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 weeks...no doubt it will be back to our regular weather before we know it! 

Take Care,

Anne xx

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Summer Basics...The Oversized white shirt

Now that we are getting a reasonable amount of sunshine we can assume our summer has arrived at last! As summer basics go, the big white shirt is an absolute essential in my book! It can be worn in a variety of different ways and even used as a beach cover up on the holliers!

 My own favourite look is with faded denim... jeans,skirt or casual shorts. 
The high street is always full of different styles, so you are sure to find something that suits your own personal style.

 Here are a few inspirational looks I love...




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These are a few I picked out online.....


Monki oversized shirt dress Asos.....This one would work as a cover up on holidays!


M&S pure linen €44


A beautiful linen shirt  from the Paul Costelloe living collection @Dunnes for €50


Cos always have great shirts,I have a plain longline one myself and it is fantastic both summer and for winter layering.


Zara have this fab embroidered jacquard tunic for €59.95 which I think would look amazing over cropped faded denim jeans! Add a straw bag and some funky footwear and jewellery and you have a simple but classy outfit.

Hope you all have a good weekend! The weather is looking good at the moment which is always a bonus,

Anne x





Thursday, 3 May 2018

What's Coachella really like?


If we were to believe Instagram, Coachella is all about posing at the iconic ferris wheel (yes, I'm guilty!), glam pool parties, pretty palm trees, colourful sunsets, celeb spotting...oh and the music, of course! But what it really like to experience three days in the desert? Well grab a cuppa guys and gals and read on for a full round up of this first timer's experience at Coachella.

Advance warning - this is going to be a long one so I'll split it up into a few sections!


THE JOURNEY

Coachella was one of those festivals that I followed online for years but never imagined actually being at myself. I had no idea what to expect, to be completely honest. You read reviews and watch videos but it's really hard to imagine what a festival in the desert will actually be like! This is coming from someone who isn't even a festival person...Oxegen scarred me for a life as a teenager I think and the whole outdoors vibe never really appealed again!! Outdoors in California and thirty degree plus heat however, I could get on board with :) We first started talking about this in March 2017, so it felt a bit surreal when we finally took the plunge and purchased the tickets last January.

Our journey to Coachella Valley began with a road trip from Vegas (the rest of the trip is a whole other post to follow) and it was like nothing I've experienced before. We (Aoife!) drove all the way through the Mojave Desert, ended up on Route 66 (so exciting!), passed through some tiny villages and quaint America towns, all while blasting J-Lo tunes and admiring the cacti and rock formations along the way*. It was a blast! (*refer to my Coachella insta story highlights for context on all of the above!)



As we took the scenic route with a few stops, the journey took around six and half hours but it was so worth it. I'd definitely recommend it over flying in. We arrived on the Thursday evening and checked in at the Hyatt Hotel in Palm Springs. Two rooms were perfect for our squad of seven and we had plenty of space to get ready each day. The hotel also had a gorgeous pool, which was ideal for relaxing by during the mornings before heading off to Coachella.


Palm Springs itself is beautiful - the main strip is lined with quirky bars and restaurants as well as some fab shops. There's a H&M there, which I was surprised to see. But good to know if you need to pick up any last minute bits! I also fell in love with a store called Francescas, mainly for their jewellery but they had stunning clothes, accessories and gifts too.



THE STYLE

The outfit planning started the second we secured our tickets and involved a few sleepless nights over the course of the countdown (ok, slight exaggeration...but it was serious business!) I was in my element eyeing up the style and I really enjoyed putting my own looks together too. I tried to go for a different vibe each day and I decided that headpieces would be the common thread across the weekend! As I mentioned in an earlier post, comfort was always going to be key for me and I'm glad I stuck to that!


On day one, I went with a sparkly boho look wearing a Nasty Gal glittery playsuit and a Nasty Gal gold headpiece. It gets cold when the sun goes down, so I was glad of my Penneys denim jacket too!


Day two was white and western with pops of pink. I absolutely loved my fringe jacket from Boohoo and I'm desperately trying to think of a way to work it back into my wardrobe at home! The top was also Boohoo and the shorts and headband Penneys. My starry sunnies are from Primp & Style.



On day three, the planning went out the window. In typical Laura fashion, I woke up and decided I wanted to wear something completely different than I had planned. I had spotted this polka dot two piece in Free People, so I hot footed it back down to the store (a few doors down from our hotel) and that was that! It went perfectly with my round leather bag from Primp & Style. I picked up the headband in Palm Springs to finish it off.



Clothes aside, what I really enjoyed about styling up my Coachella looks was the accessories and make-up. It's fun to play around with your style and push the boundaries a bit. More is more when it comes to accessorising at the festival and I definitely embraced that mantra!


I was also delighted to team up with Isadora on make-up for the festival weekend. They kindly sent me a fab kit to experiment with a few weeks before setting off  and I discovered some new favourites that I will most definitely be re-purchasing again and again! My top three are the Cover Up Foundation & Concealer, The Contour, Blush & Highlight pallette and the Perfect Eyes Eyeshadow in Golden Glow. If you've been following my instagram, you'll know I'm obsessed with Cover Up. I love it because it's easy to apply and so long lasting. As it's a squeezy tube it's also really easy to transport and throw in your handbag, They now come in travel sizes too which is perfect for holidays!



THE FESTIVAL

 Now, down to the nitty gritty that everyone really wants to know about! A typical day looked like pool (or sleep!) in the mornings, lunch, get ready and head to the festival about 5pm/6pm. You can of course go early (gates opened at 11am) but the main acts we wanted to see were on in the evenings and the night is long, so you'll need a lot of energy. It was 3/4am when we got back to hotel most evenings!

Staying in Palm Springs was lovely but it was about 45 minutes away from Coachella Valley, so we had a daily shuttle bus to and from the festival. These went back and forth all day, so there was always one waiting for us when we were eventually ready to make our way out from Palm Springs.

The shuttles were air conditioned and comfortable and perfect for a little disco nap! Arriving at Coachella, you'll have a good bit of a walk to the main gates and then a couple of security checks. (make sure to allow 30 mins before the time of the first act you want to see). From there, it's hello ferris wheel and boom..you have arrived!

On the topic of walking, there is a lot of that so be very careful with your footwear choices. Don't break anything in for the first time and stick to flats. Yes, I saw people there in high heels! I went with western style boots and trainers and had no issues. Aching feet is one thing I just cannot cope with any more! I must be getting old!!



On the walk in (and out) you'll also encounter a lot of dust. We had heard this before we went and heeded the advice to all buy bandanas. They ended up being essential! Keep one handy to cover your mouth when necessary. You can even work it into your look as a neck scarf or belt accessory. Just be sure to bring one! Nobody wants the dreaded #CoachellaCough as it's fondly known!

On the first evening, we made the mistake of hitting the first food queue we saw (we were hangry!) but ended out waiting over an hour to be served (we we even hangrier!). Rookie error but we learnt our lesson the next night and explored further afield. As festivals go, the food choices were very impressive. There was plenty on offer and the price points were reasonable too.

There were numerous places to grab a drink (the rosè was delicious!) but you can't bring alcohol into the main stage area. On the second night (for Beyoncè!) we discovered a fab spot to the right of the stage which was within one of the designated bar areas but had an unreal view of the action. It was less crowded too and we had plenty of space to sing and dance our hearts out!

Onto the music itself! Beyonce was without a doubt my highlight. I mean, they don't call her the Queen for nothing. The whole performance was flawless and I was mesmerised! As for the moment when Destiny's Child appeared on stage...my heart stll flutters when I think about it. I'll never forget the screams and sheer glee amongst our group, jumping up and down with excitement! Other performances I loved were Kygo, The Weekn'd, Mo and Haim. 

On the Sunday evening, we spent a bit of time exploring the wider site and taking in the amazing art installations and light features dotted around the grounds. Coachella really comes to life after dark and looks like a magical playground. I adored the giant star and holographic buildings. 





THE VERDICT

So for those of  you still reading, to sum up, it was a weekend like nothing I've experienced before! Was it as everything I thought it would be? Yes! Was I exhausted after it? Yes! Were there moments I hated it and wanted to cry? Yes! Did I make the most amazing memories with  my friends? Yes!



Coachella was a rollercoaster of emotions, as you can probably tell. The days are long, it's really hot,   you stand in a lot of queues and you do get tired and cranky, it's human nature!

But any negative experience that comes with Coachella comes with the unique environment that is a music festival. No matter how glamorous it's made out to be, ultimately you're in the middle of the desert with 79,999 other people!

Negative moments are inevitable but they are more than balanced out with the positives.

It was without a doubt one of the best weekends ever and I definitely want to save up and do it all over again! (*even though I definitely wasn't saying that while standing in an hour long queue for the shuttle bus out of there at 2am on the first night!)


What is Coachella really like? Well that's hard to express in words - it's something you have to experience first hand to really appreciate and I hope this guide helps anyone planning their dream trip in future years :)


Laura
xx

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Spring Refresh....



A trip to my local lifestyle store Meadows and Byrne this past weekend, inspired me to do a little spring refreshing of my own.

 I think this time of year always invokes a feeling of simplicity and a desire to update and renew the old.


I decided to treat myself to a new candle and hand wash for the utility room. I like to support Irish when I can, and love these Field Day candles. The scent is so refreshing and it has added a lovely touch of spring to my dining room corner.


 An extra special hand wash is always nice to have and this Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme and Mint one from The Handmade Soap company  is absolutely divine.



A few other quick spring updates would be to change out your winter cushions and throws, for  lighter brighter shades, and buy a bunch of fresh flowers for the dining table.

I think Aldi or Lidl are fantastic for cheap and cheerful floral bouquets!! 

Hope you are all having a good week:)
Anne xx

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Coachella is Calling...


In case you missed the exciting newsflash on my Instagram recently, I'm going to Coachella!! 

It's one of those events that I have followed for years but never imagined I would be going to myself! Tickets are extremely hard to secure -  but we decided last year that 2018 was the year we would try. After much preparations and strategising, myself and six of my nearest and dearest friends bagged ours a couple of weeks ago and we are all California bound in April!  The excitement is too much and it all still feels a bit surreal...

Of course Coachella is primarily about the music but it's also a fashion lovers playground! Kicking off festival season in serious style, the key summer trends are often seen here first. Of course my mind is now in overdrive about what to wear and it got me thinking about personal style and trends.

Coachella is known for being a little OTT and flicking through previous years style snaps, some people really take it to the extreme. Some look amazing and as with all matters of personal taste, some looks are questionable! 



With so much hype surrounding the perennial 'what to wear to Coachella' question, it can be hard not to get caught up in the style of all these festival goers who look incredible! I can tell you now that I won't be adopting the typical festival uniform of bralets, hot pants and see through dresses! There's no way I would pull it off and it would feel completely alien, as these are pieces I would never wear in reality.

Style is all about wearing what you feel comfortable and confident in and by all means if it's the above, then that's fair enough! The important thing is not get swayed by trends or feel under pressure to fit in with a certain "look" that's just not you. What's the point in splashing out hundreds of euro on pieces you won't wear again - not to mention the thoughts of feeling uncomfortable in the height of that desert heat!



There's often talk of how you "should" dress for certain occasions but at the end of the day, it's down to personal taste. Those who look most comfortable in their own skin are the ones who will ultimately shine. Personally, I think dressing for yourself and wearing what makes YOU happy is the only piece of style advice you really need to follow :)

I'll keep you all posted on my looks and how I'm curating them over the coming weeks. The countdown is officially on!

Laura 
xx


*Disclaimer: I know these photos aren't Coachella related but they are representative of my own personal style!!

Coat: Benetton
Photography: @anthonyobb

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Sale Alert!



If the miserable weather isn't reason enough to start prepping for a new season, a discount code sure is! We need something to look forward to after all :) River Island never fail with their 20% off gems, which always seem to come around at just the right time. It's the perfect opportunity to line up your Spring staples and cure those January blues. To spark a little shopping inspiration, we've selected 5 key pieces here today...




A chunky knit because a) it's going to be cold for many weeks to come and b) a pop of colour will make it much more bearable! Staples like jeans and a trench coat are timeless wardrobe heroes - these are pieces worth investing in while the discount is running. The sandals would see you through many a summer occasion and the chunky heel looks super comfy too. And finally this dress....we were sold on it when we spotted the gorgeous Aoibhin Garrihy sporting it last weekend - just fab!


The code is GRAZIAJAN18 (pick up a voucher in Grazia magazine if shopping in-store) and it's valid until Monday 22nd January

Happy Shopping!

Laura
xx

Monday, 15 January 2018

Blush Beauties




Hi everyone! 
So it may be Blue Monday but around here, we like to put a pink touch on everything...

Blush is back for Spring...but did it ever go away? Long time readers and @stylebylaura followers will know that I adore this soft hue all year round. And while it has become my signature style...there's nothing quite like the first flush of Spring blush! I get so excited to see all the lovely new pieces landing in-store.

Here's the first edit of a few pieces that caught my eye this week. 
Expect many more rounds to come over the coming months :)











Have a lovely week,

Laura 
xx