San Francisco

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If you are following me on instagram will know that Im on holiday at the moment, travelling around the West coast of America and the first stop on our trip was San Fran. Last year I took part in a J1 visa programme, which is basically a 3 month trip to anywhere in the US and you have a visa to get a job and work to pay rent and afford to live over there. Definitely the best thing I ever did, cant begin to describe how amazing my J1 summer was in San diego. So I am over the moon to be visiting California again, I just love this place!

I have never been to San Fran before so I was really excited to see if it would live up to my expectations and I must say the shopping is excellent, which is a huge plus, they have everything in a short walk from one another. My sister and I spent most of our money in Westfield shopping mall in Union Square. This place was built by the fashion gods in my opinion!! It had everything you can imagine – Bloomingdales, Michael Kors, Victoria Secret, Ambercrombie and Fitch and so much more :) Not to mention the amazing Sephora and Mac store was around the corner.

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Union Square is really quaint with many artists exhibiting and selling their paintings in the square which is surrounded by coffee shops. It was a nice day that afternoon so me and my sister grabbed a Starbucks and sat on the Union Square steps and took it all in.

San Fran has real character with its high rise buildings and fast paced life style –  its has a real big city vibe, If you know what I mean? We found trouble finding places to eat around Union Square as there weren’t many restaurants, believe it or not?

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We stayed in Union Square for the duration of our stay which was great because it was right beside everything but we also visited Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, where we visited Alcatraz Island Prison and rented bikes and cycled over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Cycling over the Golden Gate Bride was such an experience but my God was it windy up there! And if there is something you should know is that San Fran is freezing cold!! Oh my God, I presumed it was going to be windy but nothing prepared me for they’re wether. I packed no warm clothes so I have been living in my new Victoria Secret hoody since Ive arrived so apologies for the lack of fashionable outfits in the post ;)

The boat to Alcatraz Island

The boat to Alcatraz Island

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Alcatraz Island

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Me at Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf

Me at Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf

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Some nice grub at Fisherman’s Wharf!

Cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge hehe

Cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge hehe

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View of San Fran from the boat to Alcatraz Island

View of San Fran from the boat to Alcatraz Island

 

OOTD Patterned Jumpsuit

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This jumpsuit is now probably the comfiest item I own in my wardrobe – I never want to take it off! I was always on the fence about jumpsuits because in most cases I thought they gave you this weird saggy bum situation. But when I seen this one I was really drawn to the print and when I tried it on it was just so comfy I couldn’t not buy it! It was such a bargain buy as well as it was only €17 from Penneys!!

Ill definitely be wearing this when I’m sight seeing in San Francisco :) Im leaving this Friday and I’m uber excited, Ill probably wear this cycling over the golden gate bridge for comfort and ease!

Ill be blogging some lovely outfits with some lovely scenery while I’m away so make sure to keep an eye out ;)

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Jumpsuit – Penneys/Primark

Sandals – River Island

Jewellery – Pandora

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Retro Party Glam

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I really love this outfit today, I thinks its really chic and elegant. When I was wearing this I felt like I should be on the French Rivera about to aboard a yacht with champagne! Maybe it was the orange, navy and gold colours that gave it that nautical feel mixed with a dash a glamorous party girl? I don’t know, but nevertheless I wanted to be in the sun on my way to a chic party out at sea.

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Top = Topshop

Shorts = Miss Selfridge (here) and they’re on sale!

Sandals = River Island

Bag = River Island

Sunnies = River Island

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Vintage Feel

This is sort of an ‘occasion wear’ post, I think? Its super glam and glittery but nevertheless you could wear it for cocktails but I think you’d be pushing it going clubbing in this outfit. I was really inspired by some of Arrabella Golby’s outfit posts on her blog ‘Arrabella’ as she is always really glamorous and polished. Another one of my favourite Irish bloggers – Erika Fox from ‘Retro Flame’, always wears such girly and fancy outfits that I blame them two for this ensemble!

I bought this shirt recently from Miss Selfridge and I’m so happy that I did, I love when you buy something that already has the embellishment added, like when jumpers come with statement necklaces attached or fake collar effects. Always make life much easier.

I have not worn a pair of stiletto platforms in absolutely ages, oh my god I am so bad at walking in high heels all of a sudden! I could barely make it around the corner to take these pictures – such a disaster :)

Because the location I chose to shoot was quite dark the glitter in the skirt didn’t pick up on camera so I took a few extra shots in my back garden to show you, because this skirt is so pretty it deserved more credit.

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Shirt = Miss Selfridge (here)

Skirt = River Island

Bag = River Island

Shoes = Korkys

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New In

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This beautiful crop shirt is something I picked up yesterday in Miss Selfridge, I don’t usually shop in Miss Selfridge because in Ireland its actually quite expensive and overpriced. But, when I seen this shirt with its pretty embellished collar I just couldn’t turn away.

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So random that I never shop in Miss Selfridge and now I own two beautiful embellished pieces from them? How and ever, these shorts!! One of my favourite bloggers is Arrabella Golby and the night before I bought these two items I was browsing through her blog, I just love all her embellished jewellery and statement pieces that I blame her for these two very sparkly purchases!

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Boho Fleur

So the story behind this playsuit is, the other day I went into town to purchase a new outfit for the blog and to my dismay, realised I forgot my money!! DEVASTATED :( All I had was €40 in my purse so I had to be clever. I began rummaging through H+M  because they are always good value for your money and you can find some hidden gems in there sometimes, but I had no luck this time. So the next best place and one of my favourite clothes shops ever, was ZARA :) Oh I have so much love for Zara, seriously, they have girly, chic, classy and funky all wrapped up in the one place. They never let me down – such big time love for these guys.

As I was running around frantically thinking about all the different options for a new outfit, the decision wether to buy a top or a skirt and try match it up with something I already own was running through my mind and the fact they have so much new stock in I didn’t know where to give my attention to first. And then, I spotted this beauty in the TRF section and it was just in my budget at €39.95, sweet! I thought perfect, because playsuits and or dresses are so simple and you don’t need to worry about what to match it with!

So, I quickly tried it on then ran out of the changing room to pay for it then briskly walked back up to the car park as its €2.00 per hour for parking and I only had €3.00 left!! Such a whirlwind hour haha. Any way I made it just in time and now have this beautiful playsuit for you :)

I’ll stop rambling now.

Hope you like it xx

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Playsuit = Zara (here)

Sandals = River Island (here)

Satchel = River Island (here)

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OOTD Mint Green Missguided

This is just a little quick OOTD post I shot before I went into town to do some shopping for the blog. I’m going to try and have at least 3-4 different outfits on The Sound of Fashion per week, wether it be my outfit of that day or a carefully put together outfit. This is a lot for me because when I started blogging during college I couldn’t always find the time to shoot blog posts with assignments and projects always in the way! But now I’m a free bird, so have decided to try post a lot more regularly than I had previously :) Which I’m more than excited to do.

This is one of my favourite little summer tops from Missguided, the colour just looks fab with a tan and I love the strap detailing. This top mixed with my MAC Candy Yum-Yum lipstick is the perfect colour combo in my opinion. Anyway, this is just a little short post, hope you are having a good week! Lauren xxx

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Top = Missguided

Jeans = River Island

Bag and Sandals = River Island

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American Apparel Sunflower

For as long as I can remember Ive wanted to own this little co-ord from American Apparel! I think its the perfect summer outfit for on holidays or for a BBQ or just a day out really! Its really comfortable too, and the shorts are the perfect length so you wont be pulling them down all day or night either.

I chose to wear my hair up as I thought my blonde hair plus all the sunflowers was a bit too much of a yellow situation. Regrettably, I wish I wore it down as I forgot how alien I look when I wear my hair up in blog photos :p Im wearing my trusty white River Island platforms as they are my favourites of recently. Not much else to say other than its just something fun and quirky to wear.

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Co-Ordinate = American Apparel

Sandals = River Island

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School Girl Chic

Im back from a long break away and finally have a new blog post to share with you! Ive been dying to start blogging again, but one thing happened after another, and I just couldn’t get around to it! But nevertheless here it is, I guess, my unintentional grown up school girl ensemble! When I went shopping the other day to find some new bits to blog, all of the high street had a lot of their Autumn collections in. I didn’t plan on posting such a wintery outfit but I couldn’t fight it when I seen this amazing plaid skirt and felt this super fluffy jumper- had to have! Its not too wintery though, considering pastel pink is in the equation, which in my opinion brightens up the outfit nicely.

I don’t want to wish my life away but I’m kind of sick of Summer styles now anyway? I got really excited when I started to see knitwear and darker colour palettes emerging in River Island, Mango and Topshop. Im already wishfully thinking about lighting fires, watching movies with hot chocolates and the darker evenings. Likewise, knowing me I give myself a few weeks of winter and I’ll be wishing it was summer again (sigh). Bring on autumn/winter I say :)

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Jumper = River Island (here)

Top = River Island (here)

Skirt = River Island (similar here)

Shoes = River Island (here)

Bag = River Island (here)

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Whats in my Beach Bag?

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Going to the pool or beach you don’t really need to bring that much stuff, I stick to the bare minimum as you can have enough to carry between towels, umbrellas, chairs, and even snacks. So briefly, what I like to bring are;

1. Suncream

I always carry suncream with me wherever I go on holidays as you never know when you need to top up.

2. Water

A bottle of water is always a must in my beach bag as I just get super dehydrated when away

3. ipod

An ipod is definitely an essential for the beach

4. A book

Sometimes I’ll bring a book to the beach, but admittedly I don’t always end up reading it!

5. A big hair clip

This is really useful to tie my hair back when it gets all tangled from the salty water or mated from the sand

6. Sunglasses

But this pretty much goes without saying :)

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