Trans-seasonal Trickiness!

 

Colourful Trans_Seasonal look!
Colourful Trans-Seasonal look!

Today I had intended to post my first Summer Fashion post of 2016…………..Hmmmmmmmmm! What a mistake that would have been . I woke up this morning and within minutes it started SNOWING!! Yes, the curse of Irish weather and its ability to constantly surprise and usually not in a good way.

So, today I’ve decided to tackle the tricky topic of what to wear trans-seasonal?

My solution to this dilemma is COLOUR and plenty of it. If you have to  “Cosy Up” pre May at least do it with as much rainbow hues as possible.

The second trick to tackle the freezing freakiness is LAYERING.  Layering is your friend during those Seasons when the weather simply refuses to play fair.

With the help of multiple layers you can simple remove or “add to” as needs be. I’ve compiled a few looks that I think are warm and cosy but still give a hint to the colour and vibrancy of Summer to come…………  I hope you are inspired in some way by them.

This vintage look was inspired by layering a vintage coat over a calf length knitted geometric dress.
This vintage look was inspired by  a 90’s Karen Millen calf length knitted geometric dress.
This knitted vintage 90's dress from Karen Millen sets the colour theme for this shoot.
This knitted vintage 90’s dress from Karen Millen sets the colour theme for this shoot.
This great dress has a very vintage 1930's feel and accessorised with the Raspberry Beret and scarf make it more so.
This great dress has a very vintage 1930’s feel and accessorised with the Raspberry Beret and scarf makes it more so.

My love for the 1930’s fashion era was greatly influenced by my love for the movie “Bonnie and Clyde” which was set in the 1930’s but made in  1967 and starred Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. It was Miss Dunaway’s amazing wardrobe throughout the movie that had a lasting and inspirational effect on me. Have a peek here.

Her amazing wardrobe consisted of knee length skirts ,great tank tops and her trade mark Beret.  She worked this look with true style throughout the movie that complimented her sleek blonde bob.Her cool vibe has had a timeless influence among the more discerning fashionista’s.

Same look but layered with a 1950's vintage jacket.
Same look but layered with a 1950’s vintage jacket.
The addition of black vintage leather gloves give this an edgy appeal
The addition of black vintage leather gloves give this an edgy appeal
Vintage Trans-seasonal look!
Vintage Trans-seasonal look!
This look with same dress but different accessories give a more modern vibe.
This look with same dress but layered with a pretty vintage coat and different accessories gives a more modern vibe.
A modern knitted royal blue beanie gives this a current edge.
A modern knitted royal blue beanie gives this a current edge.
The addition of aviator shades gives the look a streetwise style.
The addition of aviator shades gives the look a streetwise style.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my post on Trans-Seasonal Style. Hopefully next post I’ll be writing will be full of Summer delights…….Ha Ha!  Goodbye for now.  Lots of Love and Good Vibes

XXXXX VIOLINKIT

Spring has Sprung!

 

Ah yes! The hopeful promise of sunny cheery days to come...........
Ah yes! The hopeful promise of sunny cheery days to come………..

Yes, finally I can say , that I’m ever so slightly, getting excited about the idea that soon the sun will be warmer in the cloud ridden skies of dreary old Ireland…… And when that day arrives and I’m not still shivering in my little vintage coat I’ll begin to believe that yes, even in this little damp patch  affectionately called ‘The Emerald Isle’ SPRING has finally SPRUNG!!!!!!!!

90s vintage crochet dress in petrol blue. Love this spring look.
90s vintage crochet dress in petrol blue. Love this spring look.
I've paired this dress with an acrylic 90s vintage neckpiece .
I’ve paired this dress with an acrylic 90s vintage neckpiece .
The 90s vintage neckpiece with cute heart design is very retro with dress
The 90s vintage neckpiece with cute heart design is very retro with dress
Crochet is a nostalgic reminder of a vintage era!
Crochet is a nostalgic reminder of
a vintage era!

And so with it, hopefully, everyone else too will have a pep in their step! As we eagerly await all that summer vaguely promises , we can really only rely in Ireland , on the promise of summer hues waiting to be purchased from the high street and others.

Yes ,nothing beats a new Spring/Summer purchase to brighten up the day!
Yes ,nothing beats a new Spring/Summer purchase to brighten up the day!

There is a divine variety too, to be had,  as my recent trip into rainy old Dublin proved. I decided to take photos of the prettiest pieces I could find, regardless of price, be it high street or designer. The pieces I found, I hope will be a helpful influence on the variety of outfits you choose to buy and ensemble this spring/summer.

Irish Design!
Irish Design!
Monochrome Magic! Irish Design at Kilkenny Shop !
Monochrome Magic! Irish Design at Kilkenny Shop !
Sweet Candy Colour! Vintage inspired lovelies at Kilkenny Shop Dublin.
Sweet Candy Colour! Vintage inspired lovelies at Kilkenny Shop Dublin.
Vintage Floral inspired at Kilkenny Shop Dublin!
Vintage Floral inspired at Kilkenny Shop Dublin!

I simply choose colour, vintage inspired pieces and ‘feel good’ trends. I also have included my STAR BUY which this time has come from a local charity shop. Details below. I hope you enjoy some of my choices.

STAR BUY! Gorgeous Pale Aqua Blue 60s inpired Vintage style Dress from J'aime La Vie Paris. Purchased at local charity shop. Amazing Buy! LOVE!
STAR BUY! Gorgeous Pale Aqua Blue 60s inpired Vintage style Dress from J’aime La Vie Paris. Purchased at local charity shop. Amazing Buy! LOVE!

As always ,  Enjoy the New Season and don’t forget to play around with colour and  mix Vintage and High Street pieces.

Cheerio for now. Lots of Love VIOLINKIT XXXXXX

Forty shades of………

Living the Green! Vintage green mohair jacket, perfect Paddy's day Jacket
Living the Green! Vintage green mohair jacket, perfect Paddy’s day Jacket

Yes, Paddy’s day is almost upon us and I thought I’d write a short post…………….

I must admit I’m not crazy about St . Patrick’s Day as it always seems to decline into a drunken slump. However , I’m still partial to wearing a little green dream.

Usually it’s just an accent of the great colour , and great it is , in all its various brilliant hues. Luckily its also a colour that suits me well and is a very forgiving colour for all our fair skinned celtic friends on this magical Island.

I must admit the daytime festivities of Paddy’s day are somewhat contagious , the main Parade being in the Capital of Ireland , Dublin. This parade is quite impressive with its mile long string of street performers , floats , carnival etc. Its a magic fun day and there are as many international performers as there are Irish.

There are regional and local parades all over Ireland and all colourful and vibrant just like this old Emerald Isle!

Hope you all have a great St. Patricks day where ever you may be celebrating it. I’ve put together some of my favourite green pieces hope you enjoy them.

Love as always XXX Violinkit

Casual cool look with just a touch of green !
Casual cool look with just a touch of green !
Green knitted vintage Beanie!
Green knitted vintage Beanie!
Cool vibe with vintage tuxedo Jacket and aviators!
Cool vibe with vintage tuxedo Jacket and aviators!
Green earring detail!
Green earring detail!
Lime Green!
Lime Green!
Green Biker with vintage shades!
Green Biker with vintage shades!
Roll on Paddy's Day!
Roll on Paddy’s Day!

 

Designs on the past!

IB Jorgensen! Design Genius!
IB Jorgensen! Design Genius!

A few years ago I was strolling on George’s St In Dublin when I spotted an amazing creation in the window of the local Oxfam. To say my breathe way taken was an understatment , this beautiful garment stopped me in my tracks and spoke to me with its sorbet shades of lemons,corals and golds.

After staring lustfully at said garment , and finally closing my gaping mouth I proceeded inside and with breathe held enquired……………..

Twenty minutes later I emerged , grinning from ear to ear and smugly and pocessively holding on to a large paper bag with my most prized purchase neatly folded inside. This Vintage designer piece was a rare find and also made from an intricate luscious fabric, a luxurious mix of chenille and silk.

The garment was and is a beautiful opera style full length coat that has a timeless quality about it and can be worn in the fashion it was designed for or in a more casual modern way…………………………………………………………..The Designer……………………….Ib Jorgensen!

Although Danish, Ib Jorgensen found his way to Dublin , Ireland,  where he studied dressmaking in the Grafton Academy and hence began a glittering career as one of  Irelands top fashion designers spanning four decades.

He opened a London Boutique in 1979 and designed uniforms for Aer Lingus. He did this twice in fact first time in 1975 and then again in 1986.

In 1980 he designed the first uniform for the Irish Army Womens Service Corps. He was 22 years old when he opened his own salon in Dublin.

His career was further enhanced when he was asked to design for both Harrod’s and Liberty of London during the 1970’s. As a designer Ib possessed a relentless attention to detail with fine tailoring and perfect finishing to his garments. His career spanned over forty years and in celebration of that there is an amazing exhibition currently on show of his most beautiful creations at the National Museum of Ireland .

This very impressive exhibition I visited a few weeks ago, and was suitably impressed by what I saw. A rich and eclectic variety of luscious garments had me sighing in wonder and admiration. The garments spanned the four decades of his career with creations from the fifties to the nineties.

Here I have included some photos from the exhibition and also my highly prized opera coat designed by him. Hope you enjoy these. Bye for now          Lots of love Violinkit XXXXX

My Prized Ib Jorgensen Coat!
My Prized Ib Jorgensen Coat!
This coat a silk and Chenille material with a gold thread going through it is the ultimate Luxury garment!
This coat a silk and Chenille material with a gold thread going through it is the ultimate Luxury garment!
I've toned down this opera Coat to show that it can be worn in a more casual way.
I’ve toned down this opera Coat to show that it can be worn in a more casual way.
The lining is a beautiful pink silk, pure Luxury! Sigh!
The lining is a beautiful pink silk, pure Luxury! Sigh!
Some of the designs being showcased at the National Museum of Ireland.
Some of the designs being showcased at the National Museum of Ireland.
Wedding Dress by Ib Jorgensen at National museum of Ireland!
Wedding Dress by Ib Jorgensen at National museum of Ireland!
Garments from late 1980's/1990s by Ib Jorgensen!
Garments from late 1980’s/1990s by Ib Jorgensen!
Fabulous Party creations by Ib Jorgensen at National Museum of Ireland.
Fabulous Party creations by Ib Jorgensen at National Museum of Ireland.
Vintage garments from the 1950s/1960s by Ib Jorgensen.
Vintage garments from the 1950s/1960s by Ib Jorgensen.

But Baby………………..

Vintage Woollen Cape!
Vintage Woollen Cape!

Yeah………… its freezing outside…………! So no prizes why my new post is still focusing on outer wear, which is in fact probably my favourite fashion item and being Irish and living on the coast of our fabulous but freezing little Island its the most  anually worn items of clothing in Ireland.

Browsing through my trusty fashion magazines, at the moment and try as I might I just can’t pull myself through the cosy comfort of my Winter coats to dabble in Spring/Summer 2016. Right now I don’t care about SS16 I’m still nestled warmly but firmly on the last (hopefully) of  Winters  days.

No other item of clothing can have better value than a decent coat, jacket or cape that fights that bitter late Winter bite….. and believe me its biting bitter here in Ireland at the moment. I particularly love wearing bright warm outer wear at this time of year, a sort of kick in the teeth to Winters lingering……… there’s nothing cheerier than wearing (and even seeing) a bright red or blue or fabulous pink that’s as warm as it is a hint of spring to come…….

With this thought in mind I’ve put together a few warm cosy Vintage (mixed with Modern) looks of my own that I hope you enjoy and maybe it will remind you of a cosy mohair or fabulous cape in a bright hue that you had tucked in the depts of you wardrobe…….what better time to wear it now.

Tapestery Welsh Vintage Cape!
Tapestry Welsh Vintage Cape!
This Vintage Cape has a timeless edgy feel especially when accompanied with modern accessories.
This Vintage Cape has a timeless edgy feel especially when accompanied with modern accessories.
The addition of a faux fur mongolian collar in Limw Green gives a whole new look!
The addition of a faux fur mongolian collar in Lime Green gives a whole new look!
Love the modern yet unique look these accessories give this vintage cape!
Love the modern yet unique look these accessories give this vintage cape!
Modern accessories are key for trending a current vintage look.
Modern accessories are key for trending a current vintage look.
Amazing Cute Vintage Coat with Dainty Heart shape pockets by Jean Small Dublin!
Amazing Cute Vintage Coat with Dainty Heart shape pockets by Jean Small Dublin!
Pale Pink Wool Vintage coat by Jean Small Dublin!
Pale Pink Wool Vintage coat given a different look by adding a cerise Pink Faux Fur Collar and Modern Beanie!
Pretty in Pink Vintage Look!
Pretty in Pink Vintage Look!
Vintage and Shades!
Vintage and Shades!
Warm Vintage Pink! Stay Cosy!
Warm Vintage Pink! Stay Snug!

Till next time stay warm and cosy!

Lots of Love Violinkit XXXXXXX

To hat or Hat not…..

Green Fedora! Fab casual hat! Love?
Green Fedora! Fab casual hat! Love!

Today concluding my hat post and the fascinating history behind it……………

From the 1930s to the 1950s New York had become the worlds leading Millinery capital. Hats were never more popular and Hollywood elite, socialites and anyone and everyone were rarely seen in public without one.

By the 1950s “Ready To Wear” clothing had arrived and robbed the Milliners of their part in the fashion world. All types of clothing became cheaper including Head Wear and became mass produced. In the 1960s hats were over shadowed by the popularity of Wigs and hairdressers, it was the decade of the celebration of the Hair and women all over the world embraced it. Hairdressers ,wig makers ,big hair, big rollers were order of the day and so sadly the hat became redundant during that decade.

Roll on the 1980s and public figures like Princess Diana, who enthusiastically embraced the Hat  and so it was back in action once again! During the 1980s  and 1990s the Hat was given a revival and the Milliner was reinvented once again.

Many new Hat Designers emerged because of this , making the 1990s especially a very innovative and productive period for the revival of Hat wearing.  Today hats are as popular as ever before and all styles are worn and embraced . Weddings ,Race Meetings and Public events have made them hugely popular. These upmarket events have ensured the continued success of the Hat Designer or Milliner. Designers like  Philip Treacy , Rachel Trevor Morgan , Martha Lynn (former student of Philip Treacy) and Edel Ramberg are forging the way forward.

Hope you’ve all enjoyed my four posts on the history of the fabulous hat. I’ll insert links of the other three posts if you would feel you would enjoy them.  Here’s a collection of some of my favourite hat moments! Ha Ha! Thanks as usual  Love Violinkit  XXX  Hat1 Hat2   Hat3

Casual Hats are widely available and at amazing prices. This one €15 Aldo Sale.
Casual Hats are widely available and at amazing prices. This one €15 Aldo Sale.
Retro seventies paper straw hat. Amazing value at €10 in Primark/Penneys
Retro seventies paper straw hat. Amazing value at €10 in Primark/Penneys
This Hat is a cloche style hat with a deep crown and super comfortable
This Hat is a cloche style hat with a deep crown and super comfortable
A beige wool fedora again a Penneys/Primark purchase €10. WOW!
A beige wool fedora again a Penneys/Primark purchase €10. WOW!
A modern street look with the "humble" beanie!
A modern street look with the “humble” beanie!
This Beanie was bought in River Island Sale for €7. Great value.
This Beanie was bought in River Island Sale for €7. Great value.

 

 

To Hat or Hat not…….

This hat a vintage designer gem is a style that crossed from late 1920's -1930's but is very similiar to the pure style of a 1920's clouche! Love it!
This hat a vintage designer gem is a style that crossed from late 1920’s -1930’s but is very similiar to the pure style of a 1920’s cloche! Love it!

So hopefully I’m slowly luring the non-hat wearing amongst you around to my way of thinking……………….Ha ha!

Continuing with the history bit, during the first half of the  19th century the Bonnet dominated womens hat fashions. These hats were enormous and were extravagantly embellished. Sometimes tastelessly so!!!

By the mid 1920’s hair styles began to change, which subsequently altered the way in which hat styles were worn.  Hair was being worn shorter in a Bob style which was a short style cut at jaw length. This merited a whole new hat design and Hey Presto! the Cloche was born. One of my favourite hat styles of all time , its design has a timeless modern beauty, even today. This style proved hugely popular and was worn close to the skull and hugged the head in a most flattering and simple way and was further complimented by a small brim.

What are your favourite hat styles? Do let me know. I’ll continue out little TEA PARTY tomorrow. Ha ha!    XXXX Violinkit   In the meantime…………

Leopard print designer Vintage gem!
Leopard print designer Vintage gem!
The beauty of this style was its ability to create a little mystery for the wearer!
The beauty of this style was its ability to create a little mystery for the wearer!
The dipped brim over one side of the face helped create this mystery!
The dipped brim over one side of the face helped create this mystery!
A modern style from my collection!
A modern style from my collection!
This Penneys hat is one of my favourites!
This Penneys hat is one of my favourites!
Very wearable fedora style hat!
Very wearable fedora style hat!

To hat or hat not…

Comfy 1960s vintage hat!
Comfy 1960s vintage hat!

Hi there folks continuing my post today on hats……

No prizes for guessing how obsessed Violinkit is with hats, as I’m sure you’ve noticed I’m rarely without one. In winter they’re a practical and stylish way of protecting against the elements and in summer against the harmful rays of the sun……er! when its shining !!!!

The first known hat with a “brim” came from ancient Greece and was called a Petasos. Women from past histories were always expected to cover their heads by veils, hoods,  caps and wimples and it wasn’t till the end of  the 16th century  that women started to wear structural hats. These hats were usually designed based on the hat styles that the male courtiers wore at the time.

It wasn’t till the end of the 17th century that womens headgear began to emerge in its own right and the hats designed were no longer influenced by the latest male hat fashions of the day.

The word Milliner, maker of women’s hats, was first recorded in 1529 where the term referred to the products for which Milan and the Italian regions were well known. By the mid 1800’s hats were being made from swiss and Italian straw, imitation straw made from paper, cardboard, grass, and horsehair when available.

I’ll continue my hat journey through time tomorrow…….

Till then ,Take Care XXX Violinkit   Below  other examples of my collection of hats… Hope you enjoy!

Vintage Hat with shades! Rock chick vibe!
Vintage Hat with shades! Rock chick vibe!
Charity shop purchase! Baker Boy style mohair 1960s vintage hat.
Charity shop purchase! Baker Boy style mohair 1960s vintage hat.
Classic Vintage Beret!
Classic Vintage Beret!
Timeless!
Timeless!

To Hat or Hat not…… 3o day blog post challenge!

This vintage cossack hat adds immediate winter glamour.
This vintage cossack hat adds immediate winter glamour.

Where did you get that hat…………….as my grandfather used to sing me, and one of my  earliest style influences . My grandad could certainly rock a trilby and looked dapper in a panama. He loved his hats and I was hooked from an early age thanks to his old worlde charm and great style.

Hats have been around for a very long time and its impossible to say exactly when the first piece of cloth was pulled over the head to protect from the elements, however one of the first hats to be recorded was found on a tomb painting at Thebes and depicts a man wearing a coolie-style straw hat.

Other examples also found include the Pileus, a kind of simple skull cap, then there was the Phrygian cap, which became known as the “liberal” cap as it was given to slaves in Greece and Rome when they were given their freedom.

I’ll continue  the history of the hat in tomorrows post. In the meantime heres a few photos of my own collection. Talk soon XXX Violinkit

Red 70s style hat. Love the colour!
Red 70s style hat. Love the colour!
A hat speaks volumes about the kind of person you are.....
A hat speaks volumes about the kind of person you are…..
Hats.... they add a touvh of interest and personality to ant outfit. Love!
Hats…. they add a touch of interest and personality to any outfit. Love!
Faux Fur vintage Hat!
Faux Fur vintage Hat!
This vintage cossack hat adds immediate winter glamour.
This vintage cossack hat adds immediate winter glamour.
Hats off........
Hats off……..

Recap 2015 Day 12

Another popular Instagram shot from my page from winter 2015.
Another popular Instagram shot from my page from winter 2015.

Today is the last of my Instagram notes and in this post I want to talk about Marketing your Instagram account……

No matter how amazing your page is ,how much effort you put into sourcing locations, good photography and unique props and clothing it will be effort in vain if its not marketed properly. After all the hard graft its the least your Instagram page deserves.

To be honest I hadn’t a clue how to market my page until I realised that there were several groups online that helped you do just that. These groups (mostly made up of other Instagramers and Bloggers) help each other grow and gain momentum online. This is usually done by posting a “Like 4 Like” thread or a “follow 4 follow” on the various groups, you then leave your link for others to like/follow your Instagram Page and then Like/follow in return by asking likers/followers to leave their link after they have followed/liked you.

This usually works very well. The main rule is that the person who opens the thread has perogative

over the “rules” of that thread, so that means if you join the thread you abide by those rules.

Here are a number of groups that are particularly good for Instagram.

1 Social Media Success Mastermind

2 Bloggers World! youtube Instagram…..

3 Bloggers United

4 Blogging Network

I find these particular groups very interactive and great for growing all types of Social Media Platforms.

Hope my last post on Instagram has been a helpful one. Thanks so much XXX Violinkit

Again another popular photo taken during summer 2015.
Again another popular photo taken during summer 2015.