Yucky Duck Fashion

Yucky Duck Fashion

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Xpose magazine feature - April

I'M BACK!!! After an unexpected blogging break the past few weeks I now have a back log of outfits, posts, and fashion going-ons! Life has been a bit hectic of late between work and moving house and as a result I had to temporarily delegate my blogging time elsewhere. So expect frequent posts over the next two weeks to get us back on track until I make it up to you guys!

I had been asked in February by Xpose to join their nationwide 'blogger panel' after featuring in the magazine on numerous occasions in 2013. Of course I was extremely flattered to represent Kilkenny street style and it was so important for me to feature items from local shops in April's edition. Although I'm not a major fan of black in Summer time, my task was to style up 'monochrome' and I'm really happy with the tran-seasonal look I created using lighter fabrics and hints of softer hues. This look wouldn't look too out of place at a festival either (as I begin to scheme my Electric Picnic mood board!). You can find out the full outfit details here.

One of things I love about fashion in Kilkenny is the influence and popularity of local boutiques in contrast to UK high street chains domineering the city's main street. It really is the place to go to shop one-off special occasion pieces as well as browse the vintage rails in Shitterbug and New York Doll. I LOVE that! I've also welcomed the opportunities to get involved in the local fashion circle too and recently modelled for charity fashion shows. Building rapport with local traders and fellow fashionistas is so important as a blogger and I am excited to have worked with the girls from Shutterbug on this feature for Xpose. A big thanks to Alice for taking these snaps on a bitter Spring day!
Check out my next post on Thursday evening when I'll be sharing some exciting news about the weekend ahead! Plus I reveal my latest Lulu Guinness sale steal from Kildare Outlet Village too!
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Kerry Fashion Week Industry Awards '14

 Ciana March and I
Last Saturday I headed to Killarney for Kerry Fashion Week Industry Awards 2014 of which I was nominated for 'Best Blog'. Firstly let me say how flattered I was to be considered as a finalist in the first place, and also how happy I was for the girls of 'Concrete Collar' to walk away with the outright prize. Both girls work so hard on promoting young new designers and I was delighted to finally get the chance to meet Ciana on the night and instantly fell in love with her funky award dress by designer Jocelyn Murray Byrne.
As it was an award for helping to establish Irish design and fashion it was really important for me to wear likewise to last weekend's proceedings. A once HUGE 'Off the Rails' fan, I was delighted when Lennon Courtney sent me their navy beach dress from their Spring Summer '14 collection (also stocked in the Kilkenny Shop). The dress itself was so beautiful to wear and very different to my usual style but  definitely something that will look amazing on various shapes due to it's clever tailoring. As i was being gifted the dress for the evening, it gave me the opportunity to splash out on one of these Joanne Hynes bib necklace for the event which I had been lusting after for so long. Next on the list is one of her statement collars!

Apologies for the delay in this post, it's been a hectic week since last Saturday's events, where I was burnt out from wine-ing, dinning, driving the breath of the country and also participating in last Thursday's fashion show in Langton's in aid of Chernobyl Childrens International Charity. So this weekend I took some well deserved me time and spent it chilling out and browsing the shops, both in Kilkenny and Kildare. You may have seen on my Instagram that I took a trip up to Kildare Outlet Village today as part of their VIP sale and I'll do a post later this week on my naughty purchase(s).
Thank you to Dermot Fitzgerald for the above snaps!
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx 

Saturday, 8 March 2014

KFW Outfit Preview

Tonight is the closing event of Kerry Fashion Week 2014 and what better why to sign off another successful celebration of all things Irish design then a gala awards dinner in the 5 star Europe hotel. I am delighted to be a finalist in the best blog category and dressing up for the formal occasion to suit! I will be wearing (of course) and Irish designer for the night and the dress is simple but beautifully cut and tailored. The sample I was sent is unluckily for me designed for supermodels legs so I'll have to have the skyscraper emergency heels out tonight so expect lot of stooped photos. Once I had my dress organised, it allowed me to search for the perfect complimentary accessories. Unfortunately my Kate Spade bag is currently stuck in customs but I am in love with this Joanne Hynes bib necklace I purchased a few weeks back for tonight in question. Joanne who is originally from Galway, is one of the most talented designers in Ireland at present and has even collaborated with stores like Topshop and brands such as Pretty Polly since launching herself on the fashion circuit back in 2003. Her quirky and shout out loud pieces makes her one of my favourite designers at present and I am so excited to finally add a statement piece of hers to my wardrobe.

As much I am looking forward to tonight, my category is so strong and bursting with bright young talented bloggers so I won't hold my breath with carrying away the prestigious award but I am looking forward to catching up with familiar faces and meeting new ones! Be sure to pop by my Facebook or Instagram tonight to see the final reveal of my complete outfit!

I'm off to get ready as we speak!
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Miss Rebelette

Last weekend I took the trip to Cork to attend the annual Miss Cork pageant event  which took place in Fota Island Resort hotel. The beautiful location (which is also set to hold the forthcoming Irish Open Golf tournament as so my boyfriend tells me) is only a stones throw my home place so I had no excuse but to come along to the glamorous event on Saturday night. I have attended the last few years now and I much prefer having no emotional connection to the final announcement, as you could cut the tension with a knife over who would represent the rebel county at the Miss Ireland pageant later this year.

You may have seen on my Instagram account that I made a very naughty purchase in the Net A Porter sale last month when I saw this Mary Katrantzou skirt with a whopping 70% knocked off. Bargain-ish. I have been Mary-crazy for a few years now as my obsession with bold colour and optical illusion prints is still in full flight. Someone once told me my 'thing' for prints is due to my severe shortsightedness but I think she was talking crazy with that fact. If you're an opthamologist be sure to clarify! In the past, I was lucky enough to find a Katrantzou dress rental for my University graduation (thank God for that as the photo is cemented on the wall for eternity) and also picked up a rather convincing skirt dupe last Summer from Romwe (which is also the skirt featured on my cover banner for my blog!). But as I debated whether I would keep the extra-roomy large fitting but magnificent skirt, I discovered the tailor located in Newpark shopping centre who did an amazing job taking it in. Never did I think when I spotted this beauty on Laura Whitmore in Stellar magazine a few moons back that it would be homed in my closet at this very moment in time. Dreamy.

Of course, no other item of clothing would DARE to try and up stage this amazing landscape picture perfect skorta so I kept the accessories to a minimum and my shoes simple. My drop ball earrings are from Crystals & Co and my cuff from Newbridge Silverware. My shoes are Louboutin beauties (similar here) and the cream top is from the Loved by Mollie range at Oasis (similar here). Be sure to check out last year's outfit post from the 2013 Miss Cork final and let me know which outfit you prefer!

A huge congratulations to the overall winner who was a well deserved victor with her heart-felt answer in the question round. Well done Miss Cork 2014 Katie O'Donoghue! Thank you to David Kelleher from Pulse Event Management and Modelling Agency for inviting me once again and congratulations on another successful final. I know Katie will do everyone in Cork proud!

I'm so excited for Kerry Fashion Week's industry awards taking place this weekend to which I am a finalist in the Best Blog category. I'll be sure to give you a sneak peak at my outfit for it later on in the week. I can't wait to wear my beautiful Irish designed dress for the gala dinner!

Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Spring-son in the city

The longer I am in Kilkenny, the more like home it has become. Between the people, shops and workplace I have grown to love this 'city' like it were my own. I've been spending most of my free staying here but last weekend I took a trip back to Cork. Ideally from the pictures I could have picked a slightly cleaner street to snap this 'rock & romantic' look as dubbed so by an Instagram follower of mine. Usually when we photograph for my blog the biggest drama is me having a mini heart attack when someone walks past whilst I'm throwing a shape or two on a public street but we encountered something very different on this occasion. As we parked up and set off for coffee there was a very suspicious looking individual gazing into car windows as he approached us down this particular street. After he passed us again back up the street, needless to say that we very quickly moved my completely worthless car (but precious in sentimental value) somewhere else. I am in this area quite often visiting various shops and never witnessed anything like this behaviour previous but perhaps a word to the wise about leaving any visible valuables in your car anywhere.
I treated myself to this beautiful coral Orla Kiely bag from The Kilkenny Shop after the disappointment of London Fashion week. It comes with an attachable shoulder strap but I prefer to carry it as a clutch. The perforated heart hole detailing would have made a cute Valentines present (or would have maybe felt like a literal hole thru' the heart for the singletons). I just can't stop wearing these Iclothing.ie leather jeans! They are super comfortable but currently out of stock. NOOOO! I NEED a second pair (similar here and here). These Pennys black sandals are back on trend but don't spend too far over the price as you will find a lookalike everywhere this season (similar here and here) and although jewellery isn't my thing, this embellished collar from Topshop and cuff from Folli Follie dresses up this casual denim shirt.
I first spotted this Bart Simpson shirt on fellow bloggers Tar Mar and Wildchild Stories last year, but wrestled with myself when my sister commented that maybe I was too old for the heavily Bart endorsed merch. I can't believe I delayed and wished I bought it sooner. An oversized fit, best tucked in and sleeves rolled up, the denim is really good quality for the €30 price tag. Bad news? Buy from Romwe.com and expect at least a 3-4 week delivery wait. You nearly need to be certain before you're even certain which doesn't wash well with my 'need to think about buying this a million times before I hand over money' attitude. This shirt also comes in an indigo blue colour. Small is approx Uk 8-10 and medium would probably fit Uk 12-14.
I'm still embracing my pale skin look but I'm a guest at the Miss Cork pagent again this year and will have to fight the urge not to spladder myself in flash bronzer this weekend. What do you think? Is paleness more high fashion? Or is being bronzed just an Irish necessity for nights out?
Hit me up in the comments box what you think I should do!
I went on an online spending splurge last weekend so I'll be sure to post some of my new goodies later this week.
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Miss Dior

For those of you that follow my blog religiously (there's a handful of you at least anyway) you may be wondering why I haven't been polluting the Twitter and Instagram world of late with updates and pics from London Fashion Week which commenced on Friday. I had meant to travel over to join Orla Kiely's press team but for personal reasons during the week I had to pull out of my plans to travel. It wasn't an easy decision by any means but I look forward to heading in September instead and for the meantime having some spare cash in my pocket!

As I had been collecting accessories the period coming up to fashion week to style with Ms Kiely's collection I wasn't going to let it the opportunity go to waste this weekend and decided to replicate the look I was going to do at fashion week. One of the gorgeous pieces I bought was this 1950's Christian Dior floral hat from an American vintage store. I had become infatuated with these hats after a Le Chat Noir Vintage fashion show last year and dreamt about styling for ladies day at the races or even an updated version of the floral crown for Summer festivals. As much I love it, I am hoping to sell it on. If you are interested in the Dior piece you can drop me a mail at yuckyduckfashion@gmail.com Brit brand Johnny Loves Rosie do some alternative gorgeous floral garland headbands at high street prices.

One of the key pieces I could not wait to get my hands on was Orla Kielys Summer trench coat here and this Topshop version isn't too far off the designer piece tag. Orla is know for her 60's swirls and I got this on-trend monochrome full midi skirt last year from Asos (similar here).  These sexy knee-high knit socks are from Topshop also as I tip my hat to Prada's legwarmer craze this Summer (similar here), and my DVF bag and Sophia Webster booties were both past presents. Sophie's boots haven't been given a full run of yet as they are extremely uncomfortable and more of a car to bar shoe!

As the Kerry Fashion Week Industry Awards approach I am delighted that I have another favourite designer label of mine on board to dress me for the night! I don't think I've ever been so organised in my life (or so my mother says) but I am so pleased to get my first choice of outfit. The next few weeks will be spent organising the nitty gritty details and I can't wait to share more with you nearer the time. There's only 3 weeks to go!

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend,
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx

Monday, 10 February 2014

Queen of this Castle

Top: Shutterbug vintage

Ring & bracelet: Shutterbug

We all have that 'Cheers' creature comfort hang out, be it a coffee shop, bar or even chilling out at the beach, and since moving to Kilkenny, Shutterbug has become mine. A vintage sister company to the online girlie grungey store folkster.com there is little I don't love about it. The decor, stock, sales assistants, customer service, yes Shutterbug has made me fall in love with shopping locally again. The friendly faces means I have become a weekly visitor and quickly built up a full shopping cart of goodies.

Once again I was contacted by Xpose magazine to style up my Kilkenny street look and it also gave me a chance to showcase all my favourite Shutterbug pieces. I have had my eye on this lace 'Anouska' kimono (€50) for some time now and it will be perfect for Summer festivals or even now over jumpers and jeans. The  Xpose theme was 'monochrome' and I resisted using past season white-black colour-blocking to show you instead a trans-seasonal look. I opted for pops of 'mono' to carry your winter wardrobe into spring instead of a full black and white combo, which in my eyes has been done already. I've had lots of winter wear out of this black fedora and I brightened up this party sequin top by combining with a softer pastel hue. Shutterbug have a huge range of sequin jackets, tops and dresses which are once off pieces which is extra special. This pink flared hem skirt is from Zara 2013 but shop a similar alternatives here, here and here

Although today was a break in the recent rainfall, I could not bear the artic spring air biting at my legs and these dernier 10 tights from Penneys / Primark for €3 will suffice until the sun becomes a regular feature. Unfortunately it meant that these super sweet Sophia Webster boots weren't done justice. These sheer and patent polka monochrome booties is an excellent example of 'mono pattern'  this Spring / Summer. So think, polka, floral and stripes ard you have this years twist on monochrome.

In other news: I was contacted on Friday to say that I am a finalist in next months Kerry Fashion Week 2014 'Blogger of the Year' award! To say I am over the moon is an understatement! I was nominated for a couple of awards last year but to actually make it as a finalist in the same catagory as Retro Flame, Concrete Collar and Orla Sheridan is surreal and extremely flattering. The winner will be announced on the 8th of March at a black tie event in Kilarney. I am already searching for the perfect formal dress! And I don't need an excuse to shop!

Xpose magazine is out 1st March
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx