Monday, September 15, 2014

OPSH #FearlessFour Bloggers Photoshoot & Interview

I'm thrilled to announce the launch of Ireland's newest innovative website on the market, OPSH's, latest release: the #FearlessFour bloggers photoshoot and interview for their downloadable e-zine. I was part of this amazing campaign, along with three of my fellow-Irish blogger friends (from left-right, above: Erika, Anouska and Tara). We shot at the beautiful Grand Canal Dock with an amazing and inspiring team. The full photoshoot and interview can be downloaded here and I can honestly say it's one of the nicest write-ups I've had yet - and I'm sure the girls would agree. 

It's tough-going in the blogging world in Ireland, especially if you're a full-time blogger trying to earn a living. Thanks to the OPSH team we're finally being recognised as business women and not just faces behind a screen. Thanks to everyone who was involved on the day and I hope you all enjoy the piece!

Hat* // River Island
Daisy-print oversized shirt* // Missguided
Black cami (worn underneath) // River Island
Belt // COS
Jeans // Levi
Platform shoes // Topshop
Bird skull necklace* // Idle Hands jewellery

Sunglasses // Quay
Duster coat* // Topshop
Beaded daisy dress* // New Look
Boots* // New Look
Personalised Pixie leather bag* // Leather Satchel Company


Thursday, September 11, 2014

OOTD feat. Marc Jacobs & Jeffrey Campbell

White sheer shirt* // New Look
Black cami // Penneys (Primark)
Jeans // Levi's
Everly SP boots* // Jeffrey Campbell
Bracelets* // Alex and Ani
Backpack // Spanish market

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

OOTD feat. Sandro Paris & River Island

Courtney scribble print shirt // Sandro Paris
Easy Jeans // American Apparel
Duster coat* // Topshop
Slingback sandals* // River Island
Fedora hat* // River Island
Leather shopper* // Missguided
Gold bangle* // Parfois

Monday, September 8, 2014


Courtney Love is by far one of my biggest inspirations; she revolutionised music, fashion and paved the way for women worldwide to kick ass and pick up a guitar. Her style remains undoubtably sexy, glamorous yet grungy and raw. Her style during the 1990's in particular inspired girls to not be afraid to mix and match your girlie dresses with a pair of biker boots. You can be tough but still look and feel beautiful.

Courtney will remain an icon in many ways for generations to come; her style is simple to recreate and not intimidating in the slightest. Comfort is key and don't be afraid to mix the feminine with the masculine; your key pieces are babydoll and skater dresses (floral, tartan and denim), boyish knits and flannel shirts. Go to the high street and scour charity shops for grungy finds or wear clothing you already own - the key to nabbing her look is to not overdo it and look like each piece is brand new! Show a little skin in light dresses and lace lingerie but toughen it back up with chunky boots and oversized knitwear. Accessorise with long pendant necklaces, a tacky headpiece and a swab of blood-red lippy and you're ready to rock!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Interview with Pixiwoo | Makeup Q&A + 'Nic's Picks' Preview

This is my second instalment of my interview with Sam and Nicola from Pixiwoo earlier this month. You can read this first interview here, where we talk about all things makeup for fair skin! This final segment is based around makeup overall, Youtube, working in the industry and general tips and advice. Enjoy!

What is your favourite makeup tutorial you've ever filmed?

Sam: "One of my favourite videos that I've ever done was the Christina Hendrix one. I love it and that was all about pale skin and freckles and pretty much natural beauty. I also love my Angelina Jolie one."

Nic: "My drag makeup - and Frankenstein, I had so much fun doing it. It was hilarious! I really enjoyed doing the witch one I did last year too. I absolutely love doing the Halloween ones!"

How do you still get inspired by makeup?

Nic: "We're lucky 'cause there's two of us so if one of us isn't feeling it at the moment, the other one is on their game. Everything inspires us! The other day I got home and nothing was on tv so I thought I'd watch catch-up. Dolly Parton was on playing at Glastonbury and I knew that was going to be my next look." (Watch the tutorial here, it's amazing!)

What is your favourite Autumn/ Winter catwalk beauty trend for 2014?

Nic: "Winged-out black eyes."

Sam: "I quite like the silver liner. I think it's gonna be pretty big this season. If you wear it as an accent rather than a full-on silver eye, I think it looks beautiful."

Nic: "Great for when Christmas comes around!"

Sam: "It'd look great on pale skin too - if you do a brown smokey eye but then use an accent of silver, it'd look amazing. I think it's gonna be killer! I love to mix the cool and the warms."

What brands do really great metallic eyeliners?

Nic: "Urban Decay do one at the minute. Illasmasqua too!"

Sam: "You can get some great drugstore ones. Collection is a great brand for them.

Favourite era and stand-out person from that time?

Sam: "1930's and Marlene Dietrich."

Nic: "90's and Linda Evangelista."

Your biggest makeup mistakes?

Sam: "When I was really, really fair I used to wear 'Paramount' lipstick, I don't know if MAC still make it. It was sort of the colour of the floor (dark brown) and it was so 90s - I was about 15 at the time."

Nic: "I wore far too dark foundation, it was orange! Then I went far too light with foundation so I was always white. I used to also wear 'Nylon' eyeshadow by MAC on my brow-bone - but not a little bit, a lot, you could see me from so far-away. It was awful!"

Reader question: If you had to stick to one makeup brand high-end and high-street for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?

Nic: "Sleek - it just offers so much. I love Collection too! My high-end would be Bobbi Brown - part of me wants to say MAC but if I look at my makeup bag, it's mostly Bobbi Brown."

Sam: "My high-end one would Becca. I know I have a lot of makeup up on now but generally day-to-day I wouldn't wear that much and I really love natural skin that you can see. Overall, I think the Becca range offers me the most! My low-end would be Bourjois and I do like Collection - they do a really nice eyeshadow pencil."

Nic: "Collection's lipliners and eyeliners are great. Their colours are great!"

Your Top 3 Real Techniques brushes?

Sam: "Expert Face Brush because anybody can use it. It works with creams, powders, liquids - you can get a light pay-off or a really full coverage from it. I also love the Contour Brush.

Nic: "Deluxe Crease Brush. I also love the Multitask Brush and the Blush Brush."

Tell us a little bit about the upcoming 'Nic's Picks' limited edition brush range..

Nic: "There's a duo-fibre brush, which we relaunched because it's great because it doesn't apply too much product. It's ideal for people who are slightly heavy-handed with their makeup. We've put in a new cheek brush - it's great for everything; foundation, blush etc. Two eyeshadow brushes; a new angled one which is great for in the socket line and then a base shadow brush because you just need two eyeshadow brushes in a set. The final new one is a little angled brush, perfect for brows and gel liner. 
The 'Nic's Picks' kit is great as a starter kit because it's got something for everyone! It's out this October in Boots and there's only so many many boxes going on sale so stock up and buy quick - they'll make perfect Christmas presents.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WIN 1 of 2 Signed Copies of Alexa Chung's 'It' on Paperback & a Money-Can't-Buy Limited Edition Tote Bag

Today I bring you one of the greatest (in my humble opinion) giveaways I've held on my blog yet! Courtesy of Penguin Books UK, I was sent a signed copy of Alexa Chung's 'It' on the new paperback edition, along with a limited edition tote bag that you can't buy in any shop - fact. Most of you know, Alexa is one of my biggest idols and has been since I was a young'un. To say I was excited opening this parcel would be an understatement.

But guess what? I have 4 signed copies of 'It' on paperback and this fab limited edition canvas tote bag to give away to you guys too! There'll be 2 bundles up for grabs here on my blog and another 2 to win on my Instagram this weekend. Pretty amazing, right? Just enter via the giveaway box below - good luck!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Double OOTD feat. Palladium Boots

Holographic t-shirt* // Elsie and Fred
Easy Jeans // American Apparel
Pampa Hi Leather boots* // Palladium Boots
Heart choker* // Night Venus

Netted top // Topshop
White vest // River Island
'Leigh' jeans // Topshop
Pampa Oxford shoes* // Palladium Boots

Friday, August 15, 2014

OOTD feat. Antique Clothing & Vans

Palm print sweater* // Motel Rocks @ Bank Fashion
Atwood trainers* // Vans @ Bank Fashion
Black cami crop top // River Island
Vintage Levi shorts // Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses* // Antique Clothing
Hoop earrings* // New Look
Rings* // New Look

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Interview with Pixiwoo | Makeup 101 for Fair Skin

I had the pleasure of meeting two of my biggest inspirations last week; Sam and Nic from the famous Youtube channel Pixiwoo. They're two incredible makeup artists and entrepreneurs; it's been amazing seeing their channel grow over the years and the launch of the Real Techniques brush range in 2010 catapulted the Pixiwoo duo even higher. The girls were travelling across the UK and Ireland on the Real Techniques Roadshow tour this month and I was able to sit down with them for a chat on all things makeup and beauty.

This was my first "proper" interview and as Sam and Nic are two makeup idols of mine, I was quite nervous! I'm so happy with how it went however and they are THE nicest, most genuine and lovely people. It's always so reassuring to meet people you look up to - especially Youtubers - and see they're exactly the same off-screen as on.

Our chat was so jammed-packed full of info and tips, that I've decided to split it up into two parts; this part based on their recommendations and tips for fellow pale-skinned peeps and the next will be full of their makeup faves, fashion show experiences, the exciting launch of Nic's Picks brushes and more.

I decided to focus a lot of my interview around the difficulty and confusion a lot of us go through when it comes to makeup, especially for anyone who tends to resemble Casper on a daily basis. Simply walking into Boots and picking up a foundation just doesn't cut it unfortunately so I asked Sam and Nic about their utmost favourite brands and products for fair skin and what their general thoughts on it are..

Best overall brand for pale skin?

Sam: "I would say MAC. They do such a wide range of foundations!"

Nic: "Me too. They do White 'Face and Body' - you can mix it with other foundations, just as long as it's liquid."

Must-have base products to use on fair skin tones?

Nic: "I think Illamasqua but I also think MAC. MAC do light coverage with the likes of 'Face and Body' but then Illasmasqua do right up to heavy with 'Skin Base'."

Sam: "Yeah, I'd agree. I think it's a tie between both!"

Nic: "Have you tried MAC's 'Select Concealer' in NW15? It's so light, I reckon it'd be amazing on you! Use it as a foundation and mix it with a tiny bit of moisturiser. It'd cost you a bit more to keep buying it but you only need a tiny bit."

Best contour product?

Sam: "'Hollow' by Illamasqua, definitely. It is so good!"

The perfect highlighter?

Sam: "MAC's 'Silver Dusk' would be great or 'Pearl' Cream Colour Base. Armani also do these beautiful Fluid Sheer products that'd be ideal for pale skin."

Nic: Even 'Vanilla' pigment from MAC or 'Nylon' eyeshadow! You can use it everywhere and it'd be a perfect highlight."

Best tanning products for fair skin?

Sam: James Read tan - he does a tanning range and it's all about building it up. You put it on and it let's your skin show through so you don't end up orange. It's super-gradual. His whole ethos is just about it all looking natural and fresh. 
He-Shi's 'Express Liquid' is the one I use too; I'm fair and both of those tans work really well for me. When it comes to tan, always make sure you're going for the Light-Medium shade and not going straight in for the Dark - 'cause it's going to look orange!

Overall thoughts on fair skin?

Nic: "I love it. It's gorgeous. I totally love pale skin and I totally love freckles. I really love a warm undertone to the skin - the makeup you have on is so 90's and it works so well with your skin and your look!"

Sam: "One of my favourite videos that I've ever done was the Christina Hendrix one; I love it and that was all about pale skin and freckles."

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Thank you, Lauren Bacall. (1924-2014)

I very rarely write posts like this but right now it's 1:21am and I am sitting atop my bed crying. I've just found out Lauren Bacall has passed away. Many of you mightn't know who Lauren Bacall is (was) but she has been the definition of the word IDOL for me since I was a young teenager. I must say, it's a very unusual feeling having someone you looked up to so much - yet never knew personally - pass away. I genuinely feel as though a piece of me has gone with her. 

Only a few days ago I was sitting down to watch a "Bogie and Baby" marathon, singing her praises on social media. Now, just a night after the news of yet another legend, Robin Williams, passing, I am numb to the core. This won't be a post on the history of Lauren Bacall - there's a heap of that information online and in books (particularly her autobiography "By Myself and Then Some") - it's just a tribute of sorts, on why she meant and always will mean so much to me.

I started getting into Old Hollywood properly at around the age of 12/ 13 - watching the usual Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn films at the beginning. I then moved on to the works of Rita Hayworth, Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Bette Davis - and Lauren Bacall. 

My first encounter with Lauren Bacall's films was around 6-7 years ago. My Nana brought me to see 'The Big Sleep' (1946) in the IFI cinema in town. I was dying to see it, as I was a growing fan of Humphrey Bogart and was familiar with Lauren Bacall through the various Old Hollywood books I'd read and websites I followed. 

Well, I was besotted. It was love at first sight. I remember being sucked into that movie like I was in a trance. I left the screening absolutely head over heels for Lauren and immediately started watching her countless movies, interviews and read everything I could find on her. Over the years, my obsession and adoration for her grew and grew.

She was different to the other Old Hollywood starlets of her day; she was boyish, husky, flirty yet bold and sharp as a needle. She had an instant likability on screen. She stood out a mile. Her chemistry with Humphrey Bogart on screen was electric - and their off-camera romance was THE talk of Hollywood at the time. They were a team like no other - 'Key Largo', 'Dark Passage', 'To Have and Have Not' - we are lucky to have such talented legends immortally living behind the camera bouncing one-liners off one another.

Old Hollywood has been one of the biggest influences for me growing up and still today. If you've followed my blog and my old Youtube channel over the years, I'm sure you're pretty aware of my love for the 1940's especially. 

The term "celebrity" is thrown around so much nowadays but back then STARS were the full-package. They sang, they danced, they acted - they were the dream, they were the true stars of Hollywood and unfortunately they have left us one by one - as so life so cruelly takes us all - and Lauren was one of the last to go.

Being completely honest, I started writing this blog post in an attempt to cheer myself up as the news has hit me like a tonne of bricks. Surprisingly, it has cheered me up (ever so slightly). I just wanted to give my 2 cents as to why Lauren Bacall means so much to me. She isn't as popular a name as Marilyn, Audrey or Rita but she was just as talented and shone like a star. I knew Lauren was the actress for me from the get-go and watching a film or performance of hers never failed to put a big, goofy smile on my face. 

It gives me a strange sense of happiness to think she's up there, somewhere or wherever, back with her old love Bogie again. Soulmates. I'm so thankful for my Nana for introducing me to Lauren Bacall and I will be eternally grateful to Lauren for her talent, her honesty, her wit and her intelligence. She will always have a place in my heart.

R.I.P Lauren Bacall - 1924-2014

"I’m not ashamed of what I am - of how I pass through this life. What I am has given me the strength to do it. At my lowest ebb I have never contemplated suicide. I value what is here too much. I have a contribution to make. I am not just take up space in this life. I can add something to the lives I touch. I don’t like everything I know about myself, and I’ll never be satisfied, but nobody’s perfect. I’m not sure where the next years will take me - what they will hold - but I’m open to suggestions."
— Lauren Bacall