The Hot List: What we loved (and loathed) this week
Holly Shortall charts what got us talking for all the right and wrong reasons this week.
Peter O'Brien at Arnotts
The wonderfully talented Irish designer Peter O'Brien has just launched his A/W '15 collection at Arnotts to much fanfare. The 44-piece offering is made up of beautiful pleated skirts and dresses, merino knits, and 11 coats which come in both unstructured and fitted styles. Prices start at €95 and the collection is on sale now, both in store and online.
Mess Head Anti-Frizz Spray
There's nothing we adore more than a bargain and findine one for under €2 is like the holy grail. We spotted this product in discount store EuroGiant and couldn’t resist giving it a bash.At €1.50, expectations weren’t too high but after two uses, we can safely say this stuff is incredible. It leaves even the driest hair with a silky sheen from root to tip, with its smoothing effects lasting even longer than it claims to on the borrle. Amazing stuff!
Paddy’s Snapchat (@PaddyySmyth) offers a lighter twist on the daily struggles he experiences using crutches. Through the video-sharing app, he documents his day to day ‘disabled life’ - from ranting about being forced to stand on the bus; to being carried down the stairs by his co-workers during a fire-drill. The handsome Dubliner's self-deprecating sense of humour has us literally crying with laughters on a daily basis. He jets off to Morocco this weekend so make sure to follow him and expect all of the LOLs.
The Irish Blogger Conference
This exciting event is taking place in the Clarion Hotel, Cork, on September 26th. Presented by Twitter aficionado (my BFF and also contributor to this website) Jamie Tuohy, the event will feature successful social media influencers, including James Kavanagh and Ciamh McCrory, among others. Tickets start at €15, and JJKavanagh have organised discounted travel for those coming from Dublin.
Leanne Woodfull's return to vlogging
This 22-year-old blogger, one of Ireland's original online fashion queens with her Thunder and Threads blog, took a break from her YouTube channel in 2014, having been subjected to cruel taunts from online trolls. But now, she's back. Expect fashion, beauty, and music, alongside interesting collaborations with exciting new companies. Welcome back, Leanne!
R O A D S
This contemporary and highly creative lifestyle brand, established in Dublin, consists of three companies: ROADS Fragrances, ROADS Publishing and ROADS Entertainment. Founder Danielle Ryan "wanted to create an artistic brand that would not be limited by its own definition, or confined to only one idea". The classic books with re-imagined covers are particularly impressive, and would make for a very special gift for someone who adores iconic books such Ulysses.
Body Treats Beauty Salon
This salon, based in Ennistymon, Co. Clare, has been sweeping the boards at beauty awards and faining celebrity clients (pictured above: Aoibhin Garrihy) all over the country for the last few years. The salon, established in 1991 by Deirdre Body, boasts seven treatment rooms, and is famous for its welcoming staff and excellent service. Co. Clare may not be the number one staycation spot, but with this little gem just a short drive from the Cliffs of Moher, it would be rude not to consider popping in during a weekend break away.
The Kardashian/Jenners/Wests at NYFW
Not a day has gone by this week that we haven’t been subjected the circus that is the Kardashians at New York Fashion Week. From Kim wearing a floor length fur coat in 40degree heat, to Kendall walking nearly every catwalk show, this famous family has clearly never heard of the word overkill. Kanye really took the biscuit when he announced his collaboration with Adidas would show on the same date and time as designers Naeem Khan and Anne Bowen; who had been working on their collections for a year.
The New Snapchat Update
It's no secret that we're huge Snapchat fans, but some of the new features (which we didn't ask for) have us peeved. You can now send videos of your face morphing in that of screaming ghoul and scare the life out of your friends and having been pranked more than once - it's time to stop.
Christmas Shops opening in September
We've heard the phrase "Christmas came early", but September is a bit excessive. Brown Thomas opened their festive shop in August, but some brave folks are even setting up their Christmas lights already. Please, can we at least just have Halloween first?