From Goddess to Princess

The world of fashion holds it's breath in waits of the first glimps of Meghan Markel's Bridal look tomorrow afternoon. No sooner will her foot have graced the ground from her car than fashion houses around the globe will begin sketches and machines will start to turn producing garments to reflect her chosen Bridal look. There is no denying regardless of whether or not you are into The Royals or not this Wedding is a major event especially in fashion terms. 

Kate Middleton's bridal choices in 2011 saw a huge influx of lace bridal gowns, appliqued fabrics and the complete reintroduction of sleeves to the bridal world. Honestly name one Bride you know that wore a full sleeve on her wedding day throughout the 90's or noughties?? There is no doubt Meghan Markel's influence will be the same if not, I dare say even greater. 

Two worlds are set to collide in Windsor tomorrow afternoon when the glam, glitz and sexiness of Hollywood meets the structured and traditional world of English etiquette and style. It's hard to call what look Meghan may choose for her wedding day or indeed what look she might have been told to choose, but the contrast of her past and indeed her future will make for a look that is sure to be up there with the greatest and most influential Bridal looks of all time. 

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Ms. Merkel's  style is impeccable, always looking effortlessly elegant with just a hint of smouldering sex appeal. Sleek fabrics with simple structure and draping seem to favour texture or pattern for Megan who rarely seems to choose fussy or heavily embellished fabrics in her red carpet and every day looks.  Although lace has always featured in Royal weddings I cannot see Meghan choose a fussy lace gown but I think she may include lace heavily in her veil...if indeed she wears one. Veils you see are traditionally worn by Brides as they are given away to symbolise their 'ehem virginity  but as Meghan was previously married this tradition we assume broken, however she is a woman of strong character and may choose to wear a veil regardless (go Meghan!). 


 It's long been a tradition for a tiara to be worn by the Bride at a Royal Wedding and although Kate Middleton wasn't keen on the idea she was gently nudged into donning one for her marriage to Prince William. I am assuming Meghan will be given the same nudge and I predict she may go for the 'Spencer Tiara' worn by princess Diana on her Wedding Day, not only because it's a nice sentiment for Harry but also because it's the smallest and least tiara'ish of the Royal collection available to her. Obviously I think a byKYNA headpiece would be the best choice but the Queen Mum is not one for turning! 

Regardless of what she chooses to wear Meghan Markel is gonna be a stunner, she oozes style, sophistication and is a total babe, Harry is one lucky Prince! 


For what it's worth here's my prediction..
I can see Meghan in a high neck simple classic gown of a structured draping silk, a three quarter length sleeve and a scooped or deep v-back (as deep at the Queen will allow!). I envisage Meghan's gown to be figure flattering through the waist and hips and kick out into a full circle train that will slink along behind her. Pearl, satin or crystal detailed buttons may adorn the length of the back of the dress and may be the only embellishments. I think Meghan may choose a dramatic sleek draped full circle 3 meter veil heavily edged with an ornate lace worn over the Spencer tiara in a sleek and soft low up-style.  I also think her evening look with be amazeballs & full on red carpet gorgeous.  


Time will tell eh?

Holy Cow!


 So most of you know me as a Milliner and a Bridal Headwear Specialist but what alot of you might not know is that my creativity has taken me in many directions in the past . When you are creative you can turn your hand to so many different things and it can lead you in very interesting ways. I have a passion for home interior and design and have worked as a retail window display artist as well as a Wedding and event stylist.
In the link here you can see some of my recent handy work at a Wedding I helped style. It's not something I do in a professional capacity just a hobby but as I had known the Bride Sally since she was just a kid, when she asked me to help out with her big day I, of course, said yes.
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When I met with Sally for some idea storming and she told me her theme was 'cows' I was a little shocked!! I mean how was I going to make cows look classy & how was I going to get this cow theme to fit in with the uber glam venue of Tankarsdtown House ??

It took some creativity but I think we nailed it. I had so much fun working on this event and even have a new found fondness for cows, not to mention an impressive ability to recognise individual breeds now too!

A super talented Makeup artist and hair stylist Sally looked simply stunning on her big day, and a more laid back Bride you could not have met. She is not only a beauty on the outside but on the inside too. She was a dream to work with x
 You can check out the full feature blog on Weddings Online (click here) and sure you might as well go and nosey at the rest of the Wedding dets over on Wedding Photographer Julie Cummins' website (click here) , you might even spot some of my headwear on her other Brides too ;)

Bog Blog!


What else would you be doing on a chilly Monday other than traipsing round a soggy field chasing camera shy horses and trying to avoid disappearing into a bog hole! 

Earlier in the week I teamed up with some very talented local ladies and we put together a wild photoshoot. Our all girl team comprised of super photographer Laura Faherty who was the brain child of our day in the mud. A fan of  Laura's work for years I was immediately on board when she suggested we teamed up to do a more

Apples and Oranges


I create handcrafted Bridal Accessories and often in my line of work I come across comments like "I seen something similar on a website cheaper" or "I can get that from china for half the price" etc etc .
It's like comparing apples and oranges. They are not the same .

For the Bride who wants a quality item don't be fooled by the lure of a perceived bargain on a far-flung website that offers a 4 week shipping time , you get what you pay for. We all know a story of a bride who bought what looked like a fabulous gown online only to have an unwearable rag arrive in the post . We also probably all know one who bought one that was fine too. But fine and fabulous are worlds apart .

Any accessory designer will know the base material cost of their pieces is high above what a finished piece is being sold for on these websites. Take for instance world-renowned Swarovski Crystals that are used in most designer work. These crystals are held in high regard across the world for their brilliance, beautiful shine and superb quality . Swarovski Crystals beads and stones can cost from €1-€6+ each!!! ...multiply that out across a detailed headpiece and you can quickly see where the costs accumulate. Add to that gold and silver plated wires, top class glass beads, hand made filigree components, hours of careful handcrafting , numerous emails or private consultations and fittings and the price starts to make more sense.

The difference is service, the difference is quality .

Do a bit of research find someone who is passionate about what they do and passionate about their little business. I can guarantee you they are using only the finest materials available. They should be able to offer you a superior service with a truly personal touch . They can probably tweak and alter the piece to your specification , or create a one-of-a-kind bespoke piece just for you . At the end you will receive a heirloom quality piece that can be passed down for generations . A piece that tells a story and holds it's beauty for years to come.

We all have different budget restraints and different items on which we are prepared to splurge . Choices need to be made in every purchase we make throughout life. We've all scoured the internet for cheaper alternatives at some point, and settled for some alternative. And there is no designer out there that has a problem with anyone importing a cheaper item when confined by their budget . The problem occurs when these pieces are compared with their high quality work as like for like.

Apples and Oranges.

Kyna x


Launch Day has finally arrived!!


Hello & welcome to my brand spanking new website! I am very excited to finally have it live on the world wide web. This website has been painfully built by myself with my limited computer skills so bare with me there may be tech issues ahead!! 


I'm delighted to be finally able to share my work on a proper platform and have my work easily available to Brides throughout Ireland and further afield.

Browse away , like and share , all your help in getting the word out is greatly appreciated :)


Kyna x