Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Style Inspiration: A few festive outfit ideas....

There is no denying now that Christmas is just around the corner! I always try to sort my outfits early on because the last two weeks are just so busy with presents and food ideas! I have had a good wardrobe clearout this year and I have found lots of things I could mix and match, so I actually don't need to buy a whole lot of new clothes at all. My main purchases will be a nice sweater and maybe a pair of faux leather jeans if I can get a style I like:) 

 Here are a few simple ideas I love: 
A fancy embellished top/sweater is great to wear with a skirt, cullottes or your regular jeans/coated skinnies. Dress up or down or keep it simple depending on how much bling you like to add:)
I  love these two tops from Zara. I have already bought a dusky pink top similar to the one below which may be a contender for Christmas day if I don't see another one I like in the meantime.

If you do prefer a dress I think a simple light shift dress would be the way to go. I bought dresses with heavier material other years and roasted in them whilst basting the turkey and trying to manage all manner of pots on the cooker! 

I love the simple laid back style here.....this would be a very easy outfit to wear on Christmas day. You could also add a lovely necklace for evening festivities
 when all the hard cooking work is done!

There are so many lovely pieces of jewellery available at this time of year and they actually do transform any outfit fron drab to fab in minutes! Simple coloured tops are the way to go when wearing these blingy pieces and I have a plain black one already bought from Warehouse which will come in very handy over the Christmas period:)

As always a touch of fur as in a vest /short jacket or a lovely cosy scarf are great pieces to have on hand for stepping out on Christmas morning. 

They look so warm and festive at this time of year!

Hope you are all having a good week:) I did visit Kildare Village with the girls at the weekend! It really put me in the Christmas spirit with all the twinkly lights and decor!
 I have to go back and do a sneaky shop on my own though as there were too many eyes about! The new Kate Spade shop is just beautiful:)

Take Care:)
Anne xx

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Style Inspiration:Warm knits and knee high boots....

The mornings seem to be getting a lot more bleak and wintery here. The fog was absolutely awful earlier today but it has lifted a little now and hopefully the sun will come out again for the afternoon:)

On these kind of mornings, I love to layer up my cosy knits.Today I pulled out this warm grey sweater over my black Zara jeggings.I bought these last Christmas and they are great for wearing with the longer style sweaters and tunics! 

This coatigan was also a fab buy from Tesco F&F range last A/W and I am always asked where it is from, as it looks and feels way more expensive than what I paid for it at the time.

I didn't add a scarf but on much colder days I will wear my fur snood or one of the big blanket scarves with this outfit. I finished the look with knee high suede boots and my black leather hobo bag.

Grey sweater/H&M(old) similar available this season
Coatigan/F&f@Tesco A/W 13
Black Jeggings/Zara
Suede Boots/LKBennett
Black Leather Hobo Bag/Ralph Lauren

Hope you are all having a good week:) I am out for a few drinks this evening with friends and we are also going to see James Blunt in concert at the 3Arena .It should be a fun night:)

Take Care:)
Anne xx

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Homestyle: Winter planting....

The garden can often look so bare after a long warm summer and nothing cheers you up more than looking out at some beautiful plant displays! It really lifts the mood even on the cloudiest of days! 
However I do think with some clever planting and grouping of colours and styles, the winter garden can look just as lovely as in other seasons.

Here are a few of my favourite garden ideas....

I love evergreens and I think it is the simplicity of the silver planters above which are the main attraction here...

If you are after immediate colour and impact a large statement plant in a tub should do the trick! Place by a door with some fairy lights to further enhance your patio area:)

Images via

As always hanging baskets, filled with seasonal plants look lovely on sheds and walls to lift a drab  area....

A friend of mine brought over this lovely berry plant yesterday which cheered me up on a grey Monday here and also inspired me to take a look at some other lovely ideas for the post!

Hope you all have a good week:)
Take Care,
Anne xx

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

A few random bits....

Hope you are all having a good week.We seem to be getting all the rainy days here in our corner which really throws me out! I much prefer the cool crisp days when you have more motivation to get things done !

 Anyhow I am keeping busy as my mother is in her final week here with us and eager to get her Christmas shopping done before she goes back home! 
On the plus side as I have been out and about a bit more, I have picked up a few bits for myself to get ahead!
 No doubt I will still have the last minute rush come Christmas week:)

I had been looking for new black jeans and was tempted to get a faux leather pair to see how they looked! Instead I opted for a skinny high rise denim pair in River Island but will try get a leather look version before Christmas! 
My daughter actually directed me to River Island, as I normally wouldn't have tried jeans on in there but the fit is fabulous and I am told they hold the colour after washing which is always a bonus with black jeans:) My style is the Lana high rise and Laura has the Molly super skinny pair!

I am also loving cozy scarves and came across this lovely one in Pull and Bear which is very similar to the large blanket range in Zara but costs slightly less! 

Scarf €19.99 Pull and Bear....other colours and styles available here

Nothing like a warm comfy scarf wrapped around you on a cold winters day:)

Hope you all have a good day! I am still midway with my painting! I did hope the chalk paint would go on thicker, but as always I think patience is key in doing these kind of jobs! 
I do like the effect of the Annie Sloan and will take photos when I am fully done! I'm also getting lots of Christmas inspiration from the interior magazines and I am collecting all my favourites at the moment!

Take Care:)
Anne xx

Friday, 7 November 2014

Style Inspiration:Mustard, leopard and a little weekend project....

Hello:) Hope you all had a good week. At least today is bright and sunny, not like yesterday when it never stopped raining all day, not to mention the driving wind that came with it! 

I had hoped to stand outside to photograph my outfit but ended up snapping a few quick photos on my old camera indoors instead.

 I bought a mustard sweater tunic top recently in Dunnes as I love this colour and it is totally different in style to the mustard short fine knit I got from Oasis in September.

 I love these slouchy tunics as they are so easy to wear and you can make a few different looks by adding a scarf or even a belt!

 Sweater tunic/Dunnes (also available in berry)
Coated black jeans/ A/W 13/ Vila

Boots/(old)/ local boutique 
Leopard Snood/A/W 13 Primark/Penneys

I wore mine with old black ankle boots and some coated jeans but had to add a Khaki parka jacket and big brolly when venturing out yesterday!
I may also try it with my black zara leggings and knee high suede black boots for a dressier evening option:)

I came home from town with some Annie Sloan paint from a new interiors shop to try out on a few bits and pieces of furniture that are long overdue a makeover.

 I started this morning but they will need a few coats of paint....actually lots more than I thought!

Hopefully by tomorrow night I will be finished the two pieces I started! I love the painting part but I have no patience waiting for anything to dry!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend ahead:)
Anne xx

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

A few of my Winter favourites....

Here we are in the first week of November, Christmas ads appearing already on the tv nightly and the shops groaning with all sorts of goodies not to mention all the discounts available lately online! 
I did cave and buy a black top from Warehouse, which I thought was a matter of urgency and then I find two I hardly wore last year lurking at the back of the closet! 
Do tell me I am not the only one who does things like this? Anyhow today I am focusing on some of my own winter essentials that help me along and brighten my day!

Firstly a topic I never touch on really here, as I'm a very slap dash person where a beauty regime is concerned but I do like to start off with a nice clean foundation to work on.

This Ren cleanser is suiting me so well at the minute and I feel my moisturizing cream really goes on brillant over it!

 I am currently using this Clarins cream both day and night, as I love the feel and texture of it on my skin.....nothing at all to do with the words youth recovery written on the tub! My makeup definitely seems to stay on longer over it!

Fashion wise, long cosy scarves and oversized cardis are what I am going to live in for winter this year! 

Photo from A/W 13 layering my Zara leather jacket

To dress up an outfit and add a bit of warmth, I would add my faux furry gilet I bought from F&F at Tesco last season.

 These gilets are a great layering piece to have! 

Lots of similar styles available again this year like the above, I am actually thinking of buying the shaggy Next version myself as they are so versatile....

I never get through winter, or any new season without scented candles and I bought this lovely addition yesterday at my local garden and lifestyle centre. It is for a worthy cause .... The Jack and Jill foundation which supports very ill children and their parents. 
As an added bonus there is a chance to win a real diamond ring in two of them.I have to burn the candle right down to see what the tin box underneath the wick contains!

Lastly I may not need a furry throw on the couch this year as doggie Tia loves to curl up on any lap available... it is like having a real live teddy bear sitting on you!

Hope you are all enjoying the week, do let me know if you have purchased any nice treats lately! 

Sometimes it really is the littlest things that can brighten any day:)

Take Care!
Anne xx

Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Friday.....

 The end of October has come, one of the mildest months we have had for a long time! If the forecast is to be believed though, we will be reaching for the hats, scarves,gloves and puffa jackets with a big Artic freeze on the way!!
Dear god ... I hope it holds off till I get my Christmas shopping started at least!

Anyhow tonight is Halloween night and the usual trick or treaters will be arriving early for their goodies! I actually haven't decorated much this year but I put out a few bits and pieces this morning as my godson and friends will be round later:)

We do have the traditional Barmbrack ready to cut which is like a fruit cake with extra spices. Then it will be feet up fireside for the evening, with a few Baileys Irish cream and choccie treats on the go:)

Wishing you all a lovely weekend:)

Take Care!
Anne xx