Sunday, November 16, 2014

Folkster Kilo Sale + Haul

I love Shutterbug in Kilkenny and their Folkster shop in Dublin even more, so I was really excited to attend their Vintage Kilo Sale on the 2nd of November. The Shutterbug/Folkster Vintage Kilo Sale was held in Haymarket, Smithfield. It was basically a huge pop up shop of rail upon rail of vintage and bohemian clothing sold at €20 for a kilo. We collected our tickets at 8 in the morning, headed off for a big fry up breakfast, returning at half 11 to queue in our allocated zone. There was a huge well dressed crowd waiting in anticipation to grab some serious bargains. So much outfit inspiration to take in while we waited. When it turned 12 and the barriers opened there was a literal stampede of vintage hungry shoppers, grabbing everything off the rails. It was crazy and so much fun. My bf was the perfect companion for the event, carrying all the treasures I threw at him. After the initial panic grabbing of garments, shoppers headed to different corners to whittle their haul down to their favorites and then the queuing to pay commenced. Waiting in line I was guessing away at how much my haul would cost, hoping I'd get away with everything I wanted for €60 or so. I couldn't believe it when the total price came to just €38.40, less than €40 for a whole bag of treats, incredible! I can't recommend their kilo sale enough, an incredibly impressive and varied stock, flawlessly organised and a really fun, different way to shop. Bring your friends, your boyfriend, just make sure to go the next time! While your waiting for the next event drop into one of their amazing shops or shop online here.

Total Spent = €38.40

Now let's discuss the haul itself! For €38.40 I got my hands on: 4 pairs of shorts, 1 skirt, 1 camouflage jacket, 1 jumper and 3 bandannas. My absolute favorite pick is the white wintry shorts with braid and fringe detail, it's so different, I would have spent far more than €38 on those shorts alone. I've been having great fun styling all my new finds for work, pairing the shorts/skirt with thick fleece lined tights from Primark and ankle boots. What's your favorite piece from my haul? Did you get anything at the kilo sale? 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Primark Haul A/W 2014

Total Spent = €48.50

I've bought some really pretty things in Primark in the last month, so I decided to do a little post of the things I got. I think most of them are still in store (in Dublin at least) if you see something you might like to buy too. Primark has loads of pretty home accessories at the moment, if you want to make your home girly or get it ready for Christmas. I picked up some heart decorations for my room; the large heart was €3 and the smaller bell heart was €2. The heart picture frame was €4 and the vanilla candle in a silver jar was €3.50 I think. For brightening up my work desk I got a glittery black notebook for €2.50, which I also got in hot pink. Now that my room had all the girly accessories it could need, it was time to accessorize myself too. Blanket scarfs are everywhere right now and Primark had amazing ones at incredible prices, this one is reversible and was only €7. I've been wearing it everyday since I bought it and it's so cozy. There was so many amazing statement necklaces to choose from it was hard to just pick one, but I had to get one of the matte styles. This matte necklace was only €6 and is a nice edgier change from the more sparkly versions I normally buy. I love a good hair accessory so couldn't resist this rose hairband (€3) and little bunny bobbins (€2.50). The only clothes I actually bought was a black kimono (€15), it's the perfect winter kimono, can't wait to wear this with cutoffs, woolly tights and ankle boots. 

There's nothing like a good Primark haul so leave me your haul links!

Maldron Hotel Smithfield

Maldron Hotel, Smithfield, D7 Dublin

I splurged on a night way in Dublin to do some shopping for the Halloween weekend. As I was off to the Folkster kilo sale in Smithfield on Sunday morning, I thought it would be a nice treat to stay in The Maldron Smithfield for the night. The room cost €149, it was for two of us, but the room actually had a third bed so you could fit more. The hotel was perfectly located for me as the kilo sale was right beside it and it was also just a 10 minute walk from the city center. The Jameson distillery is literally straight across the road for those that like their whiskey. The hotel itself was modern, clean and cozy, with friendly staff to welcome you. Our room was the perfect size, the bed was comfy and I slept like a log. I really liked that there was a bath rather than just a shower so I could relax in a lush bath before bed. There was the usual tea/coffee facilities and room service, what I liked was you could also order your food and collect it rather than spending €4 to get it brought up to you. Save the €4 and get more cake with it I say. We did just that and feasted on brownies and eton mess. The next morning we ate our way though a seriously impressive breakfast buffet that I would hugely recommend, some hotel breakfast are a little sad and messily but The Maldron had everything you could want and plenty of it. I'd give The Maldron a big thumbs up if you want to treat yourself, it is pricey at €149 but that is quite average for 3/4 star hotels in Dublin city.

Any recommendations for great places to stay in Dublin?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Indulging in Dublin

Outfit 1
Jacket: Zara
Hat: H&M
Scarf: Primark
Jeans: H&M
Boots: River Island
Outfit 2
Jacket: Zara
Dress: H&M
Bag: Primark

I was looking forward to going to the Folkster Kilo Sale for ages, I love both shops in Dublin and Kilkenny and a kilo sale sounded like so much fun. As it was in Smithfield and you could queue for tickets at 8 on a Sunday, it seemed to me the best idea would be to go all out and make a weekend of it. I booked a room for me and my bf in the Maldron hotel and arrived on Saturday ready to shop and eat myself silly. I will write a little review on the hotel and more about the kilo sale for those who are interested. Anyway, we refrained from too much shopping until Sunday where I got some serious bargains, but we did not hold back from indulging in delicious food straight away. We had dinner in The Mongolian BBQ where you pick your ingredients from a buffet, add your sauces and spices and they cook your dinner right in front of you on a hot grill. Before heading back to the hotel to escape the cold I stocked up on some girly treats; the new Glamour magazine, macaroons from Cocoa Atelier, and a Fizzbanger bath bomb from lush. Fizzbanger changes color as it fizzes away, turning the water bight yellow and green. It smells incredible; with citrus apple and cinnamon scents, it is infused with petitgrain and ylang ylang which leaves you feeling so relaxed and happy. Not bad for €4.50. It was hard to pick only a few macaroons, but I finally settled on salted caramel (which is amazing), chocolate, raspberry and strawberry. Still a little hungry, although I'm not sure how, we decided to treat ourselves from the hotel desert menu and feasted on hot chocolate brownies and eton mess. I drifted asleep on a cloud of sugar ready to fight for vintage treasures the next day. 


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Being a mermaid: Bagni della Regina Giovanna

Upon reading many glowing recommendations on Tripadvisor, I was detemined to visit Bagni della Regina Giovanna, the baths of Queen Joan.  This amazing tiny rocky 'beach' is set among the ruins of the Roman villa Pollio Felix. There is something magical about this place, it's secluded, peaceful and breathtakingly beautiful. It's the kind of treasure you dream of stumbling upon on your travels. You can get the bus here from Sorrento to Capo, as it's quite a long walk. Follow a quiet stone path downwards until you reach the crystal clear water below. Jump in for a swim, be careful not to slip and search for tiny crabs hiding in the rocks. Afterwards we went for a stroll around the area to dry off in the sun and we were greeted by lizards running around in every direction. This was one of my standout highlights from our trip as I love exploring nature.

Dress: River Island
Bikini: Primark

I'm having such a relaxing bank holiday weekend, it's my first bank holiday off in I don't know how long. I'm making the most of it, chilling at home in super soft trackies, drinking countless cups of tea and catching up on my favorite blogs and vlogs. Anyone doing anything exciting for the long weekend or doing as little as possible like me?
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