Laid back city days

Summer is just around and I cant help but think of…. festivals. I am a big lover of music festivals and of course, the fashion that goes along with it. On this particular day I was heading out to an exhibition launch and then on to dinner. Usually, before I leave the house I have an idea of the piece I want to wear & then build an outfit around it but, on this occasion, I hadent a clue… what came about is a festival inspired look that I was very happy to spend the evening in.

This satchel is my latest love, bought for 30 EUR at the last Dublin flea market, it is big enough to fit my camera (without being suitcase sized) & had a beautiful vintage feel to it. The gap cardigan as well as the river island boots and statement ring are all Dublin flea finds so you can see why it is such an important date on my shopping calendar!

I am not usually a massive wearer of cardigans but I loved the length of this one and feel that it will see me though the summer evenings when I want to be warm but not too covered up… the cardigan & hat combo did draw some ‘witch in a cape’ mumbles from my boyfriends but sure.. what do boys know?

Oversized tee, H&M. Peace necklace & dreamcatcher necklace, bought while travelling. Vintage levi shorts, Bangkok market. Hat, primark.

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  1. Katie Tully says:

    I love reading where you get your clothes, it sounds like you’ve been to some amazing places!

  2. eleanor says:

    looovve the satchel – just the right amount of distress! love the boho vibes of this look! :)

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Bohemain days



Well, the weather was amazing last weekend so I spent all of my time roaming Dublin and loving life… I managed to squeeze in a Saturday night out but was happy to make it an early finish as to not waste my Sunday. T’was also the fist day these stems had seen daylight since last year… dubious as I was, I felt in the moment that now was as good a time as any so, I threw caution to the wind & got them out. This was greeted by some interesting suggestions from a friend that my right knee has, what looks to be, quite an expressive face. I have to admit, I agree…. Now I cant stop noticing it!

This fringe jacket was bought in a vintage store in Buenos Aires… a completely impractical piece to buy when you’re backpacking the world but it was one of those items that, as soon as you lay eyes on it, you simply HAVE to have it. I wore it non-stop after purchase until I had to sadly wrap it up & post it home to await my return nearly 2 years later. I absolutely love it & is exactly the type of fringe jacket I had wanted for years, the lining is printed with old ocean maps which makes me love it even more, a treasured wardrobe piece.

Hope all you guys had a lovely weekend as well, and sure, considering it took me so long to get this post published, it’s nearly upon us again :)

Headband, vintage shorts & belt, thrifted. Boots, Ebay. Crop, DIY. Sunglasses, Bangkok market.

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  1. I am absolutely in love with your style. You pull it off sooo well. Thrifting is haaaard work so you have done a great job. I think you must have a real knack for putting together different bits and bobs. I wish was able to do the same. Also, looks like the sun is shining on you in Ireland. So have a lovely day! Rosemary x

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks so much Rosemary, thrifting can most definitely feel like hard work but the reward of an unique piece for next to nothing is worth all of the sifting to me… its like a hobbie at this stage! I have to say though, making the most of thrifting while I was travelling has definitely helped, my wardrobe wouldn’t be half of what it is without all of the Asian & Australian thrift stores I got to visit.xx

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Andrygenous simplicity

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On Sunday just gone I headed out to the Dublin flea like I do every month unless I am stuck in work. I am finding myself relying on the flea market more & more to source new clothes… there are usually a few very stylish people selling their very stylish wares for next to nothing, coupled with the fact that it’s a great day out & that they serve very strong coffee (it IS a Sunday!) adds up to the perfect weekend day out :)

It only occurred to me when I returned from a recent run through the Rathmines charity shops and began the usual ‘who’s wardrobe will it go in?’, ‘I bought this for you, well, for me, no for you….’ scenario with my boyfriend that I realise how much I lean to men’s clothing for day-to-day looks…. I am a massive fan of shirt, I find them so easy to wear and find myself dipping equally into the men’s and women’s sections when out shopping. It does depend on your body shape as to how well men’s clothing fits your frame but for me, being petite on top, I don’t have that worry of shirts draping over large boobs & making me look unfairly larger. The shirt section of my wardrobe is gaining momentum at a pretty rapid pace and, for now, I’m very happy with that :)

Cheap monday’s, Nike air max, Calvin Klein shirt, jacket & hat all thrifted from the men’s sections of charity shops.

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March instagram snippets


1) accessorizing for a night out with the girls 2) Having an indulgent lunch in Dilinger’s, Ranalagh 3) Enjoying a Korean dinner 4) The sun is finally shining in Dublin.


1) delving in to slow roast BBQ dinner in Pitt bro’s 2) Heading out on a sunny day 3) Enjoying a day out at the Dublin flea with my friend Jenny 4) Simple pleasures.


1) South William street’s cheesecake treats 2) Enjoying huge cups of coffee after a long walk 3) About the get the Paddy’s day celebrations started in the Bernard Shaw 4) Beautiful lunch in the Egg cafe, Avoca.

1) Sunday afternoon getting read to by my boy 2) Sometimes ya just gotta have Eddies 3) Homemade espresso martinis pre-night out 4) spontaneous walk to the top of Bray head.

Well another month down, another load of instagram pics to share with you guys…. I had intended March to be a ‘quite one’ but thats definitely not the way it panned out… surprise surprise! Lots of great nights out, a million new restaurants tried & a handful of great days out enjoying the lovely spring sunshine.

I used to say before I left Ireland 3 years ago that I ‘live live a tourist in my own city’ and so far, since Iv been back in Dublin, that hasnt changed. I love going out trying new things, seeing new places, spending time with friends & just generally enjoying all of the amazing things that this city has to offer… my instagram is a little diary of that and above, are some of the things I enjoyed most in March. Hope you guys had a good one to… here to April ;)


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90′s touches to springtime style

The weather has been so all over the pace in Dublin the last few days… I wore this out to lunch last week but now, looking out the window, I can’t even imagine even stepping out the door without a couple of wooly layers. Standard Irish weather really.

Despite my current penchant for monochrome pieces, when I do venture out of that zone, it tends to be in this direction… I’m not one to do things by halves ;)

90s fishnet top, Thrifted in Asia. High waisted shorts, thrifted in Australia. Bucket bag, Pirmark. Boots, Ebay. Sunnies, Bali street market.

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  1. Once again, I have to say, I love that your wardrobe is bits and bobs from around the world! I bet it makes a great story at the pub, or whatever you get up to. You have such cool style.

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My take on florals for spring


I never intentionally dress for the seasons, I don’t even really dress for the weather but, on this day, for whatever reason, I was in the mood for a pop of floral print. I am not a ‘girlie’ dresses & usually lean towards fitted pieces with masculine touches but I am a sucker for a dark floral print as well as any variation of statement jacket (as you can see HERE) so, needless to say, this vintage Gerry Weber blazer is heaven to me.

I love putting outfits together then realising that there are pieces from all over the world incorporated into them… I returned from travelling a year ago & while I was away I always made an effort to collect clothes from everywhere I went. I guess I saw them as functional keepsakes and, considering my wardrobe is now a sartorial overview of the countries Iv been to, its safe to say my efforts paid off :)

Ringpull necklace, bought on a beach in Cambodia. Vintage wrangler shorts, bought in the Philippines. Dr.Martens & crop top, thrifted in Melbourne. Hamsa hand necklace & knuckle ring, Ebay. Snake ring, bought in Bali. Heart ring, made for me by my lovely friend Jenny. Doctor’s bag, hand-me-down from my mom (it was her favorite handbag as a teenager).

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  1. Wow, you have such an individual style! I love the fact that all your pieces are from around the world. I always bring home ‘souvenirs’ or ‘ornaments’ to put up in my room but they aren’t very practical and they’re in the bin after a year or so due to my clumsy, clumsy fingers. Clothing is a much better idea and one I think I may have to steal.

    1. Sarah says:

      Haha, thanks so much Rosemary… it made the most sense at the time to buy ’practical’ souvenirs & now I have a wardrobe thats a lot more eclectic & a lovely reminder of some of the places Iv been :) x

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So, I’ve been kindly nominated for the Liebster award by Rosemary of rosemary of elephants
The premise of the Liebster award is to introduce bloggers to other bloggers so, once I am done answering Rosemary’s questions I will nominate 11 of my favourite bloggers to continue the chain of goodness.
1. Link back to the person who nominated you – thanks Rosemary
2. Answer the 11 questions given by the person who nominated you
3. Post 11 random facts about yourself
4. Pick 11 nominees with under 200 followers to answer your 11 questions
5. Can’t nominate the person who nominated you!
6. Tell your 11 nominees you have nominated them
Eleven questions from Rosemary:
1. I say elephants. First thought?
I think of all the beautiful times I have been lucky enough to meet them… which makes me think of travelling… which makes me get itchy feet… thanks Rosemary!
2. Favourite animal?
I am a HUGE animal lover, I find the company of an animal to be so calming. I am fascinated by Monkeys but for the amount of effect a certain species has had on my life I would have to say dogs.
3. What made you start your blog?
My boyfriend tried to convince me for ages based on my love for fashion & the fact that I followed (and drooled over) other bloggers for a long time. I didn’t feel up to it but he caught me at an impressionable (read: drunk) moment in Thailand & made me pinkie promise I would start one… considering I take pinkie promises very seriously, I got going on it pretty soon after that.
4. You can only have one: bikini or jeans?
Well, I live in Ireland so, for practicality it would have to be jeans but I do have an impressive bikini collection for someone who lives in a country where the weather is arguably never suitable for them.
5. Would you rather: no make up (ever) or no cake?
I am instantly more horrified by the though of no cake as I have a massive sweet tooth but I do like to polish a look with make-up… Il go with no cake so I can have the make up & just eat crisps as my guilty pleasure instead.
6. Celebrity crush?
I have very little interest in the celebrity world but any tall skinny tattooed celeb is bound to grab my attention ;)
7. If someone dropped a gift of £1000 down from the sky, what would be your first move?
Bring my friends out for dinner & drinks then spend the remainder on clothes (obv).
8. Role model of all time?
My parents; they were very ambitious from a young age & gained success through their own hard work… they have shown me the importance of a good work ethic. Also, I aspire to how they have dealt with what life has thrown at them.
9. Where do you see your blog in 5 years’ time?
Well, I had no idea what I really wanted from blogging in general & have been surprised by how quickly I gained followers and friends in the ‘blogsphere’ so its hard to answer that. Ideally, I guess I would like if blogging had allowed me more access into the fashion world in a more personal/professional sense such as attending events or doing collaborations.
10. Three words to describe yourself?
Passionate, organised, happy.
11. What is your favourite language, and if you could travel anywhere right now, where would you go?
I love listening to people speaking English with an Indian accent, I could listen to that all day.. I know thats not a language but its the first thing I thought of when I read the question! If I could go anywhere right now it would be Japan, its next on my long list of countries to travel, I imagine it to be an place country to visit.
The eleven bloggers I nominate:


My eleven questions:

1. What made you start your blog?

2. What are your top three beauty products?

3. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?

4. What is your favourite place you have ever visited?

5. What are the most worn items in your wardrobe?

6. Any fashion disasters you want to share with us?

7. Any items in your wardrobe that you love but nobody else understands?

8. What item are you currently lusting after? Link a photo.

9. What is your favourite book ?

10. Something you have learnt recently?

11. A pet peeve?

Eleven random facts about me:
1. I have a degree in psychiatric nursing & have worked in that area for 4 years… far from the glamorous world of a fashion blogger but I love it.
2. I am very passionate about travelling, I travelled each summer that I was in college and, after I qualified, I saved for a year then spent 2 years travelling 14 countries.
3. I love to attend random events & can be found at any sort of opening/exhibition around Dublin on any given night. I think this stems from continuously striving to broaden my mind, you never know what you will like until you try it. Based on that, my favourite saying is ‘happiness is where you find it but rarely where you seek it’.
4. I have never voted, despite being eligible to do so for nearly 10 years.
5. I always pick up pennies if I see them. I am a very strong believer in ‘lucky pennies’ & will stop no matter what to get it. If I am with someone I will then give them the penny to pass on the good luck. I am known to be a lucky person amongst my friends & I believe lucky pennies have a huge part to play in that.
6. I spent a semester in a boarding school in France when I was 15.. I didn’t know anybody or how to get around the city, I was so lonely that my dad wrote to me every single day.
7. I am a list freak, I make lists for everything. I have lists on my phone & a paper diary that I use religiously. List writing soothes me.
8. I purposefully set my morning alarm for ‘odd times’ like 7.14 or 8.22. Also, if the first time I see in the morning is 13 minutes past an hour I feel like its going to be a bad day… to counteract this, I will wait until its 14 minutes past the hour before I get out of bed.
9.  I hate wearing shoes, I much prefer to be barefoot on any occasion.
10. I am addicted to lip balm & go absolutely nowhere without it. I keep spares in places I frequent in case I forgot one of my millions from home.
11. I started getting blonde highlights from the age of 14 & have only gone back to my natural colour since around the time I started this blog.

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  1. Sian says:

    Thanks so much :) and I bloomin love those trousers I was well jealous when I saw them.

    1. Sarah says:

      You & I are some of the select few in this world who can appreciate those pants!

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androgynous look for a formal occasion



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Firstly, apologies for the quality of these photos… I go out a lot in the evenings (/on nights out) so it seems a shame  that my style posts are so focused on day time looks buuuuuuut then I attempt to photograph my evening looks & the lack of natural light just doesn’t do justice :(

Last weekend I attended two formal events, I’m not a big evening dress type of gal and after wearing one for the first of the weekend’s events I definitely wasnt in the mood to don another (nor did I have much choice with a very limited selection of that type in my wardrobe). So, this is what I came up with… despite being in trousers and flats I felt the structure of the jacket coupled with the detailing in the overall look give it enough edge to contend with the sparkly numbers which were choice for most other guests.

The pièce de résistance of this look for me is this beautiful structured vintage Céline clutch that was handed down to me by my very stylish grandmother. It was bought in Paris about 60 years ago and although it is a treasured item for me, I hardly use it as it literally just about fits my phone and a lip gloss whereas I’m usually more of a ‘throw everything in the bag’. sorta girl… ya know, just incase.

Jeans, Dr.Denim. Metallic blazer, Topshop (on sale). Necklaces, Ebay. Vest, Zara. Shoes, ASOS.


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    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks so much Lauren, I love the metallic finish on it as well… makes it different enough from the rest of my statement jackets that I could find an excuse to buy it!

  1. Roxii says:

    WOW. That blazer and those shoes are incredible, I want them both so bad! LOVE your style!!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thank you so much Roxii, I really like your blog as well, keep it up ;)

  2. nikki says:

    this blazer is amazing!! cute blog, lady :)


    1. Sarah says:

      Thank you Nikki, great sale find ;)

  3. prit says:

    LOVE the outfit. Check out my styleblog from Norway!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks Prit, Il have a look now :)

  4. Coco says:

    OH, I love the Blazer and the shoes!
    Great look!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks so much Coco, was so delighted when I found it on sale… I normally have no luck in them!

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OOTD; vintage levi, camouflage & pleather

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What I wore to meet a friend last week for lunch & a few sneaky mid-day cocktails… I work shift work which means a lot of random days off Monday- Friday so its always nice to have a catch up with a friend if they happen to be off during the week as well.

It is getting noticeably milder in Dublin over the last few days which is sooooo nice after the shitty Feb we had where it rained basically non-stop. This means not having to just wear whatever keep your warmest which, if you get a kick out of putting an outfit together, is always a good thing :)

Boots, Ebay. Pleather skirt & oversized jumper, H&M. Camo jacket & vintage levi jacket, thrifted in Dublin. Watch, Michael Kors.

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  1. Jenny says:

    I just love the camo print jacket and your bag <3

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks Jenny… not sure if they normally go together but it felt right at the time :)

  2. Tiff says:

    Great outfit!!!! Love your hair too ;) )

    1. Sarah says:

      Thank you very much, so nice of you to say

    1. Sarah says:

      Haha, thanks Lauren, one of the few looks thats actually practical!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks Wynne x

  3. Coco says:

    I really like the Jeans jacket… I think I have to buy one too :)

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studded leather & ripped denim OOTD

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One thing I particularly admire & tend to lean towards is mixing textures in outfits… it gives even the most simple look more of ‘an edge’. Pairing distressed denim & studded leather with a delicate lace cami & silk blouse is what keeps things interesting.

I wore this into town to do a bit of shopping yesterday & I have to say, I was quite impressed with the SS 2014 collections that a lot of the high street stores were offering…. because of this, I am now ‘clothing rich’ but ‘money poor’… oh well, who needs money when your wearing a fabulous new outfit!?

Jacket, New look, DIY studded with Ebay studs. Converse & lace cami, savers. Jeans, topshop (past season) DIY distressed. Silk blouse, thrifted. Necklace, ASOS.

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  1. Katie Tully says:

    Love this so much, you look amazing x

  2. Great jacket! I love the cut of it. Really cute Converse kicks.

  3. Sheren says:

    Love your ripped jeans! I’ve wanted a pair for ages but haven’t found the right ones yet :( X

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks Sheren, I just got an old pair of jeans I never wear any more and attacked them with a scisors… failing that, ASOS are doing great, inexpensive distressed denims… they’l do the attacking for you :)

  4. A. says:

    Funky, fresh, and fabulous. Man, I’m good at alliteration. ;)

    How you wear black leather so well is impressive. I can only pull off the colored kind — dark brown at best — black always looks like I’m playing dress-up with mum’s clothes. Can you teach me? XD


    1. Sarah says:

      Ah but, Miss decaf, you wear the pastel leather so well. All I can wear is black or else I feel like an adult playing dress-up with a kid’s box…. but then again, are not our differences what make personal style so intersting? :) x

  5. Lauren S says:

    love this outfit, i did this to my old pair of jeans but i don’t wear them anymore as they don’t suit my legs :(
    but you look really lovely here a fab mix of textures :)
    Lauren x
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  6. Jenny says:

    oooh, i really love this outfit!
    The boyfriend jeans are amazing!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thank you Jenny <3

  7. Trend-Mae says:

    I agree with you: Mixing textures is so interesting in Fashion… The combination of denim and leather is one of my favourite! Great post and text! xx

  8. Stephanie says:

    Great look. I love the boyfriend jeans and leather jacket paired together!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks Stephaine, definitely a go-to look for a casual day :)

  9. gabby says:

    this jacket is beautiful! i’ve been seeing so much great distressed denim lately. i might need to try it on a pair of my older jeans — i’m always scared to mess up though!


  10. gabby says:

    this jacket is beautiful and i love your distressed denim! your phrase “clothing rich, money poor” is so on point. i have felt that way so many times!


    1. Sarah says:

      haha, thanks Gabby, its pretty much the phrase I live my life by! x

  11. gail says:

    what a cool look with that studded jacket!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks Gail <3

  12. gail says:

    btw love the jeans too!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thank you gail… just take a scissors to any old jeans and voila :)

  13. Kamara H says:

    Awesome leather jacket! They’re so versatile, aren’t they? The ripped jeans are great, too.

    1. Sarah says:

      Absolutely Kamara, Iv had this for years & its not showing any signs of being delegated to the back of the wardrobe yet!

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