Pump Up The Jam

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Now that there is finally some heat in the air, the sun has started to make an appearance and there is more day than night, we need an entire wardrobe revamp. Coats will be swapped for lighter jackets, woolly scarves and hats are no longer needed and colours creep back into the forefront. The change in weather particularly affects our footwear choices. No more boots, wellies and Uggs (as slippers obviously :D). Spring-summer footwear is a haven of pumps, sandals and flip-flops. They can be equally as dressy as heels and are so much more comfortable for day-to-night outfits.

I’ve lined up some of my warm-weather favourites that are guaranteed to put spring in your step 😀

K xxx

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Red Suede Pumps – Clarks

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Black Velvet Spike Pump – Topshop

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Leopard Print Pump w/ Tassel Detail – New Look

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Black and Gold Brogues – Timeless

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Bow Detail Sandal – Kurt Geiger

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Leopard Print Bow Pump – Dollhouse

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Liberty Print Topsiders – Sperry

Fashion Zig Zag (#OOTD)

Happy Monday ladies and gents. Time to throw off the pyjamas and late night glamour and indulge in some smart and sexy work wear.

Fresh-faced Mondays are all about shaking off the weekend excess, too much make up, too much party and not enough sleep.

Keep it simple with a black skinny jeans, a key statement piece and some gorgeous accessories!

K xxx

ZigZag jacket – Charles of London, Coral vest – Topshop, Skinny jeans (Leigh) – Topshop, Heels – Primark, Handbag – Chanel

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Lace up & Lace under

I have a full blown obsession with underwear. And I’m not just talking about the cotton, perfunctory type. If you appreciate fine, beautifully crafted and sensuously detailed pieces of art then look no further than my smalls drawer! And lets be very clear on this, good underwear is an engineering masterpiece!There is a whole lot of science and maths holding your most valued assets up and proud!

While both men and women have excelled in lavishing themselves in fashions finest in the last decade, both equally enjoying and embracing the richness of experimenting with the wealth of design and style in todays markets, I feel it is underwear that sets us apart from the boys. And I’m not talking underwear for the pleasure of men….no no, this is purely a girl thing. Whether you are an avid matcher or you like to mix it up (variety is the spice of life), nothing makes you feel sexier or more confident than a little lace and some sheer luxury 🙂 And with brands from high-street to high-end catering to your every desire there is no excuse!

I’ve put together some of my favourites in a bunch of colours and tastes to show that you can be a different personality everyday while keeping it close to the skin 😀

Enjoy K xxx

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Cashmere cardigan – Jeff Galluma, Sheer bralette – Sparkle & Fade, Light blue lace panties – Urban Outfitters

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Sheer shrug – Primark, Lace bralette – Stella McCartney, Lace detail thong – Marks & Spencer

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Vintage fur shrug – Vard & Vince (Dublin), Black lace bralette – Topshop, Black lace seem-less thong – Victoria’s Secret

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Pink & Black bralette – Topshop, High waisted lace panties – Aerie

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Rose fringed negligee – River Island, Green Lace Bralette and Thong – Topshop

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Black Stiletto Heels – Betsey Johnson, Leopard print push-up bra and lace detail thong – Victoria’s Secret

Flowers and Hearts

Whether you love or loathe Valentines Day I have the perfect collection of themed items to remind you that even if there are no cards in the letterbox, you still look great in red 🙂 This time of year is perfect for treating yourself to something nice and whether that’s pizza with friends or that pair of shoes you have been longing after, on Valentines everyone deserves a treat!

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I will be eating some delicious dinner and all the cake and sweets I can stomach (in my heels of course)!!!!

Be good to yourselves

K xx

Red dress – Topshop, Black leather jacket – River Island, Maroon lace dress – Topshop, Pearl and gems – Grandmother :), Heart detail bag – Juicy Couture, Bow heels – Pied de Terre, Sweeties – Love Hearts

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 Shiny things: 

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Look 2: (Guess when I relaised it was upsidedown :D)

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To keep your hands busy:

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For beautiful feet:

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The Basics

We all know the importance of grooming. Looking your best doesn’t just start with the perfect pair of kicks or a emblazoned tee, its starts right back at the beginning of your day (whenever that may be :D) when you go about the daily self-perfection routine. Some take a minimalist approach while others shout “the more product the better”. Whichever category you fall into, every dedicated follower of fashion knows that taking care of the product is as important as the fancy outside packaging.

I’m a bit of a devotee to my chosen beauty products. I like to try new lotions and potions but I often find myself back with the tried and tested. I thought I would share some of my absolute beauty favorites with you, perfect for taking you from shower to show-stopper:

Step 1: Shampoo and Conditioner

My bf is a hairdresser and he recommended L’Oreal Mythic Oil Shampoo and Conditioner to help with my long-haired-girl problems. As many long-haired girls will agree, the ends of even the most lustrious locks can get dry and frizzy looking and Mythic Oil really helped elimnate this problem for me (plus it has glitter in it, oh the novelty!!).

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Step 2: Body wash

Speaking of dry things, winter can wreak havoc with your skin. First port of call is a good, if not great exfoliating body wash! I got a set of body supplies from Soap & Glory at Christmas and I must say I love them. Both the scrub and body wash smell deliciously fresh and zesty! This is a quality company that produce stylish, usable beauty products that smell incredible.

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Step 3: Moisturising the body

Soap & Glorys Butter Yourself body butter is thick and absorbs easily. And the scent stay with you all say. I also LOVE Garnier beauty oil! Its a mixture of nut oils that leaves your skin soft and radiant (this too smells divine)! Finally for when I feel like a winter ghost I use Garnier no streaks bronzer. It goes on with a tint that lets you know if you have missed and vital areas and stops the dreaded streaks. It also develops gradually and isn’t too severe, which if you are as pale as me is very important.

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Step 4: Moisturising the face

I have really sensitive skin on my face and I develop allergies to most shop brands. On top of that Im prone to breakouts. I love Kiehls cleanser (actually anything by Kiehls is amazing), its really fresh and simple and doesn’t aggravate sensitive skin. If you are looking for a similar cleanser for half the price (very important) I also use Roc make-up remover milk. This works a treat, is kind to skin and wont burn your eyes if you wear a lot of eyeliner! To moisturise I love Lancome Hydra Zen, an SPF 30 moisturiser that isn’t oily and keeps you moisturised all day. The cheaper alternative is Nivea Creme. This is wonder stuff! It costs €1 in any €1 shop and its thick and provides serious hydration. Its so great in fact that a trial by the Daily Mail found its results comparable to Creme Del La Mer (that’s some serious beauty power and brilliant news for all ladies who don’t want to spend their life’s saving on youth and beauty – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2418153/Claire-used-1-Nivea-cream-half-face–105-Cr-la-Mer-The-results-VERY-revealing.html).

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Step 5: The finishing touches

My final favourites are for volume and body. Aussie hairspray is always a winner for price, fragrance and quantity. It works a charm and doesn’t cake up your hair. TRESemmé volumising dry shampoo gives lift. volume and doesn’t make you grey at the same time. There is always that morning I forget to check I’ve brushed it out :(. I also love Lee Stafford cashmere cushion. Its a pink soft gel that you rub on wet hair to add non-sticky volume, and boy does it give you volume. Summer bouffants all round!

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All these products are available at Boots or Kiehls so keeping your shelves stocked is easy!

Beauty for all!!

K xx

Leopard print everything! #OOTD

I know it may be cliché and can look as cheap as chips but I have had a huge love affair with leopard print. It started at 13, having just discovered Rancid and the gravel voice of Brody Dalle, I fell in love with all things leopard print. I must have at least one of every item in leopard print! It will definitley make up a majority of my posts 🙂 And as trashy as it can be, its also sultry, sexy and goes great with a red lip. And a staple is always a leopard print coat, whether its big and oversized or tailored and sleek like this one I got at a bargain from Awear, it adds a certain something to any outfit 😀 K xxx

Coat –  Awear, Crop top – Topshop, Leigh skinny jean – Topshop, Boots – Office, L8R necklace – gift, Head scarf – beyond retro.

 

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Weekly Goodie Bag

Dublin is cold this week, and its getting me down! Luckily I have my weekly goodie bag to brighten my moods. It has all the essentials for a gorgeous body, sexy hair, smoldering *ahem* and fashion inspiration in buckets. Roll on summer but until then its a good book and a warm cup of tea 😀 Keep Cuddly K xx

 

Goodie Bag:

Sparkle detail heels – Primark

Fluffy socks – Primark

Polka dot bustier – Topshop

Coral nail varnish – Topshop

Righteous body butter – Soap and Glory

Luxurious volume spray – John Frieda

ID magazine anthology – ID

 

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