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Let Your Roots Manouver Your Look

With the final days of WAG-dom finally biting the dust, and the recession in full swing women have realised that the up-keep of things like gel nails and uber-coiffured hair is not only out-dated but also un-realistic. Mixed reviews of her X-Factor wardrobe: dresses; ‘okay’, hair; ‘maybe not’ have signified a certain amount of disenchantment toward queen-WAG Cheryl Tweedy, Cole. I’m not suggesting that women aren’t taking care of their appearance, if anything making an extra effort when times are hard, can make you feel a million dollars. It’s just that we need to find more sensible ways of maintaining a well-kept appearance.

What I find the hardest to maintain on a budget though, is blonde hair. I’ve nearly always dyed may hair a lighter shade than its nondescript ash-blonde / light-brown natural ‘colour’. From adding Sun-In when I was in high-school to going full-on bleach blonde in my late teens / early twenties, I feel better and more confident when my hair is lightened. When I was having a fully bleached ‘do, I was in the salon every 4-5 weeks. Right now though, I have found myself at a crossroads with the whole bleaching thing. The up-keep of having a full head of blonde is very time-consuming and very, very expensive if you want it done properly. At the minute I can’t afford it so I’ve opted for foil high-lights; a set of which I am in the growing-out stage of. A half-head of three-tone-blonde high-lights that I had done in June, to be more specific.

This is where my problem begins; as unnatural as bleach blonde hair looks, it has a certain edge. From Marilyn Monroe to Christina Aguilera; Britney Spears to Sienna Miller, blondes have a kind of seductive power and no-one cares if their hair colour is real / looks real or not. These women have the resources to maintain their brilliantly blonde locks perfectly. As I said, I don’t and have therefore had to opt for foils which are supposed to be a more natural-looking way of lightening your hair and one that needs less maintenance. Using two or more colours, in fine sections across all or part of your head, is supposed to give a naturally highlighted look. The problem is that, it doesn’t. Not at all, every time I have gone for these foil high lights I have paid extra for the most qualified hairdresser in the salon and specified that I want the finest high-lights possible. She has sighed and rolled her eyes sky-ward, I have sat nervously for hours 0n end and walked out later looking like Geri Haliwell at the height of Spice mania. For the next two months, until my hair has grown out a little, I cringe at my zebra-like crown and angle numerous mirrors in front of mirrors atop my bonce to see how bad the damage is. A disaster all round, nearly 6 months after my last striping session, it’s time to get high-lighted again but I’m determined to do it differently this time.

I spent hours at the weekend searching for “natural-looking high-lights” on the internet and I found a process called Balayage. It is said to give a more natural look because the colour is painted on to your hair in individual strands. So rather than the regimented effect of foil high-lights, Balayage high-lights are applied where they will look most natural. The colour isn’t applied right to the scalp so you automatically get that on-trend grown-out / ombre look, letting your natural colour shine through as much or as little as you want. The majority of the lighter colour is concentrated on the ends and around your face, mimicking the way that your hair would naturally lighten if you spent hours in the sun. It also means that you only need to have the colour applied as little as twice a year, because you don’t get that tell-tale line of bleach so it’s also a money concious way of maintaining your a lighter hair colour. According to, celebrities like, Gisele, Jessica Biel, Erin Wasson, Alexa Chung and SJP among others all have their high-lights added this way. The technique, sometimes Anglicised from the French, to Balliage is also recommended by Although the process was developed in France in the 197o’s, it didn’t become popular in the US until 20 years later and is only even more recently finding its way to salons this side of the pond.

Style Club on South William Street do the technique, I’m booked in tomorrow! I shall post before and after pics, wish me luck and pray I don’t end up looking like a depressed Spice Girl!


Jeans du Jour

Celebrities wearing Current Elliot Jeans

Every year there are is a brand of jeans that become like the Holy Grail of denim; think 7 for all Mankind or True Religion. This year’s jean-brand ‘lust-have’, however, is Current/Elliott (C/E); their Loved Destroyed jeans have been spotted on the shapely legs of supremely stylish A-Listers like, Rihanna, SJP, Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Beckinsale, Megan Fox and Katie Holmes… the list goes on.

The brand was only started a year ago by two LA stylists but something about their soft-as-butter jeans has made them a total hit with Hollywood’s hottest. What amazes me is that not only have some the US’s most stylish stars been seen wearing C/E’s  but that all those ladies have incredibly diverse looks. From Rihanna’s high fashion punk vibe to Katie Holmes true classic chic, the jeans look awesome on all of them. The AW09 collection is just as rocking, my absolute faves are these:

Current Elliott AW09 Jeans

Current Elliott AW09 collection: L-R The Skinny Night Wash Shredded €295. The Skinny Brass Stud Wash €365. The crop skinny night wash €260. All jean prices are from BT2, Grafton Street.

Get the look for less… here is a blog on how to rip and distress jeans, also M&J Trimmings do studs that would work amazingly to get the C/E look if  you apply them to jeans their website is, just type in ‘Nailheads’ to their seach engine.

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Win a Philip Treacy Creation

Lyons Tea Philip Treacy Hat

Okay it’s safe to say that for this summer at least I’m a Trilby girl but I couldn’t resist blogging about this gorgeous Phillip Treacy hat. The Irish Milliner ‘brewed up’ this beautiful creation, inspired by Irish Tea brand Lyons. The hat will be on display at Taste of Dublin from June 11-14, in a Mad Hatter-inspired marquee where visitors can enter a draw to win the hat!

Lyons & Philip Treacy  4The Galway-born fashion designer (pictured above with Model Klaudia Molenda in the design) said of the hat; “I grew up enjoying Lyons Tea, the tea evokes many happy memories of my life in Ireland. I wanted to create a hat that would symbolize how the tea swirls in the cup as it is poured, and how the leaves and tea bag infuse the water fortifying the brew. I think I have captured this in this very special commission, which celebrates my favourite tea. I am delighted that a fellow Lyons Tea drinker will have the chance to win my unique creation and enjoy it for many years to come.”

NB: Philip Treacy’s creations caused a stir when Sarah Jessica Parker wore this beautiful butterfly piece to the premier of Sex & The City in London last May.

sarah jessica parker SATC philip treacy hat


Manolo Kicks Myth Rumours to Curb

Shoe God, Manolo Blahnik, has finally, (finally!) re-released one of the most coveted shoes in the world. The Black Patent Mary Jane made infamous by his greatest fan, Carrie Bradshaw, will finally be available to buy. Proving that it is no longer an “urban shoe myth”, that Carrie exclaims it to be in SATC.

manolo Blahnik Patent Mary Janes

Manolo Blahnik told “I adore Ms. Parker, the character she played has had such a role in my career – I cannot help but regard both of them as muses!”

How amazing? Of the Campari shoe he says, “It started off with the idea of a children’s Mary Jane, but then I made it sexy; pointed toe, high heel – and in black patent with grosgrain trim!”

I asked in the Manolo Blahnik shoe boutique in Brown Thomas when they would be arriving in store… end of July / beginning of August for the new AW09 collection. And the possible price point??? Maybe around €500! Sounds good to me, i shall start saving now I think, or more info on the entire Blahnik SS09 collection on click here

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