The Pom Pom Sandal

I know this post may seem a little late to some of you given that it’s about sandals and we are well and truly into Autumn now. But let me explain why. This Summer was all about the Pom Pom sandal, if you were going anywhere sunny they were a must have accessory, but I only managed to get my hands on a pair recently, hence my delay.

I’ve been very lucky this year to have been on some great trips, but as many of you know, my biggest trip of all is coming up in just a few week’s time and therefore I have spent the last two months or so trying to get my hands on the perfect pair of Pom Pom sandals for my trip. Finally I found them!

Back in June I spotted this very cute, colourful pair in River Island and loved them, but when I went to buy them they were sold out everywhere in my size. All over Ireland in stores and online – I even tried the UK stores but nothing. Nada. So reluctantly I had to admit defeat, believe it was not meant to be, and start looking elsewhere. But much to my dismay, none of the ones I could find were anywhere near as nice as these, or if they were, they were WAY out of my price range. Don’t you just hate when that happens?

I had all but given up until a few weeks back, when I decided to do one last search, a final desperate attempt to fill a longing, when low and behold out of nowhere, they appeared back on the River Island website. What?! I don’t know how it happened, maybe they had extra stock lying around somewhere, or the Pom Pom gods were just being extra kind that day, who frickin’ knows. But all I know is I bought them, they arrived, and I am thrilled!


They are just so gorgeous, super comfortable, and I can’t wait to start pairing them with all my travelling outfits as soon as we get to Bali. I just love it when a plan comes together!

Sorcha x

Hey There, Tom Ford

I don’t usually share posts like this, but last week I finally got my hands on the most amazing pair of Tom Ford sunglasses which I have been lusting after for over six months now, and I’m just so excited that I’ve decided to tell you all about them.

I’ve wanted to buy a new pair of good sunglasses for a while now, my trusty RayBan’s as much as I love them, are a bit worse for wear, and before they give out on me I thought it best to buy some more.

The sunglasses I got are the Tom Ford Irina’s and they are literally to die for (squeal!) – I just love them. I don’t know about you but I have to try sunglasses on a million times before committing, you know, see how they look with my hair down, my hair tied up, how they feel, all the usual things you consider when buying a pair of sunglasses. And these babies were the first pair I came across that I liked every which way.

One sunny afternoon about two months ago I finally made the decision to splurge and buy them, so off I went into town super excited. But low and behold as I went to pick them up from the shelf they were gone. Gone, vanished, disappeared. I was devastated.

After a frantic conversation with the girl at the counter I discovered that they had only received a limited amount of stock so were sold out, and not only that, but also there was a waiting list for the next delivery, and they didn’t even know when the next delivery was going to arrive because Tom Ford also had a waiting list. Big. Fat. Disaster.

So all Summer I searched for another pair, none quite living up to the expectations I had, leaving me pining for my beautiful Tom Ford’s that got away. That was of course, until last week. Last week when I finally got the call from Brown Thomas to say delivery had been confirmed and they would be back in stock the following day, AND there was a pair available for me. FOR ME. Hallelujah! Thank you sunglasses gods!

Now I know some of you may think this is ridiculous nonsense, getting excited about a pair of sunglasses. And I understand. But I told you, I’m an accessories girl. And you want to know why? Because they fit, they always fit.

I’ve had a turbulent relationship with clothes and fashion all my life, I’ve a curvy shape, new season trends look completely ridiculous on me half the time, and therefore it’s not always easy for me to shop. But I love to shop, and that’s why I love accessories. They absolutely never make me feel bad about myself.

They are just so pretty that I’ve decided to keep them safe until we head off on our travels next month. The first item I can tick off my packing list!

Sorcha x

 

 

Trend Alert: The Backpack Revival

If you’re any way into fashion you may have noticed the biggest 90s fashion revival yet has begun to hit stores over the past few weeks. I never thought I’d see the day where I was thinking of purchasing one of these again but I should have really known better!

Everything in fashion comes back into vogue at one point or another, and thankfully this is one 90’s trend revival I think I can jump on board with. And no I’m not talking about the choker, I’m talking about the backpack!

Some of you may already know that in less than six weeks, Dave and I are jumping on a plane and beginning a two month trip around the world. Because of that, I need to get myself a good backpack so this trend has come back right on time for me.

I’ve been doing a lot of research on what style, size and colour backpack to get over the past couple of weeks, there are a lot to choose from let me tell you! And because of that, I decided to share my top finds with you all in case you’re on the lookout for a cute backpack for Autumn too.

Here are eight of my top choices currently available both in store and online:

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ASOS Mini Leather Drawstring Backpack €50.67
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River Island Black Laser Cut Backpack €35
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Mango White Zip Detail Backpack €37
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Whistles Mini Verity Leather Backpack €239.99
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Whistles Silver Metallic Mini Verity Leather Backpack €246.66
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ALDO Chevron Drawstring Backpack €66.67
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Love Moschino Quilted Leather Backpack €256
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ASOS Leather Boxy Backpack €73.33

I’m currently torn between the River Island laser cut mini backpack and the Whistles mini verity option. There obviously is a big price difference but I like the mini size of both. I think mini is definitely the best option for me because the last thing I want is to feel like a teenager again with my schoolbag on my back!

I think I’ll have to mull it over for another while but I’ll keep you posted on what option I go for. I have a thing for the silver metallic Whistles one too but in the interests of travelling practicality, I sadly think I’ll have to pass on that one.

What do you think of the backpack trend, are you going to embrace it this Autumn?

Sorcha x

 

My Top Ten: Summer Sales

If you’re like me then you’ll love picking up a bargain or two in the Summer sales. I find it so hard to resist having a nosey around the shops at this time of year, especially when I want to invest in a few statement items. However, I’m really not one for trawling through sales racks so once the sales start, it’s online shopping time for me.

I love a good sale for picking up some staple wardrobe items, or a few statement or designer pieces that might otherwise have been out of my price range. If you get in early enough, there are some real gems to be found. For example, I recently bought a pair of Prada white leather trainers that were reduced by 50% in Brown Thomas, and while I normally wouldn’t have paid that kind of money for a pair of trainers, the half price tag meant I didn’t have to think twice!

A good bargain literally fills me with glee and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one this happens to. So in the interest of spreading some bargain buy love, I’ve picked out my Top Ten Picks from this year’s summer sales to share with you all. What’s even better? You can buy them all online!

Self-Portrait Yellow Azaelea Dress from Brown Thomas, Was €330, Now €150
Salsa Denim Secret Slim Jeans from Brown Thomas, Were €100, now €35

 

Isabel Marant Leo Suede Ballerina Shoes from Brown Thomas, Were €340, now €169

 

Warehouse Drapey Denim Shirt, Was €51, now €24

 

Helene Berman Black & White Floral Bomber Jacket from ASOS, Was €274, Now €105

 

VINCE White Polo Style Shirt from Brown Thomas, Was €345, now €95

 

COS V-Neck White Jersey Dress, Was €59, Now €30

 

Love Moschino Casual Love T-Shirt from ASOS, Was €126, now €70

 

Diane Von Furstenberg Printed Silk Top from Brown Thomas, Was €308, now €150

 

Saint Laurent Leather Floral Espadrilles from Brown Thomas, Were €395, now €279

 

So there you go, my favourite bargains from this year’s summer sales that are still available to buy. What are you waiting for?!

Sorcha x

My Top 12 Summer Holiday Buys

I know I may have mentioned it once or twice already but, I’m off to Ibiza on Thursday, yippeee! As you can tell I’m very excited, mainly because I’ve never been to Ibiza before, but also because I can’t wait for a bit of sunshine and to spend a few days away with my siblings. It’s been forever since we’ve done something like this so I’m really looking forward to it.

Anyway, if you read my post on Boho Holiday Outfits last week, you’ll know that the theme for the weekend is Boho Chic. Why a theme I hear you ask?! Well one of my sisters is celebrating her birthday over there so we’ve got lots of great events and parties lined up which in turn means lots of great outfits have to be planned.

My outfits are slowly starting to come together, thankfully made easier by the fact that there are just such great things in the shops at the moment. From accessories, to sandals, to dresses, even to fab holiday makeup, I had to drag myself away from so many things I wanted to buy.

That’s not to say that I won’t buy them at some stage though, every girl needs a wish list in my opinion so here’s a look at what’s on my summer wish list, and my Top 12 Holiday Buys for this summer…

Rust Maxi Dress H&MDenim Jumpsuit H&M

Gold Gladiator Sandals River Island / Straw Bag H&M / Holly Sandals Michael Kors

Floral Print Jumpsuit ASOS / Printed Floral Midi ZARA

The Shore Bondi Rose Sunglasses SHEVOKE / Cosmetics Bag ASOS

Field of Dreams Sundress Seafolly / Tropical Trikini Swimsuit ZARA

So there you go, just some of the things I’m lusting after this holiday season. Now all I need is to get bikini ready so I can wear and buy them. While that’s not going to happen for my Ibiza trip given it’s only two days away, I’m keeping them on my list for a holiday coming up later in the year.

Also, if you’re a complete social media addict like me then you might be interested in this fab Ban.do back up phone charger I recently bought from one of my favourite online shops, Hippenings.com. It’s the perfect summer accessory if you plan on being snap-happy on holiday just like me!

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Sorcha x

 

Boho Holiday Inspiration & The Dreaded Bikini Body

This day next week I’m heading off to Ibiza for five days for my sisters birthday. I’ve never been to Ibiza before so naturally I’m very excited, and the fact that we’re going with my siblings, partners and friends makes it all the more exciting.

There will be lots of events going on over the weekend from sunset drinks to pool parties, to dancing the night away so I’ll need lots of nice outfits to wear but I’ve yet to decide on what they are going to be.

When I began my holiday shopping a few weeks back, summer maxi dresses, florals and Boho vibes greeted me in almost every store which was perfect as the theme for our party weekend is Boho Chic. The only problem is, I’m not exactly what you would call bikini ready. I’ve got a good bit of weight to lose, and although that’s the story of my life, I’m so tired of walking into my favourite shops and walking back out empty handed because nothing fits me properly.

I know I’m not the only one that struggles with my weight, it’s like a never-ending up hill battle, and if I’m honest, I’m dreading wearing scantly clad clothing and showing off my arms and legs. But I’m going to try put all of that to the back of my mind and embrace some of the boho vibes on trend for this summer.

As I’m not too sure where to start with my outfits, I’ve turned to Pinterest as I so often do, for some holiday inspiration. I’ve created a Boho mood board to help me decide what kind of looks I want to go with and this is what I’ve come up with…



Now I have the inspiration – if only I had their bodies too! 🙂

Sorcha x

Weddings, Bank Holidays & Summer Oufits

Today is a good day, it’s my Friday, it’s a bank holiday weekend and to make it even better, we’re off to the lovely Castle Durrow for my beautiful friend Lucy’s wedding. And to make it even doubly, doubly better, I’m a bridesmaid, yay!

You may remember a few weeks back, we had a Club Tropicana themed hen for Lucy in the stunning Clonabreany House and now the celebrations will continue for the big day itself.

Obviously as I’m bridesmaid, I can’t reveal anything about our outfits just yet, but over the past month or so in Paris and here, I picked up a few bits for summer and I’ve decided to pull some of them out to wear over the weekend. Here’s a look at some of the things I bought:

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  1. ZARA Printed Blazer €69.95
  2. H&M Long Denim Shirt €24.99
  3. H&M Round Sunglasses €9.99
  4. COS Coral Petal Drape Top €59.00
  5. COS Blue & White Stripe Belted Sleeveless Top €69.00
  6. ZARA Nude Embossed Flats €19.95
  7. ZARA Skinny Jeans €39.95
  8. ZARA Printed Dress €59.95

We have pre-wedding drinks tonight, the wedding tomorrow, a second day party on Saturday and another friend’s birthday on Sunday, so it’s definitely going to be a weekend full of celebrations with lots of different outfits needed. The only obstacle I now have is that it’s been more like winter in Ireland for the past few weeks, with hailstones and snow are both forecast for this weekend. So all my outfit planning may go out the window, eeek.

But fingers crossed the snow stays away and I get to wear some of my new clothes.

For now, I’m going to love you and leave you so I can finish getting packed and get on the road.

Sorcha x

What I Wore – Wedding

As you know, this day last week I was at my friend Julie’s wedding in the beautiful Borris House in Co. Carlow. I promised last week to share a post on my outfit and make up look for the day, and not one to go back on my word, here it is!

I decided on a black pleated ZARA dress for the occasion, it is an illusion dress that from afar looks like a skirt and top. The top half is like a crepe material, with the skirt part pleated. This dress is so comfortable and easy to wear, and as I’ve put on a few pounds since my wedding (eeek), I wanted to feel comfortable in what I was wearing.

I bought this dress last winter and have already worn it to another wedding. You can never go wrong with a black dress, and there is always so many ways to make it look different with shoes and accessories.

I paired the dress with an oversize neckpiece from Betty and Biddy, a cream, gold and black threaded clutch also from ZARA and black Kurt Geiger pointed court shoes that have a gold trim at the tip.
For my makeup, I wanted a dramatic eye to compliment my dress so I went with soft, face makeup and then turned to my go-to eyeshadow palette of the moment, the UD Gwen Stefani palette, I created a coal smokey eye.

Using shade Blonde as a base, I applied this all over my eyes to start. I then applied a generous amount of shade Serious which is a lovely, rich dark grey colour to my eyelids and my inner eye socket. This was followed by mixing and blending shades Anaheim and Zone with the dark grey to soften the charcoal look slightly, whilst also keeping a dramatic effect. It’s all about blend, blend, blend here.

On the lower part of my eye under my waterline, I also applied shade Serious to enhance the look, then added black kohl eyeliner pencil to my waterline. I finished off the look by drawing a thick line of eyeliner on my upper eyelids and applying a generous amount of my Benefit ‘They’re Real’ mascara.

A dust of my MAC Soft and Gentle mineralise highlight power and some Benefit Coralista blush on my cheeks and I was ready to go! I kept my lips very nude with just a light application of my MAC Revved Up lip pencil.

Once I was ready, we set on our way, dressed and curlers in my hair (because obviously I never take them out until the last possible second!). Unfortunately I somehow didn’t manage to get a full outfit look without my curlers in, but you get the general idea.

Hope you all have a great weekend. I’m going to partying away at my lovely friend Lucy’s hen party – as I’m sure you can tell, it’s all hens and weddings at the moment!

Sorcha x

Alexa Lovin’

Handbags. Do I even need to go on? I don’t think there are many women out there who don’t love a pretty handbag and I’m no exception.

Depending on my mood I flit between oversize and mini, satchel and clutch, cross-body and over the shoulder, you name it – I’ve probably got a bag that fits your description!

I do, like all things, have my favourites however, and today that’s my Mulberry Alexa. It’s been a while since I’ve given my Alexa some love, but a friend of mine was recently talking about purchasing one for herself which made me realise, I hadn’t taken mine out to play in quite a while.

  
I bought this bag about five years ago now, and it is like my baby. I lusted after it for so long and when it finally became mine, my handbag life was complete (well for a while anyway!).

This is probably the most versatile bag I’ve ever had, as I’m sure all of you Alexa lovers out there would agree. The tan colour means it goes with pretty much everything I own, and the leather has worn incredibly well over the years, remaining as soft as it was when I first purchased it. It’s love what can I say…

 
And on that note, Alexa and I are off out, so Happy Friday. Hope it’s a great weekend all!

Sorcha x

Shoes, Glorious Wedding Shoes

As I mentioned last week, my wedding photos finally arrived and I’m still bursting with excitement. I promised you all a full blog post on my wedding photography which is coming very soon, I promise. But for now, I’m going to dedicate this post to my wedding shoes. My wonderfully pretty wedding shoes!

Image: Moat Hill Photography

If you’re like me and obsessed with all things footwear, then you’ll appreciate this blog post. When flicking through our hundreds of wedding images I was totally blown away by the photos our incredible photographers, Moat Hill Photography, captured of my shoes at different points throughout the day. I thought, wow, these pictures are too good not to share!

So here you go…

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Don’t they just look delicious?!

Unlike a lot of brides, I didn’t go for your ‘typical’ bridal heels, and opted for a pair of Nude YSL Tribute Sandals that I’ve had my eyes on forever. They aren’t particularly dainty or sparkly, or what you would normally expect a bride to wear, but I didn’t care. My wedding was a perfect excuse to splurge and that I did!

Image: Moat Hill Photography
Image: Moat Hill Photography

My hubby just can’t understand how I can spend so much money on shoes or handbags, but the men just don’t get it ladies, do they?! Shoes always fit, they always make you feel good – and I felt amazing in mine. And the fact that they were super comfortable too was a big bonus!

Never underestimate the power of a great shoe! I shared a post over the weekend about the power of retail therapy, but I think this needs to be followed by a nod to the power a great shoe to make you feel like a million dollars. I lasted all day and pretty much all night in mine apart from the last hour where I swapped them out for a pair of slippers – so it was money very well spent in my view!

So my advice to any budding brides out there is to buy whatever shoes you want – you don’t have to conform to the ‘norm’ here. This is the perfect time in your life to splash out and purchase those beauties you’ve always had your eye on – whatever they are.

And on that note, I will leave you to dream…

Happy Monday!

Sorcha x