Image Magazine Feature

2016-06 IMAGE JUNE 2016-2



Image Magazine is Ireland’s leading fashion publication, so I was more than delighted when I was asked to write a piece on Paris for the June issue.

As you may or may not know, I study French at university. However, this year I decided to take a break from my studies and spend some time abroad in the French capital. I had two goals in mind…the first, to improve my standard of the French language, and the second, to gain an insight into the fashion industry.

Nearly six months later, I feel as though I have a fair knowledge of “La Ville-Lumière” and it’s vast array of pretty little side streets. Although I don’t think it would ever be possible to discover them all!

I won’t ramble in this post, but rather let the article speak for itself…enjoy Xx Elle


Autumn Clean


Do the words ‘wardrobe clear out’ send your mind into a dizzying spiral and cause you to break into a sweat of panic? If the answer is ‘yes’, well then you need to read this post. Who knows what valuable tips you might pick up on along the way???

‘Why have I chosen to write about this topic during autumn’, I hear you say, when the general consensus is that spring is the ideal season for a ‘spring clean’. Surely I cannot be suggesting that we clear out our wardrobes  twice a year? I’m sorry to say to all you hoarders, but yes,  that is precisely what I am saying. I don’t mean that you have to get rid of your prized possessions or that you need to buy a whole new wardrobe…No, just a little bit of organisation is all that is required.


In order to make your daily routine of getting dressed in the morning a far more enjoyable and easy experience, your wardrobe needs attention in both autumn and spring. This is when the new season trends begin to arrive in shops and so you need to make room for some key new additions. I think that you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how an organised wardrobe can make you feel so much more in control of your day to day life. So, without further ado lets talk about the benefits of that clear out.

1. First things first, I would recommend that you divide the space in your wardrobe. If you have extra storage, all the better, as you can have two separate rails. However, don’t worry if you’re a little tight on space, you can just as easily work with what you’ve got and divide the space within your wardrobe. One half of the wardrobe should be for your work wear and the other half for your day to day casual and evening wear. I find that it is best to think of your work wear as a kind of ‘uniform’. This ‘uniform’ should be made up of a few key pieces that can be easily interchanged in order to create a few different looks. Try to keep these pieces for work wear only. Having a separate working wardrobe will help to keep these clothes in better condition and, on another note, the clothes you wear on your days off won’t be a constant reminder of work. I know how hard it is sometimes to separate your personal life from your work life so we don’t need any sneaky reminders.


2. It is essential to take a look at what you already have in your wardrobe before shopping for the new season. It’s time to wave goodbye to clothes that no longer fit or that have been sitting in your wardrobe for months on end but have never seen the light of day. You need to make room for some updated pieces and this requires being honest with yourself when doing your clear out. I know it’s difficult, but try to stop thinking about the ‘what ifs’… what if a particular event comes up or what if I drop a dress size? The reality is that if you haven’t found an occasion to wear the item to yet, then you probably never will. Furthermore, if you are constantly struggling to drop a dress size, well maybe it’s time that you stop trying. We are all different shapes and sizes for a reason. Instead, try to focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and you will soon notice a boost in your happiness.

3. Now that your wardrobe is free from unnecessary clutter, it’s time to take a look at what is missing. You will find that it’s so much easier to clearly identify what needs to be added to your wardrobe once the clear out is done. It is important to have a good idea about what you need before going shopping as this way you can focus your attention on these items rather than wandering aimlessly around the shops. This kind of aimless shopping often leads to impulse buying. Unfortunately the result of impulse buying is that we normally end up with more purchases that we don’t really need instead of those that we do and we are therefore forced to spend even more money. So, in order to avoid this situation, make a list of what you need.


4. Now that you have updated your wardrobe with some gorgeous new purchases and can clearly see all of your clothes, you will find getting dressed to be a more pleasant experience. A good tip for getting dressed in the morning is to get your outfit ready the night before. This way you can enjoy an extra ten minutes in bed instead of rushing around worrying about what to wear.

I hope that you enjoyed today’s post and that you found the information useful. Let me know if you have any other good tips in the comment section below. Also, keep your eyes peeled for the next blog post in which we will share our key pieces for an updated autumn wardrobe. Talk soon Xx Elle

Scrambled Eggs, Avocado and Smoked Salmon on Toast


Yesterday I made the most delicious lunch for myself and my family. It was so tasty and also so simple too that I just had to share the recipe with you guys! Fashion is definitely my number one passion in life but I also have a big interest in food and nutrition and I am interested in spending a bit more of my time cooking and blogging about food. I always think that when I am older and looking for a new challenge in life that I would like to open a cafe or bakery serving healthy, homemade food. Avocados are one of my favourite foods at the moment as they are just so versatile. My favourite ways of including them in my diet are like in this recipe served on toast or in a salad, I even eat them as an afternoon snack on their own. Whatever way you like to eat them I definitely recommend that you include them in your diet. Let me know what you think about me including some recipes on my blog. That’s all for today. I’ll leave you with the recipe.

Xx Elle


3 Tbsp. minced fresh chives

2 Tbsp. crème fraîche (optional)

6 large eggs

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

Salt & freshly ground black pepper

4 large or 8 small slices sourdough, whole wheat, or pumpernickel bread, toasted

1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and diced

1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

4 oz. thinly sliced smoked salmon


  • Whisk 2 Tbsp. chives, crème fraîche (if using), and eggs in a large bowl. Melt butter in a large heavy nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add egg mixture and season with salt and pepper. Cook, occasionally scraping bottom of skillet with a heatproof spatula to form large, soft curds, until just barely set, 3-4 minutes. Set aside.
  • Place 2 slices toast on each plate. Put avocado into a bowl, mash with a fork, and season with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Spread mashed avocado over each slice of toast. Spoon eggs over avocado. Drape salmon slices over eggs, garnish with remaining 1 Tbsp. chives, and season to taste with pepper.

Nutritional Information:

Analysis based on 4 servings (includes 4 large slices sourdough whole wheat bread), 4 servings contain:
  • Calories (Kcal) 357.9
  • %Calories From Fat 57.6
  • Fat (G) 22.9
  • Saturated Fat (G) 8.3
  • Cholesterol (Mg) 358.9
  • Carbohydrates (G) 16.6
  • Dietary Fiber (G) 3.8
  • Total Sugars (G) 2.9
  • Net Carbs (G) 12.8
  • Protein (G) 19.2
  • Sodium (Mg) 237.0

Recipe by Bon Appetit