Let’s just say – the month of May was not kind to me! I was so ill for all of it and I also had to get an operation (I was supposed to get two but that’s a story for another day!). I’m thankfully recovering well after a bad turn but now I’m finally back on track and focusing on every Summer! *end of rant* So apart from everything mentioned above I’ve just been taking it easy and building myself back up.
I’ve something exciting to share with all of you… You may have already noticed a change on my blog. Over the past few months I’ve been working hard to develop a new theme (courtesy of a talented designer friend) to build the Niamh Kelly brand.
Recently I’ve had a few requests to feature a FAQ post. I always try my best to answer all of your questions, particularly those sent via email. Hopefully some of these questions and answers will give you a little insight into my life.
Where do you live?
I live in Belfast. For the meantime anyway!
How many tattoos do you have?
I have four tattoos – three I love, one I regret. (The joys of growing up!)
Who’s your favourite style icon?
I don’t really have just one, that’s pretty impossible for me. I adore Olivia Palmero, Alexa Chung, Grace Kelly, Carey Mulligan, Sarah Jessica Parker, bloggers – Alexandra Pereira, Margaret Zhang and old movie favourites such as Barbara Streisand in Hello Dolly and Vivienne Leigh in Gone With The Wind .
Who’s your favourite illustrator?
I definitely have a weakness for art as I’m sure you’ve seen on my Instagram if you follow me (if not, come say hello!), in particular those who create stunning fashion pieces. Megan Hess is a personal favourite of mind but once again I have a few firm favourites.
If you could collaborate with one blogger who would it be?
Again, I can’t pick one! There are so many bloggers across the globe that I admire from Margaret Zhang (can you tell I’m obsessed with her?!) to Jaclyn Hill (I think she would be hilarious to work with!).
What camera do you use?
I use a Nikon D3100 with an 18 – 55 mm lense. I’m saving for a Canon to develop my photos more.
What do you use to edit your photos?
I use SnapSeed, it’s a straight forward app that allows you to tune your image and you also have the option to add some pretty filters.
Will you ever cross over to starting up a You Tube channel?
Ahhhh, the heart stopping question. I really do hope to start up my own channel in the near future. I just need to pluck up the courage to start filming. And also, I want to use a Canon for that so it’s still a hope in progress.
What You Tuber’s do you watch?
On a weekly basis I watch various beauty and fashion You Tuber’s such as Michelle Crossan, Victoria from In The Frow, Jaclyn Hill, Carli Bybel and Kathleen Lights.
Why did you start up your blog?
I started up my blog as I wanted to create a sort of online portfolio to share all of my writing, fashion and beauty interests. I wanted to do something that was completely out of my comfort zone and I have to admit that it has helped build my confidence as you have to social network like no other and also through working with PR companies and brands.
What advice would you give to those wanting to start blogging?
Well, lucky for you lovelies I featured a ‘Building Yourself A Blog’ post at the start of the year. You can read it here.
What platform is best to blog on?
I can’t really comment on Blogger as I’ve ever only used WordPress. I have heard mixed reports about both platforms so I would suggest doing a little research before setting your blog up. I do like WordPress though as I find it easy to navigate around.
Now that I am finally getting back into the swing of blogging, it will take me a little while to catch up regarding posts. I have a few beauty and lifestyles features waiting to go live and I’m hoping to snap some style shots over the weekend.
How insane has the weather been?! From sunshine to hailstone, May has not been very kind to us, her hormones must be going crazy at the minute. My week on Instagram has been a colourful one. Today I’m also going to upload some old Instagram snaps that I love and didn’t get to share during my mini blog break starting with iconic, Marilyn.
I know I’ve featured A LOT of shots today but hopefully you’ll enjoy them! Happy Hump Day, rascals!
Having studied art growing up, I have always enjoyed spending my time celebrating the work of others. Carrie Neely, a well known art consultant from Belfast has made an impressive impact on the art scene from the UK to New York. Having moved to London in 1977, Carrie spent ten years working with some of the worlds’ top named artists, dealers and galleries including Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Charles Saatchi, Eyestorm, Magnum Photography, Rankin and David Bailey. She also ran her own art gallery in Bloomsbury, next to the British Museum. Her past client list includes Diesel, Reebok, Sony BMG, Selfridges, Olympus, Agnes B, Hewlett Packard, Donna Karan, Hiscox, Fortnum and Mason, Based Upon, David Collins and Candy & Candy, as well as many high profile individuals and celebrities.
The new wave of Northern Ireland’s top creative entrepreneurs, artists and fashion glitterati turned up to support fellow creative business woman Carrie Neely in the Launch of her newly branded Art Consultancy ‘Art Loves’ in The Ivory Belfast. Art Loves showcased a stunning exhibition of limited edition prints by contemporary Irish artists ‘Art Loves Editions’, a project funded by the Arts Council NI to support local artists and create accessible, affordable art to be sold online through www.artloves.co.uk.
Myself and my Aunt enjoyed browsing all of the magnificent contempary pieces from various artists throughout the country. I love to invest time celebrating up and coming artists particularly those who are graduating from the art college at the University of Ulster. Throughout my time in school and university I was always a huge fan of pop art especially legendary artist, Andy Warhol. You can imagine my excitement when I first set eyes on this breathtaking Marilyn Monroe print by artist, Christine Trueman.
I absolutely adore a good statement piece. Those of you who follow me will know that I enjoy vibrant clothing and accessories so it’s only natural that my taste in art is the same. This bold print Magnetic Sea, is an exquisite portrait by artist, Trevor J Brown. I just love the drama of this piece as it is a one of a kind style that is definitely worth the purchase.
If I had my way, I would have purchased so many pieces. There is something dark yet beautiful about this next print. Named I Need Time by Anne Corry it is the perfect title and I found it quite personal. Needing more time is the story of my life so I couldn’t help but giggle when I first came across it. The rawness of this piece is so appealing to me and I think I will have to invest it it over the next few months.
Credit in order of appearance: Christine Trueman, Trevor J Brown, Anne Corry, Chris Cunningham, Bern Campbell, Brian Ballard, Leo Boyd.
Thank you to Carrie for inviting me to such a great launch. I had a lovely evening browsing such talented artists and enjoying the odd cocktail. The exhibition is open to the Public until the end of July on the 3rd Floor of House of Fraser.