Wednesday, June 11, 2014

CND Shellac

A gorgeous colour for summer! This DIY shellac is CND's "Cake Pop", available to purchase on eBay (€17).

Summer Wedges

Wedges are both from Penney's (€20), white trousers are from H&M (€15).

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Silly Season: Sales and Shopping

Only one week until Christmas, and things on the work front are starting to wrap up nicely for the festive season.... it's been a ridiculously hectic year!

I just got back from London last night, and safe to say I have fallen in love with the place.... everything about it is just amazing. I was lucky enough to be staying in a luxury five-star hotel in the heart of Mayfair. I have to say the Christmas atmosphere over there is brilliant, with so much to do to keep busy. A must see if you are in London is the Christmas tree in Claridge's Hotel, which is designed by Dolce & Gabbana.... it's absolutely amazing. I've heard great things about "Winter Wonderland" too, but unfortunately didn't have enough time to check it out.

The 7-day countdown to Christmas has begun, with sales in almost every shop. I've picked up some great deals in the sales this Christmas (especially in Warehouse, ASOS and Kurt Geiger). Probably not the best idea to be shopping for myself though.... still have no Christmas shopping done!

A few of my favourite purchases this month have been the below:- (all happen to be black and gold.... slightly obsessed)
Marc by Marc Jacobs Tote, available at Brown Thomas (€425.00)

Carvela Kurt Geiger Garter Shoe Boot in Black (gold) - Lyst
Carvela Black Garter Shoe Boot, available at Kurt Geiger (£130.00)

Michael Kors Black and Gold Watch, available at Fields Jewellers nationwide (€229.00)

Black Leather Riding Boots, available from Pull & Bear website (£79.99)

Bryony Miss KG, available at Kurt Geiger (£85.00)

The black and gold combo is back once again this season, probably as one of the hottest colour combinations around. The thing I love most about this combination, is that you can make almost any boring black outfit look instantly classy, by simply adding a dash of gold to it. Chunky gold statement necklaces, bracelets and rings are a key purchase to brighten up any dull outfit. 

The key to getting this look to work for you is the balance. If you're opting for a black and gold patterned piece then you need to make that the focus of your look and keep the rest of your ensemble neutral. Easy on the gold jewellery when mixing with a print, as too much of it makes an outfit look tacky. 
Hot trend : Black and gold
Hot trend : Black and gold
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

HD Brows

Megan Fox

HD Brows is the unique, seven step eyebrow shaping treatment that focuses on design. It involves an innovative combination of techniques, including tinting, waxing and threading, using specialist HD Brow products. It is a high precision prodedure that transforms your eyebrows into their perfect shape, dramatically enhancing your facial features. The results are incredible and instantly lift your face and highlight your cheekbones. 
The HD Brow Eyebrow Shaping technique is favoured by the elite of the fashion and celebrity world. 
I got my HD Brows done in Polish Hand and Foot Spa, which is based on Lower Fitzwilliam Street (www.polishspa.ie). This treatment cost €20 (half price this week only, usually €40). I also purchased the HD Brows Brown Eyebrow Pencil, which cost €22.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Onwards & Upwards

I have been an absolute shopping fiend, as of late. Retail therapy has been getting me through these last few weeks. Things haven't been easy lately, especially after the death of my Grandad. But as a (generally) positive person, I am continuing to look forward. I believe that everything happens for a reason. One thing I have learnt from him is, if you have a passion to do something- then do it. He was and will continue to be a hero and an inspiration to all.
My New Year's resolution to get fit, may have only started last week... better late than never I suppose. I bought new gym gear and new runners... nothing like a pair of new runners and brighter evenings to motivate you.
One thing I have purchased lately that I am in love with is my Michael Kors Gold Chronograph Watch. It's the perfect accessory to any wardrobe, adding that gold accent touch to casual or formal attire. It has similar design cues of the Gold Rolex: chunky construction, bracelet band and chronograph dial, but comes with a much more affordable price tag. This watch is available on ASOS for €297.36. 
Another one of my favourite buys is my Crystals & Co Cleopatra Gold Necklace. I wore it out on Saturday night, and got loads of compliments! Got this gorgeous necklace online at www.crystalsandco.com. It was a bargain at €35.00, reduced from €65.00. Crystals & Co are offering 15% off every order at the moment for Mother's Day with code LOVEMYMUM. They have the most beautiful range of crystal bracelets - I want them all!
Also pictured above, my new Michael Kors Black Bedford Tote. Available for purchase in Brown Thomas for €365.00.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Make Up For Ever HD Collection

After many years of searching for the right foundation to suit my skin, I have finally found my match- Make Up For Ever HD Foundation. I could harp on about this foundation for days. It goes on smoothly and leaves your complexion with such a flawless finish. It also stays on well throughout the day, unlike previous foundations I have worn.  It is an oil-free medium-to-full-coverage liquid foundation that covers skin imperfections flawlessly while remaining invisible. This HD Foundation is available for purchase in Make Up For Ever and costs €39.50 (Comes in 25 shades- I use N140, which is the equivalent of NC30 MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation). Also be sure to try Make Up For Ever's HD Primer, a great match with their HD Foundation. The HD Primer is available for €33.00 (comes in 6 colour-correcting shades and one transparent one). Pop into the Make Up For Ever store on Clarendon Street, Dublin [see website: http://www.mufe.ie/]. They have a range of products and brands available in store. They also do everything from shellac nails to make up applications.
Celebs such as Kim Kardashian are even rumoured to wear the MUFE HD collection. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.

Well, it's been a while, but I am back on the blogging bandwagon. I have been so incredibly busy with work as of late, I just haven't had a minute.

A lot has happened in my hectic life since I last blogged. My wardrobe has become even fuller (if possible). As Carrie Bradshaw once said, "I like my money where I can see it... hanging in my closet". I have been classified as a "shopaholic" by my friends and family and I can't say I disagree...

As of last week, I am a proud new owner of a Michael Kors Rose Gold Chronograph Oversized Watch (Available on ASOS- €282). I have had my eyes on this watch for god knows how long and FINALLY the day has come. This watch is a statement piece to any outfit, it looks great with almost anything. I saved, I spent wisely and I am so happy with this purchase. 

Tonight, after work, I will be venturing around the corner to Polish Hand & Foot Spa, to try out their spray tan and Shellac French Manicure. I am really excited as I have heard great reviews about this place. They use Xen Tan, which I've heard is meant to be really good (www.xen-tan.co.uk). Their spray tans cost €30 for a full body, which seems to be the standard around Dublin City Centre. As for Shellac, I've never got one before, but have heard they last a long time and are totally worth the €40 [review to follow].

Yesterday, I bought a deal on one of those deals websites (think it was GrabOne), for Make Up Forever. I'm about to pop into their store on Clarendon Street, to see what my voucher can get me. I've heard amazing reviews about their HD Foundation and Primer, even Kim Kardashian is rumoured to wear it (rumoured being the operative word). As much as I love my MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation, I'm getting so sick of it and it comes off patchy throughout the day. Think it's time to chuck it and find something better [review to follow].

I am off to Spain tomorrow, could not be more excited. There is nothing better than writing your "out of office" auto response... !! Really looking forward to sunning myself and drinking cocktails by the pool with the girls! Bliss............x

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Fur Factor

Anyone who knows me will know that I have an obsession with fur. Whether it's a gilet or a coat, I litterly can't get enough of it. I have searched high and low to find the best value fur coats this winter. Trust me- an hour at lunchtime on Grafton Street every day for the last 8 weeks- alot can be achieved.
I have to say TK MAXX are big into fur this winter. I am in my element every time I go in there. 
Penneys also have a fabulous fur collection. The jacket featured on the right is part of Penneys AW11 Collection. I purchased a gorgeous fur coat there not so long ago and I am in love with it. I've had five year old children coming up to me on the bus asking to "pet" my coat. Obviously they too are in love with it. This situation, however, can get quite awkward after five minutes when the child is still stroking your back.
Miss Sixty Waisted Fur Jacket
Miss Sixty Waisted Fur Jacket €245.25
ASOS Cropped Faux Fur Jacket
ASOS Cropped Faux Fur Jacket €91.32  
Eleven Paris Duffle Fastened Fur Jacket
Eleven Paros Duffle Fastened Fur Jacket €313.08

Gilets have been in and out of fashion for the last ten years, but this season they are huge. Faux fur gilets help keep your body nice and toasty warm. A favourite with the likes of Kate Moss and Sienna Miller, gilets are a great way to ward off the big chill while still looking totally stylish. The secret of wearing a fur gilet is to keep it effortless. They look great with almost anything. My own gilet is a Zara number, which was a Christmas present from my boyfriend.
A|Wear Long Line Fur Gilet With Belt 
A-Wear Long Line Fur Gilet With Belt €65.23
MiH Jeans Tibetan Gilet with Contrast Black Leather Belt
MiH Jeans Tibetan Gilet with Contrast Black Leather Belt €717.48
ASOS Petite Faux Fur Gilet With Pom Poms
ASOS Petite Faux Fur Gilet With Pom Poms €71.75

Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding: Dress Designer Revealed

Kate Middleton arrived to Westminster Abbey earlier today, looking elegant and stunning in a long-sleeve lace, ivory and satin gown with a flattering V-neckline and 8-foot-long train. After months of speculation of who the dress designer could be, it was finally revealed that Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen designed this stunning dress. 
Kate's ivory duchess satin heels were also courtesy of McQueen.
Kate Middleton Wedding Dress Photo

Monday, April 25, 2011

Playful Playsuits

ASOS Lace Up Floral Print Playsuit- €45.92
ASOS Floral Cross Front Playsuit- €45.92
Ted Baker Playsuit With Bird Cage Print- €85.28
ASOS Rope Belt Jumpsuit- €78.72
Liquorish Umbrella Print Playsuit- €49.86
Liquorish Floral Frill Collar Playsuit- €44.61
Lipsy Embellished One Shoulder Playsuit- €68.22
Jessica Ogden for ASOS Run Around Playsuit- €52.48
Motel Wallflower Print Peterpan Collar Grace Playsuit- €39.36
Kookai Silk Vest Top Jumpsuit- €150.88
ASOS PETITE Exclusive Peg Leg Jumpsuit- €59.04
ASOS Perfume Bottle Playsuit- €52.48

All of the above are available from ASOS (www.asos.com).
Free delivery worldwide on all orders.