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Best January sale buys under €30

January is here and purse strings are tighter than a noose. For the majority of people, it’s a month of cutting back and spending as little as possible.

One year, I did a no new clothes challenge and I fully intended on doing it again this year until I got a tax refund and my resolve weakened!

I’ve been browsing the sales recently and here are some of the best buys under €30 I’ve found.

New Look

The snakeskin trend isn’t going anywhere and I’m quite partial to these boots, €29.99 from New Look.

KLAXON: They are now down to €18 so I bought a pair in a five. They pinch my toes a little but the only six left were discoloured and a bit big for me!

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Snakeskin boots. Pic: NewLook.com

KLAXON: They are now down to €18 so I bought a pair in a five. They pinch my toes a little but the only six left were discoloured and a bit big for me!

Topshop

Topshop Jervis is probably my favourite place to browse as the merchandising is always amazing, they’ve a huge range of stock, including a good vintage selection and they even have a Nine Crows concession now.

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Yesterday, I picked up this little hat for €4 reduced from €20. I’d been on the lookout for a leather look beret and I couldn’t leave it behind!

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Leather look beret. Pic: Topshop.com

 

There are lots of other berets reduced to €4, including this adorable tartan one.

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Tartan beret. Pic: Topshop.com

Another gorgeous bargain from Topshop is this stunning strapless dress.

I don’t know if it would suit my body type but it looks amazing. Reduced from €40 to €20.

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Snakeprint dress. Pic: Topshop.com

Mango

I honestly think Mango is possibly the most fashion-forward high street store, even more so than Zara.

These retro style bags were very popular last season and this pearl one is now just €19.99, reduced from €49.99.

Word of warning, these bags are quite heavy before you even put anything into them!

 

There were two pairs of cowboy-style boots from Mango I wanted to include but they were outside the €30 budget!

Bershka

Bershka and all of the Inditex shops (Zara, Stradivarius, Massimo Dutti) are always a good shout for sale bargains, as they tend to stagger their reductions gradually.

This cute vinyl dress looks great layered over a light jumper or polo-neck for daytime or by itself with heels for a night out. Reduced from €35.99 to €17.99.

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Vinyl dress. Pic: Bershka.com

Another good buy coming in at €27.99 down from €39.99 is this cosy shearling and cord jacket.

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Cord jacket. Pic: Bershka.com

Asos

Asos are currently offering up to 70% off in their sale and they have some really good jeans on sale.

I’m loving mom jeans lately and these Vero Moda ones come in at just under €25, down from €41. Shop in sterling and you’ll get them for just over €20.

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Vero Moda mom jeans. Pic: Asos.com

Two other pairs that both come in at the €25 mark are these Oasis straight leg jeans reduced from €50 and these funky Glamorous jeans with frayed seam details down from €40.

 

With The Spice Girls set to make a comeback in 2019, chunky trainers are still in style.

Channel your inner Baby Spice in these holographic bad boys reduced from €50 down to €18.

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Chunky white trainers. Pic: Asos.com

Stradvarius

There are some really nice pieces in the Stradivarius sale including this faux leather zip skirt.

It comes in dark purple, beige and brown and is reduced to €12.99 from €19.99.

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Faux leather skirt. Pic: Stradivarius.com

Another item I really like is this grey long-sleeve t-shirt for only €5.99, reduced from €12.99.

Long sleeve tees are great for this time of the year, you can layer them under a gilet or jumper for extra warmth.

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Grey long sleeve t-shirt. Pic: Stradivarius.com

Office

It would be a crime to finish this blog post without including some gorgeous heels because I’m a shoe freak.

I was recently browsing in Office and they have loads of discounts.

These lilac beauties are real leather and only €17 down from a whopping €78 while these studded mules are €30 down from €68.

 

And these western-style boots with silver piping are only €30 down from €56.

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Western style ankle boots. Pic: Office.co.uk

I’m quite conscious that many people won’t be spending money at the moment but if you are on the lookout for some bargains, I hope this has provided some inspiration.

I try and show a range of products from different shops in these posts and there are no affiliate links. Let me know if you would like to see more or less of these posts.

Next week I’m going to the River Island Spring/Summer press day and I’m also hoping to do some thrifty homeware posts this year.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page.

Edel

 

 

 

 

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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.

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Spring Style Trends 2018: Polka dots, western style and pastels!

 

I’m hesitant to say it’s springtime following the snowmageddon at the start of March and even though it’s now St Patrick’s Day, it’s still chilly out there!

But while it may still feel like winter outdoors, in sartorial terms we’re definitely well into spring.

There’s loads of gorgeous spring and summer clothing already in the shops and this year’s trends include a mash-up of polka dots, pastels and western style.

Let’s take a look at some of this year’s hot trends according to me, The Sunday Times Style magazine and other informed sources.

Polka dots

Who doesn’t love polka dots? They’re cute, feminine and way more fun than a boring plain blouse.

This polka dot knot front top is only €20 in the Topshop sale down from €40. Available in tall, petite and medium, sizes 8 to 16.

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This frill flouncy wrap around blouse from H&M is another sale bargain, currently €13.99. Stick a camisole underneath for work or wear by itself for a night out.

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H&M frill polka dot blouse. Pic: H&M.com

Missguided have a seriously cute selection of polka dot items, from stylish co-ords, to dainty tea dresses and even polka dot sandals.

I’m not a big fan of the whole athleisure aesthetic or loungewear but I’m loving this polka tracksuit set.

The tracksuit top is currently 40% off and is now €26, while the joggers are €18.

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Polka dot tracksuit top. Pic: Missguided.com

Slip dresses look even more adorable with a polka dot print. This one is €30.

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White polka dot slip dress. Pic: Missguided.com

I think a polka dot print looks best in monochrome, however, there are loads of fun colourful options out there too.

Red, navy and blue with white polka dots are all great and pink with black polka dots is a classic!

This playsuit would look fab with a light wash denim jacket and black boots, ideal for a festival.

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Red polka dot playsuit, Glamourous at Asos. Pic: Asos.com

Western

I was watching Blazing Saddles last night so I had lots of inspiration for writing about this particular trend!

I was living for the inspo, from the Gucci saddlebag to the horse’s tack!

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Don’t worry, I won’t be advising you to wear chaps or ten-gallon cowboy hats!

Think embroidered yokes on blouses, silver buckle details and fringing. All the fringing.

Again, another trend that you can incorporate into a festival outfit later in the year.

I’m a big fan of my trusty cowboy ankle boots, they go with everything, even the snow!

 

This little bag from Miss Selfridge is just gorgeous, €35 in stores but get it for about €28 if you buy in sterling from Asos.

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Crossbody bag with silver buckle. Pic: Asos.com

While you can’t beat a Western ankle boot, these buckle heels from Asos are all kinds of cool.

I have a similar style of shoe from Penneys and they are one of the most versatile and comfy pairs of heels I’ve ever worn but they’re in bits now. These Asos ones are definitely going on my list!

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Western buckle heel. Pic: Asos.com

And this little t-shirt is a great way to inject some wild west style into your outfit and still keep it casual.

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Western t-shirt. Pic: Asos.com

I bought this little white t-shirt from Mango recently, it looks great with a denim shirt and only cost €7.

The classic western look of course, is a denim or leather jacket and some bitchin’ ankle boots.

These distressed Free People boots with oversized buckle are a dream but at €242, I’ll be looking for a (much) cheaper dupe.

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Western ankle boots. Pic: Free People.com

River Island footwear is always on-trend and good quality, these suede and leather bad boys are only €65.

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Suede and leather ankle boots. Pic: River Island.com

Throw on a jacket like this studded leather look beaut from Asos for €51 and you’re set.

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Western-style jacket. Pic: Asos.com

Pastels

And now for a totally different look, pretty pastels in every shade of the rainbow.

Lilac continues to be popular again this spring, I’m loving this released hem lilac mini from River Island. €20 in sale at the moment.

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Lilac skirt. Pic: River Island.com

This gorgeous linen mix suit from Mango is beautiful.

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Pastel suit. Pic: Mango.com

This long-sleeve colour-block pastel t-shirt is perfect for layering. €16 from Asos.com.

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Colour block pastel t-shirt. Pic: Asos.com

Pinafore dresses

I went through a phase of wearing these during college and I’m delighted to see them coming back again.

They suit all shapes and sizes and you can wear them anywhere.

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Black denim pinafore dress. Pic: Nasty Gal.com

Mix it up with faux leather and denim styles or keep it simple and chic. Cute AF.

Berets and baker boy caps

On the accessories front, berets and baker boy caps are still hugely popular. I still haven’t gotten a baker boy hat but I’m determined to be rocking one soon.

My beret below is from Nasty Gal. I was really impressed with the delivery, I got my order on a Saturday!

Hope you all enjoyed this post, trend posts are a favourite of mine.

FYI, this isn’t a sponsored post, all items displayed are my own personal choices.

Do you like these spring trends? Leave me a comment and let me know.

As always you can check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Edel

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Loafer Madness

‘Don’t buy those granny shoes!’ my friend Alice shrieked at me while I was earnestly perusing some loafers in New Look. That was a few years ago and loafers were just another footwear option and it was unusual to find a pair which weren’t black or brown. Thanks to Gucci, they are now an A/W 2016 essential. I still love these ‘granny shoes’ and I’m also still friends with Alice. 😉

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The loafer craze started with Gucci’s gorgeous horse bit loafers, the arrival of which left fashionistas foaming at the mouth. Not only did Gucci make loafers cool again, they also introduced new styles, heeled loafers, printed loafers and a rather dubious backless slipper loafer.

The furry slipper style look like something you’d wear to take the bins out but if you like them Shein.com have excellent dupes for under €40!

There are loads of great dupes to be found on the high street also. Topshop have an impressive range of loafers this year, with leather loafers for €89 euro and cheaper styles as low as €16!

Classic black loafers are a great investment piece but I can’t help but be drawn to these metallic blue and pink ones. If you’re on a tighter budget Penney’s have excellent dupes in pink and silver for about €11.

If metallics aren’t your thing, these heeled loafers with pearl details also from Topshop are perfect for work or dressed up with frayed hem jeans and a black top.

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Heeled loafers with pearl detail. Pic: Topshop.com

Another amazing dupe comes courtsey of Mango. These gold heeled loafers are just like the Gucci version and just under €60.

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Gold heeled loafer. Pic: Mango.com

Personally I feel the need to invest in at least two pairs, a plain black pair and a patterned pair. Office have a fab brocade pair that I’m lusting after.

Not to mention these beautiful floral jacquard pair from Asos just under €30!

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Floral loafers. Pic: Asos.com

The only issue I have with loafers coming into winter is you can’t wear socks with them! The answer? Flesh colour tights or pop socks under jeans. Black tights work well with a skirt or shorts just don’t choose overly thick ones.

New Look have some of the best affordable black loafers around, in leather, suedette and patent styles. In fact these are under €30!

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Black leather loafers. Pic: New Look.com

I don’t know about you but I need some “granny shoes” in my life! What do you think of loafers, would you wear them?  Leave me a comment below and let me know. Thanks for reading as always and don’t forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.