THE BIG CHILL!

Get ready for the WInter Faux Fur BIG CHILL!
Get ready for the Winter Faux Fur BIG CHILL!

Brrrrrrrrrr but its cold outside…….yes folks we’re definitely immersed in the cold and darkness of the early winter months so lets embrace it with as much colour and soft texture that we can. The body is a curious thing , it can feel truly miserable in the wrong clothing and blissful in the right ones.

So, dressing for the seasons is one thing but enveloping the body , particularly at this time of year when it’s at its most vulnerable in cosy fabrics full of warmth and snuginess is crucial.

This mink lookalike coat has sumptious wide sleeved fur sleeves. Love!
This mink lookalike coat has sumptuous wide sleeved fur sleeves. Love!

However, doing this can be sometimes tricky unless you don’t mind looking like a badly wrapped up Christmas package………not a good look! Hmmmm……..

Violinkit has realised that combining simplicity with sumptuous materials works excellently. What I mean by this is ,  combining luxurious winter fabrics  like faux fur, chunky knitwear (mohair for example) or heavier  embellished wools with a simple palette underneath like for example black/brown/grey/navy/berry red etc  works a treat.

I've used black as my colour palette under the fab but rather bulky vintage fur.
I’ve used black as my colour palette under the fab but rather bulky vintage fur.
Black accessories keeps the focas on the Jacket.
Black accessories keeps the focus on the Jacket.

Keeping the silhouette as smooth and streamlined as possible is a must. Combinations like a fur jacket (which can look bulky even on the slimmest body) with skinny jeans or slimline trousers or tight mini/leggings  and a simply cut top or fine sweater underneath works really well. A classic I know but a winner every time.

Another fab example of a faux fur jacket. This time a high street example.
Another fab example of a faux fur jacket. This time a high street example.
This Bershka jacket in a fab winter green colour isv again worn with a black palette.
This Bershka jacket in a fab winter green colour is again worn with a black palette.
This high street faux fur coat look worn with a hat from Penneys/Primark
This high street faux fur coat look worn with a hat from Penneys/Primark

In my opinion everyone should have a winter faux fur in their wardrobe. Anyone can rock it. The only rule……..YOU MUST WANT TO!

There is nothing like the feeling of soft fur tantalising your neck on a freezing cold morning. Nothing more comforting to feeling super snug and yet oh so good!

Needless to say VIOLINKIT has several warm and stylish fur coats in her wardrobe. Mostly vintage (which tend to be better made and have a better quality faux fur) however not being able to resist the lure of the high street I have succumbed to the temptation of the brightly coloured and fashionable hues available there over the A/W15 and 16.

This is where the high street comes out on tops over vintage. It is very rare to find a coloured faux fur coat from the 50’s or 60’s almost impossible. In fact I have never seen one….yet…..

However , so many high street brands carry coloured faux fur jackets that your spoiled for choice. Shops like Bershka and Primark/Penneys are excellent at this and at very good prices. I purchased a fab winter green one in Bershka last year in the sale for thirty euro and everyone loves it. Colour makes people SMILE ……..FACT! . Colour combined with a sumptuous fabric like fur is a double whammy.

Mongolian faux fur coat! LOVE!
Mongolian faux fur coat! LOVE!
Hat Penney?Primark, scarf Penneys/Primark, bag Penneys/Primark. Boots Carl Scarpa.
Hat- Penney?Primark, scarf- Penneys/Primark, bag- Penneys/Primark. Boots- Carl Scarpa.

I also managed to find in my local Vincent’s shop in Bray Co Wicklow a fab-u-lous creamy beige mink like faux fur Jacket with the widest sleeves and luxurious satin lining. I’ve included photos in this post.

Vintage Faux fur coat recently bought in local charity shop!
Vintage Faux fur coat recently bought in local charity shop!

So folks, beat the winter woes and wrap yourself in a snuggily soft faux fur Jacket and look like a sleek well wrapped Christmas Pressie!  Horray!

Lots of love and good wishes . STAY WARM!        LOVE VIOLINKIT XXX

 

Pout Mouth!

img_1038-2So its that strange time midway between Autumn and Christmas …..

Don’t know about you but I find these few weeks can be a waiting game before the countdown to the festive season. The weather can be a mix up jumble of mild almost  late Summery days to freezing ‘brass monkeys’ winter weather. Its hard sometimes to know what to feel let alone what to wear. So whats a girl to do hmmmmmm………..Oh such First world problems……..Ha Ha!

Violinkit has the perfection feel good solution……..LIPSTICK!!!!!

Matt lipstick in 06 red from Essence.
Matt lipstick in 06 red from Essence.

YES, folks its the perfect feel good make up item guaranteed to perk up even the gloomiest face on the gloomiest day. I’m loving all the perfect matte colours available this AW16. L’oreal, Rimmel , Lancome most brands are doing them . These colours glide on the lips and being matte tend to stay there. Most of these matte shades are also available in liquid form and also in matte finish. These are super as the matte liquid dries on the lips and does not budge for the rest of the day.

Matt choc toned colour.
Matt choc toned colour.

I was shopping recently and came across some examples of matte lippie both in lipstick form and liquid form. These came from the bargain brand make up range Essence and PS range which is sold in Penneys/Primark and lots of Pharmacies all over the country. Needless to say, I couldn’t resist and bought myself four lipsticks and three matte liquid lip stains. The lot came in at under twenty euro. At 2.50 euro for the matte liquid from PS range  and 2.90 euro for the lipsticks from Essence these are incredible value.

Lipstick haul from Penneys/Primark
Lipstick haul from Penneys/Primark
Four matte lipsticks from Essence range and three liquid matte lipsticks from PS range.
Four matte lipsticks from Essence range and three liquid matte lipsticks from PS range.
Gorgeous velvety matte lipstick glide on effortlessly!
Gorgeous velvety matte lipstick glide on effortlessly!
My favourite colour that I purchased has got to be the 06 red!
My favourite colour that I purchased has got to be the 06 red!

Whats not to like……….These brands have become hugely successful not alone for the amazing good value price points but equally for the fabulous quality. Here is the lipstick haul that I purchased from the Mary St Penneys/Primark in Ireland just a few days ago.The shades I chose were Matt lipstick in 03 and 02 (these are both very natural flattering shades ) and matt 06 (sumptious red colour)  and 04 (warm dark pink) . The liquid matte lipsticks from the PS range were no 03 (kylie),  no 02 (khloe)  and no 04 (Blush) .  I hope you enjoy the photos and the unbelievable prices.

Three high pigment matte liquid lipsticks from PS range Penneys/Primark
Three high pigment matte liquid lipsticks from PS range Penneys/Primark
03 Kylie
03 Kylie
02 Khloe
02 Khloe
04 Blush
04 Blush
Complete Penneys/Primark lipstick haul. LOVE!
Complete Penneys/Primark lipstick haul. LOVE!

Lipstick is so versatile and nothing beats a great red lippie in Winter and especially at Christmas.

Happy Red lipstick day!
Happy Red lipstick day!

The Autumn toned ones are equally flattering and great with pale skin tones. The dark toned matte lipsticks give off a mysterious vibe perfect for that Winter glamour look. These tones are especially good for making teeth look extra white too especially the chocolate toned colours.

So whatever you wear this Autumn/Winter/Christmas make sure its a  BIG LIPSTICK SMILE……

SMILE!!!
SMILE!!!

TALK SOON  XXX VIOLINKIT

Skipping September……….

 

 

Favourite look for Autumn!
Favourite look for Autumn!

For the first time since I started blogging I have failed to write my monthly blog post….that month being September . Sometimes life gets in the way and its not always smiley and full of glossy photographs. Life is real, and with it , has its share of woes and rarely does anyone escape it. September was my turn as a close family member of mine who has been diagnosed with an incurable disease has become steadily worse and this will probably be her last Christmas. So thats my excuse and I dare say it probably won’t be the last time I miss writing a monthly post.

Now back to the frivilious business of blogging. Ha ha!

So we can finally say goodbye and adieu! to the warmish!!! and light filled days of summer……….

Its with a misty eye and a downcast heart that I pack away my summer frills……however, there’s always Autumn…..  Summer days will quickly fade as leafy dewy scents replace the glowing rays . As darkness quickly invades our jaded selves the thoughts of  sweet potato stews and open fires replace any lament of summer heat.

Its with  great comfort and a happiness that sneaks upon us that Autumn finally brings and with it that magical word……..FALL 2016!!!!!!!!!!!

YES PEOPLE……AUTUMN/WINTER FASHION……..  MY absolute favourite fashion season, beats the dark evenings and coldish chills and makes it all worthwhile , essential even..

This year the fashion colour palette is an all consuming one with many colours textures and fabrics. My favourite however is the vintage tweed look that has invaded the high street mainly in the form of the Coat. There are great ones to be had that I’ve seen in Penneys and Zara.

The Velvet trend for A/W 2016  is another favourite of mine. This is everywhere this season from great coats to cute velvet ankle boots in Penneys/Primark. I will be dedicating a post to this wonderful fabric closer to Christmas. I happen to have a few vintage gems in my wardrobe that I’d love to share with you all. Let me know in the comments which A/W trend is your favourite this Winter I’d love to hear from you all.

The weather here in Ireland is still warmish during the day and its a little tricky to wear suitable clothing that isn’t either too warm or not warm enough. Violinkit likes to layer up on Summer staples like a warm cardigan over a vintage tea dress. Alternatively my great love of the Biker Jacket (which is still on trend in lots of colours for A/W16  eg. Zara) slung over a cute dress and paired with black tights and cute head gear makes for a great Autumnal look. Adding a jacket ,tights and scarf to that cute Summer outfit brings it right into Autumn. So folks, root through your wardrobe and dig out those tights and hat and get a little more wear from that cute Summer dress that your not quite ready to say Goodbye to yet.

This look a vintage inspired dress from Emilyandfinn paired with biker jacket and Autumn accessories.
This look a vintage inspired dress from Emilyandfinn paired with biker jacket and Autumn accessories.
Fab retro print vintage inspired Dress.
Fab retro print vintage inspired Dress.
Paired with cute beret and shoes from Penneys/Primark.
Paired with cute beret and shoes from Penneys/Primark.
Fab Green Biker from Zara! LOOOOOOVE This!
Fab Green Biker from Zara! LOOOOOOVE This!
Closer look at those retro inspired shoes from Penneys?Primark. 50's feel about them.
Up close look at those retro inspired shoes from Penneys/Primark. 50’s feel about them.
Closer look at the fab vintage print on this cute dress.
Closer look at the fab vintage print on this cute dress.
Beret from Oxfam in Bray Co Wicklow and shades from Aldo.
Beret from Oxfam in Bray Co Wicklow and shades from Aldo.
The entire Accessory Autumnal Ensemble.
The entire Autumnal Accessory Ensemble.

Until next time enjoy the season and don’t forget there’s still some wear left in that favourite Summer outfit.    Let me know what your favourite trans-seasonal outfits are. I’m posting some pics of mine.                              LOTS OF LOVE XXX    VIOLINKIT.

Hope you enjoyed this Autumnal look.
Hope you enjoyed this Autumnal look.

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