Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Style Inspiration: Summer Sandals....

One thing I always struggle with when going on summer holidays is choosing the right footwear. Now that I am going abroad in June I really need to get some nice sandals that will work for all occasions! 

I have put together a few options here that I think would suit for day or evening wear....




Vince: Lovely mid heel sandal with minimalist front strap these would work fab for daytime with casual dresses or dressed up with skirts and city shorts for effortless evening style.

M&S: A great casual sandal for day or night, the suede effect finish always makes for a far more expensive look! These would also be great for wearing with long flowing maxis as long as the dress covers the entire sandal!

River Island...These pale pink sandals would be a great evening option and the block heel makes for even more comfort if there is a little extra walking involved. River Island have some fabulous sandals on sale this year for every occasion!

New Look: I don't get on with flat shoes at all  but for daytime wear on holidays, I think I will have no choice.Even the flip flops I choose normally have a slight wedge.I just find it easier to walk in something that feels a little more solid underfoot. I do like the appearance of these New Look tan flatish ones so I will check them out for size. I  think they would look great with casual day outfits on holiday:)


If money were no object I would buy these beauties from Lanvin for a dressy night out.They are absolutely divine and would go with so many outfits!


Although these ones from Zara would also look amazing with a white or black dress on a special night out especially with a golden tan....just add a beaded clutch and some gorgeous bling!!


These are just some options I'm thinking would work for holidays without having to bring about 40 different pairs of shoes. We have checked in two suitcases so sorting out clothes will be another mattter entirely.
 I can never narrow things down and always pack way too much, so I need to get a good capsule wardrobe together now! I also have to do a bit of swimwear research as I think the one black ancient swimsuit I own won't get me far!!

Hope you are all having a good week...mine are all still on Easter holidays here
 so things are a little laid back:)
Anne xx

Monday, 21 April 2014

Easter Weekend....


Hello...hope you are all feeling good this morning:)
We have had the most gorgeous Easter weekend here and of course the lovely sunshine helped greatly.
I started mine early on Thursday night having a fab dinner
 out with my friends.


 This was dessert and my new favourite cheesecake flavour Aero chocolate!



Friday was a very lazy day but I cooked a lovely prawn and noodle dish for dinner seeing as it was good Friday...... simple and quick to rustle up, just what I like so it will definitely be made again:)



On Saturday we had a trip to the beach with Tia the puppy and she absolutely loved being on the sand...not loving the car ride over and back though so that will be
 a work in progress before summer comes along!!

Portmarnock Co Dublin



Easter Sunday was a gorgeous day also and there was a great atmosphere in our town as they have a big parade on instead of a St Patrick's day one.



 I wore my new pale pink blazer over a pastel printed top and grey jeans.


Blazer/New Look  Top/Debenhams  Jeans/Zara  Bag/DKNY  Shoeboots/Dunnes

We had a lovely day which ended with a family bbq right before the weather changed and the rain poured down! It is bright and sunny again this morning so I think a long walk will be in order after all that lovely food and chocolate!

Hope you all had a great weekend too and get to enjoy the rest of the bank holiday!
Anne xx

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Decor Inspiration:An Easter theme....

I never really go mad buying loads for Easter, I tend leave the big decorating spree until Christmas
 but I do like to put a few small bits out on the tables and of course
 fresh flowers are an absolute must at Easter time. 



Here are a few lovely ideas that might inspire...


Love this lilac colour ....would look great on an Easter table setting.
My mother used to have a big lilac tree in her garden and I adored it!




No need to buy new expensive ornaments just adapt 
what you already have at home
 to suit the occasion.



A little idea for the garden...I snapped this cute photo while we were away last weekend.
It would also be lovely for a display
 at the front door to welcome guests.



Above are a few bits and bobs you can also add to the decor.....

Hang little painted eggs from twigs in a vase.

Put up a colourful wreath on the door

Treat yourself to a new scented candle.

A big bunch of tulips or any flowers for that matter always look stunning on the table.

Hope you are all having a great week. The weather has been amazing so far for the school hols....long may it last!

Anne xx

Monday, 14 April 2014

Escape to the country.....



This weekend my husband and I spent a fab few days over in Enniskerry Co Wicklow.We stayed in the gorgeous Powerscourt hotel set amongst fabulous grounds with a view to the Wicklow mountains from every angle!

 It was so nice just to relax and enjoy some quality time together in such scenic surroundings.




On Saturday morning we took a drive up the mountains
 to get a better look at some of the views.



 It was actually lovely when we set out but got very misty and dull
the further up we drove.



We stopped by to visit what is known as the highest pub in Ireland.
It was full of quaint ornaments and books and it even had sawdust strewn on the floor!
 We were way too early for food as they were only opening up when we arrived,so we just had a coffee there before driving on.




When we got back to the hotel we were feeling a bit peckish so we had a quick lunch snack
 in the lounge bar.

I really enjoyed those loaded potato skins....so tasty especially washed down with a cool beer!




After lunch we decided to go and explore the grounds
 arond the hotel itself.


When we were done we called into the design centre on site selling fab furniture and art .There is also an Avoca shop within and a huge garden pavilion selling all sorts of cute knick knacks!

Then it was back to the hotel for more coffee and a rest
A quick change later on in the evening and out we went for dinner.

I wasn't sure what clothes to bring so I ended up bringing way too much as usual, but I was quite surprised to see that most people were very casually dressed.




I had  bought a lovely blush/pale pink colour blazer in New Look whilst shopping on Friday before going away
so I wore that with a multi coloured top, my coated skinnies and black heels.





On Sunday after another leisurely breakfast and a final stroll around the grounds
 we left to come home and back to reality!


We had a lovely weekend away and will most definitely be heading over that way again.

Hope you all have a good week, not long until Easter is here!
Anne xx

Friday, 11 April 2014

Weekend Trip.....

At last it is Friday....I have so been wishing the days away this week. 

The husband and I are off to stay at the lovely Powerscourt Hotel in Co Wicklow
 for the weekend!!



 It is gorgeous and sunny here this morning and I really hope it stays that way for the next few days
 as there are beautiful gardens and some really spectacular 
mountain views over there. 




Hopefully I will come back renewed and refreshed after a lovely weekend.!Not so sure about that though as there will probably be food and drink a plenty!! 

Wishing you all a good weekend:)

 I'm off to pack for what will probably be a mix of all seasons knowing our typical Irish weather!!

Anne xx

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Styling :The Classic White Blouse ....

Hello:)


Thanks for the lovely feedback on the outfits from yesterday. Today I'm back to show the second piece I got from Gray and Osbourn was so delighted  when I saw this spotted white blouse arrive. It really is superb quality and the fit is just perfect.

As always I love to pair a basic crisp white blouse/shirt with denim jeans, so here is the first outfit I styled...


I think this is a good daytime outfit which I would wear going out for a casual lunch.
You could add in a bright crossbody just to finish the look when heading off!
It would also be nice for a casual Easter gathering at home too.



I really like how the spot design gives it a little extra detail as opposed 
to the plain white basic shirts. 

Jeans/Warehouse    Sandals/Zara    shirt/c/o Gray&Osbourn   Necklace/Wallis

I did buy a plain one recently but in comparison to this it is very see through and more suited to wearing under knitwear. This one is just perfect on it's own for easy spring/summer wear.
I think it will fast become a firm favourite in my wardrobe...

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Now for the second evening outfit I really wanted to try something a little bit different and rather than pair it with black jeans I have gone for a printed trouser! These were bought for pittance in Heatons at the end of last summer and I wasn't even sure at the time whether I would ever wear them or not!!
 Having tried them on again recently I think they will be great for summer
 especially around holiday time!!



I also pulled out my hardly ever worn boucle black zipped jacket and put on a bright yellow necklace
 just to give a nice pop of colour to the black and white ensemble:)


Jacket/A/w 13 local boutique    Printed trousers/Heatons    Sandals/River Island    Bag/DVF
Shirt/c/o Gray&Osbourn

I think these will be two definite go to outfits for me over the coming weeks, although I do love the fine knit top I wore for yesterday's post as well:)

I have enjoyed doing this style challenge and thanks to Gray and Osbourn I have two new lovely s/s staples in my wardrobe.

Anne xx

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Styling:One top - Two very different looks....

I was recently asked by Gray and Osbourn  if I would like to style two pieces 
from their spring/summer Gerry Weber range.

They asked that they could be shown for both a casual day and evening look.

Gerry Weber wildflower jumper

This is the first piece I have styled. 
It is a gorgeous dove grey fine knit with an ivory wildflower design on the front. 



Top/c/o Gray&Osbourn   Jeans/Forever 21   Shoeboots/Dunnes


For the casual day look I paired it with my white skinnies turned up and finished with my recently purchased grey shoeboots.

A simple coral necklace adds a little extra detail to the neutral colours




You can see the delicate jewel design on the top a bit better here as it is very
 hard to get light clothes
 to stand out in photos sometimes!







I also borrowed my daughters coral blazer just to show how well it would pair with the pastels this spring/summer....

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For the evening look I wore my coated black skinnies and added a classic ivory blazer 
to make the overall style a little bit dressier!



Blazer/Zara  Sandals/River Island  Top/c/o Gray&Osbourn  Jeans/Only

I also added a statement necklace and my new strappy sandals to vamp it up a little!




I think it is a very versatile little top to have in your s/s wardrobe, as it can be used for both day and evening wear as I have shown here. 

I might actually buy myself a pale pink blazer similar to Laura's coral one
 to wear over this outfit on the cooler spring days:)

I  will be back shortly with the second piece I have received when I figure out what to style it with!

Anne xx