For me, blazers are a wardrobe essential, you can style them so many different ways, and they are a timeless piece that will never go out of style. Whether you prefer patterned blazers like a Prince of Wales check or just prefer to stick to a plain black blazer, here’s some ways I love to style my blazers.
Roll up Your Sleeves
I love to wear a blazer with the sleeves rolled up, often wearing an oversized blazer, can look big and boxy so rolling up the sleeves can add a nice shape. This is especially good in the summer months when it’s warm outside and you just want to add a light jacket.
Round the Shoulders
For an evening look, or on a hotter day you can style a blazer by simply wearing it over your shoulders. This gives a classy and instantly dressed up feel to any outfit. You then have the option of wearing it as a jacket when it gets colder in the evening.
As a Transitional Piece
Whilst blazers may be known as a spring/summer piece they are the perfect transitional piece to bring your wardrobe into autumn. For months like September and October when it’s not yet cold enough to bring out your larger over coats during the day, a blazer can be the perfect in between piece to compliment any outfit.
As a Suit
If you have trousers or jeans in the same colour as your blazer why not style it as a suit. Suits are the perfect workplace attire and can look great for daytime or nighttime. Style a suit with a pair of flats and handbag for day, or switch it up to heels and a clutch for an evening outfit.
Add some accessories to your blazer to change it up, think about cinching your blazer in at the waist with a belt. Or even add a brooch to the lapel to add a bit of sparkle to your outfit.
Written By: Patience Bradley
5 of Belfast’s Best Tattoo Studios in the Cathedral Quarter
If you’re looking for new ink or just some inspiration for your next piece look no further than Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, with five premier tattoo studios all located within the heart of the city.
Whether you want simple line work, geometry, realism or blackwork, there are many talented artists to suit all styles.
Here are 5 tattoo studios in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter:
1. Belfast City Skinworks
Based in Belfast for the last 30 years Belfast City Skinworks is one of Belfast’s oldest and most established Tattoo and piercing specialists in the city.
Located in the old building of St Malachy’s Christian Brothers School, the tattoo studio has gone from strength to strength, even tattooing boxing legend Carl Frampton.
Providing a complimentary consultation service and a large portfolio of past work the company caters for first time tattooers or regulars who are ready to get a new piece.
2. A Sailors Grave
With a huge studio space on Royal Avenue and 11 resident artists, A Sailors Grave is certainly a popular choice for tattoo lovers in Belfast.
The variety of artists available at the studio means you will be sure to find an artist that specialises in the style you like. Calia Dagger specialises in fine line and dot work whilst Sabra Carson specialises in neo-traditional.
3. Meraki Tattoo
Based in North Street Meraki Tattoo specialises in blackwork and geometry and cosmetic tattooing.
As an appointment only based studio you will have to contact one of their artists; Mark, Brandon, Nathan or Liam directly to book an appointment. You can see a selection of the different artists work on their social media to find which style would suit you best.
4. Penthouse Ink
Based in Royal Avenue Penthouse Ink pride themselves on catering to all styles and offering custom designs.
Clients of the studio have praised its friendly atmosphere and laidback staff. Resident artists Jan and Aaron both have their work displayed on social media for customers to check out their style.
Established in 2010, Addinktion Tattoo is based on Donegall Street in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter.
Offering custom tattoos by resident artists Dre and Adam, the company has a wide variety of styles and designs featured on their social media, including tarot based designs and portraits.
To find out more about what’s happening in Belfast Cathedral Quarter check out the Destination CQ website at cathedralquarterbelfast.com
Lidl Northern Ireland Extends Bestselling Merch Range
Following a sell-out launch last Christmas, Lidl Northern Ireland has now revealed a fresh new line of Lidl merchandise, on sale in stores across the region now. The coolest collection to land yet, Lidl Northern Ireland’s fashion forward shoppers can rock the ‘middle aisle style’ for as little as £1.49 – but hurry, they are available for a limited time only!
Boasting retro vintage vibes, each vibrant pieceis infused with the iconic Lidl colours of blue, yellow and red, including the collection centerpiece – the new and quirky Lidl belt bag (£4.99). This convenient and chic fashion accessory is perfect for your staycation adventures or to fuel your festival dreams and is certainly one you don’t want to miss out on. Finish the look with Lidl’s infamous statement trainers (£12.99) and branded sports socks (£1.49) for a truly fierce ensemble.
For a more subtle style, try Lidl Northern Ireland’s new selection of men’s and women’s logo t-shirts (£3.99). Made with 100% cotton for added comfort, these trendy tees both look and feel great. Pair them up with Lidl’s logo leggings (£3.99), available in grey and black, and bring all your Lidl fashion fantasies to life!