Friday, December 12, 2014

Sticky

One thing that Barcelona definitely is on a warm November day is sticky. Although it was nice to leave the heavy coat in Dublin and jump back into a dress & a biker jacket, I could not control my frizzy hair and sort of melting makeup. Not the best look for outfit shots but when you get lost in pretty little lanes, admiring cute little restaurants, hidden boutiques and unusually dressed locals, you don't really mind.
Spanish have a unique sense of style. Home to some of high street's biggest brands, it often appears to me that locals prefer to shop... well, locally. Oversized tops, biker boots, leater jackets, skinny jeans and draped scarves dominate the streets. Everyone seems comfortable in their clothes, smiling widely and kissing a friend/partner/anyone (do you also find the Spanish kissing a lot?!).
Wearing heels seem so out of place there, I decided to stick to flats myself. The oversized dress provided a lot of much needed freedom and allowed for copious amounts of tapas over the weekend...









Dress - Zara
Jacket - H&M
Flats - Penneys

It's in the details...



Bag - Selected Femme
Ring (gold, right hand) - & Other Stories
Ring - (thumb, left hand) - Pandora




Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Vicky, Christina..

Barcelona of course! I don't know about you but I absolutely love that movie. Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson AND Javier Bardem in one place = good times!

I liked Barcelona first time I visited a few years ago but this time around I totally fell in love with the place. I think staying in less touristy area was a brilliant idea and I would recommend for anyone going there soon to pick the funkiest place on Airbnb and really soak up the atmosphere, people and of course, the amazing food & wine (which I spent most time photographing and enjoying ;). Outfit post from my trip coming soon but for now, just enjoy this fabulous city.

x



















Friday, November 28, 2014

9-5 #Mustard

In autumn/winter I love a bit of mustard... colour of course. It's perfectly muted, autumnal with a really warm feel to it. And it goes so well with black. If it comes in a form of a textured top with an incredible price tag of only € 20 - all the better. It's very 9-5 friendly too so summing up - it ticks all the right boxes! 

x






Trousers - Mango
Top - H&M
Bag - Orla Kiely
Bracelet - Chupi
Ring - present 
Heels - New Look


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Geek-y

I met the optician's recommendation that I wear glasses 'only' when I read, in front of a computer or drive (read: 99% of the time I'm not asleep) with mixed feelings.

An opportunity to add another accessory? Tick.
A dilemma considering that this accessory is actually on your face? Tick.
An immediate urge to stock up on 5 pairs which may never be worn? Tick.

I decided to ease myself into it. Spending a couple of hundred €'s on glasses is as easy as leaving them to never see the daylight in the bottom desk drawer (no? never happened to you?).

I decided to use Firmoo which some thought was a mad thing to do. Until they saw my glasses that is.

Firmoo is an online store, I used them previously for sunglasses and was very happy with the product. I know that prescription is different but not so much if you've gone to a good optician. My prescription had every detail I needed to fill in Firmoo's through online order forms and guarantee that once I put my glasses on, yep I can see.

The selection of frames on their website is quite wide but not overwhelming. What I really like about it is that they have many of the trendy styles that we're used to seeing in sunglasses but not very often in prescription glasses. I went for the geeky round shape which is the same style I often use in sunglasses. I am yet to make wearing them a daily habit but I am definitely getting better at it. And I haven't spent a fortune so I may be back for another pair (or two)...  









Top - Siopaella 
Coat - Religion
Scarf - Penneys
Jeans - New Look
Boots - Mango
Bag - Forever21
Glasses - Firmoo
Silver ring - Blarney Woolen Mills


The Beauty Bootcamp

Just before the Beauty Bootcamp has launched their new Cheryl Beauty session, I had an opportunity to meet Liz and her team and go through a teaser session of the class.

What to expect? A lot of tips! Any questions hair and makeup related? Girls will answer them all. They are absolutely lovely and put you at ease so it's a bit of fun and a bit of learning (a glass of Cava helps ;) .They will show you how to do it, try it on you and get you to do some work & learning yourself. 

I had a great fun at the short evening session so making a day out of it must be only better. I totally see how a group of gals would turn this into a fab pampering day pre-great night out. 

Well worth it. 

x
See an interview with Liz and a video for Xpose HERE


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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

9-5 #Maxi sleeve

I am quite reliant on dresses when it comes to my daily 9 - 5 outfits. It's obvious to me that it's the easiest choice (no need to match, tuck in or out, no decisions to be made at 6am). I am often surprised how many women rely on separates for work assuming it's the simple solution.

Dress shopping can be a struggle for many which may justify the above. A few things that I always keep in mind when getting a dress for work:
  • Comfortable - this is so important. If like me you're conscious of your stomach area and go from feeling like a superstar to a balloon as quickly as munching through a banana, this is one of the key factors. 
  • Long enough - I often fall short on this one (see what I did here?! ;). There's nothing worse than pulling at your hemline for half a day. You may wish it works but it doesn't and no pair of  opaques will replace a few inches that are missing. 
  • Colour - do keep it simple. Not boring, simple. 
  • Structure - pick a dress with a bit of a structure, a detail such as a 'maxi sleeve' (love it on this one) or a fold at the front. It'll keep it interesting, modern and cool. Don't be afraid of a simple detail like that, you can carry it off! Pockets always help.
  • Spend a little bit more if you can - I am still learning to remember that. Cheap, trendy dresses don't work for work. Simple. The shape changes after 1 wash, the colour is out of season before you get to wear it twice and they're never as chic as the slightly pricier version.
  • Think outside the box - everyone in the office will go to Zara, H&M and Penneys. Investing in independent, unique brands and designers will keep you looking fashionable without trying too hard.   




 





Dress - Wearso 
(Polish brand using only organic cotton, worth checking out)
Heels - LK Bennett (tattooed!)
Bag - River Island

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