The Merchant Hotel with Next

Recently I had the absolute pleasure of enjoying a much needed catch up with my two favourite beauties from, Next. Alice and Chantelle very kindly treated myself and other media influencers to a luxury overnight stay at Belfast’s 5*, The Merchant Hotel. Included in our fabulous get together was a relaxing treatment and afternoon tea at their iconic Spa.
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My week on Instagram ♥

I had so many Instagram images to share with all of you having taken a little time off next week. This week I’ve selected my favourite pictures over the past two weeks consisting of food, fashion, beauty, illustrations and a very fabulous rooftop jacuzzi.

I’m very excited today as this day next week, it will be my first full day in Boston. I’m heading over there for a week or so then jetting up to the Big Apple. It’s all so fabulous and I cannot wait! I’ll be sharing so many images from my trip on my Instagram so make sure you follow me to be kept up to date! ♥

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(Photo credit: Anna Wintour illustration by Rongrong DeVoe || Fantasy Gown illustration by ShameKH)

Happy Hump Day, lovelies! Hope you have a fab one. I’m off to get a hair ‘did’. Pamper day! 🙂

Nx

My week on Instagram ♥

Apologies I didn’t get to do my Instagram post last week, my blog was taken over by fashion events. It’s been another busy week and I’ve so many images to share with you. 🙂

I’ve had quite an indulging week due to all of these events. I had no option but to drink cocktails and champagne while eating mouth watering treats. (That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!) 😉

I’ve also treated myself to some FABB new MAC and Benefit make up, a beautiful monochrome dress from Miss Selfridge and my new favourite ripped jeans from Topshop. ♥

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Hope you all had a great weekend! I’ve an exciting blog post coming up on Wednesday featuring Replay jeans! 🙂

Nx

The Boudoir Fashion Tea

Last week was one of the craziest times of my life, but in an amazing way! I had so many events on and I enjoyed every second of it. I loved the adrenaline, fear and sheer happiness of building my experience and career in fashion. It’s times like these when I realise just how lucky I am. 🙂

Anywho, back to the post. This past week or two, my blog has been taken over by the collection of events I’ve attended. And I’m finishing off this week  with my afternoon at the lavish Rita Duffy suite at the Merchant Hotel.

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The event was a chance for stylista’s across Northern Ireland to get an up close and personal look at lush boutique, The Boudoir in Dungannon, and their SS14 collection. We spent the afternoon sipping on Champagne and enjoying delicious afternoon treats.

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The boutique is known for supplying high end one of a kind pieces that are a mixture of modern vintage. From bold colours to magnificent embellished pieces, they have created a line that represents the spring/summer season perfectly.

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For the show, I decided to wear my new favourite Topshop dress tucked into my ripped jeans. I paired them with my coral clutch and nude courts.

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I’m hoping to make a visit to the boutique over the Easter holidays. I need to add a little vintage to my spring/summer wardrobe.

Nx

Sweet Style Treats at the Merchant Hotel

The Merchant Hotel’s fabulous Fashion Teas return this March, serving up the sweetest spring trends from a selection of Northern Ireland’s top boutiques.

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(Fashion Tea 2014 photoshoot: Photo by Robin Cordiner, Make Up by Olivia Muldoon, Hair by Andrew Mulvenna & Styling by the FABB, Katrina Doran)

On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd March, The Merchant’s opulent Rita Duffy Suite with four stunning spring Fashion Teas from independent boutiques, Red Ruby Rouge, Edge Emporium, Rio & Brazil and The Boudoir.  In a Fashion Teas first, a children’s collection will also take to the catwalk, as Little Citizens Boutique in Holywood join Red Ruby Rouge to create a show that’s sure to please yummy mummies.

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During the decadent round table event, guests will indulge in a luxury afternoon tea including Moet et Chandon champagne and melt in the mouth patisseries, whilst Style Academy models sashay through the room in the season’s hottest new looks, with stunning hair by Andrew Mulvenna and spring make-up looks from Lancôme.

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The stylish spring series of Fashion Teas kick off on Saturday March 22nd with Holywood boutiques, Red Ruby Rouge and Little Citizens Boutique at 12.30pm, followed by Dungannon boutique, Edge Emporium at 3.30pm.  On Sunday March 23rd, stunning designs from The Boudoir, Dungannon will take to the catwalk 1pm, with and Belfast boutiques Rio & Brazil bringing the spring event to a close with its stunning spring collection at 3pm.

Following each show, guests will have the opportunity to shop the collections, hot off the catwalk with pop-up boutiques for each retailer taking up residence in The Merchant for the weekend.

(Goddess & Swift pieces from 2013 show)

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(Ruedi Maguire pieces from 2013 show)

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Look out for ice cream brights, simple separates and sports luxe looks from Red Ruby Rouge. With statement oceana-inspired jewellery from Martha's Vineyard, abstract leather print clutches, totes from Israel and hand painted menswear inspired silks from Brooklyn, Red Ruby Rouge will showcase beautifully unique and globally inspired collections.

The award-winning Little Citizens Boutique will present a spring collection full of bright and fun colours such as sherbet yellow, berry pinks and clover greens.  Styled with chambray neutrals, the look embodies easy living.  The print on print trend seen on the international catwalks will be evident in their Fashion Teas show, with a range of unusual colour combinations such as camel, neon green and black, as well as white chequered prints and paisley.   

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Exclusive Dungannon boutique, Edge Emporium will show a stunning selection of key spring/summer looks with a focus on new season colours and prints, including bold brights, sweet pastels and monochrome, all combined with striking prints such as graphic florals and other eye-catching patterns.

The Boudoir at The Linen Green Designer Village, Dungannon, specialises in occasion and casual ladies fashion and accessories.  Its Fashion Teas show will feature an array of the latest trends, with punchy spring brights such as pink, lime green and yellow creating on-trend looks for both mother and daughter.  With over 30 labels in-store, this show will be packed with must-have pieces, perfect for creating a capsule spring wardrobe.

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Belfast’s Rio & Brazil will present a fashion-forward collection of candy coloured oversized outerwear alongside sports luxe and sophisticated tailoring from By Malene Birger, as well as metallic weave fabrics in shift blouses with printed silks and American heritage pastels and stripes from Gant.  Except to see the best of this year’s spring/summer trends.

Tickets to The Merchant’s Fashion Teas cost £35 per person and include an exclusive fashion show, champagne afternoon tea and a luxury goody bag

(Ruedi Maguire piece from 2013 show.)

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Tickets can be purchased by calling The Merchant Hotel on 028 9026 2717.  Funds raised from a luxury ballot at the events will be donated to the hotel’s 2014 charity partner Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke.

(Alexandra Nea Graham Illustration)

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The Merchant’s Spring Fashion Teas schedule is as follows:

Saturday March 22nd, 12.30pm – Red Rudy Rouge, Holywood and Little Citizens Boutique, Holywood.

Saturday March 22nd, 3.30pm – Edge Emporium, Dungannon.

Sunday March 23rd, 1pm – The Boudoir, Dungannon.

Sunday March 23rd, 3pm – BT9, Belfast

These tickets are like gold dust so go get yours asap! Hope you all have a great weekend. ♥

Nx