After my weekend in London, I headed to Dublin. As someone who has lived in Southern Hemisphere countries all her life, I was amazed at how dark winter was. The sun rises so late (I think it wasn’t fully risen until after 10am) and its only around for such a short time before starting to set mid afternoon.
It barely snowed while I was there, but I can’t remember a time I experienced a place as cold. I thought I was being over prepared by taking my big Alexander Wang snow coat, however, I really underestimated winter! I can’t say how much this made me appreciate returning to Australia afterwards (where it was summer) – though some would argue that an Australian summer (especially in Adelaide) is just as tough as winter in the UK and Ireland.
Since I was in Dublin for business, I only had a small amount of free time. At first, I was struck at how very stark and gloomy the city seems from the outside, but quickly got past this once I found how warm and full of character the Irish are.
Guinness Storehouse (the Guinness Brewery) – St James’ Gate, Dublin 8
DoubleTree by Hilton – Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4
Grafton Street – one of Dublin’s main shopping strips
Woolen sweaters are one of my favourite things to wear to keep warm in winter – but pulling of a stylish look including a sweater (especially an oversized one) can be hard!
One of my favourite tricks is to wear it with something tight, like a tube skirt (like the one I’m wearing from Boohoo), a hip hugging midi skirt (like this one from Ellery) or a pair of stretchy leather leggings (like these from Helmut Lang).
& Other Stories sweater // Boohoo skirt // Chanel heels
There’s nothing I love more than an all white outfit in winter.
I got my Ellery skirt a while back when it first hit stores late December, and its been one of those genius trans-seasonal pieces that I can always rely on. So much so that I recently got the black version too (after a lot of trouble trying to track one down).
My Ellery jacket is a new addition to my wardrobe. I’ve been looking for something like this for a long time – its of superb cut and quality, and very comfortable as well! Something I forsee becoming a trusted piece for seasons to come.
I love how well my Boohoo top goes with both my skirt and jacket. It’s a superb basic – literally the same colour, so comfortable and only $16. It would be easy to mistake that it cost a lot more – that’s one of the tricks of hi-lo dressing!
Ellery ‘cyclonic’ jacket // Boohoo.com ‘layla’ top // Ellery ‘olympia’ skirt // Maison Margiela Boots
One of my favourite types of outfits is one where I can mix together both high street and designer labels, like I have here.
I think this is a great way to dress up some of your everyday staples. Who would have known my Boohoo top was only $12? It looks right at home with my Cameo skirt (loving the pink/grey colour combo that’s around at the moment) and Proenza bag.
To make this work, it does help for your staples to be good quality – like my top here is (unless you want to dress your investment pieces down).
I’ve got a few more Boohoo pieces to share next week – in the mean time, get excited ’cause we only have a few more weeks left of winter!
Boohoo top, part of co-ord (advertorial) // Cameo skirt // Proenza Schouler bag // Finders Keepers heels // Sophie Bille Brahe earring
In this post, I’m wearing the Boohoo skirt that matches the top I wore in my previous post.
Though both pieces do look great together and are a great fail-safe outfit option, I wanted to show how useful and versatile co-ords can be mixed in with different pieces.
The co-ords section at Boohoo is one of my favourites – a great place to go for on-trend pieces which are also great value (basically a 2-for-1). It’s no secret that the fashion world has been besotted with co-ords, and I don’t think this is a trend that is going to disappear anytime soon!
Boohoo skirt, part of co-ord (advertorial) // Cameo top // Tony Bianco boots // River Island coat // Alexander McQueen bag // Sophie Bille Brahe earring
One of my biggest wardrobe challenges this winter has been finding some great basics. Everything is either to oversized, the wrong sort of fabric, way too overpriced or just not the right colour.
On trend cuts and colours? Check.
Comfortable yet stylish? Check.
Well priced enough that I can buy enough pieces to match all my winter outfits? Check.
I think I’m onto a winner – especially with this houndstooth top (which came as a matching set with a skirt) which is so comfortable, super cool, great quality and believe it or not, cost only $16!! Perfect for dependable staples you can mix-n-match with anything, Boohoo is sure to become a favourite here on.
Boohoo top, part of co-ord (advertorial) // Ellery skirt // River Island coat // Deadly Ponies bag // Margiela boots // Sophie Bille Brahe earring