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


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


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 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 -
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


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 -

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

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The yummy mummy

I started my Saturday by grabbing a home-brewed cup of coffee, a croissant and getting quickly ready for my morning nails appointment.
This was my second visit to a 'Chinese' place. I was going to give up on gel/acrylic nails due to the steep price, so the recommendation for an affordable, (almost) local spot came in at the right time. The fact that most of the staff barely speak English does not stop them from delivering a great & efficient service.    
While my hands were getting prepped I stared out the window and with curiosity watched a car being parked right outside into an incredibly tight parking spot. Although I couldn't understand why would anyone bother going for it, I admired this girl's parking skills. 

She got the chair next to me and I couldn't help but notice an understated but expensive watch and purse. 
I focused on maneuvering U Magazine on my lap trying to read some of it and paid no attention until half way through my neighbor's treatment, when she said: 'I'll just run out for a sec to check on my baby'. I looked up terrified trying to figure out whether she's possibly referring to a pet tied outside and noticed that only myself and the guy doing her nails thought anything of it. All the other ladies were happily carrying on with their treatments. On her way out the most Chinese/broken English 'open the window' came from her therapist. To my astonishment she replied that it's too cold out. 
After a quick peek through the car window she was back in her chair. She mentioned that she'll bring him in if he starts crying. At that stage I knew she's definitely referring to a baby and again, nobody seemed to take note. Considering the noise of all the mechanical tools being used on my nails there was no way she could hear a thing. Either she realised that or remembered that she's a mother, she decided to bring the baby in. 
The boy couldn't be more than 6 months old and as cute as he was, I couldn't get over the situation. He was sitting in his buggy, breathing in the nauseous chemicals and quite possibly nail debris from all the filing around him. 

Taking the child's safety and health aside, I felt kind of sorry for the ladies around me. I was most likely the only one there who wasn't getting 'time off kids'. Bringing a child in felt like a violation of some unspoken rules and it didn't sit right with me. Who am I to judge though? As I heard many times - you won't understand until you've children yourself... So, trying to be as judge-free as I could, I asked my sister (a mother of two) for a view on the situation. She was not impressed and after what I expected as motherly worry for the baby's safety she also agreed with my sentiment of the kids free zone.

Has the concept of yummy mummies brought things to an immoral level? I admire women who manage their careers, kids, personal lives and still look fabulous but is that how they now achieve it? I always felt that children change women; it suddenly becomes acceptable to bring kids to a no-kids wedding, party or a girlie night in. I strive to keep an open mind and not judge those in a situation I can't fully understand but this time, I really felt that I've seen enough. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Day Trip to Chic #Oyster Pier

Just before the tiny town called Sneem, there's a little hidden gem of a harbour - the Oyster Pier. I won't lie to you, as much as I love outdoors I did not make my trip down there just for the pier. I actually spent most of the day at Parknasilla. I enjoyed one of their amazing wrap treatments and spent about 2 blissful hours in the relaxation & thermal suits area. When my boy came to pick me up we enjoyed a lunch on the terrace with stunning views of the coast and mountains.

After that we took a walk around the Oyster Pier but as you can see, my outfit was a little bit more Spa than fishing suitable. I couldn't help but get some shots with Molly who is becoming a bit of a model ;)

Dress - Polish brand Mosquito
Velvet pumps - Zara
Sunglasses -
Necklace - vintage St.Anthony medallion bought on Etsy

It's in the details...

Bag - Zara
Scarf - River Island (present)
Left hand forefnger - Pandora
Tips on Sneem:

  • Parknasilla for food, spa, anything
  • Oyster Pier for nature
Some of my other faves in the area:

  • Jim's Coffee House in Glengarriff (best coffee & brunch for miles)
  • Manning's Emporium in Ballylickey - for tapas at weekends
  • The Fish Kitchen in Bantry - amazing food, a bit of a let down on service last time but will try again
  • Organic Cafe in Bantry - before Jim's I used to go that far to get my fix! 

Check out Kildare Village's fab #DayTriptoChic video HERE

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