So the little ones are gone back to school…and its back to blogging with a bang……
Its always good to take time off from blogging, I know it may seem likes its pretty easy this blogging lark but to be honest it can take over, its a constant 24/7 if you allow it and it can be demanding..its hard to switch off and not reply instantly to the private messages you can get at any hour for people looking for advice or information. But I love what I do and I love helping people who have a fashion question or problem.
The reason I set up the blog was because I love fashion and I love helping those who find it frustrating or just struggle putting things together. Now and then its demanding so in the summer months I vowed to take a step back ..and take time off, time off to spend quality time with my gorgeous girls and family.
And what a summer we had, we traveled for 4 weeks across the states an experience I hope my girls will never forget. We spend quality time with my fabulous sister Jill and her beautiful kids…the remainder of the summer was spent by the Irish coast by the beach making memories!
It was the break I needed to get away from the world of social media and all that goes with it! So back and refreshed and ready to tackle the seasons ahead 🙂
So expect lots of fashion post in the next few months
Marks and Spencer Back to School, dare I say it and we near the ending of a school year …
So when Marks and Spencer got in contact and asked would I team up and collaborate with them for “Back to school”, it was an absolute resounding “Yes” for me. Lessons learned and as a virgin to big school this time last year, I am armed with knowledge for the new school year looming ahead. One thing’s for sure I promised myself I was going to be more organised this time round.
Now I know you may think I’m crazy when the end of school is only weeks away, but the realization that hit me last year is, the summer months quickly become very short when you have little ones in big school. Plus did I mention the fact we are heading away for a good bit of the summer period in the next few weeks? I vowed to be organised before we leave for our trip. Before Marks and Spencer contacted me, I had already bought my little one’s uniforms from them last year. My sister who has 2 kids already in big school advised me to purchase the Marks and Spencer school uniform, as they were the best quality and hard wearing uniforms around. I can vouch for them and their exceptional quality. My little one is not your typical girly girl, a tomboy at heart who tears around playgrounds, spills actual contents of food on her clothes, and I actually considered investing in knee pads with all the holes she’s put in tights/tracksuit bottoms you name it! Marks and Spencer’s uniform have withstood all of my young ones antics and countless washes.
This time round I am wiser as to what I’d order for my sometimes fussy 6 year old..she doesn’t like dresses but has a huge fondness for the Pinafores and chose them over a skirts..with skirts she tends to tug at them constantly. I went with this one here from Marks and Spencer, as I purchased the same one last year and they are excellent quality. It is still perfect a year on …did I mention my little lady is not the cleanest!
I have what you call a little lady who is constantly roasting in any type of weather conditions and at every opportunity discards coats/jumpers/socks as much as she can. Hence why I went with this Cotton Rich Cardigan as its easy to take off for those scenarios of being too hot. I also went with these Cotton Unisex jumpers, as they are nice and light but still great quality.
The beauty about all Marks and Spencer shirts are they are Easy to Iron (they also come in a 3 pack which is excellent value!) see here. And as my lady is always hot I got the short sleeve blouse too. Short sleeves are great especially at the beginning of September and the last term of school as the weather is always that bit milder.
I picked up this Mulberry Longline Coat , it is beautiful with stormwear technology, and water resistant. It is also Machine washable now who can argue with that?
These School shoes are so handy with the riptape, making it easy for my little lady to slip them on & off..She has such a habit of constantly whipping off her shoes at any given opportunity! They also have Freshfeet technology which help keep her feet fresh and avoid any unwanted odour! And did I mention scuff resistant, I have been searching for a shoe like this so I’ll keep you posted on how my lady fairs out on that one.
Although we do have a school tracksuit uniform I found this year my little one tore holes in the knees on hers, don’t even ask so when I saw these 2 pack Marks and Spencer Joggers they were straight in the basket. They are a great shape on my little lady even though they are unisex.
As I mentioned my 6 yr old scuffs any shoe she has ever owned, I swear she does it on purpose sometimes..so hence I picked up two pairs of trainers just in case 🙂 ..Both are pretty but not too girly as my lady isn’t a girly girl ..these Butterfly Print trainers and Riptape trainers (In the pic above this one) are perfect, plus she can wear with her pinafore too!
This year we got her a bag that was lovely and pretty but being first timers with our first born starting school we omitted the practicality of “said” bag. When ordering this time round I made sure it was more practical and a good size for her work books to easily fit in, without getting damaged. This one is perfect, unfortunately its sold out online but available in stores, they have other great bag options here, we got the Lunch bag to go with it. She loves them!
So as we head away from the end of a school year I’m ready for the holidays to begin as is the little lady. I’m also secretly delighted that I’m a little bit more together and organised for the school year this coming September. And with 20% off school uniforms you might as well get organised now , so as you can relax and enjoy the carefree (perhaps chaotic at times) summer weeks that lie ahead!
Hope you find this post helpful and useful.
Until next time
*This is a paid collaboration with Marks and Spencer and Shopping Links. Thank you for supporting my blog and the brands that support it too.
Embroidered tops, who else is obsessing about these?…I have I’d safely say about ten of them hanging in my wardrobe…much to my hubbies amusement..he reckons they are all the same or morphed into the same top!!
This newest obsession above is from Zara, and it is so comfy especially with the humidity lately. It literally goes with everything and a super top to just throw on and look dressed up!
I love the bell sleeves on this one too, sleeves are really having their moment this season aren’t they?..and I love the bell sleeve once its not down to my elbows otherwise I have an almighty mess at the end of the sleeve from mum duties!! You get the picture!
I paired this with these super soft jeans from Noisy may and are incredible value ..these have been worn and washed now about 50 times!! New Look heels are old stock unfortunately but they do have similar online.
A little close up of the top above. As you can see the embroidery is really pretty and its a gorgeous cotton top..I have worn this with a denim skirt and also paired it with shorts and white jeans and red heels. It washes really well and doesn’t loose its shape.. It really is a bargain buy and you’ll find the details of where to purchase here
A huge thank you to my brother Derek for these pics and to the Sheraton Athlone Hotel for use of their amazing rooms..
Hope you enjoyed this look and any questions just ask me
Vintage or is it? Yes as you are aware I am a lover of vintage stores and I have found some unbelievable pieces in some gorgeous vintage boutiques here in Cork.
Do you ever get a moment when you try a piece on and you instantly fall in love!! I actually did a tiny little dance in the boutique when trying this beauty. Its so different and unique and totally me!!
I spotted this blouse in Eva May Vintage one day and after trying it on knew I had to have it…it was a little bit unique and reminded me of an Irish Designers piece.
When I bought the top and brought it home I kept thinking how it reminded me on one of my favourite Irish Designers Catriona Hanley. I remembered I admired and lusted over one of her pieces a year ago…obviously lusting was all I could do as I couldn’t afford the price tag at the time..but when I scrolled through her facebook page low and behold I think by visiting one of my favourite vintage stores I might have accidentally nabbed that top that I had been lusting after, but for a fraction of the price at €69 …The resemblance is uncanny don’t believe me well check this pick out here
I love the detail in this piece, its such a stunning top. The layering of tulle is so pretty and the workmanship that went into it is unreal.
I paired this top with my leather Freddy jeans and nude heels as I wanted the blouse to stand out!! The freddy leathers you will find here
How amazing is the detail on the back too!! It has pearls sown onto button poppers and the detailing is out of this world.
When I asked the lovely Linda from Eva May where she bought the piece she told me she found it in a vintage boutique in Paris…so ladies it goes to show it pays to shop in Vintage stores ..I promise you, you’ll never know what you might find
Summertime tops are being pulled out and bought galore by me that is..There’s nothing nicer than tops that you can wear with white jeans or shorts and that are breathable!
Ones that you can throw on for a summer barbecue or a day time look . And that will pass as a night time look if you plan on staying out late!! Not asking for much am I? I love those kind of tops and this one is just the perfect one for that kind of occasion!
This stop was a steal from Zara and I love that there is lovely little subtle detailing on the neckline and Sleeve and hem line. It has fab bell sleeves and the lace embroidered detail is beautiful. You can see the top in more detail here
I paired this top with white jeans from River Island (old stock) as its gives it a great summery look and the heels are New look which you’ll find here.
The open back is lovely too again subtle but elegant details!
This top can be easily worn with shorts too and what I love about it is that its such a dressy simple look. Its the perfect summer top as the material is mainly made out of cotton and very breathable!It has an uneven hem as in it dips at the back again another thing I love about it. Covering everything so I don’t ask the question does my bum look big in this 🙂
The pics were taking by my talented brother Derek and a huge thank you to the Sheraton Athlone Hotel for allowing us use one of their stunning rooms with amazing views, if you are ever looking for a hotel in the midlands then this is definitely one hotel you need to book!
If you have any questions about the look please feel free to message me. This top is one of my favourites at the moment and such great value!
A simple but chic daytime look is my main priority these days…perhaps with a preschool and school run my wardrobe just doesn’t seem to allow for anything else!
But casual does not have to be boring..and with summer coming it can be fun playing around more with casual looks. Hence why the white jeans are being pulled out!! Its totally acceptable to wear them in the summer months even if the weather isn’t sunny!
Because of being a busy mum, comfort and casual are priority but i also find shopping local is easier for me!! And luckily I have a lot of beautiful Irish owned boutiques on my doorstep, who also stock affordable pieces.
Both these items the white jeans and the shirt are from a local boutique called Hickeys Fashion Fermoy..I always like to have a browse around this store as they have some gorgeous pieces. They cater for all ages and in more recent times, their price point has changed and is amazing value for good quality casual and dressy pieces. They stock French connection which is what I’m wearing above. They also stock other young brands which are a little more edgy and different which is why I love pottering into Hickeys! The girls in the store are unbelievably helpful and so friendly and nothing is a problem! And I love how well laid out the store is..you can see everything!
I love this shirt and the fact its not fitted or has buttons from top to bottom is perfect. I find it hard sometimes to get a shirt that one button doesn’t pop open or stretch across the breast area. With this top you wont have that problem. Also its a great top after giving birth or if you are trying to hide the first three months of pregnancy!! (I am not by the way :-))
The top is great quality and the detailing on the collar is beautiful, its lace! I also love the back of it too and the lenght of it just covers your bum area nicely.
At €78 its great value and I have a feeling I will get plenty of wear out of this one!! I have since washed it and it doesnt loose it shape whatsoever. There was so much choice in Hickeys for Tops I wanted the whole lot but I think I’d probably be divorced if I bought everything!!
The white jeans are so comfy and are extremely soft, they don’t feel like denim at all and they have a lovely shape and are mid rise!
I paired them with a tan heel which is from New Look (but old season) but similar here and the Michael Kors bag was a gift from my hubbie.
Its a great day time look and you could easily pop a pair of white shorts with this in hotter weather or pair it with blue jeans and it would look super..I definitely think you could wear this look for evening drinks too!
If you are ever around near Hickeys in Fermoy, do pop in as you will be pleasantly surprise with what they have to offer and I am telling you now, you will not leave empty handed…
With its high waisted fit and bow to cover a multitude over the tummy area this dress is a dream.. I had been oowing and ahing over a similar skirt I spotted in Coast that was featured on Olivia Palermo, but its was that little bit too expensive for me. So when I spotted this one on Asos I simple had no hesitation in purchasing.
The colours are beautiful and its easy pair it up with any type of top. The one I’m wearing here is from Vanilla Boutique its old but I have found similar here from IClothing for €24.95..online here
The skirt is available here on Asos but is selling fast.
Apologies for the very little images but I have done a live video on this look and its available to view on my facebook page here
A huge thank you to Philip and the team at the Sheraton Hotel Athlone who allowed us shoot in this beautiful room, a better view on the video above.
Its an amazing hotel with beautiful views all over Athlone Town & the River Shannon, not to mention its attached to Athlonetowncentre, so plenty of shopping too which is even better!!
Pics by my talented Brother Derek Cassells and if you have any queries regarding the photography or video he created just message me.
The pretty jumper is always one I have in the wardrobe and replenish it over and over again..its handy for all types of seasons, but this particular one is handy for spring summer. This is the type of jumper you can wear with jeans, dressy tailored trousers, skirts or over dresses. The great all rounder!
I fell in love with this floral number the moment I saw it. I was thorn between two colours, the black or the white. But as its summer I felt the white would be more appropriate.
Its a really pretty delicate jumper. I am not normally drawn to florals but I do like this piece, I think the fact the florals are embroidered was the reason I liked it more. It is light weight so not too heavy.
A better look at the jumper. The tulle sleeves with embroidery make it that more elegant and delicate. The back is just plain which is nice as if there was more embroidery at the back of the top it would just become fussy! Its a lovely fit too and not at all baggy which is why I find it easy to pair it with dressy trousers and skirts. Its a nice neat fit. I picked it up from Vanilla Boutique I think from memory for €48. (Zara has similar in black here)
I paired it with these noisy may jeans €34.99 I got from Born Clothing I find these jeans a lovely fit too and the best bit is I’ve washed them lots now and the black has barely faded! The shoes are my regular nude heels from Asos that I featured in previous posts.
I have featured this bag before but I wanted to give you a proper look at it ..I picked it up in TK Maxx and it was the best buy ever. Its so handy as a cross body bag and I can fit everything bar the kitchen sink into it …I have to say I love TK maxx for bags and Sunglasses (the pair I’m wearing are also from TK Maxx)
I hope you liked this look and thanks for reading xx
This printed Blazer is without a doubt my most covet piece in the wardrobe at the moment. I love a good blazer I think we all do, I have a good few hanging in the wardrobe, all different colours. Some for the colder spring months and early autumn and then the summer ones, but I’ve never had a dressy going out blazer that you’d wear as a top!
The moment I spotted this silky blazer I fell in love…I knew even by looking at it on a hanger it was going to be fab on! After trying it on I was in love, totally my style and a little quirky.
The back is just as pretty as the front with the swan print, and I just love how tailored it is. The silk material makes it lovely and dressy for a night out.
The belt of the blazer was a bit tricky at first to figure out. Its like a obi belt but the widest part of the belt goes to the front and then you wrap the rest of it around your waist tying a bow (the thinnest part of the belt) over the widest part at the front (I had a few of you inquiring about this on snap chat!) I pair it with a nude camisole (this one is from Dunnes) but you can also pair a black cami or a bralette underneath if your daring enough, I would love to but I’m a bit too top heavy to nail the bralette look!
I have this blazer a good while now, over a month but thankfully it is still in stock. I picked it up in Zara and was €79.95 definitely a bit more expensive that my usual purchases but absolutely worth every penny. I love it! It is still in stock and you can also find it online here. I paired it with my River Island Leathers but unfortunately they are no longer in stock. You will find similar here.
The dress you can wear over jeans…say what now? I’ve noticed that I am starting to play around with my style lately and for some unknown reason I’m liking wearing dresses over jeans…Maybe its just an age thing or something but I kind of like this style.
Don’t get me wrong I like wearing the dress on its own too with a pair of rose gold heels for date night. But I want to get more wear out of the dresses that are hanging idle in the wardrobe. The ones that are short enough for a night out ..not too short mind..but are just that little bit too short to be wearing on their own running after kids and picking up toys!! Hence where the jeans come into it.
I spotted this dress in one of my local boutiques Corali and loved it…I love the colours & Print on this dress and its incredibly comfortable. Its a one size fits all dress and so roomy, it definitely would fit up to size 14. I actually put my own belt around it to give it more of a shape and the pleats in this dress are so flattering too. Its the perfect dress for spring.
A closer look at the dress so as you can see the pleats throughout…it also has bell sleeves. I had this belt from another dress that works perfectly with it. A tan belt will also look good. The bag is from TK Maxx (as before) on previous post, its getting get mileage and was an absolute bargain.
The jeans are as before from Stradivarius and you’ll find them here ..again another bargain and getting loads of wear out of these jeans as they are so comfy. The heels are old but you’ll find similar nude heels from Asos here
This dress is a great all rounder and I think it works with jeans. Caroline still has this dress in stock and I guarantee you its the most comfortable dress especially if you are out for dinner 🙂 I have a few other dresses hanging in the wardrobe too that I’ve started to wear with jeans I guess if the lenght is just below your thigh then you can wear it with jeans ..any longer in lenght and you may not pull off this look .
Hope you enjoyed this post and if you have any questions just ask I’m happy to help
Pics by the fabulous Irina @Happy Memories Photography