Miss Italy

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Oh it’s cold outside! I decided to have a look at some of my summer holiday photos to cheer me up. First stop on our September vacay was beautiful Bologna- what a great city!

When I was designing a holiday wardrobe I was heavily influenced by the wardrobe of Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, and Gwyneth Paltrow in The Talented Mr Ripley too…..those costumes…swoon!

This dress is made from original vintage fabric, I’m guessing it’s late 50’s early 60s, it’s a blue organza with an embossed white floral print, I thought it would be cute in a full skirt and fitted bodice. I included a white lining and of course a petticoat too. It’s finished off with a little belt detail.

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These photos were taken at the Anatomical Theatre of the Archigannasio in Bologna…I urge you to visit if you are there!

Ciao!

 

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Autumn Colours

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It was a fresh and sunny day at Emo Court, Autumn is here. We had a walk around the grounds bathed in golden sunlight, I loved the palette of colours all around: gold, brown, red, yellow, copper, bronze, and all highlighted by the glorious autumnal sun.

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I’ve been busy during the last few months making some new fashions for Barbie, this dress is an off white raw silk with fitted bodice and full gathered skirt.

The bodice has pin tuck details centre front and a navy polka dot tie. I’ve matched this with the belt too. I love how the sunshine makes it appear almost golden.

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Leaves. Lots of crunchy brown leaves underfoot.

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The main house at Emo Court, closed up for the winter now so I will just have to return for another visit!

 

The frock is in my Etsy shop now, so please drop by and have a look!

 

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Last Days of Summer

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As the Autumn arrives with cold and windy days I thought I’d try and lift the mood and share some snaps of a bright summer dress taken on my summer holidays! This is a 1950s inspired cotton frock, fitted bodice with pin tucks and yellow buttons, belt and full gathered skirt with petticoat for that extra kick. The fabric is an original 60s cotton floral print but it works so well, doesn’t it?

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We were driving the Wild Atlantic Way and stopped at the Burren for a look at the fantastic landscape. It was a bit of a grey day so the yellow frock was a nice shot of colour.

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The pattern of the stones used in the wall construction is pretty amazing too, it’s made without any mortar, the stones are stacked neatly together.

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Further along the coast we took the turn for Achill Island, this shot was taken overlooking Keel Bay. It is a breathtakingly beautiful island, I absolutely recommend it. It’s just stunning.

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At last, sunshine!! Killaloe was bright and sunny and a fitting place to stop for coffee and a cake. We had a nice pit stop here on the way home.

See you anon!

 

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Barbie The Icon Exhibition

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Look what I found in Bologna! Barbie The Icon exhibition! WOW! I just had to share some of these amazing images with you. Basically there was every Barbie Doll ever in the exhibition. The 1950s Barbie Dolls were my favourites, the clothes were AMAZING!!

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The dolls were arranged in chronological order so the exhibition started with the first Barbie dolls with some really dainty accessories too- look at the hat box, so stylish!

Great hair too, an original bubblecut….

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And wigs!!

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Some fab and groovy 60s dolls….

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I loved this doll, she reminded me of Stevie Nicks.

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The Irish Barbie Doll…!!

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Bob Mackie. Had to include this.

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The Silkstone Barbie Collection was just fabulous, what a beautiful and amazing evening gown. The quality of these dolls and their wardrobe was just beautiful.

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And Dior… J’adore Dior. J’adior.

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Astronaut Barbie!

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I hope you enjoyed these amazing clothes from the exhibition as much as I did!

 

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Ceide Fields and Carrowmore

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On the north Mayo coast on the Wild Atlantic Way lies the fantastic Ceide Fields, the most extensive Stone Age monument in the world. The wall in the background of the photo is 6000 years old. Yep, someone laid those stones 6000 years ago. The ruins lie under bogland and were uncovered in the 1930s by a local man digging peat, who noticed the rocks lying under the peat were in a formation and not haphazard, so he knew they must have been placed deliberately. There are extensive field networks and the tour is great so do stop here if you are along the Wild Atlantic Way, and the views over the cliffs are pretty amazing too!

 

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And then onto Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery in County Sligo, the largest collection of megalithic tombs in Ireland, all about 5000 years old. There’s lots to see here too and again, a great tour.

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The frock….dusky pink raw silk with a fitted bodice and skirt, short sleeves, and the neckline has a frill detail and tiny bow. I love this colour- it’s a real 1950s shade.

More adventures to follow!

 

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Prom Queen

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It’s the start of Debs Season and I thought this little prom dress would be ideal for the night. I made the dress from an original prom dress, it’s a peach sheer with white flocked flowers, over a peachy soft satin….sweet! The skirt is gathered onto a fitted bodice with a gathered bust and bow detail- very 1950s prom.

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Of course the dress needed a wrap too, I think she looks Debs ready now.

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My backdrop was the beautiful Donegal Castle in Donegal town, what a fabulous castle.

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Till next time,

 

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Touring the West

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More holiday snaps from the Wild Atlantic Way! This 1950s inspired frock is made from a navy and white stripe cotton, with a fitted bodice, silver buttons and belt detail with a full gathered skirt. I also included a crinoline under the skirt to give it an extra kick! Perfect for some more sightseeing around the West of Ireland on a sunny day.

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Here’s the view at Slieve League Cliffs in Co Donegal…next stop America. They are nearly three times higher than the Cliffs of Moher! Don’t miss them if you are in Donegal. These sea cliffs are the highest on the island of Ireland, however Achill Island can lay claim to the highest sea cliffs in Europe, who knew?

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We also visited the fantastic Donegal castle in Donegal town. Construction started in the 15th Century, and it’s been recently restored by the OPW.

Again, we missed Prince Charles by a day.

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This was a shop in Clare…I just had to photograph it, isn’t it amazing? What a beautiful colour!

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Cheerio!

 

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