Wednesday, 18 April 2012

'Sounds of Summer' Podcast

Tune in to 'Sounds of Summer' - An hour of the latest music in the charts including acts such as Marcus Collins who will be performing at the Strawberry Fest - A homegrown Festival which goes from strength to strength every year. We hope to be seeing you there! ;)

Also featuring new music from Lana del Rey, Sia, James Morrison, Kelly Clarkson and many, many more. Listen to the show to hear an exclusive interview with Bressie who talks about being shy around women, his love life,  and his role as judge and mentor on 'The Voice'  - which has presented many challenges......

Click here to listen to 'Sounds of Summer' podcast on 97.1 Griff Fm

Bressie and Laura

Lipstick Gossip xo

Michael Fassbender - One of Hollywood's Finest!!

Fassbender in bloodbath '300'
One of Hollywood's finest alright (In every sense of the word) Michael Fassbender has a winning list of films behind him, some more controversial than others...

His latest film 'Shame' failed to get the oscar nod for a gripping complex performance from Fassbender who evocatively played the role of sex addict Brandon alongside Carey Mulligan. In the film his character, who has an inappropriate relationship with his sister, is both shocking, and complex, he is very believable in the role. The film has provoked mixed reactions due to the subject matter but it's standalone cast and direction by Steve Mc Queen ensures 'Shame' is all over every film-goers radar.

The actor's performance in 'Inglorious Bastards' was captivating, while his acting in 'Hunger' cemented his place in Hollywood. Fassbender's role as Magneto in 'X- men First Class' excited a lot of fans of the trilogy, he did the prequel and the role itself justice.

I interviewed Michael Fassbender at the 9th Annual Irish, Film and Television Awards.
From speaking to him briefly I found he was very charming and outgoing, he seems very down to earth and grounded with great skills as a versatile actor in this fickle world of fame. Surely this is a recipe for success?

Click here to listen to an exclusive interview with Michael Fassbender about his Haywire co-star Gina Carano and his Bromance with Brendan Gleeson

Michael Fassbender and myself @IFTA's 2012
'' Everything I put my name to and take part in, I want to be good. That's not saying it will always happen but I want to make bold choices. ''

- Michael Fassbender

Gina Carano wrestles Fassbender in a fight to the death in 'Haywire'
Check out the racy 'Haywire' fight scene for yourself, shot in The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin City below:

xo L

Rockabilly Hair

Do you want hair reminiscent of a more glamorous era? Rockabilly hair is simple and fun to pull off and you can try it at home! The pin curl fringe reminds us of Vargas girls or Audrey Hepburn but with a modern twist. Adding retro make up (see doll make up blog entry) with a pretty dress or playsuit and Mac Lady Danger red lipstick and this look will be very unique and fun. Or team it with a headscarf! Make it your own.

My pin curl fringe

Firstly, put pantene mousse in damp hair and blow dry with volume.
Use a curling wand and select large sections of hair for a soft retro wave curl.

Select the front section of your hair an softly backcomb the underneath for 40 seconds. Use elnette hair spray as if you make a mistake or want to adjust the height/ size of your pin-curl the texture of the hair won't have a sticky consistency.

When the front section is looking fuller pin underneath using bobby pins. Stick to the colour of your hair when using clips, so if you have blonde/auburn hair use the blonde hair clips/pins/slides you find in the hair department at Boots pharmacy/ beauty store.

Spray the hair a good bit in order to retain the style and sleek look. You don't want stray hairs ruining the look.

*This look is perfect for those ladies who are growing out a side/full fringe or want to create a mini-fringe look on their forehead.

Happy styling Dolls! xo

To the side -the finished look

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Rita Ora has arrived

My latest style crush is Rita Ora. Jay Z's protegee, signed to Roc Nation. Born in Kosovo but grew up in London, Rita Ora recently collaborated with DJ Fresh with 'Hot Right Now' which has been a massive success.

 Her energy and vivacious sense of dress are a winning combination. Ora names Gwen Stefani as her biggest influence, saying in an interview:

“Do you know how much I love that woman?I love everything about her".

Rita exudes the ultimate cool factor - her look screams the Fresh Prince of Bel Air meets Madonna of the 80's with an exotic retro glam vibe. Her look has an old school edge her styling can seem reminiscent of Rihanna in some respects - but Rita Ora is more relaxed and comfortable in the sense that she wears the eccentric quirky outfits they don't wear her. I don't believe that is where Ora draws her inspiration from, she follows her instincts in terms of fashion.

Rita Ora classes Jay Z's wife Beyonce Knowles as a major influence and a mentor, saying that both Knowles and Gwen Stefani are her two main role models and spoke of her admiration at being able to have Beyonce give her feedback on her debut album.

I will let this fashionista introduce herself:

This girl is going to be HUGE. Check out her latest single RIP with Tinie Tempah:

''Let my perfume soak into your sweater, you say you'll be here soon. Sooner the better...''

You can pick up these Marc Jacobs sunnies in Brown Thomas

This lady has sass and modesty. Check her out @ritaora on twitter

Rita looks flash embellished in chunky gold jewellery

The UK's competition for Rihanna? Maybe in the style stakes but their music is very different.

Have your say... What do you think of Rita Ora?

Monday, 2 April 2012

A small bite of a big apple

I hope you enjoy my iphonography - the art of taking an artistic shot with your iphone and enhancing it.
Have a look at NYC through the lens of the iphone 4s.

Sunlight on fifth Avenue
Madison Park

Moonlight on Bleecker Street

On the Ferry to Ellis Island

A side profile of Lady Liberty

On top of the rock - Rockefeller Plaza

The tip of the Empire State Building

A quiet moment in NYC

xo L

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2012

Translucent metallic fabrics, beehives with headscarves. 1920's Chicago style dresses, statement bags with pearly embellishment and calf length sheer socks. Neon and pastels surface in clashing forms. It's Gossip Girl meets sports luxe meets Broadway theatre - an orchestra of influences. Provocative, funky and classy combine. I'm not a fan of the pointy- toed footwear though. One model resembled a muted disco ball with eighties styling. The coats are all very Audrey Hepburn, in a modern context.

The opening and conclusion of the Marc Jacobs S/S 12 Catwalk show reiterate the idea of broadway, specifically the musical Chicago.

Overall, the sneakers were my most coveted item

What do you think?