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On Friday night I attended Belfast Fashion Week and their local designers and boutiques show. All of the cities leading ladies were in attendance and all looking incredibly stylish. I love people watching during the shows as it is the perfect opportunity to take note of how they have created a certain look. It’s always an inspirational time for me and I often find myself thinking, “I never thought of styling that skirt that way.”

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Friday was a very busy day for me so for the show, I wanted to wear something casual and comfortable. I opted for a complete Topshop look by coincidence. I have been wearing their bird printed longline jacket a lot recently and I teamed it with a burgundy lace crop top and white lace camisole. As you can tell, I’m really into lace this season. It’s effortlessly chic and easy to wear. I also wore my trusty leather trousers and tan ankle boots for the occasion.

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I’m just noticing how pale I look in this photo. The joys of light reflecting make up and a camera flash, eh?! ;)

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When it came to accessories, I chose my favourite tote from Tom and Eva along with my new Fiorelli necklace. I find that once I fall in love with a certain look, piece of fabric or accessory, I will wear it to the death. Are any you of lovelies like me?

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The pretty Fiorelli necklace is of course a rose gold style. I have been obsessed with this style of jewellery for a few years now. I have built up a strong collection of costume statement necklaces so now I’m really into the more delicate look. I adore layering my jewellery, it adds a little more variety and creativity to your outfit. A few weeks ago, I attended the House of Frasers AW14 press show and we were gifted with a voucher to spend in store. I obviously choose this gorgeous necklace. Thank you ♥

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I spent the evening with the adorable Aoife from Bella Malone and her lovely mama, Collette. Aoife is a fellow FABBer and all round cutie. We sat and lusted over the styles and models. I’m in the middle of growing my hair, I was feeling incredibly lazy on Friday, so I put a plait on both sides of my hair and pulled it back. I’m not use to this kind of look but I just styled for my mood. My make up was quite AW with a winged eyeliner look and MAC’s lipstick in Sin. I felt like quite a rebel wearing it!

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Of course, the models were all absolutely stunning looking. Each look was just perfection, a strong model and flawless designer is always the ultimate combination when it comes to a successful FashionWeek. Cathy Martin, BFW designers, models and everyone who assisted in the shows did a magnificent job. I had a great evening, thank you!

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(Photo credit: Stephen Potter.)

How did you all spend your weekend? Come Saturday I will jetting off to Boston, I cannot contain my excitement! I will keep you all up to date with my adventure, so make sure to visit my blog and Instagram for regular updates.

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So today for my Inspirational segment, I’m focusing on two stylish ladies, Philippa Bloom and Sarah Tankel Ellis, from London who work together on a style blog called, We Are Twinset. They are stylists and best friends, the perfect combination for starting up a blog. Working within London’s fast paced fashion industry, these two lovelies know a thing or two about style. The design of their blog is fab, you all know I’m a sucker for illustrations and their site is simple yet effective.

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I had the absolute pleasure of meeting the lovely Philippa a few weeks ago in London. She is incredibly chic and makes looking stylish completely effortless, something I really admire. Philippa is style editor at You Magazine, the The Mail on Sunday’s weekly feature. She has an in depth knowledge of the industry having interned at Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar and Stella. Sarah has even had the opportunity to work with blogging sensation, Suzie Bubble.

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Sarah has also great insider knowledge of the fashion industry as she is stylist on ITV’s Lorraine tv show. She has had the opportunity to work with some amazing people and gain thee best experience. Sarah even had the pleasure of meeting David Beckham.

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Everyday the lovelies behind We Are Twinset, share their style visions side by side. The piece of clothing or accessory may be the same, but they have styled it in their own individual way. It’s fresh to see a duo of bloggers working online in a new way.

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Each season there is always a trend that has a strong impact within the fashion industry. From over sized check styles to fabulous faux fur, Philippa and Sarah are always up to date while incorporating their own taste and opinions in what they wear.

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Their blog is mainly image based with a short description of each look. They are honest is what they are saying. A certain trend may not be a personal favourite but they understand that it may work for others. The girls are constructive in how they approach a certain trend.

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For more information on Sarah and Philippa, then head on over to their blog or follow them on Instagram for daily updates.

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I was hoping to post an outfit look for today but due to the torrential rain, I couldn’t get out. Saying that I could have shared my PJ look along with a delicious triple chocolate cake I was eating but I didn’t want to make you all jealous! ;)

Anywho, back to reality, so today I will be uploading some of my Instagram images from the last week. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting the talented and lovely, Cecelia Ahern. We had a delightful evening celebrating the launch of her new book, The Year I Met You. After a little Q&A, we all sat down to a preview screening of Love, Rosie, a film based on her book, When Rainbows End.

Is it just me or is this time of year perfect for hibernating? It’s my favourite thing to do during the Autumn/Winter months. Call me boring but I love sitting in on a wet Winter evening with the fire on and a cup of tea. I’m sure I’m not the only person who loves doing the same.

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This time next week I’ll be getting ready to jet set back to the States. Beyond excited! Perfect trip for the Halloween break. Happy Friday.

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I thought it was about to time to share with all of you my everyday make up essentials. My look is simple but every so often, I’ll throw a copper eyeshadow or bold lip into the mix. I work my make up look off two ideas. One, whichever mood I’m in. Two, it all depends on just how much time I have. If only I had a relaxing and enjoyable amount of time to paint my face but unfortunately I prefer that extra hour snoozing.

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Ok, so lets start with the bag that contains all of the goodness. I bought my pretty little patchwork beauty from Marks and Spencer. It is such a sturdy bag, this little rascal has travelled the world with me and has never failed me. At first, it looks pretty small but it can hold a good amount of beauty products to get my face looking reasonably ready. ;)

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Now, onto the brushes. Everyone has their own secret weapons that help create and blend their make up perfectly. For a while now I have been using Real Techniques and I can’t complain. They work, wash and wear well. With the three W’s covered, I’m a happy girl. The Real Techniques range is incredibly purse friendly which of course is an added bonus.

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Going through my list of products, I actually forgot to include my primer and neutral lipstick (tut tut). Well obviously before applying my foundation, I clean my face and do all of my daily skin routine usual. Then I move on to applying my Primer. I use the velvet formula from GOSH cosmetics.

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When it comes to foundation, I have tried and tested a fair amount of brands. For the last year, I have been using Revlon Colour Stay and I’m pretty impressed with it. I chose the shade Natural Tan from their Oily/Combination range as it helps control my t-zone while giving me a warm glow.

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I struggle with finding the perfect concealer, so at the minute I’m using Bourjois Happy Light in Medium. It does give me good coverage but somehow my dark circle manage to break through. I set my make up with Catrice to keep my shine at bay.

Now that it is Autumn, I am really loving wearing a copper eye with a 90’s nude lip. At the minute I’ve been wearing MAC’s Coppering shadow in a block colour style. I’ll finish it off with my natural lipstick from Smashbox called Primrose. If I’m going out for the night, I’ll switch my look by wearing a natural eye with a bold colour such as MAC’s Lady Danger. As always, with both of these looks I will only wear a hint of colour on my cheeks using Estee Lauder’s Silky Powder Blush.

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Brows are everything to me simply because I don’t have any. Filling them in is an essential part of my daily make up routine. When I was in the States, I picked up the Anastastia Brow Whiz and I have never looked back. I’ll brush them into place using my old faithful, Gimme Brow from Benefit.

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A sweet scent is important to me. Usually around this time of year I’ll switch to my autumn/winter perfume, D&G’s, The One. However I’m still enjoying Vera Wang’s Princess Power. It’s the perfect daytime smell and I absolutely adore it for the bottle alone.

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Are there any beauty products that you can’t live without or would recommend trying? I would love your feedback, have a great day. ♥

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I’ve really been enjoying sharing my ‘Inspirational Blogger’ series with all of you. It’s a great way of networking with other fashion, beauty and lifestyle bloggers that you admire. Today I am focusing on a UK blogger named Victoria. She is a fabulous blogger who is the brains behind In The Frow.

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With all of the bloggers I have featured so far, one thing I love about them is the fact that I could spend hours just watching their In The Frow – You Tube channel. They make vlogging look completely effortless, they look and sound great on camera. I’ve always wanted to start up my own YouTube channel but I’ve always been a little conscious of my accent.

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The purple hair alone is enough for me to become a fan of Victoria’s, but her effortless style is a major factor. No matter what look she is going for, she always looks stunning. There are so many different looks that she works, from youthful and fun to sophisticated and chic. Even with a simple oversized scarf, Victoria looks fab.

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As I follow her on Instagram, I’ve noticed that Victoria is a huge fan of the ‘Selfies’. I absolutely love this about her as she is not afraid to get in front of a camera and have a little fun.

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Of course being a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger, she does cover each area with clean photos, amazing style and great make up tips. Travelling is also a big part of her life and with each adventure, Victoria includes her readers on every journey.

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This week has also been quite a milestone for the lovely, Victoria. Firstly, she passed her PHD in mobile fashion design and secondly, she reached 100k subscribers on her YouTube channel. Congratulations! ♥

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For those of you who have yet to come across the vibrant Victoria and her blog, I suggest that you spend a little time catching up with her latest adventures.

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Just wanted to upload a quick beauty post featuring my favourite new lipstick from none other than MAC. You lovelies may have already seen my picture of me wearing it over on my Instagram. For so long, I’ve been hearing so much talk about the brand and their lipstick,Sin from fellow beauty bloggers. I’m a huge fan of a bold lip, the darker the better. I actually can’t believe that I’m only getting round to purchasing this fabulous shade now, but I guess it’s the perfect time really as I’ll be constantly wearing it this season.

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It’s from their matte collection and ut wears so well. It gives unbelievable coverage and does not budge. I even had food and drinks while wearing it so in order to test it out. Obviously, I wore a similar coloured lip pencil with it to emphasise the line of my lip and give it a great base to work with.

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I’m so excited to wear this, it’s definitely my go to colour for this season! Hope you are all having a great week. Just thought I would upload an image detailing exactly how I feel today. Happy Friday! ♥

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It has been a busy week for me on the Instagram front. I have been blogging like no other and posting my usual style, beauty and lifestyle images. I have to say that I’m loving this time of year, I’ve always been more of an Autumn/Winter girl. Between building up my AW14 wardrobe, travelling, event going and of course the big one, Halloween, it is by far my favourite time of year.

Today I’m sharing a few of my favourite images that I’ve posted in the past week. From the standard Monday Blues ( A Megan Hess illustration) to oriental style florals, there is quite a random mixture of cuteness. Oooh and keep an eye out for MAC’s fabulous collaboration with the Rocky Horror Picture Show! The excitement! ♥

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Happy Hump Day. Hope all of you rascals are having a beaut of a day. See you Friday! ;)

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