PERSONAL STYLE … and why it matters ?

As we age, finding clothes that suit our changing shape, skin texture and lifestyle can be very challenging!

Sometimes it can feel like nothing suits you anymore  . . . and you end up wearing a ‘uniform’ of black pants and polos (or leggings and a jumper!) and you then panic buy for occasions just to have something wear - but end up not really feeling like yourself!

A solution is to take some time to discover … or perhaps re-visit … your own personal style - your unique fashion personality.

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Your place in the sun. My top 10 things to do on the French Riviera

After the Dingle Peninsula, the French Riviera is my favourite place on Earth.

Along with family, friends and colleagues, I have been going there for 13 years, and I am often asked to recommend places to stay, things to do, and what to pack !

So, I hope the following brief overview, including my own top 10 things to do & see is useful if you are planning a trip to the Riviera. As always PM me on Instagram if you want any more information 

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Introducing our new Personal Style Masterclass

Are you over 40 and feel you are stuck in a style rut ? Then this new Personal Style Masterclass in the Kingsley Hotel, Cork on Sunday 2nd of September is for you. Dedicated to the fashion, beauty and lifestyle requirements of women over the age 40 and beyond (with advice for each decade), it promises to give participants easy to follow, practical advice on what really works for different ages, body shapes and sizes. So before spending lots of time and money on clothes that do that suit you, or skincare that doesn't deliver results for your age, join top industry experts for an engaging and interactive afternoon in the wonderful surroundings of the Kingsley Hotel, Cork. Tickets are priced at €75 - with a limited EARLY BOOKING OFFER OF €60 and are available directly from www.orladiffily.eu or from Eventbrite. 

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50 things you need to know by 50

I am celebrating a big birthday this year - and it got me thinking about all the things I wish I knew when I was 25 - but learned the hard way - and also some observations I would like to share :}

  1. Resilience. Ultimately inner resilience will see you through life. Unfortunately it can only be acquired by getting up when you fall down. So try to remember that when times are hard, - that by getting up, moving on and not looking back,  you are building the inner strength for longer term happiness.

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A Midsummer night's fashion dream

Rising international fashion designer, Colin Horgan, made a much anticipated return to his native Kerry as the Special Guest Designer at Irish design showcase “An Enchanted Forest” on Midsummer’s night , Thursday 21st of June, in the spectacular natural setting of Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, County Kerry. Currently based in London, Horgan has dressed Lady GaGa, Rita Ora, Little Mix and Dua Lipa and opened the main show with his collection. The show focused on sustainable fashion and designers featured included big names in Irish fashion industry including Sarah Murphy, Alice Halliday, Carol Kennelly, Tina Griffin, Hazel Comyn, Helen Steele, Aoife Hannon, Delphine Grandjouan, House of Kerry (silk scarves) and emerging young talents Siobhan Heffernan (SIBIHEFF) and Rita Zachar.

(Photo shown here is the finale featuring Delphine Grandjouan)

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Orla Diffily
Cover shoot styling

Delighted to have styled the cover shoot for RSVP Magazine featuring one of Ireland’s most famous and loved couples - Daniel & Majella O Donnell.⭐️ Big thanks to my assistant on the day Jess Irwin.

All Daniel’s looks are from Ryles Menswear and Majella’s looks are from Hannons of Castleisland, Coco Boutique Listowel and Bailey & Co with shoes by Footprints Styled with Atir Shapewear.

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Colin Horgan, will make a much anticipated return to his native Kerry as the Special Guest at the forthcoming “An Enchanted Forest”

Rising international fashion designer, Colin Horgan, will make a much anticipated return to his native Kerry as the Special Guest at the forthcoming “An Enchanted Forest” experience on Midsummer’s night , Thursday 21st of June, in the spectacular setting of Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, County Kerry. Currently based in London, Horgan has dressed Lady GaGa, Little Mix and Dua Lipa and is widely considered one of Ireland’s brightest young fashion design talents on the world stage. Tickets are priced at €85 and can be purchased from Eventbrite, online directly from orladiffily.eu or call 086 8399115.

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Orla Diffily
“An Enchanted Forest” - Irish Design Showcase with focus on Sustainable Fashion

“An Enchanted Forest” - a fashion evening featuring top designers & boutiques showcasing Summer Collections, with a dedicated presentation on sustainable fashion, will be held on Midsummer’s night , Thursday 21st of June, in the spectacular setting of Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, County Kerry.

 

The evening will feature collections from Helen Steele, Alison Conneely,  Sarah Murphy, Alice Halliday, Carol Kennelly, Tina Griffin, Hazel Comyn, Aoife Hannon, Delphine Grandjouan, House of Kerry (silk scarves). Special guest on the night is international Womenswear Designer Colin Horgan, who is from Ardfert in Kerry and now based in London. Colin Horgan has dressed Lady GaGa and Dua Lipa and is widely considered one of fashion's brightest young talents on the world stage.

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Kerry Wedding Show - Summer Expo

I, along with stellar team at Upfront Model Management, are delighted to be producing the two bridal fashion shows at the forthcoming Kerry Wedding Show Summer Expo on Sunday 20th of May in the INEC Killarney, Co. Kerry. This will be the wedding event of the Summer so put the date into your diary now !  

The Kerry Wedding Show Summer Expo is organised by Radio Kerry and will feature top exhibitors offering everything the couple to be and their families need to organise the perfect wedding. For more information on participating in the fashion show contact me directly and for information on taking a stand at the Kerry Wedding Show Summer Expo contact Melanie O’Sullivan at Radio Kerry on 066 7191207.

See you on the 20th of May for the Wedding Event of the Summer

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Put a SPRING into your step . . .

Last week on RTE Today I showed 6 new SPRING / SUMMER looks from Ara Shoes including the much talked about Ara Fusion 4 trainers. All of the looks were styled with separates and occasion wear from Hannons of Castleisland (who are celebrating 80 years in business this Summer!). 

This is the 3rd time I have showcased Ara shoes on RTE Today and we always get a wonderful response, particularly from those who need comfortable shoes for work and leisure (and going out!) and also those with foot problems - or outsized feet! Some of the Ara Styles are available up to size 9 and all come in wide fittings. 

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Styling cover shoot with RSVP

What a wonderful day I had styling the cover shoot for RSVP Magazine April with the winner of Dancing with the Stars Aidan O Mahony, his gorgeous wife Denise and their adorable daughter Lucia in the magnificent surroundings of the Muckross Park Hotel

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Personal Style. What is it and how to get it!

YOU HEAR IT SAID A LOT
"HE / SHE HAS GREAT PERSONAL STYLE" . . . 

IN THIS CELEBRITY AND INSTAGRAM OBSESSED WORLD, WHERE NEARLY EVERYONE WANTS TO LOOK LIKE SOMEONE ELSE, IF YOU CAN IDENTIFY, PERFECT AND AUTHENTICALLY OWN YOUR PERSONAL / SIGNATURE STYLE, IT SAYS EVERYTHING! 

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The 'key' to a perfect wardrobe

Hands up  . . . if you have a special event coming up and you literally only shop with this in mind. Perhaps even panic buying your outfit - and then only wearing it ONCE !

Save yourself time and money (and a lot of stress) and build a wardrobe of basic essentials and statement key pieces that you can easily mix and match and re-style for every occasion.

Read on for more . . .

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... then we take Berlin

"They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom
For trying to change the system from within
I'm coming now, I'm coming to reward them
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin"

Leonard Cohen

I have wanted to go to Berlin since I was a child. I am not sure if it was my dad's vast knowledge of German history or the allure of Marlene Dietrich - but I always felt I just needed see Berlin. If you are planning a trip you might find this blogpost helpful. 

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RTE Today

Season 6 of RTE Today premiered in September - and due to it's enormous popularity - the show is now an hour longer - starting at the earlier time of 3.30pm every weekday afternoon.

I present a weekly fashion feature showcasing top Irish retailers, boutiques and designers. I always receive such wonderful feedback from the show - so thank you for all the support. 

If you would like more information on being featured on my fashion features on RTE Today, please contact me directly (details on my contact page) or PM @orladiffily 

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Orla Diffily
#lovecastleisland Christmas Collections Show

The #lovecastleisland Christmas Collections Show held in the magnificent setting of the historic Ivy Lane Theatre in Castleisland, County Kerry was a huge success. Mc'ed by blogger and fashionista, Orlagh Winters, the event was completely sold out as style lovers gathered to exclusively preview what was on trend for all ages and sizes for the season from the town’s top boutiques. We were delighted to produce  this event with models from our Agency.

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