Friday, October 30, 2009

A little black lace and you're set for tonight

Happy Halloween people! I used to adore this time of year - I remember once my friend Sally and I did this countdown till Halloween. I can remember writing in my diary something along the lines of "omigosh omigosh 41 days to go". That was one of the best Halloweens ever because my friend dressed up as a table (randomest costume ever) composed entirely of cardboard. It also had to be the one year that it rained. In the end, she had to run inside in the middle of Trick or Treating and frantically find some sort of a costume, which resulted in her looking like Zorro in cat form. EPIC.
So this evening I was up in my room trying to find something to wear tomorrow cause me and my bestie have decided to screw age restrictions and go trick or treating ... I mean its free food! In the end I found this gorgeous (if I say so myself) Black silk and lace dress from a designer called Sugarbebé that I purchased in TK maxx around this time last year for only €24. It’s got a rounded neckline and a big silk bow, and a layered lace skirt. Am thinking of calling it a witch costume?
Well after finding the dress it got me thinking along the lines of black lace. Personally I am not into the whole gothic swathed in black leather and lace with a pale face combo so many have going on but I am willing to make an exception on Halloween. What are really in right now are those black lace leotards, just like the one Cheryl Cole wears in her new video - which is annoyingly catchy btw.

So I made it my aim to find some budgetish leotard for those of you lucky enough to have a Cheryl Cole flat stomach...

< This is from Kate Moss's collection at Topshop and to be honest I’m not too big on the strappiness of it and at £30 (€45ish) for a bit of lace I'm less than impressed. Another problem I'm sure I'm not the first to encounter the lesser known fact that Topshop's Kate Moss collection seems to be designed with ELVES in mind cause us normal sized people who occasionally like to indulge in a jammy donut are left panicking in the changed room over burst seams...

< I actually really like this leotard though it’s a tad too lingerie-y if you get me. I do appreciate the velvet bodice that hides yer bra. £25 (€35ish) which is better value than Kate Moss's. Me likey.

< Again, Topshop (sorry) but my favourite of the three. While it isn't technically BLACK lace (try plum) I like the long sleeves and makes me feel all Christmassy inside :). Priced the same as previous leotard.

* Topshop also has some gorgeous little velvet or studded leotards for those of you not so into the whole lace thing

< Next is an a|wear find and while it isn't technically a leotard it should be easier to use the bathroom while wearing it so there’s a plus side for you (sorry for un-romanticising fashion). €30 so it's up to you to look into your piggy bank and decide how bad you want it.

< Another non-leotard. Now I'm starting to blush. Its just that this one's pretty cheap at €19 and when tucked into your skinnies has the same effect as any ol' Topshop leotard. So THERE. It's from Oasis who have one or two other black lace tops but this ones the nicest.

< Marks and Sparks - only £10 (€15ish) and comes in pink, light blue, purple, cream and some other unditiguishable colour. TOP TIP: Don't make like this lady and actually wear something under it.

< Anyone else's breathing becoming irregular? Any one else IN LOVE right now?! Omigosh find of the century ... I <3 this leotard. Miss Selfridge, £18 (€30ish), officially MINE.

So I'm reaching into my bag of fairy dust and wishing you all the most wonderful Halloween experinces tonight. As for me, I'm off to stand outside Miss Selfridge and wait till it opens.


MJ knows his shoulder pads

I went to see the Michael Jackson documentary 'This is it' during the week and besides the fact that he wears this awesome black leather, rhinestone embellished jacket with uber-high shoulder pads at one point, I thought it kind of sucked. Anyways, inspired by his shoulder pads which I know is sort of last season but whatever I decided to find High street alternatives...

< This one is from Laura Whitmore of MTV's collection at A|wear. Though I kind of got off to a bad start as this dress doesn’t even HAVE high shoulders I just though it'd be easy to sew them on if you're handy with a needle, and it's a really hot dress. Oh, and at just €45 you can’t really go wrong. However, I'll be waiting for it to go on sale...

< This trophy jacket is from Topshop - love the shoulders but am a little undecided as to what you would wear with it without looking kind of jester-ish... £85 so in Euros it should cost over €100. Quality guaranteed and you get to walk down Grafton Street swinging your green handled Topshop bag...

< Ok so hers is Balmain but Topshop's version is pretty okish too!

< Isn't this jacket so cool? Also a Topshop purchase but I love the combo of the leather and the quirky shoulder pads... a little like Victoria Beckham's (don’t worry I'm not one of those people who are all like OMFG I just read OK! Magazine that Cheryl Cole's marriage is on the rocks ... I just really do love her jacket) Topshop's version is about €70-80 which is cheaper than the punch-and-Judy one before...

< New Look is my hidden gem - surprisingly low prices (especially during sales - i once got a Black ra-ra skirt for €1.50 which induced funny squeaky noises of delight for the next hour or so) and good enough quality stuff. This dress is £18 so about €25 - €30 (it's so annoying they don't have the prices in Euros) and they also have it in cream. Good for day or night - could be seen at the Tripod on a Friday night in the cream version with the black suede platform heels for €17 in Penneys or the navy version with black tights and black over-the-knee boots in the park. SORTED.

< This is the warehouse version - personally I'm not too big on the buttons but I guess you could work it. However I do adore the shoulders...€72, sizes 6-16.

< This is a little more risqué but if you think you can pull it off, good luck to ya :) Also a Warehouse number but slightly splurge worthy at €97.

Well now I'm getting a slight twitch from typing and I really must eat myself some breakfast so...


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hello there

Well I'm kind of new to the world of blogging, but have spent the past few days roaming the pages of international bloggers and really being proper INSPIRED. I live in Ireland and musn't be the only one who finds it difficult coming out in "omigosh i love your outfit" outfits everyday of the week in the current economical climate eh?
So basically my aim is to find the cutest buys, the best bargains and the guilty pleasures of Ireland's highstreets so my fellow Irish lasses can unite in the power of peacock feathered ankle boots and gold lamé tunics...