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