It’s already Christmas at boohoo.com

The arrival of the festive season is imminent and whether we like it or not, our social diaries are starting to swell with Christmas parties and shopping dates! And with the festive season of course comes the inevitable wardrobe dilemma – lots of clothes but absolutely nothing to wear! So since Christmas is surely as good an excuse as any to invest in some new party clothes, Boohoo.com has launched a brand new Christmas Collection for December 2013. In fact, their official Christmas campaign #DRESSMAS centers around the whole idea of the difficult task of finding the perfect outfit for the festive season!

The online store recently held their Christmas Collection Launch at the very trendy House Dublin on Leeson Street and the range contains all the classic necessities of a Christmas outfit while still keeping in with the trends. Think sequins, metallics and dramatic detailing. ‘Throwback Glamour’ is the main inspiration behind the range (combining 50s Hollywood Glamour, the fun trends of the 70s and a Studio54 vibe) – and here are a few of the outfits that will be making my #DRESSMAS wishlist! 

P.S. If you plan on treating yourself, check your parcels for a ‘golden ticket’. They can be found in every boohoo parcel containing a special code each with a different prize, ranging from % off an order to free delivery. Early Christmas presents – so thoughtful!

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Heads Up: Chouchou Couture

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The Hollywood Julia by Chouchou Couture

There’s a constant stream of independent fashion sneaking on to the scene in Scotland and someone who is very much a part of that is Italian designer, Silvia Pellegrino.

She was one of the designers I had the pleasure of meeting during my recent visit to Glasgow for the Scottish Style Awards.

With her tiny studio tucked away in the trendy district of Finnieston, Silvia’s presence on the fashion scene is far from small. Chouchou Couture creates unique limited release womenswear and unisex pieces made ethically in Glasgow, and specialises in luxury hoods and veils.

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Silvia Pellegrino

After my brief encounter with Silvia and her inspiring workshop, I’ve come to the realisation that we don’t give quite enough credit to hoods. We make the presumption that they go well with coats and assume they have only a practical use. We couldn’t be further from the truth. With Silvia’s creations, hoods are set to make their very own presence on and off the catwalk and will in no time be making huge statements of their own.

The line began in Rome, Silvia’s hometown, and each piece is handmade with love and care from Silvia’s Glasgow based workshop. They’re made with both contemporary and vintage textiles (tartan being a major inspiration behind Silvia’s current collections) and add a touch of sophistication to any outfit. Each piece is inspired by the textiles discovered by Silvia on one of her many sourcing trips and her Italian flair is apparent.

Donning one of her hoods instantly adds a killer look to your wardrobe. They’re striking and edgy, while still holding on to their practical use, and are surely one way to ensure you stand out from the crowd.

Her designs have featured in Glamour and Vogue – among others – and we’re sure to see much more from Silvia in the seasons to come.

In the meantime, check out ‘Maia’, Chouchou’s most recent collection featuring tartan, faux-fur (Silvia insists fur is “best on animals”, another reason she is now on my friend list) and Chanel-inspired looks.

Photographer credit: Kris Kesiak (product shots) and Derrick Argent (model shots).

Check out http://www.chouchoucouture.com for more images and info!

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Hollywood Tabarca

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Hollywood Victoria

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Hollywood Sophie

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Hollywood Julia

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Georgia Wiseman

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When I was wandering ‘aboot’ town on my fashion-filled weekend in Glasgow last week, I was lucky enough to meet some really inspiring and enthusiastic designers from all catwalks of life. One of these was Georgia Wiseman, a designer of luxury jewellery.

We were all moving slightly slowly towards Sunday brunch – it was the night after the Scottish Style Awards after all – but we met Georgia, who was looking bright and breezy after her restful Saturday evening – at one of the most stylish eateries in Glasgow; The Gannet.

It’s located in Finnieston, which is Glasgow’s answer to London’s Shoreditch. It wasn’t always a trendy neighbourhood but thanks to some foodie havens popping up, it’s apparently the new happenin’ place!

It wasn’t hard to spot Georgia, who was adorned in her own creations. The perks of being an accessory designer! And much to my delight, she’d brought along some of her latest collection, Dark Star, for us to try on and admire.

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Originally from Leicestershire, Georgia moved to Glasgow in 2000 where she now lives with her husband and kids. With her workshop located right next to her home in the Scottish countryside – just a short journey to the bright lights of Glasgow – Georgia has the best of both worlds, and it certainly inspires her jewellery creations.

Her style is contemporary and fashionable whilst still remaining glamorous, and she’s had quite a few career landmarks. Namely, being nominated for Accessory Designer of the Year at this year’s Scottish Fashion Awards.

And it’s no surprise that she was. I fell in love with some of the pieces, namely the Dark Star Strata ring and the collection’s Delta bracelet… Take a peek at some of the Dark Star images below.

(It isn’t stocked in retailers in Ireland, you can shop online at http://www.georgiawiseman.com)

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Scottish Style Awards

Last week’s trek to Scotland was an eye-opening one. It was my first time to Glasgow – and to Scotland for that matter – but even for the cultural novice that I apparently am, I was pleasantly taken aback by just how trendy a city Glasgow is, and how stylish it’s constantly becoming. It might be worth noting here that the MTV awards are set to take place there in November 2014, which is a pretty exciting prospect for the city! But while we made plenty of fashionable stops on our city tour, the Scottish Style Awards was the highlight (and main purpose) for the recent visit.

After a day of meeting some of Scotland’s ‘ones to watch’ in the fashion and design world (more on that to come), it was straight to make up at House of Fraser’s Lancôme counter, back to the hotel to change, and on to the champagne reception at the event.

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The style awards were held at the impressive Kelvin Grove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow City Centre on Saturday, November 9 and it really showcased just how trendy a city it has become.

Kicking off with a Moet & Chandon champagne reception, I wandered through the museum with some newly made fashion friends, stole a quick photograph with the legendary Noel Gallagher (at my boyfriend’s overseas request) and soaked up the stylish atmosphere.

The style awards have been established as Scotland’s foremost celebration of creative endeavour and honours iconic individuals and inspirational enterprises. So while you may think that Scotland’s most stylish woman (Sara McDonald) or most stylish man (Martin Compston) would be the sole accomplishments of the night, you’d be wrong. Scotland’s most stylish bar, restaurant, hotel, retailer, womenswear (and menswear) designer and musician also managed to pick up a few awards!

It would be a shame not to post my picture with the mildly happy-looking Noel. So thought I’d share an extra few too… Needless to say, I’m a huge fan of champagne glasses so I ensured mine was kept looking healthy the entire night!

@burkenatalie xxx

Making friends in Glasgow
Making friends in Glasgow

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Gala dining at its absolute best
Gala dining at its absolute best

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The Power Brows

When I heard that Mollie from the Saturdays had discovered a new brow product and was telling the world about its amazing-ness, I figured I had to check it out for myself.

I’ve never had very strong eyebrows and for a while during my tweens, I didn’t pay them any notice. It was quite tragic really!

In the past few years however, I’ve started to sit up and take notice. I reckon I have Cara Delevingne and her caterpillars to thank for that. I’ve realised just how important brows can be and how they really can make or break a make-up look.  I’ve tried HD Brows in the past and regularly get my brows shaped and tinted. But even with the professionals help, it was near impossible to recreate the look at home.

So that’s when Mollie came to the rescue with her raves about Brow Drama by Maybelline. Suddenly my brows have gone from being barely noticeable to being possibly the most important part of my make-up regime!

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Brow Drama by Maybelline

While I always start off by defining the shape of my eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil, it’s adding the Brow Drama afterwards that really sets the look. Basically a sculpting mascara for the brows, it coats, brushes, shapes and holds your brows. The days of spraying hairspray on a brow spoolie and setting your eyebrows are over (very useful tip by the way!).

And while it already has a prime place in my make-up bag, it was one product that didn’t break the bank and seems like it will last quite a while too. Plus it comes in three shades; blonde, medium brown and dark brown. It’s quite the investment, really.

Found in Boots (or anywhere with Maybelline products) for a very wallet-friendly price of €7.49. I love a good beauty bargain!