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Dublin Shopping Guide: George Street Arcade, Dublin 2.

George’s Arcade is possibly my favorite shopping destination in Dublin City. I always get excited to have a leisurely browse through the shops and stalls on display. There is a lot of culture to soak in, loads of fun places to shop for clothes and little nick nacks for tourists to relish in and take home as unique gifts. It’s a pretty fun place to take people, especially if they’ve never been there before.

I always recommend George’s Arcade to anyone who’s visiting Dublin, it’s a really unique spot in the heart of the city. I particularly love the Japanese inspired stalls, full of kawaii plushies, accessories and ornaments. You can find some really fantastic items in George’s Arcade.

 If you are a fan of alternative fashion & funky cafe’s, George Street Arcade is perfect for you.

I enjoy having a look around the shops and grabbing a nice, refreshing bubble tea afterwards in Bubbilicity. I always order myself a passion fruit bubble tea with tapioca pearls, it’s soooo yummy! I recommend checking out Bubbilicity, the drinks are tasty & the staff are friendly.

Oh Look is one of my favorite shops in George’s Arcade, the shop has some really interesting clothing inspired by Japanese fashion and K-Pop style. I am a big fan of their pin’s & badges, they have a huge selection pinned to the front entrance of the shop. I love to stick them on leather jackets and backpacks. They also sell hand painted converse, which I always drool over.

Over in New Moon you can find some spectacular hand crafted and antique jewellery. They sell stunning pieces with a wide range of gem’s to choose from. They source gem’s from all over the world, to provide a truly beautiful selection of well made and visually stunning accessories.

Those are just some of my favorite shops & stall’s in George’s Street Arcade, there are many other wonderful spots to browse and relish in the arcade. Whether you are a fan of fashion, music or food, George’s Arcade has something for everyone. Get shopping & support local businesses!

Interview With Irish Fashion Designer Claire Garvey

Claire Garvey is by far one of the most talented Irish women I’ve ever met. Her eye for fashion and innovative design techniques are that of true genius. She takes simple, everyday items and transform them into beautiful, avant garde pieces that will leave you breathless with wonder.

I chatted with Claire to discover where she get’s her inspiration from to create her extraordinary designs and what it takes to be a successful fashion designer…

Hi Claire, can you tell us what made you want to become a designer?

My mum is an artist and an art teacher. She always encouraged us to draw and paint. When I was seven I sent drawings of my designs to Mary Quant for her doll Daisy. She sent me back a signed autograph and would keep me in mind for the future.You specialize in one-off pieces, where do you get your inspiration from when creating a unique piece?
It’s purely organic. I try not to think about it. I work from the mannequin. It’s like a painting. I add as I go along. I always feel it’s like a jigsaw. Sometimes the pieces don’t fit at the start and I might hang the outfit at home while I’m watch tv or listening to music and suddenly it will come to me.

I’ve heard you say that you like to use random, everyday items from time to time and recyclable materials. I think that is so exciting and inventive! What are your favorite types of materials/mediums to use?

I love seeing things in a new way. I did a bodice for Marie Caffery from the programme Cuckoo. They were nominated for best online drama in Las Vegas.Because it was Vegas I decided to make the bodice out of multi-coloured cocktail stirrers. I added a straw that was attached to the bodice so she could drink a cocktail from it. She was filmed on American tv wearing it.

My wedding dress was made using pieces of the Chandeliers from the house we just moved into.
You’ve gain a lot of attention recently for your famous Celtic Warrior design, worn in the National Costumes round at the Miss Universe Pageant 2014 by Lisa Madden. The design stood out from the crowd for all the right reasons and showed a different side to the Irish Culture.

What was your inspiration for the piece and can you talk us through the creation process of the design?

It was inspired by a Celtic warrior.I wanted to do something different than the leprechaun diddly-eye theme for Ireland. I suppose with the success of Game of thrones people warmed to it. It stood out from the usual feather outfits in the competition and it was so elaborate it stood out from the crowd. She opened the National Costume section with it.

You’ve worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, such as Nile Rodgers and have worked on the Xfactor. Which celebrities or artists would you love to dress/work with in the future?

I’d love to design for Pharrell Williams or anyone other edgy artist that wants to make a statement. I’ve become really interested in men’s wear since doing the jackets for Nile Rodgers and feel there is a real market for something unusual in mens wear.


You studied Fashion and Costume designs in Vgik University of Preforming Arts in Moscow. What was that experience like and do you believe it is necessary to study fashion design in college or university in order to become a successful designer?

I absolutely do not believe it is necessary to study fashion design to become a fashion designer. It is something that is inherently in you. I personally would be unemployable in any other line of work. However going to NCAD helped refine skills that I would have had to learn anyway in the market place and probably take longer to learn it. Being  in Russia was an amazing experience if nothing else it toughen one up for the real world or the -22 degrees world!

The college I was in was like Fame school of the 1980’s. There were ballet dancers, set designers, clowns, illustrators, animators, actors, costume designers all under one roof and we all got to collaborate together. I was the only one in my class that wasn’t Russian. We were able to go to the museums and look at the corsets and feel them. It was an amazing experience.

For more information check out ClaireGarvey.com

Photo’s courtesy of Laelia Milleri

Dublin Shopping Guide: The Harlequin, 13 Castle Market.

The Harlequin is a mother/daughter run vintage boutique, located at 13 Castle Market, Dublin 2. It is a stones throw from Om Diva, so you know you are going to get some serious shopping done if you visit either one of these unique boutiques. The Harlequin is full of 1920’s inspired clothing as well as modern pieces with an edge. If you have the patience to rummage through the store, you are bound to find some fantastic, stand out items that will add some flare to your wardrobe.

Admittedly, I find The Harlequin to be a little pricey at times but if I found something I really loved, i’d be willing to pay a little extra for it. There are some great deals in store and they have regular sales to justify your spending habits! What I really like about this boutique is that it caters to both men and women equally. They have many items to suit anyone with a love for retro fashion.

The great thing about shopping at The Harlequin, is the fact that you feel like you are browsing through different fashion era’s as you scan each railing of clothing. There’s so much clothing to choose from and sometimes you can pick up a really great find, if you take the time browse through what is on offer in store. Vintage shopping takes patience and a good eye for fashion!

It’s pretty impressive that The Harlequin started out as a market stall over 40 years ago and has now blossomed into a well respected vintage boutique in the heart of Dublin city. The Harlequin was built from the ground up and is a beloved haven for lovers of vintage and retro fashion.

The Harlequin is a shop that you should defenitily check out if you are a lover of vintage style. There is something for everyone and you never know what hidden gems you might find!

For more information check out HarlequinVintage.com

Dublin Shopping Guide: Om Diva Boutique, 27 Drury Street.

Om Diva Boutique

Since the success of my last shopping blog (5 Unique Places To Shop In Dublin) I thought it’d be fun to do more posts about some of my favorite places to spend money in Dublin, in more detail. 

Under the spotlight today is vintage boutique, Om Diva. Located at 27 Drury Street, Dublin. This is probably my favorite clothing store in the city, it’s full of unique fashions and one of a kind pieces. The day I went into the shop to take pictures for this blog, they had an amazing promotion on. Everything in store was €10! EVERYTHING I TELL YOU, EVERYTHING! I couldn’t believe it.

Needless to say, I ended up buying myself a few items because ‘TREAT YO SELF!’ was what my brain was yelling out, as I scanned the rails of gorgeous vintage clothing. A lot of the clothing on sale were in beautiful shades of pastel, perfect for this season. I purchased a lavender coloured, chiffon dress, which was previously priced at €55. Sure how could I pass it up for savings like that?

Downstairs there is a beautiful Vintage Basement, stocked full of one-of-a-kind goodness. Quiet honestly, it’s absolute heaven for any fashion lover. A song from Willy Wonka began to play in my head, as I descended down the pink stairs into the gloriously fashionable abyss. *cue the music* 

‘If you want to view paraaaadise, simply look around and view it!”

In the Vintage Basement there are so many unique vintage pieces! They have dresses, designer purses, handbags, sunglasses (I bought two pairs!) and many other items of clothing to browse your way through. My advice is to take your time and enjoy the vintage shopping experience!

Okay, okay, I couldn’t resist a selfie with my new pair of vintage sunglasses. I love them!

The Vintage Basement has the prettiest dressing room I have ever seen. Whenever I am shopping in Om Diva, I feel like I have the key to a time machine, where I can dig through the closest’s of some of the most fashionable women from back in the day. I am always so excited to see what is new in store, every time I shop at Om Diva. There is a really relaxed shopping environment/vibe in store and the staff are always happy to help with any queries you have. Which is fantastic!

The shop’s decor is also something that really makes Om Diva a fun place to shop. It’s furnished in a way that makes you literally feel at home, it feels like it’s someone’s bedroom. With the soft lit lamps, vintage photographs in cameo frames and coffee table books to inspire you while you browse. Om Diva really does create a unique shopping experience in the heart of Dublin.

Above the Om Diva Boutique, there are designers studio’s and showcase rooms. Om Diva often host fashion related workshops in this space. Where fashionistas and budding designers can learn many useful tips and tricks about things like sewing, alterations and jewelry making.

What are you waiting for? Get your butt down to Om Diva, for some serious retail therapy!

For more information, check out the Om Diva Boutique website.

Dublin Fashion Festival 2014

Dublin Fashion Festival is almost here! Soon the fashion elite of Ireland will be coming out in their droves, to celebrate all that the booming Irish fashion industry has to offer. There are loads of free fashion shows and events to see, including the exciting Young Designer Of The Year Fashion Show, A Luas On-Tram Fashion show, The Creative Quarter Fashion Show & so much more amazing displays of Irish talent to take in and enjoy at the Dublin Fashion Festival.

You don’t want to miss out on this amazing Irish fashion experience!

Check out Evoke.ie and DFF.ie for more information.

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