Monday, 26 November 2012

Cara Delevingne by Terry Richardson

Cara Delevingne is the latest star to be shot by photographer Terry Richardson in his studio. For those of you who don't normally go near the Internet and somehow don't know who Terry Richardson is, he has shot some of my favourite people including Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey, Sky Ferriera, Kate Moss and even Obama. He's also shot for labels such as Tom Ford and Yves Saint Laurent.
These black and white candids show some of Cara's quirky side which we don't usually see when she's modelling for Chanel and Dolce and Gabanna. Vogue has also named her the "star face" of autumn/winer 2012/2013. On top of all that, she is currently the face of Burberry Beauty.
In the shoot, Cara models Terry's specs which have become his trademark along with his handlebar moustache.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Elizabeth Taylor Barbie Dolls

Two Elizabeth Taylor dolls have been unveiled by Mattel to commemorate the late actress. The faces of the dolls were even approved by the icon herself ten years prior to her death in 2011. Both have been named after one of her fragrances - 'Violet Eyes' and 'White Diamonds'. No prizes for guessing which one is which. They each come with their own accessories including a mini toy version of the perfume they were named after. Both of the doll's dresses also come complete with a red satin ribbon to represent the charity work she did to help people living with HIV and AIDS.
Being a huge fan of Elizabeth Taylor, I was over the moon when I first heard they were coming out with more dolls of her. However the chances of me actually buying one is the same as me being sent a Chanel bag by Karl Lagerfeld himself. The price of The White Diamonds doll comes in at $125 and The Violet Eyes doll at $150. I may only be sixteen but the prices of Barbie dolls sure have gone up since I was a child. However, if you are mad enough to buy one, you can get them at Barbie Collector.
These two dolls are the fourth and fifth Elizabeth Taylor Barbies to have ever been made. The first three were released together back in 2009.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Argento: Karma Jewellery Range - Review

This review was supposed to be posted much earlier than this, but I have been absolutely dying sick the past week so apologies!

Recently, I was asked to review Argento's new Karma range. I jumped at the chance when I first saw the pieces! Argento currently have over forty stores throughout the UK with five more in the Republic of Ireland and ship internationally on their site. Their Karma range is fairly inexpensive and any of their pieces would be the perfect gift for any girl in your life as they have something for just about everyone.

Antique Flower Cluster Ring

You can buy this ring from their website here.
I absolutely fell in love with this ring when I first saw it because of it's antique look - which the name suggests. However, at first I was slightly apprehensive to order it because I have man fingers but I adored it too much not to. When it arrived though, I found that it had an adjustable elasticated band (it says it on the site - of course I didn't see it though!). Usually I find adjustable bands to be quite irritating, but I find no problem with this one whatsoever. 
I absolutely love statement rings, and this is definitely one. It's a fairly big piece of jewellery without taking over your entire hand. I've also gotten back into wearing a lot of silver jewellery lately so this is just perfect.


Amethyst Fall in Love Necklace

You can buy this necklace from their website here.
Since the ring was such a statement piece, I decided to get a more toned down necklace. There is also a Crystal version of this necklace available, but I went with the purple coloured one because it's my favourite colour and I thought it would work better with the winter months ahead. The stone also comes in the form of a longer necklace, bracelets, earrings and rings. The little details in this necklace makes it look more expensive than it actually is yet still maintaining it's amazing quality. I absolutely adore the way the stone is cut and the way it reflects the light. It also has little details around the stone which I love as well.


There's currently a sale on the Karma range on Argento's website with up to 50% off the prices stated above.

Coca-Cola Autumn/Winter 2013 at Fashion Rio

I know most of you are probably thinking that you read the title wrong or I made a typo. Nope, Coca-Cola actually design clothes now and really well at that. We should have expected it though with all of it's collaborations with designers over the years. The soft drink company showcased their autumn/winter designs for 2013 at Fashion Rio in Brazil earlier this month. Unlike their packaging, their designs aren't exactly plain. With the use of materials like mesh, neoprene and nylon they produced quite a sporty range with retro floral prints. Of course there's also a bit of self-advertising thrown in there, but what do you expect?

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

☠ Halloween Tag! ☠

As you can see, I've been fairly M.I.A for the past two months which I really wasn't planning on. I went back to school back in September which kept me away from my blog quite a bit, along with a few other things. I've been meaning to start back blogging the past week or so when I saw that I was tagged by Maggie Munster to do the Halloween tag, so I thought, what better way to start things off again?

Amityville Horror
1. Favourite Halloween movie?
I absolutely adore watching horror movies all year round, so when it comes to the week of Halloween I'm just spoiled for choice. If I had to choose a favourite horror movie it'd probably be Amityville Horror - I would say the original but, the 2005 version has a shirtless Ryan Reynolds which nothing can compete with. As for normal Halloween movies it's between Hocus Pocus, Nightmare Before Christmas or Halloween Town.

2. What age did you stop trick-or-treating?
I can't remember the exact age that I stopped however, I remember being one of the last of my friends to stop. That didn't really affect me though considering I was about ten the last time I went trick-or-treating.

3. Favourite Halloween costume you've worn? 
I've only dressed up for Halloween about twice since since I stopped trick-or-treating and even when I was younger I didn't dress up as anything very spectacular or unique. I do remember one year though, when I was about five, when I went as Buttercup from The Powerpuff Girls. I was absolutely obsessed with them at the time and unfortunately I can't find any photos of my costume.

4. What are you going to be this year?
A grumpy sixteen year old that stays at home blogging while ignoring children at her door. 
As much as I say I love Halloween, I end up doing nothing for it. Even when I have plans for the night I don't usually dress up as anything in particular.

My favourite Halloween costume.
5. Do you like going to haunted attractions?
I am absolutely obsessed with anything paranormal, but unfortunately there's no haunted attractions around me, that I'm aware of anyway. 

6. Vampires or werewolves?
If I had to choose, I'd go with werewolves. I absolutely detest vampires, from any era, not just the ones that sparkle from recent years. Even when I was a child I refused to ever dress up as one.

7. Favourite Halloween candy?
I never really had a favourite up until a few years ago when I had a candy apple for the first time - I know, I know, what have I been doing every Halloween? 

8. Do you decorate your house?
My dad used to be mad about decorating the house every Halloween when I was a child and I would, of course, always help him. However, in recent years, he'd decorate the house on the morning of the 31st and take everything down the next afternoon. This year was different though because we've had decorations up all around the house for the past week and a half. I always have to decorate my room every year though and I usually end up not moving them until New Year.
One of my favourite decorations in my room.
Instagram - SophieLouiseButler

9. Least favourite costume?
As I've already said, I absolutely cannot stand vampires so probably them. Or when half of the teenage girls in the country go as cats every year. If you're going to dress up, at least put a bit more effort into it then just putting a bit of black eyeliner on your nose.

10. Have you ever repeated a costume and what was it?
I can't even remember half of the costumes I wore when I was younger but I'm pretty sure I went as a witch more than once. Other than that I don't think I have.

11. Any weird family traditions for Halloween?
My family have never really been really into Halloween, I suppose. We do get barmbrack every year like any other Irish family. I'm pretty sure it's only an Irish tradition anyway but for anyone who isn't aware of it - barmbrack is basically just bread with raisins and sultanas in it but there's also a ring in it and it's meant to bring luck to whoever finds the ring.

12. Do you believe in ghosts?
I've always been a strong believer in ghosts. I adore reading and watching anything on the paranormal. I have had a few experiences relating to the paranormal but nothing major. 


Friday, 24 August 2012

Louise Gray for Topshop

Topshop has by far had their fair share of designers create a collection for their shop, and now Scottish designer Louise Gray is joining in. Not only is she designing clothes for them, but also makeup. This is the first time since it's launch twelve years ago that Topshop makeup has done a designer collaboration. 
This collection definitely reflects Louise's vibrant personality and love of colour. She said that she wanted to create "something young and fun, similar to the fashion and makeup I already wear".
The clothes are a tad on the expensive side (£130.00 - £200.00) whereas the makeup has the usual Topshop makeup price tag (£6.50 - £32.00).



'In The Dollhouse' by Dina Goldstein

I've seen photographer's Dina Goldstein's work around the internet recently, especially on Tumblr. Most of what is featured in her 2009 project 'Fallen Princesses' which looks at Disney princesses and what they would be like if they were real in today's world. Said project has won several awards, been published internationally in magazines and been studied in high schools and universities.
Her newest project, made at the start of this year, follows the life of 'B' and 'K' (Barbie and Ken) in their loveless, less than perfect marriage. Even with B being the most successful doll in the world, her husband K is struggling with his sexuality.

Dina Golstein // Photographer & Creator

Reghan Blake // 'B' Doll
Nathaniel Campbell // 'K' Doll
Dave Pol // GI Gene
Stephen Kroeger // 'The Boyfriend'

Behind the Scenes
Shot and edited by Lisa Wu

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Birthday Haul

Although my birthday was just over three weeks ago, I felt that everything I had bought up until the other day still counted as a birthday present.
I personally don't really like the idea of celebrating birthdays, I haven't done so since I was about ten years old and I never really ask for anything. However, this year I got One Direction tickets about a month ago and I'm pretty sure my mother got them for me as a birthday present so I decided to include them in this (I'm going on the twelfth of March in Dublin for anyone else that's going). I also still get money from my relatives for my birthday, which I was planning on saving for Germany next month but of course that didn't happen.
I went to Dublin for a few days the day after my birthday and I also went to Galway for the day a couple of days ago which is why most of the stuff  is from Topshop as we no longer have one here.
Topshop // €33.00
River Island // €20.00
Topshop // €20.00
Topshop // €30.00
River Island // €21.00

€12.50 // €6.00 // €1.50
Nivea Soft Moisturiser - €3.35 // Mini Batiste Dry Shampoo - €1.99 // Soap & Glory Mini Hand Food - €3.50 // Max Factor Xperience Foundation (Light Ivory 40) - €19.99 // L'OrĂ©al Volume Million Lashes Mascara - €16.79
The Rum Diary - €9.99 // Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - €12.25
Both by Hunter S. Thompson

Flatforms // River Island // €25.00
(Dirty already, haha)