A few months back I had to move out of my rented house and it was quite the ordeal. Not only because of the scarcity of suitable accommodation but also because I loved where I was living (Stoneybatter) and didn’t want to leave the neighbourhood.
However, rental prices trumped my desire to stay in D7 and after looking at a whopping 30 (yes 30 houses), I was finally offered a nice semi-affordable room in D9.
While my new neighbourhood isn’t quite as central or as trendy as Stoneybatter, it does have one major perk – living close to the beautiful Botanic Gardens.
The gardens are one of the most scenic places in Dublin to visit all year round.
Here’s a cosy little outfit I wore while on a day out there recently.
My blue puffer jacket is from Pimkie in Munich, my jeans are River Island, my blue Gazelles are from Schuh and my bag is from River Island also.
Although this isn’t my thriftiest outfit, the jacket was reduced from €60 to €25, the bag was a gift and the shoes were reduced to €58.95 in a Black Friday sale.
And after I bought them my boyfriend kindly offered to pay for them as a Christmas present 🙂 So they ended up being a gift too!
I’m a big fan of River Island bags and accessories and this little blue bag with gold hardware is perfect for days off.
During the week, I usually drag around a giant tote but on days off I switch down to this beauty!
I absolutely love my Gazelles and runners in general but I’m still struggling to adapt to different kinds of footwear with my dodgy ankle.
These are a little flat so I only wear them for short periods at a time.
Even though there are three different shades of blue going on in this outfit, I think they somehow work together.
I bought the jacket in a medium so it would be comfortable to wear over a jumper and it’s super warm and cosy.
It has a lovely velvet texture and the silver zip pull detail makes it look more expensive than it actually is.
I saw similar jackets to this in Zara and Penneys before I went to Munich but they had button fastenings rather than zips.
I think the zip gives it a little more shape.
Puffer jackets can give me somewhat of a “Michelin man” silhouette especially as I’m petite and curvy on top but this one is quite flattering.
If you are visiting the gardens, a few layers are advisable as you’ll be going from the cold outside into the steamy warm glasshouses.
There’s loads to see and admission is free so you can have a leisurely stroll and learn some interesting facts such as avocado is actually the Aztec word for “testicle”! (No lie!)
The Palm House is a favourite of mine but there are restoration works going on at some of the older glasshouses at the moment so soon the gardens should be even bigger and better.
Hope you all enjoyed this brief post. I hope to keep up my posting on here it’s just been difficult lately as my mam has been unwell and I’ve been spending a lot of time off work travelling up and down from home.
My family live in Roscommon so it’s important to try and get down there to spend time with them when I can.
Total outfit cost of this outfit came to over €100, however, getting the shoes and bag as a present did reduce it.
FYI, this isn’t a sponsored post and the gifts were from friends and family.