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

Thursday, September 18, 2014

New Look AW'14

You might have noticed that I wear a rather significant amount of New Look clothes. I find their fashion affordable, trendy without being wearable for a week only and the fabric quality is good for the price you pay. I always look forward to their seasonal previews to see what's coming into the stores soon and again, they didn't disappoint with the AW collection.

Picking a selection of items to share is not easy as I would happily just forward you a whole lookbook. I decided to allow myself for only 3 outfits so I put some thought into what I really need (want) to add to my wardrobe from their range.

The style merges the 60s and 70s which may sound odd but with a rather Edie Sedgwick styled ponytail and smudged eye liner, it definitely works.


Cape € 59.99, Jumper € 29.99

I know there are so many capes in stores now but not so many are as perfect as this, especially at that price! The fluffy jumper works perfect with it and it would go with skinny trousers for work or sequined skirt for a night out. 


Coat € 59.99, jumper € 29.99, skirt € 29.99, bag € 29.99

I am not convinced about this coat but the rest works. I first spotted this skirt in a magazine and I have since seen it a lot so it will be a popular one but there're good reasons for it! Winter flowers at their best. 


Jumper € 29.99, skirt €17.99

This is so cosy and cute. The pattern on the jumper may look a bit old with a pair of jeans but looks great against flirty skirt in a bright, lively colour. 

Ok so I know I said 3 looks but this is just a pair of shoes, hardly counts?! These are absolutely stunning, I have seen them live, held them and struggled to put them down! If you're looking for a pair of black ankle boots, you found them. 
Boots € 44.99


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hero

I recently met my sister and her family for brunch in Howth. We got one of those fabulous sunny Sundays which in Dublin can only mean two things: the schools are back (traffic, stress, crowds) & winter is around the corner.

Trying to take advantage of the sunny spell, I finally got to break in my Natalie B Coleman hero tee and opted for grey, light summery skinny jeans to keep it comfy.

Although the wind kept on getting in the way, I enjoyed a very tasty ice cream after a massive  breakfast in the House. This was my first venture into this restaurant but I'm already a fan. I just wish I knew about the outside seating area at the back - in weather like this it would have been great. Either way, the pancakes and mussels are rather perfect so do try if you're ever out that direction.  






Tshirt - Natalie B Coleman
Jacket - H&M
Jeans - thrifted, Dublin Flea Market

It's in the details...



Runners - Converse
Ring - Topshop
Bag - DKNY

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Inspirational

With newsagents' shelves slowly filling up with October issues, I thought it's about time I share one of my favorite editorials from the September stand.
It's rare that I read magazines online. However, since I'm making an effort to be more efficient and get a better work\life\blog balance, I've been a little bit more reliant on my tablet.
I've learnt that you can find inspiration so much easier if you've access to magazines at all times and after all, the content is the same, whatever the form! Don't get me wrong, I'm not giving up on my monthly glossies (oh the smell and the weight of a brand new magazine, there's something very special about it). I have to admit though, I have been rather loving Zinio. By far the best magazine app I am yet to discover.

To the point so, here is some autumnal inspiration, straight from Elle US Sept'14. So Gucci, So good...










Friday, September 5, 2014

Dublin Fashion Festival

Unless you've been living under a rock, you're aware that the Dublin Fashion Festival is on since yesterday! Packed with on-street shows and fashionable events, it celebrates the great Irish fashion and is well worth checking out. List of events below and make sure to check out Evoke.ie for more HERE


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

9-to-5 #Transition

I love this time of the year. I would go as far as saying that September is probably my favorite month. The fact that it's my birthday might have something to do with it ;)
Although to be totally honest, I am beginning to dread my birthdays! I always laughed at people who worried about their age too much but now I get it - it comes with time (and grey hair and all..).

Anyway, I still love when the weather turns and the hemlines get a bit longer, the jumpers fluffier and the coats heavier.

Pieces that bridge the gap between seasons are really important and in my mind, you never know when you need something warmer / lighter in Dublin, so I like to have a good array of items suitable for both spring and autumn.

This Penneys skirt falls into that category. It's simple but still interesting thanks to the gently frilled bottom. It'll fit in with any season in terms of colour and although it's quite short, it's from a really soft fabric which is exactly what you need when the mornings get that bit colder.
If worn to the office, I would pair it with a pair of low-heeled pumps.





Skirt - Penneys
Shirt - H&M

It's in the details... 


Boots -  boohoo.com
Bag - Selected Femme

Below are a few transitional pieces, suitable for 9-to-5, I selected from River Island's collection (in stores now or in Oct)

€ 67


€ 80




Dress €80

Friday, August 29, 2014

Ripped

Every time I wear these jeans I remember one of the great girlie nights at my friend's. It was one of those evenings, we all felt like we needed a bit of a break so the bubbly went down quickly. Next up was a great bottle of white I got in Fallon&Byrne. It had a lovely woody and nutty flavors with the softest finish, we all indulged and the stories & the laughter began. If you're ever looking for a good wine but like me don't know the difference, F&B is great. Their descriptions are really good and even if you get something that isn't necessarily your taste, rest assured it will still be a really good wine (and it will be drank! at least in my house;). So if you look very closely, you may notice that the jeans have a small rip on one knee. This small (undesired) detail makes me smile every time I put them on. It's the small reminder of that girlie evening, that wine and that (epic, unattractive) fall on the way home. It's what in a way makes these jeans special for me. Sometimes clothes need to reflect a bit of your life and it's secrets to feel really right.





Jeans - DKNY
Top - COS

It's it the details...




Bag - Asos
Ring - Topshop
Boots - boohoo.com

Monday, August 25, 2014

No one knows

The first time I ever traveled with my boy we went to Milan. One particular evening of that trip really stuck in my head. We went out for a stroll and to grab some dinner. We hadn't made any reservations, I rarely do when travelling. I think stumbling upon a hidden gem of a local restaurant with no English menu often leads to the best meals. This was certainly one of those evenings.

Although my memories are blurred by probably the high of our first trip together, the amazing day we just had and some rather good Italian wine, I remember approaching the restaurant, the crowd outside, candle lights, music, it all seemed magical. We got a table outside and had the most amazing meal listening to the music of a quirky group of customers at a table beside us. The 'lead singer' was an elderly lady with a shrill laugh, wearing a grand dress and dramatic makeup. There was a fortune teller who set her table and pile of rags close by the restaurant and occasionally someone came up to get their palm read.

I'm not sure about you or whether this is normal but in my case, I can recall most situations by remembering what I wore. That evening, I can't recall a single detail about my outfit. What I do remember though is the underwear. Yes, you read that right. And no, I'm not on to a 50 shades kind of a story here... although it was on the interesting side (the underwear of course, if you really need to know!). I remember how the lace felt against my skin, how it made me sit up straight and how confident I felt. I'm pretty sure it made that evening rather amazing. I felt fabulous and although when it comes to underwear, no one knows what's really going on underneath the clothes, it's what sometimes makes the difference.

Arnotts lingerie show reminded me of this story and the fact that my drawer needs some new pretty pieces.


Chantelle: bra €59, briefs €32, Huit: bra €86, briefs €49, Ralph Lauran robe € 110, Triumph: bra €45, briefs €28


Hui: Bra €69, briefs €35, suspenders €42

Mimi Holliday: bra €70 , briefs €47


Elle Macpherson: Bra €42 , briefs €27.95


All lingerie Arnotts AW14 collection

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