Guest Editor: Rosemary MacCabe
From its humble beginnings as an independent fashion blog, Rosemary MacCabe’s FashMob is now the resident blog of TheIrishTimes.com. This fashion editor isn’t one to hide behind her computer screen however and you may recognise her from regular styling slots on Xpose where she divulges some very fashionable insights.
With a sense of style that’s “comfortable, eclectic and variable”, this blogger-slash-stylist is renowned for injecting a bit of fun and colour into her editorial offerings on the pages of The Times Weekend Magazine. With many sartorial strings to her bow already, today Rosemary has come on board to be our May Guest Editor where she shares her favourite shopping tips with us.
Spring/Summer 2012 designer collection
I loved Ashish's Wizard of Oz inspired sequined collection. Those red brick sequins, sunflower-print tees and Doc Martens with sprouting flowers coming out at the ankles – dreamy, punk perfection. It helps of course that the show was styled by Ireland's own Celestine Cooney. I love everything she does.
S/S trend and how you’ll be wearing it
I'm wearing a lot of pastels at the moment. It comes in every spring season but this season especially it's been really big. I'm teaming lilac jeans with minty green jumpers and floral shirts from Zara.
Indigenous Shop in Dublin
I love Bow in the Powerscourt Centre. It stocks some great Irish labels as well as vintage stuff, and it's a great space. It started up at a really tough time and has grown and grown, which is great to see.
Shop (clothing or otherwise) in another country
I love Eataly in New York. It's this amazing Italian food emporium that has a cafe, seafood restaurant, pizza restaurant and you can take guided tours of the shop – that's how labyrinthine it is! It stocks every kind of Italian food you could ever want to buy and the coffee and cakes are to die for.
I bought those Miu Miu booties last season, when they went on sale on Net-a-Porter. I love them, even though they are definitely not the most comfortable shoes on the block. But they're so pretty and monochrome and they go with everything. In terms of everyday wear, I love SixtySeven's Bullet boots from Buffalo. I have them in three colours. They're a dead ringer for Acne's Pistol boots, but a fraction of the price. So comfy, too.
My sister is a handbag designer for Vince Camuto, a large label in the US that hasn't quite made its way over here yet, so I'd be being disloyal if I said anyone else! But in all seriousness, I love the stuff she designs. My current fave is a cream bag with coral piping. Very appropriate for the season that's in it.
Best bargain buy
I'm not great with bargain buys – I have really fallen out of love with disposable fashion lately and I don't mind investing in things I think I'll wear a lot. But my skinny jeans from New Look, at €29.99, are definitely up there. Like everyone, I find it hard to find jeans to fit perfectly but these are great.
Beauty Salon & Treatment you get there
I got the best manicure of my life in Rouge in Ranelagh not too long ago. Essentials on Baggot St does a killer pedicure – they use a blade to scrape off all the dry skin which sounds extreme, but it's amazing.
For hair and make-up I'd always go to Brown Sugar on South William Street, I don't think they can be easily beaten; and Top to Toe in Stoneybatter does a brilliant spray tan. For blow-dries I pop next door to Steel Magnolias. I love the name and they only charge €20. It's great to have somewhere local to get these things done.
Top style tip
Don't wash your clothes too often! Seriously, if your clothes aren't stained, air them out, add a touch of Febreze and wear them again. They'll wear so much better if they aren't being thrown in the washing machine every time you take them off.
Fashion pet hate
I find it really weird when groups of friends dress the same; I guess I'm against the idea of fashion as a uniform, I just like individualism.
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