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
Sneem

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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Wardrobe cull, mending and altering my clothes

How many items of clothing do you own that would be “perfect” if they were altered/repaired? That skirt that’s just a little too tight (or loose), the shirt missing half its buttons or the jeans that you constantly have to roll up?

The best outfits are not always expensive or trendy, rather they are the ones that fit us well and are most becoming to our body type.

I had over a dozen items of clothing in my wardrobe that didn’t fit well or needed to be mended or altered. Having recently moved into a much smaller apartment, it seemed like the perfect time to do a wardrobe cull/audit.

Shoes – I ended up giving away five pairs that didn’t fit well to the charity shop, a pair of snakeskin boots that were too small, another pair of ankle boots that were uncomfortable, a pair of cheap runners and two pairs of too-large heels.

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New Look snake print boots which were too small for me

Jackets – A lovely tweed vintage jacket that I bought on impulse but never really wore as it was a size 14 had to go as did a cream embellished one which had lost some of its trimmings.

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The tweed jacket

T-shirts/tops- I spent €25 on a Levi’s t-shirt in Spain when they were all the rage but it was really poor quality, it was very thin and had faded a bit so it had to go also. I also let go of a gorgeous navy bodysuit that no longer fit me.

Jeans/Leggings: I donated two pairs of jeans, white ripped ones that I wore approximately once a year and black mom jeans that never really fit well.

I also donated an impractical pair of lace-up black leggings that I hardly ever wore.

Handbags – I own an insane amount of bags and after much deliberation decided to part with a tiny impractical bag and a floral crossbody that I loved but rarely used.

Skirts- I owned two beautiful leather skirts that no longer fit but I was reluctant to let them go.

I brought them to a seamstress to see if they could be let out but unfortunately, it wasn’t possible.

The zip in the black one below broke the last time I squeezed into it! And looking back, I can see it’s too small for me…

I replaced the zip but realising they would never fit me again (bar developing some kind of wasting disease), I gave them to a fashion-loving friend where they will have a good home!

If you can’t bear to give away a much-loved item to the charity shop, then why not give them to a friend or family member?

Another too-tight suede skirt made its way to the charity shop after I learned it could not be altered either, leaving me with 17 fewer items in my overcrowded wardrobe.

Mending and fixing

I have a good collection of vintage shirts and blouses and while I wear some more frequently than others, one paisley print beauty was sitting forlornly in the back of my wardrobe.

I bought this a few years ago in Lyon Loring in Stoneybatter but discovered after a couple of wears, that the buttons were prone to snapping off and almost all of them fell off.

I kept the buttons and the shirt but never got round to fixing it until one day I took it back out of the wardrobe.

I came up with an interim solution of wearing it under a pinafore so no-one could see the missing buttons.

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A slightly blurry close up of the blouse

Eventually, one quiet Sunday, I sat down with a needle and thread and gathered up all of the buttons to sew back on.

I wanted to use the original buttons as they are really pretty and thankfully, I found all of them bar one.

I always wear my collar open so I didn’t need a button for this, leaving me with just the right amount for all the missing ones.

Before I replaced the missing ones, I went back and sewed the remaining ones tighter so they wouldn’t fall off.

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Paisley print vintage blouse

I ran into a small bit of bother when I realised the button openings were so small only the thinnest needle could pass through them but luckily I had a very thin small needle that did the job.

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Sewing the buttons back on

Ta-da, my blouse was as good as new and having washed it twice since my stitches have held up nicely.

I intend to wear this blouse a lot more now, with jeans as below or underneath my black pinafore which contrasts really nicely with the black in the blouse.

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My lovely vintage blouse as good as new

Mending and fixing up items can be a pain, especially in this day and age when we are used to everything being instantaneous.

Getting a professional to do it is the ideal option, however, alterations can be pricey, sometimes costing almost the same as a new item.

If it’s a tricky job or an expensive item, I’d advise going to an alterations place such as the Alterations Centre on South Anne Street. I had a dress altered here before and I was really happy with how it turned out. I’ve also used The Zip Yard for alterations and they have branches around the country.

If it’s something like sewing on a button or stitching a ripped seam, why not have a go if you have basic sewing skills? If you don’t but can’t afford alterations, then look up YouTube tutorials for help.

Or you could ask a friend or family member who’s handy at sewing but make sure you do them a favour in return!

My little DIY project has inspired me to see what else in my wardrobe could do with some TLC and hopefully, I’ll get more wear out of what I already own.

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Brooding in black

As well as mending clothes, replacing the heel tips or resoling your shoes will help them last longer. I’ve several pairs of leather boots and good shoes that have lasted me years with repairs.

It’s better to buy expensive shoes which will last longer than a cheap pair which won’t be worth mending.

Outfit: Black trench coat: Daisy Street at Asos: £34.99/ €41.14

Vintage blouse: about €15

Jeans: Topshop €55

Belt: Charity shop €1

Earrings: Penneys €3

Total cost: €115.14

Hope you all enjoyed this post and Happy New Year! Thank you for reading and supporting my blog. If you would like to follow me on social media,  check out my Instagram 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

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.

Spitalfields Collage

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

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.

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Edel

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