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River Island High Summer Press Day

Last week I had a chance to attend the River Island High Summer event in the Grafton Street store and I was thrilled to go as River Island is one of my favourite shops.

Not only that, but I might be going on a real holiday this year so I needed some inspiration.

I took along my new (well second-hand) Canon camera for the occasion but my photos actually came out brighter on my phone so I obviously need more practice with my camera shutter!

There were five main ladieswear collections, my favourite rail was full of beautiful embellished pieces, such as a beaded skirt and white jeans with pearls on them. The dominant colours on this rail were cream, white, coral and silver.

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Then there was a holiday rail with some bright casual wear, among the pieces which caught my eye were a purple tie-dye jumper and a black mesh skirt with sequin pineapples on it.

There were more holiday pieces mixed in around the room adding to the summery vibe.

Across the room was a rail of gorgeous palm and floral print pieces which I obviously loved.

Remember my last trend post where I said embellished denim jackets were the next big thing?

If you want one that really stands out, then look out for this pale blue denim jacket with pearls and crystals of different sizes and shapes on the back. I am OBSESSED with it.

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Beside this were some bright pink shorts, some lilac colours and skirts covered in sequin discs.

There was also a fabulous pink denim jacket and shorts set pinned to the wall.

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There were also some nice accessories such as a pink floral suitcase, pink floral backpack and my favourite accessory was a white satchel bag with western style buckles.

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The key trends in accessories were pastel colours, fluffy sliders and mules, gingham and floral patterns.

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The bikinis on display were pretty cute also.

We were offered a selection of tasty treats including mini brioches and a refreshing pineapple and cucumber juice with an umbrella- totally summery!

There was also a customisation station where you could pick a pair of sandals to decorate with flowers, ribbon, plastic eyes, whatever you fancied!

The fluffy sliders were a big hit with everyone. Although I probably wouldn’t wear them myself, I do think they add a bit of fun to a holiday wardrobe.

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It was a lot of fun and the girls customising the shoes were really helpful. There were green ferns draped on the walls and a bright pink flamingo adding a touch of colour.

The mannequins were beautifully dressed and the one to the left of the door really caught my eye.

It was wearing a white lacy bardot top with wide sleeves, charcoal grey loose-fitting shorts and a gingham belt. It was a simple but classy outfit, ideal for holidays or festivals.

Beside this mannequin was a rail with gingham, light wash denims, muted colours, light knitwear and some printed and beaded pieces.

I quite liked this collection also, it had a hippie folk vibe, again great for festivals. Just above this collection were beautiful Gucci-esque embroidered loafers.

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The kids’ collection was full of funky sparkly items and sequin disc embellishment.

There was a lot of formal items but my favourite outfit was an adorable girl’s red gingham blouse teamed with black denim shorts on the wall.

The kids’ backpacks and shoes were very cute, I especially liked the white laser-cut boots and bronze rucksack on top of the display.

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I only had a quick glance at the menswear as there was just one rail on show.

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 The only thing I thought the collection lacked was jewellery, River Island has the cutest inexpensive jewellery and I didn’t see any on display. However there were lots of other summer appropriate accessories, hats, sunglasses, espadrilles etc.

I really enjoyed the event and got lots of inspiration for my holiday wardrobe.

Thanks to the River Island team for such a nice day and being very welcoming.

Hope you all enjoyed this brief post and let me know if you like the collections and I’d love to hear your feedback on the photos.

P.S. thanks for the supportive comments on my last post. I was a bit anxious about putting that much personal information about myself on my blog but I’ve received nothing but kind comments. So thanks again guys, your support means the world to me.

Edel

Longitude 2015

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I’d agonised for days over what day to go to Longitude. Friday with Hozier or Sunday with Tove Lo? In the end I decided to go on Sunday and it was a great choice, the weather gods were on my side for once! It was a beautiful day in Marlay Park, surrounded by the woods and decorative flags dotting the edges of the grounds.

We arrived early and it was really laid-back and chilled out. Amnesty International were offering free face-painting whilst encouraging festival-goers to sign their petitions. I got silver glitter and face jewels also.

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I wore my trusty cowboy boots, John Lennon t-shirt, denim dungarees and a suede jacket. Sunglasses and feather earrings also made an appearance. I attempted to make French braid pigtails but they were a disaster… Let’s face it, I just can’t do girly things!

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The first act we saw was Swedish/Argetinian crooner Jose Gonzalez. Many of you may remember his Heartbeats single from a few years ago. It was lovely to hear him again after all these years. His music really suited the relaxed mellow vibe early in the day. He played his two hit songs “Crosses” and “Heartbeats” as well as an acoustic cover of “Teardrop”.

We took a wander around to the other stages, walking through the woods. Close to the Heineken stage was a fun area with a DJ, ping-pong tables and karaoke.

The day passed by really quickly and before I knew it, it was almost time for the act I was dying to see, the incredible Tove Lo. There was just enough time to enjoy a dinner of delicious home fries before we headed to the Heineken tent.

The tent was packed to capacity with eager Tove Lo fans. Many people were sitting on shoulders and one guy even managed to climb up part of the stage rigging (so safe!)

In my opinion Tove Lo would’ve been a better act for the main stage as it was really crowded in the tent and hard to see her until I squeezed further up. This was her first Irish show and it was high-octane from the beginning.

She opened the show with “That’s My Gun”.

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She followed with a string of hits “Not on Drugs” “Talking Body” and of course “Habits”. Recent hit “Talking Body” got the best response from the crowd but all of her songs were well received. I was thrilled to see her first Irish show and loved every minute! I had thought there weren’t that many Tove Lo fans but I was proved wrong! I’d been asking people prior to the gig “Do ya know Tove Lo?” and they nearly all said “Who?!” However the gig proved I’m not the only Tove Lo fangirl in Ireland. 😛 She has a great fan base here and I hope she will be back.

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After Tove Lo, we headed to the main stage to see James Blake. I have to confess, I really wasn’t familiar with his music but enjoyed nevertheless! However his act didn’t really command the main stage.

After James Blake, headliners The Chemical Brothers came on. It’s been a long time since I’d heard any Chemical Brothers songs but judging from the atmosphere when “Superstar DJs” came on, they are still very popular! Also people were still singing it on my bus home, thanks for that Chemical Bros. 😛

It was an amazing gig, everyone was dancing and jumping around enjoying the energy.  At one point I persuaded a guy to put me on his shoulders and seeing the crowd from the air at night was unreal. The atmosphere had completely changed from chill and subdued earlier to party central. Lights, laser beams and visuals accompanied the beats to make an incredible sensory experience.

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I’d ran out of storage towards the end of the gig hence the lack  of James Blake/Chemical Bros. pictures! However The Last Mixed Tape have great pictures of all the acts from all three days.

With a combination of the sunny weather, great acts and atmosphere, I’d say Longitude’s the best festival I’ve been to yet. Here’s to 2016 ! 😉

If you were at Longitude on Sunday, I’d love to hear your opinions. Leave me a comment below. Thanks for reading as always.

Festival Vibes

As I’m attending Longitude this weekend I’ve been scouring the internet for festival hair, beauty and accessories inspiration! Festivals are the perfect time to experiment and try out daring make-up or a new hair style.

I love the French braid pigtails trend and really want to try this out! It looks particularly good if you have balayage or dip-dyed hair.

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This glitter parting idea is great!

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As you may have seen in my previous 90’s post, the double bun trend pioneered by Gwen Stefani et al is really coming back into fashion. I love this hairstyle and the face jewels.

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For extra cool hair you can add a temporary dip-dye like those from Bleach London if you’re blonde…word to the wise these colours only show up in bleach blonde/light blonde hair, they will not show up in brown or dark blonde hair! I know because I tried to colour my dark blonde ends!

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Hair chalks are fun to experiment also but again they show up best in light coloured hair. Chalk pastels or any coloured chalk will work, just wet your hair, twist it into small sections and run the chalk over the sections fully. 

For festival make-up I love glitter, face jewels and fluorescent face paints! Festivals are your one chance to wear whatever the hell you want and there’s no such thing as make-up that’s too crazy or colourful.

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This simple floral face paint on Pixie Lott is really pretty.

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This is how to do face jewels: Vanessa Hudgens at Coachella.

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Festival nail art inspiration courtesy of loveshav.com.

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Henna tattoos have become quite mainstream recently and are popping up everywhere. I think henna is a beautiful art and particularly love white henna designs.

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Metallic tattoos like these from ShimmerTatts on Etsy are the best festival accessory.

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hamsa tattooBut if you prefer some lasting sparkle, Aquaruby have beautiful jewellery ideal for festivals. Their Daisy London range has gorgeous gold-plated necklaces and pendants just crying out to be worn!

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These beautiful Kendra Scott earrings are really unusual and would compliment any festival outfit.

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All the above jewellery plus lots of other fantastic styles can be found on http://www.aquaruby.com. I will have a post on Longitude very soon. As always you can keep up to date with my blog on Facebook here. Thanks for reading!

Bohemian Rhapsody

The recent beautiful weather has caused a phenomenon that can only be described as a “summer clothing Armageddon.” All of Ireland and their mammies were buying Penneys out of shorts, t-shirts, skirts, sun cream and sunglasses! If you too are looking for some cute summer clothes look no further, my edit is here.

Trends for summer include gypsy tops, snake-skin and hamsa hand prints. Round sunglasses are also a must! The bohemian look is everywhere. I have to say I didn’t like boho the first time round (Boho circa 2005/2006). But nowadays I’m quite partial to boho chic, see below.

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Everyone who knows me knows I love florals, accessories and floral hair accessories. So maybe I am boho but I don’t like to restrict myself to one style. 😉

However gypsy style off the shoulder tops really appeal to me! They are easy to dress up but work equally well as a casual top. The only qualm I have with them is you have to wear a strapless bra (or a bandeau top or no bra) if you don’t want to ruin the look!

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Gypsy tops should be worn loose and look great with blue denim jeans or cut-off shorts. Try and avoid wearing anything else overly bohemian with them. Stay away from tight fitted off the shoulder tops, you’ll look like you are on the way to a 2003 teenage disco. Especially if you wear them with flares 😉

This open back Asos one is gorgeous.

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Upcycling an old vintage top like this Etsy one works equally well. Available from Leisure Vintage on Etsy. White or light colours are great for summer and the bell sleeves are really retro.

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If you need any further proof that the 70’s look is in just see Azealia’s Banks Coachella outfit.Azealia  wore a Nasty Gal crop top with huge bell sleeves while performing at Coachella this weekend.

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Mandala prints, hamsa hand prints and ethnic prints are another big summer trend. I got this light blue t-shirt from Penneys at the weekend.

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I got these blue round sunglasses from Tiger for €4.

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The hamsa print works equally well on jewellery as well as clothing. Asos have some lovely delicate jewellery, including this bracelet. I bought a similar one in Mallorca except it was more like a friendship bracelet.

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I’m also loving the snakeskin trend as I’ve a serious weakness for mock snakeskin shoes. These are my latest additions from River Island.

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Another great style are these pale green flatforms also from River Island.

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And finally for something more dressy, check out these Topshop heels. Possibly the most beautiful shoes ever?

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To compliment any hippy look, you need a pair of John Lennon style round sunglasses. 😉 Forever 21 always have great sunglasses like these styles below.

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Thank you for reading this post, hope you have enjoyed it and gotten some inspiration. I’ll be heading to several festivals this summer and am already dreaming about gorgeous bohemian outfits. Watch this space 😉