maven Loves: Our May Favourites

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Words by Nicole Thomsen
June 3rd, 2016

At the start of each month we like to round up all of the things team maven46 enjoyed in the previous month. From the best fast food burger in London to our favourite Noughties band that made an epic comeback, keep reading to find out what got us excited in May- you might enjoy them too!

Catch up on our April favourites here!


Neck scarves- Lately I’ve been trying to add more accessories to my wardrobe as I’ve found that the right accessory can easily elevate a look and refresh it- Olivia Palermo was spot on all along when she spoke about the power of accessories. My favourite accessory this season has to be a neck scarf. Not only do they allow me to introduce more colour into my outfits which typically consist of navy, grey and white but they are also multi-functional. I’ve worn mine as hair band, wrapped around my wrist and of course, as a neck tie. I’ve also seen street style stars tie them around one ankle which I’m tempted to try myself the next time I wear cropped pants or a midi dress. High street favourite Zara currently has a great selection at affordable prices if you’re looking to test out the trend. -Nicole, Senior Editorial Assistant


The Body Shop Oils of Life Sleeping Cream- Apart from my usual cleanse and moisturise routine, I have started getting more into night creams. After reading a review of The Body Shop’s Oils of Life sleeping cream I decided to give it a whirl. Lately, my skin has been very dull skin which can be quite irritating when all you want is glowing skin for the summer. But since I’ve been using the cream nightly, I have seen a huge change in my skin. I wake up and my face feels soft and revitalized. Plus, I am a bit skeptical about what I put on my skin but I trust what comes from The Body Shop. -Hayley, Editorial Assistant

Essence Express Nail Polish Remover- It may seem funny to include a nail polish remover in a list of monthly favourites but as I do my nails myself every week this is one of my essential products. I recently discovered this one by Essence and not only does it remove polish effortlessly, it also has a coconut and papaya fragrance meaning you don’t get that strong chemical smell that comes with most nail polish removers. It contains moisturising ingredients as well so that it won’t dry out your nails even if you are using it weekly as I do. I’m also a big fan of Essence gel polishes, my shade of choice is ‘dare it nude’- the colours and formula are thick meaning you only need two coats for an even, high coverage finish. They also have a really thick brush making application easy, and have good staying power. -Síomha, Editorial Assistant

Rimmel Fix & Protect Primer SPF 25- I’m not usually one for wearing SPF every day (shame on me) but not that the weather has ehated up I’ve been making an effort to protect my face and not just rely on the SPF in my foundation. Thankfully, this primer by Rimmel is making protecting my skin incredibly easy. It sits nicely under foundation and has a slight shimmer in it to give you that extra bit of glow! -Adina, Marketing Manager


Me Before You- If you’ve turned on the television at all during the last month it’s most likely that you saw a trailer for this film. Based on the book of the same name by Jojo Moyes, ‘Me Before You’ is about a young, unemployable woman called Lou who finds herself becoming a caretaker for Will, an affluent Londoner who is paralyzed after a tragic accident. Starring Emilia Clarke, my girl crush and seemingly the most lovely woman in the world, and Sam Claflin of ‘The Hunger Games’ fame, this is a romantic movie that is sure to make you cry- a lot. Consider how badly your lip quivered during ‘Marley and Me’ and expect worse from this. I’m not normally one to pay to see a romance film, preferring the comedy and action genres, but being a huge fan of both ‘Game of Thrones’ and The Hunger Games I couldn’t resist the casting of this. If you’re looking for an evening that will warm your heart and then break it, a trip to see Me Before You is a must. -Nicole, Senior Editorial Assistant


Saturday Yoga- Recently I joined a yoga center and I have to say, I’m so glad I did. I usually refrain from making any plans on a Saturday morning so that I can have some time to myself and if the weather is good I like to spend the time at an outdoor yoga session. Normally I visit Dartmouth Square which holds a yoga class every Saturday morning and Wednesday evening, otherwise I spend my morning at Samadhi Yoga in Temple Bar. After that I like to get a nice coffee in Queen of Tarts which is a lovely and cosy café in the heart of Dublin. It’s a good way for me to relax my body and my mind, plus it’s a great start to the weekend! -Beatrice, Photo Editor Assistant

COS X Hay pen- After receiving an email kindly letting me know that COS was offering free delivery I found myself clicking through to the website for an innocent browse. A few minutes later I appeared to have a shopping bag full of items that was a teeny bit (OK, a lot) over budget. I whittled my selection down to just one top that I’d had my eye on, and this COS X Hay pen that I couldn’t seem to click ‘remove’ on. While some would argue that a pen is a pen, there is something so luxurious about nice stationary to me, and so this gold pen had to be mine. I can safely say that it doesn’t disappoint, it has black ink that doesn’t clot and has a fine tip. If you use pens daily like I do you’ll value a good pen when you find one. -Síomha, Editorial Assistant

Industry Home and Lifestyle Store- Industry has become my new favourite shop. It is a home and lifestyle store based on Drury Street which just so happens to be my favourite street in Dublin. Along with its great location, Industry also has a café inside it which serves great coffee, delicious treats and healthy food options. I love to stroll around the store to see what cool and unique items they have for sale and then sit down with a cup of tea afterwards. -Beatrice, Photo Editor Assistant


Five Guys- Last month I spent some time in London and before flying I was bombarded with recommendations to try this new burger place called Five Guys while there. After spending a couple of days drooling over their Instagram pictures, I decided to take a visit for lunch. Although the price may be a bit hefty, the burger and fries combo was just what I needed. It’s greasy cuisine and cute diner-like aesthetic made the visit all the more special. Now back in Ireland, I am strongly thinking about starting a petition for the Five Guys to branch out into the Emerald Isle! -Hayley, Editorial Assistant


Birdy- This month I am loving Birdy’s new album ‘Beautiful Lies’. The third album made by the British singer-songwriter is jam packed with a long list of vibrant yet chilled tunes, including ‘Keeping Your Head Up’ and my personal favourite ‘Wild Horses’. The LP is the follow up to her 2013 success ‘Fire Within’ which pushed Birdy into the spotlight after the release of one its track ‘Wings’. If you haven’t already, I urge you to give this album a listen! It’s available to download now on iTunes or you can give it a listen on Spotify, whichever you prefer. -Emma, Fashion Assistant

Busted- For me, May was all about Busted. Yes, that band from the early Noughties. After reuniting at the end of last year I of course bought tickets to see them live in concert which took place on the 31st May. As a huge fan of the band when I was a child I was beyond excited to finally see the trio on stage (it only took 13 years for it to happen) so all two of their albums were on repeat throughout the month. Classics such as ‘Year 3000’ and ‘Crashed the Wedding’ are only made better when experienced live and I’m glad to say their decade long hiatus as band did nothing to diminish their stage presence. If you too were a fan back in the day I’d definitely recommend getting tickets to a show if they’re in a city near you soon. -Nicole, Senior Editorial Assistant