Saturday, January 24, 2015

Winter Shorts

Blazer-Catch Clothing
Blanket Scarf-Primark
Boots-River Island

Here's another little gem I picked up at the Folkster Kilo sale last year. I got 4 pairs of shorts, 1 skirt, 1 jumper, 1 jacket and 2 scarfs for €38. It has to be one of the best shopping bargains I have ever gotten! If you get a chance to go to one of their kilo sales then don't skip it. The heavy cozy material of these shorts stood out to me from the rails and rails of clothing. I love a pair of shorts in the colder months with heavy black tights and these were the perfect pair. If you want to keep wearing shorts no matter what the weather, invest in Primark's super cozy fleece lined tights, they are incredible, so warm and soft. Best of all, you won't end up with annoying ladders in your tights so you'll get loads of wear out of them. What's a winter outfit without a blanket scarf to wrap up against the chill with? Blanket scarfs were everywhere this autumn/winter and I for one can't get enough of them. Although it seems to be lost on a few people who are convinced I've just taken my picnic blanket out for the day.

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Pizza & Photography in Dublin

Pacino's Restaurant, Bar & Venue
18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2

Cycling the MGWR, from Past to Present
The National Photographic Archive
 Meeting House Square, Temple Bar

Irish Film Institute
Temple Bar, 6 Eustace St, Dublin 

During the week, we ventured into Dublin for a little art and some delicious food. I mentally had to drag myself away from my cosy bed and slippers and out into the freezing weather, but it was worth it. We started the evening with an early dinner at Pacino's on Suffolk street. First up was a well earned drink after a long day at work, a Bellini for me and a red wine for him. We've been going out for dinner in Pacino's for years, the food is delicious and the location is perfect for spending the day exploring Dublin. I had a Parma pizza with a thin crispy base topped with rocket and he had a huge steak with a helping of veggies. With our tummy's full we headed out into the crisp evening towards Temple bar. Our next stop was the National Photographic Archive for the current exhibition Cycling the MGWR from Past to Present. It is a multimedia exhibition by the artist Pamela De Bri. Her work is centered around the former Midland and Great Western Railway route which she cycled and photographed. The exhibition is a fascinating look at how the stations had changed since they were photographed between 1937 and 1977. She not only photographed those stations but also captured stories and local history from the locals themselves. The exhibition was buzzing with people admiring her work and nibbling on canapes. Just before returning home we nipped into the Irish Film Institute for some tea and cake and then it was off to bed with the wind howling outside. 

Where are your favorite spots in Dublin?

Monday, January 12, 2015

January Sales Finds

I do love a good sale but I'm not the kind of person who will queue up at the crack of dawn for a sale, I'd rather drop in for a browse when the craziness has died down. Despite my lack of dedication to the January sales, I still managed to pick of a few nice bits. I call it January sale finds but I actually got most of this stuff in the post Christmas sales in December. First up is the ridiculous bargain that is this Benefit Sexy & Scrumptious set from Boots for just €14.33. The set includes CORAlista, high beam, posie tint and they're real! minis, a mini lipgloss and an eyeshadow palette. The eyeshadows include peachy sheen, terracotta satin, steamy copper, deep bronze and passion pearl. The packaging is just adorable and I can't believe the price I napped it for. Next up is another jacket from Zara, I never tire of Zara's outwear selection. This blazer was €60 down from €90, not exactly cheap as chips but the fit and quality are perfect, I love the pretty gold buttons on the sleeves. €60 might not seem like a bargain but it's a piece that I will wear alot for both work and going out. Lastly a bit of a different choice for Janaury sale finds is a chocolate haul. I went to Kildare Village to have a nose around but nothing in particular caught my eye until I came across the Lily O'Briens shop. A chocolate outlet store is my idea of heaven! I picked up this selection of delicious sweets to eat on New Year's Eve for €12 (It was mix and match 4 for €12). The crispy hearts are AMAZING.

Anyone find any gems in the sales?


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Camouflage and leather

Leggings-River Island

I'm currently writing this post cuddled up in bed with the wind howling outside, while treating myself to a box of Lindt truffles, not a bad evening at all. I got this camouflage jacket as part of an amazingly cheap haul at the Folkster kilo sale back in November, I got a whole pile of gems for just €38. I paired it with my much worn leather look leggings from River Island and my new favorite boots, finished off with a slightly more girly edge thanks to this beautiful Zara necklace. My first week back at work after Christmas is drawing to a close, the decorations are down, and the focus is all on New Years Resolutions. I haven't made any resolutions really, instead inspired by a book I bought ages ago, I'm trying to do one good deed a day for the year. The book includes a mix of good deeds for family, friends, charities and also treating yourself a little two. You can follow my good deeds on twitter, maybe you'll want to give it a try too.  

How is sticking with the New Years Resolutions going?


Sunday, January 4, 2015

December Favorites

My favorite items in December were a mix of fashion, beauty, chocolate and entertainment items. Some of these lovely things I received as Christmas pressies, some I treated myself too. Naturally as December is the month of Christmas celebrations and holidays, alot of my favorites this month are part of my ultimate relaxation kit; cozy slippers, a great book and the perfect hot chocolate. I love luxury and treating myself (who doesn't) but I also love a bargain, hence my fondness for TKMaxx and Kildare Village, both great destinations for buying brands for less. My newest TKMaxx find are these Emu Australia Talinga slippers in Chestnut which were €39.99 (RRP €92), they're 100% sheepskin and are literally the most comfy things I have ever put on my feet. For further pampering I got myself some fancy hot chocolate as I spend all winter drinking it covered in cream and mini marshmallows. This Prestat Maharjah's Chai Hot Chocolate Flakes was €6.99 from TKMaxx, you can currently get a three pack of different flavors here for £10. Now with fluffy slippers on my feet and a hot chocolate in my hand, it's time to curl up with a good read. My boyfriend bought me How to Be Parisian Wherever You  Are  for Christmas, it's witty and tongue in cheek, the perfect pamper evening read. After all the reading business, I'll throw on some headphones and listen to Taylor Swift or George Ezra with these cute spiky headphones I got in Tiger for just €8. I love Tiger for picking up cheap and cheerful bits for my home and it's amazing for little presents too. As December is the month for all things sequined, glittery and gold, my Lulu Guinness lip clutch was my favorite accessory of the month. I got this beauty for €180 at the Kildare Village Designer Outlet back in August, but they still have a great selection of lip clutches at the moment.  Lastly my beauty favorite of the month was the Full Exposure Palette from Smashbox, that you can pick up in Boots here for €44. My sister got me this palette as I was obsessed with hers. It's got 14 colors, 7 matte and 7 shimmer, all pigmented and so pretty, it also comes with a mascara and a guide for using the palette. It has me finally experimenting more with eyeshadow, I'm often a fan of just some smudged eyeliner and go, but not any more!

What were your December favorites?

Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 in Outfits

As 2014 has come to a close and 2015 has officially began, I thought I'd do a little compilation of the outfits I wore last year. These kind of posts are fun for seeing how your style has changed throughout the year and the new pieces or old favorites you got alot of wear out off. Not to mention it's helpful for a dose of outfit inspiration for the next years looks. I don't get the chance to do loads of Outfit posts due to my full time job and not always having someone to help out with the pics but with a new tripod and camera by my side that's all about to change this year. Looking back 2014 was the year I learnt to like wearing glasses after getting new frames, the year I loved blanket scarfs, Zara jackets and River Island ankle boots, the year I rewore my patterned two piece to death and I splurged on a Lulu Guiness clutch. The patterned purple co-ord in particular thought me a shopping lesson; I've bought many 'staple' buys that are by the book versatile but rarely get worn, while I bought this multicolored two piece unsure of when I would ever wear it and ultimately wore it countless times. Don't buy clothes that you 'should' like that are 'sensible' if you don't love them, have fun with fashion, if that crazy piece in the shop catches your eye, who's to say that won't be your go to piece over a black polo neck. Wear the bold choice every single day if you like, it's your life!

Happy New Year
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