Monday, 30 December 2013

Sparkle & Shine nails!

I wanted to get my nails done for Christmas. I wouldn’t get gel nails done often as I need to be able to do zips, buttons and use a needle and thread. I booked an appointment for me and my two sisters with the talented Amy Flynn of ‘Sparkle and Shine’. I had heard great things about how long her nails lasted, and I also read in the newspaper that she had set up a trendy nail bar above Grant’s pharmacy in Enniscorthy.
I had such a laugh with Amy, we went to school together and we were catching up about what everyone is getting up to and reminiscing about all the random funny stuff that happened. It is so hard to believe it has been six years since secondary school. Her salon is in a really handy location and I enjoyed having my nails done. I wanted to go for nude oval nails as I they go with everything.
My nails
I went out for Christmas cocktails with all the girls and I felt extra glam with my nails all done. I wore a faux fur coat from H&M. I went two sizes up to get a boxy shape in the shoulders. My dress is from River Island and my heels were a gift from New Look PR. I got lots of compliments about my nails!
My sister Jade went for a square french manicure with a light shimmer and my sister Kim went for a glam gel polish with different neutral tones and some glitter and stud detailing. 
Jades nails
Kims nails

You can find 'Sparkle & Shine' on Facebook here if you want to book an appointment with Amy. I would highly recommend it for all you Wexford gals. She also does handy gift vouchers.

xo L

Sunday, 8 December 2013

My online store 'Lipstick Gossip'.

Ever since I was a little girl I have loved pearls, glitter and clothes. I remember aged 4 me and my sister wanted to be shop keepers and we sold some jewellery of my Mam's to passers by on the street. She was not impressed at the time.. but now about 20 years later she sees the funny side. I was reminiscing about that story this weekend as I set up an online shop - something I have been deliberating about for months. You see I have turned my attic into a closet as I have accumulated so much bits and bobs from styling photoshoots. It all starts with a hat here and a top there and then you feel like a stage 5 hoarder. I was originally on the fence about setting up the online shop as I wanted it to be solely a little hub where I sold on handpicked pieces that reflected my own personal style and taste. But I have taken the leap at long last.

One of the best parts of being a fashion stylist is being a creative director of a shoot & working with talented photographers, hair stylists and Make up artists. It is great fun styling models and meeting new people. But what I also love is getting to see and use such beautiful clothes, handbags and accessories. It is like playing dress up. Sometimes I get my hands on rare items before they are widely available. My magpie tendencies go into overdrive. Of course with fashion styling there is a lot of travelling. I essentially live out of a suitcase (and I am incapable of travelling light) but I think that is why when work of mine lands in the press I am genuinely excited about picking up a copy. It means a great deal to me. Even though it can be a bit lonely it makes it all worthwhile. So, this is why I am delighted to be able to start selling some of these glitzy items to all you lovely ladies. I will have some menswear and mens accessories up from next week onwards.

 My ‘Lipstick Gossip’ shop currently has a few items for sale. There is green faux fur, jewellery, sequins, leopard print and more. You can check it out below.

xo L