Moving on…

Soooo the last time we spoke (my blogging pattern is now laughable, I know!), I was talking about how I wanted to make some changes in my life and start working towards my goals. I last published a blog post in December and since then I’ve proudly ticked off some major goals. I spoke about how I wanted to accomplish certain things in life which were quite particular as well as general. A somewhat realistic collection of various goals I hoped to achieve before/while I’m thirty (you can read it here). I did indulge in that BIG trip to celebrate turning thirty (hellooo Texas), and it’s safe to say that the celebrations continued for a few weeks after!

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Top 10 Christmas Films

Apologies I haven’t been blogging much, this month have been crazy busy and you all know that I was in Berlin for a few days last week (more on that soon). Anywho, today I wanted to share a quick post featuring a few of my favourite Christmas films. Some are relatively new, others an old tradition (enter Die Hard) and of course, the classics. A random collection of films that I’ve grown up watching since I was a young girl. I would love to hear some of your favourites whether they’re new features, films your children love or ones that remind you of your childhood. Read More

Best of 2014: Visiting the Benefit Boutique

On Saturday I was invited down to Dublin by the lovely, Sofia from Benefit Cosmetics, to visit their new boutique store located on the lush South William Street.

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Having braved the horrendous weather, myself and my fellow blogger buddy, Christine (www.dollshousejournal.com), made our way to their stylish boutique on Grafton Street. I was fueled with excitement and anticipation as I was very curious as to how the store would look.

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My eyes lit up as soon as I walked into the boutique. I’ve never seen such a fabulous store, it’s my dream store! The decor consisted of sweet candy coloured striped walls, vintage style mannequins and inspirational quotes covering the walls.

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There was a great atmosphere in the VIP room where myself and fellow Irish bloggers enjoyed a catch up with Benefit babes, Mark and Sofia. At times it was hard for me to concentrate due to the delicious cupcakes and cookies that we had at our table.

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The Benefit team walked us through their latest beauty launches for their new Lollitint and Porefessional transloosent powder. We also got to have a look at the amazing eyebrow gel that isn’t launching until March. Although us lucky bloggers got to get a sneak preview of it and a sample to take home. 🙂

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It was such a fabulous afternoon catching up with the Benefit gang and finally getting to see the new boutique. Without a doubt, I’ll be taking another trip down to Dublin very soon for a day of pampering at the store!

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Thanks to Sofia and Mark for inviting me down and spoiling me rotten with Bene goodies. Hopefully see you again soon! ♥

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I also managed to fit in a little shopping in the magnificent, Brown Thomas, and of course, a sneaky pint of Guinness. 😉

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Hope you all had a very stylish weekend! 😉

Nx

Best of 2014: Featured Artist: The Lust List

I’ve been a fan of Sally Spratt’s for a while now. While she has a quirky name, she is also an extremely talented graphic designer, artist and illustrator. Her passion for design lies in fashion, graphics, typography & illustration. I first came across her work on Instagram. This social media site is incredible for discovering new talent. Her handle name is ‘The Lust List’ and she uses this proudly in each of her illustrations.

You all know that I’m a huge fan of this form of art, particularly when it focuses on all things fab and fashion related. As Sally states in her Instagram biography, “If I can’t have them, I’ll draw them”. I love her outlook towards her illustrations, nice to know that she is a funny yet down to earth girl. 😉

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Having studied Visual Communication at the University of Technology in Sydney, Sally’s career as an all round designer and illustrator began to take its course soon after graduating. I personally love how she combines certain themes throughout her pieces. With a Parisian style, there is lots of Chanel, chic scents and of course, the Effiel Tower! It’s perfection. ♥

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The Lust List is basically a daily post involving a beautiful illustration representing a piece of fashion or beauty that Sally dreams of owning. Like I have previously said, I love her thinking behind her latest project. Every one of us has a ‘Lust List’ that consists of that perfect Chanel handbag, Tiffany ring, Hermès watch or Valentino heels. Why not put them onto paper?!

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When I eventually have a home of my own, I want to fill it with breathtaking illustrations just like Sally’s. They’re such a fresh and fantastic take on the art of illustrations. They would look magnificent hung in a solid black frame to really make the art pop.

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To stay up to date with Sally and her Lust List project, follow her Instagram account or check out her website: http://www.sallysprattstudio.com/ 🙂

Happy Friday! ♥

Nx

Best of 2014: Accessories: Love, Argento

Last night I had the absolute pleasure of attending the Argento store in Belfast city centre to celebrate the opening of their newly refurbished store. It was a fun filled evening with lots of friends, food, cosmopolitans and of course fabulous jewellery.

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Firstly, for the occasion I wore a casual yet cosy look for the event. Lime is my favourite colour for this season, I teamed it with a check shirt, black jeans and my trusty biker boots. It was such a comfortable look for the evening.

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So, back to the evening. It was the who’s who of the Northern Ireland social scene and of course a few of my blogging buddies were in attendance. I love meeting up with these girls, they’re always a delight! Unfortunately I didn’t think to get a group photo of us all but I did manage to steal a snap with Ruth from Willow Lane Blog and Ian from Rogues + Brogues.

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As I entered the store I was amazed with the edgy detailing throughout it. The amout of jewellery on display was mind blowing and I have to admit that at first I was a little over whelmed as I didn’t know which beautiful piece to look at first.

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How pretty are these delicate rings by Pandora. They’re the perfect pieces for stacking together and creating the layered look. The leaf style ring can also be worn as a stand alone statement style, think it’s about time I invested in a little Pandora. 😉

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I fell head over heels in love with this magnificent sapphire necklace collection. They remind me so much of glorious styles that you would have seen on Elizabeth Taylor. The stone piece also reminds me of the necklace worn by Kate Winslet in Titanic, Heart of the Ocean. ♥

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We were all incredibly lucky and grateful as the lovely folk at Argento gifted us all with a piece of jewellery of our choice. Fellow bloggers Aoife and Rosanne chose some fabulous pieces. Aoife opted for a beautiful statement necklace (top image) and Rosanne went with a gorgeous heart bracelet (bottom image).

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Now onto my breathtaking yellow gold necklace. I have built up a fair share of rose gold styles so tonight I opted for something a little different. My eyes were immediately drawn to this jaw dropping pear shaped diamond piece. I love how delicate it is however with the gold colour and beautiful sparkle it is bold enough to make a statement. ♥

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Up close you can really see the great detail running throughout. The colour is much more luxurious looking when in a normal setting which really makes it pop.

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Thank you to Cathy Martin and Argento for inviting me. It was such a lovely evening and I can’t wait to go back to the store to pick up a few new styles for this season! Happy Friday, lovelies.

Nx