Sunday, July 27, 2014

9-to-5 #cropped top

I talked about 9 to 5 dressing being a challenge many times before but over the last 2 weeks, it has turned into a bit of a nightmare. As much as I love summer in Ireland, the two unexpectedly hot and humid weeks can really make you sweat (due to the stress of wearing inappropriate clothes, not just the temperature).

I strongly believe that keeping legs out is the best way to fight summer in the office (I can't believe I'm actually saying that but considering that my hair is up, I'm definitely up for a fight!). Keep the hemline sensibly low, the shape comfortably loose and the waist suitably high. As soon as your skirt ticks these 3 boxes you can go for a cropped top and you're still looking work appropriate (and hot, not perspiring type of hot though). Miss one and you'll be the talk of the office (for all the wrong reasons).

When it comes to handbags for work, I'm afraid for me it's always about size (it has to fit all of the emergency make up, umbrella, sometimes spare shoes and of course a tablet, diary & other work items). Effectively all my work bags are either in bold block colours or printed. Depending on my mood (rarely the outfit) I pick what suits the day. Mismatched? Potentially, I call it interesting.
Shoulder strap = an advantage.






Top - Boohoo

It's in the details... 



Ring - Dublin Flea Market
Watch - bought in States

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Reflective footwear

Your feet don't always need to reflect the occasion or your mood. This autumn they can reflect the person standing beside you.
Am I making no sense? Possibly. Check out the Penneys range of metallic footwear and you may just get what I'm saying.

I was keeping an eye on this trend when flicking through August magazines, unconvinced, how it could possibly fit into my (very 9-to-5 driven) wardrobe. I have an answer and it's keeping my feet under the desk!

Metallics here I come...


 € 15, in stores early September


€ 22, in stores September

Platforms same as above, loafers € 15 in stores September

 Less reflective but an amazing version of Mary Jane's: 


€ 20, in stores late August

All shoes @ Penneys

  

Sunday, July 13, 2014

It's the real thing

There are brands which never age. Very few, but there are. Every time you encounter one of those, it takes you back down memory lane to good old times and it still remains relevant now.
Coca cola is one of those brands for me. I remember when it was a luxury to find a bottle of it at home, a sign of celebration and most likely a family gathering. I remember how amazing it tasted in the scorching Italian sun, served in a glass bottle with a slice of lemon, on my very first trip away with the boy. In my mind, it never ages (I hope that neither do people who drink it;)
When I found this sweatshirt in Penneys I thought it's just perfect. It' comfy, it's timeless like the Coca Cola brand and it comes in one of my favorite colours - grey.
Definitely a great buy.




Jeans - Zara
Sweatshirt - Penneys

It's in the details...



 Bag - Natalie B Coleman
Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell @ Urban Outfitters


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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Off the rack

If you're flying with Ryanair this month make sure to pick up a copy of Let's Go Magazine and flick to page 85 for my article on what's hot in Dublin this July. 'Off the rack' is my favourite column so I'm delighted to have had an opportunity to contribute.

Not going anywhere this month? Don't worry, I have a copy for you in here!

Enjoy
x






 Maxi dress - Boohoo
Ring - Chupi at Coldlilies
Slogan T - Natalie B Coleman
Biker jacket - Zara
Flamingo heels - Office


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hooked

There are brands and items that I instantly get hooked on. I'm never sure what initially attracts me to them, looking at some of these items now I believe that they tend to be quite simple and classic. As a result they work well with a lot of different things, for many occasions and usually for a long time.

This outfit is made of a selection of such items. First of all the boohoo dress. I am rather addicted to boohoo and their affordable fashion. Dresses with a dropped waist are my absolute fix and this black number has been worn an endless number of times this summer.
The pearl necklace is another favorite, no longer reserved for winter time, I learned to wear pearly jewellery all year long.
I'm still waiting for Bimba and Lola to open a store in Dublin (along with & Other Stories!) but for now I'm cherishing my first ever online purchase from this super cool Spanish brand - the bowler bag. Pattern with diamonds? An instant classic in my books.

Last but not least the New Look sandals. Part flatform, part uglies, these probably don't fit in with the 'simple and classic' description but they make the whole outfit very relevant, less good girl, more cool girl!

x






Dress - boohoo.com

It's in the details...



Necklace - Penneys
Shoes - New Look

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Style Exchange

I've been toying with an idea of a swap party for a while. I was a little bit lost re: how to make it work so I kept on putting it off. Until I came across the Galaxy Style Exchange. Not only did I find a guide on how to host the party, they also offered some goodies to support it! Obviously, I couldn't turn chocolate down.

I won't go into all details on how to host a party, you can find them HERE. My only advice is, and it's something that I was very concerned about, ensure that everyone is aware that they may not return with the exact same number of clothes that they brought. When their clothes are gone, they're gone! I was lucky that my friends seemed ok with it and they all left delighted with their swaps + we made a local charity shop very happy indeed! (leftovers;)

What I found really entertaining about hosting the party was collecting clothes from the girls and recognising their different styles. It was so obvious that A. had everything printed, J. was all about pencil skirts and N. elegant tops. Seeing all these different styles made me rather worried about how they're gonna get on at the party. So like any good host, I stocked up on drink and made a lot of food (in case anyone needed to drown/eat their sorrow for not being able to find anything they like ;).

So what happened at the party? Ladies magically managed to fish out their own look out of the mix of contradictory styles! It was so much fun seeing this happen and also getting some really cool pieces for myself! Shopping without spending any money? Hell yeah!

Here're some snaps from the party

x



My fave 'swap' :)





Sunday, June 15, 2014

Back to basics

Retro runners are a huge trend right now and are often the footwear of choice with the fashion crowd. They can be seen at every fashion show, press event, snapped away by fashion photographers. Are they relevant in our (regular mortals) wardrobes though?

I have been loving this trend and I think we all need a pair of retro runners in our lives! If they're suede and colorful, even better. Which is why I'm indulging in red & blue PUMA Suedes right now. I know a lot of my friends would look quizzically at them wondering what to wear them with. The answer is really simple. Pretty much with everything!

They're a great way of toning down a dressy outfit (be it a tulle dress, a mini skirt or an embroidered jacket) and because they're flat, you can be a little bit more adventurous with your hem line ;)
I paired mine with a high-waisted mini skirt and a cropped top. An outfit that would not look suitable for a day time in a city if worn with a pair of heels (unless you really like a lot of attention). The PUMA Suedes make this look really fun and inject some colour into it.





Top & Skirt - H&M

It's in the details...





 Bag - Zara
Runners - PUMA Suede
Midi rings (present) - River Island

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Glowsticks & granola

Have you heard of the morning rave phenomenon yet?! It's been a year since Gloryville launched it's first one in London and Dublin is now following suit!
The first morning rave in Dublin was a private event held by Thinkhouse and sponsored by Sure. The brand's most recent 'Do more' campaign encourages people to make the most of their summer and this (in my humble opinion) is the way to go! The morning started with mimosas, followed by a dance class (some workout!) and a tasty brekkie.

Fun to say the least, I totally felt like I deserved the croissant after all the dancing!

Brilliant idea, try it when you get a chance!




 Check out those moves ;)





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