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Christmas is well and truly here! I went to 5* Hayfield Manor today for Afternoon Tea with my Mum & Aunty and I am finally feeling the Christmas spirit. The hotel of choice when in Ireland for celebs such as Daniel Radcliffe, Bill Clinton and Lionel Richie to name a few, was the perfect setting and the food was almost too pretty to eat! Let the Christmas season of family, friends and merriment begin xo
If you haven't been keeping on top of those gym visits since Winter crept in, look away now. This year's highly anticipated Victoria Secrets Fashion Show took place at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York last night introducing new Angels, celebrating old Angels and showcasing all that glitters. My favourite look was the 'Parisian Nights' collection which showed an edgier side to the traditionally candy sweet brand. Taylor Swift looked at home in her silver angelic dress but Cara Delvingne stole the show as did Joan Smalls, Adrianna Lima and Candice Swanepoel. I do think however that Irish model Roz Purcell could give them all a run for their money!
Here are some of my favourite looks from the show courtesy of the Huffington Post xo
HOW TO DE-CLUTTER YOUR CLOSET:
When was the last time you wore this? If you haven't worn it for 6 months get rid of it.
Style then Colour Coordination. Organising your closet by colour will make getting dressed a much quicker process. Hang and fold by style and then by colour (eg. all casual tops folded in piles on a shelf, then put similar colours like whites or blues or stripes together.
Out with the old. For every garment you bring in, an old item should leave to maintain the balance.
Thin hangers. Thin, felt hangers (available at TK Maxx) are less bulky than the wider plastic ones allowing for more garments on your rail.
Cheer it up. Paint the inside of your wardrobe a bright colour that you like, it will make the space feel more pleasant and larger.
Storage is key. Invest in some some small woven baskets with linen lining and store clutches, purses, gloves and trinkets in these. Alternatively, buy some cheap boxes and cover them in your favourite shades of fabric.
Use door backs. Stick hooks to the back of your wardrobe doors to hang bags, scarves or chains displaying them easily.
Make a jewellery corkboard. Stick pins in it and hang your chains and earrings from this. Everything is on display making decisions much faster when you're in a rush.
Pretty plates. Martha Stewart suggests using pretty ware to store jewellery in drawers. I love this idea!
Buy a bracelet display. Amazon or Ebay sell bracelet displays like ones you would see in a jewellery store to display all your bracelets and bangles.
Don't forget to bag up your good items and send them off to a charity shop. It is a lovely feeling knowing your previously loved threads can find a new home and happy owner.
I had the privilege of co-presenting my second fashion show this season with Brendan Courtney at a show in aid of Marymount Hospice last night. It's so great presenting with someone who has a genuine, deep knowledge of fashion, not to mention all the serious belly laughs we had. The guy is so funny!
Well done to model Mairead O'Farrell for putting the whole night together for the very worthy hospice, who were so kind to her beautiful grandfather in his last days.
Perfect venue, glamourous clothes, gorgeous models, fun audience...thanks for having me there xo