Só Collective at Kildare Village

Kildare Village is Ireland’s very own shopping euphorium that holds an array of classic designers from Gucci to Calvin Klein. For those of you who prefer the finer things in life at a discount price, then this outlet destination is the ultimate shopping experience. Nestled beautifully just outside Dublin, the Village is without a doubt a picturesque scene with an incredible variety of brands available.
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Aliza Licht || Leave Your Mark 💋

A few week’s ago I came across a book on Instagram that caught my eye after seeing rave reviews about it from various fashion, beauty and lifestyle bloggers. I was intrigued at first glance but I continued to browse my feed over the next couple of days until I continuously saw the book. I took it as a sign and purchased it for a good ‘summer read’.

I always followed DKNY PR Girl on Twitter but never knew who the face behind the social media handle was. It was very much a Gossip Girl style story and I was 100% on board when I found out that the book was written by Aliza Licht, the voice behind brand. As she has years of experience within the industry I wanted to get the book for some inspiration and guidance as to how to make a name for myself. I’ve worked hard over the years and built up a sound knowledge of the industry and contacts but I always look up to others who have more to share.

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In her book, Leave Your Mark, Aliza is brutally honest (which I love) and shares her career journey and current thoughts on all things social media, getting the best experience, dealing with people and remaining professional. This all might sound pretty obvious but they’re often forgotten about when people start making a name for themselves. Remaining humble yet being a strong and brave individual are some of the key fundamentals to building a career for yourself.

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One chapter of the book that stood out for me was, Email Etiquette. Here Aliza talks about how to speak the proper technology talk and the best way in her opinion to address industry professionals (something that people often lack). I have to admit there are times when I have received emails that are so inappropriate and what I like to call ‘text talk’. If you have never met me before then I personally believe that you should be polite and introduce yourself, don’t just send me a group email (a pet peeve of mine) with no name on it and expect me to appreciate you contacting me.

Taking an opportunity by the hands is sometimes often lost as people either let fear control them or they blow it with the wrong etiquette when contacting others. Now don’t get me wrong, if you have built up a strong relationship or already know some professionals then that’s fine. You can both talk to each other in a way you accept and are comfortable with. However, approaching people is the key starting point to building your brand and securing respect and opportunities for yourself.

Without giving away too much information about the book, I just wanted to share my thoughts on it and some of the content that I find extremely useful. I would definitely recommend giving it a go if you are eager to start the process of building a success career for yourself. Are there any books that you would recommend?!

Happy Friday my lovelies!

Nx

High Street Beauty Haul

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

My Week On Instagram ❤

As I’m trying to write today’s post, I can’t help but think that I have no idea what to say. Does this make sense?! So, for my Instagram post the photos shall do the talking. Expect the standard selfie, the odd cocktail and a Mickey Mouse lover. Enjoy!

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Hope you’re all having a great week. I promise I’ll have more interaction with you lovelies on Friday. ❤

Nx

My Week on Instagram ❤

Back to reality with a bang, eh? The work week has well and truely started after the holiday period. As much as I don’t like to admit it, I like being back in my routine. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way?! 😉

It is quite a girly timeline from my Instagram feed this week. Plenty of make up, food and fashion. I treated myself just a tad over the festive period, everyone loves a little Chanel. I still have a list of things to get though, next on my list is the breathtaking Hourglass palettes. Just next to book a sneaky trip to Sephora!

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Hope everyone is easing back into work nicely! Happy Hump Day and all that jazz.

Nx