Evening Wear with Promtimes + Update

Hey guys,

Apologies for the long absence..haven’t been inspired. I know it seems like I am saying that every time but what can you do..I am  actually thinking of just starting fresh and buying my own domain and maybe moving some of the content from here to my new blog. It will still be about everything I love..beauty, fashion etc but better. Tara from TARMAR inspired me to just think about it and do it. So I’ll keep ye posted :)

Since the BAFTA’s are on tonight and the Oscars will be on soon after I decided to do a post inspired by that. The gowns that the celebrities wear are just gorgeous and makes you want to be them for one day and dress up..feel like a princess or…like a powerful goddess. Don’t you feel like that every time you watch the red carpets?

Promtimes offers great evening dresses at an affordable price and I couldn’t help but pick out a few and imagine I were going to the one of the Award shows.. Psst…they are currently running a promotion where there is 75% off their new prom dresses! So..if you find your perfect dress don’t hesitate and get it!

Since it is SS15 I went for brighter colours..but of course I did have to include one classic black gown there too!

But first let me give you a little information about the Promtimes.

“They are the wold’s leading online retailers which operate throughout the US and Europe. They have the largest apparel and sports equipment sites on the web. They offer a wide range of national, private and exclusive brands which reflect their commitment to provide their customers with style and quality at great prices.

They promise to source the best quality products. They deliver all over the world with speed and precision. “

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Let me know what you think of my choices? I wish I had occasions to go to!

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Alexander McQueen | The Master and His Masterpieces

Hey guys,

How have you all been? It’s been a while hasn’t it? Work has kept me busy but I hope you will enjoy this post.

Everyone, when they heard of his death, couldn’t help but feel like fashion had a piece of it’s heart torn apart. I have always admired his work..how he would create masterpieces (you can’t call his work anything else but that) and tell stories. It captivated you…all his shows were captivating and hypnotising and to be honest there are a few designers that can really do that with their work.

Here are a few of his works and the stories behind them…enjoy.

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Image courtesy of farfetch.com

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The Bag Edit

Hey guys,

Hope you enjoyed my last post. Let me know if you did and I’ll do another one as well as an outfit video to accompany it :) I’ve been very busy with my internship and it’s hard to believe, but my internship is almost over. I finish on the 14th of November. I love it there and I love the changes they’re doing. The clothes are fab and by the way they are holding a giveaway on their Facebook page! It’s one not to be missed!

Anyways I’ve been finding it hard to bring everything I need with me, (lunch, laptop, diary, planner etc.) to work in one bag. In fact I’ve taken three different bags to work sometimes because not everything fits in one. It’s so frustrating! I’m thinking of getting one and hopefully this edit will help me decide. If you have any recommendations do please let me know in the comments section below. Enjoy!

A walk in the woods

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Coat is from O’Donnell Boutique, Shirt is from Motel Rocks (get 20% off motel rocks items with code elizabethsbeauty), Jumper and Boots are from Zara

Let me know what you think of this look and also what do you think of how it was shot? It was shot by Brian Lavelle.

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Menswear Inspired OOTD

Hey guys,

Well I know I haven’t posted an outfit post in ages and I decided that it was time. It’s sunny today and I took the opportunity. This look I decided to put together because of being inspired by Sofia Vergara’s instagram photo where she was walking in New York with heels and a pair of jeans. I decide to go for that whole look but add my twist to it and instead of making it really feminine with a tank top etc. I decided to put on a shirt, blazer and a long coat. This look is almost all from Zara by the way. My shirt, blazer, coat and boots are from Zara. The jeans are from Calvin Klein which I found in TK Maxx and the necklace is from H&M. IMG_3680 IMG_3688 IMG_3683

I decided to add a bit of colour with the lipstick and I went for my trusty YSL orangey-red lippy in number 13. I went very minimal with the make up and only used my Nars tinted moisturiser and a rustic brown eyeshadow, Uninterrupted, from MAC. To conceal my under eyes I used two brilliant Bobbi Brown products, one which I have already reviewed (here) and the other I will review soon with my Bobbi Brown BB cream. They are the Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Peach and the Creamy Concealer with powder in Sand. Before I put all that on I used the Nuxe samples I got in the ITWBN event back in August. I am in love and I will definitely be purchasing the full size once they run out. I will have a review up when I finish them as well. IMG_3681IMG_3698IMG_3691IMG_3697

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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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Sally Lapointe SS15

I am in LOVE with her and I can’t get enough of her pieces. Here is what she created for SS15 which showed at #NYFW

I wish I could buy every single piece. What do you think?

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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.