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    4 Affordable Ways to Update Your Wardrobe For Spring

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    If you take a look back over my last few outfit posts, (here and here) they’ve got one thing in common - finding affordable ways to update my wardrobe as the new season approaches.

    There’s a pressure within the fashion industry, whether thats blogging or working at a fashion magazine or PR company, to always have the newest, most ‘on trend’ clothes. It’s a pressure I feel predominantly within the blogging and social media world (ironic considering I talk so much about the Instagram comparison game.)

    As for working within the fashion industry, the pressure comes more form outsiders rather than within the office. People assume that because you work in fashion, you have access to all of the best clothes and you have no excuse not to be wearing your best outfit at all times. That couldn't be further from the truth.

    At the end of the day, I’m an intern which can be pretty tough on the old financial front. Yes, I have financial support from my Mum which I’m very grateful for but as much as I might like to, I can’t ask my Mum to fund my (now much more tame) shopping addiction. In the last few months shopping has really had to take a backseat which isn’t ideal when you’re trying to keep up with everyone else’s amazing, ever evolving wardrobes but I’ve learnt a few tricks along the way that has helped me to bring old clothes to life and update my wardrobe.

    TRADE OFF

    So I’ve already covered making the most of hand me downs and borrowing from your boyfriend to update your look so it seems only fair that we target the friends list next. This time there’s something in it for you both.

    You’re going on a night out, you’ve got nothing to wear but your best friend is the same size as you and she has that black lace dress that would look amazing with your new lipstick, you know the drill - time to raid their wardrobe. We’ve all been there. What if you could apply the same logic to your day to day wardrobe, landing yourself with three new outfits and not spending a dime? Gather up the girls (or the guys), gather up the clothes your bored of and organise a clothes swap. Everyone leaves with new clothes to get excited about and gets rid of the clothes dragging their wardrobe down. One girl’s trash is another girl’s treasure and all that.

     

    ACCESSORIES ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND 

    Everything within this outfit post has been in my wardrobe for at least six months. This maxi dress? Bought it in September for my Dubai trip and lived in it while interning because it was the only thing I could keep cool in with the Middle Eastern heat. This leather jacket? Got it for Christmas at least two years ago and thanks to the removable collar, I was able to take it from winter warmer to spring staple in 30 seconds. The trainers? If you can’t see in the photo, these babies have been well worn in, worn daily on my recent trip to NYC, worn at least twice a week at work and good luck getting me out of them at the weekend. So far, they’ve stood the test of time and hopefully that’s how they’ll stay for a little longer.

    One thing that is new to my wardrobe is this perfectly pink bag from KOKO Couture available at Topshop. Sometimes when it comes to updating your wardrobe it’s less about buying a whole new outfit and more about making good choices when buying new accessories. Every time I’ve felt the urge to go on a massive shopping spree, I’ve managed to calm the urge by thinking about my accessories. The key is choosing something versatile. It could be a pair of shoes, a new jacket or a new bag.

    Firstly, let’s talk about the colour. Pink is taking over the nation at the moment. Put it down to us Millennials. Put it down to the cherry blossom filling our Instagram feeds but there’s no denying that pink is the ‘It’ colour this spring.

    Now for the function. The beauty of this bag is that it can be worn as a clutch in the evening, a tiny tote during the day or cross body for venturing around the city. The choice is yours, ladies and gents. You’d be surprised how with the change of one item, you can create brand new looks without breaking the bank.

    PAY ATTENTION TO MICRO TRENDS

    While you may feel yourself cracking under the pressure to stay on top of all the big trends, ruffles, pinks, gingham etc, you can easily keep your look on trend by paying attention to the little details. A personal favourite of mine is fishnet tights. Simply by layering fishnet tights underneath jeans or with a pair of heels, you bring a completely new dimension to an otherwise simple outfit. Apparently, I haven’t been able to just leave it at the fishnets. Sparkly socks do the same job as do patterned tights. Get creative and start thinking outside the box.

    HAVE FAITH IN THRIFT SHOPS

    Never underestimate the power of a good charity shop spree. Almost everything comes back in style at some point or another and with current trends paying homage to the 80s and 90s, thrift shopping couldn't be easier. With charity shops, you’re more likely to find unique items so it’s a great solution if you’re someone who is sick of everyone looking the same in that same sellout Missguided dress. If you’re looking in the right places you might even find the designer shoes of your dreams going at a tenth of the price.

    With the right tricks on hand, it's all much easier to fake a new season wardrobe than it seems.

    Photos by Kellie Scott

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    “Instagram Stalking”: Why I do it and Who I “Stalk”

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    Confession time. 

    I sat in on Friday night feeling a little restless, a little bored and apparently ever so slightly self-destructive.

    I sat there thinking to myself, who can I stalk on social media that will wind me up the most? An ex? An ex's new girlfriend? The “successful” influencer who blatantly pays for their followers? The girl I've always hated for no reason? But I couldn't think of anyone I cared enough about to intentionally seek out.

    I was looking for someone who would really strike a nerve just to see their apparently undeserving happiness, how ‘ugly’ they had become or how they'd suddenly gained a lot of weight.

    I thought and I thought and nope, there was no one who would bring the social media stalking satisfaction that was I was looking for. Then I thought, hang on, Niamh, what the f**k are you doing? What would stalking someone’s Instagram - seeing their beautiful or not so beautiful Instagram feeds - how would that be doing any good for you?

    I'm not a nasty girl. I never have been and I never intend on being one. I wasn’t brought up to bring others down. I wasn’t brought up to laugh and mock others. I was brought up to celebrate others success, to celebrate my own success and definitely not to sabotage mine or others happiness. So why was I going out of my way to be nasty and negative not only to myself but to others whether or not they had done so to me?

    Confession time, again. This time, we’re in it together.

    We all bitch every so often. It's kind of, almost (possibly not politically correct to say) but it’s human and if you claim you don't, you're lying. This bitching, nine times out of ten is accidental. “Accidental bitching? There’s no such thing.” I hear you, I hear you but stay with me for a second. Maybe you're wound up and ranting, maybe they really hurt you and a sly dig comes out of your mouth without realising, maybe you’re jealous or insecure and don’t mean to be nasty. Though I may not have much authority on the topic, I’m granting you a hall pass on this one occasion but for going out of your way to be nasty? Not ok. Consider that hall pass well and truly revoked.

    Back to the story for a sec. 

    All in all, it was safe to say I was feeling pretty ashamed of myself. In a way, it was a positive experience because while there are people in my life I may feel uncomfortable around or intimidated by, there's no one I actively hold a grudge against, certainly not enough to ruin my own Friday night.

    Realistically, it’s none of our business how many ‘likes’ others are getting, how many ‘followers’ they have or how many amazing opportunities they’ve had that are yet to come our way. It’s none of our business if two separate friend groups in our lives are liking each others photos. How many likes or followers someone has on social media isn’t a reflection of a) how successful they are in life or b) how successful you are.

    We’re a generation crying out to be liked, even if it is mostly on a virtual basis. But what about how much we like ourselves? What about how much our family and loved ones like us? Are you healthy? Are you happy? Have you got a roof over your head and a bed to crawl into at night? These are the things that matter. Define your own success and move on from depending on the approval of others to see you through. God knows, I’m trying to.

    Today when I got home from work, I went through the list of people I follow and have started to remove those that provoke these comparative and negative thoughts. Let’s see how much of a difference it makes. Will I just seek them out again or is ignorance truly bliss? Here’s hoping for the latter.

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    Steal Her Style: Bella Hadid

    Let’s be honest, no-one does off duty style like the Hadid sisters. What’s interesting (and very refreshing) is that despite being sisters, both girls have completely different style. For the most part I find myself resonating with Bella’s edgier, tomboy style than Gigi’s preppier Tommy Hilfiger style. She’s gone from Gigi Hadid’s little sister to The Weeknd’s girlfriend (then ex-girlfriend) and has now gone on to become a fully-fledged model within her own right. Bella brings the style both on and off the catwalk with killer personal style while strutting the streets of New York, flaunting abs in tiny crop tops that have us all joining the nearest gym and giving sports luxe an elevated status while on other days you’ll find her rocking mini skirts and thigh high slit gowns.

    If like me, you’re holding out for the day you wake up with Bella Hadid’s wardrobe, try stealing her style from her hottest looks below.

     


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    Borrowed From The Boys: The Menswear Items You Need In Your Wardrobe

    When I first sat down to talk about this look, the main focus was supposed to be about my current adidas obsession (I don’t know what it is - I’m like a magnet to anything adidas at the moment) but the more I thought about it, the more I realised that the obsession actually revolved around menswear in general.

    In the last few weeks I’ve bought 3 items from the menswear department, planned at least 5 outfits taken from my boyfriend’s wardrobe rather than my own and lusted after almost everything within the asos vintage sportswear section - also, full of menswear.

    While in New York (Did you hear I went to New York? LOL) we spent a lot of our time shopping, sussing out the streetwear labels that little old Northern Ireland will probably never be cool enough to stock (soz). Not that I was complaining, but all of these brands, the brands we were so excited to see in person, to visit and hopefully find a few steals were menswear labels. Supreme. Bape. Kith. Noah. I felt a little bit jealous that guys had all of these cool brands to shop from but the more I thought about it, the more I realised that all it took was a little creative thinking, maybe some tailoring and those brands could be ours too.

    Boy, do I regret not buying that OVO t-shirt I tried on, the one I so foolishly talked myself out of buying because I was getting too deep into a rut of tomboy styling. It was a moment of true madness.

    With the press of a few different keys on the keyboard, this post could very quickly and easily become a feminist, rant about gender equality in all walks of life, including fashion but that might be a slight spoiled brat reaction on my part. Let’s be honest, us women have it pretty good with our fashion options so I’ll hold back on that one. Despite the never ending array of designers, clothes, labels and brands available to women, I’m taking the grass is always greener approach and borrowing from the boys as well. What can I say, I’m greedy in my love affair with fashion and I’m not the only one.

    Over the last few years we’ve seen the rise of sports luxe, the rise of the power suit and of course, the rise of gender fluidity in the way we dress and shop. Boyfriend jeans and oversized sweaters accounted for, there’s also the fact that most menswear items are either made better or cheaper than items of similar styles stocked within the women’s department so who can blame us for borrowing from the boys every so often? It’s time to embrace the androgynous moment fashion is so determined to have because believe me, it’s not going anywhere fast.

    Next time you’re shopping, consider adding these items from the men’s department to your basket:-

    Washed Denim Shirt, £24.99 at H&M

    Blue Shirt, £12.99 at H&M

    Sweatshirt with Text, £19.99 at Zara

    Sweatshirt with Pockets, £59.99 at Zara

    Basic Blazer, £59.99 at Zara

    Military Jacket, £99.99 at Zara

    Relaxed Fit Jeans, £39.95 at Gap

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    COACHELLA: Festival Style Edit

    With only a few months to go until summer, festival season is fast approaching which means it’s time to start thinking about festival fashion. You may think I’m getting a little ahead of myself and truthfully, I probably am but surely I can’t be the only one whose social media - Instagram in particular - has been taken over by all things #Coachella. With the coolest of celebrities combined with all of the top fashion bloggers from around the world in attendance, it’s like fashion week all over again so as you can imagine, it’s got this girl dreaming of summer and festival fashion. The wishlist is growing and the dream outfit planning has begun despite the fact that no, I’m not at Coachella right now and no, I haven't got tickets to any music festivals (yet) but you can’t blame a girl for trying…

    If like me Coachella has the shopping addict within you foaming at the mouth (in the most glamorous way possible of course), desperate to get your hands on all things boho chic, festival cool and summery A.F, feast your eyes on my Festival Fashion Wishlist Edit and shop until your heart is content, my little fashion lovers.

    First things first though, let’s take a moment to appreciate the girls and guys who nailed Coachella style. While the most ideal situation would be for them to donate their entire wardrobes to us, for now it looks like we’re going to have to admire from a distance and do our best to steal their looks from the high street.

     

    C O A C H E L L A 🎡💫

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    TOPS

     

    Band Tee, £15 at Missguided

    Black Graphic Sweater Dress, £15 at Missguided

    White Balloon Sleeve Blouse, £25 at Missguided

    Poplin Top with Frilled Sleeves, £25.99 at Zara

    Lace Bralette, £12.99 at Stradivarius

    JACKETS

    Tan Faux Suede Embroidered Detail Biker, £45 at Pretty Little Thing 

    Black Faux Suede Embroidered Detail Biker, £45 at Pretty Little Thing 

    Oversized Denim Jacket, £45 at Pretty Little Thing

    Blue Shredded Denim Jacket, £40 at Missguided

    80s Cropped Suede Jacket, £189 at Topshop

    DRESSES & PLAYSUITS

    Gold Sheer Metallic Halterneck Dress, £22 at Pretty Little Thing

    Black Floral Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress, £45 at River Island

    Black Gingham Playsuit, £35 at River Island

    PETITE Gingham Pinafore, £39 at Topshop

    Spot Frill Bardot Dress, £36 at Topshop

    SHORTS & TROUSERS

    Black Studded Frayed Hem Shorts, £30 at Missguided

    Light Pink Plisse Trousers, £35 at River Island

    MOTO Flower Embroidered Denim Mom Shorts, £34 at Topshop

    MOTO Sequin Mom Shorts, £38 at Topshop

    MOTO Rose Embroidered Mom Shorts, £34 at Topshop

    ACCESSORIES

    Black Leather Bum Bag, £8 at Pretty Little Thing

    The Gypsy Shrine Face Jewels, £8 at Pretty Little Thing

    Silver Metallic Skinny Scarf, £10 at River Island

    Cat Eye Blue Sunglasses, £12 at River Island

    ALLY Aviator Sunglasses, £10 at Topshop

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