Today’s outfit is not an entirely new idea, I think I have done something more or less the same a while back but today’s post is not really about the outfit, it’s about the jeans. Let’s start with a quick rundown of the other items, before we get to the jeans, for anyone who might be interested.
The top is old and it’s from Vero Moda. Breton style tops always make a come-back for spring. I like that this one isn’t just a normal Breton; for starters it’s black and white instead of navy and the added strip of lace makes it a bit more interesting.
The biker jacket is also old and it’s from New Look. The Biker Jacket is another trend that pops up year after year, especially in the early spring.
The boots are a more recent purchase and they are also from New Look. Ankle boots are a great transition option; it’s getting milder so knee boots are a bit too heavy but it’s not quite warm enough to be out and about in ballet pumps just yet.
Now the jeans! Many of us spend a lot of time and money looking for the perfect fitting jeans. I like skinny jeans but I tend to have the same problem with most skinny jeans that I try. If they fit nicely across the arse and hips they tend to be too big on the waist, which means I need a belt or else run the risk of exposing a full cracking moon every time I sit down or bend over. Belts are great but if you are wearing a fitted top that you don’t want to tuck in then the belt buckle looks bulky underneath. I was looking for a high rise jean in the hope that they would sit better on the waist. High waisted jeans were not on my radar because I think I am too short and don’t want the Simon Cowell look. However, when I saw the Erin High Waist Sculpting Jegging on the River Island website, I decided to order them anyway. It was the word sculpting that sold me. I have to say, I love them. The waist is really high so I won’t be tucking anything in to them but the high waist means no muffin top pudges out when I sit down. Also I don’t have to hike them back up every time I get up because they don’t move or slid down. They really do sculpt, they are the Spanx of jeans (I know Spanx do jeans but they are over a €100 and these are €50 and you never want to admit to wearing Spanx). Last but not least they are really soft and stretchy (I love how tiny they look on the hanger); I could nearly wear these exercising. I can’t say enough good things about them; they need to come in more colours and denim washes.
What are your favourite jeans?
I was trying to be good this year and not spend too much in the sales. However I didn’t need to try too hard because I found the sales very disappointing. It appeared to me that most of the stock was from last summer. I’m not really ready for pastel coloured maxi dresses just yet, thanks. Many shops only had a rail or two of sale items. I was a bit tunnel visioned at first because I was on the hunt for a glamorous dress for New Year’s Eve, but when I couldn’t find one I opened the search up a bit and found a few nice items, however they are mostly tops.
First up are the two tops I picked up in a local boutique.
I’ve wanted a nice plain navy top for a while. I wear my plain navy t-shirt a lot because I like the way it looks with a statement necklace, blazer and skinny jeans but sometimes I think it would be better to have a navy top that is a little bit dressier. This Red Chilli one is a lovely crepe material with scallop hems, so it’s exactly what I wanted. It was reduced from €12 to €8 and I would have paid the €12 but I haven’t noticed it before.
This top is from the brand Marc Angelo and it is stunning. I love the colour and the jewelled neckline. This is what I actually ended up wearing on New Year’s Eve with a skirt. The day I bought it I was wearing black skinny jeans and it looked really good with them. It’s a lovely fit. I took the tag off this straight away but I think it was reduced to €25 from €35.
Now the High Street
I picked these two tops up in Vero Moda. They were reduced to €10 each from €21.95. They are the same style but different prints. These will look good for work, casual or even a night out.
The jumper and top are from Oasis. The jumper was reduced to €31 from €44. I think the price is still a bit high but I really love the colour and print. The berry pink top is plain in the front but has some lovely pleating and gathering on the back. I can’t wait to wear this with skinnies and a long dangly necklace. It was reduced to €20 from €35.
Last but not least we have my favourite. I’m not sure this counts because I bought it before Christmas but it was reduced in the House of Fraser brand event, it was £45 sterling down from £75. This biker jacket is from the brand Linea. I love this colour, which is why I bought it. I have been checking out brown biker style jackets for a while now but all the little details like the zips, buttons and seams made this one stand out for me. I ordered it online and when it arrived I couldn’t believe how soft the faux leather material feels. I love this jacket!
Did you get anything nice in the sales?
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?
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).
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.
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.
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?
Well how did we all survive the short week after the bank holiday? I really should apologise if you are looking for some Halloween inspiration; it’s just not really my thing. Every year the weeks in the run to Halloween and for another two weeks after are crazy busy for me both in work and in my personal life. I like all the costumes and I like being creative so maybe next year I will try and get my butt in gear early and do something really creative for Halloween. They are saying that tomorrow is the official start to winter but it’s still fairly mild (long may it last) so today’s post is about light layers.
I picked this jumper up in Penneys recently. I love knit wear with metallic thread through it; it really glams up the auld jumper. The navy and white Bretton style stripes are a classic so you can’t go wrong.
The lace peeking out underneath is from this long line Vero Moda vest top. I have a few of these long line vests, they come in loads of colours, with or without lace and you can get them with long sleeves as well. They come in handy when you want to add a little something to a plain top.
This berry tone blazer is perfect for the days when you don’t quite need the winter coat. It’s also from Penneys.
The jeans are super soft, navy skinny jeans from Dorothy Perkins. They are indeed soft and very comfortable.
This necklace is making a fair few appearances lately. I really like the combination of colours in it and think it works with most autumnal tones. It is from Parfois.
The shoes are from the Amy Huberman range for Bourbon. I like the look of navy and tan together and these ankle boots are perfect for this time of year.
So tell me are you dressing up for Halloween or being boring like me?
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.
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.
The top is from Vero Moda. You can also see it with blue in this post.
These are the black trousers with gold zips from Dorothy Perkins. I wear these lots.
I picked this necklace up while on holiday in Portugal, you can see the rest of the holiday haul here.
The shoes are from New Look.
Well we have reached another Friday after a short week. Sometimes the week after a bank holiday Monday feels so long, especially when it has been wet, cold and windy all week. To cheer things up a bit, todays outfit is one of my favourite colour combinations, teal and plum. As you may already know, I love all shades of green and my second favourite colour is purple. This outfit is smart casual and I would wear it if I was meeting up with some friends during the day, like for a coffee or some retail therapy.
This Vero Moda top is a recent purchase from an independent boutique. It was on a sale rail with a sign saying everything €10. The sales assistant reckoned that was a mistake and it was only new in but the manager said it was indeed €10 so I don’t know if I found a bargain or just got lucky. I love the colour and the print is really cute too. The loose shape that comes in at the waist is really comfortable to wear and it hides a multitude on those days when I am feeling a bit pudgy.
I picked this blazer up in Penneys a while ago. The relaxed shape means it works better with jeans and tops rather than a dress. The strong plum colour is great for colour blocking or contrasting with brighter colours. The jeans are my faithful old reliables from New Look.
The Love Moschino bag was a Christmas present from a few years ago. Who would have though a teal bag would be the perfect present for me? I love this bag!
The wedge heel nude courts are from Oasis. Shoes like these that you can wear with anything, while dressed up or casual, and that are comfortable to walk in are a must have for the summer.
I picked this statement necklace up while on holiday in Portugal.
Have you got any good bargains lately? What is your favourite colour combo?