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My Preview of the new Verso Store

Verso & The Dress Bar have spread their fashion wings and are opening a second shop at 10am tomorrow morning in Douglas Court Shopping Centre. I visited the boutique today ahead of their doors opening to the public and was treated to a preview of the gorgeous new store. I took some snaps of my favourite pieces on the rails. There were so many pretty dresses, pastel blazers and tulip skirts with great price points for new season looks starting from only €24.99. Full outfit prices from these photos are all listed below and if you can't visit the store this weekend you can shop online here. Best of luck to Lisa, Viv, Ruth and all the team tomorrow. I am sorry for stealing Viv away for our girlie Brighton trip with our wifey-to-be friend Kate Noonan tomorrow. But we promise to wear our Verso finest out in Brighton xo

Look 1: 
Lemon Tulip Skirt €44.99
White crop top with lace detail on the back €24.99

Look 2:
Raspberry Party Dress €59.99

Look 3:
Blush strapless embossed rose print dress €99.99

Look 4:
Vesper bow detail dress €89.99

Look 5:
Floral pencil dress €32.00
Pastel pink blazer €44.99
Silver clutch €34.99

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Model: Lara at Lockdown Models
Styling: Irish Fashaholic
Photos: Irish Fashaholic
Location: Verso & The Dress Bar, Douglas Court SC, Cork


Back to Basics

People are always surprised when I tell them we have a caravan with no electricity or plumbing in the countryside that is our favourite place to holiday. I guess it completely contradicts my glamorous life in fashion at glitzy events. Maybe that very contradiction is where the beauty lies. Or maybe it is already in my blood from my ancestors who grew up in the countryside. Eitherway, there is nothing I love more than when May rolls around and we head to the West Cork town of Allihies and put out our caravan on the beach for the Summer.
Ten years ago, my friends Jude and Viv reignited my love for this little picturesque town when they invited me down to their caravans on the field at the beach. I spent some of my most memorable Summers meeting really interesting people from all walks of life, chatting beneath the stars on the beach in the dark over wine and a blazing campfire. With only one shop, one Post Office, a cafe at the Coppermine Museum and three pubs, the village is a sleepy one during off season but comes alive during Summer with some of Irelands top trad and folk musicians passing through the pubs for epic sessions. It is the perfect place to bring your children as there is nothing but fresh air, cows and the beach so they can run free without modern day distractions or the need for Mommy & Daddy to spend lots of money on them. Allihies is the perfect base for cyclists, walkers or fishing enthusiasts as it is on the Ring of Beara and only a hop over to Kenmare with some of the most magnificent views you will find in Ireland. My favourite place to head with friends and family on a sunny day is to the Cascades for a swim in the beautiful waterfall and leave the busy city behind.

We bought a new little caravan that Fr Ted himself would be proud of. I am scouring Pinterest for ideas to pimp up our new little caravan so I look forward to blogging about it lots and showing you some pictures throughout the Summer. Last weekend I downloaded my favourite magazines to my iPad, embraced the lack of wifi or coverage, read lots, ate and drank lots and laughed alot. Roll on the Summer in the laid-back countryside. xo


3D Printed Fashion

was invited to present a really unique fashion show during the black tie dinner at the IT@Cork Tech event this week at City Hall. A really interesting Dublin company called showcased beautiful 3D printed jewellery. Irish owned by sisters Aoibheann, Emer and Kate, these three unstoppable business women combined their computer science backgrounds with their architecture skills to establish their forward thinking brand and now sell personalised 3D goods such as cuff links, necklaces in gold or silver, costume jewellery, map coasters, clocks, personalised phone covers and even clocks. Scroll through a taster of some of their pieces below and check out my cute name chain at the end, these can be ordered in any colour.
Showcasing three 3D printed and laser cut garments from her graduate collection was fashion designer Rachael Garrett. The LSAD student created her garments with the help of the Fab Lab cultural and creative space in Limerick and it was the first time I have seen 3D printed clothing that was wearable. I need one of Rachael's stunning pieces in my wardrobe. These dresses would have stood head and shoulders above some of the style at this weeks Met Ball Gala!
Thanks to The Dress Bar for my full length black gown and a special thanks to the IT@Cork team for inviting us along to host such a lovely show and for supporting Irish Design talent and highlighting the very exciting future of both Tech & Fashion.

Miss Ireland Jess Hayes in a Rachael Garrett creation

Accessories above and below from 

Thank you to Aoibheann at Love and Robots for my personalised chain xo

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