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As I busily prepare to head to the Rose of Tralee Regional in under three weeks, this weekend I looked back on my outfits for each occasion involved in the run up to the Kilkenny Rose. I spent some weeks excitingly obsessing over the two main events in particular - the launch and my interview with the judges, only to end up both wearing something that was already attracting moth balls in my expandable wardrobe. Despite frankly searching for something new, it's funny how some key dresses can rescue you from any styling predicament.
I had picked up this Peter Pilotto x Target dress back in February when his exciting collaboration with Target flooded Net-a-Porter. Most of his key pieces sold out instantly and I longed for a item from Peter to adorn my wardrobe rails (his capsule collection can reach >1000€). I set my alarm clock bright and early on launch day on that Sunday morning similar to a 16 year old setting hers for her One Direction tickets. And while I had underestimated American fit (rather generous in this instance) one nip and tuck later from my seamstress in Newpark meant this bright floral tea dress swayed in the sunshine on launch day. Only now do I realise that the dress itself looks suspiciously similar to a Kilkenny GAA jersey like with its vertical striping and black and yellow hues. Coincidence? Most definitely!
With the sun on our side, we had so much fun that day in the 'garden' of the Ormonde Hotel and strolling across to the parade outside the castle. And while some may have mistaken us for a very well behaved hen party, others hooted their car horns and cheered on while we were papped arm in arm for the Kilkenny People Newspaper by photographer Pat Moore. I had booked in with Yasmin in Peter Mark MacDonagh Junction earlier that morning for a blow dry and finished the look with a pair of Penney's strappy sandals. It was such a fun day and we even made the front page a few days later!
This weekend I went on the hunt for outfits for Port Laoise for the 5 DAY FESTIVAL! Eek! Any excuse to go shopping! I can't wait to share with you what I have found so far and hopefully provide some kind of guidance or inspiration for Rose entrants for years to come. I have so many outfits and adventures to catch up on so keep and eye out this week for more posts!
Hope you've all had a wonderful weekend!
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx