Thursday, 18 September 2014

Danielle Romeril SS15...can I be part of your girl gang?

If you down to the woods today, you'd better go in...utilitarian glamo.

Or so Danielle Romeril would have us believe. And, hey, that's something I can believe in.

Based around a concept of a bunch of girls living self-sufficiently together in the wild, it's one part all-female cast of Peter Pan, one part all your favourite teen movie girl gangs. But cooler. Think "unwashed" hair that's enviably tousled to perfection. Think pockets everywhere (about time in womenswear). Think earthy tones and sky blue - natural, summer colours. Think juxtaposing soft and hard, pretty and practical, floaty and durable. Think slouchy fits and skimming silhouettes for long summer days under the sun. Think great proportions.

Think about the clothes. Be haunted by them. Be enamoured. Be obsessed.

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Who's gonna join me? Not one for roughing it but I could brave the great outdoors for great clothes.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Burberry SS15 Makeup Look

So, to unwind when I arrived home today, I sat and watched Youtube videos with a cup of tea. Two of my favourite Beauty bloggers/vloggers, essiebutton and ViviannaDoesMakeup, had both uploaded videos comprising of behind-the-scenes at Burberry SS15, the show, the makeup and how to do it yourself. Sometimes, these runway looks strike me so much, I need to try my hand at them (like this one from Chanel last year)! So, with two videos on the topic watched and my makeup spread across my bed, I set to work!

Sadly, I didn't have all the Burberry swag necessary to create the look but, as is often the case, I improvised. Here's what I supplemented the products with and the two tutorials from the gals!

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So, for the base, to get the dewy, sunkissed look, I pumped a bit of Maxfactor's Facefinity Primer on the back of my hand and mixed it with Philosophy's Divine Illumination before applying with my fingers. Then I used Dermalogica's Sheer Tint in Light as a BB with the right amount of coverage and dewiness. Lastly, I used Shiseido's Concealer to cover blemishes, for under the eye and along the bridge of the nose.

Next. I filled in my brows with Benefit's Brows A-Go-Go and Billion Dollar Brows' Hint of Tint in Taupe.

Then I loaded a brush with the matte shade of Tan Organic's Bronzer and applied it to my eyelids. I also used this as a contour under my cheekbones.

Lastly, I mixed two shades of lipstick to try and emulate that gorgeous Ruby shade from Burberry - Topshop's Vamp and Rimmel's Kate in 01. I applied a coat of the Rimmel with a lip brush and applied the Topshop over to deepen it and then patted a little directly from the tube on top.

And voilĂ ! Kinda the same thing, right?

Enjoy, and have fun with your look. I mean, who even needs mascara, right?

Sunday, 14 September 2014

It's that time again...Squee-Fest over JW Anderson SS15

Fashion's a funny are constantly running ahead of yourself. Only a couple weeks ago, I was dying to start wearing knits and begin layering but already I'm thinking of SS. And so it goes.

One of the reasons I'm so excited for SS is JW Anderson's collection, Obviously. 

It's very obviously an Anderson collection without being trite or boring or expected. He's great at maintaining an identity while doing new things. Good at playing the same tunes in different keys. This time, his girl is sexier, slinkier. She looks like a lady, so used to being good, who has had a mad adventure with her garden party hat drooping around her from the frenzy. Her midriff is often almost corseted or belted obi-style. She wears big coats with who-knows-what/maybe nothing underneath. She is unafraid of both leather and dusky, blushy pink, She can rock tailoring just as easily as killer little dresses and co-ords. She looks as industrial as the factories that made her family wealthy, there's a touch of fetish and a wonderful disjointedness that she can pull of, that the man himself described as "suspended architecture" to Vogue.

Obviously Anderson but never obvious sex-appeal, never obvious beauty. Instead, it's something that makes you look longer and closer.

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Next season, hopefully I'll see the magic in person. 

Friday, 12 September 2014

Cos AW14 Menswear Collection

Today I'm talking menswear once more...although I ended up buying a piece from the collection for myself! But such is Cos. Infinitely wearable, hard to (impossible?) to get wrong and wonderfully androgynous.

Scandinavian and Irish design actually have ties going back to the sixties and, I think, that's why it's so popular here. Both are somewhat simple, restrained though prehaps imbued with a little more of a sense of humour in an Irish context because we're so good at laughing at ourselves and not taking life too seriously. But, I digress. My point is that Cos suits a modern Irish palate. It's metropolitan, durable, not overly caught up in trends and unfussy.

So, Irish men, if you're feeling a tad lost style-wise, I reckon you should hit up their AW14 collection. It's got some great investment pieces in the form of blazers and coats and some slightly more on-trend pieces with sixties inspired prints, cuts and footwear. The palette is largely in neutral tones with the pops of colour here and there that they do so well - one of my favourite sections in the store was the schlubby grey area. I may not be a 50 Shades fan but there's probably that many in my wardrobe. And the silhouettes are largely traditional and recognisable with less innovating in this area than the women's clothes tend to see. However, to update these pieces, give them a modern twist, the details are key; a leather panel here, interesting use of zips there.

My essentials have to be the simple black bomber, the navy suit (looks good on EVERYONE - all genders should feature one of these bad boys in their wardrobe), Chelsea boots, canvas backpack, navy peacoat, classic Breton striped tee, tweedy canvas slip-ons and a sturdy duffle coat. It's what boy-me would wear/live in!

Use of materials - classic bomber in scuba fabric.

Use of zips.

Leather details.

So, what do you all think of the collection? Should I cover menswear more? 

Thursday, 11 September 2014

URGENT: New Alexander Wang x H&M Images.

Srsly though.

This is just a quick post because I'm squeeing internally so much in the library and CANNOT HOLD IT IN.

I set a google alert for Alexander Wang x H&M a while back (yes, I'm that sad) as I wanted to see it first and show you guys asap! Casually went to check my email in the library while researching a second ago and then nearly DIED of excitement when I saw that one of today's alerts was not another article about Nicki Minaj teaching the models dances backstage at Wang SS15 but an actual article with pictures of the actual collection - or six looks anyway.

So, enjoy. I'll try and calm down enough to get back to work and I'll go circle November 6th on my calendar a few million more times.


Okay, breathe....remember to breathe.

(Scans of Vogue Netherlands via

Queue hyperventilating.

What do you guys think?

I NEED those sweaters in my life and on my torso.