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Wardrobe Transitions – Spring to Summer

Is your wardrobe overflowing but you still find yourself wearing the same jeans and jumper combos over and over again?

It’s said we wear 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time and I’m definitely guilty of  this. At work, I’m usually wearing a pair of black jeans or black leather trousers and a blouse and at the weekend, I’m in blue jeans and a jumper or my PJ’s…

I have so many other items in my wardrobe that don’t get rotated often so on Easter Sunday I decided to wear something slightly different.

The weather was nice and I found a pair of Levi’s cut-off’s I’d bought for €2 in a charity shop over winter.

I rummaged around for a pair of black tights and added my Guns ‘n’ Roses band t-shirt, River Island boots and my satin blue bomber jacket.

Voila, I had a really cute outfit which didn’t suit the occasion theme whatsoever but at least it wasn’t a jumper and jeans!

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A brown belt, simple black choker and my pretty floral bag from Spitalfields Market completed the look.

I liked this outfit so much that I wore it again the next day with runners when I was at the National Botanic Gardens.

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Not only do I wear the same clothes over and over (#outfitrepeater) but I also tend to use the same handbag even though I own approximately 20 bags.

Although I really just want to be Stormzy’s mum and have 100 bags… (Stormzy fans will know what I’m on about!)

Shoes are the same, I own a crazy amount of shoes and boots, yet I’m always in one of two pairs of runners. My boots looked way better with this outfit and suited the outfit “theme” more.

Was there ever a less Easter-y outfit?!

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It got me thinking how many other items are in my wardrobe that I could wear more often? At this time of the year, it’s a good idea to reassess what’s in your wardrobe.

These are some my favourite items for this time of the year.

1. Leather jacket

Stylish, practical and a plain black one is always fashionable. My one is floral and loud however…

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2. Ghillie shoes or loafers

Time to let your feet breathe. I was bravely wearing loafers in January like an idiot yet I have barely worn them outside the office in the past few months.

 

3. A gilet

You can begin retiring your bulkier jackets and use gilets to stay cosy during the chilly spring evenings.

4. White jeans

White jeans are the ultimate summery look and although they’re a pain in the arse to keep clean, they are a really simple wardrobe update.

 

5. Patterned trousers or jeans

Leave your blue and black jeans aside and try a patterned pair or a different colour for a change.

 

6. Shorts or skirts with black tights

It’s definitely mild enough to get your cute shorts and skirts out of the wardrobe and dress them up with boots or go casual with your favourite runners.

7. Printed playsuit or jumpsuit 

These are a perfect alternative to your jeans, you can wear tights with a playsuit until it gets properly warm.

 

8. Camisoles over a plain white long sleeve top. 

This is one of my favourite outfit looks and recently I’ve been layering dressy tops that I used to keep for nights out over a white top for a cute casual look at home or at work.

9. Suede jacket

If you don’t have a leather jacket, a suede jacket is perfect for a spring/summer evening cover-up. I love this brown fringe one from Tola Vintage, great for festivals.

I’ve decided to add a total at the end of my outfit posts to let you know exactly how much my thrifty outfits really cost.

This one was a little more expensive as the boots are real leather but overall it is still quite good value.

Outfit Cost

Belt- Charity shop €1.

Shorts- Charity shop €2.

Jacket- Gifted from @bomberjacketgirls.

Boots- €45 on sale from €90 River Island.

Choker- €3.50 for set of two in Penneys.

Tights- €2 Penneys.

Bag- £12/€14 Spitalfields Market.

T-shirt- £15/€18 Missguided.

Total= €85.50.

PS- the jacket was a gift but I’m not being paid to promote it.

Hope you guys liked this look and the tips on transitional dressing. Leave me a comment below and let me know.

Thanks for reading as always and click the links to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Edel

Shopping online hacks to save money

Shopping online is the ultimate in convenience, endless choice, no need to go into town or indeed get dressed and you can do it 24/7. Unless you manage to lock yourself out of your Verified by Visa like me and then leave it locked as a precautionary measure!

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Gif: Giphy.com

There are numerous ways to spend less shopping online and I’m only beginning to utilise them.

Buying in sterling.

Recently I wrote a piece for Evoke on how Brexit and the fall of sterling means that buying online in sterling can result in bargains ! As sterling has been weakened by Brexit, buying in sterling is a better option.

Not many sites will allow you to select sterling payments with an Irish address but Asos does. You’ll save more on expensive items like this dainty Cambridge satchel bag is €133.80. Based on current exchange rates it ought to be £113.50 in sterling. But once you change the price to sterling, it’s only £95!

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Cambridge satchel. Pic: Asos.com

You will make real savings on more expensive items but you can even make small savings on tops/dresses etc.

Free Delivery

Asos offer free delivery with a minimum spend also, £20/€25. Avail of free delivery if you can as paying for delivery can negate any student discounts or voucher codes you use.

If you have to choose between free delivery or a voucher code, check which is cheaper by running both options through the checkout.

Voucher Codes/Student Discount

If you’re a student, sign up for a Unidays account NOW! Yes there are sites which only offer a measly 10% off but lots offer 15%-25% or run promotions for a certain time period.

It usually won’t work on sale items but I bought this Asos belt for £20 and applied the discount to get it for £18/ €21.22. If I’d paid euro I’d have paid €28. And I got free delivery!

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Double buckle belt Asos.com

The likes of LASULA, PLT and Missguided always have promotions such as free delivery for a limited period or 25% off certain items. Check out their Snapchat accounts as they often post codes up there.

Sizing rip-offs.

Shockingly shops such as Boohoo and Asos were exposed for charging more for the exact same item but in plus size. It’s a ludicrous practice and now they seem to be doing it with their regular and petite sizing too.

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Last night I was buying denim shorts on Asos when I happened to notice the petite size was €4 less. The shorts were exactly the same, no difference whatsoever! So I bought the petite in an 8 and hoped for the best. If you’re on the petite side it’s worth checking out.I  paid in sterling so they only cost me £15/ €17.68 rather than €25 for the regular size.

 

Whether Asos and Boohoo are still pulling the plus size trick, I’m not sure. If they are, it’s a pretty shitty thing to do and something to be aware of if you’re shopping from them.

Shopping for multiple brands on one site.

If you want to buy lots of items from different shops and don’t want to pay 10 different delivery charges then hop on over to Opsh where you can buy from Missguided, Lavish Alice and River Island among others and pay a flat €5/£4.50 delivery fee! I haven’t bought from Opsh yet but it sounds deadly.

Plus you’re saved the hassle of going onto 10 different sites and signing up for 10 different accounts. (Although if you are an online shopping addict, you probably have them already). Returns must be sent directly to the individual retailer and currently there is no exchange service.

Plus when comparing Boohoo jackets on Opsh in euro to Boohoo’s own site, some of them were slightly cheaper on Opsh, yay!

Beware of branding rip-offs.

Asos stock loads of popular high street brands and online cult clothing lines but beware Asos sometimes bump up the prices on items such as Adidas Superstars which are €105 on Asos but €88 in JD Sports. On the flip side they often stock limited edition trainers like the gorgeous Reebok Ice Princess trainers I bought which can’t be bought in shops.

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Best buy ever. Pic: Asos.com

I’ve also seen Mango trainers at least €10 more on Asos than on the Mango site.

First time discounts.

Big retailers like Romwe and Sheinside will let you have a significant discount when buying for the first time. You have to spend a certain amount and it may affect other offers so compare discounts before  check out!

That’s all my wisdom imparted, do you have any online shopping hacks to save money? I’d love to hear them, just leave me a comment below! Thanks for reading as always and don’t forget to check out my Instagram  and Facebook page here.

Edel

 

 

Autumn/Winter Bershka Wishlist

I’m thrilled to have a new job again to support myself while I’m in college. And I’m working at one of my favourite shops, Bershka! Naturally I’m already mentally spending my wages and I’ve put together a wishlist of some of favourite items. As I don’t have much time to think about clothes at the moment, lots of the items are cute everyday things, ideal for students. Bershka also are reasonably priced and have good sales. N.B. I don’t receive any payment or incentive from Bershka to promote these items-these are all my personal choices.

I especially like Bershka’s accessories. This watch is one of my favourite things I’ve seen all year. (Update-I bought it!).

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Metallic watch. Img: Bershka.com

If you liked my recent post on the lace-up trend, you will really like Bershka’s take on this trend. This eyelet detail skirt is really subtle but still cool.

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Eyelet detail skirt. Image: Bershka.com

Meanwhile these lace-up trousers are a completely affordable alternative to the expensive Tripp NYC jeans I’ve been in love with. They are about €100 cheaper, much more suitable for my student budget! 😉

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Lace-up detail trousers. Image: Bershka.com
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Trouser detail. Image:Bershka.com

Bershka have also capitalized on the A-line trend. This denim skirt with faux suede trim is really striking. It’s styled very casually here but I think it would look even nicer with heels and black tights.

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Denim and suede skirt. Image: Bershka.com
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Denim skirt detail. Image: Bershka.com

You can always rely on Bershka to have really nice dresses and tops coming up to Christmas and they are really reasonably priced. I really like their bodysuits and bought a gorgeous navy lace one for my birthday.This tulle and velvet bodysuit would be great for a Christmas night out or any dressy occasion.

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Black bodysuit. Image: Bershka.com

The footwear range is also worth checking out with lots of styles to choose from. My favourite styles this season include these studded ankle boots.

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Studded ankle boots

Also these white quilted runners are great for ideal if you’re not quite ready to wear boots yet. I’d love these for walking to college and I’d style them with blue or black jeans and a simple t-shirt.

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White quilted runners. Image: Bershka.com

Bershka have one of the best selection of bags out there, I always love looking at their new bags and trying to justify getting yet another!

This season their styles include this baroque print bucket bag.

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Gold baroque bag. Image: Bershka.com

This detail on this drawstring bag makes it look really expensive but it’s only €29.99.

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Drawstring black bag. Image: Bershka.com

And saving the best for last, this buckle detail bag with a chain strap is just gorgeous!

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Black buckle detail bag. Image: Bershka.com

Hope you’ve liked this post, I look forward to bringing you all some more Bershka looks soon. Don’t forget you can follow the blog on Facebook by clicking hereThanks for reading as always.

Edel