Friday, 1 July 2016

Summer Is Coming
Game of Thrones pun aside, with the change of season, I have added a few new pieces to my wardrobe of late (cheap and cheerful as per!) and I just wanted to share and maybe give you some inspiration to spruce up your threads for the sunnier months. It's amazing sometimes how a few new additions can make all the difference and help to create a host of different combinations with existing items in your wardrobe. On my summer wish list were 1) A light knit, 2) A Bardot top, 3) A pair of brogues and 4) A summer dress, all of which came in handy during my glamorous staycation in Courtmac last week!
I picked up this crotchet style cream knit in the Topshop sale lately and find it perfect for layering. It's lightweight enough for Summer, yet still substantial enough to keep you warm in the chilly evenings. A baggy fit and a slouchy neckline makes it all the more comfy too. I styled it with a pair of ripped jeans from Only (softest things ever, by the way!) and my faithful Stan Smiths.


Next up is a really pretty Bardot top I picked up in Zara recently. This has been a great little transitional piece for me as it looks great with flats and a simple pair of jeans, or dressed up with a pair of heels and a chocker. The pale blue shade looks really crisp and summery and even better with a bit of a faux glow ;) My exact one seems to be out of stock on the Zara website, but I have linked similar here. Plenty of stores doing lovely versions of a classic piece.

Finally is a dress I picked up from Penneys. It's a really pretty dusty pink shade with lace cut outs and a frill overlay at the bust (very Downton Abbey-esque!) The dress comes with a slip and flows really nicely, well worth the €17 I paid! I paired it with a gorgeous pair of brogues I picked up in Clarkes recently. The Mahon shop had only one pair of 4.5's left, so really it was fate! They make me feel like I should either be the most stylish granny on the block or like I should be in Made in Chelsea....let's hope for the latter!


That's all folks! Hope everyone is having a lovely summer and, as always, thanks for the read.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Bums N' Roses
Following on from my last post all about denim, I've raised the bar a little this week with a slight twist on a classic pair of blue denims. There is nothing better sometimes than simplicity and a white tee paired with some skinny jeans is a winner on everyone. If you're thinking that this age old combo needs a bit of a style overall however, look no further than embroidered jeans. I recently spotted a pair on Zara's website and fell in love. From the front, they just look like your standard pair of light wash denims, but the back is where the magic happens! Not only do they have an embroidered rose patch on the back pocket (which I am completely diggin'), but on the ankles they have the embroidered slogan 'love always', a really playful little detail. What I love most about these jeans is that whilst they are really unique, they are not too much of a  statement as to make them unwearable. The Devil is in the detail with these bad boys ;)

 White V-Neck Tee- H&M / Jeans - Zara / Ring - The Great Frog 
To dress it up a little, I think the denims look lovely with a pair of heels and this Missguided faux suede jacket. I've had this little biker jacket for a few months now and I've gotten so much wear out of it as it is so versatile and the colour ties in beautifully with the stitching on denims. It is available in a multitude of shades as well as in tall or petite, if you're a shorty like moi ;)
So from me and my swan friend, bye for now :) Bottom line, you won't have a bum deal with these jeans! (Sorry, had to be done...)
Thanks for the cheese ;)
                                    Amy. x

Friday, 19 February 2016

Three Ways to Wear Denim
For most people denim forms a core part of our wardrobes. When a sartorial crisis strikes, it serves as the perfect solution- namely, "Jeans and a nice top"! Whilst I love the laid back simplicity of the classic pair of well fitting jeans and a white t-shirt, denim has the capacity to greatly exceed this primitive form. It can be dressed up in a way that might not be expected whilst retaining the comfort factor we all know and love it for.
Starting off with the basics, here is a classic way to wear denim. Although the struggle can be REAL in finding the perfect pair of jeans to suit your body, it's a glorious moment when you find a good match. For me, I really like Gap or Fat Face as the quality and fit of the denim is superb. Above, I'm wearing a pair of Gap light-washed distressed jeans from a good few years back with a hybrid Topshop jumper.  I purchased the jumper before Christmas and have gotten so much wear out of it since (see link above). It's super soft and looks well with both jeans and skirts.
In keeping with the laid back vibe of this outfit, I teamed it with my Stan (THE MAN!) Smiths. These shoes have been one of the best purchases I have ever made, hence the shouty capitals ;) Running around college, or at the weekend these shoes are perfect in terms of just how comfy they are. I bought them in Office before Christmas and have been hard pressed to part from them since.  

Another classic way to wear denim is in the form of dungarees. When it comes to this trend I must admit I am somewhat of a hypocrite. Having berated my mother for years and years about how overalls should be worn by mechanics and left in the garage, I have come over to the dark side of late and grown to adore them. It's a cliché but it was never so true, mothers are always right! The pair I'm wearing above (in my awkward "quick get the photo so we can go for cake!" poses) are a cheap and cheerful Penneys number. I teamed it with a Timberland wool scarf and a grey denim jacket with jersey sleeves, that may or may not be from the men's section of New Look, which I may or may not have purchased the same one as a male friend..........................

Just as easily as dungarees can look laid back and casual, they can equally be styled to look a bit more sophisticated. By simply changing my shoes and accessories, I went from 9-5 mechanic to oh you think you fancy?! in 3.5 ;)
The sunnies I'm wearing are just €4 from Penneys and such a good dupe for those glorious Dior ones! I also think pairing a white or cream blouse underneath would give a very Alexa Chung effect and let's be honest, who wouldn't want that? ;)
My vaguely Ron Burgundy-esque boots with red marbled heel are from Topshop (bought with a voucher which made them even more sweet!) I like that they come up a little higher than traditional ankle boots and the unusual design of the heel caught my magpie attention. Be warned though, these babies are not an all day shoe, best for a few hours tops or risk becoming cranky because your feet hurt!
Finally, pinafores have become a wardrobe staple for me in recent times. They're just so easy to throw on and look super cute; toddler chic one might say ;)
The one I have on here is an old Littlewoods one, but New Look have a very similar one here. With just a simple jumper underneath, it's cosy but looks a bit dressed up too. (Also, shout out to my Zara Kids coats which I've had since I was twelve and seems to be growing with me!)
My Timberland boots give a well needed height boost, but most importantly they are extremely comfortable to wear all day, either in college or for a full shift at work.

Accessories wise I kept it quite minimalistic with this look, simply wearing a dainty necklace, my silver watch and a Newbridge Silverware beaded bracelet- a recent 21st birthday present which I adore :)
That's all for now, I hope you have enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading. A massive thank you to my little stars Emily and Dearbhail for taking the pictures!
Love always,
 Amy. x

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Current Beauty Favourites


Well well well, haven't I been an inconsistent blogger lately! Apologies for my extended hiatus but with college, work, Christmas and everything else in between on the go, I found myself with little to no time to devout to my blog :( Today I'm back with a little spiel about some current favourite makeup gems. The past few months I've discovered some great products I'd like to share with you all. Perhaps this post will give you a little inspiration for a fresh New Years Eve look, or simply to add a few new bits to your makeup collection. Bonus points: most are cheap and cheerful! Without further ado, here are my recent finds. Hope you enjoy :) 

First up is a beautiful new addition to my perfume collection, 034 "Oliva" from the perfume bar, Ydentik, situated at 35 Princes Street Cork. I've spoken of my love for this perfume bar before and "Olivia" is another scent that does not fail to impress. Although I will always remain staunchly loyal to my beloved 212 "Fierceness" (an almost exact replica of Abercrombie & Fitch's,"Fierce"), I have been reaching for "Olivia" very frequently over the past few months. To me, it is vaguely reminiscent of Jo Malone's, "Wood, Sage and Sea Salt" in that it has very fresh top notes but has a certain spicey/woody undertone which gives a slight masculine feel, something I adore in a perfume. I have the 35ml bottle, which is the perfect handbag size and affordable at €14.99. If you bring the bottle back, refills are two euro less, an added bonus :) The staff at Ydentik couldn't be more helpful and can even combine scents to help create your perfect perfume.

 Over to a few base favourites now and first up is Garnier's "Moisture Match Illuminating Light Lotion". I loved this moisturiser from first application. It's non-greasy, fast absorbing and with a subtle but beautiful fresh citrus scent. Enriched with SPF 20, Vitamin E and light reflecting pigments, this product claims to make the skin look more radiant and I really feel it does. I usually apply this twice a day, just before bed and again when I wake up. It's light enough to apply under make up and really enhances whatever foundation you use over it. At around eight euro it won't break the bank either!

Over this moisturiser, I have been applying the Bourjois "Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix" foundation in No. 52, "Vanille", which I think may be my favourite foundation of ALL time (bold statement, I know!) It just gives a beautiful, natural look and gorgeous glow whilst providing a flawless medium coverage. It makes you look like you lead a life of eight or more hours sleep every night without fail, practise yoga every morning and live on a diet of kale, quinoa and goji berries, whilst concealing the truth: excessive caffeine consumption, the fact that one too many celebration tins disappeared over Christmas and a sleep deprived reality! As good as this foundation is, I don't agree that it lasts the 16hrs  it claims and if you have oily skin, I don't think it would be a good match as it does come up very dewy. All in all a winner though!

 For an under eye concealer, I've been loving the Maybelline "Eraser Eyes" in the shade "light". This concealer claims to be anti-aging and certainly does deliver great coverage. Unlike my diet, it actually does contains goji berries!

 Coffee and copper have been a recurring theme in my makeup for the past few months and the products above are the main players! Coffee coloured lips seem to be ubiquitous at the moment and Rimmel's "Coffee Shimmer", combined with their "Cappuccino" liner achieve the look perfectly. The latter is a great dupe for Mac's "Styled In Sepia", but for a fraction of the cost! Jumping on the copper bandwagon, Mac's pigment in the colour "Copper Sparkle" certainly unleashes my inner magpie! It can be applied all over the lid, or simply in the centre of the eye and would, in my opinion create the perfect New Years Eve makeup look! For obvious reasons, it's best to do your eyes before your base when working with this product! It does get a tad messy! Tie the coffee/copper theme together by using some of Revlon's Highlighting Palette in the shade 030 "Bronze Glow", which is a great dupe for Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Bricks.

Another makeup look I've been sporting recently has been Mac's "Heroine" lipstick, a little bit of eyeliner and lashings of mascara! "Heroine" is a bright purple lipstick (as you can see!) and a matte formula, my personal favourite especially if it's a bold colour. It's not actually as scary as it seems in the bullet and looks beautiful on. I've been really liking it lately, especially when I wear it with a light grey turtle neck. What I love about "Heroine" is that it's really versatile; it looks great in winter, but equally I think it would be lovely in summer with a tan and just a white tee shirt.
Being somewhat of an eyeliner newb, I've found that Soap & Glory's "Supercat" eyeliner helps me achieve a semi-presentable cat-eye flick. This cult product stays in place for the whole day and really is a true carbon black. It has a felt-tip style applicator which makes the whole affair a bit easier, although not "foolproof" if like me you're prone to having a bit of an unsteady hand!
For mascara, I've been using  L'Oreal "Miss Manga Punky". A word of warning with this one, it's a bit of a marmite product! The formula is very wet, which can get a tad messy if you don't leave it to dry for a minute or two. What I love about this mascara is the length it gives. It really gives a doll-eyed, wide awake sort of look. Especially when I use it in conjunction with the Maybelline "Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying" mascara it gives such a dramatic effect. I've gotten some lovely compliments lately about my lashes, and "Miss Manga Punky" is certainly the one to thank for that, not my genes!

That's about all for the moment, thank you so much for reading. I hope everybody had a lovely Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year to you all. Thank you to everyone who has supported my little blog since it started. I know I am only a small fish in a very big pond, but I appreciate the support so so much.

Lots of love,
Amy. x