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Clueless Checks: The Autumn/Winter trend you’ve all been waiting for

To say that I like the movie Clueless is an understatement.

It is one of those films that always puts a big cheesy smile on my face, it’s full of hilarious moments, amazing fashion and has that feel-good factor.

I can relate to Dionne’s terrible driving and sassy one-liners, Tai’s awkward adorableness and Cher’s comedic outbursts and shopping addiction.

And of course, the outfits are a whole mood by themselves.

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Clueless outfits

So, you can imagine my delight to see Clueless-style checks everywhere in the shops recently.

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Cher and Dionne. Pic: Pinterest

While bright yellow checks aren’t the easiest look to rock, brown Burberry-style ones are much easier to wear.

Obviously, the most iconic Cher look is the plaid mini-kilt so I had to get my hands on one.

I picked up this miniskirt in Penneys during the week after seeing it on a colleague.

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Penneys plaid miniskirt

I think it will look great with this white v-neck top also from Penneys and ankle boots for autumn/winter.

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The only thing I’m cautious about is the front so I think I would probably stick to black tights with this one in case of wardrobe malfunctions!

The skirt was €12 while the top was €6 so a whole outfit for under €20.

And I also love this yellow check look although the skirt looks like it would only fit a four-year-old!

Asos, of course, have the look nailed with this adorable yellow check co-ord set.

Team the skirt with 90s style clunky sandals or black Converse high-tops.

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Yellow check co-ord top and skirt. Pic: Asos.com

Shop in sterling and nab the whole outfit for just under €60.

If you aren’t a mini-kilt kinda gal, then these cute pink check shorts allow you to get your legs out but still be comfy.

Pair with a bumbag or mini rucksack for ultimate Cher vibes. These are €23 from Nasty Gal.

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Pink check shorts. Pic: Nastygal.com

And if you want to go all out, this square neck lilac check dress from Boohoo.com is just the ticket.

At just €20, it won’t break the bank!

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Lilac check square neck dress. Pic: Boohoo.com

Another option for a glam night out is this plaid crop leg jumpsuit from Romwe.com.

This is currently reduced from €32.45 to €11.

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Plaid jumpsuit. Pic: Romwe.com

This double-breasted blazer is a great piece to dress up or down and is €38 from Boohoo.com.

Unfortunately, the double-breasted style can be hard to pull off but everyone who can wear it, I salute you!

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Check double-breasted blazer. Pic: Boohoo.com

For a more subtle look, try this sweet check pinafore from Bershka reduced from €24.99 to only €9.99 in sale.

Pinafore and dungaree dresses are really trendy at the moment and suit most shapes and sizes.

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Check pinafore dress. Pic: Bershka.com

&OtherStories is one of my favourite shops for really cool fashion-forward pieces.

These chunky plaid platforms are quite expensive at €89 but they are a real statement piece.

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Plaid platform shoes. Pic: &OtherStories.com

Finally, for autumn/winter this “waistcoat” (I think it’s a dress) looks great layered over turtlenecks or on its own with black tights.

I found this on Stradivarius’ Armenian site (don’t ask) but converted to euro it comes in at €46.

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Waistcoat dress. Pic: Stradivarius.com

I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I did- I’m now off to watch Clueless for the 100th time!

Leave me a comment and let me know if you will be channelling your inner Cher Horowitz this autumn/winter.

PS- this is not a sponsored post and there are no affiliate links – all my own choices. For more inspiration, visit my Pinterest Clueless board.

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Edel

 

Oscars Fashion 2016

Apologies for not posting this sooner- I got caught up in college work but here are my favourite looks from this year’s Oscars Awards.

Saoirse Ronan was undoubtedly the best dressed lady in green sequin Calvin Klein dress. I have NEVER seen her look so good, she was just gorgeous! The dress fitted beautifully and Saoirse complimented it with mismatched earrings, I don’t know what that was about but she looked stunning. Apparently her hairstylist was flown out for the event and her hair and makeup were gorgeous and really complimented the dress.

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Margot Robbie stunned in plunging gold Tom Ford gown accessorised with a simple black bag. The Aussie actress looked really sophisticated.

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Meanwhile Jennifer Lawrence wore a black and nude Dior dress with a lace top and voluminous skirt. Her hair is now an icy blonde shade which looked great with her smoky eyes. The dress drew comparisons to one Gywneth Paltrow wore previously but this is far prettier.

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Rooney Mara wore a beautiful beaded Givenchy dress with cut-out details. Her bold red lip and pale complexion set off the dress beautifully but the weird top knot hair do didn’t do her any favours. Great shoes though!

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While Rachel Mc Adams looked beautiful in a dark backless green August Getty dress with a thigh high split and a long train. Down to earth Rachel had her sister do her makeup ! :O

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Priyanka Chopra stunned in a gorgeous Zuhair Murad dress accessorised with $8m worth of Chopard jewellery!

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Lady Gaga flouted convention by wearing a combination of a jumpsuit and a dress! The Brandon Maxwell design evoked old style Hollywood glamour.

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And who got it wrong? Well Kate Winslet’s shiny brown sack would not be out of place on a monk. It had no redeemable features whatsoever! Kate is beautiful but I don’t know what she or Ralph Lauren were thinking….

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Kerry Washington is normally a very stylish lady but picked a weird dominatrix style Versace dress that was completely unsuitable for the red carpet. I have expressed my love of Versace in the past but this dress is a disaster!

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Olivia Wilde wore a Valentino gown which looked like tissue paper  and the choker necklace  really didn’t suit this look. It also looked like it would fall off at any minute!

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And finally while I have a huge woman crush on Miranda Kerr and think she is beauty personified, this cut-out red dress looks cheap and trashy on the red carpet. It would have been perfect if there was just a little more fabric! Hair, make-up and shoes on point though as always.

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Hope you all enjoyed this post and I hope to be posting again regularly soon!

Thanks for reading as always.

Edel

AMY- The movie

Ironically the first time I heard of Amy Winehouse was not through the medium of music. I saw her in a magazine wearing retro clothing and I thought “wow what a cool and beautiful girl, is she a singer or something? ” Even before the tattoos and beehive, Amy had a very distinct image.

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Most people will not remember Amy pre the Back To Black era. After all the image of Amy that resonates in our minds is the thin drug-addled alcoholic. This is where director Asif Kapadia’s “Amy” comes in.  The movie begins looking back at Amy’s teenage years when she was vivacious, healthy and happy. “Amy” is a documentary shot using personal home footage, live recordings, narratives from friends and acquaintances and Amy’s own lyrics.  Amy is portrayed as a cheeky fun-loving girl who loves her jazz music, a game of pool and a drink and a joint!

I won’t claim to have known Amy’s music through her first album. However when “Rehab” and the subsequent “Back to Black” album were released, I became a devotee. Amy’s lyrics and raw honesty meant you couldn’t help but love her.

The movie slowly depicts how Amy’s rise to fame and addictions culminated in her untimely death. One thing I didn’t know was that Amy suffered from bulimia and this affected her health greatly. It’s clear that her gaunt physique was not solely caused by drug abuse.

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Amy looked much healthier and happier at the beginning of her career. Pic: Pinterest

One part of the movie which was quite disturbing was how it showed her family seemed aware of her bulimia and her addictions and yet did not urge her strongly enough to seek help/rehabilitation. Amy’s father Mitch has since objected to the film’s portrayal of Amy.

Having also read Mitch’s book Amy, My Daughter, I’m not sure what to think. The movie does seem to show a balanced view of Amy in my opinion, neither condemning nor condoning her lifestyle. Kapadia mentions in interviews that he was not overly familiar  with Amy or a fan prior to making the movie. Amy is such a controversial figure that if you are a fan you will defend her to the death and if you dislike her, you will hate her. Kapadia is able to take a neutral stance.

Throughout the movie, Amy’s friends are adamant that there were opportunities where she could have been saved or at least given adequate treatment. Amy did enter rehab more than once, including one brief stint with Blake Fielder-Civil her then husband. Footage from the stay shows Blake trying to persuade Amy to sing “Rehab” while in rehab, almost goading her. Amy keeps refusing and then says quietly “But I kind of like it here.”

For me the most poignant scene was when Amy is performing via video-link at The Grammys. Having been banned from entering the US due to her reputation, Amy is forced to remain in the UK. She is watching an award being presented by jazz legend Tony Bennett. When the announcer describes Bennett as one of the greatest jazz singers, Amy declares “That’s right!” in her strong Cockney twang. In disbelief she repeats into the microphone “Dad! Dad! It’s Tony Bennett!” Seconds later, Amy is announced as the winner. The look on her face is incredible. Amy won five Grammys that night out of six nominations. It should have been a celebratory night however Amy’s life-long friend Juliet tells another story. According to her, backstage Amy sighed “This is so boring without drugs…”

Equally endearing is the footage of Amy getting nervous while recording with Tony Bennett in studio. It’s obvious how much Amy wanted to perfect the song while performing with Bennett.

Amy’s lyrics feature on-screen throughout the movie as do live performances and recordings. We also get a taster of some of her final lyrics towards the end of the movie. It left me with the longing to dust down the CDs and listen to her again.

The movie is very powerful however I did feel slightly disconnected and as though part of the story was missing in order to make the documentary work. I expected to find the movie very emotional towards the end however it’s the happiest scenes that made me feel emotional.We are left with the sense that you will never know the full story. In some ways Amy’s music is the most powerful narrator, it’s not hard to know how she was feeling when listening to her songs. In the movie Amy mentions that she didn’t want to write or sing a song unless its something she’s personally experienced. On listening to her songs, you realise Amy had heartbreak and sadness but also a reckless self-destructive streak. It is really sad knowing she will never make music again or that there will never be another Amy Winehouse. However the saddest part is the loss suffered by her friends and family, not the fans or the music industry’s loss. It is obvious Amy’s loved ones still mourn her and the film is a testament to their personal relationships and friendships also.

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I saw this premiere screening in the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield which is a lovely cinema. It was a special screening which included a Q & A session with the director, producer and Amy’s friend and former manager Nick Shymansky who filmed much of the home footage.

Have you seen the film? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. As always thank you for reading and you can like my blog on Facebook here.

R.I.P Amy 14th September 1983- 23rd July 2011.