As a part of Galway Fashion Week, I was lucky enough to join a group of Irish bloggers for Galway Fashion Trail. This was the second time Galway hosted this type of event. The last time looked like a lot of fun, but I wasn’t able to go!
It was hosted by Galway Now in association with Into the West Blogger Network. We visited 8 boutiques in the space of a day – all of them put on a unique fashion show, each featuring their fashion and one Galway-based designer. The shows were modelled by Catwalk Models, who are always on the ball, with make up by Inglot Galway.
I had a truly sensational time and I’m pretty sure it’s the most I’ve used Snapchat in a long time (my username is ‘lovejoules’)! It was such a nice feeling to be amongst like-minded people and to feel the fashion scene in the West buzzing. It was also an opportunity to hang out with my lovelies Saibh and Sinéad, as well as a lot of other cool people!
We were invited for breakfast and blogger chats in the newly opened BMW Galway Branch on Tuam Road. It was really my kind of breakfast! Smoked salmon, salads, cured ham, cheese yoghurt pots, infused water, smoothies… To top it all off, there was an espresso machine that matched your coffee type to a car! I got a lot of enjoyment and a giggle out of that.
The dress code for the day was ‘stay warm’ and ‘wear flats’, but I wanted to make a little bit of a fashion statement too, so I went with this monochrome look! I felt really comfortable in it. I’ve been really digging wearing ties lately and I am slowly expanding my collection.
The BMW Experience
We got chauffeured into town for the Fashion Trail in a convoy of BMWs, which was a very surreal sensation. The cars were brand spanking new, with fresh leather seats and a sound system which you could control with just a simple hand wave.
The whole experience was very luxurious and you really got a sense of the quality that is attached to the brand. Even though we only drove through town, every time the driver’s foot touched the gas, you could feel the power in the engine. We then got dropped off at a red carpet at the first boutique of the Fashion Trail – what a way to make an entrance!
Boutique 1: Don’t Call Me Dear
Don’t Call me Dear focuses on really pretty and classy occasion-wear. They have just given their store a complete revamp and launched ‘The Style Studio’ which looks amazing. Their fashion show was beaming with blush colours and golds, as well as gorgeous Irish millinery.
Boutique 2: Willow
This is a store that is fresh and full of character! I’ll definitely be returning here very soon. I’ve already picked out a few items for my ‘birthday wishlist’ or for ‘when an event comes up’.
With brands such as Guess, Ted Baker, Vero Moda, Essentiel, FRNCH and more, there are a lot of wardrobe staples to be found here. The fashion show featured a lot of winning numbers, as well as one of a kind jewellery by Irish designer Natasha Heaslip.
Boutique 3: CHOICE
CHOICE are a chain of successful boutiques around Ireland, established in 1986. My favourite from the fashion show was this lovely nautical number below and of course the gorgeous Caithriona King Millinery.
Boutique 4: Kilkenny Shop
The Kilkenny Shop are all about supporting Irish design. Tí Tighe wowed with her millinery pieces inspired by flowers.
Boutique 5: PIA
I couldn’t help but gasp when I saw all the pastel gowns on display in PIA. We also got a sampler of the beautiful Vivienne Martin jewellery.
The shop features the most effortlessly chic interior details. PIA also snapped up RSVP’s Best Galway Boutique last year.
Boutique 6: Treasure Chest
Treasure Chest is one of Galway’s well established precious stores and it has the vibe of a New York vintage department store. On the bottom floor they have specially selected Irish souvenirs, crafts and cosmetics, the first floor is ladies fashion and the top floor turns into a wonderland at Christmas.
The lace number below was my favourite from the show, coupled with a Suzie Mahony headpiece.
Boutique 7: GOSH! Shoes
Not only did I pick out a gorgeous pair of shoes in here but I also ended up winning a €20 voucher at the end of the day! The staff were so friendly and I already have my eye on at least two other pairs of shoes, both for myself and Kenny.
Boutique 8: Colette Latchford
Our very last stop on the trail was Galway’s Colette Latchford. The show featured a line up of quality international labels, millinery by Brid O’Driscoll and an array of bright hues of corals, yellows and cobalt blue.
Laura Fox of A 21st Century Fox and her preferred method of transport.
Blathnaid from Wildflower Diaries and her awesome phone cover!
Clóda from Orange Obviously and her neat outfit!
The Cocktail Hour: Skeff Bar
We rounded off a perfect day at Skeff Bar, where we sampled their amazing new cocktail menu. I had the ‘Forbiden Apple’ which was a blend of Jameson, ginger and apple puré, I believe. There was also a platter of delicious finger food for each table, the mini prawn tartlets were unreal!
Pictured above: Silver bracelet, earrings and voucher are from Willow | Mints and pens are from Treasure Chest | Pearl brooch is Don’t Call Me Dear | My favourite Solaris Tea makes a return | Zip Yard’s sewing kit and a voucher
Want to see more? Check out #galwayfashiontrail on Instagram and Twitter.