Sunday 22 April 2018

Bairbre Power: Creatures of comfort

Park the workwear and investigate loungewear for weekend R&R

Jill de Burca embellished stars t-shirt, €160, Brown Thomas Cork, and Made store and gallery, Powerscourt Centre.
Jill de Burca embellished stars t-shirt, €160, Brown Thomas Cork, and Made store and gallery, Powerscourt Centre.
GRR top, €305, Brown Thomas Cork
Lucy Nagle charcoal cashmere lounge pants, €265
Lucy Nagle ‘Cosy’ crew neck cashmere sweater, €245
Lucy Nagle coral, plum and charcoal cashmere scarf, €195
Lauryn Rose sterling silver bracelet with rose gold girl charm

Last weekend didn't go to plan, so I cancelled my annual pack-away-summer day when I store away the summer clothes and reluctantly reintroduce the winter woollies and warm coats back into service... in August!

Instead of my scheduled wardrobe assault, I took to my sick bed and binge-watched Gilmore Girls on Netflix, and after a delirious night's sleep, I woke up half expecting to go out for eggs and coffee at Luke's Diner in Stars Hollow, the fictional Connecticut town which featured in all 154 episodes of the TV show.

OMG! That means I have another 144 episodes to watch before the series four 'reunion' specials air this November. Guess that means there's going to be lots of relaxed dressing over the next few weeks as I take to my couch for some easy viewing and R&R.

Chilling indoors, you don't necessarily want to slob out in pyjamas and the old sweats you do your housework in... Which got me thinking: I must find some comfy loungewear for those days off when you want nothing more than to chill, take a walk with the dog and pop out for coffee without feeling mortified if you meet someone and they don't recognise you... Probably because you are out of uniform and you don't have eyebrows on!

As synchronicity would have it, I woke up the following morning to an email full of cosy loungwear suggestions from Lucy Nagle, the queen of cashmere. Her loungewear offers stylish options for the usual weekend tracksuits, leggings and jeans. The winning look for me has to be the 100pc cashmere lounge pants with a drawstring and pockets. They have been described to me as "the most comfortable lounge pants you will ever own," and to achieve her capsule cashmere collection, Lucy layered up pieces in charcoal grey, coral, grey marl, plum and claret in a variety of styles including the crew neck jumper (pictured right), a traditional cable-knit crew style, longer tunic-style hoodie, V-neck waffle-knit, plus long ribbed cardi.

Meanwhile, fellow Irish designer Jill de Burca is producing some fun embellished tees and sweatshirts in Ireland. They were inspired by her trip to Vietnam and Cambodia in January - hence the tiger theme, including the great 'GRR' grey sweatshirt (pictured top right) and her 'Wild' top with the letters spelt out in faux fur. I love her metallic stars which just lift a simple weekend tee to a whole new level.

'Think of me' charms

Charm bracelets have really come back into their own again after a space of a few years and one the new innovations I came across recently is the Lauryn Rose 'Think of Me' charm range  designed by the Irish online jewellery company.

You can pick charms in rose gold and sterling silver that best represent your own family unit, friends or loved ones. Charms start at €17, bracelets at €19, and you can also add them to a pearl necklace or bracelet. It's a special way of building up a bespoke piece that is special to you, and 10pc of the price goes to the LauraLynn Children's Hospice. "We have already donated €5,000 to this worthy cause and hope to continue our support with 'A Gift that keeps on Giving'," explained Caroline McElroy, co founder of Lauryn Rose.


Lauryn Rose sterling silver bracelet with rose gold girl charm

Lauryn Rose sterling silver bracelet with rose gold girl charm, rose gold girl diamante charm and sterling silver boy charm, €79,


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