Longitude 2014

22 Jul

I’m still in recovery mode after a brilliant weekend at Longitude. It was definitely worth the exhaustion I’m feeling now! Sorry it’s taken me so long to do this post!

It’s difficult to say what the best act was; Sam Smith, Rudimental, Disclosure, Cyril Hahn, Hozier, James Vincent McMorrow, Ben Howard, George Ezra, Banks, they were all amazing. The only people I’m so disappointed that I didn’t see was Haim. You might know that I have a huge girl crush on Haim. I caught the very end of their act and was so annoyed with myself that I missed it. Next time they’re in Dublin I’m definitely going!

Day One: Various weather forecasts told me there would be rain, thunderstorms, potential flooding… There wasn’t. Black jeans were not fun in the heat! At least I wasn’t the only one that got stuck in the jeans trap. George Ezra and Ben Howard were brilliant! I spent most of my time in the Heineken tent though, their photo booth was so much fun!

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Day Two: I was prepared for the dun today! I wore these boots/wellies from Penny’s. They’re great because they don’t really look like wellies so I was delighted to find them. I wore My Topshop Brooke shorts with a white off the shoulder top from H&M and a silver body chain I bought on Asos a while ago. So much more comfortable in the heat! I saw Disclosure, Sam Smith, Cyril Hahn and Hozier as well as parts of a few other acts. Such a brilliant day!

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Day Three: I kept to the same idea on Sunday – shorts and a crop top but added a kimono this time. The kimono is River Island, The crop top is Urban Outfitters, the leather shorts are Topshop and the boots are River Island. The main act I wanted to see on Sunday was Rudimental. I didn’t care what happened as long as I saw them. I have been obsessed with the song feel the love for over three years, I swear it kept me sane when I was doing my thesis. They did not disappoint! Such an incredible atmosphere – so glad I saw them finally!20140722-112227-40947128.jpg20140722-112227-40947637.jpg20140722-112228-40948302.jpg

So there you have it, my Longitude diary. I had an amazing weekend and caught up with lots of friends that I haven’t seen in ages. The sun shining all weekend was an amazing added bonus.

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I’d love to hear about any festivals you guys have gone to this summer or see your festival outfits – I’m always looking for inspiration!

x

okaybee

Easy Like Sunday Morning

19 Jul

Ok so today’s post is a mini outfit round up. I am at a festival called Longitude this weekend so I will hopefully round up those outfits in one post later next week. Although I don’t have the best track record of photographing my outfits at events or holidays…. I promise to try though!

Sunday was super chilled out and exactly what I needed after the Arctic Monkey’s the night before. We had a load of family over for a big, yummy brunch. I met my cousin’s new born son for the first time too. Oh my goodness, baby Aidan is the cutest little dude I have ever seen! He’s 10 weeks now and full of personality! I wished they didn’t live in London so I could see him more!

Anyway, due to me being a little hungover, a lot tired and in serious need of some food, I wore a loose comfortable outfit. The loose patterned pants are my sisters. It makes no sense for me to keep stealing her trousers because she is so much taller than me! But I was comfortable, that’s all I cared about. I paired it with a long sleeved black top and a long gold chain which was quickly tossed to the side when I realised it might be poking Aidan during cuddles.20140716-131610-47770377.jpg

Patterned Pants: Topshop

Black Top: Zara

Gold Necklace: Forever21

Back to work on Monday and I decided to throw on my new Birkenstocks. They are so comfortable. I definitely want to get the black pair too. I can see the white pair being difficult to keep clean. I wore one of my favourite double denim combos with my Birks – white and light blue denim. My big, bulky, non-working gold watch and vintage bracelet finished off the look.20140716-131611-47771348.jpg

Blue Denim Shirt: Penny’s

White Jeans: Topshop

White Birkenstocks

Gold Watch: Asos

Yesterday I wore the Birks again but the sun was out so I decided to wear a skirt in the hope that my legs would see some sun. I don’t know how I thought that would happen working in an office…. but there’s always lunch time! I left a little like Cher from Clueless in this outfit. I’m not quite sure why, but it’s definitely a vibe I am more than happy to channel.

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Black Cardigan: H&M

White Cami: Forever21

Black Leather Skirt: Zara

White Birkenstocks

Gold Necklace: Monsoon

Fingers crossed that I actually take some photos of my looks this weekend for you guys to see! Enjoy your weekend!

x

okaybee

Arctic Monkeys

17 Jul

Last Saturday I went to the Arctic Monkeys with some of my best friends. It was a very last minute decision. One of our friends was home from Toronto for one night only and had a ticket for the Arctic Monkeys. Cue mad scramble to find three more tickets so that we could all go as a group! We got it all sorted the day before and I’m so glad I went.

We had the funniest day! From drinking on my friends roof before, singing on the bus and spilling beer literally everywhere at the concert. It was great to have most of our group of friends back together, it’s been about 2 years since we’ve all properly seen each other.

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I’ll be honest, I was too busy having a good time to worry about getting a photo of my outfit! I wore black high waisted jeans from Topshop with a white and black crop top. Probably wasn’t the best choice with all the bloating effects of beer, but what can you do. I threw on my leather jacket and had my green rain coat from the Gap, just incase. My boots were actually this great pair of wellies I got in Penny’s that day, so last minute I know. I’ll get a good photo of them and show you guys soon.20140716-124847-46127148.jpg

I kept make up simple because when you’re out all day, the last thing you want is to have to touch up elaborate make up several times. A little Studio Sculpt from MAC, bronzer, mascara and a slick of liquid liner was all I bothered with on my skin and eyes. I wore MAC Lady Danger on my lips to brighten up my outfit.
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The concert was incredible. I would definitely recommend to go and see them live. I hadn’t seen them in years so it was great to hear their new songs live too. Also, my crush on Alex Turner has now reached crazy proportions!

I’m headed to a festival called Longitude this weekend. Three days on music ahead of me! I promise to be better at taking photos of my festival outfits this time!

x

okaybee

Back on Track

15 Jul

Finally getting back on track and reviewing my week in outfits. A few days later than normal but it’s been hectic! I was just back from Frankfurt and I was pretty much a zombie all last week. Quite a mix of styles this week for you guys.

On Monday, I was not feeling very colourful, although a quick look back over my outfits shows that I don’t usually feel too colourful. Anyway, I decided to brighten things up a bit with red Converse. I haven’t worn these in forever, my sister thought they were new! A simple, comfortable outfit to ease me into the week. 20140715-110815-40095383.jpg

Black Leather Jacket: Topshop

Black Blouse: Zara

Black Jeans: Topshop

Sunglasses: Topshop

Red Converse

Tuesday I looked into my wardrobe and spotted this linen blazer that I haven’t worn in forever. It’s really lightweight and I love throwing it on to dress up simple outfits. My serious lack of photography skills means you don’t really see the jacket against the sweater so well… Really should work up the courage one day to get someone to take photos of my outfits.20140715-110816-40096657.jpg

Linen Blazer: Topshop

Black Sweater: Zara

Jeans: Gap

Boots: Topshop

Necklaces: Accessorize

The sun was shining brightly on Wednesday and I made sure to take advantage of it! I wore my leather Sandro skirt that I am literally in love with. It feels incredible and the cut is just perfect. I paired the skirt with a simple white cami and tan sandals.

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Skirt: Sandro

Cami: Forever 21

Sandals: Aldo

I am generally at my happiest when I am in an over sized sweater, trainers and menswear. So you can imagine that I was pretty delighted with myself wearing two out of three of those things on Thursday. Don’t really know what’s going on with my hair. It’s doing it’s own thing and I was clearly too lazy too care that morning!20140715-110819-40099882.jpg

Sweater: Vero Moda

Jeans: Topshop

Sneakers: Nike

Friday was another Converse day. These ones will never be mistaken as being new however. They were white at one stage but now they are a murky grey colour. I don’t even care as they are so worn in they fit like a glove. A casual plaid shirt and my favourite ripped jeans finished off the look.20140715-110820-40100743.jpg

Shirt: Topshop

Tee: Isabel Marant

Jeans: Topshop

Converse

We’ve been having some really amazing weather lately and it’s creating some kickass sunsets. I went for a big walk along the Dun Laoghaire Pier with my friend during the week. Even I have to admit that I got a pretty good shot of the sunset across Dublin.I”m such a sucker for sunsets!

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I will catch you guys up on my busy weekend very soon I promise. I finally met my cousins new baby (cuteness overload) and had an amazing time at the Arctic Monkeys concert with my friends, but that’s for another post!

x

okaybee

Couture Week

14 Jul

Lots of people tend to ignore Couture Week. After all, who, apart from celebrities attending red carpet events, would possibly have an occasion to wear those gowns? Well there are a couple of good reasons to keep an eye on Couture Week and the main one is because trends do originate from there. We saw sneakers in the last Couture Week and now sneakers are incredibly popular in ready-to-wear. I guarantee there will be trends from this Couture Week that we will soon be wearing.

With that in mind, I’m going to show you guys some of my favourite looks from Couture Week as well as the trends that I think will continue to ready-to-wear. Designers include Chanel, Dior, Valentino, Maison Martin Margiela, Elie Saab, Giorgio Armani Prive, Giambattista Valli and Versace.

Sheer – Sheer isn’t going anywhere, sheer skirts in particular. Bad news for the ladies that want to hibernate their legs this autumn winter. Be a little playful with the sheer skirt, keep it lady like with the longer pencil length, but mix prints for something a little more youthful.

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Full Skirt – the full skirt came out in dresses, skirts and even coats. It’s a very flattering style on most shapes and sizes. Try a skirt with pleats for a look with a little less volume. Tone down the style with a casual tee or cami.

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Spots and Stripes- I loved the different spots and stripes in Couture Week. In particular the fourth outfit below with the different sized polka dots. Such a pretty, playful look. Petite ladies, stick to vertical stripes to add length to your body.

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White – the all white outfit is a favourite of mine. It’s fresh and can look incredibly elegant. Add touches of grey, silver or gold to break up the look, like Chanel did. Or you could add a strong colour like a bright blue shoe or bag.

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The Full Length Coat – Ok so full length coats were really only featured in Dior, but they are so flawless I really couldn’t leave them out. Effortless, chic, and so versatile, the full length coat is going to be a staple this coming season. Hunt down a suitable style for your shape and wear it to death.

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Red – Red is a flattering colour on most skin tones. If red seems too much for your wardrobe, I can relate. I stick to a palette of black, white and grey mainly. Instead, try starting with a red lipstick or sweater and work your way to a hot red dress!

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Graphic Monochrome – Graphic, structured, monochrome – these outfits are very ‘me’. I love how modern each look is, and many of them are easy to recreate. Although I don’t know if I’ll be recreating the boiler suit any time soon.

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For the Red Carpet – Ok so maybe these dresses won’t be making their way into the ready-to-wear trends soon, but we can look forward to seeing some of them on the red carpet. You can guarantee that there will be many stunning Elie Saab dresses gracing the red carpet very soon.

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Ruffles – Similar to the red carpet dresses, these looks are not your average every day look. I hope to see one or two stars attempt these incredible looks on the red carpet. They have such impact and really stand out from the crowd.

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Couture week is over for another season. I think it was a very strong collection of looks. There is huge potential to see many of these looks in ready-to-wear in the coming months.

I will get around to posting my outfit round up for last week soon. It was a crazy busy weekend, so I’m a little behind but I’ll catch up soon!

x

okaybee

Photo Credit: Vogue.co.uk

Frankfurt, Germany

8 Jul

I got back from Frankfurt yesterday evening, what a crazy couple of days! Our flight was super early on Friday morning which I actually love because it means you have more holiday time. We arrived into the city that afternoon. Frankfurt is beautiful! It’s kind of built up with these amazing skyscrapers, but there’s also gorgeous old buildings too.

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We found out there there is a roof top bar in the summer called Long Island Summer Lounge. It was incredible. The view was amazing and because the Germany game in the World Cup was on, there was a great atmosphere. It was even crazier when Germany won their match!

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Everyone was so friendly and really nice. It was the perfect start to the holiday because we could just relax and have a few drinks in the sunshine while everyone else was panicking watching the game! You’ll see below that the bar man jumped up onto the bar to look at the huge screen better when Germany scored a goal!

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No matter where we went, the view was incredible. My favourite view was from our balcony at night. You could see so much and sit out and have a drink before heading out. I also loved sitting there first thing in the morning when we came in from our night out and watching the sun come up. So relaxing!

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I ate so much junk food over the weekend! It was so bad, I was like a magnet to MacDonald’s and pizza. I’m going to have to make a lot of kale juices to make up for it over the next couple of days!

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Another day, another sunrise. I’m such a sucker for sunrises and sunsets!

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So that’s all for my Franfurt diary. I would definitely recommend going to Frankfurt for a weekend. It’s such a gorgeous city. You’ll notice yet again that I have no photos of my outfits. It’s like as soon as I leave Ireland, I completely lose the ability to take them. The same thing happened in Spain! I promise to try to be better on my next trip.

I hope you all had a great weekend!

x

okaybee

 

Mini and Maxi

3 Jul

I only realised this morning just how much I need to clear out my wardrobe. It appears to be taking longer and longer everyday to actually find the clothes I’m looking for. I think I have wardrobe envy thanks to my sister. Although she has very kindly allowed me to take over some of her new wardrobe with winter coats and full length dresses… Even then she still has tonnes of space!

Anyway, enough of my jealousy! I went out on Saturday night with my girls. We haven’t been out properly together in two and a half months so it was a big deal. Also, big congratulations to all my friends who finished their accounting exams!

I had a new green dress on the entire time I was getting ready and then last minute I changed into this. This leather mini skirt is one of my best buys ever, it’s a great piece to have in my wardrobe. I paired it with this white crop and kept to the monochrome look.

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Leather skirt: Asos

White Crop: Topshop

White Bandeau: American Eagle

Heels: Zara

I kept my make up and hair simple. My hair is naturally pretty straight so I decided to embrace it rather than to curl my hair like I normally do. Nothing too crazy make up wise. I decided to go with a bold lip and keep everything else pared back. The lipstick is Party Parrot by MAC and I’m wearing RImmel Waterproof liquid liner. You can see more make up details on my Summer Essentials post.

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I am one of those people that when it comes to clothing, I want to be comfortable. That is my number one priority. After that, the look is obviously very important. But I always think, if you’re not comfortable in something, then you won’t feel or look good, no matter how beautiful the garment is. I’ve learned that the hard way over the years by wearing sore shoes, dresses that were too tight, jeans that were uncomfortable… the list goes on and on.

As you can see from the loose fitting, practically pyjamas outfit below, I’m not like that anymore! These pants are actually my sisters, but I woke up and all I wanted to wear was nice, relaxed, printed trousers. Sister with the amazing new wardrobe to the rescue! I paired it with a silk t shirt and some chunky gold jewellery to make it a little less “Hey I just got out of bed and now I’m here”.

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 Printed Pants: H&M

Silk T Shirt: Sandro

Sandals: Aldo

Watch: Asos

Necklace: Topshop

The comfort-is-key theme continued yesterday with my beloved maxi and a light blue cami to match. As you can see I also kept my hair straight for the rest of the week. It’s really more laziness than anything else!

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Maxi Skirt: River Island

Watch: Asos

Wishbone Necklace: Marc Jacobs

Shoes (even though you can’t see them!): Zara

So that’s all I have for my outfit round up this week as I am off to Frankfurt first thing in the morning for a flying visit! I can’t wait to tick another German city of my list of places to see.

Follow me on Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date with my adventures in Frankfurt and I will post a diary soon after I’m back.

Have a great weekend, and Happy 4th of July to all my American readers!

x

okaybee

Back to Selfies

28 Jun

So you may have noticed the total lack of outfit posts (selfies) over the last few weeks. The first reason was because I was on holiday, and we didn’t have a full length mirror. Now a normal person would just get their friends to take a photo of their outfit. Despite the fact that I have been blogging now for over a year, the thought of getting someone to take a photo of my outfit for this blog for some reason makes me anxious. I always feel I’ll end up looking ridiculous or trying too hard.

The second reason was that we were getting a lot of work done on our house for about two weeks. I came home from Spain to discover that my room had been taken hostage and there was stuff literally everywhere. Clothes, photo frames, furniture, random shit. It was pretty annoying as I’m fairly strict about keeping my room tidy and pretty. So without access to full length mirrors for a week, I hate to think how awful I looked for that week, the selie train was halted.

But now I’m back! My room is clean. The house is done and I’m super happy that things aren’t all over the place anymore. So, rant over, and onto the outfits.

Here is where having another person take the photo would probably come in useful because then you might actually be able to see that this top is dark green…. Anyway, you’ll just have to take my word for it. I hadn’t worn my heeled boots in forever, so I decided to take them for a walk. As you can see my hair is huge! Seriously, my hair was freshly curled and there was a major wave going on. I decided to embrace it rather than brush it out for my normal bed head look.

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Top: Zara

Jeans: Topshop

Boots: Topshop

Necklaces: Accessorize and Topshop

It was so nice and sunny yesterday, which lead to a much clearer and brighter photo for your guys. I got this sweater a while ago in H&M and regular readers of Okaybee (hi guys!), will know I wear it a lot. It’s one of the brightest things I own and I always like throwing it on when I feel I’ve been wearing too much dark clothing. I paired this with the same ripped jeans that I adore, and my new slip-ons that everyone seems to love. And for good reason, whats not to love about mesh, polka dot, summer slip-ons?

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Sweater: H&M

Jeans: Topshop

Slip-Ons: Zara

Gold watch: Asos

As you can see, my mega waves in the last outfit had toned down to a soft wave yesterday. My hair holds a curl quite well. Even now typing this, there is still a good wave to my hair. For make up, I have MAC Studio Fix on and then a little MAC Full Coverage on top to get rid of my blotchy red face. A little bronzer for a slight contour. I’m wearing MAC Tart & Trendy lipstick which I’ve blogged about before a few times. I wanted to keep the overall vibe summery and fresh.

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x

okaybee

 

Puerto Banus, Spain

21 Jun

Sorry it’s taken me so long to fill you in on my holiday in Spain. I’ve needed a few days to just relax and hang out with my family. Puerto Banus was amazing! I had such a great time. We relaxed by the pool, at the beach, ate amazing food, had loads of wine and cocktails and met some amazing people.

I’ve put together some of my favourite photos of the holiday, I hope you enjoy them! Also, sorry for the lack of outfit posts both on holiday and since I’ve been back. There’s a lot of crazy work going on in my house so it’s difficult to find a spot to take photos. Hopefully I’ll be back up and running soon!

My day began with a coffee and ended with an amazing cocktail – the best way to be really! I love this travel purse by Michael Kors. It fits everything you need no problem and doubles up as a clutch for nights out.

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The absolute best way to begin your day is cherries, strawberries and peaches by the pool. Look at how gorgeous the water is! We stayed in a place called Los Naranjos. So pretty and peaceful.

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Saturday was definitely one of the weirdest, most fun days we had while we were away. We went to Plaza Beach and ended up making friends with so many people around us. From the couple beside us, who insisted on pouring wine into our mouths, to a huge group of Americans who we in Spain for a wedding. There’s some pretty bizarre photos below!

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Here is me and my girls Jenny and Sarah before a night out. All coordinated in white, which was mostly unintentional! My crop top is from Topshop, the bandeau is American Eagle and then the skirt is Bershka. I’m literally obsessed with crop tops lately. I can’t seem to stop buying them!

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Puerto Banus really is so beautiful. We went out for a gorgeous dinner one night. Afterwards, we walked down the port with ice cream watching the sun set. It’s such a pretty place, I definitely recommend that you visit sometime. 20140621-194658-71218831.jpg

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I’ll admit to not being much of a football fan, so the World Cup isn’t really my thing, but even I have to admit it was fun watching the games over in Spain. There was so many people on holidays in Puerto Banus, so no matter where you went, or what game was on, there was always someone supporting that team and nervously watching the game. I love this chalkboard mural that we spotted!20140621-194700-71220866.jpg

Below is the beach that we liked to go to and where we were staying. It was so gorgeous and sunny everyday. I think even my pale Irish skin picked up a little tan!

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One night we went out for the most delicious dinner in a place called La Salla. It was amazing. I literally inhaled everything which is why I don’t have photos of the incredible food for you guys. But trust me, it was to die for! The three of us got dressed up for dinner. I’m in a super comfortable patterned jumpsuit from H&M.20140621-194704-71224116.jpg

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I want to show you guys this one last photo. We had a 9.15 pm flight back to Ireland. I ended up falling asleep because it had been a super busy week. When I woke an hour later, the sky was incredible. I ended up watching the sky change the whole way home. We literally followed the sunset back to Dublin. One of those incredible sights that I won’t forget.20140621-194818-71298885.jpg

So that concludes my Spanish adventure. I’m already planning my next trip! I think I had major wanderlust at the moment so little trips will keep me going! I’d love to hear about your travel plans or any recommendations you have for trips.

x

okaybee

Pre Holiday Prep

12 Jun

It’s finally time to jet off to Marbella! So excited to lie in the sun for a while and relax. This week has been pretty busy between work, holiday prep, my little sister’s end of year school shows and a million other things. I’m so glad to have a week of relaxation ahead of me!

On Monday I decided to keep everything pretty classic. A crisp white shirt, black jeans, tan Chelsea boots and my favourite hat. Nice and simple and so easy to throw on.

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Chelsea Boots: Topshop

Jeans: Topshop

Shirt: COS

Hat: Topshop

Tuesday I was feeling the military vibe. The outfit looked a little dull and lacking, but I found that adding the eagle necklace added that extra detail that was needed. I’ve had this jacket forever. So easy to wear and goes with so much. I consider it to be an essential like a denim jacket, a black blazer and a leather jacket.20140611-152028-55228927.jpg

Chelsea boots: Topshop

Jeans: J Brand

Sweater: COS

Necklace: Topshop

Army Jacket: Urban Outfitters

Nothing beats jeans and converse some days. I have had this striped top for ages and I think it really completes the casual look. To stop the look from being too basic, I did a messy fishtail braid in my hair. I love this look as its something a little different and quite easy to do once you get the hang of it.

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Shoes: Converse

Jeans: Topshop

Sunglasses: Topshop

Top: COS

I might decide to do a video tutorial for the fishtail braid soon. I’ve never done a video tutorial before so I don’t know if it will work out or not! Let me know if it is something you guys would like to see and I can look into it.20140611-152030-55230489.jpg

I will be posting again as soon as I’m back so things might be a little quiet around here for a while! Follow me on Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date with my holiday snaps! I’m off to finish packing!

x

okaybee

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