PARFOIS Launch of their AW Collection in Clarence Hotel

PARFOIS Launches AW Collection in Clarence Hotel Penthouse

To celebrate the launch of PARFOIS’ Autumn Winter Collection, PARFOIS hosted an exclusive Dinner on the evening of Wednesday July 30th in The Clarence Penthouse, Dublin from 630pm.

Along with showcasing the dynamic Autumn Winter Collection from PARFOIS, PARFOIS created a bespoke dining experience for Ireland’s brightest and most stylish from the fashion world, including Roxanne Parker, Courtney Smith, Anouska Brandon, Erika Fox and Pippa O’Connor.

Mixologist Pieter Reid provided PARFOIS customized cocktails, Mark Grehan of The Garden, Powerscourt supplied the AW colour themed flowers and Pianist Cian Boylan kept guest entertained as they browsed the collection. Ali Davidson catered the event with a delectable and customized menu.

PARFOIS is a fast expanding women’s accessories brand, with the latest trends in handbags, jewellery, wallets, sunglasses, belts, scarves and watches so it only seemed fitting to have an event to match PARFOIS’ style and forward thinking design.
PARFOIS presents new styles in the stores every week! PARFOIS started as a fashion accessory brand in the year of 1994, opening the first store in Oporto, Portugal. PARFOIS has six stores nationwide. Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Pavilions Shopping Centre, Mary Street, Dublin, T1 Dublin Airport, Mahon Point, Cork and Crescent Shopping Centre, Limerick.

 

For more in the latest collections visit www.parfois.com

 

3e smash viewership figures with UFC Fight Night Dublin

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Conor McGregors fight against Brazilian Diego Brandao last Saturday night has become the highest rated sporting event ever to be aired on 3e. Coverage of the MMA reached 600,000 views in total with 340,200 concurrent viewers at its peak. This was a 21% share of the available audience! Pretty impressive stats considering this is the first time the UFC have returned to Ireland since 2009.

Jeff Ford, TV3 Group Director of Content, said: “Saturday night’s fantastic UFC ratings prove that there is a real hunger for MMA in Ireland, in particular Ireland’s own star attraction and showman Conor McGregor. 3e was the first broadcaster to take the plunge and broadcast UFC Live and Free to Air and the feedback from our viewers has been great.”

McGregor has turned into an Irish Icon in the past few months from his flashy style to his quippy personality Conor has been making waves in the media with Carl O’Malley from the Irish Times saying “No Irish sportsman or woman has created such a sub-culture. It’s a phenomenon usually reserved for footballers and rock stars”

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The response online to McGregors victory hasn’t been contained to Ireland, even Arnold Schwarzenegger was Tweeting about the event!

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and even the mega famous Niall Horan had something to say!

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I think we can safely say we will be seeing a lot more of Conor both in and out of the ring!

 

 

Alex and Ani Castlepalooza

Alex and Ani want to send you to Castlepalooza

Fancy Castlepalooza tickets thanks to Alex and Ani? Course you do, snap your best festival outfit, upload to Instagram using #alexandanipalooza and you could win!

Alex and Ani is marking the summer season in style they’ve teamed up with Castlepalooza, the boutique Music and Arts Festival. Castlepalooza has developed a reputation for bringing together an eclectic mix of music, arts and now this year fashion and style too!

The wooded wonderland that is Charleville Castle in Tullamore hosts Castlepalooza each year, so it seemed only fitting that Alex and Ani embraced the music, merriment and magic the festival has to offer!

Alex and Ani will be bringing their unique, eco-conscious and positive energy infused jewellery to the musical arena with its pop up shop, along with lots of interesting events and instillations happening across the weekend, including an opportunity to step inside the beautiful Medieval castle, walk through its restored rooms and unwind in front of the roaring fires or take part in fun and creative workshops.

 

Alex and Ani bangles are the perfect summer accessories for festival season. Stack them high to perfectly complete your festival look, while you embrace the fun filled weekend.

Alex and Ani is available in jewellers nationwide with prices starting from €26. Full list of retailers on alexandani.com

www.castlepalooza.com

 

Stepping into the season with Korky’s

On July 9th Korky’s hosted an exciting press event in their Ilac Centre Store, Dublin as they showcased the latest collections from Korky’s with styling tips from top stylists Justine King.

Xpose’s Glenda Gilson was there to check out Korky’s collection first hand along with bloggers Leanne Woodfull and Kelly Donegan and many more eager to see the collection first hand.

Irish owned Korky’s always put their best foot forward when it comes new and dynamic styles, plus its own label designs offer affordable yet directional fashion for this season’s trend focused looks.

The style set enjoyed food from Oxmantown, plus were treated to manicures by favourites Topical Propical! Plus check out Justine King and Glenda Gilson on tonight’s Xpose as they chat about stepping into the season with Korky’s!

#OMGSHOES #Korkys
www.korkys.ie

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Carphone Warehouse to launch Irish Mobile Service

Carphone Warehouse Ireland – the largest independent telecoms retailer – is to become Ireland’s next mobile operator, launching in 2015, continuing its ongoing investment in the Irish market.

The independently-run Irish company will partner with Three to develop the new network in the coming 12 months and using its experience and knowledge as the country’s largest communications retailer will create a value driven and customer-focused service.

As part of the roll-out Carphone Warehouse will also create 50 new jobs across a variety of sectors; including marketing, finance, IT, commercial and tech; with the positions ranging from entry-level to executive roles. In addition to direct recruitment Carphone Warehouse will also be looking for entrepreneurial candidates to grow and shape the business.

This will bring to more than 750 the numbers employed by the company, led by Managing Director Peter Scott who has over 30 years of experience in the retail industry, including a number of blue chip companies.

The launch of a new mobile operator is the latest part of Carphone Warehouse’s continued investment in Ireland, dating back to its first store opening in 1996 and resulting in present day employment of over 700 staff members nationwide.

During the challenging economic environment which began in 2008, the company has opened 20 new stores and invested more than €6m into the Irish market. Peter Scott’s team has also developed key retail partnerships with Harvey Norman, Clery’s and Samsung. Each partnership in turn meaning new store openings and added recruitment of 250 staff to boost Carphone Warehouse’s standing in the Irish market and further boost Ireland on its road to recovery.

There are now more than 6.5m visits each year to Carphone Warehouse’s 91 Irish stores, with an impressive 4m visits made to its website, www.carphonewarehouse.ie.

This ever strong customer relationship gives the company a unique insight into what mobile users want, which – along with its longstanding and strong relationships with mobile companies – will allow it to build a customer-focused mobile service that excels in quality as well as value. As markets shift and connectivity between products and mobility increases, so does Carphone Warehouse’s retail footprint.

Commenting on the new mobile virtual network, Peter Scott, MD of Carphone Warehouse Ireland said: ‘We are delighted to announce that we will be launching Ireland’s newest mobile operator within the next 12 months. This new partnership with Three opens an exciting new chapter for Carphone Warehouse and for our customers. It allows us to expand our business and create 50 new jobs in a continued challenging retail environment. Carphone Warehouse has always prided itself in offering our customers the most up-to-the-minute technology and connectivity together with World Class Customer Service. We are looking forward to demonstrating this expertise to develop a mobile service that customers will love.’

CEO of Three Ireland Robert Finnegan commented “We welcome Carphone Warehouse to the mobile market. Today’s announcement further reinforces how Three’s acquisition of O2 Ireland will revitalise the Irish telecoms market. Three will build a state-of-the-art 4G network over the next three years, delivering very real benefits to customers in urban and rural areas throughout the country, from which Carphone Warehouse customers will also benefit.”

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD said: “Today’s announcement by Carphone Warehouse that it is expanding its business with the creation of 50 extra jobs is very welcome. This is the latest in a series of signs of growing confidence in the domestic economy. Through our Action Plan for Jobs we have put in place measures to help boost the domestic economy, so that we can see a return in consumer spending and support the jobs growth we badly need”.

Facebook reveals news feed experiment to manipulate emotions

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Facebook have published details of a large scale experiment conducted on 689,000 users home feeds. The experiment which was carried out for one week in January 2012 aimed to test users moods and feelings in relation to what content they viewed. Facebook skewed the content on users news feeds, some users were shown content with a preponderance of happy and positive words and others were shown content which was deemed sadder than average. After the week was over the experiment found that users were more likely to post either especially positive or negative words themselves.

There is something disturbing about the ability to influence people on a subconscious level especially if you acknowledge the implications in regards to politics. Could Facebook influence the outcome of an election by manipulating the types of posts users are shown? Consider the results of this study with the current conflict in the Middle East, Facebook have shown that by manipulating the data on a feed they can influence the future postings of a user which in turn has a knock on effect. Does this mean that Facebook could leverage support for the strongest political or financial power?

Adam Kramer of Facebook, who co-authored the report has issued an apology on his personal Facebook page “I can understand why some people have concerns about it, and my co-authors and I are very sorry for the way the paper described the research and any anxiety it caused.”

The next step might be legislation which restricts Facebook or other social media platforms ability to manipulate data, however it seems like this might be difficult to police and monitor.

PARFOIS

Parfois’ Latest and Greatest

Parfois offer new product drops on a weekly basis to their stores, special designed collections in jewellery that are made with semi-precious stones and enhanced material, plus shoes, scarves, bag collections and more.

Parfois now has stores in Blanchardstown, The Pavilions, Mary Street, Dublin; Crescent Shopping Centre, Limerick; Mahon Point, Cork and T1 in Dublin Airport.

Here are our picks for this month of Parfois’ latest and greatest.

#parfoispicks @parfois_ www.parfois.com

 

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DEEZER Body and Soul Playlist

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The summer has definitely arrived and with it comes one of the best festivals of the year, Body and Soul. This weekend Ballinlough Castle plays host to “a Festival Full of Surprises,” with one hundred nooks and crannies! To say we are getting excited is an understatement!

Our don’t miss picks for the weekend are Jon Hopkins, Of Montreal and Mount Kimbie, these guys always put on a spectacular show!

To get you ready for the weekend we have put together a Body and Soul playlist over on DEEZER,  let’s hope the weather holds up and start counting the days!

 

Alex and Ani and Castlepalooza

Alex and Ani and Castlepalooza…

Alex and Ani is excited to announce that to mark the summer season in style they’ve teamed up with Castlepalooza, the boutique Music and Arts Festival. Over the past 8 years, Castlepalooza has developed a reputation for bringing together an eclectic mix of music, arts and now this year fashion and style too! The perfect festival match up this August 1st – 3rd.

The wooded wonderland that is Charleville Castle in Tullamore hosts Castlepalooza each year, so it seemed only fitting that Alex and Ani embraced the music, merriment and magic the festival has to offer!

Alex and Ani will be bringing their unique, eco-conscious and positive energy infused jewellery to the musical arena with its pop up shop, along with lots of interesting events and installations happening across the weekend, including an opportunity to step inside the beautiful Medieval castle, walk through its restored rooms and unwind in front of the roaring fires or take part in fun and creative workshops.

Alex and Ani bangles are the perfect summer accessories for festival season. Stack them high to perfectly complete your festival look, while you embrace the fun filled weekend.

Alex and Ani offers eco – conscious, positive energy products that adorn the body, enlighten the mind and empower the spirit. Each piece is designed by Carolyn Rafaelian; Carolyn believes that every individual has a positive message to share with the world. By incorporating powerful symbolism into each piece, Alex and Ani provides a vehicle for the wearer to express individuality in an organic, spiritual way.

Alex and Ani is available in jewellers nationwide with prices starting from €26. Full list of retailers on alexandani.com.

Here’s the Castlepalooza Line-Up…

 

Acrobat; Adultrock; Affleck; Alias Empire; Andrew Weatherall; Arman Giorgio; Big Dish Go; Blades Club; Bufallo Sunn; Cave Ghosts; Codes; Conor Linnie; Cove; Daithi; Dan Croll; Diosco Na Mbo; Dogs; Double Agent 7; Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble; Elaine Mai; ElectroBank; Enemies; Fox Jaw; Funeral Suits; Ghost Estates; Gilles Peterson; Gruff Rhys; Hauer; Heroes in Hiding; Hurdles; JB The DeeJay; Kammerpop; King Kong Company; Land Lovers; Little Xs for Eyes;  Liza Flume; Meltybrains; Miss Kate; Moscow Metro; MR Whippy; Norman Jay; O Emperor; Otherkin; Overhead The Albatross; Replete; RIS; Rocher; Samuel Arnold; Ships; Sisters; Sleep Mc Evox; Sleep Thieves; Slow Place Like Home; Sounds Of System Breakdown; Squareeyes; Summer Camp; The Calmeens; The Daily Howl; The Hard Ground; The Pale; The Young Folk; TR One; Tu Ki; Twins; Vann Music; We Cut Corners; We Were Evergreen

Are Phones Waterproof?

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The festival season is well and truly here and with it comes the ups and sometimes downs! If you’ve ever brought your mobile phone to a festival you know the pain and pleasure it can bring! It’s definitely handy to be able to call a friend and find out where they are, but then there is the responsibility associated with carrying an expensive piece of kit in your pocket!

Samsung waterproof

There are a few phones on the market that make claims of being life proof! What they mean is they’re water and dust resistant. Each phone is given an IP rating, (Ingress Protection) usually written as IP67, the first number is a measure of how dust proof the phone is. This range is 0 – 6, so a phone with IP67 is fully dust proof. The second number represents the phones water resistance. This is a number between 0 – 9. A rating of IP67 means the phone is fully dust proof and can be submerged in 1 meter of water.

A couple of things to mention;

  • This is fresh water only! Even if your phone says that it is waterproof it doesn’t include salt! Salt water destroys phones and electronics! Definitely worth remembering if your heading to Sea Sessions.
  • You must make sure that all the rubber seals are closed tightly!

There are some great waterproof handsets avaible at the moment such as the Samsung S5 and the Sony Xperia Z1. Both of these are available from Carphone Warehouse

We will be heading down to Castlepalooza what festivals are you going to?