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I’VE BEEN NOMINATED IN THE STELLAR SHINE AWARDS 2014!

 OH WOW. I’ve been nominated for a Stellar Shine Award!

The Stellar Shine Awards 2014 was established by Stellar Magazine to celebrate talented Irish women aged 18-35 in various categories such as athletes, authors, fashion designers etc and I am nominated in the Vlogger/Blogger category. I want to thank everyone who took the time to nominate me, it really does mean the world to me. I have the best readers/viewers! I am so honored to be nominated alongside some of the most talented ladies in Ireland.

The next stage is the voting stage. You can vote for me here in the Vlogger/Blogger category!Fotor081119035lala

Thank you so much for all your amazing support!

Ellie. xoxo

Dublin Street Style: June 2014

 

st2This June, I took to the streets of Dublin to catch a glimpse of the unique style that the Irish people have to offer. Many often assume that the Irish are still stuck in the past when it comes to fashion, but I discovered that the people of Ireland all have one thing in common. In that typical yet wonderfully brazen Irish manner, they are not afraid to dress for themselves.

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Bright Light PR AW14 Dublin Press Day

Yesterday I attended the Bright Light PR AW14 Press Day at the beautiful venue of Cliff Townhouse in Stephens Green, Dublin City. The showroom displayed previews from the latest collections by brands such as Lands End, Olsen and Annie Haak. The Lands End collection displayed a variety of clothing for men’s wear, women’s wear and children’s wear.

Fotor0611223119The quality of the Lands End brand is obvious at first glance. The colour’s are rich and the fabrics feel strong and resilient. The menswear collection offers a variety of colours, patterns and textures to choose from. The collection provides a good selection of day wear, which maintains an essence of sophistication while still remaining casual.

The women’s wear collection is also very casual and colourful. Lands End are all about eye catching colour palettes and patterns for AW14. The women’s wear collection is definitely aimed at the woman on the go, using comfortable fabrics that are breathable and fashionable. In my opinion, Lands End is a brand that is aimed at today’s busy, modern families. The clothing is practical and comfortable while still being style savvy and fashion forward.

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Another clothing brand that was featured on the day was, Olsen. Olsen’s collection varied from loud, brightly coloured prints to simplistic cuts. Their collection is perfect for transitioning from stylish, work friendly day wear to dressy/casual evening wear. In my opinion Olsen is aimed at the working woman. This brand is a perfect match for women who want to be comfortable in the work place, while till staying true to themselves and keeping on trend at the same time.

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 My favorite items in the Olsen collection are these printed blouses. They are light and loose fitting, with fun, eye catching prints. The Zebra print blouse was my favorite item of clothing displayed at the press day. It would be perfect to wear with some leather look leggings!

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At the press day there was a beautiful display of sterling silver jewellery by Annie Haak. Her designs are girly, dainty and easy to wear. Most of her bracelets and rings are elasticated, which means there is almost no need to size or custom fit her jewellery. Which makes it a lot easier when purchasing any of her items as gifts for friends or family!DSC_0532

My first impression of Annie Haak’s collection was that all of her items are perfect for casual wear as well was special occasions. I like that you can stack bracelets to create your own unique look and personalize bracelets by adding charms. My favorite item’s from her collection are the simple, colourful beaded bracelets. I really like simple, fuss free accessories and eye catching colours. I think they would be perfect as friendship bracelets!

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I’d like to thank the lovely people at Bright Light PR for inviting me to their wonderful press day and also for providing me and my friend with fab VIP goodie bag’s on the day. DSC_0549

For more information on the brands featured in this post click the links below:

Lands End Olsen / Annie Haak

xoxo

 

Ireland’s Up & Coming Fashion Illustrator, Holly Shortall!

This week I caught up with a woman whom I consider to one of the biggest rising stars in the Irish Fashion Industry, Holly Shortall. Holly is a talented freelance fashion illustrator from Dublin, with her own unique style and passion for her art. Her art work features monthly in Xpose Magazine and that is just the beginning for Holly. Her talent is undeniable, she’s going to go a long, long way!

Hi Holly! Tell us a bit about yourself and your work.

Hi! Well i’m almost 25 (don’t remind me!) and I have been drawing for the best part of my whole life. It was only in mid 2013 that I decided it was now or never with regards to trying to build up a profile and begin a career with fashion illustrations. I am still pinching myself at some of the amazing opportunities i’v been given, notably my live illustrating for the SS14 River Island press day and my monthly illustrations for Xpose magazine.

What sparked your passion for drawing?

Its hard to say, but I do think I’ve always been a little obsessed with celebrities. I loved Paula Yates, Gwen Stefani and Victoria Beckham from a young age. My Grannys friend May used to keep me all her magazine like Hello and Ok, and would have loved pouring over all the photos of peoples weddings and awards ceremonies!

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Have you always been interested in fashion illustration or was it a natural progression for you towards that specific type of art?

Always. I guess I didnt know what avenue I could take and just presumed it was fashion design that I wanted to do. I tried it for a year but it just wasn’t for me. I’m the least mathematical person I know, I literally panic when I see numbers, so finding fashion design had a lot to do with rulers, 90 degree angles and numbers made me put up a mental block, so I found it very difficult!

You do illustrations on commission as well as for fun. Which do you prefer to do personally?

If I was being 100% honest, I love just doodling from my head and designing dresses, but I know all my followers love the celebrity illustrations, so its important I give them what they want! Its also make them more current. Like after the Brits I stayed up a little later than usual to do an illustration of Beyonce, and tweeted it to the designer who made her dress. I woke up the next day to a reply from him thanking me for my illustration and saying it was so cool!

Celebrity illustrations are what I would love to do for a weekly publication like the Sunday Times Style Magazine, another one I’ve been reading since I was small.

Your work has its own unique style. Once you see it you automatically know it’s a Holly Shortall illustration. Is your drawing style intentional or is it purely your own natural style?

Its purely my own style- since I first picked up a pencil, I have only ever drawn on female on an a4 page. I have mountains of drawings from when I was about 4 onwards. I’m so lucky in that my parents have art backgrounds and encouraged me to draw, and also kept all my early stuff.

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What publications do you aspire to feature in?

The obvious one is Vogue! They’ve had illustrated covers over the years, and I can safely say that is my life goal. I do believe anything is possible if you work hard. I’m not saying I think I’m amazing, but the respose so far has exceeded what I ever thought it would, so why not have a dream?! I would like to work for a few different magazines, an Irish one, and American one and a UK one.

I really want to do stuff for a weekly publication like the Sunday Times, they have a celebrity characteristic, who signs his pictures ‘Gary’ and I’ve been obsessed with his stuff since I could open a paper. He can nail a portrait in a few lines and you know exactly who it is- I just love that and would love be doing something similar.

You draw a lot of celebrity inspired illustrations, who has been your favourite to draw so far?

I loved drawing Anna Wintour sitting on the front row, Victoria Beckham, The Olsen Twins and of course Beyonce. I really just love drawing!

How long does it take you to draw a single illustration? Can you explain the process?

It really depends and I cant give away all my secrets! But I will say ALOT of time goes into them. For example, if I am doing a commission of someone and specify an outfit featuring a pattern or print, I then have to try source that print or closest match to use when colouring in the picture. I t can be really time consuming but its so important to me that the customer adores their illustration, its a one off unique gift and when I hear people say ‘Wow I love it!’ it just makes me so happy!

What are your goals for 2014

I would love to continue having my work featured in different publications and keep doing my commisions for all my lovely customers. Right now I’m really just know in Dublin so I would love to branch out in Ireland and of course across to the UK is well. I’m a real homebird and don’t see myself living anywhere than here, so the absolute joy of illustration is you don’t have to go anywhere else to do it!

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Christmas Update & New Years Resolutions!

Yikes! So it has been a hot minute since I last wrote a personal blog. I have been so busy with Christmas celebrations and catching up with family and friends over the holidays that I have had hardly any time to sit down. Today has been the first day since Christmas that I have been able to log on to my laptop and finally write up this blog! In saying that, I hope you all had a good Christmas and are looking forward to the brand new year ahead!

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Christmas Day I wore this green jumper from Dunnes Stores & this Elf hat I bought in a Euro shop! I was dressed pretty festive if I do say so myself! I was in the Chrsitmas spirit and I said “Fuck it!” why not dress like an Elf? haha.

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These are the gifts that I got for Christmas off my friends & family. I was delighted! Truly spoiled. I love that everyone bought my Cruelty Free products, either unknown to themselves or otherwise! ^^ They all know me too well.

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I have been thinking a lot about the New Year and I have mentally been planning out what it is I want to achieve from 2014. I must admit that I am not a huge lover of New Years Resolutions, even thought I always make those types of promises to myself every year! I guess I have a love/hate relationship with the idea of resolutions because most people never bother to even keep them through out the year and it can sometimes feel like a pointless exercise. For two years in a row now I have made New Years Resolution videos on my youtube channel and it is always good to look back on what I set out to do for the year and see if I was successful in accomplishing those goals.

I just re-watched my New Years Resolutions 2013 video and it really got me thinking. I don’t think we should feel bad if we DIDN’T achieve all we wanted to in one year.

Sometimes these goals are stepping stones and they are not the be all and end all. For example, most people’s goal in the new year is to get fit. The gym’s does be bursting in January, then nearing the end of the year they are almost completely deserted, you might even seen a tumbleweed float silently across the treadmills. But I honestly think, if by the end of the year your are staying active and doing your best to be a more healthy you, then you have kept your promise. In my opinion, it doesn’t have to be all about getting totally ripped, its’ about making an improvement and working towards a better you.

I think people get super hyped up about this “New Year, New You” mantra and go head first into these huge goals and get overwhelmed by it all. If you are going to set yourself a pretty hefty goal to reach for the new year, don’t freak yourself out form the get go. Plan! Set out small goals and step by step plans that will lead you to your ultimate goal. We are put under such pressure to achieve so much in so little time, sometimes your goal is going to take more than a year, it doesn’t mean it is not achievable, it just means you are going to have to be in it to win it for the long haul.

My resolutions are to stop being such a push over (seriously, I am a terrible push over!) and to say no when I want to say no, I basically always say yes to please people, thus making myself miserable. Also, I am planning on deactivating my person facebook page, as I find the site to be a terribly negative place most of the time and I don’t enjoy logging into it anymore. If I do end up keeping it or reactivating it, I will keep it very private. I will however, keep my “like” page and update it regularly with my video and blog posts. I want to use this website more for personal updates and make it the best blog it can be.

What are your goals for the year? Tweet me @EllieJayden on twitter and fill me in 🙂

Hope you had a Merry Christmas & have a Happy New Year!

See you in 2014!

Ellie. xoxo

Positive Energy & Pink Skies!

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So the past few day’s I have been trying to think more positively as during the week I had a really bad day where I just let stuff get to me and I really got myself into a bad humor and I really didn’t want it to spiral. I am learning how to control my emotions and try to get out of bad moods quickly instead of dwelling on the negatives in life. Instead I am doing my best to focus on the good and move forward. I purchased some sage the other day and I saged my entire house to rid it of bad energies. I know a lot of people don’t believe in this sort of thing and think it is a load of hoo ha but I will try anything once and I do believe that people, objects and places hold energies, be it good or bad. So I think there are ways to shift those energies and have a clearer mindset space afterwards.
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Today I wore these chokers I bought on etsy, I got the 90s tattoo choker in the post yesterday. I really love these kinds of chokers, they remind me of being a kid! I really wish I kept the ones I had when I was younger because I had some funky ones that had different colour beads and pattens on them. I think etsy is a really cool place to buy unique gifts and accessories. I have purchased a few things off it already for Christmas, I bought some one off gifts that I know my family and friends will love.

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The night sky was so pretty the other night I had to take a picture. I was in a car with my friend as we where going to see the new Hunger Games film and the sky was bright orange/pink and we couldn’t take out eyes off it! I took this picture on my new phone, I love it so much! My other phone literally was not working anymore and I got a new phone as an early Christmas present. I love the camera on it, it is so much clearer than my old phone. I took all of these photo’s on my new phone and posted them to instagram. You can follow me on instagram by searching the username EllieJayden.

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Also this week I went shopping with my Mam and we went to one of my favorite shops called “Moonbeams” it is a local shop that sells crystals and hand made soaps etc. I am not really a huge fan of soaps if I am completely honest, but I do love the buy soaps made with natural ingredients and essential oils. These soaps are handmade and are cruelty free. I purchased one called “Tickled Pink” it smells really nice and it was half the price of the soap’s you would buy in LUSH. It cost me €2.50 and the block is pretty large!

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I also picked up some Dr.Organic products in a buy one get one half price deal at Holland and Barrett. I want to do my best to covert over to using organic /natural products as my skin is really sensitive and I really should stop using products with harsh chemicals in them. I think like most people, I never really thought too much about what chemicals where in the products I used and I just trusted certain companies blindly. From now on though, I am going to be checking that all the products I used are free of any nasty chemicals and are completely cruelty free.

I have always done my best to only buy products that are cruelty free. It can be really hard to know what to buy and I usually use gocrueltyfree.org to see what products are not tested on animals. According to that site Urban Decay do not test their products on animals and I am delighted about that as I love their brand and I am happy to continue using their products now that I know they are cruelty free.

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I might do some videos in the future about Cruelty Free & Organic Products

Thanks for reading. Have a nice day!

xoxo

ALFAPARF Milano Fantastic Hairdresser Awards 2013

This weekend I attended the ALFAPARF Milano Fantastic Hairdresser Awards 2013 in Silver Springs Moran Hotel, Co.Cork. This is the fourth year in a row the competition has been open to Ireland’s leading and up and coming hair stylists, with a wide range of creative categories such as Fantastic Stylist, Fantastic Colourist, Fantastic Salon etc. The Fantastic Fantasy Hair Stylist Award was won by my friend & MoHH student, Glen Cullen on the night. His model Katie Brill wore the piece entitled “Mystique” with beautiful poise and the final looked breath taking.

The competition was intense and there was so many beautiful looks created on the day. My favorite category by far has to be the Fantasy category, it is really inspirational to see the creative visions of so many talented stylists. I decided to document the preparation at the start of the day, right through to the final judging.

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Glen preparing his model for the competition. (Above)

The competitors where given time to fine tune and prepare their look for the final judging in the convention center. The scene was very hectic and electric with energy. The intensity in the room was undeniable. Each stylist was carefully putting together their creative vision with perfect precision and passion. It was inspiring!

Glen’s mood board for the final look. (Below) 

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After the final looks where prepared, the stylists lead their models onto the judging floor. The impressive judging panel included, Richard Ashforth, International Creative Director of SACO, Desmond Murray, award-winning stylist and photographer, Desmond Murray Photography; Vivica Davie, Colour director for ALFAPARF Milano; Roberta Artó, ALFAPARF Milano Research & Development Technician and Fiona Connolly, Manager of the Year winner at the British Hairdressing Business Awards.

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After the judging had taken place, the models posed for some pictures.

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Glen’s model Katie wears a stunning dress created by Luke Keating (above)

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Model’s Rachel, Laura & Katie stroke a fierce pose! (below)

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After the day’s competition was complete, there was a special show which was presented my Off The Rails presenter Brendan Courtney, the show showcases innovative and on trend hair styles for this season, the show had everything, fashion, style, dancing & even some on stage hair cuts! Which where demonstrated by the talented Alan Keville.

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After the show was over it was on to the most awaited part of the evening, the awards!

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The awards ceremony was full of thrills and screams! Each winner was as deserving as the next and after the awards where handed out, each stylist celebrated with their fellow competitors at the after party at one of Cork’s top night clubs, The Bodega.

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I had a really enjoyable experience at The Fantastic Hairdresser awards, the creativity and high energy really inspired me. The entire event was entertaining and visually stunning. The stylists showed incredible skill and innovation through their designs and the competition pieces where a testament to how far Irish Hairdressing has come along in the last few years, the pieces where on trend, unique and show stopping.

Until next year, happy hairdressing! ; )

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Eoins Tattoos!

My boyfriend being a weirdo & showing us his tattoos. For more photos & blogs: elliejayden.com My twitter: twitter.com Tumblr: Read More →

Eoins Hair Tutorial!

Me filming Eoin doing is hurrr LOL! Just a bit of fun. xo

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