Wednesday, December 28, 2011

It's been seven hours and fifteen days

Every time I hear that line sang by Sinead O'Connor I have shivers down my spine. One of my favourite songs ever, I finally got a chance to hear it live!

Starting from the beginning though; my boy asked me to book a Sunday for him few weeks back. He promised a lazy day and a nice dinner. How could I say no?

As I didn't know where the dinner was, I was just asked to keep it casual; I struggled a bit with the outfit. I ended up with the burgundy tulle skirt but I wanted to make it a little bit more fun and so, I paired it with a shiny top and a sparkly blazer.

The evening turned out to be a total surprise when after dinner we headed to Olympia to see Sinead. She couldn't have been better!



Top - Penneys
Blazer - Mango
Skirt - thrifted
Bag - TK Maxx (dunno the brand)
Heels - Dorothy Perkins
Love necklace - Penneys
Heart necklace - gift

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Layering

The term above is very close to my fashion-addicted soul. It's come up in many books, conversations, interviews, articles... you name it. It's been one of the bases of dressing for many other fashionable souls. To me, it remained a mystery.




I would say that I apply it in jewellery (even though some may disagree) - I'm known for wearing 3 up to unlimited amounts of necklaces at the same time. The same applies to rings; the number of fingers is surely not my limit.

When it comes to clothing though, it's a trend I tried to crack many times and I'm yet to succeed. I've read all about mixing different fabrics, patterns, sticking to particular colours or contrasting with 1 piece. I know that the final result should be stylish, laid back but not bulky.

I think I always end up with that last one though...




Trousers - 7for all mankind
Shirt - Stradivarius
Jumper - Dunnes
Jakcet - vintage
Boots - Asos
Snood - H&M (mens)

One more reason why I'm looking forward to spring and I'm glad that it's such a mild winter in Dublin this year!
I'll come back to this challenge next year probably but if you have any tips in the meantime - appreciated :)

Monday, December 26, 2011

Still in Christmas spirit

With all the last minute shopping, cooking and basically doing everything that I've been trying to avoid doing at the last minute (but obviously failed), I've missed out on some blogging. Although I didn't wish you Merry Christmas my dear readers, I haven't forgotten about you and I hope that you had a fantastic time. I also hope that this festive spirit stays with you for all of the New Year!

Flicking through my photos I came across some Christmasy stuff from Berlin that I never put up and I think it's only fair if I post it now (it's just too pretty to ignore it).

I hope that one day my tree will be big enough to carry hundreds of such stylish decorations!







I also forgot to mention to you that I keep on working on my little 'fashion corner' and extending my library too... it's getting there :)



 (photos: Vogue UK Nov'11)

Last but not least if you're on a lookout for a good foundation, this one has just become my new BFF.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Scarf addict

I'm sorry if I'm jumping ahead of time here but flicking through my wardrobe I was reminded of something. Namely? Spring. And there's a very good reason for it.

You may be familiar with D&G's last collection for SS 12. Inspiration was drawn from vintage scarves and indeed, many scarves were used to accessorise (or even create) some of the outfits. As I'm personally a huge fan of silk scarves and this is often the only part of my outfit where I go a bit crazy with prints and colours, the collection really got me excited.








Soon after I saw it for the first time, I came across a pair of trousers in River Island that reminded me of this collection. Although it was beginning of autumn and colourful prints were definitely not needed in my wardrobe, I picked them up and everytime I look at them since, I can't wait for SS 12 and these gorgeous prints.




Trousers - River Island
Blouse - River Island
Blazer - Vintage
Heels - L.K.Bennett
Glasses - Penneys

 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Public Beware

The moment I laid my eyes on that Public Beware skirt I just had to have it.


I 'very subtly' sent the link on to my boy to add it to my Christmas wish list. Imagine my disappointment when he came back from the Christmas shopping yesterday and announced that the skirt has sold out! Not only I don't know what I'm getting for Christmas, I know that one of the things I wanted so badly is not happening!

I'm just writing this in hope that the skirt will be brought back (in my size preferably, pleaseeee).

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Quilty pleasure

When I hear 'puffed jacket' a lot of things come in to my mind... 
80's hip hop (gangster) style, after that the 90's over-popularity and through to complete disappearance in 2000's.

With cold wind behind the window and more and more quilted jackets in windows displays, I revisited the idea. My memories brought me back to the 90's when my mum would make me get into one of those. The jacket not only made me look 3 sizes bigger, it was hardly possible to move in it due to its' thickness (a snowman like effect when your arms just stick out on the sides). Squeezing (gracefully) through a bus full of teenagers was just not an option.

Based on that, you may understand my distance to anything puffed or quilted.

However, I can't help but notice that my 'enemy jacket' is back in fashion. I can sort of understand its' practical benefits, it is probably the warmest thing going. What strikes me most now is that it has become figure fitting and (I can't believe I'm saying it) flattering!

I may actually revisit that spot... Not too sure about the winter version but maybe something lighter for spring? 



Barbour


Rebecca Taylor & DAKS


Vero Moda

Are you into the 'quilty pleasure'? ;)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New Look discount

Hey girlies,

I happen to have a (pdf) voucher for 25% discount @ New Look (valid 5th  - 12th December, both instore and online). If you're interested, drop me an email and I'll be happy to spread the love ;)

xxx



Tuesday, December 6, 2011

High Street to 5th Avenue

Blending of high street and designer clothes has been apparent for quite some time now. It's a subject I really want to do some research on and elaborate when I can actually commit to it.

Right now, I just want to mention one of Zara's recent lookbooks. I've been a fan of Zara on and off for years. There are 2 problems I have with them which I really didn't want to rant about but at this stage have to mention;

1. Their trousers are gorgeous. As long as you don't wear them several times / wash them. I now go for pants a size too small as I know what the 'final' effect will be (stretched by a size after 1st wear).

2. Their clothes rarely look as good on 'real people' as they do on their models. Now I know that's not news, happens everywhere and hey, partly that's what fashion is about. The thing is, so many designers and more importantly high street brands use 'realer' looking girls in advertisement now, whereas Zara seems to be going more and more skinny... Do I love the pics and clothes on those girls? I do. Am I a bit jealous? Yeah... a tad. Still, I can say they're pushing it so here, I said it ;)


I'm in love with that skirt but it's just nothing like that on me!



High street perfection

Monday, December 5, 2011

9-to-5 # Houndstooth

I'm not sure whether my interest in houndstooth came before or after my interest with Salvatore Ferragamo. As far as I can see, it was this brand that brought this classic print back into fashion so I may just say it was simultaneous.

As I was only praising tartan a few months ago, you may think I've unwillingly fallen for all things Scottish. I don't think that's the case and if you get a chance, read a little re: Salvatore Ferragamo as it's an interesting story. The brand has gone through a bit of a 'resurrection' recently, as I'm sure you all noticed. The moment I saw their houndstooth heels for the first time I knew I need something like that, black and white, asap.


I'm not huge into patterns in general so I thought the shoes may be a little too much. When I came across this blazer though, I knew I'm on the right track. It's been already subject to some jokes (men, what do they know about fashion huh?!) but I think it's fantastic and a brilliant way to move away from black, standard blazers, especially when it's cold now and I personally never seem to leave for work without a blazer anymore.

I was very aware of the 'Gaga affect' and I wanted to make sure to avoid it (BTW I loved Evan Rachel Wood in these).



I stayed clear from other patterns when putting the outfit together and I paired it with small injections of colour. It's not the most exciting of outfits but great for a standard 9-to-5 day. 




Blouse - New Look
Blazer - H&M
Skirt - tailor made
Belt - Penneys
Bag - from Thailand
Scarf - present
Boots - Zara
Ring - Penneys


Do you wear houndstooth as well? How?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

12 months 12 countries # 12 (Hurray!) -> Berlin, Germany

It was still November when I fulfilled my plan for this year and visited the 12th country in only 12 (well actually 11) months.

Summing up the whole experience; well, it was great, I really enjoyed all the travelling and I think it may be tough to sit at home on my arse next year ;) On the other hand I have to admit that it was really expensive (it could be done cheaper of course, it's my own fault) and come December I actually feel really tired! I know, I hear ya, I spent 3 weeks on a beach quite recently BUT just being away so much and constantly planning, organising, trying to fit other things in and then afterwards catching up on things... well it just made the 2011 really busy. Again, I'm already thinking what will I do if I haven't got a plan for 2012.. ;)
All in all a great year and a fantastic experience.

It made me a little bit more aware of things that Dublin is missing and it also gave me a feeling of coming home (over and over again) which was great :)

Back to Berlin now. Amazing place, I think I could actually live there! A few days are definitely not enough to see it so I'm sure I'll be back! I loved the residential parts where you can find great cafes, restaurants and of course fashion boutiques! I hit secondhand stores one morning and was amazed with the amount of great quality clothes that you can get.

I'm sure you'll see some of my finds sometime soon in my outfit posts (BTW I promise more of these soon) but for now, I introduce you to the city of Berlin, full of contradictions, history and everything in between.


80's Berlin (museum)





 The Wall



 & the Shops..






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