Sunday, 30 December 2012

New Years Eve Outfit Inspirations

I don't know about you, but you either love or hate New Years Eve. I'm one of those people that hates it. I've always have, and probably always will. I just feel the night holds such great expectations, and you're setting yourself up for disappointment. But of course, never one to be unprepared, I've come up with a number of outfits depending on the occasion!
Party: If there's any night of the year when you can go a little over the top it's New Year's Eve. I've taken a simple black dress, tights and shoes- which every girl has in their wardrobe and accessorized it. This cape from River Island is gorgeous, and would be perfect for the occasion.You don't need any necklace, and adds instant glamor to a plain black dress. Keep everything else simple with stacked bangles, and a gold/neutral eyeshadow, with lashings of mascara. Top it all off with glitter nail polish for an extra bit of sparkle.


House Party: Now for me personally House Parties are great on New Years. There's not a lot of pressure to have the "best night of the year" and you can just have fun with friends. If I go to a house party I'd love to wear something like this. This Topshop pleather skirt, is a firm favorite in my wardrobe, it's a flattering style and can be worn dressed up or down. I'd love to pair it with a purple sequined T-shirt, black ankle boots, stacked rings and a funky baseball cap. Not to everyone's taste I know, but I fricken love the baseball hat trend, and will continue to rock it ;) I'd wear cool green nail varnish to compliment the purple and tone down the outfit with a neutral toned clutch!
 Fancy Affair: If I had somewhere mad fancy to go on New Years Eve, I'd go, regardless of how I felt about the night. Truth be told I love dressing up in evening gowns,I feel so sophisticated and elegant in long dresses and wish there was more occasions to wear them. This gorgeous dress is from New Look. The colour is so rich, and red is such a festive colour, making it perfect for the occasion. The Hi-Low hem is still very much on trend, and gives you a chance to show off some skin, while still being demure. I've paired it with a blazer for a bit of warmth. To compliment the dress I paired it with gold accessories. I'd opt for earrings over a necklace on this occasion as I feel it's more dressy, and tie in the whole outfit with a fully sequined bag! To keep the outfit classy a nude lip, and nails would be perfect!
Dinner and Drinks: Since a lot of people are like myself, and would perhaps just go out for a dinner and a few drinks with their friends or other half. I've no solid plans as of yet for the night but I'm swinging on wearing something like this! I'd love to rock floral leggings, and a sexy sheer top, with either pumps,ankle boots or my well loved wedges. It's an effortless look, that's comfortable and easy to throw on! Add a statement necklace, and nails and you're ready to go! Don't forget to wear a nice bra, as there's nothing worse than wearing a sheer shirt, with a bad bra! 

What's everyone's plans? Whatever you do, I hope you have a safe and fun night! 

S xxx

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Thursday, 27 December 2012

Sale Shopping Tips

 Hey Girls! I know many of you will be braving the January Sales tomorrow, so I just wanted to do a few tops for you. I know Sale shopping can be a little bit stressful, but if you prepare in advance, you'll make it as stress free as possible!
  •  Before you leave make a wish list, of items you've wanted before Christmas.
  • Check online. You might find everything you want in the comfort of your own home! Everywhere has pretty much started their sales online now.
  • Start early. The early bird catches the worm bargains.
  • Set a strict budget, and don't go over it.
  • Shop on your own. That way you can spend as long as you want in the store, without feeling pressured to leave.
  • Wear comfy clothes.You'll want to be as comfortable as possible dealing with the crazy crowds. Leggings, a comfy T-shirt and Cardigan, with an across the body bag would be the best option. Don't forget comfortable shoes! 
  • Eat before you leave the house, to keep your energy levels up.
  • Don't buy it just because something is majorly reduced, if you wouldn't buy it full price, don't but it, full stop.
  • Don't buy into trendy items. Yes that item may be the height of fashion now, but come next season it will be yesterday's news, and chances are you won't want to wear it.
  • Buy Wardrobe staples. Black Dresses,Jeans,Blazers, Leather Jackets,Basic t-shirts,leggings etc. will never date, and you'll always have a use for them. If they are on sale, snap them up! 
  • Think long term. The great thing about the January Sales is they have items for all seasons. See a really cute Summer dress, that you know you'll wear, pick it up for your Summer holiday's.
  • Know the Returns Policy on Sale Items. Some shops are flexible while others aren't.
  • Enjoy yourself, after all shopping is meant to be an enjoyable experience.

Hope these tips help you when you tackle the January sales!
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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Christmas Outfit Idea's

Hey Girls!
Now I don't know about you, but I have to plan my outfits over the festive season! I'm a busy bee next week and if I don't plan my outfits, I'll A) buy something last minute, that I'll never wear again or B)wear something I'm not really comfortable in. Neither are viable options in my opinion! I've put together a few looks Christmas looks, ranging from Kris Kindle with the girls to a Family Christmas Eve celebration! I hope this helps any of you who haven't a clue what their going to wear over Christmas :)
 Work Night Out

Work Night Out: For me personally I only work with a handful of girls, and as a result we're great friends. As I work in retail, I don't have to worry about being conservative or being wary of what I wear. Of course this doesn't mean I'll go out in a hoochie dress or anything of the sort, but It's a little more relaxed as opposed in an office environment for example. I love this outfit. It's festive, fun  and glamorous. It's sexy without flashing the flesh, and with the injection of pink, makes this outfit stand out a little. H&M always have sequin tops, as do Topshop. For plus size options Asos Curve, Simply Be and Yours Clothing always have something a bit sparkly ;) For Pleather skirts also try Asos/Asos Curve, River Island and Topshop! I recently got one in Topshop for €58! 
Kris Kindle with the Gals
Kris Kindle:  The Day after I go out with the girls from work, I have a Kris Kindle evening with some of the girls,which I'm really excited about! As I'll be a little bit tired ;) I've put together a comfy outfit, with a bit of festive cheer thrown in. The world and their mother will be wearing Christmas Jumpers this year, and yours truly will be no different ;) I'll pair mine with denim hot pants, thick tights and my Topshop Vectra's. I'll no doubt be wearing something novelty on my face/head..all in the spirit of Christmas! I needn't tell y'all where to get Christmas Jumper's as all the shops are swimming with them! If you're lucky though Primark may have a few left ( Check both the men and women's sections!). Since my lips get crazily chapped after a night out, I'll have my trusted carmex on hand, as I've to prepare for the following night....
 Girls Night Out: A Few of my other friends and I are going out on the Saturday before Christmas for dinner, cocktails and a night of festive fun! To be the only colour choice for a Christmas  night in my opinion is red! This lovely lace dress is from Miss Selfridge, but Penney's and Asos/Asos Curve have similar ones too! I've added gold accessories to warm up the red, as well as a gorgeous Leopard print bag to make the outfit stand out. And of course not to mention Reindeer Antlers...but those are pretty much essential for Christmas.

Christmas Eve: So it's the night before Christmas, and with all the partying, the last minute shopping and the working crazy hours, let's face it you're wrecked! You want something easy to wear, that's pretty, dressy and festive! You can't go wrong with a black skater dress (bonus points if it's glittery!) It's easy to throw on and easy to accessorize. I teamed this outfit with a baby pink faux collar(From Tesco!) and a gorgeous beaded clutch from Accessorize. It looks like you've made an effort, but in reality it's pretty much an effortless outfit. Pair it with black tights and a black court shoes and you're set to go! 

Christmas Day: After the excitement of present exchanging and slobbing around your Christmas Themed Jammies(Bought especially) you'll no doubt have to haul yourself up and get dressed! Personally I'm wearing a gorgeous red velvet dress on Christmas Day, as I saw it back in October and HAD TO HAVE IT. It's gorgeously ruched and is very flattering on my curvy figure! If I hadn't already seen it, I'd most likely hot foot it to River Island and pick this baby up! It's more taupe in real like and have black panels which has an instant slimming affect, which is perfect after that selection box ;)! F.Y.I plus size gals look at Simply Be, Asos Curve and Yours Clothing for something similar :) I'd keep it nice and elegant with the luxurious Wolford tights and suede platforms for gold detailing, a long with gold accessories. To finished the outfit off I'd wear this gorgeous Faux Fur coat, and a slick of MAC "Ruby Woo" Lipstick :) 
 St Stephens Day/Boxing Day: Now after all the eating and drinking over the last couple of days, if you have to get dressed and go out in St Stephens Day you want to be comfortable! No doubt after Christmas Day, you're still stuffed! If I go out I plan on wearing an outfit very similar to this! An Over sized Dressy Jumper, wet look leggings and wedges are one of my all time favorite outfit combinations! Add a clutch, bright lippy and a statement necklace, and you'll be ready to continue the festivities! There are tones of over sized jumpers in all stores, both straight sized and plus size, as well as wet look leggings! This Particular jumper is from Romwe, an online store, that I'm falling in love with! It definitely feeds my over sized clothes addiction!

Anyway, no matter what you're doing girls, find an outfit that you feel a million dollars in :)

S xxx

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Friday, 7 December 2012

Gift Idea's For Everyone :)

I've decided to put together a few Christmas Idea's for y'all. As a fashion lover, beauty junkie and a girly girl all rolled into one, I decided to compile a few idea's for you. There's nothing I love more than giving gifts, especially ones I know the person will love! As Christmas can be expensive all of these gifts are under €40! With most of them being under €25! So you're guaranteed to make someone very happy, without breaking the bank :)
 For all those Fashion Lovers out there!
For the ultimate fashion lover, I discovered this Vogue Portrait on Esty, It's a fashion lover's dream, and I can pretty much guarantee it would be hung up immediately in their bedroom! These Suspender tights, from "Pretty Polly" are a cool and quirky, and these ones are One Size, fitting most girls, eliminating the dilemma of what size to get.  Jewellery, as anyone worth their salt knows can transform an outfit. River Island, Asos and Topshop all have quirky up to date pieces that are pocket friendly, and make excellent gifts! Style Guides are always greatly appreciated, from Gok Wan to our own Lisa Fitzpatrick you'll find a book to suit your fashionista! Skull's are still very much in trend, with no signs of dying out just yet, this clutch from channels Alexander McQueen, It comes in both black and this gorgeous Silvery colour, which is perfect for the festive season, and looks a lot more expensive that it actually is! I've seen ones retailing in stores for much more. 
Stocking Fillers 
Cute little stocking fillers for the girliest of all girls <3
 For girly girls, anything pink or floral (or both!) are the perfect gift! Yankee Candles are not only affordable but smell divine, you can get any scent you can imagine. You can never get enough pairs of gloves, especially if you live in Ireland or the UK. With the weather plummeting you need to stay wrapped up. These gorgeous knitted ones from Accessorize would be an ideal gift! Girly Heaven is located within the walls of Cath Kidston, where you can buy gorgeous mugs, lip balms, makeup bags,hand creams in an array of gorgeous floral girly colours. For all you Irish folk, hot foot it to Avoca, where you can buy gorgeous girly gifts. You can pick up lovely soaps, cute aprons and girly kitchen wear- perfect for mammy! I don't know about you but I'm a cold creature and am freezing all the time, so this cute hot water bottle would be a very welcomed gift to any girl who is freezing all day, every day. Not to mention it's fricken adorable! *hoot hoot* Again Channeling Alexander McQueen this gorgeous Scarf from River Island is cute and girly, yet incorporating the skull motif. It's a great length and the colour is fab, as not only can you wear it now, you can wear it coming into Spring/Summer.
For all those Beauty Junkies out there!
Okay, so if you're friend/sister/mother/grandmother is in to beauty, you better believe they'll have quite a stash of makeup/beauty products. These cute little idea's might be something a little bit different to what they'd normally buy for themselves. The 120 eyeshadow pallet which has been highly talked about, the staying power and the pigmentation are supposed to be amazing for the price (approx €19.99 on Ebay) You get every colour under the sun, in both matt and shimmer, making it a great gift for any beauty lover! You can never have enough makeup brushes, and for me personally they feel like a bit of a splurge. My personal favourite are Real Techniques which you can pick up for as cheap as chips in all Boots Pharmacy's. Lush Cosmetic's are probably the best Christmas present's for beauty junkies! Everything smells divine, they have ready made gift sets and you can spend as little or a much as you like. Smaller gift sets retail from around €13 so you can pick up something within your budget :)

Men's list
For the men in your life <3
Men are always quite difficult to buy for. Be it you Dad, Boyfriend, brother or Friend. You really can't go too wrong with aftershave, original no, but lets face it, they most likely need it ;) The likes of Topshop have lovely zippy hoodies and rucksacks all for a reasonable price, as well as now doing mens shower sets! With River Island having cute Christmas Jumpers! Primark(Penney's) have great Christmas jumpers too, as well as novelty socks which are great stocking fillers! Headphones are always a good buy too, you can get decent ones in HMV, and aren't are pricy as you'd imagine! :) For a funny gift, perhaps a Kris Kindle these funny Moustache's will give you all a good giggle! You can get them for about a tenner in Urban Outfitters! Hat's and glove's are also good present's, again not original, but with this weather being bitterly cold, again it will be welcomed, and used!

S xxx
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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Gangsta Style

Parka:Primark,Tunic:Topshop,Hat:River Island,Bag:Louis Vuitton

Hey Lovelies,
OK this is not my usual style, but hey, what's the fun in fashion if you can't experiment every now and again.I wore this heading out for dinner the other night. Myself and my lovely friend Rachael went for dinner and to have a mooch around the shops! I came home with 2 rails to try and make an attempt at sorting out the monstrosity that is my room.. I'll make a crack on it this weekend, before I die buried under a pile of clothes. I've seen quite a few bloggers with this jacket, and saw how popular it was, so when I ventured into Primark last week I didn't expect it to be there, but to my surprise it was! I snapped it up (along with a denim shirt, boots, and a few snuggly jumpers). As you do of course...!

I Kept the rest of the outfit quite plan with a Topshop plain black tunic and some leggings. The hat was a bit of a hit and miss between my friends, but sure whatever - They're used to my crazy head wear! ;) With the weather taking a really cold turn, I've been bulk buying the Cosy tights from Primark. They've fleece on the inside, and definitely keep you warm. They're especially good for girls who wear tights all the time, and don't want to compromise on warmth, and at €4 a pop, you can't go too wrong!

S xxx
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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

All That Glitters

I've a little beauty post for you!I love to mix up this blog a little every now and again. As you already know I'm pretty much a beauty junkie, as well. I've been asked a few times about my daily makeup routine, so will hopefully get a post up on that in the next week or two :) As I've promised I'll be doing a few posts on Christmas Gifts, and I've recently come across this little gem, that I have to share with you!
China Glaze "All That Glitters" Set:€11

On a recent shopping trip with a fellow blogger Laura, we came across this nail polish set. She snapped it up and loved it. It was only after her review that I decided to take the plunge myself. I've only recently gotten into regularly doing my nails in funky colours, where before I was a pretty solid pink/red or french kind of gal. Now in the festiveness of Christmas I decided to snap this set up. At around €11 you can't go too wrong, especially for a well known nail polish brand. Usually in these gift sets, the bottle is really small, but the bottle are very generous for the price, considering a full price China Glaze product for retail for around €8. Now as it's glitter you do need to build up the colour with two or three coats, but it's really gorgeous and sparkly, making it perfect for a night out! As well as applying two or three coats, I would recommend to apply a top coat to ensure the nail polish lasts any length of time. It's the perfect gift for a nail polish fiend or a perfect stocking filler!

S xxx
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Monday, 3 December 2012

Gold Member

Dress&Necklace(worn as a bracelet):Dorothy Perkins,Clutch:River Island

Hey Girlies,
Last Saturday a few of us went out for my lovely friend Niamh's Birthday. It was a great night, which left us with very sore head's the following Sunday. I'm so happy I now have the majority of weekends off! Normally I would of just gone home by two, so I would be bright eyed, and bushy tailed for work (Sensible Sian or what!), but with having weekends off, I can dance the night away! On Sunday afternoon we went and got some Eddie Rockets and had a good catch up on the happenings on the night. I had a bit of a dilemma, on what I was going to wear. I'd bought a dress on Asos that did me absolutely no favours, so I didn't know what I was going to do! On sorting out some of my clothes on Saturday afternoon I found this dress in my wardrobe. I'd bought it in September in London with the intent to wear it over the festive season, and since it was December first, I rocked it. I paired it with black tights and wedges. An easy outfit to put together, when you're in a mad rush!

S xxx
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Saturday, 1 December 2012

Christmas Wish List

Christmas Wish List

Victoria Secret Pink T-Shirt,Hollister Men's Tracksuit pants, DSLR Camera,Nars"Orgasm"Blusher,D&G:No.3 Perfume,Benefit Eyebrow kit,,YSL:Lipstick,Benefit:"Hello Flawless" Foundation,Burgundy Vans, Real Techniques Makeup Brushes,Naked2 Pallet,Sequined Ugg Boots.

As I know Santa reads this blog from time to time, I thought I'd help him see what I'd like for Christmas :) I've had my beady eyes on a DSLR camera so I can take better pictures for this blog and to turn photography into a bigger hobby. I've always wanted to try the Benefit "Hello Flawless Foundation" as  I've heard such rave reviews, and running low on foundation. As a lover of the comfort of Ugg boots, but not so much on their appearance I love these sequined ones. They really cute and don't look as Uggly ;) My stash on perfume is getting rather sparse now so the D&G number 3 would be lovely! I'm obsessed with it :)

I've already started my Christmas shopping, and I can't wait to give out my gifts, as I've put a lot of thought into them this year, Giving is always better than receiving! I'll be doing a few Christmas Gift
posts over the next week or two, to share some idea's with you, so stay tuned :)

Happy 1st of December! Can you believe how quick time is going this year?

S xxx
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