Saturday, 27 August 2016

Weekend Shopping: A few key pieces to look out for....

It can be a little overwhelming putting together whole outfits for a brand new season, but by adding some basic key items now, you not only give your wardrobe a little lift, but it may also rework with several pieces you already own....getting extra mileage out of favourites is always a good thing:) 

It will be a coat on all the time soon situation, so a mac/trench is one of the best and most hardworking pieces you could own right now. If you are lucky there could be still some fab sale items lurking around, which would be perfect layered with tops and scarves for the cooler months ahead.

A funky sweatshirt is a great basic to own and this one from Next is just perfect for the new season. 

New shoes are always an instant mood booster, and these leather beauties look amazing from Topshop

Or if you are after a new bag for autumn, this khaki/grey leather crossbody from Warehouse might fit the bill:)

If all else fails a new scarf or piece of jewellery aways lifts the spirits!

Have a lovely weekend:)
Anne&Laura xx

Monday, 22 August 2016

Autumn decor changes....

Now that the days are shortening and darkness creeps in a bit earlier every evening, my thoughts are on  making things a little cosier for the winter nights ahead! Much as I love light bright airy rooms, I'm thinking of going a little darker in one or two corners this a/w. 

I picked up a Farrow and Ball shade card recently and absolutely love the moles breath shade. I'm thinking it would look fab as a feature wall in my dining area, and these are a few inspirational pins I love....

Hope you all have a good week ahead:)
Anne xx

Thursday, 11 August 2016

A few new wardrobe staples....

I love autumn and especially love to renew some basic staples at this time of year, even though it always requires a tight closet edit before I can see the gaps, and what I really need as opposed to buying on speck! I actually did a good clear out over the last few months (benefits of many a rainy afternoon), so I shouldn't have to spend as long organizing my space this time round!

Basic tops and shirts are always on my list so I discarded what was no longer needed and I have already replaced a few items with these pieces seen above ....

A white shirt is always a wardrobe winner and I love the tiny star embroidery on this one I purchased from Zara

I love denim especially something a little different, so I grabbed this Savida bow tie frill number in Dunnes as soon as I saw it! I know it is currently sold out online in every size bar a 16 so hopefully it will be restocked soon!

I can't resist a stripe and thought this lightweight knit from Zara also was good value for €15.95,perfect for now or layered under heavier knits later on.

After tops, my next purchases will be good fitting jeans-I have a dark skinny gap are and I also need a decent pair of black trousers. Loving some of the styles from Finery London lately. 

Finery London

They  deliver to Ireland and have a fabulous range of well cut clothing. It reminds me of Cos which I absolutely love!

I have an a/w skirt sorted, as I bought the Alexa Chung for M&S grey pleated one earlier in the year, which was heavier material than I thought at the time, so this will work well  with basic crew neck jumpers, sweatshirts and ankle boots. I am also loving this New Look satin dark khaki one which would be fabulous dressed up with heels and a leather jacket for evening wear

New Look @asos

I also have quite a few coats and finally filled my camel coat gap with a Selected Femme cocoon shape last year so I'm good to go on that front.

Oversized knits are my all time favourite as they double as a coat with added layers and scarves in winter:) My grey one from M&S was a fab buy last a/w, so I'm hoping to get a similar style in a different shade this season.

These are just a few ideas I have to start off a capsule wardrobe for the cooler months ahead. Looking at the rain outside, the knits might be appearing sooner rather than later!

Take Care:)
Anne xx

Monday, 8 August 2016

Shiny Moments

Hi everyone, hope your week is off to a good start. Now that we're back in the groove after our holiday fun, we're bringing back our weekly Shiny Moments!

Here are some highlights from the week gone by...

Glimpses of blue skies giving us hope that summer isn't over yet...

Drinking al fresco...whether it's tea or cocktails, we're happy with both!

Finding time for a spot of home baking....

Yummy Sunday brunch on the coolest plates at Foodgame!

Coming across the most gorgeous marble stationary and candles in Penneys. At only €2 a pop, I think I'll have to go back for even more of these gorgeous notebooks!

Have a lovely week and here's hoping for more blue skies and sunshine :)

Laura & Anne

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Holiday Outfit Diary

Hi all! As promised, I've finally pulled all of my holiday outfits together in one place. Thanks so much to those who followed along on Instagram and left such lovely comments :)

Packing for a two week holiday was something I hadn't done for years, so there was only one way to approach it - with a list of course! 

I started by picking out key pieces - white shorts, denim shorts, playsuits, jumpsuits and easy to wear dresses are all staples for me. I then mixed it up a bit with a few off the shoulder tops and some fun accessories to complete each look. One tip I swear by is to try everything on before you go and only bring pieces that you are truly comfortable in - nobody wants an 'I don't have anything to wear' crisis in the hotel room! Be selective and try to think by outfit, rather than throwing random pieces into the suitcase. I tried, where possible, to bring complementing colours that allowed me to mix and match my separates with ease.

Anyway enough with the talking and on to the outfits :)

I had these shorts from River Island last year and previously teamed them with a black cami. When I saw this top in New Look, I thought it would be perfect to pick out the powder blue tones. 

I was delighted to collaborate with while I was in Kos and loved wearing this blue playsuit. It was perfect for a Greek themed night and so comfy!

I packed lots of white as it's so easy to wear with a tan. The skort is a few years old from Zara, updated with a studded cami top from River Island.

Another night, another playsuit! This one is from Mango last year and I teamed it with my Pom Pom sandals from Penneys. I loved the pop of neon pink and orange and they were so fun to wear!

I fully embraced the off the shoulder trend over the two weeks - at this point I think I have a bardot top or dress in every colour of the rainbow! Top | Topshop Skirt | River Island Sandals

River Island Top | H&M Shorts | River Island Sandals

Zara Dress | River Island Sandals

Zara Dress

It wouldn't be holidays without a maxi dress or two. These are both old reliables but you're sure to find similar on the likes of ASOS or Missguided.

A|Wear Dress

Mango Dress

For my birthday night, I pulled a Penneys dress out of my wardrobe that I had bought years ago but never worn - tags on it and everything! Does anyone else do that?!

And for my fabulous friend Aoife's birthday night, we introduced a theme! Everyone bar the birthday girl wore white, while she wowed us all in blue :)

My dress is from Zara and the shoes are Kurt Geiger. I accessorised with my amazing marble sunnies from Primp & Style - my go to for gorgeous leather handbags and eye catching accessories :)

Wrapping the trip up, I wore this blush Playsuit for the trip home. It was as close as you'll get to pj's and perfect for travelling in :)

Shoes are always so hard to narrow down when it comes to holidays! I ended up living in two pairs of block heeled sandals that I picked up before going away - a silver pair from Penneys that went with absolutely everything and a fab tan colour from River Island which again, were so versatile.

For those who are still reading, thank you - this must have been my longest blog post to date! I've linked as much current season pieces as I could find but it's worth checking out what's left in the Zara and River Island sales for the pieces that have sold out online.

Hope you enjoyed and got some holiday inspiration :) 

Happy almost Friday!


Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Denim Shirt dress with white jeans....

Some mornings I have to wait for a forecast check before I decide what to wear, and it is mostly on those in between days I have a complete blank on what to choose! On one such day recently I was thumbing through my rail and picked out this M&S denim shirt dress I bought from last years A/W 15 collection! 

 It was actually a bit dreary and damp outside the same day, so I decided to see how it would look over my denim jeans, as I thought the old legs might get a bit chilly ha!! I actually liked it, so I thought I'd wear it again over all white, with tan accessories for another simple fresh look:)

It is great to find a piece that goes with so many other items in your wardrobe and you get that extra bit of value for the money. I have been looking for a khaki or stone colour shirt dress in the sales but haven't seen one I like yet.

Jeans|Noisy May
Sandals|Carvela @TKMaxx
Leather tan Bag|Liebeskind Berlin
Denim Shirt dress| M&S A/W15 similar here

Hope you all have a great month,I actually can't believe we are into August already! My ankle boots might be making a return soon, although next weekend is looking good on my phone so the summer gear might get another whirl!

Take Care:)
Anne xx