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
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…….
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!
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 !
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)
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…….!!!!!!!!!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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!
I’ve put together some Dramatic looks of my own , hope you’ve all enjoyed them.
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.
Hope you all enjoyed my DENIM DAYS SUMMER POST!
Here’s to a Healthy and Happy Summer for all to enjoy. Talk soon……
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.
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.
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
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!!!!!!!!
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.
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.
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.
As always , Enjoy the New Season and don’t forget to play around with colour and mix Vintage and High Street pieces.
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.
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
Yeah………… its freezing outside…………! So no prizes why my new post is still focusing on outer wear, which is in fact probably my favourite fashion item and being Irish and living on the coast of our fabulous but freezing little Island its the most anually worn items of clothing in Ireland.
Browsing through my trusty fashion magazines, at the moment and try as I might I just can’t pull myself through the cosy comfort of my Winter coats to dabble in Spring/Summer 2016. Right now I don’t care about SS16 I’m still nestled warmly but firmly on the last (hopefully) of Winters days.
No other item of clothing can have better value than a decent coat, jacket or cape that fights that bitter late Winter bite….. and believe me its biting bitter here in Ireland at the moment. I particularly love wearing bright warm outer wear at this time of year, a sort of kick in the teeth to Winters lingering……… there’s nothing cheerier than wearing (and even seeing) a bright red or blue or fabulous pink that’s as warm as it is a hint of spring to come…….
With this thought in mind I’ve put together a few warm cosy Vintage (mixed with Modern) looks of my own that I hope you enjoy and maybe it will remind you of a cosy mohair or fabulous cape in a bright hue that you had tucked in the depts of you wardrobe…….what better time to wear it now.