I love Austin yes I do, I’m packed up to head home for the summer holidays..we get the best of both worlds this summer. It feels like since moving here to Austin its been one long holiday. The weather has been so nice, warm sunny and humid at times but such a luxury compared to the weather in Ireland. I can tell you I’m not looking forward to going home to a colder perhaps wetter country but I am looking forward to seeing all my family and friends. We are so lucky we can head home for a good few weeks and my girls are so lucky not to be missing out on Irish Summers with Cousins.
We’ll always have guaranteed hot weather when we get back here so we re looking forward to a bit of rain and cold ..our Austin friends are telling us we are so lucky leaving here during summer as Austin can get incredibly hot….I was melting at 29 degrees and this week was up to 37 degrees but my Texas friends were constantly laughing at me anytime I mentioned “it was hot” and have told me it gets worse!!…I know a few of them are tempted to jump into my suitcase to escape it…
So with my looming trip home, with this look today on the blog I’m layering up as that’s exactly what ill be doing at home in Ireland. We’ve a trip planned to Spain amid our time at home so I’ll need some summer gear too…Above I’m wearing a floral bomber I got at Michael Kors Outlet for less than $70 but you can get similar here, there is some of these jackets left in store. I have found similar jackets here and here
The shorts again I picked up at the outlets (sorry girls) they are j.crew and so so comfy..I paid about $15 and you can find similar here from Vero moda and here from Mango. The white tshirt is from Dunnes stores last year. My necklace is from The temple wolf here and I love it!! (A piece of home!)
The shoes are new look but old but they usually bring similar out every year like this pair here.
So bags are packed and we’re excited to be getting home for a while…I have been warned though to turn on my heat to full blast before I get back to Austin in August 🙂
Hope you liked the look and thanks to my fab Austin Friend Abby who you will be seeing more of on this page once I get back after the summer!!
Jumpuits…since moving here I’ve picked up a lot of these type of jumpsuits. When you’re up as early as we are in the mornings, and the brain isn’t quiet functioning, these jumpsuits are just perfect to throw on. I have a few like this hanging in the wardrobe, and I tend to wear them for casual and dressy wear. They suit most occasions which is another reason why I tend to keep buying them.
This one I picked up from Target here in the states, for any of my US followers you’ll find it here. I like this as the material is linen and very breathable in the heat we get here in Austin, even if it creases a little (Although the creases are not that obvious) I love the detailing on these and the frill adds a little to it.
This jumpsuit has cut out sides which at first I was a bit apprehensive about but you wouldn’t even notice it.
I’ve searched and found similar strip jumpsuits here from Miss Selfridges, although not exact same still very pretty. Also Warehouse have a fab striped one too which you’ll find here.
These flats are from Target and you’ll find them in store…there is similar in Oasis for my irish followers and you ll find them here for 34 euro.
Again I love these murals around downtown austin, they make great backgrounds 🙂
If you have any questions on the outfit just let me know
Austin Fashion; Since moving to the States and Austin in January from Ireland I am keen to become more familiar with the fashion scene here in Austin. And as far as fashion goes the creativity and talent here in Austin is incredible and up with the rest of their peers in New York and over near my neck of the world London.
But here’s some background for you, as I am new to Austins fashion community too.
Fashion X is the main source for all things fashion and style with an emphasis on emerging fashion designers and brands in Texas. Fashion X is the creator and producer of Austin Fashion Week, Fashion X Dallas and Fashion X Houston. And this year 2018 marked the 10th anniversary of Austin Fashion Week / Fashion X Austin which exceeded all expectations from what I saw..
Fashion X Austin is the largest week of fashion events in the state of Texas and the 4th largest fashion week concept in the United States. That alone is impressive and I was so excited to be attending!
I was lucky enough to receive a Press pass for the first night of the RUNWAYS during Austin Fashion Week which was Thursday, April 5, BERNINA Fashion Fund Showcase, Here we were treated to 5-look runway collection from more than 19 up and coming fashion designers who have less than 3 years with their fashion label.
To say the level of talent was amazing would be an understatement it was phenomenal. I was so impressed with the creativity displayed on the runway, an the amazing banana leaf backdrop wall created by Austin’s Katie Kime was insane. In fact the whole venue space at the Vault was beautifully done.
At the end of the evening, a judges’ choice award went to the 2018 BERNINA Fashion Fund winner, and a people’s choice award allowed the crowd to participate too by voting on a sheet card which as tallied at the end of the show.
The judges for the evening were Amy Sherfinski (Director of Marketing for BERNINA of America), Chanel Dror (Executive Producer at camillestyles.com), Gail Chovan (local fashion designer), Lance Avery Morgan (Publisher of The Society Diaries), Gunnar Deatherage (a Project Runway designer), Korto Momolu (a Project Runway designer) and Kaki Gaines (blogger/stylist).
And the designers (who showcased outstanding collections) were Brittany Nicole, Arion, Lizna, SHUSI, Harry Rex, Freedom, Modish & Swank, La Lo La Clothing, Prodigal Sun Designer,This is Sloane, B.Poshi by Yusuf, Carolyn Teveldal of Baby Portrait Prop Shop, Shavanthe, Nico, Amyra, Alexandria Lee Designs, KOVAS Swim, Vaeward, Jimmy Burner. With their amazing talent and skills it was no easy decision for the judges to choose a winner, but a winner they did which was SHUSI ..deserving winner with a beautiful collection.
And the peoples choice was Modish & Swank!
All participants were deserving winners and Fashion X put on an amazing show.
The handy coat for throwing on over the christmas season is one I picked up in Penneys of all places..
Its a good colour albeit its not that warm but that’s ok as I intend on wearing it thrown over outfits.
Its not the warmest of coats but at €40 it looks the part for evening time…I’m forever leaving my coat behind somewhere when I go out for dinner or drinks, as its so easy to leave them behind (nothing worse than leaving an expensive coat behind in a restaurant/bar never to be found again so this coat is perfect just to have!!). My intention when buying this, was solely for wearing going out for dinner or Christmas drinks…
The other reason for choosing this Coat was it ll be perfect for the spring too when the weather is a lot less colder so I can transition to spring/summer…
Its a great colour as it goes with everything, I paired it with the checked trousers and black jumper but goes really well with grey colours too. In the spring I will wear it with blue jeans and pumped. The Grey culottes here are from a previous post, picked them up from Born Clothing and the boat neck jumper was penneys last year but you’ll find similar in penneys at the moment for €14.
I particular love the shape and lenght of this coat. It can be worn with dresses as it sits just at the knee and has subtle side splits. I also love that its belted. Its shape is almost bat winged on the shoulder sleeves area which makes it slightly over sized on top but fitted on the bottom. It is rather chic.
Now as I said its not that warm so you’d need to layer it up if you intend on buying it for every day wear, although in my opinion if its an every day winter coat you are looking for this isn’t going to keep you warm and you are better off investing in better quality.
I’m all for buying a good winter coat and spending a lot more than €40 for a good one. But as I said this is worth buying if you are looking to just have something to throw on over your outfit for a night out or a light coat for Spring!!
Hope you enjoyed this
Until next time
Picks by my lovely friends Colette Walshe adn Eimear@thetwodarlings
Hey hey hey..I’m back..finally says you!! I did write a post previously to this, just to explain that I had taken time off to spend quality time with family…
But now I’m back and even though I’ve been in denial about summer ending I am embracing the autumn transition period!!
I always love things that are a little bit different or edgy…..sometimes I can’t quiet pull off some of the looks that I imagine in my head but this skirt is most definitely one anyone can pull off!!
When I spotted this in Hickeys Fashion Fermoy I fell in love. I’m a huge fan of Hickeys and was delighted to collaborate with them on this post.
I’m always on the lookout for a skirt that you can wear during the autumn but easily carry it through to the winter months…this skirt is perfect for this purpose. The scuba material makes it warm and cosy but perfect for bearing your legs. And come the winter months just pop on the reliable black tights!
And how fab is this leather jacket another gem from Hickeys fermoy…its a french connection leather jacket and I love the soft leather on it…the waterfall look is perfect for throwing over these type of skirts and is always that little bit more dressy.
The top underneath is a body suit again perfect for this skirt…and its french connection from Hickeys.
Hickeys also have a matching top available with this skirt and it too is divine and looks gorgeous together. Pair it with a black ankle boots…
I also tried this with a black fitted jumper and it looked great. Even though the skirt is dressy its still easily wear it with different types of tops for a completely different look.
In fact Hickeys have some gorgeous pieces in at the moment to suit all ages, they are doing some gorgeous kirky labels and this is a new label to the boutique…my advise is definitely pop over their facebook page for more looks. (Or of you are a local pop in!) They also take orders over the phone and deliver nationwide. For more information on the above looks contact them on 025 31454 or here.
Hope you enjoyed this post and expect more of these looks to follow
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!
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.