Friday, 25 July 2014

ATIR Shapez - Just 4 Jeans - Competition Time

I recently posted a blog on how fantastic the bodysuits from ATIR Shaperz are.  Well now there is a new ATIR shaperz in town and your going to love this every bit as much as the bodysuit. 
Just 4 Jeans gets rid of muffin effect, streamlines, smooth's, stays in place and sits right under the bust.  And it is perfect with jeans or trousers. Every yummy mummy will love one!
Thanks to Rita from ATIR shapewear one lucky yummy mummy reader will receive their very own Just 4 Jeans, that will change their life for every.
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Thursday, 24 July 2014

#itwbn meet-up at The Gaslight Bar & Brassiere on the 10th August 2014

After a very successful and thoroughly enjoyable first #itwbn meet-up in the stunning gHotel last April it is now time to do it all over again. 

This time members of #itwbn group will be meeting up on the 

10th August 2014

In The Gaslight Bar & Brassiere, Hotel Meyrick, Eyre Square, Galway

At 3:30 pm.

A fantastic afternoon is in store.

3:30 pm - Cocktails upon arrival and lots of mingling.
4:00 pm - Assigned to a workstation to discuss various blogger topics
4:30 pm - Light Refreshments
5:00 pm - Rotate workstations
5:30 pm - Giveaway Time / Photo Shoot Time
6:00 pm - Retire to the bar for cocktails 

Special guests on the day are Wendy & Colin from iNailz.  They are travelling all the way from Dublin to introduce us to their amazing digital nail art machines and we will have lots of opportunity to get some fabulous art on our nails. Please give iNailz a like and share on FACEBOOK and TWITTER, they are dying to get to know ye!

McSharry's Pharmacy and Foodys Pharmacy have kindly offered to sponsor goodie bags for this event, so everyone will go home with lots of fab treats.  You will be blogging for months!!  (Thanks to Susan from Make up by Ruby Sue and Elisha from alongcamepollly for organising these goodie bags).  I would also like to thank Saibh Egan for designing the super logo for our network. It's fantastic, your one talented lady!

This network will only grow and be a success with your continued support.  To date all you bloggers have been fantastic with regular blogs posted to Into The West Blogger Network group FACEBOOK page.  Lets keep up the great work.

Look who's attending #itwbn meet-up:

1.Susan Gaynor: Make up by Ruby Sue
2.Anna Siobhan McDonagh: Anna MUA
3.Elisha Polly Greham:  alongcamepollly
4.Deirdre Cribbin: Deeva Makeup
5.Jen Morris: Too Dolly Makeup
6.Megan Stacey: Chasing Couture Dreams
7.Margaret McGauley: Mags Style
8.Emilee Jayne Lohan: Freaky Smudge
9.Orla Sheridan:Orla Sheridan Personal Stylist
10.Holly Fitzsimons: All things Holly
11.Aine Beirne: This is Aine
12.Sara Duffy: Sara Duffy Make Up
13.Saibh Egan: Saibh Egan Photography
14.The Galway Player: The Galway Player
15.Sinéad Carroll: Yummy Mummy Fashion & Lifestyle Blog
16.Siobhan Mary Leonard: Dreaming In Sequins
17.Ana Elizabeth Aguila: Elizabeth's Beauty
18.Orla Martyn: Beyond The Fashion
19.Seana Curley: Innocent Illusion
20.Caitriona Foley: True Romance Weddings
21.Stephanie Buckley: Eat Sleep Chic
22. Rebecca Casserly: Bec Boop
23.Katie Connelly: Modest Style
24. Emily Maree: Emily
25. Jessica Thompson: Beautiful Health
26. The Falconette: Flying Like A Falcon
27. Ambyr Medford: Love Accessories
28. Rebecca Horgan: The Beauty Journal
29. Sinead Reilly: This Petite Inferno
30. Ruth Kemple: The Beauty Kemple
31. Lorna Ruane: LC's Closet
32. Odhran O'Brien: Orion Creates
33. Neil Joyce: Maverick
34. Denise Manning: PIA Galway
35. Neasa Conroy: All That Glitters
36. Erin Grant: My Paper Mache Mind
37. Donna Ollerenshaw: Dollies Little Angels
38. Aidan Judge A Judge Outlook
Cost per head €10
Thank you to all our sponsors


Sunday, 20 July 2014

Cabanas 2014 - Summer Holidays

My favourite 2 weeks of the year... 2 weeks in the sun!!!  For the past number of years we have been choosing The Algarve, Portugal as our number one holiday destination.  It's a favourite of ours as the weather is guaranteed to be amazing during the summer months, the accommodation is top class, the flight is short (great advantage when travelling with 3 kids) and the Algarve is simply stunning. 
Every January our search for the perfect holiday begins.  We've been to lots of different parts of The Algarve over the years and this year we were dying to find out what the Eastern Algarve had to offer.  After searching Owners Direct for almost a week we came upon a fabulous apartment in Cabanas.  It ticked all the boxes, 2 bedroom, ground floor, air con, swimming pool and kids pool, parking, Wi-Fi and only a 15 minute walk from Cabanas Waterfront with its new Boardwalk Promenade.

We were totally thrilled with our chosen apartment.  It was exactly like the pictures and the pool was amazing.  We couldn't  have asked for more.  We also hired a car as we love to have the freedom of exploring the Algarve whenever we want.  However the apartment is conveniently located within walking distance of the quaint fishing village of Cabanas with it's promenade, cash points, shops, supermarkets and variety of good restaurants/bars.  
The stunning blue flag Cabanas Beach with it's beach bar/cafe, water sports facilities, sunbeds, parasols, showers and toilets can be reached by a two minute Taxi-Boat ride. The kids got a great buzz out of this.

We were so impressed with nearby Tavira, it has to be the prettiest town in Portugal.   Its an ancient town with a Phoenician, Roman and Moorish past. It has a castle, over 35 churches and a superb seven arch Roman Bridge. It definitely had the feeling of Rome which I just loved.
On both sides of the River Gilao you can find good shopping with local produce, including fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, basket ware, pottery, ceramic tiles, wrought iron work and cork and shell handicrafts. 
A short Ferry trip takes you to the Ilha de Tavira to one of the best beaches along the entire coast. If you do hire a car you can travel north to visit the wonderful city of Lisbon or venture east over the nearby spanish border and visit the andalusian favourite of Seville.

For the passionate golfer, this region with it's all year round sunshine is an absolute haven, there are seven nearby golf courses, some of which are reputed to be amongst the best in Europe. All are within easy driving distance, the closest of which is Benamor Golf Club (Henry Cotton Design) which is within a few minutes walking distance from the Apartment. My husband and kids were more than happy to get one or two rounds of golf in while I sunbathed by the pool (bliss).

Two places definitely worth visiting while on holidays in The Algarve are Zoomarine & Aquashow Water Park. 

Zoomarine is one of the biggest Algarve attractions and it certainly lives up to the hype.  The dolphin and sea lion shows are very enjoyable with lots of laughs guaranteed.  The new and interactive Dinosaur exhibition with HUGE dinosaur replicas is amazing.  It's an action packed day out for the whole family with fairground rides, including the big wheel, which gives a spectacular view of the whole park, a mini roller-coaster, a huge swimming pool and some great fun water slides. To top it all off, Zoomarine has it's very own white sand beach and wave pool set in tropical gardens.

Aquashow water park is also another leading attraction of the Algarve.  Children are well catered for at Aquashow with several low-rise slides and a dedicated, Aqualandia space where they can play safely under the watchful eye of the many lifeguards. There is also lots of fantastic rides for the 'bigger kids' to enjoy including the White Fall Rollercoaster and the Snake. It was so much fun we had to go back a second day.

There is nothing like freshening up after a day in the sunshine and going for a lovely meal with the family.  We tried most things on the menu and here are some of our favourites. Yummy.

Cant wait to do it all over again next year.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Fanny Crown - Style Inspo

A true film and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn dazzled the audience when she won an Oscar for best actress in 1953 for her role in Roman Holiday. 

Wearing a dress in ivory guipure with slender organza shoulder straps, lightly boned rayon under-bodice designed by Hubert de Givenchy she won her fans all over the fashion industry. 

With delicate flowers that adorned the fabric against her elfin features the dress was innocent yet striking and this dress is my inspiration for my modern take on the look. 
I have chosen this elegant bateau mid-long white evening dress from Fanny Crown.  Fanny Crown offers high quality custom tailored women clothing that is perfect for every occasion. The dress will be custom tailored just for you, even if ordered in a standard size.  

This evening dress is simply stunning and is perfect for a black tie party, a day at the races or a red carpet event.  The accessories can be kept to a minimum as this classic dress is a statement in itself.  
A touch of gold with these gold glittery Jimmy Choo strappy sandals are the perfect partner to this glamorous evening dress.  The delicate straps fluidly encase the foot and the glitter leather will add a modern finish to your outfit. 
This sparkling modern clutch from Zoe Adams is a stylish addition to your hand bag collection.  Crafted with a clip closure, textured pattern and rhinestone embellishment, this modern clutch is the perfect accessory for any formal occasion.
Oh and the accessory I would die for to complete this look are these amazing 18k yellow gold 'Mirador' half ball earrings from Carolina Bucci featuring small sparkly gold half balls and post back closures.
A flawless finish is a must and MAC studio fix fluid is one of my favourite foundations. Add a touch of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, this is a luxurious, velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish.  If you smooth it on, it adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks and brows, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face, prefect to compliment this look. Glide on a little MAC pro longwear blush for a natural finish.
The sheer, lightweight application of MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad allows each shade to build lightly layer after layer for dramatic colour with a lustrous glow.  Apply MAC super slick liquid eyeliner and some false eyelashes to achieve the perfect Audrey Hepburn look.  
And finally for those kissable lips why not try MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil which defines the lips with rich, saturated colour and prolongs the hours between re-applications together with a Ruby MAC lipstick.
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