Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Style Spotlight on Mint Velvet....


Last week whilst shopping in Dundrum town centre I visited the amazing new Mint Velvet store on level 1. The minute I walked inside I knew I had found something special. Now when I turned 50 this year, I vowed to start investing in some good basics to build up a capsule wardobe. 

I am getting better, but have to admit at times I find it hard to know what style to aim for...I don't want to go too trendy as I have a daughter that often buys something I like before I even get a sniff of it and then that definitely rules me out!

This store had loads of beautiful options for the new A/W season that I have put on my wish list.These are some of my picks....




Continuing along with the boho vibe into A/W.... loving this casual top



I love my faux leather skirt  and absolutely adore this one with the zips!

Classic black top with lace sleeves also available in ivory

I would recommend the brand to anyone who likes a classic yet laid back style and also on the  lookout for a good price point with well made clothes!

As the sale was in full swing, I brought in loads of bits to try on and sadly my size was gone in some of the  pieces I put my eye on!



 I did pick up these gorgeous khaki relaxed trousers-great for wearing now with light tops and later on with shoeboots and leather jacket! They were also there in black but not in my size unfortunately!


Hope you are all enjoying the sunny week:)

Take Care:)
Anne xx


Sunday, 20 July 2014

Weekend Recap...



Hello...hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Mine revolved a lot around food, mostly cooking it I might add! I was really delighted that Friday night was warm and dry, as my daughter had friends over for a little birthday garden party celebration! They had a fabulous time and all looked so lovely



She loved the buttercream cake I made her and of course the sparklers....


On Saturday we went down town for brunch to my local favourite restaurant and I had lovely smoked salmon with poached eggs on toasted muffins.


 By evening the rain and thunder appeared so there was no chance of sitting out in the garden for more bubbly! 

Today was also very cloudy again but we managed a bbq and got to eat it outside which was really nice:)

It was a lovely weekend though and here is one of my favourite photos of Laura with our puppy Tia, taken on Friday before her friends arrived:)


Hope you all have a good week ahead:)
Anne xx

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

OOTD and a Summer Recipe....



Hello,midweek again already....how the summer weeks are flying by! I know some of my other blogging pals are enjoying hot sun right now, but it hasn't been as good for us here this week! I even cut a pair of old gap jeans into shorts when I heard there was a heatwave on the way so I am pinning my hopes on tomorrow for some hot sunshine!!

 Anyhow this is what I wore for a trip into town earlier this morning for some errands. 

Sandals/Primark (old)    Jeans/Forever 21    Top/Cos   Bag/DKNY

This yellow cos top I bought back in Spring is so versatile and goes with lots of colours. Today I wore it with my white jeans, tan sandals and my tan bag! 

The sun started to come out as soon as I got down town and it has turned out to be a lovely afternoon:)




 Now for the recipe:) Whilst in the supermarket I bought some Halloumi cheese, as I wanted to try out a lovely recipe I spotted in a recent magazine supplement. It looked real easy and tasty for a summer lunch  idea!

I must say it turned out fab so I will share it here, in case anyone is looking for a light lunch/ bbq option for warm summer days....

Chargriiled halloumi and vegetable skewers...

1 lemon halved
3 tbsp olive oil
A dash of balsamic vinegar
1 pkt Halloumi cheese
1 red pepper
1 courgette
handful chives chopped

Brush the lemon with olive oil and place cut side down on the bbq or griddle pan! Cook for 1-2 mins until carmalised. Squeeze the juice into a bowl, add the halloumi and veggies, olive oil,balsamic vinegar and chives. Toss to mix. 

Thread the cheese and veg onto wooden skewers and bbq for 15 mins turning frequently.

Remove from heat and place on a dish,drizzle with the remaining marinade. 

This amount would make three skewers, so just increase the quantities to cater for a larger crowd.



Scatter with reserved chives and serve with a summery side salad.

Enjoy!

Take Care:)
Anne xx

Monday, 14 July 2014

Sales Style:Buy Now wear Later....

If like me you get a little bit overwhelmed at sale time, a good idea is to look out for some genuine reductions on pieces that will work right on into next season and beyond. 

This is a little round up of some items I like right now....

Jackets are always a good piece to look out for and you can't go wrong with black .This one is a gorgeous classic shape ....



Hanna black jacket by Soaked In Luxury

 Tailored trousers are another fab piece to add to your wardrobe....dressed up for an evening out or worn for day/work wear with a crisp white shirt they always look really chic and stylish....



Tailored dark navy trousers Reiss

Slouchy jumpers are a great day to day basic to have on standby,and in my opinion you can never have enough of them!

 Add in the relaxed on trend pants/harems and you have the ultimate lazy day comfort outfit...

Slouchy Jumper French Connection

We all love our ankle boots when the weather gets to cool for the strappy sandals, and there are some great bargains to be had in the sales right now...

Revolver Ankle Boots Great Plains


Genuine reductions on designer bags are another great sales find and this one is fabulous for the price. The colour would also work for any time of the year...

Marc By Marc Jacobs metallic shoulder bag @ Net -a -porter

Jeans are another staple and neutral colours like grey are a very good purchase in sales. I have recently bought another pair of selected femme denims as I find them a fabulous fit...

Grey Zipped jeans Selected Femme

Hope you all get some inspiration from this post and do enjoy the sunshine if you have it.
 Ours has disappeared again for now, but if my phone app can be trusted the latter part of the week is looking good!

Take Care:)
Anne xx

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Summer Evening Style:Pink and Black.....



I recently went for a summer evening out and wanted to wear my faux leather black skirt which I bought last Christmas. I was afraid it would look way too heavy for this time of year but suddenly remembered the lovely rose pink top Soraya kindly sent me from   Coze di Roze.

Apologies to Soraya for holding out so long to feature it, but I had been saving it to wear with something a little bit different to jeans, and I think it pairs quite well with the black skirt giving it a lighter summery touch :)


I really love the three bow detail at the back of the top which adds a little bit of added interest to the overall look:)

The clutch is an oldie from Primark/Penneys but I felt it tied in with the pink and black
 to finish off the outfit:)



Pink KnitTop/c/o Coze di Roze on sale now Here
Faux Leather skirt/Next
Sandals/River Island
Clutch/Primark/Penneys

Roses free from neighbours garden!


I'm really delighted to have gotten another wear from this skirt as it is so comfortable on and I think it would also work well with other bright summery colours such as yellow:)

Hope you are all enjoying the week so far:)
Anne xx

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Style Inspiration:Simple Summer Outfits....

We are now getting into to the heart of summer and I know in theory it should be one of the easiest seasons to dress for, but I often struggle a little on simple daily style! It would be so easy, if we all lived in a hot country where set weather could be guaranteed! Shorts and a basic tee would probably be my daily uniform, but since I live in a land where you are liable to experience a couple of seasons in one day and never know whether you will shiver or sweat by noon, this has to be taken into account when planning outfits!



Now I hadn't really done any sort out since arriving home from hols this year, so I spent some time the past few days going through what I have, trying to plan for all sorts of weather, and came out with another full bag for charity! 
Husbands suits will be sold off if he can't keep them over on his own space....seriously I think he is addicted to buying new work suits! I could make myself a small fortune!!lol

Anyhow here are some of my favourite pins for summer and a little on how you can make them work whatever the weather:)


Relaxed pants have been a favourite of mine this season...love the simple style here with a basic t-shirt.By adding a loose cotton cardigan, it still remains stylish and you also beat any sudden drop in temps. 
I have a few cotton cardis in different colours that are fab to keep on standby.




For the rainy misty days(which is happening outside my door right now) a short mac is the business....layer over a classic breton or tee and you have a simple but chic summer look...


Images via

For warmer days and evenings when you need a more put together look, a statement jacket really comes into it's own.
 There should be some good bargains around now with the sales in full swing!

These are just a few ideas for summer styling and as always I think good basics are the key items to look out for in the sales:) 

Well made shirts/blouses and cotton t-shirts never go out of fashion:)

Hope you all have a good week ahead.

Take Care:)
Anne xx

Friday, 4 July 2014

Happy Weekend........


Another week has flown by and I'm getting very lax on the ole blogging front! Life does tend to take over at  this time of year with school/college out and no set schedule as such in place:)

 Anyhow I hope you are all well and enjoying some summery weather and of course the sales which are in full swing right now!I'm determined this year to try and stay clear of buying random pieces that usually end up hanging in my wardrobe never worn. These are a few bits I have bought recently, which I think I will get some wear out of....


The above top I bought from Mango some time ago and I actually haven't worn it yet! I initially thought it would be lighter in colour, but when it arrived it was a deeper cream than I had imagined!

Anyhow after now seeing it styled so beautifully by the lovely Michelle from My Fashionable 40s blog I am totally inspired to give it a go,especially with some denim boyfriend shorts if I can get a pair I like:)




Another top I purchased was this simple blue denim one from New Look....cheap as chips for €5 but great for teaming with white cropped jeans or shorts....




My best sales find is the above boho style quilted short jacket which I found in Debenhams reduced from €60 to €18....a total bargain!!

 I had been after one like it earlier in the spring but couldn't find what I wanted. This will also work well on into autumn when cooler days reappear!




This weekend I am going to try and bake an almond cake which I tried whilst on holiday recently. It seems to be just a simple sponge,topped with icing sugar but it tasted fab.... so light and fluffy.

 Would be great for a summer dinner party dessert!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend and a very happy 4th of July to all my American friends:)

Anne xx