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Fashion or Pain?

November 3, 2017

Who loves heels? I know I do but there is a percentage of women that refuse to endure this pain for fashion. Honestly, there are times I wish I was that smart. There really is nothing worse than being out with friends and unable to move with the sheer physical and sometimes unbearable pain. Some of us ( i.e me) choose wine as are remedy others wear flats. But what if there was a solution would you consider embracing a heel for a night? If your answer is still no then hear me out. No matter if you have a pair of flats or heels chances are new shoes have to be worn in and unfortunately, that is a painful process. So give heels a chance!!

Women who avoid wearing heels there reasons can differ but it is usually pain related. Another reason which many won’t admit is that there afraid of walking in heels and falling. It takes practice and I’m not sure if I have even mastered it myself after all these years wearing them. I won’t lie there is nothing worse than seeing a woman beautiful dressed however has embodied a Frankenstein walk. Its less than flattering. Lately, I found myself ditching the thin stiletto heel and opting for a block heel. I immediately saw a change in my mood because sore feet make you cranky no matter how nice you are there’s only so long to can hold a brave face. Besides being comfortable block heels are perfect for a casual brunch with friends or a day wandering the shops.

I have picked out some of my favorites from the high street. But remember it is winter so if you are going to wear these sandals during the day than adding a cute pair of socks into the mix. Frostbite is real and dangerous. If you are still not convinced then I have one more positive note to give. Are you a practical shopper? If so then a blocked heel is a practical buy. Although these are A/W pieces they are also perfect for a summer party. So really you are getting a shoe that fits every occasion and season.

Stay Lawless,

Niamh X

 

 

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Feature, My Wardrobe

Savida

October 5, 2017

 

 

How many times has your style changed? For myself personally, I have lost count. At twelve I rocked the sock sleeve inspired by Avril Lavigne. Then there was the era from of Abercrombie & Fitch. At college, I think there was some confusion as I would wear river island sandals in the midst of winter with jeans and leather jacket. I know what was I thinking. But there was one thing that I have loved to wear continuously from the early age of twelve and that has been a puffer jacket.

Since my teens, the puffer jacket has evolved from a causal dual coat to wear while walking to becoming a fashion statement of its own. Designers like Moschino have taken a basic fabrication and made it into something that is memorable for all the right reasons. But no one embraces daring designs like the high street and let’s be honest they always get it right. Dunnes Stores is renowned in Ireland as the no. 1 grocery store however that will soon change. If you haven’t noticed Dunnes Store has reinvented its business. Instead of picking up Brennan’s bread you are now greeted by designs from Irish designers such as Paul Costello and my personal favorite Joanne Hynes.

This seasons A/W 2017 collection Dunnes Stores have embraced a vibrant palette which mostly consists of pinks. Last winter we seen pink frequently used by many designers. Jcrew set the tone with there faux fir pink coat with oversized lapels which I proudly own. But I am getting a little off point here, just so you know pink has been in for the last year and I don’t see it changing anytime soon.

I have picked out a selection of fashionable yet practical puffer coats that I think you ladies and possibly gents will love. At the end of the day, the lovely thing about puffer coats is that they are unisex. In relation to style, I wore my Savida coat with jeans and a cardigan/top. My jeans are from Free People and I am ashamed to admit these are the first pair that I have bought in five years. Terrible but true, having bad skin I found a lot of denim irritated my skin and I always felt more comfortable in skirts, until now. For the last year I have searched high and low for bell bottom jeans and finally found a pair that I love. The denim is soft with a little stretch which is always welcome in my book. I have picked out other jean styles in case bell bottoms is not your thing. My top is a lace cardigan that I purchased from Primark this summer and I embellished it with my favorite brooch from Jenny Vander Vintage. If you click on the looks below you will find a direct link to the product. So happy shopping ladies and of course…..

Stay Lawless,

Niamh

(Photography by Yong, Instagram Smashnj)

 

 

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Mariah

January 7, 2017

 

So its finally January, I still cannot believe 2016 is behind us, an interesting year to say the least. It wasn’t all bad, we can always rely on fashion to keep a smile on our faces. Retail Therapy was alive and well last year. Not to mention Gucci’s 2016 collection which still gives me goose bumps.

However it is a New Year and its time to move on. January is not a month I am to fond of. Why? Well Christmas decorations are gone and looking at your bank account is an emotionally time for all of us. Another reason is the confusion of what to wear.Depending on what climate you are living in January is usually a cold one. Except if your living in beautiful Australia, so jel if you are. Where ever you may be one thing remains the same and that is fashion. Designers and high street stores are beginning to swap out their winter collections and prepare us for warmer days.

Although we are still in winter, spring is only around the corner. So how do we embrace this colourful  month without getting a severe cold? Faux fur has always been greatly popular every winter and this season was no different. I recently purchased a fabulous pink faux fur coat from Jcrew. Honestly I don’t think I’ve taken it off since. My mum thinks I have too many coats and not enough time to wear them all but I think you can always make room for one more especially when it is this gorgeous. Many people have admired my new coat but consider the colour too bold and would find it hard to style it for themselves. I can see how a colour such as pink could be intimidating. So I’ve decided to show you ladies how simple it is to style with just a touch of black. Every lady’s expression and idea of style is different but its very rare that you wouldn’t find a black dress hidden in any wardrobe, male or female.  Would you agree? Black is a great colour base and some consider it the most faltering. When styling this look I would always wear a small heel. No matter what your height for me personally I find long or chunky coats can take an inch away. I always like to look tall but you can easily dress this coat with a flats and pair of jeans. No matter what you decided to dress your faux fur coat with just try not to embody a diva persona. Faux fur is just to glamorous right now its hard not too have a few moments. You are going to find this so weird but I nickname all my coats. I know I really need to get a life. I’ve called this coat Mariah, I’m sure you all know who Im talking about and I think she would approve.

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year. Below you will find a selection of colourful faux fur coats that will keep you cheerful until summer really arrives. Whats even better is that some are on sale so I guess January isn’t so bad. Hope you love my picks and of course…

Stay Lawless,

Niamh X

 

Photography by Ralph McKeon.

 

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My Annies

June 22, 2016

 

So far this summer, Ireland has been amazing for its weather. Lucky for me, I had the excuse of playing the tour guide for my New York friends who recently visited. I think most of you will agree with me when I say, I honestly never want to be anywhere else when Ireland is so warm. I might be bias, but in my opinion there really is no were like it. These pictures were taken at the edge of the Cliffs of Moher a place I advise everyone to visit at least once.

Typically, you would think wearing a black dress in the middle of a heat wave would be the last thing on your mind. However, this Topshop beauty is super light and has a sexy lace slit for comfort. I normally go for wrap dresses as they complement my shape more. Usually, these dresses are not great on busty girls as they create an unflattering shape, but for some reason it works and I’m not complaining. Unfortunately, this was a summer favorite for Topshop and sold out two days after I purchased it. But thankfully you can still purchase it in a top version that also comes in white (ON SALE). So happy days.

With weather this hot it’s important to invest in a good pair of sunglasses. A new addition to my collection, these 60’s vibe glasses called “Vivienne” from My Annies are both elegant and timeless. I have a lot of glasses, some designer and others high street. I purchased a pair of Prada glasses six years ago when in Austria and thought I would never find anything that could compare with their quality and style, however I was VERY WRONG. My Annies are not only great quality, but you can get your hands on a pair for an amazing price that won’t break the bank. I already have my eye on several others from the My Annies collection and I advise everyone to visit Instagram (@myannies) to get a taste. I believe sunglasses are a year round accessory and that can complete any look. What’s more, My Annies retail at €20 which offers a lot less guilt.

Stay Lawless,

Niamh X

Photography by Mark J. Romanelli

 

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Thanksgiving

December 3, 2015

It wasn’t long ago that I remember my mum throwing a poncho on my six year old self. Besides hating it, my rebellion to this wardrobe choice was evident, as I pretended to be a ghost half the time. Luckily for me (but not at the time, lol) ponchos have made a return and I’ve left some of my childish ways behind. There have been numerous designers adding this to their collection this season perhaps influenced by fashionista and New York socialite Oliva Pamlero, who recently rocked a beautiful Burberry Cape last season.

Since then I have noticed them everywhere from vintage boutiques to my everyday addiction Asos, who are now displaying numerous options for the coming season. However, I surprisingly found mine in Topshop, as I usually would be more drawn to their selection of dresses and tops at this time of year. It’s a store I feel has gone from strength to strength in the past five years, having not only branched out Stateside but also opening two stores in the centre of two of Manhattan’s shopping avenues. Lucky for me and other girls from home, we don’t have to wait online any more and hopefully very soon River Island will also make its way here.

There are many others in the Topshop collection but this grey poncho is easily my favorite. The trim is what made it for me and when you put it on you it is really extremely comfortable. This time of year I am usually if not always wearing a black base whether its denim jean or leather pants but that’s not to say that a pair of blue denims would be perfect either. Whether you accessorize this poncho with a belt or chunky necklace it is not essential, as on its own you will turn heads. Trust me you will understand me if you decide to wear it this season.

Stay Lawless,

Niamh X

Photography by Mark J. Romanelli

 

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