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