Thursday, March 24, 2016

Magic Candy Factory @ The Loop

Today I was delighted to receive a package from The Loop at Dublin airport that contained the cutest little treat. Dublin is one of the first airports in the world to welcome the Magic Candy Factory and their next generation in 3D food printing.
This gorgeous gift of mine is made entirely of candy and spells out my name along with a little heart shaped lock. It is Raspberry flavoured and has a glittering finish but it is still 100% edible.
"Ahead of its official opening in April, The Loop is offering travellers a preview of the wonders of 3D food printing at the Magic Candy Factory pop up shop until March 27th".

How to make your bespoke candy creation:

1. Choose your splendid shape or a 3D print of your name. You can also upload or draw a picture on the special iPad in store.
2. Select from choices for your favourite COLOUR/FLAVOUR combinations - Raspberry Pink, Strawberry Bright Red, Mango Orange, Lemon Yellow, Apple Green, Tropical Blue, Purple Blackcurrant and Rainbow.
3. Pick a fantastic FINISH to complete your masterpiece - Sour, Glitter, Fizzy or Smooth
4. Design your MAGIC LABEL to match the candy you have just created.
5. One Magic size and one magic price of €10 per design.

Check it out for yourself on Facebook -, on Twitter @theloopdutyfree and on instagram @theloopdutyfree.

These are such a fun, unique gift for the child in your life or for the grown up "children" like me!
I am super excited to try mine although it looks way too good to eat <3
Love Nicola x

Friday, March 18, 2016

St Patricks Day

Happy St Patricks day to all of my Irish readers home and abroad! And in fact to all of your worldwide as I know that sometimes the celebrations elsewhere are almost bigger than we have here at home!
For the day I decided to get into the swing of things and wear a little festive green so I pulled out this green coat from Topshop. I bought it about two years ago but I know they had really similar ones in this year so keep an eye out! 
Underneath I decided to wear plain black opting for a leather dress from River Island, tights and boots from Topshop. I accessorises with sunglasses from Quay Australia and a Moschino cuff.
Green is definitely not a colour I usually opt for but I had to get into the spirit of things yesterday and join in the fun! My Boyfriend and I went for a lovely drive along the north coast to enjoy the sunshine and then had a gorgeous meal in our favourite restaurant - Browns in Derry/Londonderry.
The perfect end to a perfect St. Patricks day!
I hope you all had a happy and safe day and that your heads aren't too sore today!
Nicola x

Nails by Jodie @ The Nail Studio 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Kerry Fashion Week

Photo by Pawal Nowak

So I am finally getting around to writing about my amazing experience at Kerry Fashion Week last week! 
When I first heard that I was not only nominated but shortlisted for the "One to Watch" designer category I was blown away, particularly when I looked at some of the other names that were involved in my category and the awards themselves. It really was set to be an amazing gathering of Irelands Fashion Elite and I was super excited to be a part of that.
My Boyfriend and I set off the night before the awards as we wanted to break the 8 hour car journey by staying in Dublin for the night and then headed off early the next day to arrive in Killarney just on time to fit my beautiful models.
The judging panel for the awards was super impressive and consisted of:
Melanie Morris - Editor in Chief of Image Publications (Chair)
Bairbre Power - Fashion Editor Irish Independent & Executive Editor Weekend magazine
Helen Cody - Womenswear designer and winner of Designer of the year 2015 KFW
Carolyn Donnelly - Womenswear designer and creative director for Dunnes Stores.
It was such an honour to meet such power figures in the fashion industry and hear their amazing feedback on my work. It was also a pleasure to meet guest designers for the evening - Helen Steele, who is a print designer like myself and her pieces were spectacular and Paul Galvin who not only is a GAA legend but has turned his hand to designing menswear and has a collection available in Dunnes.
The event took place at the Europe Hotel and Spa which is one of the most spectacular places I have been to in Ireland, overlooking the lakes of Killarney and from the second we arrived I knew the entire evening would be of a very high standard.
I decided to wear one of my own designs for the evening - shown below - and i absolutely loved this dress. It was perfect for a red carpet event and I was delighted with receiving so many compliments. It is always amazing when people ask you where you got your dress and you can say you designed it yourself.
The evening began with a drinks reception and red carpet where Xpose were filming interviews with all of the finalists. This was such a lovely opportunity to meet the other designers and finalists before we made our way into the restaurant to have a beautiful three course dinner.
When dinner had finished we made our way into the function room where the fashion show began.
I showcased four of my designs and also had the chance to appear on the catwalk myself at the end with my final piece.
Once the show ended the awards began and whilst I unfortunately didn't win my category, I didn't mind at all as the standard was so high and I was delighted to have been selected in the top 5 in the first place. 
I have been to so many events through my blogging and designing so far but I have to say that this was definitely one of the most prestigious to date! My Boyfriend and I loved every second of it and I would like to say a huge congrats and thank you to Orla Diffily and Paul Ruane for organising a stunning event and for having me be a part of it! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it!
Keep your eyes peeled for Xpose this evening on TV3 for coverage of the event!
Nicola x
Photo by Pawal Nowak

Myself with Paul Galvin
What I wore: