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27/09/2014

Fashion Week Series: Devilish Designs

Devilish Designs opened 2 years ago at the English Market. Owner Gina Carley is a fantastic advert for her store's style and her inspiration comes from prints and fabrics first, ''I started out making dresses and accessories 6 years ago. A print on a dress will always catch my eye first ,I mostly love the 50's, this era inspires me everyday, from fashion to interior design, movies from that era, cars and 50's music. '' Add a strong rockabilly influence into the mix and you have the unique collections available at Devilish Designs.




Gina's favourite looks for winter are lush checks that she has arriving instore with super cute wiggle skirts to be worn with thick tights and brogues. Also, stunning 1930's style satin gowns mixed with faux fur stoles for super glamour .
Gina says ''Cork women are super stylish, so willing to mix it up and try new things. I have all age groups coming into the shop and they know exactly what they want and what suits them which makes my job a lot easier''.



Devilish Designs By Gina ,Unit 7 ,Market Parade ,Cork ,Tel: 0873850857. Visit them on Facebook here

Devilish Designs will showcase at Mercedes-Benz MSL Cork Fashion Week next Friday October 3rd. Tickets onsale on www.tickets.ie.





25/09/2014

Cornstore Fashion


The thing about MC'ing so many fashion shows at this time of year is seeing so much gorgeous stock from boutiques and needing it all in my life! On Wednesday night I presented the sell-out Cornstore fashion evening in aid of Autism Cork. Clothes were from Blush in Douglas, Saville's new made to measure bespoke menswear and Vanilla in Fermoy with stunning contemporary neckpieces from Azure.


Azure neckpieces 


Lennon Courtney short cape from Blush


With Pam O'Regan from Saville Menswear & Joy Browne from Vanilla


Enjoying a glass of bubbly with Lisa from Blush


Both Viv and I with Lisa



22/09/2014

Hair Overhaul


Pregnancy wrecked havoc with my hair so this week I headed along to the hair stylists for Mercedes-Benz MSL Fashion Week Cork at Peter Mark for some serious hair help. On entering the Douglas Court salon I was immediately struck by the really cool new decor which was reminisant of a high end London salon straight out of a gorgeous Pinterest picture. Most impressively, they were open on a Sunday so no more missing a valuable day off on a Saturday getting your hair updated!

My stylist, Nicola Drummond, carried out the consultation, gave me great advice and did my colour, cut and blowdry right through. She advised I nourish my hair with a treatment that still has my hair feeling like silk- Kerastase Vita-Ciment and Concentre Oleo-Fusion, protein and a moisturizing treatments. I was almost asleep at the basin with the comfy massage chair and lovely warm towel Nicola placed under my neck for extra comfort. 

I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the hair for Fashion Week along with some great hair tips straight off the catwalks from NYFW & LFW. 

Ponytails are back and sleeker than ever with deep side partings and a fashionable twist from the norm:

My favourite ponytail is this pictured below, pinned in at the end of the bottom hairline.


Plaits are always chic from braids to fishbone and thicker structure plaits like this runway example:


The hottest new hair I loved from Perer Marks style tips was this look. Grown-up, sexy sleeked back hair but instead of pinning the ends up, they are left free and natural with a late 80s/90s inspiration. 


Bobs are longer with more movement:


Upstyles are whimsical, romantic and free:


I can't wait to pop back for some pampering to Peter Mark and try out their new Boho Blowdry (pictured below). It's all about healthy hair that looks soft and natural. And thanks to Nicola, I'm on the way to getting my hair back on track with my gorgeous new blonde tones and smart cut xo










HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY!


I can't believe my blog is a year old already. This time last year, I had returned from a great weekend in London where I had stayed in Shoreditch and been hugely inspired by the art and really cool street style I saw around the area, so after a year of people telling me I should start a fashion blog, I decided to do it. London to me was so fashion forward and I felt Ireland was very commercial in comparison so I decided to blog about all the things I loved and saw that weren't commercial in Ireland in the industry I have worked in for 18 years now - Fashion!

What excites me so much a year on is the emails I regularly receive from people in Asia, Australia, all over Europe - not just in my own country, looking for advice on careers in fashion, style tips and just general heartwarming emails of support.

Here is a taster of some great memories from my first blogging year in pictures. I have enjoyed it so much. Thank you all so much for all for following my busy life, your support the past 12 months has made me more confident to share my endeavors with you here. Here is to hopefully keeping you entertained over the next year and more. E xo


 Mercedes-Benz MSL Fashion Week Cork last year with stylish Natasha Crowley


Mercedes-Benz MSL Fashion Week Cork last year with my business partner and bestie Vivienne


I was MC for Miss Universe Cork. Always such a fun event each year. Here with judges Rozanna Purcell, Kellie Forde and Katriona O'Mahony.

MC'ing the very glam Verso's Voodoolicious fashion show with Sam & Billie Faiers from TOWIE as special guests

A shoot I styled appeared on Vogue Italia online, shot by Miki Barlok


Co-presenting a number of fashion shows with this fun fashionista who I really admire, 
Brendan Courtney


My best friend's wedding

Meeting fashion icon Hamish Bowles again at another great friend's beautiful wedding


Modelling maternity wear at 16 weeks into my pregnancy on the Today Show on RTE. Tomorrow I will appear on the show as a Stylist. What a difference a year makes! 


My interview and spread in Oh Baby Maternity Magazine at 6 months into the pregnancy.


The Evening Echo brought me on board to do a series of editorials on Style Tips for pregnancy.


A very pregnant and fun trip to London with my friends to the Pia Michi fashion show in Mayfair


Being invited to feature with some amazing business women in the Fashion Industry in a Le Chat Noir shoot


Breaking my ankle 6 weeks before our baby arrived and being bed bound. This guy nursed and minded us both and proved to be the best husband and friend I could ever wish for, getting me and bump through such a challenging time for us.


The arrival of our baby girl Erin Frances O'Mahony on 08.07.14, the day my whole world changed for the better


Erin celebrates my blog's 1st birthday with me today, she is 11 weeks old tonight. She is the most precious gift we could ever have received and I look forward to sharing her with you all on the blog over the next 12 months. I am on the Today Show on RTE tomorrow discussing how to dress post pregnancy. Thanks for your support the past year. Love, E xo 


20/09/2014

Hope Foundation Lunch

I produced the fashion show again this year with Viv for the annual Hope Foundation luncheon. It's a charity that we have always chosen to support at Lockdown and it was such a fantastic event. Thanks to Susan, Jill and the Hope team for having us along!

Designer Catriona Hanley who is launching her gorgeous line at the Four Seasons London on October 3rd next. Our models Amanda & Susan are wearing 2 of her creations here. Definitely a designer to watch! 
Models Amanda, Liz and Mairead wearing clothes from Blush Boutique.
I had a lovely day with the event MC, the beautiful Sandra Murphy and our Lickdown model and backstage manager Clair O'Connor. My blue floral dress is from Verso in Douglas.
With Jean Lauder who is heading back to
India with the Hope Foundation soon and fellow blogger Lisa Marie Jordan who I picked the Best Dressed with.
I enjoyed Culture Night in Cork with Sandra Murphy after the event and we met radio host & rugby pundit George Hook with our friends from Heineken Ireland
At Jacobs on the Mall with Sandra Murphy & Susan Forrest from The Hope Foundation


With Niamh Tobin from Heineken Ireland at Jacob's on the Mall after our lovely day at the Hope Foundation lunch and show.


Sandra & I ending a really fun Culture night at the Triskel Christchurch to end the perfect day x


18/09/2014

Styling Post Baby Wardrobes on RTE's Today Show

The new season of RTE's Today Show kicks off next week with Maura Derrane and Daithi O'Sé.
I will be on the show Tuesday showing some great looks I have picked from two local brands to help new Mums update their post-baby wardrobes. I will be featuring some gorgeous looks from Blush Boutique and stunning contemporary jewellery from Azure Jewellery.
Tune into RTE at 4.30pm next Tuesday!

A preview of some gorgeous new looks I will be showing on RTE next week  from Blush Boutique 

Our beautiful models Robin, Liz and Aisling from The Lockdown Agency
Azure are known for their stunning bridal jewellery and I can't wait to share some new pieces from their contemporary collection on air next week, promoting and supporting Irish jewellery design and local independent boutiques.


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