Sunday, 26 May 2013

Just a normal week!

I haven't posted a blog in a while. Working long hours so
I'm finding it hard to research topics for this blog! Here are some pictures of my favourite outfits and pieces from during the week! Nothing new I'm afraid. I have started a new job and OMG! am I finding it hard to fit my normal routine around it! I had a busy week at work but on Thursday I had the pleasure of seeing off my beautiful niece (in law!) before she graduated from school. She looked just amazing. Her dress is from The Ivory Closet and her shoes are from Schuh.

Jewellery - H&M
Striped Jacket - Pennys
Pink Peplum top - Vila
Shoes - Pennys
Cross Belt - Pennys

Until next time!




Saturday, 18 May 2013

Double D

It's back! That 90's trend..... Denim on Denim

Yes it is a pretty cringe worthy trend and all I can think of  is B*witched! 

 It is very easy to get this look wrong or look like you have  been attacked by the denim monster. It is also very easy to get this trend right! Denim comes in so many colours and patterns, it is easy to wear a complete denim outfit without over doing it.

Top // Shorts both from River Island

When wearing denim of a similar colour try to mix patterns and material. The patterned shorts allow a breakage in the double denim. The western style shoulder material and spike detail on the shirt draw attention to the shoulders taking the eye away from the waist. Also crop tops can break up the denim.

Long sleeved shirt // Skinny jeans // shorts // sleeveless shirt (River Island)

Mixing different colour denims makes this trend easier on the eye. Choose two contrasting colours like the tie dye purple shirt and light acid wash skinnies. Choose a high waisted pair of shorts with a statement belt like above to block the denim on denim.

Dress // necklace (h&M) // Jacket

I choose this light denim dress and dark denim jacket, they are different shades but are still both blue. Wear a large chunky necklace like this tassel piece above to break the two colours.

Are you going to brave the double D?




Monday, 13 May 2013

The Forbidden Print

Mixing print's is what you make of it. It allows you to be creative and fun and show your own personality. I have created a few looks for the daring and not so daring to experiment with different prints and patterns. 

Are you are someone who loves the idea of mixing prints and patterns but is to shy to go uber crazy?
I suggest keeping a similar colour scheme or using pastel colours with different materials to conquer this trend. Image one, allows you to mix prints but using the aqua tone as your base colour, softens the look without being too much. Image two has very different patterns, but you can see how staying on trend can be made minimalistic. Image three, staying with the theme black, allows you to mix two bold prints but staying very safe.

1- Top Trousers // 2- Dress Jacket // 3- Dresses Jacket

Now for those of you who are that bit more daring, mixing prints is fun and shows how bold you are! Outfit one (left) is a more casual idea of mixing. Staying neutral with a white tee, and choosing a bold flower print pattern trousers, oozes confidence. A navy color theme has been kept to blend the two patterns. Outfit two (right), is a sample of a more dressy occassion.  Even though the jacket is plain , its pattern is quite distinctive, and runs into the pink colour scheme of these gorgeous flower print trousers. 

Left - Top Trousers // Right - Jacket Trousers

And finally for the fashionistas daring to mix pattern and colours, here is an idea of what you can achieve. Growing up I went through a phase of clashing the colours I wore and I was always complimented on it. Are you brave enough to try these looks? Image one (top) is very different but the colours match. Image two (bottom) the prints are complete opposites and some may say they clash, but a little tip, you can match them by simple tricks such as a base white shirt with white in the pattern of the shorts, or the red shorts picking up the orange and red flowers and birds on the shirt or staying with a bird theme in both prints. 

Top // Shorts

Shirt // Shorts

Enjoy Cat


Thursday, 9 May 2013

Perfect pins

I'm expecting summer on a Wednesday this year, so in preparation it's time to get down and dirty with religious, exfoliating, moisturising and fake tanning!

I do not tan and believe me I have tried every tanning product you can buy off the shelf. I have had horrendous results but I have eventually found my favourite product, which I will share with you later.

Firstly, for even and streak free application of tanning you need to exfoliate a few days before applying your product to get rid of all dry skin.

These are my favourite exfoliating products I swear by! Sanctuary Salt Scrub is amazing. It contains sweet almond oil to smooth and soften the texture of the skin. It is best used in the bath allowing your body to soak in the oil. I use this a lot but not prior to tanning as the oils may interrupt the even process of tanning. So I use Sanctuary Micro-Dermabrasion exfoliant closer to tanning. I have never used a product as good as this. Apply to your skin prior to showering concentrating on troublesome areas and after your shower you will have baby soft skin. The Body Shop coconut body scrub is fantastic and smells so good you could eat it. However, if the pocket is feeling a bit tight, exfoliating gloves are cheap and do the trick!

Secondly, you must keep you skin moisturised.....

I personally use dry skin moisturisers whether or not I need it as it keeps your skin clear of any disaster zones! The above brands are the best in the business and are not harmful to your skin. I love Vaseline and their aloefresh range contains 15SPF giving your skin that extra protection. La Roche-Posay and Eucerin both contain Urea, leaving fantastic results on your skin. Aveeno creams are made with oatmeal making this product as natural as possible. Perfumed creams leave your skin very dry and should be avoided.

So, now that our skin is tan ready, you must choose which tan is right for you...

Daily moisturisers with an added tint are excellent way to build up a nice tan during the moisturing process. I have used all three and Dove is my favourite by far. It comes up over night and has a very natural glow. I do find these products take a long time to dry in so apply a good hour before plans!

Everybody loves that tan that wares off after a few days and gets you through the weekend. I will say these tans and my skin do not get on, but from hearing and seeing the results on others these appear to be the best! Fake Bake has a dark colouring to it so you can see it going on. Leave on for 6-8 hours to see maximum results. St Moriz can be found in Penny's/Primark and it is the new rage! I have seen it on friends, and this product is amazing and only €4 you can't go wrong. Cocoa Brown is another product retailing at €8.99, it's cheap and long lasting and gives a lovely brown glow to any skin type. L'oreal Sublime Bronze has been around for a while. It goes on as a clear gel so it can be tricky to get right but when it does the results are amazing. Remember when applying wear off tans, apply a barrier cream to tricky areas such as elbows ankles and knees. This allows you to rub off any excess tan. There is loads of barrier creams available but Vaseline Jelly is the cheapest and works just as well.

And finally.....

My style of tanning, wash off!

This according to me is the quickest, easiest and best result seeing way of tanning! Sally Hansen is out of this world amazing! It's a foundation spray for your legs but I use it all over. It is expensive and you will get about two full body uses out of it but it hides blemishes and is water resistant which is a must in Ireland! Rimmel is effective with a lovely tan glow but it is not good in Irish Weather.

Apply all tans with a tanning mitt. These are available in all chemists and department stores and range from €5 and up, depending on brand.

Remember drinking at least 2 liters of  water a day improves the quality of your skin

And all these tans DO NOT protect you from the sun so ensure you are wearing an SPF