Argento Christmas: If you can dream it…

Beauty, Christmas, Fashion, Gingersnapsvintage, inspirations, Jewellery, Lifestyle

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So the final countdown is on and we are T minus 4 weeks until Christmas, I myself have only really started getting into the spirit this week after hearing the Salvation Army play in Victoria Square. I spent Saturday morning battling through the crowds to begin my Christmas shopping which I was pretty successful at. When I got home on Saturday after a crazy shift at work and finishing my shopping I was able to finally sit down and unwrap my Christmas present from the lovely people over at Argento.

I have always been a jewellery person, its just one of those things that I feel always makes the perfect present, you don’t have to always spend a complete fortune to find the perfect gift for a family member or friend. When the team at Argento asked me did I want to pick something I jumped at the chance to be able to show you guys what I felt was a great pick for a Christmas gift.

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I decided to pick this beautiful sterling silver and turquoise ring. (link is to necklace ring isnt currently online) What I love most about this ring is that it is a statement piece whilst not being to much for everyday wear. Another great thing about this ring is that it is adjustable, I myself don’t have the skinniest of fingers and it is great to have the option wear it on whatever finger I want. I also think it would be a great layering piece to wear with all kinds of jewellery.

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I also loved having a good flick through the magazine, I am sure you guys remember that I was lucky enough to help out on the campaign shoot a couple of months back and it was lovely to be able to see the finished product!

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I hope you guys liked this little post if you guys want more Christmas gift ideas comment below

Until next time…TJ xo

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Behind the Scenes: Argento Campaign Shoot

Beauty, Fashion, fashion show, Gingersnapsvintage, Jewellery, Uncategorized

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Probably my favorite image using  Inner Power necklaces

I am sure I have mentioned before that throughout my degree I have made a conscious effort to gain as much experience as possible in various areas of the fashion industry. As you would I have seen a few posts ago I have been working alot at Belfast Fashion week over the past eight seasons and through this I have made several contacts one of which is renowned local stylist Eve Brannon  about a month or so ago now I assisted on an all day shoot for the Argento campaign images for autumn winter 14. The shoot was shot by the amazing Khara Pringle in her Belfast based studio. The concept was that we would use 2 different backdrops and shoot a very monochromatic palette so that the jewellery was the focal point of the shoot. I have waited until the shots have begun to appear in-store so that I don’t post any spoilers. This was the first shoot I had done which was an all day affair, I have had opportunities to do this before but I haven’t been able to stay due to other commitments.

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The first part of any shoot is set up of all the different departments from the photographic team to hair and make-up. This is probably the lengthy and some what boring part of any shoot but it is so so important for the success of the rest of the shoot that you take time at this stage to make sure everything is right.

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Then it is time for the hair and make-up team to work their magic on the model. They will usually have been given a rough brief of what the company that have ordered the shoot want from the look. The will have inspirational images to reference throughout the day and will be on shoot all day for touch ups and changes to the looks. They will work along side the photographer to ensure that the look transfers exactly in the photograph, for example an up-style might look brilliant in person but look rubbish in a photograph.

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At this point my usual task is prepping the looks, helping organise them by retailer or theme, ensuring that we have all the items we are supposed to and if any items need steamed or adjusted ( pinned up in length for example)

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The photographer at this point will do some test shots to make sure the lighting is working in the image and make any necessary adjustments.

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One important tool used during the day is the laptop viewer, this previews each image as it is taken and allows the photographer to ensure all the details of the image are in focus.

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The model in question was the beautiful Sif from Models One  she had flown over especially for the shoot!

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The rest of the day is then a mix of outfit and jewellery changes and of course a lunch break!

I hope you guys like this sort of post, helping with shoots is probably one of my favourite things to do I love any and all expierence I can gain and I am blessed to have built a great relationship with local stylists who allow my to assist on various projects. If you guys want any more info about how to get to work with local stylists or any info about any type of fashion voluntary experience drop me a wee email or tweet me @gingersnapsvtge

Until next time…T-J xo

Karma Jewellery: Blogger Workshop

Gingersnapsvintage, Jewellery, Lifestyle, Style

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On Tuesday the 28th October the lovely people at Karma Jewellery invited a group of local bloggers to a karma workshop where we would get the opportunity to make some of our very own karma pieces. Karma jewellery is a brand under the bigger company of Argento who I did a post about a couple of weeks ago. Karma’s main ethos is to be a local created range that works alot with charity, and whats better these days than supporting local business!

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I decided for a change instead of just snapping photos of the event I would go back to my roots and put together a short video about the event.

 

I have to say  a HUGE thank you to the lovely team at Karma for creating such a wonderful event!

Until next time… TJ xo

Next Press Event: #nextdaydelivery

Beauty, Fashion, Gingersnapsvintage, Jewellery, Shopping, Style

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Last Tuesday morning I was lucky enough to be invited to the Next press launch of the Next day delivery service in Northern Ireland. I don’t know about you guys but nothing annoys me more when websites promise next day delivery at an additional charge but because we are in Northern Ireland and not mainland UK it never is next day. Well finally a retailer has heard this and Next have launched a service which means that even if you order right up until 10pm the night before you will still receive the item the next day.

Unfortunately my lovely fancy camera is sadly broken at the minute I have had to make do with phone photos which aren’t my favourite way of showing you guys an event but needs must. The even was held in the beautiful surroundings of Robinson and Cleaver . In a change from the usual event which are held at the evening Next switched it up and put on a breakfast event which allowed a lot more people to attend because you could run by on your commute to work or in my case on route to an In Magazine cover shoot.

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Just some of the amazing food we got at the event, The salmon and mini ulster frys where definitely my favourites, alongside the mango and honey smoothies.

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A sneaky wee picture of Ruth from Welcometowillowlane eyeing up the Christmas decorations that adorned the tables. They had put out a selection of new Autumn Winter garments and accessories for us to browse and I have to say I am so impressed with what will be hitting the stores in the next few weeks.

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Of course I couldn’t go the whole morning without a cheeky wee Selfie from Ruth and myself!

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As part of the event Next very kindly gave us a lovely goodie bag which contained a voucher, a watch and some lovely Christmas decorations. I was lucky enough that my watch matches my Argento Lapis blue bracelet and I have been wearing the pair all week without fail, I am a sucker for mixing metals

A massive thank you to the team at next who took such great care of us and made the event so lovely and relaxing

Until next time /// T-J xo

Argento Relaunch Event: #loveargento

Beauty, Fashion, Jewellery, Lifestyle, photography, Shopping, Style

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So last night I was very lucky to be invited to attend the Argento relaunch event, Argento is a locally based company who recently completely re-branded their store layouts and had their main store based in the city center closed for a couple of weeks to completely overall the store so last night they officially relaunched it and let me tell you it was totally worth the wait!

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I got to speak with the owner of the company Peter and he was telling me that during the renovations they discovered the incredible red brick wall at the back of the store and decided to keep it as a feature in-store. The have also used amazing neon lights throughout the store, as well all kept saying last night it looked more like something you would see on a London highstreet!

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It was also really nice to begin to see the images from the new A/W 14 catalogue. As part of my course I have been spending the last few years building up my portfolio of experience and recently thanks to the lovely Eve Brannon a local stylist, I had to opportunity to assist on this particular shoot, so spoiler alert, I can say when the rest of the campaign launches in November there is alot of amazing imagery to look at.

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Onto the products themselves Argento has several in-house brands as well as the likes of Pandora, Nomination and many others to choose from so there is literally something for everyone. IMG_2103 IMG_2097 IMG_2079 IMG_2070 IMG_2066 IMG_2060 IMG_2058

The event itself was amazing we were treated to amazing cocktails and beautiful macaroons, the shop was full of the whos who in Northern Irish fashion  circles as well as alot of familiar faces from the blogging world. I was able to have a great catch up with two of my blogging besties Rosanna aka Silver Brogues and Ruth aka Welcometowillowlane . Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of the three of us but I was able to snap a great photo of Gemma, Dawn and Jeff.

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Totally natural and un-posed!

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Also very very very kindly I was allowed to choose a piece of jewellery to bring home with me, let me tell you for a magpie like myself this was by no means easy however as soon as a spotted the Lapis Lazuli range that I remembered from shooting the catalogue I knew exactly what piece was coming home with me

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Find the bracelet here: http://www.argento.co.uk/en/Argento-Lapis-7-Stone-Bracelet/m-47043.aspx

I have been so in to this beautiful rich blue colour at the minute as you will see in one of my next posts about a massive Evans shopping spree I went on and thought it would be the perfect layering piece to go with anything and everything else that I wear.

That you so so much to the teams at Argento and CMPR for making it such an amazing event I cannot wait to head back instore soon as I have my eye on a few more pieces that I spotted last night

EDIT: The press photos where released which where taken by the Fab Brendan so I thought I would include my picture with my fab blogging Bffs

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