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"Bonzie" is an Independent Irish Design Label with Romantic Vintage Appeal. Aunt and Niece, design duo, Ger and Yvonne work on their creative passion from their studios in Ireland. www.bonziedesigns.com

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Huge Congrats!!!

One of my fave images from a previous Shane/Bonzie Collaborative Shoot.
Location: Bonmahon Beach at Dusk!
Model: Shaz ( My Purty Sister)

Gals,
We wanted to extend our huge congrats to our home boy Shane O' Neill of Aspect Photography in Waterford who was recently placed in the Wedding Photo Journalist Awards. As many of you know, we are big fans of his work and have had the pleasure of working with Shane on many collaborative shoots here in Waterford. He is absolutely passionately engrossed in his Photography work and I know how much an award such as this would mean to him.

Congrats Shane, very well deserved!!!
Yvonne & Ger
~Bonzie~

If you're getting hitched in 2011 check out Shane's website for bridal bookings.
www.aspectphotography.net

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bonzie's Hot List 2010


Gals, I figured since I'm creating a bonzie shaped indentation in my couch this Christmas that it would be a good opportunity to reflect back on the year and share with you guys some of our fave people/artists/moments and mover's and shakers over the year 2010
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Warning: Picture Heavy Post! May need a Cuppa Coffee for this one folks!!!

Watching my Cousin Majella Louise Fitzgerald dancing on Xfactor 2010. Maj has been dancing with my Aunt's Dance Academy , On Your Toes since she was 2 years of age! She eats, sleeps and breathes dance and recently graduated from London College of Performing Arts. Her first professional gig dancing on Xfactor no less! I was so proud watching her it was like a dream come true seeing her doing what she loves and living her dream. For sure a highlight of 2010!

Irish Fashion Journalist: Georgina Heffernan (right of photo)
The lovely Georgina Heffernan for her support throughout the year. We are eternally grateful for your belief in our brand. xxxx
One of the hottest vintage bridal resources on the net folks! Seriously, this gal knows her stuff!

SMOKING LILY!!!
Couldn't possibly finish our hot list this year without mentioning our fave boutique and stylista hot spot Smoking Lily's. Sometimes in this industry you get to work with really gorgeous talented people and have a nice collaboration, sometimes those collaboration's blossom into something more and you become dear friends. Shona Neilson the stunning fashion forward amazonian creature has become one of our dearest friends and Bonzie supporters. If you haven't been to visit Smoking Lily yet you simply must stop by. A stunning loft floor style mecca of hidden gems and thrifted treasures. I Market Slip, Kilkenny!

Hot List Royalty!!! Vivienne Westwood, we love you...nuff said!!!

Eilis Boyle
No Hot List would be complete without sharing our fave Irish Designer of 2010! The uber talented Eilis Boyle gets our vote every time. An Irish Indie Designer who is one of Ireland's brightest stars at the moment. Eilis works with passion, integrity and creativity and her designs simply speak for themselves. Eilis also keeps a terrific blog www.silentstoryteller.typepad.com that is another Hot List must for any of you keeping an eye on fashion happenings in Ireland. In an industry that can be challenging and difficult at the best of times, we have a huge respect for Eilis and her dedication to passionate design and Irish creativity!
Gisele Scanlon.
If you haven't yet discovered the magic that is Gisele Scanlon's, The Goddess Guide and the The Goddess Experience you simply must rush out and stock up! Stunning publications simply crammed with gorgeousness, each page a veritable feast of what's hot in style,fashion and beauty. Basically a Goddess 101!!! A definite Hot List fave!

Blanaid Hennessey
If you don't already have a style crush on this stunning creature that is Blanaid Hennessey you will soon! Blanaid is an avid vintage style champion, super talented Interior Designer and fabulous style blogger with an all consuming appetite for all things vintage, edgy and just outright cool. We attended the launch of Shutterbug, Blanaid's latest venture based in Kilkenny. This stylish photography mecca simply screams cool and one can't help thinking that it could be perched effortlessly in the middle of Greenwich Village New York. Blanaid is safely secured in this year's hot list and will probably remain there for a very long time!!
Check out www.blanaid.com to confirm your crush too!!!

Irish Stylist: Roxanne Parker
Irish Stylist: Cathy O' Connor


Irish Stylist: Annmarie O' Connor
Irish Stylist and Editor: Tanya Grimson

You know gals, we think it's very important to thank those who have helped you continue in the job that you love. Those who have championed and supported your work throughout the year! We are so blessed and very grateful to have worked with some really wonderful Irish Stylist's this year who have shared our work with the world and believed in what we do. For this we are eternally grateful and couldn't complete our Hot List without mentioning and thanking, Roxanne Parker, Annmarie O'Connor, Cathy O'Connor, Georgina Heffernan and Maria Fusco for having our back!!! :) We wouldn't be able to do what we do without their support and willingness to share our work with their readers. xxx
Maria Fusco
I challenge anybody in fashion to curate a Hot List without including the effortlessly gorgeous stylista Maria Fusco!!! A dear friend and seriously talented stylist, blogger and Irish fashion royalty!!! Ger and I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon this year with Maria in Dublin musing over fashion, accessories and all things fabulous daarling! Maria is an avid supporter of Irish Indie designers and absolutely eats , sleeps and breathes Fashion! It's not a launch party in Dublin if Maria and her stunning array of turbans is not on the guest list!!!


Hot List Fave: Liaison
Simply a must for 2010 one of our buddies from etsy.com Kat Swank with her achingly beautiful Mucha inspired "Liaison" headwear pieces seen worn above by Courtney Love. Kat creates the most divine wearable art and she is always top of our list in the hotness stakes!! You can check out Kat's online store HERE to see more of this super talented designers work. We had an opportunity to work with Kat during 2010 and hope to collaborate again soon!
Kat also experienced a tragic personal loss at the end of 2010 and continues to heal through her art each and every day. We wish to send Kat our loving thoughts and hope that healing comes to her and her loved ones in the not so distant future. xxxx


Daphne Guinness
Hot List ALERT!! Daphne Guinness how I love thee!!! Gals, simply couldn't complete our Hot List without our style fave Daphne at the helm. A firm fave here, Daphne simply rocks our world. A veritable style feast!!! If ever there was a muse! You can check out more images of this Style dynamo here, quite the treat!! Meeting Daphne at some point in my career is securely tucked away on my bucket list..

Anna Saccone
We met this stunning young lady at the Elite Model Launch Party in Dublin this year and she simply blew me away. Author of The Style Diet Book and Youtube Internet sensation with her Style Diet channel, Anna simply eats sleeps and breathes style/fashion and shares it all with her channel subscribers. A beautiful humble girl in person with a really positive message for young women about self esteem and self worth, we think this gal is simply wonderful and deserves every inch of the success coming her way!! You can check out Anna's Channel Here.
One to watch closely in 2011

Gabby Young
An ongoing fave here at Bonzie is our uber talented and achingly beautiful pal Gabby Young. We spent a weekend in London with Gabby and had an opportunity to catch her perform in concert with her band Gabby Young and the the other animals. We then spent the night at Gabby's in London with her gorgeous doggy Hobbes and equally gorgeous rockstar partner Stephen Ellis of London Band Revere, watching Coco before Chanel movie and munching on chinese take out! Gabby has been a keen supporter since we started and we adore her work. Gabby is one of the most talented songstresses I know and is quickly blazing a trail through the festival circuits and recently secured a recording deal! We are huge fans of Gabby and will continue to Hot List this stunning talented gal throughout her career! Gabby also writes a style blog, because well wonderful eccentricity like Gabby's simply must be documented!!! :) Check out Gabby's blog Here.
Dads work is dramatic, deep and sincere, I love how he views the world!
DAD!
Jim Crotty... Well Dad simply had to make the hotlist!! Ger's older brother and my Father, he is somewhat of a hero here at Bonzie Headquarters. A constant source of inspiration and neverending support. A keen artist and photographer himself with his first exhibition this year! One of the most proudest moments of 2010!!
Photographer: Rowynn Michelle Dumont
ROGER FOJAS
Known amongst the Lucent Dossier Clan as Ringmaster Roger! Roger Fojas is one of the most enigmatic, passionate, artistic people I have ever met. An avid photographer, artist and performer, Roger simply had to make the hot list of 2010!! We are really excited to be working on a collaboration in the New Year with Roger and can't wait to work with this artistic genius!

LUCENT DOSSIER
One of the highlights of the year: Working backstage at Electric Picnic with the guys and gals of Lucent Dossier. Absolutely incredible experience, magical performers and passionate artists!

So there you have it gals, just some of our Hot List faves over 2010. Hope you find some new discoveries amongst the list and hope you enjoy perusing their hotness over 2011. Now, with pins and needles in my butt cheeks I bid you adieu. Time to get off the laptop and explore the real world again for another spell. :)

Hope you all have a wonderful New Year, we are looking forward to sharing ours with you all too.x
Be well
Yvonne & Ger
~bonzie~








Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays

Gals,
Ger and I would like to take a moment to Thank all of our loyal customers, family and friends for all of your kind support throughout the year. We both wish you all a very Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year. We hope wherever in the world you are tomorrow that you have an opportunity to spend some quality time with your loved ones and take a well deserved break.

We have been getting a lot of severe weather here in Ireland this year and we hope that everyone travelling home makes it to their destination without too much delay and hassle.

So put the feet up, put on your fluffiest pyjamas on and enjoy a few days of good food, warm company and high spirits.

Happy Holiday Everyone.
Lots of Love
Yvonne & Ger
~Bonzie~

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

We need your help blog pals....


Gals...
We have been shortlisted for the Irelands Top Designer awards! Absolutely blown away to be included in a list of such incredible designers, some of whom I idolized as a child! Top International Irish Model and Blogger Faye Dinsmore is curating the ultimate Irish Fashion movers and shakers with the finalists heading Paris bound!

Voting is open to the public for a few days and can be done daily so every vote will count!!! We are the second name on the shortlist of Irish Designers.

So paste it, send it, stuff the turkey with this link if you can!! Eternally grateful for your votes! xxxx


REMEMBER TO CLICK THE ARROW TO FIND OUR NAME SECOND ON THE LIST.
http://blog.fayedinsmore.com/irelands-top-designer/

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Xposé




Gals
We are going to have a couple of pieces in tonights episode of Xposé on TV3. Keep your eyes peeled for a Bonzie Black Corset and Bonzie Vintage Inspired Fascinator as part of the Burlesque Movie Launch as styled by the uber glam Cathy O' Connor!! :)


6PM EVERY WEEKDAY!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Bulmers Light Style Feature


Delighted to be included in the Bulmers Light special feature on Irish Designers. Top Stylist Cathy O' Connor is championing Irish brands and sharing her selection through Bulmers Light Style Page on Facebook. We were chuffed to be included amongst such great homegrown talent.

"I know it may be difficult to be thankful at this stage, when we have been beseiged by an economic freeze and actual freeze (brrrrrrrrrr) and politicians who seem to be experiencing brain freeze, but let's remember how lucky we all are to have such a wealth of talented Irish designers on our doorstep. Here are some of the dazzling lights that continue to shine. Let's show our appreciation by supporting them this" Christmas

Cathy O' Connor ( Irish Stylist)
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Thanks Cathy!!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Golly Gosh Boutique

New Vintage Style Bonzie Fascinators in stock at Golly Gosh Now!!!
Golly Gosh Vintage Boutique
Arundel Square
Waterford City
Ireland
Fabulous Trish Murphy modelling Golly Gosh Vintage.
Stunning treasure trove of Vintage gems and thrifted trinkets!
Stunning Megan Nolan modelling Golly Gosh Vintage!!

Gals,
As many of you know we are available to buy from our online store at www.bonzie.etsy.com however we have been getting a lot of local requests for our collection and we have recently secured 2 gorgeous agents for our accessories range.

1 Market Slip
Kilkenny
Ireland

Arundel Square
Waterford City
Co.Waterford
Ireland

With a 3rd very exciting agent on the way, there is no excuse for rocking the festive season without a wee Bonzie topping!

www.bonzie.etsy.com

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Smoking Lily News.


Exciting news straight from Smoking Lily Headquarters in Kilkenny! Our good friend Shona has just announced her relocation plans for the gorgeous Smoking Lily Boutique.

Shona has moved operations to her new studios located on the Market Slip, between Kieran St and High St, Kilkenny! Smoking Lily Boutique will be relaunched as Smoking Lily Studios as the new space has various "nooks and crannys" that will be perfect for developing a creative collective space in the New Year! The new Smoking Lily Studios will be hosting fabulous "Loft Markets" over the coming months. We asked Shona what can customers expect at the new Loft Market....

"Smoking lily loft market, will be vintage inspired, with an eclectic mix of fashion from consignment, Perk up Vintage & smoking lily stylish sources, that will hopefully entice you to mix & match & have fun with your style." Shona Mc Vintage Neilson ;)
We are excited to be working with Smoking Lily again on the new Loft Market venture and hope to bring our new vintage inspired accessories collection to the mix!

Check out the "Loft Market" dates throughout December when Smoking Lily Studios will be open to the public!
Friday 10th, Saturday 11th, Friday 17th, Saturday 18th, Thursday 23rd .
Time: 11.30 - 6.30

If you'd like to keep on top of Smoking Lily News and future developments why not pop over and add Smoking Lily Studios as a friend on Facebook, Shona will keep you all updated there!