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

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

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

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

Logos 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saddle-shaped logo bag. Pic: Prettylittlething.com

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

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Logo slides. Pic: Prettylittlething.com

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

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Zara logo jumper. Pic: Zara.com

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

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Logo unitard. Pic: Motelrocks.com

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

Animal print

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

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

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

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Animal print slip dress. Pic: Motelrocks.com

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

These python print jeans from Zara are €39.95.

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Snake print jeans. Pic: Zara.com

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

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

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

These both come in at an affordable €23 each.

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

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

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

 

Checks, tweeds and plaids (again)

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

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

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Plaid jumpsuit. Pic: Romwe.com

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

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

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Check bag & Other Stories

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

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Check midi skirt. Pic: Bershka.com

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

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Blue check trousers. Pic: Zara.com

Pinafore dresses

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

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

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

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

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Burgundy pinafore. Pic: Asos.com

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

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Penneys pinafore dress. Pic: Primark.com

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

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

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Teal green pinafore dress. Pic: Nastygal.com

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

Scarf prints

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

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

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

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

Both pieces are €49.95 each.

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

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Chain print blouse. Pic: Zara.com

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

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Green scarf print bodysuit. Pic: NastyGal.com

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for reading and if you would like to follow me on social media,  check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page.

Edel

 

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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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Blazing Saddles Pic: imdb.com

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.

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Edel