Black Lace (and Leather)

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An alternative to the LBD is the LBS, the Little Black Skirt.  Leather is always a great investment and a leather skirt, if chosen correctly, can add lots of Va-Va-Voom.  Be careful when picking a leather skirt, as one which is chosen too short might look a bit risqué,  or one chosen too long can overtake the whole image.  A fitted pencil leather skirt either to the knee or slightly just above the knee will add just the right impact and seem classy and elegant.

For this look, I have teamed the leather skirt with a beautiful black lace top which I found in Topshop, and is currently on sale in Opera Lane Cork for €40 euro.  Admittedly it is very see-through, but the shape is stunning on.  It is a gorgeous length falling to the waistline, and is slightly fitted and not too baggy and not too tight either.

If you were being very modest you can add a black string top from Penney’s, usually about 3 euro, or for a more daring look where you wanted to show a little bit more skin, opt for a bralet to cover your important bits.

Channel your inner boho in an alternative direction, with a pretty twist in this crochet vest with mesh detailing, by teaming it back with relaxed denim and sliders for seasonal cool.

A more personal choice for me though, is the look above.. giving it a more Goth Glam. x

Soft Tie Trousers

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Soft Tie Trousers are a chic and comfortable transitional trend for Spring Summer. With the weather being a bit erratic it can send us into panic mode as to what to pick at the start of the day.  Soft Tie trousers are an easy option, they can bring us from desk to dinner in the most comfy and cosiest way.

One thing to be careful of with this style of pants, is that it can be easy to make them look sloppy, so add a nice tailored top or chiffon blouse and high heels.  The ones I have mentioned above are a khaki green colour from River Island, currently available for 45 euro.  This army green is everywhere at the moment, from pants to dresses and shirts and jackets.  It is a nice soft colour which will go with muted shades very well, – so beige, cream, mushroom, fawn, caramel, sand and camel colours. The River Island version are a lovely soft woven fabric, high waisted, a nice tie waist adds a bit character, and the legs are tapered.  You could add a leather biker jacket for a bit of oomph, or a nice blazer would give the outfit a more chic look.  Soft tie trousers come in a wide variety of shades and colours and even prints.  I’ve added some other examples above of printed versions with some blazers and accessories.  Enjoy x

The Sleeveless Coat

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Were you ever on the way out and went to grab a coat?….but the coat was either too heavy, too wooly, too short, or didn’t go with the outfit?  This can happen especially at this time of the year when the temperatures are rising, and when a winter coat looks wrong, but yet a summer blazer looks wrong too.

Time to go for an “in-between”… I’ve chosen the Sleeveless Coat above which adds a bit of glamour to the outfit, but it doesn’t feel too naked to be going out in just a top.

In the picture above, I have went with the inspiration from the smaller inset picture which I found on Pinterest.  The camel coloured version comes from Alexander Wang, but there are many cheaper more affordable versions from Boohoo and Missguided (reduced at the moment to 42 euro).  The jeans again in the picture above are the more expensive cut from Orchardmile, but Zara do a fantastic version of these and much more affordable. The Zara alternative are faux leather, and 49.99 euro.  The nude sandals are from Lulus.com for 25 euro, but lots of styles available in the High Street at the moment in lovely beige nude and rose nude.  I’ve teamed it all with a lovely MiuMiu bag, coming in at just under 2,000 euro, … and for those of us with not that kind of pocket money you will get a black bag anywhere!

I’ve finished the look with the Naked Palette from Urban Decay – but with so many cheaper options in the pharmacies now, you will never be short of nude or naked palette choices.  Enjoy xx

The Denim Edit – Spring Dress

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Spring is upon us (Finally, rolling the eyes!), and though it may be bright and sunny – it is not warm enough yet to throw on the summer dress and bare the legs.  Sometimes we might find, that we would still like to wear a dress, but maybe not go so far as to wear a summery floral one, so I found the perfect wardrobe edition that will bring you from Spring right through to Summer, and can be styled in a variety of ways.

River Island have this dark denim dress in stock currently for about 55 euro.

Dark blue denim shirt dress

  • Dark blue wash denim
  • Zip-up front
  • Drawstring waist
  • Chest pockets
  • Turn-up sleeves
  • Shoulder epaulettes

I’ve recreated Lucy Watson’s look above, using the River Island version, which has a zip front instead of buttons; team it up with the tan suede boots from River Island also to complete the look.  Add some sunglasses and a bag of choice if you really want to copy Lucy.

You could also consider this dress with some lace-up gladiators if you were going out at night.  Either way, it’s a dress which will stand the test of time in your wardrobe. 🙂

The Shirt-Jumper

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Well, it’s Friday 🙂   How many of us get up in the mornings and look in the wardrobe for something to wear to go to work, and always end up with the same things?

We have the same skirt, or trousers, the same shirt or blouse, the same jacket or blazer, and if we are lucky, we might have that dress that gives us other options.  Well, how about the combined shirt and jumper?   I have found the ideal shirt-jumper, that not only looks good, but is easy to wear, super comfortable, dress it up or down, and is warm enough to withstand that office air-conditioner blowing on us.

This one that I have styled above, is from the label French Connection.  French Connection have two outlets in Cork, one in Patrick Street and the other one in Mahon Point, as well as many others throughout the country.  I found this one for 65 euro, and comes in a variety of colours, the one shown is navy.  It also comes in Biker Berry, Dark Grey, Turtle Green, Blush Pink and Mercury Silver.

The detail on the back of the top is beautiful – it has a deep pleat running the length of the back, with a handy zip on the uppermost section.  It pairs the concept of a crisp, classic shirt with a slouchy jumper – the perfect staple to dress up for work or dress down for a day with the girls.  Enjoy the weekend everyone. x

White Denims

The White Denims

A friend mentioned this morning that she was considering purchasing a pair of white denims.  White denim jeans are so versatile and such a wardrobe staple that she cannot go wrong with her investment.  It led me to putting together a collage above which shows just how versatile wearing a pair of white jeans can actually be.

White jeans come in pure white, off-white, winter-white, ivory and creamy-white, they come in skin tight, straight leg, bootleg, straight ends, frayed ends, ripped knee or classic… you can’t but get a pair that you will adore!

Wear them with light beige, pastels, floral, stripes, dark tops, striped shirts, tank tops, or blazers.  Shoes can be edgy, classic, nautical, beachy.  Try a flip flop with plain tank top, or go from beach to bar with a high sandal and off the shoulder top.  You might get some examples from the collage above, but above all – play around and have some fun.

It’s the BOMB….

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It’s said to be one of the fashion staples of Spring Summer 2016, it’s the re-invention of the classic Bomber Jacket!! Seen on celebrities such as Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Nicki Minaj and Kim Kardashian the new style bomber comes in various shades, from Army Green, Khaki, Black, to Pink, Oyster, Baby Blue, White and Mushroom. There seems to be no limit on how to wear the bomber jacket.

Zara have a gorgeous version at the moment, seen above, and at 49.99 euro it’s not too expensive and not cheap enough to fall apart.  It has plenty warmth in it, has numerous pockets, it’s true to size (you could even come down a size if you wear it more snug) and is very dressy on! It is described as “quilted” though the quilting is not visible, but once it’s on you know it has quality!

I’ve styled the bomber jacket here in a laid back casual style for weekends, with black jeans and a white teeshirt.  You can add some cat eye sunglasses for extra style and some peep-toe shoe boots will definitely get you strutting your stuff in style.  The Zara version above is not the average army green, it’s in between green and brown giving it an edgy feel, but you can mix and match with earthy tones to make the style your own.

The smaller picture I inserted above is styled with dark navy jeans and a more casual look with navy converse.  Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has worn a grey top with hers, and high ankle boots.  A very adaptable look for Spring Summer!

Going Neutral

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So… I love Eva Longoria’s effortless style.  She rocks a pair of skinnies like no one else, and like Eva, I own skinny jeans in practically every colour.  Here I have recreated her look with White and Neutral colours… so easy to wear, but stylish all the same.

White skinny jeans can be found almost everywhere, but to get a good fit I recommend trying them on, unless you are familiar with the brand.

You can go from cheap and cheerful in Dunnes and Penneys, to the more high end market that you would find in Brown Thomas and other designer stores.  Make sure there is a bit of “give” in them, otherwise you will not feel comfortable if you are walking around town for the day.  The style above combines neutral shades in a light beige/mushroom colour. Keep it simple with matching shades in the shoes, I’ve introduced caged sandals to add a touch of glam, or try neutral colour flats which will do this outfit great justice also.  I’ve teamed up the look with a Michael Kors handbag, but neutral shade bags from the high street are easy to come by, as are the aviators with a gold rim.  Doesn’t she look great?

 

 

The White Jacket – 3 Ways

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A wardrobe staple, the white jacket will never go out of fashion.  It comes in many sizes, qualities and shapes… with buttons, without buttons, with collars, lapels, pockets, longs sleeves, ruched sleeves… and on it goes.

H&M have a nice one at the moment for €29.99, and I have styled it here in three different ways to show how elegant or casual you can make the white blazer.

The first look is a classy elegant look, with the white jacket teamed up with neutral colours in camel and beige.  The camel coloured trousers are a simple structured pants with a straight leg.  Don’t opt for a cheap material in these as you will need a pants that will wash well and won’t get too baggy.  Most of the high street will stock a good camel trousers, such as Marks and Spencer, GAP, Next, and H&M. Missguided have a nice modern twist on the camel trousers for €35.00.

The second look is much more laid back, a casual weekend look for shopping with the girls or going for lunch with friends.  Coral coloured denims brighten up the outfit, and I have teamed these with a slightly cropped coral and black striped fitted top – you would mostly find these styles in River Island, Topshop, Next and Oasis.  A black cross-body bag goes well with this style to keep the look casual and easy.

The third and final look is more for the office or day-time business chic.  A black trousers keeps the look professional, or you could up the game with a pin-stripe peg-leg.  I’ve added a plain black simple top inside this, which are commonly available in Penneys, Dunnes, River Island, Oasis, H&M, GAP, Next, or Topshop.  Plain black court shoes would keep the look simple and elegant but here I have added just a pop of interest with black and white high peep-toes.  To finish the look I have added a large black tote-bag to hold all your day to day necessities going from day to night.  Keep the look sharp with a Michael Kors or DKNY bag all available from Brown Thomas.

Spring Casual

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It might still be a bit chilly outside, but at least the sun is shining and we have hope for a nice summer!   The shop windows are all full of Spring Summer colour, so now is the time to think about updating your wardrobe with summer staples.

A plain white Tee-Shirt is always a great investment, whether it’s a cheap and cheerful one (Penneys have a great selection at the moment) or whether you want to go for a mid-price range such as Urban Outfitters, Pull and Bear, Oasis, or H&M.  Personally I wouldn’t normally pay a fortune for a white tee, as you can update them regularly on a budget and keep the look fresh and sparkling white.

Here, I have teamed the white tee with a pair of three-quarter length denims from Isabel Marant, although you will find similar jeans in the shops at the moment.  The scarf featured is from Stradivarius which is €9.99 – there are various colours and styles available online and in-store, but it definitely adds a pop of colour to this outfit.  I have teamed these with coral – the shoes are from Last Call but you can get similar on the high street for very reasonable prices.  Asos  usually have a wide selection also.  The bag adds a nod of nautical to the set, and is available from Ted Baker or Selfridges .  The aviators are a classic, and available in many outlets, you can choose from the low-end price such as Penneys and H&M, or invest in a quality pair from Ray Ban – Brown Thomas have a huge selection and these ones are €159.00.

I’ve added a chambray baseball cap to this set to tone it down into Casual Chic.

Have fun x