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


Wish List #27

Wish List


Another week means a new Wish List. I’m pleased to say I’ve actually bought some of the items on my Wish List so it’s a good start to the week I say. Although it is only Monday.

Be sure to follow lovetomtom on Pinterest as I’ll be adding to the Wish List daily and if there is anything you think I should be looking at get in touch!


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.

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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.

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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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Question of the Day

Question of the Day

More questions

There was a great mix of questions this week and I even had some questions for you. Take a look.


Your timing was impeccable when you asked about my foundation and as you can see I couldn’t wait to reveal what has the potential to be my number one foundation. You were also very keen on this outfit and actually so was I! It’s hard to go wrong with stripes and denim. I had a question for you with my shoe dilemma; duck egg brogues or tan brogues? Tan brogues won in the end! And I finally got to answer your most asked question! Meet the fabulous superstar Jade at Lunatic Fringe. Of course a week couldn’t go by without a shoe question from you guys and you know what, I never tire of them!

Stripes and denim

A question for you



As always a big thank you for all your questions and don’t forget you can find me at all the usual places. Click here if you’ve forgotten.


Find of the Week

Find of the Week

It’s not very often I buy an item of clothing that is out of season. I have a tendency to want to wear any new purchase immediately so buying something for winter while I’m in the middle of summer is not really my style. Can you guess what’s coming? This week I found myself in my local charity store ready for a good old hunt and boy did I find a winter treasure!

This stunning, textured peachy coral zip up COS jumper stood out like a pot of gold at the end of the fashion rainbow. I saw it, I felt it, I didn’t even try it on and yet I knew it had to be mine. I’m finding it hard to fight the urge to wear it immediately but don’t worry I would never wish for cooler weather. Mind you, I live in Dublin so you might get to see a full view sooner rather than later!

Find of the week


Find of the week

COS is a brand that fulfils the minimalist in me. Their clean, sharp lines are so aesthetically pleasing so to find this jumper at only €6 with the element on top of my wish list, texture, is an absolute fashion miracle!

I know it is only June but this has the potential to be find of the year!



Question of the Day

Question of the Day


It’s the weekend and I’m in the mood for a bit of silliness. What better place to turn to than Snapchat and lovetomtom’s Question of the Day.

If you’re not on Snapchat here’s some things you may have missed.

One very perceptive lady asked if I drink tea as I always talk about coffee. I’m team coffee all the way but I do like a cup of peppermint tea before bed.

Team Coffee

So many of you found my traumatic cow attack amusing (once you knew I was ok of course) but some of you did ask why was I in a field with cows. The answer to that is we were on a public walking trail so the question really should be directed to the cows and why they were on a public trail. I’m not going back to ask them!


Unsurprisingly there were so many questions about last weeks #ootw and I’m always delighted to talk about this beauty!


There were also a lot of questions about shoes, lipstick, coats (yes I know it’s summer) and what makeup essentials I carry with me.

Penneys red

My love for this red continues.

Summer sandals

Summer sandals from Penneys.

Makeup essentials

My attempt at downsizing my makeup essentials

Can’t wait to see what questions are coming next!


Question of the Day

Question of the Day

Another week of questions

It’ been another great week of questions. Everything from lipstick to accessories to shoes.

Some of you asked were I got this amazing neck piece from and this stunner is from Manley. Emma Manley is an Irish designer and I was lucky enough to win a voucher for taking a picture of me in a Manley piece (see sometimes selfies pay off) and this is what I bought with it.

Manley neck piece

As for my sunglasses, people are often shocked with my answer as my frames are Specsavers brand. They are prescription glasses and it is a good thing in a way as if I didn’t need prescriptions sunnies, I image I would have a different pair of sunglasses for every day!





Question of the day

Question of the day

What did you find out?

In the spirit of lovetomtom same but different I’ve decided to try something different in the form of short, quick snippets of your question that I have unoriginally named Question of the Day. It’s pretty self-explanatory really, ask a question and I’ll answer it, well I’ll try.

I’ve had a lot of fun the past week with all of your questions. Keep your eye on Snapchat and Instagram and for those of you who aren’t on either (mum and dad) I will do a round-up here. So your questions, me, my phone and some answers. Simple.

There were a lot of great questions this week and maybe one that wasn’t so fun so here’s a taste.

Let’s get the not so fun one out of the way first. I can’t tell you how many times I get asked ‘How do you spell Jo?’ I know some may assume I’m male (in emails) but when the person is standing in front of me and asks how do you spell that I often have to reply ‘J…..O, that’s it!’

You also asked about my fabulous jumpsuit and I’m so in love with this outfit and the fact it was warm enough to wear it that I might wear it everyday from here on in!

Jumping jumpsuit!

Another question was how many hours I spent in my annual visit to the Garda National Immigration Bureau and my awful answer was seven hours! Did I mention it was a 5am start?! If you have ever had to encounter this system you will feel my pain. However, as painful and unnecessary as this system is, I know I am very fortunate to be able to live in Ireland so I won’t complain too much.

Yesterday’s question was about what products I use in my eyebrows and this is one that I get asked often so there will be an entire blog post dedicated to the subject.


Thanks to everyone who got involved this week. Keep your questions coming!



Find of the week

Find of the week

My not too smelly candle

You know me well enough by now to know that I’m not a fan of strong scents in anything so you can imagine candles are a no no. Actually I do have a few vanilla Ikea candles around the place but that’s as much as I can handle. Until now.

Clementine & Honey candle

The super cheap find of the week is this lovely, not too over-powering Clementine and Honey candle from Penneys. It comes in this glass jar with a cork lid and claims to burn for 40 hours. So far so good.

Clementine & Honey candle

I know scents are such a personal preference but I find this is the right balance of crisp citrus and warm sweetness. For only around €5, I might actually go back for another!