RA!NBOW #4; Walking on Sunshine

Yello! (Already off to a cheesy start, just great)

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetAs you can probably guess from the first word, this post is dedicated to the colour yellow. To me it seems obvious what this colour represents but just to make sure we’re all on the same wave length, let me hold your hands on the yellow brick road to get us there. Yellow is sunshine. It’s bright, it’s jolly, it’s happy. I don’t know why it is that we associate bright colours with happiness and dark ones with sadness, I’m sure there’s some deep psychological meaning behind it but what I do know is that bright colours make me really happy and for now that’s enough for me. The colour yellow quite literally turns my frown upside down. For someone who takes such enjoyment in writing and description, it’s unusual for me to be caught for words but I have no way of describing yellow. It just makes me happy, that’s all I got. It’s just happy. Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

It shouldn’t come as a surprise then, that I love wearing it. This outfit is all about happiness. Remember La-la from Teletubbies? Well this is her now! That’s the thing about bright colours, I think a lot of the time we associate them with children. As children we tend to be drawn to bright colours and loud noises, I guess this is our way of figuring out our senses but regardless the point is, we always seem to be put in colourful clothing. It’s just the “done” thing for kids. Then as people get older, it’s almost like the colour in their fashion sense begins to fade with age. Suddenly the cool kid dress code is a plain white top and jeans, and colour remains with the next generation of children. And there’s nothing wrong with this, I can appreciate a plain Jane anymore than the next woman, but what is it with people being scared of a splash of colour? I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea, I’m really not slashing minimalistic white and black tones, nothing beats a classic LBD. My problem with these complacent colours isn’t with the colours itself but rather with the motive of the people wearing them. The way I see it is, personally, if I want to go on a night out and I want to look nice enough to get noticed but not attract too much attention I will wear something minimalistic. Basically I’ll wear something similar to what the majority of other girls wear because it will provide me with the security of social acceptance before I have even left the house. I’m not wearing it because I’ve any major love for the outfit in question but because it eliminates the possibility of walking into a room and getting queer looks because people don’t approve of it. So my question is: if I think like this on occasion, then how many girls think like this on a regular basis? How many girls are wearing outfits out of the desire to fit in rather than because they genuinely like them? How many girls have an entirely different fashion sense to what they actually wear, but refrain from expressing it out of fear of negative attention? Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Fashion is a platform to express yourself. If you love the colour pink than why not try and incorporate it into your look? So what if everyone else is wearing black. Stand out, it’s not a bad thing. This applies to everything, not just the childish stigma surrounding bright clothes. If you like patterns or weird hair colours or whatever else your heart desires than don’t wait another second, go for it. I know theres a risk of rejection or being the topic of conversation but one thing Ive learned is that people will always find something to talk about. Whether you’re following the crowd or not, you’re at risk of criticism so you may as well get criticised for something you care about. Just do you hun.

Okay so back to buí (for anyone who doesn’t speak Irish here’s your lesson of the day, buí = yellow). Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

So as I was saying bright colours can often be avoided by people out of fear of rejection as they seem to hold tight associations with children more so than adults. As you’ve probably noticed I welcome bright colours with open arms, in fact they’re mostly all I wear. In this outfit I wore an all yellow self proclaimed two-piece. Although the yellows in the skirt and top are two different shades, I think they blend really well together and the off balance in yellow tones makes for a really nice finish to the look.

Now for the STOCAÍÍÍÍ !!! (Word #2: stocaí = socks).Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

I have been so excited to show off these socks. I wanted to get my hands on a pair for so long and I finally bit the bullet and splashed the cash because I simply could not go another day without them in my life. These are of course the Unif banana socks from their collection of fruit socks. I just think they’re the perfect fun addition to an outfit. They’re totally childish but hey, that’s what fashions all about. It’s suppose to be fun so live a little, wear bananas on your socks!

I was really uncertain about how the beret would look with my fringe but I was quite happy with how it turned out and I loved how it pulled the outfit together and gave it a French twist. The beret trend is one which I have admittedly fallen head over heels for, I think berets are the perfect addition to any outfit and would love to see more people giving this trend a taste.

Finally, the makeup choice was on a bit of a whim. If haute couture models can do it then why can’t I? You know what they say – fake it till you make it!Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Honestly you’re gonna be sick to death of my blog because every post is gonna have some inspirational message about self expression incorporated into it – I mean technically I did warn you in my opening post. But seriously, I’m going to keep saying it because the more you read it and say it out loud to yourself the more you’re gonna start to believe it. You’re gonna believe that being yourself is the only way to be. Be true to yourself. Love yourself. Do you. x

beret @booohoo

socks @unif

glasses @prettylittlething

skirt @zara

top @zara

hoops @primark

One Way Ticket to College

Oh, Secondary School, what fond memories I have! How I miss riding up the rainbow road to school on my unicorn every morning, to be greeted by my smiling peers. What a treat it was to sit around in a circle of love sharing all positive thoughts about one another. Oh what a shame it was to leave behind the best days of my life in such a colourful place!

*cue the scratching vinyl*

Hold up, whaaat?

Whatever popped into your head reading that most certainly wasn’t my school, for a matter of fact, I doubt it’s even on this planet.

The horrible brutal truth about secondary school is it’s not all rainbows and roses, it’s not a walk in the park, in fact it’s far from it. For most people it’s an experience to be endured, more so than enjoyed – pay close attention to the word “most” – this doesn’t apply to everyone. There are some people who are fortunate enough to have had an all-round pleasant experience of second level education which is of course great-for them. But on the other hand, there’s a large majority of people who for whatever reason found secondary a difficult period in their life. This post is for those people because they are the ones who need it.

I was, partly, one of those people. In this post I hope to share the wisdom I gained from my experience, but before we get to that there’s some business I need to round off first.

Let’s start at the very beginning, it’s a very good place to start (this one’s for all you musical lovers- my posts are literally getting cringier by the day). Okay so secondary school- what springs to mind? Mornings, gum, gossip, more gum ..

A lot of the time when people discuss their negative thoughts about secondary school they direct all their anger at the institution itself. And yes to an extent, I agree with this, the education system in Ireland is extremely unjustly but that is a topic for another day. For me, I believe, the biggest factor contributing to the negativity surrounding secondary schools is society itself. And who makes up society? US – parents, teachers, students. Looking at it in that light it’s easy to see why people are more inclined to shift the blame on the school and it’s rules rather than looking at ourselves, I mean nobody likes accepting blame.

On top of all the, 13+ years, influence you’ve gained from your homelife, secondary school throws you in with even more influence from your peers. Speaking for myself, I came from a small country school with about 60 students all coming from the immediate area. My average day consisted of playing cops and robbers in school, travelling the whole 2 minute journey home to eat dinner then maybe walking to the nearest shop with my friends before my daily breakdown at Mario Bros on the DS. Clearly I wasn’t as tech savvy as primary school kids nowadays but I’m sure a lot of people reading this now will be able to relate.

Secondary school was a shock to the system. Suddenly I was in classes half the size of my primary school with people from neighbouring towns I had never taken much notice of before. To be quite honest, I don’t think I even had friends from a “town” before this, as I lived in the country almost all my friends were neighbours of mine. As my friend group began to grow, so did my “teen tumour”. The “teen tumour” is what I like to call the part of the brain that eat, sleeps, breaths everything stereotypically teenager-ish. You know- clothes, popularity, music, boys- basically everything to do with image and “fitting in”. Fitting in is a big thing in secondary school. I think it has to do with a mixture of 2 things: human nature and social influence. Naturally, as humans we crave security and comfort. Animals achieve a sense of this by moving in flocks or herds, often, so too do humans. Society is the part that influences what it is our “flock” is following. Although society has been a factor our whole lives, secondary school tends to be a time where your parents pull back the reigns a bit and let you, to a certain extent, guide your own life. So in other words, it’s a time where you have more control over what factors of society you have access to ie. the internet, tv, certain people. As I said earlier, you’re exposed to a lot of new people from new places, often with different backgrounds and experiences to you. These people leave a mark on you, because whether you realise it or not all the new things they introduce you to leave an impression which influences you. These people could be encouraging you to watch new tv shows, listen to new music, wear certain clothes, all of which you’ll most likely oblige to with little hesitation as your biggest concern is to “fit in”. I think at this age we are most impressionable, as our whole lives up until this point we’ve been following our parents or teachers influence, it’s like we’re naturally programmed to follow what’s presented to us so we just soak all of it up. I remember buying yoga pants for no other reason than that every other girl did it so instinctively I felt I needed to too. It had nothing to do with liking the pants or having any real desire to own a pair but rather simply because it was what was done.

cwote: “ it will get better. ”

This is where shit gets complicated. In about second year, as everybody now knows each other and the first year novelty of meeting new people has worn off, groups begin to form according to status (primarily based on shifting and who you know), similar interests (or faked interests) and convenience. As we’ve already established secondary school is all about “fitting in” and “following the flock” .. so then what about the people who don’t feel they fit into any particular group? Maybe they fit in in certain areas like music but their clothing choice differs? They can’t split themselves in two so which group do they choose? Can you fit into two groups? Is that a rule?

This is the catch with secondary school. Although your freedom is extended in comparison to primary, you still have boundaries. There’s still limits. Although the choice of people in my school grew from the countryside to the extended towns, it is still confined to the immediate surrounding areas. As a result of this, the influences and “normality” is relatively the same in all areas. I mean think about it – the telly 2km over the road isn’t gonna be showing anything drastically different to the telly here? We’re all watching pretty similar, if not the exact same things, being influenced in similar ways. We’re all going out to the same places, seeing the same people, wearing the same things – that’s forming a sense of normality. So now put someone in the mix who’s not wearing the usual shit – it’s gonna cause confusion. People are gonna be uncomfortable because they can’t understand it so they’re instinctive response is to reject it.

This is the core problem with secondary schools. “Normality” is created. Our social circle is limited hence so are our influencers. Of course the internet is vast with thousands of influences available at our fingertips but it’s a lot harder to embrace your differences in the public eye, where you know you are open to criticism, in comparison to the comfort of your own home. For me I found fashion a big issue. Whilst other girls were discussing the thousandth shade of nude lipstick they wanted to buy, I was dreaming of painting my lips blue. And for some reason people could just not get their head around why I would want avatar lips. And it wasn’t that it was overly personal criticism, it was just that people could quite literally not understand why I would want such things, while on the other hand I could not understand why it was so hard to accept my style. This applies to much more than clothes though, there’s a sense of “normality” in theory too. From the moment we are born we are building up a sense of right and wrong and it just keeps adding and adapting through our lives. Depending on how you were raised, you may have strong beliefs on certain topics and little room for consideration of opposing beliefs. Once again the fact secondary school students are usually from a reasonably similar area, their beliefs are usually similar creating.. “normality”. Anyone who questions these beliefs/thoughts usually receives guff like how dare you think for yourself and challenge societies norms, jeese get in line!! So to sum up secondary school in two words, I’d have to say: closed minded. Yeah go on, hit me with your hate for calling y’all out. Obviously this doesn’t apply to everyone but as a general rule I think it’s fair to say secondary school has a pretty much “follow the flock” type attitude and anyone who goes against this mostly gets dirty looks so I think “close-minded” is a fair way of describing that.

Now to get to the exciting part!!!!!

Secondary school doesn’t last forever, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. For me this was college so I’m gonna describe my experience from my point of view as a college student. But I am aware not everyone will be attending college so I’m gonna touch on that too so bear with me people!!

For those of you planning to attend CoLLeGe let me just tell you right now it’s gonna be amazing. And I know this is a bold statement, I don’t even know you or your story so how can I make promises like that? You’re totally right, I can’t! But what I can say is, if you want it to be amazing then it will be. I’m a firm believer that life is what you make of it, you have a choice to look at the glass as half empty or half full. It’s up to you to create the life you want for yourself. The amazing thing about college is it opens you up to so many opportunities to help you achieve these goals. Without boring you too much with the details (I’ll save that for another day), prior to college I suffered a lot with negative thoughts surrounding all aspects of my life- image, friends, confidence- you name it and I probably worried about it. Coming to college my aim was to reverse this and become a more confident, positive person and honestly it felt as though the universe wanted this just as much as I did because opportunities seemed to keep falling into my lap.

Firstly I think the biggest problem surrounding secondary schooling is friends.. “Why didn’t they invite me” .. “I wonder are they talking about me” .. “She just looked at me funny”. Forget it. Erase them thoughts. That shits so last year. Trust me, in college you’re gonna be like Charlie wandering around the Chocolate Factory with the amount of people you’ll have on selection for your friends list. It’s common sense really, going from a school of about 600 students to a college of about 16,000 you are bound to find at least one or two solid friends. I’m all for uniqueness and such but let’s be realistic here, you’re probably not the only person on the planet who loves Paramore (unfortunately atm it still feels like it) and with a choice of 16,000 people it’s likely there’s a few more parawhores in there. The point is college is the time to find “your people”. I think a lot contributes to the fact friendships are easier in college. The big one, I think, is the fact you’re in a specific course surrounded by people who also picked that specific course. Ultimately, this heightens the chance of you guys “clicking” as you already share the common ground of your course choice, who knows what else you can bond over! Usually people in the same course are on pretty similar wave lengths with regards all aspects of life. In my case, as a journalism student, I am in a course surrounded by people who share a love for writing. Writing is a creative past time so this increases the likelihood of those within the course perhaps sharing a similar love for other creative things like art, photography, fashion >>> ie. be my best friend. So you want to do law in college – just from that simple course choice you will have the understanding that everyone in that course shares the same passion for justice and order as you do, that creates an automatic bond as you already have a basic understanding of one another.

But let’s say despite all this, your course peers aren’t cutting it for ya? Don’t worry, clubs & socs got your back. I’m no expert on the colleges nationwide but I’m sure they’re somewhat similar to mine so you shouldn’t be too short of a selection of clubs. For me, there’s more of a variety of clubs & societies available than I even thought possible! The beauty of this, with regards friends, is that they’re literally aimed at specific interests- you’re not gonna meet someone in surf club who hates surfing, you’re all there because you like it. It’s similar to course choices in the sense it creates an automatic common ground between all members opening you up to new friendships.

To further extend your friend group there’s parties and night outs, which I can assure you there is no shortage of. It’s no secret that college is notorious for it’s drinking scene but a lot more factor into nights out than just that. Before college I had only ever been to 2 different nightclubs, both within my extended local area and a couple of pubs. You can probably guess what I’m gonna say next- this meant the music genres were limited and the vibe was kept quite general. Given that college has such a diverse network of people from not only all over Ireland but all over the world, this creates a need for a diverse range of clubs and pubs for all types of people. All niches are satisfied because everyone is getting exactly what they want without interfering with anyone else’s needs. If you want mainstream pop there’s a place for you, you want oldies and Indie vibes I know the spot, techno? sure thing. That’s the thing about college, there’s something and someone for everyone.

Another obvious perk about college is the FrEEd0m. You know the reigns we were talking about previously?? Well they’re all yours now baby!! You are in control. Once again, using myself as an example, I live in student accommodation and only come home for the weekends, as do most college students. This literally means I went from living at home for almost 19 years of my life to living in a house with 5 strangers 5 days a week. Let me break that down for you- that’s 19 years of my life, spent being pampered through potty training all the way up to adulthood coming home every evening from school to a cooked dinner on the table. My whole life up until college worked on a rather rigid timeframe. Schooling, from primary all the way through secondary, were similar in the sense they both entailed a strict schedule- get up, get the bus, endure school, come home, eat dinner, arse about, sleep, repeat. That went on 5 days a week, followed by 2 days to catch up on all the sleeping and arsing about I missed out during the week. Bear in mind, all of this went on whilst being confined to the limits set by my parents. Not that my parents were ever strict, I consider myself quite lucky in how liberal my parents are, but regardless of this I still lived under their roof which meant I still answered to them. I wanted a day off school? Gotta run it past mom. Wanted friends over? Dad. Wanted to go somewhere? Ask mom. And these were just my home bosses, school came with their own. You don’t have a choice in school, you’ve a set of compulsory subjects you simply have to do and a minimal selection of optional subjects to choose from. As if this isn’t bad enough you have a list of rules the size of the bible and teachers breathing down your neck every second of the day waiting for you to do some stupid shit so they get a chance to scrawl their signature across your journal.

And then you get to college and it’s like a weight is taken off your shoulders. Suddenly you are living on your own timeframe, living your own life for YOU. College schedules, depending on your course, tend to be a lot more flexible, it’s unusual to have the same rigidity as you would have had in secondary school. For example, my starting hours differ everyday- I might start at 9am one day and start at 3pm the next, I could have 3 hours one day and 1 hour the next. This leaves you with much more free time than you probably would have ever experienced before. Living away from home also eliminates the problem of your parents watchful eye. Although I don’t encourage people to take advantage of this for the wrong reasons, it’s useful for practical reasons such as simply living an adult life. It enables you to make your own decisions without your parents whispering in your ear. Obviously there’s the fun aspect of this, partying in college is a given so living away from home gets rid of the issue of having to face your parents questions about where you stayed last night or why you’re home so late- you don’t have to answer to anyone. As I said you’re the director of your own life which brings with it a lot of responsibility but with the correct balance it can be a lot of fun.

N0 C0llege, No Pr0blem

Did yis think I was forgetting about ye?

Of course there’s the thousands of people of which, for whatever reason, college is just not an option for. And before I go any further, just to make it absolutely crystal clear, that is perfectly okay!! There’s no “one fits all” in life, not everything will suit everyone and college is no different. For some people, education may have never been a strong point or particular interest and that’s okay. Although I do believe in the importance of education, it’s not the be all and end all. I think in contemporary society, colleges and universities are hyped up on the basis of status more so than someones intellectual ability. I’m a university student and I’ll be the first to admit my future career doesn’t require the brain of a biologist or pythagorus’s theorem. It’s a practical job which requires a particular set of skills which one can learn through practise, as I am sure plenty other jobs can relate to. Often the way it goes is, if one is not gifted with their mental capacity to absorb information, this is made up for in their physical capacity to do things with their hands. Basically if you’re not brainy, you’re handy. Neither one is better than the other, they’re both equally as important to help the world go round. My advice is, and please don’t hold me to it as I’m no expert, but if you hate school then why put yourself through the torture of going through more years learning from the books in college? Why not focus your attention and energy towards looking for some practical work for yourself perhaps by seeking a permanent position in a job or looking at available apprenticeships? And I know you might be thinking “but what social life will I have then?”. Honestly I don’t know what way your social life will go but what I do know is if you are in college doing a course you hate simply for the social aspect, you will not be happy in yourself. You will either end up free riding a course you hate for the full duration and end up with a degree in a job you despise, or you’ll end up dropping out or failing and having to deal with your parents disgust and disappointment in the money they wasted. I honestly believe when you are true to yourself and do what you love, the universe will reward you. It’s pretty similar to college courses as in an apprenticeship or such you’re gonna meet similar people and blah blah blah, you know the story by now.

Basically the moral of the story is don’t be disheartened by secondary school. If things are going bad I can guarantee they will get better. This is the most cliche thing to say but always be true to yourself. I know that’s a simple 5 worded motto but it packs a lot of meaning and is a lot harder said than done, but please try and live by that. Write it down, say it out loud every day, re-read it. Do whatever it takes until you start to believe it. Because when you start being YOUrself, you will attract what is meant for YOU. Secondary school may be too suffocating for you to spread your wings but the minute you leave that place just do it. Just fly and don’t look back.

Just

be

you.

 

 

 

RA!NBOW #3; Orange

*Disclaimer* Skip to the end if you ain’t interested in a long ass lecture

F for Fashion ..

F for Fun

Coincidence? I think not. Fashion is fun. Dress, express, (potentially depress) with your kick-ass outfits. That’s what fashion is all about.

Shoutout to all y’all out there sticking your noses up at this outfit calling it ridiculous because to be honest, you’re probably right. This is a ridiculous outfit, I mean realistically I’m a 19 year old in pigtails wearing mens boxers I bought in a Reese’s store, so you have a point. But then what about the ball of hair tied in a knot at the top of your head? Somehow I doubt it’s up there receiving satellite signals so then what exactly is it’s purpose? Or how about the mesh tops we, girls, pay almost as much for as a padded insulated coat with less than a fraction of the material? Hmm, just an idea but maybe, just maybe these things could be deemed just as “ridiculous” as my pigtails or boxer shorts. As they say, touche .. Carly Shea (if you know you know). Processed with VSCO with 4 preset

But seriously I get it, it’s weird, it’s different, it’s not what you’re used of. So naturally, you reject it. It makes sense. But think for a moment where do the trends we follow begin in the first place? Just like everything in life, there’s a root. In relation to trends, usually the root is one person or group who begin to practice a certain trend, building up a following who then copy this practice hence making it a “trend”. Let’s stick with top knots for a minute. I’m not even gonna lie, I don’t have the slightest clue who started this trend all I know is I woke up one day and it was suddenly “cool” to lob a bundle of hair on the top of your head. But for the sake of this, let’s say Alexa Chung (first name that popped into my head, don’t even argue she’s amazing) thought to herself wouldn’t it be cool to take my own twist on Ariana Grande’s half up half down? So Ms Chung, being the fashion guru she is, began wearing her hair in a top knot. Now bear in mind, as we have previously determined, anything out of the ordinary doesn’t usually sit well with us, humans. So no doubt, Alexa’s top knot was probably subjected to a number of lame ass jokes- “Oh Alexa I think a massive bird shit on your head” .. “Why is there a doughnut on her head, mummy?” .. “Ms Chung it would appear you misplaced a crumpet on your head” – haw haw Paul you’re f**king hilarious. However, despite all the guff, the trend prevailed. Why is that? Because more people started doing it. That’s literally it. As humans we grow fond of things we see most often. It’s a fact. People kept seeing pictures of Alexa and her top knot and the number of people copying her began to grow hence creating a “trend”. Everyone else is doing it so then why aren’t you? So before you know it you’re heading home to mummy with one of them doughnuts on your head. Processed with VSCO with fp1 preset

Do you follow? Nope, well let me spell it out for you. My point is if Hollywood big shots and Insta gurus began strutting around wearing pigtails and boxers you probably wouldn’t bat an eyelid, you’d just jump straight on the bandwagon with little thought about it. You’d follow the flock well because that’s exactly IMG_3616what we seem to do. But when someone of no status, such as myself, decides to step outside societies box, and do something that’s not #trending, its almost frowned upon.

So today’s lesson is as my friend Emilie says “f**k society and f**k everyone else. Be you”

Okay so after almost a page of writing I am finally getting to the purpose of this post which is ORAAAANGEEE.

For part 3 of my RA!NBOW series I’m discussing the commonly under-credited colour, orange. And yes I am totally guilty of this, most of the time I forget orange is even an option like why is that because it’s actually a great colour.

I’ve done enough babbling, let’s get down to business. I didn’t have anything in mind when creating this outfit it kind of just came together but I guess in the finish you could call it some kind of twist on a barbie doll?? Thrown up on by a massive PB eating monster?? Forced to wear high knee boots by a biker gang?? Yeah.. maybe scratch the barbie thing.

So first off can we admit these boxer shorts are amazing. Reeses PB cups + men’s boxers + fashion – could anything make me happier? Doubtful. Yeah you’re right we should probably face the elephant in the room which is that yes, they are boxers. So now that that’s out the way what does that actually mean? I mean I know technically it’s bad or at least it should be according to societies standards but what is actually wrong with wearing mens boxers as part of an outfit?

a) they’re not revealing- in fact they’re less revealing than most shorts girls wear

b) they’re comfortable af- need a nap in the club? they’re your man

c) they’re not actually doing any harm??

So the top is pretty self explanatory. I’m a girl and in some retrospects, a baby.

The hair is my personal favourite. I forgot how much fun it is to wear pig tails and now that I’ve had a taste for it, I don’t intend on stopping anytime soon. So brace yourself for a Junior Infants Enz.

I think I’ve done enough talking now so gonna let you go with this last little reflection :

be your own muse 🙂 

sunglasses @ pretty little thing

boxer shorts @ Reeses store

bandeau top @ h&m

boots @ boohoo.com Processed with VSCO with av4 preset

 

Orange you glad you caught this post?

C’mon you’d be a fool to not see that one coming.

 

 

Santa Baby

Yes, it’s January. So then why am I writing a Christmas themed post? Well aside from the festiveness of this post, it’s aim is to teach you how to revamp clothing using fluff, which is something you can apply to outfits all year long. So don’t be fooled by the silly season, there’s much to learn 🙂Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Just to put this outfit in context, I wore it to 12 pubs. This is where you’re probably wondering why the hell I put so much effort into a night out where traditionally everyone wears Christmas jumpers, you’re not suppose to “dress up”. This was my 3rd time taking part in 12 pubs- I did the classic jumper look, I sported the jumper dress outfit so I thought what next? I wanted to mix things up a bit and after all Christmas is the silly season, everyone has an inner Buddy The Elf and what better night than 12 pubs, a night that feeds of Christmas excitement, to express that? It doesn’t take a genius to notice my outfit was inspired by the big man himself, Santa Claus and everyone who knows me knows how much I love fluffy things so this outfit couldn’t have suited me better!

Now that you know the background, lets get down to the business of making it. As I said in the start this is a “revamping” tutorial so I didn’t, in fact, make the garments but rather bought them and then added on the fluff. This process is a lot easier than one may think. First thing to make clear is it doesn’t require any sewing skills whatsoever, it’s entirely no-sew! As opposed to using thread to hold down the fluff, you use fabric glue. I know the thought of using glue to hold an outfit in place is quite daunting. You’re probably getting flashbacks right now to arts ‘n crafts using prit stick to glue feathers on a page. I get that but trust me when I say it works!! Bear in mind fabric glues whole purpose is to hold fabric in place so the fact it does what it says on the tin shouldn’t come as such a shock. But this is something to remember; if you want to glue fabric, use FABRIC glue. No other glue will work, it’ll just make a mess. Speaking of messes, be as careful as possible using this glue because its incredibly sticky.

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I’m yet to experience a mess-free encounter with it and I’ve used it a couple of times now. It dries quite quickly so if it gets on a surface try and remove it asap. One thing I have noted with fabric glue is that it’s capability differs depending on the type of fabric you use. It works best with free flowing fabrics such as regular polyester clothing. I think this is because stiffer fabrics make it difficult for the fabric glue to soak in and reshape once dried, whereas polyesters naturally free flowing material allows the setting process to run smoothly.

The application process is pretty self explanatory so I’m not going to spend long explaining it. You literally apply glue wherever you want there to be fluff, then place the fluff down on it and allow it to dry. It takes a few hours for the glue to set, I would recommend leaving the fabric over night to ensure it dries properly. The glue has quite a strong scent so perhaps it would be best to leave it in an area that wouldn’t bother you.

Important Points:

  1. It HAS to be Fabric Glue!!
  2. Its sticky so use with care
  3. Its smelly so do it in an appropriate place
  4. Try to use free-flowing fabrics
  5. Allow plenty drying time

To spice this outfit up and make it more seasonal, I added a belt and mini Santa hair clip. I hope this helps anyone interested in revamping their own clothing!

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crop top @ boohoo

flares @ pretty little thing

belt @ boohoo

fabric glue @ amazon

fluff @ ribbon moon

 

 

N.Y.E

You know what that means? Plaster yourself in glue and roll around in some glitter, obviously!!

Considering I have almost 300 pins on Pinterest of solely 1920’s glitz and glam, it’s hardly surprising that New Years Eve is one of my favourite nights in the year. Bearing this in mind I will admit I did splash the cash on this particular outfit.. but it was totally worth it, I mean cmon look at them sequins!!

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Firstly, to state the obvious, yes this is the Paris Hilton/ Kendall Jenner inspired dress, except to spice things up I decided to go for it in the rose gold rather than silver. Although the silver dress look is iconic, I consider it to be quite a cold look, whereas the rosey tones are warmer and in many ways more “new years evey”. So now that we got that cleared up can we take a moment to appreciate the dresses shear beauty- every gold sequin, the cowl neck, the silver choker, backless- basically it was made for New Years.

 

With all that said, it kills me to be a Debby Downer, but I have to admit this dress wasn’t the easiest to wear. The silver choker chain is, in fact, what is holding the dress up. Hence, if the chain comes down, the tits come out, which is for obvious reasons problematic. Naturally, as one does on a night out, I was dancing which didn’t make keeping the chain in place any easier. If you plan on wearing this dress than body tape is your new best friend because you’re gonna wanna strap those bad boys in. Aside from all of this, I don’t regret wearing this dress for no other reason than I simply love it.

 

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Seen as I already had a glitzy 1920s inspired dress I thought to heck with it I might as well go the extra mile and throw on a fur wrap too. This wrap not only was the perfect addition to my outfit but it also proved to be extremely practical in keeping me warm (let’s face it Ireland ain’t no Bahamas especially in winter).

 

 

 

 

 

 

To complete the outfit I opted for rose gold heels to keep the theme going, might I add this will probably be the last time you see me in heels for a long time – they just ain’t worth the pain ladies. IMG_3023

 

dress @prettylittlething

heels @boohoo

fur wrap @primark

scrunchie @primark

 

RA!NBOW #2; Barbie G!rl

For Part Two of this series I’m gonna show you two different takes on the same outfit, both guaranteed to keep em winkin’ !

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First things first, I know what you’re thinking but yes. You can wear an outfit twice.

To put it simply, the majority of people are not fortunate enough to have an endless surplus of new clothing. Most people have to make do with what they have, so then it’s no surprise an outfit may make an appearance twice. The trick is to add variety to the outfit to differentiate between each time you wear it. This can be something as simple as changing your shoes or jewellery. Although the outfit is technically the same, the added accessories add a sort of diversion, drawing attention to the newest features.

Based on this recycling principle, when I’m buying new clothes I try to keep in mind at least 3  possible outfits I can create using the clothing in question. By using this mindset, I’m ensuring I get value for money and also maximising the potential of the clothing.

For me, my wardrobe is constantly growing and a lot of the time that leaves me thinking “If only I had this when I wore X outfit” .. but then I think, what’s stopping me recreating the outfit now with this newest addition? Think of it like a fashion evolution .. your outfit is evolving into a new and improved version of itself, what’s not to love?

 

Different outfits apply to different settings. But what if I told you, you can adapt the same outfit to fit different situations? This is exactly what I did here by turning a night look into a day time look in a few simple steps.

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NIGHT TIME

The above image is a “ready-to-hit-the-town-Enya”. For this outfit, I was going for a “Barbie meets Nicki Minaj” type look.

Let’s face it, girls own pink. I can remember strutting around in plastic pink high heels and a pink princess dress as a child or freezing to death at school with no coat on, on non-uniform days just to show off my new Barbie top. Pink symbolises womanhood, it’s empowering, it’s sexy. And that’s exactly how this outfit made me feel. The bralet allowed me to show just enough skin, paired with the culottes toning it down into a sophisticated number.

As I previously mentioned in my “Blues” edition of the series, mismatching textures is a law I follow in many outfits. In this look I combine fur, crepe and velvet and as you can see the end result of the contrasting fabrics is quite visually appealing. The shades of the pink also differ slightly, adding a subtle element of variety to the outfit.

If you haven’t already noticed, I am obsessed with fluff. Anything fluffy and I want it. It’s such a fun fabric to play around with. If I ever feel an outfit is lacking a bit of life, I will add a fluffy clutch or fluffy heels to add some excitement. These heels are, in fact,  a creation of my own, which you can learn to create in my DIY Fly category.

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Now watch the outfit transformed into daytime apparel

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DAY-BAE

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As you can see there’s no magical wizardry behind it. I literally added a cap and turtle neck and swapped the clutch for a Barbie bumbag.

Despite these minor changes, the outfit has adapted an entirely new vibe. “Ready-to-hit-the-town-Enya” is now “Ready-to-hit-the-sports-field-Enya” (trendy sideliner more-like).

Another fashion hack to live by has to be layering. Layer. Layer. Layer. I can’t stress how important layering is to me in terms of creating outfits. Not only does it achieve the 90’s vibe I strive to achieve but it also is practical as it keeps you warm. Trendy and flu resistant? Sounds like a winner to me! Bralets, just as I did in this outfit, are ideal for layering but corsets, leotards and even camis are a good idea too.

bralet @forever21

culottes @zara

heels @publicdesire (customised by moi)

necklace @riverisland

fluffy clutch @prettylittlething

barbie bumbag @vintage

hat @vintage

lipstick @nyxvividbrights

 

Ra!nbow #1; The Blues

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Research shows that bright colours encourage positive mental health so since my blog is based on positive self expression I thought it would be a good idea to do a series on brightly coloured outfits… Hence I ended up head-to-toe in blue.

Despite the fact I look like I’m on my way to an electro rave, blue actually primarily symbolises serenity, bringing to mind images of tranquil waters or cloud-free skies, blue is a peaceful colour. But clearly I don’t look like a tranquil wave; ultimately colour is subjective. In this case I’m going for alien trippy kinda vibes.

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A general rule I follow for most of my outfits is to try and mix up the textures in the clothing to give the look a more diverse finish. As you can see here I co-ordinated crepe, mesh and fluff all into one outfit. A lot of people put their energy into choosing colours and patterns rather than looking at the fabric itself which can be just as essential to an outfit. Under the mesh crop top I opted to wear a plain baby blue bra as I wanted to stick to the simplicity of a one coloured outfit. It isn’t until the trousers that some variety is introduced; blue running through white rather than entirely blue. These wide leg trousers are my favourite part of the outfit- not only do they look good but they feel good! A common problem with clothing, particularly trousers, is that often they look great but are uncomfortable to wear – you can’t sit down/ can’t cross your legs/ have to lose 10 pounds- you have to endure the outfit rather than enjoy it. The beauty of these trousers is they’re so comfortable and flowy you could almost sleep in them! To complete my outfit I paired my trusty go-to rope necklace to create a sort of symmetry to the outfit. The fluffy blue earrings are a creation of my own which I will explain in another blog post. Braiding my hair was a last minute decision that came to mind at the end of the outfit- it just seemed like an appropriate touch – I kept the hair bobbles (the bobble/ go-go/ scrunchy debate continues- call em what you want, you get the gist) in sync with the theme using blues and light greens. And of course, what would a blue outfit be without a blue lip? This blue lippy is an absolute favourite of mine, it adds such a pop of colour in an area people often overlook and in this case draws more attention to the colour scheme.

If you wanna be blue like me daba-dee-daba-da – sorry it was too irresistible it was bound to happen – then go for it!

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crop top @tkmaxx

bra @primark

chain @riverisland

earrings by moi (will feature in an upcoming post in DIY Fly)

trousers @h&m

lipstick @nyxvividbrights