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Dublin Shopping Guide: Carousel, Stephens Green Shopping Centre.

Stephens Green Shopping Centre & Exchequer Street, Dublin.

Recently, while on a girly day out with a friend, I came across Carousel. A independent shop in Dublin city centre that sells gorgeous, wearable vintage inspired clothing and accessories at reasonable prices. The window display reminded me of the 1950s clothing worn in the recent Saoirse Ronan film Brookyln and I was instantly draw in to take a peak at what was in store.

I walked into the shop and was greeted by a friendly (and beautifully dressed) member of staff. The first thing I noticed about the shop was the relaxed, chilled vibe and the variety of colours the beautiful clothes came in. The clothing they sell reminds me so much of something Zooey Deschanel would wear. Feminine, floaty dresses with kooky patterns and baby doll vibes.

Being in the shop creates a feeling of of nostalgia.

Isn’t it funny how you can be nostalgic for an era you never experienced?

Carousel also have an online store, where you can get clothing delivered directly to your door or if you live in Dublin, you can use the pick up service and reserve clothing online and pick it up the next day. Also, they have free delivery & returns on all Irish orders!

This shop is the perfect place to browse if you have a fascination with retro/vintage fashion and have enjoy the beautiful aesthetics of old films, books and music.

I’d definitely recommend popping in for a look and checking out what they have on offer!

– Check out the Carousel instagram page for updates on new arrivals and style inspiration! –

Dublin Street Style: June 2014


st2This June, I took to the streets of Dublin to catch a glimpse of the unique style that the Irish people have to offer. Many often assume that the Irish are still stuck in the past when it comes to fashion, but I discovered that the people of Ireland all have one thing in common. In that typical yet wonderfully brazen Irish manner, they are not afraid to dress for themselves.






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Stay stylish.

I’m Speechless! Thank You!

This week I was linked to these two amazing drawings by two wonderfully talented women.

The artists are Marissa & Emma. I’d like to thank them for taking the time to draw my picture and I urge you to check out both of their work, they are unbelievably talented artists.



Ireland’s Up & Coming Fashion Illustrator, Holly Shortall!

This week I caught up with a woman whom I consider to one of the biggest rising stars in the Irish Fashion Industry, Holly Shortall. Holly is a talented freelance fashion illustrator from Dublin, with her own unique style and passion for her art. Her art work features monthly in Xpose Magazine and that is just the beginning for Holly. Her talent is undeniable, she’s going to go a long, long way!

Hi Holly! Tell us a bit about yourself and your work.

Hi! Well i’m almost 25 (don’t remind me!) and I have been drawing for the best part of my whole life. It was only in mid 2013 that I decided it was now or never with regards to trying to build up a profile and begin a career with fashion illustrations. I am still pinching myself at some of the amazing opportunities i’v been given, notably my live illustrating for the SS14 River Island press day and my monthly illustrations for Xpose magazine.

What sparked your passion for drawing?

Its hard to say, but I do think I’ve always been a little obsessed with celebrities. I loved Paula Yates, Gwen Stefani and Victoria Beckham from a young age. My Grannys friend May used to keep me all her magazine like Hello and Ok, and would have loved pouring over all the photos of peoples weddings and awards ceremonies!


Have you always been interested in fashion illustration or was it a natural progression for you towards that specific type of art?

Always. I guess I didnt know what avenue I could take and just presumed it was fashion design that I wanted to do. I tried it for a year but it just wasn’t for me. I’m the least mathematical person I know, I literally panic when I see numbers, so finding fashion design had a lot to do with rulers, 90 degree angles and numbers made me put up a mental block, so I found it very difficult!

You do illustrations on commission as well as for fun. Which do you prefer to do personally?

If I was being 100% honest, I love just doodling from my head and designing dresses, but I know all my followers love the celebrity illustrations, so its important I give them what they want! Its also make them more current. Like after the Brits I stayed up a little later than usual to do an illustration of Beyonce, and tweeted it to the designer who made her dress. I woke up the next day to a reply from him thanking me for my illustration and saying it was so cool!

Celebrity illustrations are what I would love to do for a weekly publication like the Sunday Times Style Magazine, another one I’ve been reading since I was small.

Your work has its own unique style. Once you see it you automatically know it’s a Holly Shortall illustration. Is your drawing style intentional or is it purely your own natural style?

Its purely my own style- since I first picked up a pencil, I have only ever drawn on female on an a4 page. I have mountains of drawings from when I was about 4 onwards. I’m so lucky in that my parents have art backgrounds and encouraged me to draw, and also kept all my early stuff.


What publications do you aspire to feature in?

The obvious one is Vogue! They’ve had illustrated covers over the years, and I can safely say that is my life goal. I do believe anything is possible if you work hard. I’m not saying I think I’m amazing, but the respose so far has exceeded what I ever thought it would, so why not have a dream?! I would like to work for a few different magazines, an Irish one, and American one and a UK one.

I really want to do stuff for a weekly publication like the Sunday Times, they have a celebrity characteristic, who signs his pictures ‘Gary’ and I’ve been obsessed with his stuff since I could open a paper. He can nail a portrait in a few lines and you know exactly who it is- I just love that and would love be doing something similar.

You draw a lot of celebrity inspired illustrations, who has been your favourite to draw so far?

I loved drawing Anna Wintour sitting on the front row, Victoria Beckham, The Olsen Twins and of course Beyonce. I really just love drawing!

How long does it take you to draw a single illustration? Can you explain the process?

It really depends and I cant give away all my secrets! But I will say ALOT of time goes into them. For example, if I am doing a commission of someone and specify an outfit featuring a pattern or print, I then have to try source that print or closest match to use when colouring in the picture. I t can be really time consuming but its so important to me that the customer adores their illustration, its a one off unique gift and when I hear people say ‘Wow I love it!’ it just makes me so happy!

What are your goals for 2014

I would love to continue having my work featured in different publications and keep doing my commisions for all my lovely customers. Right now I’m really just know in Dublin so I would love to branch out in Ireland and of course across to the UK is well. I’m a real homebird and don’t see myself living anywhere than here, so the absolute joy of illustration is you don’t have to go anywhere else to do it!





A Chat With Rebecca Creighton!



Rebecca Creighton shot to fame on the X-Factor back in 2010, where she auditioned in front of the daunting Simon Cowell, along with judges Louis Walsh, Katy Perry & Cheryl Cole. She sang a rendition of Pixie Lott’s hit “Cry Me Out” and blew the judges away with her beautiful singing voice. She received four big yes’s from the judges and hasn’t stopped progressing since!

I caught up with the rainbow haired singer to find out more about her musical inspirations, style icons and where she gets her undeniable drive and motivation from.


Hi Rebecca! Thanks for taking the time to chat with me.

You appeared on the seventh series of the X-Factor joining the girl group Belle Amie. What was it like singing in front of the scariest man in show business, Simon Cowell? 

As scary as it was at first I loved every minute of it! When I entered the Xfactor all I wanted was for Simon to hear me sing. He is a lovely man.

Since moving forward with your music career and going solo, have you found the dynamic of your work has change much?

Just a little. My heart was always set on being a solo artist. I prefer it this way.


What inspired you to become a singer?

My family are very musical , my dad used to always play guitar in the house and there was always music blaring out of someone’s room lol . I grew up with music around me.

On your YouTube channel you post a lot of beautiful cover songs. Do you also write your own music or do you prefer taking much loved songs and making them your own?

Yeah I write / co write a lot . I love recording original music I also love being involved in creating the music too. So in the mean time I put a few covers on my YouTube channel.

You always seem to be working on new songs and projects. Your work ethic is very admirable. How do you keep motivated and what advice do you have for people who are striving to make it in the music industry?

I just try to keep focused. The music industry is one of the hardest industries to break. So all I do is work HARD and believe in myself.

You supported NEYO last year in the 02 Arena in Dublin. What was that experience like?

I LOVED supporting Neyo in the 02, especially in my home town Dublin. I love performing in front of a BIG audience and I loved Neyo since he released his first record, he is a cool dude too.

How would you describe your unique style and who is your fashion icon(s)?

I just wear what ever im feeling on the day lol , I am working out a lot lately so i’m constantly in gym clothes which sucks because I love dressing up. I never really plan an outfit. I love bright colours and love 1940s & 1950s inspired outfits. LOVE Dita Von Teese, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga.

What artists inspire you & why?

Michael Jackson, Beyoncé ,Lady Gaga, Janelle Monae, Pink. Michael was just an absolute legend in my eyes and he inspired so many artists that are out today. All the girls are untouchable. Their work ethic is insane they are limitless.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

Would have to be the whole Xfactor experience. Iv learned so much from it and met so many amazing people.

Can you tell us what we can expect to see from you this 2014? 

Definitely my Album (loads of music) 🙂


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