Just because I’m wearing blue doesn’t mean I’m feeling blue. All in all it’s been a pretty good week. We had pancakes on Tuesday, the temperature is sneaking up, we were in double digits on Wednesday and the evenings are getting longer. However, I have given up all sweet stuff and junk for lent. So far I am fine because I am used to being good during the week but I always over indulge in sweets over the weekend so we will see how I get on. It’s not a religious thing or even an attempt to empathise with the less fortunate. It’s merely a personal challenge and a chance to hopefully break some bad habits. I am also going to try and not buy clothes for lent. This may be a sacrifice too far but I am hoping to use the time I usually waste wandering around the shops to actually get the things done that I have been meaning to do for ages. Don’t worry there is loads in my wardrobe to keep the blog going and clearing out my wardrobe is one of those things that I have been meaning to do for ages. On to today’s outfit:
I’ve had this blazer for ages and it’s from Mango. Now that spring is on the horizon it’ll soon be warm enough to leave the house with a blazer instead of the winter coat. The bright blue colour really lifts an outfit.
The style of this top, with the wrap over and tucked in effect at the front and longer length at the back, is something that River Island have been doing for a while now but lately I have been seeing the same style tops in other high street stores, even Penneys. That’s right, it’s from Penneys. Apparently it comes in a few colours but this navy one was the only colour in my local store but that’s ok because navy is a great base colour that you can match so much with. It’s a classy style that can be dressed up or down and you can see my printed River Island top, of the same style, dressed up with a skirt in this post. This navy top would look great with a printed skirt.
The jeans are from River Island. I love dressing up distressed jeans with a pretty top, heels and a blazer. It’s a relaxed but stylish look that I really like.
The shoes are from Dune. They are beautiful but very high.
The necklace is from Carraig Donn. It’s a gorgeous chunky sparkler that adds a bit of glam to any outfit.
What are you looking forward to wearing as the temperatures increase? Did you give anything up for lent?
It’s that time of the year again and that can only mean one thing; the Christmas jumper night out. I am doing the Christmas jumper night out this weekend and I am trying to decide how to style it. Last year was easier because I had to go to a christening earlier so I just put the jumper on over what I was wearing. This year I am starting from scratch. The thing is I am going out, on a night out, in a jumper. I usually like to put a little effort into getting ready for a night out and this week should see the start of Christmas parties so everyone else will be wearing their glamorous party dresses. So I’m trying to decide if I should go all out, put on some tan, curl my hair and wear the jumper with a skirt, heels and a statement necklace or should I enjoy being low maintenance and relaxed and just wear the jumper with jeans and flats. At the moment I am thinking something in between might be the way to go.
So I’m thinking a basic white shirt underneath for a bit of smart interest (and in case the jumper makes me itchy), my distressed River Island jeans and my Dune courts (although these are very likely to be substituted because they are very high and uncomfortable but they look good in pictures).
The jumper is from Penneys and it lights up!!!! Penneys are donating €2 to Make-A-Wish Ireland for every full price Christmas jumper sold this week so not just a silly jumper but also supporting a good cause and I can feel smug looking at all the glamorous ladies in their sparkly dresses.
Are you doing the Christmas jumper night out? How will you be wearing your jumper; glamming it up or keeping it casual? More importantly, does your jumper light up?
Today’s post is just a relaxed and easy smart casual outfit combining two of my favorite colours, cobalt blue and mint green.
I picked this top up in Penneys a few weeks ago. The colour of this top is a deep cobalt blue, not quite dark enough to be navy. The material is kind of like a faux silk. I like the little ruffles at the shoulders and the way it nips in with an elasticated waist. This top works well with both jeans and skirts and it can be really glammed up or kept casual.
The blazer is old and it is also from Penneys. I have seen some lovely mint coloured blazers lately, if you are looking there is a gorgeous waterfall style one in New Look.
This is turning out to be quite the homage to Penneys because the necklace is from there as well. I only got it a few weeks ago. You can’t beat a cute statement necklace for a fiver.
Moving away from all things Penneys, the jeans are from River Island. You can see them again in this post.
The shoes are from Dune. I would only wear the heels if I was heading out for the night but when wearing this outfit for day time I would wear these little blue pumps, which are of course from Penneys.
Do you like cobalt blue and mint green together? What is you favourite colour combination?
I am always a bit afraid of wearing trouser that aren’t jeans. I’m just not comfortable with how they sit on me especially on my backside. I have had these for a while now and this is the first time they made it into a post. Printed trousers are a massive trend for SS14 and I am pretty sure the trend is going to stick around for the foreseeable future. There is a whole range of shapes of printed trousers from loose palazzo and joggers to structured cigarette leg and slacks. As for prints they go from subtle all the way up to absolutely barking mad. I personally prefer the structured cut with an easy to wear dark tile print. Although I have seen some gorgeous floral joggers, I am just not brave enough.
I got these trousers on sale on the Mango website a while ago now, but there are similar styles in many high street stores. I figured the black would be more flattering on my lower half than a bright colour.
Its summer so I still want to wear bright colours so I choose this lime blouse from Oasis. (You can see this blouse with a scarf print skirt in this post.) I think wearing a vibrant colour with these trousers takes the office look off them and makes them more fun to wear on a night out.
I picked this necklace up in Carraig Donn. I like the blue with the lime and I like the way it sits in the opening of the blouse looking all dainty.
The shoes are from Dune. I always like to have a pop of colour on my feet, and you can’t go too far wrong with a nice pair of pointed toe courts.
I tried a few different blazers but figured they all looked a bit too much like office wear so I decided to go with my PU biker from New Look for a bit of casual edge.
How brave are you when it comes to printed trousers?
Well it’s been a scorcher this week and I have been loving it. Unfortunately the temperatures have eased off a bit for the weekend but at least it’s still nice enough out. This week’s outfit should provide some inspiration if you are heading out this weekend and want to keep cool while also hiding a bit of the lobster coloured skin. We all know many of you got totally burned this week. Yea the old “I was only out for a bit” without any sun cream. When will we learn?
This top is from River Island. I love the colours and print of this top but it is sheer so I wear it with a black vest top underneath.
The jeans are also from River Island and I am just loving almost everything in River Island at the moment. I am also big fan of distressed or ripped jeans and just can’t seem to have too many pairs. These are supposed to be ankle grazers but they are more or less normal length on me because I am, what my husband likes to call, a short arse.
The blazer is from Swamp and here it is in another recent post. The light chiffon and crepe fabric makes it perfect for this warm summer weather. It’s a nice light cover up for when it gets cooler in the evenings or if you need to hide scalded shoulders.
The necklace is from Carraig Donn and here is another look at it in a recent post.
These shoes are from Dune. I love them but they are total ankle breakers. One of these days I will get round to trying to get the heel shortened. I like the colour of them so much though and the colour ties in nicely with the top.
How will you be keeping cool this weekend? What are you going to wear if you head out?
Happy bank holiday Friday! This is more than likely the outfit I will be wearing out this weekend, depending on my mood, obviously. I could just as easily pull everything out of my wardrobe and do a “I have nothing to wear” tantrum, although I am pretty happy with this outfit except for the black tights. I don’t have fake tan on at the moment and I couldn’t find any sheer tights, so in the interest of public safety I thought it best to cover the corned beef stumps I call legs for these photos.
I got this top recently from Closet. The colour is hard to describe and capture in a photo. It’s a pale grey blue with a cream flock pattern through it. The neckline is very ladylike altogether. The seams down the front give the illusion of a flat tummy, happy days.
I had originally planned on pairing the top with a black skirt but when I went to take the black skirt out of the wardrobe this one fell out too, so I figured it was meant to be. This scarf print, midi skirt is from Oasis and it has been getting lots of wear. It works great with any of the colours in the print like white, black or blue but also looks really good with strong bright colours like, lime, red, pink or orange. You can see it with lime in this post.
The shoes are from Dune and tie in with the blue in the skirt but any excuse to wear them.
I kept jewellery and accessories to a minimum in this post. You don’t need a necklace with the neckline of the top. When heading out I’ll probably wear some pear earrings and grab a black clutch.
What are you planning on wearing if you head out over the weekend?
Let’s pretend you hadn’t been keeping up to date on fashion lately. If someone gave you the task of wandering around a few high street shops and then reporting back on what is in style for this autumn winter season what do you think would be the key trends you would have spotted? Let’s start with the usual suspects that appear this time, more or less, every year. First up are the textures like, tartan, herringbone, tweed and houndstooth. This year tartan is coming out on top but the others are still managing to hold their space on the rails. Then there is leather (or PU of faux leather), last year was more about full leather garments but this year we are seeing a lot of leather panelling and trims. Choose your leather pieces wisely and you’ll get years out of them. A leather trim is always a good option; it trendy when leather is on trend but because it just a trim its still works when leather is not on trend. As for another trend we are seeing at the moment, we have skirts in every shape, which is great because it’s been all about dresses for so long now.
I actually have had this skirt for years. Its herringbone with a leather trim, which means it is on trend pretty much every winter. I’m sure you will see similar skirts to this in many high street shops this season.
This top falls under another current trend, winter florals. This t-shirt is from Awear.
These shoes are from Dune. Blue suede courts with a pointed toe are something that I’ve noticed in a lot of magazines lately. Vibrant blue courts look particularly great when paired with a full volume or skater style skirt in a contrasting colour like red, orange or green.
I bought this necklace while on holiday in Portugal.
What winter trends will you be investing in this year?