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Nasty Gal’s Autumn/Winter Press Day at Cafe Bombo

I had the pleasure of attending Nasty Gal’s autumn/winter press event during the week in the ultimate Insta-worthy surroundings, the cute and kitsch Cafe Bombo.

When I saw the event was taking place in Cafe Bombo, I was very excited. This has been on to my to-visit list ever since reading about it over on Bean Magazine.

On arrival, we were treated to a drink of our choice and a delicious pizza from adjoining Proof Pizza.

And it didn’t stop there as we also tucked into gorgeous desserts, hot chocolate and tea from the cutest teapot known to man. Seriously, just look how happy I am!

As one of the other guests said, it was like Christmas and a birthday rolled into one!

Cafe Bombo is located on Thomas Street in Dublin and is a gorgeous setting for brunch, tea or coffee or one of their signature bombolini desserts.

They also do an unbelievable hot chocolate with whipped cream and mini marshmallows – yum!

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Hot chocolate

The cafe is decorated with neon lights, floral wallpaper, pink and marble furnishings.

In the bathroom, monkeys swigging vodka and clutching cigars adorn the walls.

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Cafe Bombo
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Mad monkeys
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Cafe Bombo

Once brunch was over, I had a chance to peruse the new collections and was really taken by the shoes and bags.

I love a good handbag, especially this pretty pearl beauty.

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Pearl handbag and high-shine shoes

It might not be the most practical bag but I love it!

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Pearl beaded bag

The footwear collection was equally enticing with lots of high-shine patent,  snakeprint and velvet shoes and boots.

And there were also some adorable mini-bags, including a sequin one with a hip-flask style clasp.

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Snakeprint boots and mini bags
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Nasty Gal shoes and boots

Checks and faux leather featured heavily in the clothing and among the standout pieces were a long check mac and a black faux leather jumpsuit.

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Love this fabulous check mac
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Checks featured heavily in the collection
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Checks and muted colours

I wore a black faux leather skirt from Aliexpress, with a black polo neck, a jewelled hairband also from Aliexpress and ankle boots from Mango.

The skirt is an exact dupe for a Zara one (just search ZAYA for Zara dupes on Aliexpress) and I love the embroidery.

I’d been looking for a jewelled hairband for ages and was delighted to find this one for just over €10, while my skirt was just under €14.

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Wearing my Aliexpress skirt
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My Aliexpress jewelled hairband

If you’re interested in my Aliexpress purchases, leave me a comment and I’ll do a post on them.

After finishing the afternoon with a chat with some of the other guests and a cup of tea, I headed home feeling very full and delighted with life.

We also were given a very generous goody bag which included two t-shirts and a mini-bag, I’ll pop up some pics of me wearing them up here soon, excuse the creasing in the photos below!

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E.T. t-shirt I received in my goody bag
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Nasty Gal E.T. and Powerful Fucking Women t-shirts and mini bag

If you want to grab the E.T. t-shirt for yourself, you can nab it for €15 here and the cross-body mini croc bag is €12 here. (These are not affiliate links, btw).

Thanks a mill to Ashley and Burrell PR for inviting me and throwing us such a great party, it was really enjoyable and I know a lot of hard work went into putting on such a great day.

Hope you all enjoyed this sneak peek at the autumn/winter collection and drop me a comment if you’ve any questions, just click the grey speech bubble icon below right.

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Autumn/Winter 2018 trends: Logos, Animal Prints and Checks

It’s starting to feel autumnal out there so what better time to start planning my autumn/winter wardrobe?

After this year’s heatwave, it feels like we really did have a summer for once but autumn is definitely on the way now.

All the shops are stocked with autumnal clothes and these are some of the trends you’ll see everywhere on the high street and the catwalk this A/W.

Logos 

I blame Fendi and the Kardashian family for this one but logos are back with a bang.

They went completely out of fashion for a while as they were associated with a tacky early 00s look but the logo has been resuscitated and reinvented.

It’s a sartorial throwback to those heady pre-recession days where the only way to let everyone know you had style/money was to plaster yourself with logos.

Think Kylie Jenner pushing Stormi in THAT Fendi pram and you get the idea.

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Kylie and Stormi (is she even in that pram?!)

If Fendi is a tad outside your budget, you’ll find plenty of logo-embossed looks on the high street.

Pretty Little Thing does Dior vibes with this saddle-shaped bag.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the price of this bag online but I’m sure it’s not expensive.

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Saddle-shaped logo bag. Pic: Prettylittlething.com

If you’re heading away before the end of summer, these funky logo sliders would look great poolside and are just €22.

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Logo slides. Pic: Prettylittlething.com

A cute cover-up from those colder days comes in the form of this black jacquard jumper from Zara. It’s €29.95 and comes in small, medium and large.

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Zara logo jumper. Pic: Zara.com

And those want to go with the all-over look, this bodycon unitard from Motel will definitely turn heads, ideal for all the festival girlos going to EP. It’s €49.

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Logo unitard. Pic: Motelrocks.com

I think the key to pulling off the logo look is picking a neutral colour (black, brown, white, cream) and either opting for one all-over piece or an accessory.

Animal print

Animal print is always one of my favourite looks and although some may feel it’s too loud or trashy looking, there’s a lot to be said for a striking print.

Go bold in leopard or pick a dainty print for a more reserved look.

This slip dress can be thrown over a long sleeve-t-shirt and black tights, the perfect transitional outfit. It’s €42 from Motel.

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Animal print slip dress. Pic: Motelrocks.com

If you’re not a fan of the traditional leopard print, there are other beasts in the jungle to take your inspiration from this A/W.

These python print jeans from Zara are €39.95.

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Snake print jeans. Pic: Zara.com

Nasty Gal is always a great place to find on-trend pieces and I’m loving these zebra and leopard print bodysuits.

These would look great with blue or black denim and can be dressed up or down.

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Zebra print bodysuit. Pic: Nastygal.com
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Leopard print bodysuit. Pic: Nastygal.com

These both come in at an affordable €23 each.

And for those who dare, coloured animal print is everywhere and in my opinion worth a try.

This New Look skirt would look great with a black polo neck, black tights and ankle boots.

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Red animal print skirt. New Look at Asos. Pic: Asos.com

 

Checks, tweeds and plaids (again)

Every autumn without fail, some version of “heritage” aka checks, tweeds and plaids, hit the runway.

If you read my last post, you’ll know the Clueless look will be massive this autumn and I’ll be damned if I don’t get to dress up as Cher Horowitz.

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Plaid jumpsuit. Pic: Romwe.com

This gorgeous bag caught my eye while browsing in & Other Stories yesterday.

At €79, it’s not a bargain item but I am really lusting after it!

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Check bag & Other Stories

I’m not much of a fan of midi-length skirts but the colour combo of this Bershka one is really cool. It’s also wallet-friendly, coming in at just under €20.

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Check midi skirt. Pic: Bershka.com

I’m also here for these paperbag waist check trousers from Zara, €49.95.

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Blue check trousers. Pic: Zara.com

Pinafore dresses

This trend has been around most of the year but swap your denim pinny for a cord one for extra warmth and bonus 60s vibes this autumn.

I love pinafores as I adore anything girly and cute but you can toughen them up with a biker jacket, doc martens or an oversized denim jacket.

Below, I’m wearing a black cord pinafore from H&M with a Kodak logo tee also from H&M.

This burgundy pinafore comes in at just under €50 from Asos.

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Burgundy pinafore. Pic: Asos.com

If that’s out of your price range, Penneys have a very similar style for €15.

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Penneys pinafore dress. Pic: Primark.com

The loose shift style is most flattering on the tall and skinny gals but I prefer a more fitted pinafore that gives me a bit of a waist.

This teal green beauty from Nasty Gal is slightly more streamlined and is €45.

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Teal green pinafore dress. Pic: Nastygal.com

With a pinafore dress, it’s always better to wear layers underneath it and a light jacket on top, as heavy jumpers and hoodies just look bulky.

Scarf prints

Now, this is a trend I can never get enough of. Loud, in-your-face silky scarf prints look amazing on a dress or blouse.

Zara has really done this trend justice, with this gorgeous pleated skirt and matching bomber jacket.

Do yourself a favour and check out their autumn/winter “Retro Aesthetics” lookbook – it is stunning.

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Zara scarf print bomber jacket and skirt. Pic: Zara.com

Both pieces are €49.95 each.

A more demure look is this delicate chain print blouse also from Zara for €29.95.

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Chain print blouse. Pic: Zara.com

This Nasty Gal bodysuit is sure to make everyone green with envy (ha, ha) and is only €30.

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Green scarf print bodysuit. Pic: NastyGal.com

And for something dressy and a little more unusual, look no further than this amazing Asos Design playsuit.

 

 

 

 

It’s a real statement piece and if you shop in sterling you can nab it for just under €47.

Hope you all enjoyed this trend post and leave me a comment to let me know what you think.

I’m really pleased to have made the longlist for Best Personal Fashion Blog category in the Blog Awards Ireland and I’m hoping to make the shortlist this year.

I’ve spent five years working on this blog and it really means a lot to me.

This is not a sponsored post and there are no affiliate links – all my own choices. For more inspiration, visit my Pinterest page here.

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Clueless Checks: The Autumn/Winter trend you’ve all been waiting for

To say that I like the movie Clueless is an understatement.

It is one of those films that always puts a big cheesy smile on my face, it’s full of hilarious moments, amazing fashion and has that feel-good factor.

I can relate to Dionne’s terrible driving and sassy one-liners, Tai’s awkward adorableness and Cher’s comedic outbursts and shopping addiction.

And of course, the outfits are a whole mood by themselves.

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Clueless outfits

So, you can imagine my delight to see Clueless-style checks everywhere in the shops recently.

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Cher and Dionne. Pic: Pinterest

While bright yellow checks aren’t the easiest look to rock, brown Burberry-style ones are much easier to wear.

Obviously, the most iconic Cher look is the plaid mini-kilt so I had to get my hands on one.

I picked up this miniskirt in Penneys during the week after seeing it on a colleague.

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Penneys plaid miniskirt

I think it will look great with this white v-neck top also from Penneys and ankle boots for autumn/winter.

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The only thing I’m cautious about is the front so I think I would probably stick to black tights with this one in case of wardrobe malfunctions!

The skirt was €12 while the top was €6 so a whole outfit for under €20.

And I also love this yellow check look although the skirt looks like it would only fit a four-year-old!

Asos, of course, have the look nailed with this adorable yellow check co-ord set.

Team the skirt with 90s style clunky sandals or black Converse high-tops.

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Yellow check co-ord top and skirt. Pic: Asos.com

Shop in sterling and nab the whole outfit for just under €60.

If you aren’t a mini-kilt kinda gal, then these cute pink check shorts allow you to get your legs out but still be comfy.

Pair with a bumbag or mini rucksack for ultimate Cher vibes. These are €23 from Nasty Gal.

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Pink check shorts. Pic: Nastygal.com

And if you want to go all out, this square neck lilac check dress from Boohoo.com is just the ticket.

At just €20, it won’t break the bank!

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Lilac check square neck dress. Pic: Boohoo.com

Another option for a glam night out is this plaid crop leg jumpsuit from Romwe.com.

This is currently reduced from €32.45 to €11.

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Plaid jumpsuit. Pic: Romwe.com

This double-breasted blazer is a great piece to dress up or down and is €38 from Boohoo.com.

Unfortunately, the double-breasted style can be hard to pull off but everyone who can wear it, I salute you!

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Check double-breasted blazer. Pic: Boohoo.com

For a more subtle look, try this sweet check pinafore from Bershka reduced from €24.99 to only €9.99 in sale.

Pinafore and dungaree dresses are really trendy at the moment and suit most shapes and sizes.

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Check pinafore dress. Pic: Bershka.com

&OtherStories is one of my favourite shops for really cool fashion-forward pieces.

These chunky plaid platforms are quite expensive at €89 but they are a real statement piece.

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Plaid platform shoes. Pic: &OtherStories.com

Finally, for autumn/winter this “waistcoat” (I think it’s a dress) looks great layered over turtlenecks or on its own with black tights.

I found this on Stradivarius’ Armenian site (don’t ask) but converted to euro it comes in at €46.

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Waistcoat dress. Pic: Stradivarius.com

I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I did- I’m now off to watch Clueless for the 100th time!

Leave me a comment and let me know if you will be channelling your inner Cher Horowitz this autumn/winter.

PS- this is not a sponsored post and there are no affiliate links – all my own choices. For more inspiration, visit my Pinterest Clueless board.

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Edel