|OOTD | Smart Casual |

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Blazer: Zara
White tee: New Look
Necklace: Primark
Jeans: ASOS
Shoes: Zara 

On a day-to-day basis I generally love to over-dress & look smart but today I just wanted to keep it smart-casual for a change. Dressing super-smart every day gets tiring after a little while after all!

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90% of the blazers I own are from Zara because of their amazing fit. They’re more pricey than some of the other high street stores out there but in my opinion their fit surpasses the rest, especially for a slim, long-limbed girl like me. Their blazers look tailored as they fit my body so well & the sleeves are long enough for my long arms to not have to always roll them up (believe me, that’s a rare find in a blazer for me).  This is one of my favourite blazers I own because I absolutely love the light pink shade – it adds the perfect amount of colour to my otherwise neutral outfit.

One of my favourite place to get my white tee’s is New Look because the wash well & they also fit me well. This particular one however is pretty long & looked messy left out with such a smart blazer so I tucked it in to keep it smart.

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Now let’s just mention my Zara shoes. They are so comfortable to wear & can be worn casually or with a smarter outfit – I love versatile items like this. I always look down at these shoes & think they look a lot more expensive than what I paid for them. The quality is fab & those tassels are so damn cute.

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|OOTD : Neutral Tartan|

 

DSCN1333.JPGDress: Zara
Tights: Primark
Watch: Red Herring
Boots: Dune 

I bought this dress last Winter & at the time it was a pricey purchase at £60 but I just had to buy it. I absolutely loved it then & I still love it now.

I absolutely love a bit of tartan. I think that comes from both my Scottish heritage, my love of the country & also because I lived there for 3 years. Tartan is always a winter essential in my wardrobe!

This dress is super cosy as it is made up of 36% wool which will be the reason for the slightly hefty price tag. I am actually intolerant to wool & I can usually tell when a garment contains wool as my skin begins to itch almost instantly, but with this dress I feel no irritation whatsoever and I think that’s because the fabric on the inside is soft & doesn’t have that rough wool texture.

This dress just hugs my body so perfectly & looks so elegant paired with boots & a long coat. It also keeps me so snug & warm in the winter time although I’m sad to say I don’t get as much wear out of it as Johannesburg winters don’t get too cold very often compared to the Irish weathers I’ve been used to.

|OOTD | Floral With a Pop of Green |

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Dress: Warehouse
Tights: Primark
Shoes: Dune 
Silver watch: Red Herring
Clutch: Primark

It has been really quite chilly in Johannesburg this past couple of days so I’ve found myself reaching for my tights & dresses to keep me nice & cosy without being too heavy. South African winters are possibly the hardest season to dress for!

I don’t usually go for dresses this short as I find that dresses tend to look even shorter against my long legs but I do love a shift dress as they are effortless yet chic & I find that you can get away with them even if they’re shorter in length.

You all know that I am a lover of the colour black but I do try to add colours (that I feel comfortable with) where I can & I just love this little black floral dress paired with a colourful green clutch for an extra pop of colour.

Who said bright colours shouldn’t be worn in winter?!

 

|OOTD : Black on Black with a POP |

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Blazer : Zara 
Top : ASOS
Jeans : ASOS
Boots : Dune 

I am such a fan of wearing lots of neutral colours & then adding pops of colour or pattern in the form of my accessories. There’s just something so chic about it & it makes those unique accessories really stand out against an otherwise simple outfit.

I had a business meeting this day & wanted to look trendy yet professional without looking boring – hence the pop of personality with the leopard print boots. I LOVE these boots – comfortable yet full of attitude!

I’d also like to mention that if, like me, you’re a lady with hella’ long legs (I have a 34″ inside leg and I’m only 5ft8!) then ASOS is a fantastic place to buy your jeans. Many of their styles offer longer leg lengths which is an absolute heaven send as buying jeans when your legs are longer than average is still so difficult. Let me hear an AMEN!