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Saturday, 29 June 2013

Global Partyin', Blog Awards & more Street Stylin'

Last night I attended one of the 360 parties held around the world as part of  the Global Party series which involves an invite only event in aid of a chosen local charity. The event was orchestrated by Pulse Modelling Agency, The Savoy Cork and the Global Party Organisation to raise funds for the Cork Simon Community which has been providing a bed for those in need since 1966.

On the red carpet at the Global Party Event Cork

I had stated a few weeks back that I had purchased some online goodies, and this Celine t-shirt was one which came from eBay (€13) Celine tees seem to be the 'it' trend of bloggers at the moment, all thanks to Rihanna, with copies flooding the online market. In fact, there are so many replicas of this top that I couldn't honestly tell whether it was authentic or not, until it arrived, minus the care tags.


Since putting up an image of myself at the event last night I have been inundated with comments about my skirt. I am ashamed to say it is not in fact Mary Katrantzou SS13 which retails for €775. I discovered a Chinese online clothing company called Romwe.com and it was there I bought it from for a mere €30. If I were Mary I wouldn't be too pleased. Romwe only stocked 5 of these pieces in total and they are now sold out. Can you tell the difference below?

The one on the left is the replica.
As some of you may know I am a MAJOR Mary Katrantzou fan, and I even wore one of her dresses to my University graduation last year. I can only imagine that she is an avid fan of my blog and is straight on the phone to her lawyers after discovering this too close-to-the-bone copy of her workmanship!

My accessories included a black clutch from New Look (€8) and my shoes were a sneaky new purchase of new SS13 stock from Penneys / Primark for €15. Due to my chest size round neck tees can be very unflattering, so I sported a chunky gold necklace to draw attention back to the neckline. Finally my tiger ear tunnels are from Asos (€8). My whole outfit (not including my rings) came in for under €80 despite its high designer feel.

For any of you that may follow me on TWITTER or FACEBOOK you will have seen that one of my lovely readers has nominated me for a fashion blog award in conjunction with OOHLALA Magazine. This magazine has previously invited me to write a piece for them in a future issue so you can imagine how ecstatic I was to be also now nominated for an award.
I really would appreciate if you would take 30s of your time to vote for me in the best newcomer, fashion and best blog catagories by entering my URL: yuckyduckfashion.blogspot.com to make me a finalist HERE  I am really proud that I had managed to grow my blog and have used it as a positive personal tool despite being unemployed. PLEASE PLEASE help me make the final 12! If I do I promise to do an awesome giveaway.
On a final note, I am featured today in The Irish Examiner Street Trend segment. I love the whole look and I'm glad I took a gamble on my outfit. I managed to mix luxury brands, high street and eBay steals. What do you think?

My competition with designer Samantha Kennedy begins on Monday so check back for all the exciting details. You won't want to miss it!
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Duck or a dork?

I have finally accepted my inner dork and am proud to display my club membership statement piece by showing you guys my new glasses which I announced I was purchasing in my previous post. Glasses are the ultimate dork stigma and nothing irritated me more as a teen or as an adult when peers causally comment that they would LOVE to wear glasses, when in fact I count my blindness as a serious disability when I get out of the shower or when one contact lens decides to jump down the drain and I subsequently continue my day looking like Pop-eye. 
For those of you who go for your initial glasses shopping trip, the task can be overwhelming as the array and selection can be vast and tedious to go through. For others, you've made so many spectacle purchases and mistakes in the past, you can instantly rule out the obvious and redundant past choices. After trying on around twenty different pairs, it came down to two. The RayBan Clubmasters (top thick frame with no lower frame) and Wayfarers (thick geek plastic frames usually black in colour).  
Even though the Geek 'Wayfarers' has been on trend for some time now, I felt their reign is soon coming to an end in the next few seasons and took a chance with the Clubmasters which are due to come full circle on trend. This frequently overlooked cousin of the ever so popular geek chic screams secretary and Madmen style.
They are however harder glasses to wear and my aim today is to give you a few ideas of how to style them. I accompanied my friend to the library today, a place I only associate with study cramming and late night college assignment completions. I bought this Kimono two years ago In River Island and my wool t-shirt is from Kooples AW12. My loafers are from the River Island sale and my necklace is courtesy of a fan of my blog purchased from Forever 21

My Camogie days are long behind me, and so are my skort days, or so I thought. A skort is a pair of shorts with a flap over the front and sometimes the back also which gives the illusion you're wearing a skirt. This version from Zara has been a bestseller for them this season and due to its laser cut leaves nothing to the imagination. It comes in three colours online and is available HERE for a steal at €30.
In other news, tonight I shoot my next competition promo shots for my collaboration with Cork designer Samantha Kennedy. I am excited to announce all the details in the next few days with you and share how you can win one of her exclusive SS13 designed pieces.
On a final note, the Clubmasters are designer glasses so expect to pay more and they won't suit everyone so my best advice to you is to purchase ugly frames. If you purchase 'pretty' frames they wont make you look anymore prettier (a frame of mind a lot of people approach buying glasses with). Ugly frames are on average, more likely to be more fashionable. I've been wearing glasses since I was 7 so I'd like to think that I know a thing or two about what to avoid and what to embrace. Metal frames are a no-no along with those hideous rectangular ones we all once owned. Bright colours are out, and darker neutral tones including tortoise print is in. If you have to wear them, make you and them stand out in the process and embrace your inner (fashionable) dork!
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Goodbye Mr Sun...

While I was trawling through some Portugal pictures I found these snaps I took for a premeditated outfit post that had since forgotten to see the light of day! My obsession with Wildfox Couture continues as I bought this fine knit tank before I jetted off. It was a piece I was creeping on since SS12 and is still available online HERE from the UK Wildfox official website. As much as I loved the piece, its hefty price-tag of £209 is a bit far-fetched (even for me). With that in mind you can imagine my estasticity when it finally found a loving home with me, thanks to a gal in Australia of whom I bought it from on eBay.

The knit is incredibly delicate and I had a bit of a peek-a-bo with my industrial strength Rip-Curl bikini (bikinis I believe are solely made for the fuller bust lady with a reinforced neck harness). Alas my black leather shorts have definitely been a victim to the holiday as they have not resurfaced since returning. I have spotted a really cool pair from Missguided though with a nice luxe feel (and an elasticated waist - goody!). My neon necklace is from Penneys/ Primark which was also featured in my JW Anderson post (READ IT HERE).
Mischa Barton, Pic: coolspotters.com
I can't stress the irony of these pictures as I have an innate dislike of swings (sensation of moving in my head), and I've yet to be on a rollarcoaster but it's all in the name of my blog, right?
In other news, I was invited to do another street style piece for a national newspaper. I pulled apart my wardrobe last night for inspiration and ideas and I'm pretty happy with what I chose. Tomorrow I'm meeting a photographer to put the whole look in action. I accept it's somewhat 'cheating' when you get to decide what you want to wear, so I've no excuses but to totally rock it!
Finally I picked out some new glasses earlier this week. It was six years since I changed them so it was time for a fresh look and new pair. For anyone like myself who has worn glasses since a young age you can develop such a complex to wearing them, purely due to the fact you NEED them. I kind of blew my boyfriend's budget but for once I'm actually excited about collecting them. I wear my contact lenses 24/7 so for a few of you this will come as a surprise that I am quite blind. I choose the Rayban 'clubmasters' which are a little bit more out-there. Think secretary. Hot secretary. 'Wayfarers' aka 'geek specs' are sooooo 2010! These babies are the future...
Don't forget guys tomorrow is the LAST DAY of my new pink Cork jersey competition in association with Finns Corner Cork! Check out my previous post HERE for details and links of how you can win a ladies GAA jersey in time for Cork v Clare in Ennis this Sunday! Best of luck to all who enter!
I've another busy day tomorrow as I finalise plans for my next competition with a local Cork designer! You're REALLY going to love that giveaway of a super-hot Summer piece! Stay tuned!
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx
(Twitter: @veramcgrath)

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Going GAA GAA for pink ladies

It's competition time! Hoorah! Those of you who follow me on Twitter and Facebook  you will have seen this yesterday as I launched my first big blog competition in association with Finns Corner Sports in Cork. Myself and Finns had been in contact for some bit in organising a giveaway and details were finalised yesterday afternoon. I was delighted to become a brand ambassador for the sports shop to launch the new pink Cork ladies GAA  jersey for them and run a competition with the help of Cork footballer and all-star (and all round nice guy) Colm O'Neill.

For my international readers, the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is the founding body of the two national sports of Ireland; Hurling and Gaelic Football. I have been an avid Cork GAA supporter for some time now so it makes sense to give someone something associated with something I love.

There are a few terms and conditions however so please give the below a read (even though it's free to enter). The competition closes on the 14/06/13. You can enter via Twitter or Facebook.

Competition participants must 'Like' my Yucky Duck Fashion Facebook page. The participants are then required to 'Like' the picture of myself and Colm inside Finn's store (as seen above) and 'share' it with their friends. Please note that the 'share' option may not be available on your mobile phone. However, you can share it on your laptop/ computer/ other

Competition participants must 'Follow' my Yucky Duck Fashion on Twitter. The participants are then  required to 'Retweet' the picture of myself and Colm (as seen above) inside Finn's store to their own followers.

**IMPORTANT** the winner will be contacted on the 15/06/13. The winner will be required to produce evidence that they have done all the qualification tasks (either on Facebook or Twitter) to be rewarded the prize. This is due to privacy procedures on Facebook / Twitter which may result in me not being able to view your 'Like' or 'Share' on my photo or my page. If the winner can not produce evidence to prove that he/she had done all the qualification tasks PRIOR to the competition closure, their entry will be disqualified and another winner will be selected. The prize can not be posted to the winner. It must be collected from Finns Corner within one week of the competition closure. Prize relates to the pink Cork ladies GAA '13 jersey only and can not be exchanged for another product. No cash alternative.

I'm really loving my new jersey courtesy of Finns and styled it yesterday with how I would like to wear it to this years games. I had been one of the unfortunate purchasers of the initial pink jersey last year when it was launched by 02, only to see team sponsorship subsequently change one year later. While I'm not going to advocate to anyone who has the previous jersey, the newer one definitely has a better design, fit and has less of a 'jersey' look.  

I themed my jewelled Rihanna for River Island 'snap-back' or trucker cap (Available Here for €40) along with my black Kooples joggers and high top trainers for a more urban than 'WAG' feel. When I was researching what I previously wore to matches (before the launch of the ladies jersey) I came across this photo taken by the Evening Echo back in September 2005.
It was my second successive All -Ireland hurling final attendance and my friend and I had made a banner to hold up behind the goals in the Canal End stand. In case your wondering what it said, it reads; 'Cork Girls want a SCORE!' I was 17 at the time, and it definitely was one of my Yucky Duck days. But a fantastic day it most certainly was! Corcaigh Abu!
Best of luck to everyone who enters my competition! If you have any questions regarding the terms and conditions please do not hesitate in asking them! Please keep sharing the photo with your friends and thank you to all who have entered so far!
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx


Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Xpose Magazine feature

As I have already announced in my previous posts, this month I am featured in Xpose Magazine, representing Cork street style in the city! As 'Xpose' is only sold in Ireland, I'm going to give my international readers a synopsis of the piece I contributed. I was contacted last month to say I had been chosen for the June issue's piece featuring four different Irish bloggers and their interpretation of a particular theme assigned for them to style. The cities covered by this months issue were Dublin, Galway and of course Cork. I was given one week to submit my photos along with a descriptive piece.

The theme for the June issue was 'Summer in the City'. Shoot location was key, and as much as I wanted somewhere like Beamish & Crawford or any other historic and beautiful Cork buildings in the background, in the end we decided that reflecting an urban atmosphere was more important. My brother, who dabbles in photography, shot the outfit for me down French Church Street in the city centre which houses some fabulous boutiques such as Sallingers and Amity.
I have to admit that I was a bundling wreck on what must have been the most busiest Sunday in Cork's history to shoot it. I drew a small crowd of peepers (unsurprisingly mostly male) who watched while I tried my best au natural poses, while I hide my actual embarrassment as best as I could.
I love the look that I chose as I think it's perfect for those who want to keep cool, but also look hot on a nice summer day spent skipping around the city! I resisted over-accessorising, kept the focus of the outfit on my lower half, with sun-kissed legs and funky shoes. You will have seen me wear these shoes on many occasions by now but I just love them too much. You can read all about them in a past post HERE. They are of course, the limited edition 'Parrot shoes' by Caroline Issa for LK Bennett.
I can't stress enough how important it is to wear a pair of sunglasses with 100% UV protection and I bought these Ray-Ban Aviators around four years ago in Brown Thomas. Despite their designer price tag, they are very hardy, and have survived being hopped off a tiled floor and sat on, on more occasions I'd like to admit.
In the article itself, I speak about how important 'layering' is with our unpredictable Irish climate, and this Kooples skirt can be worn opened or buttoned up for a smarter feel. The 90's-esque green cami top is from River Island (available HERE) and I picked up my kaleidoscope lantern skirt from Topshop a couple of months ago. The outfit was finished with my designer look-a-like watch from River Island.


If you want to transition this outfit from day to evening, add a clutch and a statement necklace to transform this outfit for a night on the town!

Now that one magazine feature is over, I am delighted to say that I was mailed today about writing a piece for another nationwide magazine in the next coming months for Autumn/Winter '13. I am excited about the task ahead and I will let you know more details about it when they arise.

My thanks again to my brother; Hugh for the photos!
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx

Monday, 3 June 2013

I'm really a Mermaid..

The sunny rays and the bank holiday vibe has put me in such a good mood as I write this post today. I've kinda had a naughty weekend as I picked up some serious bargains on eBay today. Unfortunately they won't come for a few weeks but I'll be like a dog with a bone when they arrive! I met up with good friends and ex work colleagues on Saturday night as we headed into the city to celebrate a birthday. These ladies have serious style cred (& are complete fashionaholics) so I decided I would wear something new for the photo opportunity occasion.

We had a bit of a blog 'photo-shoot' outside before we jumped in a taxi, much to the amusement of my friend's neighbour who creeped out the window across the lane. I had a lot of people asking about my aqua sequin skirt and it's from misguided.eu for a bargain €18 in the sale HERE. Despite its reduced price it's a well made piece  with only a handful of sequins falling off despite our energetic dance moves in The Secret Garden HERE.

I wore a cropped black Topshop blazer for our car-to-bar stroll along with my rose gold River Island watch (similar HERE). To make the look more 'grunge' I themed the skirt with an 'Ozzy Osbourne' tank I bought from Topshop.com HERE for £25. The 'skeletor' depiction of the rock icon has a relaxed fit with real leather trim on both shoulders. I tied the ends of the tank behind my back in knot (rather than just tucking it into my skirt) so that you could see the whole graphic.

My best angry 'rock' face
The whole look was finished with this hair chain diamante accessory I bought from River Island on Saturday (buy HERE) for €13 and has a notable 'Gatsby' feel to it. They had various styles in store but I liked the subtly of this silver piece, and brought strands of my hair out over the band so that it would sit on my hair-line. I'm definitely going to look for another more extravagant piece for a future outfit.
I had a giggle after I bought this gorgeous sequin skirt when it arrived when I realised where my attraction for it came from. I think I may have been a mermaid in another life, and even dressed up as one for my fancy-dress themed 21st birthday and found this photo earlier in my laptop from 4 years ago..
Fashion definitely comes full circle!
Before I sign off I'd like to thank a fan of my blog who sent this gorgeous bulls head necklace! It's extra special too as there is no Forever21 store in Cork.
Thank you so much Kayleigh, I can't wait to style it!
Be sure to check out June's issue of Xpose magazine and check back for competition details on my blog later this week!
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx


Saturday, 1 June 2013

Fashion Awards & tropical poppin' hues

Hey guys the bank holiday is here! YEOW! Let me first say that for those of you waiting for details of my competition with Finns Corner, I had to postpone it until early next week. I am happy to announce that a renowned Cork sportsman and fellow blogger has come on board to help me launch it. I am delighted to say that I have been given a fashion ambassador role by Finns Sports and I will have all the details on my blog as soon as they're finalised!

It's been a pretty hectic week, as I search job vacancies for work and also try to deal with managing my blog. On Wednesday I got an exciting invitation from Mary Cashmen to attend the Mallow College of Design and Tailoring graduation and award show last night in Silversprings. The college itself has been in operation since 1988 and has seen some incredibly talented designers and celebrity students such as Kellie Forde from Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model 2012, through it's doors. The annual event showcases the design final work of both part and full tine students from first trough to third years. Check out their website: http://www.mallowfashioncollege.com/

Outside Silverspings Hotel, Cork

I had a wardrobe crisis the day of as I have misplaced my leather shorts since returning from Portugal and had to think of an alternative, fast! Luckily I had spotted this black skirt on Facebook from a shop in Cork called 'Lisa'. I have to be truthful when I say that I felt anxious that I was too old for a lot of their stock but I was delighted to pick up this black faux leather skater skirt for only €10. The sales assistant I met and who found the skirt for me was very pleasant and helpful. Credit given where credit's due!

Tropical prints are everywhere for SS/13 as they tie in with both the 'Secret Garden' and '70s' Summers looks. This top is from French label Sandro (available in Brown Thomas Cork) and won't be for every body shape due to the 'box' or 'square fit'. Be sure to make your lower half streamline so as to balance your frame. This can be achieved with skinny jeans or bare legs with heels like I've demonstrated. I finished the outfit with these neon pink heels from Kurt Geiger (ASOS) along with these 'rabbit' ankle socks I bought yesterday.

Socks: Topshop (€5)

I really don't know what came over me in Topshop but I thought that pairing these socks and shoes together would be such a fun fashion statement and look! I think I pulled it off? Let me know what you think?

The show itself was spectacular, and I was blown away but the talent and artistry of the work on the runway. Part of me what raring to sign up for a course when the final curtain dropped as they run one day a week part time courses but I'll have to assess my own creativity and sowing skills before I commit to anything! My 'one to watch' award definitely goes to third year student Deirdre Collins from Clonakilty who won an award on the night. Deirdre has previously won in both national and international competitions and has even designed the uniforms of the stewards of the staff of the 02 arena in Dublin. Deirdre's celebrity fans include designer extraordinaire Paco Rabanne who previously stated that he wished he had designed her pieces himself as they were the haute of couture! Watch this space!

Models wearing final year students designs

Multiple award winner Deirdre Collins

Pictured with Mary Cashmen (college director & owner) before the show

I'm off to my friend's birthday tonight and then must reply to a hundred emails tomorrow! Be sure to pick up the newest issue of Xpose magazine which I am featured in this month (Ireland only). I will do a complete outfit and behind the shoot feature on it next week!

Hope you're all having a fabulous bank holiday!
Until next time ducklings,
Love Vera Xx