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Have you ever wanted your own personalised snow globe, tailored to you or a loved one? Of course you have, personalised gifts are oh so extra special.

Luckily for us, Kilkenny Nassau Street are offering FREE personalisation of snow globes with every purchase, so you can get the most adorable Christmas gift with a special touch.

The offer is just for December 1, 8 and 15, so make sure to mark it in your Santa calendars. Only one day away until December, gals.

Be it a message of love to your significant other, or just a cheeky joke for your best mate, this is a stunning idea if we do say so ourselves.

John Coughlan is the man behind the messages, and Santa's shoppers can choose between a snowman, Christmas tree, musical or nativity themed globe for their gift, this is getting us so excited for December.

Kilkennyshop.com are also offering complimentary engravings on every snow globe which is more expensive than €29.95 from now until December 5, another date to remember.

Personalised gifts are part of a huge Christmas trend, and a snow globe is a classic winter treasure that will last a lifetime.

Ornaments like these are just made to be cherished, and even passed down the generations.

What would you ladies write in your messages? 

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This year has been quite a milestone for Orla Kiely. The acclaimed Irish designer is celebrating 20 years of presence in the Kilkenny shops, as well as the launch of A Life in Pattern, the first exhibition dedicated to the Dublin-born designer at the Fashion and Textiles Museum in London. 

Based in London, Orla Kiely was in Dublin recently to answer some of our questions. 

After her long successful career, there is one piece of advice she wants to share with young designers. 

 

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It is important for young designers to know what they are really good at and to follow through with who they are”, she said.

“I think it’s essential to be aware of what is going on in [in the fashion world] but to find they own identity is very important. Once they really know who they are and what they love, then they can follow that through.”

Known as the Queen of Prints, Orla Kiely wears pattern on a daily basis, but for some of us, including prints in our wardrobe can be quite a challenge. But her answer is simple: start with accessories! I think print on a bag isn’t challenging”, she said. 

While her designs have been worn all around the world, one person has offered some great exposure to the brand in the past few years: the Duchess of Cambridge. Every time the mother of three wears an Orla Kiely dress, the outcomes are extremely positive and the designer couldn't be happier about this "Kate Middleton effect". 

“It’s great!”, she says enthusiastically. “She has worn us four times and it’s always unexpected, we have never planned it. She looks great, she is tall, and she wears things so well.” 

As she is celebrating two decades of design, Orla has seen the world of fashion evolving over the years, and sometimes, for the better. Customers seem more and more interested in investing in statement pieces that will last longer, even if it means buying less the rest of the time. 

'People are definitely buying less and better quality”, she notices. “I like to think that our clients can buy something this season, but they also are still happy to use the items that they bought ten years ago.”

Never really interested in trends, Orla wishes that her timeless pieces will keep being used by her customers over the years.

For the many of us who adore her 70's aesthetic, this certainly won't be an issue

 

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With summer fast approaching, it's time to start planning our outfits for the array of weddings, race-meets, garden parties and other formal occasions that are forthcoming.

And now there is good news for those stuck in a serious style rut, or those who feel they can't find standout pieces on the High Street: talented young Irish designer Niamh O'Neill is back with her third collection for Kilkenny. Featuring coats and dresses in bright, eye-catching colours, the items are certainly a breath of fresh air.

The likes of Niamh's Emma Dress (€365) and Christine Coat (€515) show off her signature style to perfection.

The Emma Dress sports a beautiful metallic leather bow, while the Christine Coat has a subtle jacquard design. Both are available in a striking turquoise, or a light pink and cream combo. 

The Eleanor Dress costs €395 is one of our favourites from the collection. A beautiful shade for summer, it also boasts Italian-made rose gold broaches (which can be removed if you feel like a change). It has 3/4 length sleeves and the fit is extremely flattering. Team with a pair of heels and a delicate clutch for a instantly complete outfit.

One of the pieces that immediately caught our eye was the new hot-pink Laura Dress and Venice Coat to match. The dress costs €365 while the coat cost €490, and we reckon it would be a great buy for anyone eager to enter a Ladies Day competition: with a clean-cut neckline it's simple, but the colour absolutely means it's striking too.

​Kilkenny has been promoting Irish design for more than 50 years and has 11 stores across Ireland. 

You can buy any of the Niamh O'Neill collection at the Kilkenny shop in Nassau Street, Dublin, Cork or Galway. You can also visit www.kilkennyshop.com.

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Even though we may not be in America to help celebrate Independence Day, there are others ways to pay homage to our American friends and family.

As Americans gear up to celebrate 4th July, the Kilkenny Shop is channelling ‘positive energy’ to pay homage to the ever stylish Alex & Ani.

The American brand has been growing incredibly popular in Ireland with its fresh, unique approach to both accessorising and living.

Each bracelet is handmade and thoughtfully manufactured in America which represents one of Kilkenny’s primary ethos of supporting authentic craftsmanship.

They are designed for longevity and to empower the wearer, and are characterised by the brands signature on-trend layering look, from timeless keepsakes and mementos to stylish symbolic accessories and funky beaded designs.

By allowing you to layer and stack your bangles and bracelets to your own style, you can create your own unique, stylish accessories collection.

Founded by entrepreneur Carolyn Rafaelian, Alex & Ani strives to ‘live consciously’ and ‘turn a lifestyle brand into a way of life’.

Prices for Alex & Ani bracelets start from just €26 and are available from Kilkenny Shops nationwide and online.

To help get your collection underway, the Kilkenny Shop are offering FREE delivery with all online purchases over €40.

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Alex and Ani Plume Feather Bangle Single Wrap Russian, €63.00

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