Catch Up 2.0

19 Oct

In yesterday’s post, I caught you up with half of my outfits that have been put on the back burner for the last while. Today I’m going to show you the rest of those poor forgotten outfits. Mega weekend catch up is underway!

You’ve probably noticed by now my love of Madewell. I went on a bit of a rampage when I was in New York and again in Miami. This denim shirt is exactly the kind of shirt I’ve been looking for for a while. It’s a really great indigo colour (although you can’t see that too well in the terrible photo) and I love the cut of it. This was one of those run-around-and-do-millions-of-errands-days so I stayed comfortable in jeans and navy trainers.

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Shirt: Madewell (Similar)

Jeans: Topshop

Trainers: New Balance

Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

The outfit below has been one of my most popular outfits on Instagram. No one can resist the power of red shoes! Way back in January, I made a resolution to not wear so much black…. the red New Balance just about save me here!

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Leather Jacket: Topshop (Similar)

Tee: Madewell

Jeans: Topshop

Trainers: New Balance

This is a work look I took so early in the morning that it was still dark out. That’s one thing I don’t like about winter, getting up in the dark. I was working at a really fun digital event that day and needed a bit of height so I would actually be somewhat eye level with people!

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Top: Zara (Similar)

Trousers: Zara (Similar)

Heels: Dune (Similar)

Lariat Necklace: River Island

I wore this shirt in New York as a dress, pretty much. It’s quite long but I just put a leather skirt underneath it in case. It works well here with my Sandro skirt. The only thing is, the shirt has a satin finish so every time I would move or lift my arms, it would untuck more and more from my skirt. Not ideal so I think I will stick to wearing it as a dress in future!

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Shirt: Forever21 (Similar)

Skirt: Sandro (Similar)

Shoes: Marco Moreo (Similar)

Yay! We’re all caught up again! I’ve done a lot of online window shopping this weekend so hopefully I’ll have some nice new purchases to share with you guys soon. Hope you’re having a good weekend!

x

okaybee

Catch Up

18 Oct

I realised today that I have been so busy with writing Fashion Week posts and work that I haven’t caught you guys up on about six different outfits! This post will the the first of two catch ups that I do this weekend, starting with those outfits that were ages ago! Time to get back on track!

Having just got back from my amazing New York/Miami trip, I couldn’t wait to wear some of the new pieces I had bought. I am completely obsessed with this shirt I got from Madewell. It’s light, a gorgeous blush colour and so easy to wear. They have it in black now too which I think I need in my life! I kept the rest of the outfit simple, black jeans, boots and my new Marc by Marc Jacobs watch. A little warning to my readers outside of the US, Canada and Japan, Madewell does not currently ship to anywhere other than these three countries. Hopefully this will change soon but until then I will have to get my Madewell fix when I visit the US.

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Shirt: Madewell

Jeans: Topshop

Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Boots: Topshop

Another casual chilled day for me. I’m always on the lookout for the perfect tee shirt. Something that you can just throw on with a pair of jeans and boots and look put together. My favourite tee for ages has been my Isabel Marant Etoile tee, but I’m working on building up more of a collection. I favour slightly oversized, v neck tees and I love this wine coloured one that I picked up. Nice and simple and such a great colour.

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Tee: Victoria’s Secret

Jeans: Topshop

Boots: Buffalo (Similar)

This outfit is one of my favourites that I have worn in the last while. I was helping out at a boutique fashion show that night and wanted to be comfortable. I think the all white look is one of my favourites to wear. You can keep it from looking too washed out with red lips and nails and pretty, simple gold jewellery.

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Top: Topshop (Similar)

Jeans: Topshop

Boots: Buffalo (Similar)

Lariat Necklace: River Island

Short Necklace: Topshop

I call this my Backstreet Boys look, think back to the “I Want It That Way” and you’ll know exactly what I mean! I wore this to Oktoberfest in Dublin with a few of my girls. This jacket may need to be retired for a little bit as it is so cold out but I will make sure to wear it every chance I get. Love it so much!

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Coat: Zara (Similar)

Cami: Topshop (Similar)

Jeans: J Brand

Boots: Topshop

Clutch: Madewell

Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Lariat Necklace: River Island

So glad that I’m finally catching up on all of these! Check back tomorrow when I will catch up on the other two outfits I missed and two work wear looks from during the week. Have a lovely weekend!

x

okaybee

All Grown Up

15 Oct

Work wear is impossible. Seriously, it’s not fun at all. I started my first proper “grown up” job last Monday and finding clothes to wear every day has been a nightmare! For those of you that regularly follow this blog, you’ll know that I’m happiest in either Birks or trainers. So I found myself glaring at my new brogues every day. And they’re lovely brogues, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with them, apart from the fact that they don’t have the comfort that my New Balance do. Suit pants, skirts, dresses, shirts, blazers, they’re all fine as separates, but when I need to put them all together, it just doesn’t feel right.

Monday was my first day, typical me I was more concerned about my outfit than anything else. I wanted to be comfortable and not worrying that me skirt or dress wasn’t the right length or whatever. Plus I hate wearing tights, although you wouldn’t know it by what I wore for the rest of the week. I refuse to wear heels in work because running around all day in heels is not ideal, although I’m sure I’ll have to on some occasions.

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Blazer: Zara

Shirt : COS

Trousers: Zara

Brogues: Marco Moreo

I realised that all of the work clothes that I already had were black. I really need to try to make more of an effort to wear colour so I have made a rule with myself that if I am wearing an all black outfit, I can’t wear my black coat too. This camel coat is one of my new obsessions. It’s the perfect colour, length and cut for me and so cosy! I’ve been wanting a camel coat for ages so I was delighted when I spotted this one.

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Coat: H&M

Dress: Sandro

Gold belt: Sandro

Brogues: Marco Moreo

This was my sad attempt at injecting some colour into my outfit. Although I do love this shirt! It’s a soft blush colour and is a really gorgeous silk. I think it’s more of a casula shirt however as it isn’t ideal for tucking into skirts and trousers as it’s quite long at the back.

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Shirt: Madewell

Skirt: Sandro

Brogues: Marco Moreo

It’s not woolly hat weather yet, but it’s definitely getting very cold out! I bought this hat in Barcelona and I love it! I actually started a Hunt for this hat ages ago and I finally found this one which is really similar. It was my small way of putting some of my style into my work wardrobe, something that I’m going to work on a lot in the coming weeks.

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Hat: Zara

Dress: Sandro

Brogues: Marco Moreo

I was really relieved to survive my first week of work without my brain getting totally fried. There is so much to learn, so much new information to take on, it’s a lot to take in. I just have to give it time and work hard and everything will be fine.

I am going to do a post soon on workwear as it is something that I think I will be ranting about for a while! If you guys have any specific questions that you’d like me to look into you can leave a comment or send me an email. Have a great week!

x

okaybee

PFW: The Best Bits SS 15

12 Oct

I’m finally posting this! Jeez that took me forever. Sorry for the delay! It’s all over for another season. New York, London, Milan and Paris are all over. It was the usual month of inspiration, hits and the occasional miss, models, designers and street style. I’ve gone through the Paris runway photos to find out what I think are going to be big trends for this coming Spring season.

1. Primary Colours

Bright reds, vibrant yellows, cobalt blue. It was featured across many runways such as Balmain, Carven and as prints in Alexander McQueen. I especially love the jumpsuit/dress (can’t fully figure out which one it is!) that Joan Smalls is rocking below. Find out which primary colour suits you best and embrace it this coming season.

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2. Neutrals

On the other end of the spectrum, neutrals dominated the catwalks with blush pinks, fresh whites, soft greys and warm beiges. Neutrals don’t have to be boring and they always add a certain polish to your look. I loved the sleeveless jackets at Acne, however I would probably throw a cami on underneath! If you have an event coming up like a spring wedding, I would definitely look out for a blush toned outfit. It gives a lovely youthful feel to a look and suits every skin tone.

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3. The Suit

Having recently been thrown into the formal work environment, I have a whole new appreciation for a well made suit. I am aware that not all the outfits below are work appropriate, ahem that Acne sleeveless blazer, but there are a lot of separates below that can be used for inspiration for the workplace. I’m very aware that all the looks below are also very dark and I’m not saying that your work wardrobe needs to be that way, but that’s personally a rut that I am stuck in in the moment, so that explains my choices below I guess.

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4. Transparent

We’ve seen it in New York and London so we know for a fact that transparent will be everywhere we turn come spring. Not many of us would be willing to go full Rihanna with a totally sheer look, but this is definitely something that you can adapt to your own personal look and style. Olivia Palermo wore a gorgeous look which was dungarees and a sheer finish long sleeve top underneath. Don’t be afraid to bring this trend into your casual every day style.

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5. Lots of Leg

Like the transparent trend, showing off your pins is going to be huge next season, namely with a thigh high slit in your skirt. Again, not for the faint of heart as designers are favouring the hip grazing slits à la Anja Rubik. You can always make these trends more life appropriate. Take some inspiration from Louis Vuitton in the fourth photo below and pair a midi skirt with a long sleeved top and boots for a more discrete take on the trend.

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6. Plumage

We saw this trend in Milan, and I have to say, I am in love. Who wouldn’t want an inky black feathered skirt or an ombre feathered top? I can’t wait to see how the high street takes on this trend in the coming months. I will definitely be on the hunt for some incredible feathered pieces.

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7. The Duster Coat

Love these coats! There’s something so Backstreet Boys circa I Want It That Way about them. I bought a gorgeous light weight black one in Zara in Barcelona and I’ve already worn it to death. It’s so dramatic and sweeping, although it all gets a bit much when there’s a massive gust of wind. I’m on the look out for a white duster coat next, or maybe even one in a bright colour. I recommend keeping an eye out for one for your wardrobe.

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8. Femme Fatale

This is one of my favourite trends! Saint Laurent did this trend to perfection with a gorgeous seventies vibe. Think leather, black, hats, drama, and that French je ne sais quoi. I am already on the hunt to recreate the Saint Laurent look below in the first picture – a leather coat, simple black dress, the hat. I’m even tempted to chop off my hair and bleach it just to look exactly like that!

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9. Keeping it Pretty

The exact opposite to the Femme Fatale look is the pretty, pastel, girlie vibe, which I also love. Aim for florals, peachy pinks, sky blues, delicate ruffles and pretty coordinates. This is a very “spring typical” look, and there’s nothing wrong with that. After long, cold winters, there’s nothing I love more than walking around on a sunny day in spring wearing something pretty and fresh. Embrace it!

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 It’s all over! I’m feeling slightly lost now that I don’t have runway shows to look at! I have to say, there’s a lot to look forward to next season. I feel there’s a trend for everyone but I also feel that there a lot of trends that are very wearable. You know how some times trends are so bonkers that the only place that they work is on the runway? Well I think most of the trends here are completely wearable and something that can be incorporated into existing wardrobes.

Check out my runway reports from New York, London and Milan and don’t forget to look at my Street Style post for some instant inspiration!

x

okaybee

Fashion Week Street Style SS 15

4 Oct

Fashion week is all over for another season. Thankfully, there are plenty of Street Style photographs to get through. I have been avidly looking at street style photos most days since fashion week started, and I feel like I’ve only seen a tiny portion of the photos! I look forward to the street style as much as the runways. You can get so much inspiration from looking at what editors, photographers, models, actors and fellow bloggers are wearing. Obviously, it’s not all going to be looks that we can recreate in our day to day lives. But I love the daring of some people – I’m looking at you Anna Dello Russo! And I love the simplicity of others. I have collected some of my favourite street style looks from this season below. I hope you find as much inspiration from them as I do!

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I highly recommend having a look at some of the incredible street style this weekend. Sit down with a cup of coffee and a notepad and pad and make a shopping list of the looks that inspire you. Better yet, save the list to your phone. This way, when you are out shopping, you will hone in on the items that you actually want. It’s the smarter way to shop! My favourite sites to sift through street style are Vogue, British Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. If you want to see some of the upcoming trends for next season, check out my trend reports from New York, London and Milan. My Paris report is coming soon!

Happy Weekend!

x

okaybee

All images from Vogue, Vogue.co.uk and Harper’s Bazaar

How to Grow Long, Healthy Hair

2 Oct

One of the major trends that emerged from Paris Fashion Week is the trend for long hair. Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Givenchy – they all had long, luxurious locks and went totally against the shorter hair trend that has dominated the runways for several seasons. I’m pretty lucky to have long, healthy hair and I thought I would do a post with some tips on how to grow out your hair. I will remind you that it is a process. Any “quick fix” that you find on the internet simply isn’t true. But there are somethings you can do to help your hair to grow long and healthy.

I asked my friend Jenny to help me out with this post as I want to give you tips depending on your hair type. I have never dyed my hair (apart from pink dye at the ends two summers ago) and I have naturally oily hair. Jenny has highlighted hair and her hair would be dryer than mine. Like me, Jenny has long, thick hair, so she is the perfect person to get some advice from! Below is a picture of the both of us in Vegas last year. Neither of us are wearing extensions, so our tips are definitely working for us!

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1. Regular Haircuts

If you have highlighted or dyed hair, you should aim to have your hair cut every 10 weeks. Split ends lead to thinner hair and regular trims are essential to combating this issue. Lots of people complain that their hairdresser takes too much off, when all you asked for was a one inch trim. Truth be told, if your hairdresser is cutting off more than you ask, it’s probably because you need it. If you are consistent with your cuts, you’ll find that your hair will be stronger from root to tip. Personally, I’m not great with getting my hair trimmed often, however, because I follow the tips below, I find I don’t get many split ends.

2. Blow drying, Curling or Straightening

Regular blow drying, straightening or curling can seriously damage your hair. That level of heat on your hair does it no favours. Personally, I try to avoid using styling tools too often. My hair used to be a lot thinner and I found when I stopped blow drying my hair every time I washed it, and stopped straightening it often, my hair became much healthier. Try to air dry your hair when you can and embrace the more natural look (another huge trend from Paris this season), or wear your hair up occasionally. If you can’t bear the thought of not styling your hair, heat protectors are really important to use. You can either use leave in conditioners, or a spray to put into your hair while it is wet. A small amount goes a long way!

3. Shampoo

It is so important to buy the right shampoo for your hair. Don’t just pick up any old shampoo. You should read reviews, research the right one for you and invest. As Jenny says – your hair is visible at all times. And a good shampoo is the basis to great looking hair. As my hair is oily, I use two shampoos. The first is a shampoo for oily hair and the second is a shampoo for normal hair. My hair needs the two washes as otherwise it isn’t quite clean enough, no matter how much I scrub. If you have dryer or dyed hair, one wash is plenty.

4. Deep Conditioning

Ladies, if you have oily hair like me, skip this step. Deep conditioning will clog your scalp, preventing your hair from growing and will leave your hair looking pretty limp and lifeless. However, if you have dry or highlighted hair, deep conditioning is a must. Spending an extra 5 minutes in the shower with a deep conditioner in your hair will do the world of good. If you have more time, apply a hair mask to your wet hair and wrap in a damp hot towel. After 15 minutes, rinse it all out.

5. The Wash

The reason you get such a great head massage when you have your hair washed at the hair dressers is because they are stimulating the follicles. Spend a bit of time in the shower massaging your shampoo into your head and then rinse with warm water. Be careful as water that is too hot can cause breakages in hair, water that is too cold can thin out hair. Before your put your hair in your towel, squeeze (never twist!) your hair to try to get the excess water out. Twisting your hair can cause breakages, especially as your hair is at its weakest when wet. Also, don’t brush your hair when it’s wet! Use a wide toothed comb and be gentle.

6. Give Your Hair a Break

If you are constantly highlighting your hair, consider having lowlights occasionally. Your hair becomes really susceptible to damage when regularly highlighted. Unless you 100% need to, don’t wash your hair every day. You’re not giving your scalp time to replenish the natural oils and regular washing can wreak havoc on your scalp. Invest in a good dry shampoo and use sparingly to get you through the second day. Don’t forget to give your hair a break from products too. Excessive products can weigh down hair, causing more harm than good.

Following these tips won’t give you Rapunzel hair overnight, but it will give you the right base to grow healthy and strong hair. You can see below how quickly my hair grows. The first picture was taken on New Years Eve last year, three days after I had my hair cut to just below my shoulders. The second picture is from last month, just nine months later. As you can see, my hair has grown really quickly, and before you ask, I promise there are no extensions in my hair!

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Big thanks to Jenny (who you can follow on Instagram to see more pictures of her incredible hair!) for sharing her top tips with me. I hope you all find something useful out of this post. If you would like any more specific information about our hair routines, let me know!

x

okaybee

MFW: The Best Bits SS15

28 Sep

I have to say, I love Milan fashion week. There’s something so vibrant about it. Milan brings the flair to fashion week. However, this year, while still showing a love for all things opulent, Milan was a more understated version of itself. Still sexy and sassy, but with a refined edge. Lots to love and lots to look forward to wearing next season.

1. Belted Coats

The absolute fastest way to make a coat flattering is to belt it. Emmanuelle Alt is a big fan of this trick as am I. It adds shape to your waist and can make a generic coat a little more special. You can either buy a coat that comes with a tie or you can add any variety of belts to your coat collection to instantly, and cheaply, update them. Win win.

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2. Sport Luxe

Sport Luxe is definitely looking to be a big trend next season as we saw in London. Sporty sandals, trainers, tennis whites, stripes – it’s fairly simple to add to your wardrobe for a sporty update. I am especially loving the leather Fendi leather dress with the white and orange details. Such a fantastic take on the trend.

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3. All About Leather

Leather was all over the runway. A Barbie pink dress at Moschino, buttery caramels at Prada, biker reds at Philipp Plein. Leather doesn’t need to be restricted to black leather jackets. It’s time to have fun with it and embrace colour. I love the pairing of the sleeveless studded cream biker jacket, with the white 50’s style skirt at Phillipp Plein. Such a fresh take on the look.

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4. Show Some Leg

So far, including New York and London, this trend is the reigning champion. The trend you definitely need to look out for next season. In fact, you can embrace this trend soon. Pair your skirt with a thigh high slit with boots and a long sleeve top for a autumn take on the trend. You may find that it’s an easier trend to wear than you originally think.

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5. Bringing Back Boho

The bohemian vibe was strong in Milan. Kaftans, boho prints, long floaty maxi dresses in lace with suede waistcoats. It was all there. Sienna Miller and other boho fans will have plenty to choose from next season with Etro, Roberto Cavalli, Missoni and Alberta Ferretti all embracing the boho vibes. Easy to wear, classic festival attire will inescapable next season.

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6. Opulence

This is what Milan is all about. The extravagant, opulent, over the top. It’s what we expect from Milan. Lace at Emilio Pucci, metallics at Roberto Cavalli, cobalt blue dramatic ruffles at Emporio Armani. However, no one does opulent as well as Dolce & Gabanna. Bright reds, bejewelled dresses and boots, intricate lace, detailed corsets, crowns heavy with jewels, florals and slinky black dresses. It was a total feast for the eyes – and wearable when done right.

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7. Seeing Stripes

I’m trying to put into words how much I adore the blue and white striped trouser suit from Emporio Armani, and I just can’t, I love it! Stripes were ever present on the Milan runways showing up as transparent strips, graphic cut outs, and bold colour blocking. Not for the faint of heart, after all, horizontal stripes are hardly the most flattering, but it’s not impossible to pull off this look.

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8. Plumage

Feathers made a few appearances at Milan fashion week and this is definitely a trend I can get behind. I am still on the hunt for the perfect feathered skirt and dress. Next season may be my season to find my elusive skirt and dress if the Milan runway is anything to go by. That powder blue dress from Fendi is perfect in every way – the subtle ombre, the colour, the cut and style. Gorgeous.

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9. Suit It Up

Call it Armani’s influence but there was a lot of work wear appropriate clothing on the Milan runways. Beautiful suits, sharp skirt and cardigan combos, which were anything but dated, and smart midi coats. As I am starting a new job where I need to get a whole new work wardrobe, this trend is especially interesting to me now!

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10. Khaki and Cream

I am loving this neutrals trend that appeared in Milan. Subtle, understated and elegant. Its a great trend to wear now and transition you into next season. Sportmax and Bottega Veneta are favourites of mine leading this trend, see the first three pictures below. The neutral colour palette combined with the front ties is a look that I definitely want to replicate.

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Milan, in it’s slightly less overtly sexy version of itself, has given us lots of gorgeous trends to look forward to next season. The end of Milan fashion week always brings a twinge of sadness as it means that there is only Paris fashion week left. As always, keep a look out for my Paris trend report which I am working on currently, and take a look at my New York and London fashion reports if you missed them.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

x

okaybee

Miami, 2014

27 Sep

Miami was such an incredible trip! I had never been to Miami before and I have to say, I will definitely be back. The beach, the music, the food, the shopping – it’s such a fun place to go with friends and have a ball! After the madness of New York and doing so much walking and running around, it was really nice to have some time to relax by the beach. Although, Miami wasn’t as relaxing as I think we thought it would be!

Day One

We arrived from our New York flight in the afternoon in Miami. The heat was amazing. That’s something I always love about holidays, stepping off the plane and feeling the heat hit you. Love it! We arrived at our gorgeous apartment which was right on the beach, dropped off our bags and headed straight for the beach. It was so nice to walk along the sand and go for a dip in the sea. The weather was quite cloudy but it didn’t matter as we were so hungry and dying for one of those giant cocktails! They are so overwhelming when you first see them, but so tasty! That night we headed to a club called Mansion which had a circus theme. Think acrobats doing tricks in the air over your head and guys with elephant faces dancing around you. So bizarre!

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Day Two

The next day, all we wanted to do was lie by the beach all day. It was definitely time to relax! A few dips in the sea and some sunbathing was exactly what was needed. Sometimes you just want to relax with your friends and have chats. That night we went to Bâoli restaurant for the most delicious meal. There was amazing sushi to start, teriyaki salmon and steak burgers for mains with delicious fresh salad and then an incredible melting chocolate pudding for dessert, with some champagne to wash it down. Not the best night to wear the tightest dress I own! It was so tasty I didn’t even care. Without a doubt, the best meal I had on holiday. We then went to a club called Mynt for a couple of hours before heading to the Wall bar at the W.

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Day Three

Starting your day off at the beach is definitely something that I could get used to. I live so close to the beach here in Dublin, but trust me when I say it really isn’t the same as Miami! Unfortunately, the weather took a bit of a turn and it got pretty gross out. We’re positive girls however and decided to go shopping for the day. A quick trip to PinkBerry for some amazing frozen yogurt and then we headed for Aventura shopping mall. You really do need a map for that place! We headed back to South Beach and the girls went rollerblading. I skipped on the rollerblading as I am about as graceful as a newborn baby lamb on wheels, or ice skates. How cute do those four look though?!

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Day Four

I think I can safely speak for the girls when I say that the Saturday in Miami was one of the best days ever. We went to Hyde pool party at the SLS that afternoon. It was so much fun having champagne by the pool and talking with this really lovely group of guys we met from England. After a while we were all in the pool, absolutely soaked and potentially being the loudest people at the party! As much as I love the beach, sometimes it is lovely to chill by the pool and avoid the sand for a while. That night we went to Calvin Harris at LIV in the Fontaine Bleau. For anyone who has been to Vegas, LIV is definitely up there with the best Vegas clubs. We saw Calvin Harris last year in Hakasan in Vegas, but this time managed to be even better as we were right at the front and had the perfect view of the entire club, and Calvin of course. It was the most incredible day and night, it literally couldn’t have been better!

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Day Five

This was our last full day in Miami and we moved to a hotel called the Mondrian. This hotel is beautiful! Right beside the water with a stunning pool and gorgeous surroundings. We were in heaven! We chilled by the pool all day, ate, had cocktails. It was exactly what we needed after such a crazy day yesterday. We had planned on having a relaxing night in that night, but we ended up being brought on a boat tour of Miami! It was incredible, the Miami skyline is so pretty at night. Our friends brought us to this really nice margarita bar at Bayside mall, which is on the water front. I love the Cuban culture in Miami. There was so much singing and dancing going on around us, it was such a fun night!

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Day Six

Our last day in Miami was all about relaxing by the pool. I honestly could have sunbathed by the pool forever, it was so relaxing. The only thing that stopped the day from being perfect was the fact that we had to say goodbye to two of the girls. One was heading back to New York and one to London. Goodbyes are crappy, I couldn’t hate them more! But we’ll all be reunited soon so it was more of a see you later than a goodbye.

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I would definitely recommend a Miami holiday to anyone. You have the beach, shopping, night life, amazing food – it’s all there! It was the most incredible holiday. Having done two cities one after the other, I’m tempted to do that on future holidays too. It’s almost like a holiday within a holiday.

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Miami was also my last trip of the summer. As soon as I landed back in Dublin, it felt like it was officially Autumn, the presence of Fashion Week also spurs on that feeling for me. I’m looking forward to buying cosy sweaters and coats and all the new adventures coming my way this winter.

x

okaybee

P.S – Big thanks to my girls again for their amazing photos! Aisling, Becky, Jenny & Sarah – love you guys! x

LFW: The Best Bits SS15

24 Sep

London Fashion Week is normally the more edgy fashion week. Young, up and coming designers make their mark with fresh and original designs, while more established designers innovate with fabrics and designs. Burberry brought back the denim jacket, Topshop Unique embraced the sporty vibe and Tom Ford has a decidedly Saint Laurent feel to the collection. Read on to see what my top take away trends from LFW were.

1. Sporty

Many collections had a sport luxe vibe about them this season. Think trainers, sport socks, tennis whites and bodysuits. This trend has gained momentum over the last number of seasons and looks to be huge next spring summer. Part of it’s appeal is that it is so easy to wear. Who doesn’t want to wear trainers everyday? They are the most comfortable gift to women’s feet since the invention of the Birkenstock! To avoid looking like Sporty Spice on the Spice World Tour, keep your colour palette neutral and add splashes of colour like Topshop Unique with the bands of black, wine and orange.

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2. See Through

Like New York Fashion Week, designers in London are also sticking with the transparent trend. Not for the faint of heart obviously, but it can be done in a more subtle way. Layer a slip dress underneath your sheer garment or go for something unexpected like cigarette pants and a string top which would make the sheer garment another layer to your outfit instead of your whole outfit.

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3. Bold Prints

I’ve talked about bold prints before. It’s a love hate relationship for me. This being I love bold prints but they hate me and my 5 foot 2 frame. For those of you that can wear bold prints easily, wear them with confidence. Ease yourself into this trend with a dress or separates that you can pair with neutrals. I’ll be on the hunt for a bold print that doesn’t take over my whole body.

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4. Coats

I adore getting new coats each autumn for the winter ahead. Designers are now looking at the spring summer coat more as we all know how unpredictable the weather is. Look for a gorgeous duster coat that will add length to your body or go more practical with a raincoat in a bright colour. Take note of your wardrobe and the items that you wear most and let this help you to decide what type of coat would fit in best with your style.

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5. Metallics

Metallics were all over LFW. Whether it was a motif on a sweater, a jacket or a dress, metallic is something to watch out for next season. There is a metallic tone to suit everyone. More silver based tones can wash you out so be careful of that. Golden metallics look great but try to avoid anything too yellow as this metallic trend is more subtle.

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6. Decadent

Think layers of ruffles, intricate lace, glossy feathers, and laser cut leather. it all comes together for a decadent, luxurious feel. This trend is very wearable for both daytime and nighttime and you don’t have to commit to a full look. A simple ruffle on a top, a feathered skirt, a lace waistcoat over another top. It really is a trend that you can make your own.

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7. Show Some Skin

This is different to the transparent trends as this is has more of a peek-a-boo effect. Showing some thigh, a sliver of your waistline, a low V in front. It’s about subtle and some not-so-subtle flashes of skin. We saw this in NYFW too, the thigh high slits and the low cut V’s. It can be done tastefully, just think if you are showing your thigh then try to have your arms covered. It will mean that you’re not showing too much skin and keeping the look tasteful.

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8. Denim

Burberry was the main place for denim this season although it did pop up on other runways. A denim jacket or shirt is a great addition to your wardrobe. They are so versatile and easy to wear. I would recommend looking for a darker or medium wash as lighter denim can look very dirty quickly. Pair your denim jacket with something unexpected like a beautiful skirt and sneakers for an unexpected twist on this classic wardrobe staple.

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 Those were my top trends for LFW. I will be uploading my Milan trends post soon. It’s so hard to concentrate on it when I’m also keeping an eye on the Paris shows! Later this week I will also be posting my Miami diary so keep a look out for that!

x

okaybee

New York, 2014

21 Sep

  I am back from one of the best trips I have ever been on! It’s started to become an annual thing that my friends and I head off on a big trip. Last year was Vegas, this year we headed to New York where our friends are living, and then to Miami. It was 10 days of sun, shopping, exploring and crazy nights out. The Miami post will be posted later next week. We did so much that having it all in one post would make it ridiculously long!

Day One

Three of us landed in New York and met up with our friend who flew from London. We headed straight for the juice bar for some essential green juices and then went to get our nails done. It was so nice to sit and chill out while catching up. We then went to Dos Tacos for some incredible food and ate in the sun in Union Square. Later that night we went to this place called the VIP room. We weren’t huge fans of that place to be honest, so we left and headed to Le Bain at the Standard. The views were gorgeous, the cocktails were so tasty and it was great to see one of our friend’s favourite places to go.

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Day Two

On the Sunday morning, I got up super early and headed to Madewell. I have been dying to go to Madewell for so long. I love all their clothes, shoes, accessories – basically everything! The autumn winter stock in Madewell is amazing, I definitely recommend going in and stocking up. Afterwards I met the girls at the Marc by Marc Jacobs accessories shop near Bleeker where I bought a watch that I have had my eye on for a while. For those of you that haven’t been to Marc by Marc Jacobs on Bleeker – warning – there is about 10 different stores and it will take you forever to find the one you want! We headed for brunch and a cocktail after shopping and then walked along The Highline. One of our friends has never been to New York before so we decided to do some touristy things. We went to Macy’s at Herald Square and then to Times Square before heading back to the apartment with all our shopping. That night we went to Not Your Standard Bingo at the Standard. That is definitely something I would recommend that you do the next time you’re in New York. It’s completely crazy and impossible to explain, so just go!

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Day Three

The day started with a delicious breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien. Their chocolate spread is to die for! I could actually eat the blonde and brunette spreads every day for the rest of my life and not get sick of them. After that, a few of us headed off for a helicopter ride of Manhattan. It was the most incredible experience. I’m not lying when I say I was completely terrified, but after a while I, mostly, forgot my fear because the views were so incredible. I will never forget seeing the Statue of Liberty, Central Park and all of Manhattan from up in the sky. If you’re in New York and looking for a unique experience – I highly recommend it! That evening, we headed to Williamsburg in Brooklyn for dinner. It was a bit of a disaster because we are a pretty indecisive bunch as it turns out and we just keep walking around trying to find somewhere that we all wanted to eat. At least we saw a lot of Brooklyn in the end! And we didn’t feel guilty about eating all that pizza (at the restaurant that we finally chose) because we had just walked for miles to get it! Clearly we hadn’t walked enough however, as we walked the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan afterwards. I have seen the New York skyline before at night and there’s really nothing like it. We then headed to the Dead Rabbit for a few cocktails and to give our exhausted feet a break!

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Day Four

We were very slow leaving the apartment on our last full day in New York. We went to Katz Deli for a sandwich. I’ve always wanted to go to Katz Deli. When Harry Met Sally is one of my Dad’s favourite movies and I know he’d love that I had been to the movies most famous scene setting. The food there was so good – best turkey I’ve had in forever! We still had loads of sightseeing that we needed to do so we went to 5th Avenue, Rockefeller, St Patricks Cathedral, Trump Towers and Central Park. It’s amazing how much you can fit into a day when you’re in a rush! After dinner, myself and two of the girls went to 230 Fifth, this lovely rooftop bar with amazing views of the Empire State Building. It was so nice to sit out, over-looking to city, wrapped up in our red robes while we sipped cocktails. It was the perfect end to an incredible few days in New York.

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New York is such an amazing city, I already can’t wait to go back! New York Fashion Week was on the same time I was there, don’t forget to check out my NYFW Trend Report! I will be posting about my trip to Miami in the next couple of days so keep a look out for that!

x

okaybee

P.S – If you’d like to see more photos from my New York trip, check out my friends Instagrams (big thanks to them for letting me use some of their amazing photos!) – Aisling, Becky, Greta, Jenny, Sarah

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