Thursday, 22 November 2018

Smart Picks for Black Friday

Happy almost Black Friday everyone! 
I say almost but it sure feels like the hype has been going on for weeks already! Instead of getting caught up in the madness, I'm taking a very strategic approach when it comes to shopping the sales this year and only seeking out things that are actually on my wishlist. With so many codes flooding our inboxes and insta stories, it's easy to get overwhelmed during cyber week. By taking a step back and making a list, you can really use the sales to your advantage to fill gaps in your wardrobe or get discounts on brands that wouldn't usually do markdowns.

I've kept my top ten picks to just that - great wardrobe staples, designer wishlist items and beauty and wellness favourites.

My fashion picks including this gorgeous black velvet blazer from Mango - there's 30% off which is a higher discount than usual and this is a piece that you will literally roll out every party season. Next up - POCO jeans and Spanx Faux leather leggings. I live in my POCOs and have about 5 pairs at this stage - you won't get them at 25% off at any other time of year, so now is definitely the time to buy. I've also been eyeing up the Spanx Moto leggings for a while and the discount might just be the thing to push me over the edge! Finally, I've picked this beautiful cream coat from River Island. At the start of the season, I was leaning towards investing in a black coat but there's just something about winter white that I love and I think I'd get a lot of wear out of this for years to come. 

Mango Blazer - 30% off with code BLACK18

POCO Jeans - 25% off

On the higher end, if you've had your eye on something special or if you've been saving for an amazing bag - now is probably the only time you'll find these premium brands on sale.  I've never seen Stuart Weitzman marked this low but Shopbop seem to be running a double discount on this particular style!

Stuart Weitzman€700 €392

Givenchy Antigona - 20% off

Black Friday is an amazing time to update your beauty essentials too. I've been lusting after these Anastasia Beverly Hills palettes for ages and with €10 off, what's not to love? Skincare is an expensive business, so now is an ideal time to stock up or maybe even start a new regime. Therapie are offering 20% off everything including Environ (which I've been loving lately) and Image Skincare along with a whole host of gorgeous sets. Hair styling tools are coming up trumps in the sales too - I'm very tempted with €25 off selected GHD stylers at Peter Mark as I've heard such rave reviews! 

And last but not least is a lovely idea from Rainforest Spa - if you're anything like me, a day of pampering is always a welcome treat. For Black Friday, Rainforest Spa are giving away a free complimentary mini massage voucher with every Spa voucher (over €100) purchase. That way, you can treat someone else and yourself. That's definitely a Christmas gift to tick off the list! Myself and mum spent a blissful Saturday there a couple of weeks ago and I can confirm it's every bit as amazing as it sounds.

Happy Shopping and have a fabulous weekend!


Tuesday, 30 October 2018

October Shopping Round-Up

Hi everyone :) 
I'm one month into my Style Staples challenge now, so I thought an update was due. 
You can catch up on part one here, where I set out my list for season. 

So far, it's going great! I've ticked several pieces off my list and really considered my purchases, taking quality and cost into account before parting with the pennies. 

First on my list was a black blazer - I mean, how did I not have one?! I have had a few cheap ones over the years but they obviously didn't stand the test of time and it was a huge gap I spotted when taking stock of my wardrobe at the beginning of this challenge. Now that I have invested, I've already got so much wear out of it and I'm wondering how I managed without it! Dressed up over a cami top or dressed down over a knitted jumper, it's an easy way to pull an outfit together without having to even think.

Mine is from River Island and the faux fur is detachable, so it's essentially two jackets in one -winning!

Speaking of cami tops I had no shortage of these. I bought two Kooples camis in the sale last December (in Black and Cream) and they are amazing staples, especially if you can them on discount as they are quite pricey. As I was buying the blazer, I also spotted this cami that couldn't be passed up. I was drawn to the cowl neck and just thought the silky effect looked so expensive....for only €25. The cream seems to be out of stock online at the moment but I've seen it in stores recently and there's also an array of other colour options here.

Staple number three was a flat pair of black boots. As I mentioned in this post, I wanted a pair with a bit of detail without being OTT. I debated for about 3 weeks, ran a poll on Instagram and stalked the internet for style inspiration before finally settling on these ones from Dune. Well the procrastination was worth it because I couldn't be happier with these babies! The soft smell of buttery leather confirmed it, the minute I opened the box. They are so comfortable too - they'll definitely stand the test of time.

Next up is knitwear. Again, there's no shortage of that in my wardrobe but I was missing a couple of key bits. I have a lot of cream and grey but wanted to add more black and tan. Enter this River Island snuggly roll neck. It's super soft and a nice length - those petite ladies out there might even get away with wearing it as a jumper dress. It did come in black also but I wasn't quick enough to snap that up before it sold out! Lesson - if you love something, but it in every colour!! Also, it's now reduced to €33, so be quick!

Keeping on the knitwear theme, I also wanted to add another cashmere jumper to my collection this season. I invested in a couple last year and again, they're quality pieces that instantly pull a look together. There are some great price points on the high street too, making cashmere much more accessible than ever before. I waited until M&S had their 20% sale before swooping in on this blush pink jumper and saved myself around €25 in doing so. They'll have another sale coming up around Black Friday, so I'll be sure to alert on Instagram when I spot it!

And last but not least, my pink coat. This wasn't technically on my staples list. Actually, it wasn't on it all...a black one was. Which I still need....but how could this pink lover resist the perfect shade of pink? Especially when I had been desperately searching for a very similar style two years ago and after it sold out in H&M. The fact they brought it back just seemed like a sign! I also snapped it up at 25% off and stalked out Pinterest to discover endless styling it's now deemed a staple! Unfortunately, it's out of stock again but I'll keep an eye and update the link here if comes back. Meanwhile, the hunt for the perfect black coat is to be continued...

So for those still reading my long ramble, that's the story so far. I'm really happy with how my challenge is going and genuinely love my new staples. It's already making getting dressed so much easier and I'm really enjoying mixing and matching to ensure each piece works really hard! Some of the new additions have also helped me style pieces I already own in completely different ways to create fresh outfits - like this cami dress and layered knit below. Thank you new boots for inspiring this look!

As I've been pulling the pieces together, I'm also considering branching out in some video content and a YouTube channel. It's something I've been thinking about for a long time and it seems like the ideal platform to bring this type of content to life and share more tips on styling, sizing, sale tips etc. 

Let me know what you think and watch this space :)

In the meantime, have a great week!


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