World Mental Health Day 2016

Hello everyone, this is my first post in quite a while but I feel like it’s a good one to start again with. Today (October 10th) is World Mental Health Day. I have never officially stated online that I have suffered with my mental health to varying degrees over the years. I’m not quite ready to share my full story yet but since felt compelled to acknowledge today. Over the last two years I have worked really hard and now feel like I’m in a very good place, with the occasional bad day that I have accepted will always be a part of my life. 

I have achieved so much over the last two years, starting Irish Pin Ups, going back to college and finding the courage to take part in Miss Pinup Ireland and Miss Pinup International. I want everyone reading this to know that these are things I never thought possible, but I did it, and if I can do it then so can anyone.

I’d also like to acknowledge a few people that have helped me (without realising) along the way, YouTubers Kiera Rose and Jingle Heart Art. Pinup models Miss Diamond Divine and BlossomandButtercups and blogger Rebelle Girl. These women have all shared their stories and let me know that I am not alone. I can’t thank them enough for their bravery and honesty. Of course my boyfriend and my little dog Dexter have both helped enormously too, I will love them forever for that. 

For anyone reading this going through a hard time please feel free to contact me, I will always do my best to help. If you are reading this and think you might know someone who might be hurting, please reach out to them and most importantly look after yourselves. 

I hope everyone has a good day and thank you for reading,

Emerald xoxo 

The Peacock Parlour’s “Love is in the Air” Burlesque Night

On Friday the 5th of February I attended The Peacock Parlour’s 3rd burlesque event held in the Comedy Club in Cork City. This was a very exciting event as La Beti winner of the International Crown at The 2015 World Burlesque Games was a speical guest. There was a whole host of other incredible performers including Miss Burlesque Dublin 2015 Shir Madness.

The night was hosted by Irish comedian Breda Larkin who did an absolutely wonderful job. There was a prize for the Best Dressed Male and Female and great fun was had by all who joined in.

The night was photographed by the hugely talented Ross Waldron (Rosco Photography).

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Group shot by Rosco Photography. 

You can follow The Peacock Parlour or Foxy P. Cox on Facebook for news of any upcoming shows, I would highly recommend attending.

Thanks for reading,

Miss Emerald Elle xoxo

Saraki Skincare Review

I met the beautiful Brenners McGoo at the Absolutely Fab Les Boutique swap and shop fair in Limerick back in November, she was selling her handmade all natural skincare range, Saraki Skincare. I had heard great things about this range on Facebook and wanted to try it out for myself. I have sensitive skin that seems to react sometimes to natural creams/lotions so I was cautious and just purchased the mini 10ml pots, at only €3 I knew I wouldn’t have wasted money if they didn’t suit my skin. I bought the Night Owl Balm and a Lemongrass Lip Balm and Brenners sweetly added a free pot of the Lavender Day Cream and a tester of her new body scrub. 

I thought these would only last me a short while as they are small pots but honestly it’s been about 6 weeks and I’ve only just finished the day and night creams and I have not been applying them sparingly. I was quite shocked by this, talk about bang for your buck!! I absolutely love both of the creams, the night cream is a beautiful blend of essential oils designed to soothe and moisturize skin and relax you. The day cream is a fabulous soft moisturizer that is light on your skin. I suffer from dry skin especially during the winter and this combination of day and night creams have given me the softest skin I’ve experienced in a long time. I can’t imagine going back to my old moisturizers now. The Lemongrass lip balm is a wonderful scented balm that works wonders on my dry lips. You can see all the ingredients in the photos below. 

I’m looking forward to attending the next Absolutely Fab Les Boutique swap and shop fair on the 24th of January in order to stock up on these wonderful products again!! 

Thanks so much for reading, 

Emerald Elle xoxo

The Peacock Parlour’s XXXMas Party.

On Friday the 18th of December I attended a burlesque event in Cork at the Comedy Club organised by the truly wonderful Foxy P. Cox, one of the leading ladies in Irish Burlesque.

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Foxy P. Cox by Roscophotography.

There were some stunning performers there on the night including Santina Spitfire, Bella Agogo, Harley Sparks, Legsy La Rue, Azaria Starfire (creator of Miss Burlesque Ireland) and many more. There was a variety of acts including Burlesque, Pole Dancing and Hula Hoop.

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Performer group shot by Roscophotography.

I had the most incredible time and even won “Best Dressed” the prize was two tickets for the next show which I just can’t wait for but sadly won’t take place until February. I’m planning my outfit already. Everyone should check out Foxy P. Cox on Facebook and follow her wonderful burly adventures.

Thanks for reading,

Emerald xoxo

Vintage Secret Santa 2015

This year was my second year taking part in the Vintage Secret Santa organised by Jessica from  Chronically Vintage. I signed up as soon as I saw the post as I had such a wonderful experience last year.

This year I sent a gift all the way to Serbia to  lovely lady named Marija who runs a lovely blog called Purple Pinky Honey. I really hope she received her gift in time for Christmas as I wasn’t quite sure how long it would take to get from Ireland to Serbia. I spent quite a bit of time sourcing her gifts so hopefully she really enjoys them too.

I was delighted to receive my gift in the post more than a week before Christmas but decided to wait until at least Christmas Eve to open it. I usually open one gift on Christmas Eve so this year of course it had to be my lovely package sent all the way from France.

I received a fabulous rose printed shawl, an incredible brooch (this type of brooch I have recently become extremely interested in) and a beautiful pair of red gloves.

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My beautiful gifts.

I also received a wonderful card from Laurence, my secret Santa, she also included her business card and I was delighted to find out that my gift had come from Lost in the 1950s who I already follow on Instagram. Small world isn’t it?

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I want to send a huge thank you out to the beautiful Laurence for my fabulous gift, I love it so much, and a huge thank you also to Jessica from Chronically Vintage for organising this wonderful gift swap, hopefully it will continue for many years.

Thanks so much for reading,

Emerald Elle xoxox

AbsolutelyFab Les’ Boutique Swap Shop and Rail Sale.

           Today I attended an event in Limerick organised by the wonderful Lesley Anne of AbsolutelyFab Les’ Boutique in the Absolute Hotel. This was an intimate fair with various clothing, skincare and confectionary vendors. I was lucky enough to have won a  €25 voucher for HazelNuts about Vintage’s stall in a Facebook promotion. I was also lucky enough to have my lovely sister drive me down form Cork for the event,we did a little Christmas shopping in The Crescent Shopping Centre beforehand.

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My sister and I. 

There was a fashion show and a Best Dressed Lady competition held on the day also. I entered the best dressed competition and made it to the final 5, the prize went to a lovely lady who had added a very festive design to her hat herself.

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The 5 finalists with event organiser Lesley.

I picked up some lovely skincare products from Brenners McGoo so look forward to a post about those soon.

The next fair will be in January, follow AbsolutelyFab Les’ Boutique on Facebook to keep updated.

Thanks for reading,

Emerald Elle xoxo

 

Polka Dots and Queen Anne’s Lace

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Anyone else hate when you take a photo and then realise your hair had separated?!

Hello everyone, I wanted to write a quick post today to show you this fabulous outfit I put together a few weeks ago. The idea of this post is to show that you don’t have to spend loads to achieve a pinup/vintage look.

This outfit was for a relaxed Sunday, I spent the day visiting relatives and doing odd jobs. I enjoy dressing up a little at the weekends when I have the extra time 🙂
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Outfit details:

Baby blue sweater – Heatons €12

Navy polka dot skirt – Heatons €16

Ruby Shoo heels – stolen from sister 😛

Queen Anne’s Lace brooch – Charity Shop €2

Hair Flowers – Penneys €3

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Of course Dexter had to get into the photos 🙂 Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend 🙂

Thanks for reading,

Emerald Elle xoxo