Wednesday, 8 May 2019

A day out at Punchestown Races

We enjoyed a fab day of style at the Bollinger Champagne Ladies day Punchestown 2019. 

I wore the blush 'Pandora' dress by Irish Designer Vivienne O' Connor, blush head piece by Laura Hanlon Milliner and Lodi heels from Diamonds & Pearls Boutique. 

When your luck is in at the races!!



Monday, 29 April 2019

8 Summer Stylish looks

All of the below summer style outfits are from Diamonds & Pearls Boutique in Edenderry, Co. Offaly. 

Look 1 - Blue bird print dress 

Look 2 - White & nude lace dress

Look 3 - Blue & white two piece 

Look 4 - Orange bardot dress

Look 5 - Orange & white stripe maxi dress

Look 6 - Pink Floral dress

Look 7 - Orange & Pink long dress

Look 8 - Orange print maxi dress

Look 9 - Colourful stripe maxi dress

I hope I have inspired your summer wardrobe with today's looks! 
Let me know which one is your fav.?!




Sunday, 28 April 2019

Racing Style Inspiration

Dress from Desiree Boutique 
Headpiece available to hire from Teresa Nugent Millinery

If you are planning on heading to Punchestown this year or any other racing festival then this weeks' video may give you some style inspiration. 

I have borrowed some beautiful pieces from my local boutiques in Edenderry, Co. Offaly and styled each of them up with a stunning headpiece from Teresa Nugent Millinery. 

I would love you to check out this weeks' video by clicking the link below.

Let me know which one is your fav?

See you next week for another video!


Arlene x

Top tips for wedding planning

Recently I was kindly invited to attend the 'I do' wedding masterclass with celebrity Photographer Jenny McCarthy & celebrity make up artist Derrick Carberry at the beautiful Killashee Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare.

If you are a future Bride and currently planning your wedding then you may be interested in my most recent video as published on the Offaly Express & the Leinster Leader website! I have filmed little snippets from the day and you will definitely pick up some tips & tricks along the way. 

It is a must see for anyone on the lead up to their big day! 

Hope you enjoy 

Lots of love

Arlene x  

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019

5 ways to transition your wardrobe for Spring Style

Even though it’s still very cold outside and despite the fact we even had snow this week in the Midlands, I am still dreaming of my spring fashion!

I love the softer and lighter colour palettes that we start to see in stores for the new season ahead! It’s nice to see an end to wearing the darker tones and bring out the brighter side of our style.
You can use pieces that you already have in your wardrobe to freshen up any look and today I am going to show you 5 ways to get that ‘spring’ into your step! J

                                              1.  Add a pop of colour

Adding a splash of colour to your outfit will instantly lift it and brighten up those dark and drab days. Although the weather isn’t exactly sun dress appropriate, we can transition our wardrobes simply by playing with colour!
So on Sunday in true ‘Blogger’ style I wanted to photograph my outfit of the day so I stepped outside to capture my white backdrop! J
Here I just added a mustard jacket to a darker animal print skirt and it just makes the outfit look a lot more cheerful!

I was just heading for dinner in the car so obviously if I had to brave this cold weather I would add a cosy polo neck and a nice big scarf and maybe tights too – LOL J

                                              2Wear more animal print

Animal print is everywhere for SS19 fashion – it is almost like a new neutral!! You can wear it in your coats, shoes, handbags, dresses or skirts. If you want to stay on trend this season, get yourself some animal print! I have an article on ‘5 ways to style animal print’ over on my blog now if you want to check that out!

Honestly there is nothing quite like these prints to make a bold fashion statement and really brighten that OOTD (outfit of the day!).
I adore this green leopard print jumpsuit – just had to take a selfie in the dressing room at Marks & Spencers!! J

This is such a statement look and perfect for a nice night out or any spring occasion! The great news its only €60!

3Put a ‘spring’ into your accessories

Add a colourful handbag or bright shoes to give that added dimension to your look! Accessories can really brighten up an otherwise dark or monochromatic look! Add orange or red to your polka dots and just watch your style come to life! Maybe add some bright coloured jewellery to make your look pop! The statement earring is huge this season!

Or take some style inspo from the ever chic Victoria Beckham adding her bright bold colour Hermes handbag to an otherwise neutral toned outfit!

4. A statement print headband

Why not get involved with the headband trend and liven up a plain or basic colour outfit with a lift in your hair accessories. How stunning does Kate Middleton look in her green velvet headband – it just instantly makes her whole look more perfect!

Perhaps try a block colour if you are nervous of the trend at first and for those of you who are braver why not add a statement print to your hair band or head scarf!

I love this chain print one from Penneys – it really gives me such Versace vibes and for only €3!

5Wearing a neutral palette

A few weeks ago I published my article on the ‘#50 Shades of beige trend’ and asked the question ‘is beige the new black?!’ Honestly I think the answer is ‘yes’ especially when it comes to this transitional period in fashion. We can see more beige, creams and other earthy tones popping into our wardrobes! It’s such a beautiful colour palette – so elegant and fresh!

So what better way to bring your clothes to life this season by adding some classic neutral tones to your style!

White is a stunning colour – one which looks perfect in high summer and when the sun makes more of an appearance. Cream or beige is a better option for this in between time before the sun greets us! It looks stunning on a drab March day or on that perfect spring day just like the first day of the month where the sun shone and everyone’s spirits were up!
Stay timeless, on trend and transitional with some earth tones in your coat, your footwear and even in your denim!

Cant wait to see pictures of you transition your style for spring! Enjoy adding the splash of colour! 


Arlene x 


Monday, 4 March 2019

Oscars Style 2019

‘Whether you win or lose, or whether you were even nominated, everyone will remember what you were wearing’ – Vogue Magazine

The Academy Awards is one of the top nights of the year for glitz and glam so everyone’s eyes were on the red carpet as the celebrities made their entrances!

I was up early this morning to pick my best dressed winners of the Oscars style - so here are my top 10! 

     Lady Gaga

My number 1 has to go to Lady Gaga who wowed the red carpet in a classic and timeless black Alexander McQueen gown! Her looks seemed very inspired by Audrey Hepburn and that old Hollywood glam perfection. She added elbow length black gloves for added drama and donned the 128 carat Tiffney & Co yellow diamond necklace!

    Regina King

Regina looked breathtakingly beautiful in her simply elegant yet sexy white Oscar de la Renta gown! The leg slit just added some drama to her otherwise simple gown!

The internet this morning is asking has Regina out shone Angelia Jolie in her Versace black side slit gown in 2012?! Angelia was famous for the forward leg pose which later became known as the ‘Angelina’! I think Regina has done it!

 J Lo

Jo Lo has rocked the red carpet in this stunning Tom Ford mirrored gown! She looks so beautiful – this really stood out to me!

Laura Harrier

Laura, the BlackkKlansman Actress stuns in this pastel blue sequin Louis Vuitton dress! Laura explained on the red carpet that all parts of her gown were ethically sourced so this beautiful Louis dress is not only fashionable but environmentally friendly!

 Emilia Clarke

The Star Wars and Game of Thrones Actress looked effortlessly chic in this amazing lavender sequin Balmain gown! The cinched waist and ruched detail is so flattering on her shape and gives such an elongated effect to her silhouette.

    Michelle Yeoh

Michelle, the Crazy Rich Asians star simply wows us in her Princess Elie Saab gown! She is like a real life Cinderella in her metallic sequin dress! She really brought the glam to the red carpet yesterday evening!

    Emma Stone

Emma looks incredible in this rose gold exaggerated sleeve dress! She looks so chic & elegant in this custom design Louis Vuitton!

    Charlize Theron

I thought Charlize brought such elegance and beauty to the red carpet yesterday in this stunning pastel blue body-con open back Dior couture gown! She just looked so demure in the high neck and long sleeves but added some glam with the Bvlgari Serpenti collection jewellery that she chose to wear!

Helen Mirren

Helen is such a classic beauty and just shone last night in this beautiful floaty pink Baz Bamigboye gown with contrasting cream and orange tulle! Pink really was the colour of the night for a lot of the celebrities! Helen also showcased a spectacular display of Harry Winston jewels around her neck!

    Julia Roberts

I don’t think I can do a roundup of Oscar style without including the beauty that is Julia Roberts. Julia presented one of the awards wearing this stunning pink Elie Saab dress. She looked so beautiful with the one shoulder and asymmetrical hem line.

 So there you have it, my favourite looks from this year’s Academy Awards. There are so many beautiful gowns to choose from – who was your favourite?

Arlene x 


Wednesday, 13 February 2019

#50 Shades of Beige

There is something classic and elegant about including a monochromatic colour scheme into your outfit. The “50 shades of beige” trend is huge for Spring/Summer 2019 fashion and includes lots of soft muted colours including off white, cream, taupe and caramel tones. We see Designers like Chloe and Burberry showcasing this trend on the catwalk! So safe to say we will all be wearing these desert shades if we want to dress designer-esque and look effortlessly put together!

A classic hue in your outfit will always be timeless – it is so chic and rich. Lots of celebrities like Holly Willoughby, Kourtney Kardashian and Hailey Bieber are jumping on this trend and looking stunning doing it! 

Simple styles do not have to be boring – you can always add a statement coat to make your outfit stand out! Why not take some style inspo from Hailey Bieber in her beautiful check coat!

Use of these neutral shades can really help to streamline your outfit and give you a very aesthetically pleasing look! So here are 5 ways you can add one of 2019’s biggest trends to your wardrobe!

1. A Coat

Why not add a classic coat to your collection! A good coat is a staple piece that gives that finishing touch to your outfit. Chose a long line or midi length for a sophisticated look or a long line over-sized blazer for a more relaxed look. Never underestimate the effect of good outerwear! I adore the camel tone and tortoise shell buttons of this androgynous style coat from Zara. I chose mine in a size small as I dont like it to look too big and bear in mind that it is an over sized fit! Head over to my Instagram @thestyleflamingos to see me wearing this with lots of different outfits!

Coat - Zara
Boots - River Island

Jumper - Dunnes Stores from Savida range
Skirt is a charity shop find

You could also opt for a classic mac or short wool coat – chose something that will fit practically in your wardrobe. A good coat is something that you can have for years!

2. Handbags

You could add neutral or beige tones into your accessories like your handbag. A nude handbag is so chic and will go with absolutely everything. So even if you go for a designer piece by choosing a timeless colour you will definitely get your price per wear - well this is how I will justify it in my head anyway lol! J

This designer inspired nude bag from Boohoo is a nice affordable cross body option.

So here I have styled a beige polo from Dunnes Stores with a Tesco F & F skirt check skirt bringing a hint of greens and browns into the outfit, I then kept my shoes and handbag muted by selecting nude tones. I have had this cream Jasper Conran coat for years and every winter I pull it out. I think when we choose a simple style and basic shades we will re wear it so much – so actually investing in some good coats and bags can make for excellent wardrobe decisions!

Boots are my nude River Island ones again!
Handbag is Marc Jacobs from Brown Thomas

3. Knitwear

I for one love cosy knitwear in winter and when I found this beautiful bobble knit I was sold. Head over to my Instagram to find out where this one is from – love that it’s so affordable! Style with a tan leather skirt or cream skinny jeans and you are right on trend! Having neutral basics means that your pieces are versatile so you can add a pair of skinny jeans, a pair of chinos, a mini or midi skirt and you have a number of different looks with one piece!

Add some gold or rose gold tones into your jewellery to give that extra dimension to your outfit! My gold earrings styled here are only €3 from Penneys!

4. Footwear

Neutral shades of footwear are just fantastic to have in your wardrobe. Like who doesn’t own black shoes or boots? So perhaps beige is the new black?! We all want to add some beige or nude footwear to our collection. As you all know a nude court shoe will not only elongate your legs but gives the illusion of slimmer legs too. It’s the colour and style that do all the talking!

I love these nude boots I bought before Christmas and I am wearing them a lot with blue skinny jeans and all of my skirts. Opt for neutral tones to get more wear out of all of your pieces.

These nudes boots are from River Island

5A Statement Skirt

To make an outfit pop while wearing a monochromatic palette you could always add a statement print skirt. Maybe opt for animal print as suggested in last week’s article ‘How to Wear Animal Print’ or something like this Versace inspired print! As everything else is muted it allows the skirt to really stand out!

Skirt is Zara 

There are so many fab midi skirts in stores now so there are many options I will post some over on my Instagram later today! Check out a beautiful River Island one I posted on my Insta stories today! Don't worry if you missed it check out my '50 Shades of Beige' highlights.

You will probably notice that in most of my photographs I am wearing the same boots, so you can wear one item in endless ways! 

When you are shopping just ask yourself, how many different ways can I wear this?! – If the answer is only in limited ways then think about why you are buying it!

Change the way you think of your items – styling them up and down can be so much fun! So this week I ask you to wear one item that you own, at least twice, but in two different ways - you will enjoy getting creative and utilising your wardrobe in the best possible way!

Neutral tones and basic items are the best things to start building a capsule wardrobe!

Visit the Offaly Express website next week to find more fashion & lifestyle tips! 

Hope you all have a fab week!  


Arlene x

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