I wore this outfit the weekend before last, but it seems perfect to post it the week before Valentine’s Day. I know it seems cheesy, but I love to incorporate tones of red or pink into my V-day outfit as a part of the day’s celebrations. This year, maybe it’s because I’m in Ireland and the colors seem more muted here, I am more drawn to the darker hues in the spectrum, like wines, oxblood and marsala. They feel so rich and sensual, and maybe more mature too.
The monochrome look has been so popular for the past several seasons and seems to still be gaining momentum. It’s a great go-to look because it’s simple to put together yet looks very clean and modern. The only thing to look out for is similar tones in the items you are wearing together. Greys and whites give a bit more wiggle room on the tone spectrum, but with reds, greens and purple it is best to try to keep your tones as close as possible with the same undertones.
It’s been feeling so fall-ish in Dublin for the last week. The leaves have all turned and are beginning to fall, and the temperatures have begun to drop. I find myself needing more coffee to wake up in the morning as the darkness continues to linger longer and longer in the mornings. So it comes time to rotate in the winter wardrobe and rotate out the summer. My wardrobe and dresser are now stuffed full of knits, cashmeres, wools, boucles, furs and of course plaids. It’s time to put away the sandals and bring out the boots. Time for higher necklines and longer hemlines.
The 70s are in full flashback this fall, and I’m loving it. Although I wouldn’t describe my style as bohemian, I do like to mix in retro peices. As soon as I saw the bell sleeve blouses appearing in shops, I knew this was going to be one of those pieces for me.
The trick with wearing a blouse like this, which has a lot of volume to it, is to pair it with something fitted on the bottom. Otherwise it can come off looking frumpy or flowerchild-y. As you can see I opted for some distressed denim because I thought it added a bit of an edge to contrast the prim look of the blouse. You could also go for a suede mini to keep the look super 70s or a pair of cigarette trousers for a perfect workday option.
Since this blouse has such great details, I didn’t want to cover it up with a coat or cardigan. So, I opted for a heavy blanket scarf which you can wear like a traditional scarf, drape over your shoulders, or like a poncho. It doesn’t cover up the sleeves, and it still keeps you warm on a crisp fall day.
Just a quick outfit post from last weekend. We went down to spend the weekend with Eoin’s family in Cork and had such a great time getting out an exploring the sites West Cork. We traveled down to see the town of Schull and Mizen Head and Brow Head, the southern most points of Ireland. I’ll be posting more picks of those gorgeous places later, so you can see how wild and windswept the edge of Western Europe looks.
Eoin and I snuck away to the town of Kinsale to take these pictures and go for a stroll through the picturesque streets. I’ve been to Kinsale a few times now, but everytime I return I find new streets, boutiques, cafes and restaurants that I missed before. When my Dad and Stepmother were here for the wedding this summer we went to the coziest tapas restaurant and wine bar, The Black Pig. I highly recommend the local oysters, mushrooms on toast and the prawns, but make sure you make a reservation! The place fills up by 6:30. This time I noticed the restaurant, Bastion, and can’t wait to come back and try some of their Mediterranean inspired small plates. I’ll keep you posted!
This Sunday I just wanted to keep it casual. Let’s be honest, I usually want to keep it casual. So I wore this cozy striped sweater I picked up at H&M (for just 20 euros!) and my favorite boyfriend jeans. I completed the outfit with these great snakeskin boots I bought a couple of years ago that I don’t wear that often because they can be tricky to style. I’ve been seeing so many snakeskin boots again this year though that it really breathed new life into them for me. I’ve linked two very similar styles below. They work with this outfit because it’s really neutral and simple, and the stripes are a large scale pattern which balances the small pattern of the snakeskin.