FRIDAY STYLE: ADVENTURE RACE AFTER PARTY

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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.

Vesper Pink Peplum Dress
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.

Vero Moda Black and Pink Necklace
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.

New Look Pointed Court
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.

Black Guess Clutch
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.

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Do I scrub up well?

FRIDAY STYLE: MINT GREEN AND BLACK WITH GOLD ZIPS

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If you have been reading my little blog for a while now, it won’t have escaped your attention that mint green is one of my favourite colours.

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Carraig Donn Pala D'Oro Mint Green Top

I bought this top from Carraig Donn, the label is Pala D’Oro. It has quite a few things going on that are always going to appeal to me. The obvious being that its mint green, then you have the gold zips on the black panels at the shoulders. I don’t know why but I just like the contrast of gold hardware against black material. The shape is also one that is easy to wear in that the looseness can really hide a multitude. I would normally say that wearing baggy clothes can make you look larger but the way that this is elasticated at the waist brings it back in so it can look slimming as long as you wear it with something fitted on the bottom like skinny jeans or fitted trousers.

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I paired it these trousers from Dorothy Perkins and this blazer from Penneys, You will also note the gold zips on the trousers and the blazer, it’s not an accident.

New Look Pointed Court

I was going to wear my green Enzo Angiolini shoes but it was raining so I went with these black ones with gold on the heels from New Look because they are more comfortable and I can walk faster in them.

Michael Kors Clutch

The clutch is Michael Kors, I think the colour ties in nicely here but I wear this clutch even when it doesn’t match because I think it’s a classic and I love it.

 

The bracelet is something I picked up on holidays years ago and the earrings are also old from Penneys.

 

FRIDAY STYLE: LILAC AND PLUM

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Would I be Irish if I didn’t comment on how the evenings are drawing in? Up until Thursday, the darkness creeping in earlier and earlier each evening was the only sign that summer was over. This was a week of two halves; it started out warm and summery and is ending with autumn well and truly rolling in and raring to go. With this in mind I decided to use both summery and autumnal colours in today’s outfit; I am combining bright pastel lilac with a warm and rich berry tone.

Plum Penneys Blazer
This blazer is from Penneys, sure how could we have a post without something from Penneys. I picked this up last winter but you will see loads of similar ones in any of the high street shops this time of year.

Vero Moda Floral Top
The top is from Vero Moda. You can also see it with blue in this post.

Dorothy Perkins Gold Zips Black Trousers
These are the black trousers with gold zips from Dorothy Perkins. I wear these lots.

Lilac Necklace
I picked this necklace up while on holiday in Portugal, you can see the rest of the holiday haul here.

New Look Pointed Court
The shoes are from New Look.

FRIDAY STYLE: MAD FLORAL PRINTED TROUSERS

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Printed trousers are showing no signs of going away so instead of being afraid of the trend I’ve decided to embrace it. As you may already know I do tend to fear trousers that are not jeans because they can make me look like I’ve a bit too much junk in the trunk but I have found that a pair of tailored or structured cut trousers with quality material can actually sit quite well on me.

River Island Floral Printed Trousers

When I spotted these trousers on the River Island web site I was actually looking for a different pair that I had seen on someone I know. The pair I wanted are a lot more subdued in that they have a classic soft pink and mint green tile print on black. The colours in these trousers really appealed to me and when I couldn’t find the other ones I decided to bite the bullet and buy them. I was afraid they might be a bit too mad for me though. When they arrived I thought I wouldn’t be brave enough to wear them and I should send them back but I really liked the way they fit. These are the cropped version, which sit perfectly on me as ankle grazers because I am so short. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the fit of them. The material is a lovely thick wove fabric that helps the way the sit on me. So I am keeping and wearing them.

Penneys Peach Textured Top

The top is from Penneys. I was going to wear a plain white top but then I thought heck why not go all out with a bright top as well.

New Look Pointed Court

I have decided that pointed toe courts look best with these trousers, there is a lot going on here already so I figured simple shoes, rather than throwing in another loud colour. The trousers are actually navy but the colour is so dark it looks black so I figured black shoes would be fine. These shoes are from New Look.

Gold Filigree Statement Necklace

Of course a big statement necklace to finish it all off. I picked this one up while on holiday last year.

Have you bought any printed trousers? How do you feel about them?

FRIDAY STYLE: FLORAL KIMONO

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Happy Friday everyone! It’s been very warm this week but not necessarily sunny. It’s too warm for a jacket but I still feel like I should have some sort of cover up with me. Enter the kimono!

Missguided Floral Kimono

I have been looking for the perfect kimono for ages now. There are loads of them everywhere, but I was looking for one with a print and colours that I liked, but I didn’t want it to have any fringing or be too long. The long ones are gorgeous on tall girls but they would look like a bath robe on me because I am only 5’2”. Finally I spotted this one in an email from missguided.com and I had it ordered within minutes. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that missguided.com deliver to Ireland for fee and the delivery only took a few days. When you want to buy into a trend, don’t pick up the first thing you see, wait and find one that’s right for you. Also if you don’t want to buy into a trend because you think everyone will be wearing the same thing but you like the style, keep looking for the one that’s so you, then it won’t be the same as everyone else and have some fun with how you style it.

Pennys White Textured Top

This top is from Penneys. Another excellent value find from Penneys that looks like it should be far more expensive. The texture of the material and the cut of this top gives it a real lux quality. I am guessing by what is filtering into the shops at the moment that next season is going to be all about texture. Embroidery, appliques, quilting, lace and tweeds are showing up in all the shops, you’ll see what I mean in a few weeks when the winter stock is fully in all the shops.

Distressed Black River Island Jeans

The jeans are from River Island. You can see them again in this post. I have made no secret of my love for distressed and ripped jeans, I’m up to four pairs now.

Dunnes Plum Mock Crock Belt

The belt is old and from Dunnes, the colour is a perfect match to print in the kimono.

Teal and Plum Jewel Statement Necklace

I picked this necklace up while on holiday. Again the colours tie in with the print in the kimono and a white round neck top is always going to call out for a statement necklace.

New Look Pointed Court

The shoes are from New Look. I do love a pointed toe court. I have shoes in a similar pink to the flower on the kimono but they are quite dressy and I thought they looked OTT so I went with the black courts.

What do you think of Kimonos, love or hate them? Have you bought one?

FRIDAY STYLE: CHIFFON BLAZER AND RIPPED JEANS

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Its Friday, it’s a bank holiday weekend, and there may be some sunshine, can I get a woohoo! It’s finally nice enough to wear ripped jeans without the fear of wind chill. Today’s outfit is a bit dressy and bit casual so it could take you from day to night or just relaxing in a beer garden, enjoying the sun and company of some friends.

White Swamp Chiffon Blazer

White Swamp Chiffon Blazer

The jacket is a recent purchase from Swamp. This jacket has a lovely crepe style front and chiffon dip hem back. It’s so lovely, it really dresses up what would be a casual outfit and it would also work great for wearing with a dress. It would really glam up a plain dress and it would be a great cover up to wear to a wedding.

New Look Floral Print Top

New Look Floral Print Top

The top is also a fairly recent purchase and it’s from New Look. The print is so cute and summery, I couldn’t leave it behind. It also has a cute button up back.

The jeans are from Penneys and they are old. They featured in a few posts last summer and will probably make a few appearances on the blog this summer.

Coral Penneys Courts

The shoes are from Penneys. I do love a pointed toe court.

Coral Body Shop Clutch

The bag was a gift with purchase from The Body Shop and it’s a great colour for summer.

Statement Necklace

I picked up the necklace while on holiday in Portugal.

How do you style ripped boyfriend jeans, do you like to dress them up or keep it casual?

FRIDAY STYLE: PASTEL PEPLUM WITH SCARF PRINT SKIRT

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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.

Closet Peplum Top

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.

Oasis Scarf Print Skirt

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.

Dune Pointed Toe Courts

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?