Yucky Duck Fashion

Yucky Duck Fashion

Monday, 29 July 2013

My chocoholic shoes & mixin' auld n' new

There's a nice quote doing the the rounds lately on Twitter which states; 
"spend more, buy less".
It's true origin is unknown, but every high end fashion designer or any Joe Soap who can make a meme is jumping on the slogan's band wagon. It is, however, a motto I have been living by since reinventing my wardrobe twelve months ago. You see, I no longer impulse buy, instead each fashion expenditure decision is carefully planned. 

In my eyes, I see myself as a 'fashion collector'. I have no problem spending hundreds on a piece, so long as I can consciously think of how I can restyle it a dozen different ways. Any of my upper end price garments, I always buy with the intention of keeping for the rest of my life. Such is an example is my Lulu Guinness 'Lips' clutch. I first blogged about it in March HERE, and have worn it a handful of times since. I decided to break it out (of it's dust bag) last Saturday night, as I had an impromptu night away in Kinsale, a small picturesque town situated along the south Cork shore line. 

Despite going on a bit of an eBay spree last week, I decided to refer back inside my wardrobe and reinvent a new outfit based on key clothing elements I have 'collected'. You have previously seen my snake-print The Kooples tank HERE and my JW Anderson skirt HERE. I firmly believe that the measure of a good wardrobe is being able to mix and match clothes for both daytime and night, and both of these pieces are ones that I have worn at AM and PM.

My necklace is from the Primark / Penneys Limited Edition accessory and footwear collection. I had my eye on this beautiful ruby stone stone necklace since the Penneys Autumn / Winter '13 preview last month. At only €10, the necklace is that of the quality of other statement stockists such as Zara and ASOS but for a fraction of the price. Unfortunately the collection is only available in selected stores across the UK and Ireland and I bought the last one on the shelf in the Cork city store last week, thanks to an indecisive girl who put it back on the shelf. Hooray!

My look is finished with shoes from Irregular Choice, A UK brand founded in the 90s and stocked in stores such as Schuh, Korkys, ASOS as well as their online store HERE. I got these delicious chocolate courtesan heels in Schuh in the sale around three years ago, and between the ice cream scoop, side of cream, chocolate truffle and a strawberry slice, they look good enough to eat. I have around eight pairs of Irregular Choice and adore each pair for their quirky, fun and kitsch design. 

As much as I love the high-street, if I had a euro for every time someone said 'I went into Penneys today and spent €80 on stuff I don't need' then I wouldn't be a millionaire but I would be another designer bag well-off. So the next time you're standing in a high street store with a basket of junk you won't wear remember this; that €80 you're spending now could be instead used to pay €80 off the price of that bag you wanted and have talked about for the last year.

A price of an item should NEVER be the deciding factor when purchasing. Fit and use are key factors. Sometimes I feel like some people have lost the inability to SAVE-UP over a period time, and have accepted the quality sacrifice. I myself am excited to say that after lusting after one of my favourite designer's statement collection designs and subsequently saved up for it for many months, I managed to snap it up on the Net a Porter sale this month. I can't wait to style in a future August post.

So let's modernise this saying to now be: "Spend more, buy less, start saving!" - Vera McGrath

On a final note, I haven't made the cut for the finalists for the OohLaLa blog awards. Id like to thank everyone who voted and also for all the kind well wishes since finding out. Thank you again for all your support. 

Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Summer sizzlin' skullboy & the social fashion experiment

This week's glorious hot weather spell unfortunately meant a lull in laptop and bloggin' time. I just couldn't justify sitting indoors while the sun freakish-ly belted down on Ireland's pale and freckled folk. I am beginning to turn in to a fully fledged eBay hunter and was delighted when my newest bargain steal came in the post. I had craved this weirdly wonderful skullboy tee by JW Anderson last year and deeply regretted my decline of its invitation to join my wardrobe.

Another weighing factor in the non-past purchase was its hefty euro price tag of €61. You can imagine my delight when I managed to snap one up last month for a cool €8 which was brand new with tags from eBay UK. This tee is one of many purchases I have made from Mr Anderson's Topshop collaboration from the past year. I have become an Anderson addict.

I had lusted over a cute Lulu Guinness clutch for some time now but it begged the question, 'how much does one spend on a novelty bag?' I decided to do a social fashion experiment and after a decent tip on the GAA hurling games last weekend, I placed a ten euro accumulator bet on three wins. The betting pundit nearly had to pull the tenner from the clenched paw as I accepted the risks and prayed to the cosmos for a break. After the final whistle blew on the Leinster final I raced down to Paddy Power where in a turn of events from the previous visit, I smacked my docket down on the counter in glee.

Money has been tight of late, so finding these steals has been such an uplift as I try to feed my shopping problem/need/addiction. I was saving the clutch for a wedding next month but got a little over enthused in sharing its origin with you. I picked up the bowler hat form ASOS last year, and my shoes are from Penneys / Primark new stock SS13 in store now. My cigarette trousers are from The Kooples AW12 collection. The French trend of mixing navy and blacks together much to the disgust of many Irish are very high fashion, and expect to see navy take control this AW13. If you're looking for a pair of high quality cigarette trousers I can't recommend the quality and fit of The Kooples ones enough.

Also, I'd like to thank everyone who voted for me in the OohLaLa blog awards. I really appreciate all the encouraging messages and canvassing and I can only hope and wish that I'll make the final 12 which will be announced on July 23rd. What's meant for you won't pass you.

Lastly (and most importantly) I have to announce the winner of my latest blog competition in association with Samantha Kennedy Designs. Both Samantha and I had a fantastic response and I hope that you will continue to check out her newest editions to her collection. So the winner is.....

Amy O'Sullivan

Well done Amy! Please contact me via Facebook or email (yuckyduckfashion@gmail.com)  to claim your prize!

Until next time Ducklings!
Love Vera Xx

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Bowtastic! A Designer-Blogger Collaboration

Today I am delighted to announce the details of my first designer collaboration competition in association with Samantha Kennedy Designs. Last month I put out a call on my Facebook and Twitter feed looking for local up-and-coming designers and also boutiques who stock Irish fashion produce to join my 'Support Irish Fashion' campaign. This idea came about after I attended the designer showcase at Cork Fashion Week last Autumn only to discover a wealth of local talent with studios dotted around Cork and Ireland.

The only designer at this showcase that I had heard of personally beforehand was Samantha Kennedy, after seeing photos of her accessories tagged on Facebook. After meeting Samantha for the first time at the Girls Club Fashion show HERE I instantly fell in love with her current collection which has a beautifully fresh feminine fairy-tale feel to it. It was then we began to brainstorm our first designer-blogger collaboration.
Since graduating with a degree in fashion from The West Wales School of The Arts in 2010, Samantha Kennedy has worked as a stylist for magazines and clothing companies in the United Kingdom. Since returning to Ireland, she has established her own fashion label and continuously strives on developing her distinctive style and following. Signature design pieces of hers include statement bows, vintage silhouettes and florals with special attention to hand crafted embellished accessory pieces.

When styling our shoot, I choose my two favourite pieces of her current collection, her cream bow top and her blue sequin tulle skirt. Everyone has been rocking variations of these 'bow tops' across Instagram this summer and its nice to find one that is a good quality top and not just a bra. This high-waisted skirt has a beautiful light weight feel, and the sequins shimmer in the light on a bright Summers day. Who doesn't just love tulle?!
As part of out designer-blogger collaboration competition, Samantha and I are running a giveaway of one of her bow tops on Facebook and Twitter. This competition is open to women (and guys who want to win one for their other halfs) of all sizes, and you even get a choice of four colours too (white/black/peach/red)! Check out some of her previous bow top customers below!
Pic: Samantha Kennedy Designs
To enter, all you have to do is:
  • 'LIKE' Yucky Duck Fashion on Facebook
  • 'LIKE' Samantha Kennedy Designs on Facebook
  • And 'SHARE' the photo below from either page:
Competition Picture
Closing date is Tuesday 09/07/13. Winner will be announced via Facebook. Shop Samantha's online collection on Etsy or pop in to her studio in Penrose Wharf, Cork City. My thanks to The Secret Garden Cork for allowing me to shoot on their premises. Check them out on Facebook for more information.
There's one day left to vote for me for the OohLaLa Magazine Blog Awards for newcomer, fashion and best blog HERE by entering my blog URL: yuckyduckfashion.blogspot.com. My thanks to everyone who has voted so far. Please take 30s to vote if you haven't already I really appreciate all the support I have gotten towards it. Votes closes 05/07/13.
Don't forget to shop local to support boutiques and designers, and support Irish fashion!
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx