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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Inspired by Love Workshop…
Styling Sneak Peek

Happy Monday lovely people. Hope you all had a great weekend? I spent Friday styling a stunning wedding in quite the magical location that is Lissard Estate in West Cork. It’s always a rollercoaster of excitement when you see the styling dreams for a couple coming together after so many months of planning, and to add to the hype, this gorgeous bride and groom flew all the way from Dubai to celebrate at home in Ireland. From cafe au lait bouquets, to eastern inspired cosy corners and escort card displays given the Dubai treatment, it was a special day from start to finish and I was honoured to help them to bring their dream day to life. In keeping with wedding inspiration, I got to see the results of the Inspired by Love Workshop in Slovakia and can’t resist giving you a glimpse. I think the highlight for me was being let loose to style a crumbling manor that turned out to be a childhood home of Marie Antoinette! If only walls could speak the stories would have been mesmerising. I’ll look forward to sharing the full spread and the inspiration behind the editorials once they have been published, but for now enjoy the beauties below. And if anyone is looking for an outside the box wedding location, Slovakia is certainly worth exploring more.

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Image Credits: Photography: Inspired by Love | Art Direction & Styling: Ciara O’Halloran | Flowers: Wolfert | Dress: Patrick Casey | Suit: H&M |Hair: Boris Bordacs | Makeup: Lubica Makeup | Props: Ponc Rentals | Ribbons & Fabric: Silk & Willow |

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Shades, Tones and Accents…
Navy, White and Obsidian

Ooh life lately…you sure have been busy! I have so many lovely things I’m excited to share with you on the blog but sometimes keeping it simple is the way forward. Concocting colour stories is a favourite decompressing pastime of mine, so for today I thought I’d share just that, a little colour inspiration in the form of minimal white melting into shades of navy and obsidian. A particularly delicious combination of colours to take us into the cooler months of the year. Have a great week everyone!

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Image credits: Tumblr | Mazama | A Well Traveled Woman | Sensibly Nonsensical

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Nature and Neutrals…
Styling for Image Interiors and Living

Hi everyone, hope your September is off to a good start! Life certainly took over for me over the last few weeks but one of the highlights which I’m excited to be able to share, is a decor shoot I styled for Image Interiors and Living. With the start of a new academic year underway, the need for renewed organisation, a fresh start and best foot forward resolutions, always seems more pertinent for me in September than in January. Clearly the talented folk over at Image Interiors agree because their latest issue is crammed with pared back beauty, decluttering advice and an oasis of serene inspiration for Autumn. Jumping at the chance to collaborate with eternally talented multi-tasker Nathalie Marquez Courtney,  it was precisely this need for focused calm that inspired me to style a shoot with no nonsense simplicity. I gave a nod to crisp monotone shades for some Nordic sophistication and  softened the base palette with lots of greenery and cosy natural elements. It’s a look that’s really easy to recreate, especially with the range of goodies available now in Irish shops and would be particularly effective in a home office space where you need clarity and focus to be mirrored in your surroundings.  Be sure to pick up a copy of the latest issue out now to find out where I sourced all the lovely things below!

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interior-stylist-dublin-ciara o'halloran interior-stylist-dublin-ciara o'halloran interior-stylist-dublin-ciara o'halloran Image Credits: Photography: Nathalie Marquez Courtney | Art Direction & Styling: Ciara O’Halloran | Assisted by: Diana Nacu |

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Places and Spaces…A Trip to Berlin

Growing up we were taught that travel is an education in itself, and thanks to that, I get to blame my parents for my irrepressible love of escaping and exploring somewhere new! I’m lucky enough to get the chance to spend a couple of days in Berlin this week and I’m so excited about it. I was there once before about ten years ago, performing in the stunning Konzerthaus venue, but thanks to a busy rehearsal schedule and a lack of planning on our one day off, I can’t say I’ve really seen much of the city. I’m going into this one equally unprepared, but judging by what I’ve heard, simply wandering should reveal plenty of treasures to keep me occupied. A quick bit of research into foodie haunts unearthed some of the beauties below, which I hope I’ll make it to. From local delis to more upscale restaurants it looks like the pared back Bauhaus design still permeates the city with the overall premise of form following function. Do any of you have any must see Berlin places and spaces? Any suggestions would be most welcome and you can take a peek at my instagram to see where I end up!

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Tin Berlin

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Mogg & Melzer

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Sage Restaurant 

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Cafe Oliv via Ashlae W

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