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Serene block colours & simple accessories never go out of date.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.

Summer Nail Spoiler Alert!

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Indulge in all the deliciousness of French patisseries this SS17, without all the calories… oui oui!

You won’t be able to resist six sweet Essie shades that will keep your mouth watering all summer long. 


Inspired by all the glittering confections of the finest Parisian cafes, the S’il Vous Play collection will take you on a whimsical journey through the chic streets of the city of style, decadence and love with soft pastels and a shimmering metallic that is absolutely delectable.



Anything with a Parisian theme or style has always drawn me in, and I know I’m not the only one attracted to the kitsch wanderlust of the city of lights.  Seeing this Essie collection is making me crave macarons, maintenant…



This soft iridescent sugar white will have you licking your lips all the way to the confiserie!


An irresistible lilac cream inspired by the tastiest macarons dans la Rue!


An unforgettable lavender pink foil that will remind you of the most frosty cake icing and the sweet namesake of this collection.  I’ll take the petit gateau avec Glacage Rose s’il vous plait!



Tres fondant of this sparkling apricot marmalade shade!

Romantic rose candy cream that will evoke all the passion of the city of love.


The prettiest pastel Parisian blue that says casual summer all over it!

Not doing Guy Fawkes…? Join the H&M #Balmaination!

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Some rather exciting happenings sparkled over Wall Street in New York this week, an event tipped to have been the most glamorous and bold fashion show of the year.  If you’re not celebrating overrated Bonfire Night and have decided on an alternative treat… you’re in for a rather glitzy one if you set foot in H&M; today marks the start of the high-street store’s Balmainia!  By that I mean a rather artsy collaboration with French designer Balmain…

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Put the date in your diary & don’t forget to fash-tag #Balmaination on Twitter & Instagram!

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Kendall Jenner played a sterling part in the H&M x Balmain advertising campaign which was filmed aboard a subway train and also opened the mega launch of the collection in an alluring black and gold ensemble.

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Kendall wowed the crowds as she opened the New York event to introduce this exciting collection.

H&M are renowned for their famous collaborations with numerous designers such as Jimmy Choo, Matthew Williamson and Lanvin.  This collection, however has to be the edgiest most glam collaboration yet, their offerings were popular amongst star attendees of the event, which was attended by Gigi Hadid, Kendall and Kylie, Lewis Hamilton, Ellie Goulding and entertainment was provided by newly reformed band The Backstreet Boys, who all looked dapper in H&M x Balmain menswear.

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This monochrome art deco style dress will be just one of the key pieces of the AW15 Balmaination!  Looks amazing on Gigi!

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Lewis Hamilton and Ellie Goulding at the event

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The Backstreet Boys get well into the spirit of Balmainia!

Balmainia at H&M is excellent news for fans of the designer waiting for a diffusion line and what’s more, the pieces are near identical to their pricier predecessors.

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Balmain fan Kendall’s Billboard Music Awards look can be yours at H&M!

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Kylie Jenner at the H&M x Balmain event in New York

Plenty of black, gold, monochrome and flattering jewel tones make up this collection, which will be excellent for those of you on the hunt for that perfect Christmas Day or New Year Dress.  I can’t wait to see this collection come to life in a H&M store near me!

Outfit of the Day + Essence Cosmetics Mega Haul!

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In today’s video I thought I would share with you lot my absolutely rockin’ ensemble for a perfect autumn 2015 day.  I thought I’d give my River Island leather look Molly jeggings an outing in broad daylight as they’re normally reserved for the evening but they look effortlessly chic for a casual day with a good band or slogan t-shirt.  Moving on to t-shirts, I’ve always wanted a Ramones t-shirt and last week I finally found the Johnny, Joey, Deedee and Tommy tee of my dreams at Primark for £8.  There’s a lot of black in today’s look so I added a pop of colour with my plum skull scarf and burgundy Forever 21 rucksack which packs plenty of grunge fringing.  I’m loving berry, plum and burgundy and they really own the runway and high-street at this time of the year!

I also took the opportunity to tell you about Europe’s No1 cosmetic brand on the market.  There are many reasons why Essence Cosmetics is the top beauty phenomenon on the continent and in the UK.  I’m glad I heard about this brand last year and I think I have reviewed some of their products before.  Think up to the minute eye and lip make-up trends and an effortless salon-quality manicure in your own home, and all starting from one pound!

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If you’re nowhere near a Wilko store that stocks Essence goodies, however, just visit http://www.essence.eu.

I hope you’re all enjoying my videos and if you’re on YouTube, feel free to subscribe to my channel for some cool style and beauty bytes like this one!

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Make-up Monday: Top 5 Holy Grail Lips!

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Today I thought I would share with you some of my favourite lip products.  Be it a gloss, balm, stain, lacquer or lipstick, we’ve all got our favourites we come back to again and again.  I’m always on the look out for an amazing lipstick or gloss either high-end or high street and I’m always buying new ones to try out.  The ones featured in today’s video differ in brand, texture, colour, formula and are a reflection of the diversity of the products in my beauty arsenal.  I’ve always been a “Heinz 57” kind of girl who loves to explore a variety of all things style and beauty.
Hope you enjoy my round up of pout perfecters!

Featured Products

The Make-up Revolution Salvation Lip Lacquer in Keep Crying For You, £3 in Superdrug

KORRES Lip Butter in Quince, £8

Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain in Vivacious, £7.99

Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in Barcelona Nights, £7.99

MAC Tinted Lipglass in Viva Glam VI £14.50

Feel Good Friday: What’s Got Me Excited This Weekend?

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Today I dug out my Music Rising T-shirt from Dublin’s Hard Rock Café and proceeded with the late summer ritual that is the blackberry pick.  Got a ton of thorn pricks and juicy hands but it’s the type of therapeutic fun that makes you lose track of time for a while, before you know it you’ve got a lovely basket of black-forest goodness that’s delicious in a fruit crumble!  If you haven’t heard of Music Rising, they’re a good-cause born out of Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago, Music Rising’s mission was to replace musical instruments for musicians who lost theirs in the hurricane in New Orleans in 2005.  The Edge from U2 is very much involved in this initiative and New Orleans is slowly getting there with the regeneration of buildings and places that were devastated when disaster struck a decade ago.

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Online I’ve been browsing the latest trends and beauty collections for AW15, MAC’s new collections have me excited, especially their new Veluxe A Trois collection.  Veluxe A Trois is mainly made up of trios of MAC’s silky Pearlfusion eyeshadows in a cute little compact, hence the name.  Limited edition, velvety Cremesheen Lipsticks are also part of the collection and there’s some pretty awesome Cremesheen Lipglasses, too!  Hot pink lovers, check out Cremesheen Lipstick in Flowerscope!  You can see the full collection on the website of MAC, http://www.maccosmetics.com.

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Swatch of MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Flowerscope

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Some of the new Pearlfusion eyeshadow trios, Cremesheen Glass & Cremesheen Lipstick from the all new Veluxe A Trois collection at MAC.

River Island, New Look and H&M are all warming up for the cosiest, yet most stylish Fall yet and I already have my eye on a few key high-street pieces sure to fly off the rails.  Biker jackets with a fur trim seem to be the new “it coat,” with RI offering a variety of leather and faux fur colours.  Green isn’t normally a colour I’d go for in a winter jacket, but the teal number is a beauty!  These are just two of the lovelies available at River Island in store or online for £65…

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On the designer front, it hasn’t half been an innovative year for Louis Vuitton, who’ve branched out into the wonders of the logo-twistlock on their chain-handled bags, a la Chanel.  I always pictured the classic LV bag to be a zipped affair adorned with a print of the signature logo, but in this case, LV have sent their logo to work!  Apparently, you twist the L on the top flap to line up with the V to open them.  A variety of sizes, patterns and colours have been released, however, non-fussy, subdued denim blue remains my favourite of the bunch!  As rocked by Beyoncé!

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If you’re a fan of the timeless glamour a chain strap handbag brings, Valentino’s 2015 offerings will secure your look plenty of rock-chick luxe with their shimmering golden rock-studs…

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You’ll be spoilt for choice of colours and prints with these gorgeous arm candies; Plain colour, block colour, combat print or even leopard print!

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Walk on the wild side!

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And on that note…

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Whatever your plans, have a happy Fri-yay, Saturday and Sunday everyone x

MAC Fall ’15 Spoiler: Autum Beauty’s Gonna Be Just Doggylicious!

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Man and Woman’s best friend is set to bark up the right tree this Fall!  MAC’s Haute Dogs collection for AW15 has entered the ring!  This pampered pup lined parade of well-groomed naturals and berry tones for lips is sure to enhance your pedigree!

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MAC’s latest venture also features luscious, buttery fur tones for eyes and a trio of spicy autumnal trend nail shades that’ll guarantee your paw-fectly polished look will secure you best in show!

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If you’re anything like your pampered pooch, you won’t turn your nose up at these pro brushes and pawsome palettes!

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MAC Haute Dogs: Fire up your eye make-up look with a slick of spicy metallic shadow/liner to create a look of collars-off, canine cool!

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Merry berry, winter warming pout perfection to wake you up for walkies!

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Pamper your paws & prep your claws, for the best Autumn dog walk/dog show yet!

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On a personal, dog-loving note, Jericho and Charlie aren’t great TV watchers but they sure sat up wide-eyed to watch Noel Fitzpatrick, The Supervet In The Field, which has being showing on Wednesdays on Channel 4 recently.  Programmes like this just highlight the unbreakable bond between us and our dogs and how our four legged family members love us unconditionally.  Thank you Jericho, and Charlie, too.  At times when I’ve needed a hand I’ve always found your paw -xxx-

 

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