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Fluorescent Elephant

20 Apr

Fluorescent Elephant is one of my favorite online vintage shops that is owned and run by a bright talented girl that promises to bring you vintage pieces that are more catwalk than costume drama.  Though they are currently just an online shop, I hear rumors that they will be opening a store right here in the heart of Dublin City soon! I can’t wait for that to actually happen, as I think they are going to be a big success and a great addition to the very limited affordable vintage stores we have here in the city. You can also find them at most of the vintage fairs around the country, including the last Vintage Fashion and Décor Fair Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire. If you can’t wait till the next vintage fair to look at what they have to offer, just visit I assure you, you will not be disappointed! Take a look at some of the things they  have on sale at the moment. 



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….



























Easy Pin up tutorials

26 Jan

For your perfect pin up look your first step is obviously getting your outfit right… However, your perfect pin up look is not complete without the right hairdo and makeup. I always thought it was so complicated and time-consuming to do my own pin up inspired makeup and hairdo. But once I got the hang of it I could just do in minutes. You can find a lot of tutorials on how to do pin up inspired looks online, but these are some I really love and rock myself.

There are a number of pin up hairdo’s, most of which would require hair accessories such as little flowers and the most essential obviously bobby pins which you can find everywhere. I get a lot of my flowers in “New Look”. They have a range of flowers that will complete your perfect pin up look.

Getting your make up right is even easier than you think, cause it’s all about liquid eyeliner and some practice… just watch this video.

Hope you’ll find these useful.



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