Sunday, 14 September 2014

Tapas night out...

Last night I had a fab night out with my girlfriends to catch up on all the summer events.It is always so nice just to relax and enjoy good food and company! 

We went to a local tapas bar.... we had heard great things about the menu and kept meaning to book a night out there.

It was really lovely and this type food is fab as you can share lots of different dishes to taste new things!

I trotted out my red print Cos dress again, love that it is still warm enough not to have to wear tights and at the last minute I decided to go with the black and leopard clutch, as it is a little different to what I might normally use! 

We had a  fab night and definitely agreed we must go back there to celebrate a birthday next month, this time with cocktails!

Dress/Cos   Shoeboots/Dunnes   Bag/ Barcelona holiday purchase

Hope you all have a good week ahead and enjoy the rest of Sunday evening:)

Anne xx

Friday, 12 September 2014

Style Inspiration: Houndstooth and Mustard...

Good morning and Happy Friday to everyone! We have had another week of stunning weather and I am enjoying this last burst of sunshine so much. It is so good to wake up to blue skies and sunny days. I have had to change my clothes on several occasions this week as it got warmer through the day, so I think light layering is the way to go until A/W arrives in with a bang!

Two of my recent new additions are old favourites of mine! One is a mustard jumper...I just love this colour. I know it dosen't appeal to everyone but I think if you are careful how you style it, this colour can be brought into lots of different outfits for A/W.

Another favourite trend of mine is houndstooth, so it was a no brainer for me to match these two pieces I am wearing here together:)

I picked up the jumper in Oasis...they have some stunning knitwear this A/W and the trousers I spotted by chance last month in Dunnes whilst looking for something else at the time! 
I think they will go well with lots of different pieces I have in my wardrobe already which is key for me at the moment!

Mustard Knit/Oasis   Houndstooth pants/Dunnes  Shoes/M&S

On a final note I am a very proud mama this week. Shane received a first class degree in Maynooth for his Music technology.  Unfortunately he missed the actual conferring on Wednesday due to a work contract abroad! 
Totally bummed I missed that too and the chance of a new frock!!
 We will be making up for it when he comes home:)

Last night Laura got second place for marketing individual of the year, at the rising stars of retail awards in London. 

I think I will definitely be doing a lot of celebrating this weekend.

 I am starting by going for tapas and drinks with my friends for our final hurrah to Summer:)

Hope you all have a good weekend:)
I am enjoying bringing in the last few flowers on my Hydrangea, will miss them when they go!
Anne xx

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Homestyle: A new candle discovery....

I was recently out shopping at a local retail outlet and happened to wander into a Yankee candle store right next to the furniture shops. 
I never really looked around the store before and was delighted to discover a new brand of candles from Root  on sale.Well they are not brand new as I found out on doing a little research, they have been around since 1869!

 As you all know I adore candles, I have firm favourites when it comes to fragrance and I am also willing to part with money to get what I like! This brand appealed to me when I saw the simple yet attractive packaging. There was also a huge choice of fragrance on sale and I had a hard job narrowing it down to this one!

In the end I opted for the crisp linen fragrance and bought the Gardenia fragrance in a small votive to try out.
 I also bought a pack of scented tealights which I find great for filling old jars and holders with on a cool Autumn evening! Nothing like getting a good glow on when darkness falls:)

The all important thing to me with candles is how long they burn and how fragrant they are! This is subtle, it definitely wouldn't be as strong as some others I have bought, but I will buy more as I feel they are good value for an everyday candle! 

The size I bought was €11.95 and there was also a bigger version available for €19.95.

Hope you are all having a good week:)

Anne xx

Monday, 8 September 2014

Some Weekend Snaps......

Morning all .... hope everyone had a good weekend! I had a great two days going in and out of Dublin city for some festival fashion and fun.
Saturday was lovely, one of those really feel good days in the city, just strolling around and soaking up the lively atmosphere!

My first stop was to catch a fashion show over at Clerys department store and it was lovely to see all the A/W fashion come to life on the models! I also had time for a good browse around the store to check out some of the new labels they are selling, and this amazing cashmere brand exclusive to Clerys  les100ciels caught my attention! 
It is truly divine!! 

Definitely some pieces there for the Christmas wishlist I think:)

I then had to give Sarah some time to look around, so while she was browsing in Forever 21, I ran into Marks&Spencer and managed to score the coat I wanted in my size! 

Needless to say I was very happy heading home that evening:)

Yesterday I was back in the city for a dress fitting with Laura in Covet at The Powerscourt Townhouse centre.
I was in absolute heaven looking at the stunning dresses they have on display! 
After this we went over to Brown Thomas where stylist Cathy O'Connor was doing some fab fashion workshops....some stunning knitwear on show there!! 
I also love their new beauty and accessories hall:)
I  had to stop for a while at the Jo Malone counter ... I can never pass by without lingering and sniffing the candles!!

We also had a delicious brunch in The Powerscourt Centre before heading back home.It was such a gorgeous weekend and some lovely sunny sunshine made it extra nice to be in around the city. 

This is a quick shot of my outfit from yesterday.

Blazer and scarf/New Look   Vest/Next   Jeans and shoeboots/Dunnes
Bag/Holiday purchase

I wore my blush blazer and printed scarf over an all black ensemble and added a leopard/black bag, which I purchased on hols in Barcelona this year to finish the look :) 
Zara have very similar blazers at the moment if anyone is looking for this particular colour!
 I find it very useful as it goes well dressed up or down with 
lots of different outfits!

Wishing you all a fab week ahead:)
Anne xx

Friday, 5 September 2014

Happy weekend....

Hello and welcome to the weekend:) This is the first week I felt I was back in a normal routine for a long time! I think it was something to do with Sarah getting school hols so early at the start of June! Lazy summer days were fab, but time now for me to knuckle down and get a few jobs sorted!!

The weather is lovely here this week,bright and sunny without being too hot and I am enjoying getting the last wear out of my lighter summer pieces while I can. One sale purchase I loved is this printed jacket from H&M. It is great for throwing on over simple basic tees with jeans,and I can always add more layers later on to stretch another bit of wear out of it!

These grey shoeboots from Dunnes were also a great spring purchase, so I have bought a similar black pair which will see me through a few more weeks on into October.

 I'm still debating what winter boots to buy.I am currently obsessed with these Ash Jalouse but not sure which colour to go for, strangely drawn to the midnight navy above at the moment, but really thought it was taupe or tan boots I needed! I cannot decide!! 

 On a final note The Dublin Fashion Festival is in full swing at the minute. As some of my Irish readers might know, my daughter Laura works in marketing for the iconic department store Clerys on O'Connell Street, and they have three fabulous fashion shows live from the front window taking place tomorrow with model//blogger Pippa O' Connor.

Pippa is gorgeous and her style is impeccable, so I have it on good authority that the clothes picked out for the models from 1st option are amazing! 

Well worth a visit if anyone is doing some Saturday shopping in town!

I am hoping to be there myself for one of the shows:) They run at 12.30 1.30 and 2.30 if anyone is interested in going along for some great fashion and fun!

Jacket/H&M  Shoeboots and white tee/Dunnes  Jeans/Warehouse  Leather Navy Bag/c/o Gray&Osbourne

Wishing you all a lovely weekend ahead:)
Anne xx

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Some autumnal love....

This is one of my favourite times of the year...a brand new season ahead and a whole load of cosying up to be done at home!

 I never need an excuse to buy candles and throws,but right now I always stock up on some extra lovely bits to enjoy warm relaxing nights in:)

I know some of you will really miss the light summer evenings,so here are a few things you might like to look forward to this season....

Changes in the garden.... love when the leaves are just turning and go all red or golden in colour.

Large rustic one pot dishes simmering on the stove on cold dark evenings....

Home made pies.... apple is my absolute all time favourite!

Lighting the fire... I think it always adds a little something extra to the room....

When darkness falls I love the cosy glow of soft candlelight....

Hope you are all having a good week:)

Anne xx

Images 2/3/4 via 

Monday, 1 September 2014

A New Month....

Hello...hope you all had a lovely weekend:)The girls and I went over to Dundrum yesterday and it was a gorgeous sunny Sunday afternoon.

We had a lovely lunch in Nandos, and I got to do a little research
 on A/W boots and coats! 

I will hold off for another few weeks before buying the boots, but the coats seem to be flying out fast!
 I loved this shape and colour in M&S but all the sizes were sold out for me, so I couldn't even try it on yesterday! 
It wasn't quite as peach as it looks here and I think it would be a great transitional piece
 to have for the coming months.

Today I am back in my easy wear gear for an early morning school drop off.
 I like wearing my white jeans at this time of year with casual knits! 

This is one I picked up in the Cos sale a few weeks ago and it will be great for A/W layering.

Dark Grey Merino knit/Cos   Jeans/Forever 21  Grey and white Trainers/Mustang

Hope you all have a great week ahead.
Take Care:)
Anne xx