A Week in Instagram

February 6, 2013

Daily Digest, Hair & Beauty

A Week in Instagram

Last week was one helluva busy time here at WhatSheWears.ie so we thought, what better way to show you what we got up to than with Instagram photos.


The week began with a birthday party for my sister Angela, which we celebrated in Vintage Cocktail Club. It’s one of Dublin’s newest venues which is clad in vintage furniture and an opulant 1920’s style cocktail bar.  The food was to die for  – we had the canape menu which consisted of lots of heavenly small bites, such as these mini slices of cheesecake.


Press days included a trip to Dundrum Town Centre to visit Harvey Nichols where their fashion director Paula Reed (formerly of Grazia) was over from the UK to talk us through their spring summer collection, which focuses on occasion wear. I’ve spoken about the dress brands that they’ve got there before (you can read the article here) – favourites include Philip Armstrong who designed dresses for Cheryl Cole while she was on the XFactor and Catherine Deane maxi dresses, as worn by Khloe Kardashian.

It’s great to see Harvey Nichols finally supporting Irish designers too, with hats by Edel Ramberg and coats and dresses by Fee G –  both designers are pictured in this image above too.


Three new concepts in beauty opened their doors in Dublin last week. Firstly, Marks & Spencer have branched in beauty with the opening of Your Beauty, a brand new beauty hall in Mary Street Dublin and soon-to-be-in M&S Grafton Street, Dundrum and Liffey Valley. The focus is on niche science-meets-skincare products from the US, France & Italy with many vegan, organic and wonder products such as Nuxe gracing the aisles. See our party pictures from the launch here.


Secondly, LA Creative have opened a new one stop beauty emporium and shop located in the most beautiful of glass fronted buildings on Dublin’s Chatham Street – you can’t miss it!  For the opening, Kim Menzies (Alesha Dixon’s hair stylist – who also teaches beauty at LA Creative) showed us how to get this season’s 60’s make-up look on model Roz Purcell, pictured above. It’s a great place to get your makeup or tan done, have a mani pedi or even a bit of botox if you are that way inclined (they have a doctor present for such treatments three days a week).  LA Creative, Chatham St, Dublin 2.


Finally, Empower Studio not only specialise in hair and make-up but they are Dublin’s premier high fashion creative agency, working with brands on many fashion and beauty related projects. Launched by make-up artist Aisling Powell, the studio is perfectly located above Project 51 on South William Street, where Aisling and her team of artists offer high fashion and bridal makeup and the most fabulous HD brow treat,emt, which I had done during their open day (see pic above).

Their Feburary and March offers are phenomenal so if you’ve got some brows to tame or need a makeup touch up, check them out. Empower Studio, 51 South William Street, Dublin 2 www.empowerstudio.ie . P.S. You can win a HD brows treatment on WhatSheWears.ie this week, see here for details.


Wednesday was a miserable day where I got rained on A LOT while going from A to B but after a quiet January, it was worth making the effort to go an evening bash  in the Radisson penthouse on Golden Lane, hosted by Pandora. There we were treated to sparkling Rose wine, chicken skewers and fluffy coconut desserts which reminded me of “snowballs” from years ago.

The best part of the night was the announcement that Pandora have collaborated with Girls Aloud, where Cheryl, Nicola, Kimberly and Sarah have all designed a Pandora bracelet. They’re on sale in Pandora stores from now until St. Patrick’s Day, the date of the Girls Aloud concert in Dublin. Nicola’s design is by far my favourite, see it in the picture above centre.


I spotted a 25% off sale on M&S Facebook page and so took the opportunity to buy this Peter Pilotto-esque print dress, which I’d had my eye on. It was my first time ordering online from marksandspencers.ie and the package arrived in 4 days just as the site had promised and luckily the dress fitted perfectly.


One of the things I love to do when I can afford it, is eat out in Dublin, so when I discovered the Temptster app on Saturday in new eaterie Fade Street Social – it was a revelation. It’s a new real time booking app for last minute restaurant deals in Dublin.

The idea is that if a restaurant is not fully booked, or has had a cancellation or no show, it offers a large discount or complimentary dish or drink to customers who can fill that seat. And because it uses GPS technology, Temptster will only show you offers in your area.  So you might  even get a last minute table or a free drink on a Saturday night !


It’s twenty-one years since Burts Bees launched their wonderful Beeswax Lip Balm (€3.95 in chemists nationwide), and they sent me this personalised one to celebrate. A nice treat indeed.

Last but not least, I bumped into singer Paolo Nutini which was DEFINITELY the highlight of  my week. You can read all about it here.

For more behind the scenes photos, you can follow WhatSheWears.ie on Instagram under “WhatSheWears” or Tumblr.

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