Monday, 9 June 2014

Minimalist Haul | Missguided,H&M & Vintage

Lately I realised I needed a few light pieces to spruce up my Summer wardrobe. My Summer colours are still black, black and more black, but Iv'e added a few bits of white and grey to brighten things up. Most of the pieces just arrived today courtesy of Missguided, so everything featured should still be available online.
Ive been going for a minimalistic approach to Summer fashion this season, with blank whites and textured blacks featuring heavily in my Summer LookBook. Iv'e also been loving the whole Palm Springs/Club Tropicana trend that all the editorials and highstreet stores have been showcasing.

Top | Nicole X Missguided
When the hotly anticipated Nicole Sherzinger collaboration with Missguided was released, I was slightly disapointed with it as, although it was amazingly sexy and on trend, very little of it suited my personal style. There were a few pieces however. that caught my eye, particularily the black mesh pieces such as this croptop with mesh sleeves. It's quite fitted and very very cropped, I'd prefer if it was a bit longer but I'm looking forward to styling this piece with my mesh skirt, featured in my OOTD that you can see here.

You can also read my article on the release of Nicole's Missguided collection here on Style Eyes.
Bomber Jacket | Missguided
I ordered this quilted bomber jacket to throw on as an alternative to my black bomber jackets for nights out. Its a really light material with a faux leather exterior so it's perfect for Summer and the All White Everthing minimalist look Iv'e been loving lately. 
                                  I also love the light quilted texture detailing on the exterior.
Dress | Missguided
I loved this dress in whiteso much I decided to pick it up in black as well! It's just a simple minimalist shift style dress. I love the ease and simplicity of having pieces like this in my wardrobe. The added sheer panel at the d├ęcolletage adds interest and keeps the black dress from being too heavy for Summer months, not that you don't still need warmth in an Irish Summer.

You can also check out some other Missguided looks iv'e put together on my Instagram.
Co-ordinates | Missguided
The next bits I purchased is this white palm print shorts and jacket combo. I have been totally obsessed with co-ordinates this S/S season and this print caught my eye immediatley on the Missguided website. 
These co-ords were sold seperatley on the Missguided website, and you could choose to match the jacket with either a dress or a top & shorts. I chose the shorts and jacket without the top as I thought a cute white or black crop top would keep the co-ordinate look without being too matchy-matchy.
The muted club tropicana print was also perfect for me as I can be a tad colour shy. It's perfectly palm springs without being too over the top.
Ring | Missguided
     I chose this "palm leaf" ring as I was inspired by the Motel Rocks leaf print co-ords that Iv'e seen all over Look Book and Tumblr. As much as I'm liking this ring, i think that the shad of gold they chose it quite bright and a little tacky, and it really stands out as being bright and brassy when I wear it stacked with other gold rings. Other than that i think it's an edgy but subtle take on the, lets face it, weed print trend.
Co-ordinates | H&M
I also picked up this pair of white co-ordinates in the H&M sale. I thought they were simple and would be easy to style together or as seperates. I also chose them due to the textured look and feel of the fabric.

Lace Top | Vintage
My Mum is an excellent one for hoarding away gems from her 80's and 90's wardrobe. Recently she gifted me this beautiful delicate palm lace top with pearl buttons. It's gorgeous and looks amazing worn as a bralet under sheer white tops and as a crop top with highwaited jeans, sliders and an open shirt.
 
Leather Backpack | Vintage
After seeing me lusting after millions of black leather backpacks on Polyvore, my very generous Mum also gave me this perfect little vintage backpack. Iv'e been wearing this to death since she gave it to me and it's officially my new favourite bag for everyday. It's little but quite roomy, and sits perfectly even over my giant Levis sherling jacket. Thanks Mum!

Thursday, 5 June 2014

My Top 10 Skincare & Beauty Products

I really am not much of a beauty blogger, usually when I find a product that works for me I latch onto it for dear life and excessivley re-purchase. But recently Iv'e found myself with a drawer of skincare products due to the proliferation of new and interesting products Iv'e been seeing around the place. It seems now that every weekend I pop into Boots to grab fake eyelashes for a night out, I'm also picking up a different product! Ive been using all of these products for between three months and three weeks now, so here is my review of each of my favourite skincare products!
 Boots Essentials Cucumber Facial Scrub - for all skin types
This facial scrub is your seriously basic necessity, something everyone needs to have by their sink. It comes in a really handy travel sized bottle so I bring mine everywhere, if I'm going away for a weekend or on holidays or on a pamper sleepover this is the mini item I bring with me. Also the cucumber scent is quite light and refreshing. As it is from the Boots Essentials range it is really good value, only €1.99

                               Simple Spotless Skin Blackhead Eliminating Facial Scrub

If you are finding that controling blackheads is an issue for you, I highly reccommend this Simple Scrub. I don't really struggle with blackheads, but I want to keep them at bay so I use this scrub about once a week, and it seems to be working so far. The scrub claims to 'remove dead skin cells, dirt and impurities' and contains witch hazel, one of my favourite skin care ingredients, to clean and tighten pores. This product is also 100% perfume and artificial color free so it's suited to sensitive skin like mine. This scrub retails from Boots for about €5.99.   

                                       Simple Kind to Skin Moisturising Facial Wash

This wash is amazing for my skin type, I have sensitive combination to dry skin (I know, complicated right?) and this product is perfect for gentle night or morning cleansing. I generally use this product after my more heavy duty cleanser, to remover any residue and to freshen my skin before I moisturise. It contains pro-vitamin B5 to 'activley soften and smooth skin' and, like most Simple products, has no fragrence or unnatural color. You can pick this up in Boots for €4.99.

Clarins Cleansing Milk with Gentian
 Or 'lait dermaquillant velours avec gentiane' if you want to be fancy about it. I adore this cleanser, the scent of it is amazing. This cleansing milk is perfect for removing heavy duty make up, like after a night out if I'm capable of more than falling into bed with my shoes on and a Supermacs curry cheese chip, I use this to remove lots of foundation and the annoying sticky debris from fake eyelash glue. My one issue is that the lait leaves a little residue and due to my sensitive skin I can't use such a heavy duty cleanser every evening. This product has lasted so long for me, I got the 400ml bottle about two years ago and it's not even half empty. This product retails from Boots for about €21 but I'm not sure exactly. Perfect if you wear lots of make up and need a good solid cleanser.

                       Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean 4-in-1 Wash-off Deep Cleansing Milk 

I love this cleanser, the scent is so so amazing, I can't do it justice by describing it but to me it smells like peach flavoured iced tea with a fresher underlying fragrence that I cant quite put my finger on, but basically it smells amazing, like all Soap & Glory products. I find this product to be quite refreshing and energising and generally use it in the morning if Iv'e forgotten to remove my make up from the day/night before. It includes peach extract, quillaja bark, detoxyboost technology and 'poreshrinkR2' (which sounds a bit made up to me). I haven't seen the improvements in my skin that it claims to give but it is an excellent cleanser and oh my God the scent.. You can pick this up in Boots for about €6.50-€8 depending on the bottle size.

                                                 ROC Energising Cleansing Mousse

I bought this product out of sheer curiosity and novelty that it's a mousse. This cleanser is very light and delicate and leaves no residue, it wipes cleanly away. It also has a very sweet scent and leaves skin feeling revitalised and cool. I generally don't use this to remove make up but use it instead to just clean my face at the end of an no-make up day at home for gentle and mild cleansing. This is about €10 on Amazon.  

Optima Australian Organic Tea Tree Cream

This is now my go to product when I feel or see a spot emerging, I use this nearly every day. It's just a soothing tea tree antiseptic cream, perfect for spots or even putting on a grazed knee after a tipsy night. A huge thanks to Jane over at Galway Style for sending me this product or else I never would have come across it and it's now my go to spot assassin. You can find this product for a very resonable €5 on Amazon. 

Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic with Aloe Vera & Ginseng

This liquid exfoliant has been getting a lot of hype lately thanks to it being featured in the lovely Zoella's May favourites Youtube video. Iv'e been using this product for only about 3 weeks now so I haven't seen an improvement yet but I'm looking forward to continuing to use this gentle exfoliater. Also the scent of this is gorgeous, very light and you can smell both the ginseng and the aloe vers. Thsi product retails at Boots for around €20.

                               Neutrogena Multi-Defence Daily Moisturiser SPF 15

This is my daily morning and night moisturiser. I love that it contains an SPF as I'm pretty pale and could use all the skin protection I can get. I love this product, it's just a plain and simple lightweight moisturiser, perfect for using before and under make up and then a heavier application before bedtime. Simplicity! You can get this moisturiser from Boots for €10.99.

                                               Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturiser

Finally, the product that is worth all the hype! I adore this moisturiser, it is light and residue free and genuinley does dry in seconds. I love all three fragrances but the cocoa radient flavour is my favourite and is a perfect light Summer scent. My only point about this product is that it can be quite cold when it sprays out of the can but it's worth it. You can grab this in three scents, 'pure oat', 'aloe fresh' and 'cocoa radiant', from Boots for €4.65.
 That's the end of my top 10 Skincare & Beauty products, I hope you guys enjoyed reading it and try out some of the products for yourselves. Also, if any of you want to check out the fashion website I collaborate on, Style Eyes, and read the articles Iv'e written for them, you can check it out here.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

NCAD Graduate Fashion Show 2014

Last weekend, my friend Daniel and I went to the NCAD annual graduate fashion show in Christchurch. 
I was covering the show for, of course, Vintage Venom, but also Style Eyes, another site I collaborate with, you can check out the corresponding article on the Style Eyes website here.
| Here's Daniel & I just after the show, excuse my goofy smile I was literally so delighted even though your'e supposed to pretend to be pouty at these things apparently|
So I was able to get some amazing photo's from my seat, luckily we managed to get a front row spot at the end of the catwalk. All of the graduate designer's collections were incredibly cutting-edge and each fashion student had something unique to present. 

                                Tish Carroll

       Project Title: Mother Says

Statement: Children's proportions and posture have been the main driving force for the creation of a collection which contrasts structural tailored elements with voluminous lightweight fabrics.


                                  Rachel Duke

                                    Project Title: Untitled

 Statement: In addresssing the excessive work and physical labour in our cultural memory, my design is process driven and 'overworked'. Throughcombining experimental construction with reworked hand craft techniques a collection of strong, weighted silhouettes is created.

                                Naoise Farrell



 Project Title: Basted Estate

Statement: This collection is a response t the overt consumerism of the celtic tiger years, and to the liberal nature of contemporary dance. arments reference classic menswear, with working illustrations printed on the exterior, exposing the veracity of the process.

                                  Lily Spain


 Project Title: New Tradition

Statement: My collection is based on the contrast between a world that has become obsessed with plastics and synthetics in it's quest for perfection and the earthy, raw traditional elements that are being left behind as a result.
 





                                                  Hannah Choy O'Byrne




 Project Title: Cabinet of Curiosities.







Statement: A glance into the world of a collector and their relationship with their cllection.

Blending reality with obsession through fabric manipulation and dramatic shapes.

                             Gwen Cunningham

 Project Title: Van Alles is Weer Waardeloos
Statement: Documenting the Story of a garment from inception to demise, from designer to wearer.

Mapping the lived in space between the retail rail and bedroom floor.

Clean, crisp, steril. Crumpled, stained, over-loved.
Intent vs. trace.
Order vs. chaos.
Everything is worthless again.

 



                                 Elaine Cawley







Project Title: Autoscopy

 Statement: 
Autoscopy- seeing one's own body from an elevated and distanced visuo-spatial perspective.

Inspired by the work of photographer Francesca Woodman, this collection is an exploration of self representation against the external environment through clothing. Woodman chooses herself as the subject in her portraits, sometimes manipulating her body physically or perceptivley as a statement of taking control of herself as subject and not object.


Ciara Lennon









Project Title: Untitled







Statement: Exploring urban environments to inspire a casual, fresh menswear collection using contrasting fabrics for Spring/Summer.

Caoimhe Mac Neice

 









Project Title: Wrap





Statement: 

Exploring the concept of a misleading online persona, a person reduced to pixels or squares on a scren. Garments are reduced to these pixels or squares, which are warped and distorted by the body.


Audrey Kennealy


 

Project Title: Reverie



Statement: Body forms distorting prints and knit to create illusions through movement of the wearer. A colour story inspired by personal imagery of Dublin's architecture.

                                   Anna Gyo


 Project Title: Lackaghmore

Statement: "Lackaghmore" my home in Donegal is the inspiration for my collection. The visual contrast between masculine and feminine will be explored through silhouette and fabrication. My collection embodies the strength, dynamics and power of a family of women and their sense of place.

Andrew Bell










Project Title:
Wrap. Clench. Clutch. Consume.



 Statement: 

The collection observes both the real and intangible relationship between the Woman and her handbag. Garments draw the physical link between the bag, the body and the body language of the wearer. Silhouettes are all-consuming in their portrayal of the overpowering relationship between the fashion accessory and the self.


Amie Egan






Project Title: Gut Instinct

Statement: Necessity serves as motivation for creativity. How we produce and live in our clothes is determined by our surroundings.
My collection is a response to our drastically changing worrld and climate.



                            Alice Doherty


 Project Titile: Allusive Contrasts




Statement: Contrasts make for dramatic statements. Creating narrative by contrasting light and dark, striking structures, flowing prints and elaborate textures.


Aimee Chan






Project Title:  Kastom Dresing Blong Yumi.

Statement: The issue of cultural appropriation versus cultural misappropriation comes to the fore: what constitutes as acceptable in today's society when we observe the globalisation of indigenous culture in contempory fashion? A study of the appropriator and the appropriated is conducted as social politics, multiculturalism and cultural identity are explored.

That's all my snaps from the show, except for a few I took a the beginning when the 3rd years were showcasing, but I might make a seperate post about them as this one is already so long.
The entire show was amazing and enjoy browsing the photos of each collection.

My Outfit:
Hat - H&M
Choker - Topshop
Top - ASOS
Jacket - New Look
Mesh Skirt - Primark
Boots - New Look
Backpack - Vintage







Thank you guys so much for reading! Post again soon.
















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