The Lord Mayor of Belfast and Miss Northern Ireland, Meagan Green are just two of the high profile names that will help to paint the town purple next month, when Belfast City Hall hosts a glamorous charity ball in aid of Northern Ireland Hospice.
The glitzy Violet Ball, hosted by the Lord Mayor of Belfast Máirtín Ó Muilleoir will take place on Saturday March 29 at Belfast City Hall and will include an exclusive live performance by one of Ireland’s most successful singers, Brian Kennedy.
Organised by the NI Hospice’s Belfast to Boston Marathon team, who will run the Boston Marathon this April in aid of the charity, it is hoped the Ball will raise over £25,000 to go towards the building of a new state of the art adult hospice at Somerton Road, Belfast.
Guests at the event hosted by the Lord Mayor will include Miss Northern Ireland, Meagan Green, Olympic gold medallist Dame Mary Peters and boxing legend Barry McGuigan, to name but a few.
Joanna Pawson, fundraising and marketing manager for the Northern Ireland Hospice said:
“We are so thankful for the support of the Lord Mayor of Belfast and our incredible Belfast to Boston marathon runners for their support in creating this wonderful event. Initiatives such as the Violet Ball will raise vital funds to help to turn the dream of a new Northern Ireland Hospice at Somerton Road into a reality.”
As part of their wider fundraising efforts, the NI Hospice Belfast to Boston Marathon team are also organising a 5k Between the Bridge run in June to help raise even more funds towards the rebuild of the Northern Ireland Hospice.
Tickets to the Violet Ball cost £100 each or £1,000 for a table of 10. For further information on the Violet Ball, visit http://www.nihospice.org or call 028 9077 7123.
So this is the week when we all decide to go off our favourite things for fourty vey long and painful days. One of mine is the clichè ‘chocolate’ cut off, my poor skin and waistline can’t take anymore!
My week on Instagram has been busy filled with fashion and food. I sampled a delicious blueberry and chocolate pancake, my yummy birthday cake and a scrumptious lip scrub from Lush. Hence the sweet stuff cut off!
Have any of you lovely lot vowed to go off any of your favourite sweets ‘n’ treats this lent?!
When it comes to applying make up there is nothing more important than picking the best make up brushes. Maintaining them is also equally important from cleaning them every couple of weeks to buying the correct storage.
I was over the moon when I was given this beautiful vintage floral make up brush bag as a gift. It’s a roll style which makes it perfect to travel with.
The soft and sweet floral design and colours are perfect for spring/summer. It holds twelves brushes, although some of my brushes are thin enough to double up. At the top of the bag there is a zip where I store liners, tweezers and glosses.
Hope you had a great weekend. ♥
The Merchant Hotel’s fabulous Fashion Teas return this March, serving up the sweetest spring trends from a selection of Northern Ireland’s top boutiques.
(Fashion Tea 2014 photoshoot: Photo by Robin Cordiner, Make Up by Olivia Muldoon, Hair by Andrew Mulvenna & Styling by the FABB, Katrina Doran)
On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd March, The Merchant’s opulent Rita Duffy Suite with four stunning spring Fashion Teas from independent boutiques, Red Ruby Rouge, Edge Emporium, Rio & Brazil and The Boudoir. In a Fashion Teas first, a children’s collection will also take to the catwalk, as Little Citizens Boutique in Holywood join Red Ruby Rouge to create a show that’s sure to please yummy mummies.
During the decadent round table event, guests will indulge in a luxury afternoon tea including Moet et Chandon champagne and melt in the mouth patisseries, whilst Style Academy models sashay through the room in the season’s hottest new looks, with stunning hair by Andrew Mulvenna and spring make-up looks from Lancôme.
The stylish spring series of Fashion Teas kick off on Saturday March 22nd with Holywood boutiques, Red Ruby Rouge and Little Citizens Boutique at 12.30pm, followed by Dungannon boutique, Edge Emporium at 3.30pm. On Sunday March 23rd, stunning designs from The Boudoir, Dungannon will take to the catwalk 1pm, with and Belfast boutiques Rio & Brazil bringing the spring event to a close with its stunning spring collection at 3pm.
Following each show, guests will have the opportunity to shop the collections, hot off the catwalk with pop-up boutiques for each retailer taking up residence in The Merchant for the weekend.
(Goddess & Swift pieces from 2013 show)
(Ruedi Maguire pieces from 2013 show)
Look out for ice cream brights, simple separates and sports luxe looks from Red Ruby Rouge. With statement oceana-inspired jewellery from Martha's Vineyard, abstract leather print clutches, totes from Israel and hand painted menswear inspired silks from Brooklyn, Red Ruby Rouge will showcase beautifully unique and globally inspired collections.
The award-winning Little Citizens Boutique will present a spring collection full of bright and fun colours such as sherbet yellow, berry pinks and clover greens. Styled with chambray neutrals, the look embodies easy living. The print on print trend seen on the international catwalks will be evident in their Fashion Teas show, with a range of unusual colour combinations such as camel, neon green and black, as well as white chequered prints and paisley.
Exclusive Dungannon boutique, Edge Emporium will show a stunning selection of key spring/summer looks with a focus on new season colours and prints, including bold brights, sweet pastels and monochrome, all combined with striking prints such as graphic florals and other eye-catching patterns.
The Boudoir at The Linen Green Designer Village, Dungannon, specialises in occasion and casual ladies fashion and accessories. Its Fashion Teas show will feature an array of the latest trends, with punchy spring brights such as pink, lime green and yellow creating on-trend looks for both mother and daughter. With over 30 labels in-store, this show will be packed with must-have pieces, perfect for creating a capsule spring wardrobe.
Belfast’s Rio & Brazil will present a fashion-forward collection of candy coloured oversized outerwear alongside sports luxe and sophisticated tailoring from By Malene Birger, as well as metallic weave fabrics in shift blouses with printed silks and American heritage pastels and stripes from Gant. Except to see the best of this year’s spring/summer trends.
Tickets to The Merchant’s Fashion Teas cost £35 per person and include an exclusive fashion show, champagne afternoon tea and a luxury goody bag.
(Ruedi Maguire piece from 2013 show.)
Tickets can be purchased by calling The Merchant Hotel on 028 9026 2717. Funds raised from a luxury ballot at the events will be donated to the hotel’s 2014 charity partner Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke.
(Alexandra Nea Graham Illustration)
The Merchant’s Spring Fashion Teas schedule is as follows:
Saturday March 22nd, 12.30pm – Red Rudy Rouge, Holywood and Little Citizens Boutique, Holywood.
Saturday March 22nd, 3.30pm – Edge Emporium, Dungannon.
Sunday March 23rd, 1pm – The Boudoir, Dungannon.
Sunday March 23rd, 3pm – BT9, Belfast
These tickets are like gold dust so go get yours asap! Hope you all have a great weekend. ♥
I’m always like a big kid when I’m in MAC because I get so excited by the tiers filled with a variety of sparkling products. I’ve wanted to purchase this sheer tone shimmer blush for a while now and I was beyond excited when I finally treated myself to it.
When it comes to this type of cosmetic, I always tend to opt for the more coral/pink tones with a golden sheen as it works best with my skin tone and always leaves me with a natural glow.
When applied it leaves a matte finish with soft gold specks running throughout it. MAC are always renowned for their long lasting and durable blushers. Usually some may save this shade of blush for the spring/summer months, but, I prefer to wear this colour throughout the year to give my look a little warmth.
I think I’m definitely going to buy more shades from their blusher collection. I also really want their Copper Sparkle pigment shadow to add to my MAC collection. Happy Hump Day!
Back to reality this week after enjoying a few days off work. I enjoyed every second of relaxing and watching Will & Grace marathons. I even managed to squeeze in some shopping and cocktails for my birthday. ♥
I’ve put together a collection of my favourite images that I’ve uploaded over the last week. It’s quite girly with a hint of Chanel and Kate Moss thrown into the mix.
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How did you all spend your weekend? Hope it was a FABB one! ♥
A few weeks ago, I took a trip down to Dublin for a high tea at the Benefit Boutique. During my time there, I took a sneaky trip into Brown Thomas and treated myself.
Once again, I popped another beauty cherry and bought my first ever NARS product. Shocking I know, but, it’s better late than never. . Right?!
I’ve always heard so many fabulous reviews about NARS as a brand, and I was very keen to try out one product in particular. Following so many beauty bloggers and their reviews about the brands Illuminator liquid, I just had to treat myself to it.
I love the warm, rich peachy pink colour with specks of gold reflecting from it. With a product like this, I will use it to highlight my cheek and brow bones. If I’m in need of more of a glow, then I’ll mix a little dab of it in with my foundation.
The product consists so many key ingredients:
Polar Berries, known for their antioxidant properties.
Bisabolol, known as an anti-inflammatory (obtained from the Chamomile plant).
Indian Frankincense, known for its soothing and comforting properties.
Vitamin B5, known to condition skin.
Sodium Hyaluronate, known to hydrate skin.
I’m going to use the Illuminator this weekend so I’ll keep you updated on my thoughts.
Are there any other NARS products that you ladies love or would recommend?
Happy weekend! ♥