Is this the most beautiful woman in the world? Vote!

I really don’t know which one is cooler, Scarlett with her Lost in Translation ennui or Jennifer as sparky Rosalyn from American Hustle? Can’t decide…well just take the best bits of Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence, mash it all up in a Hollywood blender of super coolness and what do you get? The World’s most beautiful woman? You decide?

Hollywood Mash Up! Two of the earth's coolest chics

Hollywood Mash Up! Two of the earth’s coolest chics

 

The world most wanted to be woman?

 

 

Lidl is the New Black!

5 Ways Shopping for Vintage is Like Shopping at Lidl

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1. You develop a love affair with brands no one else has ever heard of (more Leslie Faye, Abe      Schrader for us!)

2. You can never leave with what you came in for…

3.You are thrilled at the excitement of the bargain table. A 1980’s leather snakeskin bag for a fiver, Ill have that!

4. The best shops are always in hard to find places…see http://newyorkdollskilkenny.wordpress.com/

5. Like the Cheese, its gets better with age!

Lidl!

Naomi Campbell Graces Yet Another Cover | Harper’s Bazzar Latin America September 2014

Rock on Naomi ….she is carrying all the beauty that comes with being relaxed in your skin!

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Naomi on Bazaar–Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the September issue from Harper’s Bazaar Latin America taps Naomi Campbell is its cover star. The supermodel, who recently appeared with Rihanna and Iman in a W Magazine feature, looks absolutely flawless in a Givenchy tailored jacket and pants sans a top for the image. The preview featured below shows Naomi in a look from Prada’s fall 2014 collection.

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Big Hair, Big Shoulders, Big Love

I recently had the pleasure of spending time in my friends vintage hoard, she is a fellow afficiando and lover of all things beautiful but old. We didn’t realise it but at least two hours had passed as she brought me through each item on her rails. We literally picked up every piece and gushed, discussing the age, origin, design and condition of each piece. I did not feel time go by, it was just good fun. However, part of me was a little bit sad as I know I can’t really wear most of the things we were lovingly looking at. They were playful, pretty, short and for the very young, and I was a little sad to I have to concede that I can’t do “ironic” anymore, and lots of things were just not suitable if I can put it that way!

Why wasn’t I more daring with my fashion choices when I was younger? At 5’9 I could basically wear anything I wanted. But casting my mind back, I remember being insecure about my weight and appearance at that time too, despite being very much in the skinny category. I have to say there is lots to be said for getting older, definitely I am happier in my skin, I know myself, what I like and don’t, you can take me or leave me. But I still battle every day with the notion of perfection, and I why I can’t wear this or that. I probably will look at pictures of myself 5 years from now and say, gosh wasn’t I in great shape,I really should have worn that Pucci geometric print maxi!

But getting back to the rummage fest at my friend’s house, in the midst of all the beautiful 1940’s tea dresses, 1960’s wiggle dresses and 1950’s prom dresses, I kept being drawn to the 1980’s and I still think that there is so much to be said for this era, Kate Bush hair, pencil skirts, snakeskin handbags, silk blouses and wide brimmed hats. Here are some of my favourite 1980’s fashion moments.

Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface

Love Michelle in this white 1980's suit

Love Michelle in this white 1980’s suit

How cool is she?

How cool is she?

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Melanie Griffith’s working girl

Working Girl

Working Girl

Loved Sigorney's style too

Loved Sigorney’s style too

Ultimate cool was Cher and Meryl Streep in Silkwood

Love Cher and Meryl's laid back cool style in this great movie Silkwood

Love Cher and Meryl’s laid back cool style in this great movie Silkwood

What a feeling

What a feeling

First when there’s nothing
But a slow glowing dream
That your fear seems to hide
Deep inside your mind

All alone, I have cried
Silent tears full of pride
In a world made of steel
Made of stone

Well, I hear the music
Close my eyes, feel the rhythm
Wrap around, take a hold of my heart

What a feeling
Being’s believing
I can have it all
Now I’m dancing for my life
Take your passion
And make it happen
Pictures come alive
You can dance right through your life

Now I hear the music
Close my eyes, I am rhythm
In a flash, it takes hold of my heart

What a feeling, being’s believing
I can have it all
Now I’m dancing for my life
Take your passion
And make it happen
Pictures come alive
Now I’m dancing through my life

What a feeling

What a feeling (I am music now)
Being’s believing (I am rhythm now)
Pictures come alive
You can dance right through your life

What a feeling (I can really have it all)
Being’s believing
(Pictures come alive when I call)
I can have it all (I can really have it all)
Have it all (pictures come alive when I call)
(Call, call ,call, call, what a feeling)
I can have it all (being’s believing)
Being’s believing (take your passion)

And of course where would we be without Joan ….Alexis Carrington Colby Dexter Carrington and so on…..

Joan,  you are our Queen

Joan, you are our Queen

Some basics of collecting vintage

Now I know if you are looking at this blog, you probably love vintage and know every nook and cranny of your town/city in terms of thrift, charity, markets, exchanges ….but indulge me and my new infatuation with flipping books…click on the link below:

http://www.flipsnack.com/katland056/fukabm99

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Leslie Fay you genius! Now why wouldn’t you collect this? 1960’s geometric prints just as contemporary today 40 years ago! This piece is a great example of perfect condition vintage, even though its polyester its a great example of beautiful design and beauty.

Beverly Baby

I think a lot of why people love vintage is because they appreciate craftsmanship, I was first star struck by vintage through Gucci. I secured the most beautiful 1970’s classic Boston Gucci bag on ebay and a love affair with finely crafted leather goods began. At the time it was a significant investment for me, as a junior in an office I didn’t have much money to play around with, but I loved the colours and the style of Gucci and to this day I am glad I made that investment. I still am the holder of that classic icon of style that looks as cool and relevant now as it did 40 years ago. But I digress, what I am really saying is that often what vintage gives lovers of fashion is the ability to own something that was crafted beautifully and once was very expensive at a fraction of the cost. So much of what is available now is so disposable, how many will be around in 40 years?

The same could be said for Irish brand Beverly. At one time Beverly stood for the same gorgeous design and quality that is associated with Gucci or Prada now. I have to be honest I had never heard of it until I came across one in a market. I did my research and quickly found a whole legion of fans of this brand, and soon I too was looking for various designs and classic styles from this company. I think as an Irish women of the 1970’s/80’s there is something strangely alluring about a high end accessory being produced in Ireland at a time of great economic depression. Who bought these bags? In my mind it was the ladies who lunched in Brown Thomas on Grafton Street, but also it was probably likely that many regular women invested in these pieces of beautiful leather, as investment buying was the norm. There just wasn’t the proliferation of high street throw away fashion that there is now.

Established by two German brothers from the Hautz family in Bray, Ireland, the quality of their work began to win them many fans such as Grace Kelly and Jackie Onassis.

In the 60’s and 70’s the bags were so famous that they were sold in Galleries Layfette in Paris and Saks Fifth Ave in New York. If you want to see an amazing example, Maeve Hillary had one made for a special outfit, and it’s in the Museum in Collins Barracks, Dublin.

The company wound up in the mid 1980’s but the bags are now collector’s items. I have seen many variations of bags and they are beautiful. So here is a picture of mine, so if you find one, appreciate it and love it as I do, it’s a wonderful piece of Irish style history.

Oxblood Lizard Skin Leather clutch / handbag

Oxblood Lizard Skin Leather clutch / handbag