Gallery 21 BH

by Aisling Harrington-Tolfrey


What a way to start the morning after the ball. Had a wonderful morning in Gallery 21 BH learning how to make croissants. The delicious recipe is posted below if anyone would like to try your hand at making them. It was a real treat to see Chef Michael in his natural environment. This is a super chic place to go for a bite to eat. Looking forward to bringing my sisters here for breakfast. #gallerycafe #masterclass #foodie #bahrainbloggers##mumsinbahrain #gallery21bh #croissant #stpatricksday #breakfast


by Aisling Harrington-Tolfrey


Three sisters in Bahrain and our first St. Patrick's Day Ball together. So blessed to have two of my sisters in Bahrain. Funny how life works out. I was away at boarding school when Sinead, on the right was little. Siobhan has been away from Ireland, for many years. I have to pinch myself sometimes. You just never know what's around the corner. This little gem of and island has brought us together. For me it's the hearts of the people here,that makes this place so special. Just a pity Ceire my other sister wasn't there too. Thank you Bahrain this Month for the photo. #sistersinbahrain #blessed 


Stuart Weitzman's classic corkswoon pump is still going strong.

by Aisling Harrington-Tolfrey


THE CORKSWOON PUMP BHD 231.90 Color: Nice Blue Suede 

THE CORKSWOON PUMP

BHD 231.90 Color: Nice Blue Suede 

One of its most famous fans is Royal Highness Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. She first wore this wedge  back in 2012.  She has worn her Corkswoons to multiple public engagements over the last few years.  Here she is wearing them with a Diane Von Furstenberg dress in Australia, in 2014:

Color: Nice Blue Suede

Color: Nice Blue Suede

Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon wedge has a heel of approximately 4.5 inches, a 1.25 inch platform and a rubber sole.  They are made in Spain.  

Stuart Weitzman adds extra padding under the Corkswoon’s insole to cushion the bottom of your foot, making these shoes super comfortable to walk around in. The wedge heel is high, but the platform and special graded design ensures your foot maintains a comfortable pitch at a natural angle, so you can wear these wedges all day long.

So if you fancy splashing out on a classic pair of wedges, then look no further. They'll give you a great bit of height and are so comfortable that you can nearly run in them. Available in three colours, nice blue suede, caramel leo raffia and pyrite nocturm.:

Color: Caramel Leo Raffia

Color: Caramel Leo Raffia

Color: Pyrite Nocturn

Color: Pyrite Nocturn

Click to shop Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon wedge

I love them and hope you do too.

 

Aisling in Bahrain. 


Boho cool glammour with River Island

by Aisling Harrington-Tolfrey


Cut down to the floor, you'll look effortlessly glamorous in this textured blue maxi dress. Kimono style sleeves and a belted wrap front combine to make it a flattering choice too. Priced at a  £60.00 click the image to shop.

DARK BEIGE SUEDE CAGED GOLD TRIM SANDALS

There's nothing more sexy than a pair of glamorous caged heels. Whether it's cocktail hour, or a special occasion, these metallic trim heels have got you covered, and feature a zip back fastening for ease of wear. Heel height 11cm. £65.00 a fraction of the cost of Jimmy Choo,. Click the image to shop.

GOLD TONE TASSEL LAYER NECKLACE With a double chain and tassel design, this gold tone necklace will elevate your everyday outfits. Short necklace length 20cm, pendant 10cm; long necklace length 38cm, pendant 13cm. Priced at £25.00, click the image to shop.     

GOLD TONE TASSEL LAYER NECKLACE

With a double chain and tassel design, this gold tone necklace will elevate your everyday outfits. Short necklace length 20cm, pendant 10cm; long necklace length 38cm, pendant 13cm. Priced at £25.00, click the image to shop. 

 

 

GOLD TONE MINI TUSK HAIR CROWN Embellish your look with this gold tone hair crown. Decorated with miniature tusk pendants, it's a winning choice for pool-bar glamour. £8.00 click image to shop.

GOLD TONE MINI TUSK HAIR CROWN

Embellish your look with this gold tone hair crown. Decorated with miniature tusk pendants, it's a winning choice for pool-bar glamour. £8.00 click image to shop.


Affordable ‪Fashion with H&M

by Aisling Harrington-Tolfrey


Who doesn't love a little bit of affordable fashion, at just BD4.900. Just love these little straw clutch bags with gold chain detail. Stumbled across them in H&M Seef yesterday. They will bring you from day to night and are classic. Perfect for the summer. Available in three different colours yellow, gold and baby blue. Spoilt for choice. Which one is for you? 

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The Death of the Lob: Why the Reign of the Long Bob Needs to End.

by Aisling Harrington-Tolfrey


  • Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, Vogue, November 2010

WHY THE REIGN OF THE LONG BOB NEEDS TO END WITH VOGUE

When it first emerged last fall, the mid-length bob (a.k.a., “the lob”) offered a welcome rebuttal to high-maintenance statement hair—replacing the dramatic undercuts, Technicolor dye jobs, and microbangs of recent seasons with Kurt Cobain levels of air-dried ease.

I was an instant fan, sporting the shoulder-grazing look for nearly a full year. I liked it for its notice-me-not-my-hair subtlety, and the fact that interested parties had to come closer to fully appreciate its flattering proportions—not unlike the way one feels when confronted with a quietly beautiful, perfectly cut piece from The Row or Céline. But recently, amidst an ever-growing army of identically coifed peers—at restaurants, on the beach, in the office—I began to feel as though my hair was more anonymous than understated.

The tipping point came just last week when a colleague mentioned that she had seen me leaving the office for the night wearing “the prettiest green skirt.” “Who makes it?” she inquired brightly. I don’t own a green skirt, but I have the same haircut as a coworker who does. It was time for an exit strategy.

There are only two directions in which one can go from a lob: longer or shorter. Whichever you choose, the idea is that your hair should have a distinct point of view—in other words, no more hanging out in the middle ground of mid-length. For the grow-out route, it’s relatively easy to transition with a neat knot, a look you can personalize depending on how undone or polished you want to feel, until your hair hits somewhere definitively below the shoulders. Or, you can reach for the scissors. On Friday, I rang up editorial hairstylist Christiaan, who chopped off close to six inches in under ten minutes. The result was a coolly layered chin-grazing summer crop that works with my natural texture, feels great—and, at least for now, is utterly, entirely my own.

Vogue by MACKENZIE WAGONER

 

 


Khaleesi the Secret Style Muse of the Spring 2015 Runways with Monica Kim

by Aisling Harrington-Tolfrey


 

Season one and two Kenzo spring 2015

Game of Thrones returns, and though the war for Westeros is far from over, one silver-haired queen has become our hands-down favorite to win: Daenerys Targaryen, or the Khaleesi. Whether she’s hatching dragons or sacking cities, Daenerys does it with a fierce expression—and she does it in style. Beyond the hair that launched a thousand platinum dye jobs, her gauzy dresses and strategic cutouts have inspired collections from Helmut Lang to Rodarte and beyond. Here, a look at how her style has evolved to suit each twist in the game and the Targaryen influence on the spring 2015 runways—just add dragons.

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Yannis Vlamos/Indigitalimages.com

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Yannis Vlamos/Indigitalimages.com

Season two and Marques' Almeida spring 2015            

It’s been months since you entered the desert, and your horses and people are dying from thirst and exhaustion. A fraying crop top and loose tattered work pants, paired with your bedraggled platinum do, cut a modish take on grunge against the hot sands. For spring, Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida cleaned things up a bit, replacing the blood stains with gems and adding a pair of cheeky sunglasses—a Dothraki spin on desert chic.

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO;

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO;

Season one and Alexander McQueen spring 2015 

While you don’t want to stray too far from your personal style (gauzy, delicate) for your Dothraki wedding, you do want eyes to stay on you, rather than the orgy and heap of disemboweled bodies in front of you. In such cases, your best bet is clearly a flowing gown with an upgraded bodice.  Sarah Burton's tiered chiffon ruffles and beaded halter top were a more intricate take on the Khaleesi’s gown, while the black lacquer mask paid homage to a certain shadowbinder friend.

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Umberto Fratini/Indigitalimages.com

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Umberto Fratini/Indigitalimages.com

Season one and Thomas Tait spring 2015

So, you just walked into a burning funeral pyre and found three hungry baby dragons—dare to go bare! Nudity always makes a strong style statement: I’m here, I have no fear, look up here. Designers like Thomas Tait followed suit with see-through shirts that freed the nipple, but just wait until fall—Gucci and Jacquemus would argue that the fresh from the bonfire, Mother of Dragons look is here to stay.

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Indigitalimages.com

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Indigitalimages.com

Season two andMarque's Almedia spring 2015 

It’s been months since you entered the desert, and your horses and people are dying from thirst and exhaustion. A fraying crop top and loose tattered work pants, paired with your bedraggled platinum do, cut a modish take on grunge against the hot sands. For spring, Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida cleaned things up a bit, replacing the blood stains with gems and adding a pair of cheeky sunglasses—a Dothraki spin on desert chic.

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Yannis Vlamos/Indigitalimages.com

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Yannis Vlamos/Indigitalimages.com

Season two andStella McCartney spring 2015

Sometimes, a girl-queen just wants to pull her hair back, relax, and teach her dragons how to breath fire on command. A long-sleeve, linen wrap dress oozes comfort, but the rich camel color and decorative closure keep it from looking plain Jane. Equally cozy and indulgent, Stella McCartney’s ribbed knit version was fit for a Qarthian palace and for shouting, “Dracarys!”

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Monica Feudi/FeudiGuaineri.com

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Monica Feudi/FeudiGuaineri.com

Season three andProenza Schouler spring 2015

Speaking of dracarys: You’re about to obliterate a brutish slave-trader and his nasty friends with fire-breathing dragons and your brand new army. A royal blue dress with high center slit and matching cape says pleasure; the pants and fringed leather whip say business. You too could dress to kill in Proenza Schouler’s bias-cut dress, with whip lashes rendered in black and blue fringe. BYO cape.

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Indigitalimages.com

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Indigitalimages.com

Season three and Atelier Versace spring 2015  

When rejecting peace terms from the city you’re currently sieging, you project two sides: The grace and beauty of a queen and the iron fist of an angry ruler. Which means one white, airy gown with a metal choker on top; dragons help, too. Donatella Versace  sent a similar style down the runway, sans dragon, and model Ola Rudnicka looked entirely Valyrian and very Iron Throne–ready.

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Monica Feudi/FeudiGuaineri.com

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Monica Feudi/FeudiGuaineri.com

Season four and Celine spring 2015 

When receiving supplicants at court in the city you just conquered—after vengefully executing 163 of their former leaders—blue and white, with a hint of skin, feels just right. Demure cutouts also reigned on the Céline spring runway, where Phoebe Philo's expertly color-blocked look read fun and serious (read: ruthless) at the same time.

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Yannis Vlamos/Indigitalimages.com

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Yannis Vlamos/Indigitalimages.com

Season four and Dior Haute Couture spring 2015 

Sometimes you know you shouldn’t seduce the sellsword captain of questionable character, and so you don’t. But you also know he won’t be able to resist you after seeing your toned obliques on full display. (All that chasing after dragons, right?) No need to fret:Raf Simon's flowery guipure confection  for Dior’s spring couture showed off a similarly beguiling slice of each side.

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Kim Weston Arnold/Indigitalimages.com

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Kim Weston Arnold/Indigitalimages.com

Season five and Elie Saab Couture spring 2015

Unhappy former slaves and murderous insurgents got you down? Bring it back to basics with a fresh take on your trademark style: In this case, pale, Grecian, and beautifully draped. Elie Saab’s couture creation was all that and lined with lace, perfect for a stroll about the Meereenese manse. Both gowns also exuded clear bridal vibes—just saying.





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