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Today’s outfit (09/08/2015)

Was meeting the girls for manis, lunch & catch ups today so I knew I could go quite comfy, but since my work clothes consist mainly of stretchy gym gear I wanted to wear something a bit nicer.  

 
Outfit is: navy cardigan from Oasis (with odd buttons as there weren’t enough replacements after my lunatic dog chewed them off!! So a pink one was put on the collar instead), anchor print tee & grey tank are from H&M, dark green stretch skinnies are from Next – they’re not quite skinny enough at the ankle but didn’t have time to search the shops!, ankle boots are from New Look, lime green bag is from  Zatchels, and my watch is DKNY. 

Got my nails done in 5th Avenue Nails on Wicklow Street – girls there are really nice & they do a fab job. The colour is by Essie, but I don’t know what it’s called (looks like a greeny – white in the bottle) – excuse the sausage fingers please!! 

 

‘Til next time……
  

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Today’s outfit 01/02/2015

Today my parents came for food (we had moroccan chicken & cous cous from the Hairy Bikers cook book, if you’re wondering. And it was delicious!) so I put on something pretty!

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Coral cardigan from Oasis
Anchor print tee & long black tank from H&M
Black skinny jeans & hidden wedge high tops from Next Directory

‘Til next time…..,

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Today’s outfit (10/08/2014)

Yes I know I have been very lax as of late with postings, but I’ve had a small matter of finally getting the keys to my, MY, house and then having to gut it & organise many, many (many) tradesmen to come in & make it habitable before we move in. So apologies for that!

Today we went for brunch, as my brother is home for the weekend – my sister was home two weeks ago with my gorgeous nephew & there was a lunch then too but I forgot to document what I wore! So we went to The Winding Stair for a veeerrrry delicious brunch. Himself brought me there for my 30th birthday in February and their dinner is even better than their brunch!

Since it was just family it was a smart casual ensemble that was thrown together. My flower print ballet flats are from Penneys, cropped chinos are from Next (they are very comfortable, come in beige & a knee length version also!), flower print top I got in the Gap outlet in Bainbridge, and put a navy string cami from H&M underneath as it can be a bit booby – which I didn’t think would be very appropriate for brunch. My mint blazer is from Penneys & my bag in vintage.

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I kept my make up and hair quite simple: hair straight & down, and natural make up with Benefit’s “frenched” lipstick to jazz it up. That lipstick has been discontinued, so if you can, buy it all. All of it. It is the best red lippy as it’s quite bright, without being orange, and it makes your teeth look super white!

So there you go!

‘Til next time……

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Today’s outfit (19/04/14)

This evening myself & himself went to dinner in Findlaters Howth – we had the meat platter for two if you must know!, so it was an excuse to dress up a bit.

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I wore this electric blue blazer (looks darker in the pic than it actually is, lighting in my room is a bit crap!) from H&M, cream chiffon tee with scalloped sleeves from Oasis, skinny jeans from Levi’s Curve, striped wedges from River Island (if wedges are good enough for K-Middy, they’re good enough for me!) and clutch from Penneys.

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I jazzed it up a bit with this vibrant pink lippy from the Kate Moss range from Rimmel.

‘Til next time……

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Keeping it local

I’m sure you’ve noticed that I reference a few independent retailers in my clothing blogs, and I just wanted to write a quick note about how I feel about them.

Independent retailers are something that seemed to fall away during the boom years, with massive rents being demanded only the giant companies could afford they became something of the past. But since the, ahem, downturn, I’ve started to notice smaller, newer, quirkier shops popping up all over the place. And I love it! I’m all for the bargains that H&M & Penneys can give you, but quite often (& this has happened to me more than I’d care to admit!) you will wear your awesome new top/dress/skirt/whatever on a night out or to a wedding, and there’ll be more than one person wearing it too!! Not the end of the world I know, but it deffo takes the shine off your purchase! So with an independent you’re more likely to get something a bit different!

There’s also the knowledge & information you’ll get from an independent. Chances are the person you speak to in the shop will be the person who orders & sources all the stock so can point out the advantages of one item over another, or will tell you to hang on because there’s more stock coming in! You will get more attention too. They can focus on you & get you what you want, because they are purely focused on what products they sell. This works for grocery & household (deffo a fan of going to a butcher for my meat, or a small hardware store for bits for the house) as well as clothing. Some of my favourite things have been bought in independent stores because I got the attention and information I wanted from the person in the shop!

Supporting a local shop over a chain does more than give you attention & information, or something different, it’s also supporting people in your community. These people probably live near you, and supporting their business helps keep money in the community by the wages they pay and the money they will then spend in the locality. So shop local, support the independents.

Rant over

*gets off rather tall horse*

‘Til next time……

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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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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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Food love

Ok I’m not a restaurant critic, nor a food critic, but I love hearing about food & talking about food. What I also love is finding out about restaurants I’ve never heard of or haven’t eaten in. So, after going out for dinner with himself for our delayed anniversary, I felt the need to share my favourite places to eat in Dublin so that I can share the food-love.

1. Brass Monkey, Howth.

Was recommended to this by a friend who lived in the area, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a gorgeous restaurant on Howth pier. It’s fairly easy going (we were in jeans & smart casual clothing this evening, but were there for new years eve last year so were quite dressed up then.), & has a fantastic menu that is very reasonably priced – we had a starter & main each (no drinks) for €60 including tip. The food is amazing, and the portions are exactly all you would want.

http://www.brassmonkey.ie

2. Millstone Restaurant, Dame Street, Dublin city centre.

We fell across this one by accident, we had gone into town on a date in our early relationship but hadn’t made a reservation in the hope of getting a “walk in” table. We were walking past & spotted the menu outside (I had thought it was an ‘old man’ pub tbh), got a table & had a very enjoyable meal. The food is fantastic, prices are very good, staff aren’t too pushy, my only fault is when its busy you can be very aware of the people on the table beside you. But, the food is so good you can get past that. I would highly recommend the Monkfish & Chorizo – it’s himself’s favourite dish, and he would eat it over & over.

http://www.millstonerestaurant.ie

3. Koh, Italian Quarter, Dublin city centre (off the quays on the north side of the river)

I came here with a friend for her birthday shortly after we’d come home from travelling, and I can honestly say it is the BEST Thai food I’ve had outside Thailand. My mouth is watering thinking about it. *drools*They’re super friendly, always willing to recommend something or tell you honestly if it’s going to be spicy or not. And they make a mean cocktail/mocktail. Also, a lot of their menu is ok for coeliacs – have been with friends who can only eat gluten free food & they’ve been able to choose something rather than having to just take whatever was on the menu. If you don’t want to have a full meal, they do a great selection of “light bites” too.

http://www.koh.ie

4. Okra Green, Howth, Co Dublin

This is a fantastic Pakistani restaurant on Howth harbour. We went for a family dinner, where everyone has very different tastes when it comes to food, but everyone came away praising the standard & flavours we had gotten.

http://www.okragreen.ie

5. Noble House, Northern Cross, Clarehall

This Chinese restaurant is fantastic. For the standard of food & service you get, you would expect to be paying prices that would have made you wince during the celtic tiger, but they are very reasonable (their restaurant & take away prices aren’t far off eachother). We’ve eaten both in the restaurant & had the take away, and I would highly recommend it.

http://www.noblehouse.ie

6. Seabank Bistro, Malahide, Co. Dublin

We have only eaten here twice, but the first was so fantastic that we ate there again fairly quickly. My only negative issue with this restaurant is that on our second visit, we felt as though we were being rushed out from our table, even though we had only sat down about an hour beforehand. Other than that, I would recommend going there as the food is so fantastic. I would recommend the seafood platter for the starter, if you’re not sure about whether you will like something or not, it is the perfect quantity for two people.

http://www.seabankbistro.ie

7. Becketts, Leixlip

Ok this isn’t is Dublin, per say, but it is a very short drive to get to it (it’s about 5minutes from the Lucan Spa Hotel) and I HAD to include it. The food here is fantastic. The restaurant is very well laid out so you don’t ever feel like you’re table is too close to the one beside you. And the staff are so lovely & helpful. I had the duck parcels & the salmon, but all the food looks amazing & according to the people we dined with, it was.

http://www.beckettshotel.ie/Restaurant

8. Bite, South Frederick Street, Dublin city centre.

This is a fairly new restaurant to Dublin, but have eaten here twice already and I would highly recommend it. They focus mainly on fish & chips but with a fancy edge to it (they do duck fat fries, that’ll show you how fancy they get). The two times I’ve come here have been with the girls, but it would definitely suit all diners. The menu is very good – range wise & price wise, I couldn’t choose what I wanted to eat either time. And they make a mean pineapple patron cocktail (amongst others)! It’s a prime location for a meal & a few drinks before heading out.

http://www.bitedublin.com

Ok, eight isn’t the most amazing number for a list, but these are all repeat visit restaurants.

‘Til next time……

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