Tuesday, July 18, 2017

How to Accessorise a Blue Dress

So this morning I was checking out new arrivals on some of my favourite online shops and spotted this fabulous lace shift dress on Oasis. What I love most about this dress is the vibrant shade of blue, it's stunning. It is also available in black if the colour doesn't excite you as much as it does me. 

The A-line shape of the skirt on this dress is one of the most flattering you can find. It has an amazing slimming effect on your tummy and boobs....now who doesn't love that. Also its just an easy and most importantly comfy shape to wear. This dress shows off a lot of leg so it's always a good idea to be more demure on top. The lace detail top is perfect and is a really gorgeous feature, the sheer neckline means we're covered up but still showing some skin. Of the course the sleeves are another feature that we all love, the length of these are great.

Lace bodice shift dress €76 from Oasis......Buy Here

I'm going to show you how to accessorise this dress two ways.

Look 1 Accessorise with.....

For my first look I'm going to accessorise this lacey number with all white pieces for a simple classy look. The pieces I have chosen however are far from simplistic, they are very much wow in their own right!! They are definitely items you will wear again and again.

Barely there sandals are my favourite style of heel for an occasion. I love the frill detail on this white pair from River Island. Plus they are such a good price too.

White Barely There Sandals €45 from River Island......Buy Here

Sticking to my colour scheme of white for our accessories, I found this divine clutch on ASOS. The pearl and bead detail is exquisite!

Aldo Pearl Bead Clutch €67.57 from ASOS......Buy Here

Look 2 Accessorise with.....

Okay so I kept the first look sleek yet striking, for my next look I'm going to have a little (actually a lot) of fun with colour and print.

First up I have gone for a standout red hue from New Look. I love a red shoe and get great wear out of my own pair from New Look. I wore them as recently as last weekend to a wedding (you may have seen my post on my social media pages). The pair I have found for you has a fabulous bow detail on the back. The heel is also great, it's not the skinny stiletto but it's not a chunky block heel either.....it's somewhere in the middle and I'm really liking it.

Red suedette bow back heels €39.99 from New Look......Buy Here

Okay so the shoes may not have seemed too crazy, wait until you see the clutch I have picked below. This is the fun statement piece!! What I love about it is, firstly it brings together the colour of the dress and the red colour of the shoes, and secondly it gives a nod to the yellow trend of this season. 

Quiz Rio Print Clutch €20 from Debenhams......Buy Here

Styling Tip
Your clutch and shoes do not have to match. In fact I very rarely match my bag with my shoes.

Which look do you prefer Ladies? Maybe you like both....it's nice to be able to wear your dresses different ways!!

Hope you enjoyed my post and found some inspiration on how to accessorise.

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!!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Shop the Summer Sales

Girls the sales are in full swing right now and there are lots and lots of bargains to be had. So today I've decided to hit the online shops and put together my must have bargains for all my lovely readers.

A Girl Can never have too many Jackets

My first bargain find is a collarless jacket. What I love about this jacket is the blush hue. If you look around any of the shops that have received deliveries of new season stock, there are a lot of blush tones. But these new arrivals are obviously at full price however my find is half price! Who doesn't love a bargain.

Suede Effect Jacket in Dusky Pink Zara Was €39.95 Now €19.95......Buy Here

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

How to Celebrate your 40th Birthday

Well ladies the day finally arrived last week, I am now in my 40's......actually that makes it sound even worse....scratch that, I am now 40. And as my youngest son wrote on my card, 'Enjoy being forty, it won't be long until you're 50'.....he's a cheeky chap. My eldest son picked a card that said 'Age is mind over matter....if you don't mind it doesn't matter' I think that is just so true.  

I think a lot of people struggle with trying to decide How to celebrate a big birthday so I thought I'd share with you how I celebrated my 40th. Last week I went on a shopping spree to Dublin with Hubby and he bought me lots of treats. Many of the things I bought I packed for my two night break away in Barberstown Castle where I celebrated my big day in style. It was lovely having new bits to wear, I always feel great in myself when I'm wearing something new and something that I love.

I'm wearing Navy Zara Coat with pearl detail at the waist, Noisy May shirt and Noisy May jeans both from the Arboretums Fashion Store. My shoes are from Aldo and my bag is a Carvela from Debenhams. The coat was on Sale and is no longer on their website. I had blogged about is before, read post here

Zaynia natural embellished Sneakers Were €70 Now €34.95......Buy Here

On the day of my birthday, my hubby suggested we stop off in Kildare Village on our way to Barberstown Castle. He wanted to treat me to something special to remind me of my birthday. I decided a designer bag is exactly what I'd like. I have never spent more than €50/60 on a bag. I would feel too guilty spending any more than that on a bag but with the encouragement of himself and the fact that you can't feel guilty about getting spoiled on your birthday was all the convincing I needed.

I had a good look around all the shops first and had a couple of bags in mind until I walked into Lulu Guinness and that was where I fell in love with my new bag. Anyone who knows me knows I adore anything purple so when I saw this bag there was no longer any competition. The shape of the bag is just gorgeous and the size is simply perfect. The fabulous lip charm on the zip really is quirky, I love it. The lady that served me in the store was so lovely. She was very friendly, not one bit pushy and made me feel very comfortable. The bag (my bag) had an RRP of €450 and the outlet price was €225 and to my delight when I cheekily asked for more discount she took another 10% off. This is not something I ever do, I don't know what got into me but it certainly paid off.

Then delighted with my purchase we headed to our hotel. This was my first time in Barberstown Castle and I was really excited about having a Four Poster bed. I wasn't disappointed - our room was gorgeous!!

Next up are images of their lounge area. It's quite a large area, the lighting is stunning and the furniture is beautifully vintage. At the moment they are building an extension onto the back of this room and I think I heard someone say it was going to be a cocktail bar looking out onto the gardens. I will definitely be using this as an excuse to come back.

We went for dinner on the first night in their restaurant, which boasts a french influence to their food. I wore a blue sequin dress which I bought back in February from Littlewoods Ireland for an awards night for work. I really love the shape of this dress the peplum hemline is extremely flattering and it is such a comfy dress to wear.

My cape is from Zara I bought it I think about two years ago and I absolutely love wearing it. My bag is about 8 years old it's from Warehouse and I constantly wear it for nights out. My shoes are from New look.

This is the dining room, in fact they have a few rooms and they are all very intimate. The decor is gorgeous and the atmosphere was very special. Our waiter was french and he was very attentive and focused on making sure the experience was special, he strived for perfection. He was a true character, he made the night for us....along with the fabulous food of course.

When I'm in a hotel or restaurant I love checking out their toilets. I was wowed; the attention to details was extraordinary. The wallpapers were stunning and they even had hand wash and hand cream from L'occitane!

Embroidered Tulle Top from Zara €29.95......Buy Here

A cheeky selfie with himself....don't tell him I posted this pic, he would not be impressed about getting featured on here. I love this pic of us though, we look so relaxed, content, happy, absolutely stuffed and maybe a little tipsie.

Ok now some pics of the grounds. I have to admit I thought the grounds would be alot larger but having said that they are stunning and perfectly maintained (with the help of their robotic lawnmowers)

I'm wearing my tulle top again here and over it an amazing sequin and embroidered jacket from Zara. This was another of my purchase from my shopping spree. It was reduced from €80 to €50. 

Ooohh whiskey and fudge ice-cream washed down with Prosecco....don't mind if I do. Hubby had the creme brulee and he was very impressed with it.

Fruit for breakfast, aren't I such a good girl? (not really....I just forgot to take a pic of the bacon that followed)

When we came home on Saturday I enjoyed a deeelicious birthday cake with my boys and some close family. Check out the gorgeous box that the cake came in...love it. Cake from Lillys Cake Boutique in Carlow https://www.facebook.com/lillyscakeboutique/

I Hope you enjoyed the pics of my 40th birthday celebrations. Guys this has to be my record number of pics on a post but I had such a fab few days, I really wanted to share every detail. I will definitely remember it forever!!!

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!!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New Shoes to Build your Capsule Wardrobe

Shoes have the ability to control what you can wear every time you browse through your wardrobe. Your shoes (or lack of the right shoes) are the big decision makers!! They finish off your look, they can make or they can break your look. Shoes have the ultimate power of deciding if an outfit will be casual or smart. So I guess what I'm saying is Shoes deserve Attention.

I have put together my Must have shoes to help you build your Capsule Wardrobe. Your capsule shoe collection should all be in neutral colours. This gives you the option of styling them with any colour. Once you have your capsule pieces in neutral colours you can then build on your shoe collection with colours, prints and on-trend details and even have some fun!

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Shirt Dress, How to Wear it Three Ways

The shirt dress is such a versatile piece to have in your wardrobe and versatile pieces are exactly what every wardrobe needs. I love wearing items in my wardrobe in different ways and creating different looks from my clothes. As I'm always saying, if you are splashing out on something new make sure that you have at least three items in your wardrobe that you can wear it with. Be excited about your new purchase and enjoy trying out different looks! 

The shirt dress is easy to wear and extremely flattering on all body shapes. Your waist can be easily defined by adding a belt (if it doesn't already come with one). The shape of the shirt dress will fall over your tummy and hips. You can wear it buttoned right up to the collar, you can add a nice neckpiece if you wish to dress it up. For a different look (or if you are heavier on top) leave some of the buttons open.

Floral Shirt Dress €59 from Oasis......Buy Here

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

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.