Friday, 22 July 2016

Smart Casual



Blazer DIY / trousers ZARA / runners PRIMARK / bag GRAN CANARIA

If you guys are up to date on my DIY posts, you'll certainly recognise this blazer, but if you're not, you can check out how I made it right HERE. But I thought now that you've seen how to make it, I'd share some styling inspiration too.

I'm really digging the 'blazer as a top' look lately. It's very effortless (especially when you don't have to go looking for a top to wear with your outfit) and looks great teamed with matching pants for a sexy suit vibe. I think I've worn this outfit once before with some boots or heels for a night out but I'm very much into wearing trainers with more dressed up pieces to dress them down and get more wears out of them.

There's just something about this style of shoe that makes it thee most versatile shoe of all. Normally I would never wear an outfit like this during the day, because I always fear being too over dressed for a day out in Limerick, but with these runners it just takes it down to a very wearable level. They're also ridiculously comfortable and I haven't worn another pair of runners since I got these about a month ago.


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Thursday, 21 July 2016

5 Summer Shoe Trends & Lookbook




Where has my head been at this week?!! I totally forgot to share my latest video with you guys, It's a Shoe trends Lookbook where I styled 5 different types of shoes (or shoe combos), showing you how I wear them, and also introducing you to some new shoe purchases. They're not all as crazy as the socks & sandals combo, I swear! Hope you guys enjoy it, and do let me know if you do! x
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Monday, 18 July 2016

Trending : Bomber Jackets


Bomber jackets have got to be the jacket of the season, without a doubt. Everybody and their Nan is wearing them lately, and why not? There's sooo many styles available on the high street you're bound to find one to suit your own style.


This one I'm wearing here is from Penneys and I was so chuffed to find it for just €21. (just a note : The €21 from Penneys are great, lovely fabric. But the €19 ones aren't as nice a fabric, just keep that in mind when you're looking for them.) It's a great price for a piece you just want to try out and see if it actually fits into your wardrobe, and your style. 

Again, I've linked below a few alternatives to the Penneys one, because I can't link that here, from places like River Island, Mango, Topshop, and I tried to pick out more affordable ones too. 

A few tips I would mention when purchasing a bomber jacket are:

1. Find one to suit your own personal style. 

There are so many different styles out there that you don't just have to settle for the same one everyone else is buying/wearing. Do a little bit of research to find one that will go with the rest of your clothes and one you'll actually enjoy wearing.

2. Pick a colour that you'll actually wear.

I've seen so many beautiful colours out there, from deep pink to baby blue, and an array of multi colours, but my style is quite minimal and casual so I picked a plain navy one. Granted, I don't actually wear a lot of navy, mostly black, but I wanted to give the whole black & navy thing a go.

3. Beware when shopping online.

Like I said with the €19 jackets in Penneys, they're not a very nice fabric. More of a raincoat kind of feel, so for that extra €2 I got a much nicer jacket. But when buying online you can't actually feel the fabric so it's difficult to tell if it's a nice fabric or not. If you can, go in store to have a look at them first. If they don't have a store, make sure they've a good returns policy (preferably free).


PENNEYS bomber jacket, t-shirt & runners (similar here, here) // RIVER ISLAND jeans (in the sale now)


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Friday, 15 July 2016

Trending : The Block Heel


WAREHOUSE biker jacket // PENNEYS tee // H&M kickflare jeans // PENNEYS block heel shoes // F&F @ TESCO bag

The Block heel has become a seriously popular trend lately and it's no wonder. They are the most practical heel height I've even worn in my life. As a huuuge lover of shoes, it kills me when I can't wear my favourite pairs during the day because I have to walk everywhere I go and just can't handle a 4 inch heel. I have no problem at night time, but for some reason high heels and daytime just do go together for me. 

Enter the block heel/mid heel that has been gracing the catwalks, the streets and many, many blogs lately, and I've found the answer to my day-to-day shoe issues. Over the past few months I think I've purchased 3 or 4 pairs of block heel shoes and boots, with a mid heel, no more than 2 inches I would say. And no doubt they have fast become my most worn shoes because of the comfort level. Expect to see these styled up a few (million) more times here.

This pair I'm wearing is from Penneys/Primark and are fairly new in stores as far as I know, so if you fancy trying out this style of shoe I'd definitely recommend this pair. Although I bought my normal size and need to get some grips so they don't slip off my feet, so bare that in mind. BUT for the price it's worth it. For any of you looking for a better quality pair or just want to drool over the Gucci pair (they are to diiieee for ) I've popped a few more shop-able links below from places like River Island, Topshop, Office etc.

I also styled another block heel last week on my blog, again from Penneys, so you can see that post >> here <<




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Thursday, 14 July 2016

L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick Swatches

I picked up a few of the L'Oreal Colour Riche lipsticks a little while ago and have been dying to do this post for ages now but I wanted to wait and test the lipsticks out a little bit too so I could review them a bit, as well as showing what they look like. They are 4 very beautiful shades, all very easy to wear.


They have quite a creamy formulation and look slightly glossy on the lips, so they won't dry out your lips at all. It also means they wear well, and wear off quite evenly. I've been really enjoying the two lightest shades I bought, Doutzen's Nude and Julianne's Nude. They two very natural colours and are very easy to apply, no liner needed. 


Click the video below if you want to hear more about them and see what they look like on the lips.



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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

DIY Balmain Inspired Blazer

 I know I'm not the only one who was drooling over the H&M X Balmain collection last November, and was so far off getting their hands on a piece it wasn't even funny! But why fork out your month's wages on one piece when you can have your very own stand out piece for the cost of your daily latte. Makes perfect sense doesn't it?! Read on to see how.


THE INSPO


I think the most popular items were the jackets and blazers from the collection, becasue of course they are the most investment type pieces that you can wear again and again and that also add some serious style kudos to any look. I loved the double breasted button detailing on them, so that's what I tried to recreate myself.


All you need to create this look for yourself, or something similar, is:

A blazer (preferably double breasted)
Black and gold buttons (or all gold if you wish) 
Stitch ripper/Scissors
Thread to match the blazer
Sewing needle


THE METHOD


Remove the buttons already on the blazer with a scissors or stitch ripper. Lay out the new buttons where you would like them to go, and take a photo to remember if you need to. Then, one by one, sew them on using a needle and thread. Keep them as straight as you can too and in line with the rest of the buttons. Sew them on until they feel very secure. And then you will have your very own, one of a kind, jazzy-as-hell blazer.

NOTE: if you dont have a double breasted blazer, just double up the buttons. They don't all need to have a button hole.


 Blazer DIY & Penneys // Trousers Zara 

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Monday, 11 July 2016

Summers hottest hat trend : Baseball Caps



Baseball caps have got to be the most popular head-wear of choice this Summer and I just had to get in on the action. I've seen them all over the high street stores, but when I spotted this one in Penneys for a mere €4 I grabbed it as quickly as I could. Not only are they the coolest hat around, but they're also very useful. For instance, I've been wearing mine in the rainy weather, and it keeps the rain off my glasses and from washing away my makeup. They're also great for a bad hair day or to cover up sweaty gym hair.

Because, of course, I can't link to this Penneys hat, I've scoured the internet to find my favourite high street picks, and I've popped a few clickable images down below.


PENNEYS baseball cap // RIVER ISLAND crop top // NEXT jeans// PENNEYS belt & runners // GLASSESSHOP glasses



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