Limerick Style 2016
For those of you who follow me on snapchat – follow me HERE you would have seen 1st hand what Limerick Style 2016 is all about and many of you had questions about the places we visited and locations we dined so this article is for you and it is also for anyone else who wants to see all the amazing things that this wonderful city has to offer. Limerick is called the “Style capital of Ireland” and when you read on you will see why.
So what is Limerick Style 2016? well let me explain, on Friday the 9th of December, Limerick welcomed 20 of Ireland’s top fashion bloggers for its inaugural #LimerickStyle event. The event was to show us everything this beautiful, warm city has to offer and let me tell you, it has so much to offer all of us. Limerick is such a stylish city packed with chic boutiques, serious variety of restaurant and some of the best places to stay while you visit Limerick.
The day began with a Champagne breakfast in the über chic 5* The Savoy Hotel Limerick. Upon arrival it was instantly clear that this is a luxury hotel, the entrance is beautiful, with a massive fresh flower central display and right now they have a gorgeous Christmas window and lobby display – this is a must see!.. We received the warmest welcome from everyone here and OMG the food was out of this world delicious, every single item served was created using the best quality ingredients, the fresh pastry’s just melted in the mouth and the cooked breakfast was just perfect! The Savoy Hotel Limerick is a beautiful, large hotel on Henry street, it has a number of dining options including their luxurious Library, they serve fabulous tea’s, drinks, afternoon tea, sandwiches and a lot more in the lovely relaxing Library, with its large comfortable seating, soft lighting, relaxing music and superb 5* service. Take a look at their website HERE, follow on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.
Then the fashion trail began, taken in the best boutiques, one of Limerick leading jewellery stores and the best opticians in town!
Kicking off the fashion trail at O’Donnell Boutique , this is a family run business but it is clear that this is not just a business but their passion, the ladies in here clearly adore what they do and you will spot this immediately when you pop in for a visit. They have a wonderful array of both Irish and International brands, with all the accessories you need to style every outfit. Starting here was such a high, the store is beautiful and choices available are amazing. It set the tone for the day and my expectations were high and Limerick you did not disappoint.
Next up is a real gem! this is Lily Boutique Limerick, the only Lily store in Ireland, this is an exclusive fashion label for all you fashionistas and trend setters. They are totally ahead of the style game and with clothing for all ages this is the one place you can not miss, I found items that I could imagine on a professional heading into the boardroom or the teen looking to impress on no uniform day! Lily Boutique Limerick is a serious style hotspot. You can find Lily Boutique Limerick on the very stylish Roches Street. Follow them on Faceboook HERE & on Twitter HERE.
Then we literally stopped traffic as we crossed the road to pay a visit to Limerick’s most loved Jewelry store Ryans Jewellers, known locally as The Diamond People and my oh my what pretty diamonds they stock! This again is a family owned and run business and what these guys don’t know about jewellery is not worth knowing, with over 50 years under their belt, they have been part of many a magical moment in the form of their wedding bands, engagement rings, unique pieces and quality brands. Something I feel we forget sometimes is that a jewelry store like this, while it has many lust list items is also stocks items from under €20 and when you think about it we pay this and a lot more for costume jewelry pieces, yet if you are like me you may have forgotten just how brilliant a jewelry store like Ryans is at sourcing quality pieces at really impressive price points. The store is beautiful, the staff are warm, not pushy, and they are their to help you choose your perfect pieces, be this for yourself, be this your engagement ring or be this as a gift, Ryans Jewellers Limerick is your one stop jewelry spot for watches, communion gifts, and so much more. Check out their website HERE , follow them on Facebook Here and on Twitter HERE.
Next up we settled in for a quick food stop with AROI Limerick, Aroi is a casual, street food style dining venue which offers a single course dining experience and service with the minimum of fuss. They sources authentic herbs and spices and they do not use M.S.G. in any of their preparation. Aroi offer a taste sensation that will have you going back time and time again. Trust me. Just take a look at their menu, reviews and pictures on Facebook HERE.
After lunch we headed into Vision 2 Opticians, they are located on lower Henry street. Vision 2 Opticians are 100% Irish owned and have been providing excellent eye care to their customers for almost 15 years. Vision 2 stock a wide range of brands and their services include checking your eye health, eye sight testing, children’s eye care and many others, please take a look at their website HERE for full details. I have to say I was blown away by just how stylish the frames they stock are and not to mention the sunglasses, they would not be out-of-place on your A list movie stars. For quality care and a really lovely experience please check out Vision 2 Opticians Limerick. The list of designer brands is quite impressive so head to their website now and see the full range of brand they stock HERE , on Facebook HERE, Twitter HERE
We were all in awe at the The Attic Bridal , this is one of Limerick’s newest Bridal stores situated above Esquire menswear on Roches Street, Orlaith Carroll, owner at The Attic is an award-winning designer and she has an incredible eye for style and detail. What brides will love about The Attic is the beautiful, large space to try on the dress of their dreams, the warm welcome from Orlaith and her staff and the versatility and options available to them, for example you love the skirt of one dress but the top of another, or you want to be able to swap a large day skirt for a more figure hugging evening style, Orlaith can accommodate all of your requests and this is pretty unique position, quiet often these options are just not available. There is something really special about The Attic, the decor just makes you feel relaxed and I am sure that any bride to be would just love their experience at The Attic. Check out their website HERE, Facebook page HERE and Twitter HERE.
Designer dresses are accessible to us all thanks to the girls behind The Ivory Closet, this is a designer dress hire boutique situated on Shannon street. What you will find here is a massive selection of party dresses, cocktail dresses and out of this world ball gowns, items hired are altered in-house to ensure a perfect fit each and every time. The Ivory Closet is a big hit with Irish celebrities with Pippa O’Connor, Vogue Williams and many more wearing dresses from here. How many times have you purchased a dress and worn it just the once and then it just sits in the closet forever more, with The Ivory Closet you can hire a dress at a fraction of the cost of purchasing it, and it will be altered to be the perfect fit and no more do you have to find space to store an expensive item that you will never wear again. The choice in store is quiet amazing, so the next time you have an event, pop into The Ivory Closet and be the lady that wows. Check out their website HERE, Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.
Hook & Ladder hosted all 20 Bloggers next for an afternoon tea that I will never forget for all the right reasons! I sampled more than a few of the delights on offer, this afternoon tea had a Christmas theme to it, with the only christmas pudding I have ever gone back for seconds of, as well as their popular whisky cake, mini tarts, rocky road and mouth-watering savory treats. I washed mine down with a blood orange tea, if you pop into Hook & Ladder try the tea and the whisky cake, it is beyond delicious. Hook & Ladder is a “Living Cafe” with a variety of store concepts under one roof, this is a Cafe, but they also have a cookery schools as well as selling home accessories and furniture. Service is second to none, food is excellent and the setting is truly beautiful. Have a look at their website HERE, Follow on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.
Fishing our whirlwind day at TEDs Bar and Venue was the perfect choice, this is newly reopened after undergoing a change of ownership and a complete refurbishment, when you arrive at TEDs you will feel like a star entering a seriously fancy establishment, We were welcomed by a red carpet entrance and we sampled some of their amazing cocktails, the menu is extensive and there really is something for everyone. TEDs have some great party night offerings this Christmas and New Years and I can’t think of a better place to spend these magical moments. Follow TEDs on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.
As you can see we covered a lot of ground during Limerick Style 2016 but in saying this we did not scratch the surface with what Limerick has to offer. I wanted to do a round-up of the day quickly for you but I feel this is just a little intro into each of the places we visited and there is so much more to tell you about each and every one of them. So over the next few weeks I will add individual articles in detail for each of the places mentioned above.
Limerick Style 2016 was organised by local businesses, the Irish Blogger Agency and the Office of Communications & Marketing, Limerick City and County Council.