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Monday, 25 July 2016

Tropical Vibes


Palm trees and cocktails by the beach are the epitome of what the perfect summer day should entail.. but when you're living in Ireland, tropical prints on your clothes are about the height of your luck. These prints have been gracing the shop windows since the beginning of the summer season and whilst I'd love to pick up all of them, there are actually very few days in Ireland that are 'summery enough' let alone warm enough to pull off the beachy paradise prints. 

But of course I had to buy just one *maybe 2, 3 or 4* though and attempt to create an outfit that is suitable for an average 16 degrees 'summer' day where I live. So with that in mind, I chose to go for this Warehouse off-shoulder bardot style top which looks great both sitting off your shoulders and also if you wear it as a regular top to give a square-ish neckline. I love the splash of blue and green print on the white background, which makes for a perfect combination when paired with blue or white denim jeans, or even with a denim skirt. 

I've linked this top and more tropical printed pieces if you'd like to have a look. X

warehouse tropical palm print bardot top


Warehouse Botanical Drawn Floral Top • Warehouse • £32
Warehouse Botanical Drawn Floral Top • Warehouse • £32
Warehouse Palm Print Shell Top, Multi • Warehouse • £12
Warehouse Palm Woven Front Top • Warehouse • £29


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Monday, 25 April 2016

The Continuous Stripe Obsession

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So if you follow me on IG you will be well aware of my current stripe obsession that seems as though it's not going to fade way any time soon. I know striped pieces are always in the shops year round, but they seem to be literally everywhere at the moment.. or else they're just more eye-catching than usual. New Look is also a shop that I don't normally go out of my way to visit, but I was so glad I did when I found this wrap-around kimono style top and also a grey/white stripe sleeveless jacket that I have yet to wear. I paired the kimono with a Topshop white cami underneath, Topshop blue Joni Jeans and Office boots.

new look stripe kimono outfit topshop joni jeans
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Sunday, 17 April 2016

Missguided Shirt Dress

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This week has been so hectic for me - hence the tired face - that for a few days I almost forgot what it was like to dress in anything other than jeans and a jumper, even though it's essential for those days where you just need to sit and get stuff done. So despite my sleep deprived face, I thought I'd share this outfit featuring my new Missguided shirt dress that I'd been so excited to wear.

Honestly, I'd prefer if it was just a teeny bit longer so I'd feel more comfortable wearing it as a dress (although I am approx 5'9 so it would definitely fit an average height person perfectly.. lol). 
I found it on Missguided when they had the 50% off everything sale and managed to buy it before the site completely crashed.. so I picked it up for £14 - absolute bargain! It was one of those pieces that I had imagined a million different ways I could wear it when I spotted it online. When the rain eventually goes away for a few days, I'll definitely wear this unbuttoned as a long shirt with a grey cami underneath tucked into white jeans.. or even tucked into a white skirt. The options are endless. For now, I loved the way it looked when paired with my H&M grey maxi cardigan to add a bit of length.. so it's a perfect transitional piece for Spring! 

P.S. Sorry to anyone who took the time to leave me a comment on my previous post.. for some reason last night I lost all of my comments. I managed to get all of them back except the ones on my last post! x

missguided shirt dress


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Sunday, 3 April 2016

Weekend Style: Blue Hues

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With the UK/Ireland being in that awkward 'between seasons' stage where we're not quite out of the winter weather yet, but not quite getting the spring weather either.. long sleeves and layering pieces are essential. Recently, long sleeved dresses are all I've been looking for, but they're just so hard to find, so this new printed piece from Warehouse was definitely a must-buy. The sleeves are actually wrist-length but I prefer them to be rolled up just a bit and it's the perfect all-year-round piece as I can imagine it would look fab in the summer with tan legs and tan sandals, while it's also very Spring/Autumn appropriate as it looks amazing paired with sheer tights or when layered with a plain colour jacket to allow the pattern to peek through. I'm also loving the mixed print style of this dress, as well as the fact it can be worn as a long shirt with jeans for a more casual day-time look. Just imagine that with white jeans. *heart-eye-emoji*

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Monday, 28 March 2016

Easter Sunday OOTD

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I know everybody says the same thing, but I really cannot believe just how fast this year is flying by. It's Easter and almost April already, yet January seems like it was just last week. With Spring finally arriving (minus the warm weather), I've definitely been trying to add brighter colours to my wardrobe as I've mentioned before so I thought I'd share this little dress with you all. It's from a brand called Voulez-Vous and I actually picked it up for £10 in a closing-down sale in town (definitely regretting not buying the navy shade too!). It's quite an oversized shirt dress (hence the belt) with a concealed button-down front and bow-tie which is very 'on-trend' at the moment. The raspberry shade is perfect for Spring and looks fab when paired with a nude lip (I'm wearing MAC 'Hug Me' and Bare Minerals 'Revved' lip liner).
I'm always on the lookout for versatile fashion pieces that can be worn in multiple ways. These pieces are usually the plain and simple kind, meaning that you can do the 'one dress - three ways' thing and nobody will notice you've worn it before. This dress is one of those pieces as it also looks amazing when worn as an unbuttoned long shirt and paired with a cami underneath and jeans for a more casual look. So if you've picked up any really versatile pieces recently, definitely leave me a link to let me know! 

red shirt dress bow tie

ferrero rocher


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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

'In The Style' Shirt Dress

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My 'In The Style' wishlist has been growing very quickly these past few months as I'm forever admiring the outfits of so many girls on Instagram who often feature this brand. It seems to be everywhere at the moment and it's really no wonder - there's so many stunning pieces to choose from and everything is priced very reasonably, so it was definitely time I made my first of many more orders to come. 

One of the pieces I picked up was this Taura Grey Wine Paisley Shirt Dress (£24.99) below, which  can be worn in multiple ways. It's definitely a bit shorter than I prefer, especially due to the splits up the side, although I managed to pull it down quite a bit so I could wear it as a dress. With that being said, I loved the look when paired with tights and knee high boots - perfect for a night out when it's one of those awkward 'dressy but not too dressy' dress codes, or even to the cinema.

Since it arrived, I've worn it casually plenty of times and it's equally as nice when paired with jeans and boots! In the second photo, I paired it with my favourite blue denim Topshop Joni Jeans and burgundy boots which tied in perfectly with the colours of the shirt dress. It would also be lovely paired with white jeans and sandals when the weather picks up, or you could even leave it open and pair it with a cami underneath for a different look. I just love how versatile this piece is.. there are endless options.

For size reference, I ordered a size 8 and it fits fine although it is definitely not a neat fit. If I ordered again, I'd probably go for a size 6 if available, so definitely order your true size or even one size down in these shirt dresses if you can.


in the style shirt dress
in the style paisley shirt dress

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Please let me know your opinions on these looks and if there are any other pieces on In The Style that you've been loving recently! Thanks so much for reading xox

 Ciara Rose xox

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

'Mustard Chic' and Tips

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Every so often, I get absolutely obsessed with certain tones and colours. For a while it was burgundy, then khaki green and now I can't seem to get enough mustard pieces in my wardrobe. It's a colour that I never thought I'd wear or could ever pull off when it started becoming 'trendy' again and although I do sometimes find it hard to match, I'd always say creams or greys work best to 'tone it down' a little. In my opinion, I'd avoid anything camel or warm toned as it can be a bit too warm, although colour-blocking with mustard and burgundy for example can look amazing too. I'm definitely going to give colour-blocking a go this Spring/Summer!

zara mustard skirt and river island white lace top outfit

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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Lusting Over Leopard

Leopard always has and probably always will be one of my all-time favourite pattern. I'd definitely never dress head to toe in the print, but adding a hint of leopard to my outfit is something I've been loving recently. I spied the two leopard tops at Topshop and since I'm trying to add more bold prints to my wardrobe this year, these were the perfect additions. Bold printed tops make amazing layering pieces when paired with a leather jacket on top, or with a denim skirt.. but I'd definitely say keep the rest of your outfit plain when the main piece of your outfit (top, dress or jacket) is (a) heavily printed or (b) has strong colours in the print. Neutrals (even if they're patterned) tend to work well with bold prints, just as long as the two don't clash. I recently paired a navy/cream stripe top with my leopard scarf and I loved the look, but I definitely think the neutral stripes are what made mixing the two patterns more wearable. Bold printed accessories are also some of my favourites right now - I love adding a leopard scarf to a very simple outfit to add a statement look.
I'll link all outfit details below along with a few other favourites...

denim skirt leopard topshop outfit

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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

How To Wear 'Double Denim'

If you've been reading my blog or following my Instagram for some time, you'll know that I'm not usually the type to stick with one solid colour in my outfits. I really like to mix prints with plain pieces, statement jewellery with button up shirts and neutral shades with a pop of  colour in my lipstick or accessories. If anything, I definitely don't usually dress totally in the one colour. Recently, though, you will have seen in my Shades of Grey post that I've been trying out the 'all one colour' outfits and I actually received some really nice feedback.

I definitely would have never thought I'd be doing the double denim look as I cringe so much looking back at that famous photo of JT and Britney.. that's definitely not the look I was going for. (LOL)
Although it's a style that a lot of people would tend to stay away from, I think double denim is definitely wearable when you play around with different materials and shades as opposed to sticking with the exact same colour, top and bottom.. switch it up for sure! I paired my favourite pair of Topshop Ripped Joni Jeans in quite a dark denim that I purchased a year or two ago, with a very old lightweight cotton button up shirt (I'm pretty sure this was bought in France one year), rolled up the sleeves and tucked it in to my high waisted skinnies to make it look a bit more modern and 'chic'. 

For a more wearable look, I couldn't resist adding a bright pink lip shade (MAC 'Cherry' lip liner) to 'brighten up' the outfit along with a long necklace with an oval turquoise stone for an added bit of colour, yet still keeping things neutral with a pair of fringed beige booties - very similar pair on Missguided on sale for £14! I've linked these products and similar pieces below to re-create this look. 

double denim outfit topshop


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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Shades of Grey: 2 Outfits

Being a person whose moods are most definitely determined by the weather, I literally feel so much more content on the days I can look out my bedroom window and still see daylight after 5pm.. although recently, Ireland seems to be stuck at grey, cold and rainy.. hence the grey outfit to coincide with the weather. All I can say is thank god February is almost over as I'm super excited for the spring/summer months this year and all they've got to bring, not to mention the SS16 styles that I'll be seeing at Belfast Fashion Week in March! 


topshop grey outfit white boots

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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Nautical Vibes

I'd say for a lot of people, stripes are definitely a must-have in our wardrobes, whether it is black&white, navy&cream or red&navy combo that you prefer. For me, I'm absolutely loving navy and cream stripes at the moment. Especially coming into Spring, I love how they look when paired with a coloured lip and gold jewellery for a little extra bit of colour and detail.

What I love most about stripes is definitely the versatility - you can really go all out with the stripes for a statement look, or use stripes to add subtle detail to a simple outfit. I purchased the navy and grey(ish) kimono that I'm wearing in the image below from H&M a few weeks ago, for very little £££ of course. It is quite oversized on me, so I cinched it in at the waist with a skinny brown belt and added a pop of mustard with my Topshop cami, a denim ASOS skirt and a gold statement necklace to tie it all together. Outfit complete. I'm really loving wearing statement pieces like this recently.. they're so easy to throw on in the morning, and you always look like you've spent more time on your outfit than you actually have! *wink wink*

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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

ZARA Trench Coat


A trench coat is an absolute essential in any girls wardrobe. They were so on-trend over AW 2015, but if you're living in the UK, you'll definitely be able to wear one pretty much all year round! I found this beauty in ZARA in May of last year although I was initially put off buying it as a vision of Inspector Gadget came into my head as soon as I tried it on LOL.. anybody remember that TV show? 


Not only that, but for £79.99, I wanted to be absolutely sure I'd wear it. Tried it, bought it, loved it.. still love it. This coat has saved me a lot of late-to-class mornings as your outfit underneath can be as basic as jeans and t-shirt. Throw a trench coat on top and you look a lot more put together than you otherwise would have! The material of this coat is quick thick, therefore ideal for the single digit temperatures. ZARA just sold out of this coat a few days ago, but for reference, I'm a size 8 in most stores and I picked up a size small in this coat.. it fits perfectly! I'm sure ZARA will bring out many more this year.. I can't wait to see!

Let me know if you've found any trench coats that you're loving this year!

Ciara Rose xox

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