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A Fond Farewell

This week I said goodbye to my Uncle Sean. At the young age of 73 he passed away as he wished, at home, unexpectedly and without fuss. I was blessed enough to be able to call him a close friend the past decade. We shared regular shopping outings, trips to Allihies in West Cork for him to visit old friends and buy fish from the fish market in Castletownbere and in the end when his body was failing him, we just sat and chatted. The stories and advice he shared with me may have often washed over me but now that he has passed on, those little treasures of knowledge he gave me seem so golden. We had talked about the day he would pass, even planned it all so that nobody would have to worry about covering his arrangements. We shed a tear together that day, then shared a laugh about it. And I got to thank him for all he has done for me, for being such a special friend. And that I loved him. I feel privileged that I got to say that to him in person, in life. Sean O'Shea was a kind, strong willed, intelligent man who enjoyed a good chat, a good drink and lived for news about the busy lives of his nieces, nephews and their growing families. He loved when I would show him photos on Facebook of all our kids and what we were up to. He just wanted the best for us all and for everyone to get along. In the end he found it hard that his body slowed down before his mind did. He enjoyed meeting his neighbours for the local news and banter. Seeing his friends and neighbours shed tears at the funeral, talking so fondly about what he meant to them sealed for me that he was a special person that had a positive influence on more lives than mine. He taught me to cherish every day, to do what makes you happy and keep a cool head in all situations. How blessed we were to have him in all of our lives xo


Nursery Prints

I am always on the look-out for gifts for kids that aren't the usual mass produced toy of the moment.  I regularly scour Pinterest for toys and nursery decor inspiration and see all these amazing artists in the States etching kids names into different materials for wall hangings or painting their favourite toy and wish I could find something unique here too. Alas, now I have! 

This weekend at the Craft & Design Fair at UCC's Glucksman Gallery (details below) you can invest in a piece of art for the little people in your life with these super cute prints from Irish artist Cyril Desmond.  Cyril produces affordable lifestyle art under the name Milis Print Work. This collection has been inspired by his own three young children, consisting of prints of pen and ink drawings of things that children and adults love like teddy bears, vehicles, vintage toys, instruments and dogs, making it ideally suited to family spaces and children’s rooms. The work can be customised by size and background colour making it compatible with any d├ęcor. It also makes a unique personal gift for any special occasion. 

The artist himself told me that “Prints make great gifts and are an affordable way to have original art in the home.  We provide prints in 7x7, 8x10, 11x14” photo sizes to make them compatible with regular frames available in most department stores and photo shops.  This is a real family effort, my wife Suzie helps with the final stages and of course the three amigo’s help with the inspiration.”

You can browse and order Cyril's fantastic work here. Or add Milis Print Work on Facebook and buy through paypal here. Frames are for display purposes only. These are the sweetest prints to bring any playroom or nursery up to date!


Updated Denim at GAP

Originally designed for cowboys and miners, denim is a fabric that has been reinvented and reworked more times than Madonna and survived the test of time as a fabric, since it's invention in 1871 by Jacob Davis.  Whether your favourite fit is skinny, cigarette, bootcut, tapered, cropped, flared, boyfriend, girlfriend, high waisted or low rise, there is no denying that jeans are a staple in everyone's wardrobe. James Dean popularised jeans in the 1950s in Rebel Without a Cause but it wasn't until the 1960s that they were deemed acceptable attire and the ban on wearing denim in theatres, restaurants and schools was lifted. My uniform for all moods or weather, especially since becoming a busy Mother, is a pair of skinny jeans and a cable knit sweater or leather jacket and Converse or boots. I popped into GAP this morning and styled some denim looks from their gorgeous new stock for Winter. I came away with gorgeous soft skinny jeans and a cream oversized cable knit sweater which I will pop on the blog soon but for now I hope some of the below casual looks inspire you to cool-up your daytime wardrobe. p.s. how cute is Viv's little baby bump in these pics! xo

Models: Nikki, Viv, Caitriona & Jennifer from Lockdown Models


Wardrobe Feng Shui

November is the month I like to clear out my wardrobes and do a little 'Wardrobe Feng Shui' each year. The nights get darker and it is colder, so much harder to get out of bed in the mornings. Having my outfits easy to pull makes for happy and easier mornings in my household, as I tackle multitasking and dragging my sleeping beauty out of her cot to go to work. So if you find yourself with time on your hands this weekend, pull everything out onto the floor and start again. Fill bags for your local charity shop. Implement a one year rule: if you haven't worn the garment in the last 12 months, say goodbye and donate to charity. Hang garments by colour, fold denim together, hang basics together, fold tshirts in colour co-ordination on shelves together and hang all coats together etc. This way it's easy to pull an outfit together when you are in a rush out the door to work. Happy November! xo


All That Glitters

I promise this is my last vintage post for awhile but I am utterly obsessed with the quality of vintage garments and looking at the detail and skill that went into making these garments many moons ago. That skill is sometimes missing in our mass-produced high street today across the World, so when I get a chance to call into my favourite store Miss Daisy Blue, I always find myself playing dress-up and it becomes a social event catching up with friends. Here are some snaps of myself and Vivienne picking up some pieces for the coming party season last Saturday with our super stylish friend and Secondary School Principal Finbarr, who bought the amazing vintage coat pictured below in the Menswear section. Shopping at independent boutiques like this is the best for coffees, chats, great style advice and the feel good factor for supporting local! xo


Layering Up

As I love everything vintage, I was excited to share this gorgeous coat I found at my favourite vintage store in Ireland - Miss Daisy Blue. The collar is attached, the buttons are original and the fabric and quality are everything you would expect from an era where women bought one good coat for their wardrobe a year. The black wool jumper pictured at the end is probably one of my favourite knits ever. Again, vintage with original pearl detailing from Miss Daisy Blue. Of course while in there I was drawn to a vintage black and gold evening jacket and couldn't resist trying it on over a vintage LBD. The beauty about these pieces is they are one of a kind but I love getting unique vintage pieces and making them look current, bringing them into today's fashion era xo

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