Sunday, 31 May 2015

Let’s get personal: Time to tone up

Hi guys!

I made a decision recently to do a little overhaul - a needed one. I absolutely love my job but I realised that in order to keep up to speed & give it my absolute all I needed to hit the ‘refresh’ button. I felt like I needed an outlet or a hobby or something physical (besides shopping) to kick myself in to gear.

Truth be told I’ve wanted to tone up and mind myself a bit better. I found myself eating all the wrong things at the wrong times on the go and my Diet Coke & hazelnut latte addiction was getting out of hand! Procrastination has been my enemy because I’ve been working about six days a week but I think when something is important to you - you make the time. I’ve come to terms with the truth that to look after other people you have to look after yourself first and foremost! The things I’ve been inclined to reach for are a comfort thing and haven’t been giving me the fuel I need.
In the past 4 weeks I have lost half a stone! Now that may not seem like much but to the 5 foot 2.5 inch me even a small loss feels major. The jeans dance is becoming more of a wriggle. Weirdly enough the first place I noticed slimming down was my face - a huge part is sleep, drinking more water and getting the proper nutrients but I find I have more facial definition recently.
I’m feeling more confident and I’m sleeping a bit better with a slightly modified diet and new exercise regimen. What makes my life a bit easier is that luckily I can be stubborn so if I go to the gym and do my programme I won’t come home and eat crap because actually going and being active boosts my willpower. I’ve joined Energie Fitness in Ballsbridge and I really like it - I have privacy but I also great guidance, trainers and with my membership I can attend unlimited classes including yoga and bootcamps.

Especially as of late I am so excited for where my career is going - recently I have found great happiness in having more TV & filming opportunities, collaborating with huge brands and by having features written about me, my personal style and also my styling in the press which isn’t something I ever thought could happen! Honestly it does inspire me to put my best foot forward in every aspect. I think we all want to be the very best version of ourselves.

I am very excited about my fitness journey and will be blogging all my updates on Lipstick Gossip!

Enjoy the rest of your bank holiday weekend :-)

xo 


Monday, 18 May 2015

Hello Summer! Get the look with Littlewoods Ireland.

This year so far has been a whirlwind. I can't believe that it's May already. I'm so happy that Summer is coming and there will be longer evenings, sunshine and new adventures. I've found myself touched by serious wanderlust as of late and I'm contemplating city breaks and some exploring in the coming months.

2015 has been a spectacular year in many ways! I moved in to my new apartment in Ballsbridge - little did I ever think that I would get to live in an area I've always loved. Since I started blogging four years ago whenever I had events in the vicinity I enjoyed popping into coffee shops & restaurants for loner lunches to get some writing done. Now these places are my local. My styling gigs this year so far have been really fun and challenging which is what I have been striving for.

A project that I adored working on was for Littlewoods Ireland recently. I styled top models Yomiko Chen and Sarah Morrissey in glamorous chic swimwear for a photoshoot and also for an Xposé slot that aired on TV3.
photo by Leon Farrell Photocall Ireland
The brands I used included the Coleen Rooney, Michelle Keegan for Lipsy London & Myleene Klass collections. A lot of people are seeking funky kaftans, bright neon bikinis and flattering one pieces for their breaks away this Summer. Channelling the Marbella/ Ibiza glam vibe adds a little something extra to your holiday experience. You can't help but feel a million dollars! One of my favourite looks was Sarah rocking this Forever Unique high waist berry bandage bikini featured on Xposé. We were filming on the roof of the Morgan Penthouse - such a cool location and luckily we had blue skies to add to the holiday vibe.
Behind the scenes www.instagram.com/lauramullettstylist
I really enjoyed doing the Xpose slot - it was great to chat to Glenda all about what flatters different shapes and the bargain buys that can be snapped up from Littlewoods Ireland. I wore a South floral print lightweight Kimono that was a steal at €17 teamed with ripped skinnies.

Right after filming the Xpose slot I styled a cover shoot for the Sunday World Magazine showcasing some more beach chic bikinis and one pieces. One of which that is super flattering and looks stunning with a kimono is this black fringed Coleen beauty! It is the perfect combination of sexy and classy and emphasises the empire line so cinches at the perfect point of the waist. It is €39 & also comes in hot pink. You can shop it here
I adore Yomiko in the below Resort Neon Halter Swimsuit pictured below. It is so feminine and Summery and the splashes of colour look really pretty against the skin. The cut out detail adds a stylish twist. This bestseller is €34 & you can shop it here.


The below looks are something that I would happily wear feeling effortlessly glammed up from beach to bar. The art of layering in this instance is a simple one. Both models are wearing the swimsuits that I styled them in above. On the left Sarah is wearing a sheer 'Coleen Embroidered Beach Maxi Dress' over her Coleen black fringed swimsuit. It is €39 and still available. The Miss KG heels that Sarah is wearing are chunky, tribal and everything you want in a stylish comfy shoe!  On the right Yomiko is wearing this gorgeous Sam Faiers fringe crochet beach dress which is €44. This would also be amazing for a festival over denim cutoffs with knee high gladiator sandals - the summer style staple. You can shop the dress here

The Myleene monochrome leopard print swimsuit Sarah is wearing on the left below is like a slice of high end designer meets pre cringe Madonna! It also comes as a bikini and is from the Myleene collection & priced at only €37. Wow. The neon two piece on the right is from Resort and you can shop it here.
I hope you guys enjoyed my rundown of the looks - if any of you have any questions feel free to comment below or tweet me on @lauramullett. I had such a ball at the Littlewoods Ireland #HelloSummer press event after a jampacked day of filming and styling! I'm dressed head to toe in Littlewoods Ireland. My boho dress is by Fearne Cotton and my tribal heels are Miss KG.
At the #hellosummer event


Until next time,

xo








Monday, 13 April 2015

Viviscal Voices - Voice of the Solution.

For the past few weeks I've been working on a campaign I feet very passionate about. I styled six inspiring women head to toe for a campaign for award winning hair care brand Viviscal.
Me & Jessica on set
Zarah, Karen, Amy, Jessica, Trish and Natalia all took the award-winning Viviscal supplements and their transformations are unbelievable. You will be seeing the 'Viviscal Voices' on TV and in the press in the very near future discussing their journey.
Trish of 'Viviscal Voices' picture by Hazel Coonagh
I have always had quite thin hair so after seeing the girls during our personal styling appointments showing me 3 inch sprouts of regrowth I was intrigued. This had happened after taking the 90 day challenge. I had heard great things but I didn't know that taking Viviscal could take such affect instantaneously! But I suppose there is that age old adage of looking after yourself on the inside that means you will be outwardly looking your best. I am going to start taking the supplements and doing the 90 day challenge so I will keep you guys posted about my progress.
Yummy Viviscal cupcakes
When styling the six 'Voices of Viviscal' I wanted to make sure that I got to know the ladies' personalities. I believe when dressing someone it's about working within the bounds of their comfort zone too and making sure that whatever you dress the client in that they feel not only beautiful but that their shape is complemented. Feeling at ease is super important.
Myself & Zarah - picture by Hazel Coonagh
We had an amazing photoshoot & filming this week shot by the fab Hazel Coonagh in the Dylan Hotel where all the ladies were wearing their outfits and their hair and make up was done to perfection. It was so brilliant to see how much each individual's confidence has soared because of their transformations. I had so much fun doing all the styling - I aimed for everyone to look individually chic but also in terms of colour pallet to exude glamour collectively. At the end of our pamper day with filming & shooting there was celebrations with all the friends and families for the big reveal. It was such a special day.
Group shot of myself and all six of the 'Voices of Viviscal' - picture by Hazel Coonagh
So from Left to right is Zarah, Jessica, Amy, me, Karen, Natalia & Trish. The dresses are from different concessions in House of Fraser in Dundrum Town Centre. Zarah's floaty dress is from Hobbs, Jessica's monochrome dress is from Coast, Amy's red dress is from Untold, Karen's floral draping dress by Pied a Terre, Natalia's dress with built in necklace is from Biba & Trish's LBD is from Mango.
Group shot by Hazel Coonagh
I hope you like the looks! If anyone has any questions feel free to comment or mail me and I will keep you guys posted about my own Viviscal journey - I hear a side effect is stronger nails which is something I would really love! Big thanks to Rachel Dalton Communications - I had a ball working with the team.


Until next time..

xo 

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Seventies Revival x Xpose Magazine

Lately life has felt like an absolute whirlwind. In a lovely way. And as the days start to get longer I get more and more excited to spend Summer in Dublin. There is no place I would rather be!
I've been working a lot more on my fashion styling & journalism path than ever before. I was so excited to feature in the March issue of Xpose Magazine rocking my 1970's style and giving some tips. The pictures were shot by my good friend & amazing photographer Evan Doherty.
As a Fashion Stylist, Blogger & Personal Shopper a big part of my life is keeping my finger on the pulse - after all fashion is like one big circle! The seventies is back in full swing after being reignited last season by high end brands like Miu Miu & Giambattista Valli. I love seeing these catwalk to streetstyle trends interpreted by the masses. Thigh high boots, textured minis, fringing and flares have re-emerged. ‘It Girl’ Alexa Chung’s ‘AC for AG’ collection is my current craving. It’s flirty, fun and effortless just like Alexa. My personal style is an eclectic blend of vintage, designer and high street. I’m wearing a light denim off the shoulder AC for AG dress which is a versatile little investment at €245 from BT2. It can be dressed up & down. My pearl necklace is Chanel and my loafers are ‘Betty Jackson Black’ teamed with a John Rocha Electric navy patent bag both from Debenhams. My fringed brown suede jacket was a steal at €70 from online Galway retailer Cotton Face Vintage. It’s perfect for festivals and channelling your inner Lana Del Rey. My gold costume rings are from Aldo - my one stop shop for cute boxy clutches and jewellery. My top tip for embracing the seventies trend is giving it a contemporary twist. Mixing glossy patent and bright denim adds a chic finish. When seeking the perfect 70's jacket and retro mini dress I find consignment & online vintage stores like Nine Crows are my ultimate hunting ground.

Hope you like the look! :)

xo 



Tuesday, 10 February 2015

The Body Shop: Threading Review!

I had a really great eyebrow threading experience this week! I got my eyebrows threaded by the lovely Jaspreet in the Body Shop in Dundrum. I am quite blonde and very sensitive to tints, waxing and threading but what impressed me about my appointment was Jaspreet's technique.

Jaspreet sanitised the area while asking me about what I was looking for in terms of shape.
I love to have my brows tidied up & shapely but quite natural for day to day. I'm inclined fill them in with light brown pencil and eyeshadow applied with a slanted brush for evening time and when I want a stronger look to frame my eye make up. I pulled the skin taut as Jaspreet threaded and walked out eleven minutes later delighted with the shape.

I think having your brows threaded is the most long lasting solution while accentuating your natural arches. Jaspreet was swift and had great attention to detail. I was really satisfied with the result as I know it sounds very prissy but there is nothing more soul destroying than have your eyebrows too thin or uneven. Threading is an art form in itself and you need to go somewhere that you know will cater to your wishes and not give you a scouse brow against your will.

Loving the shape of my brows!
The price points are very reasonable for the service in the Body Shop. It is only €15 and you can book over the phone or they also take walk ins and are accommodating about slotting clients in same day. To book Jaspreet specifically in The Body Shop in Dundrum you can call (01) 296 3224. There's also 'The Body Shop' on Grafton Street, in Liffey Valley & on Upper Liffey Street near the Ilac shopping centre. I would highly recommend them.


xo

Sunday, 1 February 2015

What I've been up to!

I am already loving 2015 copious amounts! I went skiing in Andorra, had the nicest macaroons in Toulouse and I have a lovely new celebrity client - Puskas award finalist & footballer Stephanie Roche! I also officially moved in to my new apartment in Ballsbridge. The icing on the cake is that I am back doing personal shopping in Dundrum Town Centre and taking bookings on Friday's and Saturdays. The service stops during the sales so I took a post Christmas skiing trip and savoured some time in the snow. I've had 8 very successful and fun appointments since I've come back.
I had a new Mum who wanted to inject some comfy stylish separates into her wardrobe, I had a lady who needed some slick workwear as she was up for a promotion and wanted to make a special impression and needed a confidence boost. Another client wanted to take more of a parisian vibe in terms of her style. Some people book 2 hours with me and others take 3 hours so they can also have an extra bit of time for style tutoring and to learn what brands are a good fit for them.


I really like the fact that I can independently decide what shops to bring my clients to. Regardless of budget there are so many options for people which I love. I can help someone find the best slimming undies in Penneys, cute casual pieces in Zara or the perfect sequinned ballgown in House of Fraser. 

I'm feeling rejuvenated after the little break away. The fresh air and yummy cuisine was unbelievable. If you want to read all about Pas de la Casa in Andorra and my skiing experiences in mid January you can read my blog post about it later this week. You can check out my post links on my facebook.
Enjoying a cappuccino on the slopes in Pas de la Casa that is literally 70% whipped cream!
I've really enjoyed working with Stephanie Roche as her personal stylist over the past month. The day I was catching my flight to Toulouse the papers came out and I checked out the first shoot I worked with her on which was a fashion shoot for the Sunday World.
Stephanie wearing a River Island 'Etoile' jumper before flying out for the Ballon D'Or
It was my first shoot of the new year on the 2nd of January - what a great way to kick off 2015. The looks ranged from soft and casual from River Island to glam and sexy from Starla Dress Rental and I used some pretty accessories from Macdoll Boutique. I used my favourite shoe haunt Buffalo Dublin on Exchequer St for the footwear. I love their glossy pointed courts. I nabbed a gorgeous berry red pair for the holiday season.
Sunday World style spread of Stephanie Roche

I styled Stephanie Roche in the 'Sia' dress from Folkster as pictured below for her big homecoming! I fell in love with the dress - it reminded me of something Blair Waldorf would wear on Gossip Girl and when teamed with Stephanie's blonde crop, tanned complexion and long pins it was a killer combination. I'm a big fan of Folkster and the way they fuse boho, glam, bridal and homewares all under one roof and the fact you can shop online as well as in store in Templebar makes life a little easier.
Stephanie Roche pictured with friend & Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor
Stephanie Roche in the 'Sia' dress from Folkster at her homecoming
Another style of dress that looked really hot on Stephanie was this red lace detailed bodycon from my favourite dress rental boutique Starla Dress Rental. I styled Stephanie in Starla as she needed something slinky and glam for opening a new club 'The Voodoo Rooms' in Cork.
Stephanie showcasing diamante clutch & red lacy bodycon from www.starla.ie
Stephanie looked so pretty in pink in Helen Cody at the Ballon D' Or that she was was literally the belle of the ball.

One dress that has flown off the shelves is this River Island strapless lilac fitted midi which I styled Stephanie in for the SWAI Banquet. I also styled her boyfriend Dean Zambra in a dapper River Island suit!
Dean Zambra & girlfriend Stephanie
Roy Keane & Stephanie @ the SWAI banquet
I've just moved in to my new central apartment and I'm absolutely loving my new little girly pad.
As soon as I got off the plane from Toulouse it was straight back to work sorting outfits for celebrity clients, attending appointments and sussing collaborations for my blog and I'm so excited to be getting back in to radio after a little break away.

I kind of missed the chaos of working 6 days a week - it became my routine. This week I was photographed for Xpose Magazine by the amazing Evan Doherty. I cannot wait to share the snaps. I collaborated with BT2 which was fab by using the off the shoulder denim dress from ACxAG from the new Alexa Chung collection which has just landed in BT2 on Grafton Street & in Dundrum.
AC for AG in BT2 is amazing!
Here is a sneak peek of the shoot! Pictured below is my new glossy electric navy patent John Rocha 'designers for Debenhams' patent bag. It may as well be glued to my arm these days!
Sneak peek of my shoot this week for Xposé Magazine ✨ can't wait to share the feature!
2 days ago RSVP Magazine  contacted me regarding featuring me as one of their 'Women of Style' which is really flattering and an honour. They will be interviewing me about my career, life, travel and inspiration. I have been really sick for the past 3 days and today is the first day I'm actually feeling human after 72 hours of living off Vanilla Complan. Not very appetising.. After feeling like a Zombie for 3 days I enjoyed a strong morning coffee at the Grand Canal Dock.  It's so beautiful down there.
Instagram Snapshot of the Grand Canal Dock
One thing that really struck me recently has been the fantastic support from local media where I grew up in Enniscorthy, specifically Niamh Devereux in 'The Echo'. Niamh wrote this feature about me which was a really nice surprise that I was very touched by.
Article in 'The Echo' newspaper by Niamh Devereux
I have loads of exciting shoots coming up! Many of which I am styling for different publications and others which will feature some of my collaborations with really cool brands, make up artists, hair stylists & photographers. This week I attended the launch of Daylight 44 - A new studio run by my two fabulous friends top photographer Aaron Hurley & fashion stylist extraordinaire Brian Conway. They are two super talented creatives and I'm so thrilled for them about their new venture. I had a ball at their opening with my friend Madeline - also a close friend of the boys. The studio is gorgeous & we were all treated to silver cake pops & mini cupcakes washed down with cocktails at the opening.
Cupcake's & Cakepop's ✨
#FromWhereWeStand at the amazing @daylight_44 studio launch ✨ @yo_im_jo @madelinemodel @briconstyle @aaronjhurley 
I had the pleasure of meeting and having a make up class with the phenomenal Yves Saint Laurent European make up artist Fred Letailleur earlier this week! Fred was giving me the lowdown on working on the visage of top model and fashion darling Cara Delevingne! He also taught me how to do the YSL Cara eye which I will be trying out and showcasing step by step in my YSL x Lipstick Gossip blog post.
Myself & top YSL MUA Fred Letailleur
I have reviews going live this week on Lipstick Gossip of Yves Saint Laurent mascara, REN skincare products that are awesome for sensitive skin, Clinique redness control make up and the Aveda Shammy cloth that can be used for hot towel cleanses.
I hope you all are having a lovely lazy Sunday! :)

Until next time...

xo




Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Catch up: New Beginnings!

Lately I have been ridiculously happy both work wise & in general. I feel like 2014 has been a really special year in many ways & I am excited for what 2015 will have in store :-)
I try to be a positive person even when things get hectic and challenging I always make an effort to celebrate the little victories! I suppose Christmas at home with family gives you that warm fuzzy feeling. My Christmas dinner was another level of heaven!
I have missed my sisters so much because we are all working far from each other and at times it's a pain to live 2 hours away from them. Over the holidays I love having DMC's (deep meaningful conversations) and girls nights out with drinks but most of all getting to have movie days in front of the fire in PJ's together.
My boyfriend Darren just got a new job in 98FM & I'm so thrilled for him. He has such an old school radio voice - it's his accent I love hearing on the air. He also does some work with Newstalk, Setanta Sports & presents an indie music show on RTE 2xm. I think he has always been a good influence because he has always had such a passion for what he does and even though working in fashion can be a tough path he has always been so matter of fact to me that anything is possible if you want it enough.
I am moving in to a new apartment in January with my fabulous friend Aoife! The apartment is really central in Dublin and I can't wait to share a girly pad with Aoife - we always have such a laugh. I am so excited to move in with someone I can completely be myself with. It's so important to be comfortable around a flatmate :) 2015 really feels like a new beginning which is very exciting.
I have just been interviewed by Stellar Magazine about my career in Journalism & Fashion Styling to date & I can't wait to share it in the new year! This year has been special for me as I already featured in a big 5 pg spread in Stellar and never in a million years saw that coming. I really love working as a fashion stylist, journalist and in radio & I have some realllllly big projects in the pipeline for next year which I cannot wait to reveal.

In not so riveting news I just joined snapchat & as I am endeavouring to eat everything within a five mile radius (particularly leftovers) so I am enjoying how snapchats are pretty temporary!
If you want to add me my username is 'laura_mullett'

I hope you all are having a lovely Christmas & Happy New Year! :)

Lots of love, 
xo L


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