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Giardino degli Aranci, Rome


Here is an outfit post, with some photos I took earlier in the year. The days were much colder, so I am all wrapped up in my Zara parka and Deer printed sweater from Topshop. I am also sporting my Massimo Dutti burgandy boots. I found these, while looking for a winter coat, back in October. Of course I always find everything else, other than what I was originally shopping for. I loved these boots as they reminded me of a Mod style, plus I loved the colour.

I have also included some photos of the Giardino degli Aranci (Orange Gardens) on Aventine Hill, in Rome. One of the main features of this area is being able to look through the famous keyhole, where you can see the dome of St Paul’s Basilica. My camera couldn’t get a great picture through the keyhole, but it is a must visit for a trip to Rome.

That’s all for now,
I hope to post again soon,
Love Dani xx

Flavour of the Month: Mary Katrantzou

Some of you may remember my first ever blog post on Hunting in Heels was on Greek born, London based designer Mary Katrantzou. I reviewed this up and coming designer along with her 2011 Spring/Summer collection. Almost one year later and Katrantzou has seemingly become designer of the moment.
Top labels and fashionistas alike (Anna dello Russo was her first famous cheerleader) have caught trompe l’oeil  fever, leading to collaborations with french heavyweight, Longchamp and English house of cool, Topshop.
Sophie Delafontaine, artistic director of her grandfathers leather goods company, Longchamp, has enlisted Katrantzou to give Longchamp’s classic Pliage, foldable travel bags, a makeover. Inspired by Katrantzou’s prints of first perfume bottles and then interiors, Delafontaine asked Katrantzou to design some prints based on the main collection’s inspiration from Asia. Katrantzou conjured up an East meets West concept for the collaboration.The classic Pliage, for instance, has been brought to life with an exotic print of dragons, lanterns and orchids.
Out this month, I reckon the Longchamp bags are to fly off the sheleves but thats not the only thing she has got up her sleeve this month.
February also sees the release of Katrantzou’s 2012 collection, the 14th of February to be exact. Having collaborated with the brand in 2011, the sneek peaks released online look even better than last year. A bit pricey for Topshop, one dress hits the £350 mark, it could be worth it for a piece for Katrantzou’s designs though, only set to go up in value if you ask me. Get your other half to spluge for Valentine’s day as this collection is set to be as crazy as Christopher Kane’s Topshop treasures.
Katrantzou is definitely a rising star in the world of fashion. Someone who is doing things a little differently with innovative inspiration.
I can’t wait to see more from her !
Let me know your thoughts on Katrantzou and her upcoming collaborations??
Love xx

Steal Her Style: Olivia Palermo




 


I wouldn’t blame anyone for raising an eyebrow at my Steal her Style choice. Olivia Palermo, New York socialite, better known as Whitney Port’s fremeny in MTV’s The City, is far from interesting. However her cold exterior and perfectly glossy locks are not what interest me. I merely want the contents of her wardrobe.

Palermo is often photographed in fashion power-house labels such as Valentino, Diane Von Furstenberg and YSL, while also supporting smaller labels such as Charlotte Olympia. However high-street brands are also top of her list as she combines designer wear with more affordable labels such as Zara and Mango. And then there is the Holy Temple of Topshop. Palermo is not just a once a week kind a girl, she is a full on missionary spreading the glory of Topshop in every perfectly accessorized outfit that she wears.

This is why I want to steal her style, her overflowing collection of Topshop pieces ! Palermo always seems to get it right and in my opinion it’s her inexpensive add ons to designer threads that give her the edge.
Olivia recently chopped off her long, shiny, carefully tonged locks and has opted for a shorter mid-length bob. I was so inspired I did the same. Possibly the influence of edgy London label Topshop has made Olivia mellow out. Maybe the next time we see her will be rocking with Daisy Lowe and Pixie Geldof at Glastonbury,  in some denim cut offs and homemade jewellery??

Your thoughts are always welcome and appreciated….
Ciao for now xx

Check out Olivia’s personal style blog here

FAKING IT !

Alexa Chung

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Steve Madden

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Steve Madden

Steve Madden

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 The “it” shoe of fall 2011 is the Miu Miu glitter bootie. I am in love with these shoes. Perfect for Christmas they have all the sparkle that makes me reminisce of dressing up as angels/fairies for school plays, the layers of tinsel we draped ourselves in would give any Christmas tree a run for their money.
 However at the 600 euro mark they are a little out of my budget. I am not the only fan, bloggers have been blogging, tweeting, facebooking and exploding over these Miu Miu beauties leading to Topshop and Steve Madden creating their own copies inspired versions. Great work on the part of Topshop and Steve Madden, but I have to say they are just not as good as the real deal.

As a fashion enthusiast I would say I can easily spot a fake Louis or a dodgy Fendi. It has to be very good copy to get past me from a distance but if I am face to face with the miscreant I can tell straight away. Its easy to dismiss the copy when you have the money for the real thing. I however even I don’t have the cash of the Kardashian sisters, not even the cash of one of them!

Call it a sixth sense if you will, but I have always been able to spot a fake. My mum distinctlys remembers a Christmas, me age 3, rambling on and on about this doll I had seen on T.V. She could sing or dance or pee, something, I can’t really remember. I had never seen the doll in real life just on the T.V. advert. That is what I HAD to have for Christmas. However it seemed every other little girl seemed to have the same idea and when mum went to get it and it had sold out. In an act of desperation she bought a similar doll. They looked alike and did quite the same thing, but she was cheaper in price. A 3 year old would never notice, right?? Wrong ! Christmas morning came, and as I rang excitedly into the living room, I stopped dead in front of the doll. Only it was not the doll but her cheap imitation. “Santa got me the wrong one” I cried. My mum couldn’t believe I knew the difference. But I did !

So if Santa was to bring me a pair of Steve Madden’s or Topshop booties, I wouldn’t say no, after all its not the shoes fault. But they would just make me think of the Miu Miu shoes, I can’t have.
 In further reflection check out the effort of this blogger in her DIY Miu Miu glitter booties….I think I’d rather admire them on Alexa Chung from afar than go this trouble ! Very admirable.
Click here for DIY Miu Miu booties video

Let me know your thoughts on designer inspired clothes, shoes and bags ! Do you agree with faking it ??
Ciao for now,
xx

Summer Lovin: Neon Brights

Neon Leopard Bikini Billabong

Finally Summer is here and it’s my favourite time of year. This weekend I escaped the opressive heat of Rome in favour of sun, sand and sea. Unfortunately being Irish my pasty skin tends to burn quickly. I am a little burned to say the least but fingers crossed it will turn into golden brown soon.
I love being tan as it gives me an opportunity to wear my neons ! Not just for raves people, neon can be worn with out looking like a traffic cone, trust me. It is important though to try and pick  just one piece.
This weekend I opted for my favourite neon, pink, leopard print bikini from Billabong. I have had this one for two years now and it is still my first choice for beach lounging.

Neon orange t-shirt – Primark, Denim shorts – Topshop, Leopard bangles – H&M, Gold beaded necklace- Accessorize

And it seems its not just me who is crazy for the bright stuff, British fashion genius Christopher Kane considers neon one of his brand’s staples as his first ever collection was filled with neon bandeau dresses. This season on my wish list are Prada’s striped, canvas, clutch bags in pink and orange and a pair of flashy neon Miu Miu sandals.

Christopher Kane

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Jimmy Choo

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Christopher Kane Spring/Summer 2011

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