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A/W Wardrobe – #ootd

My lovely friend and silverbrogues supporter came to visit a few weeks ago so I roped her in to taking some photos for me to help try and perfect the pose.  Thinking back to the previous post on recognising our individual beauty, I tackled my uncomfortable embarrassment and stood in front of other shoppers in Belfast’s largest Shopping Centre.

This is a look I feel may be repeated numerous times over the next few months. I have been wearing so much black and grey since the change in season – I think my new scarf and sleeveless jacket may have prompted this wardrobe selection!

  Sleeveless Jacket – Warehouse
Leather Jacket – Miss Selfridge
Shirt – River Island
Scarf – Urban Outfitters
Jeans – H&M
Bag- Accessorize
Shoes – Debenhams

If you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, head on over to The Selfie – Be Beautiful, and take your chance to win!


The Selfie – Be Beautiful

I began writing this post after Fashion Week last season, but never actually completed it.  This season, after putting up a few dodgy photos of myself on social media following a day of running after 5 year olds, moving on to running around backstage for a few hours at Fashion Week, I realised how my confidence has changed.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I am the lover of a good filter, but living life in the here and now has become something more significant than getting that perfect shot.

Belfast Fashion Week

Last year’s selfie never happened so my outfits were displayed like this…

I have fought with the issue of confidence because my blog comes with the tagline ‘style that works for you’ – this emanates confidence – I know my style, and I know that it works for me. But it’s not my style that I lack confidence in. In fact, I am happy with my body (covered in clothes), I finally like my hair colour (although may forever fight with my fringe), I don’t have an issue with my face (generally), my personality (well, on occasion), my likes and dislikes (they change…), nothing (most days!)! I know I’m not the perfect fit for everyone, but I am happy being me.  However, ask me to pose for a photograph and I crumble.

Belfast Fashion Week

This year’s social shot – of course I was talking as the photo was taken;) Thanks Brendan Gallagher for the photo…

Look back at my Instagram – it all began with headless shots, it has now grown to close up face shots.  During this time, the frown lines on my forehead have developed, my issues with my skin have gone up and down, my eyebrows haven’t been regularly tended to – but my attitude to all of the above is changing.  I do still endeavour to cover a scar on my forehead with my fringe, I haven’t learned to live with it all!

I am trying to embrace the selfie, trying to include more of my face in my social media shots – even on the bad days!  And now I am embracing ‘style that works for you’ and this is where I want you to take part.   I want you to get on to social media with me and post a selfie of yourself, confident in yourself, confident in your style. Hashtag it with #stylethatworksforyou and tag it @silverbrogues.  And if you see others putting up their picture, like and comment – lets promote some positivity!  There is no reason I should not stand confidently, there is no reason any of us should not be confident in ourselves. This may come easily to you – if not, be brave and get posting!

In light of all of this positivity, I’ve a prize up for grabs!  You could win this 6×8 mounted print from itty bitty book co, a company I have been working with over the last few months, a company with Promote Positivity as their official hashtag!

*Competition closed*

And remember to share your outfit selfies on any social media platform tagging @silverbrogues #stylethatworksforyou


Just Buy It!

I have a really strange way of shopping, even I can’t really figure it out.  I hate sale shopping, but most things I buy are on the sale.  I don’t really ever find things in charity shops, but lots of my clothes are second hand.  But what I’m writing about today – Many things I buy in shops I think I’ll never wear and then they become my staple pieces!

So how does that work?! I’ll give you an example.  My Topshop skirt.  Tried it on (from the sale rail I might add – £55 to £15), took the customary Instagram shot, left it back on the rail, left the shop.  Moved to next shop, saw a top that would work perfectly with Topshop skirt, back to buy the skirt.  Top did not work perfectly, but many other items from my wardrobe did.

Initial mirror selfie…

Why did I leave it back in the first place?  Primarily because of the fabric.  It’s made from the polyester that looks and feels like neopreen, which I love, but which is not the most flattering of fabrics.  As mentioned before, my biggest area is my hips, so drawing any attention here is not a good thing.  But I also felt the length would work best with heels, so I wouldn’t get much wear out of the skirt.  Silly thoughts that were quickly removed upon seeing the beautiful top!

Skirt purchased, home to try on, and then attempts to never take off again as it just worked!

Thanks to Ruth from Willow Lane for this photo…

Nor Lisa Topshop

Keeping with the blue tones and worn with grey top with feature pocket by local designer Nor Lisa

My friend who I love to go to Galgorm Spa for the day with for this one…

Masato Jones Topshop

Worn with a printed tee from Masato Jones

And my six year old who I am training up to be my photographer for this one!

ASOS Topshop

Scenic tarmac shot;) Worn with cropped Tee and neon

Converse Topshop

And the trusty Converse added when the rain came again!

Moral of this story – you really can make any item the style that works for you.  As you browse the new A/W collections, if you love something, buy it, take it home, try it on (broken record here!) and get mixing up your style a bit – you might surprise yourself!

And keep an eye on Instagram for a shot with the heels!


Fashion Inspirations for S/S15

The usual little collection from events, shopping and online. This is what is inspiring me as we step into the new season. And how my choices change as the sun finally arrives!

Spring/Summer 2015 from the High Street…

  Outfit inspirations – prints and textures from Belfast Fashion Week…

  Shop for me and my little one at Excel

And for when the sun isn’t shining from McElhinneys…    At the opening of Studio Souk  And to finish, this is my perfect setting.  I could write so much more sitting in this little space…

Magazine inspirations to follow…



It’s been a while since I’ve written an Outfit of the Day Post (never mind any post, apologies!), but I had to get the camera out for the perfect summer work #ootd!

In case you missed it on Instagram this morning, this was my inspiration. Cool enough for this weather, stylish, and work ready (well for my ‘office’ anyway!).


Shirt (similar here) Topshop – Shorts (similar here) Dorothy Perkins – Brogues Henry Holland

Based on the forecast, I knew I couldn’t get the shoes on, it had to be sandals!  I dug to the bottom of my wardrobe in the pile labelled ‘These will be stylish again…’ and found my white shorts – not the perfect shape, a little more palazzo at the bottom, but they worked well enough to wear.


Polka Dot Top, eBay – White Shorts, Next – Sandals Steve Madden

On trend and not a penny spent – that’s my type of #ootd!  What do you think?


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