If you’ve already picked up your copy of BASH Volume 3 you’ll have spotted this sun soaked garden party inspiration created in the throes of our Indian Summer, and it’s also featured on Style me Pretty today! Nothing says Ireland like ancient castles, and with all that sunshine going to my head, my usual leanings towards muted shades of green and grey were transformed into a craving for sun soaked forest green, offset with aubergine pale citrus and coral. Malahide Castle has a kaleidoscope influences, owned by the same family for 800 years who filled the ornamental gardens with exotic plants and trees from the world over and it’s well worth a trip if you’re ever in Dublin. With the dazzling sunshine, charming accessories from Avoca and a delicate mantilla lace veil, there was all the history, elegance and heritage of the castle with a twist of Mediterranean magic! Thanks to D’Arcy Benincosa for capturing it all so beautifully, as well as the talented ladies who helped to create the magic you see below.
Credits: Photography: D’Arcy Benincosa | Creative Direction, Production & Styling: Ciara O’Halloran of Style Serendipity | Hair and Makeup: April Benincosa | Location: Malahide Castle & Gardens with Avoca Malahide | Table, Chairs, Props & Accessories: Avoca Malahide | Flowers: Annmarie O’Leary | Stationary: Pretty as a Picture | Wedding Gown: Sarah Janks from The White Gallery Boutique | Veil: Couture Bridal Accessories | Cakes: The Cake Café | Model: Claire Burge
Having been featured in Image Interiors and Living this month, talking about how to create the perfect mood board, today felt like a “here’s one I made earlier” moment. I often have a whole range of inspiration boards on the go at the one time. Some are for specific events or editorials and some, like this one, have evolved while trawling pinterest and are filed away for future reference. I talked before in this post about the pivotal role played by colour in an editorial inspiration process. It’s almost always my starting point and the guiding element that ties the mood of a shoot together. But colour alone is one dimensional and needs something more to bring it to life, a hint of texture, movement and light. The board below is one of my favourite examples of those elements working together in harmony to fully appeal to the senses. I always feel it’s a bit of a waste if a mood board isn’t brought to life, so here’s hoping this beauty can come to fruition at some point.
Image Credits: 1: Lizzo | 2: Uca Skrot | 3: wish flowers | 4: Pinterest
I know it seems like a bit of a weird element to be craving in a home but I’m really drawn to cement, concrete and bare plaster walls at the moment. Maybe it’s just a fad linked to the minimal industrial trend, but I certainly wouldn’t object to spending some time in these spaces! From polished concrete floors, showers, counter tops and even your kitchen ceiling, the diversity it endless. Offset with soft greenery, a hint of warm copper or natural wood, concrete suddenly seems more undone glamour than motorway flyover, and should cost a lot less than some more traditional materials. Check out the beauties below, I’d certainly be curious to see how it stacks up in real life!
Image Credits: Amorfo | Architecture Art Designs | Designed for Life | Digs Digs | Dwell
My interior magazine collection gets more outrageous by the day, and top of current Irish shopping list is Image Interiors and Living. Their style is always fresh and contemporary and I love that I can actually source any amazing finds featured, rather than just lusting after something not available in Ireland. As such an avid follower it was a particular treat to be featured in this months issue, sharing tips on how to create the perfect mood board for bringing your design dreams to life. The March/April issue is in the shops now and with jaw dropping real Irish homes featured, it’s one of my favourites to date.
It might seem like I’ve lost the plot, suddenly sharing shaving paraphernalia on the blog, but trust me there is a styling link somewhere! A couple of months back Knights Barbers asked my to style an editorial for their new magazine campaign. Collaborating again with the fab Nathalie Marquez Courtney, I enjoyed the novelty of “man” props and we had a lot of fun showcasing them in different ways. If the man in your life is partial to the barber shop treatment every now and then, there’s certainly an amazing range of products available, from old school brushes to razors, lotions and potions…I was tempted to buy some of them as presents just for the packaging alone. Here’s a little taster of some of my favourite shots from the day.
Image credits: Photography: Nathalie Marquez Courtney | Styling: Ciara O’Halloran