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Mike camped out on Kilimanjaro...

So our bachelors are all pretty dashing, right? But one lovely Mr Mike McGuire has proven himself especially eligible. Not only has he recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital  in Crumlin (where he passed Stellar Point on the way to the top BTW) but he’s also running two, yep two, marathons in the coming weeks for the charity. Oh yeah and he ran this itty bitty 65km Adventure Race while he was at it.

Mike says he’s more than just a bit petrified about the double marathon leg of his journey, (Chicago on October 8th and Dublin, October 25th) having never run a marathon before, so why the bejaysus is he doing all this? “I was kindly taken around Crumlin Children’s Hospital to see where the money is needed.  While walking through, I met a 2 year old girl called Lucy who was undergoing her first chemotherapy session that day.  Since then, I have been in touch with her parents through the hospital and they have agreed to let her be my little motivator through my last few challenges.  The way I see it, if she (and her parents) have the bravery to go into a hospital every few days to go through the hell that is chemo, I should have the balls to go out running (I hate running, it’s the devils work) when I don’t want to.” 

Well isn’t he just dreamy? If you want to support Mike and his campaign to raise funds for Lucy, and the other children at Crumlin Children’s Hospital, you can register your donations here… http://www.cmrf.org/SponsorshipManager/Usr_EventDonation.asp?EventId=748 (100% of donations will go towards the charity, as Mike has covered his own training and travel costs.) 

Mike and his fellow climbers at Stellar Point *Mike says to excuse the wardrobe mishap, " I had ordered gear in from the manufacturer and when it arrived, the XL stuff made me look like Tom Hanks in “BIG”. As a result, I had to take the only jacket available, along with my turquoise snowboarding pants. The purple hat is the icing on the cake, I love this photo it looks like serious climbers were posing for a photo when a clown crept in."

 Don’t forget to vote for Mike and the other bachelors n our Bachelor of the Year competition. You could win the chance to meet all the lovely gents at our exclusive Birthday Party, and a gorgeous Tissot watch to boot. The deets are all in the October issue of STELLAR and voting closes on October 13th.

Still in need of some items to complete your Autumn wardrobe? Then this 3 day sample sale could not have come at a better time!

Head down to Andrew’s Lane Theatre, Dublin 2, from noon tomorrow where you will see Superbeing, GSUS and Frenchurch all showing their stuff.

If casual street wear is your thing then you’ll find it here with sports wear inspired looks, as well as checks and acid brights included in the collections

What’s more, when you buy 4 items you can pick up a Frenchurch piece for free!

Shop the day away to the sound of the in house DJ and make use of the coffee and snacks to keep you going.

Take a break to check out the artwork sale that will also be running or chill out at the full bar.

The sale continues until Sunday at 6pm but be quick; we bet everything will be snapped up before long.

See you there!

Swapping is the new approach to shopping that is catching on everywhere. And we in Dublin are lucky to have Ireland’s very first Swop Shop boutique.

If you’re thinking musty old shirts and grandad jumpers then think again. The team at this Dublin fashion exchange only accept items that are in “immaculate condition, seasonal and reasonably on trend”. Which is great news for all of you who are lusting after a bargain designer buy.

‘Through the Looking Glass’ is the theme of their second Autumn Winter collection which has just launched. Their use of lace, velvet and ruffles help to create the Alice in Wonderland fantasy with pieces coming from Tommy Hilfiger, Topshop and Fornarnia.

Many items are available from between €0 and €10 depending on what you swap. So whether you want to create a new look or exchange that dress that has been hanging at the back of your wardrobe get down to their Crow Street store in Temple Bar and use your clothes as currency.

Outside the collection there are other great bargains to be had. Our favorites have to be these Miss Sixty leather effect trousers.

Log onto their website to check out more pictures from the gallery or for more information.

With recessionista shopping the new norm and renewal collections a big favorite, learning to get creative with your own wardrobe just makes sense.

Here to help are the Sip n’ Stitch team who promise not only to help you revamp your wardrobe but assess what suits your figure as well as give you some great styling tips.

So far so deadly? Tell us more you ask?

Well, no sewing machine? No worries. The focus of the six week course is on hand sewing and embellishments rather than technical machine work.

The course moves from revamping tops and dresses to a jacket overhaul and it doesn’t stop at clothes. The final week looks at hair accessories as well as bags and other bits and bobs. The team suggest bringing anything from runners to old curtains to help recreate your wardrobe. The potential seems never ending.

Alongside your wardrobe revamp, each week has a particular lesson from basic stitches during the first classes to ways to use elements such as cuffs, sleeves and pockets in a different way, towards the end of the course.

On top of all this the course will give you the opportunity to swap clothes and get to know new faces in a ‘boutique style’ setting all while sipping a glass of wine

Free drinks eh? Where do we sign up?

The course begins on Wednesday the 22nd at Om Diva Loft, Georges Street Arcade from 6.45 – 8.30pm at a cost of E108.

Places are sure to fill up quickly so to secure yours or to find out more information, give the team a call on 01 6791211. You can also check out their Facebook page here.

It’s Emmy time again when all the sitcom stars don their finery and take to the Nokia theatre in sizzling LA. While the weather may have been scorching the style left much to be desired. It really was all a bit, well, boring.

The little black dress, a wardrobe staple for us all, made numerous appearances on the red carpet last night. Heidi Klum dared to bare almost all in a tiny Marchesa mini dress while Kelly Osbourne opted for a vintage inspired Tony Ward number.

It’s the red carpet, it’s Hollywood so where is all the sparkle?! Thankfully Clare Danes did not disappoint in a floor sweeping Armani Prive nude number. Simple, but enough glitz to catch our eye. Staying with nude hues was Elizabeth Moss who chose the perfect figure hugging Donna Karen dress for her. How memorable was it though? This seems to have been the disappointment of the night: while nobody got it terribly wrong, everybody played it safe.

Well, there is at least one exception to the latter: Lauren Graham, what were you thinking?! A slit up the side, baggy blouse on top, it all just made for a definite fashion faux pas.

It wasn’t all bad however with stand outs such as Anna Paquin wearing a black but heavily embellished Alexander McQueen dress. While it was not the most popular choice of the evening among some fashion critics at least she showed us something different. Here at STELLAR towers there was a definite favorite: January Jones stood out in a vivid blue Versace number complete with cone-shaped bra cups. If it wasn’t for those black pumps!

Check out the cover of our latest issue of STELLAR, out tomorrow…let us know what you think…

Be stylish, buy Irish… STELLAR, just €2, out tomorrow x

Always on the look-out for something a little bit different – and totally sick of bumping into people with the same dress on as us – we thought we’d discreetly spread the word about our latest find. www.coutureonline.ie is an online shop stocked with stunning occasion wear that will really make you stand out at any event. Great for a Ladies’ Day, glitzy wedding or fancy summer party, consider the dresses an investment, while a tad on the pricey side, they are statement pieces that you’ll wear forever. And while some might be reluctant to buy occasion wear online, they’ve also got a fitting service in Dublin so you can try before you buy. We likey…check ‘em out…

All available from CoutureOnline.ie

 

The new Issue of STELLAR hits the shelves tomorrow. It is jammers with great features like 50 First Dates…That Don’t Involve Booze, and Why Everyone Needs A Mentor, plus your monthly dose of fabulous beauty and gorgeous fashion. And as if that wasn’t enough, STELLAR Bride, a 50-page bonus wedding special. All this and more for just €2, ah go on, you know you want one…

New Issue Out Thursday...

Well, eh, Style Wars…

If you’re just a tad addicted to Ireland’s answer to Project Runway, TV3′s Style Wars (we can’t get enough of the drama or enough of gawping at Caprice) then here’s your chance to meet the budding designers in the flesh and have them work their magic on you. 

The folks at Lipton have teamed up with the show and the fabulous people at Fran & Jane to host weekly events in the Fran & Jane Dundrum Town Centre store. Over the next few weeks a different a different Style Wars finalist will be working as a stylist in the store each Saturday, offering tips and advice for the season ahead. And while you peruse the clothes, you’ll get to sample some Fruit & Herbal tea too…win-win if you ask us. 

It’s all to celebrate the Lipton challenge on the latest airing of the show in which each of the finalists had to put together a Lipton Herbal & Fruit inspired look and create a headpiece, direct a photoshoot, and put together a magazine spread worthy of a glossy like STELLAR (phew, we’d need a cuppa after that). 

And if you like what you see on the telly, you can win a Lipton inspired Fran & Jane ensemble all of your own. They’ve got seven up for grabs, so check out their Facebook page for details on the comp as well as info on the weekly store events. 

Seven, count 'em, seven former Miss Irelands line up in infusion-inspired ensembles...

Our prayers have been answered. No Stellar towers didn’t receive black Chanel 1.55 handbags for everyone in the audience, however when news came in that we only have a week to wait until the long-awaited Topshop makeup range is available, we just got a little bit giddy. Topshop are to launch their makeup collection on May the 5th at the St.Stephen’s Green Topshop store with an exciting four-day event, with make up artists showing customers the  product and application techniques.

Topshop has always been directional, combining fashion-forward items of clothing with trend setting accessories to create an overall shopping experience. Lizzie Dawson, Topshop Designer tells us that, “‘From the start  we wanted  to create  a range that would appeal to all yet have the uniqueness customer expects from Topshop.’ It will be interesting to see if they can live up to expectations with the makeup range.

So far, so good. The colours are bright and fun, the textures are gorgeously  blendable,  we’re sold. Plus with rumours circulating that the pigment is up to MACs standard we can’t contain the excitement.

The best thing about this collection seems to be the kitschy packaging, nothing less was expected. Also, prices range from €6 to €20 for a collection of 97 items in the core range and then in true Topshop style there is going to be limited edition ranges and its even rumoured celeb makeup artists collaborations.

Wowser. Over-excited? We are.

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