Staycation in Killarney, Co Kerry

Admitting you’ve been on a foreign holiday this year will make you a social pariah faster than you can say “cancelled.”

Like many others, I’m staying at home this year as I don’t think travelling abroad is worth the risk at the moment. I try not to judge anyone who is going abroad as I really enjoy my holliers and would probably be heading away were it not for Covid-19 crashing the party.

This summer seems particularly long with no weddings, concerts or other events to break it up. Even going to the pub is an ordeal and so after five months working at home, I was climbing the walls and desperate for a change of scenery. (I know, first world problems or what?)

Luckily, I managed to cajole my boyfriend into a staycation (also known as a holiday at home) in the wonderful surroundings of Killarney, Co Kerry.

We chose Killarney as there was lots of affordable mid-week accommodation and I’d never been to Kerry and my boyfriend had only been once.

Also, it was far enough away from Dublin to make it feel more like a proper trip away.

We were staying right in the heart of town in the Killarney Avenue hotel. It was quite reasonably priced for mid-week (€318 for two nights) which was pretty good for a four-star hotel.

There are tons of BnBs and hotels in Killarney but it’s definitely worth paying a little more to be closer to town. It was a beautiful hotel with lots of hygiene measures in place and we felt very safe and relaxed.

The residents’ bar was closed but you could order drinks to your room at no extra cost which was fantastic! The staff were also lovely, very obliging and couldn’t do enough for you.

The only small drawbacks were breakfast wasn’t included (you could pay extra but we decided to dine out instead) and the car park is quite narrow and small although I think there is some undergound parking also.

One of the first things you’ll notice in Killarney are the famous jaunting cars, a horse and cart with a “jarvey” driving them.

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Killarney’s famous jaunting cars

Killarney was absolutely buzzing with staycationers and locals alike when we arrived on a warm Wednesday afternoon. We checked in and went for a stroll around the town to try find a spot for dinner.

We also got some delicious Murphy’s ice-cream which was the perfect antidote for the hot day.

A lot of the restaurants were booked out or very busy. We were torn between an Italian restaurant Salvadors and Robertinos and a fish place but went for Salvadors as it served alcohol (priorities haha).

I had carbonara which was absolutely delicious but took some time to consume! My other half had a seafood dish and we split a bottle of white wine.

We had to queue for about 10 minutes but the weather was lovely and warm so we didn’t mind.

After dinner we went for a stroll around town and found a cafe called Curious Cat where we ate breakfast the next day. I also spied a tiny vintage shop which I vowed to visit.

The weather was perfect the first day however, rain threatened the next day. But we’d planned to drive out along the Ring of Kerry with a picnic lunch so we weren’t too worried.

One of my favourite travel bloggers Melanie May was in Kerry at the same time so I was avidly watching her stories to see her recommendations. She advised skipping Muckross House and going straight to Ladies View to admire the stunning scenery of Killarney National Park.

An interesting fact we later learned in Killarney House was that Ladies View gets its name from Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting who visited the spot in 1861.

Nowadays, there’s a nice cafe with an open air deck which wasn’t too busy and we enjoyed a coffee and cake here.

On the way up to Ladies View, we stopped and took some photos of a deserted old church.

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Deserted old church

We had no real plan for our drive and we continued motoring the twisty windy N70 road, keeping an eye out for errant sheep along the way.

The road has a few steep inclines but the sharp bends are the most dangerous part so drive with caution.

We ended up in the picturesque town of Sneem which has lots of statues (including one of Charles de Gaulle), colourful buildings, retro signs and murals.

But the most amazing thing we saw was definitely a bearded man with a giant billy goat on a lead! I didn’t believe my boyfriend at first until he showed me.

I loved the colourful buildings and retro signs
Sneem Tavern
Sneem is a very cute town
Bee mural in Sneem

Sneem was quiet enough while we were there and we tried to picnic on a bench but rain sent us back to the car!

There is a caravan park in the town, ideal for staycationers on a road trip.

On the way back down, it became quite misty and we even had to turn on our fog lights to make sure other cars could see us.

The scenery was breathtaking
Killarney’s famous lakes
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That night we ate at the hotel’s restaurant and went for a late-night stroll hoping to find a speak-easy.

Needless to say, we didn’t and settled for room service drinks and late night TV from the comfort of the enormous bed.

We could use the pool at the Killarney Avenue’s neighbouring hotel, the Killarney Towers just across the road but it was booked up on the second evening.

However, the staff kindly allowed me to use it at 12pm on our last day even though we’d checked out by then,

I went for a relaxing swim while my boyfriend took a stroll through the town after breakfast in Noelle’s Cafe. I wouldn’t recommend this place, the staff seemed rushed off their feet which is fair enough but they messed up my order, the table wasn’t clean and neither was the floor.

As I recall, the food was fine but nothing outstanding. The decor was cute but Curious Cat is a much better bet.

In Curious Cat, I had French toast with bacon and coffee while my boyfriend had a full Irish with Sneem black pudding.

We also stopped at The Tan Yard for a coffee which we had sitting outside, enjoying the mild weather.

Before leaving I was dying to check out the vintage shop I’d seen, Hazel’s Nuts About Vintage on Glebe Street.

It looked small so I told my boyfriend I wouldn’t be long but inside, I got sucked into a vintage paradise.

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The most adorable earrings

The stock was fantastic and really reasonably priced. I tried on Versace jeans that were amazing but didn’t fit and I spent ages rifling through the jewellery, trying to decide what to pick.

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One of the outfits on display

Eventually, I went for a Ireland map pendant necklace (I’d wanted one of these for ages), some gorgeous dragon earrings and a sparkly lurex jumper with a pink/purple leaf design, perfect for autumn and Christmas. The total came to €45. (There are pics on my IG stories highlights).

I think the jumper was €29/€30 and the jewellery about €7-8 approximately. I could’ve spent a lot more in this shop, it really is a gem and worth checking out if you’re in Killarney.

Also the owner told me they sell at a market on Sundays so definitely worth checking out the market if you’re visiting at the weekend.

Our final stop before hitting the road was Killarney House and Gardens, We initially thought the house was closed and enjoyed a stroll around the gardens which are very well-maintained but also have spots growing wild to encourage bio-diversity.

My boyfriend is responsible for the macro photo skills

We saw lots of bees (did you know there are 21 bumblebee species in Ireland? I learned this from a display in the grounds and it was really fantastic to see the efforts being made to protect pollinators.

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The beautiful grounds of Killarney House
Misty views of Killarney House and Gardens
A very enjoyable stroll
A feast for the eyes

We also got to go inside and visit the house for free. I’d forgotten my facemask but they had ones for visitors which was great.

I love history and the house was full of beautiful and interesting exhibits, telling its story and that of the local area.

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Killarney House
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Killarney memorabilia
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A stag’s skull on display in Killarney House

Sadly, it was then time to hit the road and we headed back to get the car. We had such a wonderful and enjoyable stay in Killarney and I hope to be back in the future

I hope you all have enjoyed this post. I’m very aware that travelling in Ireland is not cheap and not an option for a lot of us at this time so I’m grateful for the opportunity.

Please note, we paid for everything ourselves, this was not a gifted stay. Leave me a comment and let me know if you’ve been to Killarney or if you’d like to go in the future. Don’t forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page.

Edel

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Bargain Alert: Nasty Gal’s 70% off liquidation sale

You may have heard that Nasty Gal have gone bankrupt and they are about to be taken over by Boohoo.com.

It’s surprising to see the site go bust considering they once pulled in $85 million in revenue.

Nasty Gal’s entrepreneurial founder and self-titled #Girlboss, Sophia Amoruso seemed like she could do no wrong at one point.

Her book #Girlboss topped bestseller lists and there’s even talk of a Netflix show based on her life.

But every cloud has a silver lining and this one comes in the form of a 70% off everything sale, (including previous sale items) as the company scrambles to offload their stock.

Here’s a few of the bargains available but you’ll have to be quick, the stock is flying out!

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Sequin and bead top. Pic: Nastygal.com

This gorgeous vintage style top was €109 but is only €32.70 with discount. It’s still available in sizes M-XL.

It’s a real statement piece and would be ideal for a special occasion.

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Black glittery blouse. Pic: NastyGal.com

This sheer glittery blouse was already  reduced to €54 so it’s only  €16.20 with discount.

This is still available in L and XL.

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Floral tattoo applique top. Pic: NastyGal.com

This lace crop top with floral tattoo appliques is the stuff of dreams.

Unfortunately for me, it’s only left in a XS.

€18.30 with discount, pretty damn sweet!

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White peasant blouse. Pic: NastyGal.com

Nasty Gal have lots of sexy styles but also some really cool bohemian stuff like this pretty peasant blouse.

This is still available in a size small and is less than a tenner!

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Rosa boots. Pic: Nastygal.com

If you’re a size 7 and looking for some statement ankle boots, then these Rosa boots are just what you need.

These are a third of the original price, only €46.50 right now. However, there’s only size 7 left. *sobs quietly*

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Oxblood lace up leggings.

I think these lace-up leggings would be hard to pull off but I do love the style.

These are €30.30 in final sale and only left in XS. They’re also left in a cream colour but I think they’d be even harder to pull off!

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Studded jacket. Pic: Nastygal.com

This studded denim jacket is very festival-friendly and less than €20!

You’d be hard pressed to find anything under €20 in Nasty Gal’s heyday…

This is only left in S.

FYI, there are NO returns or exchanges on any of the items. The 70% discount is applied at the checkout.

Be aware that a lot of items listed on the site are sold out already and when I clicked on several available items, it said only 1 or 2 left.

Standard shipping is €14.95 to Ireland.

Many of labels stocked on Nasty Gal will be still available elsewhere, i.e. Lavish Alice, Glamorous, Jaded London all have their own sites so it’s not the end of the road for these brands.

It’ll be interesting to see what direction Boohoo will take, will they completely reinvent it or try to recreate Amoruso’s magic formula?

Did you shop from Nastygal? Are you sorry to see it go? Leave me a comment below and let me know.

PS- this isn’t a sponsored post.

UPDATE: The sale is now over but the new site had been launched with loads of new stock. Let me know what you guys think of the new look – personally I think it’s very similar to PLT and Missguided.

Thank you for visiting my blog and  don’t forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Edel

Visiting Belfast: Shopping and sight-seeing over the border

If you don’t normally go up the North for shopping or sight-seeing, you’re missing out. Recently I went on a weekend break to Belfast with my boyfriend and we had a brilliant time.

I’ve posted about visiting Belfast before but I spent less than a day there. This time around I spent more time in the city centre and was there for a full weekend.

I have only been to Northern Ireland four times including the last trip which is quite embarrassing!

Where to go shopping:

Belfast has two shopping centres, Castlecourt and Victoria Square. Castlecourt is slightly old-fashioned but has some decent shops, including a nice Debenhams.

Victoria Square is a more modern building and has all the high-street shops such as Topshop, H & M and River Island.

The Topshop is massive and I could’ve spent all day there! But that would’ve been the end of my relationship.. 😛

On the street there’s a massive Stradivarius (one of only three in Ireland), Zara, Primark etc.

What to buy: 

I always buy cosmetics in the North as they are a good bit cheaper. I picked up a new bronzer in Superdrug and got my eyebrows threaded there for only £5!

I also bought Queen of Shaves shaving gel for £2.99 (This is very gentle on your skin but can’t find it in ROI anymore). It was about €8 down here.

Nivea night cream was only £1.99 which was also good value, it’s about €5 here.

Perhaps VAT is to blame but when you factor in exchange rates, we seem to pay a lot more for clothes in shops like Topshop and River Island in the ROI.

For instance, this purple frill jumper was £15 on sale from £30 in Topshop. It ws €42 full price in ROI stores.

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Primark is similar value to what you get at home, one pair of nude tights were £1, a nail varnish £1.50 etc.

The Primark was undergoing a bit of a makeover and was VERY busy when we were there.

Overall the stock in Primark was only OK but the store isn’t the biggest.

 I bought a pair of Onitsuka Tigers for my boyfriend in Office, they were £65 with student discount.

Name brand runners aren’t much cheaper than at home.

Surprisingly I didn’t buy myself any shoes! Nor did I find a dress for my graduation but there’s plenty of time yet.

Bargain shopping/Charity shops

I visited two charity shops and both were pretty disappointing. If anyone can recommend a good one, please let me know.

Vintage shops

There are a few quirky vintage shops around Belfast and my favourite one was Octopus’s Garden on Wellington Street.

It sells records as well as deadly vintage threads and is a good spot for nabbing a band t-shirt.

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Markets

On Sunday, we visited St. George’s Market which reminded me of a smaller version of Spitalfields market in London.

We treated ourselves to a hearty Ulster fry and perused all the goodies the market had to offer.

There were loads of food stalls including some very tasty cupcakes, homewares, bric-a-brac, vintage records and jewellery.

I’d highly recommend this market to everyone, it’s an absolute gem.

Cash or card?

I brought cash which I’d changed commission free in the post office. If you pay in card in the North, there is a small fee, about 14 cent per transaction.

Withdrawing sterling with an Irish card from an ATM will incur a fee of at least €3. Ulster Bank customers can withdraw free from NatWest, EasyCash and RBS however.

Bag charges

FYI, there’s now a plastic bag levy in the UK, retailers must a charge a minimum of £0.05 per bag. Something to bear in mind if you are buying lots.

Where to eat/stay/have fun

Besides shopping, we did enjoy the sights of Belfast, including the Titanic experience which was fantastic. Give yourself a minimum of two hours if you are going here.

It’s an interactive exhibition and I learned so much, not merely about the Titanic but also the history of Belfast.

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We stayed in Jury’s Inn in the heart of the city and our room was gorgeous.

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On Saturday night we had dinner in Deanes Love Fish restaurant and the food was DELICIOUS! Hands down, one of the nicest restaurants I’ve ever been in.

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We also went for a drink in The Crown Saloon, which is one of the most popular bars in Belfast.

The beautiful Victorian decor has been preserved from the intricately-carved wooden booths and ceiling designs, to stained glass windows and funky floor tiles.

Unfortunately it was too busy to sit down.

Another watering-hole we visited was White’s Tavern which is one of Belfast’s oldest pubs. This is a nice little pub to relax and rest the legs in between shopping and sight-seeing.

Finally, City Hall is a must if you like architecture.

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 FYI, this was not a sponsored post.

Hope you all enjoyed this post, feel free to leave me a comment below.

Thank you for visiting my blog and  don’t forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Edel

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Leopards never change their spots

If I could describe how wearing leopard print makes me feel in one word, it’d be empowered. From Pat Butcher to Hollywood femme fatales, leopard print has always been a trademark of a strong confident woman.

Some may say it’s trashy, I say it’s sassy. If you too want to feel sassy this winter, then you need to add at least one leopard print piece to your wardrobe.

Being the fashion fortuneteller that I am, I picked up a vintage leopard print blouse in the Tola Vintage kilo sale in Galway. I haven’t worn it yet but now it’s on trend and will look amazing with black jeans and boots.

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Leopard print blouse from Tola Vintage.

 

I’ve styled it with my oversize denim jacket and a Stella McCartney lookalike bag that my housemate kindly brought me back from holidays.

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The leopard print looks great with an oversize denim jacket.

If you feel anxious about wearing leopard print, try a subtle pattern or a leopard print accessory first. Devotees can head straight for the faux fur coats!

These are some of my favourite leopard print lovelies on the high street at the moment. This Topshop belt would look great on blue or black jeans for a subtle leopard print accent.

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Leopard print pony hair belt. Pic: Topshop.com

 

If you want to go all out, then a leopard coat is the best way to make a statement.

Topshop have this fabulous faux fur one for €125. Definitely the most glamorous way to stay warm on a chilly winter night out !

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Faux fur leopard coat. Pic: Topshop.com

If that’s completely out of your budget, here are two less expensive options. This brown leopard coat with an oversize collar is €84 from Missguided.

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Leopard coat. Pic: Missguided.com

Bershka have a shorter style with a bold print for €59.99.

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Faux fur leopard coat. Pic: Bershka.com

I also love this delicate leopard print blouse from Bershka. It’s only €19.99 and doubles up as workwear.

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Leopard print blouse. Pic: Bershka.com

River Island have some great leopard print items, including this cosy looking stole which is a great alternative to a woolly scarf.

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Leopard print stole. Pic: River Island.com

This biker beaury is courtesy of Zara, I’m dying to get this myself. I’ve seen Niamh Cullen from BehindtheBraids wearing it and it looked stunning on her! It’s not biker season but I digress…

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Zara biker jacket.

For a daring night out look, I love this bardot playsuit from Missguided, €30.80.

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Leopard print playsuit. Pic: Missguided.com

No trend post of mine is complete without a few footwear options naturally. Topshop have great leather ankle boots for just under €100.

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Topshop ankle boots €98. Pic: Topshop.com

For a casual option, try these leopard lace-ups from Asos, on sale right now for just under €20!

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Leopard print flats. Pic: Asos.com

Hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I did. Leave me a comment below and let me know if you like leopard print.

Thanks for reading as always and don’t forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Edel

Market Shopping and Sea Air

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I have some very exciting news, I’ve been shortlisted for Best Fashion Blog by the Blog Awards Ireland. I was already thrilled with my long list nominations and extremely happy that my blog has been long-listed three times since its inception. BUT when I found out I made the shortlist my reaction was…

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The shortlist will soon go to a public vote and I hope you will vote for me! I’m so passionate about this blog and I have put so much time into it.

But not to digress any further and back to my travels in the UK. The second part of my holiday was spent in Notting Hill,  East London and Southend-On-Sea which is about an hour outside London.

Sunday was spent visiting Notting Hill’s Portobello Market where I bought some presents for my friend’s little girl Stevie. I had no clue what to buy for a baby but I found an emoji bib and a cute Paddington Bear t-shirt.

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Then I struck gold when I found a stall selling cut-off shorts for £5 and picked up a pair. Unfortunately there was nowhere to try them on and they were smaller than I’d anticipated. They just about fit! Can’t trust waist sizes!

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I love the Portobello Market and have featured it on the blog previously. There were lots of weird and wonderful things there, see below…

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My next port of call was Spitalfields Market in East London. My friend Michele was keen to show me the market and knew I would love it. She was right!

Spitalfields Market consists of clothing, jewellery, food and drink stalls and is surrounded by shops which all retain the original facades of the old buildings.

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This looks nothing like a typical MAC store!

I didn’t have a lot of money however one item which caught my eye was this floral mini satchel. At £12 it was a no-brainer!

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Among the shops dotted around was a gorgeous retro shop,  Collectif Clothing which was filled with 40’s and 50’s style clothing and accessories.

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I wore a simple outfit to the market, all black except for my printed vintage shirt.

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As well as clothing we also saw some great artwork on display by artist Adrian Boswell at the Old Truman Brewery Market. I love these collages.

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We then walked around Brick Lane and admired street art and soaked up the hipster vibes. 😛

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There are lots of vintage stores in this area but the best one has to be Absolute Vintage. This shop is HUGE! It is stuffed with clothes, shoes and handbags, catering for both guys and girls. I can’t imagine trying to tidy this shop, it is literally bursting at the seams! Some items such as the shoes are a little battered but most items are wearable. The handbags are especially worth a look! Next time I am in London, I will be coming here again.

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That evening I travelled to Southend-on Sea to visit my friend Elaine. We spent a lovely day in Southend shopping and walking the pier.

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I threw together a casual outfit for the day, black jeans, lilac Penneys jumper and of course my new bag. 😉

While in Southend I made some purchases including a fab new bikini for £7, sandals, a tribal print cosmetic bag for £1 and Elaine bought me a lovely gift, these pink and white shoes!

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Hope you all enjoyed this post. My next post will be on my visit to Mallorca featuring all my holiday clothing I bought in London! Thank you for reading as always.

Edel

Shopaholic Online

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I buy a lot of my clothing online and thought I’d share some of my favourite sites and experiences.

ASOS.com

Possibly the best online shop. Massive array of products and brands, their own brand is excellent quality, they deliver pretty quickly to Ireland and their returns procedure is simple. Standard delivery is free to most parts of the world. I’ve purchased from them in America and while the delivery took longer, it was simple to make a return there also. I love the  site layout, photography and styling. ASOS have good sales and I’ve gotten genuine bargains. Among the stuff I’ve bought includes jeans, brogues, dresses, a handbag and a bikini. I’ve tried a lot of different products and so far been happy with everything!

To order you have to create an account with Asos. You have the option of saving a credit/debit card which is very dangerous/handy depending on how you look at it!

ASOS Marketplace.

This site stocks vintage and independent labels. I haven’t bought from the site yet but it’s great for styling inspiration. Some of the boutiques can be expensive but I’ve seen some great unusual things on there also. Favourite brands include We are Hairy People and Florrie Jane’s Vintage. Plus it’s a great site for independent retailers to establish themselves.

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Cactus print shorts and top from We are Hairy People

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Party ring crop top from We are Hairy People

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Clothing from Florrie Jane’s Vintage

Etsy.com

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I love browsing Etsy. Lately I’ve been shopping for accessories like this galaxy chain from Gina’s Tie Dye.

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The chain was beautiful and I received it really quickly. Unfortunately the pendant fell off the second time I wore it! However I may have been just unlucky. Gina very kindly sent me a replacement necklace which I was thrilled with! This shop has loads of amazing stuff such as ying/yang tie-dye t-shirts and beautiful one-of-a-kind halter tops.

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Photo courtesy Gina’s Tie Dye

I’d been looking for lightweight lace bras like those from For Love and Lemons but cheaper! I struck gold when I found these beauties from Lovy House on Etsy. They are not like a traditional bra so don’t expect a lot of support from them but they are gorgeous!

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I bought the black one pictured above. The only drawback is the lace is slightly itchy! They have a gorgeous selection of lace underwear. Delivery was quite quick considering this shop is based in Vietnam.

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Lovy House lace bra- exactly like For Love and Lemons but much cheaper!

Etsy focuses on promoting handmade or customised items only and is a great promoter of independent fashion. I’ve also bought studs from them for my own customising. You can also give feedback when you receive a product and payments can be made easily through Paypal. The only annoying thing about Etsy is that if you are buying from different stores you have to make each purchase individually. As most shops are small businesses you will generally have to pay delivery charges. I haven’t had to return anything to this shop yet.

Romwe.com

This is a huge online Chinese shop which ships all over the world. Their printed sweaters are my favourite items and they have great unique clothing. They are cheap and have lots of “flash deals” where certain items will be on promotion for 24 hours only. Delivery does take a while but that’s to be expected from China.

Romwe sizes can be quite small also so bear this in mind. I haven’t bothered returning anything that didn’t fit (only once this has happened) as the return would cost the same as the original purchase. I’ve bought a sweater, a skirt, rucksack and a dress from them. The dress was the only unsuitable item being a little too small but it was only €11 so I gave it to a charity shop.

Oasap.com

Oasap is a store which I’ve only bought from once. I bought a pair of printed leggings which were very unusual and cool. The size was good but the colours were quite different in real life and also the fabric was less shiny and slightly transparent. Jury’s out for now! Delivery took some time.

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How they looked online….

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How they looked in real life!

Stradivarius.com.

I decided to try Stradivarius’ online shopping service which is quite new to Ireland. The process is quite simple, you order an item either to your home and pay for delivery or you can pick it up in store for free. I bought these cute blue espradilles.

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You get an email when the item is sent and a text when delivered in store. Returns can be done in store also.I thought it took long enough for it to be delivered considering the stock is only coming from Spain.

Nastygal.com

Previously I devoted a whole post to this site as I went through an obsession with it! Nastygal have an emphasis on daring sexy outfits and bohemian clothing. I’ve bought one dress from them which was nice but the material wasn’t great quality. They are based in America so again shipping takes some time.

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN SHOPPING ONLINE!

How soon do you need this item? Many shops may take 2-3 weeks with standard shipping.

Will you be able to return it easily? Read the returns policy carefully, some shops may charge for returns or may not allow returns on sale.

How much will delivery cost? An item may appear very cheap until you add in the cost of shipping! Is it worth it when you have allowed for delivery charges? Some shops have a discount if you buy several items but you may have to spend a lot.

Will it look like this in real life? Remember the camera lies and the item may be a different colour/texture to how it appears online. If in doubt read the description to see what material it is and what care it requires before buying. Some stores will let you ask questions and others allow previous customers to leave feedback which is generally the best indicator.

What are the sizes like? Probably the most important factor to consider, check the sizing guide very carefully and read any comments/feedback regarding sizes. Some sites have vintage “free size” items which will pretty much fit a size 8-12 depending whether you want to wear it baggy/long/fitted etc. Others describe items as “runs small”, “runs large” or “true to size.”

When buying from independent retailers, check that the payment methods are secure and that sellers have good feedback. All the sites I’ve listed are reputable.

Happy shopping all! Hope you have enjoyed this post, thanks for visiting the blog as always. You can like my blog on Facebook here if you’d like to see more. I’ll be preparing my next post on the Sea Sessions festival in Donegal, stay tuned! 😉

Tola Vintage Kilo Sale

The last time Tola Vintage had a kilo sale I was devastated at not being able to go.

However, when I heard there was another massive kilo sale planned I knew I had to make this one!

As luck would have it, I had to travel home on the 22nd to vote (this blogger always does her democratic duty) but I made it back for the sale.

I normally would never go home for just one day but this kilo sale was a pretty big event.

I knew the sale would be big from following Tola Vintage’s posts and from the location in the RDS. I was extremely curious as to what would be on offer!

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I arrived about 1pm as I’d been out the night before (not recommended for serious kilo-salers!) and I didn’t want to get up too early.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was still loads of stock available and the hall was huge so it didn’t feel packed and stressful.

I wandered around taking in the sights of suede, leather, snapbacks and determined fashionistas trying clothes on as best they could over their own clothing! At first, I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stock and I meandered up and down browsing.

At first, I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stock and I meandered up and down browsing.

However, once I’d picked up one item, others just seemed to follow and before I knew it I had a huge pile of clothes! I hadn’t spotted the IKEA bags that were by the door so I was dragging my pile, plus rucksack and jacket around like a camel.

I began to try on pieces and wanted to keep almost everything. I only discarded a few items mostly that were too big or small.

I was on the look-out for a nice suede or leather jacket and some skirts or dresses. As there were no fitting rooms you had to try on clothes in front of a mirror.

I’d forgotten about this and worn jeans but luckily I could try on everything. Next time I will probably wear a dress and tights or shorts and tights as it will make trying-on even easier.

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I was really happy with the quality of stock out also, very few items had signs of wear, some vintage stores sell items which are quite worn-out!

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I saw some really beautiful and unusual clothes like this beaded dress below and motorcycle jackets.

I was also completely in awe of two stylish Brazilians who were trying on head-to-toe capes and looking amazing!

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After A LOT of trying on, walking up and down and a water break, I decided to take my pile to be weighed. *gulp*  I had about €55 in cash on me and several heavy pieces in my bag…

On the initial weigh-in at €10 per kilo, my bundle was €68. I decided to discard a few items and was delighted to get down to €50 for everything!!!

This is what I got.

*Cream leather shorts.

These would be so cute with brogues, black tights, and a simple top.

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Light brown suede fringed jacket.

I’m going to wear this with denim shorts to Sea Sessions…can’t wait!

*Green velvet dress.

I LOVE this dress, it’s a beautiful colour, it looks black in photos but it’s actually a gorgeous dark green. I’d dress it up (maybe with my new Penneys’ iridescent green sandals) and some gold jewellery.

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Black and silver lace hemmed top.

I’d really like to wear this with black flares for a goth/hippy look.

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Beaded short-sleeve top with shoulder pads.

I’ve wanted one of these beaded tops for ages but the ones I’ve seen in vintage shops were always expensive!

It needs a new button at the back but apart from that is perfect. I love the detailing on the neck and it’s also very flattering for a “fat” day.

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And it was perfect for a Christmas party!

Green leather patch off the shoulder jumper.

This is my favourite piece and I’ve been wearing it with PVC leggings and black plimsolls.

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*Black and silver halter neck top.

I’m looking forward to wearing this out with high-waisted jeans.

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*Black beaded hem skirt.

I’ve a really similar top which will look really cute for summer.

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*White lace and patchwork cardigan.

I will wear this with blue or black jeans.

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PHEW!

As well as the vintage, there were also pop-up stores from Sick Studs, Magne jewellery and others. I’d run out of money by that time which was probably just as well!

The only disappointment was I didn’t see any accessories. I love vintage bags and belts and would’ve liked to see some.

I’ve lots of fun stuff coming up, I attended the Irish blogger conference yesterday (ermagerd!) and will have a post for you soon!

I’m also going to Belfast next weekend and Sea Sessions in Donegal on June 19th.

Leave me a comment and let me know if you like vintage kilo sales.

UPDATE: Everything I’ve marked with an asterisk I’ve since either given to a charity shop or sold when I moved house.

I wore almost everything except the skirt but I didn’t get much wear out of many of these items. So, exercise restraint while kilo shopping guys!

Thanks for reading and check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Edel

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Folkster Vintage Kilo Sale Dublin

Today I went to the Folkster kilo sale which was held in Smithfield. As I live nearby getting up early wasn’t too much of a challenge!

I’m the type of person who could sleep 15 hours a day so it has to be a special event for me to be up early.

Last year I missed most of the sale as I was hungover …this year I’m off the sauce for November so no excuses!  I arrived bright and early at 7.45am and already people were queuing up to get the tickets.

I came back at 11.30am to queue inside in the individual zones and at 12pm the floodgates opened!

It was full-on chaos as girls (and a few boys) ran like rabid dogs towards rails of vintage goodies! The items literally flew off the rails as anxious shoppers grabbed what they could. There were 8 zones with 100 people in each so you can imagine the madness!

The queues for the fitting rooms were long but I wanted to try on things properly to be sure I liked them.

It’s too tempting just to grab things at akilo sale and hope for the best but it’s not a good idea! I was hoping to find a check shirt but these were in high demand! I tried on a men’s one but it was absolutely huge on me.

But I had a stroke of luck when I found this lovely blue flannel checked shirt.

I had already left the fitting room so this is where bringing a friend came in handy to give their opinion.

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It felt ironic buying a lumberjack shirt like those my brothers wore all their teenage lives!

But I fell in love with it and it looked great under a leather jacket with the cuffs rolled up.

I’m going to wear this on its own with shorts, black tights, and brogues or with leggings or a leather jacket and jeans. I think it’s a really versatile piece.

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I also picked out this shirt, the scarf print design caught my eye. I initially wasn’t sure about the short sleeves but when I tried it on it was really cute.

The pattern on the back of the shirt is the coolest part of it!

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I will wear this under a denim jacket for now and on its own in summer with high-waisted denim shorts or a plain skirt.

Also how cute is it under my pastel lilac jumper or with dungarees?

Grasping the two shirts plus a few more “maybe” items, we joined the extremely long queue for the till.

It was about a hundred people long (no joke, it was like queuing for a concert!

However, we were able to peruse items other people had discarded and I picked up a white crochet cardigan and a 90s patterned bomber jacket.

I decided to hang onto these and discard the things I wasn’t sure about.

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Crochet may be associated with grannies but this would be great with leather-look jeans or ripped blue skinny jeans.

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I’ve been after a bomber jacket forever-so glad I found one.  I had been searching for a bright one but this would look great with bold colourful earrings to glam it up.

It’s quite big so it’s perfect to wear over a jumper and still be comfortable.

When buying clothes I always try them on and scrutinise them in a mirror however in this case I ended up buying four items and three of them I hadn’t seen on myself! I had to rely on my friend’s opinion.

As it was a vintage sale, its pretty hard to find your exact size so you have to try on or buy oversized items. I got very lucky with my items and found things that looked good oversized.

My items came in just under a kilo at €19 or €4.75 per item.

The clothes were priced at €20 per kg for most items and accessories were priced separately. I was delighted with the value and wished there were more things left to buy!

My only disappointment was that I was unable to find a nice handbag but there’s always next time!

I decided not to get too carried away as I didn’t want to end up with a lot of things that didn’t fit. Amazingly my resolve held..many of my fellow shoppers were happy to make up for that!

My tips for anyone heading to a kilo sale are bring an honest friend for opinions, a pocket mirror, wear something that’s easy to change, bring a bag if at all possible and be prepared for queuing, crowds and a little bit of madness!

As I spent a significant proportion of my adult life working in fashion retail (including working at the Next sale which makes war zones look tranquil) I wasn’t too fazed.

There was also a pop-up full price Folkster shop but after the scrimmage, we were too tired to look at the full price!

I did have a peek around earlier in the morning and saw some gorgeous jewellery.

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Overall it was a fantastic and fun event for fashion lovers and more importantly accessible to all and well organised.

It’s a great opportunity for people to dabble in vintage without spending a lot of money. I have to commend the Folkster team on their hard work, a lot of preparation and planning went into the sale.

Half the female population of Dublin was in attendance along with about 75% of the fashion blogger population so I look forward to reading everyone else’s experiences and opinions.

Thanks for visiting my blog as always. Don’t forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Edel

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