Downstairs in Powerscourt, I also came across Bow, a collaboration boutique with a very appealing group of fresh (yet seasoned) Irish designers. Eilis Boyle, Margaret O'Rourke (Mo Muse), Matt Doody and Wendy Crawford take it in turns to work in their shared boutique and they can often be seen powering away on the sewing machine or knitting up a storm behind the counter. In here, I fell in love with a LBD by Eilis Boyle and an over-sized enamel and metal owl necklace by Paul and Joe.
I had been yearning to visit Covet as soon as I heard about it. "The Borrowers Boudoir" as they call it themselves, it is a treasure trove of designer dresses and accessories. Not only contemporary dresses, but exquisite vintage designer pieces, dripping with sequins, ornate beading and wispy antique lace. Covet also stock hats and head accessories by up and coming Irish milliner Sarah McGahon. Prices are very reasonable for a three day rental and there are on-hand fashion designers there to guide you and style you. Any future weddings coming up? I know where I'll be renting... how often does a girl get to wear a real deal Alexander Mc Queen dress?!
The Loft Market is open Friday and Sunday 12-6pm and on Saturdays 11-6pm. There are lots of lovely sellers to meet and you can browse their wares as a d.j serenades you with some live tunes.
Then it's back downstairs to the Cupcakes stand by The Sugar Loaf Bakery. Instant sugar hit (go on, Covet has an alteration service...just let the dresses out!) They do special function orders like weddings and hen parties... imagine a cupcake mountain for a wedding cake :)
And now for a bit of culture! The Talbot Gallery has a beautiful exhibition on at the moment featuring the work of Anne Hendrick a multi-talented and prolific Irish artist. Her work shows here until the 16th of November and is definitely worth a peek. Roisin, the very friendly girl working at the gallery, knew her stuff and was able to give me a consise background on the artist and her work.
And now I'm home to France, broke, full and inspired :) Feel free to inform me of your favourite Dublin spots!