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If you’re after a feminine, sensual scent, that’s both sexy and warm, Christina Aguilera by Night has it all. Inspired by her favourite colour red, and created to celebrate moments when a woman wants to feel confident and glamorous, the scent captures the experience of a woman pampering herself for a special night out. With a mix of tangerine, red apple, freesia, almond and vanilla notes for starters, (and a pretty bottle designed to mimic the curves of a women’s body!) this oriental fruity scent smells as delicious as it sounds. If you fancy checking out Christina in action, here’s a sneak of the new Christina Aguilera by Night TV campaign and behind the scenes shots. Christina opted for her old friend Ellen von Unwerth (who was also behind the camera on Christina’s Back to Basics videos and Keeps Getting’ Better videos) to shoot and direct the campaign because of her amazing ability for capturing the truest essence of a woman! Check it out…

The X Factor has had it’s finale but just who do you think deserves the final fashion crown? Were you a fan of Dannii’s Grecian goddess gown or was it Cheryl’s glamorous gothic look that stole the show? Tell us your thoughts!

Lady Gaga has brought back her legendary bow and this time it’s bigger and better than ever. Last nights Vevo Launch saw the fashionista step out in a more demure look with a gorgeous Valentino Gown complete with oversized pink tinted hairdo. Tell us what you think… hot or not?

If you fancy a dessert with a difference this Christmas, get a load of these yummy recipes made with magnum mini’s. Chocolatier Paul Young has taken magnum mini’s (there’s three great flavours to choose from… crunchy almond, strawberry & chocolate and a mix of white, chocolate and almond) and has come up with some of the hottest and tastiest drinks around. And they’ll keep you toasty too! Check them out…

Magnum White Diamond Hot Martini
To celebrate frosty, snowy winter days and indulgent warming evenings.
Makes 1 large martini
1 Magnum Mini white
50mls double cream
2 measures of premium vodka – grey goose for example
1 measure noilly pratt vermouth
Gently melt the magnum mini with the cream and warm in a small sauce pan.
Do not boil.
Add the vodka and noilly pratt and warm for one minute only
Serve in a martini glass and garnish with a curl of milk chocolate for sophisticated indulgence

Magnum Classic Comfort
Makes 1 mug
300 mls semi skimmed milk
1 classic Magnum Mini ice cream
1 teaspoons light muscovado sugar
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
Half an orange – very finely zested
Bring all the ingredients to a hot temperature but do not boil, mixing well
Pour into your favourite mug and enjoy in front of a roaring fire for ultimate me-time indulgence

Magnum Minis range are available for RSP €4.99 from leading supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide.

Despite the recession, young fashion retailer Cult is continuing it’s rapid rise and giving Irish fashionista’s a treat by opening a super-store on Suffolk st, Dublin.

Focusing on denim, vintage tees and hoodies for men and women- the store will stock its sister brand Superdry which is worn by celeb hotties such as Zac Efron and David Beckham, Peoples Cotton, California surf Company and Breed.

The Suffolk St. store will be Cult’s 20th store and to celebrate its opening this Friday 11th of December – there will be a pretty sweet 20% discount for everybody!

Happy Shopping!

Christmas time, with mistletoe and…parties. Okay, so that’s not how the song goes but we here at STELLAR Towers love a good Christmas party. Sometimes though being the hostess with the mostess is a stressful gig. So to help you on your way, we’ve teamed up with one of our favourite Yuletide tipples, Baileys. They’ve got some top tips courtesy of party planner to the stars, Maneesh Goyal on how to through throw the shindig of the season. 

1. One of the key things to get right is the invitation – it sets the tone of the party, classy or wild, sit down meal or dancing? Make it personal, make it stand out and build the buzz by getting it right. 

2. Have an eclectic mix of people on the guest list, it’s always good to see new faces when you enter a room. 

3. Look at the entrance and see if you can do something creative and impactful when your guests first walk in with lights or decorations. 

4. Spend at least 45 minutes chatting with your guests a the beginning of the party, make sure everyone is mixing, and make a special effort with any shy guests you might have. Within an hour things will be running on their own leaving you free to dash off to the kitchen. 

5. The key to great party food is that it’s unfussy – keep it simple, elegant, and chic. Have a variety to suit everyone with hot, cold, meat and veggie choices. 

6. Lighting is really important for creating ambience at a party, use dim lamps and candles for a really festive glow. 

7. Music is another key factor for the perfect party – choose songs that suit the mood, and your gusts, whether that’s cheesy Christmas songs, or choral carols. 

8. Finally remember it’s a party! If you’re stressed out, your guests will be too, so have a drink in hand, have a good time, and if something goes wrong, just have a joke about it. 

Once to know you’ve a great party on your hands,you’ve got to tackle the biggest dilemma of all…what are you going to wear? 

Well the good people at Baileys have sorted that one too, and it’s all in the name of a good cause. Because it’s Christmas, and because they’ve got a gorgeous new red bow bottle, Baileys have teamed up with SATC stylist Patricia Field (yes, the woman behind all our favourite Carrie and Co ensembles) to create a festive gown that will scream hostess with the mostess. 

Patricia has designed the Baileys Red Bow dress just for Irish women with all the proceeds going to Oxfam Ireland. The dress (modelled above by Kim Cattrall and below, by our very own Glenda Gilson) will be auctioned exclusively on Simply search for “Baileys Red Bow Dress”, start bidding and bag yourself the stand-out dress of the season. Best of all, it’s for a great cause…and you can be guaranteed no-one at your party will be wearing the same thing. 

Here in STELLAR Towers we’ve been debating all the latest stories about Tiger Woods and his alleged web of affairs…is it just us or does a new woman come out of the woodwork every day? 

Anywho, it got us a’ thinking…what would you do if your man played away from home, would you be after him with a golf club, let it slide just the once, or put up with a few “indiscretions”? 

Let us know, we’re really eager to hear what our reader’s think…

With the Magners League match taking place this weekend, make sure your pooch supports in style with one of these cuter than cute rugby hoodies! Check out where you can snap up these ‘Canine by birth, Munster by the grace of God’ masterpieces or for the Leinster fans amongst the pooch posse, ‘Canine by birth, Leinster by the grace of BOD’. There’s loads of other random pet treasures to be found too…

If the thought of Christmas Shopping is freaking you out, fear not… a new website is about to become your saving grace! People love Presents is a new website designed to make online shopping easy and solely has the Irish shopper in mind. A team of savvy shoppers work behind the scenes daily to scour the net and find quirky, fun pressies your loved ones will genuinely love (so no fear of that fake smile on Chrimbo morning)! You can search for gifts via their sex, relationship to you, age, occasion, category or budget. All you have to do once you’ve chosen your perfect pressie is follow the link to an online store that’s both safe and secure and that is either Irish or will definitely deliver to Ireland. And if budget is an issue, don’t fret… there is gifts starting from as little as a fiver. There’s also a little feature called the panic button which provides a list of fun pressies that can be delivered instantly or by the next day if you’re a last minute shopper! Check it out at

If you like your labels as much as your macaroons, this latest collaboration should tickle your fancy! Parisian delicacies Laudrée have collaborated with International Design House Marni to create a limited edition Collection of Laudrée Macaroons. Consuelo Castiglioni was behind the creation of the sumptuous gold and brown limited edition boxes which look good enough to eat. Each comes with signature Marni details such as the polka dot motif and flower application. You can choose from eight or eighteen chocolate filled macaroons adorned with gold sheets (€52.70 for box of 18 or €25 for box of eight) or you can mix it up and pick your own favourite macaroons flavours (€35.80 for box of eighteen or €14.90 for box of eight)… spoilt for choice!

MARNI in Limited edition is available from December 7th exclusively at Ladurée in the Luxury Hall, Brown Thomas Dublin.


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