Yucky Duck Fashion

Yucky Duck Fashion

Monday, 28 January 2013

Hooves in Prada shoes

What does the term 'the Devil wears Prada' mean to you?  For a long time I associated it with a demonic arrogant, self-righteous human being, prancing around in Italian branded leather shoes. It wasn't until I actually bought a pair that i began to reconsider this rather harsh first impression.

I remember the day I first saw them, it was love at first sight, and my heart constricted as I saw them proudly placed on the display shelf, arrogantly waiting to be picked up and then fondled by a someone in front of an oversized mirror. They were the Autumn-Winter 2012 velvet Prada slipper pumps in navy blue, and I had to have them, and the slippers could be mine for a not-so-modest €350.



For the next 4 months i obsessed over them, visited them regularly in their home in the shoe department and even oddly talked to them sometimes when no one was watching. My Precious. I decided to do what every other girl would do who can't afford to buy the beautiful designer items she sells. I saved. Every payday, other delicious material subjects tried to seduce me, but i stayed faithful. Three weeks ago I became the proud owner of these luxe Prada babies.. Joy! If you think this story is going to have a happy ending it's not the case. Within ten minutes of having them on in work, they began to sting, then squeeze, and cut, until my feet swelled up and they were unbearable to wear. Even colleagues commented on the startling tomato shade my feet had turned. Slipping my feet into those dainty Prada slippers became less like Cinderella and more like her ugly step-sister.



Regardless of this, I stubbornly prevailed in wearing them daily. I bandaged my feet up, and grimaced as I walked in them all day, until i could no longer take the pain. I was spurred on by female colleagues who would gush at how beautiful they looked when they saw them. Convinced that they would 'loosen out' or 'get more comfortable' were not the case. To the naked eye the velvet 'slipper' denotes, cushioned, soft and luxury comfort. However, upon examination of the design, even though the slipper are high-rise over your toes, the sides are too low cut. This means that you toes are pushed to far forward for grip.



I am distraught. When you buy designer pumps, you expect heaven. The more they hurt, the less of a novelty they became until guilt overcame me for  buying them. Some may say it's just my size 7 feet. But for now I'm going to reconsider my interpretation of the 'Devil Wears Prada' . Can it be instead that they are designer  footwear gems who only fit those with abnormal hoof like extremities? Maybe I am the normal one after all. Maybe.

Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera xX
 
(Please follow me on Twitter: @veramcgrath)

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

My Birthday Suit

I would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming response to my first post yesterday. I am very humbled by the feedback recieved by peers and new followers. My second post leads from yesterdays by continuing on showing you my own personal style lookbook. I can't describe my style, but maybe in a few weeks time someone will be able to box me into a catagory. I don't follow celebrity style but I do believe in buying into brands. One of those brands I love is french label; The Kooples.

It was my birthday last weekend, and I chose to wear a gold coloured tailored Kooples blazer, as part of a two piece suit with matching shorts. The Kooples are known to produce edgy-chic clothing and this was no ordinary birthday outfit. The metallic, single buttoned gold tuxedo jacket has beautiful black lapels and detailed black buttons on the cuff, complemented by the high rise short-shorts. Check out TV presenter Caroline Flack below rocking the blazer last December.

Kooples are renowned for their smart Saville Row tailoring, and have proven to be seasonal favourites since their foundation in 2008. I will expand further on both womens tailoring, and The Kooples brand itself in a future post.

The outfit was completed with a Diane Von Furstenburg chain handbag i recieved as a gift from my sister. It was a smart buy, with what can only be descibed as a cross between a Chanel and Lulu Guinness.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Last weekend was the best birthday ever, made special by my friends, family and boyfriend. Here's to being 25 and fabulous!
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera xX
 
(Please follow me on Twitter: @veramcgrath)
 
 

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Who is 'Yucky Duck'?

Welcome to my first blog post! Let me first introduce myself. My name is Vera McGrath and I am from Cork, Ireland. 'Yucky Duck' is an unorthodox fashion blog username but my rationale for choosing it is simple. As a teenager there is no other phrase i can best describe myself than feeling like an 'ugly ducking'. I had no interest in fashion and struggled with self confidence.

Fast forward to my twenties. In 2012, I completed my degree in Occupational Therapy at NUIG. I moved back to Cork last summer, to a recession-strick health service and no employment. It was then I got a job in a luxury department store in Cork, working for a French fashion label. Think Devil Wears Prada. I was surrounded by beautiful luxurious designer clothes and glamorous colleagues who eat, slept and lived for fashion. I was well out of my depth. I had to learn fast, and that I did. Over the past six months, i have begun to walk the walk, and talk the talk. My aim of this blog is to educate my readers on all thing luxe and designer, and what key pieces you should invest your money in. Fashion is a language and I am your new tutor.

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing with you my own personal style lookbook, trends training for Spring/ Summer 2013, and essential high-end fashion brands.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Skirt, T-Shirt, and Belt; all from The Kooples
  • Boots: River Island
  • Leather Jacket: Topshop
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera xX
 
(Please follow me on Twitter: @veramcgrath)