MFW

Milan Fashion Week always seems the most high fashion of the fashion week season. From the street style to the frow to the runway, this city really is the European fashion capital from head-to-toe. As expected, the high-end design houses of Milan such as Prada, Gucci and Versace gave us something that New York and London didn’t: couture mixed with wearable designs.

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Gucci gave us a bright and airy collection that seemed a little out of place for A/W but was lovely all the same. The designs were displayed in a number of pastel and subtle shades in a move that is usually reserved for springtime collections. The cuts and designs were simple and elegant, providing us with aspirations for a gorgeous wardrobe. Prada seemed to do exactly the opposite – veering towards fabrics, colours and patterns that were heavier and darker. Furs, silks and wools were displayed in deep reds, navy and black and Miuccia Prada made sure we were set for the inevitable cool winter.

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Emporio Armani went back to basics and focused on the suit and the little black dress. There was an emphasis on tailoring and modernising the basic suit – making it durable and wearable for the modern woman, although there was a slight hint of Charlie Chaplin surrounding some of the suits. There were some beautiful tailored dresses that Audrey Hepburn would be proud of and the entire collection screamed class and elegance – another win for Giorgio Armani.

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Like Gucci, Versace played around with colour but used much darker and richer tones. The turquoises, reds, yellows and monochrome shades were emphasised on evening wear and party dresses, mixing silk and lace in a rock-chick way that only Donatella Versace can muster up. Roberto Cavalli was also all about the drama and did everything with just a touch of fur. The collection was full of electric tones – deep blues, reds and raven black. There was just a touch of theatrics about the collection, which is why we all adore Cavalli’s work, and this season, he didn’t disappoint.

milan fashion weekDolce & Gabbana was easily my favourite show of Milan Fashion Week. Not only did the two designers have some beautiful couture designs, but also they added that little bit of fun and divilment to the collection with animal cartoons and sketches. Using deep colours, designs and fabrics, the geniuses behind Dolce & Gabbana created a collection that every woman can wear and would be proud to have in their wardrobe. The fun and flirty styles and patterns made this a very easy collection to re-create at home, and best of all it looks warm and comfortable. Pretty much ideal for the Irish winters, right?

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This Milan Fashion Week didn’t disappoint – it very rarely does. All designers involved seemed to up their game and present us with collections that were both ready-to-wear and extremely high fashion. The use of colours and fabrics made us look forward to getting back into those winter woollies again without having to compromise our fashion sense. Next is Paris Fashion Week…who else is looking forward to that gorgeous French fashion?

This article was first published on lovetabii.com.

Until next time,

Keep Styling,

Em

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Spa Day At Spirit One Spa, Radisson Blu Galway

Friday, my friend Aoife and I headed to the Spirit One Spa at the Radisson Blu hotel in Galway. We’d been planning to do something different for a while and when Aoife mentioned a spa day, I jumped at the opportunity! I’d never had any spa treatments before besides a mini-facial so we did a bit of shopping around and settled on the spa in the Radisson Blu as the best value. There are such a huge amount of options out there, even in Galway, but we were definitely looking to make the most of our money!

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So on Friday we arrived at the Spirit One Spa at 11 o’clock to book in for the package. It included an Elemis taster facial, a neck, shoulder and back massage, four hours in the Thermal Suite and a two-course lunch – all for €99. This particular package isn’t available any more but there are plenty of other packages to choose from. We were seen straight away and given lovely fluffy robes to change into. By ten past we were escorted into the Thermal Suite that housed several different steam rooms and saunas to try out as well as relaxation heated chairs. We did a bit of catching up and exploring before being called in for our treatments.

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The Aroma Grotto

The beautician ran me through the treatments I’d be getting and talked to me about my skin type. She started with my neck, shoulder and back massage and I swear, it was more gruelling than going to a chiropractor! She got rid of all the tension in my back and got all the knots out – some much needed stress relief! Then it was onto my facial. She talked to me about my skin type and any skin troubles I had and then tailored the facial around my dermatological needs which was fantastic. When it was all finished, she wrote down a proper cleansing and toning routine for me to follow.

When everything was finished, Aoife and I headed back to the Thermal Suite and tried some of the steam rooms and saunas. First we tried the Laconium – a room with a dry heat where we could relax and chat. Then we went to the Aroma Grotto – a steam, moisturising room that made my skin and hair feel amazing using a combination of heat, light, colour and essential oils. The experience showers were lovely – the tropical shower used a combination of essential oil mist, jets of water and hot water to make your skin incredible soft. Lastly we used the heated ergonomic relaxation loungers to chill out for a while, while we caught up.

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Heated Relaxation Chairs

The whole experience was fantastic and well worth the money we paid. Although the lunch afterwards wasn’t amazing, the treatments and the Thermal Suite more than made up for the bad lunch and since we were the only people in the spa at the time, we were given first class treatment! I’m recommending this to everyone, I came out feeling better than ever and my skin feels incredible. Well worth the day out and a great place to catch up with your friends while being pampered!

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The Golden Globes 2014: Fashion Hits and Misses

It’s the start of award season again and one of my favourite times of the year for celebrity fashion (after the Met Gala of course). The Golden Globes are a breath of fresh air fashion-wise; everyone is in their stride getting ready for the SAG awards and the Oscars but it’s still the first award ceremony in the bunch so we’re not getting that celebrity ennui already! Last year was so tedious in terms of real style, the boredom of the colours and same cuts on every celebrity set in very quickly and we cried out for something a little bit different. Finally, we got it. The Golden Globes 2014 were full of daring and bold choices which made fashion lovers everywhere squeal with delight. I had my favourites of course so I’ve written down my favourites and what styles we’ve been seeing on some of the world’s most famous!

Bright Blues/Greens

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Caitlin Fitzgerald in Emilia Wickstead, Helen Mirren in Jenny Packham and Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein

Bold colours were a very big trend on the red carpet this year at the Golden Globes and these three ladies had some of the best style by far. Caitlin Fitzgerald’s Emilia Wickstead dress has been named by many companies as the dress of the night and she was definitely flying the British flag for fashion. Helen Mirren looked fabulous in Jenny Packham and the colours complemented her without looking too young for her. This seamless Calvin Klein gown looked beautiful on Reese Witherspoon teamed with Harry Winston jewellery and her haircut was extremely flattering.

Reds

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Emma Watson in Dior Couture, Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Narciso Rodriguez

I do love a vibrant red; anyone that has looked at my lipstick collection could tell you that. However there were some fantastically stunning red outfits at the Golden Globes and these were three of my favourite! Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge Emma Watson fan and her style never fails to disappoint. This Dior Couture ensemble is genius, ensuring she is comfortable and warm in her trousers while still being ahead of trend and daring in the completely backless dress. Lupita Nyong’o caused waves with her Ralph Lauren dress with a futuristic style cape that is very en vogue. The colour of her dress complemented her complexion perfectly and gave her a great glow. Julia Louis-Dreyfus looked stunning in her Narciso Rodriguez gown and those arms, wow! You can tell how much work she’s done to look amazing in that dress and I applaud her for that!

Metallics

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Emilia Clarke in Proenza Schouler, Emma Thompson in vintage Lanvin, Kate Mara in J. Mendal, Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad and Michelle Dockery in Oscar de la Renta

Emilia Clarke looked ever the goddess in Proenza Schouler and after watching her in Game of Thrones, I adore her original brunette colour! She accessorised that with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and a Baird & Baird clutch, not too shabby! Emma Thompson, despite having a dodgy blowout, was fabulous in gold and black metallic vintage Lanvin and her outfit wasn’t too young for her, which can be the trouble sometimes with older actresses at award ceremonies! This blonde is a gorgeous look on Kate Mara and the translucent sheen on her J. Mendal dress makes is look so expensive. Kate Beckinsale has been getting a lot of negative feedback on her dress but personally I think she looks so beautiful and the cut of the Zuhair Murad dress gives her an enviable hourglass figure. One of my favourite Downton Abbey actresses Michelle Dockery always seems to get her fashion choices spot on and this Oscar de la Renta gown is spot on. With simple accessories, this look compliments her figure and places her high on the style stakes.

Multi-Coloured

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Julie Bowen in Carolina Herrera, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting in Rani Zakhem and Sandra Bullock in Prabal Gurung

Julie Bowen gets it right almost every time and this dress is no exception. The colour blocking on this Carolina Herrera is so flattering and the colours are a beautiful hue for her skin tone. The newly married Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting looked gorgeous in a vintage-looking floral Rani Zakhem gown with Jimmy Choo accessories. Her love for pink gowns is obvious by now but this gave a little bit of a different twist to her style. Another colour-blocking fashion choice was made by Sandra Bullock in Prabal Gurung. Again, this dress divided critics but Sandra looks beautiful and chose the right hairstyle for this outfit. This looks a sure sign that colour-blocking could be in this season!

Black

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Leslie Mann in Dolce & Gabbana, Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé and Emma Roberts in Lanvin

Black is always a good colour, especially for award ceremonies in January. It’s a flattering colour and all these women have chosen hourglass silhouettes to flatter their shapes further. Leslie Mann delighted the critics in her lace Dolce & Gabbana gown, proving that she will never age! Cate Blanchett, winner of ‘Best Actress’ award won our adoration for this Armani Privé dress teamed with some Chopard jewellery. Newly engaged Emma Roberts dazzled in a Lanvin fishtail gown.

Cream/White

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Laura Carmichael in Viktor & Rolf, Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta and Margot Robbie in Gucci

Cream and white is always a big trend coming into the Spring/Summer season but it’s surprising that these colours were worn so much in the cold weather. However these three ladies killed the pale trend and they were bold choices. Downton Abbey‘s Laura Carmichael looked gorgeous in a Viktor & Rolf column dress and that little monochrome detail gave it a bit of an edge. Zooey Deschanel’s Oscar de la Renta gown suited her like a dream and the New Girl star’s nude shoes and daisy manicure were gorgeous. Margot Robbie of nominated film The Wolf of Wall Street looked beautiful in her white Gucci gown with emerald detailing; it’s just a shame her hair was so manicured, looser would have been better!

Men

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Idris Elba, Chris Pine in Ermenegildo Zegna Couture, Usher in Calvin Klein and Bradley Cooper in Tom Ford

These gentlemen were definitely the pick of the bunch when it come to looking sophisticated and dapper on the red carpet. With the lack of options for men for a black tie event, these actors stood out from the crowd and made their own bolder fashion titles. Hats off to Usher who’s plum Calvin Klein suit really stood out and nominee Idris Elba who went for a more casual look with no tie.

Pregnancy Fashion

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Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhuillier, Olivia Wilde in Gucci and Kerry Washington in Balenciaga

Pregnancy is big in Hollywood at the moment (I’m not joking) and we’re constantly watching to see what style these pregnant ladies are sporting. I’m not a huge fan of Barrymore’s dress in general but as a maternity outfit, this works. It’s vaguely reminiscent of Kim Kardashian’s Givenchy dress at the Met Gala but much more flattering! Olivia Wilde looks phenomenal in this green sparkly Gucci dress and it’s a dress that can be worn again when she has had her baby. Win win! Kerry Washington’s Balenciaga dress is extremely beautiful and the colour looks great on her. The pregnancy fashion has been in the public eye a lot more thanks to Kim Kardashian and Kate Middleton and these ladies haven’t let the side down. Looking forward to seeing them at the SAG awards!

Fashion Misses

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Amy Adams in Valentino, Heidi Klum in Marchesa, Lena Dunham in Zac Posen and Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior

Sometimes there are some fashion misses at these events and these are my picks. I know that it’s everyone’s opinion and a lot of people will love these dresses but I just can’t like them. I’m not a fan of Amy Adams at all but I find this Valentino dress really washes her out. The colour for me is all wrong and this wouldn’t be the first choice for a redhead; blue or green would be better. Heidi Klum’s Marchesa dress is alright but the choker and the frumpy haircut are just too much. This outfit makes her look much older than she is which is a real shame. Lena Dunham’s Zac Posen outfit has definitely divided people but I think it’s just that little bit too clingy and that little bit too yellow for my liking. Jennifer Lawrence can usually do no wrong in my eyes but this dress just looks like a cotton wool bud. She’s a slave for Dior but this particular gown does nothing for her.

Anyone else looking forward to the SAG awards? I can’t wait to watch all the glamour!

Until then,

Emily Fashion Fiend

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My Favourites: My Make-Up Bag

People are always asking me on my various social media accounts what make-up I use on my days off/nights out (from my awkward selfies)! For today, I’ve decided to write down some of my favourite products that I use everyday and what exactly I think of them! There are some products that I hold onto for dear life and there are others that I chop and change all the time (like mascaras). I’ve listed them below, feel free to comment and tell me what your favourites!

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Foundation

MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation NC15 (€36) – 9/10

I’ve tried and tested numerous foundations and tinted moisturisers (disasters) and the only one I’ve ever truly been happy with is MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation. I’ve notoriously dry bad skin and this is the only make-up that gives me proper coverage without exacerbating my dry skin. Miracles do happen! It’s also one of the only brands that does a colour pale enough for me so thumbs up for that! It’s my life saver!

Applied with: I’ve tried plenty of different brushes and have hopped between numerous foundation brushes from Benefit, MAC and Real Techniques but was never happy with the result. Now I apply my foundation with a F20 buffer brush from Blank Canvas Cosmetics (€13.99) and a stippling brush from Real Techniques (€15.99) and I’m so much happier with the results! I recommend these two brushes to everyone!

Concealer

Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer 01 (€24) – 9/10

Boi-ing is an item everyone should have at their disposal. Covers up most blemishes and helps your skin look more smooth for foundation application. It covers up those bags a treat and so handy when you’re in work for the day and need a make-up re-touch! The 01 shade is perfect for me and I have it on my person at most times!

Applied with: A Benefit mini-brush that I got in a Confessions of a Concealaholic box set. I have to pick up a concealer brush at some point but until then I’m perfectly fine with the mini-brush!

Powder

Seventeen Miracle Matte Pressed Powder in Natural Fair (€5.09) – 10/10

This is a product I recommend to everyone! For only €5.09, this powder gives complete coverage and a matte complexion without clogging up your face. It comes in several different shades and in loose powder form too. I wear it every day and it stays for hours.

Applied with: A Real Techniques Powder brush (€16.99) and an Avon powder brush. The size of the Real Techniques brush gives you a lot of coverage and the powder glides on extremely easily!

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Primer

Benefit The POREfessional PRO Balm (€34) – 8/10

The POREfessional balm is something I started to use recently and I use it almost everyday now! It dramatically reduces the pores on your nose and makes the foundation on your nose stick a lot longer.

Benefit ‘That Gal’ Brightening Primer (€31) – 6/10

This primer has helped me out in some red-faced situations (literally) but I wouldn’t be too stressed out about it if I left the pot at home! This helps you glide on the make-up a little smoother and makes your complexion a little more even before you get prepped for foundation.

Highlighter

Benefit High Beam Highlighter (€27.50) – 9/10

This is a lifesaver when it comes to illuminating your face! In photos, it hits the light and gives you incredible bone structure…when applied properly, that is! I live by this stuff, especially when I’m heading out and know there will be a lot of photos taken!

Benefit Watt’s Up! Highlighter (€35) – 7/10

Again, this highlighter is great for photographs but ‘High Beam’ is far superior to it. The silvery transparent feel of the ‘High Beam‘ gives you that natural glow whereas ‘Watt’s Up!‘ contains gold shimmer so is much more manufactured-looking. This does look great on the skin but I would always choose the more subtle version.

Eyeliner & Eyebrow Pencils

Benefit Bad Gal Eyeliner (€21) – 8/10

I love Benefit products (in case you haven’t guessed) and this is no exception. ‘Bad Gal‘ has been my go-to kohl for the last few years and I usually have it in my bag. I have no time for liquid or gel liners, smudgy kohl is always my choice and as they go this is a good one.

Soap & Glory Smoulder and Kohl (€6.50)- 9/10

Just when I thought I couldn’t get better than ‘Bad Gal‘, I found this little gem. The precision is better and the staying power is much longer. Plus the price s better on the wallet too! One point taken off because it doesn’t look as neat as some other pencils but that’s not a huge issue. Plus there is an attached pencil sharpener which makes life so much easier!

Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in Deep (€21.50) – 10/10

I adore this. For someone who has some dark brows, it’s so good to find an eyebrow pencil that fills in your eyebrows and still looks natural. I’ve toyed with the idea of HD brows but this pencil really does everything you need it to and the attached brush gives a great shape to your eyebrows. I would recommend to everyone!

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Mascara

L’Oreal False Lash Telescopic Lash Mascara in Magnetic Black (€16.79) – 6/10

Fundamentally there is nothing wrong with this mascara. The brush is good, the colour is consistent and it does lift your eyelashes. However, I’m not a fan of the spider eyelash effect and I find it gives you that. I much prefer a fuller lash and I find most other mascaras I have give a better finish. This is just proof that sometimes spending money doesn’t always mean a good product.

No7 Exceptional Definition Mascara in Black (€14.95)- 8/10

This too has a thin brush but not so much that it gives spider eyelashes. I always get a good finish from this and the thickness of the mascara is good – not too thin, not too thick. Always a good thing. Still something lacking though.

Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara (€23) – 9/10

I always go back to Benefit – I think I have an addiction! It’s a gorgeous mascara with a thick brush giving a full and thick lash. I enjoy putting this on in the morning and I feel it frames my eyes well. Also a nice black colour which is long-lasting, not smudging under the eyes.

Benefit ‘They’re Real!’ Mascara (€26) – 10/10

I’ve no complaints about ‘They’re Real‘, it is by far the best mascara I’ve EVER used! The colour is great, the texture is great: sure it’s just all great! I really enjoy using this mascara every day and it gives my eye that framing they need.

Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Naked2 Palette (€44)- 9/10

I’m somewhat boring when it comes to eyeshadow colour and I never stray from neutrals! I always use the ‘Blackout’ as an eyeliner (much more staying power than pencil) and the rest are great as neutral colours. If anyone is like myself and loves neutral colours, then I cannot recommend this high enough! I took a point off because I just don’t use these enough!

No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow in Truffle (€9.25) – 9/10

I’ve had this longer than I care to remember and it just keeps on going! The colour is gorgeous, really neutral. It’s perfect for work but when loaded up a bit more, it’s fantastic for going out!  I’m dreading when this runs out because I don’t know if No7 are still doing it!

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I’ve already written up an article about my favourite lipsticks here (mind you, I’ve gotten more since writing) so I’ll let you explore that! Feel free to comment and let me know your favourites!

Until then,

Emily Fashion Fiend