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There are so many things I ADORED about Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. The feel-good musical inspired by the music of ABBA was everything I wanted and more.

 

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I was surprised by just how good the soundtrack was considering they sang most of ABBA's greatest hits in the original film. However, it's been a week since I first watched the movie and Cher’s version of Fernando is still stuck in my head.

One thing that really stood out for me (apart from young Bill aka the man of my dreams) was the young Donna’s style.

The main focus of the movie was young Donna’s journey from graduate to mum, but I couldn’t help but swoon over her outfits. Her quirky boho style was simple, but striking.

 

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Obviously, we’d never get away with wearing outfits like Donna's here in Ireland- thanks rain- but I thought I’d gather up some of the nicest pieces inspired by young Donna.

Sure, it may not be sunny enough to rock these looks in reality, but you can wear them, stick on the soundtrack and pretend you’re frolocking around a Greek island in the 1970s.

New Look Denim Dungarees €20
Forever 21 Orange Maxi Skirt €16
Monki White Tunic Dress €30
Revolve Aquarius Jumpsuit €92
New Look Mom Shorts €24.99
Forever 21 Yellow Belbottoms €17.40
Boohoo Star Print Jacket €36
Dorothy Perkins Platform Boots €16

 

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Earlier this month Pinterest had us swooning over its most popular wedding dress, and now the much loved image sharing site has really given us wedding fever with its favourite engagement ring.

We all know it’s the thought that counts when it comes to receiving gifts, but when jewellery reaches engagement-level importance, it sure is nice to dream about the perfect rock.

And – according to HelloGiggles – there is one engagement ring in particular that’s made its way into many people’s dreams as the Alvadora Diamond Ring has been pinned over 160,000 times.

The 18 carat white gold ring features a bezel set gem, lattice detailing and a halo of diamonds and is available for purchase from American retailer Brilliant Earth for $1,490 (that’s currently around €1,330).

The vintage inspired piece also comes in four different styles:  White gold, rose gold, yellow gold and platinum.

Previously it had been reported that the Verragio Venetian ring by Raymond Lee Jewellers was the most popular engagement style on Pinterest with 63,000 pins.

Like the Alvadora Diamond ring, the Verragio Venetian is an 18 carat white gold piece but it also boasts 0.45 carats of diamonds and costs around €3,800.

Feat image: New Line

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Along with Sweet Valley High, The Princess Diaries and Judy Blume's entire back catalogue, The Babysitters Club books pretty much defined our early teenage years.

Long before Carrie Bradshaw was running through puddles in a tutu, The Babysitters Club crew were making female friendships and feminism cool.

City girl Stacey (whose diabetes gave her a touch of mysterious glamour, let's face it), arty Claudia, book-mad Mary Anne, #GirlBoss Kristy, Mallory with her masso Irish Catholic family, floaty Dawn (who liked carob before it was cool) or dance fanatic Jessi… yup, we all idolised at least one of them.

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While there's been enough fan fiction based on the supposed adult lives of the girls to fill an entire library – and a recent reunion of the cast of the 1995 movie adaptation – we've always struggled to really imagine how they all turned out.

Would Claudia still rock a tie-dye jumper? Would Kristy ditch her baseball team merch? Would Jessi ever stop wearing legwarmers?

Well, one US-based blogger has clearly been wondering the same things, and has started a style series inspired by Stoneybrook's best babysitters. For each post, she creates an outfit  and a persona – based on her imaginings of each Babysitters' Club member.

Each post is accompanied by a snapshot of the women's lives today, and they're surprisingly on-point. 

There's Dawn, who now has a kale obsession, "refers to her morning runs as 'gifts'" and is the eternally positive friend you "love to hate":

Stacey, who "works in hedge fund analysis" and "finds comfort in numbers, the digits flashing through her computer, her blood sugar count, how many miles she ran on her fit bit band before she goes into the office":

Claudia, who's still arty AF, but with a touch more class:

Mallory, who still wears specs and now favours tights, boots and skater skirts:

Jessi, who unfortunately "had her ballet career sidelined" by an Achilles Tendon Injury, and now teaches Movement classes at Juliard, while doing comedy improv part-time and "trying to get pregnant with her husband, Dov."

Plus, who can forget Kristy, who is still a total #GirlBoss, "runs a nanny staffing agency," and "rejoiced when slouchy sweaters became en vogue."

Amazing.

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We know the temptation is high to wear your PJs all afternoon on Christmas Day, but it is nice to get a little dressed up, too.

December 25th is all about having fun, stuffing your face and relaxing with family, so keep that in mind when choosing an outfit – skip the bodycon dress and go for casual, simple and fun!

Think bright bold prints, flattering fits and relaxed fabrics and you can't go wrong!

Here are a few pieces we have our eye on…

1. A skater skirt
This structured skirt would look great with a fitted long-sleeve top or a cropped jumper. Pair it with tights and ankle boots and you're good to go!

Meme Shell Pink Leaf Flocked Skater, €18, New Look

2. A Peter Pan collared dress
This gorgeous collared dress is comfortable but looks formal enough for a family event.

Peter Pan Collar Floral Dress, €20.95, Forever 21

3. A gorgeous printed sweater
How beautiful is this butterfly print jumper? We love the soft blue colour, too.

Butterfly Placement Print Jumper, €47, Oasis

4. A loose button-down
Take as many helpings of Christmas cake as you dare, this loose fitting top won't hold you back! The leather collar detail would look great under a knitted sweater.

Faux Leather Collar Blouse, €13.45, Forever 21

5. A Christmas jumper
It's the last day of the year that you can wear one, after all.

December 25th Sweater, €56, Topshop

6. Chelsea boots
Perfect with skinnies, leggings or tights, these relaxed brown leather Chelsea boots would be the perfect finishing touch to your festive outfit.

Brown Leather Buckle Trim Ankle Boots, €70, River Island

 

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If you're finding yourself in a bit of a fashion rut, it's important to remember that our sense of style comes from the inside as much as the outside.

Sure, we mightn't be as elegant as Coco Chanel was, but we can definitely try!

Here are a few quotes to remember next time you're looking for some style inspiration…

Marilyn Monroe
"Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world."

Coco Chanel
​"The best colour in the world is the one that looks good on you."

Anna Wintour
"If you can’t be better than your competition, just dress better."

Betsey Johnson
"Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves and, of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys they’d just walk around naked at all times."

Donna Karan
"Delete the negative; accentuate the positive."

Iris Apfel
"When you don't dress like everyone else, you don't have to think like everyone else."

Lauren Hutton
"Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose."

Yves Saint Laurent
"Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it."

Victoria Beckham
"I can’t concentrate in flats."

 

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