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Shoe0nHead Style Inspiration!

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I mentioned in my recent update that i’d be posting all of my fashion and beauty related content, here on my website. Don’t get me wrong, I love posting social commentary blogs but I also really enjoy fashion. So why not combine the two, for a cool series on my blog? And I thought, why not start off by showcasing some of the most bad ass women on YouTube & their unique fashion.

One of my favourite YouTubers is June Lapine AKA Shoe0nHead. She creates hilarious comedic skits and gives her opinion on several issues, including feminism, politics and SJW insanity.

She has a really likeable personality and seriously cute sense of style.

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June’s look is very feminine and takes inspiration from kawaii fashion. She likes to mix hard and soft patterns to create a girly, yet bad ass sense of style, wearing leather chokers with floral/lace style dresses. Peterpan collared tops/dresses and Maryjane’s are also some of her style staples.

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I love June’s style because she isn’t afraid to take risks and play around with fashion. Her style choices are just as ballsy and interesting as the words she shares in her YouTube videos.

Check out her instagram & YouTube channel for more style inspo & hilarious commentary.

XO

A little update.

Hello lovely reader,

It’s been a while. The last written blog I posted on here was published in July and I wanted to write this post, to explain to you where I have been and why I have been neglecting my blog over the past few months. Honestly, a lot has been going on. I have had a lot of setbacks and a some little victories, but most of all I have been trying to find my footing in the blogging world.

As some of you know, I have recently changed the direction of my YouTube channel. I started making videos where I give my social commentary on issues that are going on in the world. I have always been a very opinionated person and for a long time, I was feeling unhappy with the content that I posted on YouTube. If I am being totally candid here, I can admit to you that my channel wasn’t doing so well and I was no longer enjoying the content I was creating. It wasn’t enough for me. Don’t get me wrong, I still absolutely love fashion and beauty but they are not the only topics I want to talk about anymore.

I needed to shake things up and I did. I’m glad I did.

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My channel is doing much better now and I feel excited to make videos again. That is not to say that I won’t be posting beauty, hair or story-time related videos ever again. I will! I still do. My channel is going to be a mixed bag, it is going to be a mishmash of my interests, personality and life. I have also been thinking a lot about how I can keep my old and new audience happy, and I think I have discovered a way to do just that! I’m going to use my blog to house a large majority of my beauty reviews, hair posts and fashion blogs, etc.

In fact all of my content will be posted here on this site, my videos and my blogs. There are different categories on my blog (check the top, right-hand corner of my site) to choose from and it’ll be a one-stop-shop for all of my content to be viewed and (hopefully) enjoyed.

So if you only enjoy my social commentary or geeky related content you can find it easily. Or, you are a fan of my beauty, hair & fashion content, you can find all of it on one page, at the click of a button. It will be a fully fledged lifestyle blog and I really hope you enjoy it.

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I hope that EllieJayden.com can become something different for everyone. A hub of advice, opinions and information. I’m currently working on some new blog posts and hope to get back on track with everything as soon as possible. I’m excited about it and I hope you will be too!

Stay tuned for new content and thanks for sticking around 🙂

XO

 

Pretty in Pastel OOTD

Last night I attended the Irish Beauty Blog Awards 2016 in Dublin city. I wore a dressy casual outfit and *shock! horror!* I actually wore colours. That’s right! I stepped away from my usual uniform of all black clothing to try something different from a change. Summer is all about wearing bright colours so I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and wear an all-colour outfit for once.

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I have always been drawn to pretty pastel colours and I really enjoyed wearing this combination of baby pink and baby blue shades together, paired with some light grey jeans. I kept my accessories simple by just wearing a beautiful statement hairband that really completed my look for the night.

Hairband // Zara

Baby Blue Jacket // Zara

Pink Vest Top // Primark

Jeans // Primark

Shoes // Xti Tentations

Clutch // Dunnes Stores

XO

The Biggest Trends of S/S 2016

Brighter, braver and bolder than ever! Spring/Summer 2016 style takes us back to our nostalgic years and encourages us to take a step out of our comfort zone and try new things. The days are finally getting longer, the nights are getting brighter and the seasons are changing and so should our wardrobes.

Get ready to embrace these beautiful changes and allow yourself to be captivated by the metamorphosis of this seasons latest trends. With a diverse mixture of retro stylings, bursts of bright colours and artistic cuts, now is the time to let the new you out. Experiment with fashion, express yourself through style and fall in love with this season’s biggest trends.

Graphic Stipes & Architectural Prints

A trend that is set to take over summer fashion is graphic stripes. Fashion houses like Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney and Jonathan Saunders all featured striped clothing in their S/S collections. Zig-zag and horizontal patterns were a huge part of Dolce & Gabbana’s S/S 2016 runway shows. Their fabulous collections featured clothing with romantic nautical stylings and nods to retro holiday fashion, each clothing item created with bold coloured fabrics such as rich reds, bright yellows and 50’s inspired silhouettes to create an eye catching and versatile look for any occasion. Graphic handbags are a great way to incorporate this trend into your summer wardrobe, bold and dramatically striped hand bags can really make a simple outfit pop.

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Other renowned fashion houses like Dior decided to take a more modern approach to this funky trend by creating prints with wider, more graphic stripes and layered shades to really drive home this high impact look. As well as been incredibly on trend, stripes are also timeless. They were not only popular in the 50’s and 60’s but also in the 90’s grunge era by music lovers and rock stars alike. There are so many ways to wear stripes to suit your own personal style, you can mix and match them with other striped prints or wear them with simple pieces such as a classic white shirt or trousers. Try wearing stripes with one of your favourite bold colours if you are really feeling brave this season.

Reinventing our youth

Speaking of grunge, it seems the 90’s are well and truly back in style! Alexander Wang, Chloe and Saint Laurent all took a stand in their S/S 2016 fashion shows to bring this classic style back into 2016 fashion with a fresher approach. Saint Laurent’s menswear collection is heavily inspired by grunge bands from the 90’s and the iconic and late Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain. Male models were styled wearing plaid shirts, denim, eccentrically patterned jackets and white sunglasses. Saint Laurent also took inspiration from the era by paying tribute to famous 90s fashionistas such as Kate Moss and Courtney Love, by styling their models in sparkling sequined dresses, tiaras, oversized jackets and silky slip dresses. That’s right, slip dresses. Wearing underwear as outerwear has been tipped as a lead concept for SS16 fashion. Slinky chiffon dresses trimmed with feminine lace was a key part of the Celine and Saint Laurent S/S collections.

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This year’s summer fashion trends are inviting us back to our glory days, allowing us to resurface old trends and revitalise them by incorporation modern pieces to our looks. So if you are looking for a fashion forward jacket to wear this summer, make it a bomber jacket! Whether you opt for a minimalist leather zip-up or an eye catching statement print, the bomber jacket is the perfect jacket for summer. Made famous by films like Vanilla Sky and Grease, bomber jackets have been spotted recently on the likes of supermodels like Gigi Hadid, Karli Kloss and Kendall Jenner, meaning the classic jacket is well and truly back in style this season.

High Shine Fabrics

A great way to take your look to the next level this season is to take inspiration from spring and summer elements such as light and bright colours and incorporate them into your style. Fashion designer JW Anderson reflected this beautifully (pardon the pun!) in this summer collection by using high-shine fabrics, reflective clothing and embellished sweaters with broken mirror pieces.

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Spring/Summer fashion is all about having fun and letting your personality shine. If wearing extreme fabrics isn’t your thing, wearing sequinned fabrics is a fantastic way to pull this look off without going too far outside of your comfort zone. Fashion houses Lanvin and Calvin Klein styled sequined dresses and long sequinned coats along with simple monochrome pieces to create a sophisticated yet stylish looks for their summer collections.

Embellished Handbags & Luxe Sportswear

No matter what styles you choose to embrace this season, make sure you to focus on statement pieces. They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend but any fashionista will tell you that a good handbag can help you pull off almost any look and complete almost any outfit.

Whether you are a lover of vintage satchels or the classic clutch take a note from designers such as Marc Jacobs, Fendi and Versace, who each included beautifully crafted embellished and DIY inspired handbags in their summer collections. Have some fun styling embellished handbags with your summer looks, the more eye-catching the better! You can even get creative and style your own handbag with patches, beads, badges and other unique embellishments. If handbags are not your thing then fear not because embellished backpacks are also going to be huge this season. Backpacks aren’t just for kids anymore, this dressy-casual trend introduces elements of high fashion and sportswear together to create a stylish, modern take on the classic backpack silhouette.

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Summer is a time for change and renewal in all aspects of life, so why should it be any different when it comes to your wardrobe? Whether you decided to wear artistic prints, brighter colours or take inspiration from times gone by, make sure you are having fun with fashion this season. Let your creative side take over. Express yourself this summer!

Autumn/Winter 2016 beauty trends & backstage looks

What is the best way to discover what the next big beauty trends are going to be? By looking at the backstage glam at some of the biggest fashion shows on the planet of course! Here’s a look at some of the best beauty looks to come from the Autumn/Winter fashion 2016 fashion shows.

Burberry – Glitter

Wendy Rowe, makeup artist at Burberry went for a glittery grunge inspired look by smudging kohl eyeliner into the lash line and then sprinkled glitter from the outer corners of the models’ eyes to create a beautifully haunting look. Then hairstylist Sam McKnight styled the model’s hair to look like it was slept-in/night before hair, using natural texture to create the messy glam look.

Alexander McQueen – Grunge

Lucia Pieroni created a soft focus effect on the models eyes by using a grey/black khol eyeliner, smudging the liner all the way from the outer corners to the inner corners to create a soft, grungey effect. Hairstylist Guido Palau added some glamour to the grungey look but adoring models messy up-do’s with jewelled hair clips and vintage style brooches.

Topshop Unique – 70s Rock Goddess 

With makeup by Hannah Murray, models for Topshop sported heavy eyeliner and striking lips, in both bold magenta and nude lip colours. Anthony Turner styled the hair into soft, side-swept waves and Nancy Sinatra inspired curls. The entire look reminds me of Lana Del Rey! Love it.

Ralph Lauren – The ‘No Makeup’ Look

Ralph Lauren had a ‘no makeup’ look for A/W 2016, with their models wearing makeup that enchanced their natural beauty. This look focuses mainly on creating an even skin tone and long eyelashes. Guido Palau created loose, natural hairstyles to compliment the minimalist makeup.

Rodrate – Fairy Nymph

With makeup by James Kaliardos, Rodarte created a gothic inspired look, using deep burgundy shades on the lips and glowing, highlighted skin. Metallic eyeshadow was also used to create a mystical effect. Hairstylist Odile Gilbert styled the model’s hair in loose waves and chignons, he pinned in woven flowers and used metal headbands to complete the hauntingly beautiful looks.

 What are your favourite A/W looks? Tweet me @EllieJayden or comment on Facebook 🙂

The Blonds NYFW Fall 2016 Alice In Wonderland Themed Show

This week Fashion design duo The Blonds, unveiled their Fall/Winter 2016 collection at New York Fashion Week. Designer Phillipe Blond and creative director David Blond put on a show to remember at Milk Studios in NYC. The breathtaking show was inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

And it wouldn’t be a Blonds show without insane bejeweled looks and unique hair!

“Imagine if Alice in Wonderland was directed by Tarantino or Gregg Araki,” said David Blond, creative director and one of half of The Blonds duo. Another important aspect of any Blonds show, is the nail art. The nails created for this particular fashion show, took 900 hours to create! “The nails are an integral part of our overall story,” Phillipe has said. With such emphisis on the nails, it is clear as to why the Blonds work with CND when putting together each collection.

Their stunning Fall 2016 collection consisted of dramatic jewel-encrusted corsets and eccentric gowns, sequin puffer jackets and pantsuits, and bedazzled over-sized sweatshirts. The models were styled with pink and white dreadlocks and matching, soft pastel eye make up, with a dramatic red lip. It’s safe to say the Blonds attention to styling and details is always impeccable!

The clothing and the show itself, remind me a lot of Gwen Stefani’s music video for her song What You Waiting For? Which isn’t a bad thing in my opinion. I really loved that entire era for Gwen and these outfits are right up my street in regards to style and taste. I love anything that is sparkly and a bit out there. I am always excited to see what The Blonds do next, their fashion shows take me to another world, inspire me to take more risks with my style &  make me excited about fashion!

November Haul!

Advanced Style: Embrace Yourself & Your Style Journey

I’ve come to realize something very important over the past few years, wisdom can only be obtained through experience and age. When I was younger I used to think I knew everything and I can now look back at my teenage years and see them for what they were, a huge learning curve.

I often looked in the mirror and hated what I saw, I disliked a lot of my physical features as well as being critical of who I was as a person. Recently, during a deep conversation I had with a friend, I began to think about my life and my journey towards self confidence. One of the reasons I started my YouTube channel, was to put myself out there, gain confidence and to become more creative.

Over the years I have slowly gained confidence in myself and my style, I love playing around with different looks and ideas. I think style should be fun! It is self expression at it’s finest and it gives people a glimpse into your soul, who you are and what you are about.

Style can be learned and it is important to educate yourself about different fashion eras, designers, pop culture and many different aspects of the fashion world. To me, the most important and inspiring people in fashion, are the every day fashionistas, the women on the streets who live for fashion. There is something captivating about seeing regular people on the streets, showcasing themselves to the world through their wardrobe choices. It’s art.

In a world of social media and blogging, it is easier than ever to gain fashion inspiration at your fingertips. One of my favorite style blogs is Advanced Style, a blog that celebrates fashionable older women and their eclectic fashion collections. This blog has changed my life, it revolutionised how I think about fashion and style. It’s truly one of the greatest style blog I’ve ever laid eyes on.

I strongly urge anyone who is reading this to check out the Advanced Style documentary on Netflix, it is a a magnificent film that interviews many of the ladies who feature regularly on the blog. A lot of these women have gone on the feature in many prestigious fashion campaigns and some of them have become the faces of some of the worlds biggest fashion houses. It’s empowering, it makes me want to be just like them when I get older.

Getting older really is a privilege, it’s something to embrace also. I want to continue to embrace who I am and what it is I want to say to the world while I am still alive and these magnificent women inspired that in me. I no longer look at age as just a number or something to despair over, I look at it as an opportunity to continue to learn about myself and others.

There is power in style and there is power in women, so when you combine the two, you create a force to be reckoned with. These women are inspirational and I admire the fact that they don’t let their age stop them from experimenting with their style, even as they get older. It can be easy to give in to what is expected of you in today’s world but these women embrace who they are, it’s the ultimate act of rebellion in a society obsessed with youth and conforming to social norms.

If you want to wear something that other people might not be in to or admire, that is their problem. Wouldn’t it be so boring if we all dressed the same or followed the same trends?

The ethos of the Advanced Style blog and film, is to be yourself and never let anyone else tell you how to dress. The film inspired me to embrace the development of my style and not to take everything so seriously! The older I get, the less I care about what people think of me. Life is too short to worry about what others might think of my colourful hair or some wacky items of clothing I love to wear. If people laugh at me for these things, who cares? If they get a kick out of it or it makes them laugh, awesome. What other people think of me is none of my business!

 ‘In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.’ – Coco Chanel

Steal Her Style: Ruby Rose

Ruby Rose has been taking the world by storm since appearing in season three of Orange Is The New Black, as the mysteriously beautiful, Stella Carlin. Not to mention she is the face of Maybelline New York in her native Australia. Her career began when she entered a model search in Girlfriend Magazine in 2002, since then she’s become a popular DJ, model, actress & crush of the century.

The androgynous model is gender fluid and plays around with masculine and feminine aspects of her style, to create her stunningly unique look. I love the contrasts in her style, she has a way of mixing girly and urban clothing together perfectly, which suits her fun loving personality so well.

Ruby Rose is incredibly versatile. Her personal style combines a unique mix of feminine and masculine cuts and prints, to give her the edgy and stylish look she’s famous for. I love that Ruby isn’t afraid to experiment with her look & takes a lot of fun risks with her style. She loves to wear loud patterns and bright colours, wearing fun urban inspired clothing with designer pieces.

Accessories are a huge part of Ruby’s look, she is usually always wearing chunky gold necklaces and large watches. One of her signature fashion items is a funky baseball cap, which she usually pairs with a long vest top to show off her tattoos. Her tattoos up’s her style game even more!

As a world famous model, Ruby knows her makeup game has to be strong and boy, is it! She keeps her makeup simple and has fantastic bone structure, which makes her a makeup artists dream. To get Ruby’s look, apply a concealer and foundation to perfect the base of your look, use a highlighter on your brow bone and cheeks to give your face a natural glow and lift.

Eyebrows are a very important aspect of Ruby’s look, define and shape your eyebrows using a brow kit and applying a rusty brown eye shadow along your top lid and lower lid, blend it out to create a sexy, smokey look. Brown eye shadow really makes Ruby’s gorgeous blue eye’s pop!

On her lips, Ruby usually keeps it simple by wearing a nude coloured lipstick or a pretty rose shade, which compliments her lightly tanned skin tone. Sometimes she opts for a classic bright, bold red lip and keeps her eye makeup simple by wearing mascara and black eyeliner.

And last but not least, the most important aspect of her pulling off Ruby Roses’s edgy look, the hair! Her androgynous, short hair compliments her stunning features, she loves playing around with different hair styles and head shaving designs. If you’re brave enough to try out Ruby’s edgy look, just know that it’s only hair and it will grow back! And hey, you only live once.

Irish Beauty Blog Awards 2015

The Irish Beauty Blog Awards 2015

Last night I attended the Irish Beauty Blog Awards in Dublin. I was honoured to be nominated in four categories, alongside some other wonderful ladies. The ceremony was held in Lillie’s Bordello, the venue was absolutely jam packed with bloggers from all over Ireland. Some of the biggest names in blogging & vlogging gathered together to celebrate Irish bloggers in style.

I must admit that the atmosphere was relaxed at the Irish Beauty Blog Awards. Usually these kinds of events can be quite overwhelming, but there was really good vibes in Lillie’s Bordello. 

What I wore to the awards ceremony

On the night I wore a long black vintage dress, it was my great-aunt’s dress in the 1970’s. It think it is really glamorous, I love it so much! It was hand beaded and is still in perfect condition. I wanted to keep it simple so I wore no accessories, except for two midi rings I wore on each hand.

My hair was done by my friend Michelle, she attended the awards with me last night. What would I do without her, ehhh? I found some nice pictures of up style’s on Instagram a few days before and she braided a section of my hair, while pinning the rest to the back in a very cool swirly bun.

Getting the surprise of my life!

The awards ceremony started at about 9.30 pm and everyone gathered around the stage excitedly awaiting to hear who were the lucky winners. My blog was nominated in four categories, Best Fashion Blog, Best Vlogger, Best Overall & Readers Choice. I was sitting at a table with my friend and we were having so much fun, sipping some very strong rum cocktails (believe me, I needed some for my nerves!) nervously awaiting the results. I literally had my fingers crossed! Eeeep!

It was coming to near the end of the awards announcements and there was one category left that I was nominated in, readers choice. I was listening to the lady on stage explain how this category had a vote coming in almost every minute (wowww!) and the next minute I heard my name being announced over the microphone. WHAAA? I was literally in shock! I honestly couldn’t believe it.

I’ve been on such a high ever since last night and I just want to thank every single person who took the time out of their day to vote for me as Readers Choice. You have no idea how much it means to me. I know it sounds cliché but quite literally, if it wasn’t for the people who read my blog & the people who voted for me, this would never have happened & it means the world to me.

I am so thankful to such supportive people in my life, I honestly can’t believe my luck.

Thank you so much to the Irish Beauty Blog Awards, Tan Organic & BEUTiFi for this award.

Dreams really do come true!