A Night at Fashion District

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Hi Lovelies

Happy Easter, hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. On Thursday night myself and Lisa D hit the road again on another little adventure. This time our destination was Fashion District Pop-Up Shopping Outlet in Mullingar’s Bloomfield House Hotel. We were kindly invited to the event by the lovely Elaine Bradley-Ryan. Elaine is a total fashionista and a stylist for our fave jewellery Stella & Dot (check out her Facebook page “Elaine Bradley-Ryan, Stella & Dot Stylist”). When we heard what was involved for the night we were all over it and super excited to go…fashion, jewellery, vintage, hair & makeup demos, free bubbly!!!

The event ran from 7-11pm and when we got there shortly after 7 it was in full swing. We didn’t waste any time and started to browse the fashion rails straight away. There was some gorgeous pieces for sale from some fab boutiques, Cocoon, Nells Closet, BeYoux and Deja Vu to name a few. The bargains were unbelievable, one dress that caught our eye was reduced from €218 to just €50!! A boutique we particularly liked the look of was Deja Vu (Deja Vu Ranelagh on Facebook). They had the prettiest Louboutins for sale, second hand but in perfect condition. We also spotted some Louis Vuitton and Jimmy Choo while we were there.

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Being the magpies that we are we were totally besotted with all the Stella & Dot jewellery on show. I’m a big fan of Stella & Dot and hosted a trunk show last year. A stylist came to my house and all my friends came around and we could try on all the pieces and order anything we wanted to purchase. At the time I bought a gold charm bracelet with 4 charms and a delicate gold arrow necklace. I’ve worn both constantly since then and they’re still perfect. Our faves on display last night were these gorgeous stacking rings and the multiway earrings. Is it too early to start our 2016 Santy list??

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After we had our fill of shopping we took our seats for the part we always enjoy most…the makeup demo. The makeup artist in action last night was Angela Greene of Monroe.ie. We were delighted to see some of our favourite products ready for the demo, we spied the Penneys brush holder and brush and the Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess oil. Angela seemed to be a makeup artist after our own hearts!! The demo was a quick and easy everyday makeup look achievable for busy mammys. Her finished look was beautiful and fresh and she showed us then how to make a few tweeks to turn it into a glam night-time look using Ken Boylan products. When Angela was finished we seen Vaida from First Floor Hair & Beauty create some easy-peasy hair looks to complement the makeup. We were busy taking notes and we can’t wait to try them out for ourselves.

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The style on show rivalled any wedding or day at the races we’ve ever been to and it was no wonder with a prize for Best Dressed Lady up for grabs. Lisa McGowan from Lisas Lust List was judging the best dressed and her pick was gorgeous. The best dressed lady wore a beige ankle length jumpsuit with an Obi belt and tan boots, we had spotted her earlier and commented on how fab her outfit was!! To finish off the night we were treated to a style masterclass from stylist Julie Cobbe from Stylefish.ie. Julie talked us through how to detox our wardrobes….if you haven’t worn it in a year get rid, if it doesn’t fit you and hasn’t fitted you for a long time…get rid!! She also gave us great advice on dressing for our body shape and how to identify our body shape….as much as I would like to think I’m hourglass I’m afraid I’m more of an apple!! It was an eye opener and we came away with lots of new tips and learned lots.

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We had a great night and we’re so looking forward to the next Fashion District but we might need a bus next time to bring all the girls (and our shopping!!) with us….

 

Until next time

Live Pretty,

Lisa M xx

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Christmas Stocking Fillers Under €20

  
Hello Everyone,

So this is my last gift guide before the big man himself comes and we get to have a nice relaxing break filled with food, drink and some family quality time!  But if you are still struggling for those last minute stocking fillers just to add to an already amazing gift well feast your eyes on these!

Let’s start with this amazing book my one of my favourite youtubers Sinead Caddy aka The Makeup Chair!  Sinead launched her beauty hand book, which is filled with fabulous looks with step by step guides, tips & tricks and lots of other beauty info!

 

So if you have a young daughter that loves all things makeup well this could be a nice little gift for her! It’s priced at €14.95 but currently Cloud10beauty have 20% off so you can pick it up for €11.96, so grab it quick!  

As per usually I have to mention Penneys, I just can’t escape their budget friendly items!!

Pendant Necklace €4, Pearl Bead Bangles €3, Beanie Hat €4, Scarf €9

Their accessories are second to none!  You can pick up fabulous pieces along with winter essentials, they have so many items to choose from and you will no doubt find something to bulk up that stocking!  But if you are still struggling to figure out what to buy, don’t forget that you can also pick a voucher in-store which is perfect, everyone loves a voucher!    

Now I suppose it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t through in a gift for him, so I was browsing through Cloud10beauty and found that they have a great range of skincare for men, which will save us from hiding ours!  Because let’s get real ladies, men secretly use our’s and think we don’t notice, who are they kidding, do they not realise how precious our skincare is to us, of course we are going to notice a big chunk gone out of our favourite moisturiser!   

 

This Nip + Man Power Skin Set is perfect for him it contains a scrubbing facial wash and daily Power Moisturiser, this will leave the man in your life with smooth and cleansed skin, which will take him away from using yours!  

Have a look at this amazing beauty website  Cloud10beauty.com it is jam packed with beauty must-haves that it makes a one-stop shop for all your beauty essentials!  Definitely worth a visit! 
  
Last but not least, if you are super busy with work or just not getting the time to get around to all the shops why not pick up an All 4 One Voucher these are just perfect, you can use them in almost any store and saves you a mountain of time having to scope the shops for a stocking filler!  

  
You can purchase these in your local An Post office!  

That’s my last post done until after Christmas everyone, I hope I have given you a little help in the gift department the last couple of weeks!  I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thanks so much for your support since starting our blog it’s much appriciated, until Next Year ladies!

Live Pretty xx

Lisa D xx

Christmas Gift Guide – Under €20

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Hi Lovelies,

Hope you all had a lovely weekend and didn’t get blown away in all that wind and rain!! We’ve been keeping busy getting ready for Christmas and doing a little bit of shopping for gifts. And here we are, it’s that time of the week again,….time to look at this weeks Christmas gift idea.

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Many of you will have heard of Chocolate Box jewellery before. With over 8,000 followers on Facebook this little jewellery business is really taking off and it’s easy to see why. This jewellery is absolutely beautiful with many of the pieces being victorian inspired. I have never seen such a choice of colours before , there is every colour and shade of gem stone you could imagine. This makes finding the right pieces of jewellery to compliment a special outfit a doddle. We think the massive selection of earrings are to die for but there’s also pendants, rings and bracelets in the collection. You will even find pocketwatches, tie pins and cufflinks for the man in your life……that’s pops sorted then! We also know one or two brides who wore stunning chocolate box pieces on their big day!!

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From a small pair of stud earrings to the most elaborate statement neckpiece there is something at Chocolate Box to fit every budget, keeping in mind our €20 guide.

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Angela Burns is the woman behind Chocolate Box and her showroom and studio is based in Rhode, Co.Offaly. When you walk into her showroom it’s definitely like Aladdins cave, with all the jewellery laid out prettily to browse. You could spend hours there admiring everything, especially if you’re a magpie like us.

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One thing we love about Chocolate Box is their generosity, Angela really looks after her customers!! Every Chocolate Box customer gets to pick their very own pair of earrings to take away…..for free!! Now if that isn’t a reason to do some Christmas shopping there I don’t know what is. We know it’s tough out there these days for small businesses and freebies are few and far between so for Angela to gift all her customers with a pair of earrings really is lovely.

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You will find Chocolate Box on Facebook where there is daily competitions for some fabulous prizes if you’re feeling lucky!! I will leave a link to the page below and you can also find the contact details here..Happy Shopping.

https://www.facebook.com/Chocolate-Box-Jewellery-by-Angela-Burns-620633947977638/?fref=ts

Until next time,

 

Live Pretty,

 

Lisa M xx