Monthly Archives: July 2013

It’s back!

So the sun has reappeared, yay! I for one will be furiously tearing my wardrobe apart trying to find my work appropriate shorts & skirts in a bid to get as much sun on my skin as possible before it disappears behind a cloud!

I have guilted himself into many a walk, but when the rain returns I will be so happy I got myself out there. Sunshine is for lying in the park on your lunch break, spending time with friends (in the beer garden? Well if you insist!) and smiling at everyone. Because that’s what happens here in Ireland, we may whinge about it being too hot (I don’t know who those people are, btw) but a bit of sunshine does wonders for the mood for the entire country. If our government decided to do the budget now, I think everyone would take it a bit easier – if they cared at all!

And for the first time in ages, when we refer to the summer of 2013, we can’t joke that it “was a Tuesday, in May”.

Happy.

‘Til next time……

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Denim deliberations

So I know it’s been a wee while since my last entry *slaps wrist*, sorry about that, but I’m here now & let’s get to it!!

I’ve recently begun to consider buying a denim shirt, they’ve been part of the summer staples for many people over the last few years, and as usual I’m late to the party. I’d been looking around to find one I liked the colour, buttons and general detailing of, as well as the price needing to be right and for it to fit me. Not too much to ask, no?! I didn’t think so.

So I found this one in Penneys during the week, and at €13 I didn’t feel too guilty about it (this saving lark is taking all the fun out of shopping!). It was available in a darker colour, but I preferred the washed look.

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I’ve come up with a few outfits I think it might work well with – since my wardrobe consists of jeans, and I’m not quite brave enough to pull off the double denim even if they’re completely different shades of blue.

Firstly I love the casual-ness of this look, the denim in contrast to the brown Cotton On shorts, and white tank top (this one is from TopShop) just looks so very comfy to wear all day. I would wear this outfit with gladiator sandals and a coloured cross-body satchel like these from Penneys, plimsole runners (or Converse), or at a festival (if the weather was decent!) with my wellies & knee socks.

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But this can very much be dressed up the occasion asked for it. Swop the casual shoes for wedges like these striped ones from River Island, use a statement clutch like this one from Fran&Jane and some whopper earring like these ones I picked up on the Khaosan Road in Bangkok, and a bangle or four, and you are set! Some smokey eyes or statement lips will really finish off the look.

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This shirt could also be taken into nighttime with a more exciting pair of shorts, like the sparkle ones available from AWear, or the French Connection yellow shorts on ASOS. There are so many options, but once the shirt isn’t longer than your shorts it’s all good!

Next I wanted to do up a look where I wouldn’t have to be wearing a skirt or shorts in order to wear the shirt, and I realised while I wasn’t brave enough to wear double blue denim, I could totally wear a different colour pair of jeans!! It’s so clear now! So these jeans are coral cropped skinnies from Oasis, but any colour would be amazing – like yellow, white or pink! This wooden beaded necklace and brown flat sandals, both from Penneys, would make this look really good as a slightly more dressy outfit suitable for work, meeting friends for lunch or even as a date outfit. The flat sandals are from Penneys, and my bag was my mums. Again, an be easily dressed up with some high heels, or wedges, like the ones I used for outfit one.

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TopShop have a fantastic range of coloured skinnies at the moment, if you were wondering where you might pick up a pair.

Lastly I wanted to throw together an ensemble that involved a skirt. I decided that the shirt looked best with this tulip/peplum pencil skirt from New Look, and as its quite loose it won’t sit too fitted on your top half, in a nice contrast to the fitted look of the skirt.

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This could be worn quite dramatically or discretely. To go for the dramatic look, a pair of statement heels like these studded ones from Penneys will give the outfit a strong edgy vibe. Tie it all in with a black quilted bag, a statement gold bangle, like this one also from Penneys, and earrings like these feather ones from Accessorize.

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To create a more subtle look for this outfit, team it with these nude heels from Penneys, but you can get something similar in so many shoe shops, this bag from Onyx in Blackrock Shopping Centre (Co. Dublin), some very simple accessories like this green bangle from Rebecca Davis in the Westbury Mall, and some small drop earrings like these ones from Marks and Spencer.

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‘Til next time…….

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