Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Woman Crush Wednesday #1 : Marion Cotillard

French actress Marion Cotillard's style is a mixture of feminine, understated, structured, demure and bold.
I think its important to find inspiration in the celeb and media filled world and adapt it to your own style preferences.
The following combination of monochrome with bursts of red and orange immediately caught my eye and below is a selection of items that I would personally wear to recreate the look.

Contrast Square Bodycon Skirt:
Aztec Crop Top:
Red Leather Croc Clutch:
Red Point Heels:
Revlon Lip Butter in Wild Watermelon:

- Rachael O 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday Tip #1

I rarely go on a night out without applying falsies. The only problem is that when I come home at 2 or 3 am I whip them off and just hope for the best, because lets be honest- trying to put them neatly back in their box is WAY too much effort... Ideally you should be able to get at least 3 uses out of each pair but that's never a guarantee when you put them back into their original packaging. Mint tins are perfect for storing eyelashes and fit perfectly into any makeup bag. They are really inexpensive and there are lots of cute designs available- I use a Mr. Men tin that I got in Miss Selfridge to store mine! (Sadly I can't take credit for this but it's such a good tip nonetheless).

- Rachael O 
Sunday, November 17, 2013

Review: Juice Plus Capsules (first month)

I started taking the Juice Plus capsules nearly three weeks ago when a few people recommended them to me. I am a dancer and having heard about the energy benefits I thought it would be worthwhile to at least try it. Being someone who enjoys a fair share of "junk food" and does not believe in dieting I thought it would be beneficial to introduce more fruit and veg into my diet by taking the capsules. While I do try to eat healthy I seem to be on the go a lot of the time which means I'm usually picking up a pre-packed sandwich or deli food to keep me going until dinner time. Even though I have only been taking the capsules for less than 3 weeks I have definitely noticed some benefits. One thing that has been most beneficial for me is a reduced feeling of bloating after eating; no matter what I eat I usually feel bloated about 70% of time which as you know makes you feel crap and since taking the capsules I have barely been bloated. My energy levels have improved also and I feel much better overall.

When you sign up to Juice Plus you have to sign up to a four month direct debit and the monthly cost is €46. Each month you receive 60 of the Fruit Blend Capsules (2 each morning with a glass of water) and 60 Vegetable Blend Capsules (2 each evening with a glass of water).

There has been many medical studies undertaken on Juice Plus it boasts health benefits such as:

  • healthy gums
  • healthy elasticity of arteries
  • improvement in immune system
  • helps protect DNA
  • fights oxidative stress
  • healthy skin: improves skin hydration, skin thickness and circulation in skin capillaries
  • reduces systematic inflammation

I am excited to see if I notice any of the above health benefits during the next four months. (Will update my monthly progress.)

- Rachael O 

Winter Essentials

I LOVE winter. Although it usually means one thing ... CHRISTMAS, there is lots of other things to be excited about- 'tis the season to bring out your beloved faux fur coat, wear chunky cable knits and go on a mission to find the perfect pair of go-to ankle boots to see you through the season. As much as I love buying and receiving presents the atmosphere in the lead up to xmas is what makes it so enrapturing; everything just seems so exciting and everyone seems to have a real buzz about them.(except for the woman who told my workmate to "shut up" last xmas for no real reason but thats another story! -I work in retail btw)

I thought I'd share with you a few of the things that I have on my xmas wishlist as-well as some of my winter weather necessities (8-hour cream and burt's bees)!

Tartan Scarf
Pom Pom Jumper
Burt's Bees
Black ankle boots
It's A Wonderful Life DVD
Cath Kidston Santa Mug Gift
Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream
Yankee Cinnamon Stick Candle

- Rachael O