Thursday, 23 October 2014

You Better Work Bitch

Hey Chummies,

This week has been a bit of a bummer for me in that I have been really unwell! In saying that, I have been nursed so kindly and generously by my most dear friends to dinner, wee cups of tea, hot water bottles and sweet texts. It has really made things a lot easier on me and I hope to someday repay them for their kindness.
Being sick really sucks and is a way of your body telling you to SLOW DOWN! I have been really busy with helping Briony settle in at work, and I have been trying to fit in so much on my days off that I haven't really had a chance to step back and chill out. The last few days have resulted in me eating my body weight in crisps and watching (an excessive amount of) RuPaul's Drag Race. There has been such a love hate relationship with the last few days!

This weekend the FABB girls and I have been invited to Glenmore Manor to spend a night of luxury, and boy was that perfect timing? I am only too excited to whip out that Triangl bikini I haven't had a chance to wear and hit that Jacuzzi! Check out their facebook here and look at how beautiful everything is-it is going to be lush!

Another thing I am super excited about is a personalized designer clutch by Chloe Dougan Designs. Check out a preview snap on my twitter here! Post to follow soon enough!

And onto the outfit! Here I am at Queens wearing one of my favourite work-chic outfits! The trousers and bag are actually from Tescos (who would have thought it?!) and I am seriously in love with them both. Being so used to affordable vintage pricing, it breaks my heart when I hit the high-street and I was so surprised by how beaut Tescos range was.
The shoes I am wearing here are possibly my favourite pair of shoes ever; £32 dabs from Topshop. They are so masculine and classic, but seem to go with all my outfits - I love them so much! I am such a happy bunny about these badboys That I will likely end up picking them up in another colour soon! A girl can never have too many pairs of shoes, right?

I hope you all are taking better care of yourselves than I am! 
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Memebox // Superbox #48

It's MEMEBOX time! And this time I have been sent Superbox #48 'Daily Dose of Beauty'. This box has a different treatment for each day of the week and I was excited to get cracking on it!

Make-up Mondays // Cheek Room Eye Shadow 5g : I would never have put myself down for wearing a gold eye shadow, but as of late (with heavy influence from my best friend who seems to only ever wear gold) I have taken to wearing gold jewellery and clothing - so this seemed like the natural next step on my way to becoming a golden goddess.
Heavily pigmented, easy to apply and a full sized tester. Like that.

Treatment Tuesday // Sally's Box Delight Hydrogel Mask x3 : There were three masks in this sample so I decided to dish one out to my flatmate and my bestfriend. These bad boys were not like your normal face masks made with paper-like sheets - they were like jelly and made it look like we had face-transplants. There were plenty of snapchats (I apologize if you received one) but the end result was great. My skin felt firm and fresh - what more could you want from a face mask?

Weird Wednesdays (??) // Yu Choo By Me Steam Silk Hair Pack : This was a hair steam treatment without the price-tag. It had argan, olive and coconut oil in it to deeply nourish and restore bad bad bad hair. This was ideal for me as I had just decided (after two weeks) that I didn't like having dark brown hair anymore and I decided to bleach it back up to light ash blonde. This is not common practice or advisable and my hair flippin' hates me. But this treatment took some of the pain away!

Therapy Thursday // Grinif Rawganic Jojoba Golden Oil 50ml : This product has been advised for use with facial cream // bb cream // body lotion // hair essence and for oil messages. Personally I do not have dry skin so I wouldn't be using it on my skin - however, as I just mentioned, my hair is dead and angry, so I will be using it to calm my split ends and make it look silky smooth. I have heard that using oils like this one can help to make your hair grow without as many hair-trimming salon visits - tiptacular!

Funky Fridays // Croquis Bulgeum Lipstick : This lipstick is a very vivid coral colour and is unlike all of the other lipsticks that I have (which is saying something!). It's like a cross between lip essence, lipstick, lip tint and clicks out of the tube like a lip gloss. It's staying power was impressive and the colour stayed bright all afternoon.
Coral lips are very summery, but I like to brighten up my lip colours for nights out, so it will come in handy! Hurrah!

Wrinkle-Free Weekends // Pro You S Wrinkle SC Renewal Ampoule 50ml : I was expecting this treatment to be a cream but it is an oil-like liquid that has replaced my moisturizer. It glides over the skin and is absorbed quickly too. And I did just find my first wrinkle there last week in work so this can only help me out with that side of things.

Therapy Thursday // Eqlips JolieBeBe Lip Treatment : This is a lime flavored hydrating treatment that looks like lip gloss but works like lip balm which is ideal. With winter crawling in, I am while for getting horribly chapped dry lips, so hopefully this will do the trick!

Treatment Tuesdays // D'ran Aqua Wonder Intensive Renewing Serum 45ml : This cream smells like Clinique's facial cream range and is super moisturizing. I have taken to using this as a night time serum as it takes quite a while to absorb into the skin, but leaves me with soft fresh skin in the morning and my skin has never been softer since starting to use it. The size of this 'tester' is massive and I am seriously impressed with how well this product works. Definitely my favourite from this Superbox!


That's a wrap. I really enjoy working with MEMEBOX and I can't get over how much comes in their boxes. I would definitely advise anyone who is paying for subscription boxes to check out MEMEBOX for the cheaper alternative, which delivers more full sized products in their boxes than I have seen with any other company.

Check out the MEMEBOX website and browse through all of their differently themed boxes! & hey, if you're interested in ordering one of your own, you can use this code to get some money off! NAXCVN

Until Next time, 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Why So Serious?

Good Morning Chummies! (well it's morning for me anyway!)

I'm up fresh and early this morning after a fairly late night last night and I am ready to kick the crap out of this shitty-weathered Saturday.  I was out last night with ma grrrls and made quite the night of it. Theme of the night was fancy so we stuck on our party dressed and proceeded to the dance-floor (check out the pretty dresses here.. ohhhhh!).

Something I always go by on a night out is to ensure you have a giggle and make the trip worth your time.  I spent so much of my late teens going to clubs I hated with girls who wanted to look sexy and constantly check themselves in the bathrooms every ten minutes. I could never really understand why this was the popular thing to do for fun. But I'm just guessing that sexy ain't ma thaang.

Now, with the confidence that nobody cares what you look like when you're pulling shapes (and anyone who does is just a wee root!), I have had some of the best nights banter! It really doesn't matter who is there, as long as you are there with friends and there's a dancable beat then you have no excuse but to make craic. It can be quite dangerous and I have actually pulled a muscle right up my inner thigh from dem high-kicks - but all very worth it.

Tonight me and a few ones are going out to the Tease-O-Rama  to see beautiful lady friend Nuala Rude do her thaang (get your butts down to see this one at 8.30!). It's really great to see Belfast hosting awesome nights like this and swing dancing nights (which we are starting classes for!). It's something different for a night out and I wholeheartedly support it!

Aye, so onto the featured outfit. This top was sent in from Motel Rocks (months ago! #BadBlogger) as a part of a two-piece but the skirt was far too small for my booty so I teamed it with this vintage skirt from.. you've guessed it! Yellow Submarine Belfast! The top was the perfect burst of colour to the outfit and I love the cropped fitting on it. 
Midi-skirts / full skirt dresses have been filling up in my wardrobe and my personal style is becoming more mature. I think I have always had pretty good knowledge on how to dress for my shape, but my silhouette is becoming more classic (unintentionally) and I like dat. In saying that, I am still going to keep wearing smock dresses like the child I am.

Hope you lot have the perfect weekend planned, and throw some shapes
(if you're into boogying!).

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Breaking the Law

Hey Chummies!

Long time no blog..I'd like to have something to blame it on specifically, but I really don't. Life gets in the way and sometimes friendships and family take the front seat, while work and hobbies get put on hold for a while.

There's a change in the air now. Summer Lovin' is over and the X-Factor is replacing cocktails and Barbecues - Everyone is preparing for winter hibernation, and Kimono's are being replaced with beautiful big winter coats.

This summer has been one of the best summers of my life and I have really changed so much through it. My friends have never been closer to my heart and I feel such a sister-hood bond with all of my girlfriends. Flip sake I am such  a soppy mess, but it is true.

My flatmate moved up to Belfast last month and it has genuinely been the most pleasant living arrangement I have ever had. Our flat is now beautifully decorated and we have started small traditions (ie: wine and GIRLS over dinner, before bedtime sofa sessions and morning wake up calls). She is an amazing artist and human, and you can get to know her a little more off her blog, here. Hopefully she gets into it more because she has a great nack for writing and interesting thoughts.

My job has been going really great and I am really enjoying getting to know the usual customers and all of the best bits (ie : dressing the mannequins, social networking and sorting through deliveries). You should take a look at the instagram and facebook to see all of the pretty things that come in! Another amazing thing is Briony (one of my closest friends) will be starting this Friday as a weekend-er. This is amazing as I will be able to take small trips away..and also because I will be working with an absolute treat. I know she will do so well in there and I am really excited to hear her ideas!

The only downfall from the last month is Students in Belfast. Parking has been a total and utter pain in the arse and I ended up having to park too close to a corner a fortnight ago. This resulted in a flippin' parking ticket and I had to pay a fine. But hey! At least the outfit I wore to court looked pretty. This blouse was bought for me last Christmas and I am just starting to wear it more often now - the fur collar was a nice spin on the classic white shirt.
I am also wearing my pretty oxblood boots that were sent to me from Deichmann. Deichmann have a great instagram competition on the go right now where you simply have to take a photograph of your favourite shoes and tag @Deichmann_UK using hash tag #ADayInMyDeichmanns to win a trip for two to Milan! Pretty Neato!

Wow, that was a lot of writing, I'll try be more present in future so that I don't reflect in such a soppy way. Hope you lot are well and that you are all set for the winter weather! 

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Fuck It She's Fabulous!

Remember a while back when I covered the Ulster Graduate Fashion show, and picked out my top five new designers? Well, Chloe Dougan is back with her new Autumn//Winter range, and it is flippin' fabulous!

This season Chloe takes a step away from her hell-inspired last collection, but it would seem she still has a little devil left in her. The new bespoke garments mix vintage fits and luxury quality leathers to create a current and edgy collection.

Working with photographer Erin Elizabeth Kelly, (the lady who brings fashion and erotica together) and model Rebecca Maguire (Miss NI 2012 and Ex Miss Ireland), Chloe was able to put together the perfect look-book for her new designs. I am super impressed by the new pieces, with my favourite being the berry red plunge dress with the beautiful intricate embroidery - Raunchy or what? I think that it really exciting when artists come together like this and show that Belfast is not oh-so-traditional like some might think.

Currently undergoing a Residency in Fashion and Textile art, Chloe is just gearing up to launch her collection at Belfast Fashion Week, and I for one and excited to see even more of this lady's work in the future.

Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks to see a collaboration post with Chloe Dougan Designs and VENT//threads - it's going to be Fabulous!

Keep up to date on Chloe Dougan Designs on facebook and instagram.
Click here to buy tickets for BFW (and be sure to check out Chloe's designs strut the catwalk!).

Also be sure to check out some of Erin Elizabeth Kelly's work on her facebook, or uncensored work on her website.

Remember to tune in for our collaboration post next month!

Monday, 1 September 2014

In West Philadelphia.. | Major Life Update



How flippin' Fresh Prince is this skirt!? I was having a wee bit of a wardrobe slump and decided I needed a little life and colour to my rail so I nabbed this beauty.

I think my love for midi/maxi skirts stems from my laziness with putting outfits together in the morning. I love how a big print will set a statement and all you need are your simple staples (ie: white tee and gutties). The print on this skirt is a bit mental, even for me, but a perfect burst of bright before the summer leaves us and it's back to winter burgundy and browns.

This week I made a HUGE life decision to not return to uni. Not a popular decision either. But I have come to realize that the course I was studying (and always thought I wanted to do) wasn't really all I thought it was, and caused me more stress and grief than anything. I have heard only too often of students realizing 'too late' that the degree they were studying just wasn't right for them, but they were going to stick it out anyway and get it over and done with. But that approach just wasn't for me.
At the start of the year I talked about how my course triggered a lot of panic attacks and caused a lot of anxiety that I ended up having to leave university and take a lot of time out from work and general city life. In the last few weeks with the knowledge that term time was up and coming I was becoming more and more anxious about the idea of returning and I was even having sleepless nights at the thought of panic attacks. 

This does not mean I am going to lead an uneducated life running away from university! I plan on returning to a degree more suited for me next year and I have already started looking at my options...I am even excited about it!

But what now then?
Yellow Submarine in Belfast have taken me on as a full-time Vintage lady and I have been getting trained on how to do ALL THE THINGS! Working there has been an absolute dream, and privilege. The team are so fabulous, hilarious and down-to-earth, and the atmosphere is always so warm. I have learnt so much about vintage sales and I have found even more passion for vintage fashion - I really am loving every minute. So, this year will be spent getting to grips with the business and surrounding myself with all of the beautiful clothes and interesting characters. Bliss.
I am also going to be blogging my way through it all, so hopefully you guys are still interested and continue checking in every so often!

Stay in school kids,

Monday, 25 August 2014

With a Mind So Dark and Skin So White



Lately, I have been nabbing so many beautiful things from work, with the latest being this amazing cardigan cover up thang. I love the fact that I can throw it on over a very minimalist outfit and it will automatically make the outfit extravagant. Granted it's not exactly warm, but it most things that are fabulous, are generally not very practical, so I think I can deal with it for a few nights out on the tiles.

These photos were shot just across the road where I live, in one of the most dodgiest looking alleyways I have seen in a while. There were two lads graffiti-ing and some big lad shouting at his dog just up the path from us. But the shots look pretty sweet with this monochrome theme on the go. You guys don't understand how blooming cringey it is posing in the public for these things - but it allows me to check off my 'do something that embarrasses you everyday' motto. By god it is embarrassing.

Suffer for my art. Deep.