Category: fashion

My First Belfast Fashion Week

Hiya’s.

Trousers from River Island & top is ASOS. Booties are Primark from last winter. 

HAPPY FALL

It is fashion week season! Happy fall/autumn depending on where you are from! My friends keep telling me it’s sooo American to say fall but to be honest I say either. It’s time for big chunky knit sweaters and boots..and this season, really fun funky trends which I’ll talk about later in this post! I work near the high street shops and I have my eye on so many beautiful autumnal piecesūüėć especially after the BFW press launch! I find autumn to be an inspiring renewing period in general. I get more done and just feel happy and cozy as the weather changes and pumpkin lattes resurface on all of our social media screens.

FASHIONABLY A COUPLE MINUTES LATE 

I was invited to the press launch for Belfast Fashion Week run by the fabulous Cathy Martin and happily attended this past Friday at the Fitzwilliam Hotel on an extended lunch break I took. After stepping out from my 9-5 office job, I waited on my cab which ran seriously late to the point I considered starting to jog over. Finally the cab rocks up, I jump in, listen to the driver talk about Belfast’s new bus system as I read over the press email and slap on my high heel booties. I ran in (minutes late which made me a nervous wreck because I was told to be on time) and to my surprise, the runway show itself started fashionably late…Thank god. We had time to chat and get our bearings. It was photographers, models, press, bloggers, etc. I happily chatted with bloggers I knew and met new ones for about twenty-ish minutes. This is all overwhelming but fun. VERY luckily, just because of where I was standing and socialising, I ended up right up and close with the runway entrance. Belfast Fashion Week is sponsored by West Coast Cooler so naturally I had one in my hand (It’s a wine cooler for my American readers). Annnnnd it dripped all over the floor because it was so warm in the room the condensation just slid right off my glass and onto the ground. To give you a mental image, all the guests were standing and the runway was a path cleared in the crowd. The water droplets were about a foot and a half from models and their precious high heeled feet. This is only a teeny tiny glimpse into a day in the life of Laura Murphy (and a rather glamorous one!). My friend Caoimhe said if she made a comedy show about my life she would make millions.

Me taking advantage of the prime lighting with a cheeky selfie in the Fitzwilliam, amongst the swarms of launch peeps

BOSTON TO BELFAST

If you know me you’ll know when I was 16 I got swept into modelling and did a few Boston Fashion Week shows back in 2013. It was exciting and glamorous and I guess when I left modelling I never thought I’d be at a fashion week event again. Yet here I am! And I’ll be at the runway shows in October here in Belfast. The Boston bloggers blogging at BFW in 2013 are the OG bloggers of Massachusetts and even New England. I still follow them. Check out Georgina and Elissa.

Here is my beautiful and fun friend Hama rocking her silver dress! Check her out on Instagram here.

TRENDS FOR FALL 2018

  • Tartan, plaid, check prints (think Clueless vibes)
  • Pops of colour – mustard yellow, royal blue, poppy reds
  • Power Suits (like Hillary Clinton but more 90s and much more cleavage)
  • Red lips
  • Puffa jackets
  • Polka Dots
  • Snakeskin
  • Animal print

THE LOOKS & MODELS 

It was a fantastic event. The models were gorgeous and really wore the pieces well. Apologies for a lack of quality images. My iPhone clutched hand was shaking and the other hand was holding a vey slippery beverage. I had a blast and wished I could have gone out for lunch with some of the bloggers after but alas, bills must be paid and bosses mustn’t be pissed off.

Want to attend #WCCFW in Belfast? Read more and book your tickets at: http://www.belfastfashionweek.com/

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Being Genuine Online & OOTD

Happy June (I can’t believe its June)!

Recently I’ve noticed a lot of heavy photoshopping to curate this ‘ideal’ image with bloggers and even just Instagram users in general. I can identify where an image was altered quite often and I do think some people take it way too far honestly. Hear me out, I’ve nothing wrong with perfecting your art and I know for some people, they want this very perfect, colour-coded and filtered shot that matches their Instagram aesthetic! That’s cool if to you, it’s your art and you’re not doing it to present yourself in a different way. We all may be guilty of cropping to exclude and include what we desire but when it comes to editing myself, I don’t. All I do to my photos is enhance them with one VSCO filter, mostly always from the ‘A’ row selection on the app.

Today, I’m wrecked. I didn’t sleep as much as I should’ve because I was out last night with friends and that’s probably apparent in these photos. I didn’t put a lot of effort into makeup today and just wanted a comfy but cute casual outfit so I threw this together! I like how the outfit turned out and I don’t mind that I look exhausted in these photos. It’s real, it’s me and I don’t feel a need to change that. I felt good, despite looking hangry haha!

This top is in New Look now and it’s so cute! Of course I’m wearing florals, it’s summer! And the not so summery shade of black which I can be found wearing A LOT…the jeans are the ‘Tall Moto’ jeans from Topshop, which is brilliant for tall gals. I’m about 5’9 and they’re a great length for me. Love ’em! Annnnnd Topshop do a student discount, so bring those student cards and show them at the till. I finished uni last week and don’t graduate until September so I think I can still make use of the discounts haha. I paired them with a pair of low top converse!

I personally love seeing natural photos that show imperfections! It’s so real. And often times on social media it’s easy to get carried away into thinking everyone looks so perfect. I’m staying loyal to my beliefs by not editing my photos to bits or altering how I look in my images. Being genuine is valuable. I have always said this and always will!

Do you like seeing more natural photos in your social media feeds too?

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The Big 21 & OOTN

The big 21…on the side of the ocean where I can already legally drink. A party was had up north with some rooftop cocktails at The Perch, followed by some dancing at Filthy’s not too far down the road…but the girls got a cab because of our high heels. If you know the distance between The Perch and Filthy’s you’ll think we’re insane, haha. The night somehow flew by but I was so happy with how it went!¬†

 

I had a ball getting my hair and makeup done by the lovely and funny¬†Maria Gorman¬†(Click her name to see her post about the ‘soft glam’ look on me and follow her for more) at Blue Hairdressing.¬†Everyone at the salon was so nice and they kindly gave me a glass of wine to celebrate turning 21. I must be a light weight because it went straight to my head…after one glass. I’m so lame!

As a student I tried to budget what I was spending on a special birthday outfit but still wanted to feel fab on my big night. I did a lot of searching online and in stores and eventually was pretty happy with how my outfit turned out. I went for a simple all black outfit with pearl details (you can’t see unfortunately but there’s pearls all down the back of my heels – I’d snap a quick pic but I left them in Belfast, whoops!). My heels have been broken in for awhile now, thank goodness, and I can’t find a direct link but they’re from Pretty Little Thing¬†I believe. All in all, it was an affordable outfit for a birthday!¬†I’ve provided links for all items I could find down below.

LBD – Boohoo

Earrings – Accessorize

 Purse РAccessorize

Tan Рthe local NI brand Bellamianta (I love this stuff Рgreat for even the palest of the pale!)

On my actual birthday (Monday) my two best uni friends and I got dinner and some unreal cocktails at Sophie’s in Dublin. Yes, that’s the place you see on Instagram that has the swings! Check out our swing pic below. Did you even go to Sophie’s if you didn’t get a signature swing snap? It’s fab and was such a good shout from my friend Caoimhe. I ordered a ‘Thinking of You’ so yummy.

(The dress from Monday night can be found here)

I don’t know where the weekend went but it was awesome. I’m such a lucky gal to have such great friends and a wonderful boyfriend who made it all so special for me! We¬†celebrated all weekend long, Friday-Monday, and I think I need to sleep for awhile haha.¬†Here’s to 21! I have a feeling it will be a good one.

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Bopping around Belfast Day & Look

BELFAST

I’m sitting in Cafe Nero and I just met an old family friend for coffee. We both agreed we miss Dunkin Donuts coffee wholeheartedly. After a strong Americano and a good catch up, I’m bracing myself for a rainy walk back to the flat. ¬†I thought it could be a good day to capture some shots of my outfit but alas, lighting is poor. A very typical rainy Irish day!

I’ve really taken a shining to Belfast this past while. My days here have been really laid back and quite fun. It‚Äôs a great walkable, small city with a lot of character. There is a lot of¬†brick used in the buildings here which reminds me of some of the houses on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.

Cafe Nero inside
Brick work in the houses

Like Dublin, it‚Äôs not built up. There is a restriction with height for the¬†buildings. Honestly, this used to irk me about Dublin. If I wanted a day in the city, I could only get a big town vibe. Seeing no skyscrapers bothered me. But with Belfast, I really don‚Äôt mind. There is some fabulous architecture in the city center and I find what it lacks in height it makes up for with a fun, quirky sense of art. City hall is a gorgeous spot to visit if you’re in town center.

City hall looking at town
Belfast City Hall

 

OUTFIT (But not really and I’ll explain why)

Here’s a peek at what I wore out and about today. Again, lighting was poor due to rain, sorry! I do want to invest in a proper camera once I save up enough. Little old me was my own photographer. And after some slight consideration, it would definitely be awkward if I began taking iPhone pictures of myself on the street.
I put my sheer Bershka black top (love the frill detailing at the shoulder and how it goes in at the sleeve just past the elbow) over a cheap Forever 21 cami tank top and tucked them into these grey plaid Bershka trousers, pairing them with black two strap sandals from Dunnes Stores and a H&M black handbag I picked up in a sale last week for an interview.
Mango top – ¬£8.99 in the sale ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Bershka trousers – ‚ā¨15

I typically buy things on sale except for staple pieces or shoes/accessories that I definitely know I‚Äôll wear often and for a long period of time. Clothes are very replaceable and unless you‚Äôre in love with the piece, you‚Äôll only wear it so much. ¬†Because I’m always up and down from Dublin to Belfast, you’ll notice I used different¬†
currencies under the photos. Overall, this outfit is pretty affordable.

I let my hair go natural and left it down. For makeup I stayed neutral and did a quick basic look.
Sandals – Dunnes Stores on sale for ‚ā¨9.99
Handbag РH&M on sale for £9.99

Yes, I took this last picture on the street – our sidewalks are so clean..It was outside the apartment so no one saw, shhhh. So, that’s what I went around in today! Thankfully, the rain wasn’t too heavy. Because most of these pieces were on sale I’m not sure they’re still available but it’s worth checking your local store if you like them. They’re all quite comfy and are easy to pair with dark colors.

Visiting Belfast? Check out VisitBelfast.com for touristy ideas.

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