Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How to Tie your Scarf

We all love to accessorise and finish off a look with a scarf. Scarves add colour, print, and trends to the simplest of outfits. Of course at this time of the year, they also offer practical warmth. Scarves allow us to wear our lighter coats for a little bit longer and then when we do need to slip into our warm winter coats they add an extra layer of cosiness and give a fresh look to last years coat. Wearing a scarf this often means we have to get inventive with how we drape them......So here are my 3 favourite ways to wear my scarves.................

Look One - The Basic Knot

Basic Knot Step 1 - Fold your scarf in half and drape the loop over one shoulder

Basic Knot Step 2 - Grab both loose ends and pull them through the loop and now you have the Basic Knot

Look Two - The Fashion Knot - This is my favourite way to wear my scarf at the moment!!

Fashion Knot Step 1 - Fold your scarf in half and drape the loop over one shoulder

Fashion Knot Step 2 - Grab one of the long loose ends and bring it through the loop

Fashion Knot Step 3 - Grab the second loose end and bring it over the loop and then pull it down through the loop. You now have the Fashion Knot. You can tighten the knot or loosen it to create different effects

Look 3 - The Double Drape

Double Drape Step 1 - For this style don't fold the scarf in half. Simply drape the full length around you neck but leave one side longer than the other

Double Drape Step 2 - Take the long end and wrap it right around your neck until you have the end back at the front where you started

Double Drape Step 3 - taking one end at a time pull them through the draped part at the front of your neck. You now have a Double Draped Scarf

Now you know how to wear a Scarf, why not treat yourself to a new one. Here are my faves online right now

Click here to buy     - Zara -     Click here to buy

Happy Shopping!!!
Elaine xx

Friday, October 24, 2014

Simple Layers

By Elaine Scully Styling

It's not cold enough for a heavy coat just yet (thankfully!!) and I think this Boucle Coatigan is just perfect. A cozy layer that you can throw on over almost anything. It's definitely an easy wear piece. Costs a fab €57.50 from Simply Be and is available in sizes 12 to 26

Sunday, October 5, 2014

SFX Makeup Workshop: Life-casting. Day 1

by Anne Hutton Makeup & Beauty, Carlow

So today was the first day of our 4 day workshop on SFX Life-casting, led by David Cullen, aka Evil Chimp FX, based here in Carlow.
Today David demonstrated the life-casting on model Suzanne Moran, and we each then went through the process with our partners.
The end-game is to have a life cast of each of our heads, and we can then create all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures on our own faces whenever we like, or make simple generic molds like vampire foreheads, cheek-bones, etc. 

For the workshop we will be creating Zombie-like creatures, monsters, and all sorts of "undead" which we will use in a photo-shoot next Monday, to capture our work... then we can use our creations in the upcoming Zombie Walk for Eigse Festival, in Carlow on October 26th.

My look, which I will create and apply on fellow makeup artist Debbie Mac Donald (Deb FX Makeup) will be based on "Ice Queen", a character from a low budget 2005 straight-to-video horror flop. Debbie and I have worked on several projects for David before so we jumped at the chance to attend this exciting workshop.

Ice Queen 2005

So Day 1 involved us each "life-casting" our partners. Lots of fun and mess!

Some pics of the process...more to follow

Also attending the workshop are a great bunch of artists coming from various creative professions, as well as makeup backgrounds. Attending the workshop are: Debbie Mac Donald, Eamonn Elders, Yvonne Scanlon Bridges, Michelle Hoare, Kelly Brennan, Tee Elliot and Dawn O' Donaghue.
I'll post up lots more photos of everyone's work in the upcoming stages.
Until then...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hayden's baby glow

by Anne Hutton Makeup & Beauty, Carlow

Awww! Look at gorgeous Hayden Panettiere looking radiant and showing her baby bump so elegantly at the recent Emmy awards! To replicate the "glow" (without help from baby!) try mixing a little highlighter, such as Benefit Highbeam in with your foundation x

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Outfit Post Quickie....

Quick outfit post before I go out for a quite drink with the hubby. My top is Yumi International, neckpiece and bracelet are White Leaf and they are all from the new fashion store in the Arboretum Garden Centre in Carlow. Feeling girly and pretty tonight ��

Happy Shopping!!!

Elaine xxx

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My Wall of Style

By Elaine Scully

Last October I had to give up my walk in wardrobe, it was our only spare room and we were having an Au Pair come live with us - just until my youngest son finished primary school in June. Having an Au Pair turned out to be a great experience for the entire family (once I recovered from the loss of my room ha ha).

A couple of weeks ago we sadly said goodbye to our Au Pair, she's possibly the nicest happiest girl I've met. It was an emotional farewell but having my room back did sweeten the loss. I'm still fixing up the room but one of the first things I did was create a feature wall. I own pile after pile of glossy mags and thought it would be fun and creative to make some use for them. My brilliant brainwave was to use them as wallpaper on the main wall of the room. The guys in Woodies are still wondering what I'm on after I asked for advice on what would be best to use to firstly stick magazine pages to the wall and then to protect.

My Tools:
Lots and lots of glossy mags
1 x Cutting knife
1 x Cutting board
Wallpaper paste
1 x Paint brush
1 x Table
1 x 12 year old Son (for pasting the glue on the pages)
1 x Cloth (to smooth out the pages on the wall)
1 x Chair (to stand on to reach the top of the wall)
PVA Adhesive and Sealer

It took me a little over 5 hours!! It was such a fun task but I really was wrecked after it....a truly happy kinda wrecked.

Absolutely thrilled with the results....doesn't it look amaaazing?? My Dad called over while I was in work today and put spot lights on the skirting board, he was so impressed with my wall that he thought the lights would make it even more of a feature.....looking forward to trying out the lights when it gets dark later!! (thanks dad x)

What do you think? Have you done any creative DIY projects in your bedroom or walk in wardrobe??

Elaine xx

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Holiday Diary

By Elaine Scully

Today was my first day back to the day job after 12 glorious days off!!!!!! If you follow me on Facebook or twitter you'll be totally up to date with what I got up to for my hols. I decided from day 1 to keep a holiday diary by posting one piece of info each day on what I got up to :-) It was great fun and I really enjoyed looking back on it today, now that it's all over.

It would be rude to keep my blog readers in the dark so here are the posts and pics from Day 1 all the way through to Day 12......Enjoy!!!!!

Day 1 of 12 days off :-) bought some much needed supplies……Benefit Oxygen Wow foundation in Honey €36. Rimmel scandal eyes waterproof eyeliner in black €4.99. Maybelline super stay gel nail polish in Rose salsa €6.09. All purchased in Sam McCauley's in Fairgreen SC Carlow. They are in the middle of renovations so watch out for new brow bar and makeup hall very soon!!!

Day 2 of 12 days off - bikini shopping in Penney's :-) You know you're irish when a couple of days of sunshine means it's gonna last forever!! I'm off to Sunny Sligo tomorrow……here's hoping my bikini's get lots of wear!!!

Day 3 of 12 days off - drinking wine in a Martini glass outside a tent on a very windy campsite. Roll on tomorrow when we check into the Clarion

Day 4 of 12 days off: back to civilisation steak followed by wine, crunchie mousse and tea yum

Day 5 of 12 days off: we fit a lot in today…cricket on the beach, crepes, crazy golf, pool, jacuzzi, Italian restaurant…and to top it all off I'm wearing cute bows on my toes

Day 6 of 12 days off: picked up a card just for the words, realised I own a lot of A|wear clothes, had a delicious mojito

Day 7 of 12 days off: this week I've been taking time to enjoy the little things and I'm especially loving sharing it all with my big boys…they make me laugh every day all day

Day 8 of 12 days off: chillaxing after a lovely day made up of forest walks, beach fun & visiting family…almost time to get ready for a few drinkies
Day 9 of 12 days off: browsed some vintage, now time for the last supper heading home tomorrow

Day 10 of 12 days off: back home…have my wall and mannie to cheer me up #devotedtofashion

Day 11 of 12 days off: well back to real living today…unpacking, washing, hoovering, cooking, food shopping and family catch ups. Off to cinema now- not so bad

Day 12 of 12 days off: last day had a lazy morning then picked out the outfits for Off Your Rails Style Night in Baltinglass…there are some lovely pieces!!! Have my feet up now for a relaxing evening

Hope you enjoyed it guys!!

Elaine xx