Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Cosy Autumn Days....

Hello...hope you are all enjoying the midterm break! It has been nice to get back to some slow lazy mornings again with the schools being off this week) 

We also had a long weekend over here which eased us gently into the clocks changing over...only downside is darkness descending earlier, a great excuse though to cosy up and light all the candles! 

I have trained Sarah in well and she baked us a lovely chocolate cake for tea
 on bank holiday Monday.

I seem to have become addicted lately to wearing cosy cardigans and could not resist buying this one in Zara last week when I saw it! It is so comfortable I will probably end up wearing it indoors as well to keep warm as I am terrible for feeling the cold!

A slight frost this morning called for a warm scarf and I wore it with this plaid one I picked up last year in a local boutique.
 Lots of  similar styles available again this year so I must get a few more before the real Winter chill:)

Stone oversized knit cardigan/Zara(current)
Grey sweater/Zara A/W 13
Plaid Scarf/Local boutique  A/W 13 (similar available in Mango and Primark)
Boots/Ash Jalouse

Hope you all have a good Wednesday....half way through the week already!
Take Care:)
Anne xx

P.S.Thanks to Sheila who sent me a lovely email asking if they could feature me on the site Fabulousafter40 wearing my peach M&S coat! Some great style ideas on this blog if anyone would like to check it out.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Style Inspiration:The Dark Side...

There is something about a dark or even all black outfit that I love at this time of year, I think it looks so chic and really elegant if worn in the right way!
 With holiday season and evenings out coming up in abundance over the next few months, I think black or dark grey are definitely colours that come into their own at this time of year. 

Here are a few simple styling ideas I love... 

Love the added touch of faux fur here....

Chunky oversized cardigans look fab over dark dresses and skirts...

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Add a bit of bling to a simple black ensemble for a classy night outfit....

Here are a few tips I go by for wearing all black or dark outfits:

  1. Make sure the fit and cut of the clothes are spot on and suit your own personal shape.
  2. Add some interest with scarves and jewellery if you need to add a bit of colour.
  3. Change your makeup to suit the season....a stronger lip colour always looks good in winter
  4. Mix up fabric and textures to create interesting combinations of outfits.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend:) The clocks are changing over here so the dark nights are definitely upon us sooner rather than later!

Take Care:)
Anne xx

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Homestyle: A Cosy Retreat...

We seem to be flying through the year and weather wise still waiting for real A/W to arrive!
 I have noticed though the past few weeks that although it is warm during the afternoon, as soon as the light starts fading, there is a sharp drop in temperature.

Definitely time to hit the comfort zone then I think. 

I love nothing better than having a nice soak or warm shower before changing into the comfy casuals and settling down for the evening.
I could spend hours drooling over the amazing bathrooms and accessories you see online like Next , Pinterest etc, but we don't always have big money to keep updating our home.

However some small touches can really make a big difference to any space!

It can often just be a case of painting old furniture and reusing pieces in a different way to give everything a fresher look.

 For now I will be buying into all the small little things
 that can make a huge impact!

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The pieces that are relatively cheap to buy but add a nice homely touch are the basics and I love to stock up on big fluffy or colourful towels!

I never have enough of these with my gang!

Add in some gorgeous candles, there is always a great choice and value to choose from, including these ones I blogged about last month. 

Even the odd vase of fresh flowers  brightens the whole space up immediately!

I also love filling old jars with soaps and cotton pads and all the essential bits you use on a daily basis:)

This also saves time when you are rushing around getting ready in the morning!

Hope you are all having a good week:)
Anne xx

Monday, 20 October 2014

Autumn Sunday....

Yesterday was one of those beautiful crisp autumn Sundays, the kind that make you want to get out and breathe in some good fresh air:)  We went over for a look around the grounds of nearby Palmerstown house.
 I love this time of year and the colours of the trees and leaves are absolutely stunning at the moment! 
The house itself was closed so we couldn't stop in for afternoon tea but had lovely cakes at home later instead to make up for it!

I wore my M&S coat with a floral Julia dress from Tesco. I haven't worn this coat too much as the weather has been very warm up to now. I also need to wear simple dresses a bit more often as I get so lazy and just pull on my jeans nearly every single day!!

 I added black tights, tan bag and my Ash Jalouse boots to finish the look :)

Coat/ M&S    Dress / c/o Julia clothing@Tesco    Boots/ Ash    Bag/DKNY

Hope you all have a good week ahead! 
Last week of school here before the midterm begins and the clocks are changing again next weekend!

Take Care:)
Anne xx

Friday, 17 October 2014

Happy Weekend...

Another week is after whizzing by.... I can't believe we are halfway through October already!
Midterm break and Halloween are looming again!
I have to say I am loving these Autumn days and especially getting back into eating my comfort foods.

 I have bought a few bags of different seeds (sunflower, poppy etc) to sprinkle on salads and I also love them on my morning porridge!

These ones I have are from Aldi and I find them great for adding that little something extra:) A good and healthy start to the day:)

My mother also got her bake on the other day and turned out a couple of lovely apple tarts....needless to say they didn't last very long in our house!

Yesterday I shared an outfit on instagram and it got a lovely response...well I think a pop of leopard always goes down well. 

I have recreated a similar look here as I think it is perfect 
for casual weekend style.

My Style:

Black heavy cotton cardigan/DKNY
Leopard Top/Heatons
Boots/Taupe Ash Jalouse

Get The Look:

Fine knit leopard top/H&M
Jeans/New Look
Boots/Exact match.....similar Here

Black and Cream wrap Wallis

I hope you all have a great weekend:) I am off to have a little browse around the shops tomorrow as I spotted a lovely wrap from Wallis online and would like to try it on!

Take Care:)
Anne xx

    Tuesday, 14 October 2014

    Style Inspiration: Teddy Coats....

     One of the easiest ways to make a real fashion statement is through your choice of outerwear, so it makes perfect sense to try some of the new season trends when they appear!

    I'm loving the faux fur teddy coat at the moment and I think this style looks good glammed up or dressed down which is very practical as you need a winter coat to work hard in your wardrobe! 

    Here are a few current styles I like....


    Love these two from Topshop...they have a slightly slouchy oversized look with patch pockets on the front. That toffee colour is unusual and a good option if you are looking for a change this season from the black:) 

    Love the winter white shades above.... perfect for  casual dressing and they look so soft and cosy you might want to hibernate in them all winter long...

    A pretty pink style from Warehouse

    Finally I absolutely adore this Kimono style wrap from Asos in a teddy texture....not a coat as such but a lovely piece to have for evenings out. It would definitely make a fabulous statement all of it's own!

    Hope you all have a lovely week ahead! 
    Take Care:)
    Anne xx

    Saturday, 11 October 2014

    Happy Weekend....

    Hope you all had a good week! At least the sun came back out today....absolutely hate all that heavy rain we are getting! 
    I definitely think a new rain mac is on the cards for me, as my beloved Zara one is too short and not warm enough for winter weather at all!

    Anyhow I was in my local Heatons the other day and was delighted to spot these leopard print booties.I had been coveting the Boden boho ones, so I thought these looked a bit similar in style:) 
    They are actually very comfortable and well made for the €25 price tag!

    Striped cardigan old(local boutique)  
    Jeans and Boots/Heatons A/W 14 
    Navy vest/River Island  Scarf/Dunnes

     I also found these grey zipped skinnies for €20...they are a fab fit and I didn't have this colour in my A/W wardrobe.
    I am wearing them here with a wool striped cardi, navy vest and leopard print scarf.

    I 'm enjoying visiting our local revamped deli as they sell an amazing selection of fresh produce! They have also opened a new cafe section and fresh bakery, so I am sure I will be visiting often with my mum being in town:)

    Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

    Take Care:)
    Anne xx