Friday, December 7, 2012

Pets, fashion and so on

Although I am currently sort of looking for a real-life dog (a type that won't bite, bark or eat my shoes;) in the meantime, I plead guilty of falling for one of the most popular trends this season - I got a pet. The one on a sweatshirt of course. It seems that everyone adopted one this winter and although I'm still looking for this perfect dog, for the moment, I'm quite happy with my tiger.


Zara

The pets and also the jumpers/sweatshirts that house them, are treated very seriously nowadays. Paired with slick pencil skirts & high heels, these guys mean fashion and it's not for the fainthearted...





Roar...

Monday, November 26, 2012

DIY - spiked necklace

I haven't been the best blogger recently but I promise to makeup for it very soon!

Today, I have a simple and a very satisfying (is it ok to say that?) DIY job to share with you.

I bought a few different types of studs and spikes some time ago and I finally decided to put them to use. I was going to use them on a blazer, to bring it up to date a little but ended up playing around with them and decided that they would be perfect as a necklace! All you need is some studs, ribbon, one pin to help you work with the previous two and a little bit of time on your hands:)

Below is my small step by step guide to a really cool and easy to make necklace. It has proved very useful in my wardrobe already. Enjoy!

 

I actually ended up adding another few spikes each side after the first wear but it really depends what you're looking for. The little knots keep the spikes in place and add to the look of the necklace so I would recommend you do them but again, it' really up to you and feel free to share your designs with me!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Autumnal

The colors of autumn are by far the best in Dublin. Although the leaves fall all around, the roads and parks look absolutely fantastic. I thought I will try to use the fabulous colors, sunny weather and the fact that since I recently moved, I can now take outdoor pictures with hardly leaving my new home (disadvantage? neighbors must already think I'm crazy before I even got a chance to bring a cake around!).

Shooting outside with so many colors and light proved WAY more difficult than I anticipated so you will have to be patient - it may take a little longer for my photos to get better.

I am loving the tucked in jumper look this autumn which so many bloggers and stylists sport right now so I decided to give it a go myself. Looking back at the photos, I would definitely use a different jumper, either more fitted or less patterned. I'm also not so sure about the embroidered collar with this... I would still keep the bag, that's for sure. I like that it adds a bit of print and a different texture as well.

Have you tried tucking your jumper in?
x







Jumper - H&M
Skirt - thrifted

It's in the detail...


Heels - Gucci
Bag - thrifted / vintage
Collar - COS
Rings - Oasis
 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

New kids on the block

I definitely spend too much time around Dawson Street (shopping & eating) so I was surprised to see that I somehow missed a new tenant moving in.

Rare Clothing Company buy clothes for cash (winter wardrobe revamp anyone?) and also sells some great stuff. After a quick chat with one of the owners I found that they are committed to delivering high-end brands at great prices (hello Christian L @ € 200!). They're still working on the store and the concept so expect more and better.

Surely, I couldn't leave empty handed and although I was tempted by the French Connection studded dress below, I left with a pair of leather shorts @ € 12!

Note to self: Stores to visit regularly -> Update: Rare -> Checked.

They're on Fbook already if you want to check them out: Rare Clothing Company


 Stock @ Rare 



Interiors & some quick snaps of products




My new leather shorts :)



Monday, October 22, 2012

The new pants on the menu

Late coming, an outfit I wore to dinner about a month ago.

What I really like about printed trousers is that they offer this whole new option for a dinner/going out outfit. How is that? Well first of all they're not a dress. Which would be probably your first call. Second, they're not a skirt so you can actually wear them with flats and still look dressed up. Last but not least they're not your usual black pants (so you won't be asked if you're coming straight from work;).


I paired my printed (cheap) pair of pants with a peplum top which I wore to bits this summer and a thrifted boyfriend blazer. I added 2 interesting accessories (I was so exited about that bag and I'm now kinda over it) and I set off in this much easier but still suitable new dinner attire.




Top - Zara
Pants -H&M
Blazer - thrifted
Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell
Bag - Tk Maxx


Friday, October 19, 2012

Maison Martin Margiela

H&M's most recent collaboration will launch in stores on 15th of November.

When I think MMM, I think: abstract, oversized, masculine... and simple.
I think: this is what I would like to wear. And look hot at the same time.
Then I look at the price and I think: I have to stop eating & move to the streets, I might be able to afford it then.



Maison Martin Margiela AW'12


I am a huge fan of MMM's style and I think that his AW'12 was fab. Personally I would accessorise such simple pieces more (off the runway) but although simple, they make for amazing staple pieces.

I am delighted to see that his collaboration with H&M resulted in a designer worthy collection and that he stayed true to his signature style. I am a little concerned though whether I could pull these outfits off and actually, how suitable they are for everyday life.



Maison Martin Margiela for H&M


Still, considering that this may be the only opportunity I can get a bit of MMM without the hefty price tag... I might just go for it :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

The story of my life

On a bad hair day, when I spend the morning trying to make my (desperate for wash) hair look as if they were supposed to be in that messy knot / odd plat / head scarf on purpose, compliments on my hairdo come flying at me all day long. Are they just being sarcastic or do people really think that my dry shampooed + backcombed + tonnes of hair clips really work for me?! The same applies to clothes. I could put so much thought into an outfit... which goes unnoticed. Anything thrown together in a rush on the other hand is usually considered the coolest outfit ever!

It also applies to branded clothes, or rather, their lack of. I've recently experienced it again so best if I just tell the story (if you're still with me).

I was at one of Siopella's now famous sales in aid of A Dogs Life. Browsing through the clothes I was stopped by a fellow shopper for a quick chat. I was quite happy with what I wore that day and my outfit roughly consisted of: Michael Kors trench, part-leather pants from COS, Italian leather bag and an encrusted collar. Imagine my amusement when the said shopper complimented on my boots, which, as anyone from Dublin will surely know the answer, were from Penneys! The girl left delighted with my answer surely heading for Mary Street and I, yet again, was left wondering what really the point in spending money on clothes is...

Olivia Palermo (most likely in designer) & Penneys version

 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Irish designed jewellery @ Coldlilies

Last week I had an opportunity to attend a bloggers' brunch hosted by Coldlilies and see their amazing jewellery selection. Coldlilies is a new online destination for contemporary Irish designed jewellery. They stock designers such as Una Burke, Merle O'Grady, Muireann Walshe to mention a few.

I don't think my talking will do the site or the products any justice so I will just let you enjoy few snaps from the launch (most pieces are already on my Christmas wishlist ;).

This is definitely the space to get familiar with up-and-coming Irish designers and their fabulous creations.


Necklace by Merle O'Grady






Ciara & Kim, the lovely owners of Coldliles




  Rings by Daniela Cardillo




Neckpiece by Una Burke

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Day to night # Sequins


My recent piece for RTE's Twotube on sequined garments was full of advice on how to pull off these tricky (but oh-so-fab) pieces and which ones to go for (read it HERE). Do they really work? I'm about to prove my point.

I decided to use my last 9-to-5 look as a basis for an outfit that would be suitable for drinks or dinner after work. So it's a day to night scenario using a sequined garment.

All I did was: swapped the black blazer for a sequined one, the oversized bag for a clutch and the flats for a pair of heels. 3 simple changes (all of the items would easily fit in the oversized bag during work hours) and you're totally ready for a night out. Thanks to monochrome basis of the outfit it was easy to up-style it and make it suitable for a night.

After a busy day at work, we all deserve a break...
Cosmo anyone? ;)





Blazer - ebay.ie
Shirt - Zara
Trousers - Zara

It's in a detail...



For details on previous outfit's accessories, pls see previous post

Heels - Faith
Clutch bag - FCUK
Watch - DW
Ring - bought at a flea market in Brussels

Monday, September 24, 2012

9-to-5 # Black&White

I still believe that nine to five dressing is one of the biggest challenges many fashion-conscious ladies face every day. I will try to get back to my 9-to-5s and hopefully give you some ideas on how to fight that battle ;)

This particular outfit is very simple and it would be perfect on a day when you just don't know what to expect from your work day ahead. It is smart but not over the top, paired with flats it is also comfortable but still chic and official. The key to this look is: using monochromes (keep it smart and simple), going for very simple and unfussy shapes (avoid scruffiness and keep it business-like), pairing it with a good sized bag that's interesting but not too fashionable (I find Orla Kiely to be the perfect choice for anything like that) and wearing shoes that are elegant without being sky-high (the comfort aspect which you'll be thankful for at the end of a busy day).




Blazer - River Island
Shirt - Zara
Trousers - Zara
Bag - Orla Kiely
Shoes - River Island
Watch - DW
Bracelet - River Island
Belt - Zara

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