Category Archives: Shops/Shopping

Arran St East Shop and Studio


Until quite recently I worked weekends which meant I often missed interesting events as more often than not they were scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays when the majority of folk were off work.

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Filed under Craft, Dublin, Shops/Shopping

In and Around Florence


In May I went on holiday to Italy where I stayed in a town, Montecatini Terme, that has a regular and reliable train service to Florence and best of all the journey time is less than an hour. Florence is a compact easy-to-walk-around city: here’s some of what I did on the days I headed off from base to explore it.


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Filed under Artists, Restaurants/Cafรฉs, Shops/Shopping, Travel

Retail Therapy of the Spending Kind and Some Cake

wendy crawford's shop

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.

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Filed under Cake, Coffee, Dublin, Fashion, Restaurants/Cafรฉs, Shops/Shopping

Monkstown: Howbert and Mays

howber and mays

There is no need to send for Sherlock Holmes to solve the mystery of Dublin’s disappearing garden centres because even the zebras in the zoo know that those centres, many of which were on large sites, were hovered up during boom times for development.

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Out and About in Somerset


On my recent trip to England I travelled outwards by ferry to Holyhead and returned via a different port, Fishguard. I did this so I could see more of the English countryside and specifically to spend some time in Somerset, a county I hardly know at all.

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Dublin: Scout

essex street west temple bar

Wendy Crawford has had an insanely busy year. She opened her shop Scout, a new and most welcome addition to the Dublin’s independent retail scene, in March just a scant few weeks after she got married. Incidentally and veering totally off topic there are some lovely images of Wendy’s wedding on photographer Doreen Kilfeather’s blog. They are gorgeous pictures but I did sigh while admiring them as I realized the vast depths of photographic knowledge I have yet to plumb.

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Filed under Dublin, Shops/Shopping, Style

In Which I Buy a New Pair of Jeans

topshop jeans

I have been on a mission since last November to track down and buy a new pair of jeans: it was until recently seemingly mission impossible.

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Filed under Musings, Shops/Shopping

Paris: Merci

merci paris

Towards the end of February I went on a short trip to Paris. A very short trip. Just, in fact, for the day. It’s perfectly doable from Dublin as the flight time is just over one hour thirty; plus there is an early flight which leaves Dublin at around seven am and one that takes off from Charles De Gaulle airport after nine pm, so even taking into account the loss of an hour, this allows for a goodly amount of time in Paris without it costing an unruly amount of cash (ie: the cost of an overnight stay).

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Filed under Interiors, Paris, Shops/Shopping, Travel

Eilis Boyle’s Cashmere Scarves

scarves at Bow

Last Sunday I ventured into the centre of Dublin, filled with a certain amount of trepidation, because that winter festival is approaching faster than a runaway train, and I was afeared I would meet a total cacophonous crush. But thankfully no: the city was gently awash with people, traffic whistled by, and Christmas lights twinkled but all in a pleasantly busy and festive-y way.

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Filed under Designers, Dublin, Shops/Shopping

Makers & Brothers & Others

makers & brothers

I don’t doubt that, half a century hence, when someone sits down to write the annals of design in Ireland in the early part of the twenty-first century that the names of Jonathan and Mark Legge will be writ large in that history.

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Filed under Craft, Designers, Dublin, Food/Wine, Shops/Shopping