Flora by Gucci & Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.15

I was never a huge perfume person when I was younger, I wore it every once in a while, but in recent years I now feel a little naked without a spray of something. I’ve worn a few over the years that I really liked and stuck to them but over the last couple of months I’ve discovered two new fragrances I love!

The first is Flora by Gucci. There are three different fragrances in the Flora range but my favourite is Gorgeous Gardenia (pink bottle). It’s just a beautiful light scent that reminds me of summer and flowers and I ADORE the bottle and packaging. It was what originally caught my eye and I just think it’s gorgeous. Very girly! It would be a lovely fragrance for any brides looking for something fresh for their big day.

The second is Liz Earles new fragrance, Botanical Essence No.15. I got a sample of this with my order last week and it’s nearly gone. It’s a slightly stronger scent but gorgeous and spicy. I’d wear this going out maybe when I want something a little more but not too over powering. It settles really nicely after a few minutes and they say it’s “over 90% directly derived from natural ingredients” which gives it that lovely fresh, earthy scent. Will definitely be buying a bottle when my sample is gone!




Wedding Make-Up Looks – Some Of My Favourites!

Well wedding season has well and truly kicked in so I’ve decided to show you a few of my favourite wedding make-up looks.

I really believe that when deciding on your wedding make-up you should go for something that truly represents you and your style. Go for something that shows off your best features and makes you feel amazing and like yourself only better! The following looks are all quite different but still beautiful and would work really well for any of you brides-to-be out there.

(Please note: The below images are for reference only and not my own work.)

Wedding Make-Up Looks

1. The first look look is very soft and natural with the main emphasis on the eye’s. A brown smokey shadow blended the whole way around the eyes with lashings of mascara and then a nice soft nude or soft pink lip.

2. The second look is again focusing on the eye’s but using more eyeliner to highlight them. A soft shadow blended into the socket and black or brown liner on both the top and lower lash line. If you have small eye’s and want to make them look larger then steer away from liner the whole way around the eye’s as this can close them in. You can still have a more dramatic eye without looking like you’re heading out on the town but the key is to keep it very clean and polished looking. The thing to remember is you’re going to be starting your day early and having pictures taken in day light so you still want to look natural. To finish off this look they went for a coral shade on the lips which is a gorgeous option if you’re not a pink girl!

3. Look 3 is probably the most requested look that I get from brides. Very natural, soft eye colour with just some definition on the eye’s with liner. Clean, polished skin, a soft flush of colour on the cheeks and a gorgeous pink lip. You really can’t go wrong with this look and will look timeless in your photographs!

4&5. The last two looks are more of a nod to the vintage style that has become quite big again this year but with 2 different options on the lip colour. Most people think they need to go for a red lip but there are so many different reds from vibrant reds to more burgundy or plum colours, you can even go bright pink which can look amazing if you’re confident enough and have worn similar shades before. These looks use very little colour on the eye’s, using mainly liner and the main focus is on the lips. This looks requires your lips to be in great condition so the colour will look immaculate and will require more touching up through out the day so keep this in mind.

For tips on how to get your skin ready for your big day and to get the most from your wedding make-up check out my piece here.

Clare xox


Bridal Shoot, Trudder Lodge

Trudder Lodge is a beautiful venue in the quiet surroundings of Newcastle in County Wicklow, just off the N11 and a few months ago I had the pleasure of working with a great group of wedding suppliers on a project that would showcase both this gorgeous venue and our own work.

We had hoped for a lovely sunny, dry day to get some shots of the amazing grounds and gardens that surround the house but unfortunately we got floods and torrential rain! However we certainly weren’t short of photographic opportunities in the house, from the large dining rooms to the stunning bedrooms over looking the gardens, it was a long day but very much worth it and you can see from these shots.

The team consisted of: Dresses by Anne Gregory Design, photgraphy by HolstPhoto, hair by Kate Sophistikates Cleary and flowers & decoration details by Fussy Peacock Design – Wedding and Event Florist.

Clare xox


Pretty as a Picture

In case you missed, over the last couple of weeks I have been writing a blog on tips for your bridal make-up for the gorgeous website Pretty as a Picture.

Pretty as a Picture is a company based in Co. Wicklow who specialise in custom wedding invitations, letterpress invitations, fashion illustration and custom oil paintings. Not only that, they have a great blog where they talk about all things related to your big day. I love reading their posts and catching up with Ailbhes wedding planning and with Christmas just around the corner, their fashion illustrations are the perfect gift for the fashion lover in your life (hint, hint, nudge, nudge 😉 ). To read more about these talented ladies and see all they have to offer, head over to

Clare xox

pretty as a picture


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