Monday, 30 December 2013

Cosy in Neutrals

I really wanted to be cosy the day I wore this outfit so flats,a knit and a very warm coat were the ideal choice. You may recognise the coat from this post. I got the jumper just recently. I wanted a jumper that was fun, that screamed winter and yet wasn't a Christmas jumper and when I saw this one, I went straight for it. The polo bear on it actually reminds me of the Coca Cola Christmas advertisement. Do you know the one I'm thinking of? Speaking of Christmas advertisements, have you seen the one for John Lewis one this year? y heart just melted when I saw it. If you haven't seen it, I advise you to check it out. 

Jumper; Next, jeans; H&M, boots and gloves; M&S, coat; Dunnes Stores, 
bag; Warehouse, Beanie and necklace; TopShop, faux fur scarf; Accessorize.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Finished with a Bow

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. Hard to believe we are nearly into a new year. Quickest year ever. I recently had the opportunity to wear  a dress that has been sitting in the back of my wardrobe. You may remember it from this post. It's very dressy, a little too dressy for an average weekend so when I was invited to a winter wedding I thought it was the ideal opportunity. I think my favourite feature is the giant bow at the back. It just makes it extra girly and gives it that finishing touch. Unfortunately, disaster struck for me that day. After carefully styling my hair, I had the short journey of walking to and from my car in the stormiest of weather which left my hair looking neither straight or with wavey curls but what could only be described as utterly wind swept. Upon reaching the venue   and booking into our room, I had a whole 5 minutes to fix my hair. The man friends hair remained the same as before he left home. I guess that's all part of the joys of being a girl. Also, I went a little darker with my hair recently. At first, it was a bit of a shock as I'm not particularly adventurous with my hair but I've gotten used to it. It's probably the closest I could get to my natural colour. 

Dress; Karen Millen, Shoes; Bertie, 
Bag; Warehouse, Necklace; Accessorize

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Brown Thomas Christmas Windows 2013: The Red Carpet

Almost forgot to show you the Brown Thomas festive window displays this year. I really wish I could get in behind the glass to take the picture but from outside had to do. The detail that go into these is impressive and if I'm honest, the photos don't do it justice. You can see some of their previous festive displays here and here. If you are ever in Dublin in Ireland around Christmas time, I suggest a walk by the windows of Brown Thomas on Grafton Street. Enjoy!

Also, I didn't have access to the internet yesterday but wanted to wish you a very...

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Silky Printed Knits

Have you seen many printed knits around lately? I've only seen the odd one here or there but they really caught my eye. I actually saw this one with a silky winter floral front online, admired it from afar for a week or two. I purposely avoiding the shop as I knew I'd buy it and had wanted to get all my Christmas shopping done first, plus I was saving up to buy a SLR camera for myself. However, as soon as my shopping for friends and family was done, I caved and made a bee-line for Warehouse on my lunch break only to be told it was sold out. My heart sunk thus confirming I had to have it. Luckily, I was able to order it online that night and had it delivered within a few days with the added bonus of a 20% off offer available that day. I think printed knits are a great way to spice up a winter jumper - along with sequined jumpers (which I'm on the look out for).
Also I mentioned I was saving up to buy a SLR camera. I had thought long and hard about getting one as I know they are a little expensive but I decided it was worth the investment. I'm going to be doing a Digital SLR training course after the Christmas (way to busy before then) to help me get the hang of using it so I'm hoping over time, my pictures will get a little better. I've only had it a week but I'm loving it. These pictures were taking with it. I'm wearing boots I got in Aldo a few weeks back. I saw them full price and thought they were gorgeous but only made the purchase when I saw them on sale. I love when that happens. You may have seen me were this bag here. So what do you think? Are you liking printed knits?
Top; Warehouse, Jeans; Miss Selfridge
Boots; Aldo, Bag; River Island (old)

 Only 2 weeks until Christmas!!  Hope you're as excited as I am!!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Double Shift

This skirt has been working overtime lately doing a double shift. I first wore it to the 7 star hotel in Dubai here and then it I wore it to another event 2 weeks ago. To create a different look this time, I swapped the red out for a black top. Which do you prefer?
Also, I'd like to apologise for the blurry photo. I used the camera on my iphone and it didn't come out great as it's blurry on the face and the post is all about the outfit so I figured I'd show it to you anyways. Speaking of camera's, I'm thinking of investing in a good one. I'm thinking of the Canon EOS 100D. Do you have it and if so would you recommend it or any other? 
Top; New Look (old), Skirt; Zara, Shoes; Aldo, Bag; Warehouse

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Beanie's Time to Shine

Finally, the beanie is getting it's time in the lime light. So simple, so cheap and just the accessory to be on trend this season. I don't know why, it's not like I need one, but every winter I tend to buy a new beanie. I seem to be accumulating quite the collection. This little one in the pictures below I fell for not only for the colour but for the giant bobble on top. Seriously, it's bigger than usual so hard not to notice. It made me feel like a kid when I first tried it on as I had the funniest urge to move my head to make the bobble shake. We all need to keep a little of the kid inside of us alive right!?

On another note, the cold has really kicked in the last week so it was time to bundle up. With camel and grey everywhere this season, I really wanted to get a warm polo neck in either colour. Found this one I'm wearing in h&m last week. They have it in several colours. It's so snug and the neck falls nicely. As I added it to my wardrobe, I realised I only had one other polo neck in my wardrobe. I think I need to stock up.

Jeans; Miss Selfridge, Boots & Beanie; both M&S (AU13), 
Polo neck; H&M (AU13), Bag; Michael Kors

Steph xx

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Purple & Red

Nothing more relaxing on a Saturday afternoon than catching up with a friends while strolling, window shopping, drinking tea and eating warm blackberry and apple pie in one of your favourite cosy cafes. Yesterday, I had a great day doing exactly that. One of the things we talked about was our recent trips and so today, I wanted to show you my outfit I wore to the 7 star hotel for afternoon tea in Dubai. The service was impeccable as you can imagine and the food was beyond delicious. If your in Dubai, it's a must visit. I'm loving the red & purple combinations that are springing up this Autumn. Brown Thomas' window on Grafton Street has a beautiful display. It was hard to get a picture yesterday with so many people walking by but the colour combination was essentially that in my outfit in this post. The skirt is a statement in itself so I could have played it safe and toned it down with a black or white top but I felt like playing it up instead & paired it with a red top. I loved this outfit. Mostly I like changing things up but have you ever loved an outfit so much that you want to wear it the exact same way as before? I'm tempted with this one.
Hope you're having a lovely weekend too.
Steph xx

Skirt; Zara, Top; Forever 21, Shoes; Aldo, Clutch; H&M

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Welcome to my wardrobe

This hot pink Kate Spade bag was love at first sight.  I was looking for a bright coloured bag. In the past I have had a tendency to go for bags that will go with plenty of outfits and be very versatile. This is mainly down to me not changing my bag everyday. Not that I don't want to, I just simply don't have the time. Does anyone else feel that way? However, recently I felt that I needed to spice up my bag collection with some colours. I know this bag is matching this dress but I have worn it with a few different outfits and it seems to go great with alot. Sometimes a pop of random colour really lifts an outfit. For this bags debut on holiday in Dubai, I paired it with this dress I had been eyeing up for a while but only purchased it as soon as it went on sale. I just loved the tribal print.You know you have a bargain when you were eyeing it before the sale price! More outfit posts and updates from my travels in Duabi to come shortly.
Happy 1st of October everyone.x

Bag; Kate Spade, dress; Warehouse, sandals; next.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe

Just wanted to share some of these great finds with you. Can't get the shoes in particular out of my head. I saw them in the shop & the picture doesn't do them justice. I'm thinking I should treat myself to one of these but I can't be greedy so which one to pick!? I can't decide.....eeny, meeny, miny, moe?

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Hello Autumn

Autumn has finally arrived and the colder weather has crept us on us too. Not that I mind, I finally got to whip out my new winter boots I picked up over a month ago and get a little wear out of this warmer jacket I got back in July. I'm all for the preparation plus I got a little excited when all the new trends started hitting the shops. I know I'll wear them to death. First wore my boots with my warmer jacket below creating a very casual look. You can find these boots on the M&S website here and my jacket is now on sale (much to my disappointment since I bought full price) from Miss Selfridge. The jacket is big fitting so I got a size smaller than usual.
Long Biker Jacket; Miss Selfridge, Skirt; Forever 21, Boots; M&S.

Thanks for reading.x

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Floating away in a Red Dress

I forgot to show you guys this dress and just came across it in my drafts. I have it a while now & absolutely love it because of the colour and print. Plus, it's floaty shape makes it so easy to wear.
Funnily enough, it reminds me of a dress I loved as a child as seen here in this picture of me and my big brother. I guess reinforces makes the argument that trends really do come around again....not that I mind. Is there any trends you would be happy to see come back?
Thanks for reading.x

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

High Waisted Shorts

I wore this outfit for an evening stroll in Barcelona. I was packing light for our few days away so I brought shoes, bags and a blazer that were versatile. I'm gradually getting better at packing light - the key word being 'gradually'. Love these shorts I picked up in Zara, my only regret is not getting them in another colour also.
On another note, I like the look of a few simple rings but when I got some costumes ones, they went off colour so quickly. I either have a tendancy to wash my hands with the ring on and it goes off colour or I take it off & leave it on the sink & loose it. Am I the only one with this problem? For this reason, I had been looking for a simple reasonably priced ring ring for a while.  Finally I saw what I wanted and  treated myself to this ring on my trip, a simple band from Swarovski. 

Shorts & Blazer; Zara, Top; Oasis, Bag; M&S

Hope you have a lovely week!

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Secret Crop Top

We all know how cropped tops crept back into fashion. Even still, I was hesitant at first. When I saw cropped top on the runway and on the high street, although they were often paired with high waisted skirts or trousers, i kept thinking I don't want to flash my belly. When I think of me flashing my midriff, I either think of the beach or when I was a teeny bopper. However, when I saw this striped top in Primark for the bargain price of 5 euro, I thought what have I got to loose. I instantly knew I'd first pair it with this skirt. Firstly I found I wasn't actually flashing the midriff unless I put my hands high in the air and if that happens, it's thankfully the flattering part of your midriff that is exposed. Secondly and probably that best thing about cropped tops and high waisted skirts is that you loose the excess bulk of having a the bottom half of the top under a skirt and avoid having a visible line where the end of your top sits. I know not all trends suit everyone but maybe we should give them a try (even if it's only in the dressing room of a store) before we make up our minds. All in all, I think it works great and by this picture you wouldn't even know it's cropped, it's like my little secret. What do you think? 

Cropped Top; Primark (now sold online at ASOS), Pleated skirt; Riverisland
Bag; M&S, Shoes; Office

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Tailored on Top

Just a quick hello and hope you're week is off to a good start. The sun was shining here last weekend so I took advantage and got out in the fresh air out at Dollymount Strand where there was a kite surfing festival on. I'll keep this post short and sweet today with my look for dinner with friends Saturday evening. I went for a clean and crisp summer look with a mint green top with collar detail, a simple white blazer and a pair of leather look black jeans to keep it casual. I'm also getting plenty of use out of my new bag as you can see.
Blazer & top; Zara, Leather look jeans; Topshop, Bag & wedges; M&S

Thanks for reading.x

Monday, 20 May 2013

Beauty of Birds

Heading out to catch up with some friends. Going for dressy casual with these printed jeans that have beautiful birds dotted throughout and a simple black blazer. There's a little faux coral leather detail on one shoulder of this coral top. Love the cut on these stilettos. Something very french about them. Finished off the outfit with my new bag. After my Amsterdam trip, I realised I needed a little bag that looks great for both day and night, and went with pretty much everything. I know I was asking for alot in a bag but I'm glad I was picky when searching for one because I found exactly what I was looking for. Tan is the perfect colour as it goes with everything. Sometimes, it really is better holding out to get exactly what you're looking for.
 Blazer; H&M (SS13), Top (SS12) & Jeans (SS13); Zara, Bag; M&S (SS13), Shoes; Aldo