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Monday, 25 February 2013

Sunday with Campo Marzio...

Good morning to all of my beloved readers! 

Even if it's quite hard to believe, here we go with another Monday...

If I look back at one month ago I still cannot believe how many things happened and how fast.
It seems yesterday when I booked the flights for London and now here I am already a week after my trip there.

Everything is coming up at the same time and I am filled with deadlines at the moment, but as you know that doesn't discourage me from taking part to every possible thing I could be involved in...

That's why today I am here to show you a preview of the last shooting by the Sami and Karen team.


(Zainab and me)

the lovely lady I have already introduced to you when I went to her fashion even earlier in December, is just back from a long trip all around Italy (my lovely home town included!) and she has brought some new fresh contacts and brand she is going to promote in Ireland.

One of there is the Roman based leather brand Campo Marzio, whose bags and purses Sami and Karen have been shooting yesterday.
The brand as I said is Italian, originally based in Rome, but is now spreading all over the world in Dubai, Paris, London and with Zainab's help is for sure going to take over Ireland very soon...

The shooting was focused on a very strong concept that Sami has been thinking about for quite a while now: using the shape of the beautiful model 

which was posing alone for this, carrying various purses, and then make it quite dark in the final picture while highlighting the bags and their colours in order to make them stand out because of their colour.
That made a lot of sense and I thought it was very appropriate as one of the main features of this leather brand is colour:

The matches were very nice and somehow different from the other similar brands I've seen before, especially in Italy.
Back home there are many leather brands like this, which are usually famous for their extremely good quality as the leather is so smooth you could easily make a pillow with it, but also extremely high prices, which make them great for really big presents and very few other occasions.

But when I asked Zainab to tell me something about Campo Marzio, assuming that it belonged to a typology of brand I was pretty much aware of, she surprised me by explaining me a complete different concept: the aim would be to keep the quality level high, which is assured by the Made in Italy, but bringing the price down to a much more affordable average, so that they could reach a wider range of costumers, who could enjoy a nice leather computer bag instead of the plastic stuff we all carry around nowadays...

I thought it was absolutely brilliant, because I am sure that if the prices were just a little lower, many people would choose and prefer the quality of one of these leather brands to many other alternatives...

The shooting was super fun, as usual...

Usually, in every shooting there are strengths and weakens.
This time, the strongest points were for sure some of the beautiful dresses provided from Zainab 

who definitely has a sixth sense for finding vintage clothes or incredibly beautiful gowns, such as the Spanish inspired long black dress I completely fell in love with and which they matched with some of the black leather purses during the shoot

Another strong point to reinforce the looks were the accessories, such as the green ring which Zainab matched with the green leather bag... it was just perfect and I cannot wait to see how it's going to look int he final pictures!

Apart from that, someone who really inspired me yesterday was the make up artist charged of the shooting.
Her name is Sandra Rakasova and she works as a free lance not only for fashion but also for movies and theatre.
She is so brilliant, not only she made me understand one more time how difficult it is to make a good make up, but she showed me some pictures of her work and I was so surprised of what she is able to do...

(Sandra Rakasova at work)

Not only the amazing creative make ups she does with stones of different colours and crazy shapes, 
but also special effects and movie make up...

So, both if you are indecise what to do next Halloween or if you need a very good professional make up for a special event, just give her a call and she will have you sorted...
Meanwhile, take a look at her website over here:

It's so good!

So basically, it was another really nice Sunday of shooting, and even if I wasn't able to join the time long this time because of the flu which is still trapping me, it was so worth to pop by and take a look at it, as usual...

(Zainab and Wissam, heads of Scarlet-4-Fashion and me)

Good job team!
See you all very soon for the next photo shoot! :)

(Sami, Zainab and me)


Sunday, 24 February 2013

Snapshots of the week!

Following Alex's class at The College of Dance in Monkstown

My amazing long week end in Londan and the parties 

Fashion city with Lou and Niamh

The photo shoot for my friends of the Stream A 

The shooting of Campo Marzio made by Sami for Zainab

Pol coming to Dublin!

Have a lovely week everyone!

And as usual... stay tuned!


From North London to Camden Town...

Happy Sunday everybody!

Here I am again, still sick and somehow alive after working for eight hours with the flu yesterday... To be honest I don't even know how I did it!
Well, as promised today I'll show you the last photographic episode of the London saga.

As I told you, one of the days I've spent there I have bee waiting for someone around Trafalgar square, which initially pissed me off over the limit but then ended up being quite forgivable not only because it ave me the chance to take the pics I showed you already but because he then provided a very nice trip to Camden Town and a drink in a super cool place I'll remember about next time I go there..

It was cool because I haven't been Camden Town at evening time on my last trip to the city.
It's incredible how different it looks, with all the little lights and the shops open until late.
Same amount of crazy people on the street, the musicians that remind me so much about Dublin, same food stands from all over the universe

 but night all around and the dark sky, which add a very different somehow magical feeling to this town which is already so unique...

What confirmed to me the double identity of Camden Town between day and night was the fact that my friend Fran and I went there also the day after that, for a lunch with some other friends...
It was an incredibly fantastic day and we went to Camden from Baker Street walking through Regent's Park.
It was so beautiful to enter in this other oasis of tranquillity and peace, where people were playing football, going to the zoo or just walking around like us two, while the sun was shining and everything screamed: Sunday morning!

The part of the walk that I liked the most was when we crossed the locks and got to Camden Town from the opposite way from the one you end up when you go there with the station.

Walking under the bridges and finally seeing the town appearing from afar, with all the people sitting in the sun or walking around was so relaxing... It was one of these wow-life moments when you realise that everything around you is beautiful: your eyes full, your heart full, your head empty and your thoughts light.

What I really like about London is that despite being a place that will always be able to surprise me, every time I come here I see the same things in the same place, being just slightly different.

It feel like even if this city is full of life and constantly changing, simply because there is too much going on, too many people not to change non stop, it had a deep soul about it which sticks the same.
Maybe that's why the feeling of the city, its old fashion attitude and its cliches are still the same since centuries and will probably remain the same ones for a long time.

What I am saying is that every time I go back to London, even if I'm perfectly aware that I do not own the city at all, I feel like I am finding it again where I left it, and if I wanted to I'd be able to catch up with it and progress in its knowledge.
It is a tough city, it doesn't give anything for granted, ti doesn't allow you any distraction.
But yet, if you'll be able to dig deeper under the old dusty curtain it has on it, or even remove she shining lights which make you loose the way sometimes or hypnotise you, you'll discover it has amazing presents for you.

Most of the people fall in love with London at first sight, especially the tourists.
I didn't.
As you know, because I told you many times, I used to dislike London very much.
Our relationship has always been tormented, conflictual: both of us wanted the other to be in a way that is not ours.
But now, I feel like London and I are finding a compromise.
We are learning how to love each other every time a little more...

Sometimes they say that this kind of love, the one you build up slowly and critically, is the one that lasts the most, the most true one, because once you accept the fact that you actually fell in love you have already examined all the possible negative aspects and reasons why you shouldn't, which allows you to just give up and go with the flow.

I am not there yet, I am still in between the line of love/hate.
But I am also aware of the fact that I'm learning how to love this city, because for the first time I feel something about it which is the closest thing to love for me: curiosity.

(Gorgeous Franni in Camden Town, London)

Stay tuned!


Friday, 22 February 2013

@Fashion City

Buenos dias!

I know... You might start wondering how is it possible that I am posting something on my beloved blog everyday despite telling you how busy I am...

Well, my secret is the flu! Which I got yesterday and which I think is going to give me plenty of time to stay in my bed with my computer and books and, of course, update my page...

As I told you yesterday, we still miss some updates from my week end in London, but today I want to give you a brake from that whole lot of pictures of the beautiful metropolis in order to talk to you about some nice thing I've been yesterday morning with my lovely girls Niamh and Louise (before getting the flu...).

Niamh came to collect me late morning in college and we drove to Ballymount, right outside Dublin, where there is FASHION CITY, a very big industrial estate which could for sure look a little more glamorous but whose function is fantastic: showcase collections from various designers, which are being exposed and promoted here for a certain amount of time from the creators and the PRs who work here.

And guess who got a spot in one of the estates? Of course, Lou's collection!

We got there and she came to pick Niamh and I up at the coffee place in the middle of Fashion City and brought us to her place: a room where her collection is being exposed and surrounded by other designers of hats, bags and jewels...

It was so good to see Lou's designs after a while and even if many pieces were not there as they are either being manufactured at the moment or have already been sold, 

some of the best were still there, such as many of the silk shirts which I am so in love with.

As I said, in the same spot of Louise there were also a jewels designer 

and a Spanish hat and accessories maker.

The jewels were pretty good, some of them a little old fashioned, some other really great such as the neck piece with feathers I totally fell in love with...

After a while that we were there playing with the designs and looking at the jewels, one of the PRs who work at Fashion City and who is helping Lou came over and after having a chat on her marvellous Chanel vintage bolero which hypnotised us all, she brought us to another room where some other designers were being exposed.

In particular we liked the dresses from a British brand called Diva, 

which were corky and colourful and we had a laugh finding out which colour suited us better...

But also the Spanish Silvia Pena, 

whose furs drove me crazy, they were so beautiful...

And also incredibly cheap. When I started looking at the prices, I really considered coming back to Fashion City for a proper shopping session... It would mean to find out something of a great quality, good design and very convenient price...
Magical combination?
Well, yes! That's why I was so shocked, as I thought that the design pieces would have been more expensive because they are being exposed there, and not the other way around...

Also, shopping at Fashion City could give you the chance to find something very original and useful, such as the rain coats that Lou showed us and whose prints were so much fun.

Who doesn't need a proper rain coat in Ireland?
Or maybe a hat?

It was a very fun morning, which ended up with a coffee in the middle of Fashion City, planning a project which I hope I'll be able to share with you very soon...
Thanks Lou and Niamh for providing such a fun morning which kept me up for the whole day, despite the flu!

If you wish to know more about Fashion City, here's the official web site:!

Trust me, it's worth a look! ;)

See you soon, stay tuned!