Thursday, October 25, 2012

#NOTD 25 October - Nude nail and mint accent

A recent trip to The Square in Tallaght saw me in one of only two Superdrug stores in Dublin. I picked up quite a few things, reviews to come later, but I spent quite a while in front of the Me Me Me counter. I've never seen so many dupes in one place! More investigation is definitely needed!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Surprise Benefit sneak peak!

I had the pleasure, and pure pleasure it was, of attending the Benefit Blogger Christmas Party (because apparently once it turns October it's perfectly acceptable to talk about Christmas ...) where we got to gaze lovingly over all the lovely gift sets and a few newer products. Let's just say my Christmas wishlist is a mile long now!

And speaking of  new products - we got a sneaky peak of something extra special. Traditionally, Benefit ring in the new year with the launch of a new box blush - but never ones to play it safe they've decided to  change it up and release ...wait for it ...

... a cream blusher!!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Menswear Uncovered

Men and shopping may not traditionally be two words one would put together – but if you add Dundrum Town Centre in to the mix, things start to make sense. Menswear is not the mystery we may think it is – because let’s face it, men and women alike can find it somewhat baffling, but never fear your Dundrum blogger is here and I’ve enlisted the help of the professionals! I spoke to Przemek and Jacques, House Brands Specialist and Menswear Stylist of House of Fraser, Karen O'Sullivan from Marks and Spencers and Daniela of Harvey Nichols who shared their insight into the world of menswear.

“ if colourful, you have to enjoy it – and fashion is one of those things that can help enjoy it.” (Przemek, House of Fraser)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Watch this space ...

Menswear blog will be up tomorrow - until then...

Here's Archie!

He's getting big - and slightly better at going outside for bathroom breaks :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

What the hell, Chanel?!

Eh ... new CHANEL N°5 campaign staring Brad Pitt. No. Just no.

Sorry Lagerfeld, but while the gravely voice is quite nice; the wrinkled shirt, wiry facial hair (which I have never been a fan of) and these picture - are not! 

I'm very confident that I would have done a better job in my first year of college. In fact I would have been laughed at if I handed that in.

But well played Chanel, well played. Thinking about it, they'll never have to air this ad on TV or print it in any magazines. The buzz around this campaign will market itself between Google images, blogs (like this, yes I'm playing right into their hands) and Youtube - it's well worth the 30min of effort the whole thing probably took. If even.

For future reference, this is the perfect Chanel campaign

Marilyn for life.

Thought, opinions, arguments?


Sunday, October 14, 2012

How was Blogger Brunch?

It all started, as most things do, on Twitter. As is custom on a Friday I tagged a number of Irish beauty and fashion bloggers in a #FF (Follow Friday, it's a Twitter thing) post. On the back of that Annemarie (of Stylebiscuit) suggested we should have a blogger breakfast or lunch, get together some of the Irish gals to finally put faces to names, and so blogger brunch was born (not quite breakfast, not quite lunch but a great example of alliteration) and yesterday saw me up and out early on a Saturday morning as it came to light.

The venue: 37 Dawson Street - one of the newer hotspots in town, where they claim all is not what it seems, and somewhere that's more than happy to serve Prosecco at noon.

The fabulous guests: Avril of Blushful Beauty, Aoife from Fashion Turn to the Right, Tara from Beauty and the Binge, myself of course, and Annemarie aka Stylebiscuit

And the equally fabulous results:

Brunch menu. So much choice
French toast with berry compote and vanilla marscapone - yum!
Aoife and Avril looking lovely and myself forgetting the "don't look straight at the camera" rule
Tara and Annemarie looking gorgeous (not pictured, Tara's seriously sparkly jewelry!)

Goodie bags - because I'm that kind of host
Tara's Baileys coffee - it packs a punch, I'm getting one next time!

First of all I may as well explain the slightly-fizzy phone photos - you'd never think it but out of 5 bloggers there wasn't one camera! What were we thinking? But that's all the more reason to have an other one, right? To get more pictures.

It was a really lovely afternoon. I know Avril and Aoife from years of schooling and awkward teenage years, but this was the first time we were really hanging out together as bloggers! And it was great to finally meet Tara and Annemarie having spoken to them on Twitter and read their blogs for so long now.

It's really good to get a bunch of people together with a shared interest - because you don't run out of things to talk about! Whether it's product recommendations, brand comparisons, the perils of working in retail or how you got started blogging - it's so great to be with people you instantly have loads in common with! I can express enough how much fun it was.

So now the question remains - who's organising the next one? Dinner? Drinks? Dancing?


PS - A special mention has to go out to 37 Dawson Street who, considering hiccups like sticky-floor crisis, comped ALL our drinks! All of them! That's not something you see every day :)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

NOTD - October 11

A friend and I treated ourselves to manicures last weekend. We had been trying to plan it for weeks, eventually we agreed to meet up in Dundrum and just go for it. We headed for Harvey Nichols where I was pleasantly surprised (read: unnaturally excited) to learn the nail bar was stocked with Essie polishes!

A File and Polish is only €20 - which I thought was perfect considering the cost of the polishes themselves (upwards of €10). I chose Merino Cool for my manicure - it's a soft purple-grey colour, (Instagram does not do it justice) quite unusual and goes so well with autumnal tones like burgundy and navy, it's a real chameleon colour. I was instantly drawn to this sophisticated darker tone, which my lovely nail artist Karla said compliments longer nails well. She was also kind enough to shape my nails in a lovely long oval shape after I mentioned I loved Lana Del Rey's nails (I know they're fake, but a girl can dream).

Four days in and my nails are still perfect. My right index finger and thumb are showing the tiniest bit of wear from being caught in a zip and typing on a keyboard all day but they're still super shiny and the colour is flawless. I highly recommend treating yourself to at least a file and polish once in a while - especially, if like me, your nails are that bit longer and harder to shape at home.

Also new word - greige - a colour that is a combination of grey and beige. Bit of a buzz word, especially in relation to nail colours this season like Chanel Frenzy and other lovely neutrals on the scene.

I know I'm a little late to the party (this being the first time I've ever had a manicure), has anyone else treated themselves lately?


Monday, October 8, 2012

Which hand cream am I loving lately?

I wasn't much of a Hand Cream Person up until now, and even then I was aware you could pay anything for one and there's no guarantee it will be worth it. My mum would usually have tube knocking around somewhere, but I never thought of it as a product I would seek out unless maybe I was giving myself a manicure - and then I would be looking for a hand and nail cream and the greasiness and strong scents turned me off the idea. I tried my Nivea Soft for a while, as it's marketed as Face, Body and Hands cream, but I found it took a little bit too long to sink in for a hand cream.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Date Night in Dundrum Town Centre

So it's here at last - my first blog as Dundrum Blogger in Residence! I was asked to look at Food and Leisure in Dundrum Town Centre so I decided to package it as "Date Night" suggestions! I hope you'll all be pleasantly surprised by how much is on offer in Dundrum

You'd be forgiven for thinking Dundrum Town Centre is just a fashion hot-spot, but there's so much more.

Have you ever considered Dundrum as a date venue? Well you should! Whether it's a first date, fourth date or a special occasion, I guarantee there's something for you. With over 40 places to eat, not to mention cinemas and mini golf, it can all seem a bit overwhelming - so I'll break it down for you!

Activity Dates
Break the ice with something different and check out Rainforest Adventure Golf. Boasting the title of Ireland's first indoor South-American themed mini golf venue. You don't have to worry about the weather here, which is always a plus! But it doesn't have to end there - make a real date of it and follow it up with some grub!

Compare putting tips over a milkshake at Eddie Rocket's Shakeshop. Plenty to choose, so everyone is happy and you'll learn a lot about a person by their milkshake choices!

Chicken-lovers and vegetarians alike will love Nandos - still quite new to Ireland, it's a fun experience and with so much choice of toppings, flavours and drinks even picky eaters can put together their perfect meal. Go easy on the spice though, no one likes a runny nose on a date - when in doubt, play it safe!

Keeping it casual, but making it an experience, head for Wagamamas - lively atmosphere and lightning fast-table service will guarantee no awkward silences, and you can't go wrong with a good chicken curry or a steaming bowl of ramen (not just your ordinary noodle soup!) Don't worry if you've never been here before, friendly staff will explain it all to you and before you know it you'll be regulars!

Cinema Dates
The classic date scenario - but best saved for a second or third date as sitting in a dark room for two hours is no way to get to know someone! Be sure not to hog the popcorn - and don't fill up on it either,  remember this is supposed to be a date so I recommend grabbing a bite to eat too - and what's great is that Dundrum Town Centre has you covered with stellar meal deals.

TGI Fridays offer a classic burger and chips with a soft drink and a cinema ticket for €21.50! A a great place for some pre-movie cocktails and comfort food - it's a winner on all levels.

For something a little bit special, head on over to Douglas and Kaldi and fill up on a main course and soft drink before cashing in your cinema vouchers - prices start from a cool €18.95 so you've no reason not to go!

Theatre Dates
If you really want to make the night one to remember, why not take a night at the theatre? It's a great excuse to dress up and try something different. Check out What's On in The Mill Theatre and whisk your special someone off for dinner and a show. Some fine dining venues include:

Ananda - I guarantee you've never had Indian food the way they make it. A chef friend of mine went over a year ago and she's STILL raving about it. Part of the Jaipur restaurant chain, it boasts a self-confessed "impeccable pedigree" of fine dining and ethnic cuisine - it's a real hidden gem and a show stopper when it comes to a night on the town.

L'Officina Dunne and Crescenzi is a perfect  combination of value and quality. The little sister of the well-established D&C chain, it's the perfect combination of laid-back atmosphere and fine dining. Great wine list, classic Italian dishes, sharing platters - I could go on, but I'll leave you to find out for yourself.

Siam Thai inviting you into a whole new world of luxury and a guarantee of a unique and memorable dining experience. An extensive, mouth-watering menu will cater for anyone's tastes and be sure to sample the cocktails while you're there! From exclusive couples private dining to relaxing lounge booths and dinner served until late you can really make a night of it.

Dinner Dates
Dinner dates don't need to break the bank, a good meal is an old faithful when it comes to dates and good food only gets better when you're in good company. Keep it simple with a dinner date - but there's nothing simple about these knock-out eateries.

Jamie's Italian - newly launched, there's quite the buzz surrounding Jamie's. Book Ahead! Book Ahead! Book Ahead! Popular with families during the day, there's plenty of space and such a great atmosphere it's hard not to enjoy your meal. Staff are friendly, there's fresh bread on display and the menu is a refreshing take on Italian with no expense spared when it comes to flavours and presentation. Value-wise it's also a winner and if you can't decide on a starter split a sharing platter - be sure to try the famous polenta chips too! You'll thank me later.

Cortinas - Mexican is slowly becoming more popular in Ireland, and Cortinas proves it's more than just nachos. Cool interior, no gimmicks, and an endless list of tequila - Cortinas is committed to fresh, authentic food and they offer gluten free, dairy free and wheat free menus. If you've never tried Mexican you'll be a convert after an evening in Cortinas, and if you're feeling brave you can take on the "ludicrously hot" Ghost Chill sauce. You have been warned!

Harvey Nichols - Yes, you can eat in Harvey Nichols! Whether it's the First Floor Brasserie or the Ground Floor CafĂ© you're guaranteed fine food and a venue like no other whether you're looking out on the dancing fountain of the Mill Pond or relaxing in the stylish surroundings upstairs. If you're looking to impress a fashionista or your other half is partial to the finer things in life, dinner in Harvey Nichols is a clear winner!

No Fuss Informals
If you want to go back to basics, set aside some time for a catch-up, or the idea of booking tickets and reservations sounds a bit too official - let's keep it casual!

Want to try something a little bit different? Head on over to Yogism, self-service frozen yoghurt - how many of those dates have you been on? It's a new take on going for ice-cream and it still feels like a tasty treat as well as a healthy one . Don't worry about the chill in the air, some warm seasonal toppings like hot berries and apple sauce will be there to greet you as you walk into what feels like Willy Wonka's factory and you have the choice of pulling up a bench or taking your fro-yo for a walk. Keeping it casual has never been so tasty!

Looking for a light bite to eat  - try Yo! Sushi, not quite a dinner date but so much more than your average prepackaged meal. Sit yourselves at the counter and swap sushi knowledge, or lack thereof. Keep an eye out for all-you-can-eat offers (not that an eating contest is an ideal date) and watch out for the wasabi!

So, I hope that has inspired you, I know I'm hungry now after talking about so much amazing food! Whether you and your other-half are looking to spend some time together, or you're trying to pluck up the courage to ask someone out I hope you've found a few ideas for planning the perfect date at Dundrum Town Centre.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Channelling Chanel on Asos

Channelling Chanel on Asos

If you haven't seen Chanel's Spring Summer 2013 Ready to Wear Collection - Do it now!

I won't get caught up talking about a certain hoop-bag, but I will say I loved the obscure oversized shapes, and the cool botanical look has lessened my dreading of Spring - even though I am well and truly in Autumn-mode and I don't plan on moving any time soon! But with this ahead of my, I think I'll handle it alright.

Enjoy x