Saturday, 12 November 2016

Galway Fashion Trail

Galway Fashion Trail

I attended the Galway Fashion Trail on 5th November and here is my blog of the day.

This was my first time to be one of the blogger group for the event with ITWBN and it didn't disappoint.  Saibh and Sinead (ITWBN) did an amazing job coordinating the 20 VIP Fashion bloggers for the day, some travelling from other parts of Ireland.  It was lovely to meet up again with some familiar faces.

Organised by Galway Now Magazine the Galway Fashion Trail featured 8 fashion shows with Catwalk Modelling Agency throughout the city.  Its a real treat to get to see the shows from 'the other side'.  I'm usually behind the scenes styling my hats and accessories, this way I could enjoy the whole experience of the trail.  We are all familiar with the larger stores in Galway but for me the trail was about showcasing the variety and style on offer from Galway Boutiques.  They do give us choice but more importantly they offer quality which will be in your wardrobe for seasons to come!!

We were fuelled up for the day at Colm Quinn BMW showroom at 9.30am!! yes on a Saturday morning, but it was well worth it.  We were given a fantastic Bloggers Buffet Breakfast.  They even had a photobooth for some fun pics with Newell Events.  Here we had the opportunity to get up close to the BMW range in the showroom, of course it would be rude not to sit in and try out a few!! Fabulous cars.  I met with our Major Mr Larkin who was taught by my mother in national school!! Small world!!

In style the ITWBN bloggers were chauffeured into town and dropped to the first of our Fashion Shows at Collette Latchford Boutique, a well established ladies store in Galway and showcased some of the key labels she stocks including MarcCain and Onjenu.

We moved on to Greene's Shoeshop in the shopping centre for the next show with The Galway Hat Shop.  All you need for winter with cosy woolly hats, scarves and boots / shoes from Greenes.  We all popped into the Hat Shop to have some fun trying hats on.

One of the highlights on the trail was The Treasure Chest.  An Iconic Galway store celebrating 50 years in business this year with the amazing Mary Bennett at the helm.  Mary greeted us in style and we enjoyed some great fashion looks for smart/casual with felt hats showcased from Suzie Mahony Designs.  Here I also got to meet up and coming designer Colin Burke, a giant of a lad with great chat, it was lovely to meet him, his work is stunning and I look forward to seeing more of his creations in the future.

Mandy Maher from Catwalk Modelling Agency and Sinead Carroll Irish Blogger Agency both wearing their Suzie Mahony Designs Trilby's out and about for the Galway Fashion Trail.

Willow was our next stop and we were in for a treat with some very classy looks and occasion dresses.  Love this look worn by Eliska.

We were all looking forward to Lunch at Caprice Cafe.  I met Vicki on arrival and we were treated to a buffet lunch.  Here I won the beautiful Zoeva Makeup set from Matt O'Flaherty's - amazing prize and I can't wait to try it out.

After a well earned rest our next show was Rococco where we saw some trendy fashion and some of the house interior items they sell caught my eye. Quirky pieces that would add some character to a room.

Around the corner Choice Boutique and the Kilkenny Shop had the balloons out for us.  Choice showed us layered looks for winter, with lots of options: bags, scarves, jackets looking fab with shoes from Prego.

It really did begin to look like Christmas in the Kilkenny Shop,  I love rummaging through this shop at Christmas time, great gifts for everyone.  They spoilt us by gifting each blogger a beautiful Dyrberg/Kern Ireland ring from the COMPLIMENTS Collection.  The rings consist of a gold, rose gold or silver band at €20 and the toppers are €40-55 each. I can't wait for mine to arrive.

Harper was ready for our final show of the day.  Modelled by Catwalk Modelling Agency the girls showcased dresses and headpieces for all occasions to a packed store.

The wrap party was hosted by The Front Door.  A wonderful day of fashion and fun, thanks to ITWBN, Galway Now Magazine and all the businesses involved in making it such a great day.

Try and pop into some of these lovely shops when you are next in Galway.

I really enjoyed the experience and I hope you enjoyed my blog.


Monday, 7 November 2016

Winter Accessory Styling Ideas

Winter Accessory Styling

Autumn/Winter Colours are my favourite, the tones of the garden and outside, burnt oranges, maroon, camel, browns, copper and much more.  All these tones work together so well in nature and there is no reason they won't work for us when accessorising.

I was delighted to welcome Ruth Kemple to my Studio recently for an afternoon of Winter Styling using Accessories from my Suzie Mahony Designs Collections.

Ruth writes a Beauty and Lifestyle blog called The Beauty Kemple and we had great fun putting together some ideas.  We even did a live video on the day which was great fun in the wind!!

Khaki and Black:  
I choose this wool felt trilby trimmed in black for a casual winter daywear with Ruth's Khaki jacket but teamed it with one of my beaded collars to add a pop of colour with the white shirt, jeans and black boots.  
Lovely trendy look, just mix and match and it comes together. 
Perfect for a day out shopping or lunch with friends, very comfortable but stylish.

This season it is really on trend to wear hats everyday and for me the Trilby is perfect, its so warm made from pure wool felt and it looks smart, to give it an edgy look just tilt the front slightly over one eye and step out in style.  
Felt is soft and it will mould to your head as long as it is not too tight.

Faux Fur and Red:  
For a touch of opulance we used a beautiful faux fur collar over a camel coat with a striking new AW Red Bow Percher Hat.  Great look for the winter racing season.  You certainly wouldn't look out of place at Leopardstown or Cheltenham.

Black Widow Hat: 
This time we went for a style to suit both Winter Wedding or Winter Racing.  This black pillbox hat trimmed with over the face spot merry widow veiling really catches the eye.  With a faux fur jacket, leather back and again the black boots to finish.  To introduce a little sparkle Ruth wore one of my beaded collars in silver/black. Of course you could wear any colour dress with these accessories and an elegant court shoe or classic trouser suit and ankle boot.

Burnt Mustard/Black:  
One of my favourite looks of the day was mixing this unusual Mustard silk wave hat with the beaded collar in Mustard/Black tones.  A black bag and your accessories are complete with a simple dress or suit for winter weddings or races.  
Without the hat the collar is a great item to use with a simple shirt or jumper to brighten up your look. 

Beaded collars have been part of my studio collections for a number of years when dealing with private clients, but this year it seems we are finally appreciating how wearable they are.  You can have a collar designed in any colourway to work for your wardrobe.  I also design pearl/formal collars which transform a look for  a special occasion or even bridal designs in soft ivory/metallics.

These are just some of the looks we tried out, you should mix and match with your wardrobe accessories and see what you come up with.  

Adding different textures and a little colour will change everything.

Thank you for reading my blog I hope you enjoyed it.  Suzie

Friday, 21 October 2016

Dress for your Body Shape

Do you know what style clothes suit you when you hit the shops?

The clothes in your wardrobe will look good on you if you know your body shape and shop to suit you.  There is something out there for everyone with such variety available in stores, every shape is catered for no matter what proportion your body shape is for daywear, smart casual or occasion wear.
You can make your clothes look good on you by working with the right styles to suit your body.

  • Bring out your best features in an outfit and use less emphasis on the not so perfect features! Knowing what clothes work for your shape will help you accentuate the correct areas choose the colours and designs that suit you and your personality.

Looking good does not depend on size, any dress size lady can look fabulous and elegant if dressed in the correct style and shaped clothes to suit her body.

  • Don't be a slave to fashion trends, its more important to shop for something that you feel comfortable wearing and therefore you will feel far more confident in yourself.

Each one of us is unique and our bodies are too.  That said, there are five commonly used shapes, you may fall into one or be a blend of two.

The best way to find your shape is to stand in front of a mirror and be honest!!  

APPLE:  Apple shaped ladies have broader shoulders and bust area with narrower hips. Fullness around the tummy and have good legs.

WHAT TO DO:  You need clean lines and slightly fitted clothes with detail above the bust or below the hips, you want to elongate the top half of your body with v necklines.
AVOID: Short sleeves that end at your bust line, fuss or detail around the bust or hips.  Jeans Tip: Wide leg or bootcut with no fuss or detail on them.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Athlone Fashion Trail

Athlone Fashion Trail

Hard to believe we are looking at fashion for the winter already!!!  Into The West Blogger Network Siabh and Sinead coordinated the day for all the bloggers, everyone was excited for a great day in Athlone.

What better way to start the day than with a beautiful breakfast at the fabulous Colm Quinn BMW Showrooms in Athlone.

A huge spread awaited all the guests.  I couldn't resist a little browse over the latest models in the showroom, I only wish I was driving one out the gate!!  lucky for all the bloggers who where chauffeur driven into town in a line of BMW's!!

As I was showcasing hats during the day I set off to Olivia Danielle Boutique to prepare for the show. Lots of new stock had just arrived in the shop and they were busy putting the best fashion looks out ready for the models to arrive.   The variety of smart casual wear for autumn/winter was fantastic. From jeans, tops to comfy poncho's, coats and scarves.

Everyone was treated to glass of bubbly on arrival after the #athlonefashiontrail street photo with all the bloggers.   Christina, Ciara, Demelza and Katie from Catwalk model agency modelled a selection of smart casual a/w wear with my felt winter hats in different styles.

Patricia McCrossan MC'd the show from Galway Now Magazine highlighting the support Olivia Danielle gives to Irish Designers, stocking my Suzie Mahony Designs hats and the aw designs added a little twist to the looks that Olivia Danielle styled for the afternoon.

It was lovely to catch up with other bloggers as they headed off to the next stop on the trail.  I took time out for a little shopping of my own.  Couldn't resist the smart/casual wear and left Olivia Danielle's with a few key basics that I am looking forward to wearing.

Looking forward to my next Fashion Event which is coming up this weekend!!

Thank you for reading my blog.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Celebrating Fashion at The County Boutique

Celebrating Fashion at The County Boutique 

The County Boutique in Ennis celebrates 50 years in business in October, a huge achievement and to mark this they are hosting an Exhibition from October 14th to 16th culminating with an afternoon of Fashion at The Old Ground Hotel Ennis on Sunday 16th October.  
The Exhibition will showcase Fashion and Customers from the past 50years!

My relationship with The County Boutique started when I launched my Millinery Business Suzie Mahony Designs.  They believed in me back then, they liked my hats and headpieces and were thrilled to be able to offer a bespoke dyed to match service for customers.  Stocking an Irish Milliner enhanced the existing support they provide to Irish Design.  We work very closely and continue to develop our styling, designing of beautiful headwear, ensuring the perfect look is achieved for customers.

It is no surprise to learn that they have been shortlisted for a number of awards in the past week.

The FBD Clare BusinessExcellence Awards, run in association with Ennis Chamber, takes place on the 22nd October next and the store has been shortlisted to the final three in two categories,  

Retailer of the Year and the Excellence in Customer Service Award.  

At the same time, the County Boutique Nenagh store has been named as one of Retail Excellence Ireland Top 30 Stores in Ireland, which is run in association with Barclaycard.  Highlighting Irish retailers that are the most progressive and innovative in the market.  

County Boutique Director, Gwen Culligan, says “we know that the competition was really tough, so to get such accolades and be named in the same breath as some of the county’s and country’s finest retailers is a fantastic achievement.  It is a very exciting time indeed, with both awards ceremonies coming up and our 50th celebrations as well”.

We have collaborated at many fashion events showcasing the best of Occasion Fashion and Millinery.  
I enjoy creating unique hats and headpieces that give outfits that extra edge for an occasion.  Like this gold and black ensemble, very edgy look for an AW occasion or races.  I have matched it with a Black and Gold Shimmer Silk hat, percher style that keeps the look modern and stylish.  This look is in stock currently at the County Boutique.

Racing Style : Royal/Ivory with a pop of colour.

I look forward to working with the wonderful team of ladies at the County Boutique for many seasons to come. 

Wishing them continued success over the next 50 years!!  

Suzie Mahony Designs

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Wardrobe Styling Overhaul

Wardrobe Styling Overhaul

We all love a neat and tidy bedroom but !  Your wardrobe is bulging with clothes yet you have nothing to wear!!  You are not alone.  Bought that dress in a sale but it just never suited any night out.  Shoes still in boxes with the price on them because you couldn't resist them!!

We all have that favourite top that we wear every chance we can and others that sit on hangers never seeing day light.

When you decide to do your wardrobe overhaul you need at least 2 or 3 hours so you can complete it all in one go and stay focused.  Ideally you should have a little clear out regularly to avoid the build up creating an even bigger challenge.

To save some space put your out of season clothes away in a storage box.  Your wardrobe should portray the colours that suit you, the styles that look good on you and the obvious basics that make up good choices for mix and match outfits.  With this in mind you need to ask yourself some questions:-

Does it fit?
Have I worn it in the last 12 Months?
Would I wear it again?
If I was shopping today would I buy it?
Do I love how it looks on me?

The easiest way to complete the 'overhaul' is to remove all hanging items.  this is great to actually highlight exactly how much clothes you really have!! Bit of an eye opener...

Set up some Black bags -  one for keeping and one to donate to charity and one to bin items that may be damaged.

Remove all items you have not worn in 12 mths, these should go to the donate pile, however if it looks great on you and you love it, give it one more chance.

Try everything on, if it doesn't fit then it goes.

To keep your wardrobe tidy use slim hangers, they are smooth for your clothes and you will have much more room which makes it easier to find things going forward.

You may find it useful to create formal and casual clothes in sections and when you wear something return it to the opposite end of that section.   This is a good idea if you like to feature what you wear on social media.

When you do the laundry don't be lazy just throwing the jeans back in.  Put items away properly and you will manage your wardrobe much easier.

Use the same techniques for your shoes.  Stored in the boxes, keeps them in good condition.  Wearing heels for an event just pop the shoe box into the car and wear flats for driving.

Handbags!!   We all love handbags but we can't possibly keep them all.  You should keep them stored neatly on a shelf or drawer.  For formal bags try to keep them in the mesh protector bag they came in. Prevents dust, wear and tear and they still look fresh.

A great way to store scarves is a simple coat hanger and attach shower curtain rings on it.  So easy.

Now that we are well into Autumn maybe its time to schedule your 'wardrobe overhaul'.

Good luck and I hope some of my tips help you on your way.