What to wear to The Dirty Onion?

I was in Belfast last night for the opening of The Dirty Onion, another feather in the cap of the owners of The Merchant Hotel. Any excuse for this mamma to skip out of the house at 5pm, leaving Mr SGS to deal with dinner and bedtime!
But what to wear? Belfast's newest pub has an open fire and live music and there's an informal rotisserie chicken restaurant upstairs called Yardbird. So not too dressy - but I wanted to make an effort for GL's birthday so it was the turn of my Maison Scotch jeans from Feather & Stitch to get a night out (last seen here in a more casual outfit). I promised to wear them in a night-time look weeks ago but never got good enough photos to use on here. Until now...

Maison Scotch Sateen Skinny Chinos - Feather & Stitch
Black Tuxedo Jacket - ASOS (AW11 - similar options below)
Cream Jersey Top - TK Maxx
Statement Necklace - M&S (out of stock - similar here)
Black Ankle Boots - Clarks (AW12)
The Prada Baby (not available online - similar here)
I never get bored wearing these jeans - I think it's the subtle pattern and the muted colours that make them so easy to wear. I also have to mention the jacket, which has really earned it's keep. It was the subject of my very first blog post almost 2 years ago and it's still going strong - I love how it smartens up every outfit. It's no longer available on the ASOS site but I've done an edit of my favourite tux jackets below if you scroll down. Every wardrobe should have one! 

What about The Dirty Onion, I hear you ask? Well, I learned last night that It's actually the oldest building in Belfast and used to be a whiskey warehouse. A large part of the venue is outdoors with exposed struts and joists from the original building forming a stunning effect in the courtyard. Amazing looking - you would thinking you're going into a derelict building - but the bar and restaurant itself are safely is Belfast after all. Yardbird, upstairs, prides itself on serving delicious free-range, rotisserie chicken and it certainly delivered for us. The kids will love it so I'm looking forward to a daytime trip with them soon.
Oh and before I went to The Onion, I was at a special Mexx Christmas shopping event in their Belfast store on Arthur Street. I may have made a purchase that will be worn at my first Belfast Community Gospel Choir concert tonight....I'll pop some photos up over the weekend!

Have a great Friday...I'm off now to try to memorise 18 jacket edit is below...



  1. You girls looked amazing, so chic!! x

  2. You both looked gorgeous! x

  3. Sounds like you had a fab time and as usual are rushed off your feet, I don't know how you do it! Good luck with the songs! x

  4. Looking great ... LOVE your hair x

  5. So very chic your outfit, just perfect for girly meal out! I am taking note so I can steal your style x

  6. I'm loving this look Avril, those jeans are great, perfect for a capsule wardrobe as they look as good dressed up as they do dressed down. I can't believe Gemma Louise is only 22- I feel like I'm old enough to be her mother too!! oh and the new hair is amazing- such a gorgeous muted colour. x

  7. Avril you look stunning - your hair color is gorgeous - I'll say it one more time - you are aging backwards! xx

  8. That necklace is just stunning on you! I love the whole outfit! Ax

  9. Wow! The M&S statement necklace looks fab. I look hopeless in statement necklaces so always admire those who can wear with super style xx

  10. Lovely outfit. You hair is sooo long now.

  11. Love this look - your necklace is amazing, but not quite as amazing as your baby...;)

  12. You look so stunning as always Avril! I can't decide if I love the jeans or the Prada more.


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