Saturday, 14 December 2013

Cotton Face Vintage the place where fashion dreams are made

Hey Ladies 

As a lot of you know I worked in Miss Selfridge for nearly 4 years and it gave me a bit of insight into the different kinds of fashion trends and styles out there. I've always been a bit of shopaholic my mum can vouch for that, when I was younger she would have to pull me away from clothes that were way too old for me. So when I began working in Miss Selfridge it was amazing being around so many amazing stylish women and ever changing fashion trends. I worked with some of the most stylish women I know to date within all the different stores in the department store that housed the Miss Selfridge I worked in. To say I learned a lot from these women is an understatement, you will all know who you are. Whether they know it or not they showed me how to adapt current trends into my own style and make it my own and I can’t thank them enough for that. 

So onto the main point of this post, lately I have been really obsessed with thrift shopping for vintage items so I can find something unusual and unique that others might not have. The funny thing is a lot of the stuff I am picking up is stuff I would have laughed at and turned my nose up at when my mum picked it out in a store a few years ago, so apologies for that mum I guess mothers do no best sometimes ha-ha. 

Now don’t get me wrong thrift shopping isn’t always going into charity shops and rummaging through piles of clothes even though that is where you will probably find the best items and help a great cause. There are stores that deal especially with vintage style clothing and one of my all-time favourite's at the moment has got to be Cotton Face Vintage. This amazing vintage shop is run by the ever so stylish Sinead Lally in spiddal, however the best part about is you can shop straight from her Facebook page and she will post it to you. I was delighted when I found this out because I have no way of getting out to spiddal really even though I live in Galway. 

Cotton Face Vintage's Logo

 Sinead Lally the owner of Cotton Face Vintage
How amazingly stylish is she!

Her Facebook page can be found here, but from what I've heard she is working on a website that should be up and running in the New Year. Her Facebook page is full of vintage items for little or nothing with some great styling ideas. One of my favourite things about this shop is the accessories she buys in, from fur collars, costume jewellery in every colour imaginable, fur cuffs, fedora hats and my staple bowler hat. These items go for as little as 6.99 sometimes, at the moment she has some great Christmas sales on which when I get paid I’m planning on buying everything!! 

In the process of buying this outfit its just so versatile I am in love with it..So excited.

How amazing are the accessories in this photo? I need to get my handson one of these moschino belts but they keep selling out.

Loving these turbans this winter they make you look super stylish. This colour is one of my favourite's.

Selection of some of CFV new stock at the moment I just see sparkle and I get excited I am like a magpie

Click on any of the photos above to go to her website and see pricing and sizes of the items. I think the reason I love this store so much is the fact that I can find items that I won’t find on every other girl walking around which let’s be fair can be very irritating. If you’re the kind of girl who prefers to try on items first before buying them kind of like myself you can visit Pandora's Box on the last Saturday of every month in Galway city. It’s basically an indoor "flee market" but it’s full of some amazing clothing and accessories it’s worth a look. If you see any items on Cotton Face Vintage's store that you like you could always send Sinead a private mail on her website and see will she have them available at Pandora's Box. 

I really can’t give this lady's style enough praise she really has changed how I dress recently. The red tartan jacket I wore at style in the city was such a huge hit all of ye, I can’t even remember how many people contacted me about it after I posted the photo. That tartan jacket was from Cotton Face Vintage of course so you can see the quality of the items and how unbelievable stylish they are. I have a wishlist from her store at the moment and it's the first place I will be going with my Christmas money this year and I can hardly wait eek!!Hopefully ye like the page just as much as I do and make sure and let me know what you buy from her. 

Till then ladies thanks for visiting, enjoy the blog, 
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Meghan xxx

Friday, 6 December 2013

Style in the City .. Girly Night Out

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So as some of you may know I'm currently in the middle of my Christmas exams and they haven't been fun they involved long nights fuelled by caffeine and some serious cramming... However on Wednesday I had a night off and went along to Style in the City hosted by Cotton Face Vintage a well-known vintage boutique, and super stylish fashion blogger Rebecca Casserly from Bec Boop Fashionista. 

There I am with one of the vintage blazers I bought from Cotton Face Vintage .. Love is not the word 

The night was a fundraiser for two amazing charities, firstly Jigsaw in Galway which are an organization that offer counselling and other services for mental health to young people under the age of 25 for free. The other charity was Western alziemers which offer support and care for people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and their families. It was an amazing night sponsored by some great local businesses in Galway helping to make it a glamorous night out for everyone that attended.

BecBoop fashionista one of the Organisers and Robin 
McGonigle from Jewel Studded Grunge rocking her
shamazing new haircut.
The ever fabulous Séana Curly from Innocent Illusion

Myself ,a few other friends and some well-known bloggers were at the event, we were like kids in a candy shop at all the different stalls from Cotton face Vintage, Pia Galway , Million Dollar Secrets, Thrift shop Junkies, Peter Marks and public romance to name a few. Each store had a stall where you could shop around or get your hair and nails done; I myself spent a good chunk of my rent money on some amazing vintage pieces and a dryer hood from sleep in rollers (review on it soon). 

Peter Mark Hair Style Station, how amazing are those mirrors!!

Pia Fashion Boutique's display, as you already know I'm a huge fan of their unique
jewellery pieces I already own two and can't wait to visit the shop to get some more. 

Cotton Face Vintage's stall on the night where I purchased my new tartan blazer, Sinead
the owner really has the most amazing style and always finds great pieces for her customers 

Bespoke Headwear stand on the night.

There was a fashion show on the night also at half 7 which had outfits from stores such as Born, Swamp, Cotton Face Vintage, Public Romance and the amazing Pia Boutique in Galway. The outfits were fab I was so glad I only bought a little bit of money with me otherwise I would more than likely be homeless right now. I will however have a post soon on some of my purchases to get your opinions and see if ye like them or not.

One of the gorgeous models wearing an amazing sequin
dress from Pia boutique, I just need somewhere
to go now so I can buy it. 
The stunning Meghan Jones modelling a piece from
Thrift shop Junkies line, there's something so 1920's
about this piece.

Myself and a few of the girls mentioned here won some great prizes from the raffle on the night to make things even better!! We had a great night and raised money for charity all in one go, I think it can be said it was worth the pain in my feet when I got home. Someone out there needs to tell me if they know of a pair of heels that don’t hurt like crazy because I certainly can't find any.

Till then ladies thanks for visiting, enjoy the blog, 
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Sunday, 1 December 2013

Sleep in Rollers the best money I have ever spent !!!

Hey Ladies

So as you have probably seen from my facebook like page I recently tried out the Sleep in Rollers everyone has been talking about. I was weary about buying them as my hair is quite long and there's a lot of it , so I did some research and watched a few you tube videos. The videos I watched did not do them any justice trust me , Im so glad I went ahead and got them. The results were amazing and you all seemed to love the photos I put up about them. The rollers I used were the mega bounce sleep in ones you can find them here on cloud 10 and here on Sleep in Rollers actual website.

So the sleep in rollers are available from lots of places from the company's actual website which you can find here, or certain pharmacies like cara pharmacy in galway.. I got mine on cloud 10 as I have used them many is the time for beauty products . There website is easy to use and really fast delivery (which btw is free till xmas). The rollers come in a really cute pink bag that hold all the rollers once you unpack them , a pink velvet pouch with hair clips its all kind of adorable to be honest .

Using the actual rollers might seem daunting at first but its soooooooo easy trust me!!
I used curling moose in my hair when it was dry and then brushed it through just to make sure it stayed put.

  1. I then section off my hair starting with my crown and put the first 4/5 rollers on top of my head 
  2. For my fringe I went in an anti clockwise direction (so towards your face ladies) and for the rest a clockwise diresction towards the back of your head.
  3. Then parting the rest of my hair to each side I began at the side of my head always rolling clockwise (rolling inwards towards your ear) as I wanted a curl effect not a flick (for that roll anti clockwise so towards the top of your head)
  4. I put about 3-4 on the very front sides of my face and then the rest built around the back. 
  5. To secure each roller i place the hair pins supplied into the roller and into my hair , so your basically opening the pin and sliding the smooth edge between the velcro and the sponge of the roller and the ridged side into your hair. 
  6. I had to add a few more to make sure it stayed put, I popped some backcombing powder into my roots with the rollers in and blasted it with the hair dryer for a few seconds.

And that's it took a few snapchats and got into bed, now I know there called sleep in rollers but don't expect miracles you are sleeping with a good 15 rollers in your hair. I slept fine once i moved around and found a comfortable position , but it took a few minutes. Remember though the rollers are soft in the inside so they are easy to lie on that's the unique part about these little miracles .The next morning I got up and couldn't wait to take them out it was easy enough had no knots or anything, I simply brushed my hair out put my head down and through my hair back and it was AMAZING !!!! I took a serious amount of selfie's that day!! I went into college and the amount of compliments I got about my hair was unbelievable , nobody could get over I had done it with rollers. They are most definitely going to be my go to hair styling choice, but when Im in a rush I think I might invest in their nifty dryer hood which traps the heat from your hairdryer inside and heats the rollers. That way I can pop then in before a night out while I'm getting ready and just take them out when I'm all finished , Ill let you know how I get on with it of course. 

As you can see I look delira with myself the pictures speak for them selves these rollers are the business for big bouncy volume hair !! It gave me that I just got a big bouncy blow dry from a very pricey hairdresser feel without all that ratty backcombing ... I really cant recommend these enough ladies I know a lot of ye have bought them already and have thanked me so I will maybe do a youtube video of how to put them in soon. For those of you haven't got your hands on them the ones I used the big bounce are now sold out on cloud 10 but you can get them direct from sleep in rollers website don't forget that !! 

Till then ladies thanks for visiting, enjoy the blog, 
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Meghan xxx