Last weekend I took the trip to Cork to attend the annual Miss Cork pageant event which took place in Fota Island Resort hotel. The beautiful location (which is also set to hold the forthcoming Irish Open Golf tournament as so my boyfriend tells me) is only a stones throw my home place so I had no excuse but to come along to the glamorous event on Saturday night. I have attended the last few years now and I much prefer having no emotional connection to the final announcement, as you could cut the tension with a knife over who would represent the rebel county at the Miss Ireland pageant later this year.
You may have seen on my Instagram account that I made a very naughty purchase in the Net A Porter sale last month when I saw this Mary Katrantzou skirt with a whopping 70% knocked off. Bargain-ish. I have been Mary-crazy for a few years now as my obsession with bold colour and optical illusion prints is still in full flight. Someone once told me my 'thing' for prints is due to my severe shortsightedness but I think she was talking crazy with that fact. If you're an opthamologist be sure to clarify! In the past, I was lucky enough to find a Katrantzou dress rental for my University graduation (thank God for that as the photo is cemented on the wall for eternity) and also picked up a rather convincing skirt dupe last Summer from Romwe (which is also the skirt featured on my cover banner for my blog!). But as I debated whether I would keep the extra-roomy large fitting but magnificent skirt, I discovered the tailor located in Newpark shopping centre who did an amazing job taking it in. Never did I think when I spotted this beauty on Laura Whitmore in Stellar magazine a few moons back that it would be homed in my closet at this very moment in time. Dreamy.
Of course, no other item of clothing would DARE to try and up stage this amazing landscape picture perfect skorta so I kept the accessories to a minimum and my shoes simple. My drop ball earrings are from Crystals & Co and my cuff from Newbridge Silverware. My shoes are Louboutin beauties (similar here) and the cream top is from the Loved by Mollie range at Oasis (similar here). Be sure to check out last year's outfit post from the 2013 Miss Cork final and let me know which outfit you prefer!
A huge congratulations to the overall winner who was a well deserved victor with her heart-felt answer in the question round. Well done Miss Cork 2014 Katie O'Donoghue! Thank you to David Kelleher from Pulse Event Management and Modelling Agency for inviting me once again and congratulations on another successful final. I know Katie will do everyone in Cork proud!
I'm so excited for Kerry Fashion Week's industry awards taking place this weekend to which I am a finalist in the Best Blog category. I'll be sure to give you a sneak peak at my outfit for it later on in the week. I can't wait to wear my beautiful Irish designed dress for the gala dinner!
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx