Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sale picks & Happy Closet

January presents us with some new challenges every year and between the blues of returning to work, diet, exercise and everything else that seems like too much effort, I always struggle with my budget after an expensive Xmas shopping period. Sales don't help and as much as I try to stay away, 3 pieces from this outfit were purchased on sale this year (failed!). I picked up the top, trousers and the bag at 50% off and I'm only feeling half guilty ;)

However, last weekend made me realise how often I make mistakes when shopping. I had a 4h session with Annmarie O'Connor as part of my Happy Closet makeover. After receiving my 'diagnosis' with a lot of reference to 'impulse shopping' and 'emotional attachment', I would lie if I said to you I wasn't dreading it. Massive black bin bags were presented to me before I even finished making coffee and so I opted for a herbal tea to brace myself ;)

I am not actually sure at what stage I got comfortable or forgot the bags but I truly enjoyed the session. I couldn't get over the amount of fantastic advice Annmarie gave me from styling a vintage dress I love but couldn't really wear, through belt storage solutions to style icons I should keep in mind to inspire me and suit my style. I am still a little bit stressed about getting rid of more than half of my wardrobe (yes, I am not messing) but I look forward to better decisions and a way happier closet! If you're struggling with your bursting wardrobe & still have nothing to wear or simply need some advice this Lady should be on your speed dial ;)


Leather look trousers - Zara
Top - Zara

 It's in the detail...

Bag - DKNY
Felt ring (left hand) - by Karina Krolak
Oversized silver ring (right hand) - Fruit Bijoux
Necklace - a present 
Heels - New Look 

Thursday, January 15, 2015


I have a serious thing for structured sleeves. Although I like floaty ones as well... I might just have a thing for weird sleeves actually, now that I think about it. This outfit post was all about the oversized, unusually shaped sleeves of a very simple tunic. I must have taken these photos months ago and never posted them but hey better late than never right!?

Wintery weather, Christmas rush and New Year weirdness tends to send me to a creative halt. Just as I'm trying to reorganise my life before a new dose of rush & to-do lists, my wardrobe seems to get in a way. I feel like scratching it all and starting all over.

It may be that this year I will actually get to do that, a bit of a new start. With Annmarie's visit this weekend to reinvent my wardrobe (hello Happy Closet!) AND my shopping habits, I look forward to report to you how the new me will shape in 2015.

I also hope to see you at the Dublin Flea Market on the 25th where (a lot of) my wardrobe will be up for sale.


Tunic - Fifi
Leggings - COS

It's in the detail...

Bag - All Saints
Necklace - Joanne Hynes
Boots - Boohoo

Friday, December 12, 2014


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.


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! 


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

Thursday, November 13, 2014


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

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