Thursday, 24 April 2014

Bimuno Immunaid pre - review


Hello lovelies,
I hope you are all well, today's post is on Bimuno, a company I have teamed up with to review their product to keep your immune system fit and healthy! When I was first approached with the alliance, I immediately jumped at the chance because I love trying out anything new and I mean I can only benefit from this product!

So if your like me a couple weeks and you haven't heard this product, I will give you some background information. Bimuno is a prebiotic not a probiotic which simply means as it's an complex carbohydrate that "feeds" the good bacteria in your gut and supports their growth. I will be reviewing  Immunaid, in the form of a chewy pastille; which I will be taken twice a day. Which is perfect as even though I can take tablets, I rather prefer chewy pastilles. 

Tip:  Bimuno also provide products for various other commonly problems, so I would highly recommend visiting their website!

Until next time lovelies,

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Creative Moments: Holly Mcglynn


Hello lovelies,
So today I have yet another amazing interview, with the very talented Holly Mcglynn. Now to be honest, I discovered Holly fairly recently actually via Two Shoes, One Pair's Instagram - as she had taken some photo's of the gorgeous girls! And from that moment I knew, I had to get an interview with her, as her pictures from her website are so pretty and she really knows how to capture a moment, with whoever she photographs - which is a really special talent to have! So yet again I hope you enjoy another instalment of Creative Moments :)


Hello Holly how are you today? 
Good thanks!

First and foremost I want to congratulate you on being nominated for Irish Fashion Photographer of the Year 2014! How does it feel being so young and having done so much?
Thank you! I got a bit of a shock when I was nominated I have to say. I couldn’t believe it, I kept shaking my head. The other nominees are incredibly talented photographers so it was such an honour to be placed in the same category as them.

What does a normal day consist of for you?
It varies considerably. Today I’ve been ploughing my way through a to-do list of editing photos, invoicing, reading contracts for jobs, going through contact sheets, putting mood-boards together etc. Some days I could be on a shoot all day then come home and have to edit all night and sometimes I run from shoot to meeting to shoot and occasionally some days are a little more chilled out.

How did you get into photography?
I moved to Berlin after I finished university and I decided there that I wanted to be a photographer. There’s something very inspiring about the city. When I moved back to Dublin I got a job, through my flat mate, as stills photographer for a film company and I spent the next 6 months working for them and building up a portfolio, which got me accepted onto a photography M.A. at Goldsmith’s which was what brought me to London 5 years ago. After graduating, I started my career as a fine art photographer and tried my hand in lots of different areas of photography to work out what I liked doing and where my strengths lay. I decided to focus on fashion photography about 2 years ago and thankfully it’s gone from strength to strength since then.

Did you find it hard getting into a long running patriarchal career?
Not really, actually. Photography is an industry where women are in the minority, for sure, but I’ve never felt held back or that I’ve been passed over for work because I’m a woman.  I’ve sometimes gone to the Canon Lounge at London Fashion Week and been asked if I’m lost, I guess because they’re not used to seeing young, female photographers. But I didn’t feel particularly discriminated against because of that, they happily let me in once I explained what I was there for! It’s always best to make the most of your point of difference I think. 

Was it hard leaving your home in Ireland to start a new life in London? Also do you have any advice or tips for anyone who is thinking about moving to another area for work?
All my family is in Dublin. I’m one of six children and very close to my siblings and since moving to London I’ve become an aunt too so being away from them all is definitely hard at times. That said, moving country is never something that’s phased me, the possibility of a big city really excites me so I didn’t think twice about it really. I was lucky though, my boyfriend (now husband!) moved over with me and 3 of my closest friends were already living in London so I had a great support network. My advice would be to throw yourself headfirst into the experience of living somewhere new. Embrace every opportunity that comes your way and work hard to create the life you want for yourself, both personally and professionally.

What type of camera would you advice to use for budding photographers out there?
Any digital SLR in either a Canon or Nikon camera system. That way it’s easy for you to upgrade as lenses you have bought for your camera can be used on your next camera. Only shoot in manual mode if you want to understand how a camera works.

On your website, it says a brief summary about you, but how would you describe yourself?
That’s a hard question! Professionally, I endeavour to be reliable and friendly and good fun to be on a shoot with. So much fun in fact, that the client simply has to book me again!

How would you describe your personal style? (Fashion and photography wise)
Photography wise, I love movement and colour in my photographs and try to convey a sense of humour in my work. Fashion wise, like a lot of women, I mix it up and wear lots of different styles but I do have a soft spot for Sports Luxe at the moment, a sweatshirt tucked into a leathers skirt with a pair of trainers is my ideal outfit right now.

What brands or trends are you loving at the moment?
Every time I pass & Other Stories I go in and 9 times out of 10 will buy something. I’m obsessed with that brand at the moment. I love the clean lines, designs and colour palette.

Why did you choose Fashion photography over any other type of photography?
As I said I started my career as a fine art photographer. I was lucky enough to be represented by a contemporary art gallery too but I found being a fine art photographer quite lonely. You spend so much time working alone, spending 6 months to a year, maybe more, producing work that you hope will be exhibited and if it is exhibited, you hope will be sold. I’ve always loved fashion, many of my favourite photographers are fashion photographers, and I think it’s a field in which you can create really beautiful, conceptual images too so stylistically it made sense for me. I wanted to work in a team, have deadlines, and see something tangible at the end of the day such as a photo in a magazine or campaign in a shop.

What has been your favourite photoshoot and why?
I really don’t know! I work with some brilliant people and I love taking photographs so most shoots are great to be on. I have a fashion feature in this month’s issue of Company magazine featuring Angela Scanlon putting the culottes trend on trial. That was a particularly fun shoot because she made us all pancakes before we started!

If you had to be one person for the day who would it be and why?
Maybe Juergen Teller? So I can see how a photographer at the very top of their game lives. 

What’s your favourite colour?
I recently went blonde so since then I’ve been mad for white clothes so I’m going to say white right now

What’s your favourite item of clothing?
Well that varies on a weekly basis but I just bought a pair of blue, orange and holographic trainers from & Other Stories that I refuse to take off.  

What has been your highlight of your career so far? From being a photographer, as you have worked for and collaborated with some amazing magazines and brands over the years, not to mention your Levi’s Revel campaign right now!
Lots of exciting things have been happening lately so I am lucky! Being nominated for Irish Fashion Photographer of the year is definitely a highlight and shooting the campaign for Levi’s too. The campaign originally started as an exhibition in the Levi’s showroom at London Fashion Weekend, but head office loved the photos so much they decided to put the photos in stores across Europe. That’s been a bit overwhelming but very, very exciting!

Holly's links
Twitter: @hollymcglynn
Instagram: hollymcglynnphotographer

Until next time

Creative Moments: Oliver + Moritz Lips (Lips2Lagerfeld)

Hello lovelies,
So today I am definitely spoiling you with this lovely interview, with the one and only Lips brothers! I was so honoured to actually get the chance to interview them - as I have been reading their blog for quite some time; and I thought it would be fun to understand the thought process behind their blog. So without further ado....

Name: Oliver and Moritz Lips
Age: 21 and 20
Occupation: Fashion Blogger, Model | Photographer, Freelancer

Oliver (left), Moritz (right)
Hello boys, how are you today?
Oliver: Hung over (it’s Sunday, I can), otherwise fine ;)

Moritz: Good thanks, enjoying a sunny day in New Zealand!

What does a usual day consist of?
O: Prepare or promote blog posts, writing / answering E-mails, shootings and organize all different kinds of stuff.

M: Discussing future projects, photographing, looking for collaboration opportunities with my brother, editing pictures, designing stuff. When there’s an event, attending them and eating all the snacks I can get. As poor bloggers we have to take advantage of free food & drinks! ;)

What made you start your blog?
O: I was always passionate about the world of fashion and wanted to share that with like-minded people. In November 2012 – after I had convinced Moritz, because he was really sceptical in the beginning – we finally started LIPS2LAGERFELD, which has been evolving ever since.

M: My brother started it and kind of forced me in to it, by making me his photography slave! In the beginning I wasn’t too convinced about the whole thing, but I’ve come to sincerely enjoy it! I still remain on the visual part of the blog and leave the promotion, text and research part to my brother.

Have you always wanted to be a model / photographer?
O: Not at all, I did an apprenticeship at a bank and wanted to work in the financial sector until I realized that it was not creative enough for me. After I started my blog and already had done a couple of shootings I was approached by a modelling agency. That’s when I sort of noticed that this is definitively the place I want to work in.

M: I’ve always wanted to do something with film and have thus always appreciated good photography, but I had never considered it as a job, prior to starting the blog.

If not, what was your dream career when you were younger?
O: I always wanted to be a hotel manager, just like my uncle is.

M: My dream career was and still is, to work in the film industry. Whether it’ll be film, photography or directing, I cannot really tell. I want to try out many things and possibly work in an area where I have the freedom to do multiple things!

Who have you worked with or for (career-wise)?
Both: Through our blog we have been able to work with brands like adidas, Zalando, UBER, H&M, Hugo Boss Watches, GANT, Samsung and many others.

If you weren’t a model / photographer, what do you think you would be doing?
O: I would probably study economics. I still find it a very interesting and important subject.

M: Even though I don’t really have the educational background for neither of those, I’ve always been really interested in astronomy or working as a pilot. As a pilot you can travel the world & wear an awesome pilot’s uniform, what’s better than that?

Have you always been interested in fashion?
O: Yes, but the awareness was different as a child and I didn’t update myself on a regular basis before I was 16 / 17 years old.

M: No not really, I mean I've never not cared at all, but it’s really thanks to my brother that it has become an interest and that I’ve learned to appreciate good quality & design.

Who is your favourite designer?
O: Tom Ford, Dries van Noten and of course – who would have thought – Karl Lagerfeld.

M: I don’t really know that many designers and probably forgot to take a lot of them into consideration, but I’ll just go with Burberry as I really enjoy the classic coats, suits, umbrellas and almost all they have to offer!

Where is your favourite place in the world?
O: It’s hard to tell since I haven’t seen it all yet, but for the moment I think I’d go with Copenhagen, Denmark. This is where our mother comes from and therefore our second home. I’ve never lived in Denmark before, but I can really imagine myself moving there for a couple of years.

M: I will have to answer this one, once I’ve travelled the world!

If you could be anyone for 24 hours, who would you be and why?
O: Karl Lagerfeld. I need to know what is going on inside this mans head? Such a genius!

M: Wow, I don’t know… Anyone I admire, probably a director, to get an insight into his daily work process. But I couldn’t really tell a name…

What has been the highlight of your career, so far?
Both: Definitively the trip to Berlin with adidas (all expenses paid)! They presented the new adidas ZX Flux and together with some other press people we could preview it and attend the launch party. We hope there will be many more events like that to come!

What advice would you have for someone looking to start a blog or newbie bloggers?
Both: Keep your blog on a high quality standard and try looking for something that makes your blog unique. This will help attract brands and more readers. Most importantly though never give up too quickly and keep those posts coming, because once you stop - even if it’s just for a short time - you will be forgotten so quickly in this ever-growing blogosphere. In the start, I am certain that some posts on our blog weren’t even read, but nevertheless we kept going!
You have to believe in yourself and the thing you do before everybody else does!

What is next for your blog and career?
Both: We hope that we can get a bigger following, as it’s always more fun to share an experience with a lot of people! Also we would be thrilled to get the possibility of working with a big brand in an ongoing, long-term collaboration, but above all we hope that one day we’ll be able to make a living out of it, at least for a while…

Lips brothers websites:

So you heard it here first kiddo’s, the blogging-modelling-photographing-duo have so much to offer and even more time to achieve it. So I hope you all enjoyed reading this post as much as I did writing it.
Until next time lovelies.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Bloggers Love ... Of The Hook 1st Birthday

Hello lovelies,
On Thursday I was invited to yet another memorable Bloggers Love event, that I luckily went with my other blogger friends - who made it even more enjoyable. Unfortunately I didn't get to take that much pictures on the night - as I wasn't in 'blogger mode' but I promise, I will be next time. (p.s. I hope you will forgive me for not blogging, but work has to come first; but after June, you won't be able to stop me bombarding you with posts!)

Hehe I spy with my little eye ... I see Michael!

The one picture that wasn't blurry from the catwalk.

The gang!

My ootd - Next: pumps // Zara:leggings // Bershka:shirt //
 Blazer coat: Oasis

#BloggerLife Hi readers!
They were even ever so nice, to give us a complimentary gift bag!

Until next time lovelies.