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
White playsuit anyone? Not to annoy any of my Irish followers but the suns heating up in Austin and its playsuit time…let me tell you about this little number, last year while touring the states I spotted this in HM New York. I fell in love but i knew Id have no business wearing it in Ireland… low and behold just before our big move here, this white little playsuit (eyelet I might add which is my new obsession) went on sale. Now you all know me and sales!!! It was reduced down to €34 and I snapped it up!! Such a great buy as the weather here is scorching and I’m getting plenty of wear out of it!
Now I know this is last years stock but I have spotted similar around the highstreet such as this one here for €35 or here for a little more euros at €87. A very close playsuit to the one above is from Zara for €39.99 and you’ll find it here. Along with this one here
As you can see I paired mine with heels which are from Dunnes Stores …How I miss there ha! You can find similar from New Look here for €28.
The beauty about this playsuit is you can wear flats with it too as in sandals or trainers and it looks good. With trainers drop the belt for a more casual look. If you re wearing it with flats, change up the colour of the belt, add a tan belt and tan flat sandals and you’ve a whole different look!
The belt I picked up here stateside in Target, I love it and its a nice nude colour which will go with a lot of things in my wardrobe. It was €24 but you can find similar here
You can always play around with accessories when wearing white and add as much colour or as little colour as you please…I preferred neutral and these earrrings are from Mango again last years product but I have seen similar here. The glasses are from TJ Maxx and are Tommy Hilfiger paid about $9 but I know you’ll get them for €29.99 in TK maxx in Ireland.
So ladies if you see a white playsuit just grab it as you will get wear out of it for a summer night out or for that long awaited summer holiday..Im still working on my tan here and my current tan is out of a bottle (still trying to master the perfect application ha!)
Until next time y’all (getting the lingo from Austin!)
PS how amazing are these murals..I plan on doing a separate post on those!!
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
Bodysuits love them or hate them they can be so ideal under certain trousers or skirts…I remember years ago I got a shirt version from benneton and loved it. I wore it to work with trousers and it was ideal as it didnt fall out over your trousers by the end of the day..so you get my drift why they are so handy, no tucking or pulling at your top or shirt as it sits in place….
When I saw this bodysuit from Zara I know it would go with everything , its such a nice fit and has a satin feel (its not satin though its polyester)
As you can see from above, bodysuits wont budge when you’re sitting down and are so comfy, I love the large lapels on this one, the v neck is great for larger busts. If you are self conscious of it gapping you can also throw on a cami underneath (I have done this before and its still looks perfect). With bodysuits they tend to sit in place and hold everything together. This top has shoulder pads too which suits my shape but fear not they are removable!
These trousers I picked up in Born Clothing, they are by a label called Lost ink, who design pieces that are a little bit quirky. These wool culottes are my current favourite thing in the wardrobe and they go with numerous tops and jumpers. They were a great buy and really warm for this type of weather. You will find them available in Born Clothing in wilton so maybe check with them, they were great value at €54.99 but unfortunately and unsurprising they are sold out online.
These earrings girls were an absolute bargain …I bought them on aliexpress for €2.95 and I love them, that included delivery by the way!! You will find loads of fab pieces and you’ll find the exact pair above here.
So if you are apprehensive about buying a bodysuit dont be ladies as they are quiet comfy (even though its more time consuming in the bathroom!!) but they are nice and neat tucked into skirts or trousers and you wont have the fear of having to fix yourself all night!
Hope you enjoyed…
Until next time
Pics taken by my lovely Friends Colette x This isn’t a sponsered post all items I bought myself.
(My trousers are Zara €25.95 here, and checked Coat New Look €34.95 available instores sold out online)
Check mate…So a bit late in publishing this post..had it done ages ago but Life got in the way….this season I am loving the check print..initially when I bought the blazer above, I was suddenly transported back to being 10 years old looking at my much younger dad wearing a very similar style check jacket haha …regardless i love my current one now! So I have had a lot of private messages from you guys asking how to style these particular looks and I have pulled together a few examples for you below…
It is so easy style this look, it can be worn simply with a plain tshirt or top…Jacket is €39.99 here Earrings Warehouse €13, Dark Check jacket River Island €75 here. Black lace cami €22.99 available here. White logo tshirt Zara €9.95(in stores sold out online) similar here, Belt Topshop €20 available here. Black Jeans River Island (Amelia) €55 here.
I also love the long line Coats, penneys have a few in stock and they are fab but unfortunately way too long for my height 5’4. There is some other lovely lenght’s around and this is how I would style them.. again keeping it simple as check is a busy print! Above Pic: Jumper Oasis €47 available here, Check Coat Zara €99.95 available here, White collared jumper Zara €25.95 sold out online available in store. River Island Molly jeans €55 available here Top shop boots €57 available here, Check Coat New Look €49.99 here Black jeans Amelia River island as above. Flats River Island €40 available here.
Love checked Trousers at the moment so easy to style…I have all this look above in my wardrobe and wear it all the time….Black Jumper (a wardrobe staple piece) Zara €19.95 available here Patent Loafers €29.95 available here. Check Trousers Top shop €52 available here , Camel Coat €80 from Top shop available here, Center Check Trousers €57 available here, Zara Ribbed Bandeau sweater €29.95 here.
Above look: Red sweater Topshop €46 available here, Checked trousers Zara €25.95 here, Black Suede biker jacket New Look €49.95 available here, Black Ankle Boot Topshop €103 available here, and River Island Logo tshirt €22 here.
I hope you find this somewhat helpful and gives you a few ideas how to embrace the trend…as always if you have any questions just ask
Winter warmers and what springs to mind is nice bulky coats..who doesn’t love a good coat for winter?
Now I’ve packed away all the summer clothes up into the attic, I’ve reassessed the wardrobe, and yes it needs more coats!! I think living in Ireland a coat is “a must” piece to invest in, as we live in them over the winter…
Throw it on dashing to meetings or in my case dashing to and from school gates!! For those of you who know me, there’s nothing I love more than a statement coat…I’ve always been drawn to the oversized ones, those cool edgy long ones, but with my petite frame, an midget height, I’ve never quiet found what I was looking for….that is, until I popped into Hickeys Fashion Fermoy. I spotted this beaut hanging up and was immediately drawn to it, again I have collaborated with them on this post to show you this beauty in detail!!
As I mentioned in a previous post Hickeys have introduced new labels to their floor, and this piece is by one of the newer labels Lost Ink. It’s a beautiful coat and the wool feels amazing. I love the fact it is a tie coat, there is no buttons on it, and to be honest there is none needed as it wrapped around the body so well and so warm!
Its the type of coat you would throw on, with a dress for a night out or pair it with jeans as I have done here…for an edgier look and if I was blessed with height I would be pairing converse/trainers with it!
I love the lenght of this coat too …Long but not too long that its catching around your ankles. I paired this with a fab white blouse which buttons at the back, it sits lovely on the front too, a nice top for work to night out, or for any occasion for that matter. Those bell sleeves are beautiful!
As I said Hickeys Fashion Fermoy have some gorgeous affordable labels to suit any fashionistas purse, this coat is retailing at €149 and I swear as coats go, its pretty amazing and not expensive considering what you’d pay for a good winter coat.
You should definitely pop into the girls in Hickeys they are incredibly helpful and honest. Their new collections are to die for and you will not be disappointed, for more information just pop over to their facebook page in the link above or better still just give the girls a buzz 025 31454, as they would only be too happy to help and post nationwide!!
Hope you enjoy this post and don’t forget to invest in a good coat for the winter girls… looks like we’ll be needing it!!
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