I may have mentioned once or twice that last Saturday I completed Westport’s Sea 2 Summit adventure race. While it’s not a muck run like Tough Mucker or To Hell and Back, you do still get a bit dirty and you definitely get sweaty. After spending the day testing my endurance and getting dirty in training gear I was looking forward to glaming it up for the after party. I felt the need to go all out girly.
This hot pink dress is by Vesper. It is bodycon but the material and stretch to it sits quite flattering on, even if I do say so myself. The black panels and the split peplum are in just the right places to create a sexy silhouette I felt like a million bucks in this dress. I would have preferred not to wear the black tights but my legs are all battered and bruised so they were necessary.
The necklace is from Vero Moda. The colours were perfect with the dress. A dainty necklace would have been nice but I wanted coverage because I didn’t get a chance to put on any fake tan and I wanted to cover some of the pastiness.
The shoes are from New Look. I wear these pointed toe courts a lot because the heel isn’t that big so they are quite comfortable and easy to walk in.
To finish, I have my old faithful Guess clutch. It’s just the right size to hold everything I need for a night out.
On a side note, if you do want to get into running, cycling or hiking, you don’t have to leave femininity behind. I like to find training gear that is bright and colourful. In contrast to me at the after party here I am in my pink polka dots for the race.
Do I scrub up well?
Today I am showing you another Jaime La Vie dress from Carraig Donn. This is another brand, whose dresses I am very fond of and I can usually pick up any of their dresses in my size and feel confident that it will fit perfectly.
The main reason I bought this dress is that I love the colours and style. Colour blocking almost always looks classy and I love orange and navy together. Let’s not forget the gold zips, we all know I love gold zips as a stand out detail on a garment. The panelling style is very flattering, which is always a plus. The other great thing about this dress is that it is really versatile. I have styled it here for a night out with heels, clutch and a statement necklace. It could easily be worn to work with simpler jewellery, a blazer and you could even put a blouse underneath to be extra professional.
I also plan on wearing this dress out to Sunday lunch with the family by wearing it with my nude wedge heel courts from Oasis and this neutral toned Guess bag.
My nude courts are Knightsbridge by Kate Appleby. These are really comfortable and comfortable nude courts, that you can actually walk in, should be a staple in every woman’s wardrobe.
I bought this necklace while on holiday in Portugal. I love picking up jewellery and accessories on holiday because it’s very unlikely that you will see it on anyone else when you get home.
The bag is a cross body bag from Penneys but I don’t really like cross body bags so I shortened the strap to use it as a clutch.
You may have seen my post A Lil Bit Wilde, where I showed you a subtle way to wear animal print, well now we are taking it up a notch. This is what I wore out on a recent night out for a few drinks with friends. This top is by Guess but I got it in the January sales and the jeans are Dorothy Perkins.
I love the floaty feel and bat wing style sleeves of this top. The nipped in waist creates a peplum which is still bang on trend. I also love the back of the top, it’s slit open. I like to wear a black camisole underneath, nothing wrong with a bit of modesty and decency now and again.
The print of this top is fab. There are subtle splashes of orange and blue mixed through the watercolour style animal print.
You may recognise the necklace from previous posts here and here, it’s from Carraig Donn and it’s getting a lot of love at the moment.
You may have also seen this Michael Kors bag in this post.
These shoes are from New Look and they are surprisingly comfortable for the small price tag. I have orange shoes that would have been class with this top but they are satin peep toes and this is the west of Ireland; it was raining.
Once again another way to do animal print but in a fairly subtle way. How have you been rocking animal print?
On Saturday night I was taken out for dinner and drinks and this is what I wore. The first photo was taken with my phone so the quality is not great. I had to do a daylight re-enactment in order to capture the colour acurately.
(Oh the many colours of Irish sunlight)
I bought this blue Mango blazer a while back and it’s been killing me that it’s been just too cold for me to go out in just a blazer. I finally braved the elements as it was a dry and fairly mild night.
The dress is a recent purchase from Awear and I’m loving it. The mock wrap style and frill down the from are really flatering. I felt very feminine and classy in this dress. I am also in love with the plum and blue colour combo.
I took this picture the following morning so you can actually appreciate the full beauty of the colours and cherry blosom print of the dress. It is stunning!
You have to admit that these shoes are fabulous. They are by Menbur. It was love at first sight with these bad boys. The best thing about these shoes is that they actually stay on my feet instead of slipping off the heel. Nothing worse than walking out of your shoes, especially in public, très chic.
This Guess bag is a much loved old favourite.
For a finishing touch, this necklace is from Carraig Donn. If I’m letting you in on a little secret, Carraig Donn do beautiful jewelery, most of which is very afordable. This necklace was on sale for about €15.