True Wardrobe Essentials Part 4 - The Striped Top

For as long as I can remember a striped top has been an important part of my wardrobe. When talking about wardrobe essentials with clients, it is right up there at the top of the list. It is one of those pieces that gets so much use, in fact there is very little in your wardrobe that cant be styled with a striped top. Here are some tips that will help you pick a style:

Tips for buying a striped top

  • Stick to the more traditional colours, i.e navy or black with white, these colour combos are most versatile

  • Try and avoid fabrics with too much elastine, to avoid it clinging to any unwanted areas. A cotton mix is best.

  • Choose a flattering neck line, I love the Theo and George boat neckline

  • Choose a full length sleeve or a 3/4 length as it’s a great piece for layering throughout the year

  • Avoid going for a size that is too small, this is a casual piece that should be worn loosely

  • Stripes comes in lots of colours and sizes. The key is choosing a style to suit your individual body shape. For larger sizes horizontal stripes are more flattering

  • Calculate the cost per wear of the top? Sometimes the more expensive piece may be better value in the long rum

  • Ask yourself will you wear it a minimum of 30 times

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True Wardrobe Essentials Part 3 - Golden Goose Runners

So many people have asked me are Golden Goose worth the money? I invested in my first pair 3 years ago and I am still wearing them today. To me they are timeless, stylish and so comfortable. They are also made from the finest of Italian leather. Considering I wear runners at least 70% of the time I don’t mind splashing out on a pair of Golden Goose, especially given my current lifestyle, which definitely justifies spending on sneakers rather than Manolo’s. There is so much choice when it comes to picking a pair, everything from high tops, low tops, platforms, metallics, leopard prints, the list goes on… But one thing you need to be sure about is that they justify their cost per wear.

Tips for buying Golden Goose

  • If it’s your first pair, I would opt for a more neutral style that will go with more outfits. I would go for a white base with a pop of colour which best compliments your wardrobe. Keep the more adventurous styles for your second purchase.

  • Their sizing is true to size

  • I find that I wear darker styles (metallic and black) during the winter months and the brighter colours (white and gold) in the summer

  • A word of warning, most of their styles have a distressed look (incase you think you accidentally bought a second hand pair!)

  • If you prefer a shoe with a bit of height the platform is a great option.

  • Many of the styles come with coloured laces, which I often advise clients to change up to a more neutral colour to give them more styling options.

True Wardrobe Essentials Part 2

Wardrobe Essentials are the staple pieces that you need in your wardrobe. I often find if clients complain about having a wardrobe full of clothes, yet have nothing to wear, it may be because they are missing the key pieces that are required to ‘build’ outfits. Everybody’s wardrobe essentials vary somewhat depending on their personal style and lifestyle. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing my True Wardrobe Essentials which will include all of my favourite basics and, most importantly, pieces that have passed the ‘30 Wears Challenge’. I will include at least three different price options and, where possible, at least one of the brands will be a sustainable label.

Beige Cardigans

Tips for buying a beige cardigan

  • When choosing your size go up a size opting for a more relaxed fit

  • Choose a shade that best suits your skin tone, personally the darker tones are better on my pale skin

  • Check the washing instructions, does it need to be dry cleaned (think of the additional costs)

  • Check the fabric composition, is it made from natural or synthetic fabrics? Personally I prefer natural fabrics, but sometimes a mix may be more durable

  • Calculate the cost per wear? Does it justify it’s purchase price?

  • Ask yourself will you wear it a minimum of 30 times?

True Wardrobe Essentials Part 1

Military Jackets

5 rules for buying a military jacket

  • Choose the correct shade that complements your skin tone

  • Ensure that there is enough room so that you can layer it in the winter with fine knits and long sleeve tops

  • Check the style: the more traditional style tends to be a boxier fit, so this may not suit suit all body types. if you are a larger size I would choose a more fluid fabric or even a style that has a belt to accentuate the waist. if you are small in height you may want to go for a shorter style

  • Avoid styles that are over embellished (e.g. embroidery) these styles will date quicker

  • Check the pocket placements - sometimes pockets located when the breasts can draw attention to the bust

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The White Tee

6 tips for buying a white tee

  • Avoid buying a size too small, leave room for movement and length should be long enough for tucking in option

  • Avoid a tight neck line (it should fall just under the bones at the bottom of the neck)

  • Check the fabric composition! Avoid polyester ,a cotton mix is best.

  • Examine the weight of the tee, you want to ensure that it durable and long lasting (30 wears!)

  • Personally I like when the sleeves are long so I can have the option to roll them up twice

  • Try it on with your nude (not white) bra to see the fit

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If you purchase an item above I may make a small commission. I really want to emphasize that I only work with and promote brands and products that I truly love and would genuinely wear myself.

My Curly Hair Routine

The most common question I still get is about my hair, which is very flattering as anyone with curly hair will tell you the struggle is real!

I’ve broken down my routine into 6 different steps which I most commonly follow to style my hair.

I answered lots of different hair questions on insta stories, click here for the link.


Links for the above products:

Boucleme Products - click here This is an affiliate link.

Deva Curls Products - click here

Wardrobe Audit

Having a great wardrobe requires a clear, structured, plan. I know this might sound a bit over the top but we could spend our time on worse things than planning how fabulously stylish we are going to be in 2019!

I decided to complete my own personal Wardrobe Edit in order to get a clear picture of my wardrobe going into 2019.

I started by asking myself the following questions:

  • What were my favourite/most worn pieces in 2018? (#30wears and beyond)

  • Do my most worn pieces correctly reflect my personal style or do I want to dress more professional, younger, smarter, chicer etc?

  • What pieces did I wear the least? Should they be removed? Or could they be restyled/upclyced etc?

  • How many new pieces did I buy in 2018?

  • Have my new purchases achieved the 30 wears status? (Or will they in time?)

  • What were the “Bad Buys”?

  • How many “Bad Buys” were there in 2018?

  • Where are the gaps? What do you need buy in 2019? Create a wish list.

  • What needs to be replaced or updated?

I find answering these questions usually gives clients a clearer picture of their current style as well as highlighting what works and what doesn’t. The fun part of doing a personal wardrobe edit is that it allows you to compile a very focused, conscious, shopping list with pieces that will truly reflect what you need in your wardrobe in 2019 . Nothing like justifying a good days shopping!

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On a personal note, I honestly felt like I really had not shopped at all this year. But during my wardrobe audit, I was surprised with how many pieces I had actually bought over the past 12 months. 21 items of clothing, 6 pairs
of shoes (4 sandals) and 1 handbag. Yet I must admit I still feel slightly deprived! Do you think this is a little or a lot? (Below is a list of what I bought in 2018)

My lack of shopping was partly due to the fact that I was really trying to practice what I preach and become a more sustainable, conscious, shopper. I wanted to ensure that all of my new purchases achieved their 30 wears status.
(Although trying to be conscious and minimalistic shopper obviously does not lend itself to creating new or fresh content on Instagram!) But I do feel that one issue is more important than the other.

Above is a detailed list of all my purchases from 2018. I have also highlighted what items were bought on sale and which pieces have already achieved their 30 wears status. Many of the pieces were bought in recent months so they haven’t achieved their status yet! I also think it’s important to note your “Bad Buys” as you may notice a trend that you could avoid in the future, i.e Poor Quality

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Above is a Wish List for 2019, obviously I am not going to go out and buy everything on the list tomorrow but it is a good guide for keeping you focused going into the new year.

I hope you found this post helpful.

I hope you a wonderful New Years Eve.

Orla x

My Top 10 Irish Gifts

I’ve spent a lot of time researching for this blog post as I am very conscious this time of the year can often result in over-consumerism and many brands pushing the latest fashion fix. Therefore, I really wanted to limit this list to exactly the type of gift that I would genuinely love to receive, while also supporting Irish businesses. I haven’t included any clothes in this post as I think buying clothes as gifts is usually risky business (unless you are a stylist of course ;)) This post is free from any type of paid promotion or complimentary gifts.


Lola Donoghue Prints

My husband bought me a Lola print for our anniversary last year and I have to admit it’s definitely one that he got right (no pressure for this year Colin ;)). I actually found myself buying furniture to match the print although I’m pretty sure it’s meant to be the other way around!

Click here for link.

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Domino Whisker Embroidery

I initially spotted these in Brown Thomas two years ago and I have been thinking about them since. It’s difficult to choose one as my favourite as I love them all. How beautiful would this look on a gallery wall?

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Foxford Bed Linen

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was “Invest in good shoes and good bed linen because when you aren’t in one you are in the other”

These bed sheets are the ultimate luxury. I have owned several sets over the years and they been such a good investment. They wash well and are easy to Iron and even make you want to dress your bed perfectly every morning ;)

Click here for link.


Kinvara Skin Care

These products always get amazing reviews. I love the fact that not only are they clean (zero chemicals), they are also effective. Their Rose Hip Serum is my favourite, but this gift set is good value if you want to try a few of their products.

Click here for link.

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Siobhan McNutt Prints

I’m very proud to say Siobhan is one of my best friends! She had her first exhibition last month and it was a sell out. Even if you don’t have any connection with Galway I assure you, you will love these prints.

Click here for link.

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The Tweed Project

I bought one of these scarfs last Christmas as a treat to myself. It is an investment piece and it definitely one of my favourite accessories I have ever owned. I can’t wait to wear it when the weather gets colder here.

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Cloon Keen Candles

This product has been my go-to Christmas gift. I love everything about this brand, the owner (super stylish), the shop, the packaging and the scent of course. They sell in some of the top luxury retailers around the world.

Click here for link.

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The Ethical Silk Company

This is the perfect gift for curly heads! Unlike cotton, silk does not draw moisture away from your skin and hair. Instead it promotes a proper moisture balance and allows any face creams to be absorbed into your skin rather than into your pillow. Can someone please get me this for Christmas !!

Click here for link.

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Lovern Leather Barrel Bag

I only came across this brand recently. I love the unusual shape and colour of this bag. I could definitely imagine getting my 30 wears out of this one!

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Capulet and Montague Jewellery

if you are looking for something a little bit different this brand is definitely worth checking out. I always feel I play it too safe with jewellery but 2019 is a new year…

Click here for link.

My Top 5 Black High Waisted Skinny Jeans

I am a huge fan of all styles of jeans, from straight-leg to boot-cut, mom jeans to boyfriend jeans, the list is endless! There is one sytle that continues to be timeless, however, and that's high waisted black skinny jeans, which are both classic and versatile. They are a common essential in most girls wardrobes. After four years of trying numerous different styles with clients I have decided to share my top 5 pairs. Hover over any of the pictures for links.

Do let me know if you purchase any of the jeans and if you would like any styling suggestions I would be happy to give advice. Have a lovely weekend.


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My Top 10 Check Blazers

Hi everyone!

It feels like forever since I have written a blog post! It has been so hectic with our recent move to the Middle East, but I’m delighted to say that I finally feel ready and motivated to get back to business. As some of you are already aware I am going home to Ireland next week for a fortnight of work with clients which I’m pretty excited about. Honestly, I feel so far removed from winter coats and chunky knits at the moment - it makes a nice change! We are currently living in a small, historic fishing town on the Mediterranean coast, where shopping unfortunately is not an option. Although, it is a small price to pay for living in such a beautiful and unique place for 6 weeks. I had to spend a lot of time doing my homework online, researching all the latest trends and what’s in the stores at the moment. When I return to the Middle East at the start of November we are moving to the city of Beirut, so this will no longer be an issue! The style is absolutely amazing in Beirut I am honestly so excited tat the prospect of living there for a year. The fashion, food and culture is pretty cool - it’s easy understand why it’s known as the Paris of the Middle East.

When it comes to my list of wardrobe essentials, a good blazer is right up at the top. I am delighted to see that check blazers are as popular as ever this season. I lived in a Maje blazer last year and I cannot wait to wear it again next week when I go home. The 30 wears challenge was never in doubt when I purchase this piece. I layered mine with cami’s, tees, knits and hoodies (not all at once of course!!!) I also paired it with jeans, dressy trousers and shift dresses. The double breasted blazer is very popular at the moment, personally I love it but I don’t think it’s a shape that works for everyone as it can add volume.

Do let me know if you purchase any of the pieces below and if you would like any styling suggestions I would be happy to give advice. I look forward to seeing some of you when I am home.


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Maje - The Best Bits

Last year I chose some of my go-to labels and picked out my favourite pieces. It got great feedback, so I decided to do it again this season. If you follow me on social media you'll know how often I wear this label. Although Maje is a little more pricey than the highstreet, I think the quality defintely matches the price-tag.  I have their pieces for years, and I'm still wearing them today. Below are some of my favourite pieces from this seasons collection. I hope you like them. 

Click on the image for links to the products. 

High End Wardrobe Essentials (Part 2)

This is one of my favourite posts because it includes some of my most beloved possessions! I’m definitely the type of shopper that focuses on quality over quantity, especially in the shoe and accessories department. As you may have seen from my recent post, I own very few shoes, and even less handbags. I tend to get around 3 years (plus) out of most of my shoes (especially the high ones), and 5 years (plus) out of my bags, so I don’t mind investing. 

My Shoes: The very first pair of expensive shoes I ever bought was a pair of Christian Dior peep-toe navy heels. I got them as a gift for myself the day I got engaged! It's crazy to think that was over 9 years ago. Since then I have treated myself to a pair of  Manolos Blahniks, Jimmy Choos, Christian Louboutins, Gianvito Rossi and Golden Goose. All of which have been a great success, except for a pair of Louboutin five & 1/2 inch Mary Jane heels that I literally could not walk in. It was a very expensive lesson in choosing the correct heel height. Since then I usually opt for 85mm heel. I know it’s a bit sensible but the comfort means I get a lot my use out of them. I can wear them to work too, which is important to me as I can be on my feet a lot. 

My Bags: My first investment bag was a Chloe around eight years ago. I still have it, and its still as perfect as the day I bought it. I definitely think the more I spend on something the more I respect it, but I do try to justify its cost by using it as much as possible. After Bobby was born I got a Prada bag as my push present! I initially bought this bag for shopping with clients but I have to admit I find it too heavy to carry for the day. I now use it for work in GTI and its a perfect size to carry my notes, a small laptop, makeup and my wallet. I also use my small Marc Jacobs navy camera bag a lot . This a bag I highly recommend, but if you can stretch the budget I love the Givenchy one too. I recently bought the YSL Kate bag -I never had a bag i loved for special occasions or just nights out so this bag definitely fits that brief. I use a Sandro cross-body dusty pink bag in the summer, which some day I'd love to upgrade to the nude Mulberry Darley. So, that pretty much sums up my entire bag collection! I did warn you it really is not that exciting ;) 

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Tips for buying expensive shoes:

  1. Always try them on first - shopping online is risky especially with shoes as sizes vary so much. I am generally a size five but in some heels I now find I am a 4.  
  2. Choose the correct heel height - think realistically remember the 30 wears rule
  3. Ask if they need to be soled - surprisingly some of these brands recommend you get your shoes soled immediately 💁‍♀️ 
  4. Ask have they different shoe widths - some brands offer two different widths for narrower and wider feet. 
  5. Don't choose a shoe because of the brand alone, unfortunately the higher the price  does not always mean the high the quality.
  6. If you are buying a pointy heel, ask if the front dents. My nude Jimmy Choos dented across the front after the first few wears and it really annoyed me. Fortunately they replaced them for me but I would be reluctant buying them again. A good tip is stuff the pointy part with cotton wool to prevent this from happening.
  7. Calculate the cost per wear. I do this when I want to justify a expensive purchase 😜.
  8. Stick to more classic styles when you are investing so they won't date. 
  9. Always choose a style that will guarantee a minimum of 30 wears.

Tips for buying expensive bags

  1. Aways shop at a reputable store or online shop
  2. Be careful of online offers. If an offer looks too good to be true, it usually is. Unfortunately there are rarely discounts on designer bags, especially their staple pieces
  3. Check what materials are used in the bag - is it 100% leather?
  4. Check the lining - it is as beautiful on the inside as on the outside 
  5. What colour is the lining? Bright lining makes it easier for find things in your bag
  6. How can the bag be cleaned?
  7. Is a cleaning service or repair service part of their after sales service?
  8. Does the bag hold its shape? I sometimes find I need to stuff some bags with scarves in order to hold its shape.
  9. Has the bag adequate storage. i.e zips, secret pockets, phone storage etc 
  10. How versatile is the bag? Calculate the cost per wear by estimating how many uses you imagine it will get and divide it by the price. For example my Prada bag cost €1850. I have it now for over three years and imagine I will be wearing it for at least another 3 - 6 years in total. On average I used the bag at least 2 days a week so thats 104 days a year, so 6 years equal 624 days in total! Costing €2.96 per wear! 
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Boucleme Hair Products Review

I should start by explaining I barely ever change my hair routine. I’ve basically used Umberto Gianni products for the last 15 years - until I was introduced to Deva Curls 2 years ago by my sister-in-law. I loved using the Deva Curl products, but the biggest problem was getting them shipped to Ireland. I ended up paying an extortionate amount of money on postage!  I was searching for comparable products to Deva Curls and so was delighted to come across the Boucleme range (on thecurlylookdublin instgram account). They are a small UK based company, so their products were easily accessible online and they also have stockists in Ireland (I will link them all below). Their products are quite similar to Deva Curls - they are free from sulphates, silicones and parabens and they smell amazing!

See full review below.


If you have curly hair then you know the struggle; it tends to be a lot drier and more brittle than other hair types. Curly hair needs a lot more nourishing ingredients to help hydrate and strengthen it. My hair is typically fine and trends to naturally fall very flat on my head. So, not only am I looking to form the perfect curls, I also want to create as much volume as possible. Therefore it is essential that the products ingredients aren't too heavy for my hair, in turn weighing it down. 

  1. Step 1 - Cleanse This is a zero foam cleanser, if you haven't used one before you might find it strange that it doesn't create a lather. The harsh foaming detergents strip all moisture from hair, leaving curls dry and frizzy. Be careful not to use too much. In the past I never brought curl specific shampoo and conditioner, but I really feel this shampoo is a game changer.  
  2. Step 2 - Conditioner  This is the only product that didn't work as well for me. My hair tends to get very knotty when I am washing it so the conditioner wasn't strong enough to tackle my situation. My hair is highlighted and this makes it drier. I am going to get the intensive moisture to see can that combat my problem. 
  3. Step 3 - Curl Cream This is my favorite product. I put it in after I have finger combed my hair. Ensure your hair is soaking wet. DO NOT towel dry your hair.  I find all curly products work best when applied to soaking wet hair. I use 3 pumps of the cream and turn my head upside down and apply it from the root to the tip.  I used the Boucleme towel to scrunch up the curls and take out the excess water. The cream has a really nice texture and smell. 
  4. Step 4 - Defining Gel I really like this product. The texture is much nicer than the sticky Deva Curl gel and the curling results were much better for my hair. I put this product in directly after the Curl Cream. I only had to use a small amount of this product (size of €2 coin). I applied the gel from the root right through the curl. I used the Boucleme towel again to scrunch the curl and remove the excess product and water. 
  5. Step 5 - Pinning My Hair When I don't plan on scrunch drying my hair straight away. I pin up my hair using hair claws (the best ones can be purchased in Boots). This is an important stage for me as I need plenty of volume as I have fine hair. I often repeat this stage after my hair is dry to create even extra volume. When pinning your hair, divide your hair into 8/10 sections and roll the curls into individual sections and pin it to the scalp using the claws.
  6. Step 6 - Drying My Hair I generally put it on full heat and full power (although I think you should use a lower heat for best results). I personally don't like the look of jelly curls (i.e curls wet with product) so it's important to me to fully dry out my hair so there is no look of product left in the hair. While drying my hair my head is usually upside down to introduce volume.
  7. Step 7 After Drying My Hair I often repeat Step 5. Using the claw clips to pin up my hair gives it even more volume.

The Boucleme range has definitely suited my hair type. I loved the results. Curly hair can definitely be hard work, but with the correct products it makes the process worth while. I would highly recommend the Boucleme products. Here is the link!


High End Wardrobe Essentials

List of Wardrobe Essentials


  1. Navy Coat - Acne 
  2. Camel Coat - Max Mara 
  3. Navy Coat - Stella Mc Cartney
  4. Leather Jacket - Acne 
  5. Light S/S Jacket - Burberry   
  6. Marni x Stutterheim Raincoat  
  7. Casual Jacket - Moncler 
  8. Denim Jacket - Acne 
  9. Navy Blazer - Balmain
  10. Black Blazer - Theory 


  1. White Tee - Acne
  2. White Shirt - Theory 
  3. Blue Shirt - Theory
  4. Striped Top - Saint Laurent
  5. Navy Cashmere - J Crew 
  6. Black Knit - Joseph 
  7. Black Polo/Turtleneck - Raey 


  1. Black Jeans - J Brand 
  2. Blue Jeans - M.I.H Jeans 
  3. Black Trousers - Joseph 
  4. Navy Trousers - Joseph 


12 questions to ask yourself when your online delivery arrives?

Hi Everyone, 

I hope you are having a nice week!

I'm going to assume that in this world of E-commerce we are all aware of the general rules for online shopping; i.e ensure its a trustworthy site, don't divulge too much personal information and, if the offer looks too good to be true it usually is! So, with that in mind I'm going to share with you how to handle the most perilous side of online shopping; what to do once your clothes arrive!

Before I had kids I must admit I was not the biggest fan of online shopping, I love the whole shopping experience and getting to try on the clothes. Since having children however I have finally found the benefits of online shopping! Time is one luxury the little ones do not afford you, so being able to shop from the comfort of the couch as they sleep is a big win. Although I am obviously in the shops a lot with clients, I rarely have time to go back and pick up pieces for myself. It's better that way anyway, as it ensures I don't impulse buy any of the beautiful clothes you get exposed to, and financially you are much better off. You could literally spend the money as you earn it! 

  • So, once you've made your purchase and it arrives at your door, what should you do? First, try it on immediately and ask yourself the following question
    1. Is it the fit right? 
    2. Do I have something to wear with it ?
    3. Do I have to buy something else new to complete the look? If so, is it worth it?
    4. Can I afford to complete the look? 
    5. Can I style it a number of different ways?
    6. Is it a seasonable piece or can I wear it in summer/winter too? 
    7. Will it date quickly?
    8. Will it get a minimum of 30 wears ? 
    9. Is it as nice or nicer than what is already in my wardrobe?
    10. Do I love it?
    11. Does it suit my lifestyle, my body and my personality?
    12. Do I have something similar already in my wardrobe? 
  • The biggest test for me is 'How soon will I wear it?" If you really love something you should want to wear it immediately or as soon as possible (maybe the next wedding, party or night out). Basically, you should be dying to wear your new purchase. 
  • Return it immediately - "if its not perfect its not right"! Don't leave it hanging around the house. Even if it didn't break the bank you don't want your wardrobe getting clogged up with mediocre bits! 
  • Stick to labels and retailers you are familiar with - this way you know your sizing and you are familiar with the returns policy. I learned this lesson the hard way when I paid €77 to return a dress to the States, and that was after it cost €36 postage in the first place! 

I have linked the different looks below. The orange jumper is sold out but click here for a similar one.

I hope you found this post helpful. I would love hear your feedback on instagram. 

Have a great week!

Orla x 

Shoe Essentials

How many shoes is too many? .....I have had clients with over a 100 pairs of shoes in their wardrobe, yet struggled to find the right shoes to match an outfit.

I think shoe trends can come and go very quickly but there are some classic styles that I consider wardrobe essentials.

When I decided to do a blog post on shoe essentials I started the task by looking at my own wardrobe and seeing what shoes I own and what shoes I wear most often. This can be a helpful task for you to consider doing at home so you can see where you are duplicating and where the gaps are. I found that I have 19 pairs of shoes in total,  all of which have passed the #30wears test except my silver boots and my navy heels (which is probably down to my social life more than the shoes)!

Over the years I have really tried to focus on quality over quantity especially when it comes to shoes. I really want to be sure that each pair will get a minimum of #30wears to justify the expenditure. One of the important points to consider when buying shoes is to choose a height you will realistically wear. A lot of the designer labels (e.g Jimmy Choo, Manolo's, Christian Louboutin) have 3 different height choices. Also be careful with sizing, I seem to have gone down a size with so many labels. 

Below is my curated list of shoes that I think should see you sorted for any outfit or occasion. I hope you find it helpful. I would love to hear your feedback on instagram.

I will share my personal shoe collection with you on Insta stories during the week. Most of the shoes linked below are in my closet or similar styles to what I have. 

Have a lovely week xxx 

#30wears: Check Blazer

Hi everyone! 

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and had a good start to 2018! 

This year I'm really going to focus on Wardrobe Essentials for everyday use that are versatile, easy to wear and will prove the golden 30 Wear rule! If you have been following me for some time I’m sure you are already aware of the #30wears challenge. The initiative was set up by Livia Firth at Eco Fashion (Colin Firths wife), with the aim to stop impulse buying. When you are about to buy a piece of clothing ask yourself, am I going to wear it a minimum of 30 times? If the answer is yes then buy it, but you will be surprised how many times the answer is no. So many of my clients have come back to me saying this has completely changed the way they shop. The one area where I can find this challenging is when shopping for a going out look or special occasion looks. So I try to share my clothes with friends and family and visa versa instead of buying a dress or top to wear just once. I have even loaned dresses to some of my good followers for weddings and events in order to try to achieve the 30 wears status! 

As you probably know by now, Sandro is definitely one of my favourite labels. Every season I buy at least one piece - and to say they get 30 wears is an understatement! When I saw this blazer I knew immediately it would be a great addition to my wardrobe. I love pieces like this that work well with what I already have. When purchasing a new piece I always advise clients to think of how it will work with existing pieces. If my client has a wardrobe full of clothes, yet has nothing to wear, I usually find that they are focusing on finding something special (i.e "something different" or "unique") instead of good basics when shopping. This is all well and good, but only if you have the wardrobe essentials nailed first.

I chose 3 very simple and easy looks for the blazer. They are all made up of my key wardrobe essentials.

  1. In the first look I wore the white Cos collar, a simple fine navy knit and blue jeans. This is definitely my signature look. I think it is a look that works well on almost everyone and it’s so easy to achieve.
  2. The second look is my grey uniform; grey jeans and grey knit. This look really needs something to funk it up, whether it’s a chain, scarf or some cool runners. I chose an oversized cashmere scarf from Cos. I also wore wine platforms from Zara with it. Grey is definitely not for everyone and but it’s a great alternative from black, blue or navy jeans. 
  3. The third look works with almost every blazer, jacket and coat in my wardrobe. I wore skinny black AG jeans with a fine knit polo neck from Cos. The black boots are from Acne. If you don't have a good pair of black jeans and a good black knit in your wardrobe I would put them on the top of your shopping list for 2018. If you want it to look really sharp keep your black jeans black (with dye) and invest in a good knit.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it useful. I would love to hear any advice or comments you may have on this subject! 

Orla xxx 

Jacket - Sandro -  click here for link    Knit - COS -  click here for link    Detachable collar - COS -  click here for link    Jeans - Seven - click here for link 

Jacket - Sandro - click here for link

Knit - COS - click here for link 

Detachable collar - COS - click here for link

Jeans - Seven - click here for link 

Blazer - Sandro -  click here for link    Black polo - Cos -  click here for link    Black jeans - AG Jeans -  click here for link    Boots - Acne Jenson -  click here for link

Blazer - Sandro - click here for link

Black polo - Cos - click here for link

Black jeans - AG Jeans - click here for link

Boots - Acne Jenson - click here for link

Jacket - Sandro -  click here for link   Cashmere Grey Knit - Marks and Spencer's -  click here for link   Jeans - Joes -  click here for similar    Shoes - Zara - sold out -  click here for similar

Jacket - Sandro - click here for link

Cashmere Grey Knit - Marks and Spencer's - click here for link

Jeans - Joes - click here for similar

Shoes - Zara - sold out - click here for similar

The look below is from a previous blog post!  


Wedding Style

Happy New Year everyone. We celebrated in style in Mount Juliet for my cousins wedding.  Mount Juliet is definitely one of the nicest hotels in Ireland and the perfect setting for a winter wedding. Since posting my pics to Instagram stories of the wedding I have been inundated with messages asking about everyone’s outfits so I figured the best thing would be to do a quick blog post linking the outfits. 

p.s Most of the outfits are linked below. 

Dress -  Folkster €150 ,  Shoes - Manolo Blahnik , Belt - Ribbon from Hickeys 

Dress -  Folkster €150, Shoes - Manolo Blahnik, Belt - Ribbon from Hickeys 


Brenda’s Navy Dress - Cari's Closet 

Ann’s Dress - Covet Dress Hire  (no link available!) 

Aine's Dress see link above!

Aine's Dress see link above!

Andrew's Suit - Tom Ford 

Andrew's Suit - Tom Ford 


Clare’s Black Off the Shoulder - see pic above ☝️ 

Katies Cream Dress - Needle and Thread  - sold out - see similar here

Elaine’s Wedding Dress - Kathy deStafford  

My Dress - see pic above ☝️ 

New Year Resolutions

We are currently on a three-and-a-half hour car journey to my cousins wedding in Mount Juliet, so I decided to pass the time by compiling some New Years Resolutions! It’s something I’ve never done before, so hopefully by committing it to my blog it will make me more accountable 😜.

  1. The #30wears Rule. This is one of my golden rules with it comes to styling clients. If you can’t see yourself wearing it at least thirty times it doesnt justify its purchase. I must admit in 2017 I made two or three bad purchases. One was a full length black dress from Maje I bought on sale (don’t be fooled by a bargain 🙈), & the other was a navy velvet jumpsuit from Finnery (see pics below). Both of which I like but they aren’t going to get the 30 wears any time soon 🤦‍♀️. The #30wears rule is also a good way of justifying that designer bag. I’m currently deciding between an YSL and Chloe! 🤔I think the Chloe is more practical for every day use so I think the cost per wear will be much better. 
  2. Less time on social media. I want to be more constructive with my time on social media. Last year I deleted the Facebook app off my phone and it made a huge difference! I have since lost my password to log back in and I’m not missing it one bit! I obviously have the business app on the phone that allows me to post content to Facebook but it doesn’t allow you to see other accounts. Instagram is my guilty pleasure I could spend endless amounts of time scrolling aimlessly through feeds. This year I’m really going to try and stop ramdomly checking in on Instagram and only follow accounts I am geniuely interested in or want to engage with. 
  3. Support more local, ethical and sustainable brands. This is a topic I cover with my students and I find it very interesting. It’s also quite challenging because of the cheap and easy temptations of the high street. Unfortunately some of the more sustainable and ethical brands aren’t as accessible (and are more expensive). In 2018 I hope to be more ethical in the choices I make. I also hope to create a list of labels that have the right ethos and share it with you all.
  4. Travel more. Now that the kids are a little bit older I hope we can do way more travelling. We may even have a very big trip coming up in 2018 that I will look forward to sharing with you.  
  5. Further Education. I love doing part time courses. Since finishing my Masters in Corporate Stragey and People Managment  in NUIG I completed a number of part time courses in London College of Fashion. I spotted one in Fashion Consumer Behaviour. I thought the topic would be very interesting for me as a stylist so hopefully I will have the opportunity to pursue that in 2018. 
  6. Spend less time on my phone. A few months ago I set an alarm on my phone to turn it off for 3 hours every evening from Monday to Friday from 5.30 to 8.30. It’s such a busy time in our house, I felt the phone was too much of a distraction and tbh most evenings I look forward to turning it off.  Over the Christmas I’ve completely gotten out of the habit so come Jan 1st I’ll look forward to  resetting my phone alarm again.