Monday, March 10, 2014

Jacket: Penneys
Bag: River Island
Jeans: Topshop
Boots: Penneys



Updated 14/03/14:

Last October, my friend Jacintha and I acquired tickets to attend the Late Late Show (a live TV chat show broadcast on RTÉ on Friday nights). It happened to be an especially good lineup of guests that night, including rugby star Brian O'Driscoll, Hollywood legend Colin Farrell, acclaimed comedian Steve Coogan and stylist-turned-cookbook author Gok Wan, whom I met afterwards! Anyhow, regular viewers of the Late Late will be aware that a show is not complete without a prize for 'everyone in the audience', and our prize happened to be a night in the Blue Haven Hotel in Kinsale, Co. Cork. So Jacintha and I took our two mammies and travelled down last weekend. My mam and I got there quite early and had a little stroll around the lovely harbour town that is Kinsale and had time to take these outfit photos while it was still bright. This week has been super-busy for me, hence only finding the time to edit this post properly now. I had four moodboards due, an exam, and interviews for my buying placement in the summer. But it has all paid off now, as I've been accepted to intern with Arnotts! So a busy but exciting summer lies ahead!

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Jacket: Penneys
Bag: River Island
Jeans: Topshop
Boots: Penneys



Updated 14/03/14:

Last October, my friend Jacintha and I acquired tickets to attend the Late Late Show (a live TV chat show broadcast on RTÉ on Friday nights). It happened to be an especially good lineup of guests that night, including rugby star Brian O'Driscoll, Hollywood legend Colin Farrell, acclaimed comedian Steve Coogan and stylist-turned-cookbook author Gok Wan, whom I met afterwards! Anyhow, regular viewers of the Late Late will be aware that a show is not complete without a prize for 'everyone in the audience', and our prize happened to be a night in the Blue Haven Hotel in Kinsale, Co. Cork. So Jacintha and I took our two mammies and travelled down last weekend. My mam and I got there quite early and had a little stroll around the lovely harbour town that is Kinsale and had time to take these outfit photos while it was still bright. This week has been super-busy for me, hence only finding the time to edit this post properly now. I had four moodboards due, an exam, and interviews for my buying placement in the summer. But it has all paid off now, as I've been accepted to intern with Arnotts! So a busy but exciting summer lies ahead!

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Hi guys,

So back in January, this little blog of mine turned the ripe old age of FIVE, and I did promise to hold a giveaway to celebrate that. However, January/February was manic for me, what with moving out of Galway and into Dublin, starting my new course, going to Paris, etc. But now the dust has somewhat settled and I can finally bring you this giveaway.

But first, a quick note on how Walking Primrose has evolved in the last five years. When I started this blog, I was 17 years old and halfway through my Leaving Cert year at school. The Promise by Girls Aloud was #1 in the charts and I couldn't get it out of my head. I remember really liking Sarah's line, "Here I am, walking primrose", and thinking that it would be a pretty name for my blog. 

Back then, fashion blogging was nothing like it is today. I used this blog as a visual diary of sorts, a platform to upload images of clothing I liked and disliked, and posted my daily musings, rants, Leaving Cert woes, etc, alongside them. I never imagined that anyone would ever actually read my posts, let alone follow the blog. And slowly, after a year or two, I noticed the follower count grow a little more, so I started to put more effort into the posts.

As I transitioned through my first year of college in an art portfolio course, and then my undergrad degree in English and Soc & Pol, my writing improved, my interest in fashion expanded to lifestyle and popular culture, and then I started to take note of the various other wonderful blogs that Galway, and indeed the rest of the country, had to offer. January 2012 saw the formation of the Galway Bloggers Collective and the first ever Galway blogger meet-up in the House Hotel, organised by Ciara O'Doherty (from Wild Child Stories).

I have been so lucky in that Walking Primrose has been acknowledged by the Blog Awards Ireland in both 2012 and 2013. In 2012, it was shortlisted in the category of Best Popculture Blog, and in 2013, my post Back to Black was nominated for the Best Blog Post award.
As well as this, my blog has helped me gain so much experience. I have met so many interesting people and gone to great events through blogging, and using it to showcase my interest in fashion has proved to be a worthy topic in job interviews. And, it no doubt helped me get a much-coveted place in the Fashion Buying postgrad I'm currently studying. I guess, in a way, as I grew up, Walking Primrose grew alongside me.

So to everyone who has ever read a post, commented, given me feedback, I thank you for helping me shape Walking Primrose into what it is today. I don't plan on stopping anytime soon so do stick around! :)


Now onto the giveaway!

To celebrate five great years, I am giving away this beautiful leopard leather backpack. The giveaway will close on Wednesday, March 26th. To enter, simply follow the instructions below. Good luck!

Hi guys,

So back in January, this little blog of mine turned the ripe old age of FIVE, and I did promise to hold a giveaway to celebrate that. However, January/February was manic for me, what with moving out of Galway and into Dublin, starting my new course, going to Paris, etc. But now the dust has somewhat settled and I can finally bring you this giveaway.

But first, a quick note on how Walking Primrose has evolved in the last five years. When I started this blog, I was 17 years old and halfway through my Leaving Cert year at school. The Promise by Girls Aloud was #1 in the charts and I couldn't get it out of my head. I remember really liking Sarah's line, "Here I am, walking primrose", and thinking that it would be a pretty name for my blog. 

Back then, fashion blogging was nothing like it is today. I used this blog as a visual diary of sorts, a platform to upload images of clothing I liked and disliked, and posted my daily musings, rants, Leaving Cert woes, etc, alongside them. I never imagined that anyone would ever actually read my posts, let alone follow the blog. And slowly, after a year or two, I noticed the follower count grow a little more, so I started to put more effort into the posts.

As I transitioned through my first year of college in an art portfolio course, and then my undergrad degree in English and Soc & Pol, my writing improved, my interest in fashion expanded to lifestyle and popular culture, and then I started to take note of the various other wonderful blogs that Galway, and indeed the rest of the country, had to offer. January 2012 saw the formation of the Galway Bloggers Collective and the first ever Galway blogger meet-up in the House Hotel, organised by Ciara O'Doherty (from Wild Child Stories).

I have been so lucky in that Walking Primrose has been acknowledged by the Blog Awards Ireland in both 2012 and 2013. In 2012, it was shortlisted in the category of Best Popculture Blog, and in 2013, my post Back to Black was nominated for the Best Blog Post award.
As well as this, my blog has helped me gain so much experience. I have met so many interesting people and gone to great events through blogging, and using it to showcase my interest in fashion has proved to be a worthy topic in job interviews. And, it no doubt helped me get a much-coveted place in the Fashion Buying postgrad I'm currently studying. I guess, in a way, as I grew up, Walking Primrose grew alongside me.

So to everyone who has ever read a post, commented, given me feedback, I thank you for helping me shape Walking Primrose into what it is today. I don't plan on stopping anytime soon so do stick around! :)


Now onto the giveaway!

To celebrate five great years, I am giving away this beautiful leopard leather backpack. The giveaway will close on Wednesday, March 26th. To enter, simply follow the instructions below. Good luck!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Splurge: Crop top ~ Midi skirt ~ Heels
Save: Crop top ~ Midi skirt ~ Heels

Every year, I try not to miss the Brits. I always favour them over the Oscars or any other awards show to be honest. I think it's because there's (obviously) a lot more music, they're always a lot more laid-back and I'm a big fan of James Corden. I prefer British humour to American. This year however, I was on a flight from Paris to Dublin so I missed the show, and I've only seen a few YouTube clips so far. Hopefully I'll be able to find a link to watch the full show online soon. Anyway - back to the post in hand. I really liked  the simplicity of Peaches Geldof's outfit. The former teen wild child is now living a very quiet lifestyle with her husband Thomas Cohen and two babies, Astala and Phaedra. But she made it out for the Brits in this all-black ensemble, on-trend with a leather midi skirt and strappy heels. I myself have been deliberating for a while over whether or not to get a leather midi skirt - I'm not sure how one would suit me. I guess there's only one way to find out!

Who did you think was the best dressed at the Brits?

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Splurge: Crop top ~ Midi skirt ~ Heels
Save: Crop top ~ Midi skirt ~ Heels

Every year, I try not to miss the Brits. I always favour them over the Oscars or any other awards show to be honest. I think it's because there's (obviously) a lot more music, they're always a lot more laid-back and I'm a big fan of James Corden. I prefer British humour to American. This year however, I was on a flight from Paris to Dublin so I missed the show, and I've only seen a few YouTube clips so far. Hopefully I'll be able to find a link to watch the full show online soon. Anyway - back to the post in hand. I really liked  the simplicity of Peaches Geldof's outfit. The former teen wild child is now living a very quiet lifestyle with her husband Thomas Cohen and two babies, Astala and Phaedra. But she made it out for the Brits in this all-black ensemble, on-trend with a leather midi skirt and strappy heels. I myself have been deliberating for a while over whether or not to get a leather midi skirt - I'm not sure how one would suit me. I guess there's only one way to find out!

Who did you think was the best dressed at the Brits?

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Saturday, February 22, 2014


Since January, I've been studying a postgrad in Fashion Buying and Management at DIT, and this week, I travelled to Paris for two nights with the rest of my class. We travelled over on Monday evening and stayed until Wednesday night. In the two days we managed to squeeze in a brilliant night out in a club on the Moulin Rouge, a seminar on marketing luxury brands in Brazil at Neoma Business School, some sightseeing, and the main aim of our trip - a day spent at Premiere Vision, a huge (and I'm talking massive) clothing, fabric and trend-forecasting expo in a humoungous convention centre outside Paris. Here we met with designers from Penneys and our eyes were opened even more to the complex world of fashion buying. It was somewhat overwhelming, trying to take in all the colours and textures that are set to dominate Spring Summer 2015, but it was undoubtedly interesting. People-spotting was also a highlight of the trip. The street style within Paris, and at Premiere Vision as well, is one of a kind. An outfit that one might consider outrageous if seen walking the streets of Dublin, or indeed any town or city in Ireland, is just so effortlessly chic when seen on a Parisian against the stunning architectural backdrop of the city. I had briefly visited Paris in 2005, when myself, my mam and my uncle took the Eurostar from London, but I was truly able to appreciate it this time. I'm already hoping I to return again soon!

Here are a couple of photos from the trip. Make sure to follow me on Instagram!

Having a few verres du vin while waiting to board l'avion!

One of the highlights of the trip was when a few of us were walking blindly down an avenue looking for a taxi on the first night, when my classmate Michael, who's been to Paris numerous times, suddenly realised where we were and told us to run around a corner, promising us that we'd get the most amazing view. So we did, and there was none other than the Eiffel Tower standing on the horizon! It wasn't all lit up as this was at about 1am, but it was breathtaking nonetheless! Of course we all had to get a photo.





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Since January, I've been studying a postgrad in Fashion Buying and Management at DIT, and this week, I travelled to Paris for two nights with the rest of my class. We travelled over on Monday evening and stayed until Wednesday night. In the two days we managed to squeeze in a brilliant night out in a club on the Moulin Rouge, a seminar on marketing luxury brands in Brazil at Neoma Business School, some sightseeing, and the main aim of our trip - a day spent at Premiere Vision, a huge (and I'm talking massive) clothing, fabric and trend-forecasting expo in a humoungous convention centre outside Paris. Here we met with designers from Penneys and our eyes were opened even more to the complex world of fashion buying. It was somewhat overwhelming, trying to take in all the colours and textures that are set to dominate Spring Summer 2015, but it was undoubtedly interesting. People-spotting was also a highlight of the trip. The street style within Paris, and at Premiere Vision as well, is one of a kind. An outfit that one might consider outrageous if seen walking the streets of Dublin, or indeed any town or city in Ireland, is just so effortlessly chic when seen on a Parisian against the stunning architectural backdrop of the city. I had briefly visited Paris in 2005, when myself, my mam and my uncle took the Eurostar from London, but I was truly able to appreciate it this time. I'm already hoping I to return again soon!

Here are a couple of photos from the trip. Make sure to follow me on Instagram!

Having a few verres du vin while waiting to board l'avion!

One of the highlights of the trip was when a few of us were walking blindly down an avenue looking for a taxi on the first night, when my classmate Michael, who's been to Paris numerous times, suddenly realised where we were and told us to run around a corner, promising us that we'd get the most amazing view. So we did, and there was none other than the Eiffel Tower standing on the horizon! It wasn't all lit up as this was at about 1am, but it was breathtaking nonetheless! Of course we all had to get a photo.





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Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Splurge: Sweater ~ Skirt ~ Bag
Save: Sweater ~ Skirt ~ Bag

Print-crazy designer Peter Pilotto recently created a collection exclusively for US retailer, Target (which I guess could be hailed as the American answer to Penneys, or Heatons?), and Alexa Chung attended the launch, wearing one of the skirts from the collection. The best thing about this post is that the 'save' skirt is the actual one that Alexa is wearing, and not a lookalike! The collection is ridiculously affordable, and can be browsed here. I'm not sure whether or not Target ship to Ireland, but the collection is also available from Net-A-Porter. I've also just heard that the collection has broken records, becoming Net-A-Porter's fastest-selling collaboration, beating Karl Lagerfeld and Christopher Kane. Fashion icon Alexa neutralised the clashing prints of the asymmetrical skirt with a soft sky-blue turtleneck sweater and completed the look with a tiny black bag.

Have you had a chance to check out Peter Pilotto for Target? What did you think?

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Splurge: Sweater ~ Skirt ~ Bag
Save: Sweater ~ Skirt ~ Bag

Print-crazy designer Peter Pilotto recently created a collection exclusively for US retailer, Target (which I guess could be hailed as the American answer to Penneys, or Heatons?), and Alexa Chung attended the launch, wearing one of the skirts from the collection. The best thing about this post is that the 'save' skirt is the actual one that Alexa is wearing, and not a lookalike! The collection is ridiculously affordable, and can be browsed here. I'm not sure whether or not Target ship to Ireland, but the collection is also available from Net-A-Porter. I've also just heard that the collection has broken records, becoming Net-A-Porter's fastest-selling collaboration, beating Karl Lagerfeld and Christopher Kane. Fashion icon Alexa neutralised the clashing prints of the asymmetrical skirt with a soft sky-blue turtleneck sweater and completed the look with a tiny black bag.

Have you had a chance to check out Peter Pilotto for Target? What did you think?

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Friday, January 17, 2014


This is but a minuscule amount of everything I'm lusting after this spring summer. This year it's all about new beginnings for me, what with my move to Dublin soon to start my postgrad. So I think it's high time I branch out a little more and experiment with my style. I thought this beautiful light pink coat would be practical to keep the chill at bay on my walks to college. The colour is perfect for this side of Christmas as well, injecting a little fun into dull and dreary January. I know "florals for spring, groundbreaking", but I'm loving the print on this blazer. Of course I had to stay true to my love for the dark side of the spectrum with this navy dress and leather skirt. I honestly think it will be YEARS before I get sick of leather - I can't get enough of it every season! I love how old-school this satchel is, and it would be incredibly useful for college. And finally, don't you just LOVE these gold trim boots? They add edge to any outfit!

What do you think of these bits and bobs? What have you got your eye on for spring summer?



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This is but a minuscule amount of everything I'm lusting after this spring summer. This year it's all about new beginnings for me, what with my move to Dublin soon to start my postgrad. So I think it's high time I branch out a little more and experiment with my style. I thought this beautiful light pink coat would be practical to keep the chill at bay on my walks to college. The colour is perfect for this side of Christmas as well, injecting a little fun into dull and dreary January. I know "florals for spring, groundbreaking", but I'm loving the print on this blazer. Of course I had to stay true to my love for the dark side of the spectrum with this navy dress and leather skirt. I honestly think it will be YEARS before I get sick of leather - I can't get enough of it every season! I love how old-school this satchel is, and it would be incredibly useful for college. And finally, don't you just LOVE these gold trim boots? They add edge to any outfit!

What do you think of these bits and bobs? What have you got your eye on for spring summer?



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Thursday, January 16, 2014

As some of you may know, I'm moving to Dublin shortly after living, studying and working in Galway for the past four and a half years. During my student years, I've lived in no less than six different houses, and the house I move into in Dublin will be my fourth house in a year. So needless to say, packing and moving can be quite a tedious chore, especially if, like me, you are a hoarder and hold on to every little trace of ephemera. 

I don't like to wish my life away, but I hope that at some point in the future, I will have a place to call my own and somewhere to keep all my bits and pieces without having to cart them from house to house! So lately, I've been overdosing on interior research. Here are some images I liked, and someday I hope to use them for inspiration!














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As some of you may know, I'm moving to Dublin shortly after living, studying and working in Galway for the past four and a half years. During my student years, I've lived in no less than six different houses, and the house I move into in Dublin will be my fourth house in a year. So needless to say, packing and moving can be quite a tedious chore, especially if, like me, you are a hoarder and hold on to every little trace of ephemera. 

I don't like to wish my life away, but I hope that at some point in the future, I will have a place to call my own and somewhere to keep all my bits and pieces without having to cart them from house to house! So lately, I've been overdosing on interior research. Here are some images I liked, and someday I hope to use them for inspiration!














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