My New Life as a Stylist!

My first post ever written for silverbrogues Fashion Blog was called ‘When I grow up…‘.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my day job, but I also love where talking all things fashion through silverbrogues has led me.

When Belfast Fashion Week was launched in January, an announcement was made that stylists and bloggers would be taking part in a Charity Challenge.  I was teamed up with Cancer Research and worked alongside staff and volunteers from the Lisburn Road, Holywood and two Lisburn stores.  Cancer Research funds scientists, doctors and nurses to help beat cancer sooner as well as providing cancer information to the public.  I must say a massive thanks to Alyanne and all the teams who allowed me to raid their stores and fill my shopping bags!


During the summer I tried to set myself a challenge to shop in charity shops.  I walked in and out of a few stores with no purchases in hand.  My first day for the charity challenge, I came out with about twenty pieces.  Going in with a focus definitely helped me, but I also took my time actually looking at each piece.  What I am most sold on, is that for a minimal price, you can completely go out of your comfort zone and try something new, or do your own bit of DIY on a piece without losing too much!

The Preparation…


20140327-205734.jpg silverbrogues fashion blogWith a blog tagline of ‘style that works for you‘, my theme for this challenge was to mix S/S trends with an opportunity for the shopper to challenge themselves to try something different and mix up their personal style.  So with that in mind, this is what I came up with…

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The original model;)

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Vest donated by Zoe Boomer – more to follow on all donations

I might just have had to buy these New Balance Nike trainers but unfortunately, the trainers didn’t fit the model!  So here’s how the look was intended…

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Ignore the white legs!

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20140327-205618.jpg silverbrogues fashion blogA 1980’s pleated plaid skirt becomes a dress…

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Hair piece donated by By Sam Mercer

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Hair piece donated by Milk & Honey Boutique

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Bag donated by Roseanna McReynolds
Photo by @ulstertatlermag

The Show…

20140327-205710.jpg silverbrogues fashion blogMost items above have not been bought in model sizes.  Clothes have been mixed and matched, worn from the waist instead of the hips, selected from the men’s department, rolled up, and any other trick I could think of to style them.  Don’t just go into the charity store, look for your section and your size – mix it up!

Now to see the full silverbrogues show, follow this link

Massive thanks must go to Cathy Martin at CMPR for the opportunity to style my collection for the catwalk.  Thanks also to Brendan Gallagher, Norm Keilty and Ulster Tatler Magazine for the photos and to the local designers who donated a piece for the collection – a blog post will follow on this:)

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8 Comments on My New Life as a Stylist!

  1. Margaret Irvine
    March 27, 2014 at 10:28 PM (4 years ago)

    What a great experience and your collection is lovely – very wearable !

    • silverbrogues
      March 27, 2014 at 10:31 PM (4 years ago)

      Thanks Margaret, I loved completing the challenge and learned so much:)

    • silverbrogues
      March 30, 2014 at 9:52 PM (4 years ago)

      Thanks! I have to admit, I’m still watching the video – can’t quite believe it happened!

  2. treasuresnpleasures
    March 30, 2014 at 12:48 AM (4 years ago)

    I wish I could have made the night. Loved all your outfits especially the skirt worn as a dress and the little boxy jacket. Nice to see a Treasure Trove necklace in there too!!

    • silverbrogues
      March 30, 2014 at 9:56 PM (4 years ago)

      I could have done with your cheers too – I was so nervous walking the catwalk! The skirt/dress was my first piece, I had my fingers crossed it would look this good on the model and Jayne carried it off perfectly, I was so pleased:) A whole new post coming up on my Fashion Week jewellery, will tag you in!

  3. Cous Cous and Cork Wedges
    April 10, 2014 at 8:23 AM (4 years ago)

    Well done you! You did amazing! I’ve always been a charity shop raider & love it! xx

    • silverbrogues
      April 10, 2014 at 9:20 PM (4 years ago)

      I plan to go raid again next week when I’m off!