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Christmas and NYE outfits!

I’m not a Christmassy person. I hate the hype and how crazy town gets both during the day and at night. Going into a shop generally creates the following reaction..

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But I do love Christmas outfits! And better yet New Year’s Eve outfits! New Years in my opinion is the time to go all out and be as stunnin as you possibly can be! And all of the clothes featured here can be ordered online so you don’t even have to leave your house and foray into the madness!

My first pick is these imitation leather shorts with embroidery from Bershka. These are so pretty.

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Bershka also have the best bodysuits which look great with fitted trousers or a black skirt.

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And you can’t beat a velvet top at Christmas.

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These gold detailed jeans might not be to everyone’s taste but I love them! bershka gold jeans

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This tulle dress is ideal for Christmas or NYE.

bershka tulle dress

I fell in love with this little lace beauty in Topshop a while back. It comes in two lengths a midi and a shorter length. Personally I always go for a mini as I’m petite and I think mid-lengths are very unflattering on petite shapes.

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Topshop also have some offers at the moment including this beautiful blue velvet playsuit reduced from €68 to €46. Warning: I’ve tried this on and it’s quite short!

If you want a more modest playsuit, this green one is equally beautiful! And probably slightly warmer!

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And if you just prefer dresses, you can’t go wrong with this little black number.

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Missguided currently are offering up to 50% off selected dresses until tomorrow at 9am. If you’re looking for something new, these could be ideal.

This eyelet dress is just €21 at the moment.

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Yet another velvet beauty this time in burgundy. It’s currently reduced from €42 to €28.

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While this purple lace dress is really unusual.

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Hope you all enjoyed this brief post and got some Xmas/NYE outfit inspiration. I’m still staying away from the shops (somehow) and very proud to say I haven’t bought any new clothes since August ! However this will be rectified after Christmas, looking forward to sharing my purchases with you all then 😉

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How to style an A-Line skirt

The A-line skirt is staying around for A/W 15 and I’m very happy about it. Mini, knee-length, midi, plain, button-up, scallop-edge, patchwork, whatever your taste there is an A-line skirt to suit.

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This pale blue suede with pocket detailing from Nasty Gal is adorable and the styling with high wedges is really cute (although not autumn weather appropriate!)

Many celebrities have embraced this style such as Marina Dimandis (AKA Marina and the Diamonds) who was styled in a slightly flared black skirt for Vogue.

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While connoisseur of cool Alexa Chung has also been championing the A-line.

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Sartorial perfection …sigh

Here’s some inspiration on how to wear it:

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While the denim a-line was popular for summer, suede and patchwork variations will be everywhere this autumn.

Suede tends to be an expensive material, however, you can find suedette versions of these skirts also.

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The patchwork style looks best in muted autumnal colours like this Topshop skirt.

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It’s best worn with a plain top or a dark denim shirt.

Asos have the most fashion-forward and unusual styles. For instance, I wasn’t expecting to see camouflage ever again but I was wrong….

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This contrast stitch mini-skirt is really funky also.

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If the button-up styles don’t appeal to you, there are many plain and zip front styles available on Asos also.

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The majority of these styles can be worn with black tights and it’s also easy to transition from day to night.

In the daytime an A-line skirt looks cute with brogues, tights and a plain t-shirt/blouse.

To dress this style up, simply add heels and jewellery or knee-high boots. In my photo below, I’m wearing a red suedette H&M skirt with Asos boots.

A-line skirts also compliment different body types which makes them so popular.

Do you like the A-line trend? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Edel

London Calling

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I’m just back from a great holiday in London. I love London and have documented my travels here before but every time I go there it’s a different  experience.  I arrived on Friday and was quite tired from travelling but managed to drag myself out to Oxford Street to shop. (I know what a hero…)

Ah, Oxford Street! I love Oxford Street, it’s like a pilgrimage to me but it is so crazy! Luckily I’m not daunted by this and set about shopping. The two main places to go to on Oxford Street are Primark/Penneys and Topshop. However they are both so packed and busy that its difficult to negotiate your way through either at peak times.

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I’d often attempted to go into the flagship Topshop store before but each time left because it was too busy. For once it wasn’t too busy and I was able to look around. This Topshop is more like a department store with loads of concessions from funky jewellery brands such as Ottoman Hands, phone accessories, vintage handbags, a piercing parlour, makeup, a hair braiding service, a bubble tea and a cupcake stand. Oh yeah and clothes and shoes also…three floors of them! Here’s some of the items which caught my eye and some of the new season stock.

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Turkish inspired jewellery from Ottoman Hands.

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Vintage jewellery

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Vintage handbags and scarves

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Slogan handbags

With regard to autumn/winter clothing, there’s lots of suede, earthy colours, furry waistcoats and 70’s style clothing. This blue suede mini skirt is really adorable.

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Topshop’s mannequin display is always creative. This vegetation background is really compliments the clothing and I love the long blonde dreads on the mannequin.

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The next stop was obviously Primark where I bought some great holiday clothing. I’ll be featuring all these in an upcoming post.

On Saturday I spent some time at the National History Museum and the V & A. Both museums were near my hostel and easily accessible by the Underground.

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National History museum.

The National History museum was full of kids on holiday so I left pronto but the V & A was a lot calmer. The Victoria and Albert museum describes itself as the world’s greatest museum of art and design.This musuem is a must for any fashion lover as they have amazing textile and fashion exhibitions. The last time I was here, I saw Grace Kelly’s wardrobe and their Alexander Mc Queen exhibition broke attendance records! Best of all most of the museum is free however special exhibitions charge a small fee.

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The V & A museum.

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Inside the V & A.

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Christian Dior clothing on display at the V & A.

Currently, their exhibition “Shoes, Pleasure and Pain” is on display. Being a shoe obsessive I had to see it! This exhibition explores the erotic connotations with shoes and feet and the role of the shoe in different cultures, movies, folk-lore and fairy tales. Every type of shoe imaginable from different eras was on display from the red slippers in the “Wizard of Oz”, the Cinderella glass slipper designed by Swarovski, shoes made for bound feet to Christian Louboutins. Even the famous blue Vivienne Westwood platforms which caused Naomi Campbell to fall on the runway were on display.

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Some of my favourite shoes in the exhibition: clockwise from top Prada “Tail Light sandals, Indian toe post wedding shoes and the iconic Vivienne Westwood platforms.

I also went to the Spitalfields Market in the east of London which is a real hipster neighbourhood, Notting Hill and spent a few days outside London by the sea. I’m going to devote another post to these adventures and look forward to writing about them soon! I’m also looking forward to doing another travel post on my holiday in Palma de Mallorca. Thank you for reading as always and to like my Facebook page just click here.

Edel

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Lace Me Up

The latest trend I’m loving is the lace-up and lattice detailing. It’s very sexy and edgy, the perfect mix of gothic and punk.This style has been completely reincarnated from what it used to be. If you remember the early 00s trend of jeans with lace-up crotches (eww) please don’t worry, the revival is nothing like this.

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patchwork lace up jeans

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Now forgive Paris for her sartorial sins and let’s move on!

Nasty Gal have nailed this trend with some amazing styles like these lace-up Tripp NYC trousers.

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These trousers might be a little out there for some people’s tastes but I would buy them if I had the $$$!

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Tripp NYC are a brand who specialise in gothic, punk and alternative styles. However styles such as the trousers above and below are slowly creeping into mainstream fashion.They are also available on Asos.

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I also like this Nasty Gal dress with a lace-up front, it incorporates the trend but in a more feminine way.

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Missguided is also an excellent source of lace-up loveliness! This lattice front bodysuit is €28 and looks amazing for a night out. It also comes in white.alt=<missguided bodysuit>

The obvious dilemma with lace-up styles is that your underwear choices are limited! If you prefer something less revealing, here’s a few items with subtle lace-up details.

This white top also from Missguided is perfect for casual wear.

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Asos have a bodysuit with lace-up back detailing which is very pretty.

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This trend extends to shoes, lace-up flats or ghillie shoes are the ultimate in casual chic. They are glamorous enough to wear with a dress but also look great with jeans.

I love these black patent ones from Warehouse.

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These shoes look best in neutral colours such as black, white and beige. Now there’s a sentence I thought I’d never say!!

However Topshop have brought out gorgeous silver and snakeskin versions.

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Knee high lace-up boots are also really in fashion at the moment. This is NOT the easiest look to pull off, there’s a very fine line between fashion and trashy.

Very few people can pull these off without looking like (a) a prostitute or (b) Kylie Jenner. I don’t know which is worse…

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Jeffrey Campbell lace-up boots
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Lace-up boots Boohoo.com

Alternatively Boohoo.com have a range of more demure lace-up heels.

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I imagine these laces would cut your feet after a while  but they look great!

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Hope you’ve all enjoyed this post! Let me know if you like this trend. Thanks for reading as always.

Edel