Hello my loves! I’m gonna get straight to it, no blabbering about puppies and the like this time, I’ve got a blog to write! So a couple of weeks ago, I headed over to Frilly Frocks in Drogheda for their Twobirds Bridesmaid event to launch their hotly anticipated new Tulle Collection. If you’ve read a couple of my blogs, you’ll already know I love Frilly’s, but bizarrely have never actually been so it was a real treat, and like all true treasures, it was tucked away down a little lane (Batchelor’s Lane of all street names!) along the river in the centre of Drogheda town.
Now it’s a risky enough affair letting me loose in a bridal boutique at the best of times, but I had made a promise to myself that I must not try actual wedding gowns on, and thankfully, despite the fabulously stylish owner, Dara, handing me a glass of champers on arrival, I managed to stay away from anything more than a casual perusal through the bridal gowns….I swear, I not even a veil! Yes, yes, I know I promised in my first ever blog that a more detailed feature would be going up about Frilly’s and they would be number one in my Little Black Book, don’t fret, that is all to come. After a little chat with Dara, I’m hoping to cook up a lovely little treat for you all soon!
So, I was introduced to the wonderful Gill who had flown over from Twobirds UK and was showcasing the new Tulle Collection and some new wraps they have developed recently. Without much encouragement at all, I was in the changing room, trying on a beautiful (cannot stress the “beautiful” bit enough!) Rosette dress in Aubergine, and if you already follow me on Facebook, you will have seen the frenzy that ensued. Argh, this dress is like wearing liquid silk, but the rosettes at the bottom create a weight and kick-out flair that changes the dimension of the drape and hang. It makes you want to walk around with a swing much akin to the cute 4 year old flower girls that you see swishing their dresses about on the dance floor at almost every wedding. What I love about this collection, as you will see from these images, is that it can be dressed down…a bizarre advantage I know, but it looks so effortlessly on-trend and a perfect dress for a day at the races or even rocking the festival-chic look, which is ideal as we are coming into festival season.
Next up, Dara insisted I try on a red dress, and I’ll admit, top of my list of New Year’s resolutions this year, was to own a red dress. I’m half Italian (Sicilian) with sallow skin, dark hair, and golden-olive coloured eyes…surely a red dress should be in my wardrobe by now, but alas, no. So the red dress went on, and then the fun part started. This was from the Twobirds Classic Collection in 25 different colours. You’d think with 15 wrap styles to choose from I’d be happy, but being the boundary-pushing, high maintenance girl I am, I wanted to delve into unexplored wrap territory. Did you know, you can even wear these dresses backwards?! Short of wearing them upside down, there doesn’t seem to be a way you can’t wear these dresses! At one point, it wasn’t a dress I was wearing at all, but a harem-pantaloon style catsuit which resulted in my looking rather like Princess Jasmine out of Aladdin, unfortunately we didn’t get a snap of that one. But between Gill, Dara, Lorraine and I, we created two brand-new wrap styles. The one below is the Gatsby look, with a beautiful beaded belt and a cowel back.
Two dresses down, and I’ve still got my beady eye on “Seafoam”, the Tulle beauty which I had seen paraded around the boutique all evening on other ladies and was eagerly awaiting my turn. This dress!!! It’s completely unlike the Classic and Rosette collections in drape and feel, but it’s still got the Twobirds signature style. The tulle just transforms the drape and flow of the dress, making it so ethereal, dreamy and whimsical, three of my favourite things; and the name is perfect! It just makes you think of waves cresting on the beach, and the soft foam they leave behind. As a girl with a larger bust (I grew out instead of up), dresses from the Tulle Collection give more support as the two lengths of fabric that wrap around the upper half of your body are made up of three layers of fabric: one jersey in the middle, with a layer of tulle either side. So certain wrap styles that didn’t look as flattering on me in the other dresses, gave me enough support to create a much more elegant shape, silhouette and line with the Tulle Collection dresses. Gill tried out a few different wrap styles on me, but everyone’s favourite was the halter neck, deep v at the front, with one of their new wrap styles: the racer back, which you can see a short video clip of me twirling around in on my Instagram and Facebook profiles.
There are only four stockists of Twobirds in the Republic of Ireland and one in Northern Ireland, but Frilly’s is the first in the country to stock the new Tulle Collection. This collection doesn’t have as many colours as the Classic Collection, but it does have nine stunning colours which are perfectly on-trend for the coming 2015/16 season and also work together really well for brides who want to mix and match the colours up. Another great thing about Twobirds dresses, apart from the variety of colours and wrap styles, is that the dresses are so versatile they can be worn time and time again without looking too wedding-y or same-y, they are the easiest dress to alter the length of and due to their versatility, they suit all shapes, heights, silhouettes and sizes – what’s not to love?! I’m usually all for websites and online shopping, but this dress from the Tulle Collection, is one to be felt, tried on, and twirled about in, so get down to your nearest Twobirds stockist, details of which can be found on their website, or better yet, call into Dara and the fabulous ladies in Frilly Frocks in Drogheda to have a look at this gorgeous collection. Don’t forget, this collection has just been launched so isn’t up on the Frilly’s website yet! And remember to bring your bridesmaids along too! It is such great fun working together and coming up with styles and wraps that suit everyone. And…if you are totally in love with this look and style, you can even get matching (or not) flower girl dresses!
Have fun, and enjoy! Gabriella x