Saturday, December 31, 2011

Film Style Inspiration- Lucy (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe)

I can't believe it's been a year since I started doing these posts. I've had so much fun interpreting the style of some of my favourite film characters and this month's was no different. My process for deciding who to do a post on each month differs each time. Sometimes I would see a film, new or a long time favourite and would be inspired by a character's style, other times I would find an item of clothing or an accessory and it would remind me of what a specific character would wear. The latter was the case this time. I wanted to do a post involving the fur coat my granny gave me last year. 

Obviously this was the perfect time of year with the cold weather (I've been wearing the coat non-stop, it's the warmest thing I own). I had a few ideas in mind including Julie Christie in Doctor Zhivago but I finally landed on the film that was probably my first introduction to the fur coat and that is The Lion ,the Witch and the Wardrobe. I mean the BBC version (the ONLY version) of course!

My mother read the book to Kate and I when we were little and we watched the film over and over. I still remember the music from the BBC logo thing at the start of the tape (yes VHS!) We loved the story so much and knew the film by heart. That wolf still scares me! (mega points if you know what I'm talking about)

The story is set in wartime England and the character's costumes reflect the style of that era with knitted cardigans and jumpers, tweed jackets, floral tea dresses, lace up shoes and pretty bows. 

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Yes, I'm aware these photos are from the more recent Disney adaptation but it was hard to get good stills of the BBC one....apart from the lovely one below!

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Here is my interpretation...


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Dress- Vintage Urban Renewal via Etsy 
Coat- my Granny
Shoes- Monsoon
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Tights- Marks and Spencers


This is also my last post of 2011. I have my new video recorded so I'll be editing and uploading that this week!

I'm not doing a year in review post, but I still want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and interaction and love this year. I have to say 2011 has been a tough year, not just for me but for a lot of people. It's only in these past two months that things have gotten better and I'm hoping all the issues that arose in 2011 will disappear next year. Things are already looking up as I found out this week our friends from Nashville are coming to visit in March and we couldn't be more excited to see them!

So thank you once more for continuing to read what I have to say and for the friendships I've formed through interacting with you, may they continue to grow stronger in the coming year!

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2012,

Emma xxx


Thursday, December 29, 2011

But It Don't Snow Here It Stays Pretty Green

A belated Happy Christmas to you all!

I took a break away from things here over the holiday season to concentrate on getting up to date with editing and all of the ideas I have for the blog. I hadn't been enjoying it like I used to and to be perfectly honest it was becoming a chore and that is why I haven't been posting as much as I'd like to. This is supposed to be fun, it's a hobby and something I should enjoy doing and I think I'm finally getting back to feeling that way about it. I have my next seven or eight  posts planned out and I finally have somewhere I can film videos (including some lights of Donnacha's that I'm going to use when I want to film at night). I've also been organising everything with my new PC (I had been using a netbook for a few months there and it wasn't the best for blogging).

I had a wonderful December. In fact I think the last two months were the best of the year for me! I spent Christmas with Donnacha's family this year which was a huge step into adulthood for me. Christmas has always been one of my favourite times of the year (apart from the religious reasons) I just love spending quality time with my close and extended family. It was hard making the decision to be apart from my family especially my mother and my sister as Kate and I have had the most fun on Christmas and have our own little sisterly traditions. But I suppose everyone has to grow up (we can't all be Peter Pan) and I needed to start new traditions with Donnacha. I does mean that we'll be going to my family next year though!

I needn't have worried as I had a lot of fun in Carlow, I got to go out for drinks with our friends on Christmas eve and beforehand we had dinner in Donnachas brother's house where he and his brothers surprised his parents with an early Christmas present- a puppy! He is so cute! I'll show you some photos of him soon. They called him Buddy. It was interesting to experience different Christmas day traditions to the ones I've been used to growing up, but it was nice to get to know his family more and his brother's girlfriend who came over from Scotland.

We spent St. Stephen's Day/Boxing Day with my family and had a second Christmas dinner which no one was complaining about! I got some very generous presents which I will tell you about in my next post. I was really spoiled by everyone!

Here are some photos of my outfits over the two days. I wore my bridesmaids dress both days in two different ways. I wanted to make it a bit more casual and get some more wear out of it because I love it so much. Hope you like it!


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Dress- Dig For Victory via Etsy
Earrings and Purple Belt- Accessorize
Nail Polish- Model's Own 'Juicy Jules'
Lipstick- Revlon 'Pink Pout'
Tights- Penneys
Bow and Gold Belt- Dunnes
Scarf- Market in Florence 5 years ago 
Cardigan- Monsoon
Coat- from Granny Grimes :)
Shoes- Clarks 'Desert Yarra'

The post title comes from the song last years Christmas post title came from, except this time it was to fit in with the fact that we've had a completely snowless December so far! 


Emma x

Sunday, December 11, 2011

This Is The Day Your Life Will Surely Change

This is the second of the Wedding posts. These photos are from the actual Wedding day and they're only the ones taken by Donnacha and I. Donnacha was filming the ceremony and the speeches at the reception so I have to get photos from other people of the actual ceremony itself and the reception and afters. But this should give you quite a good taste of the day itself. 



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The Groomsmen Peter, Andrew, Ruben, Stephen and Andrew with Eric

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The Bridesmaids Abby, Laura and Aoife (and Maid of Honour-Me and Flower Girl- Emily-Faye)

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Simon the DJ (who you've probably seen here before) 

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My brothers Jordan and Jack and I

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Me and my mom!

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My parents with Justin and Julie (Justin performed the ceremony)

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I absolutely loved my petticoat from the moment I tried it on in the shop. Everyone was touching it all night and saying how much they loved it with the black dress. I would wear it every day if I could!

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The shoes! I was looking for shoes for a while, something pink or red and as soon as I saw these on the Irregular choice website I fell in love. 

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Weren't the bouquets gorgeous colours?

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The tables for the reception were named after fictional towns. Can you guess what films/TV shows they're all from?

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The dessert buffet consisted of white and dark choclate mousse, pavlova, ricotta and chocolate cheesecake, creme bruleƩ, homemade vanilla ice-cream and chocolate covered fruits. It was incredible and definitely most peoples favourite course.

It's taken me ages to actually finish editing the photos because there was probably over a thousand altogether. I'll show you the ones of the ceremony and reception soon. And then there's the touristy Rome photos. Don't worry I'll be done with all of them soon enough!

In case anyone was wondering my dress was custom made by Dig for Victory on Etsy. I cannot recommend Eleanor and Holly highly enough. They were so helpful and quick to respond to all my questions about the dress and when I asked could they add sleeves they were only too happy to accommodate me. I will definitely be buying another dress from them for any other occasions I have to go to. I felt so comfortable in the dress, it fit like a dream and it was exactly what I wanted from the moment I knew I would be Kate's Maid of Honour. The petticoat is from Retro here in Dublin and the shoes are called Burlesque Beauty from Irregular Choice

My make up was pretty simple. I used a lot of the same products on myself and Kate. I will be doing a tutorial video on the wedding make up very soon so I'll go into more detail about what products I used and why in the video. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing these photos, let me know what you think!

I also hope you're having a great December so far and enjoying the build up to the holidays (and that it's not snowing/stormy where you live). Keep safe and warm!


Emma x


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