Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Long long day


It's been a looong day and I know only 1 way to feel a tad bit better: a little bit of red lippy, some new clothes and a few photos... Yep, works every time.

I decided to do harem pants but a little bit differently. You can find these HERE. Anywhere I looked they were styled with flats or sandals. I thought this must be some kind of rule and as we all know rules are there to be broken. So here is my combination of harem pants, high heels (why not) and some colour blocking. Oh and a bag that still has tags on as I'm not sure if it's worth keeping... what do you think?

Headband - Primark
Pants - New Look
Top - Primark
Heels - New Look
Bag - Primark

I based the collage above on my own pics just a bit more girlie and pink ;)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

12 months 12 countries # 5 -> Pisa/Italy

Yeah I keep on trying and I keep on going to meet my target :) I'm beginning to realise though, how hard, really, it's going to get to reach the magic 12 in 12 months... but let's focus on Pisa for now ;)

I sang my praise to Italy here before. I really think that deep down I'm either Italian or Spanish (or just a real foodie). As always, Italy more than fulfilled my expectations. Fantastic weather, stylish people, lots of amazing shops, beautiful buildings and tiny streets... every single time I fall for it all over again. I was amazed to see that even in town as small as Pisa (at least it felt small, I can't give you any real data but the fact that you could walk to most places makes it small right?) you could find an Armani boutique and a street full of other designer shops. I also couldn't quite stop staring at the shoes - a really simple Chanel look-a-likes, and their leather bags - with price tags so low that it was hard to take them seriously.

I've got unusually large amount of pictures for such a short break which I put down to the fact that my boy's shoulder was sore and he couldn't carry the camera. Since I had to carry it anyway, I kept to taking pictures rather than just have it sitting on my shoulder. Ok so I know that's a bit too many but I already shrank it so much...

I wanted to do the 'ups' and 'downs' of Pisa but it just wouldn't be fair, I liked it too much. The mix of beautiful people, sites, my purchases and all other things I loved should hopefully give you the feeling of why I liked it as much (and if you' re in Dublin, it will make you feel even worse about the weather outside..).

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


I'm still fighting with myself every day trying to control my spending and avoid shops as much as possible. The fact that I've just booked flights for my looong holiday (so excited already! months away though) helped a bit, as even when grocery shopping, I was shaking with fear that my card might be rejected. I wouldn't risk such mortifying moment in any clothes store! Imagine, not being able to come back ever again because of the shame..

After nearly 12h of work yesterday I felt like I really need to try something on to lift my moods and keep me going! So I did an unusual 'shopping' trip. I went to my wardrobe and specifically ..... to my boy's pile (always so bl**dy messy ;P). But look girl what I found! I think it's one of his faves actually, a checked Lyle & Scott shirt which I tied at the front and I have a feeling that a timeless fashion basic has been born! How could I not think of that before?!

Now, that was real fun after so much work...

Don't mind my pale skin, will work on that soon ;)

Shirt - Lyle&Scott
Shorts - F21
Shoes - Clarks
Bag - vintage
Headband - Primark

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Colour blocking - the subtle way

I am quite surprised to see myself embracing the colour blocking trend. I generally tend to stick to black and if I want to go crazy I usually go for browns, greys and pale pinks-yes, not crazy at all. That's simply because a long time ago I realised what suits me, what not and most importantly-what hides what I'm trying to hide and emphasises just the right parts. I realise that means I get quite comfortable and that's never good in fashion, this is the moment that you fall into buying exactly the same things every time you go shopping and whatever addition you've made to your wardrobe, no one can ever tell but you. I'm quite objective when it comes to wardrobes though, even my own and so, I think (or I'd like to think) that my clothing is still quite varied.

Back to the colour blocking though. I, as many, am not the most confident dresser when it comes to lots of colours and worse, mixing them. I wouldn't risk putting pink top and bright blue skirt together but that doesn't mean I won't give this trend a go. Trying on tops in all those electric colours I also realised that strong pink or yellow can really suit a dark complexion (go a bit crazy with that bronzer girl ;).

My advice is, if you're a bit resentful, go for 1 item at a time and just pair it with something neutral that will be more subtle and will tone it down too.

Top - Primark
Skirt - vintage
Belt - random
Heels - Zara

I really like the way the bottom is not only very neutral but also with the heels really elongates the whole body.

Just a quick note re: the skirt. I got it on ebay for an incredible price from a lovely lady who also happens to have a brilliant blog. Check it out HERE
I might be trying to copy some of her DIYs soon, they're fantastic! :)

I also managed (still a bit sick) to attend one styling session by AnnMarie O'Connor and one by Angela Scanlon in BT yesterday. Both were very interesting and a thing that surprised me most - a midi skirt paired with ballet pumps by AnnMarie. Looked stunning, I never thought flats can look that great with midi! Will have to give it a go...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The ultimate style icon

With my 100th post approaching, I've been wondering if I should do something special for it.

The moment I sat in front of the computer today, it just hit me. I never really talk about people who inspire me. Considering this blog is in some way a creative outlet of my mind, it is obviously important to mention who are the people that in one way or another influence me. However, I won't talk about my sister who is the most patient person in the world (when it comes to my ups, downs and all other weird times), or my boy who has those weird powers that simply make me get up and keep going, as important as they are of course!

My 100th post will be dedicated to one of (in my opinion of course, BTW everything on this blog is my opinion ;) the most stylish ladies out there. I'll admit it - I know very little about this fabulous girl. I don't really care though, what I know is that every time I come across her photograph, I feel like writing, I feel like fashion, I feel... inspired. And that's all that matters to me in this case.

So here we go, my 100th post and my ultimate style icon: Miroslava Duma.


Friday, May 13, 2011

Man flu

My boy appears to have an impressively wide knowledge about the above mentioned disease. I always laughed when he told me what an awful sickness that is but I think I am about to admit that he is right! It's absolutely terrible and... I think I got it! Feeling not only physically ill, I can hardly stand myself, grumpiness seem to be pouring out of me and I just can't seem to be bothered to do much -> that couldn't be anything else but man flu, right?!

As a woman though, I push myself to do things a bit more than men do ;) and so, although I'm sick and feeling overall low, below are 2 small buys I got at the Great Rail Sale.

I decided to dig out my maxi dress I still haven't even worn (bought last year)! Maxi skirts are all around again this summer but we all know that a chance of wearing a short sleeved, low cut dress in Dublin is rather minimal right now but I thought the blazer I bought at the sale will come in handy here.

I think my camera got a bit sick too and so everything came out grainy ;)

Blazer - Zara (it is actually much more green than looks on the pic)
Dress - H&M
Necklace - purchased at the rail sale, brand-unknown (I love it though)
Sandals - Primark

The event was fantastic by the way, it took ages to get in (1 hour queuing outside) but it was well worth it. There was loads of designer stuff, plenty of high street (still with labels) and overall I was really impressed with how high the quality of the clothes on sale was and at brilliant prices too. I can't wait for the next one, this time I'll be prepared to have some more cash on me ;)

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Great Rail Sale

I'm trying to get back on track with my money and I've another 2 countries (5th & 6th out of 12) lined up within the next 4 weeks so I am sort of off shopping at the moment (2 days so far, I'm doing fantastic!!;).

However, when the first Great Rail Sale is happening just around the corner from me, just tomorrow, I think I deserve a dispensation (forgive me Mr Bank Manager).

What is a Great Rail Sale? It's this fantastic idea that Fionnuala McCarthy has come up with; for € 20 - € 25 you can rent a rail that holds up to 30 items and sell your (still good / fashionable) clothes to anyone who is willing to pay for them; right in the middle of city centre (that's where everything happens after all...).
Since the idea is brilliant and Stellar, Irish Tatler, the Irish Times and many more have been a huge supporters, I didn't manage to book a rail early enough but I will surely hit (what I would imagine to be) one of the hottest shopping spots tomorrow.

I'll see you there ladies!! 

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