FRIDAY STYLE: ORANGE BLAZER AND AZTEC SKIRT

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We are being teased with hints of warmer weather, one day its lovely and sunny, the next it’s stormy and miserable. It looks promising for tomorrow but I’m not relying on the weather for a bit of sunshine, I’m creating my own by wearing bright orange. With Mother’s Day this weekend, an outfit like this could be good for Sunday lunch. It could also work for St. Patrick’s Day if you don’t want to wear the usual paddywackery.

Dunnes Orange Long Line Waterfall Blazer
I love how bright and summery this long-line, waterfall style orange blazer from Dunnes makes me feel. The material of this is a heavy-ish crepe material, it’ll be ideal for cooler summer nights, but it’s not too light to wear now if you are not going to be outside for too long. I first showed you this blazer with trousers in this post but today I felt like pairing it with this skirt.

New Look Black Crepe Ruffle Sleeve Top
The top is from New Look. It’s a bit more than a basic black t-shirt; it’s crepe material with a slight ruffle sleeve.

New Look Blue and Orange Aztec Print Mini Skirt
The skirt is also from New Look. I’m sure you know by now that I love blue and orange together and think the colours look great in the Aztec pattern of this skirt. If you are afraid of being swamped by the long blazer, you can see this skirt  with a fitted top in this post.

Penneys Slouchy Boots
The boots are my slouchy, faux suede boots from Penneys. I love how these boots can work with dressy or casual outfits.

Carraig Donn Blue Necklace
The necklace is from Carriag Donn. I thought the neckline of the plain top needed a little something and blue ties in with the skirt.
Are you using colour to create your own sunshine?

FRIDAY STYLE: BACK IN BLACK

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Would it be terribly auld wan of me to say I can’t believe its “Friday Style” time again? The weeks are flying by; it’ll be Christmas before you know it. Right, with that little rant over, let’s move on to today’s outfit. I don’t often wear head to toe black because it can be a bit harsh on my pale Irish skin tone, navy would be more forgiving. Also black can be a bit boring, I like colour but I do appreciate how chic and versatile black can be. A change of shoes and accessories is all that is needed to take a black blouse and black skinny jeans from work, to meeting friends for lunch, to a night on the tiles. Let’s not forget the obvious, it’s slimming.

Penneys Black Blouse with Cream Piping
This top is another great find from Penneys. I think this looks way more expensive than Penneys and I even think the material has a lux feel to it. The cream piping is a nice bit of interesting detail adding to the lux feel of it but it also draws the eyes in a vertical direction adding to the slimming effect. This is a gorgeous blouse that could be worn so many ways.
The jeans are my old faithful super soft skinnies from Dorothy Perkins.

Penneys Slouchy Boots
The boots are also from Penneys. They are faux suede, slouchy knee high boots. Unfortunately they are few years old and I love them so much that I have a second pair stashed in the back of my wardrobe waiting to replace these if they ever fall apart; I had to have a back up. Keep an eye out because I think Penneys had the same ones again a few months back.

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The necklace is from Carraig Donn. It’s been all about large statement necklaces that sit at the collar bone for a long time now but a long pendent can be really glam too. This one is a lovely rose gold with pearls and a filigree heart. I think it’s gorgeous.
Are you a regular wearer of head to toe black, or do you prefer to mix it up?

FRIDAY STYLE: THE BLUES

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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:

Mango Blue Blazer

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.

Navy Penneys Blouse

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.

River Island Distressed Jeans

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.

Dune Pointed Toe Courts

The shoes are from Dune. They are beautiful but very high.

Carraig Donn Blue Necklace

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?

FRIDAY STYLE: THE CHRISTMAS JUMPER

 

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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.

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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).

Penneys Christmas Jumper

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?

FRIDAY STYLE: THE LEATHER PENCIL SKIRT

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Leather and faux leather pencil skirts are definitely a big winter trend. They are in just about every shop at the moment. I had decided that I wanted burgundy faux leather trousers or coated jeans. The ones I finally found didn’t do me any favours; so back they went. So then I decided a skirt might be a better option.

River Island Burgundy Faux Leather Pencil Skirt
I had spotted this skirt on the River Island website a while back and filed it under a possible runner if the coated jeans don’t work out. Then Lola wore it on X-Factor and it sold out. I kept checking the site regularly and eventually it came back in stock. I didn’t hesitate a second time. It’s one of the more realistic looking faux leather skirts I have seen. It also feels pretty close to the real thing. It does come in a few different colours but I wanted the burgundy. I think either the burgundy or the black would be classics that will be wearable year after year.

Penneys Plum Floral Print Top
The top is from Penneys. I thought the colours in the print would work nicely with the skirt. The texture of the material gives it a lux quality that looks more expensive than it was.

Dunnes Leopard Print Shoes
I like leopard print with tones of plum and burgundy. These shoes are from Dunnes.

Penneys Sequin Clutch
This sequin encrusted clutch bag is also from Penneys. I have a feeling this little beauty will be my go to clutch for the festive season.

Teal and Plum Jewel Statement Necklace
I picked this necklace up a while back on holidays.

Have you or will you be buying a leather or faux leather pencil skirt?

 

FRIDAY STYLE: WINTER AZTEC MINI SKIRT

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Take a quick look around the shops at the moment and you will notice a lot of check and tartan mini-skirts. These kind of skirts make an appearance every winter. Pair one of these skirts with opaque tights, a warm knitted jumper and comfy boots and you have an easy and stylish outfit that is perfect for work, or smart casual at the weekend. Today’s outfit is a slightly updated version of this classic style.

New Look Blue and Orange Aztec Print Mini Skirt

This Aztec print skirt is from New Look. You know how much I love blue and orange together. The material is thick enough to make this a more winter appropriate version of the Aztec minis we saw everywhere during the summer.

Penneys Orange Jumper

The jumper is from Penneys. I have had this for a while now, but always felt that it was just too orange for me but pairing with the skirt and black tights seems to tone it down a bit. I have also worn this skirt with a plain black polo neck and it looks really good if you don’t want to wear too much orange.

New Look Black Slouchy Ankle Boots

The boots are also from New Look. I have been looking everywhere for black ankle boots that are comfy to wear when I have to do a lot of walking (i.e. shopping) but could work equally well when dressed up with skirts and dresses or dressed down with leggings or jeans. I think these tick all the boxes.

Blue necklace and earrings

The necklace is from Carraig Donn. I do like my accessories, at first I was rooting through my stash for a chunkier blue necklace but sometimes it nice to wear something a little daintier for a change. I nearly always seem to be wearing chunky statement necklaces lately.

Which do you prefer the classic check and tartan minis or the Aztec print?

FRIDAY STYLE: NEW WINTER, NEW KNIT DRESS

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Any regular readers of this blog were probably expecting this post, it can’t have gone unnoticed that I have a bit of a thing for knitted jumper dresses in winter. I find them so comfortable, warm and easy but they can look really smart and stylish. For days when I would rather be wearing a hoodie and tracksuit bottoms, I wear a loose knit dress with leggings for ultimate comfort without looking frumpy (besides tracksuit bottoms do my arse no favours).

Vero Moda Knit dress
This dress is from Vero Moda. Even though the knit fabric feels quite light, it’s actually really warm. The loose shape makes it very comfortable and it’s a good length for me; not so long that it swamps me but long enough to look smart for work.

Black Penneys Slouchy Boot
The boots are knee length slouchy, faux suede from Penneys. I have these for a long time now but I think I saw either the same or very similar ones back in stock recently. These are surprisingly comfortable enough. Not lots of walking comfortable but won’t make you want to cry with pain if you don’t get a seat on a night out.

Vero Moda Black and Pink Necklace
The Parfois necklace that I have worn in the last few posts is perfect with this dress but I figured I should change it up a bit so as not to bore you (too much). Also the pop of bright pink is a welcome sight since it’s been so dark and wet lately. This necklace is also from Vero Moda, be warned if you decide to buy the same one, it’s heavy.
Do you like knitted jumper dresses or what is your staple for winter?