Milan Fashion Week


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Ben Tornato (Welcome back) my fashion bellas! I hope you enjoyed my first post about my MFW adventure. When I included everything in the one post it just seemed like there was far too much content for one blogpost. I would struggle to compose a 1,500 word essay for college but blogging, not a bother to me. I personally felt that length of a post was in excess of what I wanted to share with you so I decided to spilt it. Now, to pick up where I left off…

I spent my third and fourth day up around Viale Montegrappa. This is where the Moda Operandi buildings are. This is the organisation for MFW and where they hold the trade shows for up and coming designers as well as a preview to AW16. I kept my outfits paired back,  just like the Italians are known for. These outfits featured a leather motif with a bold statement accessory. My first outfit was a faux leather dress from Zara. This is one of my absolute favourite pieces in my wardrobe. It has a three-quarter length sleeve and a tulip style skirt. I dress it down for work with opaque tights and heeled ankle boots. This will show you how much I love it as what I usually wear to work doesn’t feature in my social life! I wore it in Milan with classic black courts and my white and grey Zara scarf wrapped around me like a pashmina and grey sunglasses from River Island. It was a complete steal at €29.95. I don’t think it is still available but the sunglasses are here. At Moda Operandi, they have live streams of the catwalk shows on a huge screen outside the building. I was delighted to get myself into the trade shows – a story for another time – and see previews of AW16 as well as meeting some up and coming designers. I also have a funny little video of me strutting my stuff on my Insatgram fashionbarbie29 here . 


After going numb from the cold I made sure to wear something substantially warmer the next day. I packed like I was off on a sun holiday forgetting it was on February. I wore my faux leather dungarees from Topshop. I teamed them with a white crop top (also Topshop), my black silk bomber jacket from Karen Millen, gold Adidas Superstars and a multicoloured faux fur clutch from River Island. A little bolder for the Italian fashion scene but what is fashion without a little bit of fun?! Unfortunately I only have one picture in this outfit because I lost the rest. To anyone that doesn’t know me I repel technology and it was having a moment with my photos – insert the crying emoji face! I do however have a glimpse with a ‘from where I stand’ pic and an accessories close up so it’s better than nothing!




Our fourth and final night in Milan we hit our fave bar the Aperol bar in the Piazza de Dumo. Again, everything was closed by 11pm which was somewhat disappointing. I swapped my dungarees for a cobalt blue silk jumpsuit from Coast. I got this for my graduation two years ago but they bring in a variation of it every season in a multitude of colours. I replaced my superstars with my black courts and kept my faux fur clutch and bomber jacket in tow. I took these outfit snaps on our gorgeous balcony.





I have included the pictures I took in the trade rooms. They were super strict and had a no photo policy but I managed a few sneaky snaps so I hope you enjoy! Like London, it was all a learning curve and I have adjusted how I want to do it all again next year. I thoroughly enjoyed my experiences and cannot wait to do it all over again! Until next time Milan, ciao!

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Milan Fashion Week

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OOTD – Milan Fashion Week Edition Part 1

Bonjourno and Saluti from Milano my modaioli!

This is what I would have started my blogpost with if I wrote it when I should have. Also, if I am incorrect with my use of modaioli (fashionistas) please blame google translate. Milan seems like a lifetime ago (partially because it was) and was a whirlwind to say the least. The four days disappeared yet I didn’t seem to have a minute while I was there. I have to split this post into two parts as I have far too much content for one blog post. The first evening was spent admiring the beautiful Milan Cathedral and exploring the Piazza del Duomo. I had to take some photos in front of the Cathedral as it really took my breath away.


For my first outfit I wanted understated elegance with an edge. I wore a black tailored jumpsuit and cape style jacket with my monochrome Adidas Superstars. My jumpsuit which I have since last year is from Karen Millen, my cape style jacket was from Zara and my Superstars are currently available in many footwear and sports retailers. I had my trademark black suede courts to slip on for dinner but the runners were a necessity for wandering around. I kept my accessories very minimal and pretty much only wore my clothes hanger chain from Forever 21, my Daniel Wellington Sheffield watch in rose gold and my Alex & Ani bangles. My saffino leather tote is from Karen Millen and it is one of my favourite bags.



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I spent my second day in Milan jumping on and off the tram to shoot in different locations around the city. As their fashion week events happens in different locations everyday I was hoping I might find myself in the right place at the right time. My first location was an old church, San Marco off Via Montebello. I knew I would be gone all day so I wanted an outfit that would convert from day to night. I wore blush pink culottes from and kept the colour scheme soft and neutral. I wore a white box-shaped jumper and light tan trench coat over them. To accessorise this minimal outfit I wore a gold bodychain, nude and grey snakeskin heels and a brown snakeskin cross-body bag. I have matching brown snakeskin pumps but they tore my feet to pieces within the first hour. I had to change into my heels and strut around in them for the day. Funnily enough, they didn’t give me an ounce of trouble unlike my pumps. It wasn’t just the physical pain that motivated the change, they are a perfect match for my satchel! To this day I haven’t worn them so it might be time to give them a second chance.



I have a little close up and #fromwhereistand picture that shows off the body chain I wore with this outfit. The body chain was H&M, snakeskin satchel and white jumper are both Topshop and the trench was from Newlook.



For the evening I swapped my jumper for a waistcoat and my satchel for a clutch and I was ready to go. I wore a sheer shirt under the waistcoat as it was deceptively cold in Milan. That evening was spent wandering around Castello Sforzesco until we found ourself back at Piazzo del Duomo. I took some pictures at a gorgeous fountain outside the castle ruins.


I have another closeup of my outfit. My waistcoat is also from Boohoo and it matches the culottes. Its sleeveless with four buttons and the pockets are only stitched detailing. The sheer sleeves I have underneath is more outerwear. There are no buttons on it but it fit perfectly under the waistcoat once I pinned it. It has a slight bell sleeve and it spills out longer than the waistcoat to give a peplum inspired shape. My clutch is again a direct match for my shoes and I got them in Aldo about three years ago. I try to buy trendy and quirky pieces in more classic styles so that when that particular fad is ‘out of fashion’ I can still wear them because I still love them. You can also see my nails in this picture, it is Essie nail polish ‘Master Plan’. I love the neutral and mink colours because they look great with everything!!

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This is only the first half of my outfits to Milan. I have more outfits and some content from the trade shows to post so stay tuned. As always, let me know what you think!

Ciao Bellas!!






London Fashion Week

OOTD – LFW Edition 


‘For some people Fashion Week lasts all year’ 

Greetings from fashion week my fellow Carrie Bradshaws, this post is for you. A little on the late side but I addressed than in my last post. You know what they say, ‘it’s better to arrive late than to arrive ugly’. The first outfit I wore was the obligatory airport ensemble. As I severely overpacked, I had to layer like a pro to avoid the overweight luggage charges. This contained my coat, scarf, two bomber jackets and a jumper over what was a minimal ‘model off duty’ inspired look. For my airport selfie snap I did lose some of the unnecessary layers. I wore my favourite Karen Millen ripped boyfriend jeans, Missguided khaki bomber jacket, Adidas Superstars underneath my Zara scarf and accompanied by my Moschino teddy bear phone cover. I think this is the first time I achieved fashion and function in the same outfit!


Once I arrived in London, it was time for an outfit change. I wanted to adapt the street style trend for this part of my trip. I wore all high street. Also, leather features heavily throughout my outfits in London and Milan. My friends think I have a borderline obsession! I teamed my culottes with an Adidas logo t-shirt and Superstars, and finished off my outfit with a black backpack I found in Primark. I took these pictures just around the corner from Brewer Street, the location of this years LFW. I bought the bomber jacket and logo t-shirt in Topshop. My culottes are from River Island and my Superstars were purchased from Office UK but are available at a wide variety of retailers.

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I also had a little photo shoot on Carnaby Street. I really liked the aesthetics here. There was as a catwalk style motion display that I fell completely in love with, so naturally, I had to have my own go! I am not sure how but I plan to own one someday. You can see the video clip through my Instagram account here


I was playing photographer on my second day in London, so I put the emphasis into my accessories. I wore a simple ribbed polo-neck style dress from Missguided. I dressed it up with my gold Adidas Superstars and a body-chain from H&M. I kept my backpack as my bag of choice and the swanky Nikon camera I borrowed for my trip. If I’m honest, the camera was an accessory in itself as it was not used to its full potential! I have included a little slide show of some of the street style I captured around Brewer Street.


Truth be told, two days in London really wasn’t long enough for all of the clothes I brought. I hardly got to showcase anything and I was disappointed I didn’t get an OOTN on the Monday but hey, chic happens. This is only my first post of three in relation to my Fashion Week so stay tuned fashion addicts and I hope you enjoy!


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Better to arrive late than arrive ugly…

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Hello my fashion lovelies!

I cannot believe we are in the prime of SS16 and I haven’t even posted my Fashion Week photos yet. I have taken part in Kerry Fashion Week and attended a few events too which I would like to share with you. I also have some outfit posts and my latest wardrobe and beauty additions to write about. However, chic happens! There is no use in apologising for falling behind or making a promise I cannot keep. I could definitely work on my time management to try and utilise what I have but right now, unless I forgo sleep I do not have the amount of time I want to dedicate to making this a full-time blog. I hope to write as frequently as I can and this week you are going to see some much needed activity. I will start with my outfit posts from London and Milan Fashion week. I have several outfits so I am going to split them up into separate posts. I am hoping to introduce a new segment but that will take some time to gather some interesting content so bear with me!

Anyway, I just wanted to pop on and give you a quick update. I am currently composing my LFW post – editing photos always takes longer than you think – so it will hopefully be up this evening, at the latest it will be up tomorrow morning. As always, let me know what you think!



Fashion Week!

Hi fashion bunnies! Sorry it’s been quiet on here the past couple of weeks I’ve been very busy planning a really exciting trip! I am delighted to announce I am heading to London and Milan as of tomorrow to experience Fashion Week 2016.

I’ll be spending the first half of the week in London so keep an eye on my Instagram fashionbarbie29 for my outfit posts and Facebook page fashionbarbieblog for activity around Brewer Street. I’m very much looking forward to capturing some authentic and eccentric street style from the London fashion scene.

The second half of the week I’m travelling to Milan to people watch and take in the chic ambiance and style influence of the Italians. Here’s hoping I spot Anna Wintour leaving Roberto Cavalli’s Aw16 showcase *crosses fingers*. I have picked up a few pieces between Christmas and now that I am only dying to wear so I am thrilled I will finally get to blog about them with the aesthetic background that is Milan.

Here is a little peak behind some of my wardrobe choices for my trip. I have mostly high street and online fashion boutiques with some Karen Millen and Coast occasion wear pieces from last year. You know me, I like to rework a classic piece. Bomber jackets and runners are new to the wardrobe but will feature throughout my looks.

I know what you’re thinking, HOW did I manage to pack only one suitcase – I don’t know, I’m still in a happy state of disbelief over this. Once I’m home I’ll blog about the outfits and my two different styles reflecting both cities. I will have a manicure Monday post on my nails and my review of the OPI Nail Envy treatment and of course all the upcoming trends for AW16! I’m really excited and hope you enjoy the blogging adventure I’m about to go on.

I will talk to you all on the far end of Milan Fashion Week. I hope everyone has a fabulous week!

Caio Bellas,




Awards Season

Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAGS)

Hello my fashionable beau’s and belles! I am very sorry I am late with this blogpost but I hope it was worth the wait and satisfies your red carpet cravings. I don’t know about you but I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw from the SAG’s. Elegant, demure and conservative are the words that spring to mind. The common denominators amongst our celebrities were high necklines and long sleeved dresses. The full-skirted silhouettes were certainly bringing a royal flare to the evenings fashion . It’s no surprise that they scrub up pretty well, but after the shock-horror of the National Television Awards, it was certainly refreshing.

Helen Mirren, Saoirse Ronan and Alicia Vikander all rocked their long sleeved ensembles. The starlets opted for texture and embellishment making their demure gowns stand out among the crowds. Helen Mirren sparkled in a silver Jenny Packham dress. Saoirse Ronan was pretty in pink in a textured embossed dress from Michael Kors and Alicia Vikander was glistening in a sequin Louis Vuitton dress. My favourite of this style was Eva Longoria. She wore a heavily embellished custom made gown by Welsh fashion designer Julian Macdonald. I think the figure forming fit certainly compliments her petite and toned frame while the olive green colour is gorgeous against her sallow skin and dark hair  (not to mention that it’s a colour I am seeing popping up in SS16 collections so watch this space). As the least desperate housewife, she oozes sex appeal with the plunging V-neckline and barely-there back. Eva has finished off her look with Lorraine Schwartz jewellery and black strappy sandals.


Another style I noted that was a fave with our celebrities was in contrast to the above, A-line dresses. Anna Faris, Rachel McAdams and our very own Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic were channelling their inner Audrey Hepburn. Rachel McAdams wore a black lace Elie Saab dress, which is one of my favourite designers! Giuliana rancic wore a very fifties style Gauri and Nainika dress. The appliqué flowers and full skirt is very different for Giuliana as she usually opts for a more figure fitting silhouette. She always looks well but I can’t decide which style I prefer on her. In particular, Anna Faris stood out for me. I do believe it is always risky business wearing red to a red carpet but I really loved her dress. I think she was the epitome of paired back elegance with a contemporary twist. She wore a Naeem Khan dress that fit her like a glove. Her hair was pulled back in classic bun, had a tiny red clutch, it looks satin, and barely-there metallic platform Stuart Weitzman shoes. I think the folded over collar and sleeves adds a vintage touch which would certainly get Audrey’s approval. A serious contender for best dressed for me!

The next fad I noticed on the red carpet was the thigh high split. Not a preferred choice of mine but the legs were out last Saturday night. I don’t think that what Angelina Jolie did for the 2012 Oscars was achieved at the SAG’s. For some reason, many of these dresses look unfinished with pieces looking like they were missing rather than cut out. Either way, I am not a fan. I didn’t buy any clothes with cut outs or missing panels before and I certainly won’t be buying any in the future. I think they look sloppy and cheap, which these dresses are certainly not. I appreciate the hint of sex appeal celebrities and designers want to convey but I stand by the less is more thing. Unfortunately, the ladies who did not get this memo and won’t be getting a best dressed nom from me are Joanne Froggatt, Laverne Cox, Brie Larson and  Eva Amurri. Ladies, make sure you’re fully dressed the next time you’re attending an awards show! The only celebrity apart from Anna Faris who I think pulled this look off was Sarah Hyland. The Modern Family star usually nails the red carpet appearances keeping the formal wear young and contemporary. I really like her Cadbury’s purple J Mendel strapless dress, she’s finished off her look with black barely-there Giuseppe Zanotti heels and Lorraine Schwartz jewellery. The strapless bodice and pencil style suits her column shape very well. She knows her body type, what shape suits her and that is why I always look out for Sarah Hyland on the red carpet.

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As the award season stakes are rising so are the fashion stakes. With each ceremony only as good as the last, I cannot wait to see what stop will be pulled out for this years Oscars. Stay tuned for more of my coverage on this seasons red carpet fashion! But if you had to choose a best dressed from the SAG’s who would it be? Please feel free to leave you comments below!

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Award Season

The National television Awards

Hey Guys and Dolls!

I am sorry the blog was a bit quiet this week, I had two falls last week and seriously injured my back. I couldn’t sit or stand let alone stay still long enough to get some blog posts written up. I will have a week 3 update on my nail envy treatment posted over the weekend. As for today, I am going to give my thoughts on last nights NTA’s red carpet fashion. As a child, I remember being told that if I hadn’t anything nice to say, I was to say nothing at all. Even at an early age, my honesty and inability to tell fibs often got me into trouble. I was very vocal about not liking the clothes and fashions of my family and friends. Sorry not sorry. So on that note, let me channel my inner Late and Great Joan Rivers and get grilling those that committed crimes against fashion!

Truth be told, I am not sure where to begin. If you were hoping for an appraisal or positive comments then I suggest you turn back now. I was highly unimpressed. I don’t mean to criticise anybody’s work (I mean, I even get it wrong the odd time) but I would be sacking my stylist if I ended up wearing one of last nights monstrosities. There was far too much on show between the sheer skirts on dresses leaving very little to the imagination and what was it about the triangular cut outs? We get it- your bikini bod is ready. Both Michelle Keegan and Alison King from Coronation Street wore dresses that looked unfinished! I am not sure if this is deliberate or not, but I cannot find the names or designs that our favourite TV personalities donned last night. Michelle Keegan usually gets it right on the red carpet, but last nights ensemble suggests that the only thing she got Wright was her husband.

The fashion stakes take a turn for the worse and go from unfinished to transparent. I justcannot begin to describe how horrendous these outfits are. They are very unflattering to their body-shapes and should not have been worn. Jorgie Porter, formally known as Teresa McQueen from Hollyoaks is an attractive girl but who on earth dressed her? According to one Twitter user, she was not of earth but from ‘Mars Attacks’. I despise this dress.

Following Jorgie’s trend of showing off your bottom half was Tess Daly, Alicia Dixon and Storm Keating. Again, I have nothing positive to say. It just baffles me how these gorgeous ladies were allowed to leave their houses looking like this?! This sheer fabric is very unflattering and it looks cheap. Tess’ dress is very unforgiving for her shape, Alicia’s sheer flares are far to long and swallows her and as for Storm, what is with the white belt?! I’m only happy I could crop out the white pointed courts she wore. Where I do not think that Storm’s dress was the worst, it does look like her grandmothers lace curtains were sown onto the bottom of the doily, I mean the dress.

I know your eyes must be as offended as mine at this stage and I am still reeling over the fact that Michelle Keegan has landed on the worst-dressed list. To add insult to injury let me introduce another offender to the world of fashion: Lady Colin Campbell.I think she missed the memo that the occasion warranted formal wear rather than a costume. The reality TV contestant looked like a wannabe bride in a tulle monstrosity. The other bride-to-be was Lydia-Rose Bright. For some reason her fashion choice was praised and she has an influence over a fashion line?! Not really sure why.

There were just so many eyesores that were called dresses on the night.We witnessed crimes committed against fashion that should be locked away and have the key thrown away. We can only hope that these first time offenders will learn their lesson and not violate their parole to end up on the worst-dressed list next year! Just for fun, who would you sentence to life off the red carpet for their fashion felonies?

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