Super stylist and TV presenter Angela Scanlon has her finger on fashion’s pulse. She lets us in on what she’s been up to...

New Year, New You

I am not going to bang on about exercise and resolutions although there’s probably no harm in dragging your ass to the gym at some point this year. No matter what you tell yourself or how colourful they are, Roses are not legitimately one of your five a day. But here we are. Roses aside, I hope it’s been a fabulous Christmas and that you’re facing into 2014 with hope and plans and big fat dreams that you hope to realise. Think big. Work hard.

marksandspencer

marksandspencer

Marks & Spencer Oriental Silk Bomber

If you’re like me you’ve undoubtedly spent the past week sitting in a onesie or some other scruffy pyjama type, and while it’s tempting to never go back to civilised dressing you don’t rea¬lly have a choice. BUT here’s a little inbetweener that should ease you back in just nicely! M&S oriental silk bomber. All¬ the appeal of a sexy robe but the polish of an actual real-life jacket.

riverisland

riverisland

Tartan Minis

Clueless has forever had a place in my heart (and wardrobe) and inspired a generation with plaid skirts, jersey hairbands and contrived, sometimes ridiculous sartorial fearlessness. So I’m pretty chu¬ffed to see Cher making a move back into the mainstream. River Island have jumped on board to bring us some gear worthy of a Beverly Hills high school! I’m completely ignoring the notion that if you’ve been around for a trend once then best to sit it out, screw that! I shall be indulging in sweater vests and tartan minis and if I can find them, knee high socks.
FormSchoolReception

FormSchoolReception

Reformer Pilates

Keeping fit can be a nasty business so it makes sense that doing it in a beautiful place would ease the pain. I’m not talking boom-time chandeliers and nightclub vibes but rather a calm oasis with design detail, the kind of place you want to hang out once you’re finished sweating. Enter Form School. A Reformer Pilates studio by husband and wife duo – international rugby player Gordon D’Arcy and his wife, model and artist Aoife Cogan. The studio (in a basement on Grattan St, Dublin 2) is a uniquely innovative space which reflects the couple’s eclectic tastes and interests in art, travel and music. Think refurbished cinema chairs, iron wall hangings, vintage tiles and distressed wooden floors. Take your pick from yoga to ballet barre (apparently this is amazing for your ass!) to reformer pilates. See www.formschool.ie.
Buckwheat

Buckwheat

Buckwheat

This is quite a clever little food situation. Despite the name, buckwheat is in fact wheat free. It’s actually a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and sorrel and not a grain which it looks like, so it’s full of health boosters without the bloat factor. You can make it pretty as a picture for breakfast or spice it up for evening grub.   Follow me on Twitter @angelascanlon for kicks and giggles...