Friday, June 19, 2015

No such thing as a 'Plain White Tee'








 From vintage to sometimes down right vulgar the graphic tee is a staple in everyone's wardrobe. From super sized, super skinny, cropped, fitted or tanked, we all have a version that says what we're thinking for us by shouting it to the world as we wear the brands, expressions or puns on our chests! Here are some of my faves keeping the aesthetic clean but having some fun with it for summer 2015! There's no such thing as a 'plain' white tee!
Click the links at the bottom to get them at a STEAL!




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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Calling all you yummy mummys!

http://bst.is/SMaUW8 

If you love a good deal as much as the next mum out there, check out the new FREE @PatPat app. 

PatPat offers you amazing daily deals on products for both mums & babies at deeply discounted prices up to 90 percent off! The majority of my friends have little kids now, and honestly they all tell me that nothing beats a good bargain, one that promises great service and quality products. Nothing but the best for your babies so why not the best prices fro you too, right? (And as a baby-free zone surrounded by babies, it's a great option when shopping for those presents too!)

 Items range from infants, toddler/kids, maternity, and so much more. If you love the idea of a great deal (and who doesn't let's be real!) you (All iPad/iPhone users)
 should check it out here


The PatPat app is available for download through the Google Play and App store.

http://bst.is/SMaUW8

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Duchess, the baby, that blow out and the dress!

Proceed with sarcasm. 
Breaking News! Woman has second child! - Someone on my facebook. 

Now, being Irish I can say with a certain honestly that the English Royals aren't really 'a thing' here. But of course the Ladies, Princesses, Duchesses and so forth certainly are on the world wide radar when it comes to style.

Psst - what do they DO exactly? I still struggle with this?! 

Duchess Kate never fails to bring that elegant modern aesthetic to her outings and with each pregnancy she kept up the tradition of clean lines, amazing coats, and oddly sensible but rather normal shoes.

Let's talk about that dress. As with little George, Kate chose a custom made Jenny Packham dress - this time deviating from the Diana tribute and going with a more ... that table cloth your gran had when you were a kid look. No? I mean it's very cute it really is but it still resembles a table cloth to me. Teaming that with William's overly large 70's collared shirt and receding hairline and it feels very, casual. And honestly, slap an instagram filter on it and it may as well be 1979.

Seriously though, you birthed a Princess, am I alone in thinking there should be diamonds for something like that? 

I'm joking of course, kind of. But this new generation of Royals are super casual, they want you to know that. They shop in Tesco, they recycle clothes, they announce their little princesses via twitter just like whatsherface from over the road that had a kid once. They are just like us commoners. 
Except not really.
Not at all.
And there should be diamonds.


(c) Alan Davidson / The Daily Mail - No infringement.

Forgetting about the diamonds for a second, let's cut the woman some serious slack. She just birthed a human eight hours before and there she was being paraded in front of the world - literally - and the expectations were high.

Such nonsense really though isn't it. Having spoken to friends who've had children they will safely tell me that what she does - what the world expects so soon after such a huge event in a woman's life - is nothing short of a nightmare. Some struggle to even have the energy to brush their hair, never mind find the heels and the smiles to greet the world's press.

It may help to have Royal money and a team of experts. Ah, those experts, wouldn't it be great to have them around on the daily! Beyond that, let's take a look at some more commoner friendly Duchess Duds and Blow Out (that's a blow-dry to you and me) secrets!

The sweet yellow buttercup pattered (was someone watching Princess Bride while pregnant?!) custom Jenny Packham was both post-natal perfect and early summer appropriate.

"Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby daughter," the designer wrote on her Twitter & Instagram. "The Duchess wears a bespoke silk shift dress with buttercup print. JP x"
If you can't drop four grand for a custom Jenny Packham, dahling, then we must have some alternatives? Of course we must! Feat: +LuLus.com  +River Island  +ASOS  +Little Mistress
Peter Pansy Mint Green Floral Print Shift Dress $43  via Lulus.com


River Island Dark Floral Shirt Dress €65.75

Only Floral Print Short Sleeve Bodycon Dress RRP €34.25 now €20.55
Little Mistress Floral Shift Dress RRP €65.75 now €41.09

With her bouncing baby girl came the bouncing Cambridge Curls, and a few secrets to that voluminous kind of blow dry can be yours in a few simple steps!

Step1: Apply a thickening lotion or oil to the hair and work thoroughly through with a wide-tooth comb.

Step2. Always work from the bottom layers up when blow-drying your hair—  remember to pin the top portion as this helps you better see what you're doing.

Step3. Grab your hair at the roots and run the medium sized round brush down strands to avoid frizz, moving the blow-dryer with it as you go along. Make sure to keep the point of the nozzle downward.

Step4. Heat defense spray!!

Step5. smooth out your hairline by facing that section away from your face, fully encase the hair here around the round brush and turn as you go.

Step6. Once your hair has completely dried, be sure to wrap the curls around your fingers while it's still warm to create a pin curl and pin until cooled.

Step7. Spray with a secure hold hairspray and shine spray if desired.

Step 8. Go find that crown!

Okay so step eight is optional! But still, have fun recreating the look!

Til next time!

Laura
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Monday, February 16, 2015

TanOrganic - Tanning Oil Review!

Hi guys!

With Spring peeking around the corner (hopefully!) it's about this time of year when we start wanting to pack away the layers and break out the florals and freshness of the new season. It's also the time when we have to say goodbye to our winter paleness, usually covered by long tops and coats, and the holy grail of the thick black tights!

Admittedly, some of us Irish girls get a bit of a shock when we do though, thoughts of 'surely I'm not that pale!' being one of many! But if like me you actually ARE that pale, then a little bit of fake bake goes a long, long way.

 TanOrganic Tanning Oil

I had heard a ton about +TanOrganic via social media and friends, and promised myself once the new season came around I would treat myself to a new glow. The T.O guys kindly sent me a sample bottle to try first, complete with an amazingly efficient exfoliating  glove and a sweet box of chocs as well!



Getting down to the nitty gritty though, what makes it different? Well, I did a little bit of research before I tried, and I found that it was actually the first tan to be *ECO certified, made with 87% certified organic ingredients! Which is amazing for those of us worrying about what we're putting on our skin and want to rein in the artificial ingredients.

See a full list of the goodness here!

 It's a tan that loves skin as much as your skin will love it

With tons of skin loving oils like Rosehip, Argan, and Coconut to name but a few, it becomes obvious that this isn't just another tan. It's a tan that loves skin as much as your skin will love it, and you feel that from the very first application. I was weary as I am with most 'gradual tans' as I've had bad experiences (being so pale) when they develop no matter how well I've blended and applied, I always end up with massive obvious patches and streaks. So, I applied one thin layer of tanning oil and waited.

The first thought was that it felt really nurishing against my skin, it didn't feel packed on or heavy either which was a major plus for those of us that like very little fuss.

The next thing I noticed was how nicely it developed, and continued to do so for at least 24hours. Which means to me that it's really build-able, I personally like a light tan most of the time, but I know my friends prefer a deeper tan as their go-to shade and come summer this will achieved so easily with something like this.Even after two days (and a gentle shower!) there were zero streaks and minimal fading (though the tan is very easily removed with the amazing Tan Organic exfoliating glove, five minutes in the shower tops, ladies!)

*ECOCERT is an organic certification organisation, founded in France in 1991. It is based in Europe but conducts inspections in over 80 countries, making it one of the largest organic certification organizations in the world. The certification process is voluntary but it is also one of the most stringent in the market as Ecocert undertakes at least one inspection per year, supplemented by spot checks over the course of the year.


Now for a comparison! 

Yes, I am the palest person in the world, I reflect light! *and I am wearing a dress in the first pic, just in case it's not clear!Oops!*
Before one application of T.O - I am Casper!

After one light application and a few hours development


Like I said, I like a light application but this can be easily reapplied to achieve the desired result if you need a darker shade without the fear of being 'tango'd' I promise. 

I really love this nourishing oil, and I would recommend it if you're looking for something easy and ethically made not to mention environmentally friendly. As well as that we're supporting a home grown Irish brand! Sure what else could a girl want?!