Yucky Duck Fashion

Yucky Duck Fashion

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Spring-son in the city

The longer I am in Kilkenny, the more like home it has become. Between the people, shops and workplace I have grown to love this 'city' like it were my own. I've been spending most of my free staying here but last weekend I took a trip back to Cork. Ideally from the pictures I could have picked a slightly cleaner street to snap this 'rock & romantic' look as dubbed so by an Instagram follower of mine. Usually when we photograph for my blog the biggest drama is me having a mini heart attack when someone walks past whilst I'm throwing a shape or two on a public street but we encountered something very different on this occasion. As we parked up and set off for coffee there was a very suspicious looking individual gazing into car windows as he approached us down this particular street. After he passed us again back up the street, needless to say that we very quickly moved my completely worthless car (but precious in sentimental value) somewhere else. I am in this area quite often visiting various shops and never witnessed anything like this behaviour previous but perhaps a word to the wise about leaving any visible valuables in your car anywhere.
I treated myself to this beautiful coral Orla Kiely bag from The Kilkenny Shop after the disappointment of London Fashion week. It comes with an attachable shoulder strap but I prefer to carry it as a clutch. The perforated heart hole detailing would have made a cute Valentines present (or would have maybe felt like a literal hole thru' the heart for the singletons). I just can't stop wearing these Iclothing.ie leather jeans! They are super comfortable but currently out of stock. NOOOO! I NEED a second pair (similar here and here). These Pennys black sandals are back on trend but don't spend too far over the price as you will find a lookalike everywhere this season (similar here and here) and although jewellery isn't my thing, this embellished collar from Topshop and cuff from Folli Follie dresses up this casual denim shirt.
I first spotted this Bart Simpson shirt on fellow bloggers Tar Mar and Wildchild Stories last year, but wrestled with myself when my sister commented that maybe I was too old for the heavily Bart endorsed merch. I can't believe I delayed and wished I bought it sooner. An oversized fit, best tucked in and sleeves rolled up, the denim is really good quality for the €30 price tag. Bad news? Buy from Romwe.com and expect at least a 3-4 week delivery wait. You nearly need to be certain before you're even certain which doesn't wash well with my 'need to think about buying this a million times before I hand over money' attitude. This shirt also comes in an indigo blue colour. Small is approx Uk 8-10 and medium would probably fit Uk 12-14.
I'm still embracing my pale skin look but I'm a guest at the Miss Cork pagent again this year and will have to fight the urge not to spladder myself in flash bronzer this weekend. What do you think? Is paleness more high fashion? Or is being bronzed just an Irish necessity for nights out?
Hit me up in the comments box what you think I should do!
I went on an online spending splurge last weekend so I'll be sure to post some of my new goodies later this week.
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Miss Dior

For those of you that follow my blog religiously (there's a handful of you at least anyway) you may be wondering why I haven't been polluting the Twitter and Instagram world of late with updates and pics from London Fashion Week which commenced on Friday. I had meant to travel over to join Orla Kiely's press team but for personal reasons during the week I had to pull out of my plans to travel. It wasn't an easy decision by any means but I look forward to heading in September instead and for the meantime having some spare cash in my pocket!

As I had been collecting accessories the period coming up to fashion week to style with Ms Kiely's collection I wasn't going to let it the opportunity go to waste this weekend and decided to replicate the look I was going to do at fashion week. One of the gorgeous pieces I bought was this 1950's Christian Dior floral hat from an American vintage store. I had become infatuated with these hats after a Le Chat Noir Vintage fashion show last year and dreamt about styling for ladies day at the races or even an updated version of the floral crown for Summer festivals. As much I love it, I am hoping to sell it on. If you are interested in the Dior piece you can drop me a mail at yuckyduckfashion@gmail.com Brit brand Johnny Loves Rosie do some alternative gorgeous floral garland headbands at high street prices.

One of the key pieces I could not wait to get my hands on was Orla Kielys Summer trench coat here and this Topshop version isn't too far off the designer piece tag. Orla is know for her 60's swirls and I got this on-trend monochrome full midi skirt last year from Asos (similar here).  These sexy knee-high knit socks are from Topshop also as I tip my hat to Prada's legwarmer craze this Summer (similar here), and my DVF bag and Sophia Webster booties were both past presents. Sophie's boots haven't been given a full run of yet as they are extremely uncomfortable and more of a car to bar shoe!

As the Kerry Fashion Week Industry Awards approach I am delighted that I have another favourite designer label of mine on board to dress me for the night! I don't think I've ever been so organised in my life (or so my mother says) but I am so pleased to get my first choice of outfit. The next few weeks will be spent organising the nitty gritty details and I can't wait to share more with you nearer the time. There's only 3 weeks to go!

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend,
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx

Monday, 10 February 2014

Queen of this Castle

Top: Shutterbug vintage

Ring & bracelet: Shutterbug

We all have that 'Cheers' creature comfort hang out, be it a coffee shop, bar or even chilling out at the beach, and since moving to Kilkenny, Shutterbug has become mine. A vintage sister company to the online girlie grungey store folkster.com there is little I don't love about it. The decor, stock, sales assistants, customer service, yes Shutterbug has made me fall in love with shopping locally again. The friendly faces means I have become a weekly visitor and quickly built up a full shopping cart of goodies.

Once again I was contacted by Xpose magazine to style up my Kilkenny street look and it also gave me a chance to showcase all my favourite Shutterbug pieces. I have had my eye on this lace 'Anouska' kimono (€50) for some time now and it will be perfect for Summer festivals or even now over jumpers and jeans. The  Xpose theme was 'monochrome' and I resisted using past season white-black colour-blocking to show you instead a trans-seasonal look. I opted for pops of 'mono' to carry your winter wardrobe into spring instead of a full black and white combo, which in my eyes has been done already. I've had lots of winter wear out of this black fedora and I brightened up this party sequin top by combining with a softer pastel hue. Shutterbug have a huge range of sequin jackets, tops and dresses which are once off pieces which is extra special. This pink flared hem skirt is from Zara 2013 but shop a similar alternatives here, here and here

Although today was a break in the recent rainfall, I could not bear the artic spring air biting at my legs and these dernier 10 tights from Penneys / Primark for €3 will suffice until the sun becomes a regular feature. Unfortunately it meant that these super sweet Sophia Webster boots weren't done justice. These sheer and patent polka monochrome booties is an excellent example of 'mono pattern'  this Spring / Summer. So think, polka, floral and stripes ard you have this years twist on monochrome.

In other news: I was contacted on Friday to say that I am a finalist in next months Kerry Fashion Week 2014 'Blogger of the Year' award! To say I am over the moon is an understatement! I was nominated for a couple of awards last year but to actually make it as a finalist in the same catagory as Retro Flame, Concrete Collar and Orla Sheridan is surreal and extremely flattering. The winner will be announced on the 8th of March at a black tie event in Kilarney. I am already searching for the perfect formal dress! And I don't need an excuse to shop!

Xpose magazine is out 1st March
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Birthday perks with satin skirts

This morning I finally got my act together and booked my flights for London Fashion Week in two weeks time. This will be my third visit in two months to the English capital and I can't help but develop a gra for the city that has lead me on so many exciting adventures of late. As I will have a huge choice of Orla Kiely's forthcoming resort and Spring / Summer collections to choose from I have been mainly focusing on picking up new accessories when brainstorming styling ideas to compliment her 60's vibes. Be sure to check out my Instagram to see my new purchases for London baby!

When I stayed at Castlemartyr Resort last month it gave me another chance to break out this amazing full length satin skirt by Cork designer Samantha Kennedy with hand sown delicate flowers. I previously wore it to Cork Fashion Week last Autumn and didn't have a special enough occasion since let it out on vacation from my ever bulging wardrobe. Dining in 5 star hotels prove the perfect location to get as dressed up to the nines as possible and it didn't feel out of place in the 17th century manor house surroundings. Last time I wore this skirt in Cork city, a young woman who was part of a hen party contingent stopped me on Washington Street to ask if this was 'seriously' what I wear on a night. I should add that the women in question was wearing a micro black dress with pink neon leg warmers. I quickly replied that I was a fashion blogger and to contact me if she needed fashion advice herself! There's no accounting for taste!

Samantha Kennedy herself has re-branded herself to the new fashion label 'Molly Loves Bowie' and although this skirt is out of stock, you can shop her newest collection as well as contact her in regards special requests here. I let the skirt do the talking and opted for this River Island black silky tee and silver heels gifted to me from the Heat Magazine shoot. Shop a very similar sandal version from iClothing.ie here. Lastly I accessorised my decolletage with this beautiful torque necklace from Irish brand Newbridge Silverware which was a gift I received for my 18th Birthday many moons ago. In fact this piece is SO old, Samantha Mumba was then the face of the brand in her heyday! My sisters and I have many Newbridge pieces between us and this torque is by far my favourite of them all. I definitely need to convince my boyfriend to take me on more fancy dinners so I have an excuse to wear it more often!

I'm shooting an outfit as part of Kilkenny street style for a magazine this week so I will be share some sneak peak details about it in my next post! P.S apologies for the picture quality above, it was left until late in the night and steady hands weren't in abundance at that late stage of the evening!

Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx