Monday, 1 October 2018

Staple #2 - Boot Camp

Hello and happy October everyone!

Having covered black blazers last week, we're turning our thoughts to another key staple this week - the flat black boot. Those who follow me (@stylebylaura) on Instagram will have seen that I'm leaning towards biker style with a little bit of detail - be it buckles, pearls or studs. The good news is there's plenty to choose from this season - the hard bit is navigating the endless options and settling on just one pair! Over the weekend, I narrowed my top 3 down to the following from Topshop, Sofia Footwear and Dune and ran a little poll on Insta-Stories to get your feedback! Two and three definitely proved most popular - the Sofia boots were favoured for their timeless simplicity while the Dune ones combine elegance and edgy with ease. I'm still torn!! 

Topshop - €125
Sofia Footwear - €155

Dune - €190

 I think any of these boots would look great styled with leather trousers and black skinny jeans, making them an absolute wardrobe staple in my book :) What's more, there's lots of different options to suit all budgets this season - so even if you're not sure, you can still dip a toe in the trend without spending a fortune. The Boohoo ones below are only €34 and I've heard they're very comfy!

Here's some more inspiration...

Dune - €190

Carvela - €220

Boohoo - €34

Zara - €89.95

Nasty Gal - €41

H&M - €59

Office - €97

Happy Shopping!


Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Style Staples

With autumn fast approaching, I've taken advantage of the opportunity to do a big wardrobe clear out and assess my staples ahead of the new season. I've set myself a little challenge to create a capsule collection of key pieces that I can mix and match and style in numerous ways. It's all about quality over quantity and hopefully it'll help cut down on the clutter. If you saw the amount of stuff  I discarded over the past few weeks.....and yet most days I opened up my overflowing wardrobe and declared I had 'nothing to wear'. 

That all ends this Autumn Winter...I hope! 

My list of key pieces includes the following:

  • Black Blazer
  • Dark Denim Skinny Jeans and Black Skinny Jeans
  • Knitwear in neutral tones - black, cream, blush, beige
  • White shirt
  • Denim shirt 
  • Cami tops in neutral tones - black, white, cream, blush
  • Leather biker jacket
  • Warm coat - puffa style
  • Dressier coat in black or tan
  • Faux fur gilet or jacket 
  • Long sleeved dress
  • Leather skirt
  • Leather (or faux) Leggings
  • Flat boots
  • Heeled boots 
  • Court shoes
  • Fancy flat shoes
  • Runners

I have some of the above pieces already from previous seasons but having a list together in one place definitely helps focus the mind. I'll be filling in the gaps over the coming weeks and will share as I go, showing how I plan to style them up and create multiple different looks. I'm kick-starting the challenge with the black blazer! I posted the inspiration shots above on Instagram over the weekend and lots of followers responded with some gems they had spotted in the shops. I've narrowed my list down to these few below - I think it's clear that military buttons are definitely calling my name!

I hope you enjoyed this post! You can keep up with my challenge by following my hashtag on instagram (#stylebylaurastaples) and as always, questions and feedback are most welcome!

Enjoy the rest of your week,


Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Back To The Trench....

Hello everyone! Hope you are all enjoying September and had a fantastic summer! We were totally spoilt with the sunny warm weather this year, and hopefully it's a sign of good things to come for our future summers.

Now that we have officially moved into autumn, the usual seasonal transition to warmer clothes will be on everyone's piece I love and think comes into it's own at this time of year, is the simple beige trench. It always looks timeless and so elegant, no matter how simple the styling.

 Here are a few  inspirational photos to give some ideas for autumnal outfits....


A few links to my favourites online....

Enjoy the rest of the week!

Anne xx

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Summer vibes....

Hello! Hope everyone is having a fantastic summer so far, hard not too really when the sun is shining so much! We are so spoilt this year, definitely making up for the dreaded beast from the East that zoomed in on us so rudely during March!

 Anyhow i just wanted to share some of my favourite pics from the last few weeks as we are nearly hitting August already and it will be time for school again in a few weeks! I have one lady to get through leaving cert year and then I'm done with parent/teacher meetings for good!

These are just a mish mash of a few holiday photos, days at home and outfits I liked, so hope you enjoy....

The beautiful marina in Puerto Blanca Lanzarote where we holidayed in June.... a beautiful resort with an abundance of fabulous shops and restaurants.

I'm rather partial to a good cocktail every now and then and can't resist a cool Pina Colada....

I'm also loving my own garden space also this year and this corner is perfect for sipping my morning tea....

or enjoying a little tipple on a sunny evening after the bbq....

Dog walking with my beauties in a shady area on a gorgeous evening.....

Red and white stripes for a night out on hols.... I bought this top in Lanzarote and it is by Vila, one of my favourite brands I buy a lot of here at home.

Yellow has been another favourite colour of mine this summer....adds a little extra boost on a sunny day!

Sunset stroll after another beautiful day in Lanzarote ....

I hope you enjoyed this little update of my summer favourites and enjoy the next few doubt it will be back to our regular weather before we know it! 

Take Care,

Anne xx