Last week, the first lady of Irish Fashion, Sonya Lennon took to the streets of Dublin, with 50 of Ireland’s hottest models, to launch Dress for Success.
Dress for Success; a global not-for-profit organisation in aid of disadvantaged women launches a Dublin branch this October. To celebrate, Dublin’s top modelling agencies came together to offer 50 models, free of charge, for a fashion parade on last Thursday and I was there (along with stylenation) to take it all in and support my friend with this wonderful cause. With Dublin city as their catwalk, the models (and helpers) collected funds on a walk from Arnotts (DFS Dublin’s super partner) to Grafton Street and then out by private Luas to Dundrum Town Centre.
Dress for Success is Dublin’s first ever Irish affiliate and is one of 114 affiliates in 12 countries. Sonya has brought this charity to Ireland which offers a chance for the fashion industry to support disadvantaged women in the community.
Dress for Success is an international non-profit charity founded in New York in 1997 designed to help women find jobs and remain in employment. The charity provides disadvantaged women with one suit for a job interview and a professional wardrobe once employment has commenced. The charity also provides a Professional Women’s Group, personal Business Mentors and a Career Centre offering career guidance and technology skills to give women more confidence in their job searches.
If you would like to volunteer (I am!) just log onto the website http://www.dressforsuccess.org/affiliate.aspx?sisid=142&pageid=1
I left the house this morning feeling pretty confident that I looked nice wearing the following:
1) Leggings by Charlotte Ronson
2) Black vest from Awear
3) Black drape cotton cardi from JC Penney (US)
4) Thigh high black suede boots (a purchase in Venice last year, I knew they were a good investment)
5) Khaki Green military style 3/4 length coat from Penneys
6) Animal print beret from H&M
So off I went on my merry little way to the Dublin Festival of Fashion for a day of style and new fashion ideas. Little did I know it would lead to another great fashion victory (after the win at Cork Fashion Week). I wondered over the to the Ilac centre to take in the catwalk shows and have a meander around Debenhams (I needed to replace my bottle of Chanel Particulaire nail varnish). I was approached by a very nice young lady who asked me if I would like to enter the best dressed lady competition. Well I don’t mind if I do.
Low and behold at 3pm, the dynamic fashion duo, Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney announce me as the winner. Yay me and the coat from Penneys! I got a lovely prize and of course a great pic with two of my fav people in Irish fashion!
So I have just put the latest edition of www.styleisle.ie up on the web for the world to see and judge. This one is the edition that I think I am most proud of to date. I got to meet the most wonderful people on my trip to Cork who have inspired me to work harder in the fashion world, and as a bi-product I have made some lovely friends from it. I think I spent a lot more time researching this one too. I wanted to find things that I liked and that have some personal affect on me. Like I recommend a shower gel from Dove, but to do that I used it for the last month to see if it does what it says on the tin, and by heck it does. My skin is like a baby’s. Love it. The shower gel hunt is over.
The fashion find caused me the most grief to be honest. I searched, trawled…whatever…looking for the best white tee shirt I could find. I must have tried on a hundred before I found the Selected Femme one. I actually bought this really cute cotton floral corset in the River Island sale today to wear underneath said tee at the weekend. I asked so many of my buddies where they buy their cotton tops and then I proceeded to go to each and every one of those shops. Gosh I’m even tired thinking about it!
But the most enjoyable part was interviewing the very lovely Sonya Lennon. This lady is a fashion goddess and she is my role model right now. She is driven, well versed in fashion and is such a pleasure to chat too.
Now that I sit back having uploaded the whole thing, I’m really happy with the layout and how it looks visually. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to blow my own trumpet here, but there are times when one can be happy with oneself and their achievements. I built the whole site myself and it was so worth it for the feeling I get when I see the new edition.
High five me!
Well I am back from my adventure in the North of England with ma famille. In the run up to the va-ca, I had a mental week. I had the opportunity to interview the very fabulous Sonya Lennon for www.styleisle.ie which was amazing! We chatted fashion, developing individual style and what trends we liked! Then it was off into town to meet with the uber fashion blogger Blau von T, for coffee in the park. Blogger to blogger we compared notes and ideas and what the average blogger has to do to make her way in the world. Watch this space for some guest blogging in the future, you never know who might pop up!
Anyway, the July edition of styleisle is currently work in progress to be delivered straight to your desktop on Tuesday July 6! I am so excited about this month! I tell you all about my trip to Cork and the discovery of a whole new world of vintage fashion! My interview with Sonya is revealed, and all my latest tips, trends, news and views for this fab sunny month of July! Oh and my fashion find is something we all need in our wardrobes!
Oh and I’ve starting work on my Autumn/Winter trend report and what you need to invest in to keep it stylish in the snow/rain/siberian like weather we usually get.
I’ll sleep at some point!