Mix n’ Match Monday: Insta Beach!

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Are you ready to enjoy your most colourful, envy inducing seaside snaps and selfies on social media yet?  Course you are! Just pack some up to the minute swimwear and accessories, Instagram likes guaranteed!

Sleek & polished with a touch of bohemian glamour, Chloe fringed sandals and a Haight coral one piece scream summer 2017! (Above)

Unleash some serious wanderlust on the beach and beyond wearing popping pinks and dreamy violets! A hot pink Forever Unique swimsuit with bang on trend lace detail paired with a sharp yet comfy wrap skirt will sizzle along the seafront.  A 3.1 Philip Lim mauve Pashli may induce envy amongst fellow holiday makers!  Brights are excellent at amplifying a golden tan, too!

Serene block colours & simple accessories never go out of date.  Look sleek yet mysterious in a deep ocean Diane Von Furstenburg one piece and Prada block sandals, while a pastel pink Kenzo tote will stylishly hold your essentials whilst adding a touch of feminine simplicity.

Spring through the palms in a D&G tropical bikini and accessorize with the coolest lime green sandals from Prada and a pair of aviators!

Chillax poolside in the dreamiest blues.  One piece swimsuits are big news, and are modest enough to be worn with this summer’s wrap skirts for some stunning summer evening looks.  Arcadia have some irresistible swimsuits and I just love this aquatic looking skirt from Fausto Puglisi!

Clean Lines & Monochrome stripes in the form of the ultimate Marc Jacobs maxi equals instant Beach to bar chic! Don’t forget to add a touch of sparkle, these Giuseppe Zanotti kitten heels are perfection!

Slip into this celestial River swimwear and a pair of mirrored Ray-Bans and unlock that inner mermaid!

Transition this sea foam shimmer swimsuit from River Island from sitting at the sea side to sipping cocktails outside! Add a tropical print wrap skirt like this Missoni beauty and a cross body bag in a cool hue like this one from Jimmy Choo.  And these designer look platforms are a steal from ASOS!

Summer brights & pastels inspired by sweetest, juiciest seaside treats! Ruffled dresses like this Anna October maxi are fresh off the catwalk! Amp it up with a juicy clutch from Commes Des Garçons and a pop of watermelon gloss on nails and lips!

Maxi up a midsummer’s night in a floor length Melissa Obadash dress that’s just peachy. Bling up a plain dress with a choker, the hottest boho glam jewellery trend of SS17.  Be daring, add an unexpected accessory like Judith Leiber’s crystal encrusted beach ball clutch.

Beauty Tuesday: National Fragrance Day…

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To everyone who loves a good quality perfume, happy National Fragrance Day.  

Your favourite scents evoke such strong memories because your sense of smell connects to the part of your brain that controls memories and emotions. This is why certain fragrances will often remind you of certain places, times in your life or memorable events. 
Personally, I have a few fragrances that evoke memories of certain points in my life, some of which have been sadly discontinued or are very hard to find.  

Teen Memories…

Valentino’s Rock n’ Rose was a favourite during my late teens, it reminds me of my favourite lively bustling city, Dublin, because the last bottle of Rock n’ Rose I bought was from Dublin Airport.
One I Would Go Back To…

Who can resist the warm luscious notes of a floral bouquet…? Lola by Marc Jacobs is that type of scent that’s playful with a flirtatious wink. Lola is one of those perfumes that reminds me of all of the adventures I got up to in my early twenties, doing different interesting jobs and travelling to some amazing places, I remember discovering Lola during this time. It’s not just the scent’s irresistible floral notes that make this, the artfully designed bottle is a beautiful way to liven up any dressing table.

Another One I Would Go Back To…

I couldn’t just pick one for this category. Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf will always evoke memories of Charlie as a tiny puppy, as this was around the time I discovered this wonderful pink grenade. Flowerbomb has a full-bodied mix of sambac jasmine, orchid, rose and patchouli that to me have always given me the impression that this is what the most magical secret garden would smell like if I was to stand in it. 

One I Wear Everyday…

I absolutely love Ghost the Fragrance. Even though it’s notes of Ambrette, Rose and white flowers work together in Ghost to convey this enticing feminine fragrance, Ghost remains a modern classic which is understated enough for everyday.  

My Recent Discovery…

I’ve been doing a lot of reading up on night fragrances lately and Midnight Heat from Beyoncé’s perfume range was one that was of particular interest. I was mainly attracted by the gradual lilac to blue purple bottle which gives a sensual introduction to what I expected this to smell like. Purple orchid and a velvety aroma make Midnight Heat the ideal captivating aromatic fragrance to wear at night.  

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

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Happy St Patrick’s Day to everyone. What better day to celebrate our love of Ireland and everything Irish.

Dublin sunrise on the Liffey

The St. Patrick’s parade in Birmingham is the largest parade outside of Ireland to take place.  

Birmingham celebrates 

Dublin is my favourite city and I feel so privileged to have made several trips to the Emerald Isle.

Grafton Street in Dublin by night

The liveliness and overall chypre feel of Dublin has always appealed to me and will continue to as I get older. It’s a city I have always loved to go back to.

Ireland inspires. It is one of the countries that has produced some of the best music, old and new and it’s also the birthplace of 24 Olympic gold medalists, 14 Oscar winners and 9 out of 10 of the world’s global pharmaceutical firms. Forbes has called Ireland the best country to do business. 1,033 companies from all over the world have chosen the Emerald Isle as their base because it remains number 1 for adaptability of their workforce. If you’ve ever been to Ireland you may have met some of the most charitable people in Europe. Ireland, 5 million people live there, but no wonder more than 70 million, including me, call it home!

Starbucks St Patrick’s Day Green Tea Frappucino 

If, like me, the spirit of the Emerald Isle is strong, be sure to enjoy a pop of green today.  Happy St Paddy’s!

Top 5 Travel Beauty

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Being as I’m about to embark on a weekend away, I thought I would share with you some essential tips on travelling light.  It’s not easy to do when you think about all of the things you can’t leave the house without, but one of the things I think is genius is swapping your generic 100-200ml product bottles for their mini me’s!

On The GEO Trail For A Splash Of Quirk…?Just Buy A RI Bag Or Purse!

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Monster Tote Bag, £50.00, (above).


Monster Cosmetics Case, £15.00

Still trawling the stores for the perfect piece of arm candy to offset your everyday look?  Look no further than River Island.  If there’s one thing they’re good at, it’s luggage cases, handbags and purses with their style mile button firmly set to accelerate.  These beauties are anything but sublime; once you own a little geometric print, fringed tapestry, or psychedelic fur, you’ll want to do nothing by half!


Monster Luggage Wheelie, £75.00 

Glance closely at the thoughtfully placed pieces of the geo pattern on this wheelie, and it actually makes up a monster’s face!  Really good for the repelling of jealous airport baggage handlers!  Detachable details like the popping orange pom-pom and mini monster will make that airport carousel a breeze!


Blue Patchwork Tote Bag, £47.00

If you’re looking for a bag that’s a little less loud, RI’s blue patchwork tote will see you through A/W 2015 and beyond!


Monster Cross-body Bag, £30.00

This little monster is the perfect evening companion for all those little things you just can’t leave behind!  The eyes have it, for staving off some serious clutch envy!


Cat-Eye Coin Purse, £12.00

Of course, cuter monsters of the green-eyed type will be a hit with all you crazy cat lovers!  River Island’s edgy bags and purses ooze tons of character, whether they’re geometric, animalic, or of the tapestry type…


Geometric Print Winged Tote, £47.00


Fringed Tapestry Tote, £47.00

Pops of pink and yellow have added extra amps to one of the cosiest, timeless trends for these chain-handled bags, faux fur, of course!


Faux Fur Chain Bags, £28.00 each, available in Pink and Yellow


You’re likely to not “blend” in with one of these gems, and rest assured, there’s little risk of losing this lot!


Split Colour Detachable Pom-pom for bags, £7.00


Super-stripe fold-over purse, £17.00


Leopard print fold-over purse, £18.00

Super Summer Staple: Five Coral Dresses, Endless Ways To Wear!

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Got a coral dress in your wardrobe?  Not sure where to take this? Maybe you only wore it once and don’t know how to Accessorize it for other occasions.  You may have given up on your coral dress entirely, but wait, the possibilities… are endless!

Keep the colour clashing of nudes and brights to accessories, shoes and small bags, that way you’ll get a pop of colour that will co-operate with your coral without making your look too busy.  

 Can’t think of a better beach partner for this Topshop strappy than tan gladiators and a tan cross body bag. Effortlessly cool and versatile on vacation; just add heels to take this look to the beach bar!

   A waist cinching gold belt and a bit of definition make this Quiz dress work well for evening parties and dinners out.  

Accessorizing is straight-forward with some gold jewellery, a neutral smoky eye and neutral or dark mani and pedi,  your smouldering look will get you served first!  
Coral can be a bright backdrop for your best black onyx jewellery; monochrome can even be brought into the summer with this pinky orange hue.    
So can blue!

Neutrals and pearls add day glamour and enough sophistication for this look to be a wedding or dinner and shopping with friends outfit.  
Be nauti-cool in a New Look skater dress!

   And take it sight-seeing…

 To meet up with your mom on Mother’s Day…

Or day-tripping on a city-break!

   One dress, hundreds of looks!