Saturday, May 20, 2017

Saturday Night Styling....The Little Black Dress

It's Saturday and I'm wishing that I was planning an outfit for a Saturday night out. Instead I'm currently sitting at my dining room table blogging while nursing a hangover. Why my head is banging so badly is beyond me as it was only four drinks (a cosmo and three glasses of red). So now I'm doing my best not to listen to that little voice whispering 'is it because you're turning 40 soon? maybe you're just getting old'. Thankfully there's a louder more sensible voice saying age means absolutely nothing. To be perfectly honest the older I get the more I'm enjoying and appreciating life so bring it on.

For those of us, who ARE heading out tonight I have put together a little outfit inspiration. 

It's been a while since I've splurged on an LBD, such a handy piece to have in your wardrobe.  We always feel confident in our fave black dress plus it is so easy to accessorise especially if you are in a hurry to go to a last minute night out. Loving the detail in this black dress below; pockets (we all love pockets), belt to define your waist, the stunning neck tie and the sexy split. It kinda sounds like there is a lot going on, but it works! This classy little black number is from River Island and is also available to purchase on Littlewoods Ireland allowing you to spread the cost or put payment off til payday!

Black tie neck sleeveless dress €60 River Island......Buy Here

Styling Tip
For me the best thing about a black dress or an all black outfit is the fun we can have with accessories. Add pops of exciting colour or striking prints.

Instead of matching your bag and shoes try something different. Tie a colour pop shoe into your outfit by matching it with your nails or maybe with your jewellery.

Vinyl High heel sandals Zara €39.95......Buy Here

 Bag with interchangeable flap €29.95 Zara......Buy Here


Does anyone else love accessories with options? Zara's interchangeable bag has me obsessed. The flap on the front zips off and comes with a second piece to create a completely different bag.....brilliant!! 

Styling Tip
Something I love doing with my bags is adding brooches or gluing on embellishments particularly when I have an occasion, I really enjoy updating a bag to co-ordinate with my outfit.

Gold pearl and diamante ear cuff New Look €3.99......Buy Here

Ear cuffs are my new fave accessory and with my recent short hair cut they really stand out.

Red Carpet Nail Polish Debenhams €10......Buy Here

Hope you enjoyed my outfit inspiration and tips. As always if there is anything you would like to see me feature or if you have any queries do get in touch.

Happy Shopping!!
Elaine xx

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Occasion Outfit Inspiration

Ladies we always have some kind of occasion to look forward to in the near future, personally I have a big birthday in July and also a family wedding. I've no funds this week to purchase an outfit for either occasion, but guys you know me I love browsing for outfit inspiration and putting together looks funds or no funds. Check out this floral midi dress from ASOS I'm loving the floral print and the gorgeous colour combinations. The subtle frill detail around the waist and the neckline is a really pretty feature and we're all loving frills this season.

The open back is very daring but hey it's summer and there's no fun in playing it safe all of the time. To compensate the sexy back the length of the dress is very ladylike and the high neckline very demure, and that's the key to ensuring you look classy is to not over do the skin we have on show. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Red Jumpsuit Outfit Inspiration

Seeing Red? You too? We are seeing the colour red everywhere, it's been a winning colour this summer (literally) Carlow's well know fashionista and milliner Faith Amond dressed in a combination of red and pink bagged herself the crowning glory of Best Dressed at Aintree 2017. Red was obviously catching the eye of the judges that day as two of Faith's competition were also wearing red!

Jumpsuits are most definitely having a moment this summer, I watched Imelda May on The Graham Norton show last Friday night wearing a 'stop you in your tracks' jumpsuit which I just loved on her. So I decided for this outfit post that I would combine the two and feature a stunning red jumpsuit.

The below red jumpsuit from ASOS caught my eye immediately because it's quiet a simple style but has divine detailing on the shoulder. We all love finding pieces that are classic but with a little personality. The price point is also at winner at €49.95

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

What Women Want......Occasional Dresses with Sleeves

If there's only thing I've learned from working in the fashion industry it's that women want sleeves!!! So why if we all love, want, need sleeves is it one of the hardest things to find in a dress?? Just because it's summer and the temperatures are higher does not change the fact that the majority of women hate their upper arms. Hiding our bingo wings isn't the only reason we want sleeves, for an occasion ladies find that if the dress is sleeveless then a cover-up is essential, meaning an extra purchase and extra hassle trying to find wraps, jackets, cardies to suit. The sleeve is what many of us look for especially for occasional dresses and I have found some very temptingly gorgeous dresses with the infamous sleeve. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Cold Shoulder Two Ways

This tops vibrant blue hue is stunning, with a floral print that's just as beautiful. How gorgeous does this top look with the white jeans in the images below? Plus what's not to like about a top that will stun on a night out, dress you up for a daytime event and showcase your tan on your holliers? The Top is just €35 and is available in sizes 8 to 24. And I haven't even mentioned yet the delicious cold shoulder detail that we are literally seeing everywhere and I really love this detail on the frill top. I also like that the top is a nice length giving us a little extra comfort and concealment around the tummy area. Perfection!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The White Dress Two Ways

Woohoo the sun is shining plus it's warm!!! This must mean it's time to pop on a sunshine loving white summery dress. I often say this but nothing looks fresher than white on a sunny day. I found this gorgeous lacy detail shift dress on New Look! I just love the simplicity of the shape which is such a flattering silhouette. While being a simple shape this dress boasts stunning detail and will most definitely be a white dress that will remain in your wardrobe for years, you'll pull it back out again and again.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Relax and Unwind at Doolin Hotel

Guys I'm literally just in the door from a fabulous night away in Doolin, Co. Clare. Oh my god we had such a relaxing and fun time. I loved the hotel we stayed in so much that I had to share it on my blog straight away. This wasn't my first time in Doolin, I was there for a night last year when we stayed in a lovely hostel. While walking to a local pub we noticed a wedding party going into the only hotel in Doolin and I thought if someone chooses this hotel for their wedding venue, then there must be something special about the place. So for yesterdays trip to Doolin I decided to try out Hotel Doolin, it cost €140 for a double room including breakfast. From the outside the Hotel doesn't look like much, the exterior gives nothing away about the stunning interior. The lady on reception was lovely and showed us up to our room. When she opened the door for us and I walked in I was taken a back and really pleasantly surprised by the room's not often that happens when I enter a hotel room. The majority of hotel rooms look very similar and are styled in bland hues with no character, this room was completely different, it was bright and quirky and the attention to detail made it stand out for all the right reasons. I always find when the room I'm staying in is clean, spacious and cheery I instantly unwind and am guaranteed a relaxing stay.