Coat & Sunglasses, Topshop // Sweater, River Island // Jeans, Hollister // Trainers,
Primark/Penneys // Bag, Parfois // Rings, ASOS
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Last Saturday I was invited to visit Parfois’ Limerick store in the Crescent Shopping Centre. If you follow my blog and social sites you’ll know that I love Parfois bags, and so I was very excited to visit and preview their latest collection (and shop!) Parfois is a porteguese brand which has recently launched in Ireland. It is yet to launch in the UK so it’s really exciting that it’s come to Ireland first which rarely happens. What I love about Parfois is the quality of the bags, they look expensive but they’re so affordable. Their most expensive items are around €50 and that’s for large bags and holdalls. Be sure to check out my Facebook/Instagram/Twitter for images from my visit.
The day itself was quite cold and miserable in the morning so I opted for a comfortable and casual outfit but luckily the sun came out in the afternoon just in time to get some outfit shots. I purchased this sweater in River Island a couple of weeks ago and I love it. I’ve always loved crew neck sweaters, they can be dressed up and down with a sports luxe style. Keeping with monochrome I wore my white coat and my Penneys trainers which were €5! I’m lusting after a pair of Nike 5.0′s in black and white but I couldn’t resist these for that price. I love ripped jeans and they’re been a spring/summer staple for mine for years. They’re a huge trend this season, in both boyfriend or skinny styles. I’ve been wearing boyfriend jeans a lot lately so it was a nice change to pull out my old ripped, skinny Hollisters. If you want jeans that’ll last years without stretching or going out of shape, Hollister are a great choice.
I’m flying to Arizona on Friday with all my closest friends so I will be taking a small break from blogging but I will be posting all the time on my social media accounts. We’re travelling from Arizona to Nashville and then onto Chicago so if you’d like to up to date with my travels be sure to follow me on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter. I’m so excited!
I have just finished a nine day nutritional cleansing programme, the Clean 9, by Forever Living. Akin to many detoxes one of the benefits of the Clean 9 detox is to lose weight, but it’s not the only benefit and it wasn’t my goal. My goal was to completely cleanse my body and organs and the Clean 9 does just that. I honestly believe seldom detoxes are great for your body. Just as you would cleanse your face or have facials, it’s just as important to cleanse your body of all the toxins that have built up. Although for some a nine day detox may seem like far too long, studies show that shorter detoxes can be too difficult on your body to adapt and confuse your digestive system. The Clean 9 aims to detox and cleanse your digestive system and restore your nutritional balance. The main part of the Clean 9 detox is drinking Aloe Vera gel which has naturally cleansing and detoxing properties and over 75 nutrients. Along with the Aloe Vera gel and other natural supplements and shakes the Clean 9 is basically great for your internal organs, weightloss and healthy skin, hair and nails.
The first two days of the detox are the hardest as you cannot eat at all and you can’t have any caffeine and can only have Aloe Vera gel, nutritional shakes and supplements. Surprisingly enough I didn’t feel that hungry. Although I really wanted to eat I think it was more of the fact that I couldn’t have it or enjoy food that bothered me most. By the evening of the first day I felt quite lethargic but this quickly passed once I had my “dinner” of supplements and a shake. The second day was much the same, I felt fine all day but had no energy in the evening. That night however I actually woke during the night feeling very nauseous and still felt a little unwell in the morning. On the third day you are allowed to eat a 600 calorie meal in the evening (or you can split these calories into two meals). As I felt quite ill I knew I needed to eat something and ate toast and ceareal that morning. This was definitely a big cheat but I knew I couldn’t stomach the gel without lining my stomach. I started to feel better that afternoon and continued with the detox.
I have to admit I have felt great ever since day three. I really love my food, have a notorious sweet tooth and love my coffees so I can’t say I found the detox easy. Having said that I didn’t miss caffeine and I was rarely very hungry (just craving sweets!) I haven’t been tired at all since day two and feel like I have a lot more energy. I lost a little weight and I also think my skin looks better. The hardest part for me was taking the Aloe Vera gel, it really is hard to stomach in the first few days. Apparently it tastes worse with the more toxins you have in your body. I found it pretty horrible for the first two days and dreaded taking it but by day five I found it so much easier, perhaps my body was less toxic or perhaps I just got used to it but either way I was just happier it didn’t bother me so much.
The Clean 9 does do pretty much what it says it does. You will lose some weight and feel great afterwards but I wouldn’t rely on it to lose a lot of weight and to keep it off. Unless you continue to eat clean it’s unlikely that you’ll keep that weight off, and it is pricey so you really do want to benefit from it. If you’re looking for a good detox, or you’re looking for motivation to eat clean and lose weight then I would certainly recommend it. My top tip would be cut down on caffeine in the few days prior to your detox to avoid getting headaches or feeling very lethargic, once you get to day three or four you won’t need your morning coffee!
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Victoria Beckham looked amazing once again stepping out in Chloé pastel blue palazzo trousers recently. Teamed with a simple white top, peep-toe shoes and aviator, Victoria knows simplicity is key when styling the wide leg trend. If Chloé trousers aren’t quite in your budget, check out my high-street choices below to achieve Victoria’s look.
Belfast Fashion Week saw the official Irish launch of a brand new Italian label, Fashion Gossip. A unique brand, Fashion Gossip produces multiple capsule collections and made to order designs ensuring that all their pieces are always unique and never mass produced. With the success of their sold out collection following Belfast Fashion Week, Fashion Gossip are now launching their collection of tops and kimonos here in Ireland. View the capsule collection on fashiongossip.itor on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a further look at the exquisite Italian designs. You can also submit your own look to their ‘How We Wear It’ feature. I had the opportunity to preview the collection last week and style one of their tops which you can see on my Facebook/Instagram/Twitter accounts also.
How amazing is this necklace from Zara? I love the antique style and pastel hues, it’s perfect for spring. As is this full, fifties style midi from Boohoo. I actually already have this style in a pastel mint shade but I’m still lusting after the white version. I really am a real lover of white! I’ve also been searching for a long sleeve crop top and found the above one on Boohoo, it also comes in various colours.
I spotted these New Look wedges last week and regret not buying them since. I’m not a huge lover of chunky wedges so this style is perfect for me, they’re so chic and classy. They’re such a bargain at only €25 so I think I’ll need to order them! I’m also lusting after these Kurt Geiger sandals after seeing them in Brown Thomas last week, I adore this simple two-strap style and the nude colour.
I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of sunglasses for the summer and after looking at so many styles I really want a pair in the style above, with a slight cat-eye style but not overly so, and in a brown shade. I’m really lusting after a pair of Chanel sunglasses, they’re always on my wishlist, but these by Minkpink at Asos are far more budget-friendly for now.