As Athlone Towncentre were sponsoring the prize for Friday’s Fair Lady, they invited me along to check out the style. If you don’t already know I recently secured a Guest Blogging role with them for the next 12 months. I was happy to be taking a back seat and observing the judges’ difficult task of picking 5 finalists and eventually the overall winner. I wanted to see if we were on the same page and if I’d have chosen the same ladies. It was useful for my judging role for the upcoming Sligo Races. Read what I’m looking for here and listen to my fresh approach on Highland Radio here (Part 2 09:00 -16:00).
Instagram is a great social medium for finding new sources of creative talent. Last week I came across ‘space to grow‘ and fell in love with their floral crowns. The flowers are grown in Sophie Skinner’s garden at Benbulben Mountain, Sligo. She very kindly offered me this beautiful piece and I absolutely loved it. So many women at The Races came up to me asking me about it and couldn’t believe the flowers were real and freshly picked that morning. Both judges Roz Purcell and Marietta Doran loved it. Needless to say we couldn’t take part in the competition.
Last weekend I saw a group of girls wearing homemade pieces that they had made at a hen party workshop with Sophie. I think this is such a fabulous idea for a hen activity. Find out more here. As you know, a key focus of my blog modaFix is the celebration and promotion of local, Irish makers, so this was an obvious choice of headdress for me. I also wanted something slightly alternative to traditional hats and fascinators.
The white Marilyn Monroe style dress is by label tfnc. I had my eye on it for ages and picked it up on Thursday afternoon from a local boutique called Ruby Lane, Sligo. I’m fairly last minute! In fact, I had another dress I was planning to wear and ended up squirting soap all over it as I was getting ready in Galway! Disaster, but it meant I didn’t have a decision to make!
The white dress have a gorgeous low back – see back detail here. It was bucketing down, but as we arrived at Ballybrit the sun came out for us and it turned out lovely. Instead of a jacket I wore this embellished top (Lace & Beads) also from Ruby Lane. Separates seemed to be a popular choice on Friday. You can buy this affordable dress here.
My earrings are by another Irish maker Angela Burns of Chocolate Box Jewellery. This particular shade worked well with the colours in the crown. I regularly wear her jewellery. All the gems she sources are authentic vintage, mainly sourced from vintage collectors in the US. All her stones, glass, cameos and gems are blessed with holy water from St. Patrick’s Well in Offaly. She recently started making cufflinks with county crests, which are very popular at the moment with all the hype of the All-Ireland GAA Championship. Find Chocolate Box on Facebook here.
I still have a subtle bronzed glow from holidays, but it’s near impossible to maintain it here in Ireland with the whole lack of sunshine and if you’re not outside for hours exercising. I used one very light coat of Karora’s (Irish brand) Ultra Dark Bronzing Mousse on my legs and arms to enhance my natural tan.
The scuba bag with neon pop is from Dunnes Stores. It just breaks up all the white. Here I am with my gorgeous cousin Catherine at the Champagne Tent ahead of the prize-giving. The neutral heels are from TK Maxx and I really love them. They go with everything and are incredibly comfortable – my kind of shoe.
So there you have it. As always, my styling is last minute, supporting local and if there’s a mini disaster I will find that silver lining and moda fix it. Come join us at the Sligo Races. Read more here.
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