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The REAL deal




It's very rare that I fall in love with a shop. I'm so fussy and have very specific taste. I like classic pieces that I can wear time and time again. It's been a long time since an independent retailer has really caught my eye but new store Real on the Lisburn Road has truly stolen my heart. Located along the same row as Space NK and another of my favourites, Harrison, Real is a welcome addition to the boutiques of Belfast.

Owned by sister dream team Roisin and Maria (pictured with me above- how gorgeous are they!?), the ladies have hand-picked brands that are exclusive to Real on the island of Ireland. The ladies know a thing or two about fashion having previously owned Panache, also on the Lisburn Road. Their new store Real is an Aladdin's cave of stunning clothes, beautiful accessories and sumptuous bath & body products. I can't put into one post all of the stunning brands they stock as many of them do really need to be felt in real life! However, things that particularly caught my eye were the Bamford range of body and bath products. The spa quality products smell divine and I'm dying to try their cleanser that I've read a lot about online. They also stock handbags by the designer Meli Melo that have been worn by the likes of Kate Middleton.

If you love things that are a wee bit different, Real is a must visit. The ladies are so lovely and really understand how to make pieces work for your body shape. Real is definitely going to become a staple of my shopping rounds! 

For more information, visit www.shop-real.com 

Speedy strobing


Everyone seems to be highlighter crazy at the moment. Strobing is the new contouring and people want that J-Lo/Kardashian highlight ASAP. I've tried lots of highlighters over the past number of months. Some are too glittery and make my face look like a disco ball and some are good but extremely over priced for something that is just a makeup add on. I would always encourage my readers to fork out big money for skincare and foundation as those are the two things that can really make a difference. I adore a dupe product and Boots & Superdrug can keep me amused for hours.

I've found the best highlighter combo for that on fleek glow that won't cost you a fortune. Both products are from Collection which is not to be frowned at - their concealers and mascaras are also great. On their own, the products are nice but together they create that WOW glow that we all want. Once you have done your base makeup, take the Collection Speedy Highlighter Stick, £3.99 across the tops of your cheeks. I literally use this as a giant crayon and draw a line. I then pat this in with my ring finger to take away the harshness of the line. Then using a small brush (I like the Real Techniques Countouring Brush from the Core Collection), I sweep the Collection Gorgeous Glow Bronzing Block, £4.19 (very similar to the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks) on top of the Speedy Highlighter. Not only does this create a juicy highlight, it doesn't fade due to the mix of cream and powder products used.

Definitely a combo to try if you love your highlighter- and even better than it doesn't break the bank!

Focus on me


(Yes this blog title is just for you Rory, I hope you appreciate it whilst you read my blog on your lunch!)

I have had a life-long obsessed with sunglasses. My mother has worked in opticians for most of my life so it's obvious where the obsession comes from! I have been watching lots of Desi Perkins YouTube videos (I highly recommend if you love glowy makeup like me). I noticed in some of her videos she wore really cool sunglasses- she even devoted a whole video to them (her editing is out of this world!).



I gave them a Google and found out that one the styles she likes is My Girl by Quay Australia. The brand is stocked on ASOS and this pair were a very affordable £30. I have sunglasses that are ten times this price but these are some of the nicest lenses to look through plus they get some major attention when you wear them.

They are super fun and brighten up any look- I know it's November but how cute do they look with my Primark sweater? I might even wear them if it snows!

My Great Lengths Hair Extensions Experience




I am known for being very impatient with my hair. I'm lucky that I have really great, healthy hair but I get bored so incredibly easily. I grow it, I cut it.... but my goal and dream has always been to have really long locks. I had extensions earlier this year and although I loved them, the method of micro-loops wasn't the best for my hair type. When I was contacted by world renowned and celebrity favourite Great Lengths, I jumped at the chance to have keratin bonded extensions. I've had my extensions for just over two weeks now and although I'm still getting used to them, I thought I would share my initial experience with you all.

I had my extensions applied at Partners Paul Meekin in East Belfast. The award winning salon is well known for its amazing cut and colours. Kerry-Ann (pictured with me) does their extension work and has been applying Great Lengths for over 8 years. I felt very safe in her capable and knowledagble hands. My whole hair was coloured black to match colour 1 which is the deepest black the Great Lengths range do. My hair was at that awkward shoulder length after growing out my bob so Kerry-Ann opted to apply 40cm extensions to my hair that could be texturised and cut into in order to blend my own hair in. Application was easy as the extensions come pre-bonded allowing Kerry-Ann to simply lightly heat the bond and roll this into my own hair. I have 125 bonds in my hair which I am told is quite a lot but this is due to my own hair being so thick. I also have some extra bonds at the salon which I might get put in if I want it even thicker. On average, most people usually get between 75-100 bonds. My hair took just over 2 hours to apply which was very fast. Kerry-Ann then cut it. Many people are good at applying extensions but not many are great at cutting them! The cutting really made them blend into my hair and feel like my own hair. I was so impressed with the service at Partners and would highly recommend the salon- every one was very welcoming and friendly. The salon is really fun and easy going plus they have the coolest hair washing station ever. I suggest you go for a blow-dry just to experience it! Kerry-Ann curled my hair with GHDs and this stayed in for a few days. The joy of extensions is the hold- they really require much less maintenance than real hair! The hair is a stunning quality and easy to brush. I was kindly gifted the Great Lengths gift pack by the salon- they gave me the Great Lengths Daily Moisture Shampoo, Conditioner, Anti-Tap, leave in conditioner and brush. The brush is really outstanding- you can brush from root to tip like normal hair. 

A few days after having my extensions I travelled to America. I knew this would be the test of working with them away from my straighteners and blow-dryer! I tended to half dry them with the hairdryer then leave them to air dry. The fab thing about Great Lengths is that they adapt to your own hair type. As my hair is naturally curly, they move with that. In the very America picture above, they had been left to air dry and I loved the effect. It was really natural and I felt like a mermaid. I also absolutely adore them up- you cannot see the bonds at all due to Kerry-Ann's expert application. She leaves enough of your own hair out of bonds in order to be able to put it up in a sleek bun or ponytail.

I know this is only the start of my Great Lengths journey- I'm so excited to play with them over the next few months and I'm so excited for my hair to grow underneath! I've got them at a perfect time as I have my birthday and graduation coming up- princess hair at the ready.

Many thanks to Great Lengths and all at Partners for my amazing new locks. 

For more information on Great Lengths visit: www.greatlengthshair.co.uk

To book a consultation with Kerry-Ann at Partners ring or visit their website: 028 90 455444www.partnersbelfast.co.uk

*Although Great Lengths paid for my extensions, all opinions are my own

Falling in love with Boston





I'm so lucky that I get to visit amazing places. I have just returned from Boston after a 6 day tour with Belfast Community Gospel Choir. I adore travelling with the team as we get to see and experience things that normal tourists wouldn't get to. From singing in baptist churches to the State House, I fell in love. Boston has truly captured my heart and out of all the places I have visited in America, I felt so at home here. I would highly recommend it for a trip and I can't wait to go back on a holiday! 

New beauty brands at M&S




I'm not shy about my love of M&S. It's a brand I feature regularly. I love their clothes and I adore their food. I've been brought up on M&S and now it's a staple of my daily life. I've watched with great joy as their beauty department has grown. I love their own house brand, Autograph. Their eyeshadows and bronzer are some of my favoruites on the market. But now, the beauty department has expanded and features some of my favourite brands and some hard to find items. 

I particularly love the beauty department in M&S Sprucefield as it's really large- it's like going into a Space NK store! M&S kindly allowed me to pop in and pick up some items from the new ranges to test out. I firstly picked up some items from the brand Pixi. This brand is a skincare favourite, especially for their iconic Glow Tonic. One swipe of this post cleanser, leaves the skin refreshed and renewed. It definitely has made my skin brighter. I also picked up the Pixi Glow Mud. This cleanser has a nice texture and leaves the skin feeling really clean. Pixi also have a range of makeup. As I am the queen of brows, I had to try out the Pixi Natural Brow Duo. I picked up the dark brown version and I am in love. One end is a waxy angled pencil and the other is a firm hold brow gel. I have used this everyday since I got it. Firmly, a favourite not only of this haul but of the year. 

Whilst I was in Sprucefield, I also noticed their giant wall of nail products. From Morgan Taylor to Nails Inc, I don't think there is a colour they don't have. I picked up the Nails Inc Kensington Caviar set as I was in need of a good base and top coat. I've been trying these out and they are fantastic- again another hero product of this haul.

A brand I was surprised to see in M&S was Barry M. It's a brand I've loved for years (and I own at lease 20 of their nail polishes!). It's such an affordable line but doesn't lack in quality. I picked up the Barry M Chisel Cheek Contour Kit after seeing Mary Greenwell use it in an M&S tutorial (see below!). The colours in this are excellent for a light/medium skin-tone. They are grey toned making it easy to contour and the handy packaging is a lot like the Urban Decay Naked Palette. I also picked up the Barry M Natural Glow Palette 2. This has lovely eyeshadow shades in it that can easily go from day to night. It also has a glowing cheek colour that is somewhere between a highlighter and a blush. The best bit about these two palettes is that they are £6.50 each. The contour palette in particular is so like many high end products I have tried- a definite must-try bargain.



And lastly, another new brand to M&S is Bourjois. I know and love this brand but I often get over-whelmed in the drugstore. The M&S edit is a little smaller. I picked up a Bourjois Rouge Editon Velvet in Nude-ist as I always hear Vivianna Does Makeup raving about them. They are a liquid lipstick with great staying power. This colour is very Kylie Jenner and I like the texture of it. It's great if you are like me and constantly drinking tea in work! I also picked up the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation. I think I was late to the party on this one and I now regret it as I LOVE it. It's a great everyday foundation- medium coverage, lovely texture and looks natural. If you love Laura Mercier Silk Creme, this is a must! 

M&S is definitely my new beauty spot to hit- looking forward to trying more of their brands (and definitely lots more from Pixi) over the coming months!

M&S Beauty is available in selected stores and online at http://www.marksandspencer.com/c/beauty 

The blanket coat


I love a blanket cape. They are so comfy and cosy but a little impractical. I have a few of them that I love to throw on if I'm in the car but for walking about on a windy day, they can flap about a lot. I immediately fell in love with the Warehouse Check Blanket Coat, £90* when I spotted it. It has a great mix of colours- cream, grey, brown and black meaning it can be worn with almost anything. It has fun fringing around the edges and unlike a blanket wrap, it has sleeves. It's so warm and perfect for my upcoming trip to Boston. 

Many thanks to the team at Warehouse for my beautiful new coat. 

Learning to love mineral foundation


I've been scared of mineral makeup for a long time. Largely because I associate it with people who have perfect skin or older ladies who don't want much coverage. However, I've been pleasantly surprised with some mineral products that I have been trying recently that go against my perceptions. All three have good coverage, are easy to apply and have a lovely finish. 

Jane Iredale Glow Time*, £39.50
I had heard about this via loads of makeup artists and had heard my the lovely Deborah rave about it as she stocks Jane Iredale in her salon. The only way to describe this mineral BB is as a baby version of Estee Lauder Double Wear. It has the best coverage of any mineral product I've ever tried. It applies easily, has a lovely texture, a lovely fruity scent and also has the added bonus of SPF 25 in it. This is perfect for anyone with dry skin- I found I got longer out of it if I powdered it. Without powdering, I got a little oily around the T Zone area. It's a great alternative to heavy foundations and has much more skin benefits than a regular foundation.

Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Powder*
I have been using this for a long time. Physician's Formula is available in America and in some places across the South of Ireland. I love this mineral powder for two reasons. Firstly, it's in a super easy to carry compact. Some mineral powders that are in loose format annoy me as they get everywhere. This has a small brush and mirror which are very handy. Secondly, the formula of this product is fab. It's very finely milled making it perfect to set foundations or concealers. I love using this to set my T Zone when using the Jane Iredale Glow Time. I carry this with me in my bag- it's a great powder because of its light texture. Depending on what I am up to, I can wear quite a lot of makeup. This doesn't add any heaviness to the skin but instead is as light as air. 

Young Blood Liquid Mineral Foundation*, £32
I was recently gifted this foundation from Destination Skin in House of Fraser Belfast. I have visited this clinic before for microdermabrasion (you can read the full review here). It's a great, very professional clinic. They found that many of their clients wanted to have a wee something to cover up any redness from treatments but after peels and dermabrasion, the skin should be left without heavy makeup. In arrives the brand Young Blood. The light, liquid mineral makeup is perfect to cover up any red patches post treatment so you can go about your day shopping without feeling naked. I have been testing this foundation for a few weeks. I really like the texture of this and unlike Jane Iredale, I feel like this is much better for more oily skin types. The colour range is great- mine is very yellow toned to suit my natural complexion. I definitely recommend this as an everyday foundation. I apply mine with my Beauty Blender and it looks so natural. I would also recommend this for younger girl sor people who struggle with acne or heavy makeup breaking them out. Young Blood can be purchased in Destination Skin Belfast.

Let me know your mineral foundation recommendations in the comments below or by tweeting me @GemmaLEBond. 

Style Showdown with George at Asda

I'm always game for a challenge so when George at Asda asked me and two other ladies to have style showdown I was more than game. Myself, stylist and Cool FM Presenter Rebecca McKinney and blogger Louise Vance from The Real Elle Woods were tasked with picking two outfits from George at Asda for £75 (which we were kindly gifted with). One of the below outfits will be displayed at Belfast Fashion Week's High Street Night which George at Asda is taking part in. It's all a bit of fun that we've had a great time taking part in!



I love George at Asda- it's a brand I've featured many times on the blog. Their jumpsuits have been my go to for many years! Their trends for this season are wearable and affordable. I picked two different looks. One is relaxed and fun with the other being more dressy and formal.


Look 1
I tapped into George at Asda's 'Wilderness' trend. It's 70s boho chic on steroids for the autumn/winter.  I teamed the Crochet Trim Top in Navy, £14 with the Faux Fur Gillet, £25. The top also came with a cute necklace that I am also wearing. I think this is a really easy and fun trend to tap into. The faux fur gillet is a real stand out piece and I can't wait to layer it more coming into the winter. My jeans are the Lucy style from Simply Be and my boots are by Ash.




Look 2
I actually wore this outfit to work! The formal jacket with faux leather lapels, £25 was great to throw on for work and made the outfit look much more pulled together. The top was £14 and I picked it because it's such an easy piece to wear. Sparkly and fun but still very wearable. It looks much more expensive than £14 and adds a little bit of festive glam to a working day! My trousers are old from Primark and shoes are also old from Heaton's.




Many thanks to George at Asda for having me take part in the challenge. Let me know which outfit you would choose below or by tweeting me @GemmaLEBond.

DANIs Glam





I had an amazing night a few weeks ago at the DANI Awards. These are the Digital Awards in Northern Ireland for those who work in the digital field. It was a great honour to be nominated for Fashion Blogger of the Year and I was commended in my category. It was lovely to come home with an award to put on my dresser- it's the first time I've won something for my blog so it was a big deal.

The best bit about fancy dos for me is getting dolled up. I am the type of person who does not suit being dressed down- I suit being done up to the nines! I wore a dress from Club L at ASOS. I wore a size 16 and it also available in ASOS Curve up to a size 28.  It was a bargain £38- a great brand to look into if you are someone like me who often has to go to dinners and functions. I don't often wear colour but royal blue is one colour I make an exception for. It's actually my grandmother's favourite colour so it always reminds me of her when I wear it! The evenings theme was 'Arabian Nights' so I did feel a little bit Princess Jasmine in it! My earrings were very old from New Look and shoes are again, very old and from Primark!

I had my spray tan done the night before by Angie at Vita Liberata in House of Fraser Belfast. Although I've been using Vita Liberata at home for years but this was the first time I had been spray tanned using the formula. I loved the colour- I got the darkest option and I think it suited my skin tone. I love Vita Liberata as it's an olive tone. If you have yellow toned skin like me, it's the most perfect tan and it wears off beautifully. Getting the spray tan was actually great fun. Like most women, I can be really self conscious. I've never actually removed my bra before to get spray tanned.... until I met Angie! She is absolutely hilarious and put me at ease. She has some amazing tanning tales and top tips. I highly recommend visiting her. A full body tan costs £29.50 (or a bargain £20 on a Wednesday). Many thanks to Vita Liberata for a fab experience- I'll definitely be back!

For my hair and makeup, I went to Megan Donaldson. On asking my readers, she was the name that came up the most. Living in Newtownabbey, she is handy and easy to work with. She had my hair and makeup both done in an hour and we had a great chat whilst she was doing it. It was fab to go to one person for both things rather than having to book multiple appointments. She has a great eye and knew exactly the look I wanted from showing her my dress. Megan is a contouring and blending expert. I am so fussy about my hair and makeup but I adore the look Megan created for me. Using products such as Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk on my skin, MAC Soft and Gentle as a highlight and House of Lashes mink lashes, the makeup lasted all night. I have no idea how she did my hair as I was talking so much but she managed to make me look like I have hair down to my waist! I can't wait to book in with Megan for my next glam event- my birthday is just around the corner so she might have me torturing her again soon! You can book to see Megan via her Facebook page.

Thanks to all who made my first DANIs experience so special- here's hoping it won't be the last!

Beauty with a purpose


There is nothing I love more than buying beauty that supports something fab- an even bigger excuse to buy new makeup! Two new things dropped into my mail box this week- both are beauty items with a great purpose behind them. 

From September 20th-3rd October 2015, when you buy two Clarins items (one to be skincare) you will receive a FEED10 pouch containing 5 iconic products: Moisture-Rich Body Lotion 100ml, Relax Bath and Shower Concentrate 100ml, Gentle Refiner 30ml, HydraQuench Cream-Mask 30ml and iconic Hand and Nail Treatment Cream 50ml. These are great sized products that will allow you to try out some new things or have extras of your favourites. For every customer who receives one with their purchase of two products, Clarins provides 10 nutritious school meals through the UN World Food Programme to children in developing countries. I absolutely love this idea- it's the perfect excuse to stock up on your favourite Clarins products and help out children in need. Bravo Clarins!

I am addicted to buying makeup brushes- I'm all about the tools of the trade! I often buy my Real Techniques at Gordon's Chemist as they frequently have good deals on them but I think the Look Good Feel Better brushes are my new favourite. The brushes are so soft, easy to use and up to 12% of the sale of each brush and set will be donated to the fabulous cancer charity they are named after. The brushes are hand-made, allergy free and cruelty free. I can't wait to buy more brushes from the range- making my face look more fabulous and helping a great cause that effects so many women. Brushes are available now in Gordon's Chemists online and in selected stores. 

New essentials


I've been taking things easy lately after a jam packed year- a new job, finishing university and whole host of other things have happened in 2015. I can't believe we are in September! I thought I'd share some things with you that I've been using on a daily basis since I got them. 

I posted about this recently on my Instagram and the reaction was amazing. This new launch foundation is unlike anything else I've ever tried- it's light-weight with medium to buildable coverage. The lack of SPF makes it the PERFECT night out foundation. I found it wears really well, photographs beautifully and makes your skin look dewy! I powder my T-Zone a little bit with this foundation and would recommend that for any of my more oily girls. The foundation is affordable, £16.50 and is available in a whole host of colours. The colour match service at No7 is great- I really did think it was a gimmick but it works really well and also allows you to see what lipstick and blushers are perfect for your skin-tone too. I am slowly falling in love with No7- something I never thought I'd do because their target demographic always seemed to be a bit more 'mum' centric but their new products are timeless. 

I go to Jason Shankey Lisburn Road to get my hair done with the beautiful Caroline. They are a Joico salon and I love their products. My hair is currently growing out really well and I've been trying to have more messy and relaxed hair. I love volume in my hair so I usually wash & blow-dry it about twice a week and then just 'fluff' it up in between. I was recently sent the Joico Hair Shake- it is a spray that turns to powder when you spray into your hair. I love using it in my roots to give a bit of volume and texture on 2nd and 3rd day hair. I love it as it doesn't leave hair with residue or feeling sticky- great for girls who like to hold in their blow-dry like me. 

Michael Kors new gold collection of scents offers three versions- White Luminous Gold (a deep, sexy scent), 24K Brilliant Gold (fresh and clean) and my personal favourite Rose Radiant Gold. The bottles is stunning and I've had so many compliments when I wear it- the scent is perfect for this time of year. It's a real mix between the other two scents- a little bit of spice and a little bit fresh. The floral and musk tones help the fragrance to be long lasting- it's one of the type of scents that gets nicer as the day goes on. 

I hope you are all well- September is flying in!

*PR Sample

Baby Mine





It's been a long time since we've had a baby in our family. Today we are celebrating the naming day of a little one in our family and my mum is godmother! I have been stuck in the house this week writing my dissertation so today was a great excuse to get glammed up!

I adore this skirt from Irish designer Patricia O'Toole. It has build in shape wear which I really love. I feel like it gives me a nice shape. It also sits high on the waist which I also like. I teamed my shirt with nude heels (that old as the hills) from New Look. My top was a recent buy in the House of Fraser sale. It's from Label Lab. A lot of their stuff reminds me of All Saints and I was told they are a design inspiration for them. This top was more than a third of the price in the sale and j can see me getting great wear out of it over the next few months. It also looks great with high waisted jeans and heels for a night out. The big draw for me was the sleeves. It's not often you find a top with such big sleeves. I think it helps to give it a more casual vibe. 

I hope you all had a great weekend.

My favourite body moisturisers



I really hate moisturising. I have hated it since I was a child for the sheer sticky feeling it leaves. However, if I was to go back in my life, I would have stuck it out to combat stretch marks!

Now as an adult, I try to moisturise my body every night before bed. I have found three moisturisers that don't break the bank, sink in quickly and keep my skin in tip top form. Firstly, Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser seems like a gimmick but I assume you it's not. It sinks in quickly, smells amazing (it comes in three scents but I love the clean Cocoa Radiant variety) and makes moisturising a simple job. This is my go-to if I am really tired or need to target a very specific area as I can just spray this on. A little bit more expensive but worth it is La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP+. This thick formula is perfect for anyone with skin conditions or severe dryness. I would use this a lot on my upper arms that tend to get a little bit dry. It does not have a noticeable scent and the formula dries in very quickly. If a scented moisturiser is what you are looking for, Fleurs de Cerisier by L'Occitane is a must buy for you. This is my fun moisturiser as is has shimmer in it! It looks lovely on the arms and chest plus the scent really lingers all day. Lastly, a recent addition to my moisturiser line up is Garnier Oil Body. This is my favourite moisturiser to use before I tan or if I am heading out and need my legs to shine like J-Lo. This is super hydrating and a real joy to use.

Let me know your favourite moisturisers if you are like me and hate that sticky feeling! Comment below or tweet me @GemmaLEBond. 

Curated by Emma Willis at Warehouse






I've confessed my love of high street store Warehouse many times before on the blog but their latest offering has me loving them EVEN more. Curated by Emma Willis is a 12 look collection handpicked and put together by TV presenter and all round stylish lady Emma Willis. Her vision was to create looks that would transition from day to night for busy women like herself. I absolutely love all of the looks from the collection but my favourite has to be the skinny jeans with the grey fur jacket- it's such a 'me' outfit! Also, I'm not really a skirt person but I have fallen for the denim skirt (£26) that seems to match with just about everything.

I love that all the looks are very simple and chic- it is really reflective of Warehouse and their changing brand. As with many of their items, I can imagine someone who was 20 and someone who was 40 wearing all of these looks. 

The collection is only launching in selected stores from tomorrow (27th August)- one of these being Victoria Square! Make sure to get down and check out the stunning Curated by Emma Willis collection as it's sure to be a sell out. 

#WCCFW SEASON 20








I can't believe West Coast Cooler Belfast Fashionweek is now in its 20th season. This year's launch was busier than ever and details of the 4 day fashion extravaganza had the room super excited. 

Fashionweek director, Cathy Martin, handpicked 20 gorgeous models to showcase looks to show off this seasons latest trends including brights (my personal favourite), suede and tweed. I absolutely adore winter clothes and layering. I fancy a super bright coat for this winter- red is really speaking to me! I also loved my amazing hairdresser Caroline (she works at Jason Shankey Lisburn Road) in her cool hat! I love a hat for autumn!

For the super cool launch with fro-yo from Yogland, food from Fratelli and sweet treats from Miel et Moi, I wore a very casual outfit. In all honesty, I was actually there with work and had come round from the office. So you get to see what I wear to work! I teamed a super simple jumpsuit from George at Asda with heels from Primark. I love these block heels and I always get complimented when I wear them. I picked them up in the Primark Selfridges concession which always tends to stock a few different things that might not be as readily available at home. My jacket was the bargain of the year from All Saints at Kildare Village. I got it reduced from €328 to €30! If that's not motivation to visit the village, I don't know what is! 

The shows are taking place this year from the 15th-18th of October across Belfast. For more information and tickets, visit www.belfastfashionweek.com.

#ABSOLUTBELSONIC













Last night I had the pleasure of attending Belsonic to see Paloma Faith with Absolut Vodka. I'm a big fan of Paloma (I personally think I do a rousing rendition of Changing) and I am also a big fan of Absolut Citron Vodka. We started the evening off in The National. It's my favourite bar in Belfast at the moment- I particularly love it on a Friday night. We had a gorgeous array of snacks and drinks before heading around to the party apartment at Custom House Square. 

The apartment was dressed in Absolut Vodka merchandise- I was very tempted to steal one of the cushions! We had a lovely bartender who made an array of stunning Absolut cocktails. My favourite was Absolut Vanilla and Ginger Ale. It was so refreshing and summery. 

Paloma Faith was amazing as usual- after seeing her at the Cool FM Jingle Ball at Christmas, I was excited to see her again. She is such a great performer and her voice is outstanding. I love 'Picking Up The Pieces'- it always makes me want to cry!

I had an amazing night and it was a real luxury to experience the concert from the comfort of a party apartment. 

Thank you so much to Dillon Bass, Sarah, Joanne & Sinead for a wonderful time.