Beaut.ie Street Style Competition

Khaki Parka, Miss Selfridge Denim Button Up Skirt, Black Poloneck

Hello there! I hope you are all having a lovely week and now have that incomparable Friday feeling lingering in your head! Just a quick post today – I need your help! I’ve entered the Beaut.ie Spring Street Style competition and need your votes to potentially win a trip to New York! The look I chose features my favourite purchase so far this Spring/Summer 2015 season, my Miss Selfridge denim button through skirt, as well as my old reliable khaki parka from Primark. I recently featured the above look on The Mix and Match (read the full post here) and got a great response, so decided to take the plunge, put myself out on a limb and enter the competition!

So, if you dig my street style look, I would be so grateful if you could pop on over to the competition page and hit that little pink heart! It take two seconds and you can vote once a day until next Wednesday, 15th April. Click here to view my entry and vote!

On that note, I just have to mention that I would NEVER have even dreamed of entering a competition like this if it weren’t for the confidence and contentment that blogging has brought me, and a huge part of that is all of the support from you, my lovely readers! It really means an awful lot to me, so thanks for everything guys! 🙂

Until next time! xx

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Outfit Post: Denim Button Up Skirt, Khaki Parka and Black Polo Neck

Khaki Parka, Miss Selfridge Denim Button Up Skirt, Black Poloneck, Tartan Scarf

This season’s fondness for seventies favourite, the button through skirt and the utility staple, the khaki parka are the perfect foil for a wardrobe transitioning from Winter to Summer…

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Outfit Post: Polka Dot Trousers

Denim Jacket, Graphic Tee and Polka Dot Trousers

Primark Jewellery, vintage style bag, polka dot trousers

This past summer, I conquered my deep rooted fear of a printed, tapered trousers with this printed jumpsuit, but since nothing else has quite taken my fancy enough to make a purchase. But when I saw these polka dot beauties in Penneys/Primark t’other day, my fate was sealed. Ever since I pinned this picture, I’ve been a tad obsessed with procuring a pair of dotty trousers. And whilst I doubt I will ever nail the effortless style and cool insouciance that this lady possesses in wearing her spotted pants, these ones are damn easy, and fun, to style. And only a tenner too – Penneys, you never let me down!

Of course my love of polka dots knows no bounds (as you may be able to tell if you look either side of this here rambling paragraph). It subconsciously translates into almost every aspect of my life – in decorating my home, myself and of course, my little internet space here on The Mix and Match. I’m constantly drawn to anything littered with spots! Partly owed to the fact that when it comes to styling ’em, the world is your sartorial oyster – denim, print, stripes, bright colours, earthy tones, monochrome – I dare you to name something wouldn’t look impossibly chic with a lil’ polka dot or two.

River Island Denim JAcket and Slogan Tee, Penneys Polka Dot Trousers

The shape of these trousers however was still a cause for concern as the looser fit around the bum and ankles were a far cry from my usual skinny jean safety net. And let me tell you, my shape does require any extra volume created with material! So this oversized River Island was the order of the day, helping me feel a little less self-conscious in adjusting once again to this new silhouette. It doesn’t hurt that this cover up is gloriously eighties in it’s bigger cut and acid wash. Hey, a little retro never hurt nobody (mullets and leg warmers, notwithstanding).

Topshop Lipstick in Innocent

I must not have been feeling at all myself this day as I rallied against my natural proclivity to paint my pout with red or fuchsia. Instead I opted for this, decidedly girly, pink shade – a terribly neglected tube of lipstick named “Innocent” from the fabulous Topshop range. I got this as part of an amazing Christmas set last year, which I’m hoping they will have once again! It’s honestly just so easy to wear and even nicer in the flesh, if I do say so myself!  Definitely check out what Toppers has to offer in the cosmetic department next time you’re in your local branch – I wouldn’t have a bad word to say about any product I’ve tried. From lipsticks, to blush, nail varnish and highlighter, I love it all! Have you tried any Topshop makeup products and can recommend? I would love to hear your picks!

Until next time xx

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Outfit Post: Autumn Layers

Leaves littering the ground? Sun beaming, low in the sky? Nip in the air? Check, Check, Check… Guys, I don’t mean to alarm you but grab your neglected winter woollies and the nearest cup of hot chocolate, because Autumn is here!

Autumn Leaves in Dublin

Dublin Ducks!

Topshop Tweed Coat, Primark Cable Knit Jumper and Grey Knitted Skirt

Coat – Topshop (Similar) // Jumper and Skirt – Penneys (Primark) // Necklace – H&M

Scarf – River Island (Similar) // Boots – Boohoo

Sunday was one of those perfect Dublin days…sunny and cold, with my man chum by my side. We ventured out for an afternoon jaunt in the park to admire the changing colours above out heads and under our feet. After stopping to feed the ducks, I must say we got  got a tad jealous of their gluttony and ambled in the direction of the nearest cosy pub for a most romantic…carvery. As I said on my Twitter, the heart wants what it wants… and a hungover head wants a gigantic roast even more!

Autumn Layers

Textures and Layers - Primark Skirt and Jumper, Topshop Coat, River Island Scarf

It was also a day that I decided, if I was going to fully commit to winter dressing from then on, I may as well go hell for leather…or wool to be more precise. I must say, I am quite content to pile more and more layers on as the weeks fly by and the air gets that bit crisper. Hence, my slightly Michelin Man-esque proportions in these photos…swathes of wool and a cocoon coat will do that to a girl. But I just adore the mix of textures here – the fine knit of the skirt; the oversized and chunky cable knit jumper and the grainy, knobbly material of this tweed Topshop coat. The coat itself is from two seasons ago, which speaks volumes about the benefit of investing money into outerwear (even if this was a cheeky gift from my boy!), in the fact it’s still in one piece and looks as relevant as ever in the grand scheme of this season’s coat styles. It also came with an utterly over the top, fabulous, detachable fur collar, one which I must root out of the ether on my next trip to my mammy’s house – perfect for adding that touch of old school glamour.

Lace detail on Primark Grey Knitted Skirt

The lace trim on this knitted skirt is a lovely finishing touch, and a nice nod to the slip style dresses that are so popular at the moment. I featured both it, and the jumper, in a recent Mix and Match post, so it seemed a natural progression to pair the two together. And with a subtle “half-tuck”, I think the proportions of this oversized knit and rather fitted skirt work really well together, particularly when the basic motivation to get dressed and leave the house was a gigantic feed – the forgiving waistband and cosy coverup was darn tootin’ good idea! I just absolutely love this this time of year…now, can someone remind me of all this seasonal enthusiasm when I’m moaning about my inevitably soggy socks and runny nose come January? Please and thanks!

I’d love to know what your idea of a perfect Sunday is, outfit and all – do let me know in the comments!

Until next time! xx

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Monday Mix and Match

This is a post that’s has a whole lotta mix and match, not so much Monday – my bad! First I caught a virus, and then my computer caught a virus  – what are the chances! It definitely wasn’t conducive to timely blogging, but fear not, I’m back and as excitable as ever about all things aesthetically pleasing. Feast your eyes on this lot…

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Avoca Print and Painted Duck

Now, if you’re an active member of any sort of social media platform, you won’t be able to move for the influx of motivational quotes and inspirational advice come Sunday night/Monday morning . As ridiculous and overused as I think a lot of them are…they are absolutely my guilty pleasure! Great for adorning your Instagram feed with and helping to quell “The Fear”, these are even better to have dotted around your home for some cheesy  motivation on the regular. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a sucker for a good font too,  and am currently compiling a lust worthy Etsy wishlist of all things printed and pretty. It’s a really great way to add some character and fun to your home décor and believe it or not, the print above is actually a framed greeting card that I picked up in Avoca for €3.95. Tucked into a antique gold frame I picked up in my beloved Tiger, for €3, this is definitely an idea for all you decorators on a budget – never ignore the greeting card aisle again. “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy” – I’m trying my best anyway!

Beauty

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Stellar

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer Applicator Shape and Colour

Now this,this is a lip gloss with a difference! Don’t ask me what made me pick this product up – I’m a lipstick lover, through and through, and it’s glossy, gloopy cousin brings back far too many memories of ill-advised frosted teenage pouts (mainly my own). But I’ve heard a lot of buzz about the new Rimmel Apocalips range and so when looking for a pick me up whilst doing my grocery shopping, in the basket this went. (On a side note, whoever thought of putting cosmetic stands in supermarket aisles is an evil, marketing GENIUS – eyeshadow and blush is so much more exciting than broccoli)

To sum up, this product is billed as a “lip lacquer” rather than a straight up gloss, said to combine “the intense colour of a lipstick with a lacquer like shine”. And for me, this is exactly what it says on the tin! Nowhere near as sticky as a run of the mill lipgloss, it glides on smoothly and accurately with the tapered applicator, creating a beautifully bright punch of colour on the lips that looks as vibrant as it does moisturising. Basically, this is a nifty little two in one product that feels just lovely on the lips and has fantastic colour pay-off to boot. Unfortunately, it probably won’t withstand mealtimes and you will need a reapplication there after. However, for me this is to be expected for a product with this much moisture. I purchased in the shade number 501, “Stellar”, which is a high intensity pop of pink toned red that I absolutely love. I even wore it to work – nothing distracts from your flu-induced, zombie-esque pallor like a good, strong lip! The Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer retails at €7.95, not too hard on the pocket. I am also dying to try to matte Lip Velvet version – anyone tried this yet and can recommend?

Fashion

Primark Suede  Leather style Reversible Handbag - Black

Primark Suede & Leather style Reversible Handbag - Grey

This bag is a little gem of a find. As if Penneys need to provide any more bang for your buck, they come along with this nifty little two way number. This bag can be flipped and worn in either a black or grey colour way. Mind…blown! Lol! Combined with the classic shape, mix of suede and leather style finishes and roomy pockets, this handbag is an absolute winner. It was only €11 too – perfect for my currently quite meagre budget. I’ve mentioned before that I am heading on holiday to Amsterdam at the end of November, so I am scrupulously saving my coppers for that – i.e. it might be a little quiet on the new purchase front here for the next while! I reckon this bag will perfect for wandering around, playing tourist though and hopefully I will able to find some more bargain winter wardrobe updates before my trip. And if I do, you’ll be the first to know! In the meantime, if y’all have any recommendations on places to eat, shop or see in Amsterdam, hit me up in the comments!

Until next time!! xx