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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.

Leave me a comment if you enjoyed this post and as always you can check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Edel

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Deadly Dupes

Calling all trainer fans: Do you love Adidas Originals but don’t have €85 to hand over for one pair of shoes? Do you spend your days salivating over Stan Smiths and Reebok Classics? Here’s how you can get yourself some great dupe runners without breaking the bank.

Ioffer.com is a website which sells replica runners at bargain basement prices. I discovered this site when I saw amazing Adidas Superstar replicas on fellow blogger Jude’s Law Facebok page. You can buy pretty much any kind of runner on this site for a fraction of the price, i.e. Superstars for €16. They also have New Balance, Nike, Converse etc.

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Adidas Superstars. Pic: Ioffer.com

There are lots of different sellers operating on here so be sure to check the feedback regarding each one before buying. I haven’t ordered anything from here yet but I intend to soon.

These are probably manufactured in China so don’t expect next day delivery! The site is quite confusing as it lists all styles as mens/womens and there are a lot of generic descriptions and colours that don’t correspond with pictures etc. It’s like Ebay in the sense that you can make an offer to a seller and leave feedback on purchases.

If you like Stan Smiths, then try Penneys. These lookalikes were just €8, about one tenth of the cost of the real thing! Needless to say, Penney’s shoes won’t last as long but if you are broke, they’re the perfect option.

Stradivarius is another option for Stan Smith lookalikes. I particularly like these perforated styles with heel tab details just like Stan Smiths. These are just under €26 and would look great with jeans.

My favourite trainers are Reeboks and I’m loving the gorgeous new colours from gold to pearlized blue. Bershka have gorgeous peachy trainers which are a dead ringer for Reeboks for only €35.99.

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Peach runners. Pic: Bershka.com

 

Missguided.com have a great selection of inexpensive runners. Among the ones I liked best are these gold runners which look like a hybrid of Air Max and Reebok and are only €37.50.

Good news if you’re a broke student, Missguided accept UNIDAYS discount so you can get 30% off all full price items also. These also come in silver and look way more expensive than they are.

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Gold runners. Pic: Missguided.com

Asos’s own brand shoe collection is always worth checking out, they have lots of dupe styles including metallic toe runners which are just like Adidas Originals.

Hope you’ve all enjoyed this post, if you know anywhere that sells great dupes leave me a comment and let me know. If you love a good dupe, then be sure to check out my post on dupe bags also.

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

SNEAKER HYPE

I believe there is a place for “sports luxe”..in the gym.

In general, I don’t think sport and fashion should overlap except when it comes to shoes.

Sports runners from Roshes to Superstars to Stan Smiths are now the uniform of every cool kid. Not just for exercising, most people now buy these shoes as a fashion statement.

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Adidas Superstars. Pic: Pinterest.

They look great with ripped jeans, are super comfortable and if you work on your feet are essential!

Unfortunately, these sports styles are quite expensive but there are always lookalikes and knock-offs.

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If you’re a sporty type, rejoice you can wear your favourite kicks with everything from jeans to playsuits and if you prefer a more feminine look don’t worry loads of sports brands now have diversified with prints and colours. Here are some great alternatives for the non-sporty girl:

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Floral print Adidas Superstars. Pic: Pinterest.
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Silver Nikes. Pic: Pinterest

 

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Pink Superstars.Pic: Pinterest
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Paisley Air Max. Pic: Pinterest
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Floral insert Air Max. Pic: Pinterest.
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Floral Air Max. Pic:Pinterest

Classic Adidas Superstars, Adidas Originals and Stan Smiths are my favourite type of sneaker and I’d love to get my hands on any of these shoes to wear with black jeans.

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Stan Smiths for all the tennis you will never play! Pic: Pinterest

If you can’t afford Stan Smiths never fear Missguided have amazing lookalikes for €25.20 which is pretty good value.

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Missguided silver tab runner. Pic: Missguided.com
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Green tab runner. Pic:Missguided.com

Penneys also had a similar style but I’m not sure if they are still in stock. *sob*

I’m wearing them in my Insta pic below.

Of course I can’t do a sneaker post without a shout-out to the most “fashion” runner of them all, New Balance.

New Balance originally started out as an orthopaedic shoe but now reign supreme as a “lifestyle” runner. These burgundy and pastel styles are amazing.

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Burgundy New Balance runners. Pic: Pinterest
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Pastel New Balance. Pic:Pinterest

A great tip I read on fellow blogger Laura’s site was if you are a size 5 or 6 look for New Balance and Stan Smiths in the children’s section! I’m sure this information will change lives! 😀 Thanks, Laura!

Hope you all enjoyed this post. Let me know your thoughts on runners, do you like wearing them or would you rather see them banished to the gym?!

Thanks for reading as always. Please feel free to leave a comment, the grey button on the bottom right is the comment icon.

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Edel