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River Island Spring/Summer 2019 Press Day

River Island is one of those shops that I always wanted to buy from when I was a teen but was way too broke!

Nowadays kids want Gucci bags and LV but all I wanted was a damn pair of River Island jeans…

I always enjoy seeing River Island‘s new collections and this year’s Spring/Summer press event was no exception.

The first rail that really caught my eye was the swimwear. I love browsing swimwear even though it’s not something I would buy every year.

This stunning baroque print swimsuit was one of my favourite pieces.

 

 

It’s €50 which is quite pricey but apparently, you can buy in sterling from the River Island UK site and get it delivered to a store near you. I haven’t tried this myself but let me know if you have.

The other thing I noticed about this is that you’d probably need to size up if you wear a larger bra size, the cups on a size ten looked quite small.

This lime green beauty with a black belt would also look great on the beach.

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Lime green swimsuit

Belts seemed to feature on most of the one-pieces.

I’m not sure yet if I like this trend but it’s definitely going to be a thing because I saw Kylie Jenner wearing a belted one-piece on her Insta!

 

This lilac cut-out swimsuit was another favourite.

I prefer one-pieces to bikinis more and more these days!

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River Island lilac cut-out swimsuit
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River Island swimwear

What really excited me is that River Island now do homeware and my love for homeware knows no bounds!

There wasn’t a massive selection but the chair and cushions above made a great photo backdrop and there were also some cute lanterns, candles and storage boxes.

There’s some gorgeous bedding, vases, planters and mirrors on the website and I can’t wait to check it out in-store as I’m always looking for nice things for my apartment.

 

 

 

 

 

The homeware range is available in Swords, Blanchardstown and Dundrum in Dublin and also online.

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Pink octagonal vase. Pic: prshots.com

Animal prints and logos are sticking around for 2019, judging by these styles.

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Animal print and logos

Neons, polka dots and pyjama-inspired prints also featured heavily.

 

 

 

 

 

This little polka dot dress would be the perfect holiday or summer wedding outfit.

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River Island Polka dot dress

Snakeprint was a common motif on shoes also.

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Snakeprint boots and sandals

There are lots of co-ords in the new collection which I really like but I’ve never worn one yet.

My favourite was this denim ‘Couture’ jacket and skirt set. The jacket is €60, while the skirt is €35.

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Denim ‘couture’ jacket and skirt. Pic: RiverIsland.com

From a more formal look, this powder blue blazer is gorgeous for a special occasion and there are shorts to match.

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Powder blue blazer

River Island do really good accessories, especially bags and wallets.

There were lots of sunglasses and some jewellery on display also, including this fabulous lion head Versace-esque necklace.

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River Island ladies’ sunglasses
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Accessories

River Island shoes are on the expensive side but they are also quite hard-wearing. When it comes to footwear, it’s worth paying a little more for better materials.

I’ve a pair of RI heels that I bought in 2012 and cowboy boots that I’ve had since 2015 so not a bad investment.

If you have a decent pair of shoes, it’s worth getting the heel tips or even the soles replaced as they wear, rather than just buying a new pair.

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River Island shoes

I used my old digital camera to take some of these pictures as the lens is better than my phone and I’d left my DSLR at home.

The results were mixed some of the photos on my phone came out better but it’s handy to have an alternative.

I also browsed the menswear and kidswear ranges.

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The kidswear was so cute!
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River Island childrenswear

The childrenswear really impressed me, it was really trendy and cute and I wanted most of the adorable girls’ shoes and backpacks!

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River Island girls’ shoes and accessories

On my way out the door, I stopped to grab some delicious snacks from the Black Sheep food stand.

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Delicious snacks

I had a two-hour drive ahead of me so they were just what I needed.

Thanks to the River Island team for a lovely afternoon.

Hope you all enjoyed this post, I hope to have some homeware and outfit posts coming soon, including some Aliexpress purchases so stay tuned!

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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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Polka dot blouse Topshop.com

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.

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Edel

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Wardrobe Transitions – Spring to Summer

Is your wardrobe overflowing but you still find yourself wearing the same jeans and jumper combos over and over again?

It’s said we wear 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time and I’m definitely guilty of  this. At work, I’m usually wearing a pair of black jeans or black leather trousers and a blouse and at the weekend, I’m in blue jeans and a jumper or my PJ’s…

I have so many other items in my wardrobe that don’t get rotated often so on Easter Sunday I decided to wear something slightly different.

The weather was nice and I found a pair of Levi’s cut-off’s I’d bought for €2 in a charity shop over winter.

I rummaged around for a pair of black tights and added my Guns ‘n’ Roses band t-shirt, River Island boots and my satin blue bomber jacket.

Voila, I had a really cute outfit which didn’t suit the occasion theme whatsoever but at least it wasn’t a jumper and jeans!

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A brown belt, simple black choker and my pretty floral bag from Spitalfields Market completed the look.

I liked this outfit so much that I wore it again the next day with runners when I was at the National Botanic Gardens.

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Not only do I wear the same clothes over and over (#outfitrepeater) but I also tend to use the same handbag even though I own approximately 20 bags.

Although I really just want to be Stormzy’s mum and have 100 bags… (Stormzy fans will know what I’m on about!)

Shoes are the same, I own a crazy amount of shoes and boots, yet I’m always in one of two pairs of runners. My boots looked way better with this outfit and suited the outfit “theme” more.

Was there ever a less Easter-y outfit?!

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It got me thinking how many other items are in my wardrobe that I could wear more often? At this time of the year, it’s a good idea to reassess what’s in your wardrobe.

These are some my favourite items for this time of the year.

1. Leather jacket

Stylish, practical and a plain black one is always fashionable. My one is floral and loud however…

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2. Ghillie shoes or loafers

Time to let your feet breathe. I was bravely wearing loafers in January like an idiot yet I have barely worn them outside the office in the past few months.

 

3. A gilet

You can begin retiring your bulkier jackets and use gilets to stay cosy during the chilly spring evenings.

4. White jeans

White jeans are the ultimate summery look and although they’re a pain in the arse to keep clean, they are a really simple wardrobe update.

 

5. Patterned trousers or jeans

Leave your blue and black jeans aside and try a patterned pair or a different colour for a change.

 

6. Shorts or skirts with black tights

It’s definitely mild enough to get your cute shorts and skirts out of the wardrobe and dress them up with boots or go casual with your favourite runners.

7. Printed playsuit or jumpsuit 

These are a perfect alternative to your jeans, you can wear tights with a playsuit until it gets properly warm.

 

8. Camisoles over a plain white long sleeve top. 

This is one of my favourite outfit looks and recently I’ve been layering dressy tops that I used to keep for nights out over a white top for a cute casual look at home or at work.

9. Suede jacket

If you don’t have a leather jacket, a suede jacket is perfect for a spring/summer evening cover-up. I love this brown fringe one from Tola Vintage, great for festivals.

I’ve decided to add a total at the end of my outfit posts to let you know exactly how much my thrifty outfits really cost.

This one was a little more expensive as the boots are real leather but overall it is still quite good value.

Outfit Cost

Belt- Charity shop €1.

Shorts- Charity shop €2.

Jacket- Gifted from @bomberjacketgirls.

Boots- €45 on sale from €90 River Island.

Choker- €3.50 for set of two in Penneys.

Tights- €2 Penneys.

Bag- £12/€14 Spitalfields Market.

T-shirt- £15/€18 Missguided.

Total= €85.50.

PS- the jacket was a gift but I’m not being paid to promote it.

Hope you guys liked this look and the tips on transitional dressing. Leave me a comment below and let me know.

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Edel

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An injection of FUN: The latest S/S ’17 trends

Gingham, pink, embellished jackets and oriental prints: all kinds of whimsical and fun trends are in fashion this spring.

While I was out shopping for graduation dresses, I got quite distracted by all the new trends in town and thought I’d do a post to share them with you.

By the way, there’s a grand stretch in the evenings altogether!

One trend I really love so far is gingham. Particularly if it comes in the shape of a bardot top or has a few frills on it.

I can get on board with a head-to-toe ensemble either. Yaasss.

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Gingham mini skirt. Pic: Lasula Snapchat

These Topshop gingham blouses are great for casual wear or dressy occasions.

Blue, pink or red gingham and simple gingham sundresses are also cute.

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Blue gingham crop top. Pic: Prettylittlething.com

Gingham looks great layered over plain colours or as a contrast to a white or black t-shirt.

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Let’s observe the fact  that even Christian Louboutin created a pair of country gal style gingham Louboutins.

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Gingham Christian Louboutins. Pic: Pinterest

Oriental prints are another huge trend this spring also. I’m a big fan of this royal blue backpack from New Look and pink high heel sandals from River Island.

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Pink oriental print sandals. Pic: River Island.com

This backpack is €24.99 and also comes in pink.

 

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Blue oriental print backpack. Pic: New Look.com

These Kimchi Blue dresses from Urban Outfitters are also really adorable and perfect for summer.

Oriental prints are notoriously difficult to wear so try a simple accessory like this Shein wallet if you don’t want to go overboard.

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Oriental wallet. Pic: Shein.com

But if you do want to go all out check O-Mighty’s cute co-ord sets.

Bright pink is a really popular colour this spring, especially in co-ords, jackets and oversized jumpers.

This little pink suede biker from New Look is a great transitional piece.

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Pink suede jacket.

I love the contrast of the red embroidered letters against the bright pink background on this Bershka jumper.

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Pink sweater. Pic: Bershka.com

Bershka is your destination for all things pink and cosy, I’m also tempted by these goodies.

How cute is this little pink Shein t-shirt with a cactus detail?

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Pink cactus t-shirt. Pic: Shein.com

Finally, embellished denim and leather jackets are everywhere this spring. Think lace-ups, patches, floral and slogans.

I absolutely love these and need at least one in my life!

This denim jacket with black lace-up ties running up the sleeves and across the back is amazing. #need

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Denim jacket with side-tie detail. Pic: Bershka.com

I’m a massive Tove Lo fan so this Junkyard slogan jacket really appeals to me.

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Slogan Tove Lo lyric jacket. Pic: Pinterest

As frequent readers know I love a good Etsy original and it’s definitely the best place to find a one-of-a-kind jacket.

The skull jacket is from Corazon Beats on Etsy and the desert scene jacket is from LivingRoomCompany.

And when I win the lottery, I’ll be off to buy this Gucci denim beauty.

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Gucci embroidered denim jacket. Pic: Pinterest.com

If you prefer leather jackets, you’ll like these embellished styles from Bershka and Forever 21.

What do you think of these spring trends? Do you have a favourite? Leave me a comment and let me know.

P.S. I finally bought myself a camera so look forward to some more outfit posts and more of my own style on here. It’s something I’ve wanted to introduce to the site for a long time.

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

I will conclude this spring-themed post with some adorable baby ducks because we all need those in our lives.

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Thanks for reading as always.

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.

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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

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All about that waist

Accentuating the waist is one of fashion’s most tried and tested formulas. But chunky waist belts went out in 2007 and no-one rational would entertain a waist trainer! Enter the corset belt, the sexy and not-so-subtle waist cincher.

Beloved by Bella Hadid, Rihanna and the Kardashian klan, the latest reincarnation of the corset belt has many celebrity fans.

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Bella Hadid doesn’t really need help accentuating her waist…Pic: Pinterest.com

Corset belts were last seen back when The Pussycat Dolls had a hit and the aforementioned group were probably responsible for their demise.

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The girls were known for their lingerie inspired outfits!

However, corset belts don’t have to be trashy. Back in 2011, Alexander McQueen created this beauty, the grandaddy of all corset belts.

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Alexander McQueen corset belt. Pic: Pinterest.com

Designers such as Manish Aurora and Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini have given the corset belt a 2017 twist with their own unique interpretations of the trend.

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Philosophy denim belt. Pic: Pinterest.com

The corset belt can be worn multiple ways, over a over-sized t-shirt, a plain shirt, a jumper or a dress.

Although many celebrities have chosen to amp up the sex factor by wearing it with a long t-shirt and knee high boots, personally I prefer it with a casual outfit.

This blue denim corset belt from Bershka is ideal for layering over a jumper dress or t-shirt.

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Blue denim corset belt, Bershka. Pic: Bershka.com

This Rare London black belt has a corset detail in front but plain on the reverse, perfect for daywear.

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Rare London black corset belt. Pic: Rare London.com

Boohoo.com even have a two-in-one corset belt and t-shirt dress for only €20!

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Corset belt and t-shirt two in one. Pic: Boohoo.com

This black leather look belt is one of my favourite corset belts and is currently only €14 on Boohoo.com.

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Black leather look corset belt. Pic: Boohoo.com

If the Goth/vamp vibe isn’t your thing, try a white or cream belt and pair it with cotton or denim. The high street corset belts are usually about €15 but if you want to try a DIY one, here’s a simple tutorial.

I’ll definitely be trying out this trend, after all it beats going on a diet! Do you like corset belts or do you think they are overrated? 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.

Edel

 

Parklife- Casual outfit in Phoenix Park

Last week I had a few days off so it was the perfect time to chill out and soak up the sunshine.

This outfit post is from one evening I was enjoying a stroll in Phoenix Park. As you probably all saw in the last post, I love round sunglasses.

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I’m also wearing a gorgeous cream beaded jacket which I bought in Stradivarius.

It’s embellished with loads of beads and tiny mirror details and normally I only wear it out but I thought I’d wear it with a casual outfit for a change.

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I love pastels so I teamed this pale pink round neck t-shirt from Penneys with my lilac Romwe rucksack. The round-neck style is really 90’s!

This t-shirt is not quite full length, it’s slightly cropped. American Eagle ripped jeans completed the look!

I actually have these jeans for years and just added more rips myself. If you’d like to try DIY ripped jeans, click here for my tutorial.

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 This outfit has a lot of elements, tribal, pastels, embellishment and colours.

However, I think it worked for the sunny day, the gold beads on the jacket compliment the gold on the t-shirt perfectly! With an outfit like this, I didn’t need any additional accessories.

When I looked back at our photos, I noticed a “face” in the clouds in the background of one! Do you see the face?!

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Hope you liked this outfit post, I love showcasing my own personal style and hopefully will have more of these to come.

PS I couldn’t resist a picture of my bargain of the week, a leather DKNY rucksack I bought at charity shop for €4! It’s been getting some love over on Instagram! Coming soon to an outfit post near you 😉

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