Wednesday, October 28, 2015

West Coast Cooler Fashion Week Belfast


Last week I had the extreme honour of debuting my collection at the West Coast Cooler Fashion Week in Belfast. From the first year that I started blogging, I attended Fashion Week and dreamt of one day showing my own collection on the catwalk, in fact, it was the Designer Show that inspired me to return to college to study fashion & textiles.
Although it was one of my life goals, I never, in a million years imagined it coming true - so to see my designs strutting down the catwalk was one of the best feelings in the world.
I had some of the top models in Northern Ireland wearing my collection, from the current Miss Ireland, Sacha Livingstone to previous Miss Irelands and beauty queens, it was amazing to see such beautiful girls doing my designs such justice.
I showcased a combination of two collections, the first being "Conflict in Colour". The prints that I designed for this collection feature images from the conflict in Northern Ireland and the aim of the collection was to show how something beautiful can some from something so awful.
The second collection was "Jewelled Safari", a series of print designs based on many different species of wildlife and brought together with some stunning jewelled tones. I chose to combine items from bother collections as the show was aimed at Autumn/Winter and I felt that they all worked well together and fitted with the season.
I would like to say a huge thank you to Cathy Martin and her team at CMPR for asking me to be a part of such an amazing show and to Rodney Simpson for providing me with these beautiful photographs.
I hope you like my work and if you have any enquiries do not hesitate to contact me on Facebook -
There are lots of exciting things to come with my collection so keep your eyes peeled!
Nicola x

Myself and my Boyfriend at the show













Monday, October 26, 2015

The Villa Rose Hotel & Spa

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In my last post (seen HERE), I told you all about the magical evening that I experienced at the relaunch of McElhinneys Bridal Rooms in Ballybofey. Myself and the rest of the bloggers/journalists were treated like royalty at the event. No stone was left unturned when it came to the detail in every aspect of the evening and it was simply perfect!
I was simply delighted when I heard that we would be treated to a complimentary stay at the Villa Rose hotel and spa for the night. I had heard so much about the hotel but had never been, so I was extremely excited to see what they had to offer.
Unfortunately I arrived too late to attend the special dinner that the hotel had arranged for us, but the other bloggers told me that it was absolutely delicious and if their photographs were anything to go by then I was so sorry that I missed out. I did, however, arrive just on time to check in before joining the rest of the gang for a stunning drinks reception in the hotel bar.
When I arrived in my room, I was overwhelmed to find several goody bags waiting for me on my bed filled with some beautiful treats including a little bottle of prosecco and the most beautiful smelling gifts from l'Occitaine - there was also a delicious box of chocolates - which didn't last for too long when I got home that evening.
I had a few minutes to explore my room before running downstairs to grab a signature cocktail with the girls in the build up to the main event at McElhinneys.
When we arrived back to the hotel at around 11pm a group of us congregated in the bar for a drink and a chat before crashing into one of the comfiest beds I have ever slept in.
Next morning, I awoke feeling rested and excited as the treats hadn't ended yet. I joined some of the other bloggers for a beautiful Irish breakfast in the hotel restaurant before changing into my bathrobe and making my way down to the spa.
I spent an hour relaxing in the thermal suite, enjoying the jacuzzi and steam room before being called for a back massage. After a hectic few months, it was exactly what I needed... I only wished it could have gone on forever.
When the massage was over, I thought it was time to pack up and go home, but for one final treat, the lovely girls in the spa called us in to have our hair trimmed and blow-dried.
I honestly cannot say enough for the staff at both McElhinneys and The Villa Rose Hotel & Spa, myself and the rest of the crew were absolutely spoiled rotten. I had the most relaxing, enjoyable stay in the hotel and I can't thank the staff enough for the amazing experience that I had. I strongly recommend that you check out their website - to see some of the incredible offers that they have! You will love every second of your stay - promise!
Nicola x

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

McElhinneys Bridal Room Relaunch


I've been to a lot of events in my blogging career, some extremely extravagant and some incredibly luxurious, but I have to say, the relaunch of McElhinneys Bridal Rooms was up there with the best. If you had have told me that such a beautiful, magical event would happen right here in my home county of Donegal, I would have been skeptical but I was very pleasantly surprised. 
We began our evening with a beautiful drinks reception at the Villa Rose hotel where McElhinneys had arranged for us to stay that evening. (I will tell you all about my stunning experience in the hotel and spa in my next post.)
We then made our way to the McEhinneys store where we were greeted with a Champagne reception and got to meet some of the amazing staff at the store, including the owner, Mr John McElhinney. 



As myself and the other bloggers & journalists were mingling, we turned around to find a fleet of dapper men lined on the stairs waiting to escort us to the Bridal rooms. 


When we were gathered at the stairs beneath the Bridal rooms, everything was in complete darkness, when a little girl dressed as a mythical fairy came along to lead the way. We followed her through the twinkling entrance, only to discover another Fairy waiting for us in the main bridal showroom. As the lights came up we received our introduction from Sandra, the leading lady in the Bridal rooms who also gave us the most incredible goody bags and invited us to have a look around the showroom and individual consultation rooms. 






Each of the consultation rooms had a theme - Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and each one had their own stunning model made up to suit the theme. The decor and attention to detail in each room was second to none with a themed gift for each of us in every room. In the Spring room we received a little packet of seeds to plant, in Summer we got a glass of pink lemonade, Autumn offered a lovely toffee apple and Winter was a package of hot chocolate and marshmallows.



The dresses were absolutely incredible and I would have loved to be let loose in there to try some of them on. The intricate detail of the lacing and designs on the dresses were simply stunning and I honestly felt sorry for any bride who had to choose between these beautiful pieces and I wanted them all.


There was a mixologist on hand to provide us with some very tasty cocktails, my favourite being the McElhinneys signature drink which was a blend of Cherry liquor & yoghurt floating on a base of champagne. It was absolutely gorgeous but being the klutz that I am, I had to stand in one spot whilst drinking it for fear of leaving a pink stain down the side of one of the dresses.



The decor throughout the entire venue was stunning! Designed by the talented team at Lily Anabella, they based it on a magical woodland theme and each room gave you a sense of being lost in a fairytale. I felt like a little girl reading Alice in Wonderland for the first time and I think that magic and personal feel is something that every lady who is getting married should feel. The personal touches and fine detail are a part of McElhinneys point of difference. They make everyone who crosses their door feel unique and special.








The most fun part of the evening was meeting and catching up with some fellow bloggers. Some of them whom I had met previously and others that I felt like I knew from following each other on social media. We had a great night of girly fun and giggles which did not end when the event was over. The catch ups continued well into the night in the beautiful Villa Rose bar and I really enjoyed every minute of it.




As if we hadn't been spoiled enough throughout the evening, we were all gifted an incredible goody bag filled with the most gorgeous gifts from jewellery by Newbridge Silver and Coco88 to beauty products from L'Occitane, Vita Liberata and Lancome and that doesn't even include the goody bags that were on our beds in the Villa Rose but more of that in my next post.
I would like to say a huge thank you to Sandra, Carina and the team for inviting me to be a part of such a special occasion! You guys should be very proud of yourselves and your team and I truly look forward to working with you all again in the future!
Nicola x

Monday, October 19, 2015

Aoife Coyle Millinery


If there is one thing that I love about being a blogger, it is discovering new Irish talent and getting to try out their latest creations. When I first spoke to Aoife Coyle about her Millinery, I was extremely excited to hear that she wanted to make me a custom designed piece and when it arrived it totally lived up to my expectations.
It was the most dainty little hat/fascinator with gorgeous flower detail and a small net veil to one side. The colours were stunning and it would be perfect for any occasion from a glam night on the tiles to a wedding or a day at the races. 
Unfortunately I haven't yet had an occasion to wear it to so I decided to try it on anyway to show you guys the beautiful work and detail that went into it.
Aoife is just starting her business and has already had great success! You should check out her Facebook page - HERE to see her work or contact her if you would like something made for yourself.
She can make anything you want in any colour or style!
Nicola x