The Bloggers Jumper

I first saw this jumper on Lissy Roddy and everything about it made me want it!  Now I see it everywhere on every blogger and it hasn’t put me off, the faux fur sleeves are just to die for, so plush, soft and just a dream.

If you are thinking about getting this jumper, don’t hesitate just get it because you won’t regret it.  The balloon sleeves, the fact it’s an oversized sweat and the colour and texture of this jumper is just perfect in every way! Dare I say I could wear this multiple times and not get bored of it! 💗

Jumper from Zara, shop here:

Leggings from ASOS, shop here: http://www.asos.com/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=6953715

Trainers from H&M: SOLD OUT ONLINE

Handbag from H&M: in store only 

Time for a 5th

 Hope you lovelies had a wonderful Christmas!!! I know I had the best one yet moving into my new home on Christmas Eve! 

I hear it’s supposed to be the most relaxing time of year but to be honest  I couldn’t disagree more,  yes it was wonderful but oh my gee it was also the most stressful time of 2016 for me but so worth it.  From crack of dawn to midnight I was up painting doors and painting faces between.  Trying to sort out Christmas gifts and organising photoshoots.  What a crazy month, but only now it’s all over I finally get to relax.  Yes my Christmas was busy and hectic but it was worth it all to get where I am today, sitting on a train to Dublin for a well derseved break while writing this.

img_1031most of my Christmas gifts came early this year.  My home sweet home came the day before Christmas, the biggest and best present of all.  Cannot wait to show you all it I’m a blog post coming soon.
My favourite accessory from this year was my The Fifth watch, everything about this watch is so me.  The leather strap and simplicity of design is just on point.  If you want a watch to go with any outfit then this is the watch for you.  Personally myself, I buy a watch and wear it to death so I need it to last and match everything. If you want something unique then you need The Fifth watch, they have only 5 designs and the watch only launches on the 5th of every month for 5 days, so if you aren’t within the time frame window you miss out, what an exclusive piece to own! I’m a 5th girl! Are you?!

Get your The Fifth watch at: http://www.the5th.co/

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Lastly my favourite clothing piece has got to be my leopard print dress, so chic so stylish and just perfect to make a statement and in a classy way, for all outfit details see below. 

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Dress by Topshop 

Boots by MISSPAP 

Necklace by Topshop 

Fur stole by Missguided 

Watch by The Fifth

Jason Shankey Braids

If you all follow me on snapchat you would have seen yesterday that I was down in Victoria Square again getting my fro sorted out.  I was invited by Jason Shankey to come down to one of his salons in Belfast and have any style of braid put through my hair.

Jason Shankey hair salon is located on the first floor of House of Fraser and the atmosphere in House of Fraser this Christmas is exquisite.  If you want that Christmas feel that you haven’t quite felt yet then head to Belfast a day for the atmosphere and of course the Christmas markets.

The salon itself is placed on the same floor as the womenswear department and I love this.  Every girl knows that once hair and makeup has been accomplished we feel a million dollars, the next best thing to boost your confidence is to find a million dollar outfit and the Jason Shankey Salon leaves you at ease to do this, you don’t have to worry about tripping from shop to shop in wind and rain petrified of ruining your perfect look.

I had the lovely stylist Tasha choose a style of braid to suit me.  As I have short hair I was limited to what braid I could pick compared to most girls out there, If I had long hair I would definitely be going for the Kim K braids, they look amazing!! If you are like me though and have short hair it’s nice to experiment and get out of the routine of plain and simple because you can be adventurous and style short hair into something more exciting than just a bob! Yey!!

I explained to Tasha I preferred having a bit of hair around my face so she said the 3 braid style on top of my head would be perfect and cute with half my hair let down in messy curls.  I live to be quirky, different and funky so this was perfect for me.

Tasha was so lovely, full of chat and made me feel relaxed and comfortable.  She had my hair looking amazing and within 15/20 minutes I was ready to go, plenty of time for shopping, my fave pastime.  Being in the hairdressers is like my spa time, relaxing and enjoyable but with me time can be of the essence and I was amazed at how quick Tasha was with my hair, she had me glammed up and feeling fabulous ready to venture on with my busy lifestyle.  Perfect for girls on their lunch breaks that have nights out planned and with no spare time.

I also learned that these braids can be glitz-ed up with glitter which excites me for the festival season next year, T-Vital braids, although I think glitter and braids can be acceptable all year round, even Christmas time.   Be who you want and wear what you want even if its glitter in your hair.

My favourite product from the day was a texturing spray that Tasha used to funky up my curls/waves, it smelt divine, and when your hair smells good you smell good.  The Glamtex Backcomed Effect Spray is now on my ‘to purchase’ list.

If you would like to make an appointment with Jason Shankey and his stylists contact them by phone;

House of Fraser, Belfast 1st Floor Tel: 028 9027 8272

235 Lisburn Road, Belfast Tel: 028 9068 1291

OR Book online at the website https://www.jasonshankey.com/index.php

Love Ash x

Victoria Square £100 Challenge

Are you budgeting on your Christmas Party Outfits this year?  Too many gifts to buy for other people?

The task set to me and fellow blogger Niamh Serena was to find an enitire outfit on a budget of £100 and if that wasn’t hard enough we only had 1 hour to pull the whole outfit together.  Most woman have a busy lifetsyle and time is precious when finding an outfit for xmas parties, some of you may only have an hour to spend on your lunch break to find that perfect party dress.

So initially I thought I had found the perfect outfit, a little leopard print dress and pink booties from Topshop, my kinda style; casual dressy and quirky.  but to my disappointment my budget was almost gone and I barely had £10 left for a handbag, not only was my budget almost gone but even worse, I couldn’t zip the dress up.  I had to go up a size and tragedy struck, no other sizes existed in store apart from size 6 and size 4!!!! This I am sure is what most of us ladies have experienced at some stage of the shopping game, when you find the perfect outfit but the top/dress/skirt doesn’t quite fit properly and then BAM nothing left in your size.  Sometimes this can get me down but don’t worry gals I assure you, you can find something else with determination.

I did fall in love with the leopard print dress but to my surprise on my budget and a second look I was able to find an outfit for £86.98 which comprised of 4 items and not just 2.

The idea of this outfit is that unlike the dress I had originally picked, this skirt and top means you can mix and match so you can wear the items several times over helping with your budget for your Christmas outfits.

If you are wanting glitz sparkle and hint of metallic’s this outfit is for you.  For the party girl who likes to let her hair loose at the weekend, its all about the shine.  Figure hugging and with a bit of skin reveal this outfit is for those who don’t mind showing a little.  I would suggest if you are not so much a lover of skin on show then opt for a pair of highwaisted joggers or wide leg trousers to go with the crop top.  If you have problem areas with your top half then try this skirt with an oversize top or shirt and a removable collar to add a unique touch to the outfit.

My Outfit Details:

Top by Topshop £26, Shop HERE

Skirt by H&M £19.99, Shop HERE

Shoes by H&M £24.99, Shop HERE

Handbag by Topshop £16, Shop HERE

Finally I would like to say a massive thank you to Gemma Louise Bond from Victoria Square, such a sweet and gorgeous girl treating myself and Niamh to a picturesque lunch at the Champagne bar with coffee and macaroons, such a treat.  And thank you for the Victoria Square gift voucher and goodie bags, lots of little lavish tester products which all look divine, cant wait to use them.  If you didn’t already know Gemma Louise, is much more than the girl that works in PR at Vic Square, she also has blog of her own and you should check it out if you haven’t already; That Belfast Girl.  Such a creative writer full of top tips to keep you in the know.

Where would we be without the fabulous people behind the scenes, the photographers in a bloggers life.  Absolutely loved having Brendan Gallagher for the day shooting these beautiful photos, a man that I had an absolute ball with, great laughs and also made us feel so confident with the camera in a crowd of people.  He even somehow managed to make me look like model height and me only 5ft, how he did this I will never know but I applaud you Brendan, every girls dream!  Capturing beauty in every photo I am so pleased to have worked with Brendan, usually it takes me 5o photos to get it right but 15 mins and a few snaps did it with Brendan.  For bookings check out Brendan Gallagher Photography.

My oh my what a friend I have made, no better job of being a blogger than to meet all these lovely people who get your idea of thinking and understand your world.  Fellow blogger Niamh Serena, a girl I will always keep in touch with, I can only describe Niamh as a genuine gorgeous and sweet girl.  She has so much time for everyone and has so much passion in journalism which really shows in her blog; Niamh Serena  and I can tell you now  girls she is one to watch out for, make sure to follow Niamh on Facebook and Instagram.

Love Ash

x

 

 

 

Ladders in Knits 

When someone mentions having a ladder in their tights or knits we automatically think “uh-oh” that will have to go in the bin!

But when ladders in your knits are as cool as this dress from MISSPAP we embrace it and rock it.  It’s nearly like Up cycling clothes, make the uncool seem cool and work for you.  

I do love this jumper dress although the ladder travels right up your hip and into the “panty line” which unfortunately I can’t get away with and my mother would quite frankly kill me if I tried to leave the house that way, so in order for me to wear this jumper dress respectably I would suggest to invest in a little jersey tube skirt, I always keep a black one for emergencies but you could try and find a similar colour to this dress.

I have to say I am even more in love with my booties, the perfect nude and I can swear on my heart they are so flattering, for once I have a pair of ankle boots that don’t make my ankles look like cankles, so happy to have these babies in my life.  If you are like me and conscious of the sock boot go for these only £30 from MISSPAP.

Love Ash x

Items linked below:

Jumper dress by MISSPAP: HERE

Sock Boot by MISSPAP: HERE

Sunglasses by Quay Australia: HERE

Handbag by River Island: similar HERE

Leather Jacket by ASOS: similar HERE

3 Mini Christmas Gift Ideas

When searching for little bits and pieces to add to Christmas presents or simply searching for something small and inexpensive for friends I start to panic, I always like to give people gifts that are quirky girly and something that makes them go “waow” but sometimes it’s not that easy!

However this Black Friday has got me sorted, I found the perfect gifts for friends and family this year!

NO 1 Xmas Gift

Nothing gets me more excited than little colourful notepads and diaries, I am a girl who needs life to be organised and if its not organised day by day i go into meltdown.

These little finds were from no other than Tesco.  The journal is more or less set out like a travel diary where you have 365 pages set for the days of the year.  I however will probably only use this for my notes and To Do List, I have a weird obsession with To Do Lists, I am that girl who makes To Do Lists of my To Do List, crayyy but I love it!

I have so much going on in my life; the weeks pass like days, its a fast track life I lead.  So because I have so much going on in my head and so many appointments to attend I needed a diary set from Day to Day,  I do have my beloved Joan and Judy Diary but it is only a week to week diary which is perfect for my personal shit but not when it comes to clients and makeup appointments, but lets be realistic the main reason I picked out these A5 notepads is because of the pretty prints and the fact they are hard back cover books, always feels more professional with a hard back cover.

NO 2 Xmas Gift

So Sue Me just released her very first highlight palette and of course I was on top of that one and straight to the checkout , one of the very first few lucky gals/boys to own one!!

My initial reaction was quite different to how I feel about this palette now.

Initially I opened this palette up and fell in love with the packaging, with a large mirror and the “Glow Baby Glow” written underneath on the flap of the palette.  I was so surprised, this mirror I now use everyday when applying my makeup, its so handy and large enough to do a full face with confidence, mirror is of good quality and the reflection is extremely clear, not one of those cheapish mirrors that you would expect.  However when i first swatched these shades I had an uneasy feeling and wasn’t 100% sure of the colour pay off , the bottom 3 are very chalky but the top 3 are very buttery powders.

Not only was I a bit undecided with the quality of these highlights but I was unsure of how you were supposed to use all of these shades as highlights, the answer to this is you cant, there are only two shades you can use as highlighters, Shooting Star and Moon Sparkle.  Because of this I was quite deflated about my new palette BUT then I actually used this palette when applying makeup and fell in love again.

I applied the highlight to my cheeks on top of my makeup and the pigment was amazing so much better than my Mary Lou, however I did have a lot of wastage with my Shooting Star when dipping my brush into the pan, I don’t think that one will last that long for me especially since its my fave!

So the plus side to my experience is that once I started using this palette on my face I then found uses for the other colours, Unicorn Dust is far too white to be a cheek highlight but is perfect for the brow highlight and inner corner tear duct.  Peach Smoothie and Candy Crush are beautiful and I mean gorgeous eyeshadow colours which I have been using everyday.  This palette is definitely my most favourite out of all the So Su Products, apart from her lash range, they are pretty amazing.

Above, Colours L-R:  Melted Gold, Moon Sparkle and Shooting Star

Above, Colours L-R: Unicorn Dust, Peach Smoothie, Candy Crush, Melted Gold, Moon Sparkle and Shooting Star

No 3 Xmas Gift

My most fave girly purchase of 2017 so far is this little find in the Black Tag Weekend at Currys/PC World.  Honestly so happy I spotted this, the perfect Xmas Gift for Every Single girl out there.  If you cant guess what this is….. The Pearl is a power bank for your phone but not only is it a power bank it also doubles its use into a hand held mirror.

Oh my love for mirrors is never ending, vain much…..YES.

If that wasn’t exciting enough for you and didnt tickle your fancy maybe the fact that this mirror also lights up will.  Like a ring light for your mirror this is perfect for any makeup lovers out there.  I got mine in the Black Friday Sale for £23.99, it was originally £35.99 but I believe this little gem is worth it.  It has up to 3 hours battery power and also comes in 4 different colours, gold,  rose gold, silver and red.  I will of course test it and let you know, add me on snapchat ohsofemme to find out more and how I get on with it.

 

Links to items mentioned (that I could find):

So Su Highlight Palette : HERE

Pearl Power Bank: HERE and HERE

Hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and get sorted with all of your Christmas Gifts this year, let me know how you get on and if you get to purchase any of these items!

Love Ash x

 

Winter is Coming

First of all I need to thank Niamh McGuckin from Bobs Hair Salon for my funky upstyle, absolutely loved it, right out of my comfort zone but it was fabulous!  She is such a talented young lady, never disappoints me, I have two ‘Go To’ hairdressers for my upstyles and that is Niamh from Bobs and also Tara Donnelly from Ikon, these girls get it right every single time.

 

This outfit was for a wedding, but me being me didn’t want to dress up in a dress or be a typical wedding guest hence why i opted for this crop top by River Island and this gorgeous pleated midi skirt by Misspap and amazingly my whole outfit cost less than £100, yes that’s right ladies, under £100!!!

Outfit breakdown:

Top from RI £20

Skirt from Misspap £20

Heels from RI £35

Clutch from RI £18

Earrings from H&M £6.99

I added this faux fur jacket from H&M only £49.00 for warmth and i swear one of my most fave black garments, although alot like a Game of Thrones garment which me being a fan of GOT I love rocking this faux fur.

Love Ash x

Items mentioned linked below:

Skirt by Misspap: HERE

Top by River Island at ASOS : HERE

Heels by River Island: HERE

Clutch Bag by River Island: HERE

Earrings by H&M: HERE

Faux Fur Jacket by H&M: HERE