Sunday, 31 May 2015

Let’s get personal: Time to tone up

Hi guys!

I made a decision recently to do a little overhaul - a needed one. I absolutely love my job but I realised that in order to keep up to speed & give it my absolute all I needed to hit the ‘refresh’ button. I felt like I needed an outlet or a hobby or something physical (besides shopping) to kick myself in to gear.

Truth be told I’ve wanted to tone up and mind myself a bit better. I found myself eating all the wrong things at the wrong times on the go and my Diet Coke & hazelnut latte addiction was getting out of hand! Procrastination has been my enemy because I’ve been working about six days a week but I think when something is important to you - you make the time. I’ve come to terms with the truth that to look after other people you have to look after yourself first and foremost! The things I’ve been inclined to reach for are a comfort thing and haven’t been giving me the fuel I need.
In the past 4 weeks I have lost half a stone! Now that may not seem like much but to the 5 foot 2.5 inch me even a small loss feels major. The jeans dance is becoming more of a wriggle. Weirdly enough the first place I noticed slimming down was my face - a huge part is sleep, drinking more water and getting the proper nutrients but I find I have more facial definition recently.
I’m feeling more confident and I’m sleeping a bit better with a slightly modified diet and new exercise regimen. What makes my life a bit easier is that luckily I can be stubborn so if I go to the gym and do my programme I won’t come home and eat crap because actually going and being active boosts my willpower. I’ve joined Energie Fitness in Ballsbridge and I really like it - I have privacy but I also great guidance, trainers and with my membership I can attend unlimited classes including yoga and bootcamps.

Especially as of late I am so excited for where my career is going - recently I have found great happiness in having more TV & filming opportunities, collaborating with huge brands and by having features written about me, my personal style and also my styling in the press which isn’t something I ever thought could happen! Honestly it does inspire me to put my best foot forward in every aspect. I think we all want to be the very best version of ourselves.

I am very excited about my fitness journey and will be blogging all my updates on Lipstick Gossip!

Enjoy the rest of your bank holiday weekend :-)


Monday, 18 May 2015

Hello Summer! Get the look with Littlewoods Ireland.

This year so far has been a whirlwind. I can't believe that it's May already. I'm so happy that Summer is coming and there will be longer evenings, sunshine and new adventures. I've found myself touched by serious wanderlust as of late and I'm contemplating city breaks and some exploring in the coming months.

2015 has been a spectacular year in many ways! I moved in to my new apartment in Ballsbridge - little did I ever think that I would get to live in an area I've always loved. Since I started blogging four years ago whenever I had events in the vicinity I enjoyed popping into coffee shops & restaurants for loner lunches to get some writing done. Now these places are my local. My styling gigs this year so far have been really fun and challenging which is what I have been striving for.

A project that I adored working on was for Littlewoods Ireland recently. I styled top models Yomiko Chen and Sarah Morrissey in glamorous chic swimwear for a photoshoot and also for an Xposé slot that aired on TV3.
photo by Leon Farrell Photocall Ireland
The brands I used included the Coleen Rooney, Michelle Keegan for Lipsy London & Myleene Klass collections. A lot of people are seeking funky kaftans, bright neon bikinis and flattering one pieces for their breaks away this Summer. Channelling the Marbella/ Ibiza glam vibe adds a little something extra to your holiday experience. You can't help but feel a million dollars! One of my favourite looks was Sarah rocking this Forever Unique high waist berry bandage bikini featured on Xposé. We were filming on the roof of the Morgan Penthouse - such a cool location and luckily we had blue skies to add to the holiday vibe.
Behind the scenes
I really enjoyed doing the Xpose slot - it was great to chat to Glenda all about what flatters different shapes and the bargain buys that can be snapped up from Littlewoods Ireland. I wore a South floral print lightweight Kimono that was a steal at €17 teamed with ripped skinnies.

Right after filming the Xpose slot I styled a cover shoot for the Sunday World Magazine showcasing some more beach chic bikinis and one pieces. One of which that is super flattering and looks stunning with a kimono is this black fringed Coleen beauty! It is the perfect combination of sexy and classy and emphasises the empire line so cinches at the perfect point of the waist. It is €39 & also comes in hot pink. You can shop it here
I adore Yomiko in the below Resort Neon Halter Swimsuit pictured below. It is so feminine and Summery and the splashes of colour look really pretty against the skin. The cut out detail adds a stylish twist. This bestseller is €34 & you can shop it here.

The below looks are something that I would happily wear feeling effortlessly glammed up from beach to bar. The art of layering in this instance is a simple one. Both models are wearing the swimsuits that I styled them in above. On the left Sarah is wearing a sheer 'Coleen Embroidered Beach Maxi Dress' over her Coleen black fringed swimsuit. It is €39 and still available. The Miss KG heels that Sarah is wearing are chunky, tribal and everything you want in a stylish comfy shoe!  On the right Yomiko is wearing this gorgeous Sam Faiers fringe crochet beach dress which is €44. This would also be amazing for a festival over denim cutoffs with knee high gladiator sandals - the summer style staple. You can shop the dress here

The Myleene monochrome leopard print swimsuit Sarah is wearing on the left below is like a slice of high end designer meets pre cringe Madonna! It also comes as a bikini and is from the Myleene collection & priced at only €37. Wow. The neon two piece on the right is from Resort and you can shop it here.
I hope you guys enjoyed my rundown of the looks - if any of you have any questions feel free to comment below or tweet me on @lauramullett. I had such a ball at the Littlewoods Ireland #HelloSummer press event after a jampacked day of filming and styling! I'm dressed head to toe in Littlewoods Ireland. My boho dress is by Fearne Cotton and my tribal heels are Miss KG.
At the #hellosummer event

Until next time,