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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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Raindrops on roses

And whiskers on kittens….

These are a few of my favourite (newly bought) things! Yippee!

Yes I’m very excited, I went shopping (yay!) and I get to talk about the things that I bought (double yay! Himself can only feign so much “yes it’s pretty” before I melt his brain).

First up are these coral slipper type shoes & beaded sandals, both from Penneys (& both were under a tenner each!). Yes I know it’s still baltic out, but its now April so summer has to arrive soon. Right?! I love ballet flats, and have far too many to count, because they go with everything and can often be a very comfy alternative to heels.

I just loved the colour of the slippers, it screamed sunshine to me. I plan on teaming them with turned up jeans & a white tee, with a blazer or chunky cardi.

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As for the sandals, I know we don’t get that many sunny days here in Dublin, but with holidays being planned, and the summer stock coming into shops in February (why? Why does this happen?) everything would be gone by the time the sunshine actually deigns to appear. Plus they’re pretty. And it’s always good when they have a strap around the ankle like that, supports the foot a bit better. With the beaded detailing on the main foot section they could be seen as slightly more dressy than a standard plain one.

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This necklace is something I’ve been eyeing up for a while now, it’s been in the window of the Fran & Jane near my work & I’ve been trying to convince myself that I don’t actually need it. Yeah that didn’t happen.

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I know that a lot of companies have brought out similar styles and colours to this but i just loved the combination of colours used & the shape of it. I have no occasion (as of yet) that I know I’ll get to wear it but I already have 6 outfits planned! Ha! I think it would look great casually with this green maxi I bought in the Next sale last summer, or dressy with the black dress from ASOS that I wore for Christmas or even with a plain tee, skinnies & a leather jacket where it would brighten up the whole look. There are so many options.

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So that’s my excitement for the week. Not very exciting I know, but it’s the little things!

‘Til next time……

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Messings & meet ups

So I had a fairly busy week this week, with catch ups & things to be done. I love being busy, now I love my chill out time, but there’s nothing like having a plan too.

Last Saturday was a night out for my friend’s birthday. And as is my tradition I went whole hog with the glamour & dolling myself up. I wore these leather effect leggings from American Apparel (I’ve mentioned them before), still love the fact they’re a medium!! Yes they’re super stretchy but they’re a MEDIUM!!! The grey tunic/dress is from Zara, I’ve had it a few years now, and have gotten so much use from it. It’s possibly one of the comfiest dresses I own, I’m never worried about my cleavage or my tum in it, and that’s why I wanted to wear it out. I teamed this with my quilted bag & whopper heels both from Penneys. Again they’re both a few years old but there are very similar styles of shoes out at the moment. They are about 5inches and make me even more of a giant but because of the platform under the toes they’re super comfy. I call them my dancing shoes, and one advantage I discovered (or recovered) is when you’re a giant, people move out of the way! Yipeee!! With the outfit being so simple I could get away with massive ear-rings, so massive I had to take them off before the end of the night because they hurt my ears! So I back combed the shizz out of my hair, threw it into a messy ponytail & went hell for leather (hehehe) for the rock chick look (lots of eyeliner & mascara to finish it off).

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On my day off I got some Christmas shopping done, so that was all about the comfort. I wasn’t going to be trying on (that was the plan anyway) so I didn’t need to have easy to remove clothing. I went with this long sleeved white top from H&M, with this very cute short sleeved green jacket from A-wear (it’s ancient, bought it for a fiver in the sales, a fiver!!), comfy jeans from Levi’s (from their curve range, which I’ve discussed before), & Converse on my feets. My accessories are the blue skull scarf from Fran & Jane, handbag was my mums, and cosy hat from Roxy – I bought it in Australia so not sure if it was available here, but there are deffo similar versions around. I spruced up my look with some pink lippy, I used the no2 from Kate Moss for Rimmel, love the colour & it works for day & night. So I was comfy & cozy to battle the shops.

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Yesterday I met up with some friends I hadn’t seen in a while so could go low key while still looking nice. I wore (from the feet) flowery ballet pumps from Penneys, jeans (as before) from Levi’s, long sleeved grey top from Bond Australia (bought in Target, I miss Target), with coral coloured top under from Cotton On (again bought in Australia, but they now have an online store or similar tees are available elsewhere – Gap is always good for them!), with my cosy cardigan from Fran & Jane (or coatigan as the girls were calling it last night) on top. To make myself feel a bit more glammed up I wore some red lippy – cannot beat a nice red lippy – from Benefit (colour is “frenched”), and did a Katniss style plait in my hair.

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So that’s my week in catch ups & birthdays.

‘Til next time…..,

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Family Fashion

So myself & the family went away over the October bank holiday weekend, to celebrate my dad’s birthday. The eight of us all trekked across country (a couple crossing the pond too!) to the beautiful wilds of Connemara. Firstly I love the remoteness of being out there, there’s minimal phone signal, and it is proper countryside! I would go mental after a week though, you have to drive everywhere, can’t just stroll to the shops or the local! Guess I’m too much of a city girl!

Anyway so we had a couple of family dinners planned while we were there so I needed to bring some nice clothes instead of the usual jeans, tees, cardies that I wear around my family. But for the travelling I stayed comfy as.

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I’ll start at the top. The pink furry fleecy hat is from my local sports shop (it’s an independent, so no website unfortunately), & cowl-scarf is from my old favourite Penneys. The wax jacket & long sleeved stripey top are from Jack Wills, & jeggings are from Topshop. My sheepskin boots are from Canterbury Sheepskin, I bought them while I was in New Zealand four years ago – they’re still knocking about!- and need to replace them ASAP & the company finally has an online store! Yipeee!! I fold the boots down (they’re long length) as they’re just not long enough for my legs, and the top hits the wrong place making my legs look not so good! My bag was my mums. She bought it while she was living in Paris, so it is such a good piece that has stood the test of time!

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Fancy outfit uimher a haon (number 1) is what I wore for the full fancy pants family dinner. I kept my make up and hair simple with this as I felt the skirt was so dramatic all by itself! The sequinned shoulder jumper is from F&F at Tesco. It’s a good few years old but I love it, and it’s simple & yet striking enough to be worn causal & dressy. The pink midi length is the one I mentioned previously from Fran&Jane. It is super comfy & has a slight stretch to it so you can sit & move around easily! Shoes I got from a friend, no idea where they’re from, but any court or peep-toe heel would work with an outfit like this. Lastly, the bag I’ve mentioned before but is from an independent bag shop in Blackrock (Co.Dublin) called Onyx, have it about 2.5years and get a lot of use from it.

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My other fancy outfit consists of my flamingo print dress that I mentioned before from Penneys, my shoes are from New Look. Shoe boots are so diff to get right – they can often sit at the wrong point of your ankle causing your legs to look stumpy. I love the neutral colour of these & the lace up detail. The bag is the same clutch from my other outfit.

So once again I ramble on about clothes. Can’t help it, I love them so!

‘Til next time……

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Birthday bonanza (not mine, *sigh*)

So I had two birthdays this week, first was my Poppa’s birthday, so we had a lovely low key dinner as we’re all going away over the bank holiday weekend to celebrate it properly. We went to a local restaurant McHugh’s Wine & Dine, so I didn’t want to get too dressed up, hate that feeling of being the over dressed person in the place!!! I kept it low key by just wearing my mint green blazer over a white loose fit v-neck tee, with jeans & heels.

The blazer & wooden beads are from Penneys, I bought the blazer at the start of the summer and the beads years ago, so they may not be available but the look would work with any coloured blazer and a different necklace – a knotted silver or gold one would be gorgeous too. The look the white tee is from H&M – it’s one of their basics so they should still be available in-store or online, or even from a different company.

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The jeans I wore are from A-Wear. They’re a really dark indigo skinny flare, so they’re lovely and fitted around the tush & hips, but flare out from the knees so they really balance me out & sit really nicely over a pair of high heels. And a darker colour is usually more flattering if like me you don’t have stick thin legs.

I kept the shoes and bag neutral by wearing these brown court shoes from New Look, and the clutch from Onyx, an independent Irish bag store in Blackrock shopping centre in south County Dublin.

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The food by the way was fantastic, and very reasonably priced so if you’re in the area, you should deffo check it out!!

So birthday no2, was for one of my very good friends. We were having it in Whitefriar Grill in the city centre, so I decided to get a little bit more glammed up. Food was fantastic, staff were lovely & apparently the brunch is a must!

I decided on the plain black version of the dress I had bought for another friends birthday in August (the one with pink flamingos on it) from (again) Penneys. Since its now October (nearly November – eeeek) I paired it with tights, and a red belt I had yoinked from another dress.

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As it was a bit chilly I wore my gorgeous black trench coat from the Savida range from Dunnes Stores. I bought it four years ago & cannot wear it enough. It has gorgeous dark gold lining & stitching, & the back has a kick skirt to give it a more theatrical feel. I love it.

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I wore it with my shoes that himself bought me for my birthday from High Heels.ie – man who buys you shoes, always a winner! , and this gorgeous red patent clutch from Fran&Jane. I bought the clutch for a wedding last year and have gotten so much use out of it.

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I kept my jewellery simple with a silver watch, bangle & studs as I had decided to go for a red lippy. I used “frenched” from Benefit, but wasn’t keen on the liner they suggested to go with it – felt it was too dark, so I used one by no7 (15 Fire) and a lip lock of course to keep the colour.

So there you have it, another week, another (couple of) ensemble(s).

‘Til next time……

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Outfits doth make the lady.

So I had a lovely couple of days where I got to play with clothes. A very good friend had her leaving party on Friday night – another one bites the dust, she’s off to London for work, *wails*. So we all put our glad rags on & sent her off in style. I decided to go all out – partly because with the hardcore saving I’m doing at the moment I don’t get to go out to play as often as I’d like, mainly because I love an excuse to get completely glammed up!! Since we were all meeting in a really nice restaurant ( Bite – fantastic food, lethal cocktails! ) I went for a lady like look. I based my entire outfit around a pair of shoes. But not just any shoes. My gorgeous peep toe, bow detail shoes from LK Bennett that I mentioned in a previous blog. These beauties.

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What I teamed them with was a midi length pencil skirt from ASOS, and a lace shoulder detail top from Penneys (or Primark, depending on where you are). Both were made in a similar jersey so worked really well together (but either would work with a different material – have worn the skirt with silk tops before).

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I kept the accessories very simple, wore the studded belt from Penneys (as before) to pull in my waist, the gorgeous chunky green bangle from Rebecca Davis (an independent jewellers in Dublin) to throw in some colour, & the quilted, chain strap bag from Penneys. Now the long straps are fantastic when you’re in a night club and don’t want to have to hold onto your bag, but for a situation like this where you’ll be at a table, I knot the chain strap so that its still long but not right under your arm either!

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Hair was kept down & straight, and I went to town with a dramatic smokey eye & neutral lips to finish it off.

I also got to go do some shopping with my Mum over the weekend, so I made a bit of effort as we were going to some very nice shops. What I wore was this great skater style dress from ASOS (as before), it has a low dip at the back to make it more interesting so I’ve worn it on plenty of nights out, funking it up with thick belts or coloured tights. As it was daytime & the dress is quite short I wore it with black tights, a grey cardigan (a basic one you’d get from New Look or Monsoon) & leopard print ballet pumps for a bit of colour.

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I also wore this statement necklace with the outfit for shopping. I wish I could tell you where to get one but my friend sent it for a birthday from Australia. It looks like it should be very heavy but its not which makes it so very easy to wear all day. It is quite possibly the easiest accessory to match with something. I have worn it with dresses, tank tops & jeans, t-shirts & blazers, and structured shirts. So versatile & that’s what you want in a piece like that.

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While we were shopping I picked up this skirt from Fran & Jane. I had to have it. It’s not my usual palette or greys, greens, blues or blacks, & that’s probably why I wanted it. It’s a very strong hot pink (much stronger than it looks in the picture), is in a midi length & will go with everything.

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Can’t wait to team it up with my white, loose fit cotton top, or a grey jumper with sequinned shoulders and a pair of classic pumps or peep toes like these ones!

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Aaaagh clothes get my blood going!!!

‘Til next time……

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Winter wardrobe wonderings

So summer is officially over, we’re still in that awkward “what season should I dress for” phase – I’ve been caught out plenty of times myself over the last fortnight, judging my outfit by what the weather was like outside my window at 7.30am, not the forecast for the day. Flip flops & cropped bottoms are not so great when it’s cold & raining.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been culling my wardrobe, I dropped 6 black bags to the charity shop the other week, pat on the back please, so I’m being fairly ruthless about them. Not as ruthless as when I moved, there was 14 bags & about 8 boxes then, but ruthless all the same! But I’ve probably already filled that space back up with my autumn/winter purchases but I’m trying to buy pretty things good choices so they’ll last a few years in the press before they need to be replaced. I try not to follow fashion too closely, mainly because most of it doesn’t suit my shape or colouring, and mostly because it isn’t practical clothing for my job. So I tend to stick to simple shapes and colours that I know suit me, with the odd variation off the path so I’m up to date at the same time.

My recent purchases include this gorgeous wax (I think) jacket from the Jack Wills outlet store in Kildare Village. I don’t buy many things here, although they do a fantastic range of tank tops & long sleeve tops that are fantastically long on the body so they cover my tush. Brilliant. I’ve been coveting looking at similar wax jackets from various brands like Barbour and Dubarry (who I got my fantastic sailing boots from), but they were phenomenally out of my price range & when I saw this at a fraction of their prices, I had to snap it up. It comes down lovely & long on the body (so my lower back won’t get cold), has lots of pockets & I love the lining it has. So an absolute win! I can’t wait to wear it with my skinnies, my boots that I have below, a long sleeved top & a patterned scarf.

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I also picked up these beauties of shoes, while not a timeless style, they will deffo last a few years as they are simple enough. They were picked up in Kildare Village too at the LK Bennett pop up store. They were selling off a lot of stock at very good prices (my shoes were €50), and if the brand is good enough for the Duchess of Cambridge, it’s good enough for me! They’re simple enough to last more than a few months style wise, but will work so well with so much of what I already have. For example, they will look gorgeous with a midi or knee length pencil skirt and a silk cami. Glamourous, but so very simple.

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I also think an investment in a good winter coat is wise. You don’t have to go for the basic colours of black/navy/grey, I went for this gorgeous (& very flattering for Irish skin tones) burgundy colour, and I love the unusual collar shape – separates it from the staple items that come out every year. It’s from the Savida range at Dunnes Stores, so it was very affordable, but very good quality. I picked it up in the pre-Christmas sales last year & I got so much wear out of it then & I will again this winter. It works as my dressy coat – when I have a nice dress or skirt on. But also works with a pair of jeans, heels & a nice top. So it is an ideal buy, as it an work with a dressed down look as well as a dressed up one.

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A good pair of boots is always a good choice too. Like these ones I picked up from Office. I got them about four years ago, they cost a lot of money, but they have seen me through three festivals & countless pooey days & are still going strong (and I haven’t needed to re-sole them yet either!). With a bit of minding; stuffing them with newspaper when they’re wet to let them dry naturally & treating them with leather care products like dubbin, & they’ll last me another four years (hopefully!).

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So my point is, shop carefully, check the fit, and if you love it, you’ll wear it forever (or at least until it doesn’t fit or it falls apart!).

‘Til next time……

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Outfit conundrums

I seem to be doing a few more of these than I thought I would, but I love clothes, so who cares!!??!!!

I had a night out this weekend for one of my closest friends birthdays, so obv there had to be a fantastic ensemble put together!

I had originally planned to wear one of the outfits consisting of red jeans / leather effect leggings & loose top. Top from h&m, red jeans from Oasis, leather look leggings from American Apparel, black heels from High Heels.ie & stripey wedges from River Island. But was convinced to get my legs out & buy a new dress by a friend. Yes, I’ve a rubber arm.

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So the final outfit was this dress from Penneys (€19, and also bought in plain black. They’re little pink flamingos on the printed dress pictured) heels & bag also from Penneys (but a purchased three years ago so while not available exactly the same, they’ll have something similar), large bangle from Fran & Jane and earrings from Monsoon Accessorize.

 

 

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Outfit was very comfy for a night out of dancing & silliness, covered any areas I would be conscious of, while still looking elegant & a little sexy, so a winner all round! And I know I’ll be able to take the dress into winter by just adding ballet flats & tights!

‘Til next time……

 

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Accessories make the outfit

Like most women (&some men) I like shopping, but I shop like a man. What I mean by that is I hate spending hours in shops just looking around. I will go in, do a lap of the shop, and if I don’t spot something immediately it won’t be bought. I like to be efficient with my time. I hate trying clothes on & will usually just buy the first thing I see. Don’t get me started on sales. I have worked in so many sales that the thought of them gives me the chills. I am not able to root through the chaos, and I always end up tidying the rails. *rolls eyes at self*

But one thing I will always have time to shop for are shoes & bags. I am obsessed. My spare room is the shoe room. Well shoe & bag room. We even had to buy shelves from Ikea for them. I know, I know, but they’re pretty!!! But every single one of those items has been worn at least three times, some more than others, but you always have your favourites don’t you?!

So I today became the proud owner of this amazing bag from Fran & Jane . It’s so beautiful I just want to hug it. I always play it safe with bags, buying black, brown and grey (or occasionally a colour if it’s for a specific ensemble – like the wedding outfit) but this green just called to me.

Ciara! Ciara! Take me home!

It’s like these shoes from HighHeels, I saw them, and HAD to have them. I may have bombarded himself with how much I needed them talked to himself about them a bit, so I was a very lucky girl & got them for my birthday. Spoiled, I know.

So while my shopping for clothing essentials may not go that well (due to aforementioned issues) I will always, always find shoes & bags that I want. Coz your dress size may go up & down but shoes & bags will never change!

‘Til next time……

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Hormonal Irish weather

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned I’m Irish, live in Ireland, subject to the madness that is Irish weather.

This week the insanity reached a new high (or low, not sure which it is, but it reached a new level or bizarreness!!). This is because mother nature could not make up her mind. For example, Tuesday morning I got up for work & there was torrential rain outside. No exaggeration but this was so heavy I wondered how I might procure a boat to get me around for the day. So I dressed for the rain. Not a wise decision.

So I got on my train in my new bright pink rain coat & my sailing boots & nearly passed out from the heat. Never mind the fact that Irish Rail had once again put a train with widows that don’t open on for rush hour, it that my coat is pretty much plastic, but it was 15degrees. FIFTEEN DEGREES. At 8am. Bleaurgh. Now that level of warmth is lovely when you’re on holidays or it’s sunny, but when it’s raining, it’s not so nice. I just hoped that someone had just forgotten to turn the heating off on the train (don’t laugh, it’s happened before).

It wasn’t to be, into my little oven of a workplace, two fans put on top speed, and placed myself in the breeze flow. And then the sun came out. And it got to 22degrees. Don’t forget I am dressed for rain. Sailing boots, jeggings, tshirt, & cardy. Melting. Many a cold drink was bought from the local newsagent that day.

Wednesday wasn’t much better, but this time I had the nous to bring ballet pumps with me to put on in work.

But this isn’t unusual for Ireland. While we were having 22degree sunshiny, humid filled weather (don’t get me started on the humidity!!) in Dublin, the other ends of the country were being battered with rain. Douglas in Cork & Northern Ireland have been flooded, whole towns under feet of water. And this is the weather we’re getting for June?! What is July going to be like?! Or the autumn for that matter?!?

So, the weather in Ireland is never, never never never predictable. We all know this, and joke about this, but it still gives us a fright (& usually something to have a good whinge about!) and we are never prepared. My handbag now holds an umbrella, flip flops & sunglasses at all times because you will probably get all 4 seasons in one day!

‘Til next time……

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