[Effortless Chic] With Lancome

#AllergictoAverage, Beauty, Diesel, Events |, Glasgow, House of Fraser, Lancome, Makeup, Mascara, River Island, Vivienne Westwood

The Launch of Hypnose Volume-a-Porter

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Tonight I was invited to celebrate the launch of Lancome’s new Hypnose Volume-a-Porter at Hugh’s Champagne Bar, House of Fraser Glasgow.

Set on the first floor of House of Fraser Glasgow, Hugh’s Champagne Bar is a seductive, enchanting little bar away from the hustle and bustle of shoppers – that hidden away – I didn’t even know it was there until tonight! It was intimate yet airy, providing the perfect platform for tonight’s event.

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Welcomed with a glass of prosecco [and a strawberry of course] I sat down to hear expert MUA Marc Sinclair and his italian counterpart Mike Fortunato talk us through [Effortless Chic]; a 5 minute smokey eye with the new Volume-a-Porter.

[Rise and Smize]

It was at this point my ears really picked up. Us corporate cats are busy woman [so] doing a 1 hour application of makeup in the morning is just unrealistic.

‘This product focuses on ladies who don’t have time for makeup’
[Marc Sinclair MUA]

Water proof, crease proof and time proof [staying put for 24 hours apparently] this product gives you more time to focus on the things you need to – a must for busy working women with hectic lifestyles. Being a girl who’s pernickity about her lashes – I can’t WAIT to try it out.

Marc & Mike [what a combo] took us through a demo of how to create a subtle smokey eye that would be perfect for day time. Using a variety of other products from the Hypnose range, Marc stuck to his promise and created a smokey eye in around 7-10 mins.

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Using the Ombre Hypnose Stilo, a long wearing eyeshadow cream stick, blending grey with gold to cover the full of the eyelid. Being a cream stick, you avoid the falling of the pigment onto the lower face that is usually found with shadow [not an attractive look to walk into the office with].

He topped the coverage of the lid with a slick flick of Hypnose Liner Plume to accentuate the eye. Placing it at the root of the lash, Marc simply dotted the pen along the eyeshape which delivered the ink slowly and evenly.

What really brought the eye to life was the mascara itself.

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With a flexible, elastic wand and a conditioning treatment through [cells of a rose], the Volume-a-Porter promises to promote lash growth and definition whilst wearing it.

Often, offices are either blasting air-con or are stuffy and humid. In either situation, not great for your skin. You know that feeling at the end of the day when you can’t wait to get your makeup off? The Volume-a-Porter claims to help this by being breathable and light.

‘Clean, buildable volume’ was a phrase used fluently tonight and is on par with the mascara’s description on the Lancome website. There’s a promise of no clumps which is ideal for that natural, day-time look that is perfect for the office.

Dressed in gun-metal packaging with a voluptuous shape, the product reflects the brand’s identity, which to me speaks volumes [excuse the pun] of elegance and beauty with understated, underlying empowerment.

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[Eyes can speak as loudly as the voice] Lancome

‘For a woman who understands the power of her gaze’

For those of us in the corporate world who use influencing skills [which I assume, are most, if not all] eye contact is imperative.
If makeup is a way of accentuating our features, then let’s draw attention to some of our most powerful assets.

As I said, I’ve not had a chance to try Volume-a-Porter yet – I’m excited to see if the product lives up to its promises – expect an honest report back soon.

[Where to Shop?]

The Lancome concession in House of Fraser Glasgow is lovely, with striking lighting [PERFECT for your selfie] and helpful staff.
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[or] online at Lancome.

[What did I wear?]

Tonight, I was dressed more casuallly than usually. Sporting a combination of stripes, snakeskin and a rather distinctive Orb.

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[From Where I Stand]

Shoes | 2014 River Island
Duster Coat | Primark
Shirt | Diesel
Bag | Vivienne Westwood

Overall, a really worthwhile event with a great presentation from Lancome. Meeting new faces and seeing old, it’s great to connect with my fellow Glasgow bloggers; Glasgow Beauty Blogger, An Impatient Scot, Miss Linny O, Letters from Marion & A Life of Frills – check them out.

Check back for a review of Volume-a-Porter soon.

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Effortless Chic | Maximum Impact

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Graduate Fashion Week [2015]

#AllergictoAverage, Confidence, Corporate Wear, Events |, Fashion, Fashion |, WIWT, Women in Business, workwear
Graduate Fashion Week [2015]
Old Truman Brewery
Shoreditch [LDN]
Last week I attended #GFW2015 in The Old Truman Brewery- LDN. My first fashion week… wow, I was blown away. Blown away by the quality, professionalism and slickness of the show but more importantly the imagination, the diverse shapes and colours and the vision of the designers. Just incredible.
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Writing for #AllergictoAverage I had unprecedented access to the media lounge, all catwalk shows and the acclaimed #FROW // a real privilege.
With every designer as unique and distinct as the next (mirroring the #AllergictoAverage mantra) it was difficult to choose my favourites, but after much deliberation, I’ve drilled it down to 4; using the catwalk designs for ready-to-wear corporate inspo.
[1. Laila Maristani | UCA Rochester]
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THAT TAILORING.
The fluid nature of the 3 piece jacket paired with the masculinity of the buttoned collar and full sleeve makes for a striking combination. A timeless piece with flair, confidence and femininity; #GIRLBOSS.
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And the [colours] – what a perfect combination, not only because red & cream usually means red velvet cake but because what else means business more than a strong red trouser!?
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I’ve put together the below which embodies the above; elegant yet striking, powerful yet feminine.
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Slightly unusual to pair cream on cream. But Laila’s made it work.
[2. Jihae An | UCA Rochester]
As soon as Jihae’s first piece came on the catwalk I sat forward in my seat. Pinstripe? The perfect corporate pattern.
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Inspired by her experience of living in-between two cultures, Jihae’s collection [In Conjunction] talks of continuity yet clashes, of different fabrics and patterns, based on a largely monochrome palette.
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Clean cut shapes with a concentration on traditional tailoring, this is the perfect inspiration for the modern day city-living woman.
 GFW Inspo. Jihae An
[3. Jessica Violet Challis | UCLAN]
Perfect Layering, beautiful pastels and high necks with a reserved length. [It must be the pencil dress.]
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 A must have [easy-to-wear] piece for the corporate wardrobe. Jessica VC nailed it.
GFW Jessica Violet Challis Inspo
Ranging from £9-£670; the above take inspiration from Jessica’s seamless blend of colour and fine embroidery; a true [Urban Myth]
All Dress Details Can Be Found On Polyvore
4.[Fern Rebekah-Bywater | Liverpool John Moores]
One piece and one piece only stole this show for me:
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The Sleeveless Trench.
Modern Day Masculinity; powerful, confident, and authoritative.
[No other description needed.]
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Embrace the Masculinity | Rule with Femininity
Be #AllergictoAverage 

Eleganza Collezioni S/S 15 Launch

#AllergictoAverage, Bridal, Bridal Fashion, Eleganza Sposa, Events |, Fashion, Italian Designer, Scottish Designers

Last week I was delighted to be invited to my first event as a blogger: The Eleganza Sposa Collezioni S/S 15 Launch.

And what an event it was – held in their stunning flagship store in Bath St. Glasgow City Centre. My first time to the venue, I was struck by its beauty and elegance, themed white and gold it is truly somewhere I would love to have as a part of the biggest day of your life – your wedding day.

Eleganza’s collection was striking and delicate yet demanding attention. Interesting cuts with elaborate details.

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Two of my favourites.

Eleganza’s collection shared the stage with Turkish designer Tarik Ediz; evening gowns ‘synonymous with opulence and allure’. If you’re looking for a dress filled with decadence look no further. A potential choice for upcoming Prom and Graduation Ball season.
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Finally, some of the Agent Provocateur bridal collection was on show, with pieces from their Gloria collection. Being a fan of AP myself, I fell in love with the luxurious lingerie as soon as I seen it. Voted ‘World’s Sexiest Website’ by Vogue; check it out here: http://www.agentprovocateur.com or pop into their Glasgow store on the Style Mile.

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On the evening itself, I wore a bold  navy and white pinstriped suit. Which attracted many compliments and comments of ‘WHERE did you get that suit!?’

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I am DELIGHTED to say this amazing suit is a jaw-dropping £45 (yes, for trouser AND jacket) from F&F.

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Paired with a strong white shirt from Marks & Spencer, Primark Pussybow, River Island Snakeskin Block Heeled Court and accessorised with a Daniel Wellington timepiece.

Cocktails and canapes were served by Perfect Parties Glasgow- that were almost too cute to eat! With audience members including Judy Murray, Milliner William Chambers, former Miss Scotland Jennifer Reoch and of course the fabulous Anna Cirignaco, owner and managing director of Eleganza; a true representation of the beauty of her boutique.

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A truly wonderful evening where it felt like Spring had truly sprung, with a wonderfully receptive and engaged audience set within the beautiful backdrop of the Eleganza Sposa Flagship boutique.

See more of Eleganza Sposa at
http://www.eleganza.co.uk
Or a full selection of photography from the evening by Mathieu Cartier on FB or on Instagram @eleganzasposa_

Stand Tall | Stand Beautiful

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Suit | £45 | F&F Clothing
http://www.clothingattesco.com/coats+jackets/f+f-striped-woven-blazer/invt/br512172

Shirt | Marks and Spencer

Shoes | £45 | River Island
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Timepiece | £179 | Daniel Wellington Classic Oxford Lady
http://www.danielwellington.com

Dress [to] Success Glasgow

Burberry, Business, Christian Louboutin, Corporate Wear, Events |, Fashion, Marks and Spencer, New Look, Pointed Heel, What to Wear to Work, Women in Business, workwear

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Last week I was absolutely delighted and so privileged to be asked to host ‘Dress to Success Glasgow’ in the most stunning venue; The Hummingbird Penthouse.

What an audience it was! Receptive, engaging and inquisitive, and let’s not forget – ambitious. This was a room full of individuals who realised the potential and the power of first impressions and who wanted to learn more.

I covered [Your Base Collection] to highlight the absolute essentials for your corporate wardrobe, which you can see in one of my most earliest blog posts.

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I then went on to discuss [Top to Toe for Interview] which covered attention to detail in preparing for your interview.

I took the audience through considerations – starting with style of hair, right down to the tidiness of your handbag and what pens you take. Using personal opinion and research conducted, I gave the audience an insight into employer perception; a critical consideration with most being at an early stage of their careers; soon to be on the blog;
Watch This Space. 


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Following that, I took my wonderful audience through the [why]. The core of everything I do with #AllergictoAverage is about empowerment. Empowering women in the corporate world to Stand Up and Stand Tall; by exploring how we can Be At Our Best; More of Time, through fashion and lifestyle. I want to educate and support them to make better choices with their clothing in the corporate world and leave them feeling like they can take on the world.

Recently I watched a Ted Talk [Start with Why] and it was one of the most thought provoking Ted Talks I have watched. Since watching it is crucial for me to always consider your WHY and I wanted to communicate that to my audience.

I won’t spoil it for you, watch it here:
Start with Why
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sioZd3AxmnE

Finally, I took them through some examples of my favourite power dressers. A modernisation of the traditional 80s fashion style that allowed woman to establish authority in typically male-dominated fields – but we’ll keep that for another time.

[What Did I Wear?] 

I went with a neutralised palette for the evening, wearing 2 pieces from [Your Base Collection] with some camel tones thrown in too.

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A special night calls for some special shoes.

So Kate Nude Patent with signature red sole.

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On my bottom half, I wore one of my favourite wardrobe items
[both personal and corporate wardrobe]:
The Topshop Joni High Waisted Jean in Black.

Why? Because they fit my body well, they are stylish, they are versatile.  But most of all they make me feel good;
they make me feel confident and I stand tall.

As you can see in the above picture I’m wearing a camel coloured waist coat, teamed with a tailored white shirt and Burberry neckerchief for an eye-catching look.

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Obviously, I wore my signature beehive and ponytail, teamed with natural makeup and a Velvet Teddy lip.

A fantastic event, with great feedback from my audience, giving me the confidence to keep doing what I’m doing. Thank you to any one that attended – I truly believe this won’t be the last.

Nicole.

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Reach Out | Connect

Be #AllergictoAverage

Shoes | Christian Louboutin | So Kate 120mm Nude Patent |
http://uk.christianlouboutin.com/us_en/shop/women/so-kate-4.html

Waistcoat | New Look
http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/jackets-and-coats/cameo-rose-camel-sleeveless-jacket-_349723217

High Waisted Jean | Topshop ‘Joni’
http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/clothing-427/jeans-446/joni-super-high-waisted-jeans-1108/moto-holding-power-joni-jeans-4025131?refinements=category~%5b941191%7c208527%5d&bi=1&ps=20

Shirt | Marks and Spencer

Neckerchief | Vintage Burberry

The Sky [Collection] is the Limit

Corporate Wear, Dresses, Events |, Fashion, Fashion |, Scottish Designers, What to Wear to Work, Young Designers

On Wednesday I attended a wonderful event at Edinburgh Castle; the launch of Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Future Leaders initiative. Prestigious venue, some of Scotland’s most prosperous individuals and high quality speakers making for an electric energy in the room. Oh and the canapes were not so bad either…

One of above mentioned individuals was Kirsteen Stewart, who I met and listened to as she spoke in front of 200 attendees about how she believed Scotland could be the most entrepreneurial community in the world.

What fired me up about Kirsteen was that she was designer and creator of brand ‘Kirsteen Stewart’, even more interestingly so, Kirsteen is from mainland Orkney Islands; a collection of islands at the very north of Scotland, where some of my extended family reside. Kirsteen told me how she started her business originally from her kitchen table, designing small leather goods. Her work has now evolved into full collections, including clothing, accessories and jewellery. Kirsteen herself still lives in Kirkwall, Orkney – working from her studio and retail premises; dispelling the myth that success in the fashion industry is impossible outside of the bright lights of London.

Kirsteen gave me her business card and we discussed her collections; I went on to have a look.

Split by collection, Kirsteen’s pieces vary in colour, style and materials. However one thing is evident; quality.

I was totally struck by her ‘Skies Collection’; inspired by the beauty of the Scottish sky. In particular, I was drawn to the Floccus Dress.

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The sleevedress is distinctive and distinguishing. The bold print, inspired by the ombre sunsets of the Scottish Sky, shouts confidence but also allures to a creative mind, a desirable in today’s competitive corporate environment. Remember, fashion is an extension of you.

The structured fit of the dress flatters the female silhouette, whilst the tailoring gives it a professional edge. The length is perfect and can easily be worn with bare legs or with dark, thick tights.

At £175.00 it is a little pricey for your everyday corporate wardrobe, and being dry clean only – it’s not ideal for a hectic schedule. However, they do say you get what you pay for and it is evident this piece is a true investment. Think big interview, big proposal, career changing meeting or just for one of those days when you need a little extra boost of confidence: leaving you feeling beautiful, stylish and ready to take on the world.

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The Skies Collection features dresses of the same style with different designs, such as The Cumulus Dress [above], inspired by the the fleeting Scottish Skies in springtime as they drift from sunshine to showers.

A recent Scottish Edge Winner (a funding initiative aimed at identifying Scotland’s top young, early stage and high growth entrepreneurs) Kirsteen plans to expand her product range to take to London and Paris; I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on where she goes next.

 Distinguish Yourself | Be Distinct

Be #AllergictoAverage 

Floccus Dress | £175 | KirsteenStewart:
http://kirsteenstewart.co.uk/products-page/the-skies-collection/floccus-dress/

Cumulus Dress | £175 | Kirsteen Stewart:
http://kirsteenstewart.co.uk/products-page/the-skies-collection/floccus-dress/

More information on Entrepreneurial Scotland and #FutureLeaders2015 can be found here: 
https://www.entrepreneurialscotland.com/future-leaders.html

More information on the Scottish EDGE Fund can be found here:
http://www.scotedge.com/about/