Bye bye Summer, I have Fall-en for another

Beauty, Fashion, Haul, Plus size, Shopping, Wishlist

I admit defeat, I was wrong I tried to hold on to summer. I like the rest of Northern Ireland have been clasping onto the idea that we would get a second wind of summer but alas one week before the start of September I will admit defeat. However despite being in a certain degree of mourning for the loss of summer I am getting so excited for Fall and Winter. I have a slight obsession with layering and scarves not helped at all by the fact the in work at the minute we are getting all our big deliveries of fall and winter goodies ( I work in a clothing and accessory shop) I have already bought myself three new incredible blanket scarves in the last couple of weeks alone!

Now myself and the rest of Northern Ireland will be packing away summer in the next few weeks and bringing down the winter woollies, I already have my gorgeous wool coats of out storage.  Going through my wardrobe I have noticed a few gaps for key pieces that would work right the way through the winter, so I decided to have a look online at some of my favourite stores to find some new wardrobe updates. Another factor in influencing this move was attending the Belfast Fashion Week launch event last Thursday.

 

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The event was held in the Life church venue in town, probably one of the coolest venues I have seen used for BFW, we where talked through some of the key looks as well as the full running order for fashion week, I am so excited to get to see all the looks pulled together in the upcoming months!

So after this my fate was sealed and I dived head first into online “window” shopping for some new wardrobe updates.

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Probably already a staple in most peoples wardrobes I have been after a leather jacket for probably the last couple of years at least, one of my favourites that I have come across is this ASOS curve textured version that can be found here:  http://www.asos.com/ASOS-Curve/ASOS-CURVE-Biker-With-Zip-Detail/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4084090

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Sticking to the layering idea another piece which I have seen become a huge trend is the long line or maxi cardigan. This is a great layering piece and would look just as well under the leather jacket as it would teamed with a duster coat: http://www.asos.com/ASOS-Curve/ASOS-CURVE-Exclusive-Maxi-Cardigan-In-Jersey/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4519036&cid=9577&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=204&sort=-1&clr=Black

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These New Look joggers available in Black and Leopard are another great way to do a relaxed sports luxxe look: http://www.asos.com/New-Look-Inspire/New-Look-Inspire-Animal-Print-Jogger/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4360402&cid=9577&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=204&sort=-1&clr=Multi

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These Evans statement trousers are probably one of my favourite things I have discovered the monochrome colour scheme keeps them from being too much for the colder months but still when your buried under a giant scarf and coat combo they would add a fashiony edge: http://www.evans.co.uk/en/evuk/product/clothing-250468/view-all-clothing-1880780/evans-black-white-aztec-jersey-trouser-3248678?bi=1&ps=200

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And to finish the looks I found New Look who are one of my favourite high street shoe retailers for their super speedy takes on expensive shoes have copied the Nike Roshe Runs for only £19.99 http://www.newlook.com/shop/shoe-gallery/view-all-shoes/black-textured-trainers-_321420001

As you can see I focused on trousers and jackets because you will be hidden under so many layers that tops wont be seen

What are you guys looking to add to your Autumn Wardrobes, let me know in the comments!

Tj xo

L’affaire at Coco Belfast

Beauty, Fashion

Today Coco Belfast hosted a celebration of local design talented in the heart of the city. I was very honored to be asked to show two of my latest creations. I love events like this because they show just how amazing local talent is in Northern Ireland, designers that showed included:

  • Gordan Donaldson
  • Una Rodden
  • Nicole McKenna
  • Katie Wilson
  • Deimante Vuitton
  • Reda
  • Myself

The setting was great because it had a really intimate feel and you could really see all the gorgeous outfits up close and personal.

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Pre-show we got to relax in the beautiful atmosphere of Coco with a glass of bubbly and a beautiful selection of canapes, all the while listening to relaxing french music.

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Round one was Gordon Donaldson a local up and coming designer and also a classmate of mine ( well technically he is a year above me) I have always loved Gordan’s work and his choice of fabrics and prints today didn’t disappoint.

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Next up was me, I just finished making these floral crowns yesterday and I am so happy with how they look with the garments, the colours really compliment the outfits, I will be doing a better post on my work very soon so expect better pictures then.

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Next up Nicole McKenna another fellow classmate and her collection entitled Spoiled is a great mix of metallic, faux leathers and prints. The mirrored leather skirt is definitely one of my favourite pieces from today’s event.

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Next up was Deimante and her mum showing that fashion definitely runs in their family. Deimante’s work was a beautiful mix of floral vintage with a modern twist. Just how beautiful is that gold nude dress on the stunning model Ella.

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Katie Wilson

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Katie Wilson- How incredible is this dress I just wish my photo was better

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Una Rodden

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Una Rodden- I need this scarf in my life! 
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Round 6 and 7 was Katie Wilson and Una Rodden. Una Rodden is an established local designer who I have had the pleasure to do a placement with in upper sixth, I have always loved her style especially her drapey dresses such as the beautiful emerald green number. Katie is another designer local to Belfast who actually works with Una Rodden, her style again is another of my favorites I feel like I could write a whole blog post about the gold heavy embellished dress again worn by Ella.

Overall it was a great event and I would definitely recommend if you are local to Belfast checking it out if they decide to repeat it because its a great afternoon out!

Also if you are looking for a great local restaurant for a bite to eat then I would definately recommend Coco Belfast:

http://www.cocobelfast.com/

 

 

 

Belfast Fashion Week S/S14: Day One and Two

Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, Make-up, Style

10008597_10202376832634839_1822619419_nLong time no speak, Life has completely taken over and I just don’t have a free minute anywhere. As a result my YouTube/ Blog has really suffered but I hope to get back on track in the next week or so, so please bear with me.so of course as pictured above I couldn’t start off any post without a wee sneaky selfie with my backstage BFF’s Rosanna from http://silverbrogues.com/ Christopher and Scott, after all we are so manic that sometimes we need to just have a wee break.

This is my seventh season backstage and it also marks BFW tenth year. Day one this year was local designer night with a great mixture of established designers such as Una Rodden and Grainne Maher and new faces such as Gordan Donaldson and Julia Sokele.

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Models in look one of the night.

This season I was once again paired up with the gorgeous Mairead, we had a lot of fun during the fittings , fittings are when you try everything for size and ensure that there are no issues going to arise during the show such as wrong sizes that need pinned etc.

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The Minnie mouse look from local boutique Diamond Dolls was definitely a favourite for us both but a special mention has to go to the drop dead stunning Blush bridal boutique Sequin number. Photos don’t do any justice to just how sparkly this dress is! Unfortunately I didn’t get many piccies on day one but I think day two I made up for it.

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Above are the first looks from day two but lets go back a couple of hours, Day two was high-street which also brought with an Argento preview event which I was very kindly invited along to.

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Fashion show director Cathy Martin with some of the models.

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The event was beautifully set up and all the jewellery looked amazing, if you are as much of a magpie as I am then you understand why I was so excited. I huge thank you to Ian from http://roguesandbrogues.blogspot.co.uk/ for being such a lovely host and also for giving us the lovely wee surprise, I got a beautiful necklace from the Karma range.

So once I left the world of sparkles and West Coast Cooler I went back to my day job so to speak to prepare for the show. Now I changed models for this night and I was actually part of the Male model team which I have never done before.

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These are just a few of the boys, Connor and Piaras’s looks from the show.

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The hair and make-up on day two was probably my favourite with a mix of glitter by the bucket load and colourful hair pieces.

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so without making this post even longer I will end it now, I cannot wait for tonight because not only do we have renound make-up artist Paddy McGurgan creating amazing body painting looks but we also have the charity challenge featuring 10 local bloggers and stylists creating 10 looks in collaboration with local charity shops , all the looks are then available to buy after the show!

I will make a huge picture post when all three days are over ! xx

Make-up: Why I hate it and what I use

Beauty, Fashion, Make-up

When I was about 15 I discovered the YouTube beauty community, for the next couple of years I devoted my time, efforts and spare money ( I got a job at 16 to fund my habits) to amassing as much make up as I could possibly own. I work in a fashion retailer which requires me to have a different outfit each month as my uniform. I saw this as my opportunity to match my make up with the outfit, I have vivid nightmares about a green and blue maxi dress which I totally thought went perfectly with blue eyeshadow and green eyeliner MEGA CRINGE!

This went on till I was about 17 and kind of gave up with make-up spare cash now began to help enhance my shoe collection ( which is still growing to this day) At this point I discovered liquid eyeliner which has now become my signature, now I am still not great at matching my eyes but I have hooded eyes so only I notice if they are uneven. Ever since I have cut back my make-up collection, finishing up Urban decay eyeliners, throwing out sleek eye palettes and realising that I didn’t need to be collecting lipsticks that I would never actually wear.

Quick Rant:

I think today’s social media generation, specifically girls watching beauty YouTubers needs to be shown that there is more to life than having expensive make-up one quick YouTube search will call up alot of very young girls who have this perception that they need to be in a full face of make-up. For me up until about 16 I didn’t wear anything other than eyeshadows and mascara and of course a tonne of black eyeliner ( I was a scene kid at this time)

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Yes this is indeed 15 year old me, oh dear lord. But going back to my point I YouTube searched a particular foundation range which has been very popular and I discover hundreds of videos of young girls with great skin applying heavy duty foundations because a certain Youtuber has done a review stating that they need this. It breaks my heart a little bit that these girls think that they need to use such expensive, heavy make-up in order to fit in but I think I will save the rest of this rant for a separate post I am planning.

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Now at the age of 20 almost 21 ( 22nd March and I am terrified) make-up now for me is just as little as I can get away with. I will only put on make-up if I am going to work or college except for eyebrows, you know the way they say eyebrows are sisters not twins well my eyebrows are second cousins twice removed.  I have a bit of an obsession with highlighters which probably makes me look like a Christmas fairy most of the time but if I could share one thing I have learned:

Make-up is for Me , It is to make me happy I don’t wear it for others so If I want to be as glowy as a Mermaid that’s ok. If I want to make my eyebrows look like baby caterpillars this is also ok. If I want to leave the house blemishes showing with a bit of lip balm then this is also ok. I don’t need to care how others perceive me as long as I am happy. 

With that being said my most comfortable is with some foundation, eyeliner and highlighter and this is what I use:

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My entire face in one image 🙂

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Mum is a bit of a QVC addict and so through this we have both discovered Laura Geller so for my foundation I use a mix of Rimmel Match perfection ( one of the few true pale highstreet foundations) I then use a bit of the Laura Geller powder foundation to set my forehead and chin, or if I am being lazy I will only use the Laura Geller.

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For blusher I don’t really use alot but I do use another Laura Geller product, Brulee apple blusher from their latest today’s special value from QVC. It is a mix of pink tones, brown tones and glowlyness which transforms into a lovely coral colour on my cheeks. I also use the French Vanilla highlighter from the first TSV Laura Geller set I got at Christmas. It has a bit of a yellow tone but on my skin it just gives a natural glowlyness.

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Eyes are last and I usually begin by putting a light brown or pinky colour all over my eye to help the eyeliner stay in place. At the minute I love the seventeen cosmetics tattoo me eyeliner because once it is on that is it , it wont go anywhere unless I use a oil-based eye make-up remover. I love Rimmel pro eye brown pencils because like I said I have awful eyebrows that take alot of effort to tame and the pencil allows me to achieve this very quickly.

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And that’s it , I hope you can tell it never really looks like I am wearing alot of make-up but it is enough for me , I get up at six in the morning and spending hours getting ready isn’t an option.

I hope this post was interesting I am sorry it’s very long but I am going to start up a series for my mini rants so that they don’t take up so much room on other posts, if you would like this let me know and please if you have a topic or opinion on something that you want me to talk about let me know xx