Cuckoo Magazine

Cuckoo Magazine

I’m so delighted to introduce you to Cuckoo Magazine if you aren’t already familiar with it that is, and even more exciting is that I’m joining the team to talk all things food!

Each week you’ll be able to read my recipes, reviews, what’s good and even what’s bad and I’m kicking things off with a trip to Network café for my ‘Something for Dessert?‘ series. You can find out what I ate for dessert here and trust me it was good!

xo

Fat Bomb

Recipe of the month

Fat Bomb

This little rectangle of delight has turned into an old favourite at lovetomtom HQ. What started out as a ketogenic snack has now turned into my version of a Cacao & Peanut Butter Fat Bomb. The perfect thing to get me through my sweet cravings and trust me there are many!

If you follow me on social media you may have heard me talk about these before but it is such an easy tasty recipe I felt it deserved its own video!

I should have mentioned in the video above that the one downfall to this recipe is that they don’t travel very well. It is not a huge problem for me as honestly as they go from the freezer to my mouth so no time to worry about taking them anywhere else! If you do want to make them keep their shape for as long as possible try mixing all the ingredients together instead of layering it like I do with mine.

I hope you enjoy and if you want to see more of what I get up to in the kitchen leave a comment below.

xo

 

Return of the Beauty Bag

Return of the Beauty Bag

Permanent Products 

It’s time to head back to my Beauty Bag and before I show you all the new products I’ve collected the past few months I thought it would be a good opportunity to show you my permanent products. For all you Beauty Bag ‘old timers’ you won’t be surprised by any of these and for all you newbies you’ve plenty to catch up on!

Just to mix things up a little and because I love a good chat I’ve decided to talk you through my beauty bag rather than type so you will now be able to hear my endless chat over on YouTube. Thanks to everyone who got in touch asking for the beauty bag to return and of course you know what’s coming next: Don’t forget to subscribe!

xo

The Met Gala 2017

The Met Gala 2017

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons

Art of the In-between

The Met Gala is one of those events, more than any other in the fashion world that takes my interest to a whole other level. This year’s theme, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons Art of the In-between was no different. I would know Rei Kawakubo’s work from a distance and come fashion season I would always watch a Comme des Garçons collection but if I’m honest I struggle with the fashion versus art debate, the images and conflict her work presents.

When I heard The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York was honouring the work of Rei Kawakubo I took notice and possibly a little too late. Once I started researching, reading and what I can only describe as inspecting,  I was like a moth to a flame. Barely scraping the surface of her body of work I became more intrigued with her concepts and her ability to transport these to the fashion world. If I’m honest, I was counting down to the first Monday in May.

The other thing that always intrigues me about The Met Gala is imagining how those on the guest list honour the theme. Is it their interpretation of the theme or in this case, is it life imitating art, literally? Last night at first glance, I was disappointed with the lack of Rei Kawakubo pieces on the red carpet. Surely this was the night to go all out and embrace avant-garde in a way one may not normally do? This morning, with a little more time I once again started inspecting and I found what I was hoping for. Authentic Comme des Garçons pieces or individual homage to the challenges Rei Kawabkubo has presented over the years. Some referenced specific collections, others specific pieces and this is what I enjoy most about this event.

In complete contrast, it appeared some on the red carpet gave no thought to the theme and just put on a pretty frock and I have no time for them. If you haven’t already looked at last night’s red carpet, do so at your own pleasure. Instead my mind is here, with Rei Kawakubo and her work at Comme des Garçons.

#metkawakubo @roversi @anna_vrc @juliendys MAY 4. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Comme des Garcons' The Ceremony of Separation FW15, photo by PAOLO ROVERSI, head lace and make up by Julien D'ys

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Model @annaewers by @robbiespencer for @dazedfashion @dazed set by @simon_costin PHOTO PAOLO @roversi

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xo

The Backpack Dilemma

The Backpack Dilemma

I have struggled for some time now with seeing backpacks in mainstream fashion. I’m a firm believer that just because something is in fashion does not make it fashionable and backpacks definitely fall into that category. I detested backpacks in my school days and see no need for them as an adult. Unless you are hiking or possibly travelling but in no other circumstance do I see a need for them.

With all of that said, I do see their practical value and here is my dilemma. Every few months I revisit the idea of buying one mostly due to back pain so I spend hours online researching and find a backpack I deem age appropriate and vaguely stylish. This is then followed by me falling off my chair at the price and I then decide I don’t need one after all. I am currently at the start of that cycle again but with good reason. Before I left for my trip to Oz I considered using a backpack as my hand luggage so my search began. Not wanting to spending a month’s salary on something I may not even use I hit high street chains looking for a plain, practical yet stylish backpack. Most I found were horrible and the ones that got a second glance were more than I was willing to pay. At that point I was ready to give up but I started to look at what was really bothering me about the backpacks I found.

Most of these backpacks were not age appropriate. I’m a grown woman with a lot of stuff to carry around and a ‘mini’ backpack won’t cut it. That brings me to the next thing that bothers me; the straps. Remember the driving force for me wanting to buy a backpack is it’s practical so why on earth would I consider a backpack with straps that resemble shoelaces? My other issue (I’m on a roll now) and this is one that may just be mine, is the shape. I prefer a square shape yet I found very few like this and any that were square were completely out of my price range.

This is where I had a lightbulb moment. In general I found there was some mass generalisation about what women want from a backpack so I started looking at men’s versions and bingo! I started my search from scratch going into every men’s department and do you know what I found? Simple, square, non-offensive backpacks. At that point I bought a men’s black, squared-shaped, fabric backpack for 12 euro from Penneys. I used it on the plane and if I’m honest despite it being aesthetically reasonable, I got what I paid for and I can’t see it lasting many more days.

No doubt I will return to this dilemma at some stage in the future but until then, here are a few I daydream about owning.

xo

Long Haul Flight Essentials

Long Haul Flight Essentials

Part 2

I have been holding off on putting this video up mostly because if I’m ready to talk about my flight back to Dublin it means holidays are over (insert sad face).

As much as I love holidays and travel I detest flying. Thankfully my plan this time round helped me manage the long long journey and I will definitely be incorporating these tips and tricks on my next holiday. I’m already planning.

Let me know what your travel essentials are and where you’re going next on holidays!

xo

Holiday Fun

Holiday Fun

Melbourne

You have  probably all heard or seen by now that I am on holidays at home in Melbourne. With such a jam packed trip there isn’t a minute to spare in between all the coffees, celebrations, sitting in the sun and of course babysitting the real lovetomtom. Not that I would have it any other way of course!

While I get my dose of family and Melbourne life, here are a few things to keep you along the ride with me. If you haven’t seen it already, check out part one of my Long Haul Flight Essentials video. Part two is coming but if I’m honest it was rather an unpleasant flight to Melbourne and  there are only so many ways to say ‘and then I vomited’ but seeing as I have to take the horrendous journey home to Dublin there will be a part two.

I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to celebrate my wedding with my Aussie family so out came my wedding outfit and we had a lovely celebration at Trunk Restaurant and Bar followed by coffee and cake at Bruntetti, an old favourite Melbourne spot. To top the night off we had a lovely catch-up with our extended family and friends and I had such a great night I had no time to take any photographs!

A trip home is very different to any other holiday. It is jam-packed, emotional and there is never enough time to fit it all in. I’m trying to take full advantage of every moment spent with my family and friends and a little less time with technology which I’m sure you will all understand. Don’t worry though you can stay in touch on Instagram which is where I’m posting a few holiday snaps in between all the hugs and kisses with the real lovetomtom.

xo

 

 

New Adventure

lovetomtom on YouTube

A new adventure

The title says it all doesn’t it? lovetomtom is on a new adventure and entering the crazy world of YouTube. Rather a daunting thought and one I’ve being toying with for some time but I’ve taken the plunge and the adventure has begun. No doubt there will be bumps along the way like filming without the camera recording, something I’ve done already but what’s an adventure without bumps, hiccups, outtakes, technical difficulties and everything else that is going to come my way.

I hope you all come along for the ride and that YouTube will be an extension of all the things I love about lovetomtom.

Here’s my very first video and don’t forget to subscribe, just in case you missed that part.

xo

Beauty and the Beast

Find of the Week

Beauty and the Beast – The Press Tour

Are you a Beauty and the Beast fan? I am and I can’t wait to see the remake. Nothing will compare to the original of course but I’m excited all the same. Not a Disney fan? Fret not, there is more to this than just a beauty and a beast.

Emma Watson has been in the media of late not just for playing the belle in this remake. Emma Watson is wearing many hats these days; actor, UN WOMEN Global Goodwill Ambassador, feminist and now she is playing an avid role in the fashion world.

Emma sparked my interest last year at the Met Gala where she graced the red carpet in a gown made from recycled plastic bottles. Now she is using the Beauty and the Beast press tour to share her style choices, focusing on sustainable fashion. Some of you may already be following this account and if not, you should! The Press Tour Instagram posts detail each item worn, makeup and accessory choices and the brands behind them.

The second day of @beautyandthebeast LA junket had it all… including kittens! Probably the best interview ever. Coming soon to @buzzfeed 🇺🇸🌹🐱 The white bespoke dress was created in @oscardelarenta's New York atelier, featuring hand embroidery on silk taffeta and a silk faille bow, both made in the Italian mill @taronisilk. The mill specialises in the highest quality couture fabrics, and is committed to reducing its environmental impact, including investing in solar energy and committing to removing all toxic chemicals from its supply chain by 2020. The hand embroidered silk taffeta panels have been cut and folded by hand, shaped using natural starch. The dress also features a repurposed zip from an unused sample. Black T-shirt is by @mainlinebasics. Their basics are designed, cut and sewn in San Francisco and all pieces are made from 100% organic cotton. Jewellery @allbluesofficial. The Ellipse collection, inspired by Emma, consists of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and hairclips. All pieces are handcrafted in Stockholm from locally sourced, recycled 925 Sterling silver in a third-generation, family-owned goldsmith studio. Fashion info verified by @ecoage #ecoloves Skin prepped with Heritage Store Rosewater Glycerin Water. @rmsbeauty "Un" Cover Up was used as foundation with "Un" Powder to set. RMS Beauty is free from nanotechnology and GMO ingredients. @tataharper Contour in Very Bronzing on eyes, along lower lashline, in contour of eye, under cheekbones, across top of forehead, under jawline and on temples. Tata Harper runs her company in the belief that a company that makes products for women should be run by a woman. @vitaliberata Trystal Minerals Self-Tanning Bronzing was also used for contouring. Cheeks are Tata Harper Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint in Very Sweet. Tata Harper is made in the brand’s US-based manufacturing facility. It is not outsourced to another company as most skincare manufacturing is. Eyes and brow are @janeiredale Liquid Eyeliner in Brown and Pure Brow Gel in Clear Beauty brands verified by @contentbeauty

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 Even if some of her style choices don’t tickle your fancy I urge you to follow and read about the amazing work that is being done. Some brands I’m familiar with and some I am learning about for the first time. Each post she puts up seems to be getting longer and longer and I love that she is sharing her knowledge and making me ask questions about what sustainable fashion means to me.

I hope this account continues long after the actual Beauty and the Beast press tour ends as anything that contributes to sustainable fashion can only be a good thing.

Tonight was a special screening of @beautyandthebeast in London. The film was shown at the Odeon Leicester Square cinema to 1,600 people after a reception at the stunning Spencer House 🌹 Bespoke @emiliawickstead structural, off-the-shoulder gown with inverted pleat train. The gown is made from end-of-line fabric sourced from a family-run, London business specialising in couture fabrics, and produced in Italy. These unwanted fabric pieces have been given a new lease of life; often irregular quantities of surplus or end-of-line fabrics cannot be sold and are destroyed. This piece was created in Emilia Wickstead's London atelier, by an all-female team. Earrings are from @catbirdnyc, whose pieces are handmade in Brooklyn. Dress validated by @ecoage #ecoloves Skin prepped with @demamielskin Dewy Facial Mist, @tataharper Repairative Moisturiser and @decleoruk Aromessence Neroli Hydrating Oil Serum. De Mamiel mist is made from ingredients sourced and blended in the UK, in small batches to maintain the vitality of each natural ingredient. Tata Harper are verified by PETA that neither the brand nor its ingredient suppliers conduct, commission, or pay for any tests on animals for ingredients, formulations, or finished products. Decléor serum is a blend of naturally derived ingredients such as neroli and sandalwood and free from mineral oils and parabens. Foundation is @inikaorganic's BB Cream, which is certified organic, vegan and not tested on animals. Concealer is the @rmsbeauty "Un" Cover-Up made from organic coconut, jojoba and cacao oil and mineral colours. Cheeks are @iliabeauty A Fine Romance Multi-Stick which is gluten-free and then finished with Inika's Mineral Mattifying Powder, blended from silica, corn, tapioca and rice powders instead of talc, which face powders have traditionally been based on. Beauty brands verified by @contentbeauty

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xo

Awards Season

Awards Season

The Oscars

As much as I tried to stay awake to watch The Oscars, sleep got the better of me and so while  franticly trying to see what everyone wore this morning, I was in shock with what I actually found. Talk about making a blunder! Other than falling over and causing yourself serious injury or stepping on someone’s else gown to tear it and revealing their smalls, I’m pretty sure announcing the wrong winner is up there with the worst case scenario for an awards show. I’ll be honest, for a short while it overshadowed any outfit that graced the red carpet but after getting over the shock of it all (anyone would think I was the recipient of the award) here are my favourites.

Let’s start with the best of night. There is not one thing I would change about Ruth Negga’s entire ensemble. The colour, the lace, the sleeves, her makeup and hair. I love it all! Now I’ve never met Ruth Negga but if I did, I imagine this is exactly how she would want to look. Or that’s how it appears and I put that down to her being an expert in her own style and knowing how to achieve it. That and a good stylist of course.

Valentino - The Oscars

Valentino

An award night can’t go by with out a few monochrome numbers making it on my list and Emma Robert’s vintage Armani Privé ticks all the boxes. I do think there could be a little more material on the torso but each to their own. The thing that I like most is that this gown was debuted in 2005. You know my thoughts on wearing things on repeat and to see this on the red carpet in 2017 can only be a good thing.

Armani Privé - The Oscars

Armani Privé

When I look at these events I always look at the gown first then the person wearing it but in this case I have to say I always look forward to seeing what Emma Stone wears.  Although I would not wear this colour myself, like Ruth Negga, this ensemble is perfection. The detailing on the dress is impeccable and I’ll be honest, I’m a fan of fringe and a dropped hemline so this is a winner all round.

Givenchy - The Oscars

Givenchy

Red was a clear winner of the night and although this is not a dress I would wear myself, Viola Davis always manages to look sophisticated, polished and fun. This red Armani Privé gown, much like the blue number she wore to the BAFTAs was so vibrant and classy I couldn’t take my eyes off her.

Armani Privé - The Oscars

Armani Privé

Unlike the BAFTAs, colour took a back seat at The Oscars and even though this wouldn’t be my  colour palette of choice, these gowns are all worth a gawk. Parts of them anyway.

Marchesa - The Oscars

Marchesa

Gucci - The Oscars

Gucci

Armani Privé - The Oscars

Armani Privé

Marchesa - The Oscars

Marchesa

If you have time to have a snoop, check out some of the after party outfits as in some cases they are better by far than what was worn on the red carpet.

What a show. Although I didn’t stay up for it I feel like I need a nap after all that!

xo