Monday, 3 March 2014

Parfois


Last Friday, I headed off for London, bubbling with excitement at the prospect of meeting blogger friends and doing some shopping.  The last thing I expected was to find that the most impressive shop was actually located in Dublin Airport!  Thankfully, I only spotted it as I was heading for my plane … had I found it earlier I may well have struggled to stay within the puny RyanAir baggage guidelines

So what’s the store?  Parfois.  It’s a Portuguese accessories shop with staggeringly low prices, but quality that more than exceeds that of Accessorize.  Honestly, I was like a child in a candy store.  So many gorgeous items … so little space in my bag!  As you all know, I have long feted accessories as a means of distracting the eye from flaky skin.  If you want to hide your psoriasis, move the focus elsewhere, be it a bag, chunky jewellery or a great scarf.  In Parfois, I was honestly spoilt for choice.

Take this bag (and if I could have fitted it in, I would have!).  The perfect colour for the pastel shades of Spring, allowing you to embrace the trend without hurting your wallet.
Longus Shopper €34.95  (it's a much softer, paler pink in reality)




I hardly need to mention, that at these prices, this is not leather.  Instead it is exceptionally good quality pleather … not shiny, not plastic; as close as you can imagine to the real thing.   There was a huge range of cross body bags, including this

Twin Buckles Cross Bag €29.90 (also in a range of colours)
 
I was rather dubious about their ballet flats.  Not that I didn’t love them (I did, I really did) but I have never yet found a cheap pair of shoes that are actually comfortable.  However, the sales assistant assured me that all the flats have a cushioned insole, making them ideal for wearing for hours at a time.  Sounds good to me, so when the weather warms up a little more, I may well get a pair and test her assertion.


 


 

There were more wallets than you could shake a stick at … every colour and size imaginable. Again, at unbelievable prices
 
Naturally no accessories store would be complete without jewellery, which was cleverly displayed in clusters of colour. 

So what did I buy?  Well, as I was heading off to meet a bunch of fashion bloggers, I had to be sure to get it right.  So I found this bag, which is a cross body with detachable straps that can convert to a clutch (€19.90).  Two things persuaded me.  Firstly, it matched the leather on the coatigan I planned to wear and secondly, I was told that Parfois is not yet open in the UK … now how’s that a turn up for the books?  Normally I spend my time moaning about shops that are in the UK, but not in Ireland.  Quite nice to be on the other side of the fence for a change. 

And here it is … photo courtesy of the lovely Marlene from Chocolate,Cookies & Candies, who is an award winning photography blogger. (Thank goodness for her skills, as the photo was taken quite a few hours and bottles of Prosecco into our day!)

 

So had you heard of Parfois before?  Possibly on your holidays to Portugal?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  (Note: There is currently a branch in Henry St. in Dublin and one due to open shortly in the Swords Pavilion.  No word yet on Dundrum!  For UK readers, the stock is available to buy online)
Talk to you on Wednesday

 

34 comments:

  1. looks loverly... I'm off on a day trip there in May, might zip in if they are near Victoria?

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    1. You should .. you'll be astounded by the bargains and the quality!

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  2. Was great to meet you this weekend and I loved the new bag! What a great find...hope they come up north soon x

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    1. And great to meet you also! I'm sure they will be up North eventually ... stopping off in Dundrum first I hope :)

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  3. i haven't and i love the look of the ballerinas, your outfit was fab, very elegant.

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  4. I do love that photo Helen and I didn't realise you had only just bought that gorgeous bag xx

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    1. Thanks Donna and so lovely to finally meet you last Saturday. Hopefully we can catch up again in another few months

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  5. I cannot wait to go to this shop! It's so reasonably priced, and their stuff is gorgeous.

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    1. It's so fab that I'm even tempted to make that trip across the river ... which is saying a lot from a southsider!!

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  6. Wow, this one is new to me......so now I have to take a look! xx

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  7. I bought a necklace on holiday in Portugal and Laura got lovely earrings when they opened on Henry street:)
    ~Anne

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    1. They have some really nice stuff, don't they? It's a shame that the website only carries such a small range.

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  8. Love the photo of you and love the bag. Glad you had a good time! xx

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  9. I was gobsmacked at the quality of your bag, it was truly gorgeous. Have been salivating over the site since! Can't believe there doesn't seem to be one here. Jewellery is also gorgeous. SO SO fab to see you on Sat xxxx

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    1. And wonderful as always to see you too xx

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  10. I spotted your bag to Helen and thought how lovely it was, great colour too! Had a quick look at their website now off for a proper trawl!
    You are looking totally fabulous in your picture, it was lovely to meet you xx

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    1. Great to meet you too ... and since seeing you 'in real life' I may have become slightly obsessed with the idea of buying a pair of brogues! If I make a purchase, I will be placing the blame squarely at your door!!

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  11. Lovely bag and my Louis Vuitton has minimal leather without the minimal price! ( bought for me many moons ago ) I will check out the website, thanks for the tip off. H xx

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    1. It's funny you should say that ... I did wonder about LV and also Orla Kiely - I'm not sure that either contain much leather.

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  12. Oh I love a bargain and this store is right up my street - urm except it isn't, it's right up your street!
    Off to spend! Thank you!!!!!!

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    1. It's kinda' sad just how excited I am that it's up my street and not yours!!!! It's such a lovely change not to be wishing that x shop was in Dublin too!

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  13. Love those bags and shoes! Can I borrow it? LOL

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  14. Debenhams sell parfois bags and purses online. You can also purchase the whole range directly from the Parfois website. Mel x

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    1. I didn't know that about Debenhams. Do they sell instore as well? I'll have to check that out. Thank you for the tip!

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    2. Hi, I don't know if they sell instore, I'm guessing not because shipping takes a little longer and comes from Portugal ....but you do send returns back to debenhams x

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  15. I saw that on Marlene's place - you look fabulous, the light is so special and love everything about your outfit

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  16. Wow the prices are really good & I love the pink shopper! Sounds like you girls had a fabulous time together! Ax

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