Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Safety Pin Fashion ~Versace Love ~ Design, Trend or Costume?

So it's my favourite time of year, well favourite holiday, Halloween soon. I love to dress up, to design and create. I find it very disappointing that the older we get the less we embrace the costume. So I am happy to announce that this year I not only get to enjoy Halloween but also a "Reeling in the Years" themed event. So costume time! But I had no idea what to wear. My friend, who invited me had decided on Bad Sandy from Grease, so I needed an equally impressive costume....


Liz Hurley's, Versace safety pin from the 1994 premier of Four Weddings and a Funeral!

This dress is famous, simply referred to as "That Dress". It has been voted No.1 in a poll on the most iconic red carpet dresses compiled by Debenhams.

It was shocking and produced much controversy in the media at the time, but did it really change the way we dress? Versace was a man who embraced the female form and to quote Liz herself "Unlike many other designers, Versace designs clothes to celebrate the female form rather than eliminate it."

Today we don't bat an eyelid to the outfits or  it would be better to say lack there of, of celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

Versace may have made it famous but so many other designers have followed suit and used pins in their creations, including Moschino, Alexander McQueen and Marc Jacobs.

Versace has been an inspiration to me for many moons. I have designed and worn safety pin dresses in the past, embraced plunging necklines and skies the limit thigh slits but now I have set my sights on recreating "That Dress" as an iconic 90's costume. I hope I do it justice.

Wikipedia tells me the design basics:


The black dress was made from pieces of silk and lycra fabric, with oversized gold safety pins placed at "strategical places". The dress was wide open at the front, from the neck down to at least half way across the bosom, with two slimline straps on the shoulders each side connected by a gold safety pin and two cut-away parts on both sides that were held together with six gold safety pins on each side and one at the top of the cut-away on each side connecting it to the bosom section. The dress is said to be punk-inspired, "neo-punk",and something which "emerged from the sari development" according to Gianni Versace himself.

I still don't know if there were two thigh slits? From photos of Liz walking up the stairs it looks as if there were? I wish I could see it up close to investigate!!!!

Also I am not using silk, it is just a costume so I am using a stretchy jersey like fabric that clings nicely to the body. €15 per meter from Hickeys Fabrics. Also I don't think I will go so low on the neckline but we'll see, I plan on fitting a bra to the dress so give me support and so I don't have annoying bra straps every where!!!

I painted some safety pins gold and added some gold buttons to make them a bit fancier like Versace's.

Here is the finished product....

Another great night with the Macra crew!!


Thursday, 22 October 2015

Primark/Penneys Haul

Just a quick update of my adventures as a shopaholic!!!

I just can't pass Penneys / Primark without going in and today I picked up a few basics I needed!

A new black bag €12, I love the zip detail on this bag, and it is lined so nothing falls out when it's opened!

Tink make-up bag €5, I just thought it was so cute!

P.S... Strawberry Lip Balm €2.50, a girl can never have enough lip balm! This is like the Balmi lip gloss.

Hair clips, €1.50, I always use these clips to tie up my hair, they are great for buns or plaits!

Black Cotton Leggings €4, I needed a new pair...

So there it is.....

Feel free to comment or tell me of your shopping adventures!!!


Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Rouge G de Guerlain Review

I got this lipstick a few weeks ago and was so excited first of all to find a stockist so close and secondly because I have been lusting after this product for so long.

A friend recommended this brand to me last year but mostly I was sold by the packaging!!!

So here’s my review:

Shade 15


Guerlain say “Exceptional Complete Lip ColourLipstick is reinvented in an exceptional jewel with Rouge G, a subtle balance of intense colour and the comforting pleasure of a creamy lip balm. Behind this magical creation is an astounding formula: the unique combination of ruby powder for spectacular radiance, hyaluronic acid spheres for perfectly smoothed lips and wild mango butter for lasting hydration.

Lips are intensely coloured, perfectly smoothed, moisturised and plumped up. For excessively perfect lips!”

This was a rich creamy texture which feels really nice. 10/10

Staying power:

This shade is neutral and a bit translucent, one of the reasons I choose it as a neutral lippie so it does require a bit of reapplication throughout the day but overall quite good staying power! Also any excuse to whip it out and show off the amazing packaging!!  8/10



Ok 10/10 with the built in mirror this is the best packaging I have seen in a long time!!

It is a bit bigger than your regular lipstick, but it’s worth it.



They say:      “The light, delicate scent of a vanilla "floriental" leaves its incomparable mark on Rouge G de Guerlain. Top notes sparkle with a lemon, orange and bergamot accord. The rose and iris heart exudes sweetness. The vanilla and tonka bean dry-down gives Rouge G all of its intensity.”

In short it smells lovely! 10/10


This set me back €42 (£30.51 or $46.96) it is a bit pricey but we all deserve a splurge every now and again so why not.

Overall I love this product and would like to get more colours but it is a treat at the moment so we’ll see!

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Love/Hate Tag Fall Edition

Firstly I would like to thank Jasmine over at colorubold who nominated me back in September! I’m only getting around to this now! (lack of internet and stupid migraines!!) Check out Jasmines post here.

My Autumn/Fall Loves

1 Halloween

I think it’s my favourite holiday! I love dressing up, making costumes, carving pumpkins, decorating the house and of course sweets!!!


2 Scarves

I love scarves and though I find myself wearing them all year round (Irish weather) there is nothing like wrapping up in a big woolly scarf!

3 Sitting by the Fire

It’s just so warm and soothing!

4 Cosiness

Everything cosy, scarves, fires, fuzzy socks and a nice cup of tea!

5 Stew

And autumn/fall food in general! Warming, rustic, hearty meals!

6 Fashion Trends

A new season of Fashion, warm coats and need I say it again scarves!!!

7 Autumn/Fall/Winter Fashion

Another fashion one! But as winter approaches I can happily wear black all the time, indulge in the gothic romance trends, leather and lace, woolly jumpers, knitwear. Maybe I just love clothes!!!

8 Dark Evenings


This is a love/hate one (haha) I like dark evenings for going out. It's dark at 7pm now so I can dress up in full night time make-up and stroll into the city whereas during the summer it's bright and sunny til 10pm so I look a bit over done in full make-up in the evenings. 


My Autumn/Fall Hates I mean Dislikes

1 The Cold

Self explanatory, it gets cold!

2 More Rain

We get rain all year round but it’s just worse when it’s getting cold!

3 Dark Mornings

They don’t help me get out of bed!

4 Is it warm or cold?

Transitional weather, what to wear dilemma!

5 No one can see my beautiful clothes under all the layers of warmth!

I love the warmth and cosiness, but I might as well be wearing my pj’s underneath!

I guess I love the fall? I can't wait until Halloween! Gotta make a costume!!!
Now I nominate you Linda of beauty-la-linda!