Yucky Duck Fashion

Yucky Duck Fashion

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Flower Power

I don't think there is a more fitting outfit post to do today than a sunny Summer holiday one. I wore this outfit on my second day in Praia da Roche, situated in the southern coast of Portugal. The weather had been somewhat overcast but cleared that evening as we walked the promenade before dinner. I had brought lots of short skirts and shorts but had underestimated how cold the evenings became in a warmer climate, and these light grey jeans from Penney's (Primark) became a night-time stable for the first few days. The coloured denims were perfect to cover my still very pale Irish un-tanned legs, but a word to the wise is to make sure you also bring some loose printed trousers in fear you burn yourself raw. The last thing you or your skin will appreciate is tight fitting clothing and more sun exposure if this happens.


Oriental influences have been splashed across designer catwalks this season, and this blouse from Zara has a fine china blue theme. The tree print reminds me of the old willow tree love story pottery print, and the blouse itself has pockets in all the rights places to hide your decolletage modesty. My black clutch is an old Penney's reliable too.

I have had a lot of requests about where my flower sandals are from and I'm the bearer of bad news to tell you that they are no longer available. I bought them in River Island Liverpool three years ago after spotting them online.

The design encompasses three neon plastic flowers on the front along with a scorpion with diamante stones. They definitely are real head turners. Unfortunately, due to the poor finish, they are very uncomfortable and don't have any real functionality. The shoe is too long and in contrast the toe straps are too tight so you can't go down a size.

In other news, today I received an invitation to attend the Mallow Fashion and Design institute's graduation exhibition on Friday night. I love frequenting fashion shows like this as I love to discover new young designers and get a chance to meet them before their careers and price-tags sky-rocket. Also on Friday I will be announcing details of my competition in association with Finns Corner Cork.

Last but not least, I was featured in a style Q&A in today's edition of The Evening Echo! Here's a copy of the piece for my readers outside Cork and Ireland.  Enjoy!


I hope you enjoyed the beautiful burst of rays we had today and made the most to show off some skin and your favourite sunnies.
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Ladies who lunch

Hi y'all! I'd firstly like to thank everyone for their kind reaction to last nights post! As a result of the positive feedback I got, I have been busy all day dealing with various business' in relation to collaborating together. I've got some exciting competitions in the pipeline which I will share with you in the next few days. As someone who has had no previous experience in marketing, PR or business studies and instead thought it was a good idea to do four science subjects for their Leaving Cert (Irish A-Levels), every little achievement has been seen to me as a huge victory in driving forward my blog into something bigger. So let's cut the waffle and talk fashion!
Last Friday I had the honour of being invited to the Cork Fashion Bloggers Lunch, hosted by the lovely Grace McNulty, held in The Electric restaurant in Cork City (a regular hanut of mine). I was somewhat apprehensive about what I wore and such, but instead it transpired that the whole lunch would have a laid back and warm feel, and not at all competitive in which I dreaded it would be. The food was fabulous and so were the guests as we discussed ideas for Cork Fashion Week 2013.
My outfit for the day was a combination of different trends and styles. I paired my sweatshirt and somewhat casual Kenzo jumper with a fabulous fifties monocrome midi skirt. My Sporty-Spice-esque ponytail allowed my spike and punk inspired necklace to shine despite my mop of hair. My outfit was topped off with my black Louboutin courts (which I always wear when I mean business). In theory the outfit shouldn't of worked but i'm really pleased with the styling gamble I took.
Jumper: Ebay
Skirt: Asos
Necklace: Topshop
Cork bloggers
After I said my goodbyes to the fashionistas at Electric I rushed off to Silversprings to attend Xpose Live. Xpose is an Irish fashion and celebrity TV show that airs daily on TV3 (if Gok Wan and E! News were to have a baby this would be it). The place was jammed with stalls, stands and of course regular fashion shows. My favourite finds of the night had to be Cork boutique Brocade & Lime with their fifties inspried fashion and Dublin store; So Amazing. The latter store had a beautiful array of statement necklaces and their stockists include Fran & Jane.

Gatsby inspired fashion shows
Tomorrow I'm spenting the day shooting for my competition in association with Finns Corner Sports, and as well as that I will have the first of my holiday outfit posts online too. Make sure you pick up tomorrows Evening Echo to read my style Q&A!
Hope you're all having a fabulous week like me,
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx

Monday, 27 May 2013

Girls in the city

It's official. I'm back in Ireland and still as pasty and white as ever. Now that the post-holiday blues have subsided this week I aim to play post catch-up and set a new goal of regular bloggin'. I have started making some exciting blog plans and decided to give it the much deserved attention and maintenance it deserves in order to drive it forward. Every time I meet people, I get asked for more posts, more outfits and more stories. SO the good news is that this week I will post a new blog post every day for five days, as requested by YOU.
Before I jetted off, I had the honour of helping out at the Girls Club Cork Fashion Show held in the Savoy. The Girls Club Cork is a charitable organisation which includes a drop-in centre service providing support for those battling cancer as well as their loved ones. I don't think there isn't a family in Ireland whose lives have not been affected by cancer at some stage and I had heard fantastic reports about the ongoing work the organisation undertook.
I had to put some effort into what I wore, as it needed to be stylish, versatile and my heels had to be comfortable too for skipping around backstage. Not asking for much then! I love what I ended up choosing for the event as it gave me the opportunity to mix old and new pieces.
My outfit included a 'Barbie' tank I purchased in Miss Selfridge for £22 when I was in Chester last month, accessorised with a statement floral necklace from Bershka. I themed it with my JW Anderson skirt (which you previously saw in post: 'Designer Lovin') and my over worn Caroline Issa for LK Bennett shoes (post: 'If the shoe fits').
I'm lovin' Barbie's on-trend pink balayage and you can shop this top on-line at www.missselfridge.com now!
I have participated in fashion shows before as a 'model' (a term I like to use loosely in regards to myself) and had dealt with backstage mania, strops, nudity and last minute alterations. In fact, between that and my stage-school days, there is little I haven't randomly witnessed backstage (including the Genie still going onstage with a broken leg from running to the stage after missing his cue in the Aladdin panto years back). I wish I could break some kind of exclusive story or drama, but the fact is the whole night went off without a hitch and was a success and a credit to all involved.
On the night I got to meet the lovely Cork based fashion designer Samantha Kennedy who crafts those beautiful 'bow tops' everyone is rocking these days! Check her out on twitter: @designsbySamK. But my highlight of the night had be the balloon dress modelled by Miss Cork for Red Balloon designs on the catwalk. As someone who counted 'balloon shape modelling' as their 'talent' for the Cork Rose final last year (cringe) I definitely had a deep appreciation for the time and creativity put in to designing it.
'Balloon dress' by Red Balloon, Cork
Samantha Kennedy designs

The very lovely Lisa Murphy & Jo Jordan of the Irish TV show 'Dublin Housewives' backstage
Check out my blog tomorrow to hear all about the Cork Bloggers lunch last Friday, what I wore and what I got up to at Xpose Live at the weekend at Silversprings.
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Street Stylin'

I haven't posted in a while so let's catch up on what I have been up to the past couple of weeks. I have lots of exciting news I can't wait to share with you!  Firstly, I attended the seasonal Opera Lane Cork fashion show. I had come into the city centre to stroll around the shops and to spectate the show when I was selected from the crowd as a best street style finalist. There I was on the podium in front of the crowd explaining my outfit and style, whilst dying with a hangover. I managed to keep it together and came away with a goody bag on the day. For the condition I was in, it was a random enough spent Saturday! Lucky enough for me, it was judged on style and thankfully not smell.

Pictured with Natasha Crowley, Opera Lane Stylist
So here's what I wore: my jumper knit is from American label, Wildfox Couture. I am a huge fan of everything Wildfox, and have bought numerous pieces of theirs over the years from tees to scarves. Although the knit itself was not cheap, It has been a celebrity favourite and is beautiful made, has a super-soft feel and is a loose fit with distressed finishing. Shop my style here: http://www.asos.com/Wildfox/Wildfox-Seeing-Star-Jumper/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=2831460&cid=8058&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=20&sort=-1&clr=Red
My outfit was completed with a pair of Topshop leather shorts, The Kooples Sport high top studded wedged trainers, and my The Kooples beige leather jacket.
In other news, I have begun a personal shopping service. If you need any help with your image or want to change your style email me at: yuckyduckfashion@gmail.com. One of my previous personal shopping tasks was to shop for a lady going on a sun holiday. This gave me the opportunity to search for sun pieces for myself as I am going to Portugal on the 13th of May. I found that particular experience challenging as I have only ever been on two sun holidays myself and therefore  always find it difficult to know what to purchase and pack! My next blog post later this week will be about my personal shopping experiences and my sharing my sun holiday purchases. You can be my judge!
Finally I am delighted to announce that I will appear in the June edition of Xpose Magazine. I can't wait to reveal to you what I choose to wore for my outfit choice and I will give teasers away of the photos in the coming weeks. I can't wait to attend the Xpose live convention at the end of May held in Cork. This time I promise I'll be showered and ready! Next weekend I am going to attend a charity fashion show in aid of the Girls Club Cork (11/05/13) in the Savoy. Tickets are €20 and available on the door on the night.
I have also given into setting up a Facebook blog page so if you're on FB come give me a 'Like'
and a 'Follow' on Twitter:

 Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera xX
 (PS I promise to blog more often from now on as requested by YOU)