Monthly Archives: September 2012

Outfits doth make the lady.

So I had a lovely couple of days where I got to play with clothes. A very good friend had her leaving party on Friday night – another one bites the dust, she’s off to London for work, *wails*. So we all put our glad rags on & sent her off in style. I decided to go all out – partly because with the hardcore saving I’m doing at the moment I don’t get to go out to play as often as I’d like, mainly because I love an excuse to get completely glammed up!! Since we were all meeting in a really nice restaurant ( Bite – fantastic food, lethal cocktails! ) I went for a lady like look. I based my entire outfit around a pair of shoes. But not just any shoes. My gorgeous peep toe, bow detail shoes from LK Bennett that I mentioned in a previous blog. These beauties.

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What I teamed them with was a midi length pencil skirt from ASOS, and a lace shoulder detail top from Penneys (or Primark, depending on where you are). Both were made in a similar jersey so worked really well together (but either would work with a different material – have worn the skirt with silk tops before).

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I kept the accessories very simple, wore the studded belt from Penneys (as before) to pull in my waist, the gorgeous chunky green bangle from Rebecca Davis (an independent jewellers in Dublin) to throw in some colour, & the quilted, chain strap bag from Penneys. Now the long straps are fantastic when you’re in a night club and don’t want to have to hold onto your bag, but for a situation like this where you’ll be at a table, I knot the chain strap so that its still long but not right under your arm either!

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Hair was kept down & straight, and I went to town with a dramatic smokey eye & neutral lips to finish it off.

I also got to go do some shopping with my Mum over the weekend, so I made a bit of effort as we were going to some very nice shops. What I wore was this great skater style dress from ASOS (as before), it has a low dip at the back to make it more interesting so I’ve worn it on plenty of nights out, funking it up with thick belts or coloured tights. As it was daytime & the dress is quite short I wore it with black tights, a grey cardigan (a basic one you’d get from New Look or Monsoon) & leopard print ballet pumps for a bit of colour.

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I also wore this statement necklace with the outfit for shopping. I wish I could tell you where to get one but my friend sent it for a birthday from Australia. It looks like it should be very heavy but its not which makes it so very easy to wear all day. It is quite possibly the easiest accessory to match with something. I have worn it with dresses, tank tops & jeans, t-shirts & blazers, and structured shirts. So versatile & that’s what you want in a piece like that.

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While we were shopping I picked up this skirt from Fran & Jane. I had to have it. It’s not my usual palette or greys, greens, blues or blacks, & that’s probably why I wanted it. It’s a very strong hot pink (much stronger than it looks in the picture), is in a midi length & will go with everything.

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Can’t wait to team it up with my white, loose fit cotton top, or a grey jumper with sequinned shoulders and a pair of classic pumps or peep toes like these ones!

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Aaaagh clothes get my blood going!!!

‘Til next time……

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Gig goings

I’m sure you may have noticed that I like to talk about clothes, I can talk about them til I’m blue in the face, they’re my great love. If I had to pick a favourite it would be shoes. All types. And scarves. And handbags. Do accessories count as clothes? Oh I just cant pick!!! Can’t I just love them all equally?!?!?!???!? *sigh*

But my other dyed in the wool love is music. I can’t be without it, I constantly have music going on around me, and I love so many different types of music, & going to gigs. Gigs just get my blood pumping. There is nothing like it, singing along at the top of your voice, so much so you have no voice the next day. I love going to see up & coming bands as much as those who I own a vast range of their back catalogue.

I went to see an Irish band called Leaders of Men this eve in The Workmans Club and they were savage!! I love coming across music that is new to you & instantly liking it. This is a band that I will deffo be buying the album. They’re a five piece indie rock band, and I really think you should check them out of that’s your type of music, or even if it isn’t! Do it. Doooooooo iiiiitttttt! 😉

So there’s my musical enthusiasm for this week!

‘Til next time……

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Winter wardrobe wonderings

So summer is officially over, we’re still in that awkward “what season should I dress for” phase – I’ve been caught out plenty of times myself over the last fortnight, judging my outfit by what the weather was like outside my window at 7.30am, not the forecast for the day. Flip flops & cropped bottoms are not so great when it’s cold & raining.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been culling my wardrobe, I dropped 6 black bags to the charity shop the other week, pat on the back please, so I’m being fairly ruthless about them. Not as ruthless as when I moved, there was 14 bags & about 8 boxes then, but ruthless all the same! But I’ve probably already filled that space back up with my autumn/winter purchases but I’m trying to buy pretty things good choices so they’ll last a few years in the press before they need to be replaced. I try not to follow fashion too closely, mainly because most of it doesn’t suit my shape or colouring, and mostly because it isn’t practical clothing for my job. So I tend to stick to simple shapes and colours that I know suit me, with the odd variation off the path so I’m up to date at the same time.

My recent purchases include this gorgeous wax (I think) jacket from the Jack Wills outlet store in Kildare Village. I don’t buy many things here, although they do a fantastic range of tank tops & long sleeve tops that are fantastically long on the body so they cover my tush. Brilliant. I’ve been coveting looking at similar wax jackets from various brands like Barbour and Dubarry (who I got my fantastic sailing boots from), but they were phenomenally out of my price range & when I saw this at a fraction of their prices, I had to snap it up. It comes down lovely & long on the body (so my lower back won’t get cold), has lots of pockets & I love the lining it has. So an absolute win! I can’t wait to wear it with my skinnies, my boots that I have below, a long sleeved top & a patterned scarf.

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I also picked up these beauties of shoes, while not a timeless style, they will deffo last a few years as they are simple enough. They were picked up in Kildare Village too at the LK Bennett pop up store. They were selling off a lot of stock at very good prices (my shoes were €50), and if the brand is good enough for the Duchess of Cambridge, it’s good enough for me! They’re simple enough to last more than a few months style wise, but will work so well with so much of what I already have. For example, they will look gorgeous with a midi or knee length pencil skirt and a silk cami. Glamourous, but so very simple.

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I also think an investment in a good winter coat is wise. You don’t have to go for the basic colours of black/navy/grey, I went for this gorgeous (& very flattering for Irish skin tones) burgundy colour, and I love the unusual collar shape – separates it from the staple items that come out every year. It’s from the Savida range at Dunnes Stores, so it was very affordable, but very good quality. I picked it up in the pre-Christmas sales last year & I got so much wear out of it then & I will again this winter. It works as my dressy coat – when I have a nice dress or skirt on. But also works with a pair of jeans, heels & a nice top. So it is an ideal buy, as it an work with a dressed down look as well as a dressed up one.

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A good pair of boots is always a good choice too. Like these ones I picked up from Office. I got them about four years ago, they cost a lot of money, but they have seen me through three festivals & countless pooey days & are still going strong (and I haven’t needed to re-sole them yet either!). With a bit of minding; stuffing them with newspaper when they’re wet to let them dry naturally & treating them with leather care products like dubbin, & they’ll last me another four years (hopefully!).

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So my point is, shop carefully, check the fit, and if you love it, you’ll wear it forever (or at least until it doesn’t fit or it falls apart!).

‘Til next time……

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