Monthly Archives: October 2012

Dress of the Month ~ October

This month my favourite gown is the stunning Veronica!

Lace Bridal Gown Veronica Natalie Abuscow Nuala Campbell Castle Ward Gillian Douglas Rea Button Detail Satin Layer

From the slim silhouette to the delicate cap sleeves this gown screams glamorous sophistication! The gown features an un-beaded lace that is luxurious and soft, over a slinky satin layer which helps the gown to move fluidly. Right now she is my favourite because of the neckline and the gorgeous key hole cut out back detail. I also love it because of the gorgeous traditional buttons – I love gowns that really make a feature of the fastenings and these buttons at both the back of the neckline and down the back really make a gorgeous statement.

Lace Bridal Gown Veronica Natalie Abuscow Nuala Campbell Castle Ward Gillian Douglas Rea Button Detail Satin Layer

The most unique element of this gorgeous gown is that it’s really two dresses in one –  the slinky satin under-layer is completely separate from the lace gown. The whole idea is that you wear the lace look for your ceremony and then remove the top layer to reveal a very glossy glamorous slinky gown for your evening reception.

Lace Bridal Gown Veronica Natalie Abuscow Nuala Campbell Castle Ward Gillian Douglas Rea Button Detail Satin Layer Grainne Maher Millinery

This is a gown that is very unforgiving on your figure. Because it is unstructured it means you need to be very content with your curves and not be self conscious about any tummy bulge or wobbly thighs. The sleeve shape also means that you need to be pretty happy with your arms. It is a gorgeous gown on athletic or slim body types but with the addition of some waist definition in the form of a belt this gown transforms and works really well for curvier girls too.

Image Copyrights

Model: Natalie AbuscowDress: Cathedral Gowns, Downpatrick

LocationCastle Ward, StrangordMakeup: Nuala Campbell

Hair: Gillian Douglas-ReaPhotographer: Gavin Byrne

Headpiece: Gráinne Maher Millinery


Some of Northern Ireland’s best known sportsmen, models, actors and musicians are up for the now-coveted Glamour Awards this week as Northern Ireland’s most anticipated social event is set to take place in Belfast’s City Hall. The annual Glamour Awards, hosted by celebrity and social monthly IN! Magazine in partnership with Danske Bank, will see over 350 of Northern Ireland’s glamorous and glitterati watch well-known faces such as Darren Clarke, Ian Botham, Eamonn Holmes and Terri Hooley take the stage.

Liam Neeson

The event, hosted by stunning TV presenter Zoe Salmon in the decadent surroundings of Belfast’s City Hall on 03 November, is now in its fourth year and will see glamorous guests from across the UK and Ireland take to the red carpet for an evening of gourmet food and of course, glamorous awards. With some of Northern Ireland’s most popular sporting legends like Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy, as well as Northern Irish actors like Liam Neeson and Seainin Brennan all nominated, the country’s brightest stars will be lighting up City Hall.

Eight loved up couples will be vying for the title of ‘Most Glamorous Couple’ sponsored by The Outlet, Banbridge, including recently-hitched power couple Alison and Darren Clarke,

Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard, sporting stars Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki, and Paddy Kielty and Cat Deeley, among others.

Gmac and Kristin

Other nominees for the main awards include both the current Miss Ireland Rebecca Maguire and Miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien, as well as former Miss UK Lucy Evangelista and Magherafelt modelling sensation Jayne Higgins.  And representing the males are world-class athletes Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlon, and Brendan Rogers, Belfast punk legend Terri Hooley, and Oscar-winner Terry George, among many other well-known faces.

Not only will the event announce the deserving winners of each of the regular seven principal categories, which are sponsored by businesses including hugely successful Northern Irish tan brand Vita Liberata, sport drink Powerade, Yacht Masters, The OUTLET, Belfast beauty mecca Skin Medi-Spa, Ticketmaster DV8, Shannon’s The Jewellers, and Perfect Night formalwear, but this year’s awards will also feature the introduction of the Breakthrough Designer category, sponsored by Hairdresser Andrew Mulvenna, where Northern Ireland’s upcoming creative talent will be recognised for its massive strides in the fashion industry in recent years.  Finalists among nominees for the award include Lisa McCabe’s Nor Lisa line, Shauna Fay, Emma Logue, Ruedi Maguire and Susan Black.

Nor Lisa A/W 2012 Collection

A full list of the eight award categories and the shortlisted nominees can be found in the October edition of IN! magazine which is on sale now as well as online at

There will also be a prize for ‘Most Glamorous on the Night’ sponsored by chic Lurgan eveningwear boutique Perfect Night, as well as an exclusive spot prize for one of the lucky guests in attendance.

Organiser and IN! publisher Lisa Harrison said:  “The event is in its fourth year now and we are back, bigger than ever, to continue our celebration of the talents and achievements of some of our best known and most glamorous personalities. This will be our most exciting and stylish evening yet, right in the heart of Belfast, with a programme of thrilling entertainment and gourmet food in what will be a star-studded evening to remember.”

A/W Nail trends to make you stop and stare!

From Plain coloured nails to over the top printed nails, there is a lot to choose from and if you love to keep on trend with the latest nail art looks then you love the Nor Lisa top favourite nails!

I’m  loving this black nail polish with a gold leaf effect it really gives that expensive look and keeping it quite edgy too. You can recreate this easily by painting your nails any colour and then bring them to life with some rich gold leaf. You can wear almost anything with these gorgeous nails and if you want them to stand out even more, wear a black sheer dress with them so that they shine bright.

Want to add some texture to your nails? Then I’d go with these very trendy mesh nails with a simple natural nail polish with some edgy black mesh on for the tips, this is a very modern take on the French manicure and will definitely be a conversation starter. Wear these nails with a leather dress for that rock chick look.

If you just want a simple and natural look but with something a little extra special then these gorgeous Funky French manicure are perfect. The coloured tips give the manicure the ‘wow’ factor they need and at the same time staying with the traditional nude colour but making it fresh with the different  coloured tips. I would style up these cute nails up with a block coloured jumper dress with black leggings for that casual laid back look.

Never mind the cracking effect which to me doesn’t scream look at me! Check out these show stopping magnetic nails by Nails Inc. which create their own unique and artistic look. This nail polish is perfect if you don’t have a steady hand because once the polish touches your nail the magnetic effect takes shape. I would  wear a long  Black  lace dress alongside these dark nails for that Gothic look.

I just can’t get enough of the Galaxy trend this A/W so how could I resist these mesmerizing Starry night nails which are right on trend. To get the same effect without spending too much, these nails can be recreated by using glitter polish layered over dark midnight blue or if you want to get this look and spend a little then get them done professionally so that they have a lot of detail. If you want to go mad with the Galactic trend then I’d team up a pair of galaxy printed leggings up with these nails for that over the top look.

With all the hot nail trends out there I decided to  treat myself to some professional nails by  Belfast  own nail artist ‘Bliss Nails’. I went with the natural look nails with black tips to add a little edge to the nails. My inspiration for these nails was from the Donna Karan A/W 2012 fashion show where she created beige nails with burgundy tips. I loved this look but I wanted to have a more translucent effect with the black tips. These nails were also painted with gel so that they would last longer and have a glossier look.

I also wanted to glam up my toe nails so I also got these gel nails done also By Bliss Nails, for my toes I wanted to go with the Starry night look so I got my nails done professionally with black nail polish with sparkly nail polish on top and to finish I had gel added for that long lasting pedicure for two weeks.  Bliss nails have a very clean and welcoming studio and are located on the Lisburn Road in Belfast.  They did a great job and I highly recommend them!  I can’t wait to go back and use them again for my Belfast Fashion Week nails.

You can find bliss nails on the link below:

Sara O’Neill delves into the literary world for second solo exhibition

Masque of the Red Death

Following her highly successful first solo exhibition just last year, leading fashion stylist and now established artist Sara O’Neill is already back with her second body of work.  Sara continues her flourished flair for fashion illustrations in an exposition which sees her return to the roots of her love for the revolutionary, 19th century Pre-Raphaelite movement.  Inspired by fashion and literature, the collection of pictures entitled ‘Love Me to Death’ pays homage to the strength of the female character in the face of adversity.


Taking place from 7 – 9pm on Thursday 1 November 2012 at Frame of Mine Gallery, Ormeau Road, the show will comprise of thirteen detailed pencil drawings and mixed-media pieces to include watercolour and pastel, inspired by Sara’s work in the fashion industry and her devotion to detail.  There will also be a chance to avail of Sara’s limited edition prints and illustrated T-shirts on the night.

The Birds

Guests attending the event can expect to see a range of delicate yet dramatic pieces, many featuring mesmerising, labyrinthian detail and script additions to give a rich, illustrative feel.  From themes of doomed love and tempestuous relationships to thrills and sensations and trials and tribulations, Sara has explored and visualised such works as ‘The Woman in White’, ‘Wuthering Heights’, ‘Masque of the Red Death’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘Rebecca’.

Delighted to be returning with a whole new body of work, Sara comments, “I have adored creating every piece for this new collection.  I have experimented and morphed my love of classic and Victorian Gothic literature into a modern, fashion-led interpretation, each piece featuring a striking heroine who is living through, yet owning her individual cruel blow of ill-fate. ”

Wuthering Heights

Since graduating from the University of Ulster with a BA Hons in Fashion and Textiles in 2004, Sara has established herself as one of Northern Ireland’s leading fashion stylists.  Her work regularly appears in magazines, TV, fashion shows and major ad campaigns. Pieces on the night will be sold at a range of prices up to £1,000 with sizes varying from 23x16in to 30x22in.  For more information on Sara visit