Thursday, July 31, 2014

Looking forward -> AW'14

Looking at AW'14 collections I started compiling a list of what I believe will work this winter and here's a sneak peek of my top picks from Arnotts.

Starting on the casual side jeans remain skinny, high-waisted and dark. There's a lot of dark navy and blacks so if you're looking for something different, I think this oxblood pair is a fantastic choice and looks amazing with the black ankle boots and top. If you're sticking to black (I won't blame you, they are top of my shopping list right now) the 2nd Day pair below will work for everyone and with everything.

5 Units, € 110
2nd Day € 145

I have a feeling I will keep my dresses simple this winter, however, draping and knots are very welcome. The selection below covers every shape, colour and style I need  right now: oversized, layered, draped and knotted. 

D Effect € 350, House of Dagmar € 340

2nd Day € 130, YAS € 70 (it's called 'Anna' - literally my name written all over it ;)

I am loving so many coat styles this year, it's getting boring! But if I REALLY had to keep it to 3... it would be these 3. The Lennon Courtney one is definitely ahead of everyone else so far. 

Lennon Courtney, € 350

House of Dagmar € 850, Goat € 680

Last but definitely not least are these 3 slightly unusual items. I couldn't resist the print on this skirt, I'm delighted to see that Orla Kiely is still getting me excited with her print, I was worried at one stage that she moved away from fashion to focus on homeware full time. This skirt is fun but also very classic so you could still totally rock it in the office.

Orla Kiely € 220

The top has made it to the list thanks to draping, it's a very flattering shape but watch out for this colour - it may drain light complexions. 

YAS €45

The fluffy, fun roll neck in beautiful blue. It will brighten up any look or wardrobe throughout autumn winter. I want it so bad... 

Pinko € 265

Sunday, July 27, 2014

9-to-5 #cropped top

I talked about 9 to 5 dressing being a challenge many times before but over the last 2 weeks, it has turned into a bit of a nightmare. As much as I love summer in Ireland, the two unexpectedly hot and humid weeks can really make you sweat (due to the stress of wearing inappropriate clothes, not just the temperature).

I strongly believe that keeping legs out is the best way to fight summer in the office (I can't believe I'm actually saying that but considering that my hair is up, I'm definitely up for a fight!). Keep the hemline sensibly low, the shape comfortably loose and the waist suitably high. As soon as your skirt ticks these 3 boxes you can go for a cropped top and you're still looking work appropriate (and hot, not perspiring type of hot though). Miss one and you'll be the talk of the office (for all the wrong reasons).

When it comes to handbags for work, I'm afraid for me it's always about size (it has to fit all of the emergency make up, umbrella, sometimes spare shoes and of course a tablet, diary & other work items). Effectively all my work bags are either in bold block colours or printed. Depending on my mood (rarely the outfit) I pick what suits the day. Mismatched? Potentially, I call it interesting.
Shoulder strap = an advantage.

Top - Boohoo

It's in the details... 

Ring - Dublin Flea Market
Watch - bought in States

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Reflective footwear

Your feet don't always need to reflect the occasion or your mood. This autumn they can reflect the person standing beside you.
Am I making no sense? Possibly. Check out the Penneys range of metallic footwear and you may just get what I'm saying.

I was keeping an eye on this trend when flicking through August magazines, unconvinced, how it could possibly fit into my (very 9-to-5 driven) wardrobe. I have an answer and it's keeping my feet under the desk!

Metallics here I come...

 € 15, in stores early September

€ 22, in stores September

Platforms same as above, loafers € 15 in stores September

 Less reflective but an amazing version of Mary Jane's: 

€ 20, in stores late August

All shoes @ Penneys


Sunday, July 13, 2014

It's the real thing

There are brands which never age. Very few, but there are. Every time you encounter one of those, it takes you back down memory lane to good old times and it still remains relevant now.
Coca cola is one of those brands for me. I remember when it was a luxury to find a bottle of it at home, a sign of celebration and most likely a family gathering. I remember how amazing it tasted in the scorching Italian sun, served in a glass bottle with a slice of lemon, on my very first trip away with the boy. In my mind, it never ages (I hope that neither do people who drink it;)
When I found this sweatshirt in Penneys I thought it's just perfect. It' comfy, it's timeless like the Coca Cola brand and it comes in one of my favorite colours - grey.
Definitely a great buy.

Jeans - Zara
Sweatshirt - Penneys

It's in the details...

 Bag - Natalie B Coleman
Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell @ Urban Outfitters

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Off the rack

If you're flying with Ryanair this month make sure to pick up a copy of Let's Go Magazine and flick to page 85 for my article on what's hot in Dublin this July. 'Off the rack' is my favourite column so I'm delighted to have had an opportunity to contribute.

Not going anywhere this month? Don't worry, I have a copy for you in here!


 Maxi dress - Boohoo
Ring - Chupi at Coldlilies
Slogan T - Natalie B Coleman
Biker jacket - Zara
Flamingo heels - Office

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