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Wardrobe Update: Spring Faves

Sick of looking at the same clothes in your wardrobe? Isn’t it time your gave it a bit of a refresh?

The highstreet is awash with Spring/Summer brights and our wish lists are getting longer and longer. Check out some of our favourite pieces from the highstreet below because isn;t it time you treated yourself 😛

Spring Favourites

River Island, €75 – Shop HERE
River Island, €80 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €76.04 – Shop HERE
River Island, €43 – Shop HERE
River Island, €45 – Shop HERE
Oasis, €80 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €69.13 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €71.85 – Shop HERE
River Island, €50 – Shop HERE
Oasis, €80 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €30.40 – Shop HERE
Topshop, €60 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €34.56 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €60.21 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €58.07 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €52.54 – Shop HERE

Stylishly yours,

Heather x

*Please Note: The above included links are affiliate links and Heather may receive commission based on sales via these links*

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Win Shoes for you & Your Best Friend!

**** THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED ****

The winner is Nicole Hallinan and she has been contacted via email 

 

Hey ladies

Delighted to have teamed up again with the lovely folks over at Vaughan Shoes to showcase their stunning Spring/ Summer collection for 2018.


And I am thrilled to announce there is a very special 15% DISCOUNT CODE for Style Fairy readers across  the entire Vaughan Shoes website using the code ‘TSF15’ at the checkout. This code is valid from today (4th April 2018) until 18th April 2018.

Plus, if you scroll to the bottom of this post there is A GIVEAWAY for you & your best friend 😉 

I am a huge fan of Vaughan Shoes; they stock an amazing array of fantastic brands including the likes of Amy Huberman, Clarks, Dubarry, Pedro Anton, Kate Appleby and Jose Saenz to name just a few.

I originally came across Vaughan Shoes when I was hunting down a pair of wedges a few summers ago and my love affair with THE comfiest wedges around began… Pedro Anton (see that range here). Plus, this seasons Amy Huberman collection is my favourite of hers yet, wait til you see it, trust me, you will want them all!! See here.

Vaughan Shoes,  winner of the Retail Excellence Award for Best New Website 2018, is a 100% Irish owned company offers free delivery nationwide, a very easy returns service plus a very quick and easy click & collect service across their 3 stores in Castlebar, Ballinrobe and Claremorris. And wow I have to say I am seriously impressed by their Spring/ Summer collection.  To showcase their latest and greatest I have decided to do “The Style Fairy’s Top 10 Buys” across their website.

COMPETITION TO WIN AMY HUBERMAN SHOES (OR ANY SHOES YOU LIKE FROM VAUGHAN SHOES)

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this blog post to see how you can WIN a pair of shoes for you AND for your best friend from the stunning Amy Huberman collection or if you prefer, the winner can simply pick from ANY shoes they wish across the website.

THE STYLE FAIRY’S TOP 10 BUYS

In no particular order here are some of my best buys from the current collections at Vaughan Shoes:

Amy Huberman, €99.95 Shop here
Amy Huberman, €99.95 Shop here
Amy Huberman, €99.95 Shop here

 

Amy Huberman, €99.95 Shop here
Marco Tozzi, €49.95 Shop here
TB Craddock, €49.95 Shop here
Kate Appleby, €59.95 Shop here
Amy Huberman, €99.95 Shop here
Amy Huberman, €99.95 Shop here
S. Oliver, €69.95 Shop here

COMPETITION TIME

Win a  pair of shoes for you and your best friend  – Yes ANY pair of shoes you like the entire Vaughan Shoes website

TO ENTER THE COMPETITION SIMPLY:

  • ‘LIKE’ AND ‘SHARE’ THIS POST ON FACEBOOK
  • TAG YOUR BEST FRIEND  ON FACEBOOK 
  • IF YOU ARE NOT ON FACEBOOK, YOU CAN ‘LIKE THE COMPETITION POST ON INSTAGRAM AND TAG YOUR BEST FRIEND 
  • LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW SAYING YOU HAVE ENTERED AND WHAT SHOES YOU WANT TO WIN  (it is VITAL  you enter here on the blog too as we need your email address to contact you, so this is a necessary element of the competition) 

The lucky winner will be announced on Wednesday 11th April –  We will draw the winners name at random and will announce this on Facebook – You will also get an email from The Style Fairy admin. Then you will get to choose any shoes you want and they will be immediately posted out to you 🙂

EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT 

Don’t forget from today  until 18th April 2018 there is 15% OFF across everything on Vaughan Shoes. Simply use the code ‘TSF15’ at the checkout. This applies to all brands, plus all mens shoes, so you might just pick up something for the hubby too (They stock great mens brands too like Tommy Bowe, Dubarry and lots more!)

Very best of luck to everyone

Naomi xxx

 

  ** This is a sponsored, paid for blog post in collaboration with Vaughan Shoes **

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Outfit Ideas: Midi Skirts

Midi skirts are one of our faves here at The Style Fairy. We love styling them up with heels for a night out or sandals and a tee for day time. Also a fan of this style of skirt? Check out the five looks we have styled below 🙂

Look 1

Top: River island, €9 – Shop HERE

Skirt: River Island, €48 – Shop HERE

Earrings: Topshop, €12 – Shop HERE

Bag: River Island, €45 – Shop HERE

Shoes: Topshop, €40 – Shop HERE

Look 2

Top: Topshop, €20 – Shop HERE

Skirt: Topshop, €76 – Shop HERE

Earrings: River Island, €17 – Shop HERE

Bag: ASOS, €16.32 – Shop HERE

Shoes: ASOS, €40.53 – Shop HERE

Look 3

Skirt: Oasis, €52 – Shop HERE

T-shirt: Oasis, €26 – Shop HERE

Earrings: River Island, €13 – Shop HERE

Bag: Oasis, €40 – Shop HERE

Shoes: River Island, €50 – Shop HERE

Look 4

Bodysuit: River Island, €47 – Shop HERE (or similar HERE and HERE)

Skirt: Warehouse, €30 – Shop HERE

Earrings: Topshop, €8 – Shop HERE

Bag: ASOS, €13.51 – Shop HERE

Shoes: ASOS, €40.54 – Shop HERE

Look 5

Top: Topshop, €75 – Shop HERE

Skirt: River Island, €50 – Shop HERE

Earrings: River Island, €10 – Shop HERE

Bag: ASOS, €33.78 – Shop HERE

Shoes: ASOS, €29.33 – Shop HERE

Stylishly yours,

Heather x

*Please Note: The above included links are affiliate links and Heather may receive commission based on sales via these links*

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Trend Alert: Pretty In Polka Dots

Lots of us have wardrobes which could do with the injection of some print. Polk dot print is a real classic which is coming back big this Spring/Summer. Check out the style inspiration below for some ideas on how to style this fashionable print.

Style Inspiration

Check out how you can replicate these looks with our high-street picks below 🙂

High-street Picks

Bodysuit: River Island, €43 – Shop HERE
Blazer: Topshop, €52 – Shop HERE
Dress: ASOS, €43.24 – Shop HERE
Skirt: River Island, €50 – Shop HERE
Top: ASOS, €37.84 – Shop HERE
Dress: Topshop, €68 – Shop HERE
Skirt: River Island, €24.32 – Shop HERE
Top: River Island, €43 – Shop HERE
Dress: ASOS, €60.84 – Shop HERE
Dress: Boohoo.com, €22 – Shop HERE
Playsuit: ASOS, €28.03 – Shop HERE

Stylishly yours,

Heather x

*Please Note: The above included links are affiliate links and Heather may receive commission based on sales via these links*

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Star Buy: Pink Party Top

Blush pink, lush fabric and flattering shape… what is not to love about this beauty. This weeks star buy is the perfect party top to throw on over a pair of skinny jeans. It’s also a complete steal at just €33!

Star Buy

River Island, €33 – Shop HERE

Check out the 3 looks we have styled with it below 🙂

Look 1

Top: River Island, €33 – Shop HERE

Jeans: River Island, €50 – Shop HERE

Earrings: River Island, €8 – Shop HERE

Bag: Topshop, €25 – Shop HERE

Heels: New Look at ASOS, €35.12 – Shop HERE

Look 2

Top: River Island, €33 – Shop HERE

Jeans: Topshop, €55 – Shop HERE

Jacket: River Island, €95 – Shop HERE

Earrings: Topshop, €13 – Shop HERE

Bag: Topshop, €43 – Shop HERE

Heels: ASOS, €43.24 – Shop HERE

Look 3

Top: River Island, €33 – Shop HERE

Jeans: River Island, €55 – Shop HERE

Coat: River Island, €90 – Shop HERE

Earrings: Topshop, €12 – Shop HERE

ASOS, €40.54 – Shop HERE

Boots: River Island, €50 – Shop HERE

Stylishly yours,

Heather x

*Please Note: The above included links are affiliate links and Heather may receive commission based on sales via these links*

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Friday 5 Under €50

We all deserve to treat ourselves now and then and at the Style Fairy we believe that treating yourself to something doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank.

Check out this weeks top 5 pieces under €50 🙂

Hot List

1. Orange ‘vita tunica’ t-shirt, River Island, €25 – Shop HERE

2. Black faux leather mini skirt, River Island, €43 – Shop HERE

3. Floral corset swing dress, Pretty Little Thing, €40 – Shop HERE

4. Tassle tab slouch bag, River Island, €45- Shop HERE

5. Black studded heels, ASOS, €47.28 – Shop HERE

Stylishly yours,

Heather x

*Please Note: The above included links are affiliate links and Heather may receive commission based on sales via these links*

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Wedding Guest Dress Ideas

We get lots of requests from our wonderful followers for wedding guest dress ideas, and because we have spotted some gorgeous dresses online, we decided to do a list of all our faves. No matter what your budget there is something for you.

Comment underneath with any blog requests you have 🙂

Under €50

Missguided, €37.84 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €47.20 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €51.35 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €37.84 – Shop HERE
Pretty Little Thing, €42 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €47.30 – Shop HERE
Pretty Little Thing, €41 – Shop HERE

Under €100

ASOS, €60.81 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €87.83 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €54.05 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €64.86 – Shop HERE
Oasis, €80 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €56.67 – Shop HERE
Chi Chi London, €87.83 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €74.32 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €87.83 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €87.83 – Shop HERE

Under €150

Oasis, €114.86 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €121.62 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €101.35 – Shop HERE
River Island, €107 – Shop HERE
Warehouse, €103 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €114.86 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €114.86 – Shop HERE

Stylishly yours,

Heather x

*Please Note: The above included links are affiliate links and Heather may receive commission based on sales via these links*

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Outfit Ideas: City Break Away

Planning a weekend away or city break? Not know what to pack? Well this a problem many of us have. When travelling with just your hand luggage you really have to be strategic in your packing and plan ahead.

To help you along we have styled four looks perfect for everything a weekend away with throw at you 🙂

Jet Setter

T-Shirt: Topshop €26 – Shop HERE

Leggings: River Island, €33 – Shop HERE

Jacket: River Island, €87 – Shop HERE

Headband: River Island, €17 – Shop HERE

Bag: ASOS, €40.54 – Shop HERE

Shoes: River Island, €35 – Shop HERE

Day Time Exploring

T-Shirt: River Island, €22 – Shop HERE

Skirt: Oasis, €45 – Shop HERE

Jacket: River Island, €80 – Shop HERE

Watch: Abbott Lyon, €135 – Shop HERE

Bag: Topshop, €29 – Shop HERE

Trainers: New Balance, €77.02 – Shop HERE

Evening Dinner Date

Dress: River Island, €87 – Shop HERE

Jackets: River Island, €80 – Shop HERE

Earrings: River Island, €17 – Shop HERE

Bag: River Island, €55 – Shop HERE

Shoes: River Island, €65 – Shop HERE

Girls Night

Jumpsuit: Topshop, €80 – Shop HERE

Necklace: River Island, €25 – Shop HERE

Clutch: ASOS, €33.78 – Shop HERE

Shoes: Missguided, €33.78 – Shop HERE

Stylishly yours,

Heather x

*Please Note: The above included links are affiliate links and Heather may receive commission based on sales via these links*

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Friday 5 Under €50

We all deserve to treat ourselves now and then and at the Style Fairy we believe that treating yourself to something doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank.

Check out this weeks top 5 pieces under €50 🙂

Hot List

1.  Twinkle faux pearl earrings, ASOS, €5.41 – Shop HERE

2. Light pink patent pointed shoes, River Island, €47 – Shop HERE

3. Light pink tie front short sleeve blouse, River Island, €40 – Shop HERE

4. Suede envelope clutch, ASOS, €27.03 – Shop HERE

5. Coloured isabella jeans, Oasis, €47.20 – Shop HERE

Stylishly yours,

Heather x

*Please Note: The above included links are affiliate links and Heather may receive commission based on sales via these links*

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Maternity Fashion: Jeans

Hey ladies

Maternity jeans….. Where do I begin? It’s a minefield. And one that sparks massive debate among pregnant women!

Its funny, in my first pregnancy, I couldn’t wait to get into a pair of maternity jeans, this time, I stayed in my regular jeans as long as I physically could!!!

What maternity jeans do I wear & recommend is the number 1 asked question since the moment I shared the news of my pregnancy. And it’s a hot debate too, you ain’t felt scorn til you get the rath of an angry pregnant woman who DOES NOT LIKE over the bump jeans…. Lol!

Let me start this jeans debate with something I’ve learnt over the years from styling, personal shopping and just personal experience. Our body shapes vary massively, and same goes in pregnancy, our bumps vary, so our preference in jeans will vary so so much. What one woman loves and finds doesn’t slip and super comfy, another woman may totally disagree and find them uncomfortable and baggy. It just comes down to body shape. I am gonna go through all the various brands I have tried, share my recommendations, and general thoughts on them. This is just my personal preferences and what I find suits me and i will continue to update it as my pregnancy progresses.

What’s available?

The good new is, maternity fashion is is evolving and improving all the time and more and more we are seeing high street brands releasing bigger and better maternity collections; when I asked readers to tell me your favourite brands, the list was massive, so here are just some brands to keep an eye out for….

H&M
New Look
Penneys (Primark)
POCOS
Freddies
Next
Dorothy Perkins
Topshop
Boohoo
Mothercare
iClothing
Isabelle Oliver
Mamalicious

Over the bump Vs Under The Bump 

Which is better? The true answer – NEITHER. It depends on you, all of us have our preference. Last pregnancy, I loved over the bump, even from early days, this pregnancy, I am loving under the bump too. Some woman will say ‘over the bump are disgusting and sweaty’ while others tell ‘they won’t go near under bump styles’, My advice? Try styles on, pick your side and make up your mind for yourself. I have a mix of both styles and like both, often depends what I am wearing on top. I find under the bump good in early pregnancy where as weeks go on I know over the bump will be my preference.

The dreaded ‘Slip Down’

In preparing for this blog, I have tried so many styles of jeans and talked to so many women about maternity jeans and we all have the same complaint – why do they slip? Vast majority do, some more than others. Some styles will slid on some women and some won’t, comes down to our body shapes again, but it really is annoying, the slip becomes less annoying as bump gets bigger and you fill out the jeans more, or so I think I remember the last time around…

Brands I’ve tried

Penneys 

Hearing Penneys have a maternity collection is music to the ears of the vast majority of pregnant women, when you’re pregnant, yes, you want to look good, your self esteem may be low, you may feel fat or swollen, you may feel ugly and can be desperately hormonal, you want and need new clothes but yet you don’t want to spend a fortune – Step in Penneys! Penneys have over the bump styles and under the bump.

Their under the bump jeans for me are not working; gutted because I love the stretchy fabric, they are the perfect perfect length, the top of them looks great but they just sit waaaay too low on me and literally give me a builders bum! Now in saying that, I am a classic pear shape and have a verrrrry long torso (and short legs) but because of my long body, low rise jeans are terrible on me and for whatever reason the Penneys under the bump don’t really suit me. Even though they have some major positives! I am going to try wearing them again, hoping they stretch and get more comfy?! But they are not getting a thumbs up from me…

I really like the Penneys over the bump jeans, I am wearing them lots. I think as bump gets bigger I will wear them even more. The downside of them?? I find the over the bump fabric a little baggy and they are a tad loose on the waist band, it’s like there is too much fabric, and also the actual  material that goes over the bump is quite thick (think they might be roasting in summer) BUT having said that I find them very comfy. And I find myself reaching for them lots. Maternity jeans by their nature slip down, all brands, slip a little. So I find, wearing a tight vest and pull it down over the bump helps keep the jeans in place, especially the over the bump ones. The biggest pro for Penenys jeans? The price tag!

Sizing: True to size

POCOS

I have the black mama-to-be jeans from POCO (see here) They don’t come cheap and I totally understand that many will feel they can’t justify the spend on maternity jeans. Having said that, I can see myself wearing them for quite a while after the baby is born too, they are under the bump style with a really nice stretchy waistband. The instant you try them on, you know you are dealing with a really high quality fabric. They have straight away become my ‘good jeans‘, I only wish they were available in blue (The ‘Off Duty’ style is available in blue but I am not as keen on that style) Although they are under the bump, they are not really low waisted, so that style suits me, they do tend to slip a bit, but not as bad as some other styles do.  The only other drawback is, I got the regular leg length (and I am 5 foot 7) and they are too long, they gather at the ends, so I have to turn them up, I would have been far better with the short leg, again personal preference but I do prefer my jeans the wee bit shorter.

Sizing: True to size (except in length)

H&M

Here is were opinions divide…..drastically. H&M seems to be the number 1 rated among majority of you ladies, I got these (see here); the MAMA Skinny jeans and to be honest, I hate them! Lol… They are the most uncomfortable off all the maternity jeans I’ve worn, they just don’t suit my body shape, they are small fitting, and very hard to get over my hips, I do have big hips but in saying that if they are uncomfortable to get on now, how will I manage when I am bigger? They are also too long, so I need to roll them up, I like the style/ colour but I actually had to go and change the last time I wore them and I found them that uncomfortable. I think a large part of it is the fabric, no stretch or give at all.

Sizing: Go up a size (also very long)

New Look 

The New Look over the bump jeggings were my no1 fav last pregnancy and they are right up there again this time. great price, nice fit, right length, comfy. See them HERE. In fact, overall I rate New Look very highly for all maternity wear, online always has the best selection. The only drawback is I find them a little baggy in the over the bump section, I think i could have gone a size down perhaps. Otherwise, really like them

Sizing: Go down a size if between sizes, slightly on the big side. 

ASOS

When it comes to choice; you simply cannot beat ASOS. Go to their maternity section, filter to jeans and you get 80 different options; petite styles, high waisted, over the bump, under the bump, jeggings- you name it! My personal favourites are these (see HERE). Reasonable price, good quality, great fabric and very comfy! If I was to invest in more jeans, it will be ASOS brand I go for!

Size: Bang on right size.

iClothing

Not technically jeans but I feel they warrant a mention in there.. The leather look trousers from iClothing are super super comfy and have a lovely stretch to them. Also, to be able to comfortably wear leather look trousers in pregnancy? I’m delighted!!! Use code TSF10 to get 10% off these beauties. See them here .

Sizing: Standard sizing, I was size 10 pre pregnancy and I am wearing the size 30. Keep in mind though they are a tad long I wear mine with one roll up.

Topshop

Topshop ‘Jamie’ jeans are as much a cult to so many women as ‘Molly’ River Island jeans are to me! Personally I never got the hype (I am too loyal to my Molly’s) but the great news is Jamies from Topshop are available in a vast array of maternity styles. See the full range here. In my last pregnancy I invested in the white Jamie jeans from Topshop (I was pregnant in the summer last time) and they were FAB! Really high quality, none or very little slip,  lovely fabric. I have enough styles to keep me going for now, but these are 100% on my to be list… see here. They come in two leg lengths to which is great. Topshop in general have a fab maternity selection, your best choice is online, it tends to be a little pricier but in return you get very good quality. I am particularly loving their pyjama range – Would be lovely as your hospital set.

Sizing: Stick to your own pre pregnancy size. Topshop can on occasion be a little on the small size.

Keep Checking In…

That’s my round up for now, but what I plan to do is edit and update this as the months / weeks go on, and as I try other brands and as bump changes and grows.  I know for lots of women maternity jeans are the no 1 buy in pregnancy (and rightly so!)

Hope you enjoyed the blog post 🙂

‘Til next time

Naomi xxx

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