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Flattering Swimwear for your Body Shape

June 16, 2017

 

Hi everyone,

Coming from someone who has literally bought 4 bikinis online in the past two days, and searched this exact topic myself yesterday – I think it’s fair to say that this is an important topic at this time of year. You gotta dress that ‘summer bod’ right and cater to your own shape. It makes all the difference to how you feel in your swimsuit. After all, the sexiest thing you can wear is confidence.

I’ve given some general shopping tips below, some examples of styles that work well as well as listing my favourite places to buy swimwear.

I’m sure I’m not the only one with holidays on the brain right now, so hopefully this post will help you get somewhat organised with your holiday shopping,

Happy Friday,

Louise x

Tummy concealing

Hiding your tummy is actually a lot easier than people think, the simple goal is to draw attention away from the mid-section. You can do this by covering it up, or cleverly disguising it.  See my tips and swimsuit picks below:

Shopping Tips:

  • Peplum shapes are not just for the office! They work wonders on the beach too.
  • If you carry your weight in the lower part of your belly, try on a retro, high-waisted suit. They’re on trend and great for covering the tummy
  • A full-piece with ruching can also help to conceal your stomach.
  • Choosing any one-piece with a plunging neckline with help to keep the focus upwards, rather than on your mid-section.

Large Bust

If you’re more well-endowed on top, then support is key. Opt for swimwear with underwire or molded cups to get the support you need. Avoid ruffles or embellishments up top if you’re hoping to minimize the focus on your chest.

Shopping Tips:

  • Bra-style bikini tops with underwire and adjustable straps provide are best for the bust 😉
  • Look for higher backs that help support your chest
  • Molded cups provide that little bit of extra support

Examples:

Small Bust

You can look for styles with more minimal coverage or embellished detailing, bows, and patterns to create the illusion of a larger chest.

Shopping Tips:

  • Triangle tops create the illusion of curves, as do tops with bold prints or embellishments with ruffles.
  • Bra tops, halter necks and padded push-up tops offer extra lift and can create cleavage.
  • A smaller bust always means you can wear tiny scoop tops or bandeaus — embrace them!


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Fashion, Lifestyle

Half Way Through

June 9, 2017

Hey there,

Happy Friday! This week was a lovely short one for me, with the bank holiday on Monday and the Benefit trip that didn’t happen on Wednesday and Thursday. I only ended up actually being in work for 2 days. If you follow me on social media you’ll know I was supposed to go on a trip with Benefit to an island off the coast of England but the weather was too bad to travel – so it was cancelled. I had two days in Dublin with no major plans, which is something that has become very unusual for me in the past 6-8 months.

I was able to organise some blog work, get some general life jobs done and I got to actually relax for the whole evening with Lauren – it was bliss. It also gave me some time to think, and to look over the past 6 months. We have hit June, the half way point for the year (where has the time gone!!!) and I thought it would be no harm to have a look at those New Year resolutions I made at the start of the year and see where I am now.

So what were my resolutions:

Smile more … 

This is one of my favourite resolutions I made last year. Just to clarify, I didn’t necessarily mean just physically smiling more, I meant just being happier in general. Paying more attention to all the things I have to be grateful for, and focusing on those. I remember coming up to Christmas last year I was feeling super tired and almost burned out. I was really busy with work and my blog and I had just moved house – so found myself getting stressed and not appreciating all the amazing things I have. No matter how crazy things get it’s important to always keep things in perspective and be happy with all things that are going right. So more smiling has definitely been happening this year 🙂  Continue Reading…

Fashion

Havaianas Flip Flops

June 1, 2017

Hi there,

I hope you are all having a good week.

Last Saturday I took part in such a fun shoot with Havaianas to promote their new pop-up shop in Arnotts. Although it was downpouring outside, it was summer inside for us on this shoot and all of these clothes got me so excited for the summer months ahead.

I was fresh off the plane for Marseille so in the perfect mood for a flip flop shoot. I had a little chat on Snapchat (lou1409) last night about all the travels I have coming up, so these flip flops will definitely be packed. I’m off to Beneisland next week with Benefit Cosmetics, then to Venice at the weekend and finishing up in London next week. The travelling just doesn’t stop this year – and I’m loving every second of every adventure I’ve been on (and hopefully plenty more to come!)

Below are the images we shot on the day, showing 6 different pairs of Havaianas, all priced between €17.90 to €30. They also have a Beaded/ Embellished range in store which is priced from €40 to €130. To celebrate the opening of the pop-up shop there is a cool offer in store whereby if you buy 2 pairs of Havaianas, you get a free lilo (in the shape of a GIANT FLIPFLOP!!!) You can also personalise your Havaianas  with charms, the charms start from €2. My favourite thing about these flip-flips is how unbelievably comfortable they are. Have you ever had an uncomfortable pair of flip-flops? That cuts between your toes and makes your feet feel heavy – is there anything worse in the world? I think not!

Thank you to the amazing team that helped put this shoot together on the day – Claudia styling, Sue doing hair and make-up and Aaron behind the camera. Keep an eye out for the photos in U magazine that will be hitting shelves on June 7th 🙂

Have a great evening guys (ALMOST THE WEEKEND!!!)

Lou x

Flip Flops €17.90 to €30, Havaianas @ Arnotts / Top: €24.99 H&M / Shorts: €35 River Island / Accessories: Accessorize

Flip Flops €17.90 to €30, Havaianas @ Arnotts / Dress: €48 River Island / Accessories: Accessorize

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Fashion

SHOPPING: Summer Holiday Dresses you NEED

May 31, 2017

Hey guys,

I’ve been getting lots of questions lately about holiday shopping. Holiday shopping is my favourite kind of shopping and especially when it comes to dresses. They are so easy and wearable in hot weather, so I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite dresses online at the moment. All are very reasonably priced, and sooo cute! I may have done some damage in the creation of this post haha!

Happy shopping,

Louise x

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Fashion

Shopping Post: Wedding Guest Dresses

May 22, 2017

Hi guys,

I hope you all had a great weekend. One question I am getting a LOT lately is have I seen any nice dresses for weddings and/or for brides for their hen parties. It must be that time of the year 🙂

I put together a post with some of my favourite dresses online at the moment. Lots of pastels, pleats and florals.

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Fashion, Lifestyle

Catching up

May 18, 2017

Hey guys,

First of all let me start off by apologising for not posting in SO LONG! It’s been almost a month. I can’t even remember the last time I’ve left it so long. I’m gonna use Cooper, work and life in general as my excuse this time. But I promise I won’t leave it so long again. I did do two new YouTube videos in my absence here, have you seen them? (here and here)

Speaking of Cooper, since I wrote my last blog post I have gained a puppy with my housemate Chloe. We are now dog-moms 🙂 and loving every second (bar those sleepless nights where he barked all night long!). He’s slowly getting the hang of peeing outside, staying in the crate at night and is just the best company (he’s cuddled up on my lap as I write this!)

In other news, I had been very lax about making summer plans this year. Partly due to the fact that I just love summer in Ireland and also because my holiday days in work are running out very quickly, but I have made some plans this week, and it’s shaping up to be a very busy, exciting summer. I’m never usually one to keep anything secret, but until everything is confirmed I’m gonna keep this one to myself. I promise I will share everything on the blog in due course 🙂  Continue Reading…