Wednesday, December 17, 2014

OOTD feat. H&M & Blue Vanilla

'Latoya' black shaggy jacket* // Blue Vanilla
Teal knit sweater* // H&M
Leopard-print skinny jeans* // H&M
'Lovisa' chelsea boots* // Have 2 Have
Vintage black velvet headband* // Little Shirley Beans
Rose gold necklace chain* // Lola and Grace
Chain handbag* // H&M

Illustrations - Conor Merriman


Friday, December 12, 2014

Last-Minute Christmas Gift Guide & Ideas For All Budgets

If you're anything like me, you're probably still running around like a headless chicken trying to get Christmas gifts together; I personally find coming up with original, yet affordable ideas, for various friends and family is the toughest part - not the actual buying of things per say. I prefer buying online in general nowadays and I think for present-buying, it's a fail-safe - who wants to queue for 2 hours in a packed shop in the city centre? Nobody. It stresses people out!

I've put together a quick gift guide above and below for a quick 'click and shop' if you're stuck rooting around for ideas for people. I've also compiled a list of bargain websites and ideas for those of you who are looking for something different or are on a super-tight budget this year.


Gumtree Ireland* - Gumtree is the perfect alternative to the usual secondhand websites around; if especially you're looking for a specific bargain for someone, quickly. I've used Gumtree a heap of times and I find shipping in extremely quick in comparison to its competitors - especially from Irish destinations. The clothing/ accessories and jewellery/ watches pages would be particularly handy for Christmas gifts.

Etsy - I'm sure many of you know what Etsy is but for those that don't, it's a website specifically for vintage and handmade items. I've bought everything from band tees to patches on Etsy over the years and I find it easier to use than most shopping websites. I'd recommend buying from users in your own country or at least the same continent if you want an item in time for Christmas.

Book Depository - Another favourite website of mine is Book Depository; it's the only website I order books from because there's free delivery worldwide and most of the books are discounted. I usually buy a heap of books on there for different people at Christmas as there is literally a book there for everyone, no matter what they're into.


Kildare Village - Designer Outlet Shopping* - I went to Kildare Village a few weeks back with my cousin for a gander and absolutely fell head over heels for the place! Kildare Village is a discounted outlet located less than an hour's drive from Dublin. It's full of popular shops and brand names such as Mulberry, Calvin Klein, Lulu Guinness, Kurt Geiger, Molton Brown.. and even a Starbucks! Everything is discounted on site and it's absolutely ideal for picking up presents in bulk. My favourite shops there are by far the Calvin Klein underwear store, Lulu Guinness and Kurt Geiger. The bargains are out of this world!

Calvin Klein underwear set: Bra RRP: €45, Outlet €30. Thong RRP: €25, Outlet €17. Mulberry jewellery case: RRP €450, Outlet: €315.


Picture framed cards - If you're on a super tight budget this year, one of my favourite presents to either give or receive is a personalised picture. Photos are great, of course, but buying a quirky greeting with either an inspirational quote or a photo of person someone loves on it, is great to frame and give as a gift. It's super-special and well under a tenner to make.

Photo collage - If photography is more your thing, photo collages are great. Print out a heap of photos of you and the person you're giving it to and stick it on top of some cardboard the same size as your desired photo frame (if any). Alike to the greeting card idea above, it'd also be pretty cool to make a collage with things the person loves or a heap of quotes stuck around to inspire them.

Day out - One of my personal favourite gift is going on a day out with someone, whether it be for a meal or the cinema, it's just as good - if not better - than receiving a dodgy bubble bath set. If you and your friend are both on a budget this Christmas, why not have a girl's night in, buy a heap of goodies in the supermarket and watch movies together? 

Cakes, cakes, cakes! - Now I'm possibly the worst cook in existence so I'm definitely not speaking from experience here but baking things for friends and family is again a cheaper alternative for a gift. Everybody loves a cupcake. 

I know a lot of these ideas and suggestions are pretty straight-forward but I hope it's helped a lot of you in your hunt for gifts. Sometimes being pointed in the right direction kills the crazy overwhelming buzz of Christmas. Make sure to double-check the shipping on all of the websites you buy from and spend an extra fiver or so if early shipping is an option. Good luck!

If you've any other great gift ideas for those on a budget, let me know in the comments below - Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

OOTD feat. River Island & Oasis

'Ava' faux fur Aviator coat* - Oasis | 'Snowdrop' soft knit jumper* - Tokyo Laundry | Cowl neck vest* // River Island | Ripped 'Lana' jeans* // River Island | Biker boots* - River Island | Gold chain necklace* - River Island | Belt* - New Look |


Photography - Anouska Proetta Brandon 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Wishlist 8 | Holographics & Metallics

I've always loved anything metallic; I tend to stick to quite a black-white-grey colour palette nowadays but I always enjoy introducing different textures into a look. Holographic and metallic pieces have been huge for the last 2-3 years with the reemergence of 1990's trends and it's safe to say they aren't going anywhere soon!

Metallics are really easy to wear in particular; the key is sticking to one metallic piece and dressing around it. Metallics can be dressed up or down but I personally like to wear them with less-dressy items to "grunge it up". The same goes for holographic items, although a lot of people tend to shy away from them as they're a bit more daring than metallics.

The Topshop Armour skirt above, for example, would look badass teamed with an oversized vintage band tee tucked in and worn with a battered leather jacket. The Topshop 'Jodie' bomber jacket is definitely not to everyone's taste but styled with an all-black outfit and minimal accessories, it'd look ├╝ber chic and bang on trend.

The Ragged Priest is a brand I've loved for quite some time now, as they're fun yet completely driven by their own aesthetic and tend to make the trends, not follow them: the holographic rain jacket and sequinned 'Mom' jeans are personal favourites and again, can be worn in various different ways depending on your own personal taste!

 If you're not so keen on wearing metallics or holographics clothing-wise, the French Connection 'Jasmine' shopperHype pink backpack and Topshop 'Nuuna' notebook are edgy but easy buys to incorporate into your everyday style.

How do you style metallics/ holographics? Lusting after anything at the minute?


Friday, December 5, 2014

OOTD feat. Penneys & Missguided

Faux fur coat* - Penneys (Primark) | Turtle neck sweater* - Missguided | Jeans - Levi's |
Monk shoes - Topshop | Faux fur bag* - Penneys (Primark) | Belt* - New Look


Monday, December 1, 2014

OOTD feat. Missguided & Tokyo Laundry

'Lemon Blossom' grey sweater* // Tokyo Laundry
'Dillan' fluffy dress* // Missguided
(Men's XS) faux fur parka* // River Island
Boots* // Carvela
Hat // Urban Outfitters
Crystal necklace* // Whitest Hour

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

OOTD feat. Acne Studios & Schuh

Coat* // Topshop
White knit sweater dress // Acne Studios
Knitted cardigan* // Urban Outfitters
'Proposition' boots * // Schuh
Fluffy snood* // Urban Outfitters
Rucksack // DKNY
Disc pendant necklace* // Black Tied
Silver amethyst crystal wand necklace* // Idle Hands

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Flash #1

I'd like to welcome you all to my new blog series - Friday Flash. 2015 will see a heap of new exciting series' on Thunder and Threads but there's so much happening already this month, that I thought I'd give FF a whirl early!

Friday Flash will be your mini-guide to everything I'm loving at the mo, anything upcoming and events/ launches happening in Ireland and elsewhere. I've always loved reading columns like this in magazines so I think starting one on my blog only seems natural, right? I hope you enjoy the first Friday Flash and do let me know if you'd like to see more of its kind every few weeks.


H&M are opening their highly-anticipated new flagship store here in Dublin on December 18th. The store is located at College Green in the former National Irish Bank building, which is beeeeautiful. The store will be hosting a launch event for customers, press and VIPS alike on the night from 6-10pm. Exciting stuff, eh?

“We are so honoured to be opening our 16th store in Ireland this December in this iconic building.” says Carlos Duarte, H&M's Country Manager for the UK and Ireland “We have been searching for the perfect location in the city for some time and look forward to offering both Dublin residents and the many visitors to this diverse city an inspiring and enjoyable shopping experience.” 


eBay.ie underwent a massive relaunch and redesign this month; one of the new features is that you can now create Pinterest-esque 'Collections' on your account page by putting together groupings of your favourite pieces on the site. You can create 'Collections' based on anything; cars, interiors, blogging, shoes - whatever you're into! I've created various collections on my own account as you can see above; my latest being 'Factory Girl' - an ode to Edie Sedgwick and the 1960's.


Ireland's marriage equality referendum is going to be held early next year and Yes Equality have started a crucial campaign to encourage the youth to register to vote before November 25th. Registering couldn't be simpler - check out Yes Equality's registration page here
WE, the youth of this country, the future of this country, have the power for equal rights in our hands! WE are the ones who need to step up and vote YES to ensure that all Irish citizens have an equal right to marriage - regardless of sexuality.


Urban Decay tend to cause a frenzy with the release of new palettes and there's no surprise why because they're deadly (Irish slang for "AMAZING", btw)! Their latest limited edition palette 'Naked on the Run' arrived at the start of the week and I can guarantee it will fly off the shelves the minute it lands on December 4th. It's priced at €44 and will be available in selected Debenhams and House of Fraser stores. 

There's 6 new eyeshadows (including one extra-large highlight) - all being shades that work and blend well together, a contour powder, blush, lipgloss, 'Perversion' mascara (which I featured in my latest beauty favourites post here) and a 24/7 glide-on eyeliner in 'Stag'. It's the perfect palette for on-the-go and I can see this being in thousands of Christmas stockings around the world come next month.


If you know me and you know me well, you'd know my adoration for Disney's movie 'Cinderella' from 1950. I watched it to death on videotape (R.I.P) on a loop as a child, I listened to the cassette tape (again, R.I.P), I collected everything and anything in relation to it. I still love it, I still know all of the songs and it just quite simply makes my heart melt - I even plan on getting a tattoo dedicated to it. 

Cinderella has been remade into a live-action movie that will be released on March 13th next year. Lily James (who'm I know from Downton Abbey) plays Cinderella and from what I can gather from the trailer, suits the part well. I got quite emotional watching the trailer as I feel somewhat protective over this childhood love of mine but I have to admit, it looks great! Helena Bonham Carter never goes amiss anyway. What do you think?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

OOTD feat. Urban Outfitters, River Island & JD Sports

(Men's XS) faux fur parka* // River Island
Knitted jumper // H&M
Black Nike Air Max trainers* // JD Sports
Fluffy snood* // Urban Outfitters
Stud earrings* // Urban Outfitters
Tooth necklace* // Bloody Mary Metal

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