Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Stellar Magazine Fashion Event

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to a new post!

A few weeks ago, I attended the Stellar Magazine Fashion Event in The Chocolate Factory, Dublin, with my friend Síle. It was a last minute decision to go that I had made the day before after receiving an e-mail from Stellar. They say last minute decisions are the best sometimes - this time was true!

The event was held in conjuction with dresses.ie and bPerfect Cosmetics with brands and businesses such as Tropical Popical present on the night as well.

It was all style, fashion and glam from the moment we walked in! Racks of Spring/Summer '18 clothing to browse (as you can see above), tan and makeup demos to watch and the glamorous fashion show to top off the evening. I got lots of inspiration for the season ahead and can tell that florals are going to be big (surprise surprise :), denim jackets will be the go to cover up and cobalt blue will be a popular colour.
We were really taken care of on the night and walked away with lovely goody bags. Inside were bPerfect Cosmetics products, MAC mascara, dresses.ie discount codes and delish Lindt Chocolate, my fave.

Thank you to Tropical Popical also for providing free manicures on the night! I have never been to the salon in Dublin but will definitely be doing so soon. the girls were so friendly, professional and had time for everyone (even with a busy queue!).

Until next time,

Leah x

Monday, 19 March 2018

Back to Basics; Wardrobe Essentials

Hi everyone,
Welcome back to my latest blog post - all about wardrobe essentials. I recently had a poll over on my Instagram page asking what post you would like to see next. Wardrobe essentials was the most popular choice so here it is!
Building a wardrobe is fun. Making it your own and building your personal style and learning what works and does not is all part of it. A solid foundation of wardrobe 'must-haves' or 'essentials' are important for everyone. I touched on this in my wardrobe clear out post but today I want to talk more in depth about these 'essentials'.

1: Jeans (Black and denim)

Jeans, jeans, jeans. Where do I start? They have been around for a long time and they are going to be here for even longer! I would say that jeans are my number one wardrobe item that I wear every day or every other day. Perfect for day and night, can be dressed up and down and are very flattering. Finding a style that suits you is worth it in the long run. My personal favourite: the skinny jean. Favourite stores: Penneys, Pull and Bear, River Island.

2: Blazers

Blazers are a classic, chic and affordable addition to your wardrobe that can literally dress up your outfit in an instant. Nude, black, grey and cream are the basics that will carry you through the year no matter what the season. Team them with jeans, over dresses and skirts, or over shorts and a t-shirt during the Summer. So versatile, so chic and affordable if you shop around. 
My favourite stores for blazers: Zara, Boohoo.com.

3: T-shirts (in a variety of colours)

Yes, it is as simple as that! T-shirts. I remember reading an article written by Lauren Conrad years ago about t-shirts and how important such a small item is in your wardrobe. I did not think too much about it back then but now, I understand. White, black, grey and blue are my favourites. Team with jeans and a blazer, tucked into a leather skirt, under a denim jacket, the list is endless. I recommend investing in quality t shirts that will last, won't turn grey after one wash and won't lose shape after two wears. My favourite store to buy them from is Zara

Picture from Pinterest
4: A Quality Coat

Whether it is grey, black, camel or beige, a good quality, decent coat is your best friend year round and is one that will stay with you for years. Effortless styles such as trench coats or A line button-up coats are popular for a reason. They add an instant sense of 'chic' to your outfit and can really dress you up. Zara, New Look and Penneys carry these throughout the year and can be as affordable as you like.

Picture from Pinterest

Thank you for reading and I hope you picked up some wardrobe tips! Remember, keep it simple, buy smartly and look for quality over quantity!

Leah x

Monday, 26 February 2018

Spring Style: Pastels

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to a new blog post and thank you for the positive feedback about last week's wardrobe clearout post.

Now that your wardrobe has been cleared out, it is time to start focusing on introducing new pieces for the Spring and Summer time. Trends such as florals, pastels and denim are clear winners when it comes to this season and it is obvious why. Today, we are going to look at pastels - my personal favourite!

If you are new to pastel palettes or just don't know where to start with the trend, fear not! Subtle changes and additions work perfectly and can often be the best way to approach the trend.

Pastel blue, pink, lemon and beige are just some of the beautiful colours we are introduced to and they certainly help in brightening up our wardrobe and mood.

Pastel pink is a subtle, feminine colour that can be worked through a blazer such as the one I have pictured below:

I picked this up in Zara last Summer and it really has become a staple item in my wardrobe. I reach for it for day time workwear as well as evening wear such as the outfit above. It was €49.95 and totally worth it.

Shoes are another area where you can bring in pastels in a subtle way if you prefer to keep your outfits more classic and demur. 

These cute brogues are from Clarks and are very comfortable (comfort is key they say!) and go with denims, black skinnies as well as white jeans. Similar pairs can be found in Penneys.

My all time favourite colour is baby/powder blue so I am quite happy when Spring comes around as I can wear it as much as I want! I picked up this scarf from Penneys for around €6 and have not taken it off since!

As I mentioned before, pastels can be introduced through accessories in a subtle way. Scarves are a great way to do this and do not have to cost a fortune. This blanket scarf will be perfect for those summer evenings where it gets chilly but you'll still look chic!

I am going to post a few pictures of pastel inspiration at the end of this post. The options are endless!

Thank you for reading and I hope you found some pastel inspiration,

Leah x 

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(Pictures sourced from Pinterest)

Friday, 23 February 2018

Tackling the Wardrobe Clearout

Hey everyone,

That time of year again! Spring cleaning, wardrobe clear outs, freshening up your wardrobe staples and dusting off the pastels. There is no better feeling than a fresh, clean and down sized wardrobe of items that you genuinely like and use (with a little bit of space for new purchases of course). However, is it ever that easy to just 'clear' the wardrobe out? I think not.

Holding on to that dress 'just incase', keeping all 9 pairs of jeans because you've built up a collection over the years or keeping all of the nice tops that you might wear if you possible go somewhere. All of these thoughts and excuses creep in when it comes to clearing out and often leave us with the same wardrobe we started with. Not anymore!

Picture taken from Pinterest
In this blog, I am going to share some tips that I find helpful when it comes to clearing out my wardrobe and what exactly I do with my old clothes. It can be a very rewarding process and one that some find therapeutic. Personally, I dedicate a day or a good chunk of the day to this job and set out with the intention of filling at least one large plastic bag. This takes us to tip number one; set a goal.

1. Set a goal: Whether it is how many bags you want to fill, how many drawers you want to have empty as storage or a particular area you want to totally revamp, set yourself a goal you want to have achieved by the end of the day/period of time that you do the clear out.

2. The one year rule: The old reliable rule. Honestly, if you haven't worn something in a year (or four) then it is time to go. It is likely that you won't be wearing it any time soon and certainly not within the next year.

3. Keep it basic:  When it comes to wardrobe basics and staple items such as denim jeans, black skinny jeans, white/black/grey tees, blazers and coats, keep the amount you have low but of good quality. I suppose you could say quality over quantity in this case. It is far better to have two decent white t-shirts of good quality than buying a new one every other week for €1.50 that will be grey pretty soon and just take up space when you buy a new one. The same goes for denims and blazers. The fact that you have less will naturally lead to a neater wardrobe with minimal clutter.

4. Ask a friend/family member: Another good idea is to ask a friend or family member to help you with the most difficult decisions. For me, my mum is the person I go to and can trust her opinion in whether something needs to stay or go. Be prepared for some advice or decisions that you might not expect though haha!

5. Would I really buy this again?: Two questions I have found asking myself in past clear outs are 1: 'why on Earth did I buy this?' and 2: 'if I saw this on sale today would I buy it again?'. If the answer is no then say good bye! Too much money is spent on 'bargains' that we really only buy because  they are on sale. Remember this the next time you see a €5 skirt or half price pair of shoes that you really do not need.
Picture taken from Pinterest

If you have made it past the clear out stage and are left with a few bags of clothes, well done! There are so many things you can do with old clothing instead of just dumping.

1. Set up a Depop account and sell any pieces that still have tags or are in pristine condition.
2. Donate to charity shop.
3. Donate to a clothing bank.
4. Pass them on to family members (youngest of four children in my family haha)
5. Have your bags weighed and receive money per kilo in certain Buy and Sell businesses

I hope this post has inspired some of you and that feel ready to tackle your wardrobes!

Thank you so much for reading and happy Spring cleaning!

Leah x

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Its Been a While

Hi everyone,

As you can tell from the title of this post and from the break I have taken from blogging over the last few months, it has been a while since I've sat down to write.

A lot has happened over the last few months that inevitably led to my blog taking a back seat for a while.
In August, I started my first teaching job which was a big milestone in my career. I now live and work in Dublin and am absolutely loving it!
I recently qualified as Primary School Teacher and for the last 6 months have been 'doing the Dip' which took up a lot of my time. It is a very time consuming, sometimes stressful and hard working period that requires a lot of time, energy and determination. I finished it at the end of January and am now fully probated which is amazing.

I have travelled a lot in the last 12 months- New Zealand, New York, London, Amsterdam and another trip to London happening in four weeks and New York in three months. I have a new found love for travelling and intend to do as much as I can while I can.

For these reasons and a few others, my blog took a little rest. But now, I am ready to get back to it and am more determined than ever to write, create great content for readers, engage with other bloggers and completely throw myself back into my passion - fashion.

During this time off, I have developed my style and fashion even more and am more comfortable within myself and my style than ever before. I am so excited to get started again and have already started to write new blog posts for you all.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I'll see you in the next post!

Leah x