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: 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: KEEPING COSY

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It’s been a week of extremes weather wise; we had snow, lots of rain, and of course some seriously stormy weather. It’s supposed to get really cold this weekend and I’m not sure I can handle it so I’m praying for unseasonably warm temperatures; positive mental attitude! (It’s so going to work.) Obviously I am feeling the chill so todays outfit is all about being cosy and comfortable.

iclothing Aztec Print Waterfall Cardigan

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This Aztec print, waterfall style cardigan is from iclothing.ie. This cardigan is lovely and cosy. You can button up the front or leave it open and loose. You can also button up the sleeves for a rolled up look but I won’t be doing that any time soon. It might be a handy option when we eventually move into spring, when it can be cold in the mornings and then warm up in the afternoons.

New Look Black Crepe Ruffle Sleeve Top

The top is from New Look. It’s not just your normal run of the mill t-shirt. Its crepe material and has a bit of a ruffle to the sleeves and a button at the back of the neck that all make it that little bit dressier.

The black skinny jeans are old and they are from Dorothy Perkins. They are the super soft skinnies so they are really comfortable.

Marco Tozzi Knee High Boots

The boots are new. They are from the brand Marco Tozzi and I got them from purpletag.ie. The wedge makes these really comfortable and they are fleece lined so they are really warm. I love the almost knee high length of these. I also really like all the little details, like the slouching effect, the zips and the straps.

iclothing Statement Necklace

The necklace is also from iclothing.ie. I think it adds a nice pop of colour to an otherwise black and grey outfit. I saw a similar necklace in Zara a while back and I was sorry I didn’t get it so when I saw this one on iclothing.ie I wasn’t leaving it behind this time.

How are you keeping cosy this week?

FRIDAY STYLE: CHRISTMAS PARTY INSPIRATION

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I think most of us are guilty of the same thing, playing it safe and wearing a little black dress to the Christmas party. In fairness some of us find an LBD with a bit of sparkle but essentially it’s still a black dress. Look, the black dress is a handy, fail safe option and every woman should have one that they feel comfortable in, in their wardrobe. However, I find black can be a bit harsh for my colouring so I very rarely wear black from head to toe. Hopefully today I can give you a bit of inspiration for mixing it up a bit this year. I usually try to have a bit of colour on the top, especially around the neckline and close to my face. The easiest option is a skirt and top combo. Then you can wear the top over and over with different skirts or trousers and wear the skirt with different tops. Separates give you loads more options so you get more wear out of them. How many dresses have you in your wardrobe that you won’t wear again because you think everyone will recognise that you have worn it a few times before.

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I picked this Villa top up in Carraig Donn recently. I love the sparkle detail at the shoulders and down the sides. The print is a soft and pretty pale pink, black and grey water colour style. This is perfect to add a bit of colour on top and you can still wear good old slimming black on your bottom half. Spoiler Alert! I also plan on wearing this top with my burgundy faux leather pencil skirt from River Island.

Awear Black Lace Skirt

I know it’s all about the pencil skirt at the moment but I think the Christmas season requires lace for a night out. Nothing says Christmas like sparkles and lace so I’ve found a way to combine them both. I did a little sigh when I pulled this skirt out and realised it’s from Awear, oh how I miss Awear. There are similar skirts available in lots of other high street retailers, I’m pretty sure I saw something much the same on iclothing.com.

Statement Necklace

The necklace fills the gap where cleavage should be nicely. I picked this one up on holiday in Portugal but statement necklaces of every shape, size and colour are everywhere.

Menbur Black Shoes

These shoes are from Menbur. They have a bit of sequins and sparkle but I think I need a pair of glitter shoes. You know the ones that look like they have been dunked into a bucket of glitter.

What do you plan on wearing to the Christmas party, an LBD or will you be going for a bit of colour?

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: 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: 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?