Sunday, 19 October 2014

Formals & Farms

It was a tale of two very different fashion scenarios this weekend. Friday saw me heading to the Culloden Hotel as a guest of ASG Ireland for the Chartered Institute of PR Awards. I'd bought a long black dress to wear but took a last minute dislike to it and ended up racing up to my neighbour about an hour before my taxi arrived. She gave me this fabulous black dress from JS Collection (past season) with a lace bust detail and sheer sleeves and back. It fitted like a glove and looked suitably glam for the occasion. I wore my black ankle strap sandals from Heatons (past season), a clutch bag from DP's and jewellery from my shop. There's a similar dress in Debenhams on this link.
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I have to thank everyone for the lovely comments when I posted photos from the night on Instagram and Facebook. I'd been quite unwell overnight Thursday into Friday and was not feeling great when I arrived at the event but all the comments and the great company at my table helped to make the evening really enjoyable.


On Saturday it was back to porridge with the usual running about with the kids. I reverted back to a favourite outfit from a week ago. With a run to the farm for a birthday party drop off, I needed to be cosy and ready for showers.
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Coat - Target Dry
Scarf - Mango
Navy Oversized Top - Mango
Jeans - Replay
Boots - Mango (similar here)
While my daughter was at the party, I had a quick look in a nearby shopping centre - there was a definite burgundy theme. This black & burgundy cross-body bag from Clarks is stunning in real life - gorgeous leather and a great size. It has a wrist strap so can be worn as a clutch also.
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Toft Hill in Burgundy - Clarks
(20% off all bags at the moment in Clarks with code BAG2014)
I'd seen these burgundy brogues on Instagram and was keen to check them out in real life..
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Hamble Oak Brogues - Clarks
Finally, I've been keeping an eye out for a burgundy breton and this beauty from Dunnes Stores caught my eye. The material is a lovely weight and has a great stretch but it's the pleather trim and rear zip that makes it a fab buy for £10 - unfortunately not available online.
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I might have picked up something else in Dunnes that was on my wish list - photos to follow!


Hope you've enjoyed your weekend,


Ax

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16 comments

  1. When I was in Ireland, we had to make an emergency run to the Dunnes store for wipes and diapers, and I walked in there all agog--look at the clothing--the groceries--the beauty supplies. Unfortunately I had to get back to take care of the baby, but ooh, it was a sight to behold. I am not one bit surprised that darling top was there. So cute!

    Those clarks shoes have linton tweed in them! That's awesome. I bought a couple yards of tweed from them for a classic jacket that I hope to sew before the spring, and they made a really big deal of those shoes on their site. They are so cute!

    You look so pretty in that formal gown. Dressing up certainly does suit you! :)

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  2. The brogues are amazing! And your Friday night outfit looks lovely.

    How many check scarves do you think it's acceptable to own? I so don't need another, but am v tempted by that Mango you have on...

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  3. How handy to have a neighbour with a wardrobe ready to borrow from! The dress looks very glam, and you look beautiful in it......would never guess that you were feeling a bit under the weather, did you indulge in some good old bubbly as medicine? Xx

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  4. You really do look a million dollars for your event Avril....stunning dress and your hair looks amazing! Love the Saturday morning cosy outfit too, that is perfect for dapping about in! Some superb picks from Clarks and if only we had a Dunnes here, such a fab colour Breton! xx

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  5. Life at the Little Wood20 October 2014 at 10:44

    You looked amazing Avril! Hope you had a lovely night. The Clarks brogues look really fab - i love the tweedy bit! Xx

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  6. oh my word I am speechless at just how stunning you look ... WOW

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  7. Wow, you look fabulous in your glam get-up!! Love the Clarks bag x

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  8. Those brogues are gorgeous!! <3 you looked fab! x

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  9. You look fantastic Avril despite your illness. What a neighbour you have x

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  10. Love the slouchy blue top you're wearing here. Where's it from?

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  11. You looked stunning, Avril. Also loving your navy parka. Gorgeous! Lynne x

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  12. I have seen so many lovely burgundy accessories out there at the moment. There is a pair of burgundy buckle ankle boots from New Look I absolutely love! Your dress for the evening is amazing (but I think the shoes are my favourite bit of the outfit!) x

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  13. Love the farm outfit! I styled my TD parka very similarly :)

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  14. Avril, you look stunning, that dress is perfect on you, a real show stopper
    A xx

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  15. Hi Aileen - sorry so slow replying! I read this comment while I was at choir and made a mental note to reply as soon as I got home...and forgot :(
    Anyway - better late than never...it's also from Mango and you can see it on this link: http://rstyle.me/n/r22suzx8n
    Thanks
    Ax

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  16. You look so fantastic Avril! Another stunning evening look! I love those brogues too & that breton is really lovely! Love the oversize navy top too! Ax

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