7 Sep 2015

Drab To Fab: 5 Easy Ways To Transform Your College Room

Before I started College in Dublin one thing I couldn't wait to do was decorate my new room. Moving out of home was a little daunting for 18 year old me but I knew that with the help of a few simple additions, my college room would turn into my very own home away from home in no time. While my room didn't quite measure up to the standards of the Pinterest perfect rooms in this post, it was close. It was cozy, comfortable and most of all it felt like home. Since so many of you are starting back to college this month, I figured now was as good a time as any to share my idea of the dreamiest 'college dorm' decor!

Here are a few simple ways to transform your college room into your own personal paradise - you'll never want to leave!

1. Add Pillows... Lots And Lots Of Pillows. And while your at it, throw as many layers on to your bed as possible. Plush duvets, cable knit blankets, hot water bottles, you name it - throw it all on your bed. Every extra layer brings the comfort of your room to a whole new level.

2. Create An Inspiration Board. Most college's provide their campus accommodation with cork boards but don't just leave it sitting empty for the year, grab some sheets of coloured paper and chic push pins from a craft store and get pinning your favourite quotes, pictures from home, assessment deadlines and college momentos. This will keep you organised all whilst providing your room with a little personal element!

Photo: via Pinterest

3. All Of The Lights. You wouldn't believe the difference that lighting will make. Whether you go for a string of fairy lights or a bunch of candles, it totally transforms the ambience of your room.

Photo via Etsy

4. Get Crafty. Nothing adds a personal touch quite like a little DIY. Get your creative hat on and embellish your wall with a tassel garland (find out how to make one of those HERE). Glitter covered mason jars can turn into the storage of dreams - use them to hold your make-up brushes, pens or toiletries.

Photo: Popsugar

Photo via lilyshop.com

5. Decorate Your Workspace With Sassy Stationary. My favourite. Automatically transform your boring work desk with the addition of some kick ass stationary - whether you opt for chic gold accents or multi coloured madness, it makes a huge difference. My weakness? Kate Spade. (This is an appropriate time for the heart eyes emoji).

Photo via Pinterest

How have you decided to decorate your college room this year?
Have you got any tips for decorating a small space?

XO Grace


1 Apr 2015

Angled Smokey Eye

Hey Guys!

Here's a makeup look I wore out over the weekend! This has been my go-to makeup look for nights when I'm feeling a little more drama. It's pretty much your regular smokey eye with a little definition thrown in for good measure - I smoked out my liner with warm browns to give a little more of an angled look. I followed it up with a super smokey lower lash line and lots of lashes.

Still loving a bit of a 'greige' (grey/beige) lip - it tends to go with most makeup looks and is fantastic if you're looking for a bit of a statement but you're not into wearing a lot of eye makeup during the day (which is me all over)!

If you'd like me to record a tutorial on how I achieved this look make sure to let me know and I'll get my recording hat on!

Hope you're all having a good week!
As always, I'll leave a product list of what I used below!

XO, G.


Inglot YSM Foundation (50)
MUFE Full Cover Concealer (5)
Inglot Loose Powder (11)
Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow Highlight and Contour Duo

MAC Eyeshadows - 'Embark', 'Blanc Type', 'Kidd', 'Mylar'
Urban Decay Eyeshadow - 'Corrupt'
Inglot Gel Liner
MAC 'Feline' Eye Kohl
Benefit 'They're Real' Mascara
Eylure '101' Lashes

MAC 'Stone' Lipliner
MAC 'Viva Glam VI' Lipstick

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27 Mar 2015

Casual Friday

Fridays are for leather jackets and oversized shirts.

Sharing a quick look I wore while visiting Malahide Castle - perfect for walking around the gardens and devouring some sweet delights! This is a prime example of my go-to casual look. If you took away all of my clothes and left me with a leather jacket, skinny jeans and a pair of boots... I'd probably be upset, but at least I'd be left with my staples! Haha.

Accessorised with this awesome statement ring, classic Rayban aviators and a quirky D&G watch I've had for years! The best thing about wearing basics is getting to accessorise.

Hope you all have a great weekend!
XO, G.



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20 Mar 2015

My Cinderella | Swatches & Makeup Look

It's no surprise that the Disney obsessed child in me had to get it's hands on the new Cinderella Collection from MAC. I honestly can't express how embarrassingly excited I was when I heard it was being released - Sleeping Beauty is my numero uno but Cinderella does rank among my favourite Disney princesses, so getting to look kinda like her is an obvious bonus. haha. 

Anyway, as the collection had released a little later in Ireland than in the rest of the world I'd heard and watched a lot of reviews of the collection before I was physically able to purchase it, so I had a good idea of what I needed to have and what wasn't so necessary. Tons of people weren't too impressed with it saying that a lot of what they had included in the collection was a tad too similar to previously existing MAC products but let's face it, I'm a Disney-fanatic so the packaging and the names of the products alone were enough to drag me in. Haha. Here's a little look at what I picked up!...

- Cinderella Glitter 'Reflects Pearl' (€25)

- Cinderella Iridescent Pressed Powder 'Coupe D'Chic' (€30)

- Cinderella Lipstick 'Free As A Butterfly' (€21.50)

- Cinderella Lipstick 'Royal Ball' (€21.50)

Firstly the packaging is the most beautiful shade of sky blue - slightly pearlescent, super sleek and very 'Disney'. Obviously they were going for something that would scream Cinderella and what better than the colour of the infamous ball gown! Everything is trimmed in gold - super luxe. Some part of me wishes they had included a little illustration of Cinderella and then another part yells, no too much - haha. So I think they kinda hit the nail on the head.

Cinderella Lipsticks 'Royal Ball' (R) & 'Free As A Butterfly' (L)
Both gorgeous neutral shades in a 'lustre' finish, which is one of my personal favourites. Royal Ball is more on the pink side and Free As A Butterfly is more champagne. Absolutely stunning on - perfect for S/S.

'Coup D'Chic' Cinderella Iridescent Pressed Powder 
STUN-NING! While it does need to be built up a little, once you've got it - wow. I actually had several people complement my highlight the day I wore this, always a plus! It gives of an almost rose gold hue which is super pretty. Love this one.

Cinderella Glitter 'Reflects Pearl'
A super fine white silver glitter. I can never have enough of these little pots of glittery goodness from MAC - they last forever too!

And here's the makeup look... 

When I think Cinderella, I think girly and demure and I wanted to translate that into a makeup look. Thankfully I'd skipped tan the day my bits and pieces arrived, so I went for porcelain skin, a very simple eye (slightly contoured with MAC's 'Cork' Shadow) defined with a feline flick, fluttery lashes, a soft blush (when you apply the iridescent powder it almost acts as a 2 in 1 - blush and highlight) and a pinky nude lip ('Royal Ball').

Did any of you pick up anything from the Cinderella collection?
Let me know what you liked in the comments!

XO, G.

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19 Mar 2015

Green Girl

Hey Guys!

Throwin' a little top-dress (?) action your direction today! Picked up this little number in River Island last week and had fun figuring out how to style it. I think it's gonna look amazing with some tailored shorts & some sandals in the Summer, but as the weather's just not there yet I opted for jeans. Belted it with this super cool beaded belt I picked up in a boutique at home about 3 years ago - a little Chanel-eque no?

These boots are a current favourite of mine - I'm in love with the snakeskin wrap detailing around the ankle. They're super different from anything else that I have. Pulled the look together with a little biker jacket and a heavily embellished clutch.

I'll leave details of everything below!

How would you style this contraption? Haha.
Hope you all had a great weekend!

XO, G.



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