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Today has to be thee most popular Friday of the year. Known as ‘Black Friday‘, it is the one day of the year when people go absolutely crazy picking up incredible bargains. I’ve been thinking quite a lot about America this week. With Thanksgiving yesterday and shopping heaven today (Black Friday), I have been reminiscing quite a bit about my recent trips to Boston and NYC.

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For today’s American style festivities, I have put together a little collection of various interior, fashion and stationary pieces that I think would make a great retail therapy day. Whether you’re shopping online or pounding the pavements for the big day, try to remain stress free and enjoy the bargains. The styles that I’m showing today might not be on sale for the occasion, but that’s what makes them part of the ‘Wish List’.

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I’m usually all about making a statement, but over the past few months I have been bringing things back to basics. Whether it’s my own personal style or jewellery collection, I am loving all things delicate. I came across a beautiful lingerie company on Instagram called, Oh So Lovely Intimates. They create daring and simplistic pieces that are out of this world. I absolutely adores their bralets, they come in a beautiful red, cream and black colour.

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I’m all about interiors this weather as I’m doing a spot of redecorating and I’ve spent endless hours browsing for inspiration. The vintage vibe has really come back to live over the last year of so. When I was browsing on Next, I came across this quirky traditional telephone. I think it is a great detail to have in your home.

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Organizers are my life at the minute. I rely so much on them as I find the older I’m getting, the less I remember. There are certain times of the year when I have so many events on in one week, I need a little reminder.
I tend to go to Paperchase for my stationary essentials. I spotted this pretty green birdcage print on their website, the perfect style for this season.

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I have been hearing so many great reviews about the Giorgio Armani. I am dying to invest in this make up, I am in need of a good foundation that I can wear for events or nights out on the town. This foundation gives you a beautiful glow with medium to full coverage, perfect for me during the Winter months.

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I have been lusting over the Bella Freud from Space NK for a while now. They’re incredibly chic candles with beautifully simplistic designs. What more, they smell devine. With my decor project coming along, I’m considering purchasing this little beauty as a present to myself for all of the hard work. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could get personalised candles, then I would really feel sophisticated!

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I wish you all a very happy day of retail therapy. I’m excited to stock up on some bargains today.

Happy Friday, lovelies.

Nx

This has been an annoying week for me. I got incredibly excited as I upgraded my phone to a beautiful new HTC Mini in rose gold. I got a great plan with it and I was so excited to start playing around with it. Stupid me didn’t even think about checking out the camera before signing my contract and now I’m stuck with a horrible camera. I have to vent about it or I’ll burst, you all know how important a good camera phone is to a blogger!

Anyway, I’m stuck with it so lets just move onto today’s post. My week on Instagram has been relatively quiet compared to my usual updates. I actually haven’t really been in the mood, I’ve shocked myself given the fact that I’m addicted to Instagram. Sometimes I just go through phases where I need to take a little break and step back from spending time on social media platforms. I’ve not really invest much time in Facebook or Twitter, but I absolutely adore Instagram.

This week I have a rose gold obsession, it’s what I live for over the last few months. With the new phone, I went to Boots and purchased a rose gold polish from Essie. It’s called ‘Buy Me A Cameo’ and it’s the perfect festive shade. Included in today’s post is a little Kerrie Hess style, interior design inspiration, some serious statement necklace lovin’, girl crushing on Diane Von Furstenberg, a hilarious mock up of Kim Kardashian’s recent nude photoshoot and the odd quote.

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I’m on the countdown to the weekend. I’m going to the Christmas Markets and squeezing in a much needed night on the town. Don’t forget if you have Instagram then feel free to give me a follow.

Happy Hump Day.

Nx

Ever look at a girl and think that she would be the funnest person to be friends with? This is exactly how I feel when I watch Vivianna Does Make Up. She seems like such a cool girl and looks completely effortless. Anna is a UK blogger based in London and has established herself as a beauty blogger. Her euthusiam for life is quite sweet and she always remains true to herself no matter how well her blog is doing.

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What I love most about Anna is how she is not afraid to go in front of the camera without any make up on. Now I will admit that I’m not sure if I could do that. I have such horrible dark circles around my eyes and I’m always conscious of them. However, Anna has incredible skin, perhaps this makes it a little easier for her to go bare for her blog and YouTube Channel. Her looks are often quite simple and natural looking. Now and then Anna will incorporate a more glamorous make up style into her videos.

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Anna knows a thing or do about all things beauty and is always on trend with the latest make up releases. I would love to see her entire make up and beauty collection as I’m sure it is huge. Simplistic often springs to mind when I think of Anna, this also translates into her social media and blog images. Being a huge fan of both drugstore and high end brands, she caters to all audiences.

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By the way, have I mentioned that Anna is friends with beauty blogger extraordinaire, Lily Pebbles. The two best friends share their love of beauty and work together on several projects and YouTube videos. Imagine working closely with your best friend in the world, how amazing would that be?! Having a genuine group of friends within your work setting and blogging community is the best feeling in the world. It must feel like you’re in a bubble talking make up and sharing this with them, perfect job eh?

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Remember I was saying earlier about looking at a person and wanting to be friends with them? Here’s another reason why, the laid back Anna is not afraid to laugh at herself. For Halloween you will never see her in a cliché girly costume. Nope, she’ll be the one dresses up as a massive pumpkin. My kind of girl! She also incorporates the two ff’s into her blog – fashion and food. A girl who loves their grub is a favourite of mine, combined with a chic style and the odd chocolate chip recipe then I’m in heaven.

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How was everyone’s weekend? Have you all started your Christmas shopping yet? I treated myself to an upgrade yesterday and purchased the HTC One in rose gold. I have not stopped playing with the phone. I love it.

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I can remember the first time I ever bought my first ‘real dress’. I was around seventeen years old and my adoration for Diane Von Furstenberg first started after seeing one of her campaign images in a magazine, hence me buying the now extremely dated dress. The Internet wasn’t what it was ten years ago, I think Bebo might have been around, but there was no platform for sharing and admiring the work of leading fashion designers. The term ‘Bloggers’ was not what it is today, everyone had a computer the size of a breeze block and it was all about the floppy disks. Therefore I created a scrapbook of my favourite looks consisting mainly of DVF herself. Each Friday I saved up my pay and treated myself to a glossy copy. I was in heaven. Even though I enjoyed all things fashion, it has taken me a number of years to really appreciate style for what it is, to understand my own personal look and embrace my body shape.

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I would like to think that I’m at a stage in my life where I am a little more experienced within the industry, but I understand that I still have a lot to learn. I love spending hours admiring fellow bloggers online, reading up on designers and even people watching to feel inspired by real life. I have a collection of style books that have become my bibles and I am excited to add Diane Von Furstenberg’s ‘The Woman I Wanted To Be’ to it.

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I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book, all I knew is that I had to have it. Was it going to be a book simply giving me a little insight into DVF’s life with some standard fashion and beauty tips included? Absolutely not.

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Like Diane and I’m sure many of you, I have placed my magnificent mummy on a very beautiful pedestal. The first chapter of her book, ‘Roots’ completely floored me. I had no idea what I was about to read. It was honest, captivating and heartbreaking. At the tender age of twenty Diane’s mother, Lily Nahmias, was sent to the notorious Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz. I myself visited the death camp in January and it is an image that will live with me forever. In this chapter, Diane shares her mother’s journey, the miracle of surviving it and the horrible aftermath. “God has saved my life so that I can give you life”. Her mother was a strong woman who constantly encouraged Diane to live life to the fullest, try to see good in any bad situation and to be confident in her own skin.

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The entire books consists of brutally honest thoughts that most people would be afraid to say out loud let alone put onto paper. Diane shares her life in detail as a mother, daughter, grandmother, friend, lover, wife, fashion designer and of course, Princess. A woman who holds such titles is a credit in my eyes and most definitely, an Icon. I don’t want to give away too much, all I can say is buy it. No matter what stage you are at in life, I’m sure you’ll all appreciate DVF’s words and have more of an understanding when it comes to her journey.

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(Image credit: Harper’s Bazaar || Vogue – Diane and her mother, Lily Nahmias || DVF Book, Diane Von Furstenberg with her husband Barry and family on their wedding day || Architectural Digest.)

I no longer look at Diane Von Furstenberg as just a designer and stylish woman, but an inspiration.

Nx

Is it just me or are the months flying in? Halloween seems like years ago and Christmas is sneaking up. Not that I’m complaining or anything. The Christmas Markets have arrived here in Belfast and I am extremely excited to visit them. Each year I often find a beautiful vintage bag or purse and indulge in some seriously sweet treats. The atmosphere is always great and makes the countdown to the festive season all the more enjoyable.

I just noticed that this week’s Instagram
images are heavily fashion influenced. The AW14 season is in full swing and I am absolutely loving it. By the way, can I just say how excited I am to have finally got my manicured hands on Diane Von Furstenberg’s latest book, ‘The Woman I Wanted To Be’. I tend to hibernate during the Winter months so I am looking forward to ready this little beauty by the fire. Does this make me sound pathetic?

Also included in this week’s post, a little California dreaming, hairstyle inspiration, indulging in some seriously mouthwatering food, enjoying a Kate Spade Saturday and getting into the Christmas spirit.

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(Image credit: California Beach – The Globe Wanderer || Margaret Zhang || Lauren Conrad || Others images unknown)

Hope you’re all having a great week.

Nx

Christmas. It’s always a busy time of year, normally I only blog three times a week. However with the festive season around the corner expect a few extra posts here and there. I’m sure all of you lovelies will not mind!

I’ve noticed that a lot of you are really into sequins this season. Pretty standard as the party season is fast approaching, no doubt that all of you are busy trying to find that perfect Christmas party outfit. With this, I thought I would put together a few of my favourite sequin styles that I have came across throughout our darling high street stores.

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The sequin look can sometimes be a little challenging to pull off due to the quality. There are stores that sell a cheap version and I often find that these do no justice and make your outfit look a little over the top.

The most popular styles that I would lean towards would be the gorgeous midi skirt, longline jackets, tailored blazers, pretty tops and for those of you who are not keen on a full sequin piece, a style with a some sparkle or an accessory incorporated into it.

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(Top to bottom: Topshop Midi Skirt – £75 || Zara Jumper – £15.99 || ASOS – Top £35 / Skirt £54 || Warehouse Longline Jacket – £120 || Monsoon Blazer – £99 || Accessorize Clutch – £35.)

When it comes to opting for this kind of look, a little goes a long way. Obviously the two piece gold outfit from ASOS is a complete look but it is a soft style and you have the option to wear the top and skirt as separates.

If sequins make you feel a little nervous then gently add them into your look through accessories or small detailing within a top or jacket. If there are any other topics you would like me to feature whether it’s style or beauty related, please let me know.

Nx

Ever since I started watching Fashion Bloggers a few weeks ago, I have gained five more bloggers who I find incredibly inspiring. This week I am going to focus on the breathtaking Margaret Zhang from Shine by Three. Her look is one of a classic style, clean cut and chic with a hint of youth.

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For those of you who have never heard of Margaret, she is a a writer, stylist, photographer, and creative director based in Sydney, Australia. Since going online within the fashion industry in 2009, Margaret has gone on to work with global houses including NET-A-PORTER, Nike, VISA, Blackberry Ltd, Shopbop, Mulberry, L’OREAL Paris, NOKIA, MATCHES and Swarovski. Through her blog, each post captures Margaret’s personal style, travels, food, Fashion Weeks adventures and beauty day-to-day are well documented on Shine By Three.

Zhang can create so many different looks, as a fashion blogger I know that not everyone can channel a style and make it work. With a detailed eye for style and hard working attitude to blogging, it is no wonder that Margaret has become an international blogging sensation.

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Like I’ve said previously, Margaret has been catapulted into style stardom as she is currently featuring on E Online’s latest reality television programme called Fashion Bloggers. Herself and four other Australian based bloggers: Sara Donaldson, Zanita Whittington, Kate Waterhouse and Amanda Shadforth share their ambitions, day to day adventures and tips on how to make it in the world of fashion.

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I love a blogger who can create many different looks all while looking fabulous and content in each look. Accessories are huge this season and Margaret is a perfectionist when it comes to styling and photographing her favourite pieces for her various media accounts.

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Obviously the obligatory travel and lifestyle shots need to be included. Finding her inner piece, taking in some breathtaking architecture and posing in amongst natures most beautiful backdrops is a daily job for the magnificent Margaret.

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I love a well rounded blogger who is not just about looking pretty. Margaret is a keen surfer and a slight tom boy at heart. She often channels a masculine vibe within her style, quite like a young Coco Chanel. It is great how she can inspire others through blogging and working with fellow ladies within the industry.

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You can watch Margaret and her fellow Aussie fashion bloggers tonight on E Online tonight at 9pm, I’m so excited!

P.s… Who is excited for the return of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here??? I never know who most of them are but I love watching them freak out over the trials! Haha.

Nx

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