A sea of blue with COS

24.03.2016

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There’s not many brands that hold my attention quite like COS does. Season after season it delivers a collection of pure, understated brilliance. The Swedish brand masters the minimalist aesthetic that is at the core of its designs. COS recently got in touch to ask me to come in to store and choose a couple of items from their spring/summer collection. I was so thrilled when a brand that I feel really reflects my personal style was interested in working with me.

On visiting the store to get a feel for the spring/summer collection I noted a lot of longer lengths; midi skirts, floor-skimming duster coats, and ankle length dresses/trousers. A colour palette of neutrals is juxtaposed with blue denim and crisp whites throughout. COS is renowned for taking the simple white shirt and making it anything but average- think wide sleeves, tie-details and unusual collars. The introduction of denim this season is something that really caught my eye. Denim is not something I would normally look for in COS, but ss16 saw the designers playing with contemporary shapes and styles in different shades of the durable fabric. From deep indigo to powder blue, these shades of denim are striking and unusual, and the soft cotton denim material used makes them even more appealing. The denim pieces also have a Japanese, workwear inspired feel to them making them quite unique for a middle-market high street brand. The other aspect that is notable in this collection is the organic, natural feel of the clothes. The collection was apparently inspired by the shifting forms of the natural landscape, and the earthy tones and fluid silhouettes that are present throughout assert to this.

Overall it is an extremely wearable collection, based around a lot of separates to mix and match. I went for two such items, pieces that I know will get a lot of love within my wardrobe. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I have a penchant for wearing cropped trousers regardless of the season. And while these grey linen trousers maybe aren’t the smartest choice for changeable March weather, I am as usual dead set on wearing them regardless of freezing ankle syndrome. However, once (read: if!) the weather starts warming up and we enter into longer, sunnier days I can picture myself wearing them with great ease all summer long. Paired with Birkenstocks and a white oversized shirt, I have a feeling these trousers will be a key player in my summer wardrobe. The longline v-neck denim coat is something that’s already making its way into my outfits everyday. I’ve been wearing it over my levi jeans for a denim on denim look during the weekends, and also over cropped trousers with a polo neck underneath for everyday office wear. Another thing that I love about COS clothes is the comfort. I’ve never found myself in something stiff or restricting by COS. There is always a sense of freedom and movement about their clothes, while they still manage to maintain a sharp and crisp look.

A big thank you to COS and Baluba for this wonderful opportunity.

Photographs by Liadh Connolly.

When Spring Springs

12.03.2016

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Thursday was one of those days that makes you realise just how brilliant Dublin is. There’s nowhere better on a sunny day, and Thursday was the first day that you could really feel a change in the weather- note how I even managed to take my coat off for the shots, sans shivering. Walking around town people definitely had a notable spring in their step, myself and Liadh included! We took these photos in Trinity College at around 5pm and it was still so bright out. It’s my favourite time of year when the days begin to get longer again. There’s nothing worse than it being pitch black when you’re going to/and from work.

You might remember these House of Sunny trousers from my first ever blog postalmost two years ago. I can’t believe Talknthreads is nearly two years old! As I predicted, they are still high on my list of wardrobe staples. The soft fabric, the high waisted fit, and the cropped length make them the perfect trousers for me. I’m still really into tonal outfits so I paired them with my worn-to-death COS sweater that I got for Christmas. This outfit was for a casual day in the office at Maven46. If you haven’t seen my Facebook or Instagram posts, I now write weekly articles for Maven46 which are published online. Have a look through the archives if you’re interested in catching up on some of my work.

Ps. If you’ve spotted the necklaces I’m wearing in these photographs and want to know where they’re from, keep an eye out for a post next week where I’ll give all the details of a special collaboration I was lucky enough to get involved in.

As always, photography by Liadh Connolly.

The Power of the Sun

12.03.2016

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Corralejo, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.

My feet now have their annual Birkenstock tan lines

The freckles on my face have been restored

And the natural blonde highlights that appear only

with a kiss from the sun have reappeared.

It’s amazing what a bit of winter sun can do. A week of relaxation was well needed. Good food, good company, and even better cocktails! Even with a few cloudy days it was pure bliss. and the clouds made us savour every bit of sunshine even more preciously. Laying on the beach or by the pool reading is my idea of heaven- I managed to read four books throughout the holiday! I took a break from social media for the week to help de-clutter the mind and to fully enjoy the present, so these photos didn’t make it to my Instagram but I thought I’d share them here instead once I got back to reality. One week was wonderful, but it wasn’t enough.. I’m completely and utterly ready for a summer full of sun this year. I’m counting on you Ireland.