Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wedding Guest WOW factor.....

As Spring has well and trully began, and the shops unveil their new styles, it's time to shop for THAT dress for wedding your attending, and if you are like me, you don't want just any old want THE dress.

But have you ever thought that the dress is just a dress, and it's the accessories that give it the WOW factor.....

Why not buy or rent a hat, they are after making a huge resurgence, especially in the last two years

Just be careful that you are comfortable in it, and it suits the dress. You would not want an "ugly step-sister" moment, like poor Eugenie and Beatrice of the English Royal Family:

These girls were slated by the press for their choices and, a liittle unfairly, named the Ugly Stepsisters by the fashion media.
Lets take Eugenie for instance, all one colour, draining her complexion and heavy eye makeup: none of these doing any favours for the normally pretty redhead.
Let's see some examples of great headwear from the women who has brought the hat from the Queens to the fashion Princesses  :
The Duchess of York

I'm going head over heels for her hats! I know what your thinking, well of course you can't afford those ones, but who says you cant rent one!

They're are som many hat rental shops and stylists all over this fiar isle, only waiting for you to make an appointment, and they range from €30 upto....well, you might not want to know how high it can go......  :)

If you just google hat hire ireland (or click on my link), you can find any colour and style you like.

So there you go, set your hat on a hat for your next wedding guest soiree, and hear the compliments rolling in :)

Le Grá,


Friday, February 15, 2013

Change your swimwear to suit your shape

Well girls, it's that dreaded time of the year again, and no I don't mean Valentines!

It's when the shops start revealing their swimwear for this year, with adverts full of slinky sunkissed models who obviously do not live on this fair isle.

If like me, you cringe at the sight of the skimpy bikini's, and then sneer at the mumsie tankini's, I have a perfect middle of the road solution for you.

As already mentioned, the Swinging Sixties are back with a bang, but so is the beautiful swimwear from that era. Swimwear that celebrates curves, boosts busts and disguises derrieres.

As you can see from the picture, 60's swimwear was all about showing the shape of the women, without showing off all the skin. Highwaisted shorts, halter necks, and impressive chests are the main ideas from this era.

For the past few years, there has been a rise in sales of more structured swimsuits but not the type that you might have had as a child (all in one lycra, ususally neon!)

or the proper sports suimsuit (highly unflattering!!!!!!)
But a new breed of pretty, girly and flattering suimsuits that can "conceal and reveal" as we choose.
Here are a few samples from Littlewoods to whet your appetite.
As different shapes,we all wish to "conceal and reveal" various parts, here are some ideas for you:

Bigger Busts:

Resort Polka Dot Underwired Swimsuit  Resort Polka Dot Underwired Swimsuit
Resort Polka Dot Underwired Swimsuit €32, Littlewoods Ireland
Top Tip: Make sure to have underwire in the bra part, to show your girls at their best!
New Look and Kelly Brook have collaborated to create a full range for ladies with lovely assets.
Click here to see!


Smaller Busts:

You lucky girls can get away with bandeau topped bikinis, and pretty frills on top too. I love these pretty bikini's from Forever21 
Cherry Print Bikini Set
Top : €13,90
Bottom : €12,90
Abstract Floral Bikini Set
Top : €13,90
Bottom : €9,90
Pineapple Print Bikini Set
Top : €13,90
Bottom : €10,90
Tropical Ruffle Bikini Set
Top : €13,90
Bottom : €14,90

Lepel Kiki Padded Swimsuit
Lepel Kiki Padded Swimsuit
RRP €53.94€33.71 @ asos

Tummy Control Spotted Frill Swimsuit, , catlanding
Tummy Control Spotted Frill Swimsuit €47.50, M&


Tummy Control

 If bikini's are not your thing because you feel "bellies gona get ya",then these shapers are for you!


Non padded tummy control swim suit and bikini,

There are so many types of swimwear shapewear in Next that I cannot fit them all in!
I love, love, love this website :)
So, that's it girlies for this blog. They're are some really lovely pieces to suit all shapes.
So don't change your shape to suit your swimwear, change your swimwear to suit your shape :)
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Le Grá,
Loving today : Needle and thread to adjust an old top
Leaving today: Highstreet brands with all the same clothes in them.
Quote of the day:
"The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years."
— Audrey Hepburn

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Cute as a button pt II...the "How to"

Wednesday, February 6, 2013Cute as a button PII- The "How to"

Although my inspiration did come from this fantastic blog I am adding a few tips of my own.

1. You can use superglue instead of hot glue, it works just as well

2. You can use old Penneys or other cheaper chains instead of expensive ones (Primark of Forever 21 work too )

3. You might need a wire snips to snip a part off the button to make it.
These are my tools:

 As you can see they are:
-Black felt
-Superglue and fabric glue
-Scissors (also nails scissors too, for more precise edging, I forgot those, sorry!)
-Wire snips (to cut the back part of the mettal buttons as it does get in the way)
-A chain
-Thread and needle to attach the chain

 And here is the method to my madness:
1. Lay the buttons on the felt in the shape of the necklace you want. I recommend anchoring it with two big buttons at either end, but it's your choice!
2. Keep the buttons in place and cut the back hook thingy off the ones that need it with the wire snips.
3. Use the super glue to glue the buttons to the fabric, and then use the scissors to cut around the buttons.  I put the super glue onto the back of the button and then press it firmly onto the felt. If it needed more sticking power, then I would put some more super glue around it, and press again.

This is the view from the back, after being glued, and cut out.
4. Trace around the necklace onto a new piece of felt, and then stick it onto the back using the fabric glue. This really seals the necklace together and put a nicer (and definitely less stratchy) back on the piece.

5. Cut the extra felt off from around the button, using the big scissors and the nail scissors for the harder to reach pieces.

6. Size the chain, and adjust if needed, these necklaces look best just below the colllarbone level. Then using the needle and thread attach the chain to the two ends of the necklace.

(Here I'm going to borrow born in 82's photo, as I didn't take one myself)


I also suggest putting super glue on the chain link that's attached to the link to give it extra staying power.
And thats it, when it's dry it's ready to wear!
Gold Button Necklace one
Gold Button Necklace 2
I hope this blog has given you the basics on how to make your necklace. All in all, it took me about half an hour to make the second time (once I kindof knew what I was doing).
There are lots more DIY fashion blogs out there! Let me know your fav's or any questions or comments you might have.
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And of course, post your own DIY Jewellry on the page aswell, I'd love to see them :)
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Le Grá,

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

ASOS Sale, Skirts and Shorts plus free postage to Ireland :

The ASOS sale is now on, and there's free delivery! So why not use the sale to shop for Spring :)

I've already mentioned the pencil skirt, shorts and the 60's and 90's styles, so here are some options from the ASOS sale for you to have a blooming style in Spring :)

 {click on the name to open in a new page}

Pencil Skirts

€24.27 NOW €14.16
Image 1 of ASOS Pencil Skirt in Metallic
Image 1 of ASOS Premium Pencil Skirt in Pastel Floral
€40.46 NOW €28.32
 Image 1 of ASOS Pencil Skirt in High Shine
Pair your pencil skirt with a pair of ankle boots, a cropped top/lace long sleeve, and a statement necklace to rock the trend :)
Remember these are the ones on sale, if you want the new pencil skirt stock, see here:


€40.46 NOW €24.27
Image 1 of ASOS Denim Hotpants In Metallic Baroque Print
€40.46 NOW €20.23
Image 1 of ASOS Premium Floral Print Short
Floral print is big this Spring (shocker, I know) so watch out for it everywhere. Be careful to wear it on structured pieces to avoid it looking like your Grannies curtains!
So there you have it, skirts and sorts with free postage.
Dont forget to post any comments or questions here, or on my Facebook page fashblogger
Le Grá,