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Outfit of the day at the Botanic Gardens Dublin

A few months back I had to move out of my rented house and it was quite the ordeal. Not only because of the scarcity of suitable accommodation but also because I loved where I was living (Stoneybatter) and didn’t want to leave the neighbourhood.

However, rental prices trumped my desire to stay in D7 and after looking at a whopping 30 (yes 30 houses), I was finally offered a nice semi-affordable room in D9.

While my new neighbourhood isn’t quite as central or as trendy as Stoneybatter, it does have one major perk – living close to the beautiful Botanic Gardens.

The gardens are one of the most scenic places in Dublin to visit all year round.

Here’s a cosy little outfit I wore while on a day out there recently.

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Looking slightly pensive here!

My blue puffer jacket is from Pimkie in Munich, my jeans are River Island, my blue Gazelles are from Schuh and my bag is from River Island also.

Although this isn’t my thriftiest outfit, the jacket was reduced from €60 to €25, the bag was a gift and the shoes were reduced to €58.95 in a Black Friday sale.

And after I bought them my boyfriend kindly offered to pay for them as a Christmas present 🙂 So they ended up being a gift too!

I’m a big fan of River Island bags and accessories and this little blue bag with gold hardware is perfect for days off.

During the week, I usually drag around a giant tote but on days off I switch down to this beauty!

I absolutely love my Gazelles and runners in general but I’m still struggling to adapt to different kinds of footwear with my dodgy ankle.

These are a little flat so I only wear them for short periods at a time.

Even though there are three different shades of blue going on in this outfit, I think they somehow work together.

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Rocking my new puffer jacket

I bought the jacket in a medium so it would be comfortable to wear over a jumper and it’s super warm and cosy.

It has a lovely velvet texture and the silver zip pull detail makes it look more expensive than it actually is.

I saw similar jackets to this in Zara and Penneys before I went to Munich but they had button fastenings rather than zips.

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Botanic Gardens Dublin

I think the zip gives it a little more shape.

Puffer jackets can give me somewhat of a “Michelin man” silhouette especially as I’m petite and curvy on top but this one is quite flattering.

If you are visiting the gardens, a few layers are advisable as you’ll be going from the cold outside into the steamy warm glasshouses.

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There’s loads to see and admission is free so you can have a leisurely stroll and learn some interesting facts such as avocado is actually the Aztec word for “testicle”! (No lie!)

The Palm House is a favourite of mine but there are restoration works going on at some of the older glasshouses at the moment so soon the gardens should be even bigger and better.

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Shades of blue at the Botanic Gardens

Hope you all enjoyed this brief post. I hope to keep up my posting on here it’s just been difficult lately as my mam has been unwell and I’ve been spending a lot of time off work travelling up and down from home.

My family live in Roscommon so it’s important to try and get down there to spend time with them when I can.

Total outfit cost of this outfit came to over €100, however, getting the shoes and bag as a present did reduce it.

FYI, this isn’t a sponsored post and the gifts were from friends and family.

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Edel

Wrapping up warm:OOTD at Dublin Zoo

What’s the only thing better than clothes? Why clothes and cute animals of course!

A trip to Dublin Zoo in December calls for a practical and warm outfit. Some colour co-ordination is vital also of course.

You may have seen this pink jacket with fur collar in my previous posts and on my social media. I’ve been obsessing about it for so long and finally bought it in Asos’s Black Friday sale.

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Of course I had to pair with some Penneys accessories. Well half this outfit is Penneys actually…

My  khaki green hat has a pink rose embroidered on the side which matched my coat and bag perfectly. As for the houndstooth scarf, about 2/3 of the female population own this by now… If you’re reading this, you too are probably wearing it!

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Both the hat and scarf are from Penneys and were €5 each. My trusty tote bag is from Bershka and usually doubles up as a shopping bag. However for a day like this, a rucksack is a better choice. This one hurt my arms dragging it around all day!

To complete the outfit I’m wearing black push-up jeans from Bershka which were €5.99 in sale and fit like a glove.

I find myself wearing these simple white runners from Penneys almost everyday. They are a great basic item that go with every outfit and if you squint a bit they could be Stan Smiths…. 😛

The outfit was perfect for the cold weather and kept me cosy while we strolled around. I hadn’t been to the zoo since primary school (despite the fact I live within 10 mins walk!) and I really enjoyed it.

I actually had my Christmas jumper on underneath this outfit but it was way too cold to show it off! Which is a shame as I consider it quite stylish.

Winter is actually a good time to visit the zoo as it’s not crowded and there are no school tours! That didn’t deter some very excited children from banging on a glass pane at a bewildered gorilla though…

Here are just a few of the gorgeous animals we saw from and you may find them a lot more interesting than my outfit! 😛

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I may have developed somewhat of a fixation with monkeys during this trip but how cute are this little troop just chilling by the lake?!

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The zoo has an amazing array of creatures from orangutans to okapis and everything in between.

The zoo farm is a small section with all the regular farmyard animals, such as goats and cows. Here I embarrassed myself by mistaking a pig for a Shetland pony and a statue of a sheep for a donkey! I think I need to get my eyes tested…

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After the zoo excursion, I headed out to a friend’s birthday in House. Here’s my #OOTN for good measure! I’m wearing a halterneck top with beaded fringing from a charity shop, black leather pants from H&M and my holographic shoes from Missguided.

This may be my final post before Christmas so just hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and thanks for your support throughout the year.

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Edel

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The Unwearables: Ski pants, puffer jackets and popper trackies!

I don’t know about you but I almost fell off my chair when I saw an article featuring ski pants on Vogue.com! This winter, prepare to see ski pants, puffer jackets and even button up tracksuit pants are making an appearance.

The ladies over at TownMouse CountryMouse Ireland forecasted the ski pants trend sometime ago by the way.

Now I love a good throwback so I’m doing my best to embrace this look.

Anywhere I’ve seen ski pants featured, they’re styled with a heel but I can’t help thinking the skinny styles are still unflattering….and don’t get me started on fashion editorials where the stirrup is wrapped around a heel!

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Black skinny ski pants. Pic: Mango.com

Personally I think they look good in a looser leg with a mule type shoe or with runners in traditional nineties style. They do compliment heeled loafers also.

If you really want to go for the Alps/Aspen look, then you’ll need a giant puffy jacket as well! Take Kenny from South Park as your inspo and you’re on the right track.

I’m normally not a fan of either of puffers or parkas but this season’s ones are cute and girly like this pink River Island one.

This is the ultimate winter jacket, it’s a gorgeous colour, super warm and a great length. I tried it on yesterday and was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was.

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Pink puffer jacket. Pic: River Island.com

It also looks very nice with a pop of pink lipstick! FYI, €120 but I would buy it if I could afford it! (I bought it in the end thanks to Asos’s Black Friday discount 😉

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I love the fluffy collar!

This Balenciaga ad manages to combine both puffer jacket and ski pants-impressed!

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Padded/Puffer jackets look best in a matte material, the shiny ones just look a bit cheap and tacky. Steer clear!

Slogans add some fun detail like this Topshop one. Oh and the bigger the better or otherwise it’s not a puffer jacket!

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We’ve all seen that photo of Kim in her Adidas trackies and bizarre as it is I have to say it’s one of her better outfits. She almost looks semi-comfortable unlike when she’s squeezed herself into nude cycling shorts and sock boots…shudder!

Can they actually make a comeback? Is this a throwback too far?! Where did Kim even find them…in a museum?!

To top off all this, the shoes of the season are clunky heeled loafers. Let that sink in.  Loafers aren’t the prettiest of shoes but they are damn smart! These classic black ones from Zara are one of my favourites this year. They are €49.95.

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Black loafer. Pic: Zara.com

Even if you’re not a massive fan, you have to admit they’re better than mules or flats with ballet laces…and those are your other two choices shoe lovers!

Backless styles are a nightmare, stick to a traditional black embellished loafer or mix it up with these colourful Topshop ones.

To be honest, there are ways to style even the most “unwearable” of trends! The only things I will say an emphatic no to are the aforementioned awful lace-up ballet shoes.

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Let’s all say it together: NO!

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of these trends. Thanks as always for reading my blog and don’t forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Edel