Thursday, 21 April 2016

Save The Date!

I hope you’ll forgive me if I deviate from my usual fashion musings today.  I just really want to give you a heads up about an absolutely fabulous event that will be taking place in Ireland & the UK in June – the Psoriasis Shout Out.

Those of you who are regular readers may remember that I attended this event two years ago, under its original guise of the Manchester Psoriasis Shout Out, where I had the pleasure of giving a talk and (even more excitingly) I had the chance to style and present a fashion show in the Trafford Centre.  Fun with a capital F!

It was the most extraordinary week, which brought psoriasis out of the shadows and put it centre stage.  Afterwards, when trying to describe the impact it had on patients, I wrote, Because for the woman who said to me “I thought I was the only one”, it brought the comfort of knowing that she is not alone.  For the sufferer who said “this is the first time in 20 years I've felt positive about psoriasis”, there is now the knowledge that he hasn't been forgotten.  And for the patient who said “this has been the best day of my life” after hearing the talks, there was finally hope.  And there must always be hope.”

And now, two years later, we’re doing it all again!  Except this time, we’re going further afield to include Newcastle, London and Ireland in the week.  Last weekend, I was in Manchester to attend a planning meeting.  To give you a small taster of what to expect, here is a selection of patient ambassadors and dermatologists all getting their groove on for the dancing video (No, I’m not there … I DO NOT DANCE!)

I couldn’t resist this shot of Manchester Town Hall looking broodingly like a Harry Potter set!

So!  For all of you living in the UK, you need to save the dates 18 – 24 June and keep an eye on the website, for updated details of venues and events.  And my fellow Irish … save the dates, 22/23 June, when we’ll be shouting about psoriasis for two days in St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin.  Again, you can check the website for details, but equally I will have constant updates here, on Facebook  (come like the page hereand on Twitter (@flakyfashnista).  Trust me people!  If you have psoriasis, this is one event you don't want to miss – it’s going to be mega!

Back at the weekend, when I promise normal service will resume and it’ll be fashion as usual!

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Wednesday Wish

You’ve got to love Brown Thomas.  If you click on the tab entitled ‘Gifts for Her’, it won’t be the usual array of scented candles or cute stationery that greets you.  Good heavens no!  These are gifts of the luxurious kind … the kind that I’d be more than happy to receive any day of the week.

Take for example the Marc Jacobs New Q Karlie Shoulder Bag.  With gold hardware and a chain strap, this would add glamour to any evening look, whilst the brown colour will ensure it remains a classic for years to come.  But don’t consign it to evening wear only - wear cross-body with jeans and blazer for a stylish daytime look.  Yes!  This is one gift that would be very welcome indeed.  Ha!  I wish …

Monday, 11 April 2016

Treat Yo'self!

Normally when it comes to shopping, I take quite a measured approach.  I’m not really a spontaneous spender, but rather tend to have a general idea of what gaps I need to fill in my wardrobe when I’m out shopping.  Give me a voucher however, and all bets are off!  Vouchers are like Monopoly money.  Normal restraints do not apply, which is why I ended up with this utterly unnecessary, but oh so lovely, purchase last week.

I adore leopard print and I most definitely had a crossbody bag shaped hole in my wardrobe.  Being honest there was really no great urgency to fill it, but sometimes it’s nice just to have a little splurge on something that brings great joy.  And so far, this Village England Chelmorton small crossbody bag has done just that.  Reduced from €176 to €123. (I completely accept that this will make no sense to some people, but bags just happen to be my personal addiction!)

And so I thought that today, I would share the love and so instead of talking about psoriasis and all its tedious drawbacks, I would talk about the joy of treating yourself to a bag! A lovely piece of leather that won’t break the bank; will breathe new life into old outfits; and doesn’t have to conform to any criteria in order to work with your psoriasis.  So c’mon, it’s time to ‘treat yo’self’!

The ‘bag du jour’ last Christmas was the Gucci Soho Disco bag – not that I got one I hasten to add, but it was lovely to look at on others.  I particularly liked the red version which breathed such a bright ray of colour into many winter wardrobes (can you tell my Instagram feed is primarily made up of fashion bloggers?) Well would you look at what I found?  Definitely a homage rather than a copy, this red Biba Frances Crossbody Bag is really gorgeous and at mid season sales price of £45 (approx €56 according to my trusty app), frankly it would be rude to leave it behind!

I also quite like the Carolyn Donnelly The Edit leather crossbody bag.  At €69, this a good price for a leather bag, and with two separate zipped compartments, there is plenty of room for your lippie, keys, wallet, phone, tissues and other essentials.

However, if it’s a bargain you’re looking for, then Asos is where you need to go.  Some fabulous prices for leather bags – in fact with prices like this, I don’t think there’s any need to go looking at the faux leather selection.

Starting with some animal print combined with the ever popular tassel, the Asos Zebra leather cross body bag is only €30.98

Also in metallic, which would be lovely for the summer months (snort!  Should summer ever arrive, that is)

If, however tassels aren’t your thing, then a classic Asos unlined soft leather black crossbody can be yours for just €39.44.

Also in this timeless grey shade which is gorgeous and would go with just about every other colour. 

A tan bag is genuinely one of those wardrobe staples that just goes with everything and this medium Pixie cross body from the Leather Satchel Company is now reduced from €163.37 to €84.50

But the bargain of the day is this gorgeous orange French Connection leather cross body bag which is now reduced from €253.51 to €63.38.   Gorgeous with black, camel, white, cream, grey or khaki – and in this foul weather, we gotta’ find the sunshine where we can!

So have I inspired you to treat yourself to a little something new?  An antidote to the howling winds and lashing rains?  See you later this week when, at the rate things are going, I’ll be back to talk umbrellas and flippers!