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 decor....it'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.


 A view of the reception area from the first floor

Throughout the hotel there are lots of cozy little corners for relaxing in. This is also part of the reception area

Another one of their cozy corners

....and another one. How amazing is this lamp?



The hubby loved this chair. That's another feature I love in a hotel room, a comfy space for sitting and enjoying a drink or having some quality time with a nice box of chocolates 

It's all about the detail 

Even the lockers were pretty....glass of bubbly not included ;-)

 Complimentary Chocolates what a lovely little touch, even better when himself lets you eat both

A cozy hot water bottle with a framed note on how to make yourself at home....Love it!

 This is the only pic I have of the bathroom but my favourite thing was the Voya hand soap, it was lime and manderin and smelled absolutely divine....I'm definitely going to pick some up for our bathroom


 Quick Selfie sure why not

Matching my nails to my shoes

The hotel was preparing for a wedding at the weekend and I couldn't resist a little nose around....it's a stunning venue for a wedding or vow renewals (hint hint). Apparently most weddings there take over the entire hotel....sounds perfect!


 The hotel has a large marque which is a permanent fixture





Seriously feeling the love for Doolin Hotel cannot wait to go back again, next time I am definitely going for more than one night.

Happy Holidays!!
Elaine xx

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

How to wear Gingham

The weekend is on its way so I have put together an outfit inspiration post while we await its arrival. The Gingham trend sprang to mind for this look, and when we think of this checkered print we immediately think of adding a gingham top or gingham dress to our shopping baskets, whereas I think channeling this trend through accessories is a far more fun idea and I love what I have found and hope you do too.



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

My Top 4 Jumpsuits

This post was inspired by a friend/colleague, she was looking for a jumpsuit in a block colour and really loves the colour jade green. Before I even began my search online a curvy model (Louise O'Reilly of stylemecurvy) that I follow happened to pop up on my instafeed wearing a stunning green cropped style that stopped me in my tracks. Isn't it just fab? It's available in dark green (as shown below) or Navy. It's exactly what she was looking for. The cold shoulder detail is so hot right now and adds a nice flash of skin. And of course the cropped leg is super trendy and great for showing off your Saturday night heels.


 Crepe overlay jumpsuit €64......Buy Here

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Top Details

Adoring this top from Zara, I see it as a very wearable piece to add to your wardrobe - ideal for a dinner date, work wear (for those not confined to a uniform like me....so jealous), drinks nite and great with jeans for your more casual outings. Play around with the belt, tie it to front, over to one side or swing it round and tie it on the back. You could also remove the belt and add one of your own, add a tan style to dress it down or add a punch of colour with a zesty lemon shade. The detailing on this top are just fab too, it boasts the ever so trendy ruffle detail, a waist cinching belt to show off your curves or create them if needed, the print is so refreshing and it has the added benefit of featuring black which means it will match all the existing black pieces in our wardrobes. And who doesn't love a top that only costs €29.95??


Floral Print top, €29.95 from Zara......Buy Here

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

How to wear the Parka Jacket



The khaki military jacket, an eternal favourite of all fashionistas and this season you can give it a fresh look by simply teaming it with brilliant white. I love the simplistic yet utterly stylish examples below of how to pull off this look with the help of Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo.....

Monday, April 10, 2017

How to DRESS for a Wedding



There's nothing I love more than planning an outfit for a wedding. It is however an expensive invite to receive, there's the wedding gift, a day of drinking and before all that of course comes the cost of your outfit. With this in mind I went on the hunt for a purse friendly dress that will get you noticed for all the right reasons.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Cold Feet



Footwear at this time of the year can be a tricky one. There are days when the sun is shining and it looks so much like Summer and I think to myself it's the perfect time to show off a new season top or jacket. However, there's one thing holding me back and that's the thought of cold feet.....I cannot deal with having cold toes and someday's (like today) it's just too beautiful out to wear my winter footwear. So I went looking for some footwear inspiration for any of my readers having the same problem. Below are some gorgeous shoe choices that will keep your toes underwraps for a little while longer but will accessorise your new season style perfectly. During my hunt I ended up treating myself to a shiny (literally) new pair of brogues (details below).....Deelighted with them.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Easter Treats



Easter always makes me think of my childhood. My Mam has a great talent for knitting and sewing and loved making jumpers and dresses for myself and my sisters. Easter promised a new outfit for Sunday mass and this outfit always (or maybe it's just how I like to remember it) felt like the start of the summer season of bright and cheerful colours. With Easter only two weeks away I have put together some inspiration for an Easter Treat....girls by no means am I suggesting this treat be a replacement for a treat of the chocolatey kind, this is most definitely additional to what the Easter bunny brings. So what's your fave? Mine is a toss up between the Floral block heel sandals and the Embroidered Jacket....if only Mam could through them together for me (sure if you don't ask)

Friday, March 31, 2017

I Freakin Love this Dress



Magnolia Wrap Dress, Warehouse €103......Buy Here Available in sizes 6 to 18


Florals for Summer you just can't go wrong and I freakin love this blossom print maxi from Warehouse. It's the perfect piece for Communion Season and in fact Wedding Season. Below I have styled this dress for both day and night. For day I had Communion season in mind so included a cover-up for hanging around outside the church and some stylish yet comfy footwear. For night I styled it for a trip to your favourite restaurant and drinks afterwards. Hope you like the looks I've created.

Friday, March 24, 2017

For the Frill of It



Delighted to say that finally I have my laptop issues sorted.....treated myself to a new inexpensive one today. So happy to be able to blog whenever I want again. To give my new toy a proper test run I decided to write my favourite type of post; an outfit inspiration post. Last season and this season even more so, sleeve details are a big trend and one that I absolutely adore. I found this very wearable top on Zara and thought it would be the perfect piece to give you all some outfit inspiration.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Our Photography Wall


My New Years resolution for 2017 was to be more creative and spend more time doing the things I love. A few years back I used to spend all my spare time blogging and making jewellery and I loved it!! Like most, January was normally a month for the usual resolutions....stay off the booze and cut out goodies. By mid January this year I was feeling annoyed that I hadn't done my usual health kick. But now two months later I feel like I've achieved something by making a change that doesn't just last one month of the year. If you're reading this you will have noticed I'm back blogging and can't believe I had forgotten how much I actually enjoy it. Having said that I'm not where I want to be with my blog just yet as my laptop decided to play dead just as I was in the middle of my first post. So at the moment I'm stealing quick moments on the hubbies work laptop. I want my blog to be full of outfit inspiration but I don't have the apps I like to use for capturing images and creating mood boards and can't obviously add them to hubbies laptop. Anyway with a little more patience I will be back working on my own laptop very soon.
 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mother's Day Gifting

 
Buying a special gift for that extra special lady in your life in my books deserves a little bit of thought before you hit the shops. If you've put a little bit of effort into finding something that you think they'll love then you're guaranteed both you and she will get great pleasure from the gift. You don't have to have a huge budget when it comes to buying gifts but always remember that packaging and gift wrapping goes a long way. Who doesn't love to unwrap something packaged beautifully. Once you have chosen your gift take the time to wrap lovingly.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Handsfree


I have fallen out of love of practically every bag I own. I recently resurrected an ancient black River Island bag from the back of my closet but I'm just not feeling it anymore. So guys I am in desperate need of a new bag. My checklist is small (like my budget) and precise;

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The White Shirt

Who else has been enjoying the littler taster of summer we've been getting with some fab sunny days here and there? Girls nothing looks fresher on a sunny day than a splash of white which instantly has me thinking about the White Shirt, it is such a versatile piece, style for a night out, a day at work, or a casual day off. Plus it's the perfect piece for layering when the sun decides to disappear. I love adding items to my wardrobe that offer me lots of different outfit options and are effortless to style. And so I found some amazing White shirts online, each shirt I have selected has it's own delicious eye-catching detail, you'll be hard pressed to pick your favourite believe me!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Denim Details



My first post in a long time, I'm so excited to be back and I thought I'd start with my favourite type of post.........Outfit Inspiration. I simply have a love of putting together outfits. My inspiration for this outfit came from my inbox, an email from Debenhams showcasing their new Studio by Preen collection and I just couldn't get this denim jacket out of my mind. We all have a denim jacket in our wardrobes but this season denim has gotten a fabulous update with major drool worthy Details.