Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Cute as a button Pt1

Hi Girls,

I told you all I wanted a new statement necklace, and here it is!  Yes, I made it myself, details of how to make to follow tomorrow..... :)

It's not a great picture, but it was great fun to make :)
There's a method to my madness, and I'll post it tomorrow for you all to see.

Le Grá,

Thursday, January 24, 2013

All women fake it at some stage....just like Beyonce

A major event occured this week, the Official Inaugaration of Barack Obama for a second term, but that's was only a minor event compared to Beyonces performance.

Yes, believe it or not, there were more people talking, tweeting and post about Beyonce lip-syncing and Michelle Obama's new do, than about the President himself! And why the media frenzy about Beyonce I hear you ask. "Did she wrestle the First Lady to the ground because they wore the same outfit? Nope. "Did she burn an American flag onstage?" Nope. "Did she declare herself and Obama were having 'sexual relations'". Wrong again......she lipsynched the American National Anthem....oh the horror!

Heres the link for the full story from E News online:



So in honor of Beyonces faking it onstage, this is a entry dedicated to all things FAKE!

And I'm turning it all over to you, post your FAVOURITE FAKES, here, or on my Facebook page:
Remember to get your friends involved by sharing the link on facebook, or inviting them to like the blog.
Le Grá,





Monday, January 21, 2013

Simply Bun....derful :)

The ever so simple yet wonderful bun, whether a ballerina or a rock chick, you can make the bun work for you.

For those times when you want your hair in a sleek style or just outve the way, it's simply
 bun-derful :)

The easiest way to get a B E A utiful bun is to use a bun ring, which looks like this:


These are for the different hair colours, but you can also get different sizes, depending on your hair length, and the size you wish the bun to be:

These are readily available in Penneys, Boots, Sam McCauleys and most chemists.

So now that you have the means, let's check out the method:

1. Decide where you want the bun to be, will it be high on the crown of your head, like Lauren Conrad, or at the nape of your neck, like Audrina....the Hills girls competing with each other? Never! ;)

2. When you have decided, tie a tight ponytail in that area, and slide the bun ring onto your ponytail, like so:
3. Wrap your hair around the bun, and pin into the bun with clips under the sponge. Spary with a little hairspray and hey presto, you look bunderful :)
If you are now thinking: "Hey F.A.S.H, I can do these buns in my sleep and they just don't do it for me anymore" have a look at these pics for some extra ideas:

A low ballerina bun, or a side sleek bun

Cross over the pieces to create a pattern in the centre of the bun, or leave a piece out, plait it and wrap it around.

(For a quick cheat, if you have a a plaited hairband, use the hairband and save a few precious minutes in bed :) ! )

This is my absolute favourite, and so quick to do

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If you have any more bun-derful pics, links or tips girlies, post them on here, or you can post them on my facebook page.

Click "like" on the facebook page for updates, tips and tricks, or just to say you like the blog!
Le Grá,
Loving today : Dry shampoo
Leaving today; dolly shoes, gimme my boots!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Spring Summer Fashion - styles and signature pieces

Having finished the the last of the Turkey curry, detoxed our alcohol sodden bodies and broken at least 2 New Year resolutions, it's time to focus on Spring Summer 2013!

I have laid out a guide to the big styles this season,and the signature pieces to catapult your wardrobe into 2013.

First we have the styles, this season they are based on our music past; the 90's and the 60's will be huge this year.

For the 90's think baggy boyfriend jeans, grungy t-shirts, midriff baring tops, slip dresses and DOUBLE DENIM!

For the swingin 60's we have pencil skirts, (a signature style), wing tip sunglasses , scooped neck tops, cropped trousers and anything you see on Mad Men inculding white stilettos, YES, white stillettos!

The patterns/colours that are really blooming this Spring season are: monochrome, flourescent, and graphic prints.

Here are a few ideas, to get you started, just click on the link:

- ripped boyfriend shorts

- midi pencil dress

- slip dress

For the signature pieces you will need:

- a pencil skirt; these are soooo big right now, team them with your winter shoeboats to update the look :)

 -a bomberjacket, if you match with the pencil skirt you can rock two trends in one

-anything monochrome, big stripes, small stripes, checkerboard, just wear it!

-your statement necklace from last season,or you can get a new one, check  I'm definintely investing in a new one. Maybe the peral and chain one at only €16.67!

-Brush off your old Doc Martens types boots and get florescent with them, like this pair on

- Leather jackets and denim jackets are also going to be huge, if you have a stud gun make some use of it and stud the shoulders for an instant up to date piece.

Remember, if was big in the 60's and 90's , it will work now!



Don't forget, these are only a guide and I most certainly don't have the moola to get them all. Look in your local charity shops, they always will have Doc Martens and denim jackets anyway, and who knows what you might come across if your lucky :)

If you have any questions, just post them here, or on the FASHblogger Facebook page

Le Grá,


Sunday, January 6, 2013

The kinkiness always wins out.......especially with the Babyliss Big Hair Hot Air Styler

Yes girls, the kinkiness seems to be winning out in me, and I am of course talking about my hair. My wonderful bf bought me the Babyliss Big Styler for Christmas ( I only gave him about 4 million hints!) and I have to say....I am soooo dissapointed, and I put it down to my hair type.

I am of the breed that has kinky tendencies ;), no matter how much muscle power the hairdresser puts into straightening it, after half an hour it's got waves bigger than the Atantic. A drop of moisture in the air and I can look like Monica in that episode of Friends, you know the one!

Yep, this one!
So back to the styler, it just did not work for me, let me explain why:

1. It kept catching in my hair, unless I used only a half inch piece, literally any bigger and it would get caugt inbetween the parts of the styler. I have a lot of hair, doing it in half inch pieces would take me longer than travelling to pony.

2. The style just did not hold, I tried mouse, I tried hairspray, I tried freeze spray, root lifter, and volumising powder, I was close to trying dog shampoo ( I didn't, but I was close)

3. It doesn't really catch the hAir, so you have to hold your hand on it, and keep the hair in place.

4. The bristles were too soft. I'm one of the misfortunates who literally has to drag the brush and hairdryer through my hair to straighten it, the bristles were just too soft to really create enough tension, and therefore, the kink would return about half an hour after finishing my hair :(

So, although the Babyliss Hot Air Big Hair Styler does not really work for me, I am determined to keep trying for the ultimate volume blow dry. My next move is to combine the styler and a hairdryer, so I'll let you know how that goes!

I genuinely think it would be a great tool for the lucky, lucky girls whose hair straightens easily, and maybe for people with thinner hair, as mine is quick thick.

So back to the drawing board of back combing and hairspray, a long tried and tested method for volume, but I will keep you girlies updated on the styler, just in case it starts miraculously working for me!

I will defeat the kinkiness, if it kills me!

Le Grá,


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year Real-solutions!

New Years resolutions, love them or loathe them, they are as much a part of this time of the year as the turkey and the mulled wine. We have heard them all; weight-loss, get fit, cut down on alcohol , stop spending so much money on clothes and make-up (that one's personal!) but the biggest question is HOW do we keep them?

Here is the anwer for you......make your New Year Resolutions, New Year Real-solutions, by making them SMART.

By using a technique that I learned in college, and applying it to the New Years Resolution, the SMART technique is used to make objectives "real", and obtainable. This is why they will become New Years real-solutions....

S- specific- decide on an exact topic, you can't use "get fit", you must make it more specific, i.e. walk 5 kilometres, go out and only have 3 drinks, be able to do 50 pushups, or, not smoke for 3 weeks. When you know where you will end, it's easier to start!

M- why does it matter to you? Whay are you doing it? Is it for you, for your family? To prove you can? Think about why it matters to you, it makes it more real and can motivate you.

A-achieveable, you must be able to do it, for eaxmple, if my resolution was to learn to fly, it's a bit of a long shot :) but you can't expect miracles, be realistic abut your goals!   

R- reward, yep, thats right, reward yourself when you reach a milestone, if you have gone one month without a cigarette, go out for a nice dinner, or buy yourself something nice. It's motivation at it's best!

T- time, set a time limit for you to achieve this goal, and set smaller milestones in between with rewards.

The last piece of advice is to share these goals / objectives / resolutions with others and let them know your intentions, you can plan together, and motivate each other.

  In light of this, here is my New Years Resolution:

 My New Years Resolution for 2013 is to run a half marathon on the 7th April.

There are several smaller 10k runs on in between now and them, and I am training at least twice a week for this. My reward to myself with be a new "purchase" after these events.
The best of luck, and a Happy New Year to you and yours,
Le Grá,