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Thrifty challenge: Ten swimsuits and bikinis all under €20

Last summer, I went a bit stir-crazy and spent most of my time shopping online for swimwear while I was laid up with a broken ankle.

I bought several swimsuits and bikinis but didn’t even wear all of them on holidays.

For this year’s swimwear post, I thought I’d focus on more thrifty swimwear and see if I could find five swimsuits and five bikinis all under €20.

Asos is always one of my favourite places to buy swimwear as they have really original styles.

My first pick is this stunning palm print swimsuit from Pimkie at Asos. It is on sale and comes in at a very affordable €13.98 if you shop in sterling.

It features a cross back and has removable cups, great for those who wear a larger bra size and need some support.

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Palm swimsuit Pimkie at Asos. Pic: Asos.com

Girls who have larger boobs will know the struggle of trying to find affordable and cute swimsuits that also offer support.

This is something I’ve always struggled with when buying bikinis and swimsuits as I need to take about two sizes up in a bikini top and find myself falling out of some one-pieces!

I was pleasantly surprised to see this pretty pink snakeprint swimsuit available on sale for just €19.36 down from €40 from Asos.

Shop in sterling and you’ll get it for a reasonable €15.66.

It is available in sizes DD to G and has underwire support and a clasp at the back.

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Pink snakeprint swimsuit. Wolf and Whistle at Asos. Pic: Asos.com

And this two-tone beauty from Missguided is currently reduced from €27 to €17.

It is perfect for lazing by the pool or popping a pair of denim shorts over for heading out.

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Black and whiter halterneck swimsuit. Pic: Missguided.com

Tall gals will love this gorgeous Versace style chain print suit from Boohoo.com which flatters long lean figures.

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Chain print swimsuit. Pic: Boohoo.com

It was €24 but with a 20% off promotion, it’s only €19. Boohoo also do a similar style in white for only €11.

Versace style prints are one of the biggest trends in swimwear this year and I absolutely love the look.

Bandeau swimsuits are really flattering on smaller busts and petite figures and this lime green one from PrettyLittleThing is only €6.

If lime green isn’t your thing, it also comes in black with white polka dots.

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Lime green bandeau swimsuit. Pic: PrettyLittleThing.com

Donning a bikini can be daunting for many of us but finding a shape and style that suits your body is one way to feel more confident.

This Versace print gold and black beauty from PrettyLittleThing comes in at an affordable €12. It also comes in white and red variations.

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Gold and black print bikini. Pic: Prettylittlething.com

Last year, I found a gorgeous little green sequin bikini on PrettyLittleThing and fell in love with it.

This year, I’ve spotted very similar sequin bikinis in green and multi-coloured versions in Penneys, €17 for the entire set.

These were launched in April so I’m not sure if they are left in many stores but I did see them in Penneys on O’Connell Street in Dublin.

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Sequin bikini. Pic: Primark.com

Frills and flounces look great on petite girls and this green set from Missguided at Asos is just the ticket if you like detailed bikinis.

It’s €17.98 for the entire set in euro but only €14.55 if you use sterling.

I love the bottoms as there are a lot of super skimpy high cut styles out at the moment but this one offers a little more coverage.

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Green bikini, Missguided at Asos. Pic: Asos.com

For those who require more support than a triangle top can offer (*puts hand up*), Asos have an adorable pink bikini top with black spots in sizes DD to F for only €9.68.

It has thick supportive straps and a clasp on the back. It also comes in a triangle top style.

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Pink and black bikini. Pic: Asos.com

You can match this with either a thong or high-cut tanga bottom, depending on how daring you feel, €5.53 and €6.91 respectively.

Shop in sterling and nab the lot for €13.44 (with tanga bottom) or €12.32 (with thong).

Bandeau bikinis are great if you want to avoid tan lines and polka dots are huge this summer.

This adorable red and white one comes in just under budget at €19.58 from Bershka, reduced from €27.98.

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Red and white polka dot bikini. Pic: Bershka.com

Hope you all enjoyed this post, it was a bit of a challenge to hunt down nice swimsuits and bikinis under €20 but it was also enjoyable.

If you’d like to see more thrifty challenge posts on my blog, leave me a comment and let me know.

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

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Christmas Party Style: My 2017 edit

It’s THAT time of the year again. Christmas is coming, the geese aren’t the only ones who’ve gotten fat, (I’ve had too many hot chocolates), and my shopping list is getting longer by the minute.

I’m currently writing this reclining in bed after a night on the tiles at my own Christmas party.

Here is my round-up of some of the best festive partywear of 2017.

SEQUINS

I think most people have a love/hate affair with sequins but Christmas is the one time of the year (apart from festivals) when you can go head to toe sequins if that’s your thing.

My first pick is from Asos. This stunning green sequin midi dress from TFNC is just gorgeous and I actually bought it myself.

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Green sequin dress. Pic: asos.com

I got this altered in the Alteration Centre in Dublin as it was way too long for me. I got about four inches taken off so it now sits on the knee on me.

It cost €24 to have it altered and it was reduced from €87 to €61.50 in an Asos partywear promotion. So, with the alterations, I ended up spending quite a bit but I know I will wear it loads.

I managed to wear heels (low ankle boots) and paired with my favourite embellished black bag.

One small thing I did notice is that every time I tried it on, sequins fall off but not in huge numbers.

I love the figure-hugging yet not tight fit and sweetheart neckline and I got so many compliments on it last night.

If I were able to wear heels, I’d team it with my turquoise iridescent sandals but sadly, my ankle isn’t up to that at the moment.

Another little sequin beauty I fell for was this stunning statement mini dress from Nasty Gal.com.

Unfortunately, this dress seems to be low in stock on both the UK and IE sites.

This dress is €90, however, Nasty Gal is offering 24% off everything meaning you can snap it up for €68.40 at the moment. They’re also doing free delivery, FYI.

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Lost in Music sequin dress. Pic: NastyGal.com

Also in the promotion was this slinky star print sequin dress. It’s very elegant and looks really high-end.

This slip dress is €60 normally but you can get it for €45.60 today.

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Nasty Gal star slip dress. Pic: NastyGal.com

This At First Light multi-coloured sequin and velvet beauty is another Nasty Gal fave.

It’s a really simple v-neck style that would suit most body shapes and with 24% discount, you can get it for €68.40.

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Multi-coloured sequin and velvet dress. Pic: NastyGal.com

If you would rather wear a skirt and top, then look no further than this beautiful embellished skirt from Miss Selfridge.

Currently reduced from €89 to €64 and would look fab with a black camisole top.

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Premium sequin skirt. Pic: Miss Selfridge.com

VELVET

Velvet is such a huge Christmas trend every year and adds a touch of luxury to any Christmas party outfit.

This stunning navy Nasty Gal dress with cut-out shoulders and tassel embellishments is a firm favourite of mine.

It’s normally €75 but grab it for €57 today!

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Navy velvet tassel dress. Pic: Nasty Gal.com

If you’re on a tighter budget, this gorgeous blue velvet Square Up dress from Nasty Gal comes in at €21.50 with the 24% discount applied.

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Blue velvet dress. Pic: NastyGal.com

A simple but cute velvet option is this bodycon embellished black dress from Boohoo at Asos.

It isn’t marked down but it’s only €33 so it certainly won’t break the bank.

If you select to pay in sterling on Asos, you’ll get a few more euro off – bargain! Check out my shopping online hacks post here.

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Black velvet embellished dress. Pic: Asos.com

RED

Let’s face it, red is the colour of Christmas and also 2017’s hottest A/W trend. A red outfit is guaranteed to make you stand out from the crowd.

This red bandeau jumpsuit from Missguided is €41.

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Red bandeau jumpsuit. Pic: Missguided.com

If you don’t like dresses, a fitted suit with a bodysuit underneath can be a great option.

This red blazer from River Island adds a pop of colour to any festive outfit. However, at €80, this is on the pricier side.

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Red blazer. Pic: River Island

The Sugababes threw shade at a girl in a red dress but I’m all about red dresses, especially this River Island beauty.

This floral lace mesh insert dress is €55. The length makes it ideal for a work do, as it’s not too short, but still glamorous.

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Red floral lace dress. Pic: River Island.com

Hope you all enjoyed this post and let me know which items you liked best. I’ve had a mad few weeks with moving house and other stuff on, hence the absence from the blog.

Thanks for reading and check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Edel

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Scarlet Lady: Autumn/Winter Trends 2017

It’s been a long time since I wrote a trend post and I’m really excited about this one. Having been laid up with an injury all summer, the summer trends pretty much passed me by in a blur.

I think all Irish fashionistas love autumn/winter fashion because we know we’ll always get a lot more wear out of it. A harsh reality of our climate!

Once my ankle got stronger and I was back at work one of the first things I did was walk around the city centre and visit the shops.

Might seem sad to some but I really missed window shopping and checking out the new season trends. Have a browse at some of my favourite A/W pieces in stores now.

Red

From crimson to scarlet, various shades of red are everywhere this Autumn/Winter.

Red isn’t a traditional autumn/winter colour but most people can pull it off. I haven’t worn red in years but I’m excited to add some to my A/W wardrobe.

If like me, you’re a bit cautious when it comes to red, then one key accessory is a good way to go. I love these Stradivarius boots and they’re only €29.95 – bargain!

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Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be back in my heels for quite some time…

If you want something a bit more daring, you can’t go wrong with these high-shine PVC Topshop boots. PVC is huge this autumn winter also so go forth and shine!

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Gucci slogan dupe t-shirts are everywhere at the moment and this red River Island one is amazing.

It’s from the plus size range and is available in sizes 18-26.

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This red Gucci-style embroidered bag from Stradivarius is all kinds of fab – I bought it in black and it’s one of my favourite bags yet.

I always get loads of compliments on it and was it only €19.99.

My love for biker jackets knows no end and I’m determined to get a red one this autumn.

Check out this patent biker beaut which is €68 from Missguided.

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Pearl embellishment

This is probably my favourite trend this A/W.

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I’ve already succumbed to this trend – see above my choker from Penneys.

Other personal faves these AMAZING pearl studded boots from &OtherStories, these pink and black Topshop clutches and a Penneys denim jacket with pearl embellishment.

 

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This adorable pearl embellished beret is from Nasty Gal – I really like that the pearls are securely fastened in, not just sewn on.

Piercing embellishment

This is a really cool trend, with everything from jumpers to bags sporting what look like nipple rings and barbells!

This little backpack is from Penneys, FYI.

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I think these embellishments look particularly good on a chunky jumper.

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Cream jumper with piercing details Forever 21.

 

Topshop has nailed the punk look with this denim jacket and skirt set with all-over piercing embellishment. Probably not an outfit for the airport…

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Piercing detail denim jacket and skirt. Pic: Topshop.com

Denim skirts

Ok bear with me, I know it’s September but the denim skirt will still be an A/W wardrobe staple.

We’ve been wearing denim skirts with bare legs all summer but you can still rock a denim skirt with boots and black tights.

 

Plain denim is out with sequins and fishnet diamond details taking centre stage at Topshop this A/W – perfect for all your autumn nights out.

For something a little simpler, check out this contrast panel stretch denim skirt from PLT at Asos – so cute!

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Contrast panel denim skirt. Pic: Asos.com

Lace-up denim skirts are impracticality at its finest – but I can’t help liking them all the same.

An example of something I really like but wouldn’t be quite brave enough to wear!

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Lace-up denim skirt. Pic: Missguided

Checks/Tweeds

If I’m honest I think this trend is a tad dull but at the same time, a brown tweed/check blazer is a great alternative to boring black for work.

It all depends on how you style it!

This long wool masculine style wool coat from Bershka looks great over a more casual outfit.

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Long check coat. Pic: Bershka.com

Zara is definitely the place to go if you’re looking for a tailored piece, this double-breasted blazer is really cool.

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Check blazer. Pic: Zara.com

For a slightly different take on the neverending heritage trend, try these high-waisted trousers from Topshop. The cropped cut and red thread through the middle gives them a modern twist.

The cropped leg and red thread through the middle gives them a modern twist.

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Check trousers. Pic: Topshop.com

PVC

Not one for the faint-hearted but I do have a serious love of all things PVC. These Jourdan Dunn for Missguided Londunn trousers are super cool.

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Lace-up PVC trousers. Pic: Missguided.com

For an equally bold look, there’s always PVC red leggings.

I think I’d feel like such a rockstar in these ones from Bershka, I could almost forget about my ankle!

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Red PVC leggings. Pic: Bershka.com

 

Another high-shine piece I’m loving are these sassy little shorts with scallop details from Missguided.

Gorgeous for a night out and they come in gold and turquoise too – what more could you want?

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Shiny high waisted shorts. Pic: Missguided.com

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post- I certainly had fun “researching” and writing it.

Leave me a comment and let me know which A/W trend is your favourite.

Thanks for reading and check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Edel

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Bargain Hunt: The best of the summer sales under €30

Summer sale season is here and as I’m pretty much confined to the house, I’m fighting the urge to spend all my money online.

I think shopping the sales online often beats trawling through shops that are busy at the best of times and complete pandemonium during sale (e.g. Zara).

While you can’t try things on, have you ever faced changing rooms during sale? Not a pretty sight! These are some of my favourite items from the summer sales and everything is under €30.

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One item which caught my eye (and that of many stylish Instagrammers) is this white denim buckled skirt.

It’s reduced from €44 to €22 and would be perfect for a sun holiday abroad. I’ve ordered this and it still hasn’t arrived … beginning to think it is lost! Anyway I’ll keep you posted on the fit.

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White denim buckle skirt. Pic: Missguided.com

 

I’m equally taken with the light blue version which is now €27, reduced from €44. (I have no idea why the blue one is €5 more btw).  It also comes in navy and black, for those of you who prefer a darker hue.

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Blue denim buckled skirt

Asos

If you’re heading to a festival this year, then hit up Asos’s sale before you go. The Asos sale is the perfect place to get yourself a festival bargain like these cut-out shorts.

 

Featuring a funky lolly pop applique on the back, they’re bound to keep you feeling summery even if it’s chucking it down in Stradbally/Marlay Park/delete as appropriate.

These come in at €28/£21. I’m sure I don’t need to remind regular readers but buy in sterling from Asos, click here to find out why.

Another festival-worthy pick are these cute lilac shorts reduced from €37 to €26 – just don’t get them filthy!

PS- Asos don’t have a sale banner or sale section on their site anymore but these items are still available and reduced- you just have to search by description.

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Lilac mom fit shorts. Pic: Asos.com

New Look

One spring trend I absolutely loved was chinoiserie/ jacquard prints. I’m on the lookout for a backpack in this print and can’t decide between these two New Look beauties.

 

The larger one is now €20, reduced from €29.99 and the cute mini one is €17, reduced from €24.99.

PLT

I spotted these unusual pink cracked vinyl trousers over on PLT and I think they are awesome. They don’t look like something you would find on PLT and are a real statement piece. €20, reduced from €39.

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Another deadly PLT bargain is this bright pink swimsuit which is quite similar to Kylie J’s infamous Body Glove swimsuit. Reduced from €25 to €11.

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Zara

Now away from the crazy colours to a classic black bargain from Zara. This cute little dress with lace-up sleeves is now €29.99 down from €49.95.

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Black dress with lace-up sleeves. Pic: Zara.com

And how about this denim and gingham skirt for only €9.99??

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Denim and gingham mini skirt. Pic: Zara.com

Bershka

I recently bought these cute espadrilles in the Bershka sale, although I can only wear the left one at the moment. Reduced from €19.99 to €9.99.

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Bershka espadrilles. Pic: Bershka.com

 

Another great Bershka bargain is this bleached denim jacket reduced from €39.99 to €17.99. (I need to stop talking about festivals now… I’m so jealous I can’t go to Longitude!)

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River Island

River Island always has adorable PJ’s and underwear but they can be pricey. Embrace your inner Ariel with this adorable seashell detail bra and briefs. These are both about a third of the original price with the bra reduced from €22 to €8 and the knickers down from €17 to €4.

 

I’m also loving this tropical palm print underwear set, again the bra is €8 and briefs €4 – Penneys prices!

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Palm print underwear set. Pic: River Island.com

Hope you guys enjoyed this bargain-busting post – I love hunting down bargains to share with you!

I’m off to flex my debit card, so leave me a comment below and let me know if you liked any of the items I featured.

PS- this is not a sponsored post.

I often post bargains I find over on my Facebook page, so if you want to see more of the same give it a like. You can find me here on Instagram and Twitter would love to connect with other Irish bloggers on there. Thanks for reading as always and I’ll be back soon with a new post – possibly a festival one, watch this space.

Edel

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Baywatch and bad tan lines: 10 of 2017’s hottest swimsuits

Fun fact about me: I learned to swim at the age of 24 after being terrified of water for 16 years. Nowadays I’m still not the best swimmer but I’m hoping that I will have sufficiently recovered from my injury to allow a dip in the ocean on holidays.

Every year I write a swimwear post and it’s always one of my most popular annual posts, so this year I’m going to do two. This post will be dedicated to one-piece swimsuits and I’ll have another on bikinis coming soon.

I’m loving the denim/chambray trend that’s everywhere at the moment and I have a particular soft spot for this denim-effect swimsuit from Vavavoom.ie. I love the lace-up side details and scoop back also and at €26.99, it’s a pretty good price for a swimsuit. Vavavoom offer next day delivery to the UK and Ireland for €2.99 which is pretty awesome!

UPDATE: I ordered this and it was not flattering on me. It’s definitely not for anyone bigger than a B-cup, it squashed my boobs flat!

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Chambray swimsuit. Pic: Vavavoom.ie

Oh, I loved this River Island one-piece initially. It beckoned me in all it’s green iridescent glory..then I realised it had a thong back. Nothing wrong with that but not for me. If I were 18 and going to Magaluf then maybe 😛

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Green swimsuit. Pic: River Island.com

Despite this I still love RI swimwear, just look at this bandana print one-piece.

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Bandana print swimsuit. Pic: River Island.com

It’s safe to say, Zara swimwear is never anything short of glorious, can we please take a minute for this beautiful purple floral one-piece with cross-over straps?

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Purple floral swimsuit. Pic: Zara.com

Zara is embracing the Baywatch trend with these incredible Baywatch-themed swimsuits, I really want one!

 

Penneys had an amazing red Baywatch-style suit at the start of the year for only €6 but there must have been some issue with it as it disappeared from my local Penneys never to be seen again. *sobs quietly*

UPDATE: I tracked it down in Primark in Newry for £4 so that’s part of my summer swimwear sorted.

It will look great with my orthopaedic boot, I just know it…

Side-ties are one of the biggest swimwear trends this summer and although they’re bound to lead to weird tan lines/burn marks I love them.

This gorgeous pink swimsuit from Pretty Little Thing comes in at just under €25.

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Pink side-tie swimsuit. Pic: Prettylittlething.com

 

For a Versace look on a Primark budget, check out this black one-piece with gold chain straps. It’s only €27 from Pretty Little Thing, what are you waiting for?! It was out of stock for ages but I’ve managed to find one. Also available in white.

 

Metallics look amazing in summer and every time I’ve passed by &OtherStories‘ window on Grafton Street, I’m drawn to this gorgeous shiny silver swimsuit.

At €49 it’s quite expensive but a cheaper alternative is this iridescent purple swimsuit from Missguided for just under €34. Perfect for the all the mermaid wannabes out there!

 

I hope you all enjoyed this post and are looking forward to the next installation. I really love swimwear despite not going away that often.

I’m looking forward to bringing you the bikini post and until then check out my Pinterest swimwear board for more inspiration.

Hope you all enjoyed this post, leave me a comment below and let me know.

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The Occasion Wear Dilemma

Got a wedding, graduation or a family event coming up?

If you’re tearing your hair out in frustration trying to find something that is stylish, formal and appropriate, then this post is for you.

I’ve spent quite some time on the hunt for occasion wear as I’ve both my Master’s graduation and a summer wedding coming up.

These are my tips for buying occasion wear and what I’ve tried and tested.

TIPS

Don’t buy too far ahead, by the time a summer wedding rolls around, your outfit might not seem as appealing as it initially did.

Make a Pinterest board of ideas – when I made one, I realised a lot of the dresses on it were quite similar in style, shape and colour.

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Blue strappy dress. Pic: Asos.com

Buy accessories last. You need to know they’ll suit your outfit.

Consider the dress code of the occasion, i.e. for a graduation, a plunging neckline isn’t very appropriate.

Think about weather, walking distances and whether you’ll be standing for long. Comfort is key!

Versatility – can your outfit be worn again? It’s never a good idea to buy something just for one day.

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Blue midi skirt, Glamorous for Lipsy. Pic: Lipsy.co.uk

Think outside the box, you aren’t confined to just dresses.

How about a jumpsuit, a skirt and top combo or even a cool trouser suit?

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Black Asos jumpsuit. Pic: Asos.com

WHERE TO SHOP/BRANDS

Asos, Debenhams, &Other Stories, Oasis, Folkster, Miss Selfridge, Ted Baker, TK Maxx, and New Look are all good places to shop for occasion wear.

Missguided and Pretty Little Thing have some occasion wear, but some of it is quite revealing and not that suitable for certain occasions.

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Pink lace dress. Pic: Missguided.com

I would recommend trying Asos’s own line, Little Mistress, True Violet, Paper Dolls, AX Paris, Lipsy, Lavish Alice and Elise Ryan.

Elise Ryan has the most gorgeous delicate feminine dresses and they’re quite affordable too. You can find these on Asos and eliseryan.co.uk.

I bought this blue dress for about €45 and it’s ideal for summer weddings.

Little Mistress and Paper Dolls dresses are available in Debenhams and on Asos.

I always buy brands direct from Asos as you can purchase in sterling.

If you are on a budget, try New Look, you could get an entire outfit in there.

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AX Paris lace dress. Pic: NewLook.com

You can also try Adverts.ie or Facebook selling groups as people often sell new and nearly new outfits and accessories on there.

TK Maxx  is worth hitting up also.

WHAT I TRIED

I bought these two dresses from Asos but I actually returned both as neither of them were very flattering on me.

Word of warning, if you’re petite, handle midi dresses with caution!

I bought this True Violet dress, thinking it wouldn’t be too long as it was just below the knee on the model.

More fool me, it was mid-calf and NOT flattering. It’s a beautiful dress but being 5’3′, I would need to chop a good few inches off it to make it work.

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True Violet midi dress. Pic: Asos.com

The other dress I originally ordered was this nude two-in-one lace dress.

It’s not as long as the True Violet dress but it’s very sheer and even with a lining inside, it still clung to every lump and bump!

I felt like a sack of potatoes so that was a NO also!

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Nude lace dress. Pic: Asos.com

My third option is this Paper Dolls dress also, from Asos. Fingers crossed, because I’m really running out of time here!

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Paper Dolls black dress with lace detail.

UPDATE: Not only did this dress get lost by the courier and almost not make it for my graduation but it also was quite small.

It’s a beautiful dress but it’s meant to fit a size 10 and it was more like an 8.

The waistband was very tight and dug in all day and the shoulder straps fell down constantly making it annoying to have to keep re-adjusting it!

I wore it twice but I don’t think I’ll be hanging onto it.

I originally wanted something in a pretty pastel colour but I had to go for the “safe” option in the end.

However, I can always opt for something brighter for the wedding.

I broke my own rule and bought shoes beforehand, as they were super cheap. They’re velvet heeled sandals from New Look for the bargain price of €9.60.

I’ll be posting a photo of the outfit up here soon. This was my outfit for my graduation from NUIG and I love this dress..tempted to wear it again!

If you guys have any suggestions for places to buy occasion wear, please leave me a comment.

FYI- this post was not sponsored or endorsed by any brands mentioned.

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Edel

The Colour Purple

Have you noticed all the lilac and purple hues this Spring? I love this colour and it’s everywhere from jumpers to lipsticks to wallets.

Last weekend I was in Belfast (more on that soon!) and I bought this pretty Topshop lilac ruffled jumper.

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Topshop lilac jumper. Pic: Topshop.com

Not only was it a complete bargain, £15 in sale, €42 full price but it also combines another spring trend, ruffles! I’ll be wearing this blue jeans or with black leather-look trousers to work.

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Excuse my face, I was a little hungover!

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FYI, the sizing of this jumper was really off, I got a 6 which would normally be too small for me in a jumper but the 8 felt too tight!

I also picked up this lilac quilted wallet in Penneys for about £4.

 It’s very similar to the Skinnydip wallets and matches this bag.

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Purple glitter shopper. Pic: Primark.com

I may have to get the bag too!

I already own a *few* pastel purple pieces..

Warning: lilac runners are as impractical as white ones!

Super jealous of Kate Moss strutting her stuff in this pastel Chanel outfit.

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Recently I even bought a lilac lippie and was pleasantly surprised by how nice it was. I find pink/purple shades can make your teeth look a little yellow but I really wanted to try it out.

This “Charm” lipstick was about €2 from Bershka. If you want to try an unusual lip colour, go for a cheap lipstick in case you hate it!

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I’ve been looking for a dress to wear to my graduation and I’m very drawn towards lilac and pink. This Missguided dress is currently reduced from €60 to €15 in sale – OMG!

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Lilac crochet dress. Pic: Missguided.com

These skinny cigarette trousers would be great to liven up a work outfit, €12 from Missguided.

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Cigarette trousers. Pic: Missguided.com

It’s a bit early for pajama shorts but how cute is this set ?

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Lilac PJ set. Pic: Missguided.com

Finally I’m in love with this Topshop mesh t-shirt, it looks great layered over a black or white top.

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I don’t know but I’ve never had a pair of Converse yet. This “Frozen Lilac” style is just calling my name right now.

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Lilac Converse. Pic: 6pm.com

If you don’t like a lot of pastel colours, then an accessory like this beanie hat is ideal for just a splash of purple perfection.

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Do you guys like lilac and pastel colours? Let me know, I’d love to hear your opinions.

N.B. I’m not being sponsored or paid by any of the brands featured here-these are all my personal choices.

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Edel

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Dressed to Frill

Frills may be something we associate with four year olds but they are one of the hottest trends this S/S 17. Get ready for an explosion of frills, flounces and ruffles!

These are a few of the frilling pieces (sorry not sorry) that I’ve seen lately on the high street and online.

This cold-shoulder dress from Missguided combines two spring trends, it’s a beautiful lilac hue with frills over the arms. Missguided are currently offering 30% off heels and dresses with the code DRESSUP30 so you could nab this beaut for just under €30!

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Lilac cold shoulder dress Missguided. Pic: Missguided.com

This elegant grey midi dress also from Missguided would be perfect for an occasion such as a wedding or graduation.

Grey frill dress. Pic: Missguided.com

Even loungewear gets the frill treatment this season, I normally don’t like tracksuit sets but how cute is this?

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Grey tracksuit with frill details. Pic: Missguided.com

 

H&M have embraced the frilly trend like no other. Their latest online editorial “Wild at Heart” is full of stunning pieces like this 80’s style blouse. Frills on top of frills, Siberian tigers and lush vegetation, whats not to love?!

This blouse is a bit more expensive at €44.99 but it’s definitely a statement piece!

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The blouse of dreams. Pic: HM.com

H&M always have great workwear and you could incorporate some of these frilly pieces into a work wardrobe.

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Trouser suit with frill hems. Pic: HM.com

I’m not sure how I feel about ruffles and frills on trousers but if the rest of the outfit is kept simple it could work.

This gorgeous floral blouse would be great for work or play. H&M  have more understated frilly pieces in store and online.

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Floral frill blouse. Pic: HM.com

If you prefer a subtle dainty look, this white blouse with frilly yoke will be right up your street. (Which reminds me, I’ve a vintage white frilly blouse in the back of my wardrobe somewhere…)

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White frill blouse New Look. Pic: New Look.com

This yellow top is only €22.99 and comes in five different colours.

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Yellow frill top. Pic: New Look.com

While this pink crop top is only €10 and would be gorgeous with black leather trousers or skinny jeans.

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Pink frilly crop top. Pic: New Look.com

While I love frills on blouses, tops and dresses, I’m really not sure about frills on jeans. Take for instance, these Ellery jeans, WTF is going on here?!!

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Ellery jeans. Pic: Farfetch.com

A subtle flounce might be ok but those things could sweep streets!

What do you think of the frill trend? Leave me a comment below and let me know. N.B. I’m not being sponsored by any of the brands featured here-these are all my personal choices.

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

Edel

Thrift Alert: Dublin’s best charity shops

There’s nothing better than getting your fashion fix while also doing a good deed. For years I’ve shopped in charity shops and am still amazed by the bargains. We’re talking brand new items with tags on, designer and leather handbags and beautiful vintage clothing.

Enable Ireland

This is one of my favourite charity shops with branches in Phibsborough, George’s Street, Capel Street, Camden Street, Finglas and Thomas Street. Enable Ireland have a good selection of items from workwear to children’s clothes and shoes. 100% of their profits go to funding disability services.

My best recent bargain from there has to be these black patent loafers which were brand new with a €70 sticker but sold for just €20. For more of my Enable Ireland bargains, check out my Charity Shopping Haul post.

I also found this lovely brand new Missguided playsuit in Enable Ireland’s Phibsborough branch. I got so many compliments when I wore this and it was only €4!

Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society shops tend to be quite small but I always enjoy browsing around. I’ve found some good stuff in their Rathmines, Phibsborough and Capel Street shops. The Rathmines one is the most attractive and in general Rathmines charity shops tend to be of a very high calibre!

Oxfam (George’s St)

Oxfam have several stores around Dublin but their George’s Street store is the jewel in the crown. They have both ladieswear and menswear, vintage and a dedicated bridal section with many brand new and designer wedding dresses from sizes 6-22. Brides on a budget, look no further! Oxfam’s profits go to alleviating poverty in third world countries.

I bought these black leather shorts for about €4 in their Stephen’s Green store.

Another gorgeous bargain was this Versace-esque silky bomber.

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Scarf print bomber jacket, Oxfam.

St. Vincent de Paul

SVP are dedicated to helping those living in dire poverty in Ireland and assist thousands each year. Their George’s Street store is a must visit for any thrift shop maven. I’ve seen Versace and Moschino items here and they even have their their own vintage line.

I bought this oversized denim jacket and this cropped red shirt in their Phibsborough branch. (These are both Penneys items but I was on a strict budget at the time!) The jacket was brand new with tags, €8 and the shirt was about €4.

 

Respect (Stoneybatter)

And now for one slightly off the beaten track, the Respect shop in Stoneybatter is one of the most amazing charity shops I’ve ever been in. It looks quite unassuming but is one of the best for a genuine bargain. Among the items I’ve bought there include a black leather DKNY backpack for €6, a €2 Longchamps bag and a red leather American Apparel skirt for €10. I’ve also picked up some great vintage belts here. Respect support people with intellectual disabilities so it’s a really worthy cause.

Macro Shop, Macro Community Centre (North King’s Street)

I love shopping here as the Macro centre gives back to the local community. It also pays to shop here in winter, I recently found real Levi’s cut-offs and a red suede effect H&M skirt for €2 each! Their community centre provides services such as free legal aid, citizen’s information and advocacy to the local residents.

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I later found this skirt for €2!

There are other second hand shops around such as the Second Abbey on Abbey Street which has an incredible selection of clothes, homewares and bric a brac. In some senses, it’s more of a museum!

In general, I prefer to shop in a registered charity shop where possible. That way, you can be sure your purchases or donations always go to a genuine charity. If you want to detox your wardrobe, these shops always welcome donations of clean clothing and shoes.

Do you shop in charity shops? Leave me a comment and let me know if I’ve missed any good ones. Hope you all had a good new year and enjoyed this post.

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Edel