FRIDAY STYLE: SUMMERY SNAKE PRINT

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Today’s dress is my new favourite dress and probably my favourite outfit post so far. In fact I like it so much I find it hard to see how I’m going to top it anytime soon, but do keep reading future posts because I sure as hell will try.

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I love the colours and the print of the dress; it’s J’aime La Vie from Carraig Donn. One of the girls was complimenting it by saying that the colours were perfect for now; bright but not too bright. Nothing worse than walking into a shop on a cold, wet day and everything is super summery; taunting you.

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The neckline here is lovely, quite different from anything else that I have. The chain detail means there is no need for a necklace. I also love the fit, I feel like such a lady in this dress.

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My nude court shoes are surprisingly comfortable and they stay on my heel, but they are from a local shoe shop, so not a recognisable brand.
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The bracelet is Knight and Day, also from Carraig Donn, you may have noticed the matching necklace in this post.
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This little bag is from Pennys, sure where would I be going without something from Pennys.

UPDATE:

This is me wearing the dress on Saturday night with a dusky pink blazer from Awear.

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FRIDAY STYLE: CUTIE MINT TOP & CREAM BLAZER

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It’s Friday again, but it’s not just any Friday, it’s the Friday of a long weekend . Whoohoo! There has been a bit of sunshine during the week so things are looking up.

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I may have mentioned before that mint in one of my favourite colours so here it is again. This top is from the Cutie brand and I bought it in Swamp.

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There is a lot of detail in the print with the white polka dots and pink and navy butterflies.

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The cream blazer is also from Swamp. I like the pinstripe detail on the lining which is visable on the cuffs.

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The jeans are from Dunnes and the belt is from Pennys.

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The wedge heel nude court shoes are from Oasis and have also been in this previous post.

FRIDAY STYLE: MINT & CHOCOLATE

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I have to admit that mint green is one of my favourite colours. Unfortunately, it is a pastel and pastels can look a bit out of place if it’s not sunny out. However, this top is a slightly darker shade of mint and when toned down even more with brown it works for all seasons. By contrast you could pair this top with another pastel like pink or lilac to create a really bright and sunny look.

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This top is from New Look and I love the chiffon and frilly style of it. It is see through so I put a brown vest top from Pennys underneath. If you were going for a brighter look then a lighter colour vest top would work better. You could also wear this top without the belt for a feminine and floaty look, but I prefer to show that I do have a waist by wearing the cincher belt.

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The D ring belt is from Pennys.
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I got this necklace on a market stall while on holidays in Portugal. I like the pop of lilac next to the brown and mint.
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Theses shoes are Michael Kors and you may have seen them in this previous post.

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Also worth noting than you could always pop a cardi on for extra warmth, like this one from Pennys.

FRIDAY STYLE: DUSKY PINK & BROWN

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I am a big fan of how dusky pink looks with brown. That is why I love pairing this brown, animal print, pussy bow blouse with this dusky pink cardigan. The best part is both of these were cheep as chips as they are both from Pennys.

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The jeans are from New Look. Nothing new there because if you haven’t noticed, I love New Look’s super skinny jeans. They have the perfect amount of stretch for me and they are great value.

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These shoe are Michael Kors and have also been in this post. Don’t worry it was me and not Michael Kors that added the gammy heel cushions; they have a tendancy to slip off my heels, like most courts.

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This necklace is Knight & Day from Carraig Donn. It’s a classic in the sense that it’s a single string of pearls, but the charm gives it a modern twist. The best bit is the charm is changeable and you can get those types of charms everywhere now.

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The chiffon material of the blouse and soft pink make this a good outfit for spring, however if it is colder or raining I wear it with these boots.

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These boots are Marco Tozi, and were a late January sale purchase. The delay in Spring’s arrival has meant that I’ve already gotten loads of wear out of them, although I would have preferred to put them away till next winter.

Friday Style: Springtime Pink, Lace & Floral

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The recent cold snap seems to be easing and the last few days have been bright and sunny. All this sunshine has me giddy and loving soft, pretty clothes. Perhaps I’ve already overdosed on vitamin D because today not only am I not wearing boots but I’m not even wearing shocks! Me mother’ll kill me for stripping off so early; it’s not summer yet ya’know.

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Soft pastels, pretty florals, watercolour prints, lace and crochet, they are all staples of the summer wardrobe and I’m phasing them in now.
This soft knit top with lace trim is from Swamp. It’s very light and transparent so I have a long sleeve top underneath, but when it’s warmer a vest top will be perfect to cover my modesty. The Blazer is from Zara (that’s right I’m out with just a blazer for a coat) and the Jeans are from New Look. I’ve been living in skinny jeans lately so I’m mixing it up with the boot cut, I’m mad like that.

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This pretty scarf is from Pennys/Primark. The print is beautiful and bright, perfect for a sunny day. Pink isn’t really a favourite colour of mine but every time I wear it I get complimented on how nice pink is on me. Apparently it’s a good colour for me and who am I to argue with a compliment.

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My shoes are old but loved Michael Kors. A wedge heel loafer style shoe is a good’un to have. They are really comfy and work well for off duty casual or smart work wear. I love that these ones make me really tall.

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My bright pink watch is DKNY and previously been seen in this post. So how are you breaking in you summer gear?

Friday Style: Pink, Purple & Coral Love

I am well giddy because it’s the Friday of a long weekend and it’s also NOT baltic out. Spring is here, Yea. Today I well and truly have that Friday feeling after being a bit of a moody moo earlier this week. I’m all about joys and colour and the more colours I can pack on the better.

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This ever so cute bird print top is from Awear and the cardigan is from New Look.

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There is a lot more purple and pink in the top so I choose to wear it with a coral cardigan to really bring out the small bits of coral in the top and because these studded coral pumps from Pennys were begging to be worn.

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The Jeans are my reliable petite skinny jeans from Dorothy Perkins so almost no bunching around the ankles of this shorty. Happy days (I’m easily pleases, sometimes).

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This necklace has featured in a few previous posts (here and here) and is from Carraig Donn. As I said before, it really does work with almost everything.

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How are you showing your Friday feeling?
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You Don’t Need A Million Bucks: Recession Style

Sunday was Mother’s Day and even though I don’t have kids I still got taken out to dinner. Actually I went out with the in-laws and their mom. Don’t worry we headed over to my mom to spoil her afterwards.

Obviously I wanted to look nice heading out but it was a bitter cold and windy day so I also wanted to be warm and comfortable; enter cosey cardigan. I feel like I am always wearing some sort of cardy lately, like an auld wan, and I can’t wait for warmer weather so I can switch it up a bit. After a few changes, here is the final result.

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The peplum top, cardigan and boots are all from Pennys and the jeans are from Dorothy Perkins. So there you have a nice outfit (if I do say so myself), Sunday dinner appropriate and cheap as chips. The best thing is how slimming this top is. The strategically placed black panels at the sides are most flattering; always a plus. The print is quite cute, with little splashes of purple and yellow mixed through the black and white.

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I could have worn a black cardigan (or blazer if it wasn’t so birr out) to work the monochrome trend, but to be honest, with it being so miserable I was hoping colour would cheer things up a bit.

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This bib necklace has appeared in this previous post and is from Portugal.

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Here is a close up of the slouchy boots, also previously shown in this post. People are always surprised to hear they are from Pennys. It’s funny how proud Irish women are when they get to follow a compliment to what they are wearing with the word “Pennys!” Say it loud and say it proud ladies, “Pennys”. What bargains are proud of?

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