Today’s post has taken many different routes. It began as an outfit post. It moved on to a wearing your summer wardrobe in winter. It was due to incorporate a lovely dinner at a new restaurant in Belfast and now it has moved to how to be confident even when your dress is wrinkly!
So let’s bring all of those ideas together…
I had a lovely invite to come along to a family dining night at Kua ‘Aina, a new Hawaiian inspired restaurant in Victoria Square, Belfast. I was already stretching the ‘family’ definition by taking the opportunity to catch up with my friend and fellow blogger, Ruth from Willow Lane fame. Then, following a sleepover and lots of hours playing football with a friend, my little boy was ready for zoning out…so took control of my phone and it’s games while waiting for his dinner and waiting for us to finish catching up!
Browsing the Coconut Prawns and Tropical Granola on the menu, and debating over the Seared Ahi Tuna with avocado or the Teriyaki Chicken with pineapple, I ended up picking the tuna and was not disappointed (and a tip, the avocado completes the flavour combinations, don’t order without it!). I saved my pineapple fix for the Eton Mess delights that completed the meal. There were no complaints from the six year old as he enjoyed his cocktail of orange juice (he felt very fancy!) and managed to clear the sweetcorn from his meal without an argument! Mind you the Morellis chocolate ice-cream may have been the biggest hit! And for any parents out there, you will understand the joy when a pack of colouring pencils arrived at the table and they were sharp! Brownie points for this one!
As the weather has been brightening, I was in the mood to get something that was not black or grey on. Mixing the summer and winter wear, I chose to wear my denim dress (bought last summer during the Zara sale, and worn then with bare legs and trainers) with tights, loafers and my fur coat. I bought my coat in a second hand sale last year and love the 3/4 length sleeves for the transitional season. I was happy with my choice…until I stood brushing myself down ready for the photos to be taken.
And so to the final point. I love choosing my outfit, mixing different things together, wearing items that haven’t left my wardrobe for months. Wearing something different actually gives me a renewed confidence. But wearing a dress with wrinkles ruins my photo opportunity, as if I don’t generally stand awkwardly enough! But I decided not to worry, to show you how delicious the food at Kua ‘Aina was and to give a little example of how to make your summer clothes work in winter! Now I’m off to do a little bit of ironing;)
I finished off the year writing about local companies, so why not (finally!) begin again on the same topic?
I first discovered Rebekah from Lines and Current on Instagram and hit that moment where you realise you are ‘liking’ a post from six months previous! The main thing that captured my attention was the simplicity of her photos, her jewellery and her style. In the midst of creating an envious world, wanting the designer, the next best thing, always wishing for ‘more’, Rebekah exuded calm, and in her own words her brand has been…
Born out of a love for clean lines with a boho twist, ‘Lines & Current’ is a brand for normal girls who ‘work hard to keep it simple’ so there’s enough time for play & things that matter. It’s about de-cluttering, finding clean lines & pursuing your version of minimalism or simplicity. When this happens it frees up some soul space, we can lean in the unpredictable current of life & follow the creative, generous spirit that prompts us.
I sort of want to steal this as my own ethos!
As the name suggests, her jewellery mixes the straight lines with movement. Having browsed her website on many an occasion I finally had an opportunity to buy. A treat for a friend and one for me.
Rebekah also chooses a charity (this month the Significado Foundation) and donates 10% from each sale to support it and if your sign up to the newsletter, you get to enjoy 10% off too – always giving:) So after dry January, go browse, and write your shopping list for February;)
My lovely friend and silverbrogues supporter came to visit a few weeks ago so I roped her in to taking some photos for me to help try and perfect the pose. Thinking back to the previous post on recognising our individual beauty, I tackled my uncomfortable embarrassment and stood in front of other shoppers in Belfast’s largest Shopping Centre.
This is a look I feel may be repeated numerous times over the next few months. I have been wearing so much black and grey since the change in season – I think my new scarf and sleeveless jacket may have prompted this wardrobe selection!
Sleeveless Jacket – Warehouse
Leather Jacket – Miss Selfridge
Shirt – River Island
Scarf – Urban Outfitters
Jeans – H&M
Shoes – Debenhams
If you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, head on over to The Selfie – Be Beautiful, and take your chance to win!
Launching their first ever store in Northern Ireland, Boux Avenue, a luxurious but affordable lingerie brand, opened in Victoria Square in October.
Having heard about this brand before from it’s presence online, I then caught the collection during the High Street Show at Fashion Week.
So I couldn’t resist popping down on their opening day to see what the store had to offer. With sizes ranging from 28-38, A-G cups and all sizes available on the shop floor, there appeared to be everything you needed in one shop!
Boux Avenue also offer a fitting service where they escort you into the beautiful changing rooms – thick carpets where you can’t resist getting your shoes off, mood lighting in Dawn, Dusk or Night, and a intercom to ring and ask for help. I worked with Steph who, after giving me a quick tour of the store and an opportunity to have a look for myself, showed me to my changing room with instructions on how to prepare for the fitting. As I was wearing a dress and tights, Steph brought me a pair of pyjama bottoms to make the changes more comfortable.
Steph went step by step through the fitting process and followed my favourite styling strategy – you have to try it on to see how well it fits/suits. It turned out I was wearing a back size up and a cup size down for the everyday style I prefer. Steph brought a range of styles to try, bras I was comfortable with, and a few different styles to try out. She allowed time for me to try the bra on and then she fitted it to suit. In order to check wearability, she also brought in a vest and t-shirt to see how each bra sat under clothes.
Once I had selected a suitable bra, Steph then brought me the matching underwear and as I tried that on she completed my fitting card, making note of my size (which varied depending on the particular style – also specified) and the name of another bra I had tried, tips for a future purchase!
Have a wander in store (and make sure you take advantage of a fitting) or shop online to find your perfect style:)
Thank-you Boux Avenue for my lovely new set!
The end of the summer meant it was that time again in our little city of Belfast – the launch of West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK! I love the A/W launch because I am off work and I get to attend!
So of course the first dilemma is what to wear. A quick stop off at my favourite one stop shop, Outfit on Boucher Road, a grab of any suitable items for A/W before a very wet trip to the zoo, and a try on saved for later! But unlike my usual quick grab (the one where I buy five things thinking I’ll keep one and keeping all five), nothing I bought was suitable. And so to the wardrobe raid, a raid which has ultimately made me re-think my buying and am planning to sell before I buy again! Let’s see how long that will last?!
So I started out the day with blogger and friend TJ from Ginger Snaps Vintage as we were chauffeured to the launch in the official Belfast Fashion Week Citreön car.
In the quirky surroundings of Life Church, the home of Belfast Fashion Week, fashionistas and media were introduced to upcoming trends for the season. I loved the colour blocking – no prints or embellishments – each look was really striking. Two pieces that really stood out were by local designers Deux Cara (top centre) and below (I’ll tell you when I get there!) by Gordon Donaldson. The hints of the 70’s shone through in the colours and fabrics. And coming back on to the catwalks again for the season, a favourite of mine and the look I took for the day, monochrome.
This red skirt and crop top is the look by Gordon Donaldson!
Designer Gordon Donaldson (left) and design by Nor Lisa (right).
Designers John Gerard O’Neill and Neil Coogan with a piece from their A/W collection for Deux Cara and Lewis and Jamie from Beyond Man who will also being showing their collection this season.
I wore my Zara midi skirt along with a vintage sheer top with metallic beaded collar detail (this started out as a dress but after cutting off the skirt it became a top. It also has an opened, layered back which I tried to photograph but the detail wouldn’t show through.). And to top off the look, my favourite gold sparkly heels – well for the car journey and event anyway!
Shows begin on Thursday 15 October with an early start for the Men at 6pm before Designer Boutiques and Local Designers show their collections on the catwalk at 8pm.
Friday is High Street night before an array of events at Life Church on Saturday. First up, ‘To Be Beautiful’, a discussion focusing on body image, then the floor will be opened up to The Fashion Souk where local fashionistas set up their stalls to sell their pre-owned, vintage or recycled fashion. Meanwhile, Sushi Saturday will take place in a venue yet to be announced. And to complete the days events, Excel Clothing will take over the catwalk to show what they have on offer for A/W15.
As always, Fashion Week finishes up at Shu for Style Sunday in support of Action Cancer.
Get your tickets here and before the events, remember to check out my social media for all goings on backstage!