Thursday, 31 May 2012

Playing the Fashion Games @ Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols Dublin celebrated their annual Summer Party on Wednesday night, with over 500 guests in attendance to savour the stunning seasonal fashion in-store.
To celebrate this fun event, for selected purchase made, you had to pick a Harvey Nichols medal at random from the till point. This qualified a discount from between 15% and 50% on Fashion and Accessories or 15% on beauty and perfumery immediately added to your purchase? It was a chance for ladies and gents to stock up on their attire for Summer nights and skin healthcare regimes, in a party-style environment.

I loved the huge chess set outside the door. All the little kids outside did too!

My bright outfit for 'the Fashion Games'

I decided to wear my new ear cuff seeing as it was a special occasion!

 Saxophonist Aneta Moran mingled among the crowd adonned in a sultry red Herve Leger bodycon dress. The guests and press such as myself included had come to play ‘the Fashion Games’. Kind of like the Hunger Games but with clothes, beauty products, accessories and therefore-  a happy ending.

A natural pull for me was of course the stunning Michael Kors leather bags and wallets that are bright shades of sunny orange and muted pink. They would add a splash of colour to any outfit.

A new clutch-crush for me was the 'Sam Edelman' handbag collection. I loved the clutch as it is quite compact, slick and contemporary and would pop when teamed with a safari-print Kaftan or LBD.

I had a complementary gin summer cocktail while I checked out brands like Juicy Couture and Wildfox which had a lot of statement tee's in their collections aswell as of course the sought after Alexander Mc Queen skull-print scarves, now available in velvety fabrics in striking colours such as a burgundy and opal combo, but naturally the black and white classic will continue to be a wardrobe staple for the elite.

I also tried on a pair of fuschia neon Jeffrey Campbells downstairs in the footwear department. In my opinion they are the best trans-seasonal look you can acquire south of your ankles. Maybe I am a tad biased...
Look we all have our addictions.

 I had a glass of prosecco while interviewing some very lovely ladies on the counters in the beauty department who implored me about their own best beauty buys. One or two may have converted me I have to say. Those ladies are very persuasive!

My Harvey Nichols beauty samples for trial

Emma at the Eve Lom counter assured me that cleansing is the most important part of your skincare regime. Eve Lom cleanser was once described by Vogue as 'the best cleanser in the world. I have tried and tested it ladies and I am siding with Vogue on this one. My skin was left with a luxuriant velvety yet clean feeling. There wasn't residue left my skin looked noticably more healthy and my pores minimised and refined. As an evening regime on a daily basis, Eve Lom seems like the best choice for gentle thorough cleansing that doesn't dehydrate the skin. It's a win win situation.

The Elemis Tri- enzyme  resurfacing serum I have fallen fast and hard for.
Predominantly because the results are very obvious, it's brilliant for oily skin or hormonal skin. It stimulates a deep exfoliation without the grains works naturally on the skin without chafing.

Also the Elemis pro-collagen marine cream is one of the top anti-aging creams in the world. You can avail of a spa treatment in Harvey Nichols with this international best seller. The facials in Harvey Nicholls do a full skin analysis your face map shows up any problem areas/sun damage,etc. and your treatment is delivered to be benificial to high Elemis standards. Their spas and products are a household name. The exotic lime and ginger hand and body lotion from Elemis is gorgeous as it is a refreshing ,hydrating, stimulating combination of lime and ginger. Very relaxing. Their bath milk sweet-smelling and is reminiscent of cleopatra! you can cool it in the fridge and use it as a lather or bathe in it, it effectively soothes sunburn and reduces the itching and redness of both psoriasis and eczema without irritating the skin. The products are non camedogenic so you won't drag imperfections to the surface of your skin! that can be a common fear with skin products. But Elemis is all natural which I love! Pop in and talk to Orla at the Elemis counter in Harvey Nichols, she has great expertise and is a friendly welcoming beauty therapist.

Have an Elemis milk bath - it's good enough for Queen Cleopatra... even in animated form!
Lorraine who was a representative for Gucci Flora let me in on a little secret.... that by placing perfume cards you recieve into your lingerie drawer there will be a beautiful scent off all your intimate items! It's a pretty good tip because I certainly prefer spritzing myself when I am trying perfume mainly because spraying on a card feels wasteful. But now I have an idea what to do with those five million perfume cards that have taken up residence in the depths of my handbag!
Lorraine also introduced me to the new Gucci Flora perfume range which boasts an array of citrus, floral nature –inspired fragrances. They are a mixture of delicate and sensual. Gucci Flora Pink was my personal favourite.

DJ Bubbles was playing  catchy tunes downstairs in the footwear and clothes department. DJ Bubbles was also conveniently located near the bubbly. A tad ironic maybe? ;)
The BBQ at the Café Terrace was a hive of activity post-party, buzzing as people devoured the tasty burgers up for grabs. I was a busy bee. A large crowd also retreated upstairs to the First Floor Restaurant to enjoy tapas and cocktails.

Thank you Harvey Nichols for an amazing day and night - I definitely walked away from the Fashion Games feeling like a winner!

xo L


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