FASHIONWEEK Style Diary

Life can be a bit of a circus sometimes – today mine literally was, as I headed to ‘circus school’ with the Breakfast Boys, Pete and Paulo. We’re heading up an amazing weekend of carnival themed gorgeousness at my fav place, Victoria Square!

Next Saturday and Sunday, come down and join us for loads of fashion, family fun and stylishness, plus you can check us out attempting to recreate some circus tricks on Cool FM facebook page. Juggling is not for me unless, we’re talking juggling shoes of course!

This week I’m blogging Belfast Fashion Week and my behind the scenes hosting style journey. This will be my 7th season on presenting duty and it’s become an integral part of my life now. The key is to be super organised. With working the breakfast show, being up at 4.30am and then having to look polished for 5 back to back events in 4 days, being a ‘stylist geek’ and laying clothes out a few days before helps.

For Season 23 of West Coast Cooler NI FASHIONWEEK, I decided to mix up my looks for hosting the events. I usually try and go ultra glam, but with evening shows and day time events, I played around with the trends this season – and so much of the stuff seen on that catwalk was all about that very conecpt, trying to get everyone to stretch outside their fashion comfort zones.

Here’s my style diary for each event and full outfit details. I’ve had lots of lovely messages about where to shop the looks, so any questions, please just ask! Pick your favourite and play around with prints and shapes this Spring. I don’t always get it right, but fashion is all about being brave – so if you don’t try you’ll never know right?

The 1st night should always kick off FASHIONWEEK with a bang, so I went for this killer dress I’d bought online. Add a great tan, a deconstructed ponytail courtesy of Michelle International and a Stevey Lennox smoky eye.

High Street Show – The Walk In Wardrobe Online Floral Kimono Gown, River Island bodychain necklace & Christian Louboutin Nude Heels

I don’t get many invite to formals anymore, so any excuse to wear full length and I’m there. I’ve had my eye on this floral dress for ages and the cape detail at the back creates added drama. A few said it looked like a curtain, most with a bit of taste knew it was special (and so comfy to wear)

Lavazza Style Saturday Brunch @ Robinson & Cleaver – ASOS Blue striped frill dress & Walk in Wardrobe bobble heels

This was a brand new event to the FASHIONWEEK line up and one of my favourites. I was asked to style up my own collection on my favourite trend of the season, so I put my models in high street florals. It was such a pleasure to host the brunch with the other stylists from Dublin and London, Courtney Smith, Robert Lewis Cameron & Jamie Russell. My no nonsense bun was THE best, keeping my hair off my face and out of my way all day. And this dress also comes in a plain navy and a steal at £65.

Sushi Saturday @ Zen – ASOS Pink Dungarees, ASOS Frill Sleeve Blouse & adidas Stan Smith Trainers

It’s very rare that I’ll wear flats, especially not to work, but I loved this casual, girly outfit as soon as I saw it. In all honesty the trousers were too short for me to wear with a heel, but they’d look fab styled that way for a night out. Both pieces are from a brand called Lost Ink and it was the comfiest outfit, while hitting both the pastel and the ruffle trend. A bit different I know, but sometimes 5 year old girls in their dungarees know best!

Style Sunday @ Coco – Blush Boutique Cobalt Embellished Jumpsuit & Louboutin Coral Heels

The last event is a perfect ‘ladies who lunch’ style outing. Except this year it was held in the evening and all of the style was from Belfast’s Blush boutique. I was lent this amazing cobalt blue number with a fab embellished neckline – no need for any fuss or jewellery. The key with a wide leg jumpsuit is to allow it to nip in your waist to balance out the silouhette and create hourglass curves – or in my case minimise a Kim K.

Have a great week, Rebecca x


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