Clarabella Speaks.

"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves" - Shakespeare

Thursday, 24 November 2011


This is my favourite out of the two this evening although obv I like the other one too, else I wouldn't have posted it!

One of the best playsuits I have seen this winter. It's so bold you are bound to turn heads.

I absolutely love these shoes and as soon as I saw them I imagined them paired with the orange playsuit (and black tights). You have to agree it's a fabulous combination!
The jumpsuit doesn't need much embellishment so keep it simple but interesting with this snakeskin bangle.

Hope you're inspired!


And it's back to party

Bonsoir. Two posts tonight in an attempt to make up for the 3 days I've missed because I know you've missed them (haha)...also it's an excuse not to read and who wouldn't jump at that opportunity?

I would probably take the cardigan off as soon as possible to show off the corset and because the outfit will look less cutesy without it howevs you've gotta be prepared for the cold so do it in style with this gem!

You could go tights or tightness with this. Me being me, and this  being winter,  I would probably go tights and I think they would bring the shoes and skirt together better!

How handy, matching ring and earrings that are actually nice! Team with a high bun and maybe work a bit of a metallic smokeyeye et voila, que guapa seas!

Hasta muy pronto!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Daytime Outfit no.1

Inspired by my housemate Niall, I decided to go for a possible Christmas day outfit instead of Christmas party. Pretty cute, no?

I'm a little bit obsessed with this ring so I've added it in for a little bit of day-time glamour =) 

Feeling christmassy?


Saturday, 19 November 2011

Wish-list no.3

I couldn't decide which shoe/tights combo I preferred so you can decide =)

This corset-body is not really going to be on view because the Kimono will function as a dress, but you're going to need something underneath the kimono 'just incases' (as Aurelia would say) and it's too nice to leave on the hanger...




I'm not a huge accessory fan so I don't think I'd add anything except maybe this rather interesting ring.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Christmas Outfit Wish-list no.2

I love these shorts and the top is so elegant. Combining the two with black tights and these courts will = chic party glam. Keep accessories simple to maximise the outfit's effect et voilà, that is one hot party outfit right there. 
What do you think?


Thursday, 17 November 2011

Politically Fashionable

So the Miss Ulster finals are being held in Stormont this evening. Some people may be surprised that Stormont would hold such an event, I'm more surprised to discover that Miss Ulster is an actual pageant. However on a more serious note, this has been a point of contention among politicians; some have apparently received letters of complaint whilst others have agreed to be judges.

Belfast born fashion designer Christopher O'Reilly designed these two dresses to mark the first ever Miss Ulster finals. It is an image that should have as much resonance in politics as it does in fashion; even now, 30 years after the height of the troubles, it is rare to see the Union Jack and the Tricolour side by side unless in a quest to intimidate the other.

It isn't hard to understand why people would consider Stormont to be an inappropriate setting, given that fashion and beauty pageants seem somewhat frivolous compared to the serious political affairs that take place in the Parliament buildings. Yet surely any event that brings Northern Irish politics to the forefront in a positive manner can only be good? Stormont is representative of a harmonious Northern Ireland, but we all know that that harmony is more often than not an ideal rather than a reality. A major path to finding peace is believing in it, and the only way everyone will believe in it is to be reminded that it is possible, so using a beauty pageant to remind ourselves that our goal for a peaceful community is attainable is certainly no bad thing. The only problem I can see is the state of those dresses.

Christmas Outfit Wishlist No.1.

Second year is a bitch let me tell you; the amount of work leaves me with little time to write a detailed blog 2/3 times a week, so instead I thought I'd trail the internet (or in today's case, the Topshop website) and create a new christmas-(party)-inspired outfit each day. Here is today's, what do you think?

I'm loving the maxi/midi style atm and with the V-neck and thigh slit in this, demure becomes a little bit sexy.

Team with these amazing heels to prevent black becoming dull and predictable and make sure everyone has style-envy.

I'm not normally a huge fan of accessories but these will add a not-too-empowering  final touch to a sophisticated outfit. Team with a high bun, red lips and minimal eyes and I promise you, you are ready to wow.

Apologies for the fact that you are going to have to use your imagination to see the completed outfit but unfortunately my student budget does not stretch as far as me being able to buy all these wonderful clothes and putting them together myself in a photo. At least it's better than reading. 


Sunday, 13 November 2011

It's the stuff dreams are made of.

On the off chance that anyone missed me and is wondering why after 4 posts I seemed to disappear, let me just say that, 1) You don't miss a good thing until it's gone (that thing being the internet) and 2) bringing a bowl of (boiling) water near your laptop will never end well, so take my advice and don't do it.

Now that everything is back in working order here's hoping my posting will be too!

For this evening, an enchanting quote by Ralph Lauren,
“I don't design clothes. I design dreams.” 
What an amazing mentality it would be to have, to think that every morning when we get dressed we are not putting on clothes but we are instead dressing ourselves in dreams. Granted it's a little over-indulgent and perhaps a bit naive, but then again that's what fashion is. Try losing yourself in a waking dream (waking being the key word, or the chances are you're going to be late) tomorrow morning and avoid the monday blues.


Thursday, 15 September 2011

There is more to fashion than meets the eye.

Fashion photographer Bill Cunningham spoke these wonderful words,
"Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life." 
The use of armour as a metaphor elevates fashion from the realms of superficiality that many associate with it. But what is Cunningham really saying? because no amount of beautiful clothes can protect us from life's difficulties the way that a bullet proof vest can stop a bullet to the chest.
Before you read too much into it and pass him off as a naive and romantic idiot, think about it. Cunningham is not saying beautiful clothes create an impenetrable bubble around those who wear them and that they pass through life unscathed, that really would be ridiculous. I think what he means is that when we dress ourselves in these clothes we are reinforcing the natural outward defence system that we have. When we feel and look good in our clothes we have more confidence, feel more motivated and have a more positive attitude to life, so it becomes a little easier to deal with life's problems.
There will be many who think it is farcical to talk about clothes like that, but I bet that if you think about it right now you will be able to pinpoint a moment when the outfit you were wearing positively impacted your outlook on the situation. Fashion exists to make us feel good so next time you're faced with a situation you rather wish you weren't, delve into your wardrobe and indulge in a well put-together outfit. You might just be surprised.

For more on Bill Cunnigham see

Sunday, 11 September 2011

BCBG, as the French would say.

Relaxing in the most idyllic location you could imagine in the South of France, I found the inspiration I had been searching for for my next blog. It came in the form of designer Vanessa Bruno's succinct and elegant depiction of French style. Her description of not being "dictated to by one individual...specific decade or a passing trend", of recreating current trends in a "softer" way and of daring, "but not too much" was music to my ears because it beautifully summarised - in a way that I had not managed to articulate - my own stance on fashion and trends.

I am so sick of being expected/told to dress according to the latest trends and being judged if I don't, but what is so much worse is people assuming that if I am wearing something that happens to be on trend then I am only wearing it because it is current. That is so not okay because in my opinion people who do that have no concept of style (and I would rather like to consider that I do)! For example I recently bought a scarlet cardigan from Urban Outfitters, because I liked it, and I was wearing it one day when someone commented "Oh I love your cardigan, that colour is so on trend for this season."AARRGH. I know she meant well but it got me thinking about the predicament we find ourselves in. Almost all of what is available for us to buy on the high street is there because it is this season's trend so whenever we buy new clothes we have very little choice but to buy into trends and fashion, but like I said last blog, trends are so last season. They come and go so how can we extract style from the chopping and changing trends? Well, by taking a leaf out of the french book of style.

Style is all about putting your own (classic) twist on (current) fashion and trends, and in my opinion the French do it better than anyone; the term Parisian chic exists for a reason. One could even consider Bruno's 'recreation of current trends in a softer and cunningly daring way' an excellent definition of the term chic and so we have it that French style = chic. Don't over do it and aim for beautiful. Voici quelques exemples:

Yes you can find beautifully dressed women on the streets of New York, London or Milan but why is my heart in Paris? For me, french style in 3 words (excluding chic) is cool, elegant and understated and this combination goes above and beyond the boundaries of trends and creates an exquisitely timeless look, which in case you hadn't realised is what I absolutely love to see. The French have a term for it. They call it BCBG (Bon Chic Bon Genre, literally good style good class) and it depicts a modern tastefulness and luxury which goes beyond preppy but not as far as haute couture. If they coined a term like that then you can be sure they know how to carry it off!
A bientôt

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Fashion vs Style.

It is paradoxical, is it not? that many of those who are considered stylish are those who pay little or no attention to the latest trends and instead follow their own creative instinct. I say all hail the style icon, but be careful that you do not confuse style icon with fashion icon. Confused? Don't be. These photos should help.

Mary-Kate Olsen is very deserving of her style-icon status. Everything she wears oozes style. She is so chic it makes me jealous.

Cheryl Cole on the other-hand, the woman who is hailed as a style icon by most of Britain, is in my opinion far from it. I can accept that she may be a fashion icon, although personally I think the term trend-follower fits better, but comparing the photos of her to those of MK, the difference between style and fashion should (I hope) be apparent.

It does not matter that those photos of Mary-Kate are not recent, she looks amazing, and if we were to look at these photos 10 years down the line we would still think she would. On the contrary, Cheryl's look will be outdated as soon as next season. Colour blocking will come and go,body con for the most-part already has, and the jeans,top and aviator combo is so overdone.

Do you see where I'm going? Yes that's right, the key difference between style and fashion is that style is timeless. I also find that elegant is a very fitting description of style. You may not necessarily like the look, but you will not be able to deny that the person wearing it looks good and in 10 years time, upon seeing the same look again you will not cringe that someone dared to wear it, nor will it end up on the "what were you thinking" pages in Heat.

That is not to say that we shouldn't enjoy fashion, we most definitely should, but just because topshop are selling leather jackets with a black furry collar doesn't mean you won't live to regret the purchase. Trends are so last season, but that is another rant for another day, so for now i leave you with these excellent examples of timeless vs times gone by (or soon to be gone).


The ugly...

and the beautiful.