Wednesday, 21 September 2016

My Experience at Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design

Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design, I can't even begin to explain how much I learned in just the one short week that I was here. What better place to learn about fashion than from the company that publishes Vogue? I say - the Vogue way, or no way.

 From it's very satisfying all white aesthetic, to the particularly inspiring staff and amazing guest speakers - this college is what fashion dreams are made of!


Thursday, 8 September 2016

Autumn/Winter Trends 2016/17

September is here and Fashion Week is a go. So before we get ahead of ourselves and become excited about the Spring/Summer 2017 trends. Here is a little reminder of whats trending right now. Followers of this season's trends shall embrace their fearlessness when it comes to clothing. With thigh high boots making a comeback, stand-out sweaters stealing the show and evening dresses that scream 'look-at-me!', there is no room for being shy about the way you dress. This season is not for the fainthearted.


Monday, 29 August 2016

Culotte Lovin' - A Transitional Look

So here we are, right now, cemented in between the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. All of us fashionistas and shoppers alike are wondering should we continue to wear and purchase summer trends or shall we start stocking up on our winter woolies? And the biggest question of all is... how does one make that wardrobe transition from Summer to Autumn?!

Thursday, 18 August 2016

The Many Faces of Fashion

With fashion week coming up I wanted to talk about fashion as a whole, as an industry. So what does 'fashion' mean today?


Friday, 12 August 2016

August Wishlist

Ah August, the month where summer is slowly but surely wrapping up and Autumn is knocking at your door. The month where you realise an endless summer is never going to happen, well maybe in Sydney but definitely not in Dublin. We might be able to squeeze one or two more wears of our gladiator sandals in, but after that it'll be time to lock them up for the next 6 months. Although I might be able to wear sandals once or twice more, I've ruled out buying anymore because the realisation that summer is ending has well and truly set in. Probably due to the fact that its pouring rain outside as I sit here writing this post. Any who, this month I am lusting over practical outfits for going back to college and items that will last me right through the months of Autumn. My wardrobe is packed to the brim with crop tops and sun dresses. It is lacking serious layering ability, so it's time to stock up.

Shop the items that are on the top of my wishlist below.

Trousers | Skirt


Sunday, 7 August 2016

Denim Daze

Today on Style Speaks Louder than fashion I will be sharing another personal style post, shot by, the gorgeous Shannon Daly.

One can never go wrong with an all denim look. It's a classic. Whether it's ripped denim, acid wash denim or vintage denim - it's fail proof. This dress, with it's patchwork detailing and frayed hems is the perfect kind of summer dress, for me. It can be dressed up with accessories for festivals and dressed down for the day time.

For this particular look I paired the dress with all white Adidas Superstars and kept the jewellry to a minimum, for a clean and simple look for day time wear. And of course, whats an outfit without a pair of sunglasses, right? The dress is the star of this show, therefore I didn't  pair it with anything that would take the look away from it.

Shop the look here.


Wednesday, 3 August 2016

My Top 5 Favourite Fashion Blogs

Reading fashion blogs takes up about 90% of my life, they are my main source of fashion inspo. I could spend all day scrolling through Blog Lovin' reading one fashion article after another. I, myself prefer to read blogs rather than magazines as I feel they are more genuine. So, here is a list of my favourite fashion blogs at the moment.

No this is not a blog about repelling men. It is a humorous blog for serious fashion, talking about the trends that women love and men hate. This might just be my favourite blog of all time as it celebrates all of the things I love, fashion, humour and female empowerment.

Retro Flame is a fashion and lifestyle blog written by Erika Fox. It is a compact diary of Erika's style, work and travels. What I love about Erika is her work ethic and motivation that is just infectious. She is constantly motivating her fan base to set goals and work hard but also promotes not being too hard on yourself. She is the ultimate #GirlBoss in my eyes.

The Business of Fashion is an absolute must read for fashion enthusiasts and professionals. It offers business-savvy content such as the stocks and sales of major fashion houses. When trying to pursue a career in the fashion industry, like myself, this is the perfect website to source the all important information.

Inthefrow is written by London based Victoria Magrath. It offers a mixture of high-street and designer fashion posts along with beauty, travel and lifestyle. Inthefrow is now a well established brand and as a newbie blogger I feel like I can learn a lot from Victoria. She has written many posts which offer tips on how to improve your blogging.

And last but most definately not least, Opsh The Magazine is where content and shopping are linked. What I love about this website is that it offers endless fashion inspo but also gives you the option to purchase the items straight away, aaannnddd there is always a discount on offer. So it's a win/win situation.

I read each of these websites almost everyday to help me keep up to date with the fashion industry, the latest trends, and just for some good ol' reading material. I hope you are able to draw some inspiration from these websites aswell or just enjoy reading them too.

Torey x


Tuesday, 2 August 2016

An Embroidered Denim & Off the Shoulder Look

Today I will be writing about something a little different here on Style Speaks Louder than Fashion. I usually lean towards writing some more fashion informative and article type posts. But today I've decided to add a little personalization to the blog and share the details of my personal style.
So a couple of days ago my photographer, Shannon, and I headed to Dun Laoghaire for the afternoon to shoot some looks. It was my first time ever stepping infront of the lens so I was a little nervous as you can imagine. But all in all it was a good experience for both Shannon and myself and we got some great pictures at the end of the day. If you would like to check out more of Shannon's work you can find her website here.
This look has been my go-to for the summer. It is the perfect mix of light and warm clothing to suit the ever changing Dublin weather. The dungaree's have quite a tight fitting on the legs, and as you already know wearing tight clothing in the sun keeps you pretty warm. So to create a balance of clothing to keep me warm enough, but not too cold I paired the dungarees with a light and breezy cold-shoulder top.
The embroidered denim trend has been my favourite of the summer, and thanks to Gucci's Fall 2016 collection the trend will continue right through to the next season. Pair the dungarees with a velvet, bell-sleeve shirt and voila! You are already on-trend for Fall 2016.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I did creating it. There will be alot more personal style posts coming to Style Speaks Louder than Fashion soon, so watch this space! Click on the links below to shop the look. Both the rings and sunglasses are from Primark - who do not have an online website, so I have linked similar items. Also unfortunately H&M are only stocking the white version of the earrings I am wearing in the pictures above.
Dungarees | Top | Earrings | Sunglasses (similar) | Shoes | Rings (similar)

Torey x

Friday, 15 July 2016

July Wishlist

The spring/summer season is my favourite time of year for fashion. It's all about minimalism rather than layering up. SS/16 is all about romantic-ruffles, 90s vibes, underwear as outerwear, pyjamas for daytime and lots and lots of stripes. Although I don't usually tend to keep up with trends, I am loving them this season and I could really see myself working them into my wardrobe. Also this month, I am all about comfort. When I usually shop for clothes I tend to always buy really dressy clothes so my wardrobe is lacking a serious amount of everyday clothes. 

Shop some of my recent purchases and all the items that are on the top of my wishlist below.
Top | Jumpsuit | Vans

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Festival Outfit #Inspo for Colder Weather

Year in and year out Coachella sets the tone for festival fashion. Yet not all festivals are held in the sunshine state that is California - where there is a complete lack of mud and rain btw. So why is it that we feel the need to dress as if we are headed to the warm and sunny Coachella rather than the wet and muddy festivals of the UK and Ireland.

I, myself have been to two festivals so far this year. Life Festival held in Belevedere House Park and Gardens, Mullingar and Parklife held in Heaton Park, Manchester. Both of which I packed for like I was off to Coachella.

Luckily, for Life Festival the weather was gorgeous so I got away with packing short shorts and crop tops. But my luck didn't last for long. At Parklife, it rained the whole god damn time. I hadn't even packed a pair of wellies!! So there I was dancing around Heaton Park in a tiny crochet dress and little studded boots like a drowned rat, covered in mud. Although I can say that it didn't effect the time I had, because it was still incredible, I do wish I had of been a little smarter about what I was packing.

So as were are in the midst of full blown festival madness right now, where it feels like nearly every weekend is filled with some sort of outdoor music event, I have decided to put together four festival-worthy looks that won't let you freeze to death.

For look number one, keep it clean and simple like Alexa Chung. A Monochrome themed look with some grunge vibes can never go wrong at a festival.

For look number two, it's all about the wild wild west. Think cowboys and Indians when dressing up. Matching embroidered garments with some fringing and you've got the look nailed. 

For look number three were sticking with our Coachella-inspired sunshine-worthy outfit but throwing a pair of tights underneath to keep warm. 


Still want to wear that playsuit but not feeling the tights? For look number four, match your playsuit with a pair of thigh-high boots rather than tights. They are the ultimate fashion accessory for keeping those legs warm. 

Naturally when going to festivals we all hope for good weather, but unfortunately we don't always get it. So get a little smarter when packing for festivals. Your festival wardrobe should be a survival kit to make your experience easier, not harder. 

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