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! –
Courtney Smith is by far one of the most renowned and well respected stylists in Ireland today. Not only is she in demand in Ireland, she is in demand on an international scale. She has worked with high profile clients such as H&M, Life Magazine and Tommy Hilfiger, just to name a few.
I caught up with the famous fashionista to find out what life is like as a jet setting, celebrity stylist and get some helpful career & styling tips from one of the best women in the business..
You are arguably Ireland’s most in-demand stylists, to what do you attribute your success?
Honestly it’s all down to collaborating with brilliant people and working really hard. I am 7 years freelance this year and I still work 6 days (sometimes 7 days) a week.
You studied fashion design at Sallynoggin College of Further Education and are living proof that PLC courses do lead to successful careers. Do you think it is important to study styling or is it simply a talent that you are born with?
I don’t think it’s important to study it at all. I just never had an interest in doing anything else other than fashion in college. It definitely taught me a lot though, but there are many different ways to learn about fashion and hone your craft. Everyone has different routes to get into fashion and styling.
However, I don’t think it’s really something you can be really ‘taught’, you need to have a creative eye in the first place to make it as a stylist. It’s not just putting a few clothes on someone. I would actually describe my job more as stylist, creative director, creative consultant and pr, because being an editorial and commercial stylist requires all those attributes to do it successfully.
If I could turn back time I would have tried to maybe do a business or entrepreneur type of course because that’s what I struggled with most at the beginning of my career, running a business was completely new to me and I really had to teach myself the ins and outs of business, including things like invoicing, tax returns, bookkeeping etc etc.
Describe a typical day in the life of Courtney Smith:
It really doesn’t exist. I always get asked this question and my answer is always the same.
The only routine I have is that I get up at around 5.45am and head to the gym.
I’m usually set for my day at 7.30/8am and could be on my computer replying to emails or creating mood boards for clients, researching shoot ideas, looking at model portfolios for shoots or jobs, I could be on location on a photoshoot, I could be attending a fashion show or press event, I could be travelling to London for meetings or press events, I could be abroad on photoshoots, I could be in meetings and viewings all day, I could be casting models, I might be filming for Xpose or Ireland AM, I could be pulling clothes for a shoot or returning clothes, writing credit lists for magazines, the list is pretty varied and usually a combination of a lot of the above.
What do you think the biggest fashion trends will be this Summer?
White lace and Summer suedes are the biggest trends to look out for this summer, as seen at Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and Roberto Cavalli.
Do you think Ireland is becoming a more stylish/fashion forward country?
Absolutely, the more international brands that come over here and open shops the more options we have clothing wise. It’s opening up people’s eyes to new styles and brands and therefore we are becoming more conscious about what we dress like.
Which project has been your favorite to style?
That’s like asking a mom to choose a favourite child! Every shoot holds a special place in my heart, one of my most recent ones which was featured in Hunger and Life magazine.
It was a creative collaboration between myself and Lee Malone and I adore it because it’s a little different in comparison to other shoots I have done.
Where are your favorite places to shop in Ireland?
I adore boutiques like Folkster, Havana, Costume, Divine; also Brown Thomas for the cute french labels and for highstreet it has to be H&M and River Island.
What key pieces should every woman have in her wardrobe?
Denim shirt, great fitting pair of jeans, statement go-to heels, ankle boots, oversized white shirt, classic jumpsuit.
(And if you are like me, some killer vintage jackets and kimonos.)
What fashion trends do you wish would go away/have never existed?
Culottes! Never have and never will get them!
What is your advice to budding stylists, who want to get their foot in the door of such a competitive industry?
Put your head down and work hard. It’s a tougher industry than ever before. You’re only as good as the work you put out there so continue to do test shoots with up and coming photographers and hair & makeup and really hone your skills as a stylist.
Follow Courtney on Twitter & Instagram @CocoSmithStyle
Singer/songwriter Taylor Swift is an old soul at heart and her style reflects that. With the release of her fifth studio album, we’ve seen Taylor evolve before our very eyes, into a well rounded fashionista. With each album her look continues to change and grow. This era is my favorite, because I think Taylor is finally finding her own style and it is clear to see that she is finally comfortable in her own skin. The song Shake It Off pretty much confirmed that to the world!
Taylor is the queen of dressy casual, she can transform a simple outfit into a work of art, by adding some well chosen key pieces to her look. What I love about Taylor’s style, is that everything she chooses to wear is deliberate. Taylor is an artist and it translates into her everyday look, she knows that colour pallets suit her and she dresses practically, as well as fashionably.
Which is a skill in my opinion.
In the winter months she usually chooses warm tones, like deep reds, greens and mustard. Taylor Swift is a big fan of stylish, practical bags. She can usually be seen carrying a satchel or a vintage handbag. Another statement item she is rarely seen without is her signature red lipstick.
Being the true romantic that she is, Taylor loves dreamy pastel colours and knows how to execute them well when putting together an outfit, without looking childish. Soft pastel tones contrast well with her pale skin and blonde hair. What I love about Taylor is that she isn’t afraid to break the rules and sometimes adds a pop of neon, to really make her outfit stand out.
Her ability to play with colours and textures makes Taylor’s fashion journey really fun to watch, I think it is refreshing to see a young woman who is having fun with fashion and isn’t afraid to be herself. Her style comes across effortlessly and her salute to vintage fashion is inspiring to see, especially when she adds a modern twist to old school looks.
Ms. Swift is definitely one to watch, this fashionista is only getting started!