Happy Friday guys… First of all, THANK YOU for all your lovely birthday wishes and messages in general after last Friday’s post. The post was definitely different and very personal, but the messages I have been receiving have been amazing – so thank you! Speaking of my birthday, I had THE BEST weekend in Newport with the girls. If you follow me on Snapchat or Instagram you may have seen the girls got me my very own Snapchat Filter!!!! Amazing! Erika actually vlogged the weekend, so if you want to see what we got up to, you can see her video here.
So it’s officially March. Can you believe it? We’re two months deep into 2017 and I couldn’t be more excited for the next few weeks. In 3 short weeks I’m off to Australia and Bali (eeeeks), but before then I’m hoping to take part in the #WearingIrish campaign that will be running throughout March as much as possible. #WearingIrish was started last year here in New York by Margaret Molloy and the idea is to support Irish brands throughout the entire month of March (not just on St. Patrick’s Day). The value of Irish fashion is something I really discovered (and defended every single day!) when I was doing my PhD, so I will always be up for supporting Irish brands in anyway. Ireland has so much to offer when it comes to fashion and design too. I think #WearingIrish is a fabulous way to build awareness, especially at a time of year when all eyes are on Ireland…
One of my mini goals for 2017 was to wear more Irish brands too, so I thought getting involved in #WearingIrish was the perfect push to do just that. I’m kicking it off my participation today by wearing not just an Irish brand, but a brand from Mayo!!!! The brand is Nigel O’Reilly Goldsmith and not only was I blown away by Nigel’s beautiful designs, but I literally nearly fell off my seat when I found out he’s based 1 mile from my house back home. I’m from the countryside (as in the middle of nowhere), so to find out this was happening so close to home was crazy. It really made me think about how many amazing things must be going on at home that we know nothing about.
In my defense, for the past few years Nigel has worked with major high end jewellery companies like Garrard & Boodles, and it’s only now that he is focusing on his own collection. It’s perfect timing for me – for both #WearingIrish and for my birthday (I’m gonna keep this birthday going for a while). I know I bought myself a new bag – my first proper designer piece (I’m obsessed) – but I do always mark special life moments with a new piece of investment jewellery too (I did the same thing when I got my PhD) and Nigel’s pieces are definitely investment pieces…
Photos by Claire Petersen
I’m wearing the Tahitian black pearl dress ring here and of course I was drawn to this piece because of the pink sapphires. If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know this vibrant pink shade is my all time favourite colour. I just can’t resist it and this ring, with the mix of the black pearl, pink sapphires and white gold, is absolutely stunning. A real statement piece and one I’ll have for years to come. Nigel also designs stunning engagement rings and wedding bands. I pretty sure I won’t be needing those anytime soon, but if you are in the market for them you should definitely check out his pieces.
To be totally honest with you, I still can’t believe all of this happen just ‘up the road’ from where I lived all my life (before NYC). I’m so impressed!!
Over the next few weeks my plan is to make an effort to wear some Irish pieces in my everyday looks. Be sure to follow me on my Instagram if you want to follow along. And if you want to get involved yourself, use #WearingIrish on your snaps.
I’ll be back later today with this week’s Friday Five post too… Stand by,