For my next few posts, I have decided to share some of the less-known brands that I have discovered. I adore pieces that are a little bit different - particularly those by Irish designers. One such label is the genius (Irish, though London-based) knitwear line Electronic Sheep. This range of scarves, hats, dresses and jumpers is literally the ONLY one to consider if you want a piece that feels luxuriously warm, stylish and colourful. Each piece is different, with colours that you would typically not think of putting together that always work. I started my collection a few years ago and it continues to grow... Once you try one of their magnificent creations on there really is no going back. They are available online at electronicsheep.com and in the beautiful Gift Horse Gallery shop on Rose Inn St in Kilkenny City.
When investing in any item of clothing, it is important that it is not only trans-seasonal but also that it can be worn in multiple ways. If you make one piece the focal point of multiple looks, not only will you get better value for money, you will also benefit from the creativity involved in developing different outfits and the challenge involved in making one look better than the last! A perfect example is this Claudie Pierlot jumpsuit which I bought a few months ago. I was wearing brogues on the day, and loved the juxtaposition between the more formal suit and the shoe. However, before purchasing, I thought about how I could transform it into a work appropriate outfit with a pair of heels, and into something less androgynous than with the brogues by adding kitten heels and vintage jewellery and keeping my hair and make-up soft and feminine.
Naturally, this logic extends beyond the jumpsuit and of course does not require one to always make a new purchase. If you have a dress or jacket in your wardrobe that you have not worn in ages, why not dust it off and get creative with - try dressing it up, dressing it down, matching it with pieces in a similar colour palette but perhaps with contrasting textures, such as a beige pencil skirt in damask cinched at the waist with a camel leather belt.
With a bit of fashion artistry and a willingness to experiment, a single garment can perform multiple functions in a wardrobe.
Today I thought I would make a quick post about de-stressing and the importance of finding time for yourself. In my lecture this morning, I was talking to my fabulous friend Ellen about essays and stress etc, and started to think about the best way of handling it. For me, nothing lifts my mood quite like a long walk or curling up by a log fire with a good book. But when I want a quick fix with more lasting results, I love to paint my nails. Over the past few years I have developed quite an obsession with Chanel Le Vernis nail polishes - I adore the depths of the their shades and the beautiful matte finish they produce. When I am on a budget, Catrice costmetics do lovely ones and Essie is also fantastic.
Even if you are not into painting your nails, I urge you to give it a try. If that fails, find something creative you enjoy doing - every part of you will benefit from letting go of even just a little bit of that stress. We need to start prioritising our 'me' time in the same way we dedicate ourselves to hard work. Go forth and relax!
Welcome to my blog. My name is Isabel and I am an advocate of style in more than one sense. A former law student and aspiring lawyer with an undying passion for fashion. I'm a strong believer in all things being equal, and think everyone deserves to look and feel fabulous; so I set up this blog. I know from experience how it feels to lack confidence, but also know the transformative powers fashion has to change that. I am not professing to be an expert, but I want to share my experiences and small bit of knowledge in the hope that I can empower others to embrace and love their look.