Saturday, November 12, 2011

Drinking, sex and a photoshoot.

Dearest Third Cousin,

This is some of the fashion related stuff I have been up to during my substantial hiatus. A post to explain this break will be up soon but first some fun!

This is one of the shoots I have styled for Motley Magazine. (mens styling By Chris in Salingers)
Its a little tale about how Drinking leads to sex. 

Dress: Kuccia Klothing, Cardigan: Scarlett, Shoes: Penneys, Head dress: Hallmark

Sami: Top: Mercury Goes Retrograde, Trousers, Shoes: Penneys , Turban: Asos
James: All Salingers.

Faux Fur Coat: Turquoise Flamingo, Tee and stockings: Penneys, Shoes: River Island

Jumper and Socks: Penneys, 50's Style Knickers: Dunnes Stores

A BIG thank you to our Photographer Juila Healy , my deputy editor Aisling Fitzpatrick, Models Sami Long and James Mc Donald. , Turquoise Flamingo , Mercury-Goes-Retrograde and Penneys for lending us clothes. 

Ps Check out Juila's Facebook page for the rest of the mens looks and some photos that didn't quite make the magazine. 

Your Third Cousin

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Leather and Vintage Studs

Dearest Third Cousin,

"Rule no.5 of outfit posts: If all else fails turn to Picasa."
-My Third Cousin

In my mission to expand my accessory collection, I came across this fantastic belt in Turquoise Flamingo. It's  so much fun to wear. I have also been meaning to blog about this skirt for ages. It was unearthed in one of many well stocked charity shops in Cork and it fits like a glove.

Skirt- Thrifted
T-shirt- Penneys/ Primark
Shoes- Sponge
Belt- Vintage via Turquoise Flamingo

Your Third Cousin

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The quest part one.

Dearest Third Cousin,

This is the tale of two bloggers quest for "the" outfit shot. While our journey is far from over we have made many advances in out battle against unflattering poses and dodgy lighting.

1. Casually bend your knee whilst leaning against strategically graffitied wall. 

2. Praise the wall. After all it has just made you look really cool. 

3. Put on an "I am deep in thought" face and pretend the camera isn't there. It a great way to show off your new nail colour. 

While the lessons above have been learned the hard way. I shall leave you with this advice if all else fails hand your camera to the first person who offers and pose with a friend for them. The quest continues but if last night proved anything it was that "the" outfit shot will be a lot of fun to find. 

" 4. Work the classic bathroom pose?"
-My third Cousin

Sarah wears: 
 Jacket and Top: Thrifted
Trousers: Primark
Shoes: All Saints
Bag: Market in Florence
Rings: Awear

Blau Von T wears: 
Top: Primark
Skirt: Topshop
Fishnets: M&S
Shoes and Bag: Primark

Your Third Cousin,

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Honorable mention!

Dearest Third Cousin,

"My Third Cousin is an artistic running commentary between two people about style, art, music, and anything else that matters. This is a free-spirited, inspiring Internet nook." Can you believe someone wrote something so nice about us! EEEKKK this has resulted in the "I am currently jumping up and down on the spot" kind of  excitement!

"So unbelievably flattered! I think really summed up our little blog so well!"
-my Third Cousin

I agree! I'm literally smiling from ear to ear!. So excited to be featured in the editors picks of Unforgettable blogs for May! Also please check out my answers to the questions asked in the post! Its an insight into my views on my personal style!

Thank you so much shopaholic!

Your Third Cousin

Monday, May 9, 2011

Day and Night

Dearest Third Cousin,

I can officially say bloggers guilt has kicked in. I miss you! However my exams are not finished until the 27th so I'm afraid my blogging will be sporadic until then.  Above are some photos from the Babytag show which took place over the Easter weekend. The two outfits are from the Good Friday. What I wore during the day and my outfit from the opening night. Also featured in the last two photos is my attempt to bring blogging to the exhibit. Please check out the Babytag Facebook page for pictures of the whole event!

Photos via Paul Woods

Day Outfit:
Kimono- T.K Maxx
Shorts- Vintage
Top- thrifted
Shoes- New Look
Bag- Urban Outfitters

Night Outfit-
Dress- Sula(Vintage)
Cardigan- American Apparel
Shoes- Asos

Your Third Cousin

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Kreativ Blogger

Dearest Third Cousin,

The Lovely Blau Von T of  Blaubushka tagged us in a Kreativ blogger award post. I've been really enjoying these posts on other blogs so I'm very excited to do my own.So I've nominated 10 bloggers that I hope haven't been alreay nominated, apologies if you were and written 10 things about me you may not know! Lets see how good of a cousin you really are!Thanks so much Blau!

The Bloggers

Margaret of 4ngsquared2
Becky of Beckydazzler
Dawn of Skinnipeach
Lou and Una of glamrocks
Aisling of thinkwhatyoulike
Magatha-May of magatha-may
Dominika of fashionphilosophy

10 Things

1. Technology hates me. It's really is a bother when I want to blog.
2. My mom recently asked me "so Sarah what's a blog?". She still hasn't quiet gasped it. I now know where my technological problems stem from. 
3. I try my best to buy vintage or clothing from local shops.
4. My efforts aren't always successful.
5. My best friend Ais is coming home from Luton on Saturday and I'm very excitied!
6.I'm studying Art history and History in UCC.I'm originally from Kerry, Tralee to be exact!
7. I only realised how much I love getting dressed when a former music teacher told me that I was one of two students she thought had a "way of putting an outfit together."
8. I owe this music teacher a lot, she was so encouraging and I really must thank her properly.
9. Needless to say the realisation mentioned above led to this blog and aspirations to pursue a career in fashion/media styling.
10. However I do believe that life has a way of working things out so that career mentioned in no.9 may turn into something completely different and unexpected I tend to go with the flow and it has worked out really well for me so far!

Your Third Cousin,

A homage to Mr. David Bowie..

Dearest Third Cousin,

"Rebel Rebel, you've torn your dress!"
-my Third Cousin.

Skirt- American Apparel,
T-shirt- Florence
Shoes- Penneys

 Your Third Cousin

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Surreal Inspiration

Dearest Third Cousin,

Her Innovations are some of the most recognised fashion statements ever made. Her colour is adored by millions. Her Anti-Fashion clothing is a sartorial god send. Her designs embody sex and death. She is the quirky mother of the Avant Garde. She is the ever influential Elsa Schiaparelli.

The jumpsuit, shocking pink, synthetic fabrics, Skelton and lobster dresses.  Schiap collaborated with the surrealist art movement by designing Fashion that embraced and realised their Freudian values. Salvador Dali and Jean Cocteau both contributed to her dresses and Coco Chanel was her sworn enemy. Her life was almost as colourful and intriguing as her deigns.

In 1927 Schiap made her breakthrough with a handmade jumper that incorporated the illusion of a bow tie neck line. The hand production of the jumper opposed the mechanical manufacturing that was taken place in the 20’s.It also aligned her designs with the surreal movement and incorporated their sense of illusion and wonder. The jumper was the “the must have item” of the late 20’s. Schiap took the unusual step of hiring women to hand make her jumpers to meet the demand.  In an age where this could have been done by machine Schiap wanted to stand out from the crowd, a crowd which included Coco Chanel.

While Coco embraced menswear inspired designs many of Schiap’s designs incorporated exaggerated shoulders and emphases on the waist. This classic feminine silhouette was modernised with many surreal innovations. One of her most striking designs is her Skelton dress. This dress plays with surrealist preoccupation with death. The skin tight dress has protruding skeletal figures. The rib cage is on show and the entire body is encased in black fabric. The dress seems to mimic death, once you try it on it will never come off! Despite the famous Skelton dress Schiap is much better known for embracing humour and fun in her designs.

A lot of the fun her clothes integrate stems from her choice of fabric. She was pioneering in this sense. She used man-made fabrics that nobody else dared to.  One such piece made use of cellophane like fabric that gave the illusion of glass, juxtaposing hard and soft and undoubtedly seducing the customer with this illusion.
Her play on sex did not end with seducing the customer. She produced clothing that emphasised the zipper. A black dress was made novel and sexual by adding a contrasting coloured zip. The zip was the gateway to flesh. The customer of the post war era lapped this up and embraced the novelties that were thrown at them by Schiap.

Some of her most famous designs were the result of her collaboration with Salvador Dali, the infamously sexual lobster dress for example. The lobster was used to represent female sexuality and it position on the dress could be described as compromising to say the least! The tail of the pink and fully cooked crustacean covers the crotch. This feature makes what could be a very ordinary dress something extraordinary and surreal.

Another collaboration with Dali, the Tear Dress evokes violence. The tears appear to be rips on the dress. The visual attack of rips and tears is quite shocking and disturbing for the viewer.  The beauty of the dress is outweighed by the heavy double meaning it portrays. It’s quite a contrast to the playful sexuality of the lobster.

Buttons and hats played an important role in her work. One of my favourite designs is a shocking pink jacket with buttons that look like insects. The piece incorporates what I love most about her work, the sense of fun that something special, even if it’s a bit grotesque.

 Her famous shoe hat was another collaboration with Dali. The idea of putting a shoe on your head was novel, fun and Surreal.  The novelty hat was something that Karl Lagerfeld exploited in the 80’s he designed Pastry hats and an intriguing Chair Hat. It does make you wonder what Coco would have had to say about the Chanel designers foray into the world of the surreal.

Her influence should not be underestimated and has been cited by many designers, Yves San Laurent, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Mc Queen and Thierry Mugler.  Schiaps designs challenged the viewer to look. This I feel is what any great artist should do. Her work is a visual feast filled with layers of violence, death and sex. The surreal movement gave Schiap an endless database of inspiration but it was her imagination and fearless originality that is her legacy.

Your Third Cousin

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lil Red's Boutique

Dearest Third Cousin,

" Aerial is by far my favorite Disney Movie. I swooned when I saw these brooches to say the least."
-My Third Cousin.

The fun, quirky and oh so covetable jewelry above are the creations of the lovely Nicola Collins. A fellow Baby Tag Member and lego, disney enthusiast . She runs an online shop through her Facebook page  Lil Red's Boutique and I was pleasantly surprised at how affordable it all is. 

I got the chance to ask Nicola a few questions about her artistic endeavors and the interview is posted on the Baby Tag Blog.

All Images Via: Lil Red's Boutique

Your Third Cousin

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Roman(florentine) adventure

Dearest Third Cousin,

I am off to 



So you can take a little break from the blogosphere.

Images Via, We heart it

Your Third Cousin

Beirut - Sunday Smile

Friday, February 4, 2011

Turquoise Flamingo Launch

Dearest Third Cousin,

Turquoise Flamingo Corks newest vintage boutique had its official launch yesterday (Thursday the 3th). This little shop on Washington St (the old Plugd) is a GEM. The stock as you can see from the photos above is eclectic, varied and oh so desirable. I can say beyond any doubt I am coveting more than a few items. There really is something for everyone and importantly with vintage every size. The brains behind the operation Cathy is without fail one of the nicest and innovative shop owners in town. She is brimming with ideas for fun in-store nights, that I'm very excited about .I love that she wants the shop to be a place where people can hang out and enjoy themselves! The night was a great success with the shop packed, the champagne flowing, the cupcakes steadily vanishing and the music live! I will be back to snap up some beautiful garments asap.

Ps. You may remember I bought a fabulous black turban from Turquoise Flamingo a few weeks ago. Well I'm very sad to report it got stolen on a night out, that turban may be no more but now I have room in my wardrobe for some of the beautiful head wear featured above!

"Oh no I herd you cried when you realised that lil Turbsy (that's the nickname I came up with for her) went missing/presumed stolen."
-My Third Cousin

Oh and Cathy has a style blog and an online shop so if your not able to get to the real life version you don't have to miss out. However I think its about time you paid me a visit it been a while since the family reunion , your little quips just wont cut it anymore!

Your Third Cousin