October Favourites

I actually cannot believe that October is coming to an end. The week’s have been flying in and before we know it we’ll be celebrating Christmas! I’m so excited for Halloween, I just love seeing the decorations. I think I’ll just opt for a nice takeaway and some drinks all while indulging in some scary films. I have been trying my best to save as I have so much going on at the minute. I’m hoping to update my technology gadgets, a new camera and laptop are on the cards so I must save like no other as they’re not cheap! That being said, I have managed to build up a nice little favourites corner of products, clothes and accessories to share with all of you today.

Beauty:

I recently invested in a new paint pot from MAC in the shade, Groundwork. It’s very Kylie Jenner esque for all of you 90’s fans. I use Painterly as a neutral base however I wanted a darker shade for a more deep vampy look. They are such good base tones and make blending out my shadows effortless! I’ve been absolutely loving red nail polish again. It’s such a classic look and my favourite colour to wear during Autumn. When Winter comes I usually opt for a much darker shade. It’s from Marc Jacobs and I recently featured it on the blog, here. I’ve been kicking it old school a lot with my trusty Benefit bronzer, Hoola. It’s such a universal shade and again is so easy to blend. I use it to warm up my face and as a light base shade for when I am contouring. I’ve been on the search for a new daytime foundation and opted for the L’Oréal Infallible matte collection. I’ve only been using it for a week or so but so far I’m really enjoying it. The colour match is perfect and it has a great last power, not very many touch ups required however as I have such oily skin I do need to work on my T – zone but other than that I love it.

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My final beauty favourite for this month has been my Zoeva palette in, Coco Blend. It’s warm neutral collection with some beautiful deep reds and browns thrown into the mix. I’m such a sucker for a buttery texture with my eye shadows and this palette is no expection. The pigmentation is good however I would suggest mixing some Fix+ from MAC if you’re looking to create a spotlight eye as the highlight shades need a little help. Other than that I still absolutely adore this palette.

Style:

You’re all probably fed up from seeing my camel coat and shoes from, Next but they’re by far my favourite key pieces for this season. I featured them on the blog a few week’s ago ( you can read it here) and I haven’t stopped wearing them. The shoes are so comfortable to wear and the coat is incredibly chic and easy to style. When I was in Dublin a little while ago, I stocked up on some Pandora and Mango goodies. The lovely girls at Pandora invited me down to see their new Christmas collection where I was kindly gifted with this rose gold feather ring. I already have the matching necklace and I was dying to get the ring. I absolutely love it, it’s a beautiful statement piece while giving off a pretty delicate vibe too. I also ventured into Mango and picked up some gorgeous Autumn pieces including this floor length grey cardigan. Apologies that you can’t see all of it, I’m planning on shooting a look with this very soon on the blog!

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Photography:

In celebration of Halloween, I wanted to share a snap or two from my favourite holiday. Last year I was in Salem for the festivities and had an amazing time checking out the town. It was an unbelievable experience and my real life, Hocus Pocus. Definitely need to back back again for a visit!

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Have any of you got any plans for Halloween?! I love scrolling through Instagram to see how much effort people put into their costumes, particularly the beauty bloggers that I follow. Have a great one no matter what you get up to!

Nx 

Marc Jacobs Beauty

It’s been a while since I featured a nail post and I thought who else to blog about that the icon that is, Marc Jacobs. When I was in New York last year I spent quite a bit of time in Sephora. The American designers are so purse friendly in the states, I think this polish only cost around $18. I featured it last week in my Autumn essentials post (you can read it here). Today I decided to share a swatch of me wearing it for all of you lovelies.

I always use a touch of my Nails Inc favourite, 45 Second Top Coat. It’s enriched with caviar and leaves a beautiful wet look finish. They’re the perfect combination in my opinion, my favourite colour for Autumn. The pigmentation is good as you do only need two coats, pretty standard for a polish but I just hate when you need to apply endless amounts to get a decent shade.

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I get roughly around five days out of the polish without a chip which I find pretty impressive. I could probably get longer wear with the polish but I like to freshen it up every so often.

I hope you’re all buzzing with that Friday feeling. Enjoy your weekend and I will see you all in my next post.

Nx

My Week on Instagram ❤

Last week I took a little break from blogging. I just didn’t have the energy to write a post, the thought of writing only a few lines made me feel drained. Sometimes as a blogger, it can be hard to find the time to compile a post, source/takes images and stay on top of social networking. A break can make all of the difference and reboost your energy. Do any of you lovelies ever feel like this?

Are you all getting into the swing of things with Christmas fast approaching? Tree decorated, gift shopping complete, party dress sorted? Tis a busy month indeed! As always, please feel free to follow me on Instagram and have a little nosey around my world.

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(Image credit: 2. Michael Kors || 3. Marc Jacobs Beauty || 6. Sigur Ross Cover || 7. Kerrie Hess Illustration.)

If you would like me to feature a certain style, beauty or even Christmas inspired post, let me know. Happy Hump Day!

Nx

Cafe Vaudeville Sparkles on their 8th Birthday

A few weeks ago, myself and a friend, headed to the fabulous Cafe Vaudeville to celebrate their 8th birthday party. Dressed to impress in our finest, we headed to Belfast’s hottest cocktail bar for a night of dancing.

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Diet Coke appointed fashion designer Marc Jacobs as their creative director in their 30th Anniversary year and the Louis Vuitton designer created three looks that captures the style and spirit of each decade. The three styles consisted of: a tuxedo for the 80’s, a hot pink dress for the 90’s, and a stripy look – from one of his own designs – for the 00’s. For this very stylish occasion, fashion stylish and blogger, Katrina Doran, recreated the three looks that he designed.

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Speaking to Katrina about the event, she said: “To recreate the tuxedo look for the 80s I gave the look an update for AW13 and used a pair of gorgeous brocade cigarette pants from Biba as my tuxedo trouser – a black jacket by Linea, a silky white shirt from Pied a Terre and switched the bow tie for an embellished collar to give it a party feel.”

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“I also did a second look with Rebecca to show how to use a simple square silk scarf to create a super-cute pussycat bow look. Simply fold in half to form a triangle – then fold again and again until you have a long strip about two inches wide. Tie around the neck in a bow and fan out the fabric to create the bow effect!”

To get the 90s hot pink dress look, Katrina emphasised that: “Something in magenta is essential! I dressed Carys in a hot pink and purple colour block dress by Mary Portas and styled it up with a colour pop Ampersand necklace from Pluck & Devour.”

And finally, Katrina gave us some info on her third style:  “My stripy look included a body con striped mini skirt by Pied a Terre and while I could have clashed more stripes on top – as it was a birthday party I was gave it a sparkly kick with an embellished bomber jacket worn over a green Ted Baker shirt.”

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If any of these fabulous styles, make your heart skip a sweet beat, then pop on down to the House of Fraser, Belfast, where you can treat yourself this season.

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Amongst the lovely guests, was fellow FABB blogger, Rosanna from www.silverbrogues.wordpress.com. I’ve never met someone as adorable as Rosanna, I loved her chic style and of course, she was wearing a Pluck & Devour butterfly statement necklace. I had a great night with her.

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The fabulous and talented Pluck & Devour designer, Grainne Maher, was also in attendance with family and friends, along with the glowing Vita Liberata ladies. It honestly was such an amazing evening, I was loving the tunes that the DJ was playing, from old school beats to today’s chart topping songs, the event sparkled from head to toe.

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For my outfit, I decided to keep things classic so I wore my figure hugging black, cream and white dress from Warehouse. I bought this a few months back, but, this was my first time wearing it, I don’t usually opt for quite a figure hugging look, but, I’m so happy that I did. I loved how comfortable the dress was, and I paired it with a deep red lip and black court heels.

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Thank you to the FABB, Katrina Doran, Diet Coke, and of course, Café Vaudville to throwing a great birthday bash. ♥

Hope you all had a great weekend.

Nx