Thursday, 27 June 2013

48th Street

Jersey, (here) & Trainers (here), Topshop  // Boyfriend Jeans, New Look (here) // Watch,
 Michael Kors // Sunglasses, River Island // Bracelets & Rings, Topshop/H&M/Ebay
Here is a closer look at the outfit I wore to Penneys (Primark to my UK readers) Press Day in Dublin on Tuesday. I went for a very casual take on the sports luxe trend. I loved this basketball jersey the moment I spotted it in Topshop a couple of weeks ago. I love the aerated sides and the bright yellow. It was a really warm day and I did a lot of walking so the outfit was perfect.
If you missed last nights post, click here to read all about how I got on at the press day and what Penneys/Primark has in store for AW'13.
Also, be sure to 'like' my Facebook page and follow me on Instagram and Twitter to see loads of pictures of what's coming into Penneys in the coming months!

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Penneys/ Primark AW'13 Press Day

From ladylike pastels to roughed up 90's grunge to baroque blacks, Penneys/Primark has plenty to offer for AW'13.

The Graceful Story takes influences from elegant, vintage ladylike with pretty pastels and blush-hued pieces. AW'13 boyfriend coats don't need to be sombre blacks and greys, this pink coat is perfect for lightening up your Winter wardrobe. While the Graceland story is feminine, the Penneys girl is not so soft, find pretty pastel pieces with leather piping or encrusted in jewels.

Gothic Glamour is all about excess! With influences from Dolce & Gabanna and Versace, the clothes, the accessories and the fabrics are ornate. Think Gatsby inspired baroque pieces in deep blacks with some shimmering golds and luxe leather-like dresses.

Highland Grunge gives a nod to Axel Rose with it's 90's urban aesthetic. Influenced by Cara Delevinge, Rihanna and Rita Ora, sports luxe trainers, woolly hats, leathers and tartans are key pieces. Biker jackets are given a longline tyle and jeans are given a rubber or waxy finish to give them a more grungy look.

Cyber Jungle is all about luxe fabrics. Sweatshirts replace Winter knits and are embellished or with lace overlays, anything but ordinary. Penneys has surpassed expectations with the quality of their fabrics this year. They have also been using real leather for the first time, and yet their prices remain unchanged.

Amazing food & lemonade to satisfy the style savvy press // Pastel & grey hues

Whether you prefer ethnic styles or vintage inspired jewels, accessories are worn in excess. Stacking is huge for AW'13, think rings and bracelets aplenty!

Cover up those pins in style this Winter with a great variety of trouser styles

Black is key for bags this season and find masculine pieces with these western ankle boots (my favourite from the collection) and this oversized bouclé boyfriend coat.
My Penneys AW'13 Wishlist..

Sports Luxe Leather Shorts // Western Ankle Boots // Burgundy Fedora // Ankle Strap Courts

Are you following me on Instagram? Here are just some of my snaps from the day, including
 having so much photobooth fun with Ciara from Wild Child Stories and that sweet
baseball cap! Find me on Instagram and Twitter here & here,
or search @pennyandpolaroids.


Monday, 24 June 2013

Xposé Magazine Feature June '13

Here is my latest feature, I'm very excited to be featured for the second time in one of my favourite magazines, Xposé Magazine. I love this magazine, and especially love this particular 'How We Wear It' feature which sees four bloggers style an outfit to fit a certain theme. This month we were asked to style our typical outfit for 'Summer in our City'. Here is what I wrote:


My go-to summer outfit has got to be high-waisted, 501’s style denim cut offs and a simple white tshirt. White tshirts and jeans/denim shorts is effortless  yet stylish and flattering. I love summer days in Galway, it’s the perfect city on a nice day as it is not too busy yet there is a bustling atmosphere the minute the sun shines.  A simple outfit which epitomises effortless chic is perfect for Galway. Cut off’s and a crisp white tshirt are perfect for shopping on a sunny day, it’s a light, casual and comfortable outfit.
As the outfit is so basic it gives you the perfect opportunity to add something different, I have added colour to my outfit with this yellow skinny belt which I picked up in Galway’s Portabello store for €2. I love wearing headbands and you can see how this suede and feathers headband transform the basic, polished look and gives it a bohemian, festival-like feel. When it comes to summer days in the city, sunglasses are a must. I chose these retro style frames to keep with the laid-back feel of the outfit. Summer for me is reminiscent of youth, fun and nonchalant dressing and I think this outfit embraces that.

You can also view my previous Xposé featured here.


Saturday, 22 June 2013

Insta-Penny Lately 06/13

I've been shopping! Make up essential and a free Benefit passport cover from Brown
Thomas // Find the links to this varsity jacket & jersey on my Facebook page (here) //
Gorgeous heels sent to me by the wonderful people at Boohoo

Outfit Post, see it in full here

Sports Luxe outfit post, see it in full here

Latest article // Chalky pink nails & my S initial ring // Friday night glass of wine //
My June Wishlist (here)

Enjoying the sunshine // Wearing my converse in the park on a sunny day trip to Dublin //
Healthy breakfast


Friday, 21 June 2013

Running Wild and Looking Pretty; Angela Scanlon

A Vogue style crush, presenter, writer, stylist, self-proclaimed tomboy who has received style acclaim from fashion’s elite, what’s not to envy love? Angela Scanlon has a resume, and a wardrobe, to assure her hot seat amongst fashion’s style icons.
Angela Scanlon appears regularly on Xposé, Off the Rails and Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, to name a few. She has interviewed the likes of Christian Louboutin and contributed to Grazia Daily, Tatler and the Sunday Independent. Yet her inspiring and ever-expanding resume is somewhat undermined by the style acclaim she has received in recent months. The porcelain beauty has been named the ‘one to watch for 2013’ by the Vogue magazine, The Observer has dubbed her as 2013’s onscreen fashion queen and she has stylishly graced the pages of both Vogue and ELLE Japan in recent months.
A strong rock n’ roll, urban aesthetic imbues in Scanlon's personal style. She can adapt a trend with her very own, epochal take like no other. She’s always on trend but her unruly self assures she gives the look her unique perspective, each trend is born anew in way only Angela Scanlon can pull off.  Her style exerts coolness and nonchalance, yet it is Vogue worthy. Back in April of this year, Scanlon landed her style portfolio on one of the most prestigious style features, Who What Wear’s Style Stalker. With the likes of Olivia Palermo and Miraslava Duma preceding her, she received the ultimate style acclaim by style’s hottest website.
 With a penchant for masculine pieces and tailored silhouettes, she perfectly teams a well cut dress or suit with a boyish biker jacket, opting to look a little more roughed up and a little less panache. Daring when it comes to prints, and an affinity to be unruly, she is fearless when it comes to styling. Her style is ever more amicable as she wears high street and vintage clothing and not merely designer pieces, yet what she does style resembles the silhouette of an entirely designer outfit. The designers she does wear are also quite affordable, think Cos and Maje, great tailoring and luxe fabrics.  
Scanlon has not instantaneously become a fashion-household name, she has worked and her work has been successful, but she is instantaneously likeable. Her website, humorous and well styled akin to herself, is always a great read. Her post, which she calls ‘rants’, are witty and intelligent, and again from a unique perspective. Flashback to her very first post where she vows her writing will be “real, raw, informative, but always honest”, she continues “If that’s not your thing, Drive On”. And there you have her, no fuss, no pretence, a real girl with real, intelligent perspectives. Scanlon has become a society It girl, a style icon, a friendly TV personality and an all-round girl crush, and she has done so by being her rock n’ roll, impeccably dressed and witty self. 

The prestigious Who What Wear Style Stalker feature (read it here)

Rockin' overalls // Metallics at an event // The outfit that made Vogue 

Catch up with Scanlon's ever-present wit and humorous banter in her column for U magazineon her website and on Twitter @angelascanlon.

Monday, 10 June 2013

White Luxe


Blazer & Skort, Zara // Tshirt, Rihanna for River Island // Sunglasses Rings & Trainers, Topshop // Watch, Michael Kors // Bangles, Ebay/H&M/Topshop Mixed // Beige Nail Paint by Barry M

I am loving the sports luxe trend this season and here is my understated take on it which I wore last week. Although the pieces aren't key pieces from the trend, these trainers from Topshop transform the look. They're my newest adored purchase, I was so excited to find them on Topshop. As you may know, if you are a regular reader of my blog, I adore Isabel Marant and especially love her sneakers. These trainers are very like her Baya style ones which are the newer high top style. I loved the older style which were the precursor of the hugely successful high top style on the high street, but I prefer this more slouchy and relaxed style. The ones I'm wearing are so similar to the Baya style (view them here).

This Zara skort (or Culottes) is yet another hugely successful style. I had them on my May Wishlist and was so excited to get them but they were sold out online at the time. As I have said previously, I try and stay away from pieces which everyone else is wearing and this skort is certainly one of them, it is hugely popular amongst bloggers and on Instagram. However I had been lusting after these for quite awhile and had to have them. I love wearing shorts (as aforementioned in my June Wishlist) and this style is so flattering and makes short shorts look that bit more elegant. Well as elegant as little white shorts can be I guess! They also come in black and red, find them here.

This white tank top is by Rihanna for River Island, a collection, I'll admit, I was quite disappointed with, but this is a great basic. I can never have too many high neck white tshirts and tank tops. I have this blazer since last year, I actually featured it in my very first outfit post (see it here). A white or cream blazer is a wardrobe staple. I adore the caped look and as it was a hot yet breezy day, a caped blazer was perfect to compliment the outfit.

I always try to style pieces that are very popular, like this skort, it a little bit differently which is why I wore it for a daytime, relaxed, sports luxe look. An entirely white and cream outfit is of course a bit of a risk but I really liked the look of this outfit, especially in the sunshine. And I think the crispness of the white, along with the caped blazer, gives it a very luxe look.


Saturday, 8 June 2013

White Lace in the Sunshine



Dress, Platforms, Titan ring, Topshop // Sunglasses, Tiffany & Co. // Watch, Michael Kors
// Bangles, Ebay/H&M  // Coiled Rings, Forever 21 // Midi Rings, Hello Miss Apple

I featured both this dress and platforms in my April Wishlist (see it here), but not in the actual Wishlist collage. I posted them as I had just purchased them together and loved how they looked together. I had been lusting after the wedges for some time and when I went into purchase them I spotted this dress and loved it. I adore the crochet waist. It is very short so I had to DIY a white slip for underneath but it was quite fitted so it sat very well.
I love the nude and cream palette of the outfit. It is a very typical Summer style and my Tiffany & Co. sunglasses were perfect for it. I love the shape of these sunglasses and they are so comfortable to wear. They were a gift from my boyfriend, Stiofán, last Summer and I am so happy to be getting wear out of them again now that we have some sunshine. I really like the simplicity of this outfit but added lashing of gold to break away from the prettiness slightly.
I have been doing a lot of blogging this week and have much more to come within the next few days so be sure to sign up to my blog on Bloglovin' (you should also download the free Bloglovin' app, I love it, perfect for following and discovering blogs and so easy to set up) and follow me on Facebook to keep up with all my posts and inspirations.
Also, this week I reached over 500 followers on Instagram which I am thrilled with as I have not had an account for very long. Thank you to all my followers. Find me @pennyandpolaroids.
Have a great weekend..

Friday, 7 June 2013

Exciting package from Boohoo.. Carrie Nude Ankle Strap Heels

Carrie Heels from Boohoo
I received these gorgeous heels in the post earlier this week from Boohoo's amazing press team. They are part of a gift I received from attending their AW'13 Press Day in London, which you can read about here. I am so grateful for the gift, they're amazing!
I love this style and these Carrie ones form Boohoo are perfect, I adore the gold heel. The nude colour is perfect for Summer and will go with everything. They are also available in black, find them here.
I am so excited to style them. Thank you Boohoo crew!

Thursday, 6 June 2013

House of Fraser SS'13

Jeans that are favoured by top fashion icons, the most coveted designer bags, all your make up bag could desire, and the perfect occasion wear selection, House of Fraser is your one-stop retail house for all your beauty and fashion desires.
What I love about stores like House of Fraser and Brown Thomas is not only the generous quantity and quality of its merchandise, but the general aesthetic of the store itself. The luxury of the store makes for such a pleasurable shopping experience. And now you can shop from the luxurious House of Fraser online. Indulgence has never been so simple. House of Fraser is the ultimate website for designer accessories, fragrance, cosmetics, and your must have attire fro SS’13. The website also offers international shipping.
SS'13 House of Fraser Lookbook
House of Fraser has all the SS’13 trends from bold graphic oriental, floral to monochrome aplenty. Minimalistic is also key this season and House of Fraser is always a perfect choice for classic, minimalistic and elegant pieces. Monochrome was a key trend on the SS’13 runway for Acne, Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren, all of which can be purchased at House of Fraser. Linea, which is an own brand of House of Fraser, also embraces monochrome and minimalistic trends with beautifully cut pieces. Elegant dressing is simple with designer pieces. House of Fraser makes it effortless to emulate a panache minimalistic yet gorgeous ensemble.
House of Fraser is embracing simple lines, neutral colours, and the colour of the season, bright white. But if white isn’t your choice, colours are big and varied, bold colours are clashing, prints are floral and tropical, and materials are sheen. From basic to appliqué materials, what was on the SS’13 runway, is available in House of Fraser and online.
From unique designers like Mary Portas and Biba, House of Fraser has collections that you will not find easily anywhere else. Biba is a glamorous sixties label which relaunched in 2010, exclusively to House of Fraser. It’s an iconic brand of exquisite, glamorous designs. Sports luxe is a key trend this summer and I think the quality of the pieces you use to emulate this trend is vital. There is a huge difference between the designer pieces and items from the high street when it comes to sports luxe particularly, material and the quality of the fabric is key. Look out for silk, leather or cupro shorts, bold colours and Summer biker jackets from Pied a Terre to nail this trend, think of statement dressing this season.
For those of you who prefer to shop on the high street, relative to designer, you may still prefer to opt for designer occasion wear. Coast is always a beloved choice for Summer weddings and races. Coast is renowned for it’s beautifully cut, elegant occasion wear and it’s affordable designer price tag. Not only will you find elegant gowns, House of Fraser has all you need to complete an outfit from beautifully structured headpieces for the Races to comfortable yet gorgeous heels for that Summer wedding. And once again the website will simply navigate you to style the perfect outfit for your occasion, simply click HERE for it’s Occasion Shop and find it’s subcategories, heels, bags, headpieces and even the perfect cover-ups, which are essential for Irish weather!
Take me out to the races; Coast, Untold & Kaliko @ House of Fraser
Every girl should own at least one pair of designer jeans, when it comes to jeans quality and fit is everything and high street just can’t compare to the likes of J Brand, Citizen’s of Humanity, 7 for all Mankind and Hudson, all of which, amongst many other lines, are available from House of Fraser’s extensive denim range. Adored by celebrities and fashions elite,  Hudson jeans are most sought after and are not easily found in Ireland or the UK. The handcrafted, premium denim, jeans are available in many styles from HOF. With expert tailoring they form the a perfectly flattering silhouette. Synonymous with superior quality and fit, designer jeans, albeit pricey, are an investment you won’t regret. And when investing, it is important to choose the perfect pair, luckily House of Fraser online have produced the ultimate Jeans guide which you can view HERE.
Patterned Jeans are huge this season like these by J Brand @ House of Fraser, Find classic styles in premium cuts
 by Hudson (centre)
Similarly the website offers a Skincare guide to guide you through their extensive cosmetic range. You will also find an extensive lingerie shopping guide online to ensure you get the best fitting and flattering pieces, find their lingerie buyer's guide  HERE. 
Designer Sunglasses are the ultimate indulgence, find styles by Tom Ford, Coach and Prada amongst many others
 at House of Fraser
House of Fraser has an extensive range of the adored Michael Kors bags
House of Fraser is a premium store that not only has a vast choice and premium brands but that is there to help you through your shopping experience, be it online of in-store, House of Fraser is the epitome of luxurious shopping.
This post is specifically for House of Fraser, all images are courtesy of the company
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