COS Spring Summer 2015 Preview

15 Nov

I had the pleasure of being invited to the preview of the COS Spring Summer 2015 collection this week. It’s always so lovely to see what this brand is doing, and they always put on a beautiful preview. I started my day with the nicest breakfast of berries, seeds, edible petals and greek yoghurt and of course a coffee – they also had yummy treats for when you were leaving. Then it was time to check out the collection.

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The inspiration for this part of the line was electricity. The bright, vibrant colours with metallics and key pieces in black looked gorgeous together. When I first saw the yellow-green colour all I could think about was the Spice Girls! I think these pieces will look great with a summer tan. The mustard colour is gorgeous and will work really well with white and grey to add a little colour to your wardrobe. The bonded edges mean that all the lines are very clean – which I love.

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A lot of the collection featured graphics either printed onto the clothing, or as sheer panels. I adore the blue tee and midi skirt below. It was a heavy knit cotton in the most gorgeous sky blue colour. The menswear collection also featured a lot of blue and the mustard as we saw above in the womenswear collection. I will say, the menswear is very fashion forward, it will take a man with some serious style to pull off some of the pieces. However, I can see a lot of women gravitating towards the menswear collection to add a more androgynous look to their wardrobe. There were plenty of menswear pieces that I would happily wear!

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Another source of inspiration for the COS collection was a laboratory. This can clearly be seen below in the clean white lines of the clothes. Lots of the pieces can be transformed, poppers to make a hemline longer for example, and many of the pieces have an unexpected element. I love the use of open backs, keyholes in unexpected places, blue pocket lining in an all white dress. It’s these details that make COS so exciting!

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Some of my favourite pieces were, of course, monochrome! I love the white trousers above, which had an almost rubber finish while still being incredibly soft. The white top and skirt combo above was also gorgeous and such a great look for summer. My favourite pieces however were both jackets. The first is a black blazer with one sleeve and a buckle detail. Maybe not the most practical piece – but I still love it! The other was a sleeveless duster jacket in black, although it looks grey in the picture.


All in all, I can’t wait for this collection to hit the shops. I went around holding lots of the pieces for a while, I think the staff thought I was going to run off with them! What do you think of the COS collection?



All Zara Everything

8 Nov

It only took a month for me to get completely sick of work wear. Has to be some sort of record, although I will admit that I thought I would get sick of it sooner than that. I think the issue here is that I don’t have enough pieces to mix and match yet. Cue frantic shopping in Zara after work on Wednesday. I really need to work on injecting colour into my wardrobe. Winter is dark enough as it is without me wearing black all the time!

So thanks to my awful lighting and camera skills, you can’t actually tell that this shirt is green. Although it is dark green to be fair. My hat is also green… really need to invest in some better lighting in my room. Anyway! This look was comfortable to wear and simple to throw on. I’m finding that jewellery makes all the difference when it comes to work wear. My Marc by Marc watch was a great buy as it goes with everything, and this Navette necklace that I got on sale is definitely one of my new favourites.


Hat: Zara (Similar)

Skirt: Sandro (Similar)

Shirt: Forever21

Shoes: Marco Moreo (Similar)

Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Necklace: Topshop

My hair would not cooperate with me on Wednesday. No matter what I did with it, it just looked awful. I never wear my hair up and thanks to this photo you can see why – gross! I think I’m just in that stage of getting used to a new hair cut and learning what does and doesn’t work with it. No one ever talks about that afterwards. All the focus is getting a cut that suits you, but there’s very little discussion about how to adjust to your new hair after that. I wore a kind of an androgynous look, but I really love that style.


Shirt: Madewell

Trousers: Zara (Similar)

Shoes: Marco Moreo (Similar)

So looking super gross spurred me on to go shopping on Wednesday after work. I got a few nice tops in Zara that will keep me from going insane for the time being. I honestly don’t know what I would have to wear to work if I didn’t have Zara! The next items on my agenda are a few pairs of work trousers, a few skirts and a blazer – none of which I’m allowing to be black! Although charcoal grey is acceptable! This leopard print top is one of my newbies. I love the double layering and even though it’s leopard print, it’s monochrome colours keep it from being too much.


Top: Zara

Trousers: Zara (Similar)

Shoes: Marco Moreo (Similar)

Friday was pretty busy for me. Got up super early to go to the gym, ran around work all day and then headed on a weekend away with a few of the girls. Sometimes you just need some time away to clear your head! I love this top from, of course, Zara. The sleeves are amazing! They make me feel like a flamenco dancer! It’s actually a deep green colour but you know, crappy photography skills and all that.


Top: Zara (despite looking online for ages, I couldn’t find this top, even though it’s new. When I find the link, I’ll post it here!)

Trousers: Zara (Similar)

Boots: Topshop

Necklace: Topshop

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!



Short Hair Don’t Care

3 Nov

Happy November! I don’t know about you, but as soon as Halloween is over, I start thinking about Christmas. I start thinking about what I want to bake, which presents I’m going to buy for friends and family, and of course, what outfits to wear to all the Christmas parties. You can expect to see lots of wishlists on this blog soon!

I finally got my hair chopped last weekend. It was definitely needed! This shorter style is a lot easier for work and I’m loving the little bit of colour that was put into the front of my hair! It really lightens all my hair up so i’m pretty delighted with it! I had lots going on last Tuesday. I was up really early for a women in business talk in Dublin at 7am, I had a crazy day’s work and then I attended a talk with the charity organisation that I help out with. Crazy long day! I wanted to wear something that would be professional and appropriate in each of those situations. This Sandro silk tee is great with a suit. It’s uneven hemline with the small frill prevents a suit from looking boring.


Silk Top: Sandro (Similar)

Trousers: Zara (Similar)

Blazer: Zara (Similar)

Heels: Dune (Similar)

Here’s a closer look at the colour in my hair. Believe it or not, but this is actually the first time I have had permanent colour put into my hair. It’s just a little colour at the front along my hairline. It really lifts the colour of my hair so much. The cut is pretty blunt too, which I’m loving. My hair looks so much healthier now. I randomly managed to coordinate my headphones with my necklace that day too!


Headphones: Frends

Necklace: Topshop

More Sandro pieces today! This top is one of my favourite Sandro pieces because of the awesome cut out detail in the back. I would have never thought orange and blue would go so well together, but it just works. Simple black trousers and black brogues completed this easy look.


Top: Sandro (Similar)

Trousers: Zara (Similar)

Brogues: Marco Moreo (Similar)

I didn’t end up dressing up on Halloween, which seems silly after all my Halloween costume posts! But being in work all day and having a work party straight after work meant there was no time to go home and change, and I didn’t want to be lugging around a big bag of clothes all night. During the day in work I wore this moss green blouse with work trousers. Later that night I changed into deep brown leather trousers and heels. If anyone asked – I was dressed as a tree!


Blouse: Topshop

Trousers: Zara (Similar)

Brogues: Marco Moreo (Similar)

Another crazy week up ahead! I’ve also got some exciting events coming up this month including a blogger meet up, and a sneak peak at one of my favourite brands Spring Summer collection. I can’t wait to share it with you all!



Halloween ’14 – Choupette

31 Oct

You know the drill. Halloween comes around, you haven’t given a moments thought to your costume. You were busy, work was insane, you had a deadline, you had to catch up on Scandal. Whatever. You go to your wardrobe, throw on some black clothes, paint on some whiskers and boom – you’re a cat/kitten/Cat Woman. Who cares, Halloween costume dilemma sorted.

This year instead of reaching for all black, how about you try an all white ensemble. The result? You are now Choupette, Karl Lagerfeld’s beloved cat and the first kitty of fashion. ‘Cause why be a basic cat when you can be Choupette? Ashley Madekwa is obviously the inspiration for this post. Such a genius costume. Extra points if you can get a friend to dress up as Karl!

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I love the fluffy ears up above, obviously they are not the ideal cat shape but a little careful trimming and you should be good to go. Instead of the cat lead that Ashley used, I’m loving this iridescent choker as a collar! For those that haven’t a clue who Choupette is, just pretend you’re one of those cats from the Aristocrats. If they don’t know the Aristocrats movie or Choupette, then walk away! Glossy hair, pink lips and manicured nails will complete this awesome look.

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If you’re not feeling the Choupette vibes, then I have plenty of other inspiration for you! Audrey Hepburn, Vampire, Greek Goddess, Skeleton, Carrie Bradshaw and Leopard are all great options!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Halloween posts and have found some inspiration from them! Happy Halloween to you all – have a fun, sugar filled, safe, stylish night!



Halloween ’14 – Carrie Bradshaw

30 Oct

This is the ultimate easy costume. If you are a last minute Sally, like me, and you have a tulle skirt lying around then you are golden! A pretty skirt like the one below with a pink cami, silver belt and some killer shoes and you’re set! How incredible are the Aquazzara & Olivia Palermo shoes below! Carrie’s outfit in the opening credits of Sex in the City is easily one of the most iconic outfits of the show, it even got shown in the first movie. It’s a simple, but really effective costume.

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Once your outfit is sorted, the next thing you need to do is your hair and make up. Make up is simple, think blusher, brows and a little lipstick. Your hair needs volume and curl. Ideally you could use heated rollers to give your hair the volume and curl that is needed. If you are lucky enough to have heated rollers, do your hair first and while it’s working it’s magic, you can be doing your make up and getting ready. If you don’t have rollers, curl your hair and backcomb it to add some volume. Once you’ve got the Bradshaw Bounce in your hair, take a section at the front of your head and pin it back. Not too tight, just enough to keep it off your face. A little hair spray and you should be good to go!

I hope you’re enjoying my Halloween posts! Check out my other costume options – Audrey Hepburn, Vampire, Leopard, Skeleton and Greek Goddess!



Halloween ’14 – Skeletal

29 Oct

Being a skeleton for Halloween isn’t anything new, but I’ve found people playing around with it a lot more. I went as a skeleton last year and decided to do the half skeleton face half normal face idea. It’s a lot less stressful because you don’t have to worry about making the two sides of your face even, or matching. There’s a couple of different ways you can dress up too. You can either do the whole Lady Gaga in a tux look, or a skeleton costume, or you can leave the make up to be the focal point and wear all black. It’s up to you! Click the pictures below to shop the looks!

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When it comes to skeleton make up, the most important thing is to give yourself enough time. I gave myself an hour and a half to do my skeleton make up. It ended up being too much time, but it’s better to do that than to rush yourself. It’s important to put on your tops first because you could wreck your make up buy putting on a top afterwards. I started by doing my normal side of my face first, except for lipstick. Once that was done, I put two layers of white face paint over the other side of my face. I filled in all the dark shapes with black face paint first – the nose, the eye, the cheekbone and the neck. I then added the cracks and shading  with a smaller brush. Don’t forget to go along the hairline, and add little lines here and there. I finished up with adding the teeth section. Once that was done, I used red lipstick on a brush to blur the divide between my normal face and skeleton face. I dabbed a little dark eyeshadow over this to give it some depth and then added some red lipstick to the normal side of my face to finish it off.


So there you have a skeleton face! It’s not that hard, you just need to take your time. Check out my other Halloween inspiration posts – Audrey Hepburn, Vampire, Leopard and Greek Goddess – if Skeleton isn’t your thing!



Halloween ’14 – Greek Goddess

28 Oct

A couple of years ago I dressed up as a Greek Goddess and it was honestly such an easy costume! I haven’t done this costume for about 6 years so I’m very tempted to do it again this year. It’s super simple and requires little or no effort. I would say you’ll probably have a lot of the things you need in you closet anyway, and if you don’t just click the pictures below to shop for what you need! This look is all about white and gold and gorgeous curly hair.

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Ok so once you have your outfit sorted it’s time to move onto make up and hair. I love curling my hair by wrapping it around it the curling iron and twisting it at the same time. This gives more of a “Victoria’s Secret” wave than regular curl to the hair. My top tip would to unwrap your hair and don’t touch it at all until your entire head has cooled down. Once you’ve done that the whole way around your head then brush your hair with a wide toothed comb for a lovely wave to your hair and add you’re headpiece. For make up, I did a smokey eye using golds and warm brown eyeshadows to keep with the theme. Super simple, super pretty once you’re all done.

Check out my other Halloween Inspiration posts – Audrey Hepburn, Vampire and Leopard!



Halloween ’14 – Leopard Love

27 Oct

I was a leopard for Halloween a few years back and it was such an easy costume! If you’re finding yourself throwing together a rather last minute outfit, then this might just work for you. As someone who loves leopard print, I always have something in my wardrobe that would make a perfect leopard costume. For those of you that don’t have leopard to hand, I’ve found some of my favourite pieces in the shops right now below. Simply click the picture to shop!

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Leopard make up can be as basic or complex as you want. I dressed as a leopard a few years ago and as it was very last minute, I did the easiest leopard make up that I could. I essentially just did leopard print eyes with lots of liquid liner. It’s actually a lot easier than you think. Put on your foundation and groom your eyebrows as usual. Then get a gold/brown eye shadow and apply different sized circular shapes all over your eye lid and out into a slight cat eye shape. With your liquid liner, make shapes almost like uneven brackets around each eyeshadow circle. You do not have to be neat or perfect with this! Let the liquid liner dry and then top up the eyeshadow. Draw a strong cat eye shape on your eye lid with more liquid liner and extend this out down towards your nose from your inner eye. Heavy contouring and a nude lip and you’re good to go!


See how easy! If you’re feeling adventurous, do the same leopard print along your neck, collar bones, arms, legs, wherever you feel like! Have you checked out my other Halloween Inspiration posts yet? If you want to be a Vampire or Audrey Hepburn, then you’ve come to the right place!



Halloween ’14 – Vampire Diaries

26 Oct

When I think of vampires, I don’t think of Twilight and all that glittery crap. I think of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Questionable monsters, Noughties style, Angel, Spike, leather trousers and halter necks. So much better than these modern sparkly versions! So with that in mind, my vampire inspiration for this Halloween is very Buffy focused.

The great thing about this look is you can switch up your make up and either be one of the vampires or Buffy. To transform to Buffy just do regular make up with a smokey eye, add a cross necklace, find a stick to hold and boom – you’re Buffy! Easy peasy. Another great thing is that all of these pieces can be worn again, nothing that I hate more than investing in a Halloween costume that will never be seen again.

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If you want to go the vampire route, vampire makeup is a must. I am no make up artist, but I have tried out this look to show you just how easy it can be to make effective vampire make up. Apply a white layer of face paint all over your face and neck. Smudge some dark face paint lightly into your face to create hollows at your cheek bones, neck, and around your eyes. Define your brows with an eye pencil. Create a dark smokey eye and add lots of liquid liner and false eyelashes. Next apply a red lipstick all over your lips. To create an ombre effect on your lips, add a darker lip colour, such as Diva by MAC above, to the edges of your lips and blend towards the centre of your mouth. Add some drops of blood down your mouth with lipstick and dark eye shadow. I find that contact lenses really add to the effect. If you’re not used to using contact lenses, definitely put them in before you do all your make up to give yourself the chance to get used to them.


I hope you liked my vampire look, or Buffy, whichever you’re going for. Check out my Halloween outfit from yesterday, Audrey Hepburn. They couldn’t be more different!



Embracing Autumn

26 Oct

Autumn is one of my favourite times of year, or fall if you’re from the States. I love how everything looks, how it starts getting colder but you still have bright sunny days. It does require quite a mind shift from daydreaming about bikinis and holidays to looking for cosy sweaters and new boots. I think this is the first week that I have really felt that it was autumn and I’ve found myself looking at coats and cashmere online.

Last Saturday night was one of the last nights that I’ll have bare legs out for a while! I wore a simple black leather mini skirt with a new blouse. I wear that mini skirt so often that I honestly wonder what I would do with out it! This photo actually made me realise how badly I need my hair cut. It’s just too long now. I think if you’re hair is about a third as long as your body, you’ve gone too far! My lipstick is Diva by MAC, definitely a favourite for the colder months, so expect to see it a lot!


Blouse: Topshop

Skirt: Asos (Similar)

Heels: Zara (Similar)

Lipstick: Diva by MAC


I’m working on adding more colour to my work wardrobe. This cobalt blue top is one of my favourites as it adds just the right amount of colour and works really well with both casual and formal outfits. This pencil skirt is a life saver! It’s just the handiest thing to throw on in the morning. I’m still working on my hatred of tights… but I have a feeling that will be a lifelong issue.


Top: Zara (Similar)

Skirt: Sandro (Similar)

Brogues: Marco Moreo (Similar)

Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Similar)

My new camel coat has brought out a camel obsession in me. I have my eye on another camel coat in Zara now. I know two camel coats is a bit excessive, I’ll see if I can restrain myself! There’s something so classic about it, and it goes so well with a monochromatic look. I ended up not actually wearing this hat out as it was crazy windy and it would have definitely ruined my day if my hat went flying off my head and under a bus!


Hat: Topshop

Coat: H&M

Blouse: Forever21

Trousers: Zara (Similar)

Brogues: Marco Moreo (Similar)

This jacket is super handy for work. Until I can justify spending a crazy amount of money on a classic tweed jacket from Chanel, I will make do with imitations from Zara! I actually got this jacket a few years ago on sale. You can’t see the colours too well but it’s a lovely mix of greens with a little bit of blue and gold going through it too. Perfect for pairing with black trousers and a basic black cami. High street shops don’t have a lot of tweed at the moment, the best ones are on Net-A-Porter if you have your heart set on one.

IMG_7115.JPGJacket: Zara (Similar)

Trousers: Zara (Similar)

Cami: River Island

Lariat: River Island

Brogues: Marco Moreo

Keep a look out for my Halloween posts, I’m taking the stress out of picking a costume and showing you seven different options over the next few days. What’s better is most are easy to do and you’ll have lots of the pieces lying around at home anyway! Check out my Audrey Hepburn post from yesterday!




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