Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Trend test

I sometimes flick through magazine pages amazed with some of the trends being featured. Who and why would ever want to wear that?! On the other hand, some of my nearest & dearest consider my wardrobe quite 'out there' and only the other day I had a chat with my boy who confirmed that he no longer pays any attention to the weird clothes I wear (honesty is the foundation of a good relationship;). So as a general rule, I wouldn't judge a person/ outfit / trend until I actually try and understand it myself. 

I decided that testing some of these may actually be fun. After all, if they don't work, you get to laugh at me! Being a comedian was never in my plans but hey whatever makes you dear reader happy!

Here it is so, a trend test of Miu Miu's look below. 
The concept? A jumper / roll neck worn under a strappy, rather summery, potentially metallic dress. 
The hope? wearing summer dresses in winter! if this works, we'll all suddenly double up our winter wardrobes... 


Miu Miu AW'14

Ready, steady, go Anna ;) 





Jumper - Zara
Dress - Boohoo
Boots - & Other Stories


Verdict? 
I am dying to hear your opinions but here are my few thoughts: 
  • I look rather pregnant which I'm not 
  • It's a comfy & warm outfit
  • The jumper under the dress definitely makes me look bigger
  • Perhaps if the dress was less floaty? although then you could potentially see the think jumper underneath... 
  • Not sure I'm convinced but looking forward to your views!  

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I slept with Anja





I love discovering new brands and after my recent trip to Warsaw, I am doing a bit of a trial run of some Polish designers and brands. So far so good!

This t-shirt if from She's a riot - love the funky brand name, the slogan on the tee is cool (I slept with Anja) and the quality is top-notch. I am already looking at some more tees from these guys..

Overall this is an extremely comfy ensemble. I am absolutely loving the New Balance runners and pairing them with a vintage coat may sound like a crazy idea but it's so fun! This is a rather man-repelling type of look but oh-so good, try it on...






Jeans - River Island 
T-shirt - She's a riot 
Coat - vintage (thrifted)
Runners - New Balance 
Bag - Forever21 
(all links direct to the items, happy shopping)


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fashion innovation

I admire people who go after what they want and especially those with an innovative idea. I always try to support them so when Chris & Gill contacted me asking whether I would like to try out their new product I agreed to give it a go.

Was I skeptical? Yes. I liked the story on how the product came about (Gill was trying to upgrade her shoes for a wedding with some lace which Chris printed out for her) as I personally did something similar before. I was concerned though how it will actually look on the shoes and as much as I like accessories, shoes accessory sounded a bit out there.

My work heels get wrecked very quickly as I often kick them off the chair under the desk so I  thought it would be a great place to start. I have a particular pair of LK Bennett's which I really like but the heels started to look really scruffy.

I used the tattooes that Chris sent me and voila, see for yourself my shoe transformation below!
Delighted with the result using Tat2shoes



Before...


Tat2shoe is action ;) 


Easy peasy... 


Tattooed vs scuffed! 


Fab final result!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Dunnes Stores AW'14

For the first time in 6 years Dunnes Stores hosted a fashion show to launch their new collection. Not just a fashion show. They have transformed their Georges Street store into an enchanted forest with fabulous models swishing down the isle to Kate Bush tunes. Personally all I missed was a unicorn! (Joke).

They had a good reason to splash out though. This was by far the most stylish, fashion-forward without being too trendy collection I have ever seen on their floor. There were furry collars which were sort of compulsory this season with every high street store launching their own version (Dunnes' is cobalt blue-love!). There was a Burberry-inspired cape which got all the iphones snapping and there was a lot of great knitwear.

I find Dunnes is for many of us a go-to spot for some working wardrobe essentials such as simple dresses, shirts and skirts. There was a lot of that on show too, all styled to perfection.

Well done to Dunnes for putting such great collection and event together.


Above:
Below: 



Above: 
Shawl € 25, polo neck € 30, legging € 30
Below: 
Coat € 199, dress € 119, snood € 39, brogue € 99





Coat € 119, polo jumper € 49, skirt € 79, bag € 49, brogue € 109

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

9-5 #I mean business

I am not sure this outfit post is the message I meant for today but here we are. It's been 5 years since my first post. I find it rather hard to believe that this tiny page which I started to keep myself sane while out of work has lasted that long. 5 years! Of course I had to go back in time on this occasion and revisit my first post. Ouch! I was tempted to rewrite it but hey, at least I can see that my writing has improved!

I have been rather sentimental the last few days and dwelling on this (quite important) date. My super-critical ego has had a party highlighting all the things other bloggers achieve and I haven't. Thanks to my boy (as always) I tried to focus on the positive.

Like I just said the blog was started to keep me focused during a difficult time for me. Although I told my nearest & dearest, I didn't share the address or content of it for a long time. I can't recall what made me change my mind & show it to the world but I did. I have since attended many amazing fashion events & press previews, got to meet some amazing people (interview with Natalie B Coleman probably being my personal highlight), learned a thing or two about social media, SEO & photography (on a tripod!). I am way older than many bloggers are and I have a full time job (well not at the start obviously but fortunately since about 4 months later!). It's not just a 9-5 role either, it's a demanding, senior management role which I have worked hard for. It is very much my focus as I am passionate about what I do and it often makes blogging simply impossible.

If you've been with me on this journey since the start, thank you and I hope you enjoyed it. I have no plans for this page which for an over-thinker like me is unsettling and raises a lot of questions but for now, let's just enjoy some more fashion!

9-5 dressing seems so much easier since COS opened on Wicklow Street...

x






Dress - COS
Heels - Reiss
Bag - Michael Kors
Initial necklace - Chupi

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The duster

New season = new coat? Certainly for winter we all have that thought at some stage. Which is possibly why I couldn't quite figure out the duster coat frenzy. It surely ain't a winter coat. Not really suitable for autumn either. Too autumnal to be worn in late summer. Did I miss something? Spring is simply too far out to be concerned.

I tried the coat and I love it but when exactly am I going to wear it? Let's wait and see... After all, I thought the mom jeans will be gathering dust and here they are! Baggy, high-waisted and oh-so-unflattering, we're having a good time together so far.

x







Duster coat - H&M
Mom jeans - River Island
Top & heels - boohoo.com
Necklace - Ania Kruk 


Friday, September 26, 2014

HOF

 The last time I stayed in London for a while I spent a lot of time in House of Fraser. I found it to be a great one stop shop and I happily worked my way through the floors and departments: shoes, cosmetics, bags, homeware, clothes...

When looking for images of items I lusted after at their AW'14 preview to share with you, I got so distracted with their home lifestyle images that it reminded me of that time in London. Although usually I would moan about such a place, feeling that I can't get what I actually planned for, in the case of HOF I find that different departments compliment each other and inspire the shopper.

If you find this distracting and believe that interiors have no influence on what you wear and like, move on now. I disagree and so I share some inspiring interior shots, all by House of Fraser and some looks, inspired by the former.

Enjoy

x









Moving on to fashion.. 


Coat - Hoss Intropia £ 410
Jumper - Linea €72
Jeans - Adriano Goldschmied £ 175


Shirt Dress - Label Lab € 79
Clutch - Label Lab € 33
Trousers - J Brand £ 915


Cape - Michael Kors £ 330
Shirt - Biba € 90
Trousers - Therapy € 59
Bag - Therapy € 51
Hat - Ted Baker € 64

All interiors and fashion from House of Fraser AW'14

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I got it from my mama

Sorry if you found the title misleading but I'm actually referring to the trousers, which quite literally come from my mum. I still can't believe that they used to be hers. The reasons probably shouldn't be shared but here we go:

1. When did my mum ever wear light coloured, wide pants?
2. When did she fit into them?
3. Is it wrong that it worries me that they fit me?!

To keep myself sane, I'm putting it down to trends. I'm pretty sure these used to be worn fitted and rather high waisted - quite the opposite to my styling. 

I enjoy challenging the dinner attire for time to time and when I am most expected to wear a dress, I will probably turn up in trousers. I'll be keeping this outfit in mind for exactly that sort of occasion. 







Trousers - vintage, from my mama!
Top - Zara
Heels - Kurt Geiger


Bag - Oasis
Pearls - Appleby

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