Fashion & Lifestyle Blog


Think of Me by Lauryn Rose

I don't blog a lot about jewellery as there are so many trends and different brands out there but when I find a brand I love, I tend to wear it ALOT. While browsing some other Irish bloggers pages, I noticed a gorgeous Irish brand pop up that all the cool clique were wearing. Then when working backstage at Lorraine Keane's 'Keane on Style' in Dublin earlier this year, I met the brand owner and got to browse the collection in person. Bridging the gap between high street and high-end fashion, Lauryn Rose is an Irish jewellery brand with great quality pieces, next day delivery and the prettiest packaging on the market. Their 'Think of Me' collection is my favourite. This collection represents love for those closest to us and has delicate male and female charms in elegant, high grade 925 sterling silver and rose gold finishes. Madeline Mulqueen launched the collection which generously donates 10% of the sale of each piece to the LauraLynn Children's Hospice to help vulnerable Irish children in need. I am giving away the below two gorgeous pieces from the Think of Me' collection.  These pieces are my personal favourites, the statement male charm necklace and the more delicate rose gold female charm on the leather necklace, so just head over to my Facebook page here to enter & good luck! (You can browse all the charms from the collection here). xo

Panelist at the Irish Blogger Conference

I was delighted to be invited to join Lorraine Keane, Brendan Courtney and Ellie Balfe on the panel at the Irish Blogger Conference last Saturday in Dublin. Meeting other bloggers and hearing what inspires them, how they work and to swap tips with bloggers across all mediums was really beneficial. While I was on stage talking about my 19 years experience working in fashion in Ireland with the afore mentioned panel, I did have a 'wow I can't believe I am up here with people I admire so much in the industry' moment and had to pinch myself. It was lovely backstage catching up with Brendan and Lorraine and Lorraine's gorgeous daughter Amelia. Thanks to Fiona and her fab team at the Irish Blogger Association for having me along again this year as a guest speaker. Watch this space for a Southern Conference soon!I got lots of messages and comments about my flamingo dress and it was from Love Cherish, winners of Occassion Wear Boutique of the Year with Frockadvisor and Pose this year, you can visit them here.
(Sorry about the low quality photos but I was too busy chatting and working to get photos!)


Sneaker Freaker

I have spent the last month procrastinating about which of my trainer collection deserve to stay in my wardrobe for the coming season and which should be relegated to the attic. New Balance reigned supreme for a long time and are still my go-to pair for style and comfort but what about the Free Runs, Roshes, Cons and Stan Smiths? The blogosphere has finally spoken and the cool clique online have crowned the Tubular range from Adidas as the new must-have sneaker. Cheaper and more accessible than Ye's Yeezy Boost, these trainers are the new black. I'm not 100% sure about them yet but have a look here and see what you think!



We were so thrilled to be announced WINNERS of last week's Fashion Independents Day organised by our favourite Irish fashion destination app Frockadvisor. We visited as many local independent boutiques against the clock and against the other national influencers who were covering their cities and towns. We won the 'Most Retweeted' category for all our photos on the fashion trail that day, so a huge thank you to the shops, our followers and all the customers who came out to support such a super day to celebrate local SME's and Independent Business. Supporting Irish is a sure way to keep our talent in Ireland and keep business doors open creating jobs in fashion in Ireland and it was an honour to do our bit to help promote Fashion Independents Day, thank you Brendan & Sonya xo


Irene O'Brien's Communion Jewellery Picks from Newbridge Silverware

I was back on the RTE Today Show, Ireland's most watched daytime TV show on Friday modelling beautiful jewellery pieces for stylist Irene O'Brien. I was joined by my TV kids, models Lucy and Clara pictured below who both modelled Communion jewellery from Newbridge Silverware. Irene was one of our guest presenters at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cork over the last few years and her  knowledge and eye for vintage fashion is what sets her apart as one of the best stylists in Ireland. The versatile Newbridge pieces I modelled were definitely pieces I would wear myself and could be dressed up for Communion Mums or down for everyday wear. The children's jewellery was really special, I remember how grown up I felt wearing jewellery on my Communion Day. To book Irene O'Brien click here. And to browse the pretty jewellery collections from New bridge, click here.


I am a Fashion Crusader for FIDay !

The Frockadvisor Fashion Independents Day launch was a fantastic event in Dublin earlier this week at new stylish bar Zozimus. I loved catching up with Brendan Courtney, Sonia Lennon and the other Fashion Crusaders that Viv and I will join on Thursday 21st April when we visit a large amount of our local independent boutiques against the clock with help from a Hailo driver. We will be tweeting from each boutique, promoting Irish Independent retail so join us over on Twitter and get retweeting next Thursday. Annmarie O'Connor won last year on the Cork route so we are planning Cork for the Double again this year. We are literally bursting with excitement for #FIDay.
For lots of pics from the launch click here, to read about Viv and myself and our association with our favourite app Frockadvisor, click here and to join all the FIDay fun, click here to download the Frockadvisor app xo


A Week of Fashion Adventures

It was great to be back on the RTE Today Show set this week modelling again, it has been two years since I was on and I had a little baby bump the last time. How time flies.
Thanks to Dee Kelly Morgan for having me on to model her pretty Confirmation looks for Mums from Mahon Point Shopping Centre. I am on the show again this week so looking forward to filming it. It is always such a fun experience and the crew and staff are so lovely. Erin was having her dinner and Timmy put the segment on the TV. He said when Erin saw me on the screen she said 'Mama?' and as looking around the house for me, she couldn't understand how I was in the TV. Too cute! Visit the Mahon Point Shopping Centre  to book Dee for personal shopping FREE of charge here.

I also organised a customer evening to celebrate 100 Years in Business at Crowleys Opticians on the Grand Parade. I will have some really great press photos from that event on my Facebook and Instagram over the next week so keep an eye out. I am off to Dublin on Tuesday for the Fashion Independents Day launch with Frockadvisor. I am honoured to be chosen as one of the Fashion Crusaders with Viv this year in Ireland. Lots of coverage from that event on my snapchat Tuesday night in Dublin so follow me @irishfashaholic. Thanks to my friends at Origin Hair Design for brightening up my blonde locks for Dublin. With a busy life and a toddler it's hard to find 'me time' these days but they always look after me so well in Origin.

I have had so many opportunities and calls from business owners in fashion the past week to help them expand their own businesses and I feel so grateful to be doing what I love.  Thank you! Have a great week xo

Miss Universe Cork Cailin Tobin at Crowley's Opticians 100 Years in Business & Inoxia launch
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