If there’s one word that inspires fear, loathing and credit card debt into the hearts of women, it’s ‘WEDDING”. All it takes is an innocent ‘Save the Date’ invitation to make us lose our reason and do things we live to regret. Fear not. We’ve all fallen foul of wedding fever at some point in […]
There’s something quite edifying about boutique shopping, especially when you find ‘the one’. The relaxed atmosphere, personal attention and made-for-you edit all combine to create retail magic – the ineffable alchemy that makes a loyal customer out of a casual browser. That’s why I’m so jazzed to be part of the judging panel for the Image Boutique Awards 2018.
#AD – this is a commercial collaboration between TK Maxx and The Happy Closet.
Most of us are sweet on arm candy which can make bag shopping a delicious affair. Finding the styles that can look decorative and do double duty (we’re busy people, after all) requires an expert level of taste, which is where TK Maxx comes in. With a huge assortment of bags for every occasion at up to 60% less than the RRP, upping your mála game is a treat. I should know. TK Maxx challenged me to create the ultimate capsule bag wardrobe in-store. Armed with a €100 voucher, I chose five bags that make for a happier closet. Check out my smile-worthy edit below.
Do you feel a sense of dread and indecision every time you get dressed?
Are you constantly buying new clothes but still feel like you have nothing to wear?
Do you even know what your wardrobe needs?
Then you, poppet, need some closet therapy.
It’s not often (correction: ever) I get asked to model in a catwalk show, let alone for one of Ireland’s most beloved designers – Joanne Hynes. I’ve been a fan, customer and colleague of Joanne’s for the past 10 years and am one of many who did the happy dance when she launched her eponymous line for Dunnes Stores. Speaking of which…
Minimalist cousin to H&M – Arket – is fast becoming a by-word in eco-friendly basics. Using recycled polyester, organic cotton, and planet-conscious ice crêpe, Arket delivers on closet classics like suits (see mine here!), separates and 2-in-1 jackets that segue between the seasons. The bad news? London, Berlin, Stockholm, Brussels, Amsterdam, and Munich are currently the only benefactors of an […]
Everyone’s got a dirty little secret hiding somewhere in their closet. Fact. We’ve all fallen prey to the quickie, the fashion fling, the one-night stand. If there’s anything that provokes sartorial shame, embarrassment or the words ‘What was I thinking?’, it’s the ‘wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am’ moment.
The benefit? Putting aside anything interesting but unrelated to your shopping mission offsets cognitive overload which affects our ability to process information and make decent decisions.
The result? Reduced instances of buyer’s remorse.
Check out these two Pinterest-ing ways to create smarter shopping habits.
Ignorance is not bliss – not in a happy closet. It creates a disconnect between what we buy and what we admit to having bought. OUT OF SIGHT may be OUT OF MIND but it also leaves you OUT OF POCKET… It’s time to take stock of your clothing collateral and confront the underlying behaviour that got you here in the first place.
Everyone loves a bargain but, when it comes to buying designer handbags if the price is too good to be true (€3,500 marked down to €350), that’s generally because it is. The time spent on scouring the internet for deals could be better spent buying from the designer or a reputable department store. Although most designer brands have their own authentication processes, there are certain criteria that apply when buying serious arm candy. Here’s how not to fall foul of the phonies.
Sometimes a shopping mission isn’t always accomplished. Mirrors mislead us, crowds blind us and our internal GPS leaves us stranded somewhere between our intended target and our best intentions. The following exercise borrows from the body scan method that is used in meditation. The idea is to feel how your clothes are fitting by plugging […]