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10 ultimate Summer 'must haves' with Anne-Marie O'Connor

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Perhaps you're missing that foreign holiday this year- maybe you're off to a festival instead- whatever you're up to this summer- these 10 key items will take you right through the season.

AnnMarie O'Connor:-
Annmarie is a freelance fashion writer, blogger and personal stylist. Her credits include The Irish Examiner, Elle, Dazed and Confused, Image, Trace, IF, The Irish Independent, and

Over the past 8 years she has interviewed the likes of Terry de Havilland, Zandra Rhodes and Ben de Lisi, and has gained a cult following with her blog: I Blog Fashion which is being made into a book. She is also the organiser of the monthly Fashion Bloggers' Brunch events in Dublin.

Whether you're staying at home this summer or heading to the sun, Annmarie is here with her top ten summer must haves that will take you all the way through to September.

Models:- Jeannine, Krist & Julie
Summer this year will be different for many of us to what we've experienced in recent years. Many of us will have to forgo that foreign holiday in favour of a few days down the country as the credit crunch dictates.

With this in mind, we asked stylist & fashion blogger, AnnMarie O'Connor to select ten key items that will take us through the summer, whether you're at home or abroad, chilling out or hitting a festival

Each of our 5 outfits has been themed to suit a specific occasion. Whilst you may have the style in your wardrobe already- Annmarie's top ten will add that touch of class to your already existing pieces.

We will have three models as per a usual fashion hit. We will also have a suitcase open in the demo area with the ten pieces on view (more for decoration than anything else, but the presenter can look more closely etc)

Look 1:-"At home in Ireland"
Beads, from €3, Penneys
Coral mac, €35, Tesco
Linen dress, €55, M&S
Clutch, €18, Awear
Wedges, €80.50, River Island

Outfit 2:- "Summer fitness"
Sunglasses, €17.50, River Island
Studded tee, €19.95, Vero Moda
Denim shorts, €22, A/wear
Gym bag, €39, M&S
'Electra' sequin Fit Flops, €69, fitness outlets nationwide

Look 3:- "Festivals"
Necklace, €14, A/wear
Pack-a-parka, €35.40,
Top, €50, French Connection
Enamel bracelets, €17.50, River Island
Leggings, stylist's own
Wellies, €24.95, Avoca

Look 4:- "The Picnic"
Picnic basket, €39.95, Meadows & Byrne
Picnic blanket, €45.70, Avoca
Tribal maxi dress, €60, M&S
Bracelets, €13.50, River Island
Beaded bracelet, €12.95, Vero Moda
Embellished sandals, €60, M&S

Look 5:- "Beach holiday"
Sunglasses, €23, M&S
Bikini, M&S Top €29; bottoms €19
Sarong, €2, Tesco
Holdall bag, €45, M&S
'If This is Paradise, I Want My Money Back', €12.99, Easons from June
Sandals, €29.59, River Island

10 Summer Essentials:-
1. Mac
2. Wedges
3. Fit Flops
4. Pack-a-parka
5. Wellies
6. Picnic basket
7. Picnic blanket
8. Bikini
9. Beach bag
10. Beach Read