On Wednesday as you all may have seen on my Instagram I was at a SERIOUSLY cool event down in Kildare Village with lots of other Irish bloggers, models and makeup artists. I got to meet loads of friendly faces that I haven’t caught up with in ages and some meeting for the first time. It was by far one of the coolest events I’ve ever been at and the detail was second to none. Just looking at the invite the week before, I knew it was an event not to be missed. It was a edible cookie with five pretty balloons attached.
We all met at Heuston Station for 11am where it was ALL ABOARD the Kildare Village Express. Yes!!! They hired out an entire train for us all to travel in style to the village with our own platform sign too. There was giant macaroons, champagne and cake pops all before we left. SPOLIT is not the word. The train had vinyls on the windows emblazed with #SummerDayOut. There was gift boxes for each blogger, vouchers to spend at the village and of course macaroons 😉 Andrew was annoyed I never brought any home but realistically they were never making it back haha 😀 They even had illustrator Conor Merriman doing illustrations on the train too 🙂 Follow him @conor_merriman on Instagram.
We were taken by coach to the village where we were treated to more champagne and a sneak preview of their new campaign which will go live next week. It is so cool 😉 all I will say THE COLOURS! So pretty. Afterwards we were free to shop, shop, shop. Kildare Village have these HUGE macaroons placed around the village and they make it so bright. I love them. The village itself is so easy to shop in, I love it. They have so many brands from All Saints to The Kooples, Nike to Mulberry, Kurt Geiger to Kate Spade.
The first place Lorna and I (her blog is Fashion Boss – check it out blog here) went was The Kooples. I am Kooples obsessed. They had such stunning pieces and I wanted everything. Their blazers and leather jackets are so amazing. Makeup artist Tara O Farrell fell in love with the coolest pair of sandals and decided she needed them 😉 I have to say they were pretty cool. Check out her website here. They gave us delicious strawberries dipped in chocolate and more champagne which made the first shop a good one 🙂
Next it was onto Barbour. Lorna was looking at a new jacket so we had a look. I have a Barbour parka and it’s the best thing I ever bought. It is such great quality. The girls in Barbour were so helpful and nice. Kurt Geiger also had great reductions on all their pretty shoes. I took a little outfit photo in KG.
Shirt: Zara (BUY HERE)
Shorts: Cotton On (Australia)
Shoes: Topshop (BUY HERE)
Necklace: Betty and Biddy (Check them out HERE)
Bag: Louis Vuitton
We then pottered on down to Mulberry and Lulu Guinness. Lulu Guinness was actually one of my favourite shops and the ladies were just so friendly. Lorna and I ended up making our purchases in Lulu Guinness. Lorna bought a lips clutch that she had wanted for ages and I bought a chrome lips small spinner case which is the perfect on board travel companion. I fell in love with it a long time ago and said I would treat myself given the day that was in it. It’s a chrome hardshell case that includes a set of three drawstring bags for accessories. I just love it. I’m even thinking of going back down to get the bigger suitcase now too 😉 Check out my case on the bottom left of the photo below 🙂
After our shopping we were invited back to the VIP suite where we were treated to Champagne Afternoon Tea. It was delicious. Prawns, pate, salmon, chocolates, macaroons you name it they had it for us. They also gave us a stunning goodie bag full of Molton Brown, Karen Millen, L’Occitane and Cath Kidston goodies.
The day was just fabulous. Kildare Village have so many great sales at the moment, it was hard not to buy everything. They are expanding with 35 new boutiques set to open this October. They have Gucci opening next Wednesday too which is super exciting.
The village is definitely worth the trip down. Make it your #SummerDayOut with the girls 🙂
Thank you so much to Kildare Village and Simply Zesty for a wonderful day. I already can’t wait to get back to the village.
Love Aoibhe xxx
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