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The time has come for another awkward posing, painful viewing, OOTD post. Over the past year, I have cut down posting some outfit looks as I don’t feel comfortable in front of the camera anymore. Does any other bloggers feel like this or am I a stand alone weirdo?! I’m finally back at my work out classes so hopefully I’ll be back on track soon. Positive vibes and all that, right?

Anywho, I’ll continue this rant another day. Back to the outfit! One of my favourite styles to wear is the classic and timeless monochrome look. I always feel most comfortable in it and it’s always a great excuse to bust out the over the top hoop earrings and red lipsticks.

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I’m pretty much covered in good old faithful, Topshop with my statement tee and ripped jeans. I love a good novelty top particularly when you’re wearing it to prove a point ( the ‘I prefer being single’ tee’s) and today I’m channeling my ‘Positive Vibes’ mood.
I purchased my now favourite leather jeacket from Pull & Bear and I absolutely adore it. I’m constantly wearing it with everything and it’s a super soft style. I hate it when there is no extra movement and you feel stiff. Not a good look. ;)

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The chunky platforms are from Primark and they are thee most comfortable shoes to wear! I could dance the night away in these beauties and feel absolutely no pain. No black and white look would be complete without my matching monochrome hangbag. This essential accessory is from Magic & Sparkles and my version of a Mary Poppins magic hold all bag. I travel with this beauty, I shop with it and I even break it out for a night on the town if I’m feeling lazy. The pops of coral help make it all the more appealing for the spring/summer season.

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Hope you’re all having a fab Monday! I spent the weekend working out and it’s safe to say that my body is in pain. Good pain though!

Nx

Today marks the return of the UK’s biggest fashion extravaganza, London Fashion Week. I have yet to be lucky enough to enter the doors of Sommerset House to watch a show, but with today’s technology, i.e: Instagram and some lovely bloggers, it’s like I’m there in spirit. There are so many talented designers showcasing their piece’s such as: Orla Kiely, Paul Costelloe, Sass & Bide and Magherafelt born extraordinaire, J.W. Anderson. I have a collection of bloggers that I follow and through them, I am kept up to date with all things LFW.

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Hannah Crosskey:

The first blogger I’m going to share with all of you is the fabulous, Hannah Crosskey from A Fashion Fix. I have been a huge fan of Hannah and her blog for a few months now. You may remember that I featured her as one of my inspirational bloggers. For all of LFW’s daily gossip, be sure to check out Hannah’s Instagram.

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Sarah Ashcroft:

Since starting up her blog That Pommie Girlfriend, Sarah’s social status and career has gone from strength to strength. She is every inch glamorous and you can often find her posing like no other on her Instagram. Stay tuned to her blog and you’re sure to walk away feeling like a LFW pro!

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Leanne Lim-Walker:

I fell in love with fashion photographer and blogger, Leanne because of her quirky and cool look. From her purple dip dyed hair to her bold make up, she combines these details with her style and creates a winning combination. I will be keeping up to date with her Instagram account to see what shows she will be attending and looks she will pulling.

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Sandra Hagelstam:

From the day and hour I started blogging I have been obsessed with the incredible Sandra Hagelstam and her blog, 5 Inch And Up. She even designed her own shoe line for River Island, I managed to treat myself to a pair of her fabulous snake prints ankle boots.
I am always checking out her Instagram on a daily basis. Her images are always amazing, her style is magnificent and I just can’t help but admire her. Sandra is currently in NYC but no doubt she’ll make it back to London in time for some shows.

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LFW Daily:

Finally, it’s pretty obvious but don’t forget to follow the actual LFW account. I also enjoy following LFW Dairy as they always share the latest up to date info and images including some great behind the scenes shots on their Instagram.

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I hope I’ve guided you all in the right direction when it comes to LFW social media! I’m so happy it’s Friday, I’m out tonight to celebrate my birthday so I’ll hopefully be able to snap some outfit shots for a post.

Happy weekend!

Nx

On Tuesday I came home to a sweet parcel containing Thierry Mugler’s latest fragrance from his Alien range, Eau Extraordinaire. I was quite excited to test out his new fragrance as it is a much lighter and sweeter smelling scent compared to his previous perfumes. The strong structured design of the bottle is appealing along with the fact that you can refill the bottle in various department stores such as Debenhams.

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I have to admit that when it comes to picking the perfect scent, I tend to opt for quite fresh and fruity perfumes such as DKNY, Be Delicious and Inis. I always love the smell of the original Alien scent on other people but anytime I would spray a spritz of it on myself, I always ended up with a headache. It’s just too strong for me to enjoy which is a shame. I was also gifted with the Womanity scent for my birthday a few years ago but I had to give it away as I had the same problem.

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I was a little hesitant when going in for the first spritz. At first it seemed a little strong but once it settled down, I was pleasantly surprised. Now saying that, I think this perfume is definitely best suited for nights out as it is stronger than my daytime scents but it will hold for the entire evening which is a bonus. It instantly gives off a pretty luminous floral smell with an incandescent freshness. There are quite a few fragrance notes within the perfume itself: Neroli, Bergamot Tea, Tiare flower, Cashmeran wood, White amber, Heliotrope.

With a perfume, I always recommend going and testing it out for yourself. I do like this perfume but everyone is different and a person’s scent is quite a personal preference.

Every time I sort through my weekly Instagram images, I notice that they consist mainly of my placing things o a rug and snapping away. Call it predictable at this stage but it’s my favourite way to shoot anything fashion or beauty. I’ve also been dreaming of New York recently as NYFW is in session. Of course I had to upload a magnificent picture of the city’s skyline that I snapped at sunset on top of the Empire State Building.

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I’ve been meaning to shoot a style outfit post but just call me lazy. I’m going to make it my mission to finally get round to doing it this week.

Happy Monday!

Nx

For a long time, I have been meaning to check out Soap & Glory and their make up collection. I already have their skincare products and I am excited to start using their products. I have been hearing so much from various beauty bloggers Vivianna Does Make Up and vlogger, Jamie Genevieve. I’ve been watching Anna’s YouTube videos for a while now and she always raves about their Solar Powder Multi Shade Bronzer. On Saturday, I was watching Jamie’s latest video and she shared the Kick Ass Concealer. I really liked the sound of it so I ventured into Boots and delved into a mini shopping spree. To balance things out I treated myself to the L’Oréal La Palette Nude.

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I haven’t quite mastered the contouring game, however I’m hoping that the multi shade and highlighter combination will help me with the process. I don’t know if it’s my technique or skin but I just find it tough to blend. I spend a solid twenty minutes working that contour out and it still seems quite harsh. I absolutely love make up but sometimes I’m afraid to fully tackle it with the fear of looking like a clown.

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Highlighters are my friend. I just adore them as they instantly lift my skin and give it an illuminating glow. The packaging and design of the Soap & Glory products are absolutely devine. The highlighter has been incorporated into the Solar Powder through their initials. It’s almost too cute to use! Last week I purchased the Real Techniques contouring bold metal brush. You can see it here.

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I try endlessly to find that perfect concealer that will cover my dark circles. I am pretty self conscious about them, they drive me insane and no matter what I buy or how much I put in they always come through. I drink water like it is going out of fashion and still no joy. So now I’m at the point where I have waved the white flag and surrendered to them. Saying that I will forever try and test new concealers. However, when a concealer has the words, ‘Kick Ass‘ in the title, you’re damn sure I’m intrigued. It’s a three piece camouflage kit that is designed to conceal, hide and set your under eye and blemish areas.

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The darling little compact is enough to make me purchase it. I’m actually quite excited to start using this despite my all of my negatively surrounding my dark circles. It’s a clever idea and makes being on the move that little bit easier. The left shade is for those frustrating bags and the right shade is for any blemishes on your face. The translucent powder is there to keep it all in place. It’s just too cute!

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Now onto the much hyped about L’Oréal La Palette Nude. I have been seeing so many bloggers uaing this in their everyday beauty routines. It has been featured quite a bit and I have finally been able to get my hands on it. Now, unfortunately the joys of blogging brings some ‘out of my hands’ photography lighting. The shades in my image look more purple toned but believe me, it’s a beautiful warm nude set of shades.

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I can definitely see myself creating a nice smokey eye. When I tested it out in Boots, the pigmentation seemed quite good so I am looking forward to testing it out in the coming days. I’ve a few nights out coming up so it will be the perfect opportunity to get creative.

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If any of you lovelies have any great contouring tips please feel free to leave me a comment.

Nx

It feels so good to share a fellow Irish girl with all of you on this week’s inspirational blogger feature. The lovely Lorna Ruane from LC’s Closet is a doctor of marketing living it up in NYC. I can only dream of having a PHD and celebrating it by moving your life to the Big Apple. Pretty impressive.

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When I see the words fashion and New York City on any blog or social media bio, I’m instantly attracted. What makes Lorna all the more appealing is how sweet and down to earth she is.

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When it comes to Lorna’s style, she channels a variety of looks from girl next store to layered prep. Believe it or not, being able to wear different looks can be challenging. I only suit certain looks as my body shape likes to annoy me when I want to try something new. Skirts don’t really do anything for my figure, I’m more of a peg leg trouser and jeans kind of girl. As you can see, the lucky Lorna can pretty much rock any style.

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What I admire most about her is that she is a true Irish gal at heart. Not only does she look like an Irish beauty, but she incorporates the classic cliché shots into her blog and Instagram which I love. The classic ’99’ and Wispa Gold treats are a favourite amongst us natives of the green isle.

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As much as I adore a good dose of fashion and beauty, I’m such a tom boy at heart. A few year’s ago, I completed a Sky Dive for charity and to squash my fear of heights. I was instantly drawn to Lorna when I came across her Instagram shots of her doing the same. Only different is she had a magnificent ocean view and I looked down to cows and the River Bann. With that said, Lorna can style the perfect girl next door while taking her adventures to new heights.

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I’m an absolute sucker for all things photography and I was in absolute awe when I saw her breathtaking images of famous NYC landmarks. How unbelievable is Lorna’s shot of the fountain at Bryant Park frozen?!?! And the Gramercy Park picture makes me feel like I’m looking through to Narnia. You feel like you’re in New York with her.

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Have I mentioned that she met the iconic, Alexa Chung at Bergdorf Goodman’s? To say I was feeling a little envious was a bit of an understatement!

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Don’t forget to check out Lorna’s Instagram to see all of her daily shots.

Hope you all had a fab weekend. See you Wednesday!

Nx

I wasn’t able to blog on Friday so I thought that I would kick start the week with a long overdue beauty haul post. My skincare routine has been quite disruptive recently so I needed to purchase my trusty favourites, La Roche Posay and Liz Earle. I also invested in two beauty buys that I have been hearing about from various bloggers. I’m already a huge fan of Hourglass Cosmetics and Real Techniques bold metals collection. Add a some sweet scents to my shopping spree and you’re onto a pretty haul.

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Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish:

I have been an avid user of Liz Earle’s skincare masterpiece for a long time now. I use it morning and night to take off my make up and clean my face. You get two muslin cloths with this purchase which is always handy. They’re great for giving your face a thorough clean and taking every inch of dirt and make up off your skin. This tin set was part of their Christmas collection. For 150ml and two cloths, you buy £19. A good bargain of you ask me as the normal stand alone 100ml bottle is £14.

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La Roche Posy Effaclar Duo [+]:

Now onto the absolute saviour of the skincare world! A few years ago, my skin took a turn and was constantly suffering from break outs. I have naturally sensitive skin but it was becoming a very annoying problem. Someone had suggested that I start using this and I have never looked back. It is beautifully moisturising on my skin and keeps any blemishes to a minimum.

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M&S Perfumes:

Butterfly:

I believe that a girl can never have too many perfumes. However with that said, it can become a costly addiction. Therefore, I found two dupes at Marks & Spencer that cost over half of the brand prices. Butterfly is a replica of DKNY’s Be Delicious (the green bottle). I came across this scent at the opening of their new beauty department at the Sprucefield store. I was instantly hooked and I save a lot when I’m in between the month. It’s great for wearing during the day as I like to keep my ‘good perfumes’ for special occasions.

Isis:

Back in the day when I was a teenager I wasn’t allowed to buy perfume so I use to use my friends one. It was an Avon scent called Pure Blanca. Does anyone remember it or am I too old school?! Anyway, Isis is the double of it and acts as another great bargain busting perfume.

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Hourglass Femme Nude:

Over the past two years, I have seriously become addicted to make up. I have so much that I have run out of storage yet I can’t help but purchase more. I find it worse when I make my regular trips to Boston and NYC. Every few months when I make the good old long haul flight, I reward myself with a trip to Sephora. You all know yourself how amazing that store is! Anyway, back to this post. For some reason, I never purchased the Hourglass Femme Nude shades. A solid natural lipstick is an essential part of my daily make up collection, so I am extremely excited to add this to the rest of my lippies.

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Real Techniques Bold Metal Collection:

Saving the best until last, it’s the piece du resistant. There has been so much hype surrounding the Real Technique and their Bold Metal brush collection. You all know that I’m obsessed with rose gold, add a beautiful contour style brush to it and I’m in heaven. I haven’t got round to using it yet, but I’m really looking forward to creating a strong contouring look for a night on the town. I’ll report back soon with my thoughts on it.

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Did all of you have a great weekend? How cold was it by the way?!?! I tried to snap some outfit posts, but the wind and coldness got in the way.

Nx

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