confidence and the statement skirt

This skirt though.  I’m still dying about it and would honestly wear it to Tesco if I thought I’d vaguely manage to style it out. 😉

Alas, I think that’s probably a step too far, although I’m angling for some Winter formal occasion so that I can team it with heels and a cashmere jumper and swish about totally legitimately. Days like these, you guys. I feel my tulle skirt moments are probably numbered and I’m just going with it wherever possible. 🙂

The ballet trend is huge this season though, isn’t it? And if ever there was a time to invest in swishy, netted loveliness this is perhaps it.  I recently teamed up with the guys at iclothing, and also amazing local portrait photographer Emer Davidson to show you two takes on the trend for Autumn/Winter (I’d maybe advise wearing shoes too though, I was suffering in the name of art here! :))




Truth be told, I’m really not the most confident of people, especially when it comes to having my photo taken.  I shied away from cameras for years when my children were small, due to all sorts of little concerns that became massive and unmanageable in my own head. Looking back now I honestly wish that I’d just got in the frame. Those are memories and moments that we can’t relive and I’m sad in a way that I don’t have a record of me in them.  In many ways I’m making up for it a hundredfold now – words, moments, images all collected here.  A story of this chapter of our lives.

I read a quote once about youth and confidence and it really resonated with me; ‘In terms of days and moments lived, you’ll never again be as young as you are right now, so spend this day, the youth of your future, in a way that deflects regret.  Invest in yourself.  Have some fun.  Do something important.  Love somebody extra.  In one sense you’re just a kid, but a kid with enough years on her to know that every day is priceless.’ (Victoria Moran)  How very true these words are.  The youth of our future, eh?  I’m thirty eight, but who says that’s too old to do anything.  At twenty eight I felt so much more timid and self conscious than I do a decade later.  I mean, I’m not 100% there yet and, in any case, I feel that being self-aware and really owning your own insecurities and vulnerabilities just makes us more relatable people in the end.  We’re all built of the same matter – our lives and loves and fears and failings are not so different when it’s all brought to dust.

I think that confidence that comes out of surviving hardship, or struggling with insecurity is so much more beautiful for being hard won.  It’s the humble kind, a compassionate sort, one that understands how it is to be on the other side.  It’s a lesson I want to teach my children, for there will surely be days ahead when they doubt and fear and cower (those teenage years, I dread them with all my being!) ‘You will never again be as young as you are right now’ my little people.  Wear the clothes, take the photo, twirl in bare feet.  Life is for the living.



Tulle Skirt, Roll Neck and Metallic Knit all ICLOTHING

Images c/o the wonderful Emer Davidson (check our her beautiful portfolio here)


Thanks so much to everyone who left the kindest comments on my Instagram pictures a couple of weeks ago.  They honestly mean such a lot and, although I still struggle terribly with accepting compliments, I’m just going to say thank you so very much and leave it at that.  You are just the nicest, you truly are!

E x




  1. June
    October 3, 2016 / 3:05 pm

    Well said Emma , I spent many years even decades avoiding pictures of myself because I didn’t think I was slim enough or I was having a bad hair day . All of these excuses are ridiculous because when I look back at my old photos now I think , how young I looked . Pictures that I hated at the time they where taken are now my favourites.
    You look beautiful in all of your photos , and I enjoy seeing them .
    I like that thought ……”you’ll never be as young as you are right now ”
    Thank you for that !

  2. October 4, 2016 / 11:40 pm

    Oh you looks so girly, so beautiful! Love the bare feet – suits the look perfectly x

  3. October 5, 2016 / 12:01 pm

    Oh Em you beauty, you look gorgeous and that skirt is stunning! Not sure I could pull it off though, I’ve leave the swishing around in it to you 😉 xx

  4. October 6, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    Emma you look beautiful…. stunning…powerful….and most important so confident in your pretty little outfit. I love everything about this. The sweater top with the skirt is perfect combo and than a lovely blouse top for evening wear. So versatile. You could be a model girl

  5. Emer
    May 18, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    YOU are truly beautiful inside & out, xx

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