OOTD feat. H&M + River Island | #LiffeyStyle Blogger Challenge

CLICK TO SHOP: Leather jacket - Vintage (similar) | Sweater* - H&M | Jeans* - River Island | Adidas Superstars* - Office (more) | Leopard-print bag* - H&M (similar) | Sunglasses* - Ray Ban

Liffey Valley shopping centre recently invited me to take part in a blogger challenge*, wherein I had to style a new outfit that revolved around a staple denim piece of clothing for Autumn/ Winter. Liffey Valley is renowned for its selection of high street shops so I was naturally spoilt for choice when I went along last week to have a look-see. I decided to pick up a pair of dark grey jeans with gorgeous zip detailing on the pockets and ripped knees from River Island first to start off.

I've been really inspired by bloggers' style lately that incorporates sportswear into everyday looks. Most of the time I dress pretty grungy and feel most at ease doing so, however, I love nothing more than an oversized hoodie, comfy pair of runners (trainers for UK folk/ sneakers for US) and some casual sweaters to layer up in the cooler months for college.

I fell in love with this sequin sweater from H&M immediately - it screams MERMAID. I'm a longtime leopard-print advocate and I thought the clashing print/ texture of the bag and sweater was really interesting and something I wouldn't usually go for. I like how it turned out! To complete the look, I snapped up a black pair of Adidas Superstars that I've been stalking for months and months.

Liffey Valley is a haven for all high-street fiends; they've everything there from a H&M, New Look, Topshop, Bershka, River Island, Miss Selfridge and even American-chain Aeropostale is opening soon (their first European store). I had a blast shopping there and can't wait until my next trip back!

Photography - Sarah Hanrahan