Looking fabulous in the fall

faux fur

Posted on: 5th October, 2017

Category: Image

Contributor: Louise O'Dwyer

This is very definitely one of my favourite times of the year – we still have some sunshine but there is a ‘nip’ in the air. Don’t you just adore fleece socks, sofa throws, chunky scarves and central heating? If you don’t, then it is time you started appreciating these little things…they make our lives so much more comfortable!

I never pack away all of my flip flops, I have a few pairs that I use as slippers and they continuously encourage me to keep my toenails looking good and give easy access to rubbing on some moisturiser. I just threw out my latest pair of UGG slippers, after watching a video featuring a farm that supplies the wool to UGG. As a passionate animal lover, all that I can say is that I WILL NEVER BUY A PAIR OF UGG ANYTHING EVER AGAIN! To see men flinging shorn sheep threw the air was horrifying, and to top it off almost every single one of them was bleeding, alot. Perhaps, I won’t make much of a difference but one thing for sure – I would rather have cold feet, than to put them into a pair of UGG slippers. Food for thought for you all!

Red is and always will be my favourite colour, and because of that I don’t wear it too often. I savour the luxury of red, it is such a feel good, feel alive, vibrant, lush, rich, powerful and feminine colour and as far as I am concerned, no other colour comes close! There is a shade of red for everyone; if you believe that red is not your colour, then it is simply because you have not tried on your shade of red. It doesn’t matter what hair colour you are, red works with every colour and it is with great pleasure and delight that I can announce that red is the number one colour for Autumn 2017.

Picture a red trouser suit, heaven! Or what about a classic cut red coat? Simply divine! Red cigarette trousers with a red chiffon blouse – I love this look and having worn it, I can thoroughly recommend it, for any occasion, anywhere. Oscar De La Renta showed it off on the runway, so I set out to copy it for a fraction of the price, and I did. Of course, some of you might just prefer to accessorize with red and hey, red heels do pack a powerful punch. How about an all black or navy look with red leather gloves? My only words of advice on red is to 1) Not buy too much of it and 2) If you love it as much as I do, wear sparingly, so the love never fades – and when you do wear it, you look incredible, not the same as the last red dress you wore last week!

Vintage-looking classic faux fur has replaced last year’s statement fur for Autumn/Winter – there are no frills, no added print or detail just good old classic fur coats, and the bigger the better. Here’s to hoping that we get lots of ‘dry’ cold nights so that we can really wear our fur in style! My daughter’s graduation is this month and I am so excited that I can choose between my gorgeous red coat or a vintage caramel faux fur cape coat that I found in a thrift shop in New York two years ago. My humour, the weather on the day and so on will decide which one I will wear over a classic navy Karen Millen dress. After all, it’s not my day, it’s my daughter’s day, she will be the one to shine and her outfit needs to take centrestage. I am bubbling with excitement and have a newfound fascination with and adoration for the Infant of Prague!

A faux fur coat adds instant glamour and is one of the few ‘sensational pieces’ that is also completely practical. Wear it any time, don’t keep it tucked away just for nighttime and don’t think that you have to be dressed formally underneath. Jeans, long sleeve t-shirt, pair of converse, sunglasses and a fur coat is a very chic and confident look.

When Prada decked a model out in bright 70s plaid, initially I baulked when I saw the coats and long dresses. However they grew on me. There is something quirky and new about this re-invented look. OK, so it’s not for everyone but it is very definitely for a certain type of girl who will wear it with confidence and look sensational. I’m all for looking different, the key is to have the confidence to try a very new look and wear it well.

Victorian collars have been creeping in for a while now but I get the feeling that YOU WILL BE UP TO YOUR NECK IN HIGH COLLARS before the season is out! They can look very elegant, as long as you don’t feel stuffy in them. One or two blouses with Victorian-inspired collars would make a lovely addition to your wardrobe.

Over-sized men’s blazers are one of this season’s ‘must-haves’ with shoulder pads. It’s very much ‘I’m a strong independent woman’ look…the kind that you don’t mess with. I must admit, an amazing look on the runway, especially the plaid jackets.

Who would have thought it but fishnets are the fastest selling tights this season, This time around, designers teamed them with a more formal look – with designer dresses and men’s blazers. Are you daring enough to wear them? You could just buy them and they may never leave the house…surprise your special someone with a romantic meal at home and wear your fish net tights! You’ll probably need to wear some other clothes but don’t ever forget to ‘not’ take yourself so seriously sometimes, age is irrelevant, having a laugh and having fun keeps you young. Life, as we all know is not always like those romcom movies, it can be at times, but the rest of the time it is so busy that you can even be pressed for the time to turn around, let alone make time for each other. So, happy fishnet stocking shopping, and if you never buy them, at least I hope that I’ve made you smile.

PS: I still smile when I think of my boys, age five or six, cutting up the most beautiful and ‘not-cheap’ pair of fishnet stockings that I owned to go crab fishing with! Yes, they caught lots of crabs (which of course they threw back in) – they were delighted and the following day, having left a bucket with the cut up stockings and bait outside, had me laughing, as my boxer ran passed the patio doors with the stockings in his mouth. He also had great fun playing tug of war with our other dog…and that ended the life of those much-travelled fishnet stockings!

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11th October, 2017  ·  

Submarines, American Sailors, and the Underwater War in Irish Waters, 1917-1918
by Dr John Borgonovo in The Parish Centre, Clonakilty
on Thursday Oct 26 2017 at 8.30 pm

In 1917, unrestricted submarine warfare by German U-boats brought the United States into WWI and created a crisis in Britain. To defeat the submarine menace, an American naval fleet was dispatched to County Cork, bringing about 10,000 sailors with it. This talk will explain the circumstances of this extraordinary event, and how Cork residents dealt with their unexpected American guests.

Dr John Borgonovo is a lecturer in the School of History at UCC. His publications include Spies, Informers, and the 'Anti-Sinn Féin' Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921; The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918; Exercising a close vigilance over their daughters: Cork women, American sailors, and Catholic vigilantes, 1917-18; Something in the Nature of a Massacre: The Bandon Valley Killings Revisited (with Andy Bielenberg). His latest publication (with co-authors John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy) is the highly acclaimed and magnificient Atlas of the Irish Revolution. In July of this year, he organised a very successful conference on Winning the Western Approaches - Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the US Navy in Ireland 1917-1918.
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11th October, 2017  ·  

Apple Juicing Day in Clonakilty next Sunday Sept 30th. All welcome to bring their apples from 2-6pm to the Clonakilty Community Garden (on entrance road to Clonakilty Lodge).

Building on the success of its inaugural 2016 event, local voluntary environmental organisation Sustainable Clonakilty invites people to bring along their apples and press them to extract their own juice to take home, using the group's Apple Press.

Volunteers will be at hand to assist in the procedure. Bring along your apples washed; clean containers to freeze your juice (milk/juice bottles or cartons, plastic bottles with caps); clean, sterilised glass bottles to pasteurise with swing caps or suitable for 26 mm diameter metal cap.

A limited number of new 3 litres juice bags that are suitable for freezing and pasteurising, can be purchased for a nominal fee on the day also.

This is a free community event and donations will be welcome to cover costs.

For further information, please contact Xavier at xavierdubuisson@gmail.com or text at 086/0476124.
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