Happy New Year my lovelies and I hope you all had a fabulous break.
I was fairly quite on the blog over the Christmas as I was a bit manic on the run up to it with work, getting used to the new daily work commute and the fun of moving into a new house! It was all go and all I wanted to do was sleep come Christmas Day, but no fear of that as we had 8 to feed for dinner – no pressure…or no sleep!! but we had a great day.
That didn’t stop me hitting up the sales (both clothes and furniture – now that I am a new home-owner I find myself browsing around the home-ware sections more frequently but I usually just convince myself that if I can’t wear it, I don’t need it – hence the reason I am still looking for bedside lockers but have 2 new jumpers and a new skirt!)
Anyway, before all the madness, one of my very good friend’s Aoifa called on my help – she had what you would call a ‘dress-dilemma’ for an upcoming wedding and had to return the first dress purchased – we won’t go into that story. So being a busy mum of two, she was literally panicking as this was going to be a super fashionable wedding. Mid conversation to ease the suffering, I offered my ‘searching services’ (I love shopping especially with other people’s money!!)
The wedding was Saturday 2nd January so we had time! There was a few factors to consider – first we were conscious of the indulgences of Christmas (so tight dresses were a no-no), the fact there might be alot of guests wearing black, I thought a pop of colour might be nice and also I wanted her to experiment with a different style of outfit that she wouldn’t normally go for, but yet feel comfortable.
As you know I am a huge fan of the midi skirt, so I thought this might be a good option for Aoifa, as they are so versatile and can be worn again with various styles of tops throughout the year, plus she hadn’t opted for this look previously.
It took me very little time (less than 30 minutes after hanging up the phone) to find what I wanted as I headed straight onto facebook and instagram to the fabulous Gúna Nua Boutique in Ballina, Co. Mayo. Now I have no affiliation with this shop whatsoever, I just stalk it from afar online, and when I do visit the in-laws I make it my business to pop in to see their new stock (and I visited the sale post Christmas and got the most amazing skirt for €20 – I’ll tell you about that again). I have purchased a few pieces over time from the boutique and the great thing is that they are happy to post around Ireland too if you are not in a position to head for the west, you can just give them a call to order.
I chose a dark purple midi skirt, tiered slightly shorter at the front (pockets too) and an embellished elbow length grey/blue top (which can be worn the opposite way too, cardigan-style)
One quick call back to Aoifa after I sent all the outfit links and she was sold! She was on the phone to Gúna Nua the following morning and was dealt with by a lovely member of staff and had the outfit delivered within 2 days – there’s nothing like a local boutique for ensuring excellent customer care and service!
Accessorising was simple as the top had plenty of embellishment so there was no need to go mad! The earrings were from Coast (years old!), bracelet (Stella & Dot) and clutch bag (Coast) were all kindly donated by myself….love my bits and bobs to get an outing…kinda feels like I am going to the wedding too! Aoifa had the perfect shoes already – silver peep toes which matched the bag.
Teresa Rushe Molloy Hair Studio, Athlone created a fabulous up-style (suitably styled to the outfit, and it was also something that wouldn’t move during the wild wind and rain we endured on Saturday) I believe the hair was still perfectly in tact at 5am in the resident’s bar!!!
And yours truly, moi did the make up!
And voilá she was stunning!
So girls if you find you need some help choosing an outfit for a big event or even just a night out, please ask me. This is something I thoroughly enjoy doing and am happy to hit up the shops, be it online or in person at anytime so don’t be afraid to holler! That’s what I am here for.
Hair dresser: Follow on facebook – Teresa Rushe Molloy Hair Studio
Now ladies, while you are reading this post I’ll be at my Christmas party!! Yes, it’s on a Monday night – the joys of working in the hospitality industry! And if you’re wondering what I’m wearing…a black dress with long sleeves I bought on honeymoon 2 and half years ago, probably with wellies and oil-skins over it!!
Chat you later in the week.