On Saturday I was lucky enough to be a part of the first ever Cork Fashion Trail, organised by Cork blogger Marie Barry-Murphy (The Beautmum) Marie’s aim is to bring more brands and blogging opportunities to Cork, and once again she outdid herself with this event. There was limited space so a handful of VIP Bloggers were invited and they were:
Clodagh – All Things Nice, Damien – Damien Broderick, Ebony – The Little Things Company, Eli In-Photoland, Flo – One Hour Behind, Jessica – Jessica Diaries, Lei – Style Preacher, Meggan – Cardigan Jezebel, Patricia – My Life The Event, Rachel – The Rebel Review, Rebecca – Rainbows and Fairydust, Sarah – MerryMe, Shell – Shell La Belle, Shin – Thinking Out Loud, Sinead – Bon Fashioniste, Yvonne – Putting It Out There.
It was a full on day with a jam packed itinerary! It started off with a bloggers breakfast upstairs in Starbucks on Opera Lane, with personal stylist Natasha Crowley going through the trends for SS17 with lots of gorgeous pieces from all the shops on Opera Lane.
Next it was on to the beautiful boutique Olori located on Oliver Plunkett Street, who showed off their luxurious high end clothing, complete with complimentary bucks fizz and choccies.After that the Cloggers travelled to Miss Daisy Blue, a vintage clothing shop in the Market Parade which sells a variety of womens, mens and bridal wear from the 1930’s to the 1980’s. They also treated us to some delicious cakes! Next up was Saville on Oliver Plunkett Street to hear all about Men’s fashion and the services (made to measure suits etc) they offer in store which is very swanky by the way – hello sweeping circular staircase!The Shoe Suite on Maylor Street was next on the list. The staff gave us a very warm welcome here also, with lots of cakes and goodies laid out. Packed full of every type of shoe you can imagine, they also feature some more unusual brands – they even have Kendall and Kylie’s line. Then it was time for lunch, in Duke’s cafe on Carey’s Lane, where there is a great selection of sweet and savoury treats.After refuelling there, it was on to the next boutique – Phoenix V, who sell stunning dresses and occasion wear. Unfortunately I was working for the morning, and I was only able to join everyone for the second half of the day, so this is where I popped in! Marie modelled some of the beautiful dresses as the rest of us sipped champagne and oohed and ahhed. I didn’t get to spend too long here though before it was time to head off to the next shop. We trotted off to Swarovski on Prince’s Street next, where there was more champagne and lots of gorgeous glitz and glamour to gaze at! Following on from Swarovski, we headed to The Athlete’s Foot on Oliver Plunkett Street. A really cool shop for all you athleisure lovers! Full of all the biggest sports brands, I especially loved all the trendy runners. Finally it was time for the after party in The Clayton Hotel on Lapp’s Quay, where we were treated to a special Blogger menu complete with specialty cocktails just for us! It was a wonderful day and I really did feel like a VIP with the amazing treatment we were given everywhere we went. I met lots of lovely new bloggers too, and had very interesting chats with a really genuinely nice group of people! The shops were all so generous, and we were actually spoiled with the lovely goody bags we received. Lots of discounts, vouchers and actual merchandise! Thank you so much to Marie for including me, and to all the other bloggers for making it such a great experience! Blogging can be quite a solitary thing, so I absolutely love getting the chance to meet up with other like minded people and making new friends. Can’t wait for the next meet up!