Snapshot of my week

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1 Listening to:  Sigma –Nobody to love. Kanye West is sucking lemons over it apparently (which makes me like it even more lol)    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD5fLb-WgBU

2 Eating: Soya milk instead of Cows milk and other Dairy. My way of eating vegan without having to give up meat, which I love so much.

3 Doing: Driving lessons, plucking out a few beginner tunes on my sisters old guitar and painting some still life paintings for my family (no reallly)…my mam nearly fell over when she realized I had a hidden talent (and so did I ha)

4 Reading: Nothing! My FE1 exams are finally over! I’m not opening a book ever again….well until the results are out and I’ll have to study again…but a girl can dream.

5 Wishing:  I could fast forward my life to the 5th of July, when I’m going to be traveling up the Gold Coast in a VW Hippy van with my besties.

6 Using: Mane and tail shampoo + conditioner. Clinique Cityblock sheer primer, and MAC eye shadow in “belgian chocolate” mixed with Catrice “Goldrush”. And the Lumie Clear acne clearing light (reviews of all of them coming this week)  

7 Wearing: My hair in a fishbone plait, andSS14 pastels one day, then winter woolies the next! Will the weather ever make up its mind.

8 Loving: This blissfully ignorant period I’m having now that my FE1 exams are over, but I dont know the results yet. So I can have as much fun as I want, guilt free.  

9 Watching: Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Netflix – 100% 90’s TV! Still can’t believe I was 7 when it first aired!

10 Google-ing: “Rock me mama like a wagon wheel” guitar tutorial. No weirdo instructors please.

Shopping the Dublin launch of Isabel Marant for H&M 2013

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H&M’s high end designer collaborations are notorious for selling out within minutes of going on sale, and then selling for three or four times the price on eBay within hours. You have to practically camp outside the shop to get a chance at buying anything. And this seasons collaboration was no different! The collection hit stores last Thursday the 14th, and yours truly was there waiting at the door for the 9am opening ready to give you guys the inside scoop.

Now, not being a fan of freezing to death overnight in a pop up tent Bear Grylls /Blaire Witch Project style, I decide to skip to camping overnight part, and rocked up at the store at 8:30am, after a good night sleep in my house, thinking “Mama didn’t raise no fool” “I’ll be way ahead of the crowds and be at the front of the que”- I wasn’t! There was already a que outside that could give Coppers a run for its money. Some had been there since 6am to ensure a good spot, bringing long suffering boyfriends and best friends in tow to mind their stop in the line while they went on bathroom breaks. But the atmosphere was friendly, everyone chatting about what pieces wanted (the fringed boots, embellished Aztec jacket, silk speckled dress and the red leggings were on everyone’s list) and not unsurprisingly, most had no intention to wear them, they were just going to sell them for three times the price on eBay the second they got home (Mama didnt raise no fools in this que).

When the shop assistants rocked up at 9am to open the shop, and issue out the “VIP wristbands” allowing you shop the collection, and present at the till or else you couldn’t buy. This was fine I thought, but then they issued the bombshell news- They only had 30 wristbands available! You could only buy 10 items! No buying of multiple items! And then - WE ONLY HAD 10 MINUTES TO SHOP! Well, there was no chit-chatting after that! This news was met with shifty glances counting the people ahead, sizing up the competition, like a heard of wilderbeast standing across the watering hole from lions.

Once the doors opened, there was a stampede towards the collection! It was a bit like an episode of supermarket sweep! Everyone was grabbing their loot and running to the til.

In the end, all that was left behind were earrings! Everything sold out in under ten minutes! But I did manage to get some pic’s just before the madness really broke out. And I gotta tell ya, the hysteria isnt worth it – they’re just like any other H&M clothes, just with fantastic marketing and re-sale value. There expensive for their quality, and they’re not particularly well cut, despite being designed by Isabel Marant, and they are nothing like her main line pieces. So when you consider that these things are going to sell for nearly €500-600 on eBay, it makes me wonder should people just buy from the main line instead, given they are close enough to the same price at that point but the quality is better…..well unless you can get it on the day from H&M that is…. Anyone got a pop up tent I could borrow for next year?

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Penney’s Bambi Jumper €12 is the spits of Givenchy’s $1375 Bambi jumper – Woohoo!

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Every now and then in fashion, a miracle happens. An affordable high street item comes along, is so good that it becomes an iconic item, going viral in the blogosphere and appearing on every street, on every girl worth her fashion salt (like those €25 Zara skorts that were seen on every fashion insider this summer).
Well, prepare for a second wave guys! This week, Penney’s (or Primark if you’re one of my UK followers) have just released this €12 Bambi jumper that’s the spits of the 2013 celeb favourite Givenchy sweater, which is a whopping $1375!!

Ever since this baby was seen at Penney’s “Darkly romantic winter 2013 collection” press preview back in September, it was predicted by fashion insiders and bloggers alike to become the “it” item this season. I know this, because when I first saw it at that same preview, My eyes practically popped out of my head with lust, my legs went as wobbly as Bambi’s as I made my way towards it, prevented only, by tripping over my tongue that was dragging behind me on the floor. You’d think that was a weird sight, but no one saw me -everyone else was doing the same, stepping unawares over my fallen carcass, with equally wobbly Bambi legs, and the same fashion lust induced tunnel vision, a large heaving crowd forming around said jumper, as I jiggled around untangling my tongue from my legs….so that was my first clue.

And ok, while it’s not a carbon copy of the Givenchy version below, seen on Lilly Collins, Beyoncé, and Corrine Rottfeld, the Penney’s one above is definitely a good interpretation, and I actually think I like it more than Givenchy’s to be honest. But like everything good in Penney’s, you have to get there quick before they’re gone! So run out now, before you trip over your tongue!

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9 Crow Street – Dublin’s hottest Vintage store AW 2013

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If you havnt heard of 9 Crow Street vintage store yet, then you soon will! It is one of Irelands hottest new vintage boutiques, featured in every Irish magazine you pick up these days. They have even been featured in British Vogue, as in-BRITISH VOGUE - the style bible everyone in fashion would give their right arm and more, to be featured in!….but never are, because they just arnt BRITSH VOGUE standard….But that’s not the case with 9 Crow Street.

They are a cut above the rest of the vintage market, hand selecting each piece, to ensure that it is of the highest quality, always on trend, dry cleaned, and without that “vintage shop” smell. Every time I go into their shop, or look at their facebook updates, it’s as if they read my mind, and knew what I was looking for, before I knew I was looking for it! The vibe of the shop is very 90s – think of the cult classic movie “Clueless” and your right on the money! Its a bit like walking into Cher’s computerised closet! Check out the slideshow at the bottom of the post to see some of their stuff.

Unlike allot of vintage stores, 9 Crow Street are very driven, constantly updating their cool and edgy website, delivering worldwide, using Irelands coolest edgy stylists, photographers, and models for their photoshoots, and interacting with their customers through social media – they even ask their fans to send them their wish lists when they are heading to the states on buying trips. And all of this is the brainchild of three early twenty something’s! Expect even bigger things from these guys in years to come!

So, you would think that with this level of cool and quality, that everything in 9 Crow Street would be super expensive, but its not! Expect to pay between €20-€30 for knitwear skirts and trousers, €35-€70 for coats and jackets, and €20-€70 for going out stuff.

If you want to head down and pay them a visit, their new shop (not actually located on 9 Crow Street anymore) is on 57 Amiens Street, IFSC, Dublin 1, Ireland. Or check out their website http://9crowstreet.com/ , or add them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Chanel AW 13 show

This is one of my favourite AW 13 shows. Karl Lagerfeld, head designer for Chanel, says that the concept for the show has two dimensions. First that the first Chanel boutique opened 100 years ago in 1913, and now there are 300 Chanel boutiques all over the world. But secondly, because now from China to the Middle East, everyone adores Chanel. And this is because even after 100 years, they are making a product that is still desirable and still relevant. “A tribute to the world if you will, and a tribute to the brand of Chanel” says Lagerfeld of his collection.

The giant globe in the middle marks with a small light, the location of each Chanel store in each country across the globe. The set and the globe itself took over 400 hours to make and there was even a question that this could not be done as something like this had never been attempted before. But with typical Chanel ingenuity, the impossible was made possible.

In keeping with the global theme, the show also had the highest proportion of Asian and Middle Eastern models of any show at fashion week this year. Which is a great step in the right direction for high fashion, but this is also because these markets (unlike the west) are still booming economically and are now Chanel’s biggest consumers, so it makes sense to represent them on the catwalk.
They are also quite conservative dressers in Asia and in the Middle East, but at the same time they are very fashion and design conscious, so the chic ladylike designs that Chanel creates are a perfect fit for these markets.

I want everything in this collection! Expect to see allot of greys and shadows on the high street this season, allot of flat shoes, and allot of chains on accessories, as seen here, because Chanel is the go-to designer for the high street designers inspiration. And as everyone in fashion knows, where Tsar Karl leads, everyone follows.

What are your hair, skin, and beauty must haves 2013?

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Confession time- My name’s Louise – and I am the biggest beauty junkie on the planet! I have three huge makeup bags that are overflowing…along with a million other products littering my dressing table. I’ve had flings with almost every product out there, staying faithful to some, and ditching others after one night (Bloggers are such a fickle bunch).

But I want to know which products YOU, my faithful fashionista followers use? What are your favourite -cant live without – would buy no matter what- sell your granny for- products?

Just Copy and Paste the categories below (filling them in of course) and then email them to Editor.squeezielou@gmail.com
All information is 100% confidential, so let us know what products you love love love.

Skincare:
Cleanser :
Toner:
Moisturiser :
Serum :
Night cream :
Zit zapper:
Dry Skin Saver:
Exfoliator :
Mask:
Fake Tan:
Secret Weapon:

Makeup:
Foundation:
Powder:
Primer:
Highlighter:
Illuminator:
Concealer:
Lipstick:
Brows:
Eye shadow:
Mascara:
Eyeliner:
Lipliner:
Gloss:
Bronzer:
Blush:
Secret Weapon:

Hair :
Best Tools:
Shampoo:
Conditioner:
Mask:
Treatment:
Salon:
Serum:
Hairspray:
Home Dye:
Heat protection:
Extensions:
Secret weapon:

Cocoa Brown Tan Night and Day Review

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Cocoa Brown Night and Day tan Mouse is the €8:50 Irish tanning brand taking the UK and Ireland by storm, and fast becoming a rival to the king of all tans-FakeBake. The other day I was sent out this little beauty, along with their “Tough Stuff” pre tanning scrub, and I gave it a whirl this bank holiday weekend.

Night and Day is an instant tanning mouse, that goes on very very dark for a night out, but then when you shower the next day, it washes away, but leaves behind a light natural looking sunkissed glow that’s just right for daytime.

Initially I thought “this is a gimmick” what difference does the time of day make to your tan? But then I thought back to all the nights out I’ve ever had. Sure, in Dublin it’s beyond normal to go out so tanned people wonder if you have Italian relatives. But then…in the cold light of the next day, when you rock up to college/work in that same super tan, well, it looks a bit walk of shame. So something like night and day is the perfect solution for people who like to work hard and play hard.

So how did it go? Well, I’m not the biggest tan fan these days, but I used to wear it every day, so I know each and every tan out there and what you can expect from them- which is not much. So when I tried this out I can honestly say it was first class! It actually looked like I had a real tan –not a fake tan! It was actually brown without a hint of orange in sight, you know, like how a real tan looks (that brown thing you get on your skin when you live in a hot country).

It’s really easy to apply, due to its dark colour you can instantly see if you have missed anywhere, and its oil free mouse formula means that it dries instantly and you just have to sweep up in quick straight lines to apply. So there’s no massaging in and then spending hours waiting around in your underwear for the stuff to dry like you do with a creamy formula. You also don’t have to use very much because one pump of this on a tan mitt is enough to tan one leg. I did my whole body and I still have loads left.

I can see why it’s compared to FakeBake. It’s very dark and natural, with that green cast undertone FakeBake has that masks and cancels out the pink tones present in fair skin. But it doesn’t stick to the hairs on your arms like FakeBake does, making you look like your serioso gorilla hairy, unless you rub it in like mad, like a gorilla.

The only drawbacks are that even though its an instant tan, its definetly not a low maintenance- last minute tanning system. With CB You have to use the “Tough Stuff” scrub and the oil free “Chocolate Whip” moisturiser the day before you tan, to avoid streaking and patching in dry areas like knees and elbows. And that even though I did this, I still had a slight bit of patching on my knees and elbows. And that’s not a great sign considering I have normal skin without any dry patches, so if you have dry skin this dry oil free formula could potentially be problematic.

But if you can get around that, this would be a great for glam girls who have had to cut the credit card and say goodbye to expensive spray tans and brands like FakeBake and St Tropez. And hey, it can’t hurt to support Irish brands. Well, so long as you can get around the knee and elbow patching.