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?


Let me know in the comments what you're loving lately! Are there any movies or gigs coming up that you're excited to go to? Product launches? Tell us below..

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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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Current Favourite Beauty Products | College/ Everyday

I haven't posted a beauty favourites in quite a while so I thought it was about time that I told you all what I've been reaching for the most lately; since I started college both my makeup, skincare and overall beauty regimes have changed. In the evenings, I like products that deep-cleanse as I tend to wear makeup for longer than I used to and in the mornings I like fuss-free and simple so I have that extra few minutes in bed. I've included my top products I reach for on busy days and nights with a couple of general beauty bits I've been adoring recently!

Thierry Mugler 'Angel' travel set* - (€35) - Special mention to this sweet-smelling star on the blog today: this classic perfume not only looks beautiful on my perfume shelf but it smells uniquely divine! 'Angel' sells by the minute, worldwide - I have at least 10 friends who'd call it their all-time favourite. The Jack and Jill Children's Foundation who provide nursing care for children with brain damage and end of life care here in Ireland, have teamed up with itsfabuless.com - a donation is made to the charity with every single order made on the website. There's currently 10% off every order made by using the code 'Jackandjill' at the checkout - perfect for Christmas! 

Jan Marini Bioglycolic Face Cleanser* - (Approx €30-35 depending on store/ website) - I've been using this cleanser every night for the last month or so and it has made a HUGE difference to my skin. I still love micellar waters but coming home after college with 12+ hours worth of makeup on my face needs a deeper cleanse. This cleanser cleans your skin thoroughly without drying it out or causing irritation; the glycolic acid in it smoothes out the skin's texture too, which I started to notice after a fortnight. It's quite pricey but definitely worth a try if you're looking for something to give your makeup removal routine that extra kick. The pump is pretty nifty too!

Waxperts Ingrown Hair Pads* - (€7.95) - This tub of joy was introduced to me at least a year ago and I cannot go without at least two tubs on hand at all times. These Ingrown Hair Pads are obviously quite fantastic for treating any irritated areas where ingrown hairs have attacked but personally I use them to help with blemishes and irritated tattoos. If I ever have a breakout on a certain area of my face, particularly hormonal breakouts along the jawline, I wipe one pad over the area every night. The difference is amazing after only one sleep; redness virtually disappears and the blemishes are calmed. Regarding tattoos, sometimes they can raise and become itchy; every person differs but mine tend to raise if I'm too warm or use an overly-perfumed body product. I wipe one of the pads over my tattoo, again at night, and the risen skin relaxes within an hour. For under €8, these pads are a must-have. (Plus, they're Irish-made!)

Lush 'Snow Fairy' Shower Gel* - (approx. €14) - If you've followed me since the beginning 5 years ago, you'd know my love for this stuff. I could write a book on how much I adore Snow Fairy, genuinely! Snow Fairy is released every Christmas by Lush, in 3 different sizes (mine being the biggest pictured below [500g]). It smells like bubblegum, it smells like happiness. One note to make though is that Snow Fairy used to be advertised as both a Hair & Shower Gel as opposed to just a Shower Gel; I've used it in my hair as always and it works perfectly fine and make my hair smells like fairies. 

Clarins Ombre Matt eyeshadows in '01 Nude Beige' and '06 Earth'* - (€22 each) - I've been using Clarins' Ombre Matt eyeshadows on a daily basis for college; they're the definition of easy, quick and fool-proof! These eyeshadows are a cream -> powder finish and are best applied with your fingers. The combination of these two shades in particular is my favourite: I apply 'Nude Beige' all over the lid and 'Earth' in the crease and smudge it into my lower lashes - all with my fingers. They don't crease but look best with a primer worn underneath for best colour payoff. I couldn't recommend these enough!

Urban Decay 'Perversion' mascara* - (€21) - I love mascara, I really do. I feel alive once it's applied, however it's usually not a product I tend to rave about as I usually stick to my favourites - that was until I got my hands on 'Perversion', Urban Decay's latest mascara. Between the brush, the product itself, the longevity.. this is officially in Top 3 favourite mascaras of all time. (Again, if you're a veteran reader of my blog, I'm sure you'll know the other two!) 'Perversion' was launched with an eyelash primer called 'Subversion' but being honest, I never tend to use it as in the mornings I'm still half-asleep and not trying to poke my eyes out. I need to keep it simple! You receive a little sample of 'Subversion' with every purchase of 'Perversion' anyway so you can give it a go and see for yourself if you prefer it with/ without!

Lancome Hynose Drama Eyes Palette in 'Parisian Lights'* - €48 - This limited edition holiday palette has been a handbag staple for me since it arrived. I'm never one to opt for shimmery shadows but the shimmer given in this palette is sleek and discreet. I'm using both the gold and pink shades (swatched below) as brow-bone and inner-eye highlights and the matte black is perfect to smudge into my lash lines instead of an eyeliner. It's the perfect day-to-night palette; I've applied the gold shadow straight over the Ombre Matts I mentioned previously and it instantly brightens up my face!

Clarins Blush Prodige in '07 Tawny Pink' - €33 - I've never been that much of a blush gal but I've fallen head over heels for this. I tend to shy away from crazily-pigmented blushers as I'm too pale for most of them and end up looking like an 80's reject. This blush has the perfect amount of colour payoff and it's an off-pink, which I prefer, as it goes with more makeup looks and doesn't look too "done" which I avoid.  

the Balm 'Mary-Lou Manizer' highlighter - €19 - Mary-Lou Manizer is one of my favourite highlighters of all time, officially. It's a perfect light-gold shade and the shimmer pay-off is nowhere near as OTT as most powder luminisers. I use this daily, mainly on the top of my cheekbones and cupid's bow. It lasts all day and it's buildable depending on how much you want applied. The compact comes with a trusty mirror so it's ideal to travel with and the packaging is TDF!

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder in No.10* - €49 - You might remember me featuring Chanel's Les Beiges powder in a Wishlist post earlier on in the year? I finally got my hands on it with a press voucher and oh wow, it is so perfect. No.10 is the lightest shade in the range and alike to most Chanel base products, it's still a bit too dark for me but doesn't affect the tone of my makeup at all if applied lightly. The powder itself gives a healthy glow to the face but manages to mattify the T-Zone well. It smells absolutely beautiful and the compact itself is a keepsake. I'm delighted I got this in the end as it's such a treat to pull out of my makeup bag each day.

L-R: the Balm highlighter, Clarins blush, Clarins ombre matt eyeshadows. Bottom: Lancome palette.

What are your favourite beauty products at the moment? Have you tried any of the above?

Friday, November 7, 2014

OOTD feat. Oasis, Palladium & Alexander Wang x H&M

Ava faux-leather aviator coat* // Oasis
Scuba men's sweater // Alexander Wang x H&M
Jeans (DIY cut) // Penneys (Primark)
Baggy leather boots* // Palladium
Knitted headband // Urban Outfitters
Chain necklace // Penneys (Primark)
Water bottle // Alexander Wang x H&M

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

OOTD feat. Public Desire & COS

Vintage denim jacket // Levi's
Striped t-shirt // COS
Black skater skirt // Penneys (Primark)
Cycling shorts (worn underneath)* // Topshop
'Sharnie' black block heeled boots* // Public Desire
Vintage red stone ring* // Black Moon
Evil eye ring (part of set)* // New Look
Metallic dip crystal necklace* // Lilac Moon

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Wishlist #7

My wishlist for Winter 2014 is quite jammed-packed; the above is an array of what I've been lusting after over the last few weeks. I'm particularly loving the Faux Fur Ombre coat above from Marks & Spencer - quite a daring piece for the brand, if I do say so myself. It's young and edgy and will see you through at least 2-3 winters. It'd be absolutely perfect teamed up with the River Island Glitter Platforms and Edie Sedgwick-esque Silver Mini Skirt - the perfect Christmas Day outfit! 

My designer dream buys are Saint Laurent's Leather Monogramme bag and Charlotte Olympia's Take Me Out clutch - how fabulous are they? Two completely different investment buys but two absolute gems. Special mention to River Island's Belted Biker Coat and ASOS' Globe Pendant necklace - two pieces that look designer but are a fraction of the price!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Why It Isn't "All About That Bass".

I'm sure you've all heard that popular song "All About That Base" by Meghan Trainor by now, I won't link it as quite frankly it's the last thing I'd like to boost traffic to from my blog. It irritated and angered me after the first time I listened to it but after sitting in the back of my Stepmother's car hearing my two kid sisters singing it this morning - I felt like I needed to speak up. I wrote a post earlier on in the year regarding size-shaming and I'm sorry if both cross over each other but I feel it's important to raise this point again.

Body confidence is fantastic; whether you celebrate your DD's or love your slender legs, that's okay, as long as you don't feel the need to put down somebody of a different shape in order to boost yours. 

Over the last few years, we've seen the likes of Kim Kardashian make big bums and boobs the new desired features; a sway from the "ideal" slim figures we saw during the 00's. Whilst celebrating curvier shapes is fantastic, it doesn't give much way to celebrate those who are also naturally slender and don't have those said curves. Different body parts become en vogue over the centuries unfortunately; whether it be the 1930's love of a woman's back or the 1990's love of décolletage. Body parts shouldn't be "in" nor "out" - they're there to help keep us alive and physically able to do things and not there so we can remain desirable or fashionable.

The influx of slim-shaming over the last 2-3 years has been absolutely horrific and some may argue that women with curves have been given stick for longer and "deserve to have their time" (an actual quote I received off of a Twitter follower before) but that's not how it works and it WON'T help the acceptance us women still seek and need from everyone - especially each other. 

How can you call yourself a feminist but enjoy listening to and supporting songs such as Meghan's? Do women who lack that "bass" instantly fall into an unwell/ obviously dieting/ not attractive/ "wrong" category? Is the fact that some people are naturally born slender just fizzling out? It isn't a myth. Some people are natural 6's, some people are natural 16's. 

Let's move on to the lyrics of "All About That Bass" for a minute, the second verse being the most offensive, I think - prepare yourself: "Yeah, it's pretty clear, I ain't no size two but I can shake it, shake it like I'm supposed to do. 'Cause I got that boom boom that all the boys chase and all the right junk in all the right places.."


There are so many things wrong with this verse, SO MANY. For a start, a US size 2 is a UK size 6 - I'm a 6-8 on top and I'm pretty sure I'm physically able to "shake it". Why are we "supposed to" shake it, anyway? Were women only put on this planet to "shake it"? Who cares about things such as a career, health and happiness, just as long as you can twerk..

Apparently boys only chase "that boom boom" by the way and prefer all of the "right junk in all the right places" - I could go on for a month over how twisted this line in particular is but let me try whittle it down: boys (and girls) tend to chase whatever they're personally attracted to. Mind-blowing.

Referring to body fat as "junk" contradicts her attempt at empowering a curvier body too, no? Associating body fat with a word such as "junk" instantly leads to negative connotations. 

I'm laughing to myself typing this all out as I genuinely can't get over the sheer ridiculousness of this song and how the entire global population seems to just ignore it. If a song was released referring to "fat bitches" and how slim bodies are "right" and having "junk" at all is gross and so on, there'd be uproar and I highly doubt it would have been given as much air-time as "All About That Bass".

According to Meghan's mother in the fourth verse: "boys like a little more booty to hold at night". Sorry, what? Like I said, I'm pretty sure men have their own preferences as to what they want to hold at night. Women aren't pillows; we're not here to be held on to like a teddy. Thanks to the mindset of Meghan and her Mother, we now have women (mostly young girls) worldwide, looking at their bodies and bums and thinking they'll inevitably be unattractive to men for eternity and are on this planet to be used as bedtime accessories. Good going, Meghan! 

I went through my ENTIRE teenage years feeling absolutely disgustingly unattractive and unconfident because of songs like these. I used to cry on a daily basis because of my lack of chest and being called a "boy" consistently. Even now at the age of 21, I still have hang ups which drive me insane, genuinely, as I know my body shape or features don't define who I am as a person. 

People like Meghan and her songs are exactly what is sending feminism decades back. These songs are what cause pre-teens, teenagers and even adults to develop negative mindsets over their own body and subsequently, develop eating disorders and mental illnesses. On that note, here's a quote from Meghan herself on eating disorders:

"I wasn't strong enough to have an eating disorder. I tried to go anorexic for a good three hours. I ate ice and celery, but that's not even anorexic. And I quit. I was like, 'Ma, can you make me a sandwich? Like, immediately'."

There's no point in even elaborating on that quote because any human with an inch of intelligence can see how downright idiotic, ignorant and offensive it is. She has also been quoted on saying that she isn't a feminist but no surprise there, really.

Our bodies aren't here to be groped at or stared at by men or anyone for that matter, your bum isn't there to be grabbed or held on to. You aren't on this planet to be seen and thrown around like an object, you're a human being.

Meghan's attempt at empowering women who have beautiful curves goes so horribly wrong with this song as she thinks in order to celebrate these curves, those without need to be put down, pointed at and immediately disregarded as attractive. 

Hearing my 9 and 6 year old sisters singing along to this song earlier broke my heart because as children, they've no idea how destructive the lyrics are and kids never really pay attention to that anyway. However, these lyrics are playing over and over in their growing brains and that scares me - it's a perfect example of how body and mental issues start developing. 

Please remember that whether you have huge boobs or no boobs, a curvy bum or a petite bum, wide hips or slim hips, you are still FEMININE, SEXY and worthy of ANYONE'S attention. Your shape, size and features do not define you or anyone else as a person. Your morals, intelligence and personality are far more important than how much "booty" you have, believe me. 
Don't let any brain-dead pop star tell you otherwise.

Side-note: I'm aware some people may disagree with me on this and love the song and find it empowering BUT that doesn't mean it makes it okay! Remember, just because you're not offended by something - that doesn't mean others should feel the same way. That doesn't justify it. This song has offended so many people worldwide, including me, that's why I wrote this post.

Friday, October 24, 2014

OOTD feat. Acne Studios & American Apparel

Hat // Urban Outfitters
Leather jacket // Vintage
Blix pliqué top // Acne Studios
Acid wash shorts // American Apparel
Converse* // Cloggs
Necklace with pendant* // Chupi
Faux fur stole // Miss Selfridge

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Photography - Anouska Proetta Brandon

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

OOTD feat. Motel Rocks | Ultimate Halloween Style

'Nita' cut out crop top* // Motel Rocks
'Kimmy' bodycon skirt* // Motel Rocks
'Minty' fluffy knit jumper* // Motel Rocks
Beanie* // STAG Clothing
'Dion' boots* // Vagabond

This month I have collaborated with Motel Rocks and Bourjois to come up with a wearable yet funky Halloween-inspired outfit; whilst browsing the site my first choice was of course a leopard - I fell in love with this set immediately. People can be quite put off with a load of animal print at the one time but wearing a two-piece set breaks it up, especially teamed with casual black accessories.

Keeping in theme with my leopard-inspired outfit, I decided to do a smoky cat-eye using shadow and kohl as opposed to my usual liquid eyeliner; remember this is a wearable Halloween-inspired outfit so it's ideal if you have work/ college before a Halloween bash. It isn't OTT, it's wearable and the makeup isn't noticeably dramatic. Remember, you can always add cat ears and draw on whiskers later!

(Psst! You can get 20% off of the Motel Rocks items featured and any other full-priced items on www.MotelRocks.com by using my exclusive code 'LeanneWF' at checkout.)