I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! On Sunday I took a trip out to the beautiful surrounds of Seafield Golf & Spa Hotel in Gorey for Pippa’s Fashion Factory. For anyone that doesn’t know, Pippa O’Connor is one of Ireland’s top bloggers and models whom I’ve been a follower of since the early 00’s. You can read more on her website www.pippa.ie which she runs with the stunning Niamh Doherty, (check out her Insta here gals, her style is just amazing!!😍)
Pippa started her workshops in November 2014 and since then they have grown to become hugely successful. I was extremely lucky to get a chance to go to her Wexford workshop as a Christmas gift because the tickets sold out in a matter of minutes! After attending, it’s easy to see why – it was a fantastic event from beginning to end with people travelling from all over Ireland to it. Myself, my mam, my sister and 3 of my besties went together which made it a really great girls day out! After we registered and received our goodie bags, there was a tea & coffee reception where Michele Burke and her team were ‘on hand’ to treat attendees to Gelish manicures. When the doors to the function room opened, I swear I’ve haven’t seen women move so fast since the St Stephens’ Day Sales!! It was mayhem 😵🙈😂😂😂
Pippa stepped on to the stage and as you can imagine, she was an absolute vision! Wearing a floral print dress and sleeveless duster waistcoat both from ZARA, teamed with khaki heels from River Island, she was just Maternity Style Goals!! Could you even believe she’s 25 weeks pregnant with her second baby?! 😱
The morning continued with a make up demonstration by freelance MUA Kate Mc Cormack who you’ll find on Instagram here. She created a stunning everyday make up look which featured Pippa’s Palette by Blank Canvas Cosmetics. Of course I had to then go & buy a palette from the stand – I’m a sucker when it comes to things like that but it has been something on my must-buy list since it’s release 🙈 First impressions; I LOVE the highlighter in it but I’ll do a proper review of the palette when I’ve given it a proper trial. Pippa and Kate shared an absolute wealth of beauty tips and tricks during the demo. My notepad was almost full with pointers from this part alone!
Pippa then shared her skincare routine with us and ran through some of her favourite beauty products which featured everything from cult products like Cocoa Brown’s 1 Hour Tan to Garnier’s new Miracle Wake Up Cream. In the past year I’ve personally realised the importance of a good skincare routine so I love to hear what people like Pippa use as her skin just looks flawless and she has such a glow! (Pregnancy could be contributing to that also but I definitely won’t be experiencing that anytime soon!!! haha) We then broke for the most delicious afternoon tea I think I’ve ever had. The food in Seafield is unbelievable, it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in Gorey.
We used to opportunity to get a couple of snaps too so I’ll just quickly run through my outfit while we’re at it;
Culottes – River Island – €50 – Shop Here
Double Strap Cami – River Island – €22 – Shop Here
Lady Peep Heels – Christian Louboutin – Shop Here
The second half of the day featured the fashion show which showed looks from River Island, Oasis, Warehouse, Penneys and Coast so there was a great mix of affordable, high-street brands there. I liked this because every look was achievable and I’ve got so many asterisks beside the clothes I loved now! Below I’ve just featured some of my favourite looks from the show and if you want to know where anything is from, just drop me a quick email on [email protected] 👌🏼
Pippa then ran through her wardrobe staples and advised us on how to make the most out of what’s in your wardrobe. She gave some really practical tips that will come in handy and applied to absolutely everyone, I think that you can never stop learning about fashion and style myself.
Hair and make up artist Sue Brophy then did a hair demo on stage. I’ve followed Sue on Instagram for a while now, (I think it was actually after Pippa shared a snap of her make up done by Sue), so I was so excited to see her work in action but what actually blew me away was her extensive knowledge of hair care 😱 She shared some tips with us that genuinely amazed me – I’ll never wash my hair the same way ever again!! 🙆🏽😂😂 Sue created a quick and easy loose curl look and also taught us the secret to backcombing your hair perfectly. She was so bubbly and had the entire room laughing which was great and made it so enjoyable – you can follow Sue on Instagram here.
When the workshop came to an end we had the chance to meet Pippa for a picture and chit chat which I thought was so nice of her, she took the time to meet every single person that came to the stage which she didn’t necessarily have to do and she had a couple of nice words for each of us. In my opinion Pippa is a genuinely lovely lady, super down to earth and she has been, and continues to be, one of my biggest inspirations.
I didn’t want to give away too much about the workshop in this post so as not to ruin it for anyone going to the upcoming ones across Ireland but I still wanted to give a little insight into them for anyone that may be hoping to go to one when Pippa announces dates in the future. If you’re in two minds, I would definitely recommend going to it. You don’t have to be a massive beauty buff or fashionista, Pippa and her team cover absolutely every angle and there are plenty of opportunities to ask questions so you are sure to learn a lot which is one of Pippa’s main objectives for the ‘Fashion Factories’. So definitely keep an eye on www.pippa.ie for future dates, grab your girlfriends and make a day of it!
You can get me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to let me know what you think; are you dying to go to Pippa’s Fashion Factory now; who else loves Pippa’s blog?! I’m looking forward to reading your comments girls!
Love, Denise x