Get the look: Georgia Salpa
Proving she looks just as good wearing clothes as she does donning a barely there bikini, Georgia Salpa ticks all the right boxes in this floral playsuit from Penneys.
Playsuits are everywhere right now, and we think they’re a great alternative to party dresses. Floral prints can run the risk of looking too cutesy, but Georgia’s black tights, shoe boots and patent tote ensure this ensemble is chic, not saccharine.
STYLEWATCH: CHIC SHOPPER
The festive season is upon us, which means mince pies, vintage brandy and mistletoe, all of which we love. It also means department stores and shopping trauma, which we’re not so keen on.
Picking out a stylish shoppingspree ensemble is almost as challenging as purchasing the perfect pressie. A large bag is a must to facilitate cash, cards, walkie-talkies, hip flasks, valium, and so on.
Jersey dresses or cute A-line numbers — such as that worn here by top model Nasrin Leahy — look great and are easy to move in, making those lunges for must-have purchases less of a challenge.
Comfortable boots or girlie ballet flats are also essential to ensure your feet survive all that pavement pounding intact. Just remember: one must look fabulous in order to shop fabulous.
SO OVER: DOWNSIZING THE OFFICE PARTY
We’ve already cut back on our nights on the town so, when we do venture out, we want it to be worth the wait. But everywhere we look these days, we see charity balls morphing into dress-down lunches, and over-the-top office parties being reduced to bags of chips and sad bottles of cider.
All we want is a little more magic in the air and some fizz in our drinks — is that really too much to ask? This party shame must end, and, while we’re at it, let’s stop pretending that we actually know anything about bond markets and tax rebates. We’re taking a leaf out of the book of the impeccably stylish Susan McNamara, right, and Alison Doody, far right.
In other words, put your glad rags on, put your best, oh-so glamorous foot forward, and party like it’s 1999.
I’m looking for a classic plain black leather handbag — preferably a Birkin-style bag — that can be carried in the hand, or worn over the shoulder. It would need to be at least eight inches high and 12 inches long, but not excessively bigger than that.
I’m willing to spend around €300 and, if possible, I’d prefer to make my purchase in a Dublin shop rather than over the internet. Hobbs do some great Birkin-esque bags — their patent-leather Nicole bag, €315, has a mock-croc finish and it comes in a range of colours.
Reiss’s Bleeker bag in charcoal python-skin and leather, €330, sits a bit outside of your price range, but nonetheless, it’s a great option, as it gives the classic Birkin shape an unexpected and modern twist.
LK Bennett is one of our favourite shops right now, and it offers a fantastic range of classic handbags: the Gaynor bag, €315, is the perfect size for you, and it’s made of silky-soft leather.
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Sandra Walsh’s Sandz boutiques are considered something of a fashion haven for south Co Dublin’s discerning shoppers, and it’s easy to see why. Ms Walsh prides herself on stocking classy, contemporary brands for women of all ages and sizes.
This autumn, Sandra introduced three new designers: Frank Lyman, for women d’un certain age; Parisian brand Sunshine; and British-based designer Soo Lee. They’re all fabulous, but Soo Lee is our obsession du jour.
This floral black and white dress, left, €127, is a favourite — Soo Lee, so cute. Sandz, 23 Dunville Ave, Ranelagh, D6, tel: (01) 412-6514; 34 Main St, Blackrock, Co Dublin, tel: (01) 210-8545
Alongside the invention of the wheel and the discovery of penicillin, online shopping has to be one of mankind’s greatest achievements. Browsing through a selection of party dresses while painting our nails and watching TV — what more can life offer? We’re happy that so many Irish brands are taking the plunge and going online.
The latest is the Kilkenny shop, which launched its new, improved website earlier this month. With Irish big names including Orla Kiely, Waterford Crystal and Louis Mulcahy, the site is so addictive, it’s dangerous. Also available is John Rocha’s newest jewellery collection, Butterflies, Roses & Poppies, which includes this bracelet, above, €155. See www.kilkennyshop.com
LIFE’S LITTLE LUXURIES: TOMMY HILFIGER LAUNCHES 25TH-ANNIVERSARY ICON COLLECTION
We’ve had a soft spot for Tommy Hilfiger ever since we got our first waft of Tommy Girl at the perfume counters of BTs — oh, the bittersweet memories!
This month our teenage crush is rekindled, as Hilfiger launches the Icon Collection to celebrate the brand’s 25th anniversary. Inspired by Tommy’s all-time bestsellers and by all-American stars such as Grace Kelly and Steve McQueen, the 25-piece collection consists of some great standout items.
We love this sleeveless update on the classic pea coat, left, €295. For stockists, tel: (01) 633-7010, or see www.tommy.com