Monthly Archives: January 2013

Hair issues

So I am currently attempting to grow my hair, mainly to grow out the blond so I can get back to being the glossy brunette I really am. But in order to get rid of the blond (and not look like I’ve got a bad dip dye job going on) I need to get it cut. I’m also a bit sensitive after a fringe trim turned into a bit of a butcher job, it’s grown out now so I’ve decided it can be a side fringe instead of a full one so I don’t have to do that again.

Now I know I’m not alone in this, but I am very unwilling to go to the hairdressers because they rarely do it properly. I always ask for a trim when I want a good inch off coz that’s what will be lopped off my hair – why do they do that?! If you went into any other business & said “I would like that very specific amount of product” and they didn’t give that, there would be strong words said!!

There are stylists out there who will do exactly what you ask & nothing more. I had one. She was amazing, helped me find a style that covered my alopecia (that’s a story for another day) while still being long & gorgeous. And then she went on maternity leave & I had to find another stylist when I changed jobs and I don’t even know if she works in that salon anymore. *wails*

So I’m going to ignore my hair as long as possible & attempt to find my hairstylist again even if I look a bit strange ringing every branch of that chain!

‘Til next time……

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1 Jacket, 5 Ideas

So I haven’t had a very exciting time of it since my last post, hence my silence (apologies btw), so I decided to write a post that might give some inspiration for what you already have in your wardrobe! Does that make sense?

Basically I wanted to show 5 ways that you could wear an item that you may not have tried before. This is all about the humble black blazer.

My one is from Topshop, and I’ve had it about 8/9years so it was deffo a good investment!

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First look.

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This is geared towards a daytime look – possibly for shopping, going to the cinema, meeting friends for lunch/dinner, all very casual. The blazer as before, bright print tee is from Cotton On, skinny jeans are from Levi’s (the curve range as before), ballet pumps & green satchel are both from Penneys. A chunky brightly coloured bangle & a bright scarf would tie it all in together, & really finish off your outfit.

Second look.

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This is a good look for a slightly more dressy look, one that might be worn on a date, at a BBQ, or out for drinks with friends. White lace detail vest is from Abercrombie, coral jeans are from Oasis, if you bought brightly coloured jeans last summer or any coloured jeans these will work. I like to roll them up so they’re a nice capri length & wear them with wedges like these ones from River Island or with gladiator sandals. A pale coloured bag like this quilted one from Penneys (as before). To accessorise this, some simple bangles (either bright colours or metallics will work) and earrings will complete the look.

Third look.

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Again this is quite casual so may be suited more to occasions like those from look one. The stripy jersey dress is from H&M – it is super comfy, and I love the 3/4 length sleeves. I mainly wear it with tights & boots like these ones from Barratt’s (again had them forever, but they’ve been a great buy), and quite often will wear coloured tights instead of the usual black. The bag was a gift, but any casual bag will work with this. Just add a pretty scarf and you’ll be set!

Fourth look.

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This is a look I would quite often wear on a night out, because the jacket works as part of the look as well as being a functional item. The gold one shoulder body con dress is from Drop Dead GorJess, black studded shoes & black quilted bag are from Penneys (as before). I would usually wear this with simple accessories & a very volumised ponytail.

Fifth look.

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This is one that I have worn for a more formal occasion (wedding, christening, graduation, or family event) as its very ladylike, very simple and very classic. The blue gathered waist dress is from Monsoon, I bought it about 6 years ago, but with Kate Middleton wearing similar styles recently it’d be quite easy to find something like this in the shops. I like to wear it with these nude courts & clutch from Penneys, as these will keep the focus on the gorgeous colour of the dress. Very simple silver or gold jewellery will work with this outfit, keeping with the simple elegance of the look.

‘Til next time……

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Christmas away from home

So, apologies for not writing more regularly recently – with the lead up to Christmas work was super busy so didn’t have any adventures to write about!

But the family all trouped over to London to spend Christmas with my sister, her husband & in-laws, so I shall be telling you all about what I wore over those 3 days.

Christmas Eve myself, himself, and my other sister travelled to London. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little bit in love with terminal 2 in Dublin airport. It’s so big & spacious, and with zero queue to get through security, it was an absolute dream! Travelling can be very stressful (especially around that time of year) without what your wearing being uncomfortable or making you too warm/cold, so I always go for comfort. What I wore was (from the feet) my deck shoes from Dubarry, my “curve” jeans from Levi’s (discussed them in a previous blog), my 3/4 sleeve printed tee from Lady Umbrella (a brilliant Irish t-shirt company, I have about 5 tees from them, love their graphics) and nude coloured “boyfriend” cardi from Penneys. See comfy! Really need to buy more of those jeans actually…

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I wore my large statement necklace (mentioned before) and my star earrings (from Roxy) on all three days as they can dress up a casual outfit like the one I travelled in, but work with a more dressed up one as well.

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Christmas Day I like to get a bit more dressed up, so I wore my gorgeous bow shoes from LK Bennett (previously discussed), midi length sleeveless dress from ASOS – love the stretchy fabric (perfect for a day of constant eating) and detailing around the waist, and a white cardi from Monsoon – but any cardi, in any colour will work with a simple outfit like this.

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I was wearing the statement necklace, & star earrings again, but if I wasn’t, I would pin a large corsage like these or a large sparkly brooch onto the cardi (until I wanted to remove the cardi, then I would pin it onto the dress) just to give it a bit of oomph.

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Travelling home on St. Stephen’s Day (or Boxing Day, outside Ireland) I wanted to be comfortable as it was an early enough flight & bound to be busy, so I wore my deck shoes & jeans as before, with this striped top & blue ‘boyfriend’ cardi, both from Penneys (as before).

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Coat wise, I wore my gorgeous smart wine coat from Savida in Dunnes (mentioned in a previous blog) as I knew it would smarten up my casual outfits and look smart with my pretty dress & shoes on Christmas Day too, and used my giant green bag from Fran & Jane (mentioned in a previous blog) so I could throw anything extra (like liquids) that wouldn’t fit into my small wheelie suitcase.

St Stephens day, we were having a second Christmas with himself’s family so while I made a bit of effort it was mainly casual. So I wore this great shirt from Next, I love the alternate colour on the button trim & cuffs. I teamed the shirt with these skinny bootcut jeans from A-Wear and grey heeled court shoes from Penneys. I again wore the star earrings, wine coat & green bag.

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So I hope everyone had a lovely time with their family & friends over the holiday period, and I will do my best to keep my blogs regular & interesting!

‘Til next time……

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