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.

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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.

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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

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

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Orange you glad you caught this post?

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

 

 

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

hallo-QUEEN

‘Tis the season for lingerie and long wigs and oh what a season it is.

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Halloween is the one night in the year when racoon eyes are the goal and wearing, what my dad would call, “half an outfit” is socially acceptable.

Halloween is all about pretending to be someone you’re not. When you were little, Halloween gave you the opportunity to be the Disney princess you always dreamed you’d be or maybe you wanted to see what life felt like on the dark side and fill the shoes of a blood sucking vampire for the night – the beauty about halloween is it lets you be whatever you want to be. So if you struggle with body confidence or self love than why not be your sexy alter ego for the night? Put on a wig, slip into some sexy lingerie and adopt the attitude of a sexier version of yourself. It gives you the chance to test the waters, to explore a version of yourself you may want to be without having to commit to it – if you want black hair but aren’t confident enough to take the plunge then why not wear a black wig for halloween, if you don’t get the reactions you were hoping for you can put it aside after the night and close that door. If you’ve been feeling down in yourself, you got sucked in by all the beautiful airbrushed Instagram beauties and now you’re saving your pennies for liposuction so you can get Kim K’s waist, then Halloween could be the pick-me-up you needed. It’s an opportunity for self love, staring yourself in the mirror you’ll see a Victoria Secret Angel version of yourself – you will be the sex symbol you’re usually in awe of. You’ll feel how you look: sexy. And when you look sexy, confidence will come naturally.

And yes, of course, there’s the haters who will label you a slut and such, but the reality is no matter what you do in life there will always be people against you. We all must accept the fact that no matter how much we may want to, controlling other people’s thoughts and actions is ultimately out of our control. All we can do is control our own. So you must make the choice; Do you live your life a certain way to get the approval of certain people? Do you live your life the way that makes you happy and gains YOUR OWN approval? Regardless of what decision you make, hate is inevitable.  Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

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veil @amazon.co.uk

wig @amazon.co.uk

stockings @amazon.co.uk

bra @annsummers.com

leotard @boohoo.com

suspenders @boohoo.com

skirt @missguided.com