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Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Crafty Market

Don't miss out on this month's Crafty Market, on this Sunday from 11- 5, 45 stalls brimming with bargains, live music all day, delicious food and free parking just outside, a fun day out for all the family!!!
The Coop Newmarket SQ Dublin 8

Martina Bohan Personal Shopping!

Martina Bohanna runs a personal shopping and style advice service in Kilkenny where she helps clients to find the best places to shop. She also offers a complimentary shopping service for customers of Goods on High St.Martina helps her clents choose the right outfit for special occasions and also works with them to update their look. In addition she offers a wardrobe decluttering service.
For further information please contact Martina on 086 3896634

Friday, July 24, 2009

Rebeka Kahn Artwear.

Ireland's home-grown ceramist, jewellery designer and creator Rebeka Kahn,
has bucked Ireland's recessionary trend, starting 2009 with a shortlist for
a major craft award, a host of new retail partners, several TV appearances,
and ringing endorsements from former Miss World, Rosanna Davison with her
collection of bespoke jewellery which she creates using a unique fusion of
ceramic and glass.

Kahn, who produces individually-crafted pieces of jewellery or 'artwear'
from her studio in south County Dublin, has seen her profile boosted by
several appearances by Davison in national and regional press and on TV,
adorned with Rebeka's neck pieces. She has also earned enormous loyalty and
repeat business from her customers.

"I am a big fan of Rebeka Kahn jewellery and Artwear," said Davison, who
owns several pieces from the Rebeka Kahn Artwear collection.
"No two pieces are the same and you are guaranteed an individual item."

One of the first to stock Kahn's work was boutique owner Jenny Turner of
"I carry Rebeka's beautiful range of Jewellery which are wonderful because
each piece is unique and different," said Turner.
"Every time I wear one of Rebeka's pieces people admire it because of the
combination of unusual materials - it literally comes alive when you wear
it. I am honoured to have her magnificent collection in my boutique."

Kahn's artwear has also been worn in front of the camera on several
occasions by TV3 Xpose presenter, Lorraine Keane.
Further exposure at trade craft fair Showcase Ireland, where Rebeka Kahn
Artwear was shortlisted from hundreds of entrants for the best new product
award, meant five new retailers came on board as stockists of Rebeka Kahn's
Artwear range, including Irish fashion designer Caroline Mitchell.

Part of the secret to Kahn's success is working directly with designers and
boutique owners.
Drawing on her background in graphic design, Rebeka creates lines of
jewellery in complementary colours and styles to their clothing lines.
The collection was used in Irish designer Mary Grant's latest
brochure,(spring/summer '09) and has helped other designers and boutique
owners provide complete ensembles to clients, with the option of
commissioning bespoke pieces.
Stockists include: Jenny Turner Enniskerry, Designer Knitwear Dalkey,Boggan's Wexford, Caroline Mitchell Limerick, Individuals Cobh & GlanmireCork, Cali's Womanswear Midleton. Charles Renee Kilorglin, Co. Kerry,Celtic Crafts UK, Artforms Gallery Carlow, The Clock Tower Gallery Cobh, Co.Cork.

Call Rebeka on 086 6093808, email: or log on to for more information.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Glam and Bare it!

Exposed bra straps may be a sartorial no-no for the rest of the year, but seem to become a prerequisite for sunny days. With celebrities such as Amy Winehouse, Britney Spears and Gwen Stefani championing scarlet bras and white vest tops back when the rest of the world were wearing transparent plastic straps that just weren't as invisible as billed, the bra strap is this season’s must have fashion accessory. was launched in December 2008 and offers a large selection of ornate bra straps which can be described as shoulder jewellery to glamorise anything from a simple vest top to that sexy black number. The hand beaded bra straps suit all ages and pockets ranging in price from €14.95 to €59.95 for Swarovski Crystal bra straps. Each bra strap is unique and comes in a fantastic selection of colours and styles.

Fair Trade bra straps available on the site are sourced both from Capetown in South Africa and Cali in Colombia where women artisans work in cooperatives to produce these unique designs. These enterprises provide job opportunities for previously unemployed women and empower women through work. is the brain child of Carmel Knight who is originally from Limerick but now living in Dublin.

With the growth in popularity of internet shopping and year on year increases in online sales, Carmel felt there were opportunities for online retail projects. While on holiday two years ago, she came across bra straps in the United States and immediately thought “what a great idea. Protruding bra straps are now a common sight and have the potential to destroy an outfit, so I thought why not glamorise them instead”. With this in mind was born.

According to Carmel “our objective is to offer a unique, quality product which is both glamorous and affordable. We have bra straps to complement the most sophisticated evening dress or a casual vest top. The range is currently available online from and a small number of retail outlets with Free Delivery within the EU. The product has proven popular across a wide range of individuals including women wishing to add a little sparkle and colour to an outfit and also as gifts for family and friends”.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Collective Clothing new collection shot in Malta!

Collective Clothing is a brother and sister design duo team based in LA. Clean lines, silk prints and contemporary designs are all part of collective's style. Collective Clothing new collection now available in the following stores:

Cornucopia, 6 Lower Market Street, Ennis, Co Clare
Divine, Manor Mills Shopping Centre, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Divine, 2 Strand Street, Malahide, Co Dublin
Elle, 3 Bridewell Lane, Newcastlewest, Co Limerick
Imasa, 109-110 O Connell Street, Limerick
Joi, 117 Main Street, Castleisland, Co. Kerry
Mimi & Bow, Friar Street, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
Ruby, 1 Ivy Terrace, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Shine, Dalton Street, Claremorris, Co. Mayo
Sarah Kings, 67 North Main Street, Wexford
Meso, 23 Gladstone Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
Liuzzi, Convent Lane, Bloomfields, Dun Laoirghe, Co. Dublin

"Love your Shoes"

'Every Woman Deserves aTruly Great Pair of Shoes'
Shoe Designer Mary Houston launched her first collection in 2008. Specializing in ladies’ footwear for that special occasion. Her shoes are a celebration of feet, while fashion led there is a nod to comfort and this Irish shoe designer prides herself in the comfort her high heels afford. From concept to design Mary always has the shoe wearer at the forefront of her motivation. Each pair has only a small production run therefore ensuring near exclusivity for the wearer. Mary’s collection uses bright and vibrant colours with a hint of earthy tones over a range of printed cottons, satin and lace in easy to wear designs that add a touch of style and elegance to compliment any outfit.

Love your Shoes will be present at "Fashion for Freedom" Galways largest Fashion Show of the Summer on July 22nd at the Galway Radisson SAS.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Squisto Boutique!!

Squisto Summer Sale Now On!
50% off all Spring/Summer Collections and a 70% bargain Rail.
New Stock instore now-collections by laurel, Gabi Luton and Iblues!
Squisto boutique Main St Clarinbridge (opp Church) 091 776903 or visit

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Okinara House Of Fashion Summer Sale!

Fantastic Sale Up to 50% off all Stock! Begins tuesday the 14th July at 12 o'clock. Genuine Sale on Beautiful Collections
Okinara House of Fashion in Moycullen Galway opened in 2007, offering stylish, tasteful and elegant collections, encapsulating all the current fashion trends. The shop is of a contemporary exquisite design, inviting ladies to make their selection in a relaxed, open-plan environment, with convenient parking at the doorstep. Okinara reflects the owner's passion for beautiful high-quality clothes, in amazing fabrics- complimented by handmade jewellery and Italian leathers. The striking interior and exterior have been tastefully chosen, blending hues of grape and lavender. This chic shop is a terrific addition to the choice Galway offers and is a must for all fashion lovers. Okinara stocks international collections from Italy, France, Sweden and Germany, all having been selected for the discerning Irish Market.
Okinara House of Fashion, Moycullen, Co. Galway 091 555755

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Audrey Taylor

Audrey Taylor Sale continues- from today its 50% off Selected Items!
Also new collections instore- Fabulous Debs Dresses from American Label Sabbanna €350.
Audrey Taylor, Sandycove 01 2841988 visit or

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Not to be missed!!

50% off all Labels Sale now on at Ribbon Rouge, Kennedy Rd. Navan , Co. Meath 046 9074600

Sugar Pink Boutique!

Sugar Pink BoutiqueUnit 7 Lower LevelCorbett Court/Eyre Square Centre Galway, Co. GalwayPhone: 091561233Email:

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Galway Fashion Revolution!!

Dublin, London, and Paris Fashion Come to Galway
On the 22nd July, 2009, high fashion will be in Galway at the Fashion For Freedom: A Life Doesn’t Have A Price Tag charity fashion show. Designers from across Ireland and London are all joining forces with Discovery Church, a local Galway church to combat an international plague: human trafficking.
It is reported that human trafficking is now the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world today. An estimated 27 million people are victims of human trafficking at this very moment. Thirteen million of these are under the age of eighteen. Between 23 and 25 billion Euro was made off of the selling of human beings last year alone. Dr. Phil McGraw of the popular American television program Dr. Phil has stated that the human trafficking enterprise makes “more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined”. Thousands of innocent boys, girls, women and men are trafficked into the sex trade and forced prostitution daily. Helpless and alone, victims of human trafficking have no escape. This is the face of modern day slavery.
One hundred percent of the profits from the event will go to Free For Life, an international charity that actively rescues victims of human trafficking and builds safe houses for rescued victims in countries of Eastern Europe, Nepal, India and Africa.
The event appears to be the biggest fashion event to hit the West! The Fashion For Freedom show is the first show of this caliber to completely open to the public. Designers including Zoe Boomer, Maria Grachvogel, Eilis Boyle, Helen James, Unicorn/ Sophie Rieu, Eileen Shields Shoes, Maria Cárdenas, Claire Garvey, Love Your Shoes, Jennifer Rothwell, Rachel Mackay, MoMuse Jewellery, Project Catwalk Contestant Fionualla Bourke, Melissa Curry Jewellery, Sinéad Doyle, Emily Jean and Vintage by Gladys will all be showcasing full collections on the catwalk. Hosts for the event will be Dancer/ Model/ Actor Criscilla Crossland and American Singer/ Songwriter/ Reality TV Competitor Coffey Anderson. Criscilla Crossland, who is one of the most sought after dancers in Hollywood today and has toured and performed with the likes of Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, P. Diddy and more, will be performing with her dancers and Coffey Anderson will be treating the audience to a private show. The night will not only include great fashion, but a rocking show as well.
At the event, there will be thousands of euros in raffle prizes, including pieces by world famous hat milliner Philip Treacy, Charles Anastase and Hope & Benson. There is even an internship with London Designer, Maria Grachvogel for auction. The best part is, every person attending the event is entered in the drawing for the Philip Treacy hat!
“Fashion For Freedom: A Life Doesn’t Have A Price Tag is a community event to make a difference internationally” says James Earle, one of the event coordinators. “It is not about our church, or the specific designers, it is about a group of people who see a problem of epidemic proportions and say enough is enough, we have to make a difference”. The event truly does resemble a community event. The committee of the event is dedicated to making this an event not only for the West of Ireland but by the West of Ireland. “Obviously our designers are coming from around Ireland and England, but we have intentionally outsourced businesses from the West, (our community, our home)” stated Ruth Burke of the Fashion For Freedom Committee. Production for the event will be done by Mandy Maher of Catwalk Models, lighting by Blacklight, makeup by Elaine Flaherty and the Blush Team and hair by Bellissimo, [all businesses based in the Galway area].
Fashion For Freedom: A Life Doesn’t Have A Price Tag will be on the 22nd July, 2009, at the Galway Radisson SAS. General Admission Tickets are €40 and include: Reception, Fashion Exhibits, Entry in drawing for Philip Treacy Hat, and General Seating. VIP Tickets are €50 and include: Reception, Fashion Exhibits, Entry in drawing for Philip Treacy Hat, and Guaranteed First Row Seating. Tickets are available at Blush (2 Cross Street, Galway City, 091-895841), Bellissimo (Galway Retail Park, Headford Road, Galway, 091-568555), and the Galway Radisson SAS (Lough Atalia Road, Galway, 091-538300). For more information on the event, visit

Monday, July 6, 2009

What's your Style?

Are you a classic beauty? A dramatic diva? Or perhaps sporty chic? How we dress gives viewers a hint (or in some cases a full statement) of our personality. So what's your style profile? Most women are a combination of a several, but there are a few dominant traits in every woman that makes her distinct. Check out the below profiles and connect with your inner style goddess.
Classic. Classic women have timeless looks that never go out of style. They prefer to dress in silhouettes that create a clean, smooth line. Being the antithesis of trendy, they pick up 'fashions of the moment' in the details of the accessories.
Dramatic. Dramatic women prefer vivid colours and patterns that catch the eye. They love to dress in cuts and silhouettes that flatter the figure for a striking appearance. Creativity is their anthem and is reflected in their makeup and hair styles.
Elegant. Elegant women enjoy creating looks that are polished and classic. Quality fabrics and clean lines play a key role in their style choice. Subtle ruffles and feminine details can be found in their wardrobe, but nothing too extravagant or over the top.
Natural. For the natural woman, comfort reigns supreme when selecting clothing. Fabrics that move freely with the body, in carefree colours and earthy prints give a bohemian air to her look. Simple hair and makeup characterise her, highlighting her natural beauty.
Romantic.. Romantic women create looks that are soft and feminine. Satins, lace, and flirty trims are sprinkled throughout their wardrobe. Soft makeup and pastel colours contribute to their ambiance of romance and love.
Sporty Chic. Smart trainers, cropped trousers, and vintage tees. Whether dressed up or down, sporty women prove that it is possible to dress comfortably and still look great. Simple hairstyles, whether cropped or pulled back compliment their look and makeup is usually minimal.
``How we dress sends a message about who we are, or at least how we want the world to perceive us. ... So as you face your wardrobe and prepare to dress for the day, project yourself onto a billboard in a City Shopping Centre.. How will people respond to that image of you and what assumptions will they make about who you are’. Take this as a wake-up call for people who never think about what they are wearing.
And always remember Italian Actress Sophia Loren's words: ``nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.''

Article by Rita Mylett