Tuesday, May 31, 2011


courtesy of www.fivb.org

 I am overcome with excitement for next week. So overcome that it is spilling out in the form of a blog post. Next week I am flying to one of my favorite places in the entire world, London :D (as you may have guessed by that darn good photo up there..). I have been there multiple times but it's still a novelty. I feel... at home when I go there, I don't know why. It's amazing that I should feel particularly at home anywhere, considering I have moved around quite a lot compared to many Irish people (in truth, I only moved to Ireland for the first time when I was 16, which makes some people question the validity of my nationality but that's another post for another time).

   I did live in England until I was four, in Oxford, so that could contribute to my particular affections for England (scandalous, I know, surely I, a good Monaghan lass, should be completely against Britain blah blah blah :P ). And while my penchant for potatoes continues as strong as ever, I can't help but feel a longing for the streets of London, or the green fields of oxfordshire, the pubs, the villages and of course, Nando's.. (nom).

Courtesy of http://www.nandos.co.uk/ (yumyumyummm)

   Don't get me wrong, nothing can beat the ridiculousness that is Ireland and it's odd little quirks. I can't get enough of it and it will always be my home. But sometimes you just need a change, you know? :D

   Anyway, next week I shall be jetting off to London, and I plan to spend all my money there :P Yes I shall become a hermit when I return due to lack of funds, but I can live with that. I have made so many lists of what I want to do in London since I booked my flights that poor ol' rgf is getting slightly worried... I have tried to work in as many free things as possible to leave sufficient funds for all the shopping I plan to do... :D When it comes down to it, it is actually cheaper to buy clothes from some shops in England rather than their Dublin branches. River Island, for example, completely rips of the Irish public with their own imaginary exchange rate that makes sure people are paying almost double what they should be for, let's face it, quite poor quality clothing (although it is gorgeous, there's no getting away from it).

Oxfam's boutique in Westbourne Grove, London.
 Pic courtesy of  telegraph.co.uk

   I also plan to go to a lot of charity shops however, as quite a few are rumoured to receive a large amount of designer cast offs :P And of course the famous London markets like Portobello and Camden (although the fact that I shall be going in the middle of the week means that the selection of shops and stalls will be limited compared to the amount open on a saturday and sunday.. ). So I shall return penniless, but happy. I will just have to spend the next 3 weeks bathing in the glory of my purchases!

If anyone has any suggestions of some must see places or events in London, please comment and let me know! :D


Saturday, May 28, 2011

TAG: 8 Most Worn Things! :)

   Right, already I've grown a little lax in my blogging. Where as at the beginning I blogged with such a sense of gusto and enthusiasm that made sure my boyfriend (from now on to be known as the RGF*) could play PS3 without complaints from me, it has suddenly taken a turn for the worse. The last couple of days I have been...busy lazy. There's no getting away from it. Mostly, I've been tackling the problem of where to put my camera so I can take proper outfit of the day pics but sadly I am still searching (though not quite as actively as I should be..). I think I am also overcoming the fear of putting myself and my style out there for all the world and its mother to see. So, while I silently battle it out in my head, I decided to put up this tag to avoid awkward silence ;)

And so, let's get to it. (oh look, rgf is straight back at the ps3 again. Surprise surprise)

8 Most Worn Things

1.  Lipstick:  This one is a bit tricky as I don't really wear lipstick that often... I need to get up at half 6 in the morning in order to meticulously paint it on to my lips, desperately attempting to get it looking neat and presentable... and when I finally do get it on, right before I leave the house I feel so self conscious that I take it straight off! Terrible I know... But anyway, I shall get over it.  

I've decided to do both my favorite, though rarely worn (not from lack of trying mind you) lipstick, and my most worn lip balm instead! The lipstick is Revlon's Wine Not, a gorgeous matte colour... I decided I simply had to have a matte lipstick after watching Averunk's videos on youtube (ahhh I love her). 

The lipgloss/balm stuff is a Born Lippy from The Body Shop. Not sure what the name of this one is as I conveniently dropped it down the side of my bed after taking the picture, but it's the raspberry one :) The smell is what makes me love this, not what it does to my lips... I could eat this. I did have 2 but I gave one to my friend just because he loved the smell so much.. We won't talk about him, he's a bit odd..

2. Earrings: While I do have my ears pierced, and I used to have a different pair of earrings every day of the month, this is no longer the case. They aren't a part of my daily routine anymore so I thought I would do my most worn rings instead :D

I wear these two everyday without fail, I don't really take them off. The silver one is a ring a bought in Prague. I had bought one while I still lived there but lost it so when I went back on a school trip I bought a replacement :) It's silver and green amber with a beautiful art nouveau design.

The second ring used to belong to my mother but she stopped wearing it and gave it to me. It's a gold wishbone ring (named after it's bent shape, like a wishbone, bet you couldn't guess that yourselves, could you??). I like it because it's just a little bit different.. :)

3. Deary me I've written much more than I planned to... woops. Anyway, on to Nail Polish! I'd love to be one of those girls who has perfect, ever changing nails. However, I am much too impatient and lazy. I simply can't sit still long enough for it to dry and so I always attempt to open a packet of biscuits, wash the dishes or change a tyre 30 seconds after painting them. But whatever. (Ok, no, I don't actually change tyres. Or know how to change one. Or how to  drive for that matter. But it was for dramatic effect, now shh).

The one I do wear when I can be bothered is almost always Mint Choc Chip from the 17 collection in Boots. Dirt cheap and purty :D

4.  Top: Choosing this one was quite difficult, so I decided to just look in my drawer and see which one was on top. I wear tshirts all the time. This one is from River Island (on sale, and 4 sizes too big, just how I like it). It's an off white, baggy racer back top in quite heavy material, with different famous buildings printed on the front. It took me a while to realise that it wasn't a picture of Paris, as I should have know by the picture of Big Ben looming out over the rest. But I did notice eventually, and that is the point. Anyway, it can be worn with everything, and covers all manner of sins (food babies for instance. You all know what I'm talking about, so stop looking around as if you've never suffered from it..)

5. Bag: I'm a self confessed bag lady... I can't go anywhere without one. But I rarely change bags, when I get one, I stick to it until it dies a painful death and falls apart. I got this one in Awear (on sale, surprise surprise!) and it's just the right size. Instead of walking around with a backpack (even though it is a lovely stylish one) like a tourist as I have been doing for the last year, I now finally have a nice 'respectable' bag as my mother likes to call it. Well thank the baby jesus for that, my nana won't disown me after all.

6. Shoes: Ahh shoes, how I love thee. But as much as I love them, I find it very hard to find a pair that are perfect. Well, to me anyway. They never seem to have the right proportion, or real leather etc. When I saw these boots it was love at first sight. I have a thing about boots, and very specific requirements (mainly in slouchiness). They may have killed me for the first week but now we are old friends :D

7. Perfume: I'm not really a perfume girl. I have one perfume and I'm sticking to it. Givenchy Very Irresistible.  I discovered this one when I got it as part of a set of mini perfumes one christmas years ago. But I have a hard time spending a lot of money on one thing so I didn't go out and buy it right away. Then, a while later, my friend went to Mexico and offered to pick it up for me at a discounted price! Unfortunately it is all but gone now, I'm saving the last few drops for a special occasion. My friend will be returning to Mexico this summer so I'm going to try to get it again :)

8. Hair Product: I'm sad to say that I'm not really big on hair products. Shampoo and conditioner is usually as far as I will go. When I used to have long hair however, I couldn't get enough of this: 

Image courtesy of  kayeschemist.co.uk

*When asked how he would like to be referred to on my blog, his response was: Ridiculously Good Looking Fellow. And so, RGF was born.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

What To Wear: To A Summer Wedding

   Next month I am flying to London to go to a wedding. I've only ever been to one other wedding since becoming old enough to choose my own outfit, and god knows THAT was stressful, so I thought I would do a quick post on outfits for various types of weddings!

  The first is a formal wedding. You know the type, hundreds of people invited, a gorgeous hotel for the reception and a lot of pressure on choosing the right dress! I find the hardest thing about weddings is walking the line between too casual, and over dressed.

   The outfit I've chosen here is quite simple, but effective (I hope! :P). The dress is an appropriate shade of coral, bang on trend at the moment, and the turquoise belt and ring complement it perfectly without being over bearing. I kept the shoes, clutch and jacket plain to let the dress do the talking, sticking to nude and mushroom colours. I wore a very similar coat to the last wedding I was at actually!

The next outfit is tailored towards a more low key, family affair. You still want to look classy, but there is no need to go overboard. This dress is modest, but gorgeous! (Personally, I love polkadots). The flat pumps are perfect for dancing away and inevitably making a fool of yourself during the reception ;)

  I kept the accessories simple (no need for a necklace with such a high neckline), and with nude lipstick and  a flicks of black eyeliner, you're good to go!

  And finally, this outfit is what I will be aiming for when I go shopping for the wedding in London. It's going to be in a forest (!!) so it's a much more relaxed affair, certainly no
heels! I've never worn a maxi skirt before so we'll see if they suit me, I'm kind of on the short side :P

   I'll post pictures of the wedding so you can see what I wore in the end, it could be completely different!

  I'm thinking of making a 'what to wear' series of posts so if you have any suggestions of what you'd like to see, feel free to comment :) 


Monday, May 23, 2011

How To: Earrings

   This is a very simple earring tutorial, almost self explanatory but I thought I would put it up anyway :)
I bought the charms a few years ago in Leeds, but they have sat in a box since, so I thought I would put them to good use! To make these earrings you will need:

  1. Round nose pliers 
  2. Charms
  3. Earrings 
  4. 1 Jump Ring (I forgot to put this in the picture but you'll see it later, don't worry!)

Step One: Take the first earring and open up the ring on the end (where you will put the charms later). Don't uncurl the loop, but instead pull the end towards you (i'll include a picture!)

Step Two: Next, loop your charm onto the the open ring, and close it up again by lining it up with the rest of the earring.

Step Three: Now you have one earring finished! My earrings are mismatched (cos I like it that way) so I'll now show you how to put on multiple charms to one earring. This time, don't bother opening the loop on the earring. Instead, open the jump ring using the same method as in step one. (That down there is a jump ring m'dears. Fascinating, I know).

Step Four: Loop the charms you'd like to use onto the jump ring, and then loop the earring on as well.  Close this up the same way you did with the earring loop in step two.

And voila, a lovely pair of mismatched earrings... I really love the cutlery, delightfully odd.

Good luck!


Sunday, May 22, 2011


   I'm glad I don't have a credit card, I certainly cannot be trusted with one. But there are times where I wish I had one, simply for the purpose of buying things online. The selection is so much more diverse and original than the stuff you find on the high street. I know it's sunday and the ten commandments do say something along the lines of 'do not covet thy neighbours somethingsomething' but sometimes I can't help myself.. Might make this into a Sunday series, who knows? :D

   Anyway, down to business. As soon as I saw Vintette's shop on Etsy I fell in love with almost everything on it... oh woe is me and my lack of cash! Here are some of my favorites from her collection:

Ahhhh the locket even opens. WANT.

I just...NEED it.

Images courtesy Vintette

This post has got me thinking... might do an earring tutorial next.. :)



Saturday, May 21, 2011


I went shopping in town on wednesday, so I thought I would show you what I bought! Of course, the original plan was for my friends and I to get the bus to Ikea (mainly for the yummy food), but her maj the Queen is in town at the minute, completely messing up all public transport :/ We gave up after an hour of waiting for the evasive 140 bus and instead walked into the city centre to console ourselves!

The first place we headed was, of course, Penneys! Although after walking around for a good bit I didn't find as many things as I thought I would, and so came out with just this lovely coral-y coloured top (above, 7 euro). It's floaty and a bit see through and it's preeetty :D

   After a lot of wandering around we ended up in the Jervis Centre on Henry St, one of my favorite places to shop as it has almost everything you could ask for, and anything that's missing is right across the street :D While browsing through the maHUSive New Look something caught my eye. It was an almost exact replica of a dress I had seen in Miss Selfridges months before but as it cost 70 euro (!!) I decided against it (I did go on to try it on every time I was in the shop though). When I took a closer look at its New Look doppleganger (the only difference was the material) I got excited, only 36 euro! Of course, when I tried it on it didn't fit... But it give me the idea to just run across to Miss Selfridges on the off chance that the original was on sale, and guess what...? It WAS. Even cheaper than the New Look version at 25 euro (22.50 with my student discount). As a size 6 it is a struggle to get into as the material has no give whatsoever but once on, it's so comfortable! I do have to buy something to go underneath though as it is disgracefully low cut, but I don't care, I'm in love! <3

   The next thing I actually bought last week but I thought I would include it anyway as I haven't stopped wearing it since! It's this gorgeous necklace from A Wear, I think it was 10 euro but they are doing a buy one get one half price deal on jewelry at the moment so it's worthwhile going for a look. I had a hard time deciding between this one, one with gold headphones, or a gold bicycle (I love bicycles, I just don't ride mine very much :P)

  This last one isn't something I bought at all, but something I found. We recently moved house and as I was sorting through boxes I came across this dainty little gold watch. It turns out it was given to my mother as a 21st birthday present. It needs a new battery but I'm not too worried about that, it just looks so beautiful anyway :)

Laura and Julie (little did we know that we would be waiting for a bus home for almost an hour. Damn you queen lizzy).

Fashion Tag :)

  • Who is your fashion role model?
Hmm... I never really think about one person when I think about fashion. I really love Imelda May's style though, it's so different to everything you see everywhere else! And, of course, she is Irish, which is always a plus :P I've always been a bit fascinated by rockabilly style especially the hair!

courtesy of www.muruch.com
  • What do you always carry with you?
I ALWAYS have a bag, I can't go anywhere without one. I always carry everything 'just in case' which usually means I can't find anything in my bag because it's so full of crap! But I can't go anywhere without my phone, it is essentially glued to my hand.. I don't think that's a good thing really is it? But at least you can always reach me ;)
  • How would you describe your style?
Well my style generally ranges from lazy (I own a lot of hoodies) and dress up... Whenever I get dressed I sometimes go for some sort of...era? I guess that's how I would describe it! I love the 1940's and 50's styles, high waisted skirts and well tailored clothes... I do opt for jeans and comfy trainers a lot as the majority of my friends are boys and they simply don't appreciate any effort I make... I always get comments like 'eh, Aoife, why are you dressed like an old lady/cartoon character/hockey player..?' (Yes, I've gotten the hockey player comment twice actually, simply because of a pair of knee high socks I like to wear!)

  • Which do you prefer, jeans, sunglasses or heels?
Jeans definitely. Comfort rules my entire wardrobe, no matter what look I'm going for! I only ever wear heels on a night out or when I'm going for dinner somewhere, and Ialways have a scarf, hoodie and umbrella handy so I don't get bested by the elements (this is Ireland after all).
  • What inspired you to blog about fashion?
I've recently become obsessed with the internet and fashion and beauty blogs, and thought, well, I think I could do that..We'll soon see if I can I suppose!
Some of my favorite blogs:
Musings of a Makeup Maniac
Park and Cube
  • What is your favorite fashion shop?
My favorite shop HAS to be Penneys by far (Primark in the UK) simply because of the price! I love shopping but I loathe handing over a big chunk of cash for something that I won't wear the rest of my life.. That said however I always end up broke before the end of the month from spending all my money on supposed 'bargains' in Penneys!

courtesy of nixers.com
  • What is your favorite fabric for clothing?
ahhh fabric... The feel of clothes is really important to me, I always walk through shops, brushing my fingers off the clothes on the rails until I find something that appeals to me, and THEN I'll pick it up! Of course just cos something feels nice doesn't mean it always turns out to be gorgeous :P
  • Who are your favorite designers?
I have a bit of a confession to make... I've never been very interested in designers :/ I know, I know, naughty Aoife. But I've always been so much more interested in the style that I can buy, and wear and enjoy NOW. The high street shops are my best friends, they provide instant gratification, and for that, I will endure my ever decreasing bank balance!
  • Who or what inspires your style?
The style that I aspire to (on days when I make the effort) is a mix of 40's and 50's, which is also reflected in some of my music tastes.. Of course I do usually gravitate towards hoodies at the end of the day, can anyone resist their fluffy softness?!

courtesy of buttons-and-bows.co.uk
  • Would you choose to buy something or make it yourself if you could?
I would love to be able to make my own clothes! I always think, when I see things in shops, well that doesn't look THAT hard to make.. But of course, it always is. I'd love to be able to make clothes completely different to everyone elses!



 Ok so I'm fully expecting to be talking to myself on this blog for a good while, if not forever, but hey, that's ok with me! I just decided to start one after seeing how much fun my friend Julie was having with hers (go check her out, her blog is brilliant). Of course hers is a well established blog of lovliness whereas mine is only a wee baba but we'll see how it comes along...

  I hope I haven't fooled you with the title of this blog as I'm still unsure as to whether I actually HAVE sense of style... but I suppose we're just going to find that out one step at a time. I do however have  a hard time holding onto all my monies as I tend to shop impulsively so at least you'll have something to look at, even if it's hideous. Right, well, I suppose I should get started then..