Christmas time is great for meeting up with friends who live away. Today I met up with my friend and fellow Fashion Blogger, Sarah from The Style Dr. She had a few hours away from her two boys so we went for brunch with Erin and browsed the sales. I didn't last long in the sales, they're not for me with the buggy. I was losing my patience trying to navigate the crowds and gave up before I even started shopping. I am more excited to see the new stock on it's way for Spring. Sarah took some snaps of my outfit, although I wasn't dressed up. But isn't that what blogging should be about - every day, natural looks? Thanks for being my photographer Sarah, be sure to follow her blog here.
These are my favourite days of the year, the calm after Christmas where everyone is happy, spoilt, well fed and relaxing with family. I hope everyone is enjoying some time off, going for walks in the Winter sunshine and getting cosy at night by the fire with box sets 💖
After a food marathon yesterday, I am relaxing today before tonight's party with mint tea, Spotify, Lena Dunham's book and choccie bickies mmm. Erin is all smiles today in her Bonpoint dress that came all the way from my friend Risteard in Paris. Bonpoint is by far my favourite childrenswear label. The excitement of so many house visits and lots of attention got the better of my little sprog and she was overtired yesterday evening. She didn't have a great nights sleep so here's hoping she will nap lots today. Christmas is tough work for little people! 💖
I love this time of year as friends from abroad are home and we all get to catch up. Last night we all went to the award winning Club Brasserie for a festive meal and it was great to see the girls and hubbies. I hope everyone is organised for Christmas and enjoying this special time of year with family and friends.
By the time Christmas Eve comes, I'm usually exhausted from lots of nights out and this year's crazy season has kicked off already. Last Wednesday we had an open casting at Lockdown so I am still editing test shots from that to find successful candidates.
On Thursday, my friend Kate invited me to the MTV Crashes gig as she knows how utterly obsessed I am with Jesse Ware. It was such a fun night.
On Friday I MC'd a lovely fashion show at The Rising Tide with some of my favourite boutiques from Moda Mallow to Vanilla Fermoy, Verso & The Dress Bar and Parfois. The gorgeous Christmas tree was up at the Rising Tide and it totally put me in the festive spirit so I went home & we put up our own for Erin's First Christmas!
On Saturday I popped along to the Dress Bar & Verso Christmas party. The style was amazing and DJ Stevie G had everyone in the party mood. I left early to come home to my baba but Vivienne, Lisa and the models kept going until the sun came up.
Finally, on Sunday night Timmy had a work-in-progress play written & played by himself in a theatre festival called SHOW. I was so proud of him and his new work and it was the perfect end to a great weekend. Next weekend I have the VMware Gatsby themed party and Erin's christening. Have a great week xo
From a young age, I considered Mercedes-Benz as being the ultimate car brand to drive. Superior design, superior quality but I perceived them as being suited to a much older age group as I always saw lots of mature gentlemen driving huge Mercedes-Benz cars around my city.
Then, a decade ago I became a model and noticed that many top models across the globe pinned Mercedes-Benz as their brand of choice when they went car shopping with their first big wage. Then I became a model agent and fashion blogger and became utterly obsessed with new emerging talent through the World's top Fashion Weeks. The best of these weeks globally, were sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, so my impression of the brand began to change. I noticed gorgeous compact cars being released, young people driving them and more importantly, Mercedes-Benz being associated with everything I considered young, current and evolving. When Mercedes-Benz sponsored our own Cork Fashion Week two years ago and I saw the fantastic range of models up close and personal at our events, it changed my perception of the brand for good. No longer perceived as an out-of-reach brand for me, I decided to take a Mercedes-Benz out on the road to see what it was all about.
I test drove the GLA 180 CDI Urban (1.5 Diesel) this week. Working in fashion and appreciating design, I am drawn to good aesthetics and the calcite white paint with black artico leather upholstery, black 5 spoke 18'' alloy wheels had me at hello!
The clever thing I found about this new generation of compact car was that it had classic SUV styling elements from the fitted room rails, the simulated underride guard and the black, grained elements with a sleek yet sporty interior with integral seats for agile spaciousness and maximum safety.
I may not be a motoring 'buff' but I have a new baby and drive alot so safety and comfort are key to me when choosing a car. We drove to picturesque Kinsale with a happy, sleeping baby Erin in the back and I barely felt the road underneath me as we drove. The GLA is fit for off-road excursions and the robust yet compact feel while driving was one I hadn't felt in a car before. After a delicious brunch we returned to the city, where we enjoyed people waving at us from cars and giving us positive thumbs up as they admired our pristine GLA in all its glory glistening through the city. I expected to feel a little nervous parking this in tight city spaces but due to the GLA's clever, compact design and reversing camera, it surprised me in its agility and I found it to be a super car for city driving.
The biggest surprise for me was the price. Throwing all my preconceived notions about the Mercedes-Benz brand out the window, this car comes in at a very appealable base price of €36,780. I have friends and colleagues who have spent more on flashy cars from other brands that wouldn't stand the test against this progressive yet compact SUV.
In all, I am sold on the GLA. It has rubbished any outdated opinions I might have had about Mercedes-Benz, and proved to me that the brand are the best in their field for superior design, safety, style and comfort. Now I'm off to write a very important letter to Santa........
I have always been a big believer that the best designed and quality
garments never go out of fashion. If you spend a little more than
average on a good designer coat, dress or bag it will work in your wardrobe for many years as opposed to fad trends that come and go on the highstreet. That's why I admire Kate Middleton's style so much. She chooses great designer pieces but isn't afraid to show their worth and wear them again and again.
With this in mind, we visited Kildare Village for some Christmas Shopping today in search of designer bargains and ended up coming home with a full car of great purchases, not just for Mummy & Daddy but for baby Erin too. It was the perfect day for a family day out at Kildare Village with the sun shining, everything covered in frost and the Village was dressed up so beautifully for Christmas. We visit every couple of months but this is by far my most favourite time of year to shop there. Today we had a beautiful meal at L'Officina Dunne & Crescenzi, where the friendliest staff Marta and Monica (photographed below) nearly ran away wtih Erin....and she lapped up the attention!
Below are some images of my purchases and my favourite picks for a Christmas Gift Guide for all ages at Kildare Village this Christmas xo
If not,I'll settle for these gorgeous Mulberry pumps
(Leopard Print were €500 now €170, Nude were €375 now €184)
How gorgeous does Vivienne from Kate Spade look in her sparkly Emma dress
(was €810 now €486)
Close-up of the gorgeous Kate Spade Emanuelle sparkly clutch (was €300 now €180)
French Connection Wool coat with faux fur collar (was €283 now €129)
Burberry Baby Girl's coat (was €95 now €62)
All Saints Mens Denim shirt (was €120 now €45)
There were so many great shirts for men in All Saints for approx €50!
This was my favourite item today, a leather womens biker jacket in All Saints (was €408 now €198)
We enjoyed a beautiful lunch and Erin was spoiled by the friendly staff! Here she is with Monica & Martha
The sportswear for men is great and Timmy always gets great trainers when we visit. These were a steal at €59!
Our last stop was the Cath Kidson store for some homeware and a gorgeous white baby bag that was reduced to only €21 which I will feature on the blog soon.
By the time we got to the car, our little munchkin was asleep from her fun day at Kildare Village!