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

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


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