Greetings from stunning Marrakech. I am currently a puddle of sweat and cocktails, living my best life as the cool kids say. Before i flew out i hit Penneys for some much needed essentials. I was kindly given vouchers to put together another Real Life Fifty Friday. This time a Summer Edition. What better place to do this than on holidays.


Straw bag primark



Penneys Summer 18



I had so much fun with the Spring edition which you can catch up on here. Being able to see the clothes on the body and brought to life rather than flat on a white background makes a nice change. You can see movement , a truer representation of colour and how fabric sits on. I can also comment on fit , quality , sizing etc because i’ve physically worn the looks.



For this collection of looks i wanted a mix of day and night. Casual to dressy with potential to wear either way depending on your mood or plans. Dresses are a natural choice with light skirts following in a close second. I wanted to include some swimwear pieces in this one too with it being a holiday edition. Could i do it by having comfort and style all in one?



Holiday Looks Under €50


Here are some Summer holiday looks all from Penneys , all coming in well under €50 for a head to toe outfit. Every piece of clothing i am wearing is a size 20 for reference. The kaftan is an XL and the bikini top is a 40DD. I also reused some accessories in the outfits so it makes them even cheaper and saves precious space in your suitcase.



• Look 1 •


Penneys Summer 18


Dress €14 , Belt €5 , Sandals €8 , Bag €10 , Earrings €4 All Penneys

Total Outfit = €41


I have long been told that red is my colour and i learned that it did infact really suit my colouring. It is no suprise then that i opt for this tone whenever possible. I had originally in my head to go for a more muted colour palette for this look. Think mustards, tan etc but i just could not resist the red. The dress itself is a relaxed fit with stretch. Truth be told i could of got away with the 18 but i was happy enough to go with the extra room for comfort as i would be belting it anyways. First impressions on the hanger might not blow you away but as you can see it is so much more on. The belt took it from moo-moo to swis-woo for me. It defines the waist and gives the straight shaped dress a silhoutte. An extremely easy to wear , comfy holiday dress. After a hard days sunbathing to grab and wear to dinner.


Studded Sliders Mules


Studded shoes are huge this summer, in particular sandals so i was delighted to see this pair. Crazy affordable while tying in the mule/slider style which is also one of the shoes of the season. I adore the metal trim around the sole that i feel looks so much more expensive. There was also a lemon colourway that i saw if the black is too heavy for you for your Summer wardrobe. I adore the edge they give and draw the eye down in such a subtle way. There are two other pairs of studded sandals below also that have a different fit and come in several colours.



Tassel earrings where a natural way to go with finishing accessories on this one for me. I never expected to love this type of earring so much but if it ain’t broke and all that jazz. The beaded make-up was perfect for adding in some interest but remaining summer appropriate. The tassel drop is all that is needed with a bardot neckline like this without overdoing it. Speaking of necklines – you could wear this one 3 ways. Pulled down off the shoulders as a proper bardot , off just one shoulder for the asymetric look or left on shoulders for a different approach.




• Look 2 •



Kaftan €7 (Sizes XS-Xl) , Bikini Top €9 (Bra Sized DD+) , Bottoms €5 (not seen) , Sliders €8 , Bag €12 , Sunglasses €3 All Penneys

Total Outfit = €44


Before i flew out i knew i wasn’t going to wear much other than swimwear and cover-ups by day. 40 degree heat doesn’t call for much else. If that is the case then i want some pretty but well fitting bits for around the pool. Kaftans are a great multi use/wear pieces to pack for sunny holidays. Throw on over your swimmers walking down to the pool , pop on when going to the bar for a cold drink and if you feel like you are getting a little too much sun it can act as the self titled cover-up that it is. Functional doesn’t mean boring and this kaftan is certainly not that. The colours are so bright and vibrant. Comfy , light , loose fitting and a must have for any beach bag. The printed fabric was also easy to keep less mucky than plain white version i usually go for. Tanning oil just ruins those.


Penneys swimwear


It is great to see that Penneys are extending their swimwear sizing. To be able to pop into your local store and easy pick up a DD+ bikini top in your bra size is brilliant. Usually specialised, hard to get and quite expensive. The top here is cupped and underwired for support. The back ties so there is added room for flying swelling etc. The straps are removable so can be worn as a halter or a bandeau for sunbathing. I was really happy with the fit and look altogether. The underwire on oneside poked my arm a bit but bras do that to me too so no biggie there. I might be able to pop a stitch in the binding to stop it moving, we will see.


Penneys sliders


The colours of the slider style mules tied in so well with the kaftan and practically matched perfectly. A few people admired them and asked where they were from cause they just popped. The neon type tone looks so good on tanned feet. I am really getting into mule styles i have to say after being more of a gladitor sandal type of girl. So easy to just slip your foot into and no heel rubbing. As much as they match here i feel like they would look really good with plain white or jeans and a top even.





• Look 3 •


Bardot Dress


Navy Dress €14 (I cut off the straps) , Sandals €8 , Bag €8 , Belt €5 , Sunglasses €3 All Penneys

Total Outfit = €38


This next look was the last one i put together despite it being one of the first things i wanted to try. I saw this dress and grabbed both colours to try. The navy was an 18 and the blue a 20. As the navy was my first preference i decided to chance the 18 and was delighted when it fit on grand. The trouble came with the straps up on the shoulders – they just didn’t fit at all. I resigned myself to scrapping the option until i went to put the dresses back on the rail and saw a 20 was now there. The straps were still just too short i couldn’t get my arms into them at all. Lightbulb moment. I love bardots anyways so i’d just do a Gok and cut them off. And that i did.


Navy tan


I really liked the shape of the dress on. it’s the kind i like and feel works well for me. Comfortable in fit and make-up which you need for pottering around on holidays. Every other day too actually because who wants to be uncomfortable. I am really happy with how easy it was to snip off the shoulder faux tie style straps to reveal a true bardot finish. This is the type of dress that i want with me every year. One that can be worn so many ways and work for you whatever the plans. Wear it travelling , exploring by day , over your bikini or dress up for a night out with wedges and some statement accessories. Really lightweight to roll up in your case but very hard working.


Tan western belt


The belt wasn’t an essential really for the dress as it has an elasticated waist that defines itself perfectly. I did however like the look of the tan of the belt tying in the other accessories to the look. Navy and tan are such a fab combo and quite understated. White is another option that is a well known Summer combo alongside navy. Giving bright fresh , sometimes nautical vibes that are very easy to wear. Adding these all in together creates a pleasing palette that isn’t overbaring next to the coloured print on the dress. I think the tan does that well while the navy is already there. The glasses i couldn’t resist.


What to wear holiday



Look 4


Yellow bardot midi


Dress €14 , Belt €5 , Sandals €8 , Bag €8 , Earrings €3 , Scarf €3 All Penneys

Total Outfit = €41


So good i bought it twice. Well kinda. There is actually a word for buying something in more than one colour and it is driving me mad that i can’t think what it is. Anyways like i said above i had the idea of a mustard or yellow dress that i wanted for this challenge. Yellow is the colour of the season. The new pink thay was previously black. With the red being too much to pass over i got both. Win win really i think. There isn’t much more that i can comment on the actual dress that i didn’t already mention. The best way to describe the fabric was that of an airtext tshirt. Super breathable. I had been asked on instagram was it see through but i honestly never noticed. I did wear my standard tan undies though. The hem is unfinished so if you felt like making it shorter it would be super easy to do with no sewing involved.


Stud shoes straw bag


I already knew where i was going accessory wise with this one. The tan/mustard combo was the dream for me. How i had imagined my Marrakech wardrobe. The belt again was essential but this time i went for the western buckle finish to pull me in at the waist. I possibly went overboard with accessories but sure look. Some of my favourite trends this Summer have been in the accessory variety. Hair scarves , statement earrings , western buckles , straw bags , stud shoes – i have them all here lol.


Holiday clothes



• Look 5 •


I won’t lie i got serious Madeline vibes from this outfit. I also won’t hide the fact that i was more than ok with that. It’s the mix of the contrasting red and blue with the hat i think. What an unlikely style icon but hey. I grabbed the top originally to go with a skirt i needed a red top for. The pretty anglaise style trim on it was so cute it stayed in my mind. I needed some light casual but pretty bits for lunch and exploring so when i saw this skirt it started to come together in my head. Ordinarily the red on blue would be too bold but as the print had similar tones it tied in well. Easy to throw on and wear. Light and airy for hotter climates with the added bonus of an elasticated waist for the buffet belly. I ended up wearing the top with a pleated midi too that i hadn’t planned at all and i loved it. The straps can be worn down on the arms creating a little bardot too. You can see how i wore it like that here. I must go in and get the black version too as it was a pretty top and the fabric felt really nice quality.


Penneys summer


Top €8 , Skirt €6 , Sandals €8 , Bag €12 , Hat €5 , All Penneys

Total Outfit = €39


 Penneys primark


Straw accesories are The One this Season. They have the ultimate Summer vibe and are so easy to style. For me they have really being making an outfit by adding texture , subtle neutral colour and a lot of style. I’ve wanted a boater hat for ages and there is no better time to debut one than in the sun. Keeping that big yellow thing in the sky off of your head and neck while still looking effortlessly cool. It’s not something i or you will wear much so to be able to pick up one for a fiver is the ticket. You could easily tie a little scarf around the brim to match your outfit but the ribbon here worked well. To finish i paired the lighter stud sandals to co-ordinate with the straw elements and keep the accessories all in the same colourway.


Boater hat round bag


You don’t need me to tell you that straw bags are HUGE this year. I have well and truly got in on that trend and cannot get enough. Again having such affordable options makes it even easier to give this trend a go. I used this bag so much from travelling to poolside to out at night. It ticked all of the boxes for me. The pefect size and the round shape ties in another genre of bag that is big business too.


Holiday outfits



You will be glad to know that the surgery to remove the bun from my hair went well lol. I am more tanned now too thankfully. That is it for the Summer edition of Fifty Friday. Fingers crossed i shall be back with an Autumn post very soon. Please do tell me what looks you would wear or how you would wear them?



The looks in this post where purchased using vouchers provided by Penneys. This in no way influences my thoughts or actions. All opinions and ideas are my own. I only share pieces and brands that i really love. 



Every week my Da brings home the the offers mags from the supermarkets. I’m not even going to pretend that i don’t love this. I am a sucker for a bargain and i’m partial to browsing an aul supermarket. See evidence here. Last night while watching the football i was handed the offers for the coming week in Lidl. The fashion instantly caught my eye. After my mother took a quick look, what she saw was enough to make them both hop in the car there and then and head down to our nearest branch. My ma picked up 3 pieces from the Heidi Klum range for Marrakech and they are fab. My Mom isn’t a regular Mom , she’s a cool Mom LOL. She nabbed the stunning printed maxi dress and two pairs of shorts. Upon seeing the full range available and how affordable the price points where, i thought this would make for a great Fifty Friday post. Do let me know if you agree.


Lidl Fashion


Supermarket fashion


I have put together full head to toe outfits made up from the Esmara By Heidi Klum Range. Each look coming in under the fifty Euro mark. Extremely affordable bits to add into your Summer wardrobe, all while doing the weekly shop. Lidl had this to say about the collection:


” Heidi used her own personal style as inspiration in creating this new fashion range. Her vision for the collection? That everyone should be able to enjoy fashion and feel happy, confident and attractive, getting just as much pleasure from the collection as Heidi herself. “


A very bohemian vibe is present through the range which is perfect for Summer and indeed festival season. Lots of folk and peasant style trims and elements are to be seen throughout. Ideal for your holiday wardrobe with maxi dresses , shorts , flowy tunics and the shoes to match. From day to night , beach to city and beyond. The standout pieces for me are definetly the printed maxi dress and the border kimono. There are some really versatile pieces that could be worn over swimwear or dressed up for a night out. Light but well made and good quality. As far as sizing goes my mother reported back that the 3 pieces she bought where true to size. I do wish that the sizing was the same across all pieces and went bigger too if i am honest. But enough of my rambling…here you go.

Heidi Klum For Lidl



Boho maxi holiday


Dress €14.99 (Sizes 10-16) , Glasses €2.99 , Bag €9.99 , Wedges €16.99 All Lidl

Total Outfit = €44.96


Cheap clothes

Dress €7.99 (Sizes 8-18) , Bag €9.99 , Shoes €9.99 All Lidl

Total Outfit = €27.97


Lidl swimsuit

Swimsuit (Sizes 10-18) €7.99 , Scarf €6.99 , Sunglasses €2.99 , Sandals €12.99 (Sizes 3.5-7) All Lidl

Total Outfit = €30.96



Holiday Clothes

Top €5.99 (Sizes 6-20) , Shorts €6.99 (Sizes 8-18) , Glasses €2.99, Sandals €12.99 (Sizes 3.5-7) All Lidl

Total Outfit = €28.96



Fifty Friday lidl


Dress €14.99 (Sizes 8-18) , Wedges €16.99 (Sizes 4-7) , Bag €9.99 , Scarf As Shawl For Evening €6.99 All Lidl

Total Outfit = €48.96



Lidl offers

Tunic €9.99 (Sizes 8-18) , Jeans €12.99 (Sizes 8-18) , Glasses €2.99 , Sandals €12.99 (Sizes 3.5-7) All Lidl

Total Outfit = €38.96


How wear kimono

Kimono €9.99 (Sizes 6-20) , Top €2.99 (Sizes 8-18) , Skirt €6.99 (Sizes 8-18) , Shoes €16.99 (Sizes 4 – 6.5) All Lidl

Total Outfit = €36.96



There we have it some cute little summer pieces that won’t break the bank. That maxi kimono has my name written all over it. There are also some styles for kids available in the range too and they are so cute. I’d wear them myself. You can have a quick goo at them here. Have you picked up any of the lidl lovlies? Do let me know if you do.



This edition of Fifty Friday is a special one. I adore putting together these style posts but i had the idea to try something different. There was only one place to go to kick this new take on the feature. Full head to toe outfits for under fifty euro from the Penneys / Primark Spring 18 collection.


I pitched the idea to the guys at Penneys HQ and was delighted that they wanted to collaborate on this one. As much as i like styling the flatlay images into looks it is always better to see something on the body and in real life. To see how the fit is, how it hangs and sits on curves. Im sure you may have heard of the term ‘hanger appeal’ where clothes look absolutely nothing until you try them on. I wanted to do the pieces justice and show them in action.


Penneys Spring 18


I went to my local store and browsed the offerings to pull together some complete looks for Spring that won’t break the bank. There was so much choice i have to say i could have went on and on. As we say goodbye to Winter the bright Spring vibes are out in force. Although the weather may not totally reflect that, these pieces can be mixed in with your cozies for the time being. Some affordable ideas and inspiration to give your wardrobe a little refresh.


|| Look 1 ||

Jacket €28 , Dress €10 , Shoes €8 ,  Bag €5

Total Outfit = €51 


Penneys Spring 18

For the first of the €50 looks i took inspiration from one of the colours of the moment – mustard. A bright colour that transitions really well. I started with this suede feel biker jacket and molded the rest around it. A real statement piece that is super soft. The floral print dress screamed Spring at me. It has short sleeves so can be worn right through Summer. The length means it can also be worn with leggings or jeans as more of a tunic. Belt if needed to define more shape. It’s a really comfy cotton that is so easy to trow on.

Cheap new clothes

Irish fashion blog

I wanted to keep this one quite casual and fun so i added a pair of high tops on the feet. The khaki drew from the green within the dress. The look is finished with this multi wear backpack which was on sale for a bargain price. Hold the chain handle to change the style. You can easily add tights to this outfit and change up the shoes for a pump for work or some boots.

Mustard suede jacket


|| Look 2 ||

Dress €18 , Boots €7 ,  Bag €10 , Earrings €2 , Cami €2.50 , Necklace €3 , Rings €4

Total Outfit = €46.50


Red stripe midi dress

For the next outfit i had the idea in my head to explore the red and pink combo trend. I wanted to try out this pairing and find a really wearable way to sport it. This stripe midi dress caught my eye and i thought we are onto something here. Wrap dresses are famously flattering. Sure didn’t DVF make a career out of it. The neckline draws the eye in while the tie pulls the waist at it’s narrowist. Also i have never met a stripe that i didn’t like so win win. I really liked the sleeves and the volume at the shoulders is pretty cool.

Red croc box bag gold corners

This moc croc box bag jumped out at me and i could just see it against the dress. It’s quite chic like the dress while still having something modern about it. The gold hardware makes this bag look way more expensive than it’s €10 price tag. I love the versatility the strap and handle both give. Hold the top handle for a high fashion, lady like vibe. Leave the long strap hang from your shoulder for day to day casual. For an up to the minute designer look , wear as a crossbody. This way of wearing higher up across the body is huge at the moment and leaves your hands free.


Now comes the pink. I thought the most wearable way to tackle this trend was to go for really light muted tones. The brighter the colours the more they will clash. The stripe in the dress is more of a burgandy wine with a thin red stripe on either side. By adding these blush boots the pairing is very subtle rather than obnoxious. If this combo isn’t your thing there are many other options that would work. Sock boots for a night out or even tights and an ankle boot with a polo neck underneath for a cosy layered look. The wrap came down a little low on me so i popped a little cami undernearth. You could pin it also or wear a nice bralet. I added a pendant and some mixed rings to finish off the outfit and bring it all together.


|| Look 3 ||

Cardigan €7 , Leggings €10 , T-Shirt €6 , Shoes €16 ,  Bag €10

Total Outfit = €49 


This final look is something i have wanted to try for awhile. A really cool street-style type of look that is both effortless but stylish for casual wear. I love the idea of adding in the texture of leather or pvc with knitwear for daytime. I have been on the hunt for pvc trousers for months. I have tried on so many and returned even more. These leggings are beyond what i hoped for and that is no exageration. So comfortable and not squeeky. They fit so well, they are a great length and they are as flattering as pvc can be on a bigger body. They are also a hell of a lot cheaper in price than i expected to pay but don’t look cheap in appearance. I know i will get a lot of wear from these day or night.

Streetsyle leather trousers knitwear

How to wear pvc trousers

It is no surprise that i went for a red knit as i am still obsessed with the colour. This cardi is really oversized and cozy but added to the other pieces keeps it from looking a frump. Red black and white is a colour combination that never tires for me. A fail safe for trying the look i was desiring. The white tee is a basic i will always have in my wardrobe. I am delighted that Penneys are stocking these longline options that are great for with leggings.

When i saw this mustard bag i initially thought of it for one of the other looks but i really liked how the colour looked next to the red. A really bright pop that again adds to a comfy day look. The designer inspired ring handle is an optinal way to carry the bag. Mustard is a huge colour trend so a nice and easy way to dip your toe into that pond is to add a bag to your outfot or wardrobe. Finally are the runners which i adore. They have a real luxe feel to them with the gold finishes and pearl detail. This type is great for those who want casual footwear but aren’t into sports brands. They go so well with the leggings too. I think they just the look together.

Pvc leather trousers trainers


I have also put together a little video of all the looks. As much as i love photography, videos show so much more movement and angles. I am enjoying trying my hand at more videos and pushing myself to edit better. Have a watch if you like.


That is it for the first of what i hope is many real life FF’s. A lot of what i chose can be mixed and matched with each other to create so many more looks. Let me know your thoughts on my picks. Thanks again to the gang at Penneys for letting me bring Fifty Friday to life. I had so much fun styling and putting together this one and i hope you all have enjoyed it too. Keep up to date with all the latest Fifty Friday Posts Here.



* This post has been sponsored by Penneys. I received vouchers to put towards the items in this post. This in no way influences my thoughts or decisions. All opinions are my own. 




I’ve been working on this one for awhile but when i realised i could probably do it for under fifty euro a light bulb went off. It made sense the that the theme for this edition of Fifty Friday would be the age old ‘ Jeans And A Nice Top‘ . There is not a girls group chat in the land that those five words have not made an appearence in. The answer to the question ‘ What are you wearing girls? ‘. Like are we going out-out or just out? This is something that my wardrobe is always lacking in. I have pyjamas and ball gowns. Nothing in between. A nice top is way too handy to have. Solves so many fashion dilemas. This has never been more relevant since in this past week Missguided added a new section to their site called none other than ‘Jeans And A Nice Top‘. Genius some might say while others will add that it is long over due.



All of the above being said i set upon the task of putting together full head to toe looks for under or around the fifty euro mark. Super affordable outfits made up to provide some inspiration this dreary January. Chuck on for last minute nights out or solve the issue of what to wear for those occassions you just aren’t sure about. These looks could be even cheaper really as realistically we all own jeans of some sort so you don’t really need to buy new ones. You can however do this really affordably if your heart desires it.



Jeans And A Nice Top


Jeans and a nice top


Jeans €11 , Earrings €4 , Bag €6 Penneys , Top €9.99 H&M ( Sizes 6 – 24 ) , Shoes €9.50 Boohoo 

Total Outfit = €40.49


Top €17.95 Zara ( Sizes S – XL ) , Jeggings €9 Penneys , Earrings €9.99 New Look , Shoes €12 (With The Code BOOM) Boohoo

Total Outfit = €47.94


Cheap clothes

Plus Size

Jeans €14.50 (With The Code BOOM) Boohoo ( Sizes 16 – 24 ) ,  Top €16 (With The Code BOOM) Boohoo ( Sizes 16 – 24 ) , Boots €9.99 Bershka  ,  Earrings €3 Penneys

Total Outfit = €43.49


Real fashion blog


Top €19.99 Zara , Jeans €9.99 H&M , Boots €9.99 Bershka , Bag €10 Penneys

Total Outfit = €49.94



I could go on and on and on. This is a post i can update as pieces sell through and seasons change aswell. So what are you wearing tonight?


Keep up to date with all the latest ‘ Fifty Friday’ posts here.




I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are not too confused about day it even is. It’s that time though when you wake from the 3 day food coma to the realisation that you have nothing to wear for New Years Eve. I thought a little Fifty Friday was in order (it’s Friday BTW) with a collection of last minute New Years Eve Looks for under fifty Euro. Simple as that i suppose. How it’s here already i will never know. It also only feels like yesterday since i styled my first issue of In Tallaght Magazine, a New Years Eve Shoot. Time is on fast forward i tell ya.

Something dawned on me though on Stephenses night while vegging on the sofa in festive jammies. The realisation that ten years ago i would have happily stood in a queue outside the Plaza for over an hour MINIMUM in sub-artic tempetures, no jacket on cause hello outfit ruiner, rain splattered sun shimmer legs to the point where it looked like i peed myself, just to pay €25 in to not be able to move an inch for the night. A half hour to get served at the bar. Leasy i’d no jacket to queue at the cloakroom for aye. Nobody could see your outfit cause nobody cound look down with all the sardines. Bebo would be a flurry of sweaty blurred heads like a page outta Where’s Wally. Raging cause my kitten heels, rara skirt and disc belt combo was no doubt on fleek. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and it’s all over like any other night. I lie though it was probably more like 12 years if i was rocking said stunning look. Oh how times have changed now. I wouldn’t know a night out if it scalped me.


Last Minute New Years Eve Looks


With this in mind i tried to mix up the looks so there is something for everyone no matter what your plans are. Some fancy and glitzy outfits if you are lucky enough to have decent plans or some comfy but NYE worthy outfits for the local and house parties. All full head to toe complete outfits for around the fifty euro mark. Me? I’ll be most likely rocking the last look.



New years eve

Nicki Minaj Dress €27.99 H&M , Shoes €19 And Earrings €2 Penneys

Total Outfit = €48.99 



Dress knee boots


Dress €22.99 H&M (Sizes xs-xl) , Boots Now €12 , Hat €6 , Bag €8 And Earrings €1.50 Penneys.

Total Outfit = €50.49



Cheap occasion look

Dress €16 , Bag €12 , Earrings €5 All Penneys , Shoes €13.19 Heatons

Total Outfit = €46.19



Affordable clothes

Top €9.99 H&M , Bag €3.99 H&M , Skirt €14 And Boots €17 Penneys

Total Outfit = €44.99



Slippers eye mask


Housecoat €19 , Eye Patches €1 , Hot Water Bottle €7 , Slippers €5 Penneys

Total Outfit = €32




There are also a few looks that might work from another recent Fifty Friday which you can see here.


Wherever you are, whatever you wear, have a good one and be safe. Happy New Year.