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Over the weekend, I took a quick trip down to Dublin for their Fashion Festival. The stylish Cathy O Connor and Brendan Courtney were hosting their own style segments as part of the festival. I have always been a huge fan of both fashion figures and I was excited to get the opportunity to meet them.

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As much as I was down in the City for fashion related events, I couldn’t help but squeeze in a quick trip to Gino’s ice cream and crepe parlour. I first tried their mouthwatering ice cream back in June and I’ve been hooked ever since! I also meet up with a beautiful Irish designer to discuss an amazing project that will be happening this year! :)

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In between the shows and my meeting, I couldn’t resist a visit to Parfois. I absolutely adore their handbags, purses and jewellery, so I was excited to see what they had in store for AW14. I’ve been quite good over the past few months when it comes to shopping for handbags and clutches. I have built up quite a collection and now I buy only styles that are unique and a must have!

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My eyes instantly lit up when I came across this quirky flamingo style cross over. It’s such a unique bag, I can also wear it as a clutch bag which is great. I have never really came across a print like this before so I knew I had to have it. I had a huge smile on my face when I was paying for it as I was excited to add it to my wardrobe and it only cost me £23! ♥

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It’s a big bag which I love and the detailing of it is just perfect. The flap over has a hidden zip in it and the interior is gorgeous. It’s big enough to hold all of my daily essentials and make up for when I’m on the move.

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The print on the bag is such a dreamy design. I have always loved flamingos and it’s a nice change from the animal print trend. Cats, dogs, zebras, they’ve all been ‘in trend’ at some stage. This pretty print is a nice change and one that I can’t help but invest in.

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I have to admit that it felt good to take one week off from blogging. I needed to recharge my batteries and focus on other things. However, I’m sooo happy to be back! A rest is always good. ;)

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Unfortunately when I was on my holidays during the summer, I left my trusty straighteners behind. I’ve had them for a number of years and they have never given me any trouble. Luckily Gordons Chemists pretty much stock everything beauty that you need and it’s all under one roof! :)

I opted for Remington as they are a brand that I have always used and they have a great life span. My old ones were more of a square shape, so I was over the moon with my new pair as I can also create a wave or curl look. Perfect! ♥

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I’ve been using them daily since getting them and I haven’t looked back. They heat up instantly and are set at the perfect temperature of 210°C, nobody wants burnt hair. They also cool down pretty quick which I love as I’m always in a rush when styling my hair.

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My ‘Blogger in Residence’ time for Gordons Chemists is complete and I just want to thank all of the lovely staff for making my experience enjoyable. Thanks to Nicola for picking me to cover the month of August, I appreciate it! ♥

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Hope you’re all having a great weekend.

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For the past year, I have become a huge fan of fellow Irish blogger and all round cutie, Beauty Life Michelle. Like I have said, she is a blogger from our Emerald Isle currently living it up in Sydney, Australia. She is such an adorable girl with a quirky sense of humour, great make up skills and a weird but hilarious squeaky voice when she’s playing around on her YouTube channel.

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I have spent many hours just sitting glued to Michelle’s make up tutorials. I’ve always been into make up, but, often I just become lazy with my products and never really branch out. There are a wide variety of different beauty looks on her channel. I have to admit, the girl loves a good pout, but, with 20,000 subscribers she can do whatever she wants! ;)

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Michelle creates every kind of look from smouldering smokey eyes to bold and beautiful lips. As much as I love her make up looks, one thing that I’m obsessed with are her FABULOUS eyebrows. They are thee most perfect piece of art, she would give Cara a run for her money.

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I’ve always wanted to start up my own YouTube channel, but, I don’t think my Belfast accent would sound good on camera. ;)

I would definitely recommend checking out Michelle’s blog or YouTube channel. You’ll quickly become addicted and you will enjoy her interesting online tutorials. For daily updates, follow Michelle on Instagram. ♥

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I love a good bank holiday. Having a Monday off has to be the best feeling in the world! Wouldn’t it be amazing it every work week started on a Tuesday?! I’m not going to blog my usual fashion or beauty post today, I’m going to relax all day long.

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Whatever you are getting up to today, have a fab day. I think I’m going to indulge in some food and spend my day watching films. ♥

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Hope you all have a brilliant long weekend. Thankfully, the weather was decent enough. ;)

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Belfast Fashion Week returns for yet another stylish year showcasing the hottest Autumn/Winter trends. Now a regular on the style schedule, West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK continued its ten year celebrations with the launch party on Thursday 21st August 2014. The city’s leading stylistas, photographers, bloggers, stylists and VIPs were all in attendance at the fabulous new venue on Bruce Street.

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With three nights of catwalk shows, plus Sushi Saturday, Style Sunday and Fashion Friday all to look forward to between 15th-19th October 2014, as well as a charity showing of Mean Girls the movie, event director Cathy Martin also announced a change of venue to a fantastic converted warehouse in Bruce Street in the heart of the city.

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Pictured at the launch of West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK are models: Rebekah Shirley, Ashleigh Coyle and Lauryn Greer in the latest looks from Ted Baker at Excel, Jigsaw, Marie Claire Millinery and Grainne Maher.

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For further information on show schedules, tickets, links to participant retailers and designers as well as the season’s hottest trends, log on to www.belfastfashionweek.com.

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Hope to see you lovelies at FashionWeek! Make sure you get your tickets before they sell out.

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I have to say, throughout my month of covering Gordons Chemists, Blogger in Residence, I seem to have started up quite a collection of make up brushes. Personally, I think that you can never have enough cosmetic tools. Each brand is different and depending on the look that you are creating, you need multiple brushes. I often find that two brushes which are designed for the same purpose, may not work identically to each other hence the need to several tools. (Below illustration: Sarah Spratt, The Lust List).

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One of my favourite brand is the amazing, Real Techniques. You may remember that in my second post as Gordons guest blogger (you can read it here), so you all know how much I adore their brushes. Over the past year, I built up a great collection of Real Technique brushes, I already have their face kit and new kabuki brush. My latest purchase courtesy of Gordons Chemists is this fabulous eye brush set. I am beyond excited to start using these brushes, they’re such great quality tools and the travel case is brilliant for carrying around.

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The set comes with five different brushes designed to boost your look with effortlessly enhanced eyes.

Base Shadow Brush:

Applies a smooth, flawless foundation of colour. The holy grail of make up brushes. (Left of the picture.)

Deluxe Crease Brush:

A soft and oversized brush designed for effortless contouring around the crease area of your eyelid. (Right of the picture.)

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Accent Brush:

Short headed brush designed for precision detailing, spotlighting, highlighting and smudging your shadow. (Left of the picture.)

Fine Liner Brush:

The ultimate tool for precision application of liquid or cream eyeliner. I’m obsessed with this little beauty! (Right of the picture.)

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Brow Brush:

The distinctive shape of this specific brush helps to create and emphasis the shape of your eyebrow. It’s thin enough to create the ultimate brow. Everyone knows what a brow brush looks like! ;)

Call me silly, but I’m a sucker for detailing. I love how the brand distinguishes a difference between their face and eyeshadow brushes. They’ve also got a separate colour for their fabulous kabuki brush. It’s great for when you’re in a rush as you know what colour to look for.

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So far, I’ve really enjoyed being part of Gordons Chemists project. They have been so good to me and helped me throughout my shopping sprees! :)

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Happy Friday, I don’t know about you all, but I’m so excited for the long weekend. Enjoy rascals! ;)

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On Sunday afternoon I was at The Cabaret Club at AM:PM in Belfast for a friend’s farewell party. It was my first time at the show and I had an absolute ball. The entertainment was out of this world and the food and drinks were delicious! ;)

For the occasion, I wanted to dress up but remain comfortable as I knew that the day would turn into a good old Sunday session. I wore my navy floral midi dress from Warehouse. I got it last year in their sale and I only got round to wearing it at the weekend.

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I wanted to add a more funky touch to it so I wore my studded belt named Rodger. I absolutely love this belt, I got it in Zara a few years ago and it always transforms my looks.

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I don’t know about you, but, the Autumn season has definitely arrived! It has been chilly during the day so my leather jacket was required for the show. It also added to my studded belt and I included my favourite Alice in Wonderland brooch.

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My fabulous new Michael Kors bag got its first official outing. It was the perfect amount of colour and statement that my look required. When it comes to footwear, comfort is always a must so I wore my amazing Carvela sandals.

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As I said before, my day out was a farewell party for a good friend of mine. I’m not going to say to much on this but I just want to wish my petite buddy good luck on her new fabulous adventure. ♡

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Happy Hump Day, rascals! Hope you’re all having a great week. :)

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