Thursday 30 March 2017

The Hot List: What we loved (and loathed) this week

Black boiled wool coat with handpainted rose-gold flowers, €349; black Chelsea-style boot, €129; black leggings with white striped elastic band, €49; ribbed polo neck with long sleeves, €49, all due in early October.
Keywest at the opening of the new Disney Store on Grafton Street, Dublin. Picture:Collins
Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag
The massive rise in sterling will reduce cross-border shopping for a while, which should help retailers on the southern side of the border
Actors Naomi Watts (L) and Liev Schreiber arrive in an Audi A8 L TDI at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Audi)
A model presents a creation for Maison Martin Margiela during the 2015-2016 fall/winter Haute Couture collection fashion show

Holly Shortall

Holly Shortall charts what got us talking for all the right and wrong reasons this week.

We Love...

Dunnes Stores' makeover


Stepping into the freshly-overhauled iconic department store in St Stephens Green last week, we could be forgiven for thinking we were in Selfridges. The accessory area is to-die-for! Hats off to Dunnes  for creating a stunning store and to the creative team behind the rejuvenation.




The guys have built up a solid fan base over the last few years and even sold out shows in LA and London; yet the down-to-earth Dubliners can still be found busking on Grafton Street at the weekend. Following the triple platinum success of their debut album “The Message”, Keywest are preparing to launch their follow up, ‘Joyland’, on Sept 25.


'Speidi': The Documentary


Composed of paparazzi footage and clips from MTVs  The Hills, this brilliant film by Kansas film student Will Rebein, documents Heidi's transition from girl-next-door to unrecognisable Barbie – something. Naturall, her other half Spencer Pratt features heavily throughout. Both interesting and sad, you can watch it on Vimeo for free.


Niamh O’Donoghue


The gorgeous Dublin girl, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, is staying committed to her fashionable life. This inspirational writer documents the highs and lows of going through treatment alongside makeup posts. Brave, beautiful and inspirational, Niamh is our ‘one-to-follow’ this week across all social media platforms – find her at ‘Cultured Cuppa'.


AYU Makeup Brushes


AYU is the latest female run Irish beauty business to catch our eye. The word AYU is derived from an Indonesian word meaning ‘beautiful’, and that is exactly what these brushes are! Affordable to boot, the ‘All About Eyes’ set, €18.50, are made up of four essential eye brushes and are an absolute must-have for any makeup lovers kit.




Yes, the reality show we all love to hate and hate to love, is back on our screens.  This week, Kim and Khloe jetted off to discover their family roots and bring attention to the anniversary of the Armenian genocide; plans were being made for little North to be christened in Jerusalem and Kim announced her second pregnancy. A super-smiley Kanye even featured heavily in the latest episode and who doesn’t love smiley Kanye?!


We Loathe...

The Emmys


Possibly the least exciting awards show of the season, the Emmys celebrates  our favourite TV shows, which, you would think, would thrill us more. Considering the show is hailed as the Oscars of the television industry, there was little in the way of the opulent glamour we’ve come to expect from the former.


Bin liner chic


If you’ve ever watched Zoolander, you’re familiar with Mugatu’s ‘Derelicte’ collection, ‘inspired by the very homeless, the vagrants, the crack whores that make this wonderful city so unique’. Well, now it’s a reality with real-life fashion house Maison Margiela , who sent models down the runway in actual bin bags at London Fashion Week. Bin bags that will probably retail for more than €2.50 for 20!


Charity shops losing their edge


What used to be a pleasurable task - rummaging through second hand shops, finding dirt-cheap treasure - not to mention the feel-good factor of giving money to charity – is now one that leaves us walking out empty handed and rolling our eyes in disbelief. In recent years, many of these shops have copped on to the ‘vintage’ trend, upping their prices to ones you wouldn’t pay in an actual vintage store. This week alone, we saw a Penneys dress, stained with soup and a button missing, for €9!

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