Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Christmas Markets & Mumford & Sons.

Myself in a horse-shaped hat! As you do!

This weekend was a busy one for me and a few friends as we traveled down to Belfast for the Mumford &Sons concert that was playing on Saturday night at the Odyssey. We had sprung for VIP tickets, and never was I as glad that I overpaid for something as I was that night. The seats were wonderful, as was the bar treatment and the meal, not to mention the show itself. If you are a fan of Mumford, I strongly recommend seeing them live at some point; I promise you will not regret it! The most incredible atmosphere I think I have ever experienced at a concert! 
Mumford!

However, before and after said concert we indulged in a little last minute Christmas shopping, and it was our first time to visit the Continental Market that visits Belfast every year around this time.
The market itself is filled with various stalls from all around the world, all of them offering a taste of somewhere new and exciting. The majority were food stalls, and if you are brave, there were many stalls with some … unusual items on sale. Kangaroo burgers, I’m looking at you! Nevertheless, if you aren’t so adventurous there are tons of other stalls offering everything from crafts, gardening accessories & plants, clothes, hats, shoes! You name it; they have it, from around Europe and beyond these stalls offer the causal Northern Ireland shopper a little something from abroad, right at home. German beers and Bratwurst to Spanish Paella, Waffles, Crêpes and Dutch pancakes, Cakes, Cheese, the list is endless it really is, and if you’re hungry enough your palate will thank you for a number of new experiences!
Here are just a few of my snaps from the weekend!


  Have you been to the market, or Belfast at Christmas? What did you think of it?! Let me know!!




























I went a little shopping mad too while there, my bank account is just not very happy right now!

                                          Real Techniques Core Collection. I've been wanting to get my hands on the full collection for a while now, finally have!  : Buy here! 
 Figuier Coloured Scented Candle : DIPTYQUE : Buy here!
Chanel ~surprise~ ;) 

Chanel Nail Varnish in 08 - Pirate. It's glorious! Buy here! 


Benefit gift set! Buy here! 

How cute is this? I love it, It's adorable, and so cosy too with legging and boots. I spotted it in New Look and just had to have it, given my love for my pets ;) Buy here!

This one is New Look too - find it HERE.
Remember Moomin? Moomin flasks from TOPSHOP, but I can't find it online :(
Victoria Sq Christmas decor, very festive, very chic!



Bonus: Half naked Irish men, singing for a good cause! Merry Christmas!! xox

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Chanel : Métiers d’Art. Scotland.






Dripping in history, #Chanel brought their Métiers d’Art to the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots in Edinburgh this week. Making the most of the native designs, the best of Scottish materials were channeled in that certain Chanel way inside the ruins of Linlithgow Palace in West Lothian. Regal, Medieval, Fantastic - Chanel.
xox
EIC

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Primark A/W Hits... and misses.

Hi guys! How is the Crimbo shop coming along? Nicely I hope! For me? Hmm, not so much. But I will get organised, or I will be that short girl in a red coat freaking out with a million bags and a million things to wrap come Christmas eve.

But, I'm hoping it won't come to that.

Hoping being the key word here ;)

Anyway, for now let's let the Christmas pressure subside with a peek at the Primark/Penny's A/W12 collection, the hits and sadly the epic misses.

As you can probably tell from my hit picks, I do love myself a good coat - in fact I may be obsessed with coats in general. It is a really good thing I live in a country where it rains and is freezing the majority of the time! But I love a good jacket too, and if the 'leather' one didn't have the fur hood it would have been a serious contender for an all year round every-day jacket. Alas with the fur trim it does sort of limit the wear time to late Autumn and Winter. They have a great Boucle jacket here as well, a great little cheap dupe if you want to emulate the little black jacket from Chanel for example. Or if you just want to chic up a pair of dark jeans and a casual top, it works wonders on smartening up just about any look. The sleeveless tuxedo jacket is so on trend for this season, the whole tux look in general has been making waves since the straight leg trouser has been seen on the likes of model Miranda Kerr and Jessica Alba amongst others. The little tartan skirt caught my eye when I realised that I hadn't worn one of those since I was a little girl, and it might be time to give it another whirl, this time of course without the knee high socks and maryjanes, right?

Right?

The cinched in waist on the one over-coat is love, since those coats go wonderful with dresses, jeans, leggings underneath but can sometimes add more bulk to the middle area when we ladies want to still ensure we have a figure where our outerwear is concerned, at least this short-arsed, apple-shaped one of us does ;)  I also love the off-center coat with the zip detail and the very feminine soft pink jumper too which would go fab with jeans on a lazy day. The pink bubble necklace caught my eye since it reminded me so much of the J CREW bubble necklace that retails for over $100. Needless to say the Primark version will be nowhere near that, even after you convert your currency!





















And the misses -



Do I have to comment on how unflattering these items are? No, I don't think I do!

Eek!


xo

Laura.

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