Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Christmas countdown: Some festive table decor ideas....

 I  hope your all enjoying the Christmas festivities, and have most of the important planning for the big day well underway!

 I know everyone has their own ideas on table decor and entertaining, but here are a few pretty inspirational photos if your still looking for some last minute ideas...

Holly and tealights the perfect festive combination, no real effort required either which makes it even better!

Green and white never fails and the simplicity of this beautiful layout is a definite winner for me...

Or leave out the greenery all together and just use a string of fairy lights and your favorite glass decorations....

Traditional red is still a firm favourite and it looks fabulous here layered with the plain white plates...

A simple but lovely idea above for name places.....

A basic cake stand decorated with a pretty floral wreath and pillar candles makes for a lovely centrepiece and a good option if your short of space on the christmas dinner table....

Just as an end note, if anyone is looking for plain tablecloths, I ordered two of the above from H&M and they are fab value for €12.99. I got a white and grey and took the larger size to fit my dining table.

Anne xx

Friday, 9 December 2016

Lustrous Christmas: Gifts for Her

Happy Friday everyone! It's a festive one today, as the Christmas shopping is well under way!
For the first of our Gift Guides, we've selected a few of our favourite pieces from some fabulous Irish brands.

We're big supporters of all things home grown and huge fans of the ladies behind these amazing brands! With everything available online, all of your gifting needs are just a click away...

First up is My Shining Armour! Truly a world of glitter and sparkle, it's a one stop shop for the perfect gifts for every girl on your list (and maybe a treat or two for yourself)! Here at Lustrous, we're obsessed with the golden coffee cup! The Light Box also makes for a gorgeous present and you could even personalise it with a special message. 

If it's a stunning leather handbag you're after, then look no further than Primp & Style. Founder, Amber Hennigan scours the globe for the highest quality designs at really accessible prices. Just look at this gorgeous Chloe inspired number! You'll also find a treasure trove of jewellery, hats and scarves perfect for sisters, mums and friends.

When it comes to tan, Bellamianta is without a doubt the best I've tried this year. And just in time for Christmas, they've released a special edition gift set, including a travel size version and their velvet mit alongside the standard bottle. Read our original review on Bellamianta here.

The gold pouch and sparkling necklace above are from Far Fetched Accessories, another fabulous destination that makes gifting so easy! From scarves and stationery to watches and jewellery, click this way for a whole selection all under €30 :)

And last but not least, Chupi has a stunning array of sparkle presented in the most beautiful packaging. We're both such big fans, we ended up buying each other the same necklace (without realising!) last Christmas. This amazing rose quartz gemstone ring caught my eye on Instagram earlier this year and I couldn't leave it out of this gift guide! A girl can dream...

We hope this gave you a little inspiration ahead of the weekend :)

Happy Shopping!


Friday, 2 December 2016

The Christmas wreath....

Happy December everyone! The last and best month of the year has arrived and we are in full festive decorating mood here at Lustrous! For an easy seasonal update, you can't beat a gorgeous wreath hanging on the front door!

 If your looking to update your Christmas wreath, here are a few styles you might like ...


A traditional red and green wreath always looks so pretty and seasonal....

Or opt for a very pared back style, with a simple bow and silver/white berry decorations....

Another red and green style - this time with a rustic vibe due to the addition of pinecones and cinnamon sticks....

Bling it up with some pretty metallic baubles, and add a snowy effect with a can of white spray.....

We love the idea above, of using the same decoration all over to make a very simple eye catching display...

Wishing you all a fabulous festive weekend:)

Happy decorating or shopping!!

Anne&Laura xx

Friday, 25 November 2016

Black Friday at Carraig Donn

It's here...the best shopping day of the year! Happy Black Friday everyone :)

I'm delighted to team up with Carraig Donn today to showcase some of their fab collections! When it came to putting together my Black Friday Wishlist, I was spoiled for choice with their gorgeous range of knitwear and outerwear.

And the good news? There's an amazing 30% off EVERYTHING on Carraig Donn between 9am-12pm this morning and 20% off throughout the rest of the day.

Here are my top picks...
My obsession with grey is still going strong, so this funnel neck jumper instantly caught my eye. It is so soft and cosy and I love the high neck. It comes in blush too and at €27.97, it makes sense to bag the two!

I also loved this cashmere mix sweater by Tandem. The front pockets add a nice bit of detail and it's the perfect piece for throwing on with jeans or faux leather trousers. It's down to €24.97 this morning!

You can't go wrong with a great cape for A/W, and this navy one is an absolute bargain at only €27.97. I'm obsessed with the oversized furry hood!

While having a browse, I also stumbled into the Christmas shop (couldn't resist!). These brown berry pieces are stunning! I'm so excited to get decorating this weekend.

Happy shopping and have a fabulous weekend :)


Friday, 18 November 2016

Wearing and decorating with winter whites.....

We love a touch of winter white here at Lustrous, it has a lovely way of keeping things fresh and bright looking on dark dreary days! From chunky knits to cosy throws and cushions, there are endless ways to introduce this colourway to your winter attire and decor schemes!

 Here are a few of our favourites ideas using this pretty colour palette. 

Lounging in comfy oversized  knits.....

Keeping warm with chunky white gloves and steaming hot choccies....

We love a stylish oversized neutral scarf, so pretty and practical on a cold winters day....

Twinkling tealights or small white candles look delightful grouped together on a long dining table

Snuggle up in a cosy corner, mug in hand with a favourite book to read...nothing beats this on a cold wintery afternoon!

Loving this white on white bedroom scheme....

Wishing you all a lovely cosy weekend:)

Anne&Laura xx

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Jerros Birr Style A/W 16 Style Event

Hello and happy weekend!

It's been a busy couple of weeks around here, so time to play catch up and work on lots of fresh new content for you all!

We'll start with a round up of our recent Style Event at Jerros, a gorgeous boutique in Co. Offaly where we had a ball hosting a lovely afternoon of fashion and beauty.

The owner Geraldine sources all her pieces from Paris and we had a great time putting together some A/W looks. Here are some snaps from the afternoon.

Some of the happy faces enjoying the day....

Vanessa from Lancome kicked off the event with top tips on how to achieve the perfect smoky eye.

Model Lauren in one of our favourite looks from the day. We love the black pleated skirt styled with a soft pink snuggly jumper. A statement faux fur stole and a sparkly clutch completed the outfit.

Everyone loves a stripe and this gorgeous long shirt is so versatile to wear over casual tops and denim. On colder days the addition of a chunky, knitted cardigan would be fab!

A good quality trench coat is always a fabulous a/w  investment....

The boutique also has a fabulous selection of hats and accessories for the cold winter days ahead! We think it is well worth a visit to Jerros if your are in the Birr area over the next few weeks for a little Christmas shopping.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Anne & Laura

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Happy Halloween.....

Hello and a very happy Sunday to all:) Hope you are enjoying the bank holiday weekend, but please tell me where did October fly to!! Laura is off enjoying some sunshine in Marbella this weekend with her friends, and will be back with some lovely photos of her stay during the week:) 

Meanwhile these are a few of my recent casual autumn outfits....

Berry jeggings (old) similar here
Grey Cardigan a/w 15 M&S
Grey long sleeve tee Penneys/Primark
Leather casual Shoes Meadows&Byrne

Lace tie  jumper H&M
Coated black skinnies Vila
Leopard Boots M&S (old)

Coral coat (old) M&S)
Stripe jumper Zara
Shoes Meadows&Byrne
Cross body bag DKNY

Leopard Jumper A/W 15 H&M
Faux leather khaki skirt Zara
Ankle Boots Ash

Wishing you all a lovely week ahead and enjoy the Halloween night celebrations:)

Anne xx

Monday, 24 October 2016

A touch of velvet

Hello and happy Monday all! How can it be the last week of October already? This month just flew by!! Now velvet is having a bit of a moment in the fashion world, but it also looks fab incorporated into home decor. It is so soft and glamorous, and instantly adds a luxurious touch to any room.

 Here are a few lovely inspirational pins, which show how it can be used as part of your autumn/winter decor scheme:)

This stunning blue velvet couch makes a real statement piece in the living room....

A beautiful velvet throw and co ordinating cushions in soft tones, add a very cosy vibe to the bedroom....

A gorgeous velvet tufted chair blends perfectly with the mirrored dresser here....

and of course you can go wrong with a beautiful velvet headboard to finish off the bedroom decor...

I love the colour and style of this simple chair, which would be so versatile and fit perfectly with any decor scheme in the house....

So these are just some of the beautiful ways you can add a little luxury and velvet touch to your home decor! Personally I'd love the pink bedroom chair and mirrored dressing table as seen above!

Wishing you all a lovely week ahead:)
Anne xx

Monday, 17 October 2016

Outfit Diaries

Hi everyone, hope your week is off to a good start!

Just popping in with quick outfit that I wore over the weekend.

My grey Zara jumper seemed to be very popular on Instagram, so I thought I'd share a little more detail on it here!

I spotted it in store a couple of weeks ago and snapped it up straight away. My obsession with all things grey is still going strong and I love the slightly oversized look. It is incredibly soft too, especially for the price - it was only €15.95! For those asking about size, I went with a small and love the fit.

I wore it with black jeans during the day on Saturday and then switched it up with blue jeans and a leather jacket that evening.

The boots were a great investment from Kurt Geiger last year - I got so much wear out of them. They are still available here and I could very well be tempted by the grey this season!

Have a great week :)


Sunday, 16 October 2016

Shiny moments....

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a lovely weekend. We are halfway through October already and time seems to be whizzing by! Not very long to go to Halloween break now.

Here are some shiny moments from our week gone by!

Sipping on green tea in the form of  Yo Tea - a perfect energy boost as the days get shorter!

Lighting a new candle from Brooke&Shoals...this one smells divine:)

Loving laid back cosy autumn mornings....

Popped into Oslo beauty in Dublin for an Image skincare consultation, and fell head over heels for their stunning interiors!

Enjoyed a delicious brunch with the girls in Bloom on Baggot Street.

Sorting through last year's stack of scarves and getting excited about cooler weather!

We hope you all have a lovely week ahead:)
Anne&Laura xx