Even after changing jobs in December last, the Rose of Tralee Regional interview was and still is the most intense interview I've ever done due to it's time limit. You have ten minutes to best sell who you are, your interests and what you're all about as a person to a panel of judges. It was essentially like speed dating. Speed dating with Mr World or even with the misogynististic Christian Grey. You're dying for date number two but they're playing hard to get. Jamie Doran is sitting in front of you and you have ten minutes to convince him to whisk you away in his helicopter down to the Festival in Tralee and buy you that Audi you'd nearly rob your local Credit Union for. Pick me Jamie, pick me! Feminists be gone from my blog immediately!
It is no doubt then that I spent a reasonable amount of time dwelling over what I would wear to this quick fire rendez-vous. I had first spotted this amazing pink two piece at Kerry Fashion Week 2014 and spent the evening fixated on it's unusual symmetric drape and modern fluorescent hues. After doing a bit of research (aka Instagram creeping) I came across the designer Jocelyn Murray Boyne, a young Irish designer whom had recently graduated from the National College of Arts and Design in Dublin. Jocelyn is making strides across the pond and is currently showcasing her work as part of the 'in the fold' an installation of work by emerging Irish designers during London Fashion Week this February.
Her work has been photography in various Irish press and shoots and her graduate collection was previously stocked in design house Atelier 27 in Drury Street. I travelled up one Saturday morning to explore their Irish collection especially, knowing that regardless if the outfit suit and clearly having 'ugly stepsister tendancies' I was going to make it fit. I had to have it. My bubble was quickly burst as I stood in front of the mirror and expectation did not initially meet reality. There was serious 'Angelina side split' up the hip in the skirt, with my underwear on show, and there was no amount of tea-pot posing or leg crossing could get away with this one. Luckily for me, I had a simple coral midi skirt at home which matched up nicely underneath and hid my modesty and I also reversed the top the other way round to reveal a higher neck-line which better suited my body shape.
I have to admit I had a certain amount of anxiety sporting this rig-out for the big occasion. It was nothing other like I've seen in the Rose competition previously, nor even in Ireland and was definitely a bit unconventional to say the least. Backed by the support of my fellow roses, I took the stride of pride into that interview room that day with my hair in a simple ponytail and Lulu Guinness' lips clutch at my side and the rest is history..
I would love to hear some feedback from you all on my look?
Let me know what you think.
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx