Why do we wear what we wear?…
A Winter coat obsession

Usually my hours of pinterest wandering are focused on interior day dreams, aspiring globe trotting and a smattering of prop styling and wedding distractions. But lately my pinterest feed has been all about the winter coat, and my (dream!) wardrobe in general. I blame my sister…she gave me a present of this book which is a fascinating exploration of our relationship with clothes and why we wear what we wear.

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It probably sounds a bit strange, but I for one have always had an emotional attachment to clothes and associate key moments in my life with the outfit I was wearing at the time. From my communion dress made by my grandmother, the hideous combinations I wore to a teenage disco or the outfit I was wearing when I first met my husband, the clothes and the moment don’t seem to exist without the other. So it was reassuring to read so many different women’s interpretation of the role of fashion and clothing in their world. Apart from it being an intriguing read filled with insight, it has awakened a perilous need to go out and replace my whole wardrobe!

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I’ve always dreamed of having a perfectly edited wardrobe where every piece coordinated with the next, to make an effortlessly chic uniform of sorts. A girl can dream but I figure if I’m going to attempt it, it’s better to choose carefully (my credit card would also appreciated this slowly slowly approach!), making sure that each piece can stand the test of time. And where better to start with an investment piece than a gorgeous statement coat?!

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Cue a million pins on my style board with all sorts of off duty model types looking moody and sophisticated. The kind of thing to make you think having four statement Winter coats is a perfectly logical idea…thankfully my husband will be happy to hear I’ve curbed it at a pinterest obsession and sated it somewhat with a stunning Sandro Paris coat found at 50% off last week. But for anyone with a Christmas wishlist looking for more candidates, I’ll be keeping an eye out for all of these beautiful looks in the sales!

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What about you? Do clothes ever seem like a diary of your life or are they simply something functional to keep you from catching your death of cold? Whatever way you look at it I hope you get some lovely things under the Christmas tree this year!

Image Credits: 1. Daria Daria | 2. Elizabeth Suzann | 3. Polienne | 4. via Pinterest

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Festive DIY….
Rustic Christmas Wreath on Image Daily

Here I am again! Yesterdays talk of resolutions gave me some wind in my sails and I thought I’d take the chance to share this gorgeous Christmas DIY wreath created by Mark Grehan of The Garden. Shot on site at Doreen Kilfeather’s amazing home, the rustic swag looked right at home on her blue door, even if we were shooting it in September! I’ll look forward to sharing the images of Doreen’s home soon which was a lot of fun to style, or you can get a glimpse at the space in the current issue of Image Interiors (but hurry because it’s not on the shelves for much longer!)

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Mark whipped up this beauty in no time using a combination of rosehips, holly, pine cones, dried fennel, birch and rosemary. A lot of the foliage will be readily available to forage at the moment or you can source a few choice pieces from your local florist to give it a polished edge. The colours and textures work so beautifully together and the mix of birch, rosemary and fennel gave it the perfect Christmas fragrance. I’m a huge fan of Mark’s loose and deconstructed style of floristry and I think this is such a pretty twist on the traditional Christmas wreath. Fancy recreating one of these beauties for your own home? Head on over to Image Daily for a step by step guide and let me know how you get on!

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Be sure to stop back here soon to see the amazing space that lay just behind that beautiful front door. If you haven’t come across Doreen Kilfeathers photography yet, you’re in for a treat. Her eye is incredible and it was fascinating to see how her innate style of photography carried through to the decor of her Sandymount home, trust me it’s a beauty!

Image Credits: Photography: Nathalie Marquez Courtney & Mark Scott | Wreath: Mark Grehan of The Garden

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Tulle Magazine Winter Issue…
Front Cover Feature

Working for yourself and carving out an unconventional career path can sometimes seem like utter madness. There are plenty of days when I question if I’m working hard enough, if I’m going about things the right way, and what even the “right way” is supposed to look like. And then a little thing comes along that reminds me how lucky I am to get to do what I do despite all the uncertainty and questions. Like this week when I got the great news that an image I styled made the front cover of the current issue of the beautiful publication, Tulle Magazine.

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This beautiful shot was taken in Italy by the inspiring duo Brumley and Wells and brought to reality thanks to an epic team of inspiring creatives whom I now call friends. It’s a little reminder to keep going and keep creating content that I feel passionate about and above everything else to be thankful for the adventures that this styling path has brought me. I haven’t been very good at blogging this year for a variety of reasons and I’ve come to the conclusion that that’s ok. We all need a little time to step back and reassess why we do what we do. Having had that much needed time for reflection where I focused on doing as much as I could away from the computer screen, I hope that as we go forward into 2015 in a few short weeks, one of my resolutions will be to be more balanced in my presence here and perhaps to be a bit more open to sharing what’s going on in my world. For now I’m looking forward to a wonderful Christmas break with my family and friends, hope you get to enjoy the same!

Image Credits: Image Credits: Photography: Brumley & Wells | Styling: Ciara O’Halloran | Bridal Headpiece: Sibo Designs | Dress: Patrick Casey from Myrtle Ivory | Hair & Makeup: Giulia Cresci | Model: Deborah Schoutema of 2morrow models | Photography Assistant: Charlie Eich | Styling Assistant: Holly Marder |

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Styling for Woodies Christmas 2014

Is it too early to start talking about Christmas?! I hope you’ll forgive me for bringing the season to your attention but in my defence there’s just over a month to go and I’m too excited about this shoot to hold onto it any longer! Taking on more commercial styling was one of my big goals for 2014 so getting the opportunity to style a twenty page catalogue for Irish homewares and DIY brand Woodies, was a really exciting prospect.

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Woodies is a bit of an Irish institution, being the first stop for many Irish families looking for tools and equipment to take on DIY projects around the home. That being said, they aren’t traditionally well known for their contemporary style and decor lines, so the big challenge of the shoot was to showcase their gorgeous range in a whole new light. It was lovely to be involved in the art direction from the very start and I will say I was pleasantly surprised with the sheer selection of really beautiful Christmas items available. To capture and showcase this range I decided to maximise the potential of an elegant twist on the traditional Christmas look, and focused on a classic palette of red and white, inspired by the simplicity of Nordic Christmas style.

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I wanted to keep the shoot as natural and organic as possible so relied on the cosy power of candle light and lots of warming fairy lights to create atmosphere. We also wanted to showcase easy craft projects for Christmas, that families could recreate at home. Some of my favourite touches from the day were the pinecone place cards (created using tags from Woodies and their blackboard paint) an outdoor Christmas tree created from lights and the DIY Christmas wrapping paper station.

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Some of the ideas I ‘m looking forward to trying out myself at home this Christmas. I will definitely be decorating corners of my home with lots of kilner bottles and candles, adding a dash of orange and cinnamon on window sills for the scent of Christmas throughout the whole house. And a little trick I robbed from my sister, filling Kilner jars with fairy lights is such an easy way to light up a corner all year round.

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My favourite decorations from the day were the delicate glass baubles featured on a single Christmas branch. It’s not often you see such elegant traditional pieces, with so many trends opting for the more bling the better! These simple decorations reminded me of decorations my grandparents would have had on their tree and they are certainly the kind that could last the test of time.

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We also had lots of fun creating a childrens corner. Again as a little girl, we would always have had an adults table and childrens table at big family celebrations as there were too many people to fit around our dining table in one go. I liked the idea of making an extra special little corner for the little ones, complete with their own pint sized Christmas tree.

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How are all your Christmas plans coming along? Is styling the Christmas table something that’s high on your to do list? I think special occasions deserve a little extra oomph to the table and the above look was really easy to create. To bring a cosy festive atmosphere to the table I ask Mark from The Garden to create a rich berry hued arrangement with lots of greenery. The pinecone place cards would be a lovely personal touch and a fun project to involve the family in at home, with obligatory forest walks to collect them! I accessorised the rest of the table with red table mats from Woodies, plates in a snowflake and reindeer design and tied the cutlery together with some Christmas ribbon for an extra little festive touch.It was a really special shoot to be involved in, one which I enjoyed from start to finish. Thanks to the wonderful Doreen Kilfeather for capturing it all so beautifully and to the Woodies team for being such fun to work with! You can see the full catalogue in Woodies stores at the moment so be sure to pop in and take a peek.

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BASH Prep…Creative Wedding Workshop

Those of you who stop by here regularly know I’m a big fan of the trailblazing wedding magazine BASH! From outside the box real weddings, to delicious beauty and fashion features they epitomise all the exciting, creative and fun developments taking place in the Irish wedding industry at the moment. So I’m really excited to announce I’ll be speaking at their creative wedding workshop, BASH Prep in November, sharing all the tricks of the trade that I call upon when styling a gorgeous wedding or shoot.

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Things I’ll be chatting about include finding inspiration and defining your personal style in a whirlwind of pinterest images, as well as easy DIYs and key steps to make your wedding decor reflect your story from start to finish. With flower master extraordinaire Annmarie O’Leary sharing her magic and illustration queen Kitty Moss imparting wisdom, it’s most definitely going to be a good one. Don’t just take my word for it, check about the amazing video from Bash Prep Part 1…then dash over here to get free tickets while you still can!

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