Venezia

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Beautiful Venice. We had a few days here in September: gorgeous sunny, warm days. So taking advantage of the fabulous weather and fantastic backdrops we wandered around taking in the sights and soaking up the atmosphere!

Of course I had to make a proper tourist outfit for all that sightseeing: orange gingham peddle pushers with a white broderie anglaise short blouse and finished off with a blue chiffon headscarf.

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The Grand Canal, isn’t it amazing? We had just stopped by the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, it is based in her villa on the Grand Canal….wow, fabulous building, location and amazing art collection too. The gift shop is almost as good as the museum.

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After a lot of sightseeing we stopped for a rest on the steps of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute…… they have a collection of several pieces by Titian here. There is fabulous art everywhere you go in Venice.

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The afternoon was for eating gelato (absolutely divine) and wandering around the back alleys and narrow streets…before hoping on the night train to Vienna! Join me next time for my Viennese adventure!

 

 

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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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Coast and Country

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More photos from my trip around the Wild Atlantic Way, we’re still in Donegal, admiring the amazing beaches on the Inishowen peninsula, dropping by Glenveagh Park and then on to County Clare. The dress is made from a tiny green gingham cotton, with sweetheart neckline with a pleated skirt and matching belt, I think Barbie looks like a Hitchcock heroine in this dress!

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The beaches in Donegal are amazing…..

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And there’s lots to see in the beautiful gardens at Glenveagh Park in Donegal too…

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The countryside is filled with fantastic ruins too, this is on private land, imagine this castle was in your garden!

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Back soon with more adventures,

 

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Giants and Dolls

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Another stop on my recent road trip- The Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s quite a sight!! It looks like a jigsaw puzzle, the rocks fitting neatly together. It was a beautiful day and perfect conditions for a jaunt around the hexagons.

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It was wonderful to watch everyone climbing over the rocks like ants, from young to old.

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The dress? …it’s a shift dress in vintage coral cotton, with black ribbon trim and tiny buttons. I’ve been quite inspired lately by Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby, her clothes are just amazing, so this is my nod to her 1960s cool.

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I have lots more holiday snaps and fabulous clothes to share with you so stay tuned!

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A Walk in the Garden

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Time for another new summer frock, this is a sailor style navy cotton with a white navy trim collar, white bow and white buttons. There is a pleat at the back with a tiny bow detail. It was perfect for a walk in the garden…..

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A nice shot showing the back of the sailor collar ….

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These photos were taken at the magnificent Altamont Gardens in County Carlow. Can you see the peacock on the balustrade at the top of the stairs? Unfortunately the house is closed but it looks so beautiful.

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Actual Lens Flare…no Photoshop!!!

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A better view of the back detail….

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This is one of my favourite dresses so far.

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Ladies Who Lunch

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A lunch invitation at the Big House, what to wear? Well, I thought a white strapless full skirted dress with a marching bolero style jacket would be perfect. I finished it off with a white plaited leather belt, to cinch in the waist. This is a really fine, light vintage cotton worn with a frilly crinoline to make the skirt extra full.

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Next frock is a  a rose pink vintage silk dress with ribbon detailing, the skirt is a full gathered skirt, it makes the waist look tiny!

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I think the ladies are well dressed for the occasion. The location was Belvedere House in Mullingar, another fantastic old house worth a visit.

 

Time for aperitifs….

 

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