Sunday, June 30, 2013

Irish Summer Weddings

By Elaine Scully Styling

There are no rules as to the style of your outfit for a Wedding as long as you:
> Dress to flatter your figure
> Dress to suit your personality
> Dress to feel comfortable and ultimately confident

Choose shoes that you can walk in, there's nothing worse than putting enormous effort into looking fabulous and then having to hobble up the isle under the scrutiny of every woman's just not a good look. To make sure your new shoes are walkable try on both shoes before buying!

Remember Accessories for a wedding guest outfit are just as important as your dress/outfit so put some thought into your choices.

Instead of going to the expense of a wrap, look for a wide scarf it works out far cheaper. If you have a bigger budget then a jacket or shrug is an option also.

Irish Summer Wedding Look one

1. Definitions Lace Panel Maxi Dress, €89, Littlewoods
Available in sizes 8 to 24

2. Lauren Suede Look Heart Bag, €28, Boohoo

3. Aruba Stone Arm Cuff, €14.99, Folkster

4. Studded Point Court Shoe, €87, River Island

Irish Summer Wedding Look two

1. Lace Shoulder Flippy Dress, €88, Warehouse
Available in sizes 6 to 18 in colours Blue, Pink and Navy

2. Ombre Border Scarf, Was €12, Now €9, Oasis

3. Metal Edge Structured Clutch, Was €37 Now €19, Oasis

4. Multicoloured Lace-Up Sandal, Was €89.95 Now €59.99, Zara

5. Lime pyramid drop earrings, €11, Dorothy Perkins

Elaine xx

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Shape Shopping in the Summer Sales

By Elaine Scully Styling

There are so many bargains out their guys just waiting to enhance your wardrobe. These are a few of my picks - one for each of the body shapes. 

1 Pear
Littlewoods Ireland South Crochet Trim Jumper Was €32 Now €9
Available in sizes 8 to 24

2 Apple
Black and Beige Printed Dungaree Maxi Dress, Was €66 Now €24
Available in sizes 6 to 18

3 Hourglass
Vila Sniper Dress, Was €49.95 Now €24.95
Available in sizes XS to XL. Comes in two colours, Coral (shown here) and Aqua

4 Strawberry
ASOS CURVE Pencil Skirt in Floral Print, Was €23.86 Now €16.57
Available in sizes 20 to 28

5 Straight Figure
Oasis Boat Peplum Top, Was €31 Now €15
Available in sizes 8 to 16

Happy Shopping!!! 

Elaine xx

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

How to Get a New Look on a Tight Budget

Style Tip : What part of you gets the most attention? Your upper if you want a new look on a tight budget focus on tops and accessories!!

1. Crinkle Scarf, €5.95, H&M

2. Gold Multicolour Tusk Spike Necklace, €8.99, New Look

3. Limited Edition Moustache Brooch Multipack, €6.36, ASOS

ASOS Vest with V Neck, €7.95
Available in sizes 4 to 18

Elaine xx

Thursday, June 13, 2013

My Dresses Get a Day Off

By Elaine Scully Styling

Today's outfit.....I'm living in dresses lately so decided to splurge on a new skirt and I'm loving it!!!!

Red Jersey Jacket, €45, available in sizes 8 to 16

Ecru Scalloped Layered Top, €35, available in sizes 6 to 18

Black and White Animal Wrap Mini Skirt, €40, available in sizes 8 to 18

......and my Floral ring is from Penney's

Elaine xx

Vintage on the High Street

By Elaine Scully Styling

Delighted to share with you shots from a vintage style shoot I was involved in last month. Instead of sourcing the clothes and accessories from vintage stores, I chose my pieces from high street stores A|Wear and Best Menswear. I raided my Mother's bedroom for the accessories - it was such fun as it was a trip down memory lane for me and I simply had to pick all the pieces that reminded me of my Mam when I was growing up :)

Huge thanks and kisses to the fabulous team involved.........

Photography - Kat Oniszk Photography
Styling by yours truely - Elaine Scully
Makeup by my blogging better half Anne Hutton Makeup and Beauty
Hair - Christine Walker
Models - Suzanne Moran and Hugo Hughes Doherty
Clothes - A|Wear and Best Menswear

Elaine xx

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

We've Got Mail

Today saw an exciting milestone for our Blog......I arrived home from work to Lipstick Shoes and Parties' very first mail :-)

Since entering the world of fashion 5 years ago I have been invited to and attended countless press events because I was attached to other people's publications. Now I'm bursting with pride to say PR companies are inviting me to represent my own Blog!!!! For me this is a BIG deal. It's similar to the feeling I get everytime I sell one of my handmade accessories, having worked in retail most of my life words can't describe the sense of achievement you get from selling your own products instead of someone else's. 

Each season, Littlewoods Ireland's press preview promises to be an unmissable event. For SS13 I sipped champagne, watched mini fashion shows hosted by Caroline Morahan (the face of littlewoods) chatted with fellow bloggers and took home a hand painted portrait!! So as you can imagine I'm very excited to attend their autumn winter preview. Check back in next week guys for all the pics from the event.

Elaine xx

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Time to Pop back on an Extra Layer

By Elaine Scully Styling

Seems like we're having a mini break from our Summer. It pains me to say this as I LOVE the sunshine but it's time to pop back on an extra layer. I was browsing through some sites last night and was impressed with the good priced selection of macs and parkas on Here are my top 4....

1 Charlotte Linen and Twill Contrast Hooded Parka, €45,

2 Lauren Butterfly Print Parka, €55,

3 Rose Tie Dye Lightweight Parka, €55,

4 Danielle Heart Print Mac, €30,

All available in sizes 8 to 16

Taking my own advice armed with my extra layer on this morning I brought my son to school. Unfortunately beneath my jacket I was being very optimistic and wore a dress with bare legs - as I have done for the past week. As soon as I got home the first thing I had to do was slip into a pair of tights......looks like it's more than one extra layer needed!!!!!! Hopefully our summer is planning it's return very soon!!!!

Elaine xx

Friday, June 7, 2013

New Lip Love

by Anne Hutton Makeup & Beauty, Carlow

Keep those lips protected in the sunshine!! My most recent lip discovery is the yummy Palmers Dark Chocolate Tinted Lip Balm, SPF 15. I just love this product, which leaves the lips soft and smooth, adds a little hint of colour, and it's cheap and cheerful too! You can pick this little gem up at almost any pharmacy.

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