Feeling in need of something to cheer me up I headed to the city centre for a spot of retail therapy. I say of the spending kind because as often as not I am as happy to browse as I am to buy.
I don’t usually go shopping with a clear as ice idea of exactly what I might purchase but before this trip I had seen on Scout’s (Wendy Crawford’s shop) Instagram feed a red check linen top that I thought would be just the thing for me. However, tall and willowy I am not, so when I tried it on, lovely and all as it is, it just didn’t suit.
All was not lost as I spotted a pair of grey linen trousers by Petria Lenehan, without admittedly great hanger appeal, but when I pulled them on I was smitten. I am hopefully, once the temperature rises, that I will get lots of wear out of them as they will go with a slew of stuff I already have in my wardrobe and I think they will be easy to dress up or down.
I also bought a roll of washi tape and a spool of string, for present wrapping purposes. And then I called a halt before I bought a barrowload of other items. I was especially attracted to the Arran Street East mugs, this was the first time I had seen them in the flesh, they are lovely so I could easily have caved in and added them to my pile except I truly, truly don’t need any more cups or mugs.
I am a fan of The Garden flower shop in the Powerscourt Townhouse shopping centre, the displays there are so enticing and stylish but as the interior is dark I have never got an even halfway decent picture of the shop.
The Garden has a new branch in Temple Bar just around the corner from Scout so I popped in to see it. It has a more contemporary aesthetic than the Powerscourt shop but it works equally well as a backdrop for the beautiful flowers and the chic displays. I couldn’t leave without buying something, as everything is so tempting, so I came away with some potted succulents for my bedside table.
I then headed to Rosted Brown, a café on the first floor of Filmscene in Temple Bar, for a post spending calming pot of tea. I had heard so many good thing about the place but this was my first visit: I liked it and I will most definitely go back.
I treated myself to a Wildflour Bakery caramelized white chocolate and nut cake and it was, by a country mile, quite the best cake I have had in many a year. The helpful Rob behind the counter gave me a small taster cup of coffee and that too was good.