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The Virgin Suicides Inspired OOTD

This outfit of the day post is unique as it is inspired by one of my absolute favourite films/books of all time, The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. The aesthetic of the film version has always fascinated me and director Sofia Coppola’s style is undeniably haunting and feminine all at once.

Under each photo is a quote that struck me while reading the book. The pages of The Virgin Suicides captivated me when I first read them and these words still take my breath away.

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We felt the imprisonment of being a girl, the way it made your mind active and dreamy, and how you ended up knowing what colors went together.

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Their desire was silent yet magnificent, like a thousand daisies attuning their faces toward the path of the sun.

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We knew that the girls were really women in disguise, that they understood love, and even death, and that our job was merely to create the noise that seemed to fascinate them. We knew that they knew everything about us.

And that we couldn’t fathom them at all.

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In the end we had pieces of the puzzle, but no matter how we put them together, gaps remained—oddly shaped emptiness mapped by what surrounded them.

Like countries we couldn’t name.

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Dress // Quiz

Hair Flowers // Ebay

Rings // Primark

Shoes // Primark

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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

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Steal Her Style: Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne is the most famous model in the world right now. She is only 22 and already has incredibly impressive modelling résumé and a list of high profile celebrity pal’s to boot. Not only is she a talented model but she can sing (click here for proof of her angelic voice) she can act and can pull funny faces while still looking flawless. Seriously, is there anything this woman can’t do?!

One of the most interesting thing’s about Cara is her personal style is totally understated and casual, in comparison to the haute couture looks she struts down the runway in. In my opinion, her ‘off study’ style is far more interesting. Cara is young and free, she really doesn’t give a f*ck what anyone thinks about her fashion choices and I love that! She lives life to the fullest.

To get Cara’s ‘off duty’ look, it is best to combine key pieces to create a dressy/casual look that makes you look stylish, while still being comfy and easy to wear. Cara is a huge fan of loose fitting band tee’s and plain vest tops, she usually pairs them with a cool leather jacket or parka jacket, depending on the occasion. She usually wears a funky slogan beanie or cap. If you are on a budget, I find that Primark stock a lot of similar style beanies and hats for affordable prices.

Although Cara is a fashion muse and icon (Mulberry designed a line of handbags in her honor called the Cara Delevingne Collection!) she isn’t afraid to rock high street clothing. She’s often seen wearing clothing and accessories from high street stores. She loves to shop in Topshop & Zara!

Cara’s makeup is usually kept very low key and natural, especially when is is going on casting calls. She wears nude colours to suit her beautifully bronzed skin tone. She usually wears copper or gold coloured eye shadows to really make her big blue eyes pop! Mascara is also very important when recreating Cara’s look, she uses lashings of black mascara to give her that doe-eyed look.

On special occasions she has been known to wear a bold, sultry pout. She loves to wear deep red lipstick to red carpet events but as she like to play up her eyes, she usually wears a nude lip colour. Ohhh and let’s not forget the single most important aspect to Cara’s look, her world famous eyebrows! She brought bushy back and made everyone put away their trusty tweezers.

To get Cara’s famous bushy brow look, create some definition and fullness in your brows by using an eyebrow palette and brush to fill in any gaps. You can find several makeup tutorials online that show you how to re-create Cara’s famous brows but be warned, this look isn’t for everyone!

Cara is a huge fan of tattoos. One of her most famous tattoo’s is the Lion she had tattooed onto her finger, but of course not everyone is brave enough to go under the needle! To re-create Cara’s look you can buy some fantastic temporary tattoos online, like this selection on Ebay . Temporary tattoo’s were really on trend last summer and I am pretty sure they will be just as big this year. They are a great way to have fun with fashion without the commitment (or pain) of a real tattoo.

On or off the runway, Cara Delevingne doesn’t take herself too seriously and that makes her fashion journey incredibly fun to follow. Her goofy personality makes her relatable and her drool worthy wardrobe and impressive entourage of celeb pals makes us all weep with sheer envy!

Cara really is a true style icon and I can’t wait to see more fashion looks from her in the future.

Bad Reputation OOTD

‘I don’t really care if you think I’m strange I ain’t gonna change!’ – Joan Jett

Shoes // Primark

Sunglasses // Pimark

Flower Crown // Primark

Faux Leather Jacket // Romwe

Kurt Cobain Vest Top // Romwe

Faux Leather Trousers // Dunnes Store

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Steal Her Style: Charli XCX

Charlie XCX is my new style queen. I bow down to her fashion choices!

This woman is a risk taker and fashion is all about having fun, being creative and taking risks. Her playful approach to fashion is invigorating. It is so refreshing to see someone in music today is is so wholeheartedly enjoying discovering their own personal style! Charli XCX is all about living life as if it is one big party. And Hey, you gotta get dressed up for your own party, right?

Her album Sucker embodies that mindset & is fantastic to listen to while getting glammed up!

I love that Charli’s style pays homage to cult classic 90s chick flick films such as Clueless & Jawkbreaker. She wears a lot of teen movie inspired clothing such as fluffy crop tops, cross chokers and shredded tights to name a few. In regards to style inspiration Charlie says, ‘I draw inspiration from pop culture like Wednesday Addams and the Spice Girls, but present it in a raw environment on stage. It’s kind of like baby-cake goth. I’ve always put thought into what I’m wearing, because as an artist it’s really important for the look to translate into your sound.’

To get Charlie XCX’s girly grunge look, try combining colourful crop tops with gothic inspired jewelry. Charli is most inspired by the 90s fashion era, ‘I feel like the ‘90s had the best period for style because it was the best of both worlds like grunge and then Girl Power pop as well’.

Charlie is a shoe fanatic and loves to wear super high platform shoes in bright, solid colours and platforms with funky patterns on them. Her style is also influenced by the London rave scene, where she used to preform at parties when she was a starting out as a musical artist.

Charli’s makeup go-to makeup look is usually a red or pink bold lip and sultry eyes. She brings out her brown eyes by using gold and metallic eye shadow’s to really make her beautiful eyes pop, her brows are always defined and on fleek , come on I had to say it!. She sometimes experiments with colourful eye shadow’s to add a some more playfulness to her look (as if she needs too!)

If there is anything I’ve learned from Charli XCX, it is that life is too short to care about what other people think about your fashion choices. Style is personal and it’s influenced by a lot of different mediums of art and life. Experimenting with your style is so much fun and taking influence from your favorite style era’s is a great way to discover who you are and what you like to wear. Fashion allows us to show the world who are are and who we want to be and Charli XCX gets that.

Valentines Day OOTD

‘You give me that kind of something, want it all the time, need it everyday‘ – Arianna Grande

Shoes // Primark

Sunglasses // Pimark

Flower Crown // Primark

Heart Shaped Bag // H&M

Striped Peplum Top // H&M

Chunky Chain Necklace // H&M

Faux Leather Trousers // Dunnes Stores

 

 

Steal Her Style: Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey describes her personal style as ‘Gangster Nancy Sinatra’. Her look incorporates both retro and modern styles to create a look that is her own. She looks like a Beauty Queen Rebel, pairing leather jackets with wide, volumized hair styles that are sure to make an impact when she walks into a room. Lana is a fan of simplicity when it comes to clothing, she likes to wear timeless fabrics, such as lace, velvet and chiffon. She knows how to play with feminine and masculine textures to create her look and compliments her features with clever accessorizing.

Lana’s look is unique in the fact that she wears high end couture pieces with gangster inspired jewelry. She add’s a modern twist to old Hollywood glamour with her accessorize. Her favorite accessories include gold two finger rings, chunky gold necklaces and hoop earrings. She adds a touch of femininity to her look by wearing flower crowns and 60’s inspired hair bows.

Lana’s hair and make-up are a very important part of her look. Volume is very important when trying to re-create Lana’s hair styles. Taking inspiration from Nancy Sinatra, Lana usually wears her hair high and wide in a beehive up-do. Her hair always has shine and texture, which can be created using volumizing hair products and a shine spray. Her main focus in regards to make-up are her eyes and her lips. Her famous bee stung pout is can be recreated using a nude lip liner and lipstick. If you try this look, make sure to use a lip primer to keep your lips looking kissable!

She creates more drama to her look by focusing on making her eyes look as doll like as possible. This is done using a light brown eye shadow on the crease of the eye lid and by lining her eyelids with liquid liner. Definition is created using a jet black mascara to define the lashes. To add some extra definition to the eyes, try using some fake lashes to create that Jessica Rabbit inspired look.

She truly is a beauty queen, living the American dream.

Trend Tacklers on TV3 Xposé!

 Yesterday I was in Dublin filming for TV3’s Xposé! I was apart of a panel in the Trend Tackler segment of the show, where we judge the latest trends this season. The show was presented by the lovely Aisling O’Loughlin, who was very professional and made us all feel very calm and welcome to the show. The three looks were styled by a very talented stylist name, Irene O’Brien. We filmed three episodes in one day, so keep your eyes peeled for me on show!

I must admit it was very pretty amazing to tick appearing on Xposé off my bucket list! I had a lot of fun filming and learning how the show is put together for television. The Xposé team were all very friendly and enjoyable to work with. Also, I befriended two cool girls, who were my fellow panelists on the day. Though our personal style was very different we all had a common love for fashion. It was a lot of fun to be apart of the show and to work with such talented Irish women.

Keep an eye out for the latest episodes of Trend Tackler on the Xposé site!

 

Steal Her Style: Taylor Swift

Singer/songwriter Taylor Swift is an old soul at heart and her style reflects that. With the release of her fifth studio album, we’ve seen Taylor evolve before our very eyes, into a well rounded fashionista. With each album her look continues to change and grow. This era is my favorite, because I think Taylor is finally finding her own style and it is clear to see that she is finally comfortable in her own skin. The song Shake It Off pretty much confirmed that to the world!

Taylor is the queen of dressy casual, she can transform a simple outfit into a work of art, by adding some well chosen key pieces to her look. What I love about Taylor’s style, is that everything she chooses to wear is deliberate. Taylor is an artist and it translates into her everyday look, she knows that colour pallets suit her and she dresses practically, as well as fashionably.

Which is a skill in my opinion.

In the winter months she usually chooses warm tones, like deep reds, greens and mustard. Taylor Swift is a big fan of stylish, practical bags. She can usually be seen carrying a satchel or a vintage handbag. Another statement item she is rarely seen without is her signature red lipstick.

Being the true romantic that she is, Taylor loves dreamy pastel colours and knows how to execute them well when putting together an outfit, without looking childish. Soft pastel tones contrast well with her pale skin and blonde hair. What I love about Taylor is that she isn’t afraid to break the rules and sometimes adds a pop of neon, to really make her outfit stand out.

Her ability to play with colours and textures makes Taylor’s fashion journey really fun to watch, I think it is refreshing to see a young woman who is having fun with fashion and isn’t afraid to be herself. Her style comes across effortlessly and her salute to vintage fashion is inspiring to see, especially when she adds a modern twist to old school looks.

Ms. Swift is definitely one to watch, this fashionista is only getting started!

Steal Her Style: Taylor Momsen


It’s hard to believe that Taylor Momsen is only 21 years old. She has already been apart of one of the worlds most popular t.v shows of all time (Gossip Girl, duh!) and is the front woman of a bad ass rock band called The Pretty Reckless. Taylor’s style transformation from her Gossip Girl days, playing fashion obsessed Jenny Humphrey, to her ball busting rock chick persona has been really interesting to watch. In 2011 she quite acting and happily left behind her Gossip Girl persona to start her rock band and finally free herself from the character that made her famous worldwide.

Near the end of her time on Gossip Girl, it was clear that Taylor had enough of catering to the role of Jenny. She has said in the past that Gossip Girl was just a job and nothing more. Soon enough, Jenny’s character was starting to morph into Taylor Momsen, wearing heavy black eyeliner and blonde hair extensions, which she is famous for. Taylor began expressing herself through her own personal style and it was the polar opposite to Jenny Humphrey’s girly girl style.

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Taylor’s style is so brave and daring, it’s hard not to love it! I personally love her trademark knee high cyber boots, with the thick buckles going all the way up the boot. To make her look really stand out, she usually pairs her boots with some sexy thigh high tights and a garter belt. A lot of her clothing choices are classic rock chick pieces, like a studded belt, band tee and leather jacket.

She adds her own flare to them by accessorizing.

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Accessories can really make and outfit and Taylor Momsen knows this. She loves to accessorize her outfits by layering rosary beads over pendant necklaces and leather chokers. Chokers are a staple item of Taylor’s. She likes them all, studded, spiked, lace, you name it!

Taylor also loves wearing stacks of rings, she usually wears silver and gold, sometimes even together! She isn’t afraid to mix it up and take some risks but she can also keep it casual in a black knitted beanie hat during sound checks and when she’s out and about on her days off.

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Another staple accessory for any rock chick is her tinted sunglasses, Taylor usually wears a pair of classic tinted black Aviators sunglasses. Sunglasses really are a fun way to change up your look without over accessorizing and can be helpful to keep your anonymity, especially when you are a famous celeb. Plus, they make you look stylish without having to make any effort at all!

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Taylor Momsen’s make-up look is my far the most striking thing about her entire look in my opinion. Her bold, statement make-up really makes an impact and her dark, smokey eyes are a key component if you are trying to recreate her look. This heavy eye make up isn’t for everyone but it’s actually quite a simple look to achieve once you have a solid black eyes shadow and the patience to blend it out! Sometimes Taylor changes it up by wearing a burgundy eye shadow.

On her lips, Taylor mostly keeps it neutral by wearing a nude lip but if she’s feeling daring, she usually applies a red lip for more drama. The thing I love about Taylor is that she isn’t afraid to play around with her look, so sometimes she can be seen sporting black or purple lips.

Makeup is supposed to be fun, so take a leaf out of Taylor’s book and play around with it!

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I think it is safe to say that Taylor Momsen doesn’t give a fu*ck what others think of her style and isn’t bravery and a carefree attitude towards fashion the best accessory of all?

I think so anyway!