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Wedding anniversary mishaps

Wednesday, 7th November, 2018 4:41pm

It’s been a busy week of hosting fashion workshops, filming some video blog content, and oh yes, the small matter of celebrating my first wedding anniversary.

Like, seriously, that year absolutely flew by but that’s the thing with marriage; one minute you’re deciding on what flavour wedding cake you want and the next you’re married and being woken up at 4am in the morning by your fur baby.

For our paper anniversary, we decided to head to Dublin for the weekend, mainly because we had wedding present gift vouchers for a hotel and restaurant up there and our wedding anniversary seemed like a perfectly good reason to use them.

It was lovely to potter around Dublin but of course the weekend couldn’t pass without incident. While taking a stroll around Brown Thomas, I spotted the new Maria Tash concession which specialises in luxury piercings and decided I would get my ear pierced. Not the lobe, mind, but the daith which is the cartilage part of your inner ear.

I picked out the ring, met the piercer and lay on the table, deep breath in and I was pierced. So far so good except I suddenly noticed the piercer was very quiet and the jovial pre-piercing atmosphere had suddenly become tense.

Of course, the earring had only gone and fallen off the needle which was going to hook it into my ear, leading to me having to get re-pierced, which let me tell you was quite painful.

As I lay there with an ear full of blood, gripping Rob's hand, I thought, of course this would only happen to me. Anyway, my light maiming is a great anniversary story and to be fair the piercing looks amazing, so all in all it was worth it. I might even consider getting another one done for the second anniversary.

One of the best things about this time of year is all the different events going on showcasing winter fashion. I recently styled some fashion workshops for the Douglas Court Fall into Fashion event and it always gets me thinking about my own wardrobe and what I need for the coming season.

One of my favourite looks was a 1960s inspired outfit from New Look which featured some bright colour blocking of yellow and green. I love a good colour block and it’s really something that’s quite easy to do once you keep the tones similar.

To tone down the brights, I just added a grey single breasted coat and accessorised with my go-to footwear, the white boot and a cute leopard print neckscarf.

Also of note was the great selection of coats on offer in the shopping centre and two of my particular favourites were a leopard print coat from Next which, if you’re into this print regardless of the trend, you’ll get wear out of it for seasons to come.

My other top pick was a black and white zebra print coat from Dunnes Stores which is another good alternative animal print and the monochrome colour palette means you can wear lots of different colour under it.

I also had great fun filming an Opera Lane video blog during the week with Emer O’Mahony, one half of the stylish duo that is Lockdown Models and PR. Emer works, is a mum to two small kids and hosts lots of stylish events, so it was great to chat with her about how she makes her wardrobe work for her in a practical but fashionable way and how her style has evolved since becoming a mum.

Plus we got to style some great looks together from Opera Lane which totally got me inspired even further for my own wardrobe selection.

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