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So Last Season

Decadence at the movies

Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019 4:31pm

Last week was a busy little week but busy in a nice way.

Personal shopping is back with a bang so that’s been really good for focusing my attention on new season pieces but it also gets me thinking about how to make it all wearable in our day to day wardrobes.

While it’s wonderful to have some great statement pieces in our fashion arsenal that bring the wow factor, you also need to balance this with the good old basic pieces that build the foundations of your look.

It’s also good to get to work within each person’s individual budget because, let’s face it, it’s January and at the moment it feels like a million years until payday so it’s good to have a shopping list in place and to tick things off when you can afford them.

I may have mentioned before that I’m trying to do less shopping for myself and do a bit more clearing out of items I don’t need anymore but I still make time to put together a list of items that will fill the gaps in my wardrobe for the season ahead.

This is made all the more easy when your wardrobe isn’t full of clutter, so I’m trying to do about ten minutes a day of decluttering when I can.

Marie Kondo eat your heart out!

It wasn’t all work this week, there was also a bit of play and I was delighted to be invited by Universal Pictures Ireland to a preview showing of 'Mary Queen of Scots' in the beautiful Regal Cinema in Youghal. Now, the cinema is a bit of a trek away from me, being on the complete opposite side of the county from where I live, but it was well worth the trip. I mean if you can’t get dolled up on a Wednesday night for a trip to the cinema then are you even living your best life?

The Regal's interior is worth the trip alone with the most beautiful wine bar and café, and while it has all the modern comforts, it still retains the beauty of the original building with a real art deco feel. Now, I’m no film critic, but I would rate the film a solid 3 or 3.5 out of 5.

It's an interesting story with two great female leads, but of course, what I was most interested in were the costumes, jewels and really very elaborate hairstyles.

I mean the hairstyles were just amazing feats of bejeweled architecture and who doesn’t love a good period drama filled with power plays and backstabbing, so all in all ,it’s well worth a look.

I always find January is a great month to pick up a new skill or start a course as it keeps you occupied for what can be a long old month and so I was off to Dublin early Saturday morning to start a beading and embroidery course with Irish designer and illustrator Sorcha O’Raghallaigh.

Sorcha is so talented and creative and her own work is so beautiful that I couldn’t help but be inspired. If you get a chance look her up, you’ll see what I mean.

Beading is a great skill to pick up as with only a couple of different stitches and types of beads you can create really interesting and varied effects and I’m working on a moodboard this week so that I can work on my own project for the rest of the workshop.

There was also a really nice group of people on the course which made for a very relaxed day and I’m looking forward to going back next Saturday. Now all I have to do is restrain myself from beading my entire wardrobe!

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