Monday, 15 September 2014

My Favourite Autumn / Winter 2014 Trends

Name: Sinéad Carroll
Blogging since June 2013. 
 
 
The main highlights of my blogging career to date are:
  1. Selected as one of the top 30 Finalists in the RSVP / OASIS Style Blogger 2013 Awards and winning best dressed on the night.
  2. Organised and hosted my first Yummy Mummy Fashion & Lifestyle Evening in conjunction with PIA Galway.
  3. Organised and hosted a Fashion Evening in conjunction with Fusion Fashion.
  4. Guest speaker at BPW Galway's Summer Evening - Style Advice and Tips.
  5. My blog post featured in the list of Best Blog Post 2014 in The Blog Awards Ireland 2014 competition.
  6. Founder & CEO of Into The West Blogger Network - organised and hosted a number of events to date (April 2014) and (August 2014) as well as establishing and managing the social media sites for this network on an ongoing basis (Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).
 

MY FAVOURITE AUTUMN / WINTER 2014 TRENDS
    There are so many Autumn / Winter 2014 trends catching my eye right now but the ones that really tickle my fancy are Sweet Sixties, Designer Normcore, XXL Coats, Ponchos and Something Blue.
 
 Sweet Sixties
 
L - R Louis VuittonGucciSaint Laurent
I'm really looking forward to investing in a few key pieces this season including a structured A-line Shift, luxe polo necks and knee-high shiny leather boots.  Nothing screams Sweet Sixties like mini-skirts, patent Mary-Janes and lots of pastel colours.  I'm very exciting about this trend and we are spoilt for choice with so many great looks to be found on the high street.



XXL coats


Each year I go in search of the perfect statement coat, this season is no different.  The catwalk and high streets are brimming with super coats from blanket coats to chunky faux-furs to full length patch work designs.  I love the eternal classic ¾ length coat with its defined waist line, so feminine and elegant.  With so many XXL coats to choose from, how is a girl ever just going to decide on one!!!!



 Poncho
 
L - R  EtroRoberto Cavalli, Burberry Prorsum


The Poncho... Is it to cool for school?  I predict that this iconic piece will be a key garment this season.  Its like a chic blanket but I'm guessing it will feature at every school gate this autumn/winter.  Every Yummy Mummy will be looking sophisticated and stylish with little or no effort, school runs will never be as easy!!!
 

DESIGNER NORMCORE
 
L-R, Haider AckermannHermès,Ralph Lauren.

I will always love tailoring, some might find it boring but not me.  This winter, suits take on a masculine edge, as girls walked the runway in boyfriend-borrowed ensembles. The trend for classically tailored suits was seen at Haider AckermannHermès and Ralph Lauren, but in my opinion the queen of the suit has to be the stunning Roz Purcell.



SOMETHING BLUE


Blue has fought back on the A/W14 Catwalks from cobalt's to teals and everything in between.  I too will be taking my cobalt blue and teals with me into the autumn/winter season.  I still love my cobalt blue dress from Closet and had so much fun styling it for a photo shoot with Saibh Egan Photography this summer.  The teal accessories compliment the look and this outfit is going to be perfect for going out for dinner with friends this autumn/winter.

 
So much fun and fashion to look forward to this autumn / winter
 

Friday, 12 September 2014

Glenlo Abbey 5 Star Hotel, Galway, Ireland

 

Majestically rising from the still waters of Lough Corrib and dating back to the 18th Century the 5 star Glenlo Abbey Hotel is where old charms meets contemporary elegance.  From the moment you drive through the magnificent cast iron gates you will be captivated by the beauty of this enchanting lakeside estate overlooking Lough Corrib.  History at its best!
 

This stunning estate is literally on my door step and of course I jumped at the invitation to have afternoon tea with the lovely Margaret & Vicky at the Glenlo Abbey.  I had been debating where to host our next Into The West Blogger Network event and the ladies at the Glenlo Abbey made my decision very simple.  In fact I was sold the second I walked up the steps of the stunning building.


There are a choice of stunning drawing rooms available including the ornate Ffrench Room, the intimate Library and the decadent River Room Restaurant, designed to complement the history and character of the 260 year old Abbey.

 

 
On the grounds of the Glenlo Abbey estate you will find The Pullman Restaurant.  This is a 66 seater restaurant comprising of two of the original carriages from the Orient Express, one of which is called Leona, dating back to 1927 and was part of the original Orient Express and carried VIP's all over Europe and UK during its life span.
 

This is the perfect location for a pre or post wedding celebration or a special celebration and is guaranteed to ensure you receive a truly inimitable experience.  The menu on the Pullman Restaurant very much reflects the destinations of world famous train, The Venice Simplon Orient Express. 
 

Relax in style luxurious surroundings at the Glenlo Abbey Hotel.  Oh my the standard of accommodation is out of this world...lovingly restored to emphasise space and comfort, and offering unrivalled views of the dramatic West of Ireland landscape.  Its an experience you are not going to want to miss. 



Glenlo Abbey Hotel offers a range of meeting and conference facilities suitable for meeting from 2 to 200 delegates.  The meeting room facilities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, state of the art AV equipment, natural daylight, air conditioning, complimentary delegate stationary, bottled water and mints and dedicated meeting co-ordinator.


Now that I have been given the full tour of this stunning property and have experienced afternoon tea in the Ffrench room, I am very excited to host our next Into The West Blogger Network event at the Glenlo Abbey. 

I've even enquired about Christmas Party Nights...oh they sound so good...Prosecco and mulled wine drinks reception in the Corrib Suite, lively pre-dinner entertainment, 4 course festive dinner, festive quiz during dinner, music and late dancing all for €45/€49 per person. 

Whether your a local or live in another part of the world, if you haven't been to Glenloe Abbey well its now time to pay it a visit.  Its the ideal venue for private dining, corporate entertainment or a romantic and tranquil weekend away...you will totally enjoy unrivalled five star care, personal service and attention to detail. 


Thanks again to Margaret & Vicky
for making my experience at the Glenlo Abbey truly memorable.
Afternoon tea was delightful!

FaceB4 - Product Review



Thanks to McSharrys Pharmacy I got to try out the new FACEB4 Anti Bacterial Face Wash and Anti Bacterial SerumFACEB4 is the UK's most effective two step skincare regime to help maintain clear skin.


Step one of the revolutionary new Face B4 skincare regime is the Anti Bacterial Face Wash which is a combined cleanser and toner which helps clean pores and reduce excess oil.  It also helps to remove impurities, so spots, blemishes and redness are reduced.  It is dermatologically and clinically tested suitable for all skin types.  After using this product for a week I found it to be mild and kind to my skin.  I loved the feeling of a really squeaky clean face after using it with no dryness.
 

It comes in a bottle with a dual nozzle pump that is easy to use ... just pump a small amount into your palm to create a foam. Apply it to wet skin and gently massage with circular movements. Wait for one minute, then rinse thoroughly with warm water.


Step two of the revolutionary new FACEB4 skincare regime to help maintain clear skin is the Anti Bacterial Serum.  This is a gentle formula serum suitable for all skin types and vitamin enriched to moisturise, soothe and protect skin.  It provides on-going anti-bacterial protection, helps prevent spots and blemishes, its enriched with vitamins A, B, B5 and E to moisturise, soothe and calm skin.

I have been applying the FaceB4 Anti-bacterial Serum after I use the FaceB4 Anti-bacterial face wash.  All you need is to pump a small amount of the serum onto your fingertips, gently massage over your face, avoiding eyes, with light, upward strokes until the product is fully absorbed. I found that this serum absorbs very quickly and feels so good underneath my makeup (which is a must for me as I wear makeup literally all the time).


THE VERDICT
 
Would I purchase the FACEB4 skincare products again?
 
The answer is yes.  I love the fact that it is a dual system skincare regime that leaves your skin soft and reduces the chances of a breakout .  Its a little bit on the pricey side at €18 each but if you have problem skin or need to maintain your skin and avoid breakouts then it is definitely worth investing in. 
 
 I also think this skincare range would be one I would reach for to control the dreaded teenage spots and pimples so if your teenager is now faced with problem skin why not try FACEB4. 
 
Available at McSharrys Pharmacy or online at www.mcsharryspharmacy.com

Monday, 8 September 2014

Birthday Celebrations & Gifts Galore

 
 
Name: Sinéad Carroll
DOB: 5/09/77
 
OMG I can't believe I just turned 37!!! 
 
Ah who cares...I'm having the time of my life and I couldn't be happier.  I have a wonderful husband, three beautiful children, a good job, 5 of the coolest and bestiest sisters a girl could ask for, an amazing mom and dad and some of the most fantastic friends on earth. I'm beginning to sound very sentimental in my old age.
 
So birthday celebrations started 5 days early for me this year.  On Sunday evening three of my sisters and I went for a fabulous meal to Tamarind in Salthill.  We all love Asian food and the chicken satay and Thai Green Curry was mouth watering.  We also enjoyed a bottle of Merlot and I indulged by having a slice of chocolate fudge cake for dessert, which was so yummy.
 
When your out your out...
 
Just a few doors up from Tamarind Restaurant is O'Connors Pub better known as O'Connors Famous Pub.  This has to be one of the most beautiful pubs in Galway.  It is full of old fashioned nick knacks hanging from the ceiling and the floor sprinkled with saw dust makes for a cosy and relaxing atmosphere. The soft sweet music of the piano man over a bottle of processo was the perfect way to end a great night.  

Here's me  remembering the good old days...High Nelly & High Heels
Snap Happy...Me with my sisters Amanda, Elaine & Caroline outside O'Connors Famous Pub, Salthill, Galway
Laugh out loud...

 
On Tuesday night the hubbie surprised me by organising a babysitter and taking me to the cinema.  I was dying to see the Inbetweeners 2 so off we went to the Eye Cinema.  What a great night, you cant beat a good laugh out loud movie with a large popcorn and coke and some sneaky nachos.




Wining & Dining...
  
To say I was spoiled rotten during the week is an under statement... I was wined and dined like a Queen.  My friend Maura treated me to lunch in the Park House Hotel on Wednesday and my friends Ailbhe and Barbara treated me to lunch and a Rossini in the Gaslight Bar & Brassier on Friday (my actual birthday). Thank you so much girls ye are the best.
 
 
Me, Ailbhe & Barbara enjoying a fancy cocktail

So many presents followed....

I love receiving gifts from my kids!!!  The excitement in their eyes as they help open the present they've just wrapped up.  They can barely keep it a secret as to what's in the box.  All my hinting paid off... I got my first Alex and Ani bangle...my September Birthstone Sapphire. I'm really looking forward to adding to my collection as there are so many more I really want.


 
I have been thinking about getting myself a watch for ages and my attention was drawn to the Fossil Stella Rose Gold one.  So I headed to Fields in Galway City and invested my birthday money in this fabulous time piece (thanks to my mom and dad and my mother-in-law).
 

 
Who doesn't love a gift voucher for Brown Thomas ...

I got great pleasure in choosing my favourite beauty products in Brown Thomas and it felt even better handing over the beautifully presented gift box in payment.  



Oh the Dior Addict Fluid Stick was definitely worth waiting for... I love love love it.  I think I'm going to be addicted to this product.  It ticks all my boxes when it comes to beautifying my lips ... the combination of the rich colour and the longevity of a lipstick with the shine and finish of a gloss in a single sweep. There are so many colours to choose from but I went with my favourite - a red shade called 869 Vie D'enfer.


And perfect timing ...one of my favourite foundations had just ran out.  I picked up a bottle of Estee Lauder Double Wear in the shade ivory beige. This foundation never lets me down and provides a long lasting flawless coverage without feeling caked on the skin.   
 

And finally the piece de resistance ... my all time favourite MMC red dress with ivory sash.  I bought this a month ago after admiring it for so long online at www.marionmurphycooney.com and to my delight my husband offered to get it for me as my birthday present.  I have yet to wear this stunning dress but I admire it ever night before I go to bed.  I am so looking forward to wearing it before the year is out.
 So there you have it...
Another year old another year wiser...