Thursday, March 25, 2010

Irish shopping.

Although Dublin doesn't exactly spring to mind when listing off the best places to shop, you can be really surprised at what you find when you look hard enough. I have not been shopping for too many years, but I think I have a pretty wide knowledge of the shops in Dublin and the surrounding area.
I have discovered so many gems over the years, it will be impossible to list them all, but I'll share my favorite places with you.


If, like me, you're one of those tacky tourists who always makes it her first priority to have a snoop around an expensive shop, then Brown Thomas, or as we natives tend to nickname it, BTS is for you.
Have a craving for some McQueen? Some Vera Wang bridal? LV? Chanel? Celine? Are you dieing for that feeling when you see something so beautiful that your heart starts beating really fast and your hands move without your brain's approval? Then head down to Brown Thomas. It's probably a bit out of most people's price range, but it's nice to look at, no?


Does Sacks have a separate store for the cool young kiddo? How about Harrods? Printemps? Not that I know of, anyway. Brown Thomas has made another store, this one stocking the more affordable but still pretty luxe items. Head in here for See by Chloe, Juicy Couture, 3,1 Philip Lim, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, Diane Von Furstenburg and various other cheap/diffusion labels. You are more likely to score a bargain here than in the regular BT, and they also carry MAC there too. Does it get any better?


Oh dear. If I could have one wish, it would probably be to come in here and play dress up. They have an amazing selection of just about everything, from vintage to Chanel, and it's all for rent! I wish I had some sort of fancy Gala, I'd come in here and dress up and have a ball. The only drawback is that I'd have to give it back. Oh well, it's better than nothing, right?

Unfortunately, Tosca doesn't have a website so I don't have any pictures, but this place is probably one of my favorite shops. Unlike a lot of the others I have listed, this shop is not located in the center of Dublin, but in Kildare.(there's plenty of other shopping to do here, ladies, no worries.)
Basically, Tosca is like a consignment store. With tonnes of second hand designer clobber, and some really special unbranded bits and bobs too, it's a definite must see. And if you're from around the area, pop in once in a while and check back. Last time I was there they had the most adorable vintage Chanel bag, which sent my heart in flutters. Tosca, I give you my love!


If you've read my blog before, you know I am a Penneys addict. It's probably the irish answer to Forever 21, just, in my opinion, a lot better. I never get tired of this place. If you're not English or Irish, and are planning on coming over to Eire for a while, you need to come to Penneys. And you won't have any trouble locating one, because they're all over the country. Literally.

Another Kildare gem. Probably the best outlet in the country, this place is your go to area for reductions on Juicy Couture(!), 7 For All Mankind(!!), LK Bennet, Balley, Anya Hindmarch, Jaeger, DKNY, Calvein Klein undies, and many more. Need I say more?


bella francisca said...

hello, thanks for your lovely comment :D
hmm, dont be discouraged.
sometimes you can visit and play in my country if you want :)
have a nice day!
mind to follow me?

xoxo bee <3

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