I have some REALLY exciting news to share with you all…. I’m delighted to announce that I am one of the judges at next weeks Punchestown Festival judging the Bollinger Best Dressed Lady.
I am judging on Wednesday 26th April (Which is Gold Cup Day) and my fellow judges on that day are Aisling O’Loughlin, former Xposé Presenter and owner of exquisite.ie, Hannah Power wife of Gold Cup winning jockey Robert ‘Puppy’ Power and Linda Stinson, owner of Bellamianta Tan. I really cannot wait! And what a fabulous bunch of ladies to be judging along side.
The Punchestown Festival takes place from Tuesday 25th to Saturday 29th April 2017. Other judges during the week include Glenda Gilson (Tuesday), Bláthnaid Treacy (Thursday) and Vogue Williams (Friday).
The prize for the Bollinger Best Dressed Lady is simply AMAZING, the overall winner (which is announced on Friday) gets;
VIP trip for two to the private Bollinger estate and its new Champagne libraries, France.
Overnight stay in the beautiful historic town of Reims – the capital of the Champagne region
Michelin dining and luxury overnight stay in Paris, the City of Light
Private chauffeur and Champagne lunch experience
Each day (Tuesday – Thursday) there will be 5 finalists picked with one overall winner from each day.
Each of these 5 finalists will receive a €100 Topflight voucher, a bottle of Bollinger Champagne and other exclusive goodies, while the overall winner each day will also receive a custom-made Montgomery Millinery hat worth €250 and a €200 Topflight voucher. The winners from Tuesday to Thursday are invited back as automatic finalists in Friday’s main competition where they can wear the same thing or something else, it’s their choice. The overall winner of the Bollinger Best Dressed Lady will be announced on Friday.
My Top Tips
Hope I get to meet some of you ladies on the day, if you are coming on Wednesday, make sure to come over and say hi, I would absolutely LOVE to meet you.
Here are some of my top tips for a winning look:
Timeless Elegance. For me a winning look should be timeless and classic, it is nice to see the incorporation of some ‘trends’ but for me a classic and elegant look with a demure, sophisticated and timeless feel is always a winner.
Style & Flair. The winner to me should show their personal style and individual flair, catch the eye of the judge or scout but yet not be totally over the top either. A winner or a finalist can usually be spotted a mile away but not because she is loud or showy, rather because she exudes style.
Be you. Stay true to you and your own personal style, don’t try to recreate a formulaic race day look because you feel you have to, instead, embrace your own style and wear what suits you.
Be comfortable and confident. You need to feel comfortable in your look which in turn will give you the confidence to rock it. Keep in mind that you want to be ‘race’ appropriate too.
Expensive or deisgner does not equal a winner . For me personally, it does not matter whether you are wearing Prada or Penneys, instead it is HOW you put together your look, not whether it was expensive or if its designer. I like to see how people pull together their outfit from head to toe, that might mean, a little vintage here, a little high street there and a splash of designer, and a borrowed hat but – It’s the finished product I am looking for. The detail, the thought, the way it fits and suits your shape.
I am so excited to show you all my outfit, although I am not even close to organised yet – It’s all the final bits that can take so long, but I am getting there! I am extremely honoured to say I am being dressed by the amazing Irish designer Niamh O’Neill and I actually cannot wait to show you the outfit by her. I have never worn anything like this before! I’m also beyond excited that the amazingly talented Irish Milliner Jennifer Wrynne is designing me a bespoke headpiece…. Eeeeecccck, I’m bursting with excitement to see that. To keep up to date on my outfit and more importantly to follow all the style on the day itself make sure you follow me on Snapchat (username: thestylefairy)
I’m delighted to be once again collaborating with my good friends at Vaughan Shoes to showcase their amazing Spring/ Summer 2017 collection.
And I am thrilled to announce there is a very special 15% DISCOUNT CODE for Style Fairy readers across their entire collections using the code ‘TSF15’ at the checkout, this discount starts today (Tuesday 18th April 2017 and ends on Tuesday 25th April 2017).
Plus, if you scroll to the bottom of this post there is A GIVEAWAY 🙂
I am a huge fan of Vaughan Shoes; they stock an amazing array of fantastic brands including the likes of Amy Huberman, Clarks, Dubarry, Pedro Anton, Kate Appleby and Jose Saenz to name just a few.
I originally came across Vaughan Shoes when I was hunting down a pair of wedges a few summers ago and my love affair with THE comfiest wedges around began… Pedro Anton (see that range here). Plus, this seasons Amy Huberman collection is my favourite of hers yet, wait til you see it, trust me, you will want them all!! See here.
Vaughan Shoes is a 100% Irish owned company offers free delivery nationwide, a very easy returns service plus a very quick and easy click & collect service across their 3 stores in Castlebar, Ballinrobe and Claremorris. And wow I have to say I am seriously impressed by their Spring/ Summer collection. To showcase their latest and greatest I have decided to do “The Style Fairy’s Top 10 Buys” across their website.
COMPETITION TO WIN AMY HUBERMAN SHOES (OR ANY SHOES YOU LIKE FROM VAUGHAN SHOES)
Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this blog post to see how TWO of you lucky readers can WIN a pair of shoes from the stunning Amy Huberman collection or if you prefer, the two winners can simply pick from ANY shoes they wish across the website.
THE STYLE FAIRY’S TOP 10 BUYS
In no particular order here are some of my best buys. It was close to impossible to narrow this list down to 10, I could have easily included 20! Always a great sign of a good collection. What you get when you buy from Vaughans is REALLY good quality, and shoes or boots that will last for seasons to come. I have trainers from a brand they stock called ARA, that are now seasons old, yet still one of the comfiest trainers I own!!
TWO lucky readers get to choose ANY pair of shoes they wish across the entire collection – Amy Huberman, Pedro Anton, Jose Saenz, anything YOU like. I recently got the grey Amy Huberman boors myself and just love them!
TAG AT LEAST 2 FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK WHO WOULD LOVE TO WIN
LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW SAYING YOU HAVE ENTERED (it is vital you enter here on the blog too as we need your email address to contact you)
The lucky winners will be announced on Wednesday 26th April. I will draw two winners names at random and will announce this on Facebook – You will also get an email from me. Then you will get to choose any shoes you want and they will be immediately posted out to you 🙂
Don’t forget from today (18th April) until next Tuesday (25th April ’17) there is 15% across everything on Vaughan Shoes. Simply use the code ‘TSF15’ at the checkout. This applies to all brands, plus all mens shoes, so you might just pick up something for the hubby too (They stock great mens brands too like Tommy Bowe, Dubarry and lots more!)
*Please note the discount does not apply to Jose Saenz as they are currently running 20% off across this entire range.
Very best of luck to everyone
¨¨This is a sponsored blog post in collaboration with Vaughan Shoes**
Last week the lovely people at Kildare Village invited me down to have a look at the fantastic range of occasion wear options they have for all the family. I had a great time, I hadn’t been down in Kildare Village in so long and had forgotten how lovely it is down there, plus there are so many new shops opened since I had been there last.
For us ladies there is so much choice from The Kooples, Ted Baker, Reiss, Só Collective (massive array of Irish designers) DVF and French Connection to Kurt Geiger, LK Bennett, Karen Millen and Jigsaw (to name just a small selection!!). See the full list of brands available here. And the discounts to be had are amazing!!! I was quite honestly blown away. If you have something coming up, it is well worth your while to take a trip down!
And it’s not just for us ladies, for the gents there is Hackett, Brooks Brothers, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Jack Wills and for the kiddies there is a massive selection too with the likes of Joules (one of my FAV kids brands – and soooo much cheaper down in Kildare Village), and also Pretty Ballerinas, Hackett, Cath Kidson and more!
If the men need some time out they even have a “Man Cave” where they can hang out and relax – if they get tired shopping with you! Plus for the kids there is a playground. Being down there made me realise it would be a really great place for go for a day with Cormac and Anabelle Ivy, there is so much place for her to run around. Plus there is lots of choice for lunch or coffees if you need a shopping break 😉 There’s Le Pain Quotidien, Dunne & Crescenzi and Joes coffee. Perfect family day out.
While I was down there I was on the hunt for my ‘Top Picks’ when it comes to occasion wear so whether it’s communion, confirmation, a christening, a summer wedding or the upcoming races (Punchestown is only weeks away!!). Here is just a selection of what caught my eye.
Occassion Wear Favourites
I could have spent hours more trying on looks, there was just SO.MUCH.CHOICE.
The Kooples is a brand I love, but always find it a wee bit pricey so it’s great to see such massive savings on it in Kiladre Village, same goes for lots of the pieces I tried on – Ted Baker, Karen Millen, Reiss and French Connection.
Hope you enjoyed the post 🙂
‘Til next time
** All image by Bríd O’Donovan **
** This is a sponsored blog post in collaboration with Kildare Village **
It’s that time of year again where ASOS runs a massive Spring/Summer sale. With pretty occasion wear dresses, comfy casual styles and enough shoes to send any shoe addict into a frenzy. The ASOS sale really has something for everyone.
If you follow me on Snapchat (username: thestylefairy) you will have seen that today I was down in Newbridge visiting the renowned ladies wear boutique Vanity Fair .
The owner of Vanity Fair boutique recently got in touch with me to collaborate as she was keen to showcase her amazing array of brands to a larger audience and I was delighted to be asked. Vanity Fair, for years, has been known as a ‘One Stop Shop’ for Mother’s of the Bride (and groom), in fact I was there years ago with my own mum, but what Nessa, (the owner) explained to me was, as well as still having a fantastic, unparalled offering in the area of Mother of the Bride shopping, they also now stock a really brilliant range of young, trendy stylish bands suitable for a younger age bracket.
What Brands Are Available?
For Mother’s of the Bride and Groom a trip to Vanity Fair should definitely be on your hit list, they stock fabulous brands like Aideen Bodkin, Caroline Kilkenny and Terese Ripoll (to name just a few).
As for you younger ladies on the hunt for occasion wear or indeed casual wear, they have a really vast range of brands including; My Sister’s Closet (I LOVED this label this morn), Traffic People, Wolf & Whistle, Daisy May and Diva, just to name a selection. They also have a fabulous range of Curvy Couture across all age brackets.
What Caught My Eye?
Here’s a selection of what caught my eye this morning, if you head over to my Snapchat (username: thestylefairy) you’ll be able to see everything in much more detail. You can also find Vanity Fair on Snapchat (username: vanityfair.ie) OR you can find them on Facebook HERE.
If you have any questions on pricing or sizing on any of the pieces I am wearing here don’t hesitate to get in touch with Vanity Fair.
For the month of April Vanity Fair are offering 10% DISCOUNT across everything if you mention ‘The Style Fairy’ while shopping in store or it’s also valid if you place an order over the phone with them.
How To Get In Touch?
You can visit Vanity Fair website at http://www.vanityfair.ie , you will find them on Facebook here and on Instagram here. To make an inquiry or order over the phone (and don’t forget your discount) you can reach them at 045 431905. Vanity Fair Boutique is located in the Courtyard Shopping Centre on Main Street, Newbridge, Co Kildare.
If you have an occasion coming up this year, I highly recommend you pay them a visit 🙂
Hope you enjoyed the post
‘Til next time
** This is a sponsored blog post in association with Vanity Fair Boutique. All views expressed are the true opinions of Naomi, and each look shown in the blog post was picked by Naomi herself **