backpack as my hand luggage so my search began. Not wanting to spending a month’s salary on something I may not even use I hit high street chains looking for a plain, practical yet stylish backpack. Most I found were horrible and the ones that got a second glance were more than I was willing to pay. At that point I was ready to give up but I started to look at what was really bothering me about the backpacks I found.

Most of these backpacks were not age appropriate. I’m a grown woman with a lot of stuff to carry around and a ‘mini’ backpack won’t cut it. That brings me to the next thing that bothers me; the straps. Remember the driving force for me wanting to buy a backpack is it’s practical so why on earth would I consider a backpack with straps that resemble shoelaces? My other issue (I’m on a roll now) and this is one that may just be mine, is the shape. I prefer a square shape yet I found very few like this and any that were square were completely out of my price range.

This is where I had a lightbulb moment. In general I found there was some mass generalisation about what women want from a backpack so I started looking at men’s versions and bingo! I started my search from scratch going into every men’s department and do you know what I found? Simple, square, non-offensive backpacks. At that point I bought a men’s black, squared-shaped, fabric backpack for 12 euro from Penneys. I used it on the plane and if I’m honest despite it being aesthetically reasonable, I got what I paid for and I can’t see it lasting many more days.

No doubt I will return to this dilemma at some stage in the future but until then, here are a few I daydream about owning.

xo

Beauty and the Beast

Find of the Week

Beauty and the Beast – The Press Tour

Are you a Beauty and the Beast fan? I am and I can’t wait to see the remake. Nothing will compare to the original of course but I’m excited all the same. Not a Disney fan? Fret not, there is more to this than just a beauty and a beast.

Emma Watson has been in the media of late not just for playing the belle in this remake. Emma Watson is wearing many hats these days; actor, UN WOMEN Global Goodwill Ambassador, feminist and now she is playing an avid role in the fashion world.

Emma sparked my interest last year at the Met Gala where she graced the red carpet in a gown made from recycled plastic bottles. Now she is using the Beauty and the Beast press tour to share her style choices, focusing on sustainable fashion. Some of you may already be following this account and if not, you should! The Press Tour Instagram posts detail each item worn, makeup and accessory choices and the brands behind them.

The second day of @beautyandthebeast LA junket had it all… including kittens! Probably the best interview ever. Coming soon to @buzzfeed 🇺🇸🌹🐱 The white bespoke dress was created in @oscardelarenta's New York atelier, featuring hand embroidery on silk taffeta and a silk faille bow, both made in the Italian mill @taronisilk. The mill specialises in the highest quality couture fabrics, and is committed to reducing its environmental impact, including investing in solar energy and committing to removing all toxic chemicals from its supply chain by 2020. The hand embroidered silk taffeta panels have been cut and folded by hand, shaped using natural starch. The dress also features a repurposed zip from an unused sample. Black T-shirt is by @mainlinebasics. Their basics are designed, cut and sewn in San Francisco and all pieces are made from 100% organic cotton. Jewellery @allbluesofficial. The Ellipse collection, inspired by Emma, consists of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and hairclips. All pieces are handcrafted in Stockholm from locally sourced, recycled 925 Sterling silver in a third-generation, family-owned goldsmith studio. Fashion info verified by @ecoage #ecoloves Skin prepped with Heritage Store Rosewater Glycerin Water. @rmsbeauty "Un" Cover Up was used as foundation with "Un" Powder to set. RMS Beauty is free from nanotechnology and GMO ingredients. @tataharper Contour in Very Bronzing on eyes, along lower lashline, in contour of eye, under cheekbones, across top of forehead, under jawline and on temples. Tata Harper runs her company in the belief that a company that makes products for women should be run by a woman. @vitaliberata Trystal Minerals Self-Tanning Bronzing was also used for contouring. Cheeks are Tata Harper Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint in Very Sweet. Tata Harper is made in the brand’s US-based manufacturing facility. It is not outsourced to another company as most skincare manufacturing is. Eyes and brow are @janeiredale Liquid Eyeliner in Brown and Pure Brow Gel in Clear Beauty brands verified by @contentbeauty

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 Even if some of her style choices don’t tickle your fancy I urge you to follow and read about the amazing work that is being done. Some brands I’m familiar with and some I am learning about for the first time. Each post she puts up seems to be getting longer and longer and I love that she is sharing her knowledge and making me ask questions about what sustainable fashion means to me.

I hope this account continues long after the actual Beauty and the Beast press tour ends as anything that contributes to sustainable fashion can only be a good thing.

Tonight was a special screening of @beautyandthebeast in London. The film was shown at the Odeon Leicester Square cinema to 1,600 people after a reception at the stunning Spencer House 🌹 Bespoke @emiliawickstead structural, off-the-shoulder gown with inverted pleat train. The gown is made from end-of-line fabric sourced from a family-run, London business specialising in couture fabrics, and produced in Italy. These unwanted fabric pieces have been given a new lease of life; often irregular quantities of surplus or end-of-line fabrics cannot be sold and are destroyed. This piece was created in Emilia Wickstead's London atelier, by an all-female team. Earrings are from @catbirdnyc, whose pieces are handmade in Brooklyn. Dress validated by @ecoage #ecoloves Skin prepped with @demamielskin Dewy Facial Mist, @tataharper Repairative Moisturiser and @decleoruk Aromessence Neroli Hydrating Oil Serum. De Mamiel mist is made from ingredients sourced and blended in the UK, in small batches to maintain the vitality of each natural ingredient. Tata Harper are verified by PETA that neither the brand nor its ingredient suppliers conduct, commission, or pay for any tests on animals for ingredients, formulations, or finished products. Decléor serum is a blend of naturally derived ingredients such as neroli and sandalwood and free from mineral oils and parabens. Foundation is @inikaorganic's BB Cream, which is certified organic, vegan and not tested on animals. Concealer is the @rmsbeauty "Un" Cover-Up made from organic coconut, jojoba and cacao oil and mineral colours. Cheeks are @iliabeauty A Fine Romance Multi-Stick which is gluten-free and then finished with Inika's Mineral Mattifying Powder, blended from silica, corn, tapioca and rice powders instead of talc, which face powders have traditionally been based on. Beauty brands verified by @contentbeauty

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xo

Awards Season

Awards Season

The Oscars

As much as I tried to stay awake to watch The Oscars, sleep got the better of me and so while  franticly trying to see what everyone wore this morning, I was in shock with what I actually found. Talk about making a blunder! Other than falling over and causing yourself serious injury or stepping on someone’s else gown to tear it and revealing their smalls, I’m pretty sure announcing the wrong winner is up there with the worst case scenario for an awards show. I’ll be honest, for a short while it overshadowed any outfit that graced the red carpet but after getting over the shock of it all (anyone would think I was the recipient of the award) here are my favourites.

Let’s start with the best of night. There is not one thing I would change about Ruth Negga’s entire ensemble. The colour, the lace, the sleeves, her makeup and hair. I love it all! Now I’ve never met Ruth Negga but if I did, I imagine this is exactly how she would want to look. Or that’s how it appears and I put that down to her being an expert in her own style and knowing how to achieve it. That and a good stylist of course.

Valentino - The Oscars

Valentino

An award night can’t go by with out a few monochrome numbers making it on my list and Emma Robert’s vintage Armani Privé ticks all the boxes. I do think there could be a little more material on the torso but each to their own. The thing that I like most is that this gown was debuted in 2005. You know my thoughts on wearing things on repeat and to see this on the red carpet in 2017 can only be a good thing.

Armani Privé - The Oscars

Armani Privé

When I look at these events I always look at the gown first then the person wearing it but in this case I have to say I always look forward to seeing what Emma Stone wears.  Although I would not wear this colour myself, like Ruth Negga, this ensemble is perfection. The detailing on the dress is impeccable and I’ll be honest, I’m a fan of fringe and a dropped hemline so this is a winner all round.

Givenchy - The Oscars

Givenchy

Red was a clear winner of the night and although this is not a dress I would wear myself, Viola Davis always manages to look sophisticated, polished and fun. This red Armani Privé gown, much like the blue number she wore to the BAFTAs was so vibrant and classy I couldn’t take my eyes off her.

Armani Privé - The Oscars

Armani Privé

Unlike the BAFTAs, colour took a back seat at The Oscars and even though this wouldn’t be my  colour palette of choice, these gowns are all worth a gawk. Parts of them anyway.

Marchesa - The Oscars

Marchesa

Gucci - The Oscars

Gucci

Armani Privé - The Oscars

Armani Privé

Marchesa - The Oscars

Marchesa

If you have time to have a snoop, check out some of the after party outfits as in some cases they are better by far than what was worn on the red carpet.

What a show. Although I didn’t stay up for it I feel like I need a nap after all that!

xo