The Grammy winner said she wanted to spend the year focusing on herself.
Following her divorce from Simon Konecki, the Set Fire To The Rain singer vowed to learn how to fully love herself.
She said, "For the first time in a decade I’m ready to feel the world around me and look up for once… Learning to REALLY truly love yourself is it, and I’ve only just realized that that is more than enough."
Nasty Gal has teamed up with the legendary actress and model, Cara Delevingne. The dream duo are releasing a collection of holiday-ready pieces inspired by female rock icons of the ages as well as actress, musician and philanthropist Cara Delevingne.
The range, which is available now on NastyGal.com, the collection pays homage to the beguiling style of the international supermodel who is one of the most recognizable faces in the world.
To kick off Nasty Gal’s holiday collection, the brand looked no further than to partner with Cara Delevingne for their global campaign. Delevingne’s fearless style has captured international attention as she continues to make waves in fashion, cinema, and music.
With over 43 million followers on Instagram, her influence is widely recognized as she uses her platform to advocate for mental health, women’s rights, and animal conservation. In keeping with Nasty Gal’s tradition of partnering with unapologetically trailblazing women, Delevingne perfectly reflects the spirit of the brand. Inspired by female rock icons such as Cher and Stevie Nicks, the campaign featuring Delevingne was shot at Electric Lady Studios, the world-renowned recording studio founded by Jimi Hendrix.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to star in Nasty Gal’s holiday campaign,” said Cara Delevingne. “I’ve followed the brand for years and am inspired by their approach to fashion – always rebellious and ever evolving. I love to work with brands that push the envelope on style, and this collection does just that.”
Nasty Gal Ft. Cara Delevingne includes:
• Over 40 ready-to-wear separates including holiday-inspired tops, bottoms, skirts, dresses, jackets, pants, and more
• Key trend pieces include beaded jackets, statement tees, sheer tops, oversized suiting, 80s power shoulders, vegan leather, sequins and fringe
• Colors including black, gold, white, pink, leopard print, gray, and more
• Select styles range from 4-22
Our outfit for the office Christmas party is officially sorted!
Choosing a tattoo can be a challenge, especially when you don’t know where you want to get tattooed and you love so many different designs and ideas. Naturally, getting a new tattoo is an important decision, and there are many factors to consider.
From picking the right tattoo to deciding on where to get that tattoo to style, color and meaning, this guide will help you choose the right tattoo for you.
Picking The Best Tattoo
Choosing a tattoo can be life-changing since you’ll have it imprinted on your body for the rest of your life. On that note, it’s ideal to go with something that has a deeper meaning to you rather than with a popular design all the cool kids are getting.
However, note that we said that it should mean something to you. In other words, you can definitely go for something whimsical or out of the box, as long as it brings you joy. Like a cartoon character, a quote from your favorite movie, or a scene from a video game.
As for tattoos to avoid, we advise against getting the name of a loved one on your body, unless the relationship is incredibly serious. In other words, don’t get a tattoo of a partner you’ve only been dating for a month.
If the loved one is dead or your child, then the name is a safe choice. Otherwise, we would recommend caution. You can cover the name with another tattoo in the future if you no longer like it (it’s cheaper than removal), but that’s a hassle you don’t need.
Family Can Be A Safe Choice
If you’re getting a matching tattoo with a loved one, settle on a simple design that appeals to both of you. They don’t have to be identical, but they should go well together. When getting a tattoo with a member of the family, you can go for the last name of for a family symbol. If you’re getting inked with a friend or partner, choose something that is relevant for your relationship.
Consult Your Tattoo Artist
Besides checking the artist’s portfolio or browsing online for tattoo ideas, you can also try coming up with your own, unique design. Artists are generally open to working with your throughout the process to make sure you’ll be happy with the end result.
As long as you’re settled on a concept and have an idea about what you’re looking for, they can also make design-related suggestions that will bring the tattoo to the next level.
Research The Meaning
Just make sure to also consider how your tattoo will be perceived by the rest of the world. Is it something that may offend certain people or can mean something bad in another culture? This especially applies to Asian symbols.
The characters may not mean (only) what you thing they mean, so it’s best to double-check with a native speaker before getting one inked on your body.
Where To Get A Tattoo
Finally, make sure to consider placement before settling on a cute design. A discreet quote tattoo can look mesmerizing on the collarbone, but won’t have the same visual impact on your leg.
An intricate pattern/design can be eye-grabbing on the sleeve or chest, but can look less masterful on the foot since there’s less room to play with.
Also, tattoo artists are unlikely to ink visible areas of your body like the hands or face if you don’t have one or more tattoos already. Better start with something less extreme during your first visit and see how it goes.
What Tattoo Should I Get?
Tattoo designs ultimately come down to personal preference. That being said, it’s smart to consider a variety of factors before taking the leap. Besides the tips listed above, here are some other things to weight prior to scheduling an appointment with a tattoo artist.
Why Do You Want A Tattoo?
This is the fundamental question you should ask yourself before getting inked. Everyone has their own reasons for getting a tattoo, but there are some common causes that push most women and men to finally do it. Tattoos can help you express your personality or creativity.
Some get tattoos to celebrate a special milestone in life, signal their allegiance to a community, or pay homage to a loved one. Others get inked simply because tattoos are a work of art and are beautiful to look at, which is completely fine. If any of your reasoning is among these lines, good.
However, if you’re doing it because of peer pressure, because everybody has one, because it’s trendy, or because you’re bored, you might want to wait for a while longer before taking the plunge. A tattoo is a permanent mark on your body. You want to be 100% sure you’re ready for that before getting inked. Plus, the healing process is no joke.
Consider Where To Get A Tattoo
As we’ve already mentioned, some tattoos work best for certain areas of the body. Yet, there are other things to think about as well as far as placement is concerned.
Do you want to be able to hide your tattoo or have it visible all the time?
Do you want the tattoo to be eye-grabbing or discreet?
Would your workplace be OK with you showing up one day with a full tattoo sleeve?
High-maintenance tattoos are usually those on parts of the body that aren’t always covered – like the arms and legs. These can be affected by sunlight and fade over time, which means that they may need touch-ups.
On the other hand, back, shoulder, and chest tattoos are low-maintenance, since they are usually covered by clothes.
Similarly, you need to consider how your body will change as you get older. For instance, getting a tattoo on your abdomen may look awesome now if you have a six-pack. However, if you gain weight in a few years the design may look distorted. You won’t have this problem with a back tattoo or minimalist design that works anywhere.
Talk with your artist – they should be able to list the pros and cons associated with the placement you want.
How To Choose The Best Tattoo Designs
Make sure the design is something that speaks to you – it represents something you love or are attached to. It’s fine to check online or browse artists’ portfolios for inspiration, but don’t restrict yourself to designs that are already out there. If you have an idea for a unique tattoo, talk it over with the artist and come up with something together.
It’s also a good idea to test how you feel with the tattoo before getting it. This can mean simply drawing it with a marker on your body to get a feel for the final result. Or, get a henna tattoo on the body part you’re considering. These only last for about week, but can help you decide if you’re ready for the real thing.
Pick A Good Artist
The first thing you can do to make sure you’ll end up with a talented and professional tattoo artist is to ask around. Word of mouth recommendations are best, since you can hear from people who actually went through the experience. Checking the artist’s portfolio and looking up online reviews is also wise.
Plus, visit the studio in person before booking an appointment to check out the level of hygiene and see if you’re compatible with the artist. As long as their work makes you excited, you’re on the right track!
From poolside winner to campaign queen, TV star Amber Gill has teamed up with the iconic Littlewoods Ireland brand to model the latest Topshop edit since finding fame on Love Island.
Known for her fun and sassy personality, the 22-year-old shot to fame this summer after amassing over 2.8 million Instagram followers and winning the hearts and minds of viewers across the nation. In this shoot, Amber showcases her effortlessly glamorous style wearing the latest looks from Topshop, which is now stocked online at LittlewoodsIreland.ie
Making autumn’s biggest trends accessible for all, the edited Topshop collection offers an array of options that perfectly encapsulate the new season style. From printed dresses and high-shine leathers, to pastel outerwear pops and staple denim, Amber shows us how to look feminine and modern.
Amber said; “Each of these Topshop pieces is super strong in their own right, but I really enjoyed seeing them come together to create looks I wouldn’t have considered myself. The pink coat – definitely not something I’d have picked up – has got to be my favourite.”
Carly O’Brien, chief marketing officer at Shop Direct, which operates Littlewoods Ireland, said: “We’re delighted to stock Topshop and give our customers access to the brands they love, available with our flexible ways to pay. This partnership brings to life the Littlewoods Ireland ethos of ‘Own it’ perfectly and we’re confident our customers will find something they’ll love to own from the new edited collection.”
Speaking about appearing in the 'Primark 50' campaign, Sue explained, “to be asked to be a part of such a huge campaign for 'Primark 50' was an absolute pinch-me moment.
"I have been a loyal Penneys customer since I was a teenager and have worked with them collaboratively on fashion as well as my own beauty products that are stocked in their beauty department," she continued.
"Primark is so relatable to everyone; there's something for everyone of all tastes, all styles and all budgets. They have been a massive supporter of mine along my journey, and I want to say, ‘Thank you Primark for always believing in me. I really look forward to our continued success together'.”
Bran and soft barley blanket the smell of poppy and blackcurrant in the most beautiful way. The Jo Malone team recommend layering your scents to tailor for your individual needs.
Borrowed from the succulent cereal fields, where grains and flowers mingle, their poppies spun into a badge of beauty especially for us.
Celine Roux, Head of Global Fragrance, has described the collection in her own way;
"When I smell Poppy & Barley I am taken to the heart of an English meadow during the harvest. It's the end of every summer when the fields are a sea of gold and I picture lively light poppies moving and dancing in the breeze."
Primark have released a special new collection to celebrate the autumn season, and it really allows your style to…bloom *winks*.
Who said roses can only be the theme of Valentine's Day? Primark are going above and beyond to prove that rose patterns can be worn at any time of the year, including Autum/Winter '19.
The rose print collection focuses on femininity, with soft frills, vibrant reds and bussy bow necklines. We can't think of anything better to fit into our autumn wardrobes, especially with these low prices.
First up, Primark's rose print full-length dress with a cinched waistline priced at just €25:
What a look. You'll be the centre of attention in any room with a bold colour choice like this one.
Next up- Primark's floral rose print blouse in deep red for only €15;
The frilled sleeves and shoulders really add to the chic vibes this blouse is giving off. The pussy bow neckline is an added feminine touch.
The next skirt has a colour change from the deep reds of the previous two items, if you want more of a springtime look;
Did you really think they'd only offer you one type of rose print blouse? Hell no.
Primark's petal blouse with cream colouring really makes the red pop in this final piece. From the frills on the shoulders and sleeves to the collarbone neckline; you really can't get more glamorous.
The whole collection has a maximum price of €25, so what are you waiting for? Stay rosy this autumn. The rose print range is out now in all Primark stores.
Littlewoods Ireland, Ireland’s leading online department store, is delighted to announce the launch of British fashion brand, Topshop, adding to its array of covetable brands including Warehouse, Mango, Whistles and it’s very own V By Very collection.
To mark the launch, Littlewoods Ireland has recruited a dynamic style tribe of fashion talent; Hana Cross, Malaika Firth and Ella Richards to showcase the breadth and multitude of ways to land your look from the edited Topshop collection.
The Littlewoods Ireland x Topshop style tribe loved sharing their thoughts on each other’s looks, Hana Cross, said; ‘My friends are my style tribe, we message each other all the time saying, “Should I wear this?” or, “Do these jeans work with this?”, or “Is this cute?” I loved doing this shoot; the clothes were fabulous, especially the long black dress – love the fabric, I felt really comfortable in it and it's a piece you can wear during the day and go straight out in!”
With new styles landing frequently, shoppers can update their wardrobes with the latest fashion across clothing, footwear, accessories and reference key seasonal trends including utility, florals, leather and denim.
Speaking about the launch, Emma Alexander, Fashion Director at Littlewoods Ireland, said; “We’re so excited to be launching Topshop and especially pleased to be the only Irish retailer offering Topshop Beauty. The extensive product ranges will be trend-led and constantly refreshed, meaning customers really will be able to land their whole look at Littlewoods Ireland.”
Rossa Butler, Marketing and Operations Director for Littlewoods Ireland, said; “We’re thrilled to land Topshop, the fashion favourite of the high street, which we know our customers will love. As Ireland’s leading online retailer, this partnership will bring our existing customers more of the trends they love and will help to attract even more customers with our unrivalled mix of brands.”
Paul Price, CEO at Topshop Topman, added: “Topshop’s mission is to inspire customers and bring them exciting, design-led fashion at great value. We’re delighted to be partnering with digital pure play, Littlewoods Ireland– delivering our clothing, accessories and beauty to more shoppers’ homes at the click of a button.”
Littlewoods Ireland already stocks several of the Arcadia Group’s brands including Wallis, Evans and Miss Selfridge. This will be further enhanced by Topman, launching on 24th September followed by Burton and Dorothy Perkins ranges, launching on 9th September.
RESPECT, the organisation in charge of fundraising for capital projects and research within The Daughters of Charity Disability Support Service, have announced their latest event and we are blown away.
An afternoon of style will take place featuring Irish fashion designer Catriona Hanly in aid of the charity, with an Autumn/Winter 2019 collection on display.
RESPECT supports people by improving their surroundings and allowing them to be more independent, through capital building projects and ground-breaking research initiatives.
The unique fashion showcase is taking place on Friday, October 18 in the Herbert Park Hotel, Ballsbridge from 12.30pm. Mark the date on your calendars, gals; it's set to be brilliant.
Guests of the event will be treated to an afternoon of fun and fashion with Catriona, who is set to show off her latest collection as well as offering a sneak preview of her Spring/Summer 2020 plans.
Hanly’s fashion collections have made waves at home and abroad, with her stand-out creative designs being worn by global celebrities and personalities including; Madison McKinley, Amanda Byram, Victoria Smurfit, Vogue Williams, Lorraine Keane, Anna Daly and Celia Holman Lee.
The designer's statement jewellery line is available in over 350 boutiques in Ireland, the UK and the US and she has delivered interior projects in leading hotels and private residences worldwide.
RESPECT's services are ultimately about helping people to improve their quality of life and reach their full potential, and Catriona is the perfect person to collaborate with.
Speaking about the fundraiser, Sister Zoe Killeen, Director of RESPECT, commented,
“We are delighted to join forces with Catriona for this special fashion fundraiser. We are calling on fashion lovers and supporters to join us on October 18th to help raise much-needed funds for RESPECT.”
Catriona commented on the fundraiser, and expressed her passion to have a role in helping the charity;
“RESPECT is a very worthy cause, so I am really looking forward to hosting this special fashion afternoon to raise funds for the charity."
She added; "All the team at RESPECT work tirelessly to provide support to improve the lives of people living with intellectual disabilities, so I am delighted to play a part in helping them to raise vital funds.”
Tickets for the fashion fundraiser are priced at €125 each with proceeds going directly to RESPECT’s current building and research projects.
To secure your ticket today contact RESPECT on 01-6856502 or head to their website here.
The 20-year-old has launched his first fashion edit after being announced as one of the brand's ambassadors, telling Metro.co.uk;
"I was always a massive boohooMAN supporter, even before I went in the villa – it’s a clothing brand I always did wear. It’s a massive privilege to be working with boohooMAN, it’s a pleasure to be on board.
"You should always feel comfortable and feel happy in what you wear. Fashion is a big thing – we’ve always got to be staying fresh now, haven’t we?" His fashion credentials are rising, for sure.
Tommy launched the edit with a slew of celebrity friends at London's SushiSamba on Monday, with Molly-Mae Hague, Curtis Pritchard and Maura Higgins, AJ Pritchard, India Reynolds and Joanna Chimonides showing their support.
He added to Metro.co.uk that himself and Molly-Mae don't argue over their fashion branding;
"No competition, none at all – never has, never will be. We both couldn’t be happier for each other. Molly’s doing great things with PLT, I’m doing great things with boohooMAN. We’re just enjoying every day as it comes."
The reality star is looking better than ever in the images, sporting all-white and all-black tracksuits and fashionable trainers.
Tommy is following in the footsteps of fellow Love Island cast members Wes Nelson and Josh Denzel, who signed with the global online retailer last year.
Samir Kamani, CEO of boohooMAN, said in a statement: "We are pleased to welcome Tommy on board. We have lots of exciting projects coming up with him so keep a close eye!
"He was a fan of the brand before going on to the show so our collaboration feels like a natural progression for both of us."
Festival fashion is one of the most sought-after gems in the style calendar, but trends have most definitely shifted in 2019 into a more sustainable environment. Rightfully so.
Rather than buying entirely new wardrobes for each music festival attended, the rise of the rental is upon us as well as the overwhelming popularity of vintage clothes.
The billion-dollar festival fashion scene is a whole new ball game since the rise of apps like Instagram, capturing celebrity fashion at Coachella, Reading, Parklife, Electric Picnic and Glastonbury.
A fast fashion extravaganza has been the result, with millions of euros spent on clothing for festival wear each year. The fashion industry is the second-biggest water polluter on earth, after the oil industry.
Outlandish, aesthetically-dramatic outfits which normally wouldn’t be worn are donned, but with the rise of ethical and sustainable fashion, what are this year’s trends?
Vintage styles are setting the trend agenda this festival season, as shown by global fashion search engine Lyst.
The company identified the major trends for festival season by gathering analysis on the shopping behaviours of over five million people based on social media metrics and search data.
It discovered that the 1990s are well and truly the decade to be apart of. Search results for staples from the time such as neon, bucket hats, tie-dye, chunky sports sandals and graphic t-shirts have all increased.
“Sustainability is an issue that more and more customers care about on Lyst,” the organisation’s insights reporter, Morane Le Caer, told The Independent.
1. Biodegradable glitter
Some festivals have already taken action when it comes to the harmful effects of glitter on the environment by pledging to ban glitter from their sites as part of a wider outlaw on single-use plastics.
In case you aren’t aware, glitter contains micro-plastics which take hundreds of years to break down, so can cause a phenomenal amount of damage (despite it’s small size).
However, you simply can’t remove glitter from the festival landscape so a solution has been created; biodegradable glitter.
As it turns out, you can be savvy about the environment while dancing the night away in a field simultaneously.
There are a huge amount of fantastic brands emerging which promote sustainability and recyclable materials, but our faves include;
EcoStardust, Dolls Kill ‘Go Get Glitter’, In Your Dreams, Festival Face, Primark P.S…Festival collection, BOD Mermaid Body and Eco Glitter Fun.
2. Tiny ’90s sunglasses
With the coming of summer brings iconic vintage trends, predominantly from the nineties this year. What was one of the greatest aspects of that era? Tiny sunglasses, of course.
Style icons like Rihanna, Bella Hadid and Selena Gomez have caught on to the trend, which was based around cinematic veterans from the 90s sporting small sunnies in films like Notting Hill (Julia Roberts) and supermodels like Kate Moss.
Are you even a fashionista if you aren’t wearing teeny, tiny sunglasses? Probably not. If Kendall Jenner is copying 1999 Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Britney Spears, then you should probably try it too.
You can normally find the best pairs by thrift shopping or visiting places like Dublin Vintage Factory or Nine Crows vintage, but ASOS and ASOS Marketplace also do great coloured oval sunglasses.
Sequins as a festival trend will most likely never change.
It’s the perfect way to grab the spotlight from the artists and firmly place it on yourself, and it’s distracting in all the best ways if you haven’t washed your hair at Electric Picnic in three days.
Vintage shopping for sequins is one of the most fun activities in the land, and you can find some sparkly gems in most places.
ASOS Marketplace has an extensive selection, and we can’t get enough of the co-ords.
All that glitters may not quite be gold, but they can give you a killer look for the next music festival you attend with your gal-pals.
Fashion will always have an obsession with sparkle, with major couture designers utilising sequins with precision. It trickles down to the festivals, where everyone wants to have the most eye-catching apparel.
4. Attention-grabbing hats
From ’90s bucket hats and cowboy hats to sequinned military-style caps and printed beanies, when you’re having a festival hair day with unwashed tresses; hats will be thy saviour.
Black leather baker boy hats have been spotted on the Nine Crows website, and ASOS Marketplace has an array of velvet and sequinned berets to get your hands on.
Depop is also your best friend when it comes to items like these. The clothes-selling app has millions of users, and is a brilliant place to buy and sell second-hand clothes and vintage goodies.
Somehow, summer always grabs onto the trend of bucket hats every single year. We’ve seen countless boys at Longitude (RIP) sporting branded Kangol bucket hats, but the vintage headgear remain cool.
While fast fashion brands will bring out their own lines of bucket hats and eye-catching caps, there’s nowhere better than vintage stores to get the original ’90s vibe.
Temple Bar has numerous shops to rifle through, but some are better for accessories than others. Online stores like Beyond Retro in the UK have a great collection too, and Depop sellers have gorgeous options.
The Kardashians and Kanye West are partially credited with reigniting the luxe sportswear trend, and the nineties ‘athleisure’ fad is officially back.
Sportswear that doubles up as festival wear is definitely on the rise, with cycling shorts and chunky runners seen on high-fashion runways and in high street stores alike.
We’re fairly sure the Tour de France wasn’t intending on beginning a cycling shorts trend, but here we are.
It’s got nothing to do with exercise or physical performance, but everything to do with looking festival fierce in a flash.
Princess Diana’s mid-90s style and Yeezy’s obsession with form-fitting athleisure have both caused an influx in people searching for leggings and patterned cycling shorts online.
Labels like Fendi, Dior, Chanel, Nanushka, and Maryam Nassir Zadeh all showcasing stylised riffs on cycling shorts in their runway collections recently, with the addition of neon to prove peak 90s.
Wear with an oversized blazer and statement belt if your shorts aren’t eye-catching enough at Electric Picnic.
With vintage and sustainable shopping on the increase, nailing these five festival fashion trends in the 2019 season will be easier, and cheaper, than ever but with a less negative environmental impact.
You don’t need an entirely new wardrobe to slay the styles. It just takes some dedication and creativity, and the knowledge of the best second-hand places to shop.
Do yourself a favour and download Depop while you’re at it. The ’90s will be all over your campsite aesthetic in no time.
Consider the weather and location – this might sound like an obvious one, but it’s also one of the most important. Festivals can be totally different experiences depending on the location and the time of year. Keep an eye on the forecast during the week running up to the festival and be ready to change your festival shoes options at a moment’s notice.
You should also do a bit of research on the type of ground the festival is set on. Fields can get muddy, beaches can get hot and street festivals can be hard on the feet, so you’ll need to adjust your Blundstone shoes choices accordingly.
Most festivals are heavy-going on your footwear, even if the weather is kind, so we recommend choosing something sturdy and strong to take the brunt of the wear. Leather is always a good choice as it’s strong, comfortable and easy to clean, but plastic and rubber are also good choices.
Feature image: Purple lens sunnies by Vintingsat ASOS Marketplace, €11.76
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