Eclec­tic shop­ping list gives fash­ion blog­ger Amelia a sparkly, street-savvy look

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - Emma Fraser

This week we caught up with fab writer and la femme éclec­tique blog­ger Amelia O’Ma­hony-Brady (lafem­meeclec­tique.com). Her look this week is a mix of pieces by Ir­ish de­sign­ers and from in­de­pen­dent bou­tiques with a few high street bits thrown in for good mea­sure.

She shows us that shop­ping lo­cally and sup­port­ing home-grown tal­ent really does give your look that in­di­vid­ual edge.

Hon­or­Fitzsi­mons’Mon­ster Knit can­dypink scarf,

¤70, with­out a doubt, one of the most trea­sured items I own. It is a se­ri­ous show-stop­per! I fell in love with Honor’s in­cred­i­ble knits three years ago, and am over the moon to call this “eye­lash-yarn” piece my own.

RiverIs­land­black­lace-trimmed top,¤

30. I love lay­er­ing this over high-waisted skirts, as the lace trim falls at just the right length. It’s one of those ver­sa­tile sta­ples you can dress up or down as you like.

NineCrow­sturquois­esuede pen­cil­skirt,

¤36. As much I grav­i­tate to­wards the eye-catching se­quins in Nine Crows, I’m Michelle O’Rourke (voice), Kate El­lis (cello), David Brem­ner (or­gan). John Luther Adams: At a Still Point; David Brem­ner: Sweel­inck Frac­tal; Du­ru­flé: Pie Jesu; Jana Win­deren: Sub­merged; Daniel Bjar­na­son: Bow to String II & III; Ja­cob Kirkegaard: Au­di­to­rium; Conal Ryan: fifth ooze; Jonathan Nan­gle: Coastal Field Record­ings; Ja­cob Cooper: Sil­ver Threads; Brit­ten: Cor­pus Christi Carol; Gar­rett Sholdice: Or­ganum on Viderunt Omnes; Linda Buck­ley: Im­pro­vi­sa­tion on Pas­sages in­stal­la­tion piece. 8.30pm


es­pe­cially fond of their vi­brant leather and suede skirts. They come in ev­ery shade imag­in­able, and in­stantly brighten up an all-black out­fit. There was no way I was leav­ing this turquoise num­ber be­hind!

OmDi­vachan­de­lier ear­rings,

¤28 and cock­tail ring, ¤24. I have a long-stand­ing love af­fair with Om Diva’s cos­tume jew­ellery – the se­lec­tion is un­par­al­leled. I also love their ethos of wear­ing colour and sparkle to com­bat a dull day: the darker win­ter be­comes, the more I try to com­pen­sate with ex­trav­a­gant ear­rings!

An­drew Haveron (vi­o­lin), RTÉCO/John Wil­son. Jo­hann Strauss: Die Fle­d­er­maus Over­ture; Ohne Sor­gen; Voices of Spring; Fu­rioso Polka; Kreisler: Vi­en­nese Rhap­sodic Fan­tasi­etta; Jo­hann Strauss: Roses from the South; Le­hár: Merry Widow Over­ture; Jo­hann Strauss: Tales from the Vi­enna Woods; Josef Strauss: Mu­sic of the Spheres; Jo­hann Strauss: Thun­der and Light­ning Polka; On the Beau­ti­ful Blue Danube. 8pm 01-4170000


Kate Allen (so­prano), Helena Wood (vi­o­lin), Niall Car­roll (pre­sen­ter), RTÉ NSO/Gavin Maloney. Rim­sky-Kor­sakov: Polon­aise; Han­del: O thou that tellest good tid­ings to Zion; Vi­valdi: Win­ter; Bach: Bere­ite dich, Zion; Vaughan Wil­liams: Fan­ta­sia on Greensleeves; Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite (exc); plus carols. 1.05pm 01-4170000


Sem­i­nar on De­signs on in­ter­ac­tion, In­sights from nat­u­ral and ar­ti­fi­cial sys­tems with Adam Lin­son. 1pm Adm free 048-90974867

Queen’s Univer­sity Symphony Orchestra, Brass Band, Cham­ber Choir, Mu­sic So­ci­ety Choir. 7.30pm £7 048-90974867

THURS­DAY 17 BELFAST RiverIs­land­black­leather-look jacket,

¤87. Ev­ery­one needs a black leather jacket in their wardrobe; it adds an ef­fort­less edge to any ensem­ble. This one comes with a de­tach­able fur col­lar, which I usu­ally only wear when my jew­ellery is min­i­mal.


¤50. I am a sucker for glit­ter boots and I couldn’t re­sist pick­ing this pair from Zara’s new-sea­son col­lec­tion. They’re sur­pris­ingly good for danc­ing the night away.

Asarule.. .

No mat­ter what the oc­ca­sion, I al­ways like to throw a bit of sparkle into my look. On the days where I’m wear­ing less colour, I tend to put on a state­ment piece of jew­ellery – like chan­de­lier ear­rings or a cock­tail ring – to con­trast a muted colour pal­ette. The only rule I en­force is that com­fort wins above all, es­pe­cially where shoes are con­cerned. I’ll take a chunky-heeled an­kle boot over a pair of stilet­tos any day.

Pho­tos: Dean Ryan McDaid

UO/Daniel Row­land (vi­o­lin). Vi­valdi: The Four Sea­sons; Pi­az­zolla/Desy­at­nikov: The Four Sea­sons of Buenos Aires. 1.05pm £6 048-90239955

Franzisca Schroeder (sax­o­phone), Tanya Houghton (harp). Chris Cor­ri­gan, Justin Yang, Daniel Barkley, Chris McCann. 1.10pm Adm free 048-90974867


Pi­ano mas­ter class with John O’Conor. 9am 01-6325300

Cara O’Sul­li­van (so­prano), RTÉ NSO/David Bro­phy. Rossini: Wil­liam Tell Over­ture; Una voce poco fa; Han­del: Re­joice greatly; Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker (exc); Gounod: Je veux vivre; Puc­cini: Un bel di; De­libes: Les filles de Cadix; Prokofiev: Troika; Leon­tovich/ Wil­housky: Carol of the Bells; Trad: Wex­ford Carol; Adams/Weatherly: The Holy City; Korn­gold: Der Sch­nee­mann Over­ture; An­der­son: Sleigh Ride; Adam: O Holy Night; Watts/Ma­son: Joy to the World; Wes­ley: Hark! The Her­ald An­gels Sing. 3.30pm, 8pm 01-4170000

Sarah Brady (so­prano), Martha Bredin

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