Sunday, October 28, 2012

Shape Shopping......Skirts

By Elaine Scully Styling

I've been a little quiet on my blog recently due to being very busy with work. As I'm having a lovely relaxing weekend off I've finally gotten around to writing a new post. As a personal shopper I love finding flattering pieces that will create lots of outfit options for my clients and because I'm at home for the weekent I decided to hit the online shops for on-trend skirts that will balance out the most common body issues.

When it comes to shopping for your shape the key is to bring balance to your figure. For example if you are top heavy (strawberry shape) then add volume and attention to your lower half, at the same time keeping your larger top half streamlined.

Hourglass Figure - your top and bottom half are already balanced so caress your curves and draw attention to your waist

Black laser cut pencil skirt, River Island
Straight Figure - your top and bottom half are balanced but you are lacking feminine curves. This tulip skirt will add shape to your figure and show off your slim waistline

Bronze metallic tulip skirt, €29.99, New Look

Pear Figure - you have a curvier lower half. Slim your shape by wearing darker colours on your bottom half. Avoid adding extra volume in this area but instead look for styles that will skim over your hips. The soft pleating draws the eye downwards having a slimming effect on your hips

Black lace skater mini skirt, €17.99, New Look
Apple Figure - you carry all of your weight on your tummy. Choose skirts with fastenings on the side or back of skirt. Avoid any details on your tummy area. The volume at the hem of the skirt will slim and balance your tummy

Black peplum hem skirt, €40, A|wear

Strawberry Figure - you are larger on your top half. Bring balance by choosing an a-line skirt or a skirt with volume. Avoid pencil skirts unless they have a built in peplum. Select short styles that will show off your slim legs and the print will draw all the attention to your slim lower half

Houndstooth A-line skirt, €18, Heatons

I hope this was helpful! You can contact me by email ( if you have any queries on any of my tips here or if there is anything you would like to see featured here on our blog.

Elaine xx

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Our AWear "Chanel" inspired Shoot: Behind the Scene's

by Anne Hutton Makeup & Beauty, Carlow

So today I though I'd do a little "behind the scenes" piece on our recent photoshoot here in our hometown of Carlow. On board were photographer Shaun Barry, stylist Elaine Scully (my blogging buddy!) model Suzanne Moran, hair stylist Clare Hannaford, and makeup by me. Not forgetting of course AWear clothing, where Elaine took inspiration from the Chanel catwalks and added her own creative twist.

Making the eyebrows - steady hand required!
For me it began a couple of weeks before the shoot. Elaine really liked the crazy glittery eyebrows that the Chanel models wore for the Autumn/Winter catwalk shows, so I had to get the thinking cap on, and create my own unique "eyebrows" and makeup look. So onto ebay to order lots of rhinestones I go! I chose gun-metal grey, black and multicoloured stones.

Fast forward to the day before the shoot, and here I am sticking rhinestones to muslin cloth with superglue and a tweezers, praying that they will fit Suzanne properly. I made a backup set just in case, but thankfully they fit perfectly!

Makeup-wise I chose a deep burgundy colour for the lips, and minimal eyemakeup - just mascara. I made Suzanne's pale skin even paler for an almost theatrical effect.I painted Suzanne's nails with Gosh metallic silver nail polish.

Changing lip colour before adding the lace mask
The other look I really wanted to do here was a masquerade inspired "black lace across the face", which I thought was also fitting to our theme. For this I bought some black lace knicker shorts (I kid you not!) in Penneys, and cut them up to size. Hair stylist Clare helped me out here by pinning the edges of the lace into Suzanne's hair, and the fluffing the hair over the edges for a seamless look.

I also changed the lip colour to a bright poppy red, which works well against the black and gold outfit.

For more images from this shoot, see my website or Facebook page.

For details on the clothes and accessories used, Elaine will be blogging about that shortly.

Thanks to AWear, Shaun Barry, Elaine Scully, Suzanne Moran and Clare Hannaford for making this a really fun shoot!

Anne xx

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