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“Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross
To see a fine lady upon a white horse
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes
She shall have music wherever she goes”

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what is no festival complete without? forget wellies, toilet roll and dutch gold. think wilfully obscure, whimsical, fanciful jewellery from tatty devine. the collection is twee, retro, naff and trendy. some of the pieces are so nostalgic – remember fancy-paper and sticker collecting? pierrot the clown stationary? hobby horses? plastic rings? Read the rest of this entry »

I love it when two worlds collide, affording you an opportunity to write a flippant, superficial post about a monumental historical discovery. Fashion-lite meets one of the 100 most important objects in the world. This splendiferous gold cape has been featured in the History of the World in 100 objects series, curated by the British Museum. It was crafted out of a tiny spec of gold and shaped into a very thin cape, thought to have been adorned by wealthy women and children in Wales.

No smiling was allowed in the taking of this picture

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today i came across a new designer. not by scrawling through the pages of vogue, or by aimlessly watching two hours of fashiontv, or even by flicking through other blogs. today, i was

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After more unscrupulous work evasion in the office, I have since discovered that BT2 stock a sample collection of goods from Friis and Company. Rosemary Maccabe selected a delicious one for her review on handbags in the Irish Times. Egg on my face. But still, those glorious shoes and beautiful pearl ring I was lusting after are not available on these shores.

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Sexiest Zebra Crossing I Ever Saw

While over in Spain I acquired myself a fabulous, Mr T-worthy, zebra-print necklace. It is gold plated, chain-linked, slightly iridescent and damn fine. I purchased it in Uterque; a boutique-concept chain of shops set up by Zara and Massimo Dutti. The idea is to provide quirky, affordable pieces mixed with high-end, classic accessories. The result is a bazaar of truly original delights, with some mumsy, wedding-appropriate fare in between. The real coup is that the store has only rolled out through Spain, Portugal, Greece and the United Arab Emirates, which means I’m in the first flushes of a blossoming romance with This-Little-Shop-I-Know. You know the one – tall, dark and handsome and only available when you go on holidays and doesn’t deliver to Ireland. Loyal only to you and offers up a smorgasbord of earthly goods every time you meet. Back in the day there was quite a variety of these exotic lotharios – H+M, Mango, Zara, American Apparel…the delights of the foreign shores. Now they’ve tarted themselves all over the globe and have become so cheap and available. I’m glad I found Uterque, but I sense our time together will be fleeting. Read the rest of this entry »

i give you two dollas for that woolly d'n'g bag

well just back from a week away in good aul sunny espana and i’ll admit, it was just a week of total over self-indulgence, tanning, pampering, sunning and strolling (though don’t be jealous, i have since been, and will be for the next week, chained to a desk trying to catch up on the strutural properties of concrete, developing, what i only know, will be chronic lifelong back pain). however, i did also scrub up a bit on some skills which i’m sure you’ll be interested in as you jet abroad over the upcoming months. and that is the art of haggling

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Squeaky clean

Happy Bank Holiday Hangover y’all. Tis Aideen here.

I don’t know why I feel so drawn to this but I think this jewellery is brilliantly unconventional. It’s by Australian company Chewed By Tuesday and will set you back $250 (Aussie dollars that is – comes to about €174 and €7-ish for postage.)

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I believe it is a widely known fact that I am a jewellery enthusiast. I am also a recycling enthusiast. So imagine my delight when I came across these sodomised Barbie rings and necklaces. Every childhood fascination with decapitating Barbie has been realised in a unique, if slightly deranged, jewellery collection. Designer Margaux Lange has gone to town on the Mattel icon, leaving no discarded hand, melted face, amputated leg or lonely Ken left unturned.

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40 squids in Topshop

40 squids from Lipsy

6 Great British Pounds from Camden Market

1 euro and 50 shillings from Pennys Couture

i already have a leather jacket. i only recently acquired a new pair of ankle boots (worn twice to date). i paid 2000e for laser eye surgery about 4 years ago to banish the heinous spectacles from my life and i think i own about 10 pairs of sunglasses. but i must i must i must.  some of the goods were bought at sale price like. that makes it ok right?

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