Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Miss Derry & Miss Tyrone Launch Party

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It has been such an honour for me to have been asked to be a judge for the Miss Derry and Miss Tyrone competitions for 2014.
Thanks to the current Miss Derry (2013) Ashleigh Coyle, I have been delegated the very difficult task of choosing the two lucky winners, along with a fab judging panel which consists of local celebs and fashion success stories - Leah Totten (Winner of the Apprentice UK), Racheal O Connor (Finalist on "The Voice UK"), Lynsey McGarrigle (Former Miss Tyrone and Fashion Designer) & Charlotte Rose Coyle (Model in NYC).
Last Tuesday, myself and the other judges had the pleasure of meeting most of our fabulous competitors at the launch party in Karma (Derry/Londonderry). We got the opportunity to talk to these stunning girls and interact with them socially before being faced with the nightmare task of narrowing them down to just two winners on the night of the final.
Each and every one of them is beautiful on the outside as well as the inside and I really cannot wait to see them in action at the final in the White Horse hotel.
As well as the gorgeous girls and judges, I got the chance to meet and talk to Richard Lynch & Koko Shannel who will be choosing the most glamorous audience member on the night, Joe Carlin, the fantabulous host and Callum & Christine who will be helping backstage.
The theme of the launch night was black dresses. All of the contestants were asked to wear short black dresses whilst the judges came in long ones. My beautiful dress for the night was from my fave local shop Boudoir Boutique and was just perfect for me, long & elegant with a touch of bling.
It was such a fun night and it has made me super excited for the grand finale this week… Thank you Ashleigh for asking me to be a part of your judging panel and to Andrejs Plavin for the use of the pics!
 I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday!
What will I be wearing though? All shall be revealed!
Nicola x
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Some of the fab Miss Derry team :) (Missing a few) 
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Ashleigh Coyle (Current Miss Derry, Organiser & Judge)
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The Judges - Missing Charlotte Rose Coyle and Leah Totten
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Taking our "Oscar" Selfie
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The Result of the "Oscar" Selfie
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The gorgeous men on the team x

Some of the finalists who attended the Launch party x

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Judging panel - Minus 2 x
I was wearing:

★ SEQUIN & BEADED DRESS FROM BOUDOIR BOUTIQUE 
★ DIAMANTE SANDALS FROM RIVER ISLAND 
★ GUESS WATCH 
★ EARRINGS FROM THE "ANNA DELLO RUSSO" COLLECTION FOR H&M 
★ DIAMANTE BRACELET FROM TOPSHOP 
Photography by Andrejs Plavin from Inspired Photography



Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Geek Chic

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One look that I have always admired is the "Geek Chic" style. I love wearing oversized glasses and I think they can add a real sense of quirkiness to a look.
I don't often wear my hair in a top knot so when I do, I sometimes feel like my face looks a little bare so the glasses were the ideal accessory to make me feel more comfortable.
I absolutely love the style and shape of this dress from Zara. It is so fun and floaty & the pattern embraces femininity. You might remember that I wore the same dress in a mustard colour when visiting the new Office store in Derry/Londonderry (as seen here.) If I really like something I have to buy it in every colour.
Some simple white accessories finalized this look for me, keeping it casual yet staying with the "geek chic" theme!
Nicola x
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★ FLORAL DRESS FROM ZARA 
★ CONVERSE "ALL STAR" TRAINERS 
★ LOUIS VUITTON "POCHETTE" HANDBAG 
★ MARC JACOBS WATCH 
★ GEEK GLASSES PURCHASED IN VALENCIA 



Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Cheap and Chic

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Sometimes I find that the nicest outfits are the most simple. 
It is hard to beat a plain black vest top with a fitted skirt, this can look ultra chic and stylish without being too much or overdone.
This outfit is one that I wore on my recent trip to Valencia also proves that you don't need to spend a lot of money in order to look good or dress well.
My vest top was €3 in H&M in Spain and the Skirt was just £4 in Primark.
I decided to dress it up a little with some key accessories including my beloved Mi-Moneda necklace in rose gold, an over sized guess watch and a statement bracelet by Juicy Couture.
I also chose a touch of red lipstick which I believe adds the perfect finishing touch to any look! This one is my current favourite and is from the new Rihanna for Mac collection!
I hope you like it!
Nicola x
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★ BLACK VEST FROM H&M 
★ SKIRT FROM PRIMARK 
★ HAVIANA FLIP FLOPS 
★ GUESS WATCH 
★ MI-MONEDA NECKLACE 
★ JUICY COUTURE BRACELET 
★ MIX-MATCH EARRINGS FROM CLARES ACCESSORIES 


Sunday, May 4, 2014

But First… Let me take a "Selfie"

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I think we all know that "Selfie" is the buzz word of the moment so when I spotted this "Selfie" dress in Zara, I absolutely had to have it.
I decided to wear it for the first time on a recent trip to Valencia. This particular day, the weather was beautiful and myself, my brother and his Girlfriend decided to walk to the top of the city centre Cathedral which had a total of over 400 steps! Was worth it when we got to the top but my legs were sore for the rest of the day! 
I kept the dress very casual, teaming it with a pair of converse trainers and a Louis Vuitton "speedy" handbag. Converse are my favourite "comfy" shoes, I have so many of them in lots of different colours but I find that white are the best choice to keep you feeling comfortable and still look classic and trendy.
Nicola x
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★ "SELFIE" DRESS FROM ZARA 
★ CONVERSE "ALL STARS" TRAINERS 
★ LOUIS VUITTON SPEEDY HANDBAG 
★ RAY-BAN "WAYFARER" SUNGLASSES 
★ WATCH BY MARC JACOBS 
★ EARRINGS FROM CLARES ACCESSORIES 

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