River Island SS14 Lookbook

As promised, I’ve managed to pull some of my faves from River Island’s lookbook.

Let me know what you think!



Wise words: U magazine article

#amwriting Every cloud has a silver lining… Or so we are told. And despite the recession having less than positive effects for most of us, for some it’s been the prefect excuse to give their dream careers a second chance. In fact that’s exactly the subject of my most recent feature in U magazine. I spoke to four inspirational women about the careers they carved for themselves and asked them to impart some of their business wisdom for the rest of us to aspire to! Pick up the latest copy (dated Feb 2) to see it all! 🙂 @burkenatalie


SS14: River Island Press Preview

While we might be still traipsing around in our fur-lined boots and brollies, somewhere in the not so distant future there is a light at the end of the winter tunnel. Although that still seems a long way off, it appears that it’s already springtime in the fashion world with high street stores already previewing their Spring/Summer trends for 2014.

River Island is always a firm favourite when it comes to choosing an outfit for a night out on the town. The fact that the brand’s collections are always so diverse and contemporary is something I really like, and you can be sure there will be the odd bold and daring item that’s bound to inject an element of fun into our wardrobes.

This year however, I’m already impressed with what’s on the cards. Think soft pastels and monochrome staples, floral patterns and fun prints as well as metallics and neons. And then of course, there is a huge range of fun accessories – Miu-Miu inspired sunglasses, fluffy pastel handbags and chunky daytime shoes.

The brand held its press preview for SS14 last week in Dublin and while I managed to take a few snaps of my favourite collections (which are already being added to my Spring/Summer/Someday wishlist), I couldn’t resist sharing their fabulous edible beach. Yup, that’s right. The sand was made from honeycomb while the little bottles of suncream were actually biscuit cake. Amazing.

School’s not quite out for summer yet, but it’s certainly on its way! My fave looks from the River Island SS14 look book are to follow…


Cali Beach Cakes. It was all edible, even the starfish!


Metallic accessories and classic plastics focus on adding textures to your outfits. Think 3D applique flowers, glitters and colour pops to add those finishing touches.


Posh Pastels mix chic tailoring with romantic feminine colours for a ladylike and flirty vibe!


Bright colours, neons and patterns are the key looks this season


Monochrome looks are perfect when injected with a burst of colour or a bold graphic print.

Lancome: Red Carpet Worthy Make Up

While I reckon the fashion stakes fell short at this year’s Golden Globes, one thing the stars did get right was hair and makeup. Naomi Watts was one of the red-carpet make up looks I loved. It was simple, flawless, classic and subtle and for the most part, was created using LancĂ´me. That’s according to Hollywood make-up pro Pati Dubroff, whose work has appeared on US magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Vanity Fair, to name a few. She’s also responsible for prepping Naomi for the recent Globes and says that because her dress was so sleek (a delicate Tom Ford gown), she wanted her make up to be too – without any heaviness.


Dubroff’s step by step guide to a Golden Globe Glow

1. Dubroff used Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation, plus LancĂ´me Dual Finish face powder . “It ensures that everything is set and perfect – and it goes in her bag for the night, too,” says Dubroff.

2. Dubroff gave Watt’s cheeks a natural flush of colour with Lancôme Blush Subtil Palette in Shimmer Menage a Trois Kiss, at the apples as well as right on the top of her cheekbones. “I swirled the peach and pink together to create the perfect balance of color,” she says.

But the main focus of the look was the eyes.

3. Dubroff used Maybelline Define-A-Brow in Dark Blonde. “I love this pencil so much!” she says. Taking Lancôme Le Crayon Kohl eye pencil in Black Coffee to define her lash line, Dubroff slightly smudged in the color along the line as well as Lancôme Artliner 24h in Gold, a cream shadow she used all over the lids (smudging colour in with her finger). This was followed by Dubroff’s own Pati Dubroff Beauty eye shadow in Golden Leaf and Oleander, for an extra pop of colour. To finish, she used a few coats of Lancôme Definicils mascara.

4. On her lips, Dubroff added a touch of peachy-beige with Lancôme Rouge in Love in Lasting Kiss.


Eh, voila! 


Blush Subtil Palette by Lancome


Compact Powder by Lancome


Artliner 24h in Gold

Golden Globes 2014: Worst Dressed

I love January. I’m probably on my own on this one but for me the financial crisis that comes hand in hand with the New Year is widely overshadowed by the fact that a) it’s my birthday month, b) it’s an excuse for me to rewrite my bucket list, and c) it’s the start of Oscar Season. The latter meaning lots of decent movies for date night and plenty of red-carpet looks to lust over.

Only it doesn’t seem to have gotten off to a great start this year. The red-carpet glamour, that is – there’s still time for the list and my birthday isn’t until next week (Wednesday, in actual fact).

The 71st Golden Globes were held at the beginning of this week and while there were plenty of fabulous designers dressing those who were strutting their stuff on the infamous carpet, I can’t say I was too enamoured by any of them.

I was hoping to write a post on what dress I’d give my left arm for (I’m a righty, and that not generous) but alas, things don’t always go to plan. So rather than struggle to seek out the rare gem, I figured I’d embrace the weird and wonderful instead.

Don’t get me wrong; there was plenty of drama on the red carpet with movie starlets sticking to what they do best. There were some throwbacks to the Victorian era, some well-dressed baby bumps and a few questionable looks that raised more than a few eyebrows…

There’s plenty more where these came from, but let me know your verdicts!

emma watson


I’d choose Dior too, if I were going to the Globes. But I’d leave the trousers behind I reckon Emma Watson.

hayden panettiere

This dress isn’t too bad, but rumour has it Hayden paid for this Tom Ford number herself. Apparently a no-no when it comes to the Red Carpet. She didn’t get the memo!

71st Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals

I love JLaw but I’m not liking the double black banded look. It’s not quite cutting in the right place!


Julia Roberts wore a D&G number, but kept the shirt on. “Big mistake, big.”

Lena Durham

I’m not a fan of canary yellow. Lena shouldn’t be either!


Lady Victoria Hervey wore a dress… no honestly she did.