Roll Up Roll Up – The Clerys Carnival Event

Hi Everyone,

Recently I was invited to the Clerys Carnival Event. The Carnival Themed Event was held in the Dublin store which was covered in balloons and bunting that just screamed carnival.

There was tables of beauty and skincare brands that were just amazing including MyChelle. We were treated to some yummy canapes and cocktails of Chambord and Prosecco.

To satisfy all the people with a sweet tooth Clerys had toffee apples and chocolate marshmallows along with a candy bar filled with vintage candy jars of yummy treats.

Then onto the fashion show, Clerys had some amazing looks from the A/W 14-15 collection from some of my favorite brands like Sisley,Mango, Mandi and Mode.

As a parting gift, I was given goody bags including makeup from Benefit, personalized skin care from MyChelle, a Numph tote bag, a discount offer for Wink, a Clerys Gift Card and some candy for good measure.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Sarah and all the team at Clerys for organizing such a lovely evening! I will definitely be popping into Clerys soon for some amazing skincare brands and to check out the new season menswear.

(Below are some images from the event)

Please excuse  the bad quality, I only had my phone to take photos on!

For any enquiries regarding the looks, prices or brands contact: studio@aidanjudgestylist.com

Stylishly Yours

Aidan X

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All Set For Summer- Handbag Must Haves

Much like the way our wardrobes need to be altered to suit the summer months many ladies forget that their handbags need updating also.  Below I have compiled a list of key items that your handbag should not be without. (Oh my gosh it’s such a novelty talking about beauty for once)

Hand Cream: I find that in the summer I need a good hand cream as my hands get very dry. I love the range from L’Occitane.  I normally use the shea butter hand cream for the winter months, and the rose hand cream for the summer months as it is a lighter cream and more suitable for summer.

The hand creams from L'Occitane are legendary. I love the shea butter one pictured in the middle, but it is more of a winter product as it is quiet dense. I love the products to the left and right they are the desert rose and the coco

The hand creams from L’Occitane are legendary. I love the shea butter hand cream pictured in the middle, but it is more of a winter product as it is quiet dense. I love the products to the left and right, they are the desert rose and the coco flower.

Sunscreen: As we all know sunscreen is an essential to protect the Irish pasty skin, but really don’t be without a good body sunscreen and face stick. Your skin will thank you.

This sunscreen from ROC is amazing. It feels so silky and smooth, It won't cake onto the skin and make you look like a ghost.

This sunscreen from ROC is amazing. It feels so silky and smooth, it won’t cake onto the skin and make you look like a ghost.

Le Roche Posay have this great face stick. I love how it's not too oily on the skin and doesn't cake.

Le Roche Posay have this great face stick. I love how it’s not too oily on the skin and doesn’t cake.

Sunglasses: While adding some major style points at the beech a good pair of sunglasses can be both stylish and practical. Make sure you get a pair that will block 99% of UVB rays and at least 95% of UVA rays. This will ensure you don’t get a headache and give your eyes maximum protection.

Whatever frame you choose to suit your face, Ensure that it also has enough protection for your eyes.

Whatever frame you choose to suit your face, Ensure that it also has enough protection for your eyes.

Hydration: Ensure you carry water in your bag.  Make sure it has a fluid measurement on the bottle so you know how much you are drinking. If you can’t remember there are some apps you can download to track how much water you drink. If you are not a fan of water stay away from fizzy drinks as they do more harm than hydration. My advice would be to stick to something like Vita Coco Coconut Water, they taste amazing and  come in a range of flavors.  They even do a kids line to keep the little ones hydrated.

I always carry a Bobble Water Bottle. It has a little charcole filter to purify the water, So you save having to buy bottled water all the time. It is a 500ml bottle so I drink 5 or 6 bottles a day

I always carry a Bobble Water Bottle. It has a little charcoal filter to purify the water, So you save having to buy bottled water all the time. It is a 500ml bottle so I drink 5 to 6 bottles daily.

 

Vita Coco are my go to brand of coconut water to keep me hydrated when I'm sick of water. There are so many refreshing flavours and they all taste amazing!

Vita Coco are my go to brand of coconut water to keep me hydrated when I’m sick of water. There are so many refreshing flavors and they all taste amazing!

 

Lip Balm/ Gloss: Whatever lip balm or gloss you use should be very hydrating to the lips. You should use one with a good high SPF to protect your lips from sun damage, It’s something that we would never think of but is very important all the same. I love the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Lip Protection Stick because it’s very sheer when applied, I think a sheer lip look is better when you are going for minimal face make up.  It is also very hydrating to the lips and has an SPF 15 which is good for protection.

I love these Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Lip Protectant Stick. They come in a variety of colors and have a Sunscreen SPF 15. Perfect for those beach days.

I love these Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Lip Protectant Stick. They come in a variety of colors and have a Sunscreen SPF 15. Perfect for those beach days.

Hand Cream: I find the summer is a time when I myself suffer from really dry hands. I still hate putting on a thick cream that really is for winter. My firm favorite hand cream comes from L’Occitane, it is great as it is small to fit into your bag and absorbs into the skin very quickly.

Make Up Base: The summer sun is the perfect time to ditch that complicated make up routine so I would say just use a loose powder which is great for soaking up excess oils produced in the heat. I also love MAC Face & Body as it is light but can be worked on the skin to give a more made up look. It is water based and water resistant so it’s perfect for a day at the beach but beware it does not have a built in SPF so ensure you wear sunscreen before you apply it, also finish with some MAC Select Sheer Loose as it maintains that naked look on the skin but adds a summer glow.

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MAC Face and Body is perfect for that minimal make up routine. Pictured here are the 50ml bottles but you can get the 120ml bottle in Brown Thomas Dublin or Here

Face Wipes: We all know the sand at the beach gets everywhere and those long summer days can make you sweat a hell of a lot. A good pack of face wipes will instantly refresh you and make you feel like a new woman.

A great way or refreshing your face while adding hydration with vitamin E available from The Body Shop

A great way or refreshing your face while adding hydration with vitamin E available from The Body Shop

Deodorant: Ok, I know you all carry a little bottle anyway in your bag, but a tiny little bottles of deodorant will keep you smelling sweet and also avoid any embarrassing situations.

I love this deodorant by CK One. It's compact and smells great.

I love this deodorant by CK One. It’s compact and smells great.

Sanitiser: On a practical note sanitiser is very important as bacteria tend to flourish in the hot summer climate and from snacking at the beach and all those ice creams.  It’s important that you clean your hands before indulging in a little snack.

Purell Hand Sanitizer to stop all those bacteria thriving at the beach.

Purell Hand Sanitizer to stop all those bacteria thriving at the beach.

Face Mist: Provide yourself with some instant refreshment with some face mist. Le Roche Posay- Thermal Spring Water is my favorite.

Le Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water provides a great way to cool down on those hot summer days.

Le Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water provides a great way to cool down on those hot summer days.

Korky’s Press Event

I went along to the fabulous Korkys press event last week, showcasing all the new styles of shoes hitting the shores this A/W14. The event was held in korky’s Ilac Centre store.There was a whole range from heels to flats all shapes and sizes; prints, textures, colours in the new collection. I love that korkys have really listened to the catwalk trends this season and went with a 90s inspired collection. To be honest I was actually shocked of the variety of fashion forward shoes that the store had, Korkys are an Irish brand that have been established for 20 years so my feelings were that they would do the classic styles well but would not really be up with the international retailers and catwalk trends. How wrong I was, as you can see from the pictures below Korky’s new collection is really fashion forward and has something for everyone at a great price point.

Below are a few of the images from the press event along with some of my favorite styles.

Stylishly Yours

Aidan X

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For The Guys: The Man Bag Visual Edit

 

Every fashionable guy out there knows that a bag is not just a stylish accessorise to finish a look but god so we need them for all our stuff too. Gone are the days when men didn’t dare carry a bag or briefcase unless they were dressed in a suit and on the way to their wall street office. Today a “Man Bag” or the newer name that makes me nearly crack a rib laughing a “Murse” has become a staple in any mans modern wardrobe. With all major designers and the high street really giving man bags a modern look for the 21st century, So no more looking like a doctor doing house calls or a business man going to wall street.  Below is a breakdown of all the man bags on the market and I share some from my own collection at the end.

Satchel: The Satchel Bag really has became a household name since the hangover was released. I mean we all remember the classic line ” it’s not a man purse its a satchel” so a satchel is a bag with a strap that is worn on one shoulder and worn on the bag side of the hip. A satchel is very similar to a messenger bag but the only difference is that a messenger bag is smaller and simply for a few items or “messages”  where as a satchel is bigger and can be used to store documents or paperwork. It is more of a modern day briefcase really.

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Cambridge Satchel Company Satchel

Tote Bag: Tote Bags are the bags of the artisans. I see time and time again artists and actors wearing this bag. I think that it suits the artisan mind very well. It is simple and fuss free. It is basically like a fancy carrier bag from Tesco. You can throw all your things in it and there is no fussy buckles or straps. I think this bag is the way forward for the modern man. I don’t own a tote bag recently but I have ordered one from Jack Spade. Hopefully it lives up to my expectation. you can see it Here ( Jack Spade Tote)

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Jack Spade United Arrows Tote Bag

Briefcase: A briefcase is basically a handbag that may or may not have a strap, suitable for all documents and paperwork you may need. Traditionally they have been the go to essential for any business man and were made to resemble boxes. Not these new kids on the block, today they have a curvier  look and are much more functional.

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Borlino The Modern Briefcase

Overnight Bag: Simply is what is is  bag for storing all your essentials for a night my overnight bag of choice is a bag from Kate Moss’s collection. It is a small black bowling bag made from Leather and Suede. It is small and sleek enough to just hold enough for a night. Similar black crocodile overnight bag here

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Clava Canvas Overnight Bag

Messenger Bag: This bag got it’s name and design from the bags traditionally carried through history by whom else? Messengers of course. The bags are often made from canvas with a strap. The messenger bag is mostly worn cross body and on the side of the hip.

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Mens Messenger Bag From Bag Earth

Backpack: Well this is a classic, We all have experienced the pain of our childhood carrying backpacks to and from school with enough books to start a small library in it. Now I very rarely use one as I feel they are so awkward to get my stuff out of. There is nothing as worse as rummaging through your backpack at the checkout to find your AMT card. ( Trust me I know) I do have a backpack which doubles as a laptop case so If I have lot’s of files to carry I will use it but other than that it sits in my wardrobe. My backpack of choice is from Wenger a Swiss brand specializing in Swiss Knife manufacture and outdoor apparel. My backpack from Wenger is a great buy and although I don’t use it that often it is very comfortable and protects my laptop and paperwork very well. Similar Wenger Backpack Here

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Superdry Backpack From Next

Newsboy Bag: Another classic is the Newsboy named after the people who used to carry them, Yes you guessed right it was the the newsboys. This iconic style of bag is less formal than a briefcase and more style savvy than a messenger bag. In my books it gets some major style points. According to some this is the oldest form of bag. My Newsboy Bag of choice is a Ted Baker bag which I bought in Brown Thomas. I love that it’s big enough to fit documents and the odd magazine I purchase without looking like it’s bulging. It’s one of my favorite for a days shopping or travelling. The outside of the bag is 100% leather and the inside is a cotton printed lining which is super soft yet durable. The bag is great in the Irish weather as it can really withstand the rain. Similar Ted Baker Newsboy Bag Here

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Newsboy Bag J Crew

Duffel Bag: Simply the handiest bag you will own. A good Duffel Bag is just what one needs for those business trips lasting three days or a short midweek break. They are very practical and sleek. I love mine as I can throw a few essential for shoots in it and I’m out the door. my Duffle Bag of choice is a Louis Vuitton Keepall 50, I love that it’s small enough to bring on a flight as hand luggage and big enough to fit almost a week worth of clothes. The only negative thing about the bag is that I bought the bag in monogram. If I was buying again I would buy the damier graphite as I do feel like the monogram is a little too tacky. Other than that it’s a great bag and the vachetta leather looks better with age. See the same Louis Vuitton Keepall 50 Here.

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Louis Vuitton Keepall 50 Damier Graphite

My Own Collection: A Visual Diary.

Below are my top three must have bags X

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Ted Baker Flight Bag   Similar Here

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Louis Vuitton Keepall 55   Same Here

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Ted Baker Messenger Bag     Similar Here

Stylishly Yours

Aidan X

Racing Ladies- How To Survive Ladies Day At The Races

Racing season is upon us yet again so I am going to share with you all my top tips for surviving ladies day in style

Breakfast: As our mothers always told us it’s the most important meal of the day and on Ladies Day it’s even more important. I have heard ladies skipping breakfast as they say that they were too busy getting ready or that it will make them bloat, the list goes on. Don’t skip breakfast as you will be starving later and it will be a pain to eat in a lovely outfit without the fear of destroying it. Not forgetting that the bubbly goes  to your head very quickly which could result in you doing some rather unlady like things in the excitement of it all like throwing your best Philip Treacy hat around.

Weather: Dress to impress but dress weather appropriate. I attended the five days of the Galway Racing Festival last year and I must say the four seasons experience was encountered on a daily basis to much of my dismay.Light thin layers that can be put on or taken off as the weather allows are the safest bet.

Shoes: Bring two pairs, The sky scraping stilettos or the show ponies as I call them and a little pair of flats or ballerina pumps. Save the heels for all the action in the course and wear the flats on the way in and out of the course your feet will thank you!

Emergency Kit: I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a thousand times never leave home without a little emergency kit, I know it sounds a little grannyish but you would be surprised how a dress or hat can become loose or ripped so quickly. Your emergency kit should consist of  super glue, safety pins, hair clips, a little sewing kit and those little miracles that they call Scholl Party Feet Invisible Gel Cushion. They will save you from cuts and blisters of all sorts but if the damage is already done use some plasters instead.

Beat the bulging bag: Don’t go and destroy your bag by filling it with unnecessary items. The best thing is to go to Tesco or Boots and pick up some of the travel size products and share them out between you and your girlfriends so everybody is carrying some lotion or potion that you will need later and not just you.

Top Tip: to get rid of that unsightly hat band get two rubber bands and place them on your head the hat should stay security on unless windy. If it is very windy a spot of wig glue on the hat will keep it fastened to the rubber band and can be easily removed.

PS: If you want to be in the running for best dressed lady some race tracks have a requirement that you register and for others all you have to do is show up. For those of you who want to avoid disappointment make sure to check the policy on the racing festivals website.

Below are some of the stylish ladies who frequent best dressed lists and racing festivals year round X

Stylishly Yours

Aidan X

 

 

 

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Summer Fashion Wrapped Up- The Iconic Wrap Dress

It’s one of the most flattering pieces out there and continues to reign as a summer staple in many women s wardrobe.Yes it’s the wrap dress I’m on about and if you don’t own one it’s time to invest in one.

The Wrap dress was invented by Diane von Fürstenberg in 1972/1973 and it is still stylish to this very day. You all may be wondering “what is so special about a wrap dress”? Well I’ll tell you what’s so special, A wrap dress is basically like a fancy dressing gown with most wrap dresses having a little belt to nip in the waist. The neckline of a wrap dress has the ability to shed pounds off a woman’s body and teamed with the right accessories and shoes a wrap dress can take you from your office desk to the hottest night spot in town

Wrap dresses are made with jersey fabric which is known for its body hugging properties(plus you can throw it into your suitcase and it will still look great when you unpack it) They also come in a variety of sizes prints and cuts ranging from very classic to very modern.

A good wrap dress can last you many seasons and is an essential wardrobe piece. Wrap dresses can really be dressed up or down depending on the event. If you bought a wrap dress that was not too daring in print you would get away with consecutive wears without people noticing, All you would have to do is change up the accessories, From a summer wedding, The races or just a family barbecue you can’t go wrong with a stylish wrap dress.

Check out some stylist ladies of all shapes and sizes below who know how to work the wrap dress

Stylishly Yours

Aidan X

Beyonce Wearing Wrap Dress

Beyonce Wearing Wrap Dress

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker

 

First Lady Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama

 

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren

 

Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson

 

Gemma Collins

Gemma Collins

 

 

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson

 

Some Tips from DVF

Some Tips from DVF

LES DESSOUS DE L’ISERE: THE HISTORY OF LINGERIE

I took advantage of my time in Grenoble with a visit to the Musée de Dauphinois, found halfway up to the Bastille. Usually, this is just an archaeology museum which contains an underground tomb filled with old skeletons from the past, which is still pretty cool if you ask me. However, there’s also another side to it, filled with temporary exhibits… like a lingerie-through-the-years exhibit. Or a “History of the Alps” exhibit.

I think you all can guess which one I went to!

The exhibit Les Dessous was richly created  as a reconstruction of the lingerie industry in Grenoble. Upon entering the exhibit there were displays of vintage lingerie, as well as advertisements that could be seen throughout the city in the 1900s. As we walked through the exhibit the lingerie became increasingly modern and even featured pieces from modern designers made for American movies. The exhibit explained how the increasing popularity of French lingerie caused the industry to develop larger factories to keep up with the export demands and how that affected Grenoble as the hub of this activity. .
              
Les Dessous pays homage to how the evolution of lingerie affected the lives of women throughout the ages. The exhibit begins with corsets and vintage lingerie showing how women’s bodies were once constricted. The exhibit is meant to showcase how  the differences between vintage and modern lingerie propelled the emancipation of women. 

Below are some images from the exhibition

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