On Saturday March the 4th I hosted the first #CorkFashionTrail. Months of organisation had gone into the day and I was super excited as being a Stylist, Personal Shopper, Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger & also working in retail it was right up my street.
20 Vip Bloggers were picked and unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances 2 didn’t make the day. The morning began at 6.30 as I was loading the car and getting myself ready for the day ahead. Thankfully the Gods were looking down on us and the day was perfect !
9.00 We had our Bloggers Breakfast upstairs in Starbucks OperaLane which is the old Queen Ann house on Emmet Pl. It is such a beautiful and historic building dating back to the nineteenth century. We were treated to hot coffee and danish pastries to make the mouth water. Just what was required to kick-start our morning #caffeine
Julie Evans head of Pr & marketing for the lane and Stylist Natasha Crowley were on hand to greet us and made us feel very welcome. Natasha, Opera Lanes Personal Stylist ran through S/S Trends from all the retailers on the lane. I’m totally loving all the Floral and bold splashes of colour mixed with soft hues which are key. Pattern is bold and oversized in geometric, Gypsy, Bohemian and prairie styles blended together to create a whimsical look for the summer season ahead. OperaLane offer two hr styling sessions free with Natasha you can book right here
Olori was next up and oh my was this Boutique such a treat. Bright modern, sleek and minimalist it gave an uber cool feel to this luxury Boutique. Owned & run by two wonderful sisters Lisa & SusanJane. We received a warm welcome and were treated to Champers and chocolates, who could resist eh !
They offer a mix of Irish & international designers who will appeal to women who want quality tailoring that is stylish, distinctive and good value. Brands include Goat, Nanushka, D.Efect, Catriona Hanly, Cathrine Hammel, Fillipa K, Alchimista, Rada and bdLuxed jewellery and handmade sheepskin by 88&half.
They also are the only retailer in Ireland to stock the Italian Alchaimisita perfume brand. There are three fundamental values of the brand, exclusivity, quality and elegance. I fell head over heels in love with ENAPAY. The name is derived from the ancient Indian Sioux literally meaning “Brave / Fearless”. It’s a fresh and pungent composition.
Next stop Miss Daisy Blue which is located in The English Market a vintage lovers dream, original dresses from the 1930’s right through to the 1980’s. They also stock vintage menswear and bridal by app. I just had to try on a few pieces whilst I was there, I mean who could resist ?
Saville was our next stop, located on Oliver Plunket street, Saville is a destination mens store with that luxurious environment. Lavish surroundings and a staircase fit for a castle the interior alone made me oh and ah !!! Smart casual to high-end bespoke suits this store has it all. Hugo Boss, Eton shirts, Armani, Herbie Frogg, Barker shoes to name but a few brands.
The Shoe Suit was next up, hey you got to have a fab pair to go with every outfit right ? Kevin and staff gave us a very warm welcome and we were spoilt with goodies and a voucher. One lucky lady won a “Guess Wallet”, so generous of them. They stock the fab range from Kendall + Kylie, Amy Huberman Bourbon footwear,Pedro Anton’s and so much more. What I loved was the fact that they have a dressing room in store where you can bring along your outfit and try the shoes with it, how fab is that.Genius idea.
With so much fashion and walking we were getting ravenous come 1.30 and so we headed to Duke’s Cafe on Carey’s Lane for lunch. The array of scrumptious food and treats was super and it was washed down with the best coffee in Cork. We were truly spoilt and the relaxed atmosphere coupled with friendly staff made for a wonderful experience. It’s no wonder I always hit Dukes for lunch every time I’m in the city.
Bellies full and off we went to none other than Phoenix-V on Maylor Street. The vast ceiling height and white walls give off a chic and sophisticated vibe. The array of colour hits you on arrival. I of course had to try on a few dresses, it was like an Aladdins cave of gems and I for one could not resist. The fabrics, the cut, the tailoring, everything about the gowns in Phoenix -V screamed class and elegance.
Swarovski on Princes Street was our next stop and my what stunning pieces they have at very affordable prices. Jewellery, watches, accessories and sparkling crystal objects. We were spoilt with champers, marshmallows, chocolates and Elderflower & Rose Presse.
I adore these bangles so classy and would totally bling up any outfit, you can just wear one simple piece or stack them together for extra BLING !!!
Athletes Foot was our final destination on the #CorkFashionTrail.We were greeted by Tom and his staff and given a little intro. It is filled with fab sports wear and trendy trainers from kids to adults. Once again we were spoilt with Goodie Bags containing a sports top and a baseball cap and a very generous 25% off. Some got carried away and went on a shopping spree…
To round off our perfect day we headed to The Clayton for the wrap party. We were treated to tasty nibbles & a cocktails. It was so welcome and we just unwound from the day and had a wonderful few hours nattering away as you do. I for one was a very happy lady having organised my first #CorkFashionTrail & it was enjoyed by all. Here’s to next year !
A huge thank you to all retailers & businesses involved in the trail & of course the wonderful Bloggers.
- Starbucks OperaLane
- Olori Boutique
- Miss Daisy Blue
- Saville Menswear
- The Shoe Suite
- Dukes Coffee Company – Careys Lane
- Phoenix – V
- Swarovski Princes Street, Cork
- Wrap Party – The Clayton Cork
Photographer – Eli Photoland