Yucky Duck Fashion

Yucky Duck Fashion

Thursday, 28 March 2013

My Pre-Loved Sale..[CLOSED]

As stated already on Monday's blog post, I have completely Spring cleaned out my wardrobes to make room for more precious fashion goodies on my wishlist. Some may find it hard to let go of their clothes, so my advice to you is to compile a list of items you can save for by selling on your preloved ones. This definitely helps, and you're also saving space. I have always just given my clothes away to charity shops, but as some of you may know I am recently unemployed (by choice) and have to think of new inititives to fund my shopping addiction! I hope you will find some gems in the bunch. Please email me if you want subsequent pictures of items or descriptions.

All orders are to be made by emailing yuckyduckfashion@gmail.com

Collection / payment can be arranged in Cork city centre. I will except Postal Orders for those who can not meet, but I will charge postal cost.

I will offer a discount to customers purchasing multiple items (4 or over).

All items are in good to perfect condition. I do not offer refunds, and the sale will go on for 5 days only before been put on eBay. Please note, if you are paying by postal order, you will have no comeback if the item does not suit / fit / change of mind. Majority of items are a size  UK 8, with some 10s and 6s. Further discount will not be offered upon meeting, unless item is mistakenly faulty (ripped, holed etc) so please do not ask.

Please mail me if you have any queries! Happy shopping :)
Love Vera xX

B1: Juicy Couture small bag with original box €45
B2: River Island clutch with wrist strap €15
B3: Black snake print clutch €5
B4: Topshop petal cross body €15

B6: Juicy Couture Shopper (new) €80
B7: Guess €40
Dresses / Playsuits
D1: Rare 'hoop' coral dres
D3: Coral dress size 10 €10

P1: Topshop nautical playsuit size 8 €15

D4: Rare Opulence metallic disc dress, size 8 €15
D5: Ted Baker tunic dress size 6-8 €35

D6: Topshop floral jersey dress with elasticated waist size 8 €8
D7: Rachel Gilbert Designer dress (with defects) size 10 €180. RRP €2000

D8: Aqua by Aqua, colour: coral. size 10 (small fit) €15
D10: Pixie Lott for Lipsy, size 8 €10

D12: River Island sports luxe dress, size xS (6-8) €20

D14: River Island 60s dress size 8 €10
D15: Size 8-10 €8

D16: Rare navy dress with black feathers, size 8 €15
D17: Pixie Lott for Lipsy, size 8 €10

D18: Red dress with one shoulder bow, size 8 €8

D19: Red dress, size 10 €8

D20: Topshop orange midi dress, size 6(-8) €20
P2: Lipsy red halterneck playsuit, size 8, €10
Please check back later for more dresses, knitwear, tops and footwear!

Monday, 25 March 2013

If the shoe fits...

Recently I have succumb to the modern trend of selling on my pre-loved items. It's never easy to let go of pieces that you may share history and secrets with. A spring clean out was a necessity though, as I finally merged my Galway college and Cork home wardrobes together, and hoped that I would see the colour of my bedroom carpet again. I had a fashion end goal in mind though. I was lusting over Carolina Issa's limited edition collection for LK Bennett for some time, and It was then that I decided that it was out with the old to make cash for the new.

The collection itself is a much needed breath of fresh air for LKB, who are the official shoe choice of Kate Middleton. One could say that their streamline low to high heels border on boring, and do nothing to capture the shoe imaginations of lady's in their twenties. That is until their collaboration with Caroline, and also their new 'Black Ribbon' collection which aims to target the younger fashionista.

These beautiful shoes do not disappoint. They are true to LKB form and are incredibly comfortable, and have even passed the nightclub test. The 'Parrot' shoe design is based on Caroline's recent trip to Thailand, and the vibrant colours and embroidery represent these oriental trend graciously. The shoes themselves retail at €305, and also come in beige with matching clutches, and other styles and heights. I replicated a 'Black Ribbon' outfit using a coral midi tube skirt from River Island S/S12 and a snake print tank top from The Kooples (€65) which is available to buy online.

Caroline Issa herself is a breath of fresh air. She had previously retweeted pictures of me wearing her shoe designs, and has commented on my pictures on instagram. She clearly has an appreciative connection with her fans and has grown in popularity for being so.

So how did I justify the price tag? I participated in UCC's Steal my Style event last month, organised by fellow Cork blogger Nessa Cotter. I filled a rail of previously worn dresses, bags, tops and jackets and had a financially successful night. I am delighted to admit that I sold enough pieces to fund the shoes. Keep an eye out on my blog tomorrow as I am going to put all subsequent unsold pieces on s special post. The items will be available for sale for a limited time only before been put on eBay.

So start spring cleaning your wardrobes and come along to the next Steal My Style event to make space for your new desirable fashion goodies!

Until next time duckings,
Love Vera xX

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

The Winter Maxi

Although Ger Fleming may say it's officially Spring, Winter just hasn't taken the hint. While the shops are stock piling the new fresh and bright florals, with shortened hem lines, the reality is that it snowed in Ireland yesterday. So the question is how do we dress for two seasons at once? After much brainstorming, I am going to explain to you how I overcame this issue.

I bought this purple maxi skirt in the Brown Thomas sale in December. It is made of a sheer, pleated material with an extreme side split over a short jersey under-skirt. Whilst the pleats may add width to certain individuals, this is cleverly counteracted with the see-through sheer material so that one can see the definition of your legs. While I have had a few 'Marilyn' moments while walking down Patrick Street with our south-westerly winds, the high slit moves subtlety as you walk showing off a hint of sexy leg exposure.

For Spring/ Summer 2013, three fashion trends are huge; 'Summer Grunge', '70s' and 'leather', with Vogue magazine citing that a skirt slit is a 2013 fashion essential. In this outfit, I achieved all three trends while still being Winter practical. The maxi is a 70s love child, themed with black opaque tights to keep your health, and mind your modesty. The high top trainers gave the skirt an edgier daytime look and made my legs appear longer. Finally, a thick knit kept me snug from the elements layered with my black Topshop leather jacket to finish. The dark palette tones of the outfit ensured the 'grunge' look was achieved.

While lighter shades of maxi skirts with prints are commonly found and worn in Summer, buying a darker block colour instead means that it can be interchangeably used amongst the seasons for both day and night. A lighter colour on top will then brighten up the skirt come Summer.

Celebrities have been long championing the maxi, for both day and formal occasions. Rihanna's new collection included a grey jersey maxi, although it may not be practical for every body height and shape. I love this one instead by Diesel for ASOS.

(Image: Stylesiren.ie)

Image Left: Rihanna for River Island, Right: Diesel for ASOS

There is something incredibly sexy about the 70s maxi skirt. To me it envisions elegance, femininity and boho-chic. It has definitely always been my favourite Summer piece, and now it's Winter-ready too.

It is essential to remember though, that buying a maxi skirt is like buying a new pair of jeans, you may have to try on a few different styles and lengths, and have to tailor it slightly before you find the perfect one.

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

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Little Miss Corker

This last week has been so busy that I have been unable to find the time to update my blog! If you missed it, I was awarded blogger of the week by CollegeTimes.ie! Check out my fashion interview with them here: http://collegetimes.ie/blog-lovin-yucky-duck/

On the 23rd of February I was invited to the final of Miss Cork 2013. I was an (unsuccessful) ex-contestant from two years previous, and it was important to me that I looked my best this night (for obvious reasons). It had been an overall positive experience when I entered in 2011. I gained new friendships, and rekindled my romance with my now boyfriend that very night (courtesy of Havana Browns). What man could resist a girl in a ballgown with a sash, in a nightclub?

My outfit for this final consisted of my skyscraper Kurt Geiger 'Hamilton' heels, the Maje 'Renard' black snake print racer back midi dress, and accessorised with a Michael Korrs look-a-like rose gold watch from high street favourite; River Island. My 'Russian Red' lips were chosen by Deirdre in MAC cosmetics Cork, to compliment my snakeskin red metallic Lulu Guinness clutch.

I had lusted over this lips bag for many years, but previously could not justify paying £295 for something I could only fit my IPhone, lipstick and credit card into. In January, I finally bought the bag in the sale, on the official Lulu Guinness' website, much to my sister's relief for listening to me go on about it. There are many copies of this bag available including one presently by Awear, in case you can't justify the price for fear that you will become tired of the bag quickly. However in my opinion, this quirky real deal clutch is a definite conversation starter, and playful piece to compliment any monotone outfit. It is perfect for first dates, theatre attendances and fancy dinners.
Lulu Guinness' lips bag comes in a variety of colours and textures and have proven to be a real celebrity favourite. This is the season for the clutch!


Disclaimer: If you do purchase this bag, photographing it held up to your face like your lips have swelled up after an allergic reaction to a bee sting is definite necessity.

On a final note, if you are wondering who did I lose out to in the final of Miss Cork 2011...here she is my fabulous friend; Anita O'Brien.

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