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Getting out of my Comfort Zone

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My photoshoot in St Stephen’s Green. Pic: Gavin Woodruff

I’ve always struggled with breaking out of my comfort zone. When it comes to changing job, ditching toxic friends or letting go of old relationships, I tend to struggle.

Yet every time I’ve made a major change in my life, I always ask myself “Why didn’t you do this sooner?!

As they say, hindsight is 20/20 and you can’t always predict the outcome of a risky choice.

But stubbornly remaining in a comfort zone sometimes can mask our insecurities, the thought that we don’t deserve better than the situations we find ourselves in or that we won’t find something better.

When it comes to my wardrobe, I also find it hard to break out of the comfort zone.

Now, I wear lots of colour and prints but I’m not very adventurous when it comes to trying new shapes/styles/silhouettes.

It took me ages to convert from flares/bootcut jeans to skinnies when they came in and I only bought my first pair of mom jeans this year – and I’m loving them.

One colour I really avoid is yellow. I am very fair-skinned and for ages, I thought citrus colours were not for me.

However, when I was in Barcelona, I spied this cute Kodak tee in H&M. It was yellow – but I had to have it!

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Yellow Kodak tee. Pic: Gavin Woodruff

I had been on the lookout for a pinafore dress and picked up this black cord one to go with it.

Once I’d put the outfit together, I realised there was a shade of yellow which did suit me – yet I’d been ruling it out for years.

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This vintage bag is from a charity shop in Phibsborough and cost approx €5/6. Pic: Gavin Woodruff

I have this soft leather crossbody bag for years and I recently Google the name of the brand, Alex Valentino, and found the same one sold on Ebay for €70! And made in Italy no less!

Mine is showing signs of wear and tear but overall still in good nick.

These photos were taken by a professional photographer Gavin Woodruff who I met through Instagram.

Even though I had always wanted to get some professional shots taken for the blog, I was quite nervous about working with a photographer as I felt like a bit of an imposter.

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Once I relaxed, I felt better. Pic: Gavin Woodruff

However, I needn’t have worried as Gavin was very helpful and provided me with lots of directions and tips on how to pose.

Taking photos in the busy surroundings of St Stephen’s Green was slightly nerve-wracking and at first, I wanted to hide in a distant corner, rather than pose in front of lots of passers-by.

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Excuse my squinty face! Pic: Gavin Woodruff

Gavin encouraged me and I found once I began smiling, I relaxed a lot more.

I would advise anyone who wants to do a photo-shoot to go for it and let people stare – they will have forgotten it in five minutes.

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Smiling and taking it in my stride. Pic: Gavin Woodruff

I tend to suffer from “Awkward Hands Syndrome” but Gavin advised me to put my hands on my hip or my bag or hold my sunglasses for a more relaxed natural look.

He also got me to walk, turn around and face the camera from different angles to get a variety of shots.

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Taking off sunglasses. Pic: Gavin Woodruff
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Here you can see my Kodak t-shirt a little better. Pic: Gavin Woodruff

What I found quite interesting is that sometimes an assertive pose, like putting your hands on your hips can make you feel more confident.

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I love a good hands on hips pose! Pic: Gavin Woodruff

For me, the most difficult part of blogging is putting myself “out there”. I’ve never been a shy person but I do struggle with my self-confidence.

It’s hard to reconcile these two parts of my personality, the chatty and friendly side that many people see and the awkward and nervous side which is also a part of who I am.

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These are some of my favourite shots. Pic: Gavin Woodruff

However, sometimes I’m the only one standing in my way when I refuse to leave the comfort zone and try something new or difficult.

Sometimes, attempts to try something difficult can end in upset or failure (i.e. my surfing lesson in Portugal) or for instance my three failed driving tests over a six-year period!

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Sometimes leaving the comfort zone is awkward! Pic: Gavin Woodruff

We may never accomplish certain things despite our best efforts but I do believe failure is a good teacher, even if she does give the test first and the lesson after!

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Mango star and moon embellished boots. Pic: Gavin Woodruff

My boots were €20 from Mango, my chains are from Penneys and Forever 21 and I bought my Raybans in Barcelona.

I love layering gold chains and I thought they came out great on camera.

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‘Baby’ necklace from Forever 21, Pisces necklace from Primark. Pic: Gavin Woodruff
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Layered necklaces. Pic: Gavin Woodruff
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My Raybans. Pic: Gavin Woodruff

This was definitely not my thriftiest outfit but my bag and boots were good bargains.

Pinafore dress €27.99 H&M (shop here).

Kodak t-shirt €14.99 H&M (It went on sale to €9 but it’s out of stock online )

Boots €20 on sale in Mango

Bag €6 in a charity shop

Beret about €9 from Nasty Gal

Raybans €142!! (If anyone is interested in getting a pair, I do recommend it and they come with a warranty also). They are also so clear compared to cheap sunglasses!

You can get mine for about €86/£78 from The Sunglass Hut at the moment. There are no affiliate links in this post btw.

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Raybans – worth the coin!

Chains about €3 each, Forever 21 and Penneys/Primark.

Total: €225.98.

If you are interested in contacting Gavin or to see more of his work, this is his website and Instagram.

Hope you all enjoyed my final post of 2018. It has been a quiet year for my blog but I hope to devote more time to blogging in 2019.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and thank you for your support throughout the year.

Don’t forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page.

Edel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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These boots were made for…talking!

If you love making a statement, then you’ll love these new A/W boots. Plain boring styles are out and loud and proud is in.

Embroidery, snakeskin and embellishment are all hot right now (in the immortal words of Rita Ora).

I have to start with the H & M studio collection, I was attempting to take a sneaky pic of them in College Green when the security guard told me I wasn’t allowed to. Boo!

The Studio footwear collection includes amazing ankle boots in vibrant red and classic brown and black boots with gold fringing.

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Pic: H&M.com

These have a Cuban heel and are a good height. At €159, they are not remotely affordable but they are real leather.

If you follow my blog, then you’ll know I love snakeskin, particularly on shoes. My River Island ones are a cheaper dupe, bought these in a sale for around €35.

They have served me well but I need to get them re-heeled. If I have a good pair of boots or shoes, I’ll get the heel tip or heels replaced.

It can often be more economical than buying several cheap pairs.

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There’s also an over the knee version of these but even for me, it might be a bit much.

I normally hate sock boots but these embellished ones pass the test!

I recently read #Girlboss and I had to go check out Nasty Gal‘s latest offerings afterwards.

These black leather cowboy boots with silver buckles are perfection. Currently reduced from €173 to €104.

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Black buckle boots. Pic: NastyGal.com

River Island also has a great Western-inspired ankle boot for €60.

Of course, embroidery is another massive trend this season and there are loads of gorgeous embroidered floral boots for all you boho gals who can’t live without florals. Might be referring to myself here also. 😉

How pretty are these brushed beige suede beauties?! The design is really romantic and reminds me of old-fashioned illustrations. I also like that it’s not covering the entire boot.

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Floral boots, Intentionally Blank €93 at Nasty Gal. Pic: Nasty Gal.com

While Miss Selfridge’s ‘Athena’ boots have been featured everywhere- I love the mix of colours.

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Athena boot. Pic: Miss Selfridge.com

You can now buy Missguided footwear at Schuh and these oriental electric blue boots are exclusive to Schuh. If they don’t have your size in stock, Schuh will order them for you and have them delivered to your house for free! I ordered Missguided holographic stilettos and had them in 2 days.

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Public Desire have given the floral boot a twist with a metallic sheen and perspex heel. PS you can buy them on Asos or on their own site and you can avail of discounts through Unidays.

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Public Desire boots. Pic: Asos.com

There’s a multitude of styles and textures out there, brocade, velvet and metallic.

These vintage Tory Burch boots are my housemates but I had to try them on!

Now I know I haven’t featured very many ‘cheap’ styles in this post- when it comes to footwear you will usually have to pay a bit more if you want them to withstand an Irish winter!

However, one cheap pair I did score were these velvet Mango beauts for €20.

PS big thank you to everyone who voted for my blog in the recent Blog Awards- I really appreciate it.

Thanks as always for reading and don’t forget to check out my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook page here. For even more statement boots, just pop over to my Pinterest page.

Let me know if you like statement boots, leave me a comment below.

 

Edel