Thursday, 17 July 2014

Through my iPhone: Howth Head

Hello lovelies!

On Friday my aunt and uncle finally had their visa application to live in the US approved which is fantastic since they had been preparing and toing-and-froing with the embassy for over 6 months, so it's definitely well deserved. Sadly, on the other hand, they'll be moving over to the US while myself and my sisters are away in San Francisco and we won't be seeing them again until Christmas :(

To celebrate and also share our last goodbyes we all went out to a lovely thai restaurant called Mao in town and then for some froyo afterwards ;) After dinner my dad decided to go on an impromptu road trip out to the coast to Howth Head and walk along the pier. As I frustratingly didn't have my proper camera with me I tried my best to get in some good shots with the trusty iPhone!

I'm just so graceful I know. Thanks Eimear for taking about 5 photos of my bum!

 Top- Pennys
Jeans- River Island Amelie Jeans
Necklace- Brandy Melville

 Forget 'legs or sausages' on the beach, I'll settle for sitting on the pier wall.

How beautiful does the sky look? We were really blessed with the weather last night and it stayed relatively warm, by Irish standards, for the whole night so we could walk around and explore until dark. I know everyone complains about the weather in Ireland but let me tell you, if you can catch the Irish coast on a nice day you're in serious luck.

Thanks for reading,
Ciara xx

Sunday, 13 July 2014

San Francisco Packing

Hello lovelies!

As of today I know have 7 days left on the countdown until I board my plane with my sisters and head off to sunny San Francisco and I can not wait. The excitement is killing me so in order to pass the time I thought I'd do a bit of prep packing. I'm going to be pretty busy this week with work and appointments so this will help me get everything in order.

Beach Babe

I'll be staying with my aunt and her partner and where they live there will also be a swimming pool a few minutes walk away. Not only can I go swimming everyday we can also hope in the car and head off to the beach for a day of salty, fresh air goodness.

Bikini Top- H&M
Bikini Bottoms- Penny's
Cover Up- Penny's
Sunnys- Ray Ban Wayfarer
Face Sun Cream- Roc Soleil Protection Hydrating Formula SPF 50

City Girl

We're planning on spending half our time in the city and the other half in my aunt's house in the hills. I've always wanted to explore San Fran city ever since I watched The Princess Diaries and I can't wait to hit up Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown and have a mosey about the stores at Union Square. I thought high waisted shorts and top tucked in would give me a cool city gal look.

T-shirt- Only
High Waisted Shorts- River Island
Burnt Orange Bag- Market

Night Out on the Town

As I am not of legal going out or drinking I wont be planning on going out clubbing anytime but I thought I'd be nice to have a few fancy evening outfits for going out to dinner. I'm getting into shift dresses at the moment for this lovely colourful one is perfect.

Dress- River Island
Necklace- Miss Selfridge
Gold Sandals- River Island
Clutch- Gift

Cosy Cover Up

Because San Francisco is by the sea it tends to be lovely and warm during the day ( 0% humidity *whoop whoop no fuzzy hair) but cools down very quickly in the evening. To fight that chilly breezy I'm bringing along a few cute cropped jumpers and knits.

Lace Detail Crop Jumper- Topshop
Skirt- Zara
Bag- Nica at Topshop
Necklace- Forever 21

Old Schoolin'

You couldn't go to San Francisco and not rock the vintage look. I haven't worn these out in public yet so maybe I'll test drive them in another country all together and if they don't work no one will witness my fashion faux-pas.

So this has definitely given me a few ideas of what to pack with me since I'm pretty sure I'll be bringing home more than I brought with me so I don't want to over pack.

Let me know if you liked this kind of post in the comments. I wasn't sure how to photograph them but I think this is a good result. 

Thanks for reading,
Ciara xx

Friday, 11 July 2014

Outfit Edit: Monochrome Chic

Hello my lovelies!

So I was feeling low one very late night and decided to distract myself with a spot of online 'browsing'. Big mistake. I foolishly went over too Missguided and engaged in a totally pointless but fruitful spot of retail therapy. 

I picked out a few bits and bobs that will appear in another blog post but today I thought I'd try out the monochrome look. Now I'm no expert stylist so as this is a new look for me you'll have to bare with me. I'm also no model so you'll also have to out up with my outfit photos!

I love the monochrome checked a-line skirt because it's a nice comfortable fit and doesn't ride up when I walk thank god! Quite frankly I'm sick of having to pull down a bodycon mini skirt every 5 seconds. The skirt was the main reason I decided to opt for this white organza top because I thought they'd go nicely together. What do you think?

Organza top (it comes with the white vest too how handy?) -Missguided
Monochrome a-line skirt- Missguided
Black sandals- River Island
Bag- River Island 

Not a bad first attempt 'ay?

Thanks for reading,
Ciara xx

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Heart Stopping Elie Saab Fall Couture 2014

Hello lovelies!

When I checked the PCW schedule for Wednesday I practically screeched for joy when I saw Elie Saab's name grace the list, my sister can testify to that.

Every season collection I am never disappointing with Elie Saab and the beautiful wonderful creations that come down the runway and this year was no exception.

Utterly romantic and lavish embellishments were definitely on the mind when the mood boards were drawn up for this haute couture collection. Generously beaded and ornate prints and laces were to be spotted on the gorgeous flowing gowns with romantic v-cuts and curve emphasizing waists.

The colour palette was also worth taking note for this fall. Warm navys, pinks, burgundys, golds and of course startling whites were featured in the looks not just as tone-on-tone compliments but as soft ombr├ęs. I thought the fur shoulder wraps were a nice touch too.

This is one of my many favourite looks.

Who else just shed a tear for this beauty?

Thanks for reading,
Ciara xxx

Photos sourced from 

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Chanel Couture Fall 2014

Hello lovelies!

What would Paris Couture Week be without the classic heritage tweedy greatness that is Chanel? The answer is of course nothing.

Now I have a confession to make. I once said that I wasn't a Chanel girl and I still haven't totally converted but I have to say I'm slowly but surely warming up to the cold, Parisian chic that is Chanel. While I would never find myself wearing most of the pieces I find myself attracted to the idea of the Chanel aesthetic.

So I'm giving Karl and this season's Chanel couture a chance and taking the garish suit combos with a pinch of salt.

Instead of an incredible ice-age runway or merry-go-round production the setting was kept quite striped  back and minimalist. Perhaps so as not to draw attention away from the mild hint of rebellion in the collection. Not only did the models sport mohawks but the Chanel bride of choice was not only beautiful but also seven months pregnant! 

Today's favourite look: 

I don't know guys I just don't get it. I'll probably be shunned from the fashion-sphere for forever but that's the truth.

Thanks for reading,
Ciara xx

P.S Who else is absolutely in love with the beautiful Giambattista Valli couture? Nothing says new dreamlike couture like this pretty picture.