Yucky Duck Fashion

Yucky Duck Fashion

Sunday, 4 August 2013

With Love From Lulu, KISS KISS

After spotting a promotional offer on Twitter, my friend and I headed on a road trip up to Kildare Outlet Village last Friday. I had been there previously but was excited to see what the newly opened Lulu Guinness store as well as favourite haunt; All Saints, had to offer. If you have been following my blog over the last few months you will have seen me write about my previous Lulu purchases HERE and HERE. After a quick pitstop at the McDonalds super-stop at the Cashel exit (yes I am actually an eight year old), we arrived in Kildare in real time.

Shopping is my drug

The sun beated down as we made our way from top to bottom of the shopping village. First stop was All Saints. The British brand which was founded in the early nineties, has left a huge hole in the Cork shopping circuit since it's departure from Brown Thomas Cork a few years back. Starting off as a menswear brand, it's statement women's pieces can be found in sequin and sparkle night wear. As a total magpie, I trawled through the rows of skirts and dresses. The good news is if you are between a size 10-14 you'll be in a sequin dream, but any size smaller and you'll leave disappointed.

I went into the majority of shops, but felt the demographic age of the target audience of the brands was a bit old for me. Definitely worth a look though is the David Clulow sunglasses shop, whose prices aren't bargain basement, but stock is quirky and unique. After a quick calorific frappe in Starbucks, important shopping life or death decisions were to be made in Lulu Guinness. Despite it's designer status, a trip there can cater to various budgets.

As requested, I have included my top picks. All of the items below were €35 & under. This silver tone charm necklace was €20. The kitsch dice purse was €35. The 'I love London' pouch, which also doubles up as a small make-up bag or a small clutch was €25. Finally as we live in rain-ville, the super fun umbrellas ranged in price up to the more expensive birdcage style at €35. This particular one just reminds me of the Sminky Shorts Dopey Spider.

And if your budget stretches a bit further, here are my top shop picks:

Pic: yournexthandbag.com
The 'Dial M For Murder' cross body bag was €135

The fan clutch usually retails up to nearly £800 so still expect to pay half that. Not cheap, but perfect I think though for a bride-to-be. The kitty purse was €35, a subtle present for a friend whose's future looks like it may be full of cats. Finally, the snakeskin rose gold lips clutch was my favourite of their lips collection. All lips bags there were Autumn / Winter '12 stock, with no red coloured stock. I took a quick snap of the 'Lips' collection to show you what's on offer. Expect to pay €150+. 

There are reasons why I don't have a credit card and I found around ten new reasons why last Friday. I couldn't however leave totally empty-handed, and decided that one bag stood out more than others. It cried to me to take it home, so I chose the responsible thing and did just that. 

Welcome to the family! Anyone for a game of snakes and ladders?!

As the weather was so interchangeable, I sported my new Markus Lupfer jumper with my Zara skort, Penneys converse and vintage shop-front Lulu Bag. Markus Lupfer is known for his statement knits and I'll include a full brand background in a future post. If you have seen any of the 'WOW' or 'OMG' jumpers from Penneys, they were replicated from Mr Lupfer's designs.

Finally, i'd like to thank the girls of the Lulu store for their patience at our indecisiveness and for being so helpful and pleasant. I can't wait to style my new 'dice' bag. I've turned into such a bag-lady of late, but hopefully with a bit more class than the Tesco hair cover-up from the rain kind.

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Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx

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