Graduation Day – What I Wore.

We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better. – JK Rowling.

Friday 11th of September 2015 marked the end of the ‘University’ era of my life – graduation day at NUI Maynooth. The entire day was one dedicated to reminiscing on the past four years. There were ups and there were downs, but what I will remember above all else is the life-long friends who took the journey with me.

I was determined to look my best on the day because knowing my Mam, the photographs will take permanent residence on the walls of our house. Many of you have asked me to share the details of my outfit so here goes:

My dress was ‘Self Portrait’ and I purchased it in BT2. This brand has caught the interest of well known personalities ranging from Pippa O’Connor to Jenna Dewan-Tatum and now, I know why. The design is quirky and fun but the quality of this dress is AMAZING! It’s a statement piece so although expensive, I imagine that it will last a lifetime! You can check out ‘Self Portrait’s’ AW15 range at BT2 here.

 

Check out these gorgeous babies! My shoes were by ‘Lipsy’, purchased from Debenhams AW15 collection. I’ve been looking for some sassy, yet sophisticated black heels for ages and I think these are perfect. Some of you will already know that ‘Kurt Geiger’ produce ‘Lipsy’ footwear which means that they’re great quality at a fraction of the price of the ‘Kurt Geiger London’ range. You can find these ones here.

And finally, let’s talk about accessories. Because the dress had a lot of pattern and detail, I kept it simple and chic. This beautiful ring was sent to me by ‘Lucky Eyes London’ and is available for purchase here. It is advertised as ‘stackable’ but I love wearing it alone for a dainty, girly effect. If you would like to view the products before purchase, pieces from ‘Lucky Eyes London’ are now available at House of Fraser – I’m obsessed with their ‘Evil Eye’ bracelets too.

So, what do you think of the final look? Let me know in the comments, I love to hear your style advice!

Rouge x

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The Body Shop ‘Virgin Mojito’ Range.

If you follow me on any form of social media, you will know that I am a huge fan of cocktails. In fact, I have been known to drag unsuspecting friends out for brunch simply for some fruity refreshments. My favourite, you ask? Well, James Bond can keep his Martini – make mine a Mojito. The zesty lime and tingling mint flavours make a Mojito and experience for the senses. They not only taste great, but also smell delicious so when I heard that The Body Shop were releasing a ‘Virgin Mojito’ range, I expected to be a huge fan.

  

I was sent the ‘Virgin Mojito Body Scrub’, ‘Virgin Mojito Body Sorbet’ and ‘Virgin Mojito Body Splash’ and have been using them in that sequence for the past two weeks. Initially, I’ll admit that I was a bit apprehensive. I mean, I love the smell of Mojitos, but what would the people at work think? I didn’t want anyone under the illusion that I’d undertaken a new diet involving cocktails for breakfast!

I needn’t have worried, The Body Shop have created this range based on the Caribbean scents associated with Mojitos, rather than the alcoholic ones. Each product unleashes a burst of fruity fragrance upon application so steer clear if you’re not a fan of sweet scents but, I for one am OBSESSED!
  
First up, we have the ‘Virgin Mojito Body Scrub’. This is my favourite product of the range. I’ve been applying it to dry or slightly damp skin and massaging before rinsing it off in the shower. It’s a very gentle scrub so if you’re looking to remove lashings of false tan, you may need something more heavy-duty but this is perfect for regular, everyday exfoliation. My skin has become significantly more healthy looking after just two weeks of use.

  
Next, I’ve been using ‘Virgin Mojito Body Sorbet’. I wasn’t a huge fan of the texture of this lotion when I began using it because it is a gel consistency rather than a cream one. I love my rich, luxe body butters but after using the  ‘sorbet’ formula for a few weeks, I have grown used to it. Due to the fact that it is a light moisturiser, this product would be perfect for those with oily skin.

  
Finally, I have been drowning myself in the gorgeous ‘Virgin Mojito Body Splash’ after every shower. I just cannot get enough of this scent. The fragrance is zesty and sweet, ideal for the summer season. It also clings to skin for hours after application so it is great value for money. I’ve actually been reaching for it in the place of expensive perfumes lately.

Overall, this range is well worth a look if you enjoy a fresh, fruity fragrance. If you want more information you can visit The Body Shop’s website.

What’s your favourite skincare range at the moment?

Rouge x

Tori Michaels London Launch.

Any friends reading this post will be well aware of my obsession with classic cut, tailored clothing. Elegance is key in the style stakes so when I heard that Jodie Fleischmann, former designer for Ted Baker, was launching her own line I couldn’t wait to see the collection.

Fleischmann’s new line seems to be aimed at young ladies, transitioning from high-street style to sophisticated chic. I’m in crazy, stupid love with the tailoring of this clothing – everything is fitted and flattering. Here’s a few of my favourite pieces:

Tori Michael London

Tori Michael London 3

Tori Michael London 2

I am very impressed by the versatility of the pieces in this collection and feel that they could be taken from day-time to night-time with the addition of a few simple accessories. My personal favourite is that gorgeous white jumpsuit which is reminiscent of Taylor Swift’s chic style. And that black cape? Definite superhero material!

Regarding the price point, Tori Michaels’ new collection will retail between £50 – £185. Perhaps a little pricey for the younger audience but, each item is definitely an investment piece that will remain in your wardrobe for years. For more information and a further sneak peek at the line, you can visit the Tori Michaels website. Online sales will commence in early August, with the label also due to be launched in Topshop, Oxford Circus.

Let me know what you think of the pieces. Which one is your favourite?

Rouge x

I Never Worry About Diets. The Only Carrots That Interest Me Are The Number Of Carats In A Diamond.

Recently, a lot of my followers have been expressing interest in jewellery and how it is often used to create a personal, signature style among fashionistas. I have huge love for personalised jewellery and often purchase a piece to remind me of fond memories.

Last summer, a very close aunt of mine passed away. Shortly afterwards, I moved to London for a few months and quickly became familiar with Hatton Garden, the city’s jewellery quarter. I was searching for something to remind me of my aunt – something that I could keep forever and that would ultimately be passed through generations. That is when I stumbled upon London Rocks, a little boutique specialising in handmade jewellery.


London Rocks is the brain-child of the lovely couple, Karl and Harshini. They created their business to provide customers with the opportunity to get involved in the design and creation of high-quality jewellery. After I discovered the boutique, I e-mailed Harshini explaining my desire to create a piece which I hoped would become a family heirloom. She replied within the day and asked me to come into the boutique to have a chat and to choose the gem I liked best for my piece.

Together, we decided upon the creation of two rings which could be stacked – one of plain gold and the other one set with a small, authentic ruby (my aunt’s birthstone). These rings were designed by Ayako Kanari. The band on each ring has a ‘plaited’ effect, inspired by Victorian “hair jewellery” which was used a symbol of mourning throughout the era. Finally, Harshini suggested that I have the first letter of my aunt’s name engraved into the back of one ring, ensuring that her memory would not be lost as new generations took possession of the pieces.


One year later, I still wear these rings everyday and so, they have become a part of my signature style. I would highly recommend the experience of working with London Rocks because it is both unforgettable and surprisingly affordable (given the quality of the pieces). You can find their website at: http://www.londonrocksjewellery.co.uk/ .

I can’t wait to choose another piece during my next visit to London.

Rouge x