Saturday, 20 September 2014

On Photo Posts - with a photo post!

I bring a camera and notebook everywhere I go - I have legit nightmares about missing out on a good idea or phrase or opportunity - so I take photographs and write a little pretty much every day. And this is without considering Instagram or anything else (i.e. the occasional tumblr selfie gif). To illustrate my attitude towards taking photographs, have this journal entry:

My heart was pounding in my ears. And this is not a lazy, clichĂ© use of this turn of phrase to describe the feeling - for the first time in my life, it was truly an accurate description of the sensation. It hurt. That's how strong the feeling was. My sides were cramping and my legs burned and splintered from the harsh slap of shoes not designed for running against unforgiving pavement. I think it was the panic, the need mixed with the physical exertion that made it manifest so but all I knew was I could not miss my train. 

Suddenly, the clouds that had lingered all Sunday morning, cleared and most beautiful early light glinted on the canal. I stopped so sharply that I startled an old woman across the road, the only person about on a sleepy weekend. The train was forgotten. I could not miss this light.

Quickly, I wrestled my camera from my bag...

I did actually make the train on time in the end.

But, as is now apparent, my priorities are screwed and I become so enamoured with light and shade that I need to capture them - though cameras never do fully.

As I'm always taking photos, I always assume my semi-regular photo posts will be an easy thing to pop up on the blog when I'm low on time. But this is never the case. I rarely put them up for this reason, to begin with. Normally, it's because I'm excited to show the photos to other humans so I'll schedule a few posts for a busy week ahead and then decide to actually immediately publish the images. Or, if I am being strong and going with the plan to post when time is low, I'll go to do so and remember putting the right words along with them is agonising and decide to spend hours rearranging them perfectly on the page.

And let's not even talk about how long it takes to choose the images in the first place - at last count there were over 20,000 photographs on my laptop. 

Friday, 19 September 2014


A couple weekends ago, I went home.

I really needed the trip, too.

I had fallen while trying to catch a bus on my way home on the Thursday evening and I was covered in bruises and nasty scrapes. When it happened, I was so startled I began to bawl like a baby in the street. Luckily, my uncle was able to come get me because I was pretty shaken up by the whole thing. But I really just wanted my mammy to hug me.

So, when I did finally get home, it was all about affection, good food and company and being comfy and at ease. When we went for lunch on Sunday, I was doing my trademark luxe schlubbing. Basically, this involves super-soft and breathable fabric choices with loose fits made somewhat more elegant by pairing them with a more structured jacket (still in a casual material like denim here), statement sunglasses and my uber-gorgeous Newbridge bag.

Bag - Newbridge - Sunglasses - Topshop - Denim Jacket - New Look - Top - Topshop - Trousers - Primark/Penney's - Sliders - Heavenly Feet

What do you wear when you need a bit of comfort?

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.