Tuesday, 10 February 2015

The Body Shop: Threading Review!

I had a really great eyebrow threading experience this week! I got my eyebrows threaded by the lovely Jaspreet in the Body Shop in Dundrum. I am quite blonde and very sensitive to tints, waxing and threading but what impressed me about my appointment was Jaspreet's technique.

Jaspreet sanitised the area while asking me about what I was looking for in terms of shape.
I love to have my brows tidied up & shapely but quite natural for day to day. I'm inclined fill them in with light brown pencil and eyeshadow applied with a slanted brush for evening time and when I want a stronger look to frame my eye make up. I pulled the skin taut as Jaspreet threaded and walked out eleven minutes later delighted with the shape.

I think having your brows threaded is the most long lasting solution while accentuating your natural arches. Jaspreet was swift and had great attention to detail. I was really satisfied with the result as I know it sounds very prissy but there is nothing more soul destroying than have your eyebrows too thin or uneven. Threading is an art form in itself and you need to go somewhere that you know will cater to your wishes and not give you a scouse brow against your will.

Loving the shape of my brows!
The price points are very reasonable for the service in the Body Shop. It is only €15 and you can book over the phone or they also take walk ins and are accommodating about slotting clients in same day. To book Jaspreet specifically in The Body Shop in Dundrum you can call (01) 296 3224. There's also 'The Body Shop' on Grafton Street, in Liffey Valley & on Upper Liffey Street near the Ilac shopping centre. I would highly recommend them.


Sunday, 1 February 2015

What I've been up to!

I am already loving 2015 copious amounts! I went skiing in Andorra, had the nicest macaroons in Toulouse and I have a lovely new celebrity client - Puskas award finalist & footballer Stephanie Roche! I also officially moved in to my new apartment in Ballsbridge. The icing on the cake is that I am back doing personal shopping in Dundrum Town Centre and taking bookings on Friday's and Saturdays. The service stops during the sales so I took a post Christmas skiing trip and savoured some time in the snow. I've had 8 very successful and fun appointments since I've come back.
I had a new Mum who wanted to inject some comfy stylish separates into her wardrobe, I had a lady who needed some slick workwear as she was up for a promotion and wanted to make a special impression and needed a confidence boost. Another client wanted to take more of a parisian vibe in terms of her style. Some people book 2 hours with me and others take 3 hours so they can also have an extra bit of time for style tutoring and to learn what brands are a good fit for them.

I really like the fact that I can independently decide what shops to bring my clients to. Regardless of budget there are so many options for people which I love. I can help someone find the best slimming undies in Penneys, cute casual pieces in Zara or the perfect sequinned ballgown in House of Fraser. 

I'm feeling rejuvenated after the little break away. The fresh air and yummy cuisine was unbelievable. If you want to read all about Pas de la Casa in Andorra and my skiing experiences in mid January you can read my blog post about it later this week. You can check out my post links on my facebook.
Enjoying a cappuccino on the slopes in Pas de la Casa that is literally 70% whipped cream!
I've really enjoyed working with Stephanie Roche as her personal stylist over the past month. The day I was catching my flight to Toulouse the papers came out and I checked out the first shoot I worked with her on which was a fashion shoot for the Sunday World.
Stephanie wearing a River Island 'Etoile' jumper before flying out for the Ballon D'Or
It was my first shoot of the new year on the 2nd of January - what a great way to kick off 2015. The looks ranged from soft and casual from River Island to glam and sexy from Starla Dress Rental and I used some pretty accessories from Macdoll Boutique. I used my favourite shoe haunt Buffalo Dublin on Exchequer St for the footwear. I love their glossy pointed courts. I nabbed a gorgeous berry red pair for the holiday season.
Sunday World style spread of Stephanie Roche

I styled Stephanie Roche in the 'Sia' dress from Folkster as pictured below for her big homecoming! I fell in love with the dress - it reminded me of something Blair Waldorf would wear on Gossip Girl and when teamed with Stephanie's blonde crop, tanned complexion and long pins it was a killer combination. I'm a big fan of Folkster and the way they fuse boho, glam, bridal and homewares all under one roof and the fact you can shop online as well as in store in Templebar makes life a little easier.
Stephanie Roche pictured with friend & Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor
Stephanie Roche in the 'Sia' dress from Folkster at her homecoming
Another style of dress that looked really hot on Stephanie was this red lace detailed bodycon from my favourite dress rental boutique Starla Dress Rental. I styled Stephanie in Starla as she needed something slinky and glam for opening a new club 'The Voodoo Rooms' in Cork.
Stephanie showcasing diamante clutch & red lacy bodycon from www.starla.ie
Stephanie looked so pretty in pink in Helen Cody at the Ballon D' Or that she was was literally the belle of the ball.

One dress that has flown off the shelves is this River Island strapless lilac fitted midi which I styled Stephanie in for the SWAI Banquet. I also styled her boyfriend Dean Zambra in a dapper River Island suit!
Dean Zambra & girlfriend Stephanie
Roy Keane & Stephanie @ the SWAI banquet
I've just moved in to my new central apartment and I'm absolutely loving my new little girly pad.
As soon as I got off the plane from Toulouse it was straight back to work sorting outfits for celebrity clients, attending appointments and sussing collaborations for my blog and I'm so excited to be getting back in to radio after a little break away.

I kind of missed the chaos of working 6 days a week - it became my routine. This week I was photographed for Xpose Magazine by the amazing Evan Doherty. I cannot wait to share the snaps. I collaborated with BT2 which was fab by using the off the shoulder denim dress from ACxAG from the new Alexa Chung collection which has just landed in BT2 on Grafton Street & in Dundrum.
AC for AG in BT2 is amazing!
Here is a sneak peek of the shoot! Pictured below is my new glossy electric navy patent John Rocha 'designers for Debenhams' patent bag. It may as well be glued to my arm these days!
Sneak peek of my shoot this week for Xposé Magazine ✨ can't wait to share the feature!
2 days ago RSVP Magazine  contacted me regarding featuring me as one of their 'Women of Style' which is really flattering and an honour. They will be interviewing me about my career, life, travel and inspiration. I have been really sick for the past 3 days and today is the first day I'm actually feeling human after 72 hours of living off Vanilla Complan. Not very appetising.. After feeling like a Zombie for 3 days I enjoyed a strong morning coffee at the Grand Canal Dock.  It's so beautiful down there.
Instagram Snapshot of the Grand Canal Dock
One thing that really struck me recently has been the fantastic support from local media where I grew up in Enniscorthy, specifically Niamh Devereux in 'The Echo'. Niamh wrote this feature about me which was a really nice surprise that I was very touched by.
Article in 'The Echo' newspaper by Niamh Devereux
I have loads of exciting shoots coming up! Many of which I am styling for different publications and others which will feature some of my collaborations with really cool brands, make up artists, hair stylists & photographers. This week I attended the launch of Daylight 44 - A new studio run by my two fabulous friends top photographer Aaron Hurley & fashion stylist extraordinaire Brian Conway. They are two super talented creatives and I'm so thrilled for them about their new venture. I had a ball at their opening with my friend Madeline - also a close friend of the boys. The studio is gorgeous & we were all treated to silver cake pops & mini cupcakes washed down with cocktails at the opening.
Cupcake's & Cakepop's ✨
#FromWhereWeStand at the amazing @daylight_44 studio launch ✨ @yo_im_jo @madelinemodel @briconstyle @aaronjhurley 
I had the pleasure of meeting and having a make up class with the phenomenal Yves Saint Laurent European make up artist Fred Letailleur earlier this week! Fred was giving me the lowdown on working on the visage of top model and fashion darling Cara Delevingne! He also taught me how to do the YSL Cara eye which I will be trying out and showcasing step by step in my YSL x Lipstick Gossip blog post.
Myself & top YSL MUA Fred Letailleur
I have reviews going live this week on Lipstick Gossip of Yves Saint Laurent mascara, REN skincare products that are awesome for sensitive skin, Clinique redness control make up and the Aveda Shammy cloth that can be used for hot towel cleanses.
I hope you all are having a lovely lazy Sunday! :)

Until next time...