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Rebecca Lister, a 19 year old Youth Contact Volunteer for Arthritis Care Northern Ireland, is holding a table quiz in aid of the charity on Thursday 20th June 2013.
Arthritis Care is a charity which provides support and holds events for arthritis sufferers of all ages – believe it or not, even babies can have arthritis. It is a great charity, but like most charities, needs to raise every possible penny.
Rebecca works with the Family and Youth Work section in a team of Youth Contacts, which leads workshops, Positive Future courses and Activity weekends, among other roles.
So, about the quiz… it is taking place in “The Gamekeepers’ Loft”, The Pheasant, Annahilt (410 Upper Ballynahinch Rd, Hillsborough, Co. Down BT26 6NR) and will start at 8:00 pm (ish!). There will be a bar and a raffle (so bring your purse, or wallet), and plenty of craic. Of course, any prize donations would be greatly appreciated, and advertised.
Tickets will be £5.00 per person, with teams limited to around six members. For further information or to order tickets, you can email Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org
So why not come along for a great night’s entertainment and to help out a charity close to Rebecca’s heart, it would be great to see you there!
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FLAWLESS, fresh faced, Kate Moss wows in her new campaign ad as the face and body of St. Tropez tan. Kate Moss, iconic, English supermodel has been announced as this summer’s St. Tropez siren, something that is sure to get the ladies dashing out to buy the tanning product.
Who could blame them? If the ads are anything to go by, every woman will want a bronzed, beach body, hoping to rival Ms.Moss herself. The campaign ads boast Kate, dazzling poolside showcasing their streak-free tan, much to the envy of many women.
Her flawless body is poured into a white swim suit whilst she relaxes poolside, something which is inspired by the glamour that summers in St. Tropez have to offer. The announcement has been awash with Twitter success, even becoming a trending topic. Fans of Moss gush that they are: “Loving Kate’s new campaign for my fav tanning brand.” This is a sure sign that St. Tropez’s idea has been a success.
The team up between Moss and St. Tropez even has Kate thrilled: “I’m so excited to be working with St.Tropez. I’ve been using the products since they started and it’s a really trustworthy, cool brand. I always feel more confident with a St.Tropez tan!”
The advertising campaign will be seen throughout global print, online and also in stores. She is sure to showcase the brand’s ability to get us ladies a summer ready body, so we can sizzle poolside also. Moss also praises the “natural” look of the tan, which prevents those irritating streaks that a lot of tans can leave you with. She also emphasises: “There is no reason to go around with that pasty pallor anymore, which is really exciting!”
You can see Kate’s behind the scenes photo shoot video online at: www.st-tropez.com and see how she is prepped and preened by experts to bring us a sizzling photo shoot, that makes us want to try the tanning product. Kicking off St. Tropez’s debut global advertising campaign, Kate Moss brings “her unique edge and personality” to the fore as face and body of the brand.
Attached to the advertisements, St. Tropez are starting a social media campaign were they encourage women to tweet when they are #OFFTOSTTROPEZ for the ultimate tan. Prizes and even a trip to St. Tropez are up for grabs for one follower and a friend.
St. Tropez is equally thrilled with their partnership as CEO, Michelle Feeney boasts: “We’re absolutely thrilled that Kate Moss has chosen to work with us on our new campaign: it gives us the ultimate stamp of approval on the quality of our products. Kate epitomises St.Tropez’s naturally glamorous approach to self-tanning and is a long-time advocate of the brand.”
To get Kate Moss’ smoldering summer glow, head to the St. Tropez website where you can pick up a tan that is both streak-free and Riviera-chic!
By Jourdan McManus
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Helping to define each designer’s creative vision, hair-styles provided the ultimate chance to ensure a styled-to-perfection look from head-to-toe. With the arrival of sunnier weather promising to play host to weddings, outdoor parties, and those all-important essential tropical holidays, Spring / Summer 2013 hair inspiration has (fortunately for us) adopted an extremely wearable, easy-to-achieve, bohemian feel.
Romantically disheveled up-do’s, flowing waves, and the classic straightforward yet elegant ponytail were awash at the catwalks, with each hairstyle a clear representation of the designer’s signature style, proving how much your hair-style really can improve your overall look.
Its hard to imagine a hair-style that would better epitomise Ralph Lauren’s crisp, clean-cut signature look than a neat, sleek, sophisticated bun. Fastened low at the nape of the neck, this look does not allow for any pesky fly-away strands. So be sure if opting for this designer, lady-like look to flatten those pesky loose fly-aways with hairspray or a light serum for a sleek, polished finish.
But for those in search of a less high-maintenance style, steal that relaxed, ‘careless’ look so popular on the runways this season, and make like the Bottega Veneta models with their gorgeously disheveled chignons. For this look to be achieved it is essential you tease strands of your luscious locks loose to allow a face-framing effect thus creating the essential less ‘done’ impression. Meanwhile, ensure you complete this alluringly mussed up, bed-hair with dewy skin and succulent lips for the ultimate fresh-but-fabulous look.
The ‘undone low-bun’ is similarly all about chic, undone elegance, all about embracing your natural inner-beauty. An exposed neck amplifies sex appeal, so ensure to hold it securely with invisible pins just above the nape of the neck and spritz with a natural-looking hairspray to hold in place all day, giving off the epitome of low-maintenance beauty whilst no-one need ever know you are secretly styled to perfection!
Make like the gorgeous Versace models and part hair in the middle or just off-centre to give any look a youthful, relaxed feel. But be sure again to pull out any wispy hair in order to frame the face, and pinch those roots for fullness and body to allow for extra volume. This season’s disheveled hair means not only good news for those extra-long summer lie-ins, but for the health of your hair – as minimum product and styling is essential here, so embrace your hair’s inner texture to even further propel this look and do not be afraid to mimic how you would style your hair when on holiday. By thinking of beach-hair, you will effortlessly achieve this look, especially with the lack of humidity and sun to dry up your locks! Hairspray or serum will vanish any frizz, so to maintain this look throughout the day simply slip a miniature travel size of hairspray into your bag!
Make like Dolce & Gabbana and add a beautiful printed headscarf to an easy-to achieve beehive or chignon for those special occasions. This creates a high-impact look, with minimal effort and styling.
Whilst nothing says low-maintenance beauty like a low ponytail, this season, make it super-low-slung and pulled off the face. For style inspiration look no further than Christian Dior’s edgy, volumised catwalk look complete with wet-look finish to the roots, easily achievable with a light serum, and pull that hair off the face for an elegant, polished look. However, in stark contrast to the polished roots, to fully recreate this look, the mane must be full of volume and texture, preferably achieved through blow-drying rather than the harsh, damaging effects of straightening irons.
In a further nod to embracing your hair’s natural beauty, take inspiration from Emilio Pucci’s gorgeous Spring / Summer 2013 catwalk look and use health-infusing products rather than styling aids to allow the hair’s natural beauty, fullness and texture to shine through and make a defying statement. Complimenting this health-infusing perfection, the sweeping side-parting is back, meaning instant glamour is guaranteed with even the most laid-back of styles. To ensure your hair is in healthy, luxurious condition for this look simply avoid over-heating with damaging hair styling and try to incorporate moisturising, health- infusing hair-care products into your routine, avoiding products that will dry your hair and leave you with unsightly frizz and split-ends.
Chloe’s extremely low-maintenance, straightforward and speedy looped ponytail simply exuded beauty when coupled with the addition of a slightly grown-out, side-parted fringe. The simple side-parting amplifies any look, and can be seen throughout the retro looks rocking the catwalks. Indeed, Louis Vuitton featured Guido Palau’s mini beehives in a successful, artistic attempt to recreate the Sixties retro-look, which promises to be a massive trend this season, to be reflected in both hair-styles and fashion choices. But what completed the Louis Vuitton’s retro look was not only the pretty bow accessory, but of course that all-important sweeping side-fringe.
But this season’s sweeping side-fringe has been revolutionised, revamped from the neat, clean-cut style as has been seen before in previous seasons. This season be sure to adopt a more grown-out side-fringe, longer, messier and with a heavier side-parting, to create that all important unkempt, yet fabulous finish for a more interesting look.
In a nod to the coming season we wave goodbye to Winter’s boring super-straight locks and say hello to Spring / Summer’s carefree curls and natural waves for a sunny spring finish. Grecian plaits are always a sumptuous addition to a set of flowing waves as it compliments them effortlessly. Whether you add a simple side-parted boho-braid to adorn your flowing locks, use pretty skinny plaits to decorate a casual ponytail as seen at Marchesa, or go all out with the all-over plaited mane, the braid will always provide a fabulous go-to, signature look, which promises to remain forever as an on-trend look for Spring / Summer.
When sporting bohemian braids, be sure to have fun with accessories, adding cute hair-clips for the day, or show-stopping, elegant pieces for a braided up-do at night. The right amount of sparkle can instantly transform this look for a full on Hollywood glamour feel.
For this season’s eye-catching waves simply add a small amount of product through your hair and add curls at random using a curling tong or wand. Lightly comb or run your fingers through your locks and backcomb random strands to create an unpolished, natural look. Spritz with volumising hair-spray and you have yourself super-sexy bed-head waves. For a night-time fabulous look, a bright colour-pop pout will accentuate this attention-grabbing look. For some serious style inspiration copy the Giles Spring / Summer look and add some seriously hot-pink lips to your unkempt curls for maximum effect.
Even better news? Roots are having a serious moment. We learnt at Dries Van Noten Spring / Summer 2013 that roots can be sexy – just wear with attitude to complete that relaxed, laid-back look and wear in a middle or slightly off-centre parting.
This season it is easy to stay band on trend in the hair-style stakes, just be sure to embrace your hair’s natural beauty and texture – kinks, waves, and all.
by Kathryn McGowan
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Located in the idyllic, quaint village of picturesque Hillsborough, County Down, the vintage-inspired themed decor at Petticoat Lane boasts luxurious carpets, rich decor, spacious changing-areas and sumptuously opulent lighting, all of which works to create the ideal, relaxed environment for any bride-to-be searching for the most important dress of your life. Future brides will be spoilt with the most intimate, specialised service, as well as complimentary champagne!
Experienced staff will cater to your every need, ensuring any bride need stress no further during this busy time by offering to customize your perfect dress, which they will look after for you until your special day.
With each dress carefully selected by Petticoat Lane owners to ensure the utmost quality, elegance and style, the attention to detail within this dress haven is rivaled only by the detail within the dresses themselves. Created by mother and daughter dynamic duo Denise Patterson and Katie Larmour two and a half years ago, recent bride Katie explains they were keen to offer more variety after researching the market thoroughly and discovering many bridal shops were stocked by the same designers, meaning limited variety and choice for future-brides: “Designer-wise, we were excited to stock designers not currently available within Northern Ireland, to be able to offer something different for our brides.”
Having identified this niche within Northern Ireland’s bridal business, Katie spent a year researching and frequenting the fashion capitals of the world in her bid to source exclusive designers. After meeting with leading New York and London designers, Katie began stocking such exclusive ranges as Charlie Brear and Amsale, which currently remain unavailable elsewhere in Northern Ireland. Innovative designer Charlie Brear offers beautiful vintage dresses from each era of the 1900’s through to the 1970’s, all of which can be customized with gorgeous detachable details, such as add-in sleeves, to take you from ceremony to reception seamlessly. With such a design, you can make like Kate Middleton and without the price-tag of two dresses, effortlessly achieve two different looks for ceremony to reception!
Petticoat Lane consists of an elaborate range of bridal-designs, many of which are exclusive to the vintage-style themed boutique, as well as a fantastic selection of UK-based collections, providing the ultimate selection to spoil brides-to-be with the luxury of choice. The vintage boutique remains the exclusive stockist of such exclusive luxury ranges as Mia Mia by Alan Hannah, an English based designer; and Nicki McFarlene, a London-based children’s designer who has created a beautiful mix of Old-English-style flower-dresses. Other leading designers stocked by the Hillsborough boutique include the romantically themed American-based designers Tara Keely and Jim Heijm Blush, as well as outstanding creations from Caroline Castigliano; Lusan Mandongus; Dessy; and Carla Ruiz, to name but a few.
Boutique-owner Katie emphasised her belief in the importance of selling good-quality products, explaining that since Kate Middleton’s now infamous Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen lace dress at the royal wedding, lace has been an extremely popular best-seller. Despite this, Katie explains: “Lace remains a popular trend, but it’s all about lace elements, rather than all over lace. So for 2014 brides it is all about the embellishment, be it lace capped-sleeves, a sash, embroidery or the veil. We hand-pick each dress to ensure no sub-standard, heavily beaded gowns.”
The upcoming season means subtle fashion evolutions, even within bridal trends, as Katie reveals: “Different neck-lengths are becoming extremely popular in 2014; such as the cowl neck, and the boat neckline. The back detail has become a lot more popular also, with beautiful embroidery and details emphasizing the back of the dress, which offers a really gorgeous, flattering silhouette and elegant sophistication.”
Furthermore, with its range of show-stopping necklaces, breathtaking ear-rings and high-impact decorative pieces from the expansive range of jewellery by locally-based designer Helen Fitzpatrick, which simply exudes vintage Hollywood glamour, brides-to-be are provided with the opportunity to accessorize with something “really different” for your big day to compliment that perfect dress.
But understanding, recent-bride Katie also stressed that at the boutique there is no pressure into buying all at once: “Even though we stock all of the beautiful bridal accessories, we like to urge the bride not to buy everything in one day, but space it out.
“When you have bought the wedding dress, it is such a big occasion, so we like to encourage the bride not to rush into anything, but encourage them to space it out and come back a few days later. When the bride comes back for her alterations, this is usually a great way to space out the purchases.”
The gorgeous boutique offers only the best in quality fabrics, lace and embellishment, with the mid to upper-price range reaching prices of just £1,600 – £3,000 for the finest of hand-chosen, couture designs. Situated in the tranquil, picturesque village of Hillsborough, with its rustic surroundings, quaint cafes and gorgeous restaurants, Katie explained how vital the gorgeous location is proving to be for the enchanting boutique: “In terms of the beautiful surroundings, such as the back-drop of the castle, and the quaint village on offer, it really is the perfect place for a lovely day-trip! So in terms of location for Petticoat Lane, we knew it just had to be here.
“This way people can really make a day of coming to the shop! It becomes a day-trip, an event, which is what buying your wedding dress should be, as it’s so important
“Petticoat Lane is all about getting to enjoy the atmosphere of the village and the shop itself, making a day out of such a special occasion, soaking up the relaxed atmosphere and having fun. In terms of the shop itself, with the building’s original beams and rustic decor, this just adds to the gorgeous antique-style and vintage-feel. The image almost sells itself for us! People know what they are looking for when they come to Petticoat Lane, as it has such a distinctive style and atmosphere.”
The gorgeous, stylish vintage boutique really does go far and beyond to ensure all things run smoothly on the build up to your big day, even offering to look after your precious dress for up to two days before your wedding, as well as offering to steam or press the dress and veil all free of charge. Make sure you visit Petticoat Lane for the all-important perfect dress and exquisite shopping experience now. Visit http://www.petticoatlanebridal.com/ now for more details.
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SPICE Girl and stage sensation Melanie C is inviting wannabe specs wearing superstars in Northern Ireland to compete for the Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2013 title and a holiday to St Lucia.
Melanie has teamed with Specsavers and anti-bullying charity Kidscape to bring specs wearers into focus at the Oscars of the glasses world.
Melanie says: ‘I’ve had to wear glasses or contacts since my teens and there’s never been more choice for all ages. Loving your glasses has never been cooler, all you need is a bit of confidence to make a real statement wherever you are.
‘Personally, I love the geek chic look with heavy set darker frames. There’s so much pressure out there to look good whatever your age and let’s face it we all know someone that wears glasses. These awards are to recognise specs as a fashion statement as well as a visual aid.
‘My favourite celebrity glasses wearers have to be Tinie Tempah and Alan Carr, you never see them photographed or on TV without them! They’re great examples of how your specs can form a part of your identity. I hope that we can find loads more specs wearers that make their specs a part of their identity too.’
Before she treads the boards in a UK tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, Melanie will attend the celeb packed Awards at the iconic Royal Opera House on 10 September.
To be in with a chance of meeting Melanie and scooping the biggest accolade in the specs-wearing world, male and female specs wearers can enter the competition online, www.specsavers.co.uk/loveglasses, via Facebook, www.facebook.com/specsavers, or at their nearest Specsavers store.
There are four age categories – 16-24; 25-39; 40-59 and 60+, plus a Facebook favourite voted for by the public. A winner from each category will win a VIP makeover and will attend the grand final in London, where the overall Spectacle Wearer of the Year will be announced.
Tony McGinn, Regional Chairman at Specsavers, says: ‘We see so many people in the store who look absolutely amazing in their glasses. The Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition gives us the opportunity to prove that glasses are fabulous at any age by celebrating the specs wearers right on our doorstep who wear them with pride and plenty of style.’
Melanie says: ‘A big reason why I’m supporting the awards is because we all need to do something to beat the bullies and whether kids are being bullied for their appearance or even wearing glasses, it’s important that it stops. For every entry Specsavers will donate £1 to Kidscape so get your specs on, grab a picture and enter!’Read More »