Tea For Two!

 

TEA FOR .....ONE???? HA HA HA!
TEA FOR …..ONE???? HA HA HA!

TEA FOR TWO AND TWO FOR TEA , AND ME FOR YOU AND YOU FOR ME……. See Here       A little post on Irelands favourite pastime…….The daily ritual of Tea Drinking!!!!!! and its connection to the fabulous Tea Dress…..

Believe it or not, Ireland drinks more Tea than we do alcohol now that’s saying something……….

In order to understand the origins of tea drinking in Ireland I need to explain how tea was introduced in Britain as both countries were  so closely bound together for all sorts of reasons. Tea was first introduced  in Britain by Catherine of Braganza queen of Charles 11 . She was a lover of tea since childhood in Portugal. She brought tea drinking to the English court and set a trend for the beverage among the aristocracy in 17th century England.

1970's Style Tea Dress. Love!
1970’s Style Tea Dress. Love!

The fashion soon spread beyond the elite classes to the middle classes and it became  a popular drink at London coffee houses where men discussed business. Some coffee houses sold loose tea so that it could be brewed at home and could be enjoyed by women who didn’t frequent coffee houses at the time. It was fairly expensive and was only enjoyed by wealthier households where the women would gather together for tea parties. These kind of parties would be a genteel affair and delicate china cups would be used to drink from , the tea which would be poured from silver kettles would be set up by the servants and then poured by the hostess.

Vintage China Tea Set.
Vintage China Tea Set.

Both black tea and green tea were available and sugar often added. In the 17th century it was still unusual to add milk. In the 18th century the British took to drinking tea with great enthusiasm and there was a gap between the number of people who wanted to drink it and the people who could afford it and so the Tea Smugglers came into force.  Tea was smuggled into the country and as there was no tax paid on it was sold much cheaper. By the end of the 18th century more smuggled tea was bought than legally bought tea.

This relaxed vintage Tea Dress shows how much the ritual of Tea Drinking has become more casual over the years
This relaxed vintage Tea Dress shows how much the ritual of Tea Drinking has become more casual over the years
Tea Dress worn with white shades from Primark/Penneys and vintage inspired shoes from Shelly's of London.
Tea Dress worn with white shades from Primark/Penneys and vintage inspired shoes from Shelly’s of London.

The history of the Tea Dress was started by Anna Maria Stanhope in England in 1841. She formed the habit of drinking her tea at around four o clock  in the afternoon and would dress in pretty flowing dresses to fully enjoy the ritual. She started a new “Craze” and thus a new wardrobe was created for the part taking of “Afternoon Tea”. The Tea Dress became an important part of fashionable ladies wardrobes and became an important way for a lady to express her tastes. These dresses were luxurious loose and floaty and were often accessorised with parasols, fans, furs, handbags and jewels .Tea Dresses of course have changed over the years to suit the styles and fashions of the times. However, the vintage inspired style of the  1940’s and 1950’s have got to be one of the most popular styles of the century and are still worn today by those lucky enough to have found an original vintage gem or those that embrace the vintage inspired variety of styles available on the high street. Here are some of my favourite  vintage inspired tea dresses……

Cute vintage inspired lime green dress with amazing embellishments.
Cute vintage inspired lime green dress with amazing embellishments.
This dress from Hoss Homeless is a captivating choice ....
This Tea Dress from Hoss Homeless is a captivating choice ….
Very ladylike ensemble with a cute cardigan added from Penney/Primark
Very ladylike ensemble with a cute cardigan added from Penney/Primark
Up close shot of the amazing detail on this Tea Dress
Up close shot of the amazing detail on this Tea Dress
This unique design gives this Tea Dress a timeless quality
This unique design gives this Tea Dress a timeless quality

Tea was introduced in  Ireland in the mid 18th century and it was received just as enthusiastically  among the upper and lower classes as it was in England. Today Tea Drinking is a culture all on its own. The Irish drink more tea per capita than anywhere else in the world, averaging 4-6 cups per day!!!! In the 1960’s Irish Tea companies started buying tea straight from the source cutting out the middle man. Assam tea from India was blended with Ceylon from Sri Lanka giving us the invigorating tea that the rest of the world now know as Irish Breakfast tea.

Another gorgeous Tea Dress 1950's inspired this time
Another gorgeous Tea Dress 1950’s inspired this time
This vintage inspired dress from Cream has a fab silky feel to it and a wonderful retro print
This vintage inspired dress from Cream has a fab silky feel to it and a wonderful retro print
This Tea Time look is completed by shades from Penneys/Primark and a vintage 1950's bag
This Tea Time look is completed by shades from Penneys/Primark and a vintage 1950’s bag

There is a definite etiquette to tea drinking in Ireland and the UK. A “proper” cup of tea is always made in a tea pot which is scalded first and then loose tea added with boiling water and left to brew for a few minutes before serving in (ideally) delicate china tea cups Then the ritual of tea drinking and socializing begins. Many the chat is to be had and many the problem solved over a decent cup of tea!!! Phrases like …….Tea and Sympathy, Put the kettle on……., Tea For Two……., Home for a cuppa….. are all too familiar in most Irish households.

Happy Tea Time!
Happy Tea Time!

Violinkit is rather partial to her cup of tea……being ever so slightly addicted !!!!!!!! Ha Ha Ha…….. Having never actually counted  I reckon it must be somewhere between 6-8 cups per day…….

In the famous words of “Mrs Doyle” from the infamous vintage Irish comedy “Father Ted”     Will you have a cup of tea???    Ah go on……..go on….go on ……….go on………….GO ON!!!!!!!!!!! Ha Ha Ha!!! See Here

HAPPY TEA DRINKING!  LOTS OF LOVE  VILOLINKIT  XXXXX

Irish Blogger Awards 2016

BEST BLOG POST NOMINATION!
BEST BLOG POST NOMINATION!

Just a short post to say that Violinkit has been nominated to go into the next selection of the Irish Bloggers Award 2016  in the Category of ….BEST BLOG POST AWARD…

To say I’m thrilled is an understatement ,  especially as my blog is only ten months old.  It has been an exciting  journey so far and I have been pleased and delighted to share that journey with all my loyal readers and followers.

I’ve still a lot to learn and am only at the beginning of a journey that I hope will be an enjoyable learning curve for me and for you , my precious readers.

Thank you all so much again for this wonderful opportunity . The blog post  nominated is ……DRAMA NEAR THE HIGH SEAS……….Have a peek here. See Here

I’ll keep you posted on its progress.    Lots of Love VIOLINKIT XXX

Festival Fab!

Festival ready Summer Style!
Festival ready Summer Style!

Summer simply wouldn’t be ………….well SUMMER if it weren’t for the music festival……..planning months ahead…..working jobs to afford tickets and then finally purchasing several ……Summer’s Sorted….Excitement begins as time draws closer.

Music, being the big attraction and freedom from mundane everyday life , if just, for a little while. Open air headiness highs and lows , most of the time well anything goes………OR MAYBE NOT!!!!!!!!!

The term “Festival” first appeared on the radar scale in the middle of the 16th century!!!  Throughout history music has played an important role at these mass cultural events. Music festivals as we know them today date back to the 1950’s. The Newport Jazz festival was founded in 1952 in Rhode Island and 13,000 people attended. Jazz ,Gospel and Blues were performed by artists of the day such as Billie Holliday (one of my all time favourites) , Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillispie. In 1959 a “sister” festival was formed called the Newport Folk Festival  and was the launching pad for Mr Bob Dylan. See Here

1967 saw the Music Festival as we know it today called the Montery Pop Festival in California. This festival kick-started the careers of Janis Joplin, The Who and Ravi Shankar into the spotlight. It was also famously where Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire which was one of the most iconic moments in Rock  Music Festival  history.  See Here

Two years later 1969 and Woodstock was born in Bethal Woods New York.  400,000 people came for three days of Love, Peace and great music. The “Music Festival” was firmly launched and rooted in the minds and souls of all the creative and hippiefied beautiful people that attended that famous festival. Stories and tales which would be retold to children and grandchildren in years to come were made on those famous 3 days. ( JEALOUS NOT!!!!) See Here

1970 saw the first Galastonbury which was held the day after Jimi Hendrix died. It was held over a period of two days and was formed by a guy called Michael Eavis.  The acts that were included on that faithful two days were Marc Bolan , Al Stewart ,  Keith Christmas and  Stackridge . 1500 people attended and it cost £1 entry fee!!!!!! and that included free milk from the nearby farm!!! Ha Ha Ha!!!! Oh the charm and simpliciticy of it all .  See Here   This festival has gone from strength to strength over the years and is stronger today than ever before.  175,000 people attended Glastonbury this year and it  cost £228 pounds sterling per ticket. However its one of the most popular and successful festivals in the world.

Many of todays festivals were launched in the 1990’s. Big Day Out in Australia , Fuji Festival in Japan , and Coachella in California .

Ireland is no exception when it comes to the popularity of the Music/Rock Festival. Longitude and Forbidden Fruit in Dublin , Body and Soul in Co Meath , and the up-coming  Electric Picnic in Stradbally Co Laois  all hold their own when it comes to music talent and the all important fashion stakes…….

Festival ready !
Festival ready with a vintage  Blondie tee!
Festival ready Vintage style!
Festival ready Vintage style!
vintage style 80's jacket gives this festival look an individual style!
vintage style 80’s jacket gives this festival look an individual style!
Fringing on the bag detail and accessories help to make this look unique!
Fringing on the bag detail and accessories help to make this look unique!
The fringed sandals gives off a holiday vibe and the cut-off jeans gives a casual laid back festival feel!
The fringed sandals gives off a holiday vibe and the cut-off jeans gives a casual laid back festival feel!
Accessories like the silk bandana scarf worn in hair together with the reto style blue shades fro river Island finish this festival look!
Accessories like the silk  scarf worn in hair together with the reto style blue shades from river Island finish this festival look!

My STAR FESTIVAL BUY has got to be this fab kaftan top from Penneys/Primark. Its a light cotton with great embroidery details. A steal at only €18 . LOVE THIS!

STAR BUY! Embroidered kafton top from Penneys/Primark. A bargain at only €18. Love it!
STAR BUY! Embroidered kaftan top from Penneys/Primark. A bargain at only €18. Love it!

Nothing beats the sun shining , the music beating and cool summer fashion vibes……shorts , shirts , retro boots , fringing , crop tops worn with cut-offs with vintage kimono’s and shades ,  hippy bags and most important loads and loads of attitude!!!!! Ha Ha !

 

Festival cool accessories! Neck piece from a local market and embellished bag from Primark/Penneys. Sandals from the Ilac Cente Henry Street Dublin
Festival cool accessories! Neck piece from a local market and embellished bag from Primark/Penneys. Sandals from the Ilac Cente Henry Street Dublin

 

When it comes to festival fashion our Irish Girls take it very seriously albeit in a fun fun way! They certainly know how to keep it cool, yet , oh so edgy when it comes to looking Festival Ready.

Everything from original vintage,  to modern takes on retro trends are experimented with and almost always conquered. So if your heading to any festivals this summer remember to ………….

STAY COOL………KEEP COOL………… and…………GROOVE COOL!!!!!

Hope you all continue to have a fab music filled summer. As usual Violinkit has added some pics of her take on festival cool .   ENJOY!!!!!!!    Last but not least my STAR FESTIVAL BUY! (see above photo)

LOVE AS ALWAYS VIOLINKIT XXXX

Bebop Summer!

Modern Fifties Style Dress Wiggle Dress!
Modern Fifties Style Wiggle Dress!

Yes, as promised albeit a little late ………. the second of my Summer posts.  Sea salt Summer Days and the living is definitely easier!     There’s nothing quite like the sound and taste of the Rainbow Hued days of Summertime.

One of my favourite times of year, and when we happen upon a Good one there’s no better place to be than old Ireland! Faces full of glee and Joie de Vie, crowds basking on beaches , sugared smell of candy floss and the creamy goodness of Ice Cream……………………… and Summer’s exciting trends and edgy prints on  every fashionista’s  wishlist, make this one of the most vibrant seasons of the fashion calendar.

As for Violinkit nothing is excluded when it comes to Summertime colours and prints. Vintage or Modern I love them all and will fearlessly mix clashing prints together in a random impulse and carry on in my carefree way.  This I think is the best attitude to have when daring to wear something others would not, be it a period style dress or an ensemble of tartan ( which will be huge for AW/16 by the way) and florals.

Summertime is a great season to start experimenting with Vintage if you have not ventured in those waters before. So many summer highstreet styles are  based on Vintage anyway that it would be hard to avoid them.

One of the most popular of these is the Wiggle Dress. This dress is a figure hugging design with a tight fitting skirt usually to the knee or below. It was designed in the fifties and was narrower around the hem than at the hips. Its purpose was to exaggerate an hour glass figure and because it was so narrow at the hem it forced the wearer to walk with their knees close together and thus “WIGGLE” their er! hips giving a sexier and altogether new way of moving about…….!!!!!!!!!

Floral Print Wiggle Dress!
Floral Print Wiggle Dress!

One of the most

Iconic movie scenes where the Wiggle dress was centre stage was in the 1950’s movie  “Some Like It Hot” . The scene I’m referring to is the train station scene where Marilyn Monroe Wiggles her way down the platform and all eyes are on her….or part of her…Ha ha!  See Here

 

This floral Dress combined with white pumps gives a modern vibe!
This floral Dress combined with white pumps gives a modern vibe!
White Biker Jacket from Primark gives this another modern look!
White Biker Jacket from Primark gives this another modern look!

Another popular summer style is the Fifties style full skirt and can be bought from Vintage shops for an Authentic look or alternatively on the high street in lots of vivid colours and various prints.

1950's Vintage Full Summer Skirt! Love This!
1950’s Vintage Full Summer Skirt! Love This!
I've worn this fab Vintage Skirt with a black crew neck sweater for an edgy feel!
I’ve worn this fab Vintage Skirt with a black crew neck sweater for an edgy feel!
The yellow wasp corset style belt is from River Island
The yellow wasp corset style belt is from River Island
!950's retro print Vintage Skirt. Love the colours!
1950’s retro print Vintage Skirt. Love the colours!
Worn with Blue Vintage Style Shades from River Island
Worn with Blue Vintage Style Shades from River Island
Sunny Summer Happy Outfit! X
Sunny Summer Happy Outfit! X

I’ve put together some looks showcasing these styles and I hope you enjoy them. If you do love them,  remember they are very popular styles and can be found regularly both on the high street and in Vintage shops.

Hope you enjoyed this Summer post and if you have any questions or thoughts I’d love to hear from you.

HAPPY SUMMER DAYS!        XXXX VIOLINKIT

Drama Near The High Seas!

Dramatic Moments!
Dramatic Moments!

There’s nothing like it ……the dramatic entrance…..the moment when all eyes are on you…… and the dress everyone’s talking about, if only…………….!!!!!

Now, there ought to be a garment like this in every fashionist’a wardrobe ,one that inspires mystery ,that defines that certain something……that indefinable quality alluring and exciting (I’m still talking about that special dress!!! Ha Ha!) An unforgetable dress that prompted a remarkable moment.

The old movie stars lived Drama..knowing how to make an entrance was second nature to them…Bette davis, Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth, Elizabeth Taylor all knew how to rock a dress and make it talk.

90's Vintage Chinese style dress! Love X
90’s Vintage Chinese style dress! Love X
90's Vintage "Lame" fabric dress.
90’s Vintage “Lame” fabric dress.
The Demure neckline of this dress is in direct contrast to the figure hugging fabric which gives it an ultra sexy look without revealing too much.
The Demure neckline of this dress is in direct contrast to the figure hugging fabric which gives it an ultra sexy look without revealing too much.

I think today there’s confusion as to how to make a  fashion statement or an entrance. I don’t think it works if its not elegant and tasteful  rather than revealing and vulgar which we see all to often on celebrities today.

Leather Halter style top gives a sexy edgy look.
Leather Halter style top gives a sexy edgy look.
The Indian skirt gives a dramatic vibe.
The Indian skirt gives a dramatic vibe.
This look is quite unusual and leather 90's top with Indian skirt gives it a mysterious almost tribal look.
This look is quite unusual and leather 90’s top with Indian skirt gives it a mysterious almost tribal look.
Drama Galore!
Drama Galore!
Sexy Halter leather 90's vintage top.
Sexy Halter leather 90’s vintage top.

I don’t mean to come across as prudish as I’m all for a suggestive sexy dress as long as it is just suggestive and leaving something to the imagination…..and don’t underestimate the power of the imagination its a lot more exciting to wonder and ponder about the person under that fabulous gown than it is to see “ALL” that person (yes,even the bits not supposed to be seen!)  in the “Flash” of an eye!!!

Elegant 90's vintage leather top and Indian skirt combo!
Elegant 90’s vintage leather top and Indian skirt combo!
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Red and Black satin combined with Leather give this look an exciting edge!

 

So,

maybe we should take a leaf out of those old school Movie Stars  books and start working our clothes and making them mould to our bodies and our needs and maybe making an “Entrance” of our own! Ha Ha!

No accessories with this ousfir as it speaks for itself! Ha ha!
No accessories with this outfit, as it speaks for itself! Ha ha!

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Dramatic Entrance! Love X
Dramatic Entrance! Love X

I’ve put together some Dramatic looks of my own , hope you’ve all enjoyed them.

Lots of  Love and Laughter as usual XXX VIOLINKIT

DENIM DAYS!

Sunny Summer Denim Day! Ah Bliss!
Sunny Summer Denim Day! Ah Bliss!

I’ve recently fallen in love with Denim again…….Why? Well I’ve realised its probably the only material I can think of that has a truly dateless and durable quality and appeals to all generations.

The first item of clothing made from Denim was of course the “Jean”. The word itself came from Genoa in Italy in a place called Jeane where cotton corduroy was manufactured.

In 1851 a German named Levi Strauss moved from Germany to New York to join his older brother who had a dry goods store there. In 1853 Levi moved to San Francisco to establish a western branch of the family store where he sold, among many things, cotton cloth.

One of his customers , a tailor named Jacob W. Davis from Reno Nevado bought some cloth from Levi .  A customer of his had requested he make him a pair of “Strong Pants” so Davis placed copper rivets in the vunerable places most likely to rip thus making the trousers  stronger and the rest as they say is history……….

Levi Strauss and Davis became partners and opened up a factory producing the trouser made from the cotton from Jeane in Genoa and thus the “Jean” was born.

Jeans were first produced as working clothes but quickly found their way into fashionable wardrobes. They became symbols of rebellious youth and were worn by movie stars  in the 1950’s like James Dean and Elvis Presley.  Movies like “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Jail House Rock” ensured the Jean’s continued success.

These Denim Jeans quickly became the most accessible and popular item of clothing worn equally by Prince and Pauper.

Over the years Denim ( which is the name given to the modern cotton used  associated with the making of the Jean etc ). was produced by a group of French Weavers from Nimes in France. They tried to produce the cotton corduroy that was made in Jeane in Genoa but with no luck. Instead , with trial and error they produced another cotton twill fabric that later became known as “Denim” and is commonly used today .

The fashion world embraced Denim and it is used to make a multitude of various garments from the Designer Catwalks to the High Street.

Jeans be they Skinny, Boot Cut, Straight or flared are probably the most popular item of clothing ever worn. Now thats saying something!!!!!!

I’ve put together some of my favourite Denim looks. Hope you enjoy them.

Black Denim Dungarees , Retro scarf ,70s vintage shades and fab monochrome shoes complete this look!
Black Denim Dungarees , Retro scarf ,70s vintage shades and fab monochrome shoes complete this look!
Rockabilly Vintage look!
Rockabilly Vintage look!
The monochrome shoes are from Penneys/Primark from Summer 2015. I think they are very unusual.
The monochrome shoes are from Penneys/Primark from Summer 2015. I think they are very unusual.
Monochrome Penneys/Primark Shoes.Love!
Monochrome Penneys/Primark Shoes.Love!
Monochrome stripe 50's style sweater .
Monochrome stripe 50’s style sweater .
Long Denim 90s Vintage Maxi Skirt worn with monochrome Stripe sweater.
Long Denim 90s Vintage Maxi Skirt worn with monochrome Stripe sweater.
Great Retro Look ,complete with Red Vintage Scarf , Aviator Shades and Red Lippie!
Great Retro Look ,complete with Red Vintage Scarf , Aviator Shades and Red Lippie!        

 

Hope you all enjoyed my DENIM DAYS SUMMER POST!

Here’s to  a Healthy and Happy Summer for all to enjoy. Talk soon……

Lots of Love as usual  XXXX Violinkit

Trans-seasonal Trickiness!

 

Colourful Trans_Seasonal look!
Colourful Trans-Seasonal look!

Today I had intended to post my first Summer Fashion post of 2016…………..Hmmmmmmmmm! What a mistake that would have been . I woke up this morning and within minutes it started SNOWING!! Yes, the curse of Irish weather and its ability to constantly surprise and usually not in a good way.

So, today I’ve decided to tackle the tricky topic of what to wear trans-seasonal?

My solution to this dilemma is COLOUR and plenty of it. If you have to  “Cosy Up” pre May at least do it with as much rainbow hues as possible.

The second trick to tackle the freezing freakiness is LAYERING.  Layering is your friend during those Seasons when the weather simply refuses to play fair.

With the help of multiple layers you can simple remove or “add to” as needs be. I’ve compiled a few looks that I think are warm and cosy but still give a hint to the colour and vibrancy of Summer to come…………  I hope you are inspired in some way by them.

This vintage look was inspired by layering a vintage coat over a calf length knitted geometric dress.
This vintage look was inspired by  a 90’s Karen Millen calf length knitted geometric dress.
This knitted vintage 90's dress from Karen Millen sets the colour theme for this shoot.
This knitted vintage 90’s dress from Karen Millen sets the colour theme for this shoot.
This great dress has a very vintage 1930's feel and accessorised with the Raspberry Beret and scarf make it more so.
This great dress has a very vintage 1930’s feel and accessorised with the Raspberry Beret and scarf makes it more so.

My love for the 1930’s fashion era was greatly influenced by my love for the movie “Bonnie and Clyde” which was set in the 1930’s but made in  1967 and starred Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. It was Miss Dunaway’s amazing wardrobe throughout the movie that had a lasting and inspirational effect on me. Have a peek here.

Her amazing wardrobe consisted of knee length skirts ,great tank tops and her trade mark Beret.  She worked this look with true style throughout the movie that complimented her sleek blonde bob.Her cool vibe has had a timeless influence among the more discerning fashionista’s.

Same look but layered with a 1950's vintage jacket.
Same look but layered with a 1950’s vintage jacket.
The addition of black vintage leather gloves give this an edgy appeal
The addition of black vintage leather gloves give this an edgy appeal
Vintage Trans-seasonal look!
Vintage Trans-seasonal look!
This look with same dress but different accessories give a more modern vibe.
This look with same dress but layered with a pretty vintage coat and different accessories gives a more modern vibe.
A modern knitted royal blue beanie gives this a current edge.
A modern knitted royal blue beanie gives this a current edge.
The addition of aviator shades gives the look a streetwise style.
The addition of aviator shades gives the look a streetwise style.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my post on Trans-Seasonal Style. Hopefully next post I’ll be writing will be full of Summer delights…….Ha Ha!  Goodbye for now.  Lots of Love and Good Vibes

XXXXX VIOLINKIT

Spring has Sprung!

 

Ah yes! The hopeful promise of sunny cheery days to come...........
Ah yes! The hopeful promise of sunny cheery days to come………..

Yes, finally I can say , that I’m ever so slightly, getting excited about the idea that soon the sun will be warmer in the cloud ridden skies of dreary old Ireland…… And when that day arrives and I’m not still shivering in my little vintage coat I’ll begin to believe that yes, even in this little damp patch  affectionately called ‘The Emerald Isle’ SPRING has finally SPRUNG!!!!!!!!

90s vintage crochet dress in petrol blue. Love this spring look.
90s vintage crochet dress in petrol blue. Love this spring look.
I've paired this dress with an acrylic 90s vintage neckpiece .
I’ve paired this dress with an acrylic 90s vintage neckpiece .
The 90s vintage neckpiece with cute heart design is very retro with dress
The 90s vintage neckpiece with cute heart design is very retro with dress
Crochet is a nostalgic reminder of a vintage era!
Crochet is a nostalgic reminder of
a vintage era!

And so with it, hopefully, everyone else too will have a pep in their step! As we eagerly await all that summer vaguely promises , we can really only rely in Ireland , on the promise of summer hues waiting to be purchased from the high street and others.

Yes ,nothing beats a new Spring/Summer purchase to brighten up the day!
Yes ,nothing beats a new Spring/Summer purchase to brighten up the day!

There is a divine variety too, to be had,  as my recent trip into rainy old Dublin proved. I decided to take photos of the prettiest pieces I could find, regardless of price, be it high street or designer. The pieces I found, I hope will be a helpful influence on the variety of outfits you choose to buy and ensemble this spring/summer.

Irish Design!
Irish Design!
Monochrome Magic! Irish Design at Kilkenny Shop !
Monochrome Magic! Irish Design at Kilkenny Shop !
Sweet Candy Colour! Vintage inspired lovelies at Kilkenny Shop Dublin.
Sweet Candy Colour! Vintage inspired lovelies at Kilkenny Shop Dublin.
Vintage Floral inspired at Kilkenny Shop Dublin!
Vintage Floral inspired at Kilkenny Shop Dublin!

I simply choose colour, vintage inspired pieces and ‘feel good’ trends. I also have included my STAR BUY which this time has come from a local charity shop. Details below. I hope you enjoy some of my choices.

STAR BUY! Gorgeous Pale Aqua Blue 60s inpired Vintage style Dress from J'aime La Vie Paris. Purchased at local charity shop. Amazing Buy! LOVE!
STAR BUY! Gorgeous Pale Aqua Blue 60s inpired Vintage style Dress from J’aime La Vie Paris. Purchased at local charity shop. Amazing Buy! LOVE!

As always ,  Enjoy the New Season and don’t forget to play around with colour and  mix Vintage and High Street pieces.

Cheerio for now. Lots of Love VIOLINKIT XXXXXX

Forty shades of………

Living the Green! Vintage green mohair jacket, perfect Paddy's day Jacket
Living the Green! Vintage green mohair jacket, perfect Paddy’s day Jacket

Yes, Paddy’s day is almost upon us and I thought I’d write a short post…………….

I must admit I’m not crazy about St . Patrick’s Day as it always seems to decline into a drunken slump. However , I’m still partial to wearing a little green dream.

Usually it’s just an accent of the great colour , and great it is , in all its various brilliant hues. Luckily its also a colour that suits me well and is a very forgiving colour for all our fair skinned celtic friends on this magical Island.

I must admit the daytime festivities of Paddy’s day are somewhat contagious , the main Parade being in the Capital of Ireland , Dublin. This parade is quite impressive with its mile long string of street performers , floats , carnival etc. Its a magic fun day and there are as many international performers as there are Irish.

There are regional and local parades all over Ireland and all colourful and vibrant just like this old Emerald Isle!

Hope you all have a great St. Patricks day where ever you may be celebrating it. I’ve put together some of my favourite green pieces hope you enjoy them.

Love as always XXX Violinkit

Casual cool look with just a touch of green !
Casual cool look with just a touch of green !
Green knitted vintage Beanie!
Green knitted vintage Beanie!
Cool vibe with vintage tuxedo Jacket and aviators!
Cool vibe with vintage tuxedo Jacket and aviators!
Green earring detail!
Green earring detail!
Lime Green!
Lime Green!
Green Biker with vintage shades!
Green Biker with vintage shades!
Roll on Paddy's Day!
Roll on Paddy’s Day!

 

Designs on the past!

IB Jorgensen! Design Genius!
IB Jorgensen! Design Genius!

A few years ago I was strolling on George’s St In Dublin when I spotted an amazing creation in the window of the local Oxfam. To say my breathe way taken was an understatment , this beautiful garment stopped me in my tracks and spoke to me with its sorbet shades of lemons,corals and golds.

After staring lustfully at said garment , and finally closing my gaping mouth I proceeded inside and with breathe held enquired……………..

Twenty minutes later I emerged , grinning from ear to ear and smugly and pocessively holding on to a large paper bag with my most prized purchase neatly folded inside. This Vintage designer piece was a rare find and also made from an intricate luscious fabric, a luxurious mix of chenille and silk.

The garment was and is a beautiful opera style full length coat that has a timeless quality about it and can be worn in the fashion it was designed for or in a more casual modern way…………………………………………………………..The Designer……………………….Ib Jorgensen!

Although Danish, Ib Jorgensen found his way to Dublin , Ireland,  where he studied dressmaking in the Grafton Academy and hence began a glittering career as one of  Irelands top fashion designers spanning four decades.

He opened a London Boutique in 1979 and designed uniforms for Aer Lingus. He did this twice in fact first time in 1975 and then again in 1986.

In 1980 he designed the first uniform for the Irish Army Womens Service Corps. He was 22 years old when he opened his own salon in Dublin.

His career was further enhanced when he was asked to design for both Harrod’s and Liberty of London during the 1970’s. As a designer Ib possessed a relentless attention to detail with fine tailoring and perfect finishing to his garments. His career spanned over forty years and in celebration of that there is an amazing exhibition currently on show of his most beautiful creations at the National Museum of Ireland .

This very impressive exhibition I visited a few weeks ago, and was suitably impressed by what I saw. A rich and eclectic variety of luscious garments had me sighing in wonder and admiration. The garments spanned the four decades of his career with creations from the fifties to the nineties.

Here I have included some photos from the exhibition and also my highly prized opera coat designed by him. Hope you enjoy these. Bye for now          Lots of love Violinkit XXXXX

My Prized Ib Jorgensen Coat!
My Prized Ib Jorgensen Coat!
This coat a silk and Chenille material with a gold thread going through it is the ultimate Luxury garment!
This coat a silk and Chenille material with a gold thread going through it is the ultimate Luxury garment!
I've toned down this opera Coat to show that it can be worn in a more casual way.
I’ve toned down this opera Coat to show that it can be worn in a more casual way.
The lining is a beautiful pink silk, pure Luxury! Sigh!
The lining is a beautiful pink silk, pure Luxury! Sigh!
Some of the designs being showcased at the National Museum of Ireland.
Some of the designs being showcased at the National Museum of Ireland.
Wedding Dress by Ib Jorgensen at National museum of Ireland!
Wedding Dress by Ib Jorgensen at National museum of Ireland!
Garments from late 1980's/1990s by Ib Jorgensen!
Garments from late 1980’s/1990s by Ib Jorgensen!
Fabulous Party creations by Ib Jorgensen at National Museum of Ireland.
Fabulous Party creations by Ib Jorgensen at National Museum of Ireland.
Vintage garments from the 1950s/1960s by Ib Jorgensen.
Vintage garments from the 1950s/1960s by Ib Jorgensen.