My name is Laura Mullett and I am a Fashion Stylist and Journalist.
I style Ireland's best and brightest for press fashion shoots in top Irish publications and also work as a personal shopper. I have styled national ad campaigns for a wide variety of brands. I love working in media covering the red carpet as a radio interviewer for RTE and I enjoy writing for magazines about trend forecasting and entertainment on a freelance basis. I review products and services on my blog 'Lipstick Gossip' which is my creative outlet to write all about 'behind the scenes' of shoots, what will be hitting a store near you and overall what I find inspiring.
I hope you enjoy my ramblings.

xo L

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Win a 3 month subscription to Glossybox!

As all you dolls know I am a Glossybox lover. I am like a child at Christmas when the postman comes with my monthly delivery of beauty treats! Lipstick Gossip and the fabulous folks at Glossybox have teamed up to offer one of you lucky ladies a 3-month subscription to Glossybox!


Each month, Glossybox sends you a carefully selected range of five must-have beauty products, all beautifully wrapped in the signature pastel pink box and send straight to your home. Brands featured in Glossybox this year include Givenchy, Nuxe, John Frieda, Sarah Chapman, Figs & Rouge and many more.  You can enter this competition on Facebook or twitter.

To enter on twitter: Follow www.twitter.com/GlossyboxUK + Follow www.twitter.com/lauramullett & Retweet the #glossybox competition tweet on @lauramullett to win.

To enter on Facebook: 'Like' www.facebook.com/Glossybox + 'Like' www.facebook.com/lipstickgossip and 'Like' + 'Share' the glossy box status on 'Lipstick Gossip' to enter. Finally - comment to say 'done' + tag 3 Facebook friends.




Best of luck!!

xo

My interview with Colin Farrell!

I wrote an article in 'The Echo' Newspaper about my interview with Colin Farrell at the IFTA's:


You can read the text from the article below:
I covered the IFTA's for RTE 'In Colour' on 2xm
The creme de la creme of Irish talent & international stars came together in the Double Tree Hilton in Dublin to celebrate the 11th annual Irish Film and Television Awards. I was thrilled to be covering the awards for RTE radio for the fourth year running. The atmosphere was electric on the red carpet. I got up close and personal with Colin Farrell and my highlight of the awards was mid interview when he randomly invited me for a cup of tea!

I asked the Hollywood star what it was like to be back in Ireland: “It’s lovely to be home! I’m out in Kerry filming at the moment so it is great that filming coincided with the IFTA’s. I can link up with some of my old pals that I haven’t seen in a while.” Farrell joked about how close in proximity we all were! The red carpet was absolutely brimming with frenzied reporters and camera crews and I was literally brushing his chin with the microphone. But his demeanor was friendly and he was great banter to chat with. I have been a fan of Colin Farrell as an actor when he has played the role of a villain, a warrior and a gangster but him playing a father in his latest flick really tugs on your heartstrings. I questioned him about after flying all over the world and starring in fantastic films - What had that journey been like? What had it been like to go from Ballykissangel to being one of Hollywoods hottest stars? The actor smiled and replied that: “It’s another day at the office! Look - lets me and you go for a chat and a cup of tea and talk all about it..” It was the stuff that dreams are made of. It amazes me how Colin Farrell can be so down to earth. He modestly explained:
“I’m not trying to say the right thing but I have been incredibly fortunate. Big time. to do something that I love doing - to make a living, to provide for my family and travel the world. I’ve had my ups and downs in life as everyone does even the downs have been a privilege to experience..”

Ultimately he was thrilled to be part of ‘Saving Mr Banks’ and that it was nominated as it is a story with such a rich history. He admits he enjoyed playing such an interesting character working with extraordinary actress Emma Thompson on such a “sweet film.” Farrell was nominated for an IFTA for Actor in a Supporting Role in Film. ‘Saving Mr Banks’ is about how the 1964 classic Mary Poppins almost didn’t make it to the big screen. The story, based on what happened over the space of two decades tells us how Walt Disney used everything he had in order to convince British author, P.L. Travers to bring Mary Poppins to life for all to see. It is no surprise that Farrell plays a doting father and in this instance it mirrors reality. The 37 year old actor has two sons, James aged ten and Henry who is four. When I asked him what it was like being a Dad he admitted: “being a father is baffling, confounding and wonderful it’s the most important thing in my life.” He joked “I love it. It’s fun but its terribly frustrating because sometimes you just don’t know what to do!”
Colin will be shooting in Dublin for a week next month and is excited to spend some long overdue quality time with his family and friends. When it came to say goodbye to Colin after our interview I asked him could we get a snap together. His response was priceless. “Let me take the selfie I have longer arms!” It is without fail my best IFTA’s memory to date.


You can listen back to my IFTA’s RTE 2014 ‘In Colour’ special just click in to ‘In Colour’ on
www.rte.ie/digitalradio/2xm/ + there will also be a direct link up on my facebook page www.facebook.com/lipstickgossip tonight. The show features interviews with Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Cunningham, Colm Meaney, Jeremy Irons, the Love/Hate cast and many more.

xo 

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Lipstick Gossip & Benefit Cosmetics Ireland Giveaway

On Wednesday 2nd April Harvey Nichols are hosting a Benefit Masterclass with Head Irish Makeup Artist Mark Rogers.

With Mark Rogers holding only a few a year, this is a very exclusive event. He will be showcasing insider tips and tricks from the beauty world. Guests can enjoy a glass of Prosecco on arrival and be treated to a fabulous goody bag. I have a pair of tickets to giveaway.. all you have to do is 'like' Lipstick Gossip on Facebook and 'like' & 'share' this post on Facebook.
Best of luck! 

xo


Thursday, 6 March 2014

Avail of 20% discount on Mio Destino lingerie with Lipstick Gossip!

I style a lot of lingerie shoots for press. I am always working with new brands and I find out about really special places to purchase glamorous underwear. A new lingerie website I have been obsessing about is Mio Destino. They specialise in designer lingerie, swimwear and sleepwear, offering products not easily found online or in Irish stores. They have 'What Katie Did' 1950's style pin up underwear and a wide variety of lacy french style sets. I have been searching high and low for a proper bullet bra. They are both classy and great value. They have stunning 'Curvy Kate' underwear too for curvaceous ladies.
 The good news is that the lovely folks at 'Mio Destino' have offered my blog readers an exclusive discount code on their website: 'LIPSTICKGOSSIP'

It will give you 20% off Mio lingerie and sleepwear including Mio Classic, Mio Sexy and Mio Lounge. It is valid until 30th March, 2014. So vamp up and dress all the way down to the skin!

Click here to check it all out for yourself & remember to use 'LIPSTICK GOSSIP' to get your discount. Enjoy ladies!

xo

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Harvey Nichols Spring Summer 2014 Fashion Show

Harvey Nichols is set to celebrate another exciting season with the Spring Summer fashion show on Wednesday 5th March.  This year’s show will take place in the new restaurant, Rock Lobster at Harvey Nichols.  Tickets are priced at €50 which includes a three course meal, a luxury goody bag and a €20 Harvey Nichols gift voucher.  The show times are at 1pm and 6pm, with a capacity of 90 customers per show, guests are advised to book ASAP to avoid disappointment.  

Key brands on show will include Sportmax, Tara Jarmon, Alice + Olivia, Pinko, Catherine Deane, By Malene Birger, Laurel, Fee G and Lennon Courtney. Stylist Annmarie O’Connor will present the fashion show focusing on trends including Down the Garden Path, Pleats, Mellow Yellow, White Out, Sports Luxe, Sheer, Tribal and Folk.

Harvey Nichols Dublin Director, Kenny Robertson commented; “Harvey Nichols is now celebrating its ninth year in Dublin and we look forward to welcoming our customers to celebrate the new season at the Spring Summer Fashion Show. As a boutique store, we select the finest edit of our customers preferred brands for Dublin, however we also have the luxury of offering brands available on HarveyNichols.com and in our other stores through Click & Collect.  The fashion show is a great opportunity to showcase this service and ensure our customers are spoilt for choice”. 

Tickets available to purchase by calling 01 2910410 or emailing Dundrum@rocklobster.ie


Monday, 24 February 2014

Same chic different day: Being a stylist.

I just got back from New York. The jet lag has gone and I miss the snowy ‘Big Apple’ but I am still basking in that Friday feeling that lasts all week long. I have come home feeling rejuvenated, revived and enthused. I'm brimming with ideas. New York Fashion Week was a phenomenal inspiration. I soaked it all in and I had so much fun in the process. I think working in this industry can be all encompassing and it genuinely can be hard to switch off and recharge your batteries. As much as I love what I do I think that it is important to watch a fashion show with your own eyes instead of feeling the compulsion to record everything through a lens. Just like it is great to walk in to a shop when you aren't working and not solely be on the hunt for accessories and attire for shoots but to just take a look. I want to experience everything firsthand. It is good to log off, log out and get some fresh air. I think straddling being a Journalist, stylist and blogger can be a tricky one but it can be done.
#NYFW #TIMESSQUARE
What has been great for me is that I have been writing a lot of freelance articles for magazines and newspapers. When I was in New York a few shoots I styled hit press but I was sent on a copy of the latest Sunday World Magazine and I felt a real genuine happiness at seeing a project I worked on grace the cover. I styled the spread but also interviewed model Madeline Mulqueen so I felt like the piece was a good representation of what I can do. It is great to see your byline in print.

I was recently interviewed by Orla Barrett, a fashion enthusiast and Journalism student for the ‘UCD College Tribune’ about the truth of what it takes to be a stylist. I did my best to be as forthright and as honest as I could be. I don’t want to lead anyone down the rabbit hole.

"There are many factors that will help you on the road to becoming a fashion stylist for press. Studying Journalism and having a broad media skill set is a great asset to have. It is important to be ambitious and have a real passion for styling. To get your foot in the door always remember the importance of manners and being humble. With the way social media is nowadays Ireland's top industry people are only a click away. Offer to assist for free on shoots, backstage at shows, learn to hone your craft and find a niche. To be a fashion stylist having industry experience is golden. Understand the format of magazines, what their patterns are, what kind of shoots are featured. Educate yourself about sizing, seasonal trends and collaborate with those who share your interest. There are many facebook groups such as 'Irish Models black book' 'Dublin models' and 'Irelands models' where you can link up with people who want to build their portfolios - but research them before you do and don't meet anyone alone. You can also set up your own shoots, use social media to your advantage and blog about the kind of shoots and trends that interest you. If you are starting out and trying to find your feet, before you have built contacts to pull attire from shops, a great idea is to utilise your own wardrobe to showcase your personal style which will speak volumes about you. Style yourself or a friend, take candid shots and talk people through via a blog where you draw inspiration from. Sign up to mailing lists of fashion websites to keep abreast of international street style and what will be hitting the high street. Truthfully you need to have a flair and real talent to get opportunities of prominence, but if you really want it and are devoted there is room for the next generation of savvy stylists to make their mark.” 



Be bold, be brave & misbehave!
xo 

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Styling Anna Daly for the SWM cover shoot!

I styled TV3’s Anna Daly on Tuesday for a sexy and glamorous cover shoot for the Sunday World Magazine. There was a really great team involved. Top Fashion photographer Evan Doherty was assisted by Eoin Kelly, my styling assistant was Amanda Barlow, Amy O’ Neill from Make up 4 Ever did the MUA assisted by Chloe Gaskin. Ruth Robertson from Peter Mark was the hair stylist. Many of you know Anna Daly as the beautiful blonde presenter on Ireland AM - she was a really versatile model and oozed old Hollywood glamour.
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The shoot was very romantic with soft make up and loose teased hair. For the first look I went for a cute River Island ice cream blouse and candy pink leather skirt combo with black Buffalo heels and leather gloves. From there on in I took a more dramatic approach. The heels I used I pulled from Buffalo on Exchequer St. They have a gorgeous collection of minimalist shoes in black, nude and earth tones. They are the kind of shoes you can rock from day to night - kind of conservative to party chic. The Sunday World Magazine 4 page spread hit the shelves today. Pick it up to get up close and personal with the Ireland AM presenter. I was so thrilled to be asked to style the young mum and did my best to bring out her playful daring side with sparkling ensembles and plunging necklines. Anna made some lovely references to my styling in her interview for the spread - it may have been out of her comfort zone. SWM journalist Darragh Keany interviewed her about her experience and she said:
"Laura, the stylist, chatted to me about what kind of clothes she was going to bring and it all sounded great. It's out of my comfort zone if I'm being perfectly honest but I'm loving the result. If she had told me I would have been wearing a pink leather skirt I would have said 'no' right away. In fact, if I was out shopping and saw the rail of clothes with all these looks I would have only picked up the full length black dress. But now having worn them all I would definitely buy most of them. I obviously play it too safe with my clothes, so maybe theres a lesson to be learned here today."
#behindthescenes
I pulled a selection of dresses from Starla Dress Rental on South William St. To say they have a fairytale collection wouldn’t even cut it. From a paradise print fitted floral midi, to a black number with a plunging neckline and thigh split they had Oscar worthy dresses that I used for the SWM shoot.
My favourite Starla Dress Rental gown that I styled Anna in is a Badgley Mischka Gold Sequinned full length number. It is long sleeved & backless. It is €170 to hire from Starla. I knotted pearls and had them draping down Anna’s back. I pulled the heels from my favourite shoe haunt 'Buffalo Dublin' on Exchequer Street. 
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You can check out more of my styling on www.lauramullett.com  I am heading off to New York Fashion Week in the morning so you can follow my adventures through my photo diaries on my instagram and Facebook. Ridiculously excited wouldn't cover how I am feeling! I am on cloud nine. I hope you enjoyed my 'behind the scenes' post.

Be bold, be brave & misbehave! 
xo