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AW14 Favourites and Must Haves

Hey guys,

The best season for fashion is here! I am soo excited to get layering and just dressing in mostly black and dark colours…I do that anyways but it feels better when it’s Autumn. I’m sure you know what I mean.

So..I have a bit of news..This post marks my third year blogging. Yup I’ve been blogging for three years and I’m still loving it!

Velvet..ahhh velvet you make my mouth water every time I mention your name..velvet. Yes it is a standard AW trend but hey when it’s good it’s good..right?! Who does it better than Saint Laurent? No one.

 

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Here is how I would style this dress.. I know the 60’s look is very much a trend this session and you can see it everywhere so this dress is the perfect way for you to kill two trends with one stone. I decided to keep it very dark and well I like my Autumn/Winter to be like that because there is a darkness in all of us and I find it comes out in AW.
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Another trend which I am in LOVE with and find that we women can pull it off way better than men…is the androgynous look. Cara Delevingne showed how good we can do it when she attended yesterday’s Burberry SS15 show. She was wearing the most gorgeous suit ever and she did it a la Chanel with a sneaker. Also my fave suits are from Saint Laurent.
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I went for a very minimalistic and almost a nod to the sports luxe trend which is still very popular and from what I’ve seen from the Fashion Weeks it’s going to stay for SS15.
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 Last but not least is capes! Capes Capes Capes…I gotta get me some capes! This was seen the most at the Saint Laurent show (you can tell I’m in love with Saint Laurent can’t ya?). Everything from fur to wool..it’s all there for us and I can’t wait to invest in a cape. I want to feel like Red Riding Hood but without a wolf wanting to eat me of course. Imagine if a wolf just magically appears wanting to eat you every time you put on your cape! O_O
 I decided to pair the cape with how I would wear it (of course) and also you can easily dress up a cape. It’s for every occasion.
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Warehouse AW14 Press Preview

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Hey guys,

I was invited to the Warehouse AW14 Press Preview by the lovely Roisin Moloney and Katie Allen and I’m so glad I was because it iwas brilliant and exciting to be able to go to one finally! I took the day off work for it and set my alarm for 5:30am…our train was leaving at 6:40am O_O you can imagine how I was. But..it was worth it!

We got to the train station early, for once, and went and took our seats in the train. I got a danish since, even though we did plan on bringing something with us to not spend money, I ended up spending money on something to eat…it was a danish that wasn’t nice and cost €2.50!

Anyways I got to Dublin at 9am and we headed straight to Warehouse. I went upstairs and was greeted by one of the lovely girls there. I signed my name and off I went to look at the collection and my gosh it’s amazing! I love the different textures, the furs, the leathers, the metallics, the knits etc. I loved the colours as well..pastels, brights and deep hues were on show. One thing that I kept noticing were co-ords and yes they’re here to stay. I love co-ords.

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There were light refreshments and everything looked fresh…I tried the pure orange juice and it was lovely..Also RTE was there so that was a bonus!

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The lovely Lia Stokes talked me through the collection and she was brilliant. I fell in love with the co-ords and the coats..they were amazing! The lovely Roisin came up to me and we talked for a little bit..she’s lovely and am so grateful she invited me! Thank you Roisin! I hope I can make it to many more :)

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I was given my goodie bag by Lia and I hadn’t checked it until an hour or so later when we sat down for something light to eat. I was so shocked and excited to know there was a gift card in it and yup I can’t wait to get myself something nice!

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I can’t wait for my next press preview! Hope you enjoyed this post and do let me know what you think. I will have another post up with all the lookbook photos this week so watch out for that.

You are Beautiful!

Ana

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Karen Millen Accessory and Footwear Edit

Hey guys,

I had to share with you this Karen Millen Accessory and Footwear edit because…well it’s amazing! They really have made it stronger this season and well it’s hard not to when it’s the best season for fashion! There’s suede, leather, fur etc and it’ll make your outfit.

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Whether you need it for work, every day or when you’re going out then Karen Millen for sure has you covered.

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I am in LOVE with everything..it’s all so luxurious because of the different textures and colours. It’s also very classic and will go with everything. What do you think?

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Lush Retread Conditioner Review

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Making my hair go through so many colours and bleach really has weighed it’s toll and this is why I am trying to rescue it. Searching for so many nourishing conditioners etc etc and not finding anything has made me doubt that I will ever rescue my hair..until I went into Lush in Cork and was recommended the Retread conditioner.

She also recommended the shampoo but because my funds were too low I didn’t get it as well. However I will get it as well as the conditioner this Wednesday when I travel up to Dublin for the Warehouse AW14 Press Preview (look out for that blog post soon!).

You might have guessed my thoughts on it from that sentence but I will tell you anyway. The conditioner smells delicious and it’s got mostly natural ingredients.

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Ingredients:

Agar Infusion (Gelidium cartilagineum) , Propylene Glycol , Soya Milk (Glycine soja) , Cetearyl Alcohol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate , Fresh Cantaloupe Melon (Cucumis Cantalupensis) , Olive Oil (Olea europaea) ,Perfume , Natural Yoghurt , Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima) , Lanolin , Cetearyl Alcohol , Cetrimonium Bromide , Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis) ,Synthetic Musk , Violet Leaf Absolute (Viola odorata) ,Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus dulcis) , Neroli Oil (Citrus amara) , *Benzyl Benzoate , Methylparaben ,Propylparaben

Here is what the Lush website says about it.

Retread is our super-smoothing conditioning cream that gives sad hair its shine and bounce back. Use it when your hair is feeling absolutely wrecked. This rich conditioner makes your hair look better, but more importantly, it moisturizes and feeds your hair the nutrients it needs. We use a blend of softening and hydrating ingredients, including seaweed, lanolin, fresh canteloupe and protein-rich yoghurt and soya milk to strengthen locks. Then we blend in olive, jojoba and avocado oils to give a truly deep condition. Together all these ingredients add up to a nutritious heavy weight conditioner. Put a plentiful helping on your hair and let it go to work.

I have to say that it basically does what it says and what it is..I have been using it since the day after I bought it and all I can say is, is that it has made my hair so much better. Before my hair was so brittle and dry and you could definitely see it in the ends. My hair felt like straw. I use it every time I get into the shower and what I do is; I first wash my hair and then get a big handful in my hand and apply it through the middle and ends of my hair because it needs it basically. I then leave it there and continue with my shower..at the very end I then rinse it off. The good thing about the conditioner is that it didn’t make my hair greasy and it didn’t weigh it down like others I have tried. After my hair has air dried it always feels so soft and healthy. Even my boyfriend has noticed the difference.

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I am at the very end of the pot and have been using it for 2 months now so you can judge how long it will last you. I am going to repurchase it as I have mentioned above (It cost me €15 and worth every cent) and I will be getting the shampoo as well because the shampoo I bought myself to try and nourish my hair is not worth a cent, in my opinion. It dries out my hair even more and hasn’t nourished it at all…it has done nothing basically.

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I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has dry brittle hair and has dyed it a million times. Let me know if you have used it also and what your thoughts are on it.

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Make it Electric!

Hey guys,

lucky you if you’re going to Electric Picnic! Hope you enjoy yourselves! If you can’t yet decide or if you haven’t yet bought your festival outfit then Warehouse will help you out with the perfect festival ready outfit.

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Because our weather is so temperamental you can never be too careful in what to pack for a festival. So it’s best to be prepare. What better place than Warehouse. I love how individual yet trendy they are and they always have something for any occasion.

Denim cut offs are a must for any festival and going the boho chic way is the best way, in my opinion. You can pear denim cut offs with anything and here you can see how you can do that very easily. A backpack for all your necessities is a must and I would definitely recommend going for either a faux leather or real leather one like the red one below.

 

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Another outfit which would be easy to put together and can be transformed is a dress. You can make it boho chic again or uber 90’s. Pair it with the hat of the season, fedora, and away you go.

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Last but not least is my favourite look. It’s super rock chick and one that I would definitely wear. I live in jeans and these are amazing. The knee slit is on trend this season and can you believe I have not gotten myself a pair yet?! These Warehouse ones look AMAAAAZING!

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I hope this has helped you in choosing your perfect festival outfit. Which would you choose?

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Peter Ting for Oasis

Hey guys,

Some exciting news about Oasis and if you are an Oasis fan. Peter Ting, award winning ceramic designer has collaborated with them and though I don’t know his designs personally I can definitely say you will be excited about this. It has already launched, it launched last Friday 22nd, and the prints are amazing.

Taking inspiration from traditional Chinese (Hua Niao) flower bird paintings, the print features beautiful in flight hummingbird silhouettes. I think what he has created is basically a masterpiece with this print.

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Peter Ting 'Flutter' printed bomber jacket EUR 69, trousers EUR 47, camisole top EUR 28, shoes EUR 62 Oasis

Oasis Design Director, Clive Reeve, commented; “I have always loved ceramics and admired Peter’s work. His beautiful bird designs and sophisticated palette form the basis of this gorgeous collection.”

The collection consists of thirteen pieces and they’re so individual. I love the garnets he chose to put his mark on. It really goes with what the hummingbird signifies.

Charming shades greens and purples (my favourite colour) form a perfect palette to make the move into Autumn. Peter adds; “I am thrilled to collaborate with Oasis. The collection captures the charm, energy and spirit of Flutter by Oasis and I feel a real affinity and fondness for a brand that loves pattern and print as much as I do! Seeing my original ceramic designs transform into a beautiful clothing collection has been an utterly absorbing and completely fascinating process.”

The pieces are available in store and online and the prices start at €28

Peter Ting 'Flutter' printed top EUR 35, skirt EUR 35, shoes EUR 62 Oasis Peter Ting 'Flutter' v neck drop hem dress EUR 69, shoes EUR 62 Oasis

 

Here are my top picks from the collection…let me know which are your faves and go get shopping as they won’t be there for long!

 

My Picks from Peter Ting's Collab with Oasis

 

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ITWBN

Hey guys so I’m back (how many times have I said that right?) I have been working non-stop and have lost the motivation to blog but fear not I’ve regained it and hopefully you’re as excited as I am :p

I want to begin this next chapter (In September I’ll be blogging for 3 years?!) with a blog post on the blogger event I recently attended. It was organised by the lovely Sinead from Yummy Mummy Fashion and Lifestyle blog and it was great.

The venue was also beautiful! It was the Gaslight Restaurant at the Meyrick Hotel and my gosh it’s such a beautiful Hotel. It’s bang in the centre of Galway city and it’s close to everything. It’s perfect if you’re there for a city break or a weekend/weekday escape.

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I arrived there and was greeted by super stylish bloggers..we were all greeted with cocktails which were amazing!

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We then sat down in our designated area to talk about different topics that were on the table. While we were talking the Gaslight staff brought us over some yummy foodie goodies. They were delicious.

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I met a lot of great bloggers at the event and can’t wait for the next one…I was also honoured that the bloggers there picked me as their most stylish blogger. Thank you all :) I won a Fanny Crown dress of my choice (I have just chosen-it was so hard!) We each received a goodie bag, thank you McSharry pharmacy! There were also prizes on the day and some of them included Pixy items!

Lets take a look inside the goodie bag shall we?…

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I can’t wait to try it all! Here’s a list of all the bloggers that attended :) Check out their blogs. Go on..it’s a lazy Sunday after all :)

Susan Gaynor: Make up by Ruby Sue

Anna Siobhan McDonagh: Anna MUA

Deirdre Cribbin: Deeva Makeup
Jen Morris: Too Dolly Makeup
Margaret McGauley: Mags Style
Emilee Jayne Lohan: Freaky Smudge
Saibh Egan: Saibh Egan Photography
The Galway Player: The Galway Player
Sinéad Carroll: Yummy Mummy Fashion & Lifestyle Blog
Siobhan Mary Leonard: Dreaming In Sequins
Ana Elizabeth Aguila: Elizabeth’s Beauty
Orla Martyn: Beyond The Fashion
Seana Curley: Innocent Illusion
Stephanie Buckley: Eat Sleep Chic
Rebecca Casserly: Bec Boop
Emily Maree: Emily Maree.com
Jessica Thompson: Beautiful Health
The Falconette: Flying Like A Falcon
Ruth Kemple: The Beauty Kemple
Lorna Ruane: LC’s Closet
Neil Joyce: Maverick
Neasa Conroy: All That Glitters
Aidan Judge A Judge Outlook
Regina Finan: Guests To Garters

 

Hope you’re having a lazy Sunday like I am :)

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Best Dressed Winner At Galway Races

It’s the time for the races and we all love to dress up and hopefully win the prize for Best Dressed. This time that prize went to the lovely Helen Murphy from Cork, Winner of Best Dressed at the Ladies Day at the Galway Races, and she was wearing a stunning skirt from Coast! It’s a beautiful full turquoise skirt and her outfit was amazing.

So girly, fun yet still chic.

Helen Murphy from Cork wins Best Dressed at the Galway Races 2014 dressed in Coast RITA skirt

Helen Murphy from Douglas, Co. Cork, winner of the Best Dressed Lady at the Galway Races. Photo by Declan Monaghan

 

The skirt is the RITA 50’s midi skirt and it is lovely how she has paired it here but you can also go with a metallic top as well or add another colour, perhaps a pastel pink. I decided to style this skirt three ways. I still kept it’s femininity with the tops by adding two different colours and the third one I added a different texture, lace. I think this look is topped off nicely with a metallic silver shoe and a quirky/clean handbag.

 

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Styling one skirt three ways with coast

 

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Retail Fashion Intern’s OOTD

Hey guys,

So I know I promised a few OOTDs while I was on my week’s holidays but well I just decided to enjoy it since it was just one week. But I am back with an OOTD and hmm did any of you want me to do a review of any of the items from my 5 faves of the week post?

As you all know I have been working since Feb (read all about it here) and  I am loving it. I sometimes just get stuck in a rut and don’t come up with any nice outfits for work but today I was really happy with what I put on. It’s not something amazing but I like it anyways.

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I bought the One Teaspoon gold Iggy’s in their sale and it is just $5 AUD which is amazing! and to ship to Ireland it’s $30 but it’s fine. Now they’re not as gold as on the site as you can tell from the photos and jeepers when they say stiff on the description they really mean stiff! I have them now for 2 weeks and today I finally wore them. I had to run some errands and jeepers my legs were tired after walking in them. So they’re good to get a work out in!

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However I think they look so chic with all black and have them as the statement. Hope I made sense. I wanted to wear them with my Toga Pulla Blue Suede boots but they’re not short enough and they’re not good when turned up…on me anyways. I went with my trusty cut out Topshop shoes.

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I got this stunning top in Zara yesterday with another stunning piece which I’ll show you in another ootd and I’m so glad I got it because it’s amazing and it was just €13 in the sale!

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I am wearing my O’Donnell Boutique jacket with the cutouts and I think that jacket is the best thing ever invented! It’s so soft and I live in it basically.

On my face I have on Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Desert Beige and I have on my new Chanel lipstick in Rouge Noir which is stunning!

Hope you like this outfit and do let me know what you think.

Ana