Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Outfit Of The Day- Fancy Florals

Yesterday was my 19th birthday, but sadly, I spent the whole day working. Bummer. To make matters worse, as I was waiting at the bus stop in the torrential rain on my way to work, an enormous truck decide to drench me in water as it drove by! So needless to say I was feeling pretty sorry for myself and decided a bit of retail therapy was in order. The result came in the form of this beeeautiful floral dress from Miss Selfridge. Perhaps my birthday was looking up after all, because I nabbed this in the sale for just NINE EURO! Impressive or what? 

 I love the vintage feel of the dress, and I'm a sucker for a cut out back. Bonus points for the dip hem too! I'm smitten :) I teamed the dress with a pair of pink wedges from New Look, a black Forever 21 belt, and a pink scarf borrowed from my darling mother. Do you like?

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Black Is Best- Tumblr Inspiration

Anybody else have those lazy days where you spend hours sifting through pictures on Tumblr, without realising how much time has passed? Well, I'm having one of those days today :) 

*Note-I do not own any of the above images. All images are taken from Tumblr. 

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Shoe Design Competition Finalist- Vote For Me Pleeease

I'm not gonna lie, yesterday I broke a mirror and was genuinely fearful that I was destined to endure the next seven years of my life with constant bad luck. However, my clumsiness seems to have worked in my favour, and I'm happy to say that my superstitions have now vanished! Wanna know why? :)
Yesterday I was thrilled to discover I'd been featured as a blogger of the day on the fabulous Yay! Miraculously, my good luck continued when I woke up this morning to find I'd been chosen out of hundreds of entries and shortlisted to the final ten in a shoe design competition. Wowza.
The competition is run by my favourite website WIWT, who have collaborated with Upper Street London, a brilliant website where you can design your own shoes, and then have them made. Cool, isn't it? Not so cool however, is the price tag. It costs around €350 to have your design made, which I could never ever afford, so to have the chance to win this competition would be amaaazing! The competition runs until 4pm tomorrow, and the picture with the most likes on facebook wins. I'm up against some fierce competition so I would be really grateful if you could help me out and like the pic. It'll only take you a second :) And I promise if you help me win I'll show them off on my blog loads haha. Thanks guys!

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Traditonal Rose Tattoo Design

Hi there :) I planned on having a lovely productive day today but sadly, I woke up feeling like death. Boo. So instead, I decided to have a nice leisurely day and catch up on my drawing.I looove tattoo art (especially traditional flash) so I thought I'd try my hand at some! I'm hoping that when I get to college I'll find some way of incorporating it into my projects and such. I think that'd be pretty cool? 
Anyways, this is what I drew- a nice traditional rose with a locket draped around it. My black marker started to waste on me half way through, so if the drawing looks faded in some places that's why! I copied the design from an actual tattoo that I saw on Tumblr and instantly fell in love with! Some day, it will be mine. 
I've been dying to get some new ink all summer, and with my birthday coming up the temptation to splash out on one is immense. But I've also been eyeing up some DSLR cameras (my current camera is giving me a terrible time at the moment) and I don't think I can resist getting one! Maybe santa will be good to me and get me a lovely rose tattoo similar to this one for Christmas? Or just maybe, I'll be pleasantly surprised by my next pay check and find myself suddenly able to afford a new tat? Very, very unlikely.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Soldiers Can't Dance EP Launch Party/ Outfit Of The Day

I warned you that there would be an abundance of band photos after the Soldiers Can't Dance EP Launch Party on Friday night, and I wasn't lying! The gig was a huuuge success and the venue was packed out. I know I say this every time the band play, but it was the best performance they've ever given- they just get better and better! So proud :) The EP has actually reached it's download limit, so if you fancy a listen check it out on Youtube..I promise you won't regret it!

I've been patiently waiting to get my hands on a Soldiers Can't Dance band tee for ages now and at long last I've managed to nab one. So I thought I'd tie in my outfit of the day with all this band malarky and show it off to you! The t-shirts will be available to buy on the lads' official website very shortly so check out if you fancy one (shameless promotion, I know).
Today was a surprisingly sunny day for Ireland, so I sported some teeny tiny shorts I got on holidays and my mam's fab Ray Bans. You don't understand how much it depresses me that my mother has a pair and I don't. Life's not fair! Although, she doesn't have a gorgeous pair of Vans like the new pink ones I just bought. Hooray :)

Friday, 17 August 2012

Outfit Idea

First Day of College

1. Asos Aztec Patch Backpack- €42
2. Topshop Rose Crop Top- €45 
3. Dr. Martens Boots (available from Office)- €130 
4. Oasis Denim Skirt- €22 
5. Topshop Beanie hat- €23
6. River Island heart bracelet- €4.48 

With my college course starting in just a few weeks, I've already starting panicking about what to wear on my first day..I want to make a good impression after all! And for somebody hoping to study fashion design, these issues are a matter of great importance, am I right?
Anyway, I decided to create my "ideal" college outfit as a way to give me some ideas as to what I should wear. I may have to make a few more of these outfit idea posts because they're so much fun to do :)
I know this isn't suited to everybody's taste but personally I looove this outfit- the backpack and boots especially! I've actually had my eye on these boots for months now, and with my birthday just around the corner, I've been dropping hints everywhere. Fingers crossed ;)

I'm heading off to the Soldiers Can't Dance EP Lauch tonight, so you can expect a ton of band photos popping up on the blog in the next couple of days. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing, I'm not entirely sure haha! Either way, it's set to be a great night. Cannot WAIT!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Arabian Nights Inspired Eye Make Up

My mam brought home this beautiful tribal print scarf for me, and immediately I was struck with a sudden urge to try out some Arabian style make up (smoky eyes, lashings of mascara and eye liner, you know what I'm talking about!) to go with it. It could be due to the fact that when I wrapped the scarf around my head like a turban, I was reminded of Rihanna's "Where Have You Been" video. She's got that whole sexy, sultry, Arabian princess vibe going on in it, and who wouldn't wanna look like that! Not that I'm saying I do, because, well...nobody is that lucky. Speaking of Rihanna, who watched her new show Styled To Rock? I can already feel an obsession starting. LOVE IT!
Anyway, now that we've established that I will never look like RiRi (waaah) let's move onto the make up, shall we? I used a lot of earthy toned shadows from my Urban Decay palette for this look. I started off with Maui Wowie all over the base of my lids and under my bottom lashes. Then I mixed Smog and Mildew (really appealing names, aren't they?) together and blended the shadows into the outer corners of my eyes. I added a touch of deep brown shadow from M.A.C's Inter-View palette and swept it outwards towards my temples. Of course, for an Arabian inspired look it was vital that I piled on the eye liner on both my bottom and top water line. I used a miniature Benefit pencil eye liner that came with one of their kits, as the Bad Gal liner I usually use from Benefit needed pearing and frankly, I was too damn lazy to search the house for a sharpener!
Next, I applied a generous amount of Benefit's They're Real mascara (which is an absolute god send by the way) and topped off the whole look with M.A.C's Rapid Black Penultimate Liner. I've never actually tried out a double winged liner look before, but I must say I looove the result! It makes for such a dramatic statement, and I'll definitely be testing this look again for a night out in the future.
So there you have it, my take on "Arabian Nights" inspired eye make up, turban and all!

I think I'll go watch Aladin now :)

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Flaming Hot Hair

The other day I made a little trip to Boots and decided to treat myself to some new hair products. Hair dye was definitely number one on the shopping list, as my colour had become completely faded and lets face it, my roots were getting waaaay out of control! I had wanted to get my hands on John Frieda's Frizz Ease Hair Serum for absolutely ages, so I was delighted to discover that Boots were offering a 3 for €12 deal on all of the top hair brands, including John Frieda. Yipee! :) I needed hairspray anyway, so I decided to pick up a more expensive John Frieda one that I wouldn't have otherwise splashed out on (I'm not sure that it's possible to "splash out" on hairspray but you get the jist!). Lastly, I spotted the Umberto Giannini Grunge Glamour Tousled Salt Spray. It claims to give you that sexy, messy bed-head style do (yes please), but I have yet to find out if it actually works! Anybody else use it? I'm very intrigued.
So I went straight home to sort out my hair and get rid of those hideous roots once and for all! I used to pay the extra cash and get my hair done in the hair dressers, but my past few visits were extremely disappointing. The last time I went in, I specifically asked for a colour and cut, which is always €70. However, my hairdresser proceeded to give me highlights, only informing me afterwards that it would cost more money. It left me in a highly embarrassing situation where I didn't have enough money to pay for my hair! The time before that, my hairdresser told me to come back to the salon a month or two after getting my hair done for a free treatment that would boost my colour. So in I went, delighted to be getting my free treatment...Only it turns out it wasn't free. Nope, I ended up being charged €20 for the blow dry!! Sickening. 
Anyway, here's my hair pre-colour. I apologise in advance for my appearance, long days in work make for a very washed out face. Yock.

 Looking hot mid way through the dying process...
In future, I must remember that if I get red dye on my walls, my bathroom will look like a blood bath! Mam and Dad won't be pleased.

And here's the final result...Ta da!

I'm not usually picky when it comes to choosing a brand of hair dye as long as the colour is what I'm looking for, but I must say, after using Loreal Paris's Feria dye I don't think I'll use a different one ever again! I was thrilled with the results :) I paid just €7.49 for this permanent home dye, instead of €70 for a semi-permanent professional colour. No comparison really, is there? The colour is called Mango Intense Copper and it's number 74. I can't get over how vibrant it turned out! And what really impressed me is how the colour on the box is pretty much identical to my hair colour.
This is my hair after using both of the John Frieda products I purchased. First off, the hairspray is amaaazing. I had always been quite loyal to the Loreal Elnette hairspray, but John Frieda's takes the cake! You only need to use the tiniest bit of product and your hair stays put for the entire day. Infact, after brushing my hair out the following day I still had beautiful natural waves. Not only that, but it leaves your hair looking nice and shiny, and for a hairspray it smells surprisingly good! I'm converted.
The Frizz Ease Serum was originally introduced to me by my boyfriend of all people! It really is a miracle worker. You can put the serum on your hair while it's still damp, or apply it after it's been dried. I find that you get different results depending on how you apply it- using it on wet hair results in your hair feeling really soft and healthy after it's been blow dried, and it dries straighter than it ordinarily would. Using it on dry hair, makes for a beautiful glossy, shiny finish. I've used other hair serums in the past, but none of them have left my hair feeling as soft and as nourished as this one. 
Buy it. That's all I have to say!
I should probably tell you the original prices of all the products I got on promotion, as they're considerably more expensive without the offer:

John Frieda Frizz Ease Hair Spray- €6.69

John Frieda Frizz Ease Serum- €7.09
Umberto Giannini Grunge Glamour Tousled Salt Spray- €7.99

 On a final note, I am terribly sorry for this lengthy post. I haven't posted anything in so long and I think I may have overcompensated haha!