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Street Inspiration

6 Apr


Sad as it may sound, when I am feeling a little down what I do to pick myself up (if I can’t afford to go shopping of course) is reorganizing my wardrobe! Because as you know you will always find something that you have forgotten you even had when you’re re-doing your wardrobe! And though that’s not as good as getting a whole new outfit, at that particular time the feeling you get when you find that long forgotten purchase you have made, will be “nearly” as good as buying a new outfit!

So the other day I was looking through my clothes, and found a good few things I had forgotten about but I couldn’t find anything I already had to match them with. So I started looking for inspirations! And what better way to look for inspirations than women on the streets, right? So, I started looking through some magazines and street fashion online…. and so  I wanted to share my findings with you guys. These are all pictures of ordinary women just like you and I on the streets from all over the world. Take a look… Be inspired!




Jonathan Saunders in town…

5 Apr

No, not the man himself, but his designs are.


When you think of Jonathan Saunders, you probably think; amazing colorful prints and pretty little dresses, maybe a little a bit costly…. And of course the strong Scottish accent. But Vintage inspired collection would probably not be the first thought.


Prior to making his own debut in 2003, Jonathan Saunders designed prints for big names such as Alexander McQueen and enlisted as a consultant for fashion houses Chloé, and Pucci. In addition to designing for his own label these days, he is also the creative director of Milan-based fashion house Pollini.


Though these are all big names some of us might not be able to afford, Jonathan has also designed ranges for retail chains such as Topshop and Target. The other good news…  Jonathan Saunders has recently designed a collection for Debenhams which you can get your hands on at the Henry Street, Dublin store. His collections are part of Debenhams “Edition” series which is priced from €28 to €294 and available exclusively to Debenhams Henry Street, and online at










And if this collection doesn’t tickle your fancy but you still want to get your hands on a few of his affordable designs, fear not my friends…. because this amazingly talented designer is going to be working with Debenhams for a minimum of four seasons!


But the reason why I’m sharing this with you is not only because he’s just designed a collection for Debenhams, but because of his last spring/ summer 2011 collection at the London Fashion week. I know Jonathan Saunders doesn’t exclusively design vintage inspired items, but his Spring/ Summer 2011 collection is just right up my alley. In his own words this collection is “the gorgeous picture-postcard beauty” of the women in Erwin Blumenfeld’s fashion photography of the forties and fifties.


I loved every single item he showed on that runway. For me, this collection was just pure love at first sight! The colors, the prints, the colors, the cuts, the colors just scream summer and you can’t help but smile when you look at these dresses. Oh did I mention the colors?!?! As I was watching the show and thought one of the dresses was simply my favorite, the next model would walk out with something I loved even more. I think this collection is made for every woman out there who knows exactly what look she wants this summer… just enough edge to look current but still wants to stay true to her vintage inspired looks while being a girly girl! Check out some of these fabulous dresses! Don’t you just love these?!?!




Stop Staring!!

3 Feb

Even though a lot of the things I wear are “real vintage”, there are the occasional reproductions of vintage that I love to buy as well. The likes of Bettie Page Clothing as I have mentioned previously. More often these days, in any shop you go in to, whether it is mainstream fashion or designer, you will see a lot of outfits that are reproductions of older trends with the obvious modern touch which of course every single person in town will be wearing. But then there are designers out there that are dedicating and specializing solely in the reproductions of vintage fashions and retro looks.  These items are tailored to accentuate a woman’s body and flatter women of all ages, shapes and sizes.

The other reason why I love these vintage inspired reproductions is because I can find the right size in any item I want, whereas if I was to go into a vintage store they might not have my size. As much as I love vintage stores, they can sometimes be frustrating when you see something that you absolutely love, but it doesn’t fit! I do tend to buy things even if they don’t fit right, and have them altered. However, this eventually ends up costing me a tad bit more than intendedL! But I never have that problem with the reproductions.

I was reading stories about women who wear vintage inspired outfits the other day and one of them mentioned that “Men treat me differently when I wear vintage or something that looks vintage, I’ve noticed that they open doors and even apologize when they swear, which is so not the case when I’m wearing regular clothes like pants and a sweater.” This is totally true, because I have noticed that as well. Women compliment you without feeling like they’re threatened, and men compliment you without being sleazy!  What more can you ask for?!?

One of my favorite reproduction brands is Stop Staring, they are considered to be the pioneer in reproduction vintage clothing and their clothes are sold in 40 countries and more than 1,000 boutiques including Ireland (Retro). And if you can’t find what you’re looking for right here, you can also order online . With 100’s of beautiful vintage inspired dresses, you will never find a shortage of classy and gorgeous vintage dresses! Their items offer great fit, affordable price, and best of all, will literally have EVERYONE STARING AT YOU! These are some of my favorites….



























Queen Of Curves

31 Jan

Before Dita Von Teese, Heidi Klum, J-Lo and Beyonce there was Bettie Page, who won the title of QUEEN OF CURVES and of course pin ups back in the 50’s. Bettie Page was an American model and one of the first sex icons in America, who became famous in the 1950s for her fetish modeling (spanking and bondage) and pinup photos. Her look, including the jet black hair and trademark bangs, is often imitated by followers around the world. Bettie Page is a legend as much today as she was in the 1950’s. She has inspired so many women around the world in and continues to do so, she is therefore in my opinion a true legend and her legacy will live on for generations to come.  Authors Karen Essex and James L. said that “Bettie embodies the stereotypical wholesomeness of the Fifties and the hidden sexuality straining beneath the surface,”



Another person that was greatly inspired by Bettie Page (and thank god she did), is founder and designer of Bettie Page Clothing Tatyana. She designs vintage-inspired timeless 1950’s era style items. I personally own a couple of Bettie Page dresses, and I have to say they are some of the best fitting dresses I have EVER bought. It hugs me in all the right places and shows off all my best assets. These dresses are truly made for women with curves in mind!

Though Bettie Page Clothing does not have an Irish Based store, you will be able to find a lot of their fabulous products in Retro (Georges Street arcade). You can of course also order online as they do deliver internationally as well. Bettie Page Clothing bought the license to use the 1950s pinup girl’s identity for its brand in 2006. These are some of my favorites…



















In 2005 Mary Harron wrote and directed a movie based on Bettie Page’s life. But be aware, there is a tad bit of nudity in this movie… here is a little preview.



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