Mulled Apple Juice Recipe

Mulled Apple Juice Recipe

This time of year, give me mulled anything and I will be happy! There's nothing quite like a steaming hot mug of something delicious to warm you up on a winter's night. Personally, I can't get enough of mulled wine but it's not everyone's cup of tea (pun absolutely intended!). For those of you who are not fans of the tang of the classic mulled red, we have some fabulous alternatives. This week, it's Mulled Apple Juice.

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& Other Stories Launches in Dublin + Our Top Picks

& Other Stories Launches in Dublin + Our Top Picks

& Other Stories is one of those stores I have been wishin' & hopin' would open its doors in Ireland for so long! And the time has finally come - the store will open on Dublin's Grafton street before Christmas this year (unfortunately, there is not official launch date as of yet, but we will keep you posted).

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5 Things: Christmas Edition

5 Things: Christmas EditionChristmas is one of our favourite times in the year and even though the weather is unseasonably warm we're still enjoying being with my family & friends, cooking lots and getting everything ready for Christmas Day. Here are 5 of our favourite Christmas things.

  1. Hot Chocolate
  2. Chocolate Bark
  3. Christmas Shopping
  4. Christmas Rocky Road
  5. Christmas Eve Traditions

Hope you're enjoying your Christmas too!

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White & Gold Christmas Nails

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White & Gold Christmas Nails | I am not a huge fan of glitter and sparkle but even I can't help myself come Christmas & New Year's! I recently got this absolutely stunning gold flecked top coat from Lancôme and new that it will have to make an appearance soon. 

White and gold is my favourite combination but the top coat looks equally as nice on deep burgundy or navy nail polish... or any other one for that matter. It's not really a glitter, it has these pieces of gold leaf suspended through it and on the nails looks like the prettiest golden snow.

White & Gold Christmas Nails - Easy Gold Leaf Effect Nails with Barry M & Lancome | Pink Elephant BlogAs a base I have used one of my favourites, Barry M Coconut, which is a gorgeous off white. Together with the Lancôme Vernis in Love Golden Top Coat it makes the perfect Christmas nails without the need for any tricky nail art (believe me, I can barely paint my nails, never mind attach small bits of gold leaf to them!!) The top coat is limited edition but it's still available, at least in Brown Thomas.

If you are looking for something a bit special for your nails for the silly season I highly recommend checking out this top coat!

Lancôme Vernis in Love Golden Top Coat (555) is €19.50, available from Lancôme counters.

What's your favourite nail polish to crack out for Christmas & New Year's parties?

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The Ultimate Christmas Gifts for Her

      The Ultimate Christmas Gifts for Her

Christmas shopping... One of the most exciting and dreaded things ever! I absolutely adore buying presents for my family and friends, but as soon as I hit a packed car park stress and panic kick in. This year, however, after extensive research online, I have made a list of things I want to get for everyone and thought I will share with you my Ultimate Christmas Gifts List. This one is for the ladies! 

There are a few standout gifts for me this season. The Happiness Planner is one of them, what a great present to kick off the year with positivity! I am also loving the golden shaker. Bar accessories are really in... and honestly, who doesn't like cocktails? L'Occitane are, as always, an amazing stop for gifts for lovers of gorgeous fragrances. Their packaging is stunning so minimal wrapping efforts required here!

(click the pictures to get the links to products)

 

Hope you like our ultimate gift picks for this season! What will you be buying for the ladies in your life?

P.S. Feel free to send a link to this post to husbands / boyfriends / dads! They may like some help ;)

 

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Back to Black | Christmas Party Outfits

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Back to Black - party dresses

A little black dress is always a good idea. It's timeless, classy & looks great on everybody. This year shops are packed with amazing choices for black partywear and here are a few options that have caught my eye recently.

The good people at Zara are doing a particularly fab job this season and have an entire black evening wear collection in stores at the moment. There are some absolutely gorgeous lace numbers & great midi dresses that would look amazing paired with some heeled boots. So if you, like me, are the casual type that likes all things laid back and comfortable these pieces may just be for you.

Clockwise from the left:

Velvet & Lace Dress - €59.95 Velvet Bucket Bag - €39.95 Black Stone Necklace - €17.95 Black Earrings - €14.95 Black Tube Dress - €59.95 Long Silk Lace Dress - €99.95 Black Fringed Boots - €69.95

Have you seen any amazing Christmas party outfits anywhere lately? Zara are knocking it out of the park for me but I would love to know where you love shopping for partywear!

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Stephen's Day / Boxing Day Beauty Sales

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Stephen's Day Beauty Sales.001I am not a great sales shopper. Crowds make me anxious, I can never find anything good and usually abandon the whole thing after an hour of fruitless looking around the packed shops. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about online sales where everything is too easy to find and bargains are so good!

This Stephen's Day / Boxing Day sales are no exception so I thought I will share my top beauty sales finds from today! Happy shopping!

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads €20.99 from feelunique.com

Rose O12 Moisture Defense Oil £25.20 from cultbeauty.com

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial €48.96 from feelunique.com

Alpha-H Liquid Gold Supersize €57.08 from lookfantastic.com

Kevin Aucoin The Essential Eyeshadow Set #4 £25.80 from cultbeauty.com

Sinner Lipstick in Red by Lipstick Queen £12 from cultbeauty.com

Stila Merry & Bright Set (Convertible Colour in Tulip) £12 from cultbeauty.com

Aromatherapy Associates Instant Inner Strength €15.24 from lookfantsastic.com

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer €22.22 from lookfantastic.com

 

What are your top sale finds?

A. xx

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