Showing posts with label Belfast. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Belfast. Show all posts

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Diet Coke with Belfast Fashion Week Design Awards - Last call!

 Anyone that knows me knows that I have a bit of a @DietCoke addiction. You see, I'm a weird Irish person in that I hate tea, I hate coffee (though, love the smell) and generally avoid hot drinks in general if I can help it (Starbucks hot choc in winter not withstanding of course). So my drink of choice is either ice water or forever faithful, Diet Coke. So, when I heard on twitter for the BFW peeps about the Diet Coke Design award and all that it offered the winner I felt the need to share it with you guys. Basically,  The Diet Coke Design Award is in conjunction with Belfast FASHIONWEEK and is back for 2013 and there’s only a short space of time left to enter! 

This year, in celebration of Diet Coke’s 30th anniversary, they're looking for entrants to design a unique garment inspired by the past 30 years of fashion i.e. ‘80s, ‘90s or ‘00s. Three shortlisted finalists will have their design created by Una Rodden and each will be showcased on the A/W Belfast FASHIONWEEK catwalk.


 The winning design will be announced at Fashionweek by a team of judges with the winner receiving a place on a highly coveted fashion course at the London School of Fashion including flights and accommodation as well as a photoshoot with fashion photographer Khara Pringle. 

To enter, download an application form and competition brief from

 I think this is a fantastic opportunity for the creative genius running around that could benefit massively from this. I unfortunately can't draw a straight line, but I could write you a book if you'd like? For those of you that can design and are looking for a challenge, you have until Sep13th to enter! So get cracking!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

FABB PJ Party : Malone Lodge Hotel Editon.

Hi guys!

So in the spirit of attempting to evolve the blog from static product reviews - which are great and something I love and will continue to do. But, I want to spread my wings, and my writing a little wider. What better way to do that than to tell you all about my first #FABB experience. You know us FABB girls right? It's a Northern Ireland based blogger network of sorts where a mishmash of ladies (so far anyway!) meet up and blog about it. I've already done a little blog post with all the ladies blog links if  you're interested it's here.

My first #FABB experience was, well, fab! The lovely Anna from The Malone Lodge Hotel a beyond chic converted Victorian Townhouse -  invited us for a blogger sleepover of sorts to celebrate the fact that the hotel has undergone something of a facelift with lots of upgrades and changes.

Having made the 'I can't drive' trip to Belfast - consisting of a car, and two buses mind you to get there from where I live currently - I was beyond pleased to be greeted by warm and welcoming hotel staff and this big babe of a room. 

 We were gifted by a rather lovely bedtime onesie from BANK fashion - Navy and Neon Pink (they read my mind!) thank you very much for what I'm sure will become my winter bedtime staple!

The spacious bathroom was filled with Pinken goodies to try

The girls and I met up for a cocktail or two before we were shown to our rooms. I was sharing with the lovely Leslie from LellieMoi, check our her blog - her bag addiction rivals my own! I was fawning over her Balenciaga as we chatted away into the wee hours - in our accidental matching jammies might I add!  A hilarious coincidence considering before last night we'd never met in person! 

There was four (er seven?) in the bed and the little one said...roll over!

Getting a brief history on the hotel! Love to hear of a family run business still going strong!

Audrey has her own hallway, she greets you with her chicness on the way to the loos!

The Remains of the Day: A period piece from the original townhouse to which part of the new edition was converted. This room is used primarily for wedding photos with a window and a nod to the past. I loved the details.

Knife&Fork - apt name and such wonderful service! Their food is really top notch! Have the french toast for breakie!

Drink up in Macklin's Bar! Just off the entrance to the MLH

The welcome to our little underground den of pampering!

Food food and more food!

And cake with ice-cream, seriously it was amazing

Some of the girls opted for Medi Spa treatments!

More cake! This time via CakesByJames in Belfast. Sweet!
While there were some WIFI woes - not a great thing to happen to a bunch of net addicted bloggers - all in all it was well worth the trek, meeting new peeps (and old friends for dinner too Hi Claire ;) and getting to explore a piece of chic Belfast business. A business that's family run at the core so it gives it a more personal feel made obvious by their choice in staff. They were so friendly genuinely so, and could not do enough to make your stay as comfortable and as pleasant as possible. A big thanks to Anna, Gareth, Carla and all the girls for their time and effort. If you're ever in the area and looking for a modern boutique hotel in the leafy and lovely Eglantine Avenue,(close to the Lisburn Road and the city centre and of course Queen's University) then I'd strongly rec' this for you, it's treat!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Calling all Belfast Babes (and beyond!)

Armani Exchange Shorts (Were £68, now £15); L.K. Bennett Crocus Bag (Was £245, now £145); L.K. Bennett Embassy Shoe (Was £125, now £20). Available at The OUTLET Banbridge  

Fatface Denim Shirt (Was £48, now £15); Jaeger Blouse (Was £80, now £49); Jaeger Necklace; L.K. Bennett Lucie Wedge (Was £135, now £20). Available at The OUTLET Banbridge.  

Jaeger Blazer (Was £240, now £149); L.K. Bennett Poppy Belt (Was £95, now £45); Armani Exchange Denim Shorts (Was £68, now £15). Available at The OUTLET Banbridge. 

Have a sneak peak at what to expect from The Outlet who are opening the High Street Show of the West Coast Cooler Belfast Fashion Week this week! Shows will begin with the George at ASDA showcase of their Spring/Summer collection in the stunning location of the Ulster Museum and continue throughout the city through the week. If this is a sneak of what's to come, only great fashions will be passing  through the streets of Northern Ireland this Spring Summer! Here's hoping we get the weather to show off those Armani shorts!

Laura / EIC

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! 

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