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Interview with amazing artist and great person – Loraine Domican.

WOE: First of all, what is a milliner?

Loraine: A milliner is a craftsperson who designs, makes and sells hats. It can take years of training and experience to learn the trade and become a fully qualified milliner however the name is been misused quite a lot at the moment by those who have just done a couple of courses and can only make headpieces. A true milliner can block any style of hat in not only the traditional hat making fabrics- straw, felt and sinamay but in many other versatile materials too.  At the moment I call myself a Headwear Designer as I specialise in fascinators, bridal headpieces and hair accessories and am not fully qualified in hat making yet.  I will be one day though and It is my dream to be able to then call myself a Milliner when I feel confident that I deserve the title!!


WOE: What inspired you to be a milliner?

Loraine: I studied Fashion Design In College but was always more interested in the theatrical and dramatic side rather than the commercial, ready-to-wear side. In hindsight, it should have been Costume Design I studied but I wasn’t guided in the right direction at the time and as a result ended up being very frustrated and disillusioned by the whole fashion industry, after working in it for a number of years.  I had never even considered making hats or headpieces, as I never went to the Races and the only hats I ever wore were little woolen berets in the winter time, but I was dying to start doing something creative again and was determined that my years in college were not going to go to waste, so, one day last year I did a day course on how to make sinamay fascinators and that was that start of my obsession and love of creating these little beauties and there has been no turning back ever since!


WOE: What do you love most about designing?

Loraine: I love the whole design process from start to finish! I love that you can start out with a drawing on a piece of paper or an idea in your head but then when you actually start to work on a piece that it can turn out completely different and very often much better than the original starting point. Designing and making headpieces is so liberating compared to clothes, as there are no restrictions. You can create something as small or big as you want to, as long as it stays on the head and is comfortable, there are no other rules!

WOE: How long is taking you to made one headpiece?
Loraine: It really depends on the size and the detail involved in the headpiece. Most of my headpieces are quite detailed and I can spend hours and hours on them until I am happy with it. I have a lot of pieces that I start making but don’t finish till months later until I find the perfect finsihing touch to it. I am a complete perfectionist so it normally always take me longer than I think to complete a piece. It really is a labour of love though and if I could I would just make them the whole time, every hour of every day!


WOE: How do you describe your style?

Loraine: My label, Mes Petits Chapeaux, is predominantly very french in style, as the name suggests, inspired by mysterious and alluring women with a ‘look but don’t touch’ attitude. I am very influenced by the 1920’s/1940’s and style and cultural Icons throughout the ages such as Louise Brooks, Josephine Baker, Coco Chanel, Edith Piaff, Ava Gardner and more to date, Dita von Teese. On my pieces I use lots of swarovski rhinestones for sparkle and bling, pearls and lace for a touch of romance and little butterflies and birds for a sense of fun! As I am inspired by so many different sources, my style can change from day to day.. so some of my pieces are romantic and girly, some are sexy and burlesquey and some are edgy and a bit on the dark side… but always my headpieces are designed and made to very high standards in order to make the wearer feel amazing and untouchable….the perfect femme fatale ..


WOE: How can people see your work and contact you?
Loraine: You can view my work and also contact me through my website www.lorainedomican.com. I have a showroom off my house in Newbridge, Co. Kildare, where my customers can make an appointment to see and try on my full range of headpieces and accessories, plus I also have a smaller space in Chapelizod, Co. Dublin. I have several pieces for hire in Foxrock Fillies Hathire Boutique in Blackrock and I sell my range of  handmade lace flower headbands in Frill Boutique in Kilcullen. I am hoping ot add to the list of shops over the next couple of months but in the meantime for any enquiries about any my work contact me directly at hello@lorainedomican.com.

VIDEO from FASHION NIGHT OUT:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_mkF_GiY0I

Enjoy!

Nails naturally come in a variety of shapes and sizes and each person has nail features that are unique.
There are long fingers with wide nail beds, short fingers with short nail beds, and every combination in between.
Most women lean toward one of the five basic shapes: square, round, oval, squoval, or pointed. Though other blended combinations of these shapes exist, these five are definitely the most common.

So how do you know which shape to use on your nails? In few articles we will try to give you some subtle clues and hints that will help you decide on the proper shape.

1. Oval shape

First one which we introduce to you is oval shape.
The oval shape is an attractive nail shape for most women’s hands. It can accentuate femininity and gracefulness. Orly educator Elsbeth Schuetz says the oval shape is an interesting shape because it can work on long nail beds and short ones as well. Ovals can be longer to accentuate a long nail bed, or they can be shorter to complement a shorter nail bed. The oval can add length to a nail while retaining the softer curves of the round shape.

How to file?
Schuetz warns that filing an oval shape can be rather difficult because slight imperfections can make the nail look unbalanced. To achieve the oval shape, first begin by straightening your sidewalls and making sure they are even. Then begin filing from the side of the nail toward the top, using smooth, arching motions with the file. From there, work your angles on both sides and around the free edge to smooth into the oval shape you’re looking for. The finished oval should have a nice balance between the cuticle shape and the free edge.

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Source: Tim Crowley

First of all, we would like to apologize for not posting in a while. We were extremely busy with few projects coming up very soon so stay tuned! You may be surprised :)

Second of all, BIG THANK YOU to all of you who participated in our FASHION NIGHT OUT! It was a big success. Amazing evening! And we look forward to the next one!

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And finally… tutorial! Flash Effect.

Final look:

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Step 1:

Apply dark pencil to the inner and outer corner of your eye. Leave the middle of your eyelid clear.  Over the pencil apply a navy eyeshadow.

Step 2:

Apply a turquoise eyeshadow to inners ends of navy colour (both sides; try to create slim strips with a gap between). Apply light green eyeshadow to the middle of your eyelid (where the gap is).

Step 3:

Apply navy eyeshadow into the crease and lightly blend it upwards. Add a navy eyeshadow to your lower lash line and highlight your inner corner of the eye by applying shimmer turquoise shade.

Step 4:

Using a soft brush and a little bit of white-goldish eyeshadow blend colours together on your lower lash line and then highlight the area over your crease. Add the same colour to the tear duct. Finish by applying a bottle green metallic eyeliner and mascara.

Final effect:

Do you think you have to spend hours at the mirror to look beautiful?
We can show you how quickly you can turn into a princess!

We would love to invite you to FASHION NIGHT OUT this Thursday (28/10)!!

Our fantastic Fashion Night Out team:
– Professional international Make-up Artists will take you to the World of beauty,
– Nails Stylist will show you how to create beautiful and easy design,
– Professional photographers will make you feel like super star….

And more more more…..

Everything for you in one place!

It is going to be one of the most fashionable Ladies night out!
Don’t miss it!

PROGRAM:

  • Start at 18:00 (BIG MAKEOVERS)
  • 20:30 FASHION SHOW (lingerie & Irish designers) & headpiece by Loraine Domican
  • Live DJ Fabio Lisi

More Info or booking: 086 36 88 989

Cosmetics supporting hair straightening

1. TREsemme, Heat Defence, Smooth Styling Spray – appraisal
Protects against high temperature, simultaneously supporting a better styling outcome. Smoothens the hair and makes it shine. Contains no alcohol.

2. L’Oreal, Studio Line, Hot Liss ocean – appraisal
Temperature-activated milk, for use while strengthening the hair with a flat iron or a dryer. Makes the strengthening of hair easy and effective. Offers long-lasting hairdo, silky shine and protects the hair.

3. John Frieda, Frizz-Ease, Straightening potion – appraisal
Heat protecting hair strengthening spray
Ingenious dry spray that smoothens and keeps the hair light. The hair is glossy, like a mirror.
Protects the hair against the heat transmitted by a blow-dryer or a flat iron. Fixes the damage done by heat through penetrating deep into a hair. Protects it from the inside and on the outside.

4. Aussie, Dual Personality for Straightening Heat Protection –  appraisal
Dual Personality for Straightening Heat Protection has a unique formula containing Jojoba oil. Protects the hair against heat while straightening. The effect – smooth hair that shines healthy.

5. Tigi, Bed Head, After Party Smoothing Cream – appraisal
An ideal party companion! Smoothens the hair, makes it look glossy, silky and healthy. Tames flyaways. The next day it will help you to get rid of “party smell” and go have fun again.

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