On the days that its dry in Dublin its still beautifully bright which is great when trying to squeeze a shoot in! This is a simple look I put together on Sunday evening before heading out- The softness of this Brandy Melville tee & the way it drapes makes it such a go-to wardrobe staple. The Brandy Melville basics are a little expensive (especially when including shipping) but I think they are worth it as they are high quality and a great fit.
In keeping with my very ‘phasey‘ approach to fashion, I am currently loving heels as everyday wear. I get that this may seem like the most uncomfortable everyday wear for a lot of women but when you find a pair as comfortable as these La Strada beauties then it may make a bit more sense!
I was up early last week for a marketing conference in the city centre so thought wed get a little shoot in post-event. Dublin’s city has so many great locations that are ideal as a backdrop for any number of photo shoots so we just wandered & took the shots as they came.
I was lucky enough to find this beautiful vintage coat in a charity shop recently; I’ve been so busy that I’m finding it increasingly difficult to get to the thrift stores but seeing stunning classics like this reminds me that I have to make the time!
I find the easiest way to dress for early morning starts like this is to keep a black basis with classic accessories. Simple.
Oversized asymmetrical tee; H&M conscious collection. Jeans; Dr. Denim. Shoes; Vas, Spain. Clutch; Zara. Fedora; Free people.
Not in keeping with my usual style-based posts buuuut, beauty and fashion usually go hand in hand so I thought I would share with you guys some of my all time favorite products that keep my hair and face (somewhat!) in order.
I’m far from a beauty expert, in fact; I’m not a huge lover of make up & find applying it to be a chore sometimes, shock! What may be even more shocking is how infrequently I wash my hair… I was a backpacker for over a year & found that the easiest way to manage my hair was to do as little as possible with it. Ever since I’v returned to a more permanent place of resident and cast the backpack off (insert sad face) I’v still maintained that minimal approach to hair styling. I wash it once a week then brush with a boar bristle brush & wrap into a bun nightly. C’est ca.
Nevertheless, I do have some products that I have re-purchased time and time again, those that I feel actually make a difference to a wearisome face or lackluster mane… Here they are:
I love the Bumble and bumble brilliantine and have purchased this product time after time. As I don’t straighten my hair & just leave it to fall, sometimes it just doesn’t ‘fall’ the way I want it. A pea sized amount of this into the palm of your hand & tousled through the hair will give amazing texture with absolutely no weight or crispy residue. Result.
What is there to say about Elnett satin? It’s a cult favourite for a good reason. I like to carry the handbag sized one & spray into my hands to run through my hair when it needs some on-the-go texture.
The OGX nourishing coconut milk is a more recent addition to my beauty faves but no less worthy of a place on the list. It’s a fab product to spray on damp hair before drying or, if my hair becomes dried out in between washes, lightly misting this oil over it brings the softness back. It also smells diiiiiiiiivine.
Batiste dry shampoo is my ultimate hair product, I have wavered towards other dry shampoos but always return to this. Having been blonde for over a decade, I was really reluctant to go brunette and have to give up my long standing love affair with dry shampoo so I was delighted when they expanded their range to include tinted sprays. I was sceptical as to weather they would be as good as the originals but I am really happy with the product and it is something to I repurchase time & time again.
CK 1 was one of the first scents I ever owned & still a classic favorite today. This and the CK be are the perfect clean crisp day time scents. I hadent re-purchased it in a while until it was on sale last week in boots… I caved & returned to it yet again.
I’m a huge lover of beautifully scented body washes & have a slight weakness for season-approprite tones. The Baylis & Harding spiced orange body wash is my idea of festive season shower heaven. During the summer I usually go for more coconut based shower products but I just can’t resist the lingering aroma of a spiced body wash at this time of year.
In contrast to the spiced orange scent but too enticing not to be worn all year round is the Laura Mercier
Crème Brûlée Soufflé Body Crème. I absolutely adore this scent. I usually buy the perfume but decided on the body souffle this time around. It definitely heeds to the ‘less is more’ suggestion, I wouldn’t be dousing myself too heavily in it post-shower but it is a beautifully rich cream to use for a clean organic scent.
Well, being hugely into reading blogs or various descriptions myself, I find equal enjoyment from reading about a coveted beauty products as much as a gorgeous fashion find. From delving into the beauty blogger worlds I have discovered some amazing new products as well as advice on the various ways to quoif my hair & apply my blush. The product that I have purchased from hype which has been well deserving of the hysteria is the Anastasia brow wiz. This is an ahhhhhmazing eyebrow pencil. What makes it so great in my humble opinion is that is drier & thinner than other eyebrow pencils allowing a more precise & long-lasting application. This is one of those products that, once used, you will never see yourself returning to whatever it was that you were using prior.
The Real techniques brushes are, of course, worth of a mention. I have bought all new brushes from this brand of late; they do fantastic discounts on sets & their quality is on par with brands that are twice the price.
I have to say that I have a very non-committal with foundations, Iv simply never loved one enough to give my heart away… I had been recommended the Estee Lauder double wear light several times & decided to give it a try a few months ago. While I don’t think the coverage is anything spectacular, I do notice the lasting power to be much better than pharmacy brand foundation and, for that reason, I will be repurchasing.
I own a small collection of lipsticks; one wine, one purple, one pink, a red and… this; theMac viva glam V. This is a beautiful nude tone, very wearable, stong pigment and neither too dry or sticky. It has that ‘your lips but better’ look to it, it’s a great everyday colour.
My first ever red lipstick was the Mac Ruby woo and I have never wandered… that’s saying something! I know some people rate the Nars or other Mac pigments very highly but I love the chalky finish on the Ruby woo for it’s staying power. It’s the ultimate red in my eyes.
I really dislike the cakey finish of a full faced make up look. Sometimes, especially during the winter or on a night out, this can easily happen so, to avoid foundations & powders sitting lifeless on my skin I spritz my face with Le Roche Posay thermal spring water before I apply my eye make up. This delightfully fine mist leaves a dewy finish on top of your make up bringing the whole look back to life.
Last but not least is the La Roche Posay effeclar duo. This product is another from the list that could be described as a ‘cult product’ and, another that is worth the hype in my humble opinion. I apply this as a moisturizer the night before & morning of a big event, it noticeably minimizes pore visibility once the foundation is applied & leaves a lovely soft finish to the skin. Win win.
Well, that’s it for my beauty faves edition, I wouldn’t have enough new products worthy of creating a list like this on a regular basis but thought it would be an interesting insight none the less. I love a good nosy into a friends make up bag or bathroom cabinet so thought I would give you guys a virtual look into mine.
I hope you enjoyed this post, if you have any suggestions on products I simply haaaave to try, please make sure to fill me in!
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Its well into November now, definite ‘jacket season’ in Ireland but since I have been lucky enough to pick up some beautiful coats this past few weeks, I’m quite happy with the chilly temperatures. This oversized grey coat was a huge hit on the ASOS site so I was delighted to nab one before it sold out… I adore the minimal detailing & draped fit, deeelicious.
I love how well it goes with all of the Autumn pieces in my wardrobe, definitely a good investment to see my through the winter months. I let the coat speak for itself in this look pairing it with some simple high-waisted ASOS navy peg pants and my much loved minimal Adidas superstars.
So, here’s something a little different for you ladies, something I have been excited about doing for a while;
Festive season inspiration for those who want to look ‘dressy’ without wearing a dress.
I wanted to do an inspiration post on this topic because, although I love dresses on other girls, I’m not a big dress lover myself. It is often assumed that, in order to be ‘dressed up’ one has to don a frock, but, I think there are all varieties of outfits to suit a party occasion. Moreover, what better time to showcase these varieties than in the leed up to the big festive season?
LOOK 1- MINIMAL MASCULINE
I put this first look together for those who would feel just generally uncomfortable wearing a dress for any occasion or, like myself prefer masculine tailoring. If you are more accustomed to a man-ish way of dressing but feel like stepping just a little out of your comfort zone for that big work party this Christmas then this is the look for you.
I teamed the Topshop boutique blazer with a skort; a pair of shorts that look like a skirt… this will give you a beautiful feminine look without feeling too far in shape from your usual attire. To top the look off I added boots instead of delicate heels to avoid going too far into ‘girlie’ territory. Avoiding accessories and adding a simple black shirt keeps the look clean.
LOOK 2- WORK TO BAR
I styled this next look for those that have the dilemma of having to go straight from the office to the party. You can solve the worries of what to wear to a work Christmas party by just adding on to your day time look. The simple white shirt & loose Mango slack can be teamed with a flat shoe for work that day, then the cape and heels can be added with no fuss to bring the look from work to workin’ it ;).
By starting out with hybrid basis that you can build on, you can avoid having to lug extra items around and portray an air of effortlessness all at once.
LOOK 3- LADY DANGER
If denim is your go to & you want to feel comfortable for a night out then this is the look for you. You can be the glam b*tch you want to be by putting dressier elements with the jeans. If you are worried about what to wear to a work Christmas party & want to avoid showing too much skin while still looking fab then this is the look for you.
In this case I styled a pair of Dr.Denim high waisted jeans with this beautifully delicate H&M crop. The lace detailing coupled with the red lip and chignon ties it together in a laid back but dolled up kinda way, never underestimate the power of a bold lip!
LOOK 4-SPARKLE, DONT FADE
This look is for those who can’t resist the festive sparkle but want to take a different approach to things for the night. This floor length Folkster maxi skirt is the perfect dose of dazzle for any special occasion while still standing out from the crowd, it will demand attention from even the most glitz-jaded eyes in the room.
This look (or any maxi for that matter) is great if you want to avoid heels… A maxi skirt can be teamed with a pair of flats which will likely leave you looking the most glam come the nights end too (cue a barrage of ladies wobbling down the road barefoot).
LOOK 5- VINTAGE VIXEN
The last of the looks on offer to meet your festive needs is what I like to call ‘vintage vixen’… a vintage piece paired with a more modern item for a classic image with a fresh twist. This cream pleated midi is a wardrobe staple that can be styled in many ways for many occasions. By adding the faux leather tee, things are brought into the current day while keeping that air of old school glamour.
Mixing textures can be a great way to bring your beloved vintage threads into a modern look.
This style of outfit is very wearable and a fantastic choice if you are going on a night with a mixed group or are planning to attend a few different events; it looks dressy while maintaining a young element.
Well that’s it for this post, I really hope you take some inspiration for your upcoming festive nights out and remember; if you like it, wear it.
If you like these looks please share this post to inspire friends for upcoming nights out.