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If you ever needed a reason to pop into River Island’s Ilac centre flagship store now you have one. The winner of the 2010 River Island Fashion Design Bursary, Sile O’Shea, was down unveiling her graduate collection in the windows for all to see.

Talented Sile from Pettigo, Co. Donegal was chosen from ten finalists to receive the bursary, winning £3000 and a paid 3 month internship in River Island’s cutting edge design studio in London- a dream prize for any budding Irish fashion designer.

Sile’s collection- ‘The Two Edith Beales’- was inspired by the 1975 documentary “Grey Gardens”, a quirky little film that designers as diverse as John Galliano and Marc Jacobs claim to also be inspired by (must check it out). Sile’s collection puts across a modern translation of the iconic style of the 1970s. She used key textiles inspired by the enigmatic Beale’s on georgette, silk satin and cotton, and contrasted with block colour silks, latex, Mongolian wool and leather.

Winning the sought after award which is now in its seventh year does wonders for the graduate student. It will mark the beginning of her journey with River Island, where her talent will be nurtured like previous winners who have gone on to make phenomenal contributions in the design studios at River Island.
Sile’s collection will be on display from Friday 25th of June to Thursday 1st of July. We’ve told you here first, she’s the next big thing.

You know it’s summer when your thinking about flip-flops especially when it’s the Havaiana brand. To make sure your tootsies are fashionably fab this summer get down to BT2 Grafton Street where they have brought us the famous ‘Make Your Own Havaianas’ (MYOH), the first one outside Selfridges, London.

This service allows customers to customize any pair of the cult Brazilian flip-flops in different colour soles and straps- that’s over 900 choices to choose from. With that many your nearly guaranteed that nobody else will have the same pair as you.

The onsite customising booth is where the straps can be decorated with a selection of over twenty-five various pins ranging from hearts and stars to quirkier designs, and even Swarovski crystals. Bling Bling! When we headed down to BT2 to see what all the fuss about we spotted that the most popular colour combination was a beige sole with a cream pearly finish strap- proving the nude trend is going nowhere for summer.

The Make Your Own Havaianas are in-store in BT2 Grafton Street since last Friday, June 4th and are priced from €25. With celebrity fans of the customised footwear such as Victoria Beckham, Dannii Minogue and Patsy Kensit already, these classic designer flip-flops are hard-wearing, durable and the ultimate fashion flip-flop. We already got ours so go on head to BT2, they’re definitely worth the investment.

Image courtesy of Grazia.

We here at STELLAR Towers are all for spotting trends, whether it’s the latest microtrend for knuckle-dusters or our recent penchant for all things leopard print. So when this latest must-have began creeping in, we were all over it…so what is the latest object of our affection?The humble cup of tea.


Why is the cuppa so en vogue then? Well when cupcakes became bigger than Madonna last year, and the Laduree macaroon counter at Brown Thomas was as busy as the MAC counter, it was only a matter time before their perfect  accompaniment – tea – achieved rockstar status too. 

With hotels around the country offering the luxury service to rival the likes of Harrods and Claridges in London, Afternoon Tea has become an activity of choice for a growing number of hen parties. It seems in these cash strapped times, us ladies are on the lookout for new ways of achieving luxury and elegance, without having to fork out for a Chanel handbag. 

Tea and cake is also an increasing first date and mate date option with our favourite Dublin hidden gem, The Cake Cake (shhh don’t tell anyone) and the Tea Gardens on Ormond Quay Dublin among many cafes doing a storming trade in quirky teas. 

It seems Irish tea too is the choice of celebrities, with Sarah Jessica Parker recently admitting that the one thing she misses most about her Irish hideaway is a good cup of Lyons tea. As for Lovely Bones (we’d like to jump his lovely bones) star, Reece Ritchie, he recently told STELLAR that on the set of the movie Saoirse Ronan’s mother kept him in good supply of Irish tea while on set in the States. 

And if you’re thinking that summer is more the season for cocktails than cuppas, think again. Lipton’s new range of Fruit and Herbal tea, is just the ingredient for some cheeky afternoon cocktails with your mates. Our fave is the Lipton Pink Citrus Daiquiri – to make four, here’s what you do…

Blend 8 Lipton Pink Citrus in 200ml of Hot Water

Let cool and then add:

100g Sugar

100ml Grapefruit Juice

100ml Orange Juice

4 Shots of Rum

Lemon Juice

And then garnish with some orange peel and drink…

Lipton Pink Citrus Daiquiri


Details below for the ultimate tea fixes…

For an opulent afternoon tea see The Westbury at  or for something a little more quaint and a bit less pricey check out

If your tastebuds should lead you to Taste of Dublin this weekend in the Iveagh Gardens, make sure you visit the Lyons Masterclass for tips on making the perfect cuppa from Lyons master tea taster, Caithriona Murphy, and the Lipton Garden Party to watch their regular fashion shows, and sip on a fruity tea cocktail. For all you need to know about Taste of Dublin, click here… 

Now, who’s turn is it to put the kettle on?

So you love blogging about fashion? Well so do we and now is your chance to be crowned queen of the Irish fashion bloggers. Now who doesn’t want that title. All that is required is that you love fashion and the ONLY jeans brand.

Its simple to become renowned in the blogosphere just like famed Susie Bubble or Tavi! The winner will be invited to the ONLY 15 year anniversary party where you will smooze with fellow fashion bloggers from around the world. Imagine the fashion-offs at the party!

All you got to do is just download the application form from and send it to before the 21st June 2010. Easy peasy! Make sure that your application stands out from the crowd, showing your blogs personality at the same time. Plus answer all their questions about why you love fashion, especially jeans. Winning the title of Irelands best blogger will be one fierce competition ladies (and gents), so quick get blogging before we beat you to it.

Yes it’s that time of year again and with the sun melting the sky today we at Stellar towers can’t help but think about what we’ll be wearing to Oxegen, it’s only five weeks away after all.

So tell us whose celeb outfit you prefer from Coachella and why? Kate or Alexa?

Did you know you can purchase eyeshadow, blushes etc without the packaging? Yeah neither did we. It seems it was a clever little secret makeup artists everywhere were keeping from us. Well now we can get in on this clever tip by purchasing a Z palette which are now available in Ireland.

Beauty blog and Youtube sensation, the Z Palette is a handy magnetic palette that will allow all shapes, sizes and brands be transported in one easy, on-the-go beauty way.

Forget the days of carrying out your entire makeup bag full of different brands and brushes, this palette will get you organised so that you only have to carry around all your favorites. So what do we especially love about it? Well it has a clear window so you can see what’s inside and it’s completely durable, and easily cleaned, plus its eco-friendly without all that packaging.

So remember when your on your next splurge in MAC (we’re on are way there now) ask them for unpotted eyeshadow instead. They might wonder where you heard the secret but who cares when your saving money and have all your fave colours in one palette.

Check out for tips on de-potting makeup.

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