Wednesday, 17 September 2014

House of Fraser AW14 Press Preview


I do love the start of a new season and my chance to nosy through House Of Fraser Belfast's new offerings featuring brands such as Biba, Linea, Pied-a-Terre, Mary Portas, Untold, Vince Camuto & Label Lab. With the clothes featured here due in store in the next 6 week it really gives you a chance to plan your wish list!
As always I love a good print. You may not always be a fan of every print but there's definitely a print for everyone and they add a bit of diversity to otherwise boring recurring trends.
I'm a texture obsessive so beads, lace, pleats just please me.
Speaking of texture. Not only is this Biba blazer shining amongst the art deco/metallic print trends, it's also quilted! Apparently quilted pieces are going to be quite popular so keep an eye out. 
Statement necklines, 70s glam prints, chain mail effect & peekaboo hens are a healthy sign that Christmas party season is nearing.

I may not be able to wear a dropped hem myself but you can pretend it's not pretty. And the Gatsby effect proves to be long lasting.
New Danish jewellery brand Dyrberg/Kern stand out in the accessory department. Drooling.
And of course a Benefit are once again on to a winner with their new Christmas sets. At just over £30 for 6x 5g powders (a solo is 8g for only a few pounds less) I need this blush/bronze set. I definitely need it!
My mug because I really love my fringe right now. And why not?!

Thank you to Mark and the team for the evening, it was wonderful as always!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Refresher Nails

Today is the first day of a new series I'm trying out where I shall be showcasing some of my recent work as a Nail Technician. 

This is a really simple Mani done with Gelish on a natural nail. I think the colours remind me of a Refesher chewy sweet don't you?


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Variation on a theme: new bag time!

The time has come again where I have worn my handbag down to its bare bones and need a replacement. I've been putting this off for so long that my current bag (or shall we say former) had gone from having 3 separate straps and a zip to only 1 & half straps and no zip. 


Did I mention I really loved this bag?

So off I trotted to the shops. I'm quite simplistic about my everyday handbag. But I'm also very fussy. 

It has to be textured matte black leather... Or faux leather. 
It has to be an adjustable across the body bag. 
It has to close and feel secure. Safety first, Ladies!
And it absolutely 100% has to be BIG. I can't stand small bags. How do you carry anything in them?


Lucky for me the shops are full of exactly what I need and I went for this zippy number from New Look at £19.99. 


It's great, it's big and it holds everything I need it to! 


And so I'm good for another year. 



Sunday, 10 August 2014

A rare pampering session and a wedding road trip

This week I did something I've never done before. I got my hair and makeup done for a night out (a wedding party), and it was a proper treat! I didn't even put that much effort in for my school formal, although there's a reason those photos have been banned for life!

I quite enjoyed getting pampered even though it's an oddly self indulgent experience. Luckily my hairdresser (Sharon from Stafford Hair) and MUA (Rebecca Bryson) are also my friends so it's just as much of a catchup and a gossip as it is a beauty session. 

The results as captured by Rebecca (go see her at Bexberry.co.uk) are fab!


And sure wasn't I being the selfie queen on the 2 hour trip to Donegal, just because I felt fab!



All ready to go and still holding up!
Cardigan and A-line Mesh Panel Skirt from Tesco both £3 in the sales, T-shirt from Primark and Shoes from Newlook. 

And lasted well through the night (even after a few vodka blackcurrents)

Awk you have to be good yourself sometimes don't you? Maybe next time I'll up my pamper game with my first ever facial or a massage! Stay tuned to find out!



Tuesday, 27 May 2014

OOTD featuring Tesco & New Look


I've been majorly obsessed by dresses recently, skater dresses especially. My obsession has gotten to the point where I realised recently I have do not own any jeans or skirts anymore. 

Like, none! 


Cue the need for a new look and, given that I'm off to Egypt in 6 weeks, it needed to be a cheap one. I grabbed this skater skirt in uh... New Look for just £4! The Transformers T-shirt was £8 in Tesco and, as with any round neck tee I own, I cut the neck off to give comfort and make it a bit more "me". 

Make sure to check out the New Look sale at the minute as it is full of wee gems at bargainous prices!
And if you like your geek culture t-shirts then both Tesco & Asda have a wide range of official merchandise in their Men's sections for around £8 - £10. 

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

What's in my makeup bag?


If I ever properly considered the amount of makeup I carry with me every day (even when I'm not wearing it) I'd probably freak out. Long gone are the days when I'd struggle to find a mascara, if the apocalypse happened tomorrow and lipstick became currency then I'd be sorted for at least a week! 

Here you'll see the "recently-cleaned-due-to-a-spill" contents of my everyday makeup bag. I don't wear all of it most days but it is constantly with me in case of some makeup emergency my vanity is planning for. It doesn't count the blusher/cuticle cream/cuticle oil/lip balm/nail polish/nail file/cover up powder/perfumes/moisturiser I've just spotted while rummaging through my bag for a pen. 


I'm fairly scundered if I'm honest... That's embarrassed for you non Northern Irish folk. But also, and I'm being really honest here, I'm not one bit sorry!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

New favourite item alert!

Sometimes the best things in life are unplanned and really simple. My new cardigan is definitely one of those things. I picked it up from H&M last Tuesday after coming out of work to discover mini summer had hit and my reliably big black winter coat was now punishment instead comfort. 

Of course it's grey. I love grey, I find it very hard not to buy grey clothes and usually end up wearing some form it (see my Primark dark grey leggings as a firm example of this! I have repurchased these countless times!) 

The long length means it's very flattering, you could easily wear this with a cute dress & leggings or some jeans & a t-shirt for an uber casual look. Oh and the best bit? It's only £7.99! Yay for not being overpriced! 


I may have also got the black version. Oops!