Showing posts with label Fashion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fashion. Show all posts

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Must-haves for Autumn/Fall PRIMARK Edition!



Must-haves for Autumn/Fall +Primark  Edition!

You know and I know that the old “I’ll just pop in for socks” excuse never works, we go in for socks and somehow get transported to another universe where the “ooh sure it’s only €4!” takes over and it’s all downhill from there, right? Ten minutes turns in to forty five, and you forget the socks and come out with a whole new bedroom ensemble, and a new pair of boots (but still no socks for the boots!) and three pairs of jeggings and make-up in two different shades because sure it was only four euro lads, and you might need both!

Yeah, me too.



If we stop kidding ourselves and decide to go for it shame-free here are just a few of my must-haves for the new season at PRIMARK/PENNYS (depending on which side of the border you fall). 

Starting off with the bane of our lives when September rolls around, the yearly struggle of finding the right Winter Coat ™. 

The waterfall effect duster coat comes in two shades, black and dusk pink, perfect for the milder Autumn weather, pre-winter - over a light jumper and jeans, or a dress and tights. Next up the the classic belted mac with a wide collar in a knotted grey and white shade, I absolutely need this coat in my life because it looks so cosy and comfortable, and such an easy to wear piece for the milder months and easily transitioned right in to winter. NEED!
 








 Anyone that's been following my blog for a time knows I have a bit of a scarf obsession, and infinity scarves are the bomb for me. I've lost count at this stage how many I have, and yet I can't help myself! Do you see where the 'they're just five euro' mentality comes in now?

Mmmhm there it is.

But aren't these two adorable? Loving the waffle textured beige and the deeper berry toned scarf, both perfect with the other items shown too as a mix and match. Teaming the berry toned one over the 3/4 sleeve top and the cute stone washed denim jeggings + the duster jacket? It's a look I'm not mad at for sure! The New York themed hoodie made the cut simply because it's one of my best memories of this past year, and it's simple, and over-sized is key for a lazy weekend look. This, some dark skinny jeans, and my +adidas  All Stars? A win for chic comfort.



If winter coats aren't your thing yet I spotted a gorge fleece lined cropped textured jacket with a slight waterfall effected neckline that is the perfect every-day wearable jacket in my opinion, stylish but simple, and yet bang up to date trend wise too, and a complete steal for £25!

Honourable mention, because again, anyone that knows me knows that Housewares and Make-up are my two favourite things in life, and if you ever lose me in a department store (which, happens more often than you think I'm only 5'0!) these are the two places I will probably be.  So tiny mention for the +Primark online +Primark home items, a few key pieces for me for A/W 2016 are
as always a good blanket, for snuggling up to on the sofa, or for that extra insulation at bed time, teamed with the their long-burning candle range, this one is a favourite of mine; invoking memories of summer on those thundery nights to come with their Sea Salt & Lavender scent.

Ps. It's always important to support your local girl gang, and look stylish as hell while raising hell, so why not do both with that cute re-useable bottle/straw combo!





Images sourced https://www.primark.com/
Post is NOT sponsored in any way I just love me some primark :)



Thursday, April 14, 2016

NEW LOOK : Five Faves Under 30!

A little look at my top five faves picks under £30 this week from +New Look.  From the first velvet effect dove grey and tan bag - soft suede/velvet effect with a buttery leather feel, and gold buckle detailing. Large and study, and perfect heading in to summer for every day use. To the monochrome classic tote with gold detailing, short handles which means it's perfection for to and from the office! You know me, I'm drawn to statement jewelry, even in costume form - particularly in costume form, who doesn't love fabulosity on a budget?! Take a look at these babes all ranging from £10-30!!








Casual Comfort Brooklyn 85 <3 £12.99

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Action Cancer does 'Gaol' Chic in a whole new way!



Dramatic Atmospheric Awesomeness a foot for local NI Fashionistas! - Editor-in-chic!
  An exciting fashion event celebrating the best of local Northern Ireland fashion including fashion from Northern Ireland’s leading local cancer charity Action Cancer! Taking place on Thursday 12th November 2015 being supported by and held in the dramatic location of The Crumlin Gaol, with Sarah Travers and Joseph Carlin hosting the event. +Action Cancer Hospital

Showcasing both established and emerging talent this is a must see for all fashion fans. Bringing together high fashion and the pre-loved fashion collection that is available in Action Cancer stores across the country.

“Action Cancer retail is changing the face of charity retail across Northern Ireland and we are delighted to be showcasing the pre-loved collection alongside such an amazing talent pool of Northern Ireland designers, including an exclusive display of up-cycled fashion looks from our stores that have been created by the very talented Lewis Cameron and Jamie Russell,” says Katherine Young, Retail Development Officer for Action Cancer, “this is a very exciting night for Action Cancer retail and will raise funds to support our cancer prevention, detection and support services across Northern Ireland as well as increasing awareness of the pre-loved collection and sustainable fashion, make sure you get your tickets!”








Local creative director Cindy McKendry has been involved from the start gathering an amazing talent pool form the Northern Ireland fashion scene, who have all dedicated their time and skills towards this event including designers Shauna Fay, Grainne Maher, Melanie Bond, Honeysuckle and Pepperdillo, Mohawk, Marie-Claire Millenary, Joe Carlin, Lewis Cameron and Jamie Russell, as well as the super talented team from Staffords Hairdressing in Belfast and local MUAs Rebecca Bryson, Julia Clements, Leanne Godfrey and Rosie Pritchard.

Guests will arrive to a drinks and macaroons reception being supplied by Eva Paris NI. A light supper will also be served during the interval.

Exclusive goody bag for all guests including gifts supplied by Coco Mojo, Passion Preserved and House of Thara. 

Tickets are priced at £25 and are available from the Action Cancer website, www.actioncancer.org and from your local Action Cancer store. Cancer is, sadly, something that every family in NI can say has touched their circles in one way or another, and amazing charities that do so much locally deserve all the support they can get!  So why not do just that, support an amazing local cause and have a fantastical fashionable night out all in one go!

xo

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

4th of July- - Cocktails&Cupcakes


With summer well under way I was so happy to celebrate (in our own little non-American way) the 4th of July with friends (and a Bestie's baby's big day!) this past weekend. Showing up in red,white and blue I representing to say the least! All thanks to the beautiful gift I received from Onjenu London. 

The super soft silk-feel of this faux-wrap style 3/4 sleeved midi dress meant I could enjoy my day in the sun, have a ton of fun with friends and not have to worry about how I looked OR felt. So comfortable and stylish, and for me a bold choice as I'm usually a plain vs print kind of girl! But this might just be a step in a change of direction for me, so much colour I was hard to miss!

Anything that starts off with spontaneous selfies is sure to be a good time, right?
Cheeeeese!

Midi-length and so comfy!




Matching Cocktails??

Standard mirror-mirror selfie! Hi! 

You have to rock a red lip with a dress like this right? Did I pull it off? 

A little red, a little white and of course something blue - and so sweet!



Hope everyone had an amazing and stylish weekend no matter what you did!


Laura
xo

Friday, June 19, 2015

No such thing as a 'Plain White Tee'








 From vintage to sometimes down right vulgar the graphic tee is a staple in everyone's wardrobe. From super sized, super skinny, cropped, fitted or tanked, we all have a version that says what we're thinking for us by shouting it to the world as we wear the brands, expressions or puns on our chests! Here are some of my faves keeping the aesthetic clean but having some fun with it for summer 2015! There's no such thing as a 'plain' white tee!
Click the links at the bottom to get them at a STEAL!




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Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Duchess, the baby, that blow out and the dress!

Proceed with sarcasm. 
Breaking News! Woman has second child! - Someone on my facebook. 

Now, being Irish I can say with a certain honestly that the English Royals aren't really 'a thing' here. But of course the Ladies, Princesses, Duchesses and so forth certainly are on the world wide radar when it comes to style.

Psst - what do they DO exactly? I still struggle with this?! 

Duchess Kate never fails to bring that elegant modern aesthetic to her outings and with each pregnancy she kept up the tradition of clean lines, amazing coats, and oddly sensible but rather normal shoes.

Let's talk about that dress. As with little George, Kate chose a custom made Jenny Packham dress - this time deviating from the Diana tribute and going with a more ... that table cloth your gran had when you were a kid look. No? I mean it's very cute it really is but it still resembles a table cloth to me. Teaming that with William's overly large 70's collared shirt and receding hairline and it feels very, casual. And honestly, slap an instagram filter on it and it may as well be 1979.

Seriously though, you birthed a Princess, am I alone in thinking there should be diamonds for something like that? 

I'm joking of course, kind of. But this new generation of Royals are super casual, they want you to know that. They shop in Tesco, they recycle clothes, they announce their little princesses via twitter just like whatsherface from over the road that had a kid once. They are just like us commoners. 
Except not really.
Not at all.
And there should be diamonds.


(c) Alan Davidson / The Daily Mail - No infringement.

Forgetting about the diamonds for a second, let's cut the woman some serious slack. She just birthed a human eight hours before and there she was being paraded in front of the world - literally - and the expectations were high.

Such nonsense really though isn't it. Having spoken to friends who've had children they will safely tell me that what she does - what the world expects so soon after such a huge event in a woman's life - is nothing short of a nightmare. Some struggle to even have the energy to brush their hair, never mind find the heels and the smiles to greet the world's press.

It may help to have Royal money and a team of experts. Ah, those experts, wouldn't it be great to have them around on the daily! Beyond that, let's take a look at some more commoner friendly Duchess Duds and Blow Out (that's a blow-dry to you and me) secrets!

The sweet yellow buttercup pattered (was someone watching Princess Bride while pregnant?!) custom Jenny Packham was both post-natal perfect and early summer appropriate.

"Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby daughter," the designer wrote on her Twitter & Instagram. "The Duchess wears a bespoke silk shift dress with buttercup print. JP x"
If you can't drop four grand for a custom Jenny Packham, dahling, then we must have some alternatives? Of course we must! Feat: +LuLus.com  +River Island  +ASOS  +Little Mistress
Peter Pansy Mint Green Floral Print Shift Dress $43  via Lulus.com


River Island Dark Floral Shirt Dress €65.75

Only Floral Print Short Sleeve Bodycon Dress RRP €34.25 now €20.55
Little Mistress Floral Shift Dress RRP €65.75 now €41.09

With her bouncing baby girl came the bouncing Cambridge Curls, and a few secrets to that voluminous kind of blow dry can be yours in a few simple steps!

Step1: Apply a thickening lotion or oil to the hair and work thoroughly through with a wide-tooth comb.

Step2. Always work from the bottom layers up when blow-drying your hair—  remember to pin the top portion as this helps you better see what you're doing.

Step3. Grab your hair at the roots and run the medium sized round brush down strands to avoid frizz, moving the blow-dryer with it as you go along. Make sure to keep the point of the nozzle downward.

Step4. Heat defense spray!!

Step5. smooth out your hairline by facing that section away from your face, fully encase the hair here around the round brush and turn as you go.

Step6. Once your hair has completely dried, be sure to wrap the curls around your fingers while it's still warm to create a pin curl and pin until cooled.

Step7. Spray with a secure hold hairspray and shine spray if desired.

Step 8. Go find that crown!

Okay so step eight is optional! But still, have fun recreating the look!

Til next time!

Laura
x







Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fall/Winter Wardrobe Must-Haves Part 1


Very Cranberry - Essie!

Cranberry Goodness!

More than just a sauce for that Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey, the shade of the 2014/15 winter season is one that I personally can’t get enough of! Crowding the catwalks at Paris and Milan Fashion Week, we can see that it’s not a trend we’re going to escape easily. Personally, I love autumn /winter more so than spring/summer because I get to embrace my two fashion loves – dark colours and scarves without judgement! (But really, I live in Ireland I could rock the dark all year around and it would be fine, it rains every other day anyway!) This year I’m all about the plums, cranberries and uber rich jewel tones!

From scarves and coats to jumpsuits, nails and skirts it's clear I'm not the only one loving this trend! 

Over sized scarf from ACNE




To +Primark online and +ASOS the rich hues are everywhere for every shape, size, and mindset!



If you’re too shy to go full on with your clothes then the safer bet lies within your accessories and makeup choices.Whether it’s a deep royal purple eye, a flashy emerald green, or bold ruby lips, the options to be bold in winter is always there. The days are darker, so shall be our lips! Right? Eh, well, maybe

For an everyday look, depending on your workplace, the bold makeup looks above might not be the best of ideas – I mean unless funny looks and ‘ooh that one… where does she think she’s at!’ conversations are your thing, in that case, fire away! But, on the off chance that it’s a tad more conservative, the accessory option is always a good one.

Keeping it simple like Scarlett J here, is an acceptable middle ground. 

For a bolder lip look - keep the eyes and cheeks fresh but focus on a dark berry or plum shade - Mac Lush Life is just one perfect example!

 Strong eyes but barely there lips and cheeks can work easily without becoming too-much and overpowering your face. 

Pack on the gold shimmer on top of a black matt base for this sultry glam look!
You can keep the face neutral all for one area, lips or eyes. In Scarlett's case she's chosen a pretty mauve shadow, with a barely there cheek and pinky fresh lip. Compared with the model to the left, choosing a packed on gold shimmer against a black matted down look with a nude pink lip to pair things down making the eyes the focus of the look. The options and looks are endless, and isn't that just how we like it?

Till next time,

Laura
xo


Sunday, October 27, 2013