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Denim Daze: Why we should embrace the return of denim

When you think of denim clothing and accessories, what comes to mind?

B*witched at their finest? Line dancing? Or THAT iconic Britney and Justin outfit?

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Aaliyah was too fab for that outfit. Pic: Tumblr.com

If that trip down memory lane is giving you denim-induced PTSD, I’m sorry. But denim is back and trust me it’s much better this time around.

Denim has been gracing the catwalks this season with everyone from Philip Lim to Victoria Beckham hopping on the bandwagon.

 

 

In my humble opinion, the safest way to work this trend is a statement accessory and keep the rest of your outfit simple.

This cute embellished one from Shein.com is only €17, total bargain!

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Quilted denim bag. Pic: Shein.com

If you prefer your denim with more attitude, then check out this dark denim “Not Your Babe” bag from Skinnydip.

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Slogan denim bag. Pic: Skinnydip.com

Or if you want something much simpler, check out this light blue Miss Selfridge bucket bag, on sale from €40 to €21.

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Denim bucket bag. Pic: MissSelfridge.com

If you are looking for a Fenty X Puma dupe, then these denim trainers from Shein.com could be just the ticket. Currently reduced from €57 to €35.

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Denim shoes. Pic: Shein.com

If I could wear a heel right now, I’d drop everything for these adorable yet versatile denim mules from Nasty Gal.

Fraying, floral embroidery and a low heel, they have it all! I would definitely be packing them in my suitcase for holidays if I could.

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Denim mules with floral embroidery. Pic: NastyGal.com

One of my favourite summer shoe brands has to be Soludos for their espadrilles. Soludos are available from Asos and Shopbop and while they are pricey, they appear to be good quality.

They’re significantly cheaper on Shopbop.com but I’m not sure how much delivery costs.

FYI, Asos is offering 20 percent off selected shoes at the moment.

 

I’m not a huge fan of all the denim heeled boots around, I think they look a bit trampy (Gabby from Love Island I’m talking to you).

Denim heels are hard to pull off but I do like these sandals from Nasty Gal, I think they’d be cute with a plain slip dress.

FYI, Nasty Gal are currently offering 50 percent off everything, including sale.

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Denim frayed heels. Pic: NastyGal.com

If denim accessories aren’t for you, then you can’t beat the classics, like a statement denim jacket, shorts or a denim mini skirt.

I haven’t worn a denim mini in years but they are making a big comeback (Amber from Love Island knows what I mean) and these are a few I really like.

 

Inject some sass into your shorts, with an embellished pair like these fishnet layer ones from Topshop or this lace-up pair from Nasty Gal.

 

An embellished denim jacket is yet another item I have to add to my wardrobe.

I think this River Island one is probably the most festival-worthy item I’ve seen in a long time – what do you think?

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Embellished denim jacket. Pic: River Island.com

I’m also completely crushing on these beauties, a Daisy Street medium blue denim jacket from Asos, a light blue denim with a graffiti style print from Nasty Gal and this perfect pink denim jacket with a frill embellishment.

UPDATE: I ordered the pink frill one but it’s very short and I prefer my denim jackets a lot looser. The colour was also more of a peach than pink so I returned it.

Hope you guys enjoyed this denim edit and are feeling inspired to introduce some more denim into your wardrobes. Let me know what you think – love it or leave it?

I hope to do a festival post soon and I’m off to Biarritz next month so I will have some holiday photos and hopefully, some outfit posts coming up.

Things are going much better for me, my ankle is finally healing so I’m very happy and relieved about that.

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What to pack for a sun holiday

 

It’s officially holiday season and although I’m not going anywhere just yet (my internship and part-time job are keeping me VERY busy) I thought I’d compile a holiday packing list.

We’ve all been there, you pack for holidays only to get there and find your new shoes aren’t cut out for walking around, your cut-off shorts are way too tight and that polyester mix dress is making you sweat buckets!

Here are a few fool-proof buys you won’t regret.

Pom-pom sandals are a cute holiday essential. These cute colorful ones from LaSula have a Mexican vibe.

Check out the LaSula Snapchat if you intend to buy, they always have discount codes and promotions! Plus they would also work for a night out- bringing heels on holiday is a waste of suitcase space.

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Pom-pom sandals. Img: LaSula.co.uk

And for poolside, these Calvin Klein sliders from Asos are a luxury buy but look amazing.

Team them with any of these fab swimsuits and you’ll be set.

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Slides:CK at Asos. Img: Asos.com

Bardot tops are pretty, bardot dresses are awesome! The hippy favourite has evolved into a dress and I’m dying to get my hands on one.

This shirt style denim dress from LaSula comes in two colours, which do you like best?

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Bardot dress. Img: LaSula.co.uk
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Dark denim bardot dress. Img: LaSula.co.uk

This tie-dye playsuit is loose and comfortable, ideal for day or night and much better than a clingy dress.

Plus it’s reduced from €24.99 to €14.99 on Bershka.com.

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Tie-dye playsuit. Img:Bershka.com

It’s not a holiday until there’s some cut-off denim involved.

All of these shorts are under €20, available from Bershka.com. Click on images from individual prices.

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Light denim shorts €12.99. Img: Bershka.com
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Frayed shorts €17.99. Img: Bershka.com
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Vintage shorts €14.99. Img:Bershka.com

Btw, although I do work part-time in Bershka, I do not receive any kind of payment or incentive to promote their clothes, I just LOVE the stuff!

For a light cover-up, I love this paisley bomber jacket from Prettylittlething.com.

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Paisley bomber jacket. Img:PLT.com

For a going-out top, this black lace-up one from One Nation clothing on Asos Marketplace is ideal. It would look great with culottes.

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Black halter top. Pic:Asosmarketplace.com

I’ve become obsessed with Shein.com lately after I got a gorgeous green sequin top from their site.

These cold-shoulder tops are all from Shein.com, all under €20, click images for individual prices.

Standard delivery to Ireland takes about two weeks. Shein usually has promotions and offers every week.

 

 

Then you need some simple jewellery to go with everything.

This pearl choker from Shein.com and gold earrings from Missguided are cheap as chips and if you lose them on holiday it’s no big deal! NEVER bring the family jewels to Ibiza…

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Pearl choker. Img: Shein.com
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Earrings. Img: Missguided.com

And a cute bag to put it all in! This holographic one is perfect.

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Skinnydip backpack.Pic:Asos.com

All of these items can be purchased online so go forth and shop!

Where are you guys headed on holidays this year? Leave me a comment so I can live vicariously through your holiday! You can find the comment button below on the right, it’s the grey speech bubble.

Hope you’ve got some good ideas from the post and as always thanks for reading.

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Rooftop Vibes

I’ve been experimenting with some outfit posts lately and took some photos on the roof of my old apartment. As I discovered it’s pretty hard take photos by yourself so excuse the dodgy ones. This is a spring outfit, wearing my lovely floral imitation leather jacket from River Island,  blue Bershka jeans, Topshop shoes and the watch is from Urban Outfitters.

I’d lusted over the jacket for ages before finding it on sale for €35, the jeans and lace-up shoes I bought in the Christmas sales. I’d wanted a pair of lace-up ghillie shoes for ages and these didn’t disappoint! However I don’t recommend them for an 8 hour shift on your feet, they are too flat for that.

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I really like the stitching on the sleeves and the zips. The only issue I have with biker jackets is they can be very small-fitting and the next size up was too big. So I’m restricted to wearing only a thin top or jumper inside.

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This is one of my favourite summer looks and I’m looking forward to posting more looks soon.

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Hope you liked this outfit post, leave me a comment below and let me know. I’m busy working on my dissertation for college at the moment but also lots of summer posts planned for the blog. You can follow @joyofblogs on Instagram and Twitter or see my Facebook page here. Thanks for reading as always.

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Spring it on

What will we be wearing this Spring/Summer? I’ve been browsing some of the high street and designer trends and here’s what I found.

Frayed denim is a really popular trend as seen here on Rihanna wearing Marques’ Almeida and has been seen on street stylers worldwide also.

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Rihanna wearing Marques’ Almeida. Pic:Pinterest.com
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Marques’ Almeida are responsible for this look slowing creeping in from the catwalk to mainstream.

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Marques’ Almeida. Pic: Pinterest

Frayed denim can look a bit odd but remember we all thought distressed ripped jeans were odd too and how wrong we were! It can be blended into a casual or formal look.

For an adventurous look, try these long frayed edge jeans from Bershka.

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Pic: Bershka.com

Cropped styles look best, like these also from Bershka.

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Pic: Bershka.com

Zara have an entire editorial devoted to denim on their website. These white frayed denim styles are perfect for summer.

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Pic: Zara.com

Two-tone denims are also dominating the high street market this year. Topshop is the best place for this look.

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Denim jacket and skirt Topshop. Pic:Topshop.com
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Pic: Topshop.com

Culottes- are these ultimate unwearable trend? I hated them at first because they are deeply unflattering and I like fitted clothing. However some people manage to make them look amazing-kudos! I think heels and a fitted top are key.

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Pic: Pinterest.com

I prefer the more fitted culottes but these super wide leg ones from Boohoo look amazing (on the model anyway!) I’m not 100% sold on them for myself just yet.

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Pic: Boohoo.com

Leandra Medine looking gorgeous and not one bit repellant in culottes..sigh. See my Pinterest fashion board for some more inspiration.

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Pic: Manrepeller.com

And the shoe of the season? Why python print! I have an unhealthy obsession with this print so I love these boots and shoes. These boots are from a new online store I’ve discovered, LASULA.co.uk.

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Pic: LASULA.co.uk

I suspect there is no such thing as “python” print, it’s all good old-fashioned snakeskin! Indeed a customary search of Zara.com revealed one item tagged “snake” and zero tagged “python”. 😛

Lace-up styles are still popular, these babies from Bershka are just €25.99 right now. (I still can’t afford them though).

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Pic: Bershka.com

So what do you think of these trends? Anything I’ve missed? Leave me a comment using the grey speech bubble icon on the bottom right and let me know.

Hope you have all enjoyed this post and my last post interviewing Sinead Burke, it’s been one of my most popular posts this year so far. You can follow @joyofblogs on Instagram and Twitter or see my Facebook page here. Thanks for reading as always.

Edel

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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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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!

And now a gentle reminder that I’m shortlisted for Best Fashion in the Blog Awards Ireland and you can vote for me here. I’ve worked on this blog for over two years now and it’s been a labour of love.

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The Espadrille Deal

I would never have expected to being writing a post on that humble woven-sole shoe, the espadrille. Once the “basic bitch” of the shoe world, now officially bigger than Kylie Jenner’s fake lips. 😛

Chanel have been championing this shoe for a long time and somehow manage to make them look luxurious. I particularly like their classic patent finishes. I think these make espadrilles a lot more trendy and “current.”

They also have raffia and denim style finishes but I prefer the more “glam” finish.

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Black and white Chanel espadrilles. Pic: Pinterest.com
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Black Chanel espadrilles. Pic: Pinterest.com

I also really like these mesh espadrilles.

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Black and white mesh espadrilles. Pic: Pinterest.com

Sam Edelman has even designed a range of espadrilles for Urban Outfitters and they are the most gorgeous things I’ve ever seen.

These pale pink and mesh espadrille are retailing at $45 on the US site but sadly don’t seem to available in Ireland!

I also like these “unconventional” leopard print espadrilles.

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Leopard print espadrilles. Pic: Pinterest.com

Asos have lovely Chanel dupe espradilles for only €19…I may have to buy them…

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Black and white espadrille shoes. Pic: Asos.com

Asos also sell Soludos espadrilles, these denim ones are embellished with a tiny ice-cream cone design..perfection!

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Soludos denim espadrilles. Pic: Asos.com

These pink espadrilles with holographic toe-caps are amazing. Again these are just over €19, I love Asos’s own range shoes.

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Pink espadrilles with holographic toe cap. Pic: Asos.com

For something really unique and different Etsy always delivers. Siamese Dream Design is a shop with amazing woven espadrilles in outrageous colours.

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Woven espadrilles. Pic: SiameseDream on Etsy,com

These crochet Stradivarius espadrilles in cream and powder blue are really feminine and pretty. They would look great with pale blue or white jeans and a pastel t-shirt. (Tanned feet optional 😉 )

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Cream crochet shoes. Pic: Stradivarius.com
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Blue espadrilles. Pic: Stradivarius.com

Even though espadrilles are in fashion, please remember it’s never OK to wear Toms….their ethics are dubious to say the least and lets face it they’re one fugly shoe. 😛

Something to bear in mind when buying espadrilles is that the sole is generally heavier than upper and doesn’t bend with the foot’s movements. So they are not suitable for long walks and not an orthopaedic-friendly shoe!

Save them for the beach and casual occasions. And don’t expect them to last forever, this is strictly a summer shoe not conducive to our rain-sodden climate. 😛

I went for these cute white mesh ones from Penneys, they were perfect for chilling out at home and for holidays also.

Thanks for reading and leave me a comment below if you like espadrilles.

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Return of The Flare

Hurry up, We're going to be late for ... OMG there is the captain of the foot ball team.

A while back I predicted flares were coming back after Lykke Li wore them to her Vicar St. gig late last year. Guess what ? Flares are indeed creeping back in after being consigned to a special place in sartorial hell for many years. Ah flares, I wore them my entire childhood/adolescence and they may have slightly bolstered my self-esteem at the time but looking back I can’t see why!  Having B*witched for style icons didn’t help either. :/

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Flares in the early 00’s required a heel of some kind (or a god forbid a chunky runner circa 2005), required frequent washing due to them dragging on the ground and  always ended up extremely frayed. I had denim ones, cord ones combat ones, velvet purple ones, embroidered flares, coloured flares, the skinny flare, the flare so wide it forced others off the path……

With the advent of skinny jeans, flares were promptly discarded and forgotten about. Until now. The 2015 reincarnation is here and you may just like it 😉

Forget faded denim, the gothic velvet flare is much more sophisticated. They are gorgeous in dark colours and accessorised with graphic t-shirts and lots of attitude! They are an alternative for people who want to try flares but don’t want to look like a hippy. If you want to wear these, remember they are fitted in the waist and velvet isn’t a forgiving fabric so pick your size carefully.

URBAN PEOPLE Bohemian Burgundy Velvet Hippie Flare/Bell Bottom Pants 831 S #Urbanpeopleclothing #CasualPants
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THOSE PANTS HOLY SHIT. <3 I need some in every color!
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I usually try to feature affordable and easily available products but I haven’t seen flares in any shops here yet. However I discovered this US site Colors of Aurora which is worth a look.

Red Velvet flares Colors of Aurora

Flared jumpsuits are equally ok and very flattering.

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And if you really want to go there and wear denim flares, pick a dark wash or a distressed style. Very pale washes coloured or embellished denim will look like you stepped out of a 00’s time capsule.

Here’s one of my favourite bloggers The Native Fox wearing dark denim flares.

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Free People also have some gorgeous flares and flare jumpsuits..all expensive but great inspo!

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Here’s the best thing about flares, they suit almost every body shape. Tall, short, curvaceous, thin, they flatter all shapes and sizes. If you’ve ever read the book The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, I’m willing to bet those pants were flares. This is why I wore them for so long during the awkward teenage years! I was insecure about my body and wearing flares helped me feel better. One important note though, if you are more on the petite side, make sure you get your flares taken up or wear heels. Flares skimming the floor is grand, flares wiping the floor not so great. You don’t want to look as though you are drowning in fabric! Also avoid long cardigans or baggy tops with flares, a fitted top or slightly loose t-shirt works best.

Let me know your thoughts on flares- a welcome back or hell no?

Thanks for visiting my blog as always. As always you can find my blog on Facebook here. Next up for me is a trip to Belgium in March! I look forward to writing about this soon.

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Autumn/Winter Trends 2014: Ripped jeans and check shirts

I spent my bank holiday Monday in a constructive manner ..window shopping A/W’s finest offerings. It’s finally starting to feel like autumn outside and I love autumn/winter clothes!

Today I popped into an awesome new(ish) vintage shop Tola Vintage which is in Temple Bar.

They had lots of gorgeous things including the autumn staple checked flannel shirts.

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Crop check shirt. Pic: Tola Vintage

While I was in Paris I visited a kilo store in Paris St Germain which had loads of these shirts.

I wanted to buy one but I already had more than a kilo of clothing so I had to say no. This is a cropped shirt so not the most practical for winter.

Urban Outfitters have loads of check shirts (or plaid if you speak American) in different materials. Below are two that caught my eye while browsing.

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Red plaid shirt Urban Outfitters. Pic: Urban Outfitters.com
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Both shirts are from the “Urban Renewal” range. These are items that are upcycled from old clothes and transformed into a new garment.

I spied some amazing scarf-print halter tops with fringe trimming also which I will have to revisit.

Check scarves and oversized scarves are the accessories of the moment. Here are a couple of beauties I found on Pinterest – the bigger the better!

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Check scarf. Pic: Pinterest

The perfect partner to a check shirt is, of course, ripped jeans. ]

This my favourite trend of the entire year, I love ripped and distressed jean styles.

Ironically it’s also the only trend Kim Kardashian ever got right. 😛

If you’re unsure about this trend, try a simple style like these Asos ripped knees below.

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For a more distressed look, try DIY’ing an old pair. I tried out the trend with an old pair of jeans and set out “destroying.”

1. Mark the area with chalk where you want to rip. Rips generally look best on the knees and mid-thigh area. You will need to place a barrier inside the leg of jeans (like a piece of wood) to prevent any rips or tears going through to the other side.

2. Use a wire sponge, cheese grater or any abrasive item and run it over the area you want to distress. Have patience – denim is a thick material that takes time to wear down!

3. As the denim begins to fray, use your fingers to pull it at the white threads that will appear to create a distressed look. These will fray more with washing so don’t go too mad!

4. Finally, take a scissors (or serrated knife) and score the edges of the holes with the inside of the scissors NOT the tip. It’s very important not to use the tip of the scissors as it will destroy the “distressed” effect.  You want the edges to be ragged and uneven so use the inside blade of the scissors to achieve this.

I used old loose jeans that already had knee rips and am currently adding rips to the thighs.

If you don’t have an old pair then get to Forever 21 as they have great plain jeans for €7 at the moment, they are perfect for customising.

If you’re not sure about what you want here is some inspo! 😉

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If that’s all too much effort and you want extreme rips try these bad boys from Asos below.

Massive holes in your jeans aren’t the most practical item you could buy for winter in Ireland but they’re just so cool!

Image 1 of Your Eyes Lie Mom Jeans With Extreme Ripped Front
Pic: Asos.com

Ripped jeans used to be the ultimate in tacky clothing but they’ve now evolved into an everyday staple.

To keep them looking classy, cover up on top and wear flats, plimsolls or Converse are best.

Denim jackets also look amazing when ripped and shredded..get creative and see what you come up with.

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As for the shoe of the season, the plimsoll is still going strong.

Once plimsolls were “indoor shoes” in national school, they now come in a multitude of styles, colours and textures and are anything but boring. Here are a few I really like.

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Asos check cuties. Pic: Asos.com
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Missguided velvet slip-ons. Pic: Missguided.com

These lovely velvet Missguided shoes are available in red and navy at only €22.

Finally, these graphic floral beauties are only €29 from the amazing Folkster.

If you haven’t been to their store in Temple Bar I highly recommend a visit!

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Pic: Folkster.com

Next weekend is their annual vintage kilo sale in Smithfield..I will be attending and reporting back. 😉

Hope you all enjoyed this post. I hope to be writing again soon and I’ve started a separate blog for non-fashion related topics.

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Edel

Jules Rimet

I threw together this outfit for a photography exhibition hosted by the DIT second year students in The Culture Box in Temple Bar.

My mother has a lot of awesome vintage clothing at home and I borrow her clothes all the time! (I say borrow but rarely return 😉 I like to mix older pieces with my own clothing. I found this gorgeous satin green shirt and knew I had to have it.

It’s very big for me but looks great tucked into my shorts. I really like the colour and the collar saves it from being a pyjama top 😛

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Walking down Capel St I saw a world cup mural drawn just outside the Brazilian bar D One and couldn’t resist a picture beside it! It was the perfect background!

The start and end of my involvement in the World Cup fanaticism.

My shorts and denim jacket are both great charity shop finds, the shorts were about €5 and the jacket also. The jacket was brand new with tags on and I had been looking for an oversized denim jacket for ages!!

I accessorised with simple black flats with gold studs and my Forever 21 earrings.

I knew this outfit worked when someone asked me “Are you exhibiting here?” No but clearly I look artsy enough! The exhibition was really good, really talented photographers with thought-provoking images. You can get a taster of the works on display here.

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Randomly posing at this shop which I absolutely love.The building consists of two stores, Mayfly and Lucy’s Lounge.

Mayfly is full of gorgeous quirky handcrafted jewellery and accessories.Mayfly sells only the work of independent artists and is a nice alternative to mass produced jewellery.

Lucy’s Lounge is an amazing vintage store downstairs more like a dressing-up chest than a shop. The proprietor herself is always dressed up in vintage outfits.

I’ve finally started using Lookbook properly, so if you wish to look at my other outfits you can see them here.  I’d love to connect with Irish fashion-lovers so if you have a profile fan me and I will fan back. 🙂

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Edel

 

Bountiful Belfast

I’ve been enjoying life lately as I got to go to two amazing concerts,(Kings of Leon and Eminem) visit Belfast and go to the Ooh la la magazine blog awards and magazine launch party. All of these events were great fun plus great blogging fodder!

Recently I went to Belfast with my housemate Carol to the Tennent’s Vital music  festival.

The festival didn’t start until the evening so in between we had time to check out the local shops! We both love charity and vintage shops and there was incredible choice in Belfast. We had a wander around the city centre and the outskirts and found some really cool shops.

The best one we found was The Rusty Zip on Botanic Avenue. I was really impressed by this shop on several levels.

Firstly the selection of stock was awesome, real leather jackets including motorcycle jackets, great shoes, bags, hats, bow ties and other accessories, lots of menswear as well as ladies clothing and even wedding dresses!

The second thing I noticed was the prices were really affordable for good quality clothing. It irritates me when vintage stores bump up the prices of what essentially are old clothes! I love and appreciate vintage clothing but sometimes buying vintage items feels like a rip-off.

Leather jackets were approximately £35 to £70 which is great for real leather, some items were as cheap as £12 and even wedding dresses retailing at £30, £50 and upwards. I had to drag Carol away from a beautiful lace wedding dress with a long train which really was  beautiful but slightly unsuitable for the festival!

I think they had beautiful alternatives to ridiculously priced modern wedding dresses. I also really liked the layout and decoration of the store and thought it was easy to navigate and shop in.

Overall it was one of the nicest vintage stores I’ve ever been in and well worth a visit. If I had more money with me I definitely would’ve bought something and I hope to visit again to buy! Check out their website and Facebook here.

We also had a look around some charity shops where Carol picked up some  bargains and I got a pearl and lace hairband for 50p!

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We ended up at Queen’s University by accident while looking for a hostel and it’s a really amazing building!

After that we went into the city centre and wandered into Primark/Penneys, Zara, Boots and The Body Shop. While in Penneys/Primark (this English thing is a mindfuck!) I took a few pictures of their Autumn/Winter display and stock.

I saw some great pieces and a lot of tartan which will be really big this winter.

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I love the styling of these mannequins in Primark. The limited edition necklace is amazing and is available down here as is the black and white shirt.

I’m not sure about the availability of the other items. Beanie hats are going to be huge this A/W also, I’m not sure how I feel about them yet! 😛

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More tartan than the MacDougal family reunion in Sex and the City!

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I  love patterned tights and I’ve missed buying funky tights as I don’t wear dresses in my current job. These are gorgeous and I’ll definitely get a pair when they arrive in stores.

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This shirt’s a beauty! I don’t know if this is new season but I hope so!

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This lovely satchel bag in Primark/Penneys was only £9, styled with this animal print cardi to make a cool A/W outfit! It was in black also but the brown is more autumnal.

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I really liked this wallet  and matching bag. Studs are still around for this autumn!

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I think the blue is lovely alternative to the black bags with gold studs, switches things up a bit!

 Not remotely seasonal but I love these amazing tapestry and denim shorts!

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And in case that wasn’t enough tapestry, here’s a really cute purse.

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I’m in love with this tribal jacket! I really like all the little details, the leather cuffs, little studs and asymmetrical zip. It’s just calling my name! The cut and contrast of colours and textures is great.

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Animal jewellery like this lion necklace really appeals to me and this looks great for a glamorous occasion. However I haven’t bought any of Primark/Penney’s limited edition jewellery ever so if anyone has please let me know! I’m curious about the quality…

Torc style necklaces like this and thick chains are the trendiest options for Autumn/Winter.

Finally a few pieces that aren’t Autumn/Winter but caught my eye anyway!

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Grungy denim waistcoat.

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This was on the bargain rail, nice for the end of summer.

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Also had to include this short sleeve denim shirt, just perfect!

Belfast is pretty amazing, it was only my second time EVER in Norther Ireland but I will be back soon.If any of you have been there, let me know what you got up to and what you thought of the town.

In terms of money-saving by shopping in the North you will save a little but not necessarily. Primark prices are much the same as Penneys when you convert them back to euro. I bought some cosmetics in Boots, Barry M nail polishes and a Bourjois blusher thinking they were cheaper but when I saw the euro price on my bank statement, I realised it’s only a small difference.

However in stores like River Island, Topshop etc. the euro mark-up is well above the recommended conversion rate so next time I’ll be paying a visit there. The Body Shop is significantly cheaper i.e. a body butter retails at €18.95 in the Republic but only £13 in the North!

We went there on the Aircoach bus just over two hours journey from Dublin and our return fare was €20.

The easiest place to change your money to sterling is the post office as there’s no fee to change however  you have to use a bank if you have any left to change back! Be sure to spend any coins first before you leave as you can’t change these back to euro.

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Edel