A Belgium-based Irish someone. Proud mum of the best little boy ever. Novice sewist; semi-retired artist; blogger. And other stuff. And stuff.

How Modeling Lingerie Made Me Think About Feminism

Something I never imagined myself doing is modeling lingerie. It's probably because I am absolutely terrible at posing for photos. I feel fake and vain anytime someone points a camera at my face (which actually does not happen very often because I…
By Hilary Phelan

11 Fashion Probs Sensitive People Will Understand

We have all dealt with uncomfortable items of clothing from time to time — sometimes we make that choice before even going out the door. You know, the dangerous high heel shoes that are a couple of inches too high, the shapewear that renders you…
By Hilary Phelan

Disney Princesses As You've Never Seen Them Before

Princesses: You either love them or you hate them. For some people, the fantasy worlds in which Aurora and Jasmine live make their eyes light up. For others, the mini-waistlines and prince-dependency cause the claws to come out. One thing that we…
By Hilary Phelan

Should We Stop Comparing Catwalks To Real Life?

Fashion designers are often asked why they don't opt for more realistic looking models to wear their creations on runways. Inspired by the catwalk of Elie Saab, featuring dreamy gowns and an enchanted forest, my question is: Is fashion supposed to…
By Hilary Phelan

11 Things You Didn't Know About Redheads

Do redheads come from another planet? Do they have super powers? These aren't uncommon questions thrown around at the ginger community, so I decided to read up on our flame-haired friends and let you in on a few scientific secrets about these…
By Hilary Phelan

5 Kickstarter Projects For Women You Should Know

Crowd funding is pretty hype at the moment, and I think it is fantastic that it has grown to be so popular. I love the idea of spending my money in a positive way, by shopping local or supporting young new businesses. And I love buying things on…
By Hilary Phelan

Ever Wondered How A Dior Bag Is Made?

Vogue Paris shined its fashion spotlights on the most perfect little video this week: A step by step look into the process of hand-making a Dior bag. It could be the calming music, or the special feeling of getting a look into a secret world, but I…
By Hilary Phelan

This Dance Show Is One To Remember

Australian theatre choreographer Kate Champion’s dance show 'Nothing To Lose' made waves last week at the 2015 Sydney Festival. In her final work as artistic director of award-winning dance theatre Force Majeure, she challenges the prejudices that…
By Hilary Phelan

Here's What Not To Wear To A Kids Party

Whether you have kids or not, the fact is that once you hit 30, you're going to start getting invited to kids birthday parties. These are social events that do not follow the rules you usually bear in mind when heading out. Looking trendy, hipster…
By Hilary Phelan

Victory Parade Lets You Create Your Dream Dress

Finding your dream dress is no easy task. After all, it must be the right shape, style and color — and it has to match that [probably unrealistic] dream dress criteria in your head. We've all been there: On that shopping trip to find the perfect…
By Hilary Phelan

What Happens To Your Wardrobe When You're Alone

What would change in your daily fashion and beauty routine if you didn't have to leave your house for a week? I mean, what would you do differently if you knew you weren't going to see anyone for the next seven days? (Or should I say, if you knew no…
By Hilary Phelan

What It's Like To Be "The Girl With Long Hair"

For most of my life, I had really long hair. I mean really, really, really long. (In my 20s, it even went past my knees.) A long time before hashtags ever existed, I was #hilarywiththelonghair. Lucky for me, I have always had thick, healthy hair, so…
By Hilary Phelan

FYI, Your Hair Has 5 Seasons

We live in a world where we seem to be moving further and further away from nature whilst forming habits that go against our natural beings, like sitting still for eight hours a day and using all kinds of chemicals in our food, in our beauty…
By Hilary Phelan

9 Absolutely Cringeworthy Lingerie Disasters

Whilst researching horribly embarrassing stories in preparation for Valentine's Day, I discovered that there are two particular situations that seem to bring about the worst lingerie disasters: The fitting-room and the wedding. And I can totally…
By Hilary Phelan

Why We Need To See More Real Bellies

All day long, we are presented with photos of humans in the mainstream media, but very rarely are we presented with "average" humans and their "normal" bodies. That there are problems with the way the mass media presents femininity and womanhood is…
By Hilary Phelan

What's in Store for Body Image in 2015?

In the last couple of years, a few fashion designers and department stores have begun to realize that there is a need for diversity in the models they choose to advertise their products. Carrie Hammer is making fabulous clothes to fit real-life…
By Hilary Phelan

Why to Love Walter Van Beirendonck's Designs

The one and only designer dress I own is a 2009 Walter Van Beirendonck, and the reason I could afford (or pretend to afford) this particular dress has a lot to do with the ideals surrounding the Belgian fashion designer's work. There are three main…
By Hilary Phelan

How to Fashionably Keep Warm in the Winter

Sorry to be the one to say it, but summer is long gone and it's time to find ways to deal with the extreme cold that has entered our lives once again. No more denial: Dig out your abandoned winter wardrobe and learn to love it again. My son is a…
By Hilary Phelan

Why Do We So Adore the Mermaid Trend?

Back in November of 2014, The Little Mermaid celebrated a 25th birthday, so it's no surprise that most thirtysomethings of today have this film ingrained in their memories by this point. Personally, I had the movie on a VHS cassette and watched it…
By Hilary Phelan

The 'Vogue' Spring/Summer Trends I'll Be Wearing

Yesterday morning, Vogue Paris published a list of the "Top 20 Trends for Spring/Summer 2015," so get ready to go through your wardrobe and choose which ones to make your own. You'll probably discover that you already are incredibly trendy. If…
By Hilary Phelan