Birthday bonanza

So February kicked itself off as a month of birthdays (why are there so many?! What are people doing 9months beforehand???) with a celebration on every weekend so far, and the month isn’t over yet!

The first of them was a surprise party for himself’s aunt, so I was inspired by my blog about the humble black blazer (1 blazer, 5 looks) & started my look from there.

I wore the same black blazer from TopShop, I can’t believe I’ve had this so long – 9 years, and I balked at the price when I was buying it, but it shows you often get what you pay for! Under the blazer I wore this multi-coloured dress from Closet, a line carried by A-Wear, I love the nipped in waist, gathered detail, it’s not too revealing (very appropriate for a family party!) and it has pockets!! Always a winning attribute in my book. As it is still February and pretty cold, I wore opaque black tights with it. Goosebumps are not a good look. My shoes are from High Heels, orange skull clutch bag is from Fran&Jane & green bangle is from an independent jewellers in Dublin city called Rebecca Davis. I finished the look with a brown smokey eye, nude lips & lightly straightened hair.

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Party two was my brothers birthday lunch with the family. As we were going to a very nice restaurant (Aqua in Howth, north Co. Dublin), I could do pretty without going whole hog. I wore this green tunic with navy detailing from Penneys – Ireland were playing a very critical rugby match that day too so I had to wear green of course! It still being cold I wore it with navy tights (the weird thing sticking out of the bottom of the dress), and these gold sparkley ballet pumps from Faith (they have concessions in Debenhams) and white clutch from Onyx – an independent bag shop near where I work. Make-up wise I went a bit more natural as it was daytime, so I just did some liquid eye liner into a flick with lots of mascara.

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Party three was some drinks for my birthday (yay!), and as we were going to a very nice bar (Vintage Cockail Club) in the city centre I went for a very ladylike, grown up look. The black lace, peplum top is from Next, but as it’s very sheer & I didn’t want to be showing off my bra for the night, I wore the pink silk cami top underneath – second pic- I got this from Susan Hunter Lingerie but any thin strapped cami would be ok. My pink pencil skirt is from Fran&Jane, and this outfit is my new favourite creation. I was so comfortable all night. Shoes & bag are from Penneys, and the giant sparkley bangle is from Fran&Jane.

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I also had this savage panda ring from DropDead GorJess, gotta love the pandas!

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For my make up I did a grey smokey eye with liquid eye liner and a lot of mascara – there would have been lashes if I’d remembered to buy glue *face palm*.

Last but not least was a family dinner for my birthday – the more celebrations I can milk the better! As it was going to be in my parents house I could go low key. I went with this striped boucle jacket from ASOS, over a v-neck white t-shirt from Zara – I have about 6 of these tees, they are such a good investment! Skinny jeans are from the “curve” range from Levi’s, bag is from Onyx – as before, lace up shoe boots are from New Look, and my wooden beads are from Penneys. A messy pony tail and natural make up finished off the look.

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‘Til next time……

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