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

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

Flat Sandals: My Top Picks For Summer


Summer is the time for pedicures, colourful toes and of course, fabulous sandals. I don’t know about you, but when summer and warmer weather comes, I love the freedom of wearing pretty sandals and not having to keep my feet covered all the time.

As many of you know, I’m just back from Ibiza and whilst holiday shopping over the past month or two, have noticed so many great sandals styles in the shops. From Gladiator, to T-Bar, to Rope-Tie, the options are endless.

Unfortunately I cant afford to buy them all myself, so instead I decided to put together a list of my favourites so that maybe one of my lovely readers can buy them instead!

Steve Madden Junyaa Gladiator Sandals
ALDO NINNA Tie Sandals

Michael Kors Holly Sandals

Isabel Marant Alisa Sandals

Vince Camuto Adalson Sandals

Chloe Flat Button Sandals

ZARA Pom Pom Sandals
Accessorize Cleo Chain Sandals

Just looking at them I want to buy them all… If only! But unfortunately I’ll have to abstain for now. I might treat myself to a pair later in the summer but for the time being I will just have to admire the gorgeousness from afar.

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

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…

Image: Moat Hill Photography

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

 

 

Retail Therapy

Today I woke up feeling a bit ‘meh’. I had loads of jobs to do, my sister is coming home with my nieces this evening for a long weekend, but still when I woke this morning I just felt meh. I have days like this as we all do, and I had a particularly stressful day in work yesterday so I’m sure that didn’t help.

I needed a pick me up, something to distract me, and then I realised yesterday was pay day. Score! So I decided to take a trip to the shops and see what I could treat myself to.

I have been on the hunt for a pair of studded Saint Laurent espadrilles for quite some time now but they are sold out EVERYWHERE! Much to my disappointment, even though I had given myself permission to buy them this month, I can’t get my hands on them. So when I came across these little Michael Kors babies my inner fashionista did a jump for joy. Two legs kicking in the air kind of jump for joy!


Although they aren’t the same, they come pretty close. The top toe part of the shoe is a black leather, and the back half is a kind of silvery metallic leather. They are super comfortable (well what I have worn of them so far), and they didn’t have the steep price tag of Saint Laurent either.


I now feel giddy and excited to take my new shoes out for a stroll. And even picked up as few bits in ZARA too as you do.

Morale of the story? Never underestimate the power of retail therapy when you’re feeling a bit meh!

Sorcha x

February Wish List

Like many of you I’m sure, I’m always creating lists of things I like. I have lists for all my favourite things and lists of things I want; books, beauty products, clothes, accessories, shoes glorious shoes, and anything else you can possibly think of. I don’t know about you, but any time I read about something that intrigues me, or I see something I want to buy, it goes on my wish list.

Here’s a look at the top five things I’m lusting after this month:

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipsticks


Okay, there’s no two ways about it, I’m frickin’ excited to try out this whole collection, especially the new lipstick range. I love a strong lip and each of the shades in this collection are right up my street. I’m particularly excited to try out shade 714 which is a bright red colour, and the only lippy in Urban Decay’s new ‘Mega Matte’ formula.

Zara Oversized Zinc & Steel Earrings


I don’t know how many pairs of big earrings I own but they are a secret love of mine. I think statement earrings and neckpieces are a must in any wardrobe, and this month I have my eye on these zinc and steel babies from Zara. It’s love.

Benefit POREfessional Matte Rescue Gel


I don’t really have oily skin but do find that as the day goes on I can tend to get a little shinier. I’m a big fan of Benefit products, their That Gal primer is a constant in my makeup bag, so I’m looking forward to trying this out and putting it to the test.

Year of Yes

Ah Shonda Rhimes, the creator of several of my favourite TV shows, most notably Grey’s Anatomy. Shonda recently released this new book, Year of Yes, which I’m dying to read. It tells the story about how when she started saying yes to things more often, her life changed dramatically for the better. This one will also be on my February book list which I will be sharing with you all shortly.

Saint Laurent Espadrilles


I’ve had my eye on these fab studded espadrilles from Saint Laurent for quite a while now and this month I’m going to make sure they are mine! Perfect for the warmer weather that will be coming our way soon (we hope).

So there you go! What’s on your wish list this month?

Sorcha x