Sugar And Spice

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In an ideal world the year would be evenly divided according to each of the seasons. How amazing would it be if we were guaranteed a whole three months of summer sun!? Well, maybe some of you readers are fortunate enough to experience this dream world but here in Ireland that is a far cry from reality. Believe it or not but we are lucky to get even one month of real summer. On the reverse side however, it can’t be denied that Winter fashion is possibly the best. Wrapping up in cosy layers, cashmere scarfs and long length coats instantly elevates your outfit to next level chic.

Dressing for warmer days can sometimes pose a bit of a challenge as it is so easy to slip into the habit of throwing on a classic pair of high waist denim shorts and a crisp white tee. Dont’t get us wrong, when a pair of sun kissed legs and great sandals are added to the mix this look oozes effortless style. The problem is that it becomes more difficult to tap into your creative side when the temperatures start to rise.

All in all though after a long winter we are truly ready to see some blue skies and some colour around the streets wouldn’t go a miss either. We are very much over minimal cuts and colours  and look forward to refreshing our wardrobe with some stand out vibrant pieces. So be inspired by these stylish ladies and begin to add some colour back into your life. If you prefer, take baby steps and add a colourful neck scarf or accessories to your outfit. The main thing is that you are heading in the right direction.

Talk soon Xx Elle & Liv

January Musings

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Happy Monday all! It’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of yet another cold, crisp January but I always like new beginnings and Mondays are the best day to put goals and weekly plans into action! Drumroll please as I sit and look at a fairly intriguing list of tasks that are eagerly awaiting to be crossed off this week… yet, when Friday rolls round there always seems to be one or two that happen to avoid the stroke of my black felt tip pen!

Sitting in prime position at the top of the list is… to post a style inspiration post. Style is ever evolving, an exploration and always (I repeat, ALWAYS) exciting. Bare shoulders, masculine suiting and standout luxe booting… We hope you enjoy!

Talk soon Xx Liv and Elle

 

 

A Winter’s Day

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Hey everyone! Following on from our last post Autumn Clean, we’re sharing a few of our favourite pieces that we’re coveting this season. Winter has definitely arrived on our doorstep and what better excuse to experiment with layering and combining contrasting textures!?

There’ll be another post later this week so be sure to keep your eyes peeled. Talk soon Xx Liv and Elle 

Autumn Clean

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Do the words ‘wardrobe clear out’ send your mind into a dizzying spiral and cause you to break into a sweat of panic? If the answer is ‘yes’, well then you need to read this post. Who knows what valuable tips you might pick up on along the way???

‘Why have I chosen to write about this topic during autumn’, I hear you say, when the general consensus is that spring is the ideal season for a ‘spring clean’. Surely I cannot be suggesting that we clear out our wardrobes  twice a year? I’m sorry to say to all you hoarders, but yes,  that is precisely what I am saying. I don’t mean that you have to get rid of your prized possessions or that you need to buy a whole new wardrobe…No, just a little bit of organisation is all that is required.

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In order to make your daily routine of getting dressed in the morning a far more enjoyable and easy experience, your wardrobe needs attention in both autumn and spring. This is when the new season trends begin to arrive in shops and so you need to make room for some key new additions. I think that you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how an organised wardrobe can make you feel so much more in control of your day to day life. So, without further ado lets talk about the benefits of that clear out.

1. First things first, I would recommend that you divide the space in your wardrobe. If you have extra storage, all the better, as you can have two separate rails. However, don’t worry if you’re a little tight on space, you can just as easily work with what you’ve got and divide the space within your wardrobe. One half of the wardrobe should be for your work wear and the other half for your day to day casual and evening wear. I find that it is best to think of your work wear as a kind of ‘uniform’. This ‘uniform’ should be made up of a few key pieces that can be easily interchanged in order to create a few different looks. Try to keep these pieces for work wear only. Having a separate working wardrobe will help to keep these clothes in better condition and, on another note, the clothes you wear on your days off won’t be a constant reminder of work. I know how hard it is sometimes to separate your personal life from your work life so we don’t need any sneaky reminders.

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2. It is essential to take a look at what you already have in your wardrobe before shopping for the new season. It’s time to wave goodbye to clothes that no longer fit or that have been sitting in your wardrobe for months on end but have never seen the light of day. You need to make room for some updated pieces and this requires being honest with yourself when doing your clear out. I know it’s difficult, but try to stop thinking about the ‘what ifs’… what if a particular event comes up or what if I drop a dress size? The reality is that if you haven’t found an occasion to wear the item to yet, then you probably never will. Furthermore, if you are constantly struggling to drop a dress size, well maybe it’s time that you stop trying. We are all different shapes and sizes for a reason. Instead, try to focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and you will soon notice a boost in your happiness.

3. Now that your wardrobe is free from unnecessary clutter, it’s time to take a look at what is missing. You will find that it’s so much easier to clearly identify what needs to be added to your wardrobe once the clear out is done. It is important to have a good idea about what you need before going shopping as this way you can focus your attention on these items rather than wandering aimlessly around the shops. This kind of aimless shopping often leads to impulse buying. Unfortunately the result of impulse buying is that we normally end up with more purchases that we don’t really need instead of those that we do and we are therefore forced to spend even more money. So, in order to avoid this situation, make a list of what you need.

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4. Now that you have updated your wardrobe with some gorgeous new purchases and can clearly see all of your clothes, you will find getting dressed to be a more pleasant experience. A good tip for getting dressed in the morning is to get your outfit ready the night before. This way you can enjoy an extra ten minutes in bed instead of rushing around worrying about what to wear.

I hope that you enjoyed today’s post and that you found the information useful. Let me know if you have any other good tips in the comment section below. Also, keep your eyes peeled for the next blog post in which we will share our key pieces for an updated autumn wardrobe. Talk soon Xx Elle