These photos probably do not accurately portray my recent weekend spent in Dublin. This was a girls trip I had looked forward to for months. It was a birthday celebration trip for my mum-in-law and her sister, and eleven family members in total travelled to Dublin for a long weekend. I was looking forward to bonding, shopping, eating and maybe even a little swimming in the hotel pool.
Unfortunately disaster struck when we arrived by coach at Dublin. My group were one of the last ones to get off the bus and when we went to collect our luggage from the hold my weekend case was nowhere to be found. I immediately thought it had been stolen as there was no other case left. Who took my case and where? I may never find out as my poor case is still out there somewhere.
So I know this is not the worst thing that could have happened to me but I did loose quite a bit of stuff. From my lovely L.K. Bennett shoes and bag to my Armani specs and Fossil watch. These are expensive items which I really loved and won’t be able to replace. Then there were my smaller items like my makeup and makeup brushes and my lovely pink slippers!
But hey ho these things happen and I got on with my weekend. I certainly didn’t need an excuse to shop but if I did, loosing my case would be the perfect one. Now I know I definitely needed the new underwear I bought but perhaps not the three pairs of black shoes I ended up buying (black to match my mood perhaps?!). I got some great basics in Zara – two plain t-shirts and a pair of navy skinny jean leggings. Zara is bursting with fab basics and beautiful coats at the minute and thanks to the Euro the clothes I bought worked out cheaper than what I would pay for them in the UK.
It was pretty annoying having to buy makeup and skincare whilst I was away but I had a feeling I wouldn’t be seeing my case anytime soon and so I needed to buy replacements. I bought my usual makeup bits (and I am slowly building up my makeup brush collection again) but rather than buy the L’Oreal skincare I’ve been using for months and months, I choose to try the Botanics range in Boots and so far so good! Every cloud and all that…
Dublin is definitely a great city for shopping. There are beautiful department stores like Brown Thomas, which is the place to go for your designer brands, and Arnotts – which has a mix of designer and high street brands. Look out for the haven that is The Shoe Garden! I bought a lovely pair of Kurt Geiger Carvela sandals there (in the sale!).
I’m back in Dublin in November for a concert so here’s hoping I have a stress-free trip and I get to sample more of what Dublin has to offer. I’d definitely like to stay in the Camden Court Hotel again. Not only is the hotel very central (just a few minutes walk away from famous St Stephen’s Green) but the staff are fantastic. They were so helpful and allowed me to make countless phone calls from reception in an effort to find my lost luggage. They couldn’t have done enough for me and they even treated my whole group to a big chocolate fudge cake on the Saturday evening. That definitely put a smile on my face.