Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Same old chic, different day.

A little while back I styled former Miss Ireland 2012 Rebecca Maguire for a slick outdoors sports luxe shoot with a street edge. During the Summer I worked with Rebecca before on a very girly lolita glam shoot shot in studio. Take a look at what happened behind the scenes..

I really loved styling Assets model Rebecca because not only is she a fully fledged high fashion model but has a distinctive accessible look. She is very tall, toned and has a very slight build so looks beautifully elegant whether in swimwear or a bodycon dress. The sporty shoot was massively exciting as it is great to be doing a shoot that is not only in wintery November but that has a very different flavour which makes it really fun. Style Photographer Colin Price shot the sports luxe shoot and I pulled the sporty funky athletic attire from Lifestyle Sports. I was so happy to work with sought after MUA + Brow queen Noella Geoghegan who is such a talented MUA.
lifestyle sports gear
As soon as I finished shooting at 6pm I bolted out to RTE studios in Donnybrook to do a Radio appearance on RTE 2xm. I regularly review bands and movies and interview Irelands budding talent on ‘In Colour’ on RTE 2xm. This week the hot topic was Love/Hate. You can listen back to the show here.
The highlight of my year is covering the Irish, Film and TV Awards and doing interviews on the red carpet. Although fashion styling is my passion I am a Journalist by trade also and studied Journalism and Visual Media in Griffith College Dublin. Click here to listen to some of my red carpet interviews.

A lot of people contact me and ask for advice and enquire how I got into what I am doing, and truthfully it is a culmination of factors. You have to really work hard and keep motivated. I think going to a really good college like GCD is a must because of the small class sizes and the course I did covered so much. I learned how to not only be a TV and radio presenter but how to shoot my own documentary and how to edit my own radio shows and TV documentaries together. I learned about blogging,  creating my own magazine, creative writing, photography and editing which are very valuable and practical skills. ‘Lipstick Gossip’ started as a college assignment and then I really got a feel for it and now use it to showcase all my styling and radio bits and bobs. In my opinion the best thing to do is to make a massive effort while in college to gain industry experience. I have covered the IFTA’s for the past 3 years and twice when I covered them I was a college student. You have to invest time and effort in your future even when it feels tedious. You can’t expect that when you are handed a degree that it equals a full time job, you have to be creative and passionate about what you want and be willing to work for free also. Internships open doors. In terms of fashion styling there are many routes you can take to develop your skillset and learn the mechanics behind it. Truthfully it is a lot less glamorous and glossy than it looks. There is an immense amount of work involved so it is not for the faint hearted. Check out for courses if you are interested in fashion design, Journalism or Photography.

I was asked by the folks at ‘When Poppy Met Daisy’ to present and style their fashion show which was last night. The Grand Social was such a great venue for it. There was a huge turn out. I recently went to the ‘Poppy met Daisy’ sewing school to take a class in corsetry and really loved it. They host a wide variety of affordable classes that can teach you to make your own dress, corsetry, the basics, using a sewing machine and more. They are currently honing their classes to give intensive courses in fashion illustration, styling and Intro to camera + photoshop. The school have asked me to host some styling workshops that will delve into editorial styling and the mechanics of planning a shoot theme and then bringing it to fruition.
This week I styled some portfolio shoots. I love styling these because you can truly have fun with them and it’s great to meet new fresh faces that are beginning their venture into the modeling industry. I have styled a lot of portfolio shoots recently for Assets Agency models and Andrea Roche models. This week I styled for Lili Forberg.
A-wear AW13 flats
I love styling with Lili as her shots have been a massive inspiration to me over the years. Here is some of my most recent work with Lili styling the beautiful Grace from Assets :
Attire from 'Fresh' Templebar Dublin
A/W13 clean cut Penneys trouser coat combo
 On Sunday I styled striking model Siobhan Mc Auley for an editorial shoot in Drogheda. I styled the model in a variety of Harvey Nichols Attire from their Dundrum store that embraced the theme 'Boy meets Girl'. A nod to the meeting point of androgyny and femininity. Faux fur, leather, silk, velvet and other luxurious textures were at hand. It was shot by fashion photographer Jason Mc Carthy. Needless to say it was right up my street! I love working with such beautiful clothes and on such a cool concept. I was working with brands like Pinko, Gerard Darel, Versace and Unreal Fur. It was like Christmas. I can't wait to see it in print! I was invited to the Funky Christmas Jumpers Official Launch this week. I recently styled Rozanna Purcell and James Murphy for the 2013 Funky Christmas Jumpers ad campaign shot by Alex Hutchinson. There were pillow fights, balloons and much more. Not all the shots are out yet but the promotional shots look really cool. I think I still have duck feathers up my nose! I will be posting in more detail about this shoot and what happened behind the scenes as the remainder of the shots are released.
I am delighted to have been asked to style the 'Diva Next Door' 2013 calendar out in The Wright Venue. Well done to the final 12 beauties! I recently worked with Diva Next Door's hottest export the beautiful Dana Arikane for a press shoot shot by Richie Buttle. She took a go at playing photographer! The lingerie for the shoot is from Gorey Boutique 'Dee's Lingerie'
Richie Photography
The lovely folks at Juices By Ginger have kindly offered me a three day supply of juices! Juice cleanse are great for your general wellbeing and assist with weight loss. I will be doing the detox diary next week and reviewing it on the blog. #watchthisspace 

Well that is most of my news and views! I hope you enjoyed my post :)

Be bold, be brave & misbehave!

xo L

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