Friday, June 23, 2017

5 Ways to Wear Red

Red is a strong colour this season, but then I always find red to be a great summer colour. It works brilliantly with navy's and whites, and is terrific for adding a burst of colour to your favourite neutral pieces. I feel red is a colour that you won't tire of and you'll be content to keep in your wardrobe for years to come, unlike some of the other trending colours at the moment like yellow. Today I have put together my 5 must-have Red Pieces to add to your wardrobe.


No 1. The Statement Coat

I love a statement coat!! If you've been hanging around the house in a simple jeans and top and need to pop out somewhere, throwing on a statement coat instantly makes you look like you've gone to huge effort. I'm not one for saving things for 'good wear'. First I like to get an occasion out of something new and then I like to mix it in with my casual wardrobe, getting lots of wear out of every piece I own and getting value for money.

 Frilled Sleeve Coat Was €89.99 Now €59.99 from Zara......Buy Here

Frilled Sleeve Coat Was €89.99 Now €59.99 from Zara......Buy Here


Styling Tip
When buying into trends, for example the statement sleeve trend (as featured in this Zara Coat), it's a good idea to look ahead to next season and put your money into details that will carry through. No one can afford to get one season out of purchases! The good news with the sleeve trend is that it will continue to be big for autumn/winter 2017, making it a good trend to buy into. So yes you can buy the coat and no you won't feel guilty!


No 2. A New Top

A new top is my next suggestion of how to add red to your wardrobe. A new top instantly gives you a new outfit by teaming it with your favourite jeans. It's good to remember that you can never have too many tops in your wardrobe. We all live in our denims and our upper half is what gets the most attention. A top like the one below is brilliant for a night out and then you can add it to your casual wear. I find the cold shoulder is easier (more comfortable) to wear than the off the shoulder tops that are everywhere at the moment. 


 Red Frill Cold Shoulder Top €40 from River Island......Buy Here

Red Frill Cold Shoulder Top €40 from River Island......Buy Here


No. 3 A Print

Red is too strong a hue for some complexions and it's definitely not a good colour if you suffer from facial redness. Don't let that stop you getting your red on though, instead look to a print with red in it. You can then accentuate the red detail in the print by adding some red accessories to your look.

Styling Tip
V-neck tops are extremely flattering on larger boobs, it has a slimming effect and will also showcase your assets. The peplum is terrific for balancing a strawberry shape (larger on top than bottom half). That said, I do find the peplum works well on most shapes.

 Mulit Embroidered Top €67 from Next......Buy Here

 Mulit Embroidered Top €67 from Next......Buy Here


No. 4 Accessories - The Bag

Accessories are a brilliant way of adding a fun pop of colour to your neutrals. It's also an inexpensive way of treating your wardrobe to a seasonal update.

I've still only got eyes for crossbody bags at the moment. This red shade is simply stunning (also available in white!) and the ring detail is very trendy this season. The bag is part of Zara's 'Join Life' range and is made from water based PU meaning its kinder to the planet as it's 100% recycled.

 Join Life Oval Crossbody Bag with Ring Detail Was €17.95 Now €12.95......Buy Here


No. 5 More Accessories - The Shoes

When talking about red accessories red shoes are a must! I have a simple pair from New Look and I just love them, they get so many compliments. Red is definitely a great colour to have in your shoe collection. Check out these babies which I found on Next (also available in Black). They are just wow. Just imagine teaming with your LBD or your black skinnies


 Red Frill Point Court Shoes €53 from Next......Buy Here
Red Frill Point Court Shoes €53 from Next......Buy Here


For more Red hot inspiration check out my recent blog post on how to style a Red Jumpsuit


I hope you guys enjoyed reading my post and found it inspiring! As always if there is anything you would like me to feature or if you would like any personal style tips please contact me on elainemscully@gmail.com

Happy Shopping!!
Elaine
xx

Monday, June 19, 2017

My Top 6 Summer Dresses

It's another gloriously sunny day here in Carlow. The heat is so intense I have to keep coming in out of it, we're just not used to it. Absolutely loving it though, everyone is in such good form! Plus I'm loving listening to the little girl next door splashing in the paddling pool with her friend, they're full of giggles and excitement. It's a long time since I filled a padding pool for mine. My two are 22 and 15 but I did get to fill the bath for my youngest this morning. One day soon, that'll stop too. A huge part of me wants to pause the clock and rewind but a bigger part of me is enjoying watching my boys grow into men that I'm beyond proud of.

Got a little side tracked there (kids will do that to you) Anywho, today I've just been hanging around the house trying to enjoy some sunshine, as I was working the last two days. I pulled out a sundress that I bought in Penneys I think 2 years ago. We all have summer pieces that we pull out every summer and are filed under the category 'just for wearing in the garden'. Well this dress is one of those. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Navy, White and Blue, Summers Faithful Colour Combination

Happy Saturday guys!! Hope you're planning on enjoying some sunshine and relaxation or better yet some retail therapy. Earlier this week I was browsing through Vogue.com and drooling over designer looks for Spring Summer 2017, and I shared the following pic on my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Agnona Spring/Summer 2017 RTW British Vogue......See full collection here

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How to wear florals if you're not a girly girl

Who said you can't get your blossom on if you're not a girly girl? Floral prints have really bloomed this summer, making it hard not to add some flowers to your style. Florals don't have to mean pretty and girly, you can still have an edgy attitude to your style while delving into the floral madness.


The easiest way to pick a bloom that's not going to look like you're off to an afternoon tea party, is to go for a dark colour. Surprisingly enough there seems to be a huge choice of black florals at the moment. I decided I'd tempt you with a khaki coloured dress instead, really liking khaki right now. I'm wearing my River Island khaki boots to death!!



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

How to add warm layers to your Summer Style

Hello there lovelies!! Last week I featured a post on some cheap and cheerful tops to top-up your wardrobe (you can read said post here). It got me thinking, it's great picking up a few new tops but when it comes to wearing them casually everyday we need to have layers to match. I love looking at other bloggers outfit posts on instagram, everything looks so summery and fresh but in reality we need a few neutral warm layers to add to these looks. And that's what this post is going to be all about, adding warm layers to your Summer Style.

You are going to love my first find as it's very similar to one of my fave jackets. I bought a pink cord Kookai jacket, I think about 12/13 years ago....really!! I wore it regularly at the time but I have to admit it then went to the back of my wardrobe for a number of years. I'm so glad I didn't throw it out, I was putting together a couple of looks to wear to Castlepalooza festival 2016, I tried it on and fell in love with it all over again. Through back to me wearing my jacket at the festival....


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Saturday Night Styling, How to wear Navy

Hope you're all having a lovely and relaxing Saturday. I'm taking it easy today as I was out last night at a gig in Carpe Diem, Carlow. My brother-in-laws band were playing and they were unreal. Nothing beats live music on a night out, it's always guaranteed to be a brilliant night. Carlow Arts Festival is on this weekend so I'm hoping, if I can stay awake, to go to an acrobatic outdoor show with fireworks tonight. After this post I'll need to to plan a warm layered outfit to wear.

Last night I wore a navy dress that I have about 4 years and I love it just as much now as I did when I bought it in A|wear all those years ago. It got me thinking about the neutral colour navy. I really don't think navy gets enough credit. Personally I love encouraging people to wear navy. This classic hue is one of the best neutrals, it's up there with black. Navy is softer on our skin tone than black and simply has an elegant timeless quality. I really don't believe I'll ever tire of this dress.



Friday, June 9, 2017

Top-Up your wardrobe from just €13.50

Ladies what do we wear most often? For me, without question, it most definitely is jeans and a top. I bet you're the same? Your upper half gets noticed the most and your tops are what people remember you wearing. So it goes with out saying we can never have enough tops. Plus the easiest and most cost effective way to give yourself a new look or a little mood enhancer is to treat yourself to a new top.  Don't worry though, this does not have to cost you a bomb. I found two prime examples this morning in my local Next store.