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ASOS A/W 2011/12 … just a peek.


I just took receipt of the ASOS Autumn/Winter 2011 lookbook and OMG I’m officially in love. And potentially broke.

I’m not going to spoil it for you, but here is a quick look at what to expect from the online retailer. This shot reminds me of Mulberry for some reason. No justification but it was the first designer that came into my head when I saw the Autumnal colours and beautifully crafted leather bags (on the right).

Key trend hint: Don’t be afraid of clashing colours! LFW had so much of it. And make red your new colour!



warehouse gets girly

Yesterday Warehouse previewed they’re upcoming Summer collection to the Irish press. Whether you are hitting the beach or strolling around a city for your summer va-ca, this collection will answer your prayers.

Colourful prints, contrasting with blocks of white with some soft shades like turquoise thrown in, I fell for the range of trends and styles which will suit everyone. Chatting to PR and Marketing Director, Lorraine Pringle, warehouse wanted to not only hit the key trends on the catwalk but do so in a way that the warehouse girl can build a capsule wardrobe with key pieces for the new season. Lorraine’s favourite was the white suit, very Bianca Jagger which makes you want to relive the Studio 54 era! But it’s a nice alternative for the office too!

Maxis are everywhere and I like this great floral print one, it’s so Erdem. And to hit my desire for some colour, this bright yellow dress is an OMG piece. I reckon this dress could also last you to Winter, worn with some black tights, nice coat and flat pumps and accessorise with a beret, you can transform Summer fashion into Winter wonderful.

The collection has started to hit the stores now and will continue to do so over the summer!

If you want to see the full collection, stay tuned to where I get a closer look!

Beauty News… New Releases for Spring

styleisle blog readers, you wanna know the best of beauty for this Spring? Well let me introduce you to my latest guest blogger, Sarah Jane Lanagan of Pretty Easy!  

Beauty News… New Releases for Spring by Sarah Jane Lanagan

When it comes to beauty, pastel colours are really popular this spring, but Lilac/Lavender is making the biggest impact by far, which is lucky because it is the type of colour that suits pretty much every skin tone and can be worked to give either a sophistication or edge to your look, huzzah! So far, it’s been seen on the runways of Nicholas K and Philip Lim as well as in a lot of seasonal cosmetics collections, check out some of the best new releases below… 

Bobbi Brown Peony & Python: This is Bobbi Brown’s perfectly formed limited edition collection for Spring 2011. They enlisted the help of American fashion house Tibi to design the snakeskin inspired make-up case to show off the on-trend shades of pink, purple and neutral grey. In the collection there are also subtle lip shades, a soft pinky, peach blush and dove grey gel eyeliner to compliment the overall wistful romanticism. The extreme lengthening mascara gives lashes a boost and creates depth with shades of either black or plum available.


Smashbox In Bloom Palette: It’s quite rare that a make-up house releases a seasonal collection that is both on trend and will work everyday on a long term basis, but Smashbox have done just that with their In Bloom eye palette for Spring. Filled with ten different neutral shades that are a combination of shimmery eye washes, solid pigments and matte tones, the looks you could create are quite literally limitless!

Chantecaille Les Macarons Face Palette: Luxury brand Chantecaille launched their limited edition face palette a few weeks ago, which contains everything a girl could want for flawless spring time make-up! The palette contains a deep purple eyeliner, skin highlighter, cheek stain and lip gloss to give your face a natural, girlish glow.

Esteé Lauder’s Wild Violet: For Spring/Summer the range includes the lovely Violet Diva nail colour and “Untamed Violet” eyeshadow, which will give our eyes a serious pop of colour.

Lancome have released a similar shade for nails called Le Vernis “Ultra Lavande” which is gorgeous!




Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum: It was only a matter of time before Jimmy Choo founder, Tamara Mellon launched a fragrance as glamourous as her shoe empire! Encased in faux snakeskin, the grown up sophistication of Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum is brought to life by a warm toffee base note and then laced with top chords of orchid, and patchouli. Beautiful and feminine and finally… a slightly more affordable product from one of the world’s biggest fashion brands yay! 

L’Occitane Plum Blossom Collection: French beauty house L’Occitane en Provence have just introduced their latest Floral collection for Spring which follows on from the previous Cherry and Peach Blossom launches of past years.

The new season range features a variety of wonderfully, indulgent products including an eau de toilette, hydrating body scrub, lip gloss, body lotion and shower gel, all laced with the intoxicating scent of the soft, powdery “Fleurs de Brignoles”; the beautiful Plum Blossom. Prices range from €5 – €40 so won’t make your credit card beg for mercy either!

By Sarah Lanagan – Pretty Easy Beauty Blog

70s revival at style tonic is one of my favourite fashion websites in Ireland, and so, I jumped at the chance to style the “Look of the Week” when it’s lovely owner, Michelle Jones posed the offer!

If you wanna the inspiration for this season, you need look no further back in time, than the 1970s. Mid length skirts, colourful prints, gold accessories- it’s a vintage lovers season of bliss. If you wanna get the look, check out what I put together on style tonic!

Skirt: M by Missoni, €147.50; John Rocha silk chiffon blouse, €214.50; House of Harlow long key chain, €89; Proenza Shouler Tote bag, €297; Susannah Grogan Vintage Saint Scarf, €120.

All items available for purchase via style tonic! If you wanna check it out, just click the link!

British Designers @Fashion Capital

Going back to a lovely September week in London, I made some lovely friends who work for a fabulous company called which is the sister company to Fashion Enter in the UK, which offers support, mentoring, professional advice, seminars and retail space aimed at up-and-coming designers and students. It’s an amazing mechanism for any designer who needs some TLC from the people who know best with the goal of making it big in the big bad fashion world.

If  you are around London and want to check out some great designers well this is right up your street. British fashion designers have a new home in London W1 as British Designers @ FashionCapital. The boutique store, which also features a unique showroom space for designers, press and buyers, can be found at 2 Seymour Place, W1. The British Designers @FashionCapital boutique will showcase the very best of British fashion design including the likes of – Emma Cook, Felder Felder, and Atlanta Weller – the impressive list goes on. The boutique will not only house key designers from the London catwalks but will provide space and support for up and coming talent too.

With new designers breaking into the industry every day, the boutique will see
a rotation of designers and lines. Sold and showcased alongside the already
established names will see the industry’s ones to watch, new designers making a stir in the fashion world. London is at the cutting edge of design talent and this unique boutique and showroom will showcase the newest and brightest fashion creative. Collections across ladieswear, menswear and accessories will be sold at the W1 boutique, located just a stones throw away from Marble Arch.

2 Seymour Place is the second British Designers @ Fashion Capital boutique,
following a launch in Milsom Place in Bath earlier this year. There are also plans to open in Hackney early in 2011.

British Designers at FashionCapital – 2 Seymour Place, London, W1H 7N