Monday Mix and Match

Em… HOW is it Monday again? That weekend was gone in a blink, am I right? At least I can take solace in the fact tomorrow is payday – can I get a woop woop? Here’s what’s been tickling my fancy this week….

Beauty

Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in 107

Catrice Eyeshadow Palette in All Nude, Rimmel Kate Moss 107

Another day, another brown toned eye shadow palette!  Of course I am a huge fan of everything budget beauty brand, Catrice has to offer and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! This Absolute Nude Eyeshadow Palette in All Nude is a recent impulse buy (is there any other kind when it comes to €5 palettes?), which has fast become go-to every morning. The colour pay off isn’t fantastic at first swipe, but the shades easily create a natural daytime look on the eyes, perfect for work or when you want to work a bold lip and need to keep the rest of your make-up toned down. However, you could definitely build up the colour into a more smokey, evening look, particularly as the texture has a lovely shimmer to it. A bit of time and effort is all that’s needed. This  is a great all round palette, and for the price you can’t go far wrong

This Rimmel lipstick is thee perfect berry tone for Autumn/Winter – shade number 107 from the Kate Moss Matte range . I actually only recently rediscovered this this weekend – that’s what happens when you don’t use a certain handbag for a couple of weeks! It’s really no wonder berry lips are always a huge trend for the colder months – they encompass such beautifully vibrant yet muted hues, rich without always be overtly bold and in your face. There are so many ways to work the look  – I love bitten, stained raspberry lips, a plump wine pout or full on plum, gothic glamour. The one thing I will say is that the matte texture of this particular lipstick is slightly drying and can lead to a build up on the lips, particularly if you reapply throughout the day. I would advise wiping all traces of colour away before reapplication and then you should be fine and dandy. I wore this shade with an outfit I shot yesterday too, so keep an eye out for that soon.

Fashion

Penneys Black Cable Knit Jumper and Grey Knitted Skirt

Penneys Cable Knit Jumper and Lace Trim Knitted Skirt

My new rule upon entering a branch of Penneys is: if you can’t think of at least three ways to style the item, do not buy it. Not always easy when it’s the textured, multi-coloured, ten euro dress of your dreams, but those are the pieces that are likely to end up shrunken and unloved at the back of your wardrobe, too ubiquitous to be deemed chic…particularly after you spot seven other gals on a night out on the same frock. I’m hoping this new approach will not only help to save a few quid (those €3 statement necklaces and pyjamas sure can add up), but also cut down on my daily wardrobe dilemmas as well. After all, who couldn’t use a black cable knit jumper or simple grey skirt in their wardrobe? Two basics, a world of possibility. I am sold/ Now all we need is to get rid of this pesky Indian Summer – get it together Dublin, we want to wear our newly acquired winter woollies! The jumper is €10 and a really thick, natural feel wool – not in any way scratchy or plastic like some Penneys knits can be. The skirt is actually knitted which is a godsend in such a tight and light coloured skirt – infinitely more flattering than it’s lycra/jersey counterparts. It’s a bargain at €12, with good quality material and the lace trim giving an extra luxe edge too.  Both items are in stores now.

Home

Call me cheap, or call me thrifty, but this girl loves a good upcycle. and who wouldn’t when you can go from this…

Before Picture - Flea Market Chest of Drawers

To this…

After Picture - Flea Market Chest of Drawers

Behold the wonder of a good paint job and shiny new drawer pulls! This chest is flea market find, kindly gifted to us by my boyfriend’s mam. It originally had a mirror attached which was in rather bad condition. I removed it, along with the original, dated handles and then used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue and sealed it using clear wax, also by Annie Sloan. This paint is a revelation, and a DIY-er’s best friend at that. It paints easily onto any surface you can think of, no sanding or preparation needed, and comes in the most beautiful array of soft, french country cottage inspired colours. Safe to say there a lot of things in my apartment now painted in duck egg! You can but Annie Sloan in Rua Boutique on Capel Street, or for additional and international stockists, have a gander on their website.

I wanted something a bit more quirky than your average white drawer pull, and immediately feel in love with these gold polka dot ones from UK site, Knobbles and Bobbles (safe to say, there were a few lols when that package arrived into my place of work!). I was delighted to find this site after searching high and low and to no avail in various stores. Absolutely fantastic prices, even with delivery from the UK to Ireland and the knobs are superb quality and easy to fit. I highly recommend!

I must say, there is nothing I love more than whiling away an hour (or six) on Pinterest, gathering inspiration on ways to spruce up my old shizz, or trawling flea markets and charity shops for that little fixer-upper. I just wish we had the calibre of flea markets and car boot sales in Ireland as in the UK, Paris or the States. It is getting better all the time, particularly with the likes of the Dublin Flea Market, and at the end of the day we are only a small little island, with only so many bargains floating around! However, with a bit of imagination and elbow grease, anything can become Pinterest worthy. Craft and DIY blogs make up some of my favourites at the moment, and I’m always on the lookout for new reads – if that’s you, do leave your blog link below!

That’s all for this Mix and Match folks, feel free let me know if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see in upcoming posts – I feeling particularly inspired at the moment with lots of fun ideas in the pipeline and would love to hear your thoughts on what you like to read most in this little space!

Until next time! xx

Outfit Post: Tartan and Leopard

Penneys Tartan Scarf, JEans and Grey Tee, Missguided Boots, New Look Leather Jacket

H & M Ear Cuff

I would love to say that this outfit was put together for a gig or something else that groovy young folk do on a Friday night, but in reality it was a comfortable, casual get-up, thrown on in order to head out on a desperate dash for…ice-cream. When that craving comes a-callin’, it cannot, must not, be ignored. I had cooked up a storm and decided I deserved a cone shaped reward so we set off on our eager quest. Of course we discovered that every fancy ice-cream parlor in North County Dublin had shut up shop for the evening. Devastated – a Cornetto from the local Spar is just not the same lads! Have I really just written a whole paragraph about ice-cream? At least you now know where my priorities lie!

Anyway…the fashions! It definitely wasn’t cold enough to warrant this snuggly tartan scarf but the heart wants what it wants (see ice cream rant above) and around my neck it went. I have this Penneys/Primark scarf since last year, along with several others that could easily pass as blankets (and have been used as such on the train many times – no shame). But I’m once again lusting after more in shades of navy, burgundy and forest green, with beautiful selections in Zara, River Island, and of course, good ol’ Penneys at the moment. I particularly love the look of tartan contrasted with leopard print here – as easy and as classic as black and white, but just that little bit more offbeat. It’s a good idea to keep the clash to the accessories, but if you’re feeling bold I think this leopard print belt would look great paired with jeans and check shirt. Watcha think? Would you work leopard and tartan together?

The basic tee and jeans are also from Penneys and are both perfect basic pieces for dressing up or down. And if you’ve been reading for a while you remember these Missguided snakeskin boots from my pre-payday wishlist. Well, I finally took the plunge, and man alive, do I love ’em.  All chunky heeled and textured, they are my perfect Winter boots. I have also spotted these beauts when searching for the link on the Missguided website – damn my wandering eye…into the basket they go!

Well that’s it from me this fine Friday night, have a great weekend y’all!

Monday Mix and Match

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of the week again, isn’t it? And once again, I have my mix and match of all things beautiful and yummy!

Food

Hummingbird Bakery Red Velvet

Red Velvet Cupcakes

I actually had to work this weekend so for once I wanted to spend some time at home. Aside from washing and cleaning (which I’m sure you don’t want an update on but do let know! Hehe), I decided add to my baking repertoire and make an attempt at my absolute favourite – Red Velvet Cupcakes. Frankly I’m surprised this was my first time, I am that obsessed! I used this recipe and overall I would give the results a 7/10. They sank a little in the middle after coming out of the oven so next time I might attempt to add a small bit of baking powder along with the bicarbonate of soda. They also weren’t as red as typical Red Velvet, but this was due to the fact I was using a gel colouring and had no clue of measurement. Clearly it didn’t affect the taste though – I could hardly manage to save this many to photograph! I also cheated a bit and used the Betty Crocker Cream Cheese frosting – just as good as the real thing and so darn tasty!

Fashion

Penneys  Double Pearl Earring and Gold BraceletWell, I have officially reached the time of the month where I’m on a strict budget until payday i.e. I can only spend money on getting myself to and from work or keeping myself alive (chocolate and magazines are necessary for this, right?). But you know that feeling when you just need something shiny and new in your life, a pick me up of sorts? Well thank goodness for Penneys jewellery – only €3.50 for that rush of shopping adrenaline and smile on your face, not to mention some pretty snazzy earlobes and wrists. I simple jewellery and I can’t wait to wear these new double pearl earrings and delicate gold bangle. I love the kind of jewellery that can make an impact worn on it’s own or layered up with other pieces – and both of these are perfect for that!

beauty

Soap and Glory Hocus Focus Highlighter

Unlike, food or jewellery there is definitely no euros left in the lipstick fund. Safe to same I’m avoiding Boots like the plague. As that famous Oscar Wilde quote goes, “I can resist everything but temptation”. So I thought I’d share a product which I bought a while ago and have recently rediscovered. Read: I’ve so much make-up already that I forgot I owned it! Time for a clear out me thinks. However this wonder product is staying firmly in my stash – Soap and Glory “Hocus Focus” Illuminator. Particularly since I’ve been sticking to my paler shade of foundation, my skin needed a bit of a lift. I add this a blob of this to my foundation every morning (blob is the official measurement of course) giving a subtle bit of radiance to my complexion. Even my boyfriend said this evening that I had a nice glow – although that could have been because I had just power walked home from the bus stop! All jokes aside, this is a great product to have in your make-up bag, one of the better highlighters I’ve tried.

Interiors

Urban Outfitters Vintage Movie Posters

When it comes to interiors and decorating my apartment I am completely torn between two opposing styles – simple, modern, Scandinavian style with various shades of black, white and grey OR a colourful, kitsch, romantic vintage aesthetic. What has resulted is a kind of an smorgasbord of the two – one that I’m pretty darn happy about if I’m honest. However, the one thing that’s definitely missing is beautiful, quirky art to fill the walls. I actually feel there is no point in rushing to fill them up and buying pieces for the sake of it. I would love a gallery wall but I think the fun is in collecting unique and personal works over time, on your travels and adventures, not just purchasing with the idea of creating a display then and there. That said, I’ve been on the hunt for some vintage movie posters for a while now, and while these Urban Outfitters prints clearly aren’t the real thing, when it’s €15 for eight, you can’t go far wrong! Plus one of my all-time favourite movies, and stars, is Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain. I think I love shopping for interiors so much because seeing as it’s technically for both our homes my boyfriend has to split the cost with me – Muahahaha! I couldn’t find these posters online but they have them in store right now – happy shopping!

Until next time!! x

Outfit Post: Grid Lines

Leather Biker, Denim Shorts, Black Fedora

Gold Chain from Penneys

Karen McCourt - The Mix and Match

Window Pane Check Outfit

Hello lovelies! Instead of sitting around on my butt, eating junk food of a Friday night (ok, there may still be some junk involved, but that is neither here nor there!), I thought I’d hit you with an outfit I wore for a spot of shopping last weekend. This is my take on this season’s oh so popular window pane check print. Simple and monochromatic, this print is everywhere – from high street to high end shopping haunts, adorning your favourite bloggers and even in your home. Personally I don’t mind being part of a good ol’ trend and looking like human graph paper is a-ok too… just as long as there’s no maths involved.

I think the popularity of this print lies in it’s simplicity of colour way and pattern – bold enough to stand alone, yet not overly fussy so as to make clothing instantly recognisable as an “It Piece”. Nothing worse than over saturation of those bright, busy printed items that scream “You got me in Zara and so did everyone else on the Internet”.

Luckily the window pane print is akin to that of leopard or stripes in that it works well as a neutral. It could transition with ease into a wardrobe that’s full of minimalistic, clean lines and monochrome, or print, texture and colour…or both, if it’s anything like mine! The beautiful Dani of the blog Song of Style recently wore a stunning clash of geometric prints at New York Fashion Week (picture in top left hand corner, below). I love everything Dani wears but this outfit caught my eye in particular due to the clever mix of similar, yet different patterns. Definitely one to file under “Outfit Inspiration”.

But for now I’ve kept my use of this print simple, pairing my newly purchased Forever 21 tee with my trusted basics – denim shorts, a leather biker, black fedora and of course, some red lipstick.  I posted about this top nearly two months ago, and shamefully only took the tags off this past weekend. I recently read some advice that if you haven’t worn something within a week of buying it, you should return it. Now while I don’t necessarily agree with this ethos, I realised I am, without doubt, a hoarder of freshly bought, unworn clothes. Not because I don’t like or won’t ever wear the piece, but because I guiltily love the feeling of having fresh, newness waiting for me at all times in my wardrobe. Is anyone else like this or am I just weird for not wanting to wear my new threads straight away?

Anyway, enough outta me…let’s get inspired by these impeccably dressed ladies in their street style best. If they leave you wanting to try this style for yourself, head to Topshop, Zara and H&M for the best I’ve seen in window pane styles.

Window Pane Check Inspiration

All images and their links can be found on my Pinterest

Monday Mix and Match

I thought I’d be cheeky and leave the Monday in the title of this, for continuity’s sake of course. But of course, it is in fact Tuesday so my bad on being a little late with this one – sorry! Life gets in the way, as they say but I have a post full to the brim of fashion, beauty and fun stuff to make up for it. Grab a cuppa and enjoy!

Beauty

L'Oreal Revitalift Laser Renew Eye Cream and Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer

Two new products to combat my ongoing battle with eye bags – L’Oreal Revitalift Laser Renew Eye Cream and Rimmel Wake me Up Concealer in Ivory. Nothing like blog photos to make you have a mini meltdown about your tired face – cue a determined lunchtime dash to the pharmacy and a night spent with green tea bags on my eyes (which for someone who can never sit still, was incredibly relaxing and also made me look really, really cool). I’d read about the L’Oreal eye cream in a magazine recently and by a lucky coincidence it was reduced by nearly ten euro in Boots. One major pro of this cream is the metal applicator – use it to apply the cream to the under eye area with and really feel the cooling and soothing effect. It also contains caffeine which is essential for getting rid of water retention which is usually what causes bags. Of course, part of it is down to just the way my eyes actually look. But combined with a slightly healthier diet (please disregard the brunch featured below!), and using this cream morning and night for about a week now, I can genuinely see a difference. It’s definitely a must have if, like mine, your eyes are puffier than MC Hammer’s trousers.

The Rimmel concealer was, admittedly, a panic buy – a replacement for my beloved Catrice pot of wonder, which unfortunately was out of stock just when I needed it. I’ve used the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation before, so thought I’d give the concealer option a whirl. Not as good in consistency or shade as the Catrice, for me anyway but I definitely don’t regret purchasing this. The Ivory shade is still slightly too orange for me, but used sparingly it does the trick in smoothing out the under eye area, with re-application needed every now and then.

Seventeen Gel Colour in Mint Bon Bon

Having never had actual gel nails done before, I’m not sure I’m fully qualified to comment on the quality and finish of my most recent nail polish purchase, but in my not so expert opinion – it’s awesome. This Seventeen Gel Colour in “Mint Bon Bon” creates a beautifully shiny, solid colour after two coats and not a chip to be seen after a nearly two days. That includes hanging up a load of washing and doing the dishes – the true (and oh so glamorous) barometers of the quality of a nail polish. It’s only five euro too – get thee to your nearest Boots!.

Fashion

Penneys Leopard Print Runners

I made a mad dash to Penneys yesterday as I was all set to teach a dance class that evening and I realised , in my ruthless clear out when moving house, I’d thrown out all of my battered dancing runners. It worked out well though as it was an excuse to pick up these absolute beauties – leopard print and turquoise, I..am..sold! These trainers are nicely flexible, comfortable enough to dance in, and would definitely work well for walking too. In terms of jogging or running though, I would purchase ones with slightly more support, but these are perfect for low impact exercise and werkin’ it in dance class. Now if these don’t make me get my butt off the couch in the evenings, I don’t know what will.

Interiors

Vase, Votive, Ampersand and Mirror from Tiger

Ok, so you might know by now that I love Tiger. Well my obsession isn’t going anywhere, any time soon as I picked four of my favourite bits to date for just ten euro!  I’m pretty sure my home might start to look like a branch of Tiger soon but hey, everyone needs a decorative ampersand in their life. The candle holder, the pleated vase and the teal mirror were also in the haul and are all available in the store now.

 Food

Brunch in Deja Vu, Malahide

Brioche French toast with bacon, maple syrup and a side of croissant – do I need to explain further about my love of brunch? I recently came across Déjà Vu in Malahide completely by chance when out for an evening stroll with the boyfriend – the minute we saw this on the menu, we knew where where we would be come midday the following Saturday. And thankfully, Déjà Vu did not disappoint. It is a little gem of a place and one of the better brunches I’ve had. Definitely worth a trip for a midday feast and then a stroll along the seafront to work off that extra syrup you just HAD to have…ok, maybe that was just me…

Until next time! xx