How To Stay On Track In Winter

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I’m writing this post as a note-to-self as much as I am writing it for you guys. I know it’s not officially winter yet, but in just a few more weeks we’ll be wrapped from head to toe in scarves and coats and lucky to see 8 degrees on the weather forecast.

Even though Ireland has experienced some good(ish) weather the past few weeks, I’ve found myself slipping into a cycle of eating not-so-healthily and as for the gym, lets just say that exercise has gone as far as walking to college. I don’t want to slip into this routine for winter, because I know too well that all I’ll be left with is feeling pretty crap for the whole season. Winter is hard enough as it is without feelings of tiredness and slugishness from not eating well, and chocolate-induced breakouts every two days.

So I came up with a list of some tips that I’m going to adapt to these next few weeks to make sure that I stay on track with eating healthily and exercising. Hopefully they’ll be of some help to someone else too – ’cause staying on track in winter is not easy!

1. Don’t buy bad foods – Simple. Don’t buy sweets, treats and foods full of saturated fat when you go shopping. If you don’t have them in your press, you can’t eat them. Do your food shopping on a full stomach to save you from tempting to stray to the biscuit aisle.

2. Make a weekly shopping list – I love doing this every Monday. I go through my cookbooks and pick out recipes that I’m going to make that week, and go through my presses to see what I can use. Doing this means your fridge will be full of everything you need to make hearty, delicious meals and you won’t be tempted to ring the Chinese due to lack of food in the press.

3. Plan your meals – This doesn’t have to take ages. Sit down and look at your schedule for the week. If you know you’re working late on Thursday night, plan to make something quick and easy to eat, or make extra on Wednesday so you’ve left overs. If you’ve a spare few hours on Monday, maybe put a bit of extra time into making something new. Having a rough idea of what you plan to eat during the week is one of the best ways to stay on track.

4. Try new recipes – Being healthy doesn’t mean being boring. Root through your cookbooks to find new recipes, or try a different take on an old recipe. Look online for inspiration, there are endless recipes available on different websites. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration too. Trying new foods keeps you from getting bored of having the same thing every week.

5. Get out and about – This is easier said than done when it’s dark and freezing outside, but plan in advance to go for a walk or to go to a fitness class with one of your friends. Involving someone else means you’re less likely to let them down, and you can have a good catch up along the way!

6. Bake healthy treats – This is something else I love doing on a Sunday or Monday. Bake a big batch of healthy treats for you to snack on during the week, to grab on the go or to have with lunch. I love making flapjacks, banana oat cookies and chia seed every bites. Again, look online for loads of different ideas! This is one of the most important steps for me because it stops me from eating bad food for the sake of it.

7. Set a goal – Having something to strive towards is a sure fire way of staying on track. Whether it be hitting a certain weight or signing up to run 5k by Christmas, having a goal means you’re less likely to slip off the bandwagon. Paying to participate in a fitness challenge will keep you training even through the cold, because you don’t want to waste money, right?

8. Write out the benefits – Make a list of the reasons why you want to stay on track. Mine are because I don’t want my skin to get bad from eating sugary foods, I want to have more energy and I want to feel good in myself. Remind yourself why you’re choosing a homemade fake-away rather than an Indian take-away, why you’re putting time and effort into planning your meals and why you’re trudging out into the cold to go on a walk. Everyone has their own reasons, big or small, but they’re equally important when you’re making a lifestyle change.

I’ve my food shop done, got my walk in for the day and have a gorgeous Deliciously Ella pasta dish in the prep for dinner – here’s to hoping the rest of the week stays the same!

What do you think of my tips? Obviously they won’t be for everyone, but they work pretty well for me! What are your tips for staying on track?

My Blogging Routine!


With WhatSheDoesNow turning 2 in a few weeks time (!!!), I’ve developed a routine of sorts that I go through when planning, writing and uploading a post. It’s nothing too fancy or complicated, but I thought I’d share it with you guys and hopefully it might be of help to someone!

// Planning //

Of course, it all starts with a plan. I’m a list-fanatic and nearly always have to plan things through before I do them. At the start of each week I sit down with my diary and blogging notebook and jot down what I’m going to write about. Sometimes I might get loads of ideas, and I’ll write them all down, whereas other times I’ll only have enough to carry me through day by day. I can’t force myself to be creative, so a lot of the time ideas just come to me when I’m out and about or usually, when I’m trying to go to sleep! I then write them down in my diary on the days I plan on putting them up. Between college, work and having a social life, sometimes it’s hard to schedule in as many posts as I’d like to, but I just do what I can. I wish I could be somebody that has posts planned and written for months in advance, but I just don’t work that way. I take it week by week and day by day, that’s what suits me most.

// Photographing //

I don’t know why, but I always take my photos before I write the post. I like having the image there to look at when I’m writing, and it gives me something to work with. Again, I don’t take loads and loads of pictures at once. I just take them alongside with writing my posts, it’s what works for me. I use the Canon 1200D for taking my photos and I love it. My photos aren’t always exactly how I want them to be, but I try my best and just stick with that! Otherwise I’d be sitting around for hours arranging products, and as much as I’d love to do that, I just don’t have the time! Once the photo is taken I upload it onto my laptop and do a few small edits like exposure and saturation on I try to always remember to put a descriptive title on the image, rather than IMG_243, so it has a good chance of being rated and found on Google. For example, the image on this post is titled “blogging routine”.

// Writing //

WhatSheDoesNow is self-hosted on, where I write and upload posts. I pop the image in at the top of the post, think of a title and then start on writing it. If it’s a particularly long post or if I’m working with a brand, I always have a few notes of key things I want to say. Otherwise, I just write and think as I go. Writing a post can take me anything from over an hour to just a few minutes, but once I’m 100% happy with the content and quality, I don’t mind how long it took. Before uploading I read and re-read the post to make sure there are no spelling mistakes and if there’s anything else I’d like to put in. I save it as a draft and then preview the post on my site before putting it live, triple checking that I’m totally happy with everything! I put it in the appropriate category and add tags so it’s easy to find and has good SEO.

// Sharing! //

Admittedly, I’m not the best in the world for sharing posts, but there are a few things that I always try to do. I have my blog and Bloglovin linked to Twitter, so whenever I upload a post, a tweet automatically goes up on my timeline. After uploading, I try to put a small description and link to the post on my blog’s Facebook page at around 8 or 9pm. Facebook is more active at that time, meaning people are more likely to see it! I also post it in a few blogger groups on Facebook, and sometimes add the image from the post to my Instagram. If I remember, I tweet about the post a couple of times in the days after I put it up, to ensure it’s being seen. After all, you’ve put time and effort into a post – you want people to see it!

I know this might seem totally unprepared and unorganised to some bloggers, but it’s how I roll! I really admire people who can write five posts in an hour and shoot them out, but that’s just not me.

That’s pretty much my whole blogging routine! If there’s anything you’d like me to expand on or if you’d like to see more blog-related posts, please let me know!

What’s your blogging routine?!

*She believed she could, so she did*

You, Yes, You! Take The Plunge!


By Maddie Warrow

Our late teens and our twenties are perhaps the scariest times of our lives. Even if we think we have it all sussed out, there’s really no knowing how we can really be sure. Do we REALLY want to study this, and do we REALLY want to get a job in THAT for the rest of our adult lives?! It’s no wonder half of us suffer from stuff like anxiety and the rest of us just flap about acting like we’re clued up (spoiler alert: we’re not exactly!). So how do we break the monotony? How do we ensure that our lives aren’t fleeting and vapid and kind of… wasted? We take the plunge, and we do it both with confidence and style.

This means something different to different people. We all have different comfort zones, after all. Some of us are indeed perfectly content in our lives, but we’re just wondering if there’s that little something missing. However, we can all be adventurous. We can all do something that scares us!

Sometimes we need a break. To travel, see the world and – that old cliché – we need to ‘find ourselves’, whatever that means. Whether you go off on a trek around Asia, explore the outback of Australia or even go off on a wild one in Vegas to forget everything, there are so many options out there! Sure, money hardly grows on trees, but whilst we’re on the subject of Vegas, some good old practice at the likes of Casinos Online can’t go amiss, and who knows? Perhaps you’ll even win some pennies to spend on your epic adventure! If all else fails, maybe start that business you’ve always wanted so that you can save up for a getaway – what’s the worst that could happen?!

A lot of the time when we’re young, we’re so scared of failing that we put up with rubbish situations. Whether it’s dealing with a partner who treats us terribly, putting up with the world’s worst boss, or even just letting others walk all over us, we’re so scared of being alone or messing up that we don’t take a step back to see that we could easily change our own lives, if only we had a little faith! Sometimes making those big changes like starting afresh can be the best thing in the world for us (even when they are frankly terrifying!).

If this all sounds a little too much like risk taking, there are loads of other options. Your big steps into a new you could be as simple as being more daring with your fashion choices or finally trying that black lipstick you’ve always admired from afar (eek!).

Whatever you do, sometimes what we as young women need to remember is that from time to time, it’s okay to be selfish. To make choices just for us. Whether we have ties and responsibilities or not, we still exist as our own person, and it’s time to take that girl back and look out for number one!

Do you have any crazy dreams you wish you could make come true?

Urban Decay RIFF – Worth The Hype?

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Every once in a while, a product takes the beauty world by storm and everybody wants to get their hands on it. Recently, Riff eyeshadow by Urban Decay became one of those products. Everyone and their granny was talking about it, and after seeing how gorgeous it was on Rosie from Hearts, Heels and Handbags, I had to pick it up. Saying that, it took me three trips to find a store that had it in stock.

I love eyeshadows that can be used all over the lid and blended out, meaning no faffing around with different eyeshadows in the mornings. I’d describe Riff as a burnt orange/brown shade, with a small amount of shimmer. I’d say it’s 10% shimmer and 90% matte, which I love.

It’s quite pigmented and can be applied as opaque or as transparent as you like. I pack it onto the lid with a MAC 239 brush, and then blend it out with my trusty MAC 217. Unlike MAC Woodwinked eyeshadow, another of my favourite one-sweep wonders, more product is needed to blend it out, rather than using what you applied on the lid. I pack, blend and repeat until I get the smoky, smudgy look I like. I use whatever’s left on the 239 under my eye, and blend it out with the 217. If it looks a bit messy, I use something like MAC Orb to tidy it up.

I love how the finished result looks, so much so that it’s pretty much the only eyeshadow I’ve used since I picked it up three weeks ago! Even my dad compliments me when I’m wearing it, which is saying something! So, after hearing everyone raving about it for weeks – I’m now one of those people. I’ve nothing else like it in my makeup stash, and I can see myself using this all year round. It’s perfect for during the day, going for dinner, nights out – anything at all!

If you’ve yet to try Riff, it’s definitely one I’d recommend adding to your collection!  I got mine in Debenhams for €18, as everywhere I looked online was sold out. It’s currently out of stock on, but if you put in your email address here you’ll be notified when it comes back in.

Have you tried Riff before? What are your favourite eyeshadows?

September Favourites ♡


I haven’t done a favourites post in a while because there wasn’t anything in particular that I’d been loving, but boy was September a good month for loving things! I’m pretty much in full autumn mode now, even though Ireland has decided to have its summer a few months late. Even in 17 degrees, I refuse to leave the house without a tartan scarf. I just love autumn, okay?!

From beauty to lifestyle, here’s what I’ve been loving in September…

I picked up a maroon fuzzy keychain (for want of a better description) in Penneys on a whim, not sure what I’d do with it, but a few weeks later – I love it! I put it on my new Michael Kors grey bag (post to come) and I think it adds a nice extra touch to it. I love accessories like that because when I get sick of it I can just take it off – win, win!

Coffee. Any type of coffee. Give it to me and I’ll drink it. I was never a coffee person until the last few months, and now I can’t go a day without one. I bought these Nescafe Cappuccino sachets to take with me to work and on the go so I don’t feel so bad about spending a ridiculous amount of money on coffee each week. These are nice, but I think I’ll always be a latte girl at heart. Any coffee is better than no coffee, right?

Going back to college in September obviously meant that I had to pick up loads of different planners and notebooks. I’ve spoken before about this one from A Beautiful Mess, and basically it’s really good at keeping me organised. I write absolutely everything down in it, and the inspirational quote at the start of each month is right up my street.

Everybody and their granny has been talking about Urban Decay Riff eyeshadow, and after searching for it for a couple of weeks I finally got my hands on it. It’s true what they say, it’s the perfect all over the lid shadow, meaning you can just slap some on, blend it out and go. Even my dad compliments it every time I wear it – and that says a lot!

You guys know how much I love positive thinking and all that jazz, so when I opened up a package containing Thomas Sabo Eau de Karma Perfume, I was over the moon. It’s fruity, floral and fresh, and I love putting it on before I head out the door to send good karma my way!

My love for Charlotte Tilbury is no secret – her products are the epitome of luxury! Miss Kensington Matte Revolution Lipstick is the latest addition to my stash, as part of the Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson collection. Although it’s a matte lipstick, it’s in no way drying and has taken over from MAC Bare Again as my go-to nude.

I got Water Wipes as part of a summer essentials kit, but somehow only got around to trying them a few weeks ago. Oh my God. These genuinely are the nicest and best wipes I’ve ever used. I use them to take off the bulk of my makeup when I’m really tired and they are so refreshing and soothing on the skin. They’re 99.9% water, meaning they are super gentle on the skin and free of nasties. I’ve seen them stocked in Penneys, and plan on picking up a pack before going on holidays and using them to cool down.

If you’ve been in Penneys recently, I’m sure you’ve seen that their new home range is amazing. I popped in one day (just for a look…) and ended up leaving with a whole new bed set, candles, fairy lights and 101 other things. The Salted Caramel candle is one of the nicest scents I’ve smelled, so much so that I have them scattered around the house. It fills up whatever room it’s lit in and is so relaxing. Plus, once it’s burnt out you can use the jar as a makeup brush holder!

October got of to a pretty good start today with passing my driving test (YAY), so here’s to hoping the rest of the month follows suit!

What are your September favourites?!

All About Cocoa Brown #PassionPersistencePink

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If you were on social media and in Ireland this weekend, chances are you saw and heard a lot of people talking about Cocoa Brown’s #PassionPersistencePink event. I’ve been a huge fan and supporter of Cocoa Brown and the lovely Marissa Carter since the brand launched a few years ago, so to say I was excited to attend this event is an understatement!

I met the lovely Melly from Glamfire Diaries before we headed to the event in the Shelbourne Hotel. As soon as we walked in we saw the gorgeous Marissa and X-Factor makeup artist Julia Carta, so of course we hopped in a picture with them! We then headed into The Great Room, where there were loads of tables set up for us to sit and drink tea, and a huge stage for demos, Q&A’s, and of course, the two new product reveals!

The day kicked off with ombre lip tutorials by the gorgeous Rosie Connolly, Tara O’Farrell and AJ Fitzsimons. We were then told to look under our chairs, where a Flormar lipstick and liner were stuck! I’m a huge fan of Flormar products, so I’m so excited to try them out. Thanks to Penneys, one of the event’s fabulous sponsors, there were vouchers galore. I was delighted when I looked under my plate to see a Penneys gift card stuck underneath! I’m dying to take a trip to town this weekend and spend it.

Marissa herself then did a “tontouring” demo on stage. Tontouring has exploded over the past few weeks, and basically is contouring with fake tan. Step one is to apply Gentle Bronze all over the face, step two is to contour with 1hr Tan along your cheekbones, temples and wherever you’d like to put it, using a contour brush. Finally, step three is to blend the product in with a stippling brush so there are no harsh lines. Go to bed, and then wake up in the morning with a glowing, tontoured face! I’ve tried Marissa’s technique before and I absolutely love it.

Then, what we were all waiting for, we got to hear about the two new Cocoa Brown products –  the Instant Tan Bronzing Gels in Shimmer and in Matte! I haven’t used an instant tan in years, simply because the colour never comes out right and they stink of that fake tan smell! I’ve swatched the two new products and can honestly say that I am so impressed. The colour payoff is even, smooth and natural and they smell fresh, like the other Cocoa Brown tans. I’m heading out this weekend, so I’ll be sure to use both of these and report back as soon as possible!

The products are currently available for pre-order on, and will be available for €6.99 from October 12th in all Cocoa Brown stockists.

After the product reveal, we got to root through our swag bags, which were filled with gorgeous goodies, such as a Hask shampoo and conditioner, the Wet Brush, the Cocoa Brown velvet tanning mitt and a SOSU nail polish. We were also treated to an afternoon tea of sandwiches, canopes and cupcakes – which were all delicious!

Lastly, Britney Spears’ world tour makeup artist and Simon Cowell’s makeup artist, Julia Carta, gave us a makeup tutorial while she and Marissa did a Q&A session. The key point that I picked up from the tutorial was to apply makeup in many thin layers, rather than a few heavy layers. She did a feminine, glowy makeup look on Marissa, using both high-end and budget makeup products.

From start to finish it was a truly amazing day. The room was full of 300 beautiful, inspiring women (and a few men!), and I left feeling so happy and inspired! From my outfit picture above, I wore a bodysuit from American Apparel, a leather and suede skirt from Missguided and boots from Topshop. I documented the whole day on my Snapchat, so be sure to add me at whatshedoesnow if you want to see more beauty news and other events!

A huge thank you to all of the wonderful Cocoa Brown ladies who made Sunday such an incredible day – I’m sure I’ll never forget it!

*Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle*

Beauty Sins I’m Guilty Of


As much as I try my best to have a good beauty routine and to look after my skin, sometimes it doesn’t always go to plan. Here are the beauty sins I’m guilty of…

1. I don’t use moisturiser every day *shock horror*. I know that I should but I just don’t! I moisturise my face probably every second day, and my body maybe twice a week. This is something I’m definitely trying to change, I just need to get into the habit of it.

2. I don’t always use heat protector spray before using curlers, hair dryers etc. Another one that I know I should do, but sometimes I just skip the step. Oops.

3. I even hate saying it, but I pick my nails. I don’t pick them so that they’re horrible and sore looking, but I just can’t seem to let them grow. It’s a nervous thing and most of the time I don’t even realise I’m doing it. The exception is when I get my nails done, which stops me completely.

4. I’ve really only gotten into exfoliating my face in the past few weeks. I used to love exfoliating years ago, but I think I did it too much and it caused me to break out. I’ve started gentle facial exfoliation twice a week and I can really see the difference.

5. I pluck my eyebrows. Everyone says not to do it, but I just don’t have time to go to a brow bar every few weeks!

6. I don’t wash my makeup brushes every week. I try my best, but the process is so long. Once every two/three weeks is what I manage!

7. Sometimes I take my makeup off in the shower. This is supposed to be quite bad for your skin because the water is so hot, but it’s so damn easy to do.

8. I don’t get my hair cut that often. Once every four months is what I aim for, but especially because I have extensions I don’t always feel the need for a trim.

I’m sure I’ve quite a few more beauty sins that I’m guilty of, but that’s all I can think of for now! If I think of anymore, I’ll be sure to add them in.

What are your beauty sins?! Please let me know in the comments so I don’t feel like the worst beauty blogger ever! x

A Cocoa Brown Flawless Tan!


Ahead of the Cocoa Brown #PassionPersistencePink event on Sunday, which I’m so excited for, I thought I’d share my flawless tan routine with you guys. I genuinely remember seeing Cocoa Brown 1hr Tan advertised in magazines before it came out and I thought it was the best thing ever. A few years and maaany bottles later – I’m still in love! Plus, there’s a few new products added to my routine now too.

The day before I tan, I always do a full body exfoliation and cover myself in moisturiser. Most of the time I use whatever’s nearest, but Cocoa Brown Tough Stuff and Chocolate Whip are two of my favourites.

The night before I want to be tanned, I use Cocoa Brown 1hr Tan Mousse Dark on a tanning mitt and apply it all over my body. I go in a circular motion, covering area by area to make sure I don’t miss any patches. I then wait about five minutes and put another layer on top. The colour comes out straight away, but gets darker within an hour and overnight.

For my hands, neck, face and feet, I use Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze. This is a gradual tanner that keeps skin moisturised as well as tanned. It’s not as dark as the mousse, meaning it’s perfect for places you don’t want to be really tanned. I put a blob of this on the back on my hand and rub it in, and then do the same with the other hand. A trick my mam taught me is to bend my knuckles and rub them together and then run my fingers through each other to make sure there won’t be any patches. I pop a bit on my face and down my neck, as well as on my feet. These are places that are usually quite hard to tan right, so using a gradual tanner makes it easier.

I let the tan soak in overnight and then have a quick shower in the morning to wash off the residue. The result is a perfectly bronzed, flawless tan! What adds the finishing touch is Cocoa Brown Lovely Legs Spray. This is basically makeup for your body, covering and perfecting the skin. Before I do my makeup to go out, I spray this directly onto my legs, which are usually covered in bruises and cuts, and rub it in with a tanning mitt. This makes them look smooth and flawless. There’s a new formula out for this spray too, so the colour is even better than before!

This isn’t a sponsored post or anything like that, I just wanted to share with you guys how much I love Cocoa Brown products! They’re super affordable and work amazingly, even better than a lot of high-end tans I’ve tried. You can pick up Cocoa Brown in Penneys, in most pharmacies and online at  Stay tuned for more Cocoa Brown news, because I’ve a feeling that Sunday is going to bring some amazing new products!

Is anyone else heading to the #PassionPersistencePink event? I’d love to meet up!

The Changing Face of Bingo


By Kirsty Radley

Bingo used to be a game that you’d associate with your gran or the old lady who lived next door. It would be their raison d’etre for a social occasion and you’d occasionally see groups of silver-haired ladies heading into the town’s local bingo hall. For most young people the bingo hall was a mysterious place that they only ever saw from the outside.

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How times have changed. As bingo has transformed into being an online game, it’s also become a young woman’s game. Of course, there are still plenty of OAPs who play, probably more than ever now that silver surfing has become a thing and older people don’t view tablets and laptops with a sense of apprehension.

Just one look at many of the bingo sites such as bgo, Tidy Bingo and Lucky Pants Bingo and you’ll see that the style and design of the site is aimed at a young audience. And if you go to play any of the online bingo games at, you’ll see that there’s a new brand ambassador on the site who’s a definite role model for strong and independently-minded women. Paris Hilton is the new, glamorous face of bgo, and she’s certainly sending the clear message that bingo is a game that younger women will definitely enjoy.

Bingo has always been a woman’s game – and that’s still true, although the numbers of men who play are increasing. More than 80% of bingo players are female, and 85% of people choose to play bingo online rather than in a bingo hall. The numbers of people aged under 45 who play bingo has increased from 46% to 62% in the last decade and the average bingo-playing age range for either sex is now 30-50 years old.

Why the shift?

So what it is that has really drawn younger women to playing bingo? To the uninitiated, the game might not seem that interesting, but anyone who has played online soon realises what fun it is. The convenience of playing online bingo means that you can fit it in amongst other things – you no longer have to book the afternoon or evening out specifically to play bingo.

Added to this, it’s a great value game, with many games only costing pennies to play. In fact, a lot of sites offer free games to players who’ve put a deposit into their accounts – and who doesn’t enjoy getting something for nothing?

For many players, though, the biggest appeal is the social side of the game, with each game being connected to a chat room, where you can talk to other players. And so for today’s younger women, who have grown up with social media, it’s an ideal way to play and socialise at the same time.

Of course, in the back of every bingo player’s mind when they start a new game is the fact that they just may land a big win, and that’s motivation in itself. But even if you don’t win, you’ll still have had some great value fun and a laugh with the other players – and that’s what really makes bingo such a popular online game for young women today.

All About Dublin Fashion Festival

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It all started a few weeks ago. I got an email while I was on holidays inviting me to the launch of Dublin Fashion Festival that made me jump from my sun-lounger and immediately start to think about what to wear. I attended the launch in City Hall, where there was an amazing fashion show, cocktails and style oozing from every corner of the high-ceiling room.

A short while later, I went to the blogger preview of the Dublin Fashion Festival AW15 looks at the Westbury hotel. It was another amazing event, and it really made me realise how Dublin is a great city for fashion. ‘Fashion’ might not be the first word you think of when you hear ‘Dublin’, but being a self-confessed shopaholic and living in Dublin my whole life, it made me realise that it’s no coincidence.

From 7-13 of September there were events held all over Dublin City, including fashion shows, activities in-store and special offers for customers. Exclusive fashion shows were held outside the Bank of Ireland, in Powerscourt Centre, and a breakfast event at Drury Buildings. Although I couldn’t attend these events because of work, searching #DublinFashion showed me how amazing they were.

I’ve been lucky enough to go shopping in New York, London, Paris and other places around the world, and while they are incredible, there’s something about Dublin City that can’t be beaten. Whether it’s popping into Penneys on Mary Street for just a pair of socks and coming out with two bags of stuff, or heading into the Jervis for a coffee and a browse in Boots, there are so many places to go shopping in Dublin. And don’t get me started on Grafton Street. Brown Thomas, Space NK, the three-storey Topshop by St Stephen’s Green – I literally have been known to spend hours wandering around browsing (and buying) in the shops.

To list all of the wonderful shops in Dublin would take forever, but a quick search on Google shows that there are hundreds and hundreds of places to go shopping in Dublin. Whether your budget is big or small, or you’re looking for basics or something spectacular, it’s guaranteed that you’ll find what you’re looking for in our fair city.

Although I wasn’t able to go to The Creative Quarter Fashion Show in Powerscourt Centre last Friday, photographer Peter McBride (Instagram @mcbridepete) kindly sent me some of the gorgeous photos he shot at the event to share with you guys. The face of Dublin Fashion Festival, Pippa O’Connor, hosted the event, and by the looks of it, it was the perfect way to round off a great celebration of Dublin fashion.

I don’t know about you, but now I’m more than ready to take a trip into town…

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All photographs credited to Peter McBride