Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Emmys 2012 red carpet glamour… The Good, The Bad and the Downright Fugly!


The 64th Annual PrimeTime Emmy Awards were on Sunday night, the 23rd of September at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. The biggest trend of the night was bright colours, and plenty of them, although canary yellows seemed to be the leading choice for the fashion pack! Other prevalent colours were orange, red, green, blues and teals. Other popular shades include the season’s “it” hue, which were purples, burgundys and wine shades. Sequins were, as always a popular choice, in all shades – teal, silver and gunmetal being the most popular – and we also had a few little surprises in the shape of mermaid gowns!

So here, I bring you a selection of red carpet looks that stood out to me the most, some for all the right reasons and some for alllll the wrong reasons! Oooh, I just love judging people with more money and talent than me!

First I bring you The Good:


Ginnifer Goodwin

I absolutely LOVE this look, Ginnifer hits the mark in this stunning dress by Monique Lhuillier and Rona Pfeiffer and her jewellery is by Graziela Gems. She is carrying a silver crystal minaudiere by Salvatore Ferragamo, the styling is fab and her hair and makeup is just flawless. It would have been a crime had she over accessorised or gone too dramatic on her hair and makeup. Hooray for Ginnifer!


Julie Bowen

In the first of the yellow gowns you will see here from the Emmys, Julie shines bright in this strapless gown by Monique Lhuillier. Julie kept it simple with a clutch and dangling earrings. Leaving her hair down but off her face, she showed off her smokey eye and nude lip and she looks stunning.


Kaley Cuoco

“The Big Bang Theory” actress Kaley looks gorgeous in this yellow Angel Sanchez dress, with a sequinned bodice. She wore Jimmy Choo heels, her clutch was by Stark and her jewellery was by H.Stern. Her messy side plait and natural make-up is just perfect too!


Claire Danes

Another blonde and another yellow dress! Claire Danes won the award for “Outstanding Lead Actress” for her role in “Homeland” on the night and this yellow dress by Lanvin made sure she was noticed on the red carpet! The dress is “bump-friendly” for pregnant Claire and she looks absolutely radiant!


Leslie Mann

I absolutely LOVE this look by Leslie Mann and it narrowly missed out in my favourites list! The turquoise accessories look AMAZING with this Naeem Khan dress and her upstyle and make-up choices are perfect! Plus I just LOVE a dress with pockets, she looks very cool, fair play Leslie!


Emilia Clark

The “Game of Thrones” star wore a “Resort 2012” dress from Chanel. The sleeveless, white number featured eye-catching embroidery on its bodice and under-skirt. The dress is absolutely AMAZING but her nude pumps don’t really do much for me, I’d have loved to see her go more daring, but sometimes safe is good too! Simply accessorised, the girl looks great, top marks!


Nicole Kidman

Ah, good old Nicole made me very happy in this elegant Antonio Berardi gown. It is absolutely stunning on her and her Fred Leighton jewellery are the perfect accessories. I do prefer Nicole with her beautiful curly, loose hair, however the straight style does add some edge to the dress. I’m not MAD about the matching shoes, BUT overall I think she looks great!

Lucy Liu

In one of the best sequinned dresses of the night, the ever stunning Lucy Liu showed off in her Atelier Versace gown, Lorraine Schwartz jewellery, and Guiseppe Zanotti shoes and a clutch. Her hair, makeup, everything is amazing, as if she is 43! Hope I look that good at 33, never mind 43!


Julianne Hough

This is how you channel your inner mermaid! Julianne wore a white and aqua-green gown that was embellished with Swarovski crystals from Georges Hobeika‘s Fall-Winter 2012-13 Couture collection. The gown also featured velvet accents on the bust and velvet petals on the bottom and train. I love everything about this dress, even if it is a little over the top. Julianne is 23 and can definitely get away with it! Julianne also wore shoes by Brian Atwood, a clutch by Judith Leiber, and a ring and earrings by Norman Silverman. Her Marilyn Monroe inspired hair and simple makeup ensure she looks absolutely stunning on the red carpet!

And now, for The Bad!

Sofia Vergara

This is how NOT to do the mermaid trend. I can’t put my finger on what exactly I don’t like about this dress, I think it’s the shoulder straps and the cut-out and the fact that it’s a LITTLE bit too risque! Even for me.  The dress is by Zuhair Murad and the “Modern Family” star tweeted a picture of where the zip bust just above her derriere 20 minutes before she went onstage to collect an award! Thankfully her wardrobe team fixed it and all was well! Plus 20 points for Sofia having a GREAT sense of humour about the mishap but minus 50 points for the dress splitting on her too!

Amy Poehler

Now Amy actually topped a lot of the “Best Dressed” lists for this Stella McCartney dress, but she doesn’t top mine. Sure, she looks sexy but I think this dress sits funny around her waist and I’ve seen her looking much better! She doesn’t need to show off a lot of flesh to look sexy, she is beautiful as it is and in my (humble) opinion, a well tailored dress would have been even better!  She accessorised with a plastic ring from her son’s playbox – which is a woman after my own heart! Yummy Mummy, but must try a little less hard!

Michelle Dockery

UUUUGGGHHH, I don’t even know WHERE to start on this Louis Vuitton royal blue gown. The ghastly netting at the throat? The bad stitching on the chest? The CREASES? Her face looks shiney, the red lip doesn’t neccesarily go with the ghastly blue dress, it’s all just wrong, wrong wrong. Sorry Michelle!

Elizabeth Moss

So, Elizabeth went for this floral print Mikado gown by Dolce & Gabbana… Hmm. There’s two things I hate about this dress. The print and the style… Oh wait, that’s just about everything! Although, I might not hate the style of the dress in a block colour, but it just does not work with the print. She gets lost in all the folds and shapes. Oh and I also hate the shoes. I like her new hair though!

Julianna Margulies

Another puke print is this green brocade, couture-style Giambattista Valli gown which looks like it is weighing Julianna down. The print isn’t AWFUL and neither is the style of the dress, but together they just don’t work on the red carpet. I’m not mad about her hair, but I do love the makeup with the pink lip!

Kenley Collins

So I LOVE Project Runway US and I LOVE Kenley Collins’ vintage style, and while I do love this print AND the dress, my only qualm is the length and those SHOES. They do NOTHING for the outfit, or for Kenley’s legs, BUT her 1920’s inspired hair and red lip are also beautiful with the dress.


Heidi Klum

Alright, fine – it may not be downright fugly, HOWEVER I am holding Heidi Klum in a higher regard than most of the others on this list. As you know, I LOVE Project Runway and over all the seasons I’ve gotten a grasp of Heidi’s style and almost ALWAYS find myself gasping with LOVE for the dresses she sports when she walks out from behind that screen. This left me feeling a little empty – and on the red carpet… For shame Heidi! The thing I really hate about this Alexandre Vauthier dress is the double split, it reminds me of Angelina Jolie at the Oscars this year, except with BOTH legs. I also can’t help but feel that if Christopher or Dmitry brought out a gown with a double split, Heidi would tell them she doesn’t get it. I don’t get it… but apparently some people get it, as Heidi has topped the best dressed lists for this gown – to my surprise. Other things I hate include her shoes and her jewellery – it’s all FAR too matchy-matchy. However, her makeup is beautiful aaaand, I still love her!

Ashley Judd

Things I hate about this look: EVERYTHING. The dress is basically the EXACT same as my Debs Dress, circa 2004, the colour, the style, everything! The shoes are basically the same as my Debs shoes too. Except even I had the sense not to wear a hairstyle that made me look like the lead role in the Eggheads… Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a good beehive, but this is a very, very bad beehive. Ashley Judd misses the mark all round in this Caroline Herrera gown with bad styling.

Lena Dunham

Jesus. Christ. Lena, what were you thinking? What were your stylists thinking? What were they thinking at Prada? *SIGH* I don’t even know what else to say about this. Lena’s character in “Girls” would probably wear something like this to a red carpet event and you should NEVER get confused with your character. While the fabric is lovely, the dress is frumpy and sits on Lena in ALL the wrong places. Also, she looks like she’s angry because she knows her dress is poxy. That said, her makeup is lovely… But really, that dress… NEXT.

And finally, a selection of my favourites!

Allison Williams

Well Allison definitely beats her “Girls” co-star to the top of MY Best-Dressed list. I am literally in LOVE with this gown (Perhaps I’m being patriotic?) by Oscar De La Renta. Allison is channelling some MAJOR trends by wearing it, combining peplum, an emerald hue, and a directional silhouette all in one major ensemble. She looks absolutely stunning and I love that she kept her hair and makeup so minimal!

Jessica Pare

Mad Men star Jessica Pare certainly stood out in a very simple custom-made white Jason Wu assymetrical gown with a stark black belt. Jessica looks every inch the Grecian Goddess, from the beautiful dress down to the lovely waves in her hair. She kept the accessories simple, choosing a deep red lip instead of over-the-top jewellery. A girl after my own heart!

Edie Falco

WOW! I totally did not recognise Nurse Jackie! Edie looked fabulous in the very popular Stella McCartney “Optical Illusion” dress, which was navy blue on the front and white at the back. The dress enhanced Edie’s great body and the gold thick belt detail cinched her in at the waist to accentuate her curves. She chose to go long and loose with her hair while keeping her skin tanned and flawless. Overall, Edie’s dress and styling was very sexy and made her look younger than ever!

Jane Krakowski

Jane Krakowski shimmers in this STUNNING gunmetal strapless gown by Kaufmanfranco and she also wore metallic Hamper pumps, which looked amazing. I love everything about this, the glamour of the sequins in a gunmetal colour and the change from small sequins at the top of the dress working down to a larger size, with a slight fishtail. I wish I owned this dress. Her hair is gorgeous, not too curly and not straight and Jane’s makeup, as always in flawless. She knows what works for her and she works it in turn!

Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi, host of reality tv show “Top Chef”, has since been quoted in an interview as saying she “wasn’t sure she would have the guts to wear it” – Well Thank GOD she did! A change up from the canary yellows, the bold orange chiffon gown by Monique Lhuillier  stands out a mile and looks absolutely amazing with Padma’s skintone. Her loose waves and natural honery bronzed makeup were her perfect accessories, along with her Yvesse pumps, of course. I am so envious of her tan and of course, how well she pulls off an orange dress!

So there you have it, my least favourite and most adored looks from the 2012 Emmy’s… All opinions are my own, but I would love to hear feedback from all of you guys!

Who claimed your favourite OR least favourite look at this years Emmys?


First pic of Robbie Williams and new baby “Teddy”


HUGE congratulations go out to Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Fields on the birth of their baby girl Theodora Rose Williams, who was born on Tuesday! Robbie broke the news on his blog to thank his fans for their well wishes. Here’s what he had to say:

Praise be, it’s Theodora Rose Williams, affectionately known as Teddy….. Born 3.33pm on 18.9.12, 7Ibs 4OZ.

”Baby, Mummy and Daddy are all rockin…. Thank you for your best wishes XXXX.”

And here I have an exclusive first pic of a topless Robbie holding the beautiful baby Teddy! Be warned though ladies, Robbie topless looking so content holding such a cute baby will have your emotions all mixed up if you’re anything like me!!!


Congratulations flooded in for Robbie and Ayda on twitter and Gary Barlow, the true gent that he is led the trend by posting his heartfelt congratulations.


Gary was heartbroken when his wife Dawn gave birth to stillborn baby, who the couple named Poppy on August 4th this year. He has shown tremendous courage and it must hard for him to hear but no doubt he is delighted for Robbie!

Robbie played a free gig in the o2 in Dublin on the 14th of this month -the gig was supposed to have been FANTASTIC- and all proceeds went towards UNICEF and Childline. The man can just do no wrong! But how did Ayda feel about her man touring so close to her due date!? Well that wasn’t an issue as Robbie said recently in an interview

There’s a plane on standby and if I get that phone call I’ve got to go.

Well for some to have a private jet, eh ladies!?

Myself and Andrea wish the happy family all the joy in the world and await more pictures of the beautiful baby Teddy! Congrats guys!



Bieber – to play Christian Grey…….


Rumour has it that Bieber has been approached to play the lead role in the much anticipated ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie…. not so sure about you, but when I put the words sexy, dominant and masculine into google – Justin Bieber’s name just doesn’t pop up!!

Let’s hope this was just sick joke perpetrated by the ‘cute’ singer himself.  I know I would much prefer to see one of the below guys play the role of Dr. Christian Grey. Yum.

Andrea x

Jael Strauss – ANTM shocker!


Today I learned some very sad news about one of my favourite ANTM contestants of all time! I remember Season 8 better than I remember even most of the more recent series’ and I had two favourites, Natasha (Nashasha as we used to call her) and Jael. Neither of the girls won but they stand out so well in my memory, Andrea and I used to watch it religiously with all our housemates, including one boy who secretly loves the show, despite protesting at the time!!

Here is a picture of the stunning, vibrant Jael on the show to spark your memory!


However I digress, the news has broke of an upcoming episode of Dr. Phil in which Jael’s family confront her about her addiction to crystal meth. While the news is obviously shocking, it took a picture of Jael to really make me realise the damage drugs can do, Jael is completely unrecognisable as her 6 year addiction has apparently rotted her teeth and left her body covered in sores.

Here is the shocking picture of what she looks like on Dr. Phil, just 6 years after her stint on ANTM.


Reports say that Jael’s mother, Debbie and brother, Brandon went to Jael’s hometown with Dr. Phil in tow – hoping to find Jael who is apparently living on the streets. She reluctantly agrees to go to LA for an intervention on the show and when she gets there she is apparently physically forced onstage, before running away and out into the Paramount parking lot. Dr. Phil follows her and does the usual condescending “I have never followed anyone out here, I really want to help you” speech and I guess you have to tune in to see if she goes along with it all. Let’s hope she does!


It really is so shocking to see these photos when they are both put together, in only 6 years methamphetamine has completely riddled her body.

For those of you still struggling to put a face to the name (there has been 11 more series since) let me remind you of the episode where she annoyed the head off 50 cent so much that he pushed her into a swimming pool at a party and Natasha, being an absolute dote didn’t want to see her embarrassed and jumped in right after her. It’s also worth noting that despite making a bit of an eejit of herself, Jael won best photo that week. She really had so much potential.


Really hoping Jael gets on the mend and soon, it’s unfortunate it had to be done in such a public manner but if it works, I don’t slam it.


Another make-up MUST have!


Staying on the topic of my must-have products, this is an essential for anybody who loves makeup and of course, eyeshadow! My favourite products are usually products that I can NOT do a makeover without using, regardless of who the client is – to make sure I provide them with makeup that I know will last all day and all night!

A common complaint that I get regularly is that your eye makeup runs or that eyeshadow doesn’t last all day or all night and gathers in the crease, which is not the look anybody wants to go for and it can make your eyes look saggy, which is NOT a good look!

I used to use Laura Mercier’s eyeshadow primer, which is very good, but I can not recommend Urban Decay’s Primer Potion highly enough. I have very oily skin, and my eye makeup would never last even a few hours on a hardcore dancing night out! However, when I started working on the Urban Decay counter, I started using their primer potion under my eyeshadow and I kid you not, one morning (after a rough night before) I woke up to find my full eyeshadow still intact. Not that I encourage leaving your makeup on all night, in fact for people with oily skin this is a very bad idea! I now keep a cream cleanser and toner by my bed and USUALLY manage to muster the energy to do a bit of a cleanse before conking out after a long day and an even longer night! However, since that fateful night, I would never apply eyeshadow without the Primer Potion as my base.

Not only does it make your eyeshadow last all day, it also creates a base that will leave your colours more vibrant and prevents fallout as eyeshadow sticks to it, rather than falling off the brush.

*TIP* Never rub the primer into your eyelids with your fingers! The point is to reduce the amount of oil on your eyelids and by rubbing in with your fingers, you are introducing an oil, so always blend in with an eyeshadow brush before applying your eyeshadow!

Urban Decay recently brought out the Primer Potion in the shade of their most popular colour “Sin”, which is a nude pink shimmer, I got it and wasn’t impressed with the consistency, it is pretty sticky, but easy to slick on if you’re on the go. They’ve also recently released two other colours, “Eden” and “Greed”, which I haven’t tried but I will let you know! And here’s another tip, I used “Sin” on my cheekbones, as a highlighter similar to high beam for a gorgeous glow! Hope this helps you ladies!


Love this style


Hi guys!

Found this picture on pinterest and fell in love!

I know fashion isn’t really in my line of expertise but I would never think of pairing a grey knit with a studded skirt and platforms but this look is just fab!
Major style envy!


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Incredible style blog!

Huge thanks to Kiran @ for finding her for us!


The Ivory Closet – All a girl wants!


I was lucky enough to get an invite to this years IFTA awards in the amazing Dublin Convention Centre – one catch – I had less than a WEEK to get kitted and preened.

The pressure was ON!

Thankfully I was put in contact with the LOVELY Sheila Cahill of the Ivory Closet, Limerick who saved my ass!

The Ivory closet is based in Limerick and boasts a HUGE selection of dresses for hire for all occasions with labels such as Rachel Gilbert, DVF, Matthew Williamson and Herve Leger – to name just a handful.

The Dress Hire store is the brainchild of Limerick sister’s Sheila, Aine and Niamh and is not only making its mark in Munster, but their service is available all over Ireland and their dresses are a sure guest at any Black tie event in Dublin!

These girls are taking the Dress rental industry in Ireland by storm and just in their first year have built a reputation based on personal service, trend awareness and attention to detail. This can be seen by their constant communication with clients through their Facebook and Twitter pages – posting images of new stock and celebs wearing the latest designs due in store.

I can see that these sisters eat, sleep and breathe fashion – so I wish them every success in the future and if you haven’t already friended them online – do it. NOW!

For the event I wore this AMAZING Rachel Gilbert dress.

Andrea x

Wild Wild West


Oh yes… Dig out your Ponchos, dust of your Cowboy boots – the Western Trend is back!!!

I know what you’re thinking -“‘How do I wear this trend without looking like I have stepped off the set of ‘Wild Wild West’?”, but the key to this micro trend is detailing and texture – not head-to-toe Daisy Duke!

Let’s start with the denim shirt – not so scary – a staple piece in a lot of wardrobes. This basic shirt is now taking on new branches with stud detailing, tipped collars and South American influence embroideries – a la Isabel Marant’s yoked cowgirl shirt.  Kate Bosworth teamed the Marant shirt with denim cut offs for a casual, sexy look for this year’s Coachella Festival.

Check out Zara’s take of the trend with this cute horse print shirt with contrast yoke detailing on the shoulders, €39.95 in store now.

Feeling a little braver?   Ankle boots are a key item for this AW12 and Topshop’s range of Cowboy boots are set to excite even the most timid of dressers!!

This trend also has a sweet and playful aspect with the use of colours and Aztec prints.  See the beautiful Whitney Port below sporting these cute Navajo shorts and Beyonce in funky printed boots and matching circular bag.

So whether it be a blanket poncho, fringed leather jacket or the customary cowboy hat, be sure to have fun with this trend when incorporating it into your wardrobe.

Andrea x

Scandal on The Bachelor UK? It was bound to happen!


So last night The Bachelor UK came to an end and Khloe (with a K – despite the fact her original twitter name is Chloe with a C!!!) was crowned Spencer’s new GF! Right!???


I took to the twitter and while I didn’t think to take a snap of Khloe’s update before it ended up getting deleted, she put up two tweets where on one she claimed

All I’m saying is #spencerandlouise

And in another she claimed

I’m so relieved I can get on with my life. Been too long

Hmmmm interesting! Upon visiting her twitter today I see she has posted this


Interesting stuff! What do you guys think happened? Do you think he never broke up with Louise at all? Would you let your boyfriend go on a show like that and kiss around 13 different girls? I sure as hell wouldn’t! Maybe it’s the Chelsea way!

Can’t wait to see the outcome of this one!