Category Archives: fashion

Orange obsession

I work with clothes all day, every day. Look at them, talk about them, create outfits. All day. And I love it.

However….

However I have to wear black, all black – or current season stock (which usually doesn’t happen due to cash flow, or the fact that minimal appropriate clothing comes in in my size) – and closed toe shoes (health & safety, totally understand even though I’ve been cursing that rule during this heat wave). So when I’m on a day off & actually doing something I tend to go a bit mental!

For example; today was a family party to celebrate my cousins marriage (he got married abroad, and most couldn’t go), and it was a garden party. By garden party I mean that it was a party that happened to be in someone’s garden (read; on their patio) – I’m not that posh! So with the weather still being sound – dry & warm – I knew that it was the best chance to pull this beauty out of the wardrobe.

Orange Utility Dress – Eva Kayan (bought on sale in Kilkenny Shop)

Leopard print ballet flats – Penneys (Primark outside Ireland)

Bag – Marc Jacobs

Blue floor – probably artistic selection for location

So there ya have it. I like colours (ALL THE COLOURS!!) and an opportunity to wear completely unsupportive but oh so pretty shoes!

Also, my sister bought these super cute earrings for me as a surprise – she had bought a pair for herself and I’d been eyeing them up.

‘Til next time……

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Glorious Green

I was a guest at one of my best friends’ weddings yesterday so took full advantage of the opportunity to go full glam.

Outfit details;

Dress – Phase Eight (bought in the Debenhams summer sale)

Shoes – Dunne’s Stores (€15!!!)

Rose gold bag – Penney’s (Primark, €4)

Wedding was in Farnham Estate in Co Cavan and was a beautiful location. Stunning grounds, fabulous hotel (our room was MASSIVE!) and really delicious food!

All in all, a brilliant wedding!

‘Til next time……

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(Studio by) Preen Purchase

I bought this online in the Debenhams sale – was having a shitty day in work and retail therapy always helps – especially when it works out! 
It’s Studio by Preen, really really well made (hidden buttons, fits across the chest, perfect sizing, comes with a slip), has pockets (the most importants factor – so important I’m thinking about getting them put into my wedding dress!) and is on sale – I bought it at €30, reduced from €100. Can’t wait to wear it – after I give it a good iron anyway! 

Please excuse the bathroom selfie -we’re still in the middle of a build so not many spaces without boxes at the moment! 
The dress is knee length on me, and I’m 5foot10.
Yay!
‘Til next time……

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Wedding prep…

So following my theme/ habit of a lifetime where I like to make things difficult, I am trying to extend my house and plan a wedding at the same time. Now in my defence, the application for remortgage went in last September (and the build started 4 weeks ago) – and we’re still fighting with the bank…….the less said on that the better because the rage that will follow is not something I wish to inflict on you lovely people! 
Planning a wedding! Yay!

I am lucky that I worked as a wedding coordinator for two very busy hotels, so I was able to know who I wanted straight off the bat & what type of wedding we would want. 
Things I learned as a wedding co-ordinator;

1 Your photographer is incredibly important, and prob the second booking you need to make (after your venue of course) as soon as you book your date. This person will be there from the prep to the 1st dance, catching all those special glances and moments. They need to be invisible and as stealthy as a cat but still smack bang in the middle so they catch the bold face a page boy pulls or the slight trip by the bride as she walks up the aisle – we all know this will be me! So do the research, take the time to look at style, and talk to them! Because if you can’t have the craic with them those smiles will always look forced! 

Two photographers I worked with loads were Elaine Barker and Alan Dunne, and would highly recommend both. 

2 It’s your day. Repeat after me. It’s your day. When the “suggestions” become overwhelming, let that become your mantra – but don’t slip into tyrant territory! No one wants to be the absolute horror story of a bride / groom that becomes the urban legend. So make the day you want, because you’re spending a fortune on it, you’d better enjoy it!  

3 Do not buy your wedding outfit with the expectation you will lose weight. You might. You might not. But you are marrying the person who loves you, warts & all. So don’t put yourself under that level of pressure. Planning a wedding is tough enough without being hangry all the time. Wear whatever makes you feel sensational! 

4 All anyone cares about it the food and the fun (usually influenced by the amount of drink!) so if you need to decide between favours for everyone or giving them all an extra glass of wine – pick wine. Always pick wine! Of course there will be oohs & aahs over the lovely room – because of course the venue you picked is fabulous! – but if the food is meh…yeah, you don’t want that. 

5 Enjoy it! You are embarking on a fun adventure with the person you love, and that’s all that’s important! 

So yeah, there we are! 
‘Til next time……

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Penneys perfection

So I nipped over to the new Penneys store in Liffey Valley earlier today – forgetting it was Sunday and there would be people there…  But it is amazing!! Huge stock levels (second only to Mary St, and I always feel over whelmed in that store;never know where to start!) and loads of floor staff to help with any queries you have! 
I picked up these two shirts for work (€9 each!), and am only delira with them! They’ve a lovely cotton softness to them and are a good fit (longish on the body & sleeves, and no real gaping at the buttons!). 

( I was taking a picture of the print, and Cpt Needy Pants wanted to be involved too) 

Khaki, stars, blue and polka dots! Perfection!! 

Also! Penneys have started (or maybe I never knew they did them already) doing a range of bras for D-F cups. I bought 3. All are a perfect fit, super comfy and are €6/€8 each!!  
Thanks Hun, Penneys!! 
‘Til next time……

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Art Deco Foundation trial 17/07/2016

So a friend of mine is lucky enough to be given some products to test & trial in her line of work. She got this foundation and it wasn’t the right shade for her, so I got to be the lucky guinea pig & test it for her! 


It has a fab old school dropper so you can’t take too much product out – something I am a divill for. I used a foundation brush to apply and it gave a really lovely light cover to my (never perfect) skin. To be honest I don’t feel like there’s actually anything on my face, which is prob good  in this heat. 
I’ll update this later this eve after its had a full days wear – and hopefully hasn’t melted off my face!! 
*** update!!! 

I didn’t put much powder on – in fact I only used whatever was loose in the lid. And my face is not anywhere near are oily as it should be (little bit around the nose) – esp on a melter of a day like it was today!! So this foundation is FAB!! Deffo a recommendation from me!! 
‘Til next time……

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Today’s outfit 03/07/16

Having a day date with himself today so going for ladylike chic – it’s nice to dress up & now that I have a uniform in the new job I don’t associate these clothes with work anymore. 


Striped tee, pencil skirt & leopard print ballet flats are all h&m, beads are Chanel. 
‘Til next time……

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Outfit of the day 19/02/2016

We went to a wedding in Tulfarris last weekend so the glad rags were pulled out 

 
Dress from Ted Baker in Kildare Village, bag borrowed from my sister, shoes from Penneys, jewellery from Tiffanys, DKNY, Stonechat and vintage. 

Ta da! 

‘Til next time……

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Outfit of the day 25/12/15

Yes it’s a little late but I’ve been too busy, eeeehhhh, eating….. And working! Yes!! I’ve been working too! Ah the joys of the service industry!! 

  
Black courts (not really seen) are from Penneys / Primark, tulle skirt is from Cari’s Closet (sale for €20!!), black cardi is from Oasis, beads are Chanel, watch is DKNY, and ring is antique.

Christmas Day was its usual whirlwind of visiting and jamming as much into it as possible, before being able to take off the nice clothes & put on your jammies because (in the words of Regina George) “this is all that fits me right now”. 

Proof!! 

  
‘Til next time……

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Outfit of the day 23/11/2015

Today was a day date with himself – trip to see Mockingjay part 2 (eeeeep)- so was all about comfort!

  
Jumper is from Uniqlo (bought on our last trip to London, I both love & hate that there isn’t one here), long royal  blue tank from H&M, black skinnies from Levis Curve, hidden wedge ankle boots from Aldo & statement necklace from Fran & Jane. 
‘Til next time…..

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