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MIDWEEK INDULGENCE

Lashes

False eyelashes have become a beauty ritual that has split us girls into two camps; we either can’t live without them or abhor their existence. In the days of The Only Way is Essex and Katie Price brand strip lashes, it seems that if you are in favour of a more natural look you won’t find it glued to your eyelids. I was definitely in the latter camp until I discovered Up to My Eyes lash … [Read more...]

A YEAR IN FASHION: 2011

British model and actress Rosie Huntingt

Alannah McMahon looks back at a year of style hits, fashion fails and red carpet winners My year in fashion started in an odd way. I was waiting in line in Dublin Airport last December, trying to get through security. Not being a morning person, I was tired and grumpy so I avoided eye contact with anyone and kept my head hidden in my brown faux fur coat. I felt the people in front shuffle … [Read more...]

IN PRAISE OF THE TEE

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A wardrobe can be a truly accurate insight into the life and personality of the individual it clothes. Garments could perhaps reveal more about a person than their choice of music, career or home, and just as no two people are identical, no two wardrobes are either. But there is one garment that rests inside the wardrobe of every woman, man and child in the world; the t-shirt. Perhaps the most … [Read more...]

ACCESSORISE ALL AREAS

Gucci AW 2011

Alannah McMahon's autumn/winter accessories report Year after year, the autumn/winter season has proven to be accessory heaven for girls like me. I like my jewellery big, bold and in abundance, and I love big hats, big bags and even bigger shoes! Perhaps it’s the primitive need to stay warm in the winter months that brings out the best in designers to create accessories that cover the … [Read more...]

HOW TO LOOK LIKE BROOK THIS PARTY SEASON

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Envy is a funny thing. Envy of another woman can be potentially lethal yet every so often a woman comes along that is so enviable that we can do nothing but love her and all of her irritating perfection. This is why L’Oreal has Cheryl Cole, Topshop has Kate Moss and now why New Look has Kelly Brook. Brook has become the new face of New Look after a collection of party dresses were designed in … [Read more...]

JEANS AT A STEAL

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  Every woman no matter what shape, size, height, or self-esteem level knows that there are few things in life as elusive as the perfect pair of jeans. It doesn’t help that every season there seems to be a new style we should have either. A simple solution would be to make a pair that suits everyone’s shape, makes everyone’s legs look longer and stops the mental turmoil that … [Read more...]

ARIA, FABUCCI AND STRIPE: FASHION WORTH LEAVING THE CITY FOR

Malene Birger

The fashion weeks are over, the sun has disappeared for the next six months and Christmas is still agonisingly far away. It seems that there is nothing to brighten up those dull days ahead. Therefore, I extend my deepest thanks to boutique trio Aria, Fabucci Footwear and Stripe for perking up my week in the grandest of fashions.   One could think of worse places to be on a dull Thursday … [Read more...]

GO WEST!

Louis Vuitton: Front Row - Paris Fashion Week Menswear S/S 2012

Paris Fashion Week was somewhat interrupted on Friday by the arrival of Mr Kanye West into its midst, and as history has taught us his interruptions are legendary. His debut show saw more celebrities in the front row than you can shake a stick at and the mob of paparazzi outside the Lycee Henri IV was a true force to be reckoned with, but no amount of glitter can distract from the lack of … [Read more...]

BOOKWORM TUESDAY

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Following Declan's chick-lit delight in last week's instalment of Bookworm Tuesday, I felt it's only right to balance the scales once more with a hard-hitting piece of literary journalism by the incomparable Jon Ronson. Following on from the cinematic success of The Men Who Stare at Goats (an adaptation of his 2004 book of the same name), Ronson's latest work comes in the form of an extended … [Read more...]

CATWALK REPORT: GUCCI A/W 2011

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Milan wished Gucci a very happy birthday this year, and at the ripe old age of 90 the Gucci woman has never looked better. Frida Giannini furthered the luxury brands reputation with aplomb, delivering a show that was chic, demure and sexy in equal measure. “The Gucci woman dresses with a cinematic allure and a strong seductive power. She is mysterious and entrancing,” Giannini said in this … [Read more...]