I've wanted to go for afternoon tea now for sometime and what better excuse then to head to Castlemartyr Resort for my birthday last weekend. Castlemartyr is one of my favourite hotels, and is a relaxing solace found just off the beaten track on the main Cork - Waterford road. Truly deserving of it's five star distinction, we received complimentary bubbly to celebrate the very important milestone of me gracing you all with my presence a mere 26 years previous. Personally this probably should had been renamed 'Hangover Tea' for the day, as the breakfast brew, mixed sandwiches and sweet cake treats soaked up all the potent liquid badness from the night before. Tip: if you're a fussy eater make sure you enquire about each item before you order so you can enjoy multiples of one instead of another (Guinness cake, apricot slice and the kiwi shot glass wasn't to my taste). The beautiful drawing room provided relaxing surroundings with more than accommodating staff to suit.
Whilst the dress attire was mostly mixed (much to my disappointment), I previously decided on smart-casual for the day with my gold shorts, and a peter pan blouse peaking out from my JW Anderson body-warmer top. And how it was much needed that day outside! Although the print resembles my Dad's paisley pyjamas, I had previously immediately regretted not purchasing the Northern Irish designer's piece first time and luckily thanks to eBay picked it up this winter for a fraction of the cost. And according to the constant emails from Boohoo.com 'quilting' is going to be big this season coming. It was also the first outing of my Charlotte Olympia Kitty pumps which I purchased before Christmas. I've only really been obsessed about two items in my life; these pumps and the Lulu Guinness Lips clutch and I am delighted that I now have both items to help 'complete' my wardrobe (a task that is never-ending). Shop these very similar kitty flats for only €13 here. My ladder resistant Joanne Hynes X Pretty Polly tights and radio clutch kept me both cosy, practical and not over-kill.
Finally, I announced earlier on my Facebook page that I received a really exciting email a few weeks back from the PR company of an internationally known designer that will be showcasing their new AW14 collection at London Fashion Week next month. Not only were they scouting for street-style stars for the brand's 'look', but I also get to attend the show itself in Somerset. The ironic thing is, a few weeks previous I had put up this picture on my Facebook page wishing to be apart of their 'brownie club'.
YES! I am going to be apart of Orla Kiely's SS14 fashion week 'troop' in three weeks time! I am so excited to be apart of the team along with other bloggers and get to attend her coveted show too (I think I even get a seat and won't be lurking at the back in the shadows). I am so delighted to be working with such an iconic IRISH designer and doing my bit to help Irish fashion dominate worldwide press. I absolutely love Orla's designs and it's such a bonus to be wearing a designer I am so passionate about.
I can't wait to share more with all of you once everything is confirmed,
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx