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Penneys is officially open again. It feels like a decade has passed since we stepped foot inside every Irish gals favourite shop, but the countdown is officially over. Hundreds queued up outside Penneys this morning and we don't blame them.

We've been longing for a fresh pair of Disney pyjamas, a five-pack of knickers and some bobby pins for far too long.

If, like us, you've yet to brave the queues then let us re-jog your memory, here are 10 things that always happen every time we go on a Penneys shopping spree.

1. You skip down the road super excited about the prospect of buying at least ten new things

 

2. You eye up a fab new dress but you spot someone else has their eye on it too…

3. You pick up the pace and grab it as soon as you can – WE WIN!

4. Everything is SO CHEAP!

5. The crowds are starting to get to you now…

6. You trip over a shoe lying idle in the jumper section and begin to think your shopping trip is over

7. You go to pay and realise you spent way more money than you meant too…

8. You’re on the bus home and realise you forgot to get the Penneys essentials like hair bobbins, bobby clips and socks…damn.

9. Nevertheless, the joy you feel when you get home and lay out your new items cannot be matched

10. You try on everything you bought and put on a fashion show for your extremely jealous sisters

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Updated with more codes and offers Friday at 12 noon

BEAUTY & SKINCARE

Arnotts – up to 20% off nearly everything here

AYU Make-Up – 20% off all its premium gift and make up brush sets this Black Friday here

Beauty Bay – up to 50 % off on selected items online here

Boots – Black Friday deals online and in-store with up to 50% off – prices as marked at checkout here

BPerfect Cosmetics – up to 50% discount applied automatically at checkout here

Brown Thomas – save up to 20% off almost everything – discount at checkout here

Celtic Wind Skincare – 25% off Site Wide with code CWBF25 here

Charlotte Tilbury – up to 30% off plus free gift whilst stock lasts here

Clarins – 15% discount off all products on Clarins.ie – applied on site without code here

Cloud10 Beauty – Up to 30% off online here

CND Products – 3 for 2 on selected CND products here

Codex Beauty – €65.00+ orders receive €15.00 off or €130.00+ orders receive €30.00 off or €195.00+ orders receive €45.00 off here

Cosmetics Online – 25% off all products, free gift with every order and free shipping with orders over €20 – use code MMBF25 here

Debenhams – up to 50% off online here

Dermalogica – Online exclusive 20% off selected bestsellers.  Also black Friday free gifts – spend €80 get 3 trial sizes or spend €120 get 6 trial sizes or spend €200 get 10 trial sizes here

Fuschia – 30% off all products instore and online here

Grande Cosmetics – 10% off all products and gift sets using code BBB19 here

Inglot – up to 50% off Inglot products. Free gift worth over €70 when you spend €60 here

Joanne Woods The Beauty Specialists – Offers available in store here

Juliette Armand Skincare – 10% off all products and gift sets using code BBB19 here

Kinvara – 20% off selected products plus free hand cream & free shipping on orders over €50 between Friday the 29th and Monday the 2nd December here

L’Occitane – 20% off full size products online – some exclusions apply here

McCauleys – 15% off on all fragrances, 10% off on all cameras, and 50% on electric toothbrushes for Black Friday weekend here

Meaghers Pharmacy – up to 65% off beauty, skincare and tan here

Perfume Shop – up to 20% off here

Nuxe – gift set only €19.00 includes 30ml Huile Prodigieuse, 30ml Reve de Miel Hand and Nail, Cream, 15ml Crème Fraiche 48hr Moisturising Cream, 15g Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm.  Available from McAuleys Pharmacy here

Sharleen Collins Cosmetics – 50% off Brush Sets with code BLACKFRIDAY here

Superdrug – 3 for 2 and up to 60% off here

The Clutter Box.ie – 25% discount off here

The Loop – Up to 30% off selected fragrances & beauty this Black Friday here

The Skin Nerd – very special bundle deals here and 50% off Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin Youth Biome, 40% off Murad Rapid Age Spot Correcting Serum, 30% off Yon-Ka Spritz PS/PNG, 20% off Sculpted Beauty Base, 10% off Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum

HAIR

Beauty Works – 10% off all products here

InStyler – Discounts available site wide and Free Delivery here

LanaiBLO – €10 off & Free Shipping while stocks last from Thursday the 28th at 7pm here

Peter Mark – up to €30 off, some exclusions apply here

TAN

Bellamianta Luxury Tan – 50% off site wide with the code BLACKFRIDAY here

Bondi Sands – 30% off all products here

BPerfect Cosmetics – 30% off 10 Second Tanning range – mousse and liquid.  Discount applied at checkout here

Dripping Gold – black Friday discounts online here

Iconic Bronze Tan – Half Price Sale on site with the code BLACKFRIDAY here

BEAUTY SALON

Poppies Hair & Beauty Salon –  buy 1 service get 1 service free offer here

Up to My Eyes – 10% off Environ Christmas Gift Sets and vouchers bought on the day will entitle the purchaser to another voucher of 20% of the value paid here

The Buff Day Spa – stock up on your gift vouchers for the most luxurious spa treatments and save 20% off all purchases including Dermalogica, Image and Voya products. Buy vouchers and products in store or order vouchers online here

South William Clinic & Spa – discounted gift vouchers such as €200 Gift Voucher only €99 or €500 Gift Voucher only €279.  Loads of other offers with genuine discounts here

Sugar Coated & Sugar Daddy – all vouchers in-store will be 20% off here

FASHION

Freddy Jeans – up to 40% off here

Victoria’s Secret – free tote bag with purchase over €85 use code BFTOTEVS or free Victoria Secrets blanket with purchase over €165 use code VSCOMBO here

Pink – buy 1 get 1 free use code BUY1GET1 here

TopShop – 25% off everything online here

H&M – up to 70% off here

Sports Direct – various offers up to 90% off here

ASOS – up to 70% off here

Pretty Little Thing  – up to 60% off here

Superdry – up to 30% off selected products here

Schuh – save up to 80% on selected items here

Hollister – up to 50% off selected items here

Diesel – up to 30% off selected items here

River Island – 20% off spend of €75 or more site wide use code 20OFF here

Oh Polly – up to 50% off here

Trespass – up to 50% off here

Regatta – up to 50% off everything here

River Island – offering up to 50 % off here

Newbridge Silverware – up to 25% off on selected items here

Carraig Donn – 20% off nearly everything here

Golden Spiderweb – up to 25% off here

Heatons – up to 20% off online here

Littlewoods Ireland – up to 40% Off Clothing & Footwear here

McElhinneys – up to 50% off selected designer and boutique brands here

The Sweatershop – 30% off everything online and up to 40% off selected items here

JEWELLERY

Accessorize – 20% off everything here

Fields – up to 20% on nearly everything here

Mairead DeBláca Jewellery – 40% off entire orders code BlackFriday19 here

My Shining Armour – up to 50% off here

MEN’S WEAR

Jack and Jones – up to 40% off selected items here

Michael Barrie Tailors – 20% off in-store here

T.M. Lewin – Save up to 50% off men’s casualwear with delivery available to Ireland here

CHILDREN’S CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES

Claire’s Accessories – buy 1 get 1 free online, up to 25% off online or buy 3 get 3 free in-store only – more info here

Discovery Playtime – 20% off all sensory light tables on site. Includes FREE delivery. Discount applied automatically at checkout. Available on Black Friday only here

Giddy Studios – Elf – Official Elf and Book Set €10 just here

Mothercare – Starting on Monday the 25th November, up to 50% off for the Black Friday event, through to Cyber Monday on Clothes, Nursery, Travel and Accessories here

FOOTWEAR

Adidas – up to 65% off here

Clarks – 25% off online and in-store here

Elverys – Buy 1, Get 1 Half-Price on nearly everything with over 10,000 products to mix and match from here

Footlocker – up to 20% off selected items here

Sketchers – up to 30% off online only here

ADVENTURES

Arctic Adventures – Save up to 50% on selected day tours and 25% off selected multi-day tours on Black Friday here

Camino Ways – €25 OFF per person for any new bookings between the 22nd of November and the 29th of November. When you book trips for 2020, you save 10% here

GoCampers – Save 10% on bookings using discount code 'Blackfriday' here

HOTELS

Ballsbridge Hotel – Get 20% off on room bookings from December until March 2020 here

O'Callaghan Collection – Up to 40% off hotels stays in The Alex, The Green, The Mont, The Davenport, The Eliott for stays from November 28th to Spring 2020.

The Devlin – save 15% on 1 night stay or save 20% on two night stay (both offers include complimentary breakfast, late check out and complimentary Winter warmer cocktail at Isabelle’s or The Grayson’s winter terraces) here. One night stay with Stella Cinema tickets and popcorn along with breakfast, late check out and complimentary drink on arrival just €85pps here

The Marker Hotel – rooms reduced to €199 per night when you book between the 28th of November and 6th of December. Get early sale access on the 26th of November when you sign up to The Marker Newsletter

The Morrison Hotel – situated on Dublin’s Ormond Quay, is offering a range of Black Friday/Cyber Monday offers such as 10% off all vouchers, complimentary bottle of house wine to share with Morrison Grill A La Carte menu – check out www.MorrisonHotel.ie for more details.

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DAYS OUT AND BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Dublin Zoo – 50% discount on adult tickets bought in person at the zoo

Kidspace Indoor Playcentre Rathcoole and Rathfarnham – 10% off birthday parties in Kidspace Rathcoole and Kidspace Rathfarnham when booked from Friday 29th – Monday 2 Dec using the code black10. The party can take place any time, it just needs to be booked during this window to avail of the discount www.kidspace.ie

Guinness Storehouse – Half-price general entry adult tickets for visits between the 1st of December 2019 and 29th of February 2020 on Black Friday only.  Click here

Odeon Cinemas – sign-up to Odeon Limitless before December 2nd you will also receive a €30 Amazon Gift card, purchase here

Tayto Park – €50 off ALL Season Passes and 25% off ALL day tickets this Black Friday purchase online from www.TaytoPark.ie

The Helix Christmas Pantomime The Three Musketeers – €15 tickets for January 17th performance at 7pm using code blackfriday19 on www.thehelix.ie or call  01 700 7000  and quote the code.

The Teeling Whiskey Distillery – get 2 for 1 on the Teeling, Trinity and Distillery Select tours – a saving of up to €30! Simply book online using the code BFTWD2FOR1 anytime on Friday, 29th November for the tour of your choice. Click here

HEALTH FOOD STORES

The Health Store – Save 20% off sitewide on health and wellness products from November 28th to the 30th using the discount code ‘blackfriday’ at checkout here

Holland & Barrett – up to 50% off selected items and 10% off when you spend €45 here

ELECTRICAL & MOBILE

D.I.D – Huge discounts here

Tesco Mobile – various offers online including iPhone 8 FREE with 20GB data and 2,000 calls and texts for just €40 / month.  New Samsung Galaxy A10 only €99.99 for prepay customers. Top-up by €15 and get 15GB data, unlimited* any network minutes PLUS €5 credit here

Camera  Centre – special offers online here

BOOKS AND STATIONERY

Easons – up to 30% off nearly everything here

PETS

Pet Stop – 3 for 2 Black Friday offers on Christmas treats for your furry friend here

WINE

O'Briens Wine – Over 200 Festive Wines are on sale at O’Brien’s for Black Friday. Irish Whiskeys from €19.95, Gins from €19.95, and Vodka from €18.95 here

GAMING

Easons – 30% off games use code BLACK here

Game Stop – various offers here

GYM

Aura Leisure – Save up to 20% off 3 Month’s Membership at selected locations here

ART

Chris O’Hara – €50 added to every €200 voucher here

GIFTS

The Kilkenny Shop – minimum 10% off all Irish brands and up to 50% off select brands in-store and online here

Carroll's Irish Gifts – offering up to 70% off selected items here

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Disclaimer: whilst great care has been taken to create this list, it’s a fast-moving world of retail so offers will change, expire and run out.  Do your own research before purchasing – this content is intended to be used for informational purposes only.  Independently research and verify all offers before purchase after reading information on this website. 

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This Friday November 29th, The Square Tallaght is hosting The Ultimate Shopping Night and everyone is welcome!  Kicking off at 5pm, customers can shop ‘til they drop with massive discounts throughout the centre from fashions and homeware to technology, beauty and more, as well as a live DJ, giveaways, tasty food sampling and live entertainment to keep spirits high!  

If the shopping gets too much, take a break with a complimentary shoulder massage or snap a selfie in the selfie studio. 

The team at The Square Tallaght want to make the Christmas shopping experience as easy and enjoyable as possible and customers on the night can also avail of the complimentary gift-wrapping service so no need to spend Christmas Eve surrounded by wrapping paper and ribbon!

The Square Tallaght Black Friday Discounts:

  • Ashford Collection: 20% off everything
  • Boots: see in store for offers
  • Butchers Block: 50% off special selection
  • Camera Centre: Visit camera.ie for details
  • Carraig Donn: 20% off full price items
  • Changes Clinic: 20% extra free with every gift voucher purchased
  • Claire’s Accessories: Buy 3 get 3 free on everything
  • Clarks: 25% off
  • Debenhams: 15% off cosmetics & up to 50% off fragrance
  • Diesel: 20% off everything (full price items) Up to 50% off selected items
  • Easons: 3 for 2 offers across most categories
  • Fields: Extra 5% off for privilege
  • Footlocker: Up to 50% off
  • Fujifilm: Up to 20% off
  • Game Stop: Up to 50% off plus 3 for 2 offers
  • Gerard Fashions: See in store for offers
  • Golden Discs: Box Set deals, offers in vinyl record players and more
  • Golden Spiderweb: 25% off all new stock
  • H Samuel: See in store for offers
  • H&M: 20% off
  • Hale: Up top 50% off selected items
  • Hallmark outlet: 10% off all stock
  • Health Express Pharmacy: Up to 40% off
  • Heatons: €20 back with every €100 spent
  • Hickeys Pharmacy: Up to 20% off
  • Holland & Barrett: Better than half price offers
  • Home Focus: See in store for details
  • Hugmie: €2 off phone accessories & €5 off electrical toys
  • Jack & Jones: 25% off all full price items
  • KoKos: 15% off
  • Love Fashion: 20% off full price items
  • Mao at Home: €8.95 lunchbowl menu will from 5-9pm for walk in customers
  • Newbridge Silverware: 50% off selected items
  • Offbeat Donuts: Free glazed donut with any hot drink, spin the wheel & sampling
  • Pandora: See in store for offers
  • Perfume Shop: 20% off second item & daily deals
  • Peter Mark: See in store for offers
  • Quiz Clothing: See in store for details
  • Regatta: Up to 70% off
  • River Island: 20% off in store
  • Six For Good: Lots of offers in store
  • Skechers: Up to 70% off
  • Specsavers: 2 for 1 offers
  • Sports Direct: €20 voucher back with every €100 spent
  • Style Club: See in store for offers
  • Superdrug: 3 for 2 cosmetics, triple points with every beauty card, starbuys fragrances, 10% student discount
  • The Carphone Warehouse: Offers in store
  • The Health Store: 20% off supplements 15% off everything else
  • The Square Jewellers: Up to 50% off selected items
  • The Works: 3 for €18 megadeal on kids toys and adult crafts
  • Therapie: See in store for offers
  • Trespass: 50% off all trespass stock
  • Wowburger: Wowburger meal giveaway every hour on the hour
  • Yours Clothing: See in store for offers

For more information visit www.thesquare.ie 

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Christmas means more at Kilkenny, Nassau Street and because of this, some of Ireland’s top artists will be discussing their work and personalising each piece sold in-store this Saturday, November 23rd from 12-4pm.

The home of Irish craft and design is encouraging the nation to support Irish brands and the economy this festive season through a series of once-off instore events happening throughout November and December. This Saturday’s art event is one not to be missed and features renowned artists Belinda Northcote, Jim Skully, Jando, Vera Gaffney, Simone Walsh, Rebeka Kahn, Fab Cow, Black Hen and more.

Belinda Northcote – Home Tree Home €59.95

Each of the talented artists will bring customers through the inspiration, process and aesthetic behind each piece and the story behind their brand. Every piece sold on the day will include a personalised message from the artist along with a signature making each item sold a one-of-kind.

A gift of personalised art this Christmas will be truly unforgettable and will be a focal point in any room. Jando, Fab Cow and Jim Skully perfectly capture some of Ireland’s most-loved landmarks and landscapes in a bold and impactful way. Vera Gaffney and Simone Walsh will add a splash of colour to any home. Rebecca Khan and Black Hen’s intricate pieces will bring some of Ireland’s beautiful nature indoors.

Rebeka Kahn 'Life is an Adventure' 26cm x 26cm €150.00

In addition to this unique experience, Kilkenny Nassau Street will also be offering free engraving on all baubles sold with names, dates or short messages making to make for the perfect gift or an eye-catching addition to any Christmas tree.

For all of these suppliers’ products and more, please visit kilkennyshop.com.

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Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

We have been far too lazy to leave the house, especially during the cold, dreary evenings but we’ll be dashing to Dundrum after their latest announcement.

The shopping centre has opened a pop-up Victoria Secret store and we cannot wait to pop in and treat ourselves. 

The pop-up store will sell everything from bras to sleep wear to loungewear.

They’ll also be selling accessories, fragrances, make-up, lotions, and other bath and body products from Victoria's Secret Beauty line including their best-selling Bombshell fragrance and body sets.

They’re also offering a bra-fitting service.

The store even features two private dressing rooms.

You can find the perfect VS pyjamas for your bestie or treat yourself to some gorgeous new lingerie.

The Victoria Secret pop-up store on Level 1 at Dundrum Town Centre.

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It’s Week 2 of Aldi’s Secret Six Offers, which will take place in Aldi stores nationwide until Sunday, December 22.

Each Monday, Aldi will release details of the week’s Secret Six Offer, and each Thursday, when you buy one of these amazing products, you will get a second one, FOR FREE!

This week’s Secret Six Product is Luxury Christmas Crackers €9.99. 8 Luxury Crackers, each beautifully finished with organza or satin ties. Includes Foil Tissue Hat, Motto and quality Gift. Choose from 3 designs in silver, blue or red.

This offer is available this Thursday, November 21– Sunday, November 24 only (while stocks last). You must be 12 or over to purchase this product.

So head to your nearest Aldi store every Thursday between now and Christmas to avail of this amazing offer!

Terms and conditions for Secret Six:

  • The Secret Six promotion is available in all Republic of Ireland Aldi stores, commencing on Thursday, 14th November to Sunday, 22nd December.
  • Offers are available from the Thursday they launch to the Sunday, 3 days later, while stocks last.
  • Availability is limited, and customers can only receive one offer/purchase per transaction.
  • The promotion is a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ promotion on a selected weekly product.
  • This promotion is subject to availability and stock quantities will vary from store to store.
  • Offer is available only while stocks last.
  • Any alcohol offer will only be available to people over 18 years and from 10.30am.
  • Aldi reserves the right to withdraw the promotion at any time or to vary the elements of the promotion.
  • Prices are correct at time of dispatch and are subject to change.
  • A cash alternative in lieu of the second free product is not available for this promotion.

 For more information, see www.aldi.ie  

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Say goodbye to Black Friday and hello to Green Friday by buying Irish brands and products on November 29, urges a leading Irish retailer.

Green Friday is an initiative led by Marian O’Gorman of Kilkenny to champion a movement to support Irish brands and businesses nationwide.

 Kilkenny, and bodies like the Design and Crafts Council, Retail Excellence, SFA, Chambers Ireland and others will lead a powerful and passionate drive to reawaken people to the significance of buying Irish, shopping local, and the wealth of talent and enterprise behind our Irish craft and design businesses.

A national campaign is to be rolled out in the coming weeks, encouraging people in Ireland to drive our economy, support jobs and nurture our creative community in these uncertain times by purchasing Irish goods on one of the busiest shopping days of the year – the last Friday in November. 

Previously, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have been enthusiastically embraced by Irish consumers, with more than €50 million spent over the course of the weekend in 2018.

Speaking of the campaign, Marian O’Gorman, CEO of Kilkenny issued a passionate call to action to shoppers;

“Our survey of consumers shows that 84% prefer to buy from Irish suppliers."

“This does not surprise me as Irish brands and products are second to none and, as a nation, we have many that are leaders on a world stage.

“We, as consumers, need to appreciate the fundamental fact that by keeping money in circulation in our own communities, we are protecting jobs and public services,” added Marian O’Gorman.

Around €4.65 billion will be spent by Irish shoppers during the Christmas period, based on research from Retail Ireland. Green Friday is designed to remind consumers of the power that they yield and the effect their support has on the designers, makers and businesspeople of the country.

“Irish consumers are seeing more and more how buying locally made products from Ireland’s designers and makers is an inspired choice that helps our economy and our environment,” said Brian McGee, Market Development Director, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland.

Brands and businesses are encouraged to market their products under the Green Friday banner, highlighting the value of shopping locally.  Check out microsite goforgreenfriday.com which provides businesses with free downloadable marketing material.

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Littlewoods Ireland, Ireland’s leading online department store, is delighted to announce the launch of British fashion brand, Topshop, adding to its array of covetable brands including Warehouse, Mango, Whistles and it’s very own V By Very collection. 

To mark the launch, Littlewoods Ireland has recruited a dynamic style tribe of fashion talent; Hana Cross, Malaika Firth and Ella Richards to showcase the breadth and multitude of ways to land your look from the edited Topshop collection.

The Littlewoods Ireland x Topshop style tribe loved sharing their thoughts on each other’s looks, Hana Cross, said; ‘My friends are my style tribe, we message each other all the time saying, “Should I wear this?” or, “Do these jeans work with this?”, or “Is this cute?” I loved doing this shoot; the clothes were fabulous, especially the long black dress – love the fabric, I felt really comfortable in it and it's a piece you can wear during the day and go straight out in!”

With new styles landing frequently, shoppers can update their wardrobes with the latest fashion across clothing, footwear, accessories and reference key seasonal trends including utility, florals, leather and denim.

Speaking about the launch, Emma Alexander, Fashion Director at Littlewoods Ireland, said; “We’re so excited to be launching Topshop and especially pleased to be the only Irish retailer offering Topshop Beauty. The extensive product ranges will be trend-led and constantly refreshed, meaning customers really will be able to land their whole look at Littlewoods Ireland.”

Rossa Butler, Marketing and Operations Director for Littlewoods Ireland, said; “We’re thrilled to land Topshop, the fashion favourite of the high street, which we know our customers will love. As Ireland’s leading online retailer, this partnership will bring our existing customers more of the trends they love and will help to attract even more customers with our unrivalled mix of brands.”

Paul Price, CEO at Topshop Topman, added: “Topshop’s mission is to inspire customers and bring them exciting, design-led fashion at great value. We’re delighted to be partnering with digital pure play, Littlewoods Ireland– delivering our clothing, accessories and beauty to more shoppers’ homes at the click of a button.”

Littlewoods Ireland already stocks several of the Arcadia Group’s brands including Wallis, Evans and Miss Selfridge. This will be further enhanced by Topman, launching on 24th September followed by Burton and Dorothy Perkins ranges, launching on 9th September.

The Topshop collection is now available to shop on www.littlewoodsireland.ie

 

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We may be over *gasp* half way through summer 2018 but don't put your Penney's sunnies and your Bardot tops away just yet, ladies. 

With the whole month of August still to come, we have sooo many more chances to take (fifty drafts) of that sun-drenched Insta snap in The Perfect Outfit. 

If you're feeling like you've worn out every possible summer '18 fashion trend, then no look for further for fabulous inspo from our very own home-grown gals who are absolutely slaying it on Instagram.

1. Straw sun-hat/matching bag combo 

As seen on the stunning fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger Louise Cooney, who shared the image with her 115k followers while on holiday in the Cinque Terre Riviera.

Straw hats and bags have been a summer staple forever – but they're a staple for a reason.

They are practical and stylish. A summer classic, if you will.

Grab a simple straw hat in H&M for €12.99 and instantly become a beach goddess. Minus the 155k followers, obvs. 

2. The baggy shirt 

Only Erika Fox (@retroflame) could make a baggy shirt and short-shorts looks this effortlessly cool but it's summer and we're gonna try, goddammit. 

Zara are killing it in the shirt game, but this one for €29.95 is simple but gorgeous.

Pair it with your trusty denim cut-offs and you're Insta-ready, no matter the backdrop. 

3. Wrap dress

This whole outfit is just ''Wow.''

And the best bit?

It's Penney's, hun.

Yes, Courtney Smith has paired a matching wrap dress and trousers together and it looks unreal, doesn't it? And not bad at €25. 

4. The jumpsuit

 Louise O'Reilly (@stylemecurvy) has nailed the jumpsuit in one fell swoop.

The stunning red literally pops off the screen and it's such a simple piece to style around. 

As Louise writes herself, it can be worn as workwear or evening wear and it's available at River Island for €75.

We think it's worth every penny.

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Being financially independent is hard enough as it is, without the possibility of living in New York. Forget the student lifestyle of drinking all night and having a lie-in until midday. It takes hard work and financial discipline to survive the NYC life.

We all dream of it; the bottomless brunches near Central Park, shopping debt-free on 5th Avenue, living in an apartment that’s LITERALLY the exact same as Monica’s from Friends.

New York is heavily idealised as one of the greatest cities in the world, but it’s hard to deny how magical it can be. Ice-skating at Rockefeller centre at Christmas, essentially recreating Home Alone 2, hitting the iconic bars and gliding past skyscrapers and Broadway.

It permanently feels like you’re on a movie set, the city that never sleeps embodies movement and energetic culture. It’s impossible not to love it, but is it possible to afford it?

Insider recently rated New York eight on the list of the world’s most expensive cities to live in. It was the only American city to make the top ten, and once you break down the costs such as travel, food and rent, it’s not hard to see why it made the list.

We spoke to one of our New Yorker contacts who spent one year living the New York lifestyle to get the 411. You wanna see the receipts?

Rent

Rents have increased at double the rate of incomes in the last seven years alone, according to StreetEasy, which means that you need to make six figures to live in many of the city's most elite neighbourhoods. Yikes.

An average Irish student living in NYC could be paying amounts which range between $700 and $1500 a month on rent, as well as utilities. This would of course depend on location, size, how many housemates you share with and facilities like Wi-Fi and laundry.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Our lucky wanderlust gal spent $900 on rent per month, a good deal seeing as it included utilities and the internet, as well as a washer and a dryer inside.

“I shared with three others, and only had one bathroom, and it was in a pretty dilapidated building in Bushwick with a not so helpful landlord.”

Secret deals in NYC in terms of rent are essentially non-existent. Most people agree that seeing a unicorn is probably more statistically likely. Or a Friends reunion.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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One major extra cost comes in terms of furnishing an empty space, as most apartments in the city will come unfurnished.

Buying second-hand items can be a huge help, and finding things on the street, but both of these options of course have their limitations.

For example, I got my mattress in Berkeley from the street outside our fraternity house, which most people did, and got a very rude awakening when our entire room was visited by bed bugs.

If you think California rent is better than New York, you’ve got another thing coming.

Food and Drink

First thing’s first, you HAVE to limit eating out and going for expensive drinks in glamorous bars. Many New Yorkers are blasé about dropping $10 on coffee and a mediocre muffin.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We’d all love that lifestyle, but you have to prioritise. Pre-packed lunches is the way to go, and cooking at home.

“A cocktail in a bar would set you back about $14, and in a trendy rooftop bar you could easily spend $20 on a drink. Eating in a restaurant could set you back about $35 for a meal if you included a drink, sales tax and tip."

"This is the worst thing about price of food and drinks in NYC! You think the price will be less, but a 20% service charge adds on a hefty chunk to your bill.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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NYC also has a city tax, so your paycheck won’t have much spending power. Supermarket food in New York is also highly expensive, so even if you want to cook from home, finding lower-cost ingredients can be tricky at best.

My J1 was essentially a three month binge on fries, $4 pizza slices and the occasional scrambled egg on toast if I could afford it. Eating healthily is even harder, considering fast food and ramen are the only semi-affordable meals.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“Places like Trader Joe's were good for lower cost own-brand items and for whole food/grain type things, but fruit and vegetables generally were always expensive. Meat and fish were also very pricey, there was definitely a good incentive to turn vegetarian.”

I’m personally astounded that I escaped contracting scurvy on my J1 to San Francisco, I barely saw fruit or vegetables the entire time. Spending under $10 on one meal became a challenge that was seen as the Mount Everest of nutritional budgeting.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Try starting an Excel spreadsheet for all of your expenses, so you can budget in advance. Prepare as many meals as you can to prevent buying expensive snacks in stores, and avoid buying too many perishable food items that you would throw away if it went uneaten.

Wasting perfectly good food will become a mortal sin to you after a few weeks of living the NYC life, trust us.

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“If you pre-drink in advance, then you don't have to spend too much on a night-out. Liquor in shops is actually quite cheap. The subway runs all night so you can get around cheaply, and otherwise a shared Uber wouldn't be too expensive."

"Some clubs charge entry and then have expensive drinks. I don't smoke but cigarettes were also a massive cost.”

Keep the receipts from any bar you go to, and it will be come alarmingly obvious that purchasing drinks the entire night most definitely adds up.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Irish have perfected pre-drinking culture, so don’t let yourself slip too much on your night out by buying $16 cocktails every ten minutes, or you’ll be in for a rude awakening when you check your bank balance.

For a couple of free beers, one of Brooklyn’s best craft distilleries (New York Distilling Co.) opens its doors to the public for free tours and tastings on weekends from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m, don’t miss your chance.

Travel

“This was one of the most expensive aspects of living in New York. Flights in and out of the city were always pricey. There is no Ryanair equivalent of budget flights unfortunately."

The Amtrak train service is notoriously expensive. Without advance booking (and even then), it can be $100 for a measly two hour journey… good God.

Buses are the cheapest option for the city, but the reliability and quality leave a lot to be desired, as you might imagine. The buses are often incredibly late, over-booked or cancelled.

The public transport system (MTA) costs you $121 per month for unlimited use, which isn’t bad compared to Dublin, and can be used on buses and subways. However, any of the longer commuter trains are much more expensive

If you’re thinking of parking in the city, be warned that the cost of this is extortionate, as are the prices for renting a car in NYC.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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People would often go to neighbouring states of New Jersey or Connecticut to get cars, rather than face the pain of using their hard-earned cash on New York prices.

Activities

Hidden costs and fees are what make so much of New York that bit more expensive than Europe and other places.

Laundromats charge extremely high prices purely because many apartments in the city don’t have laundry facilities, so they take full advantage of this. Hand-washing some of your clothes can aid this process.

When it comes to activities, there are ways of finding cheaper alternatives. The amazing city has a vast array of things to do; the buzz and excitement of the place is captivating.

The tourism industry in NYC is always booming, so charging huge fees for activities such as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller entre, boat rides in Central Park and more can be expensive beyond belief.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Staten Island Ferry is free though, so take advantage of that.

Are you desperate to see the Picassos in the Museum of Modern Art, but don’t want to hand over the $25 admission fee?

The museum offers free admission every Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 pm, and you can also visit the sculpture garden for free every morning from 9:30 to 10 am.

Chelsea’s unreal free art galleries are mostly located between W. 14th Street and W. 29th Street around 10th and 11th Avenues.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s fee is waived on Tuesdays, which means you have the ideal escape for the hustle and bustle of Manhattan life.

Finding activities for free is hugely common in parks, try bringing a picnic to Central Park, embarking on a free yoga session in Bryant Park or grabbing street food (the hot dogs are mouth-watering) and chilling on the lush grass.

Central Park Conservatory offers free tours as well.

The Federal Bank of New York’s Gold Vault has free tours every afternoon. Built in the 1920s and containing over 6,500 tonnes of gold, this little-known treasure can teach you some fascinating financial secrets of the city.

Try stargazing on the High Line, a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.

Neighbourhood residents saved the location from demolition, and the High Line opened in 2009 as a hybrid space where visitors can experience nature, art, and design for free.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Watch outdoor movies at HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival and Syfy Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Grab a seat and bring some snacks, it’s one of the best free activities New York has to offer. Soak up the skyline, it’s one of a kind.

Grand Central Terminal is also a tourist favourite, the 102-year-old train station is still in massive use but it embodies NYC grandeur. The outdoor part of the 9/11 memorial is also free to visit.

So there you have it, if you budget like your life depends on it, you can survive the financial battle of New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It may not be exactly like Sex and the City, but who would ever believe that Carrie could afford a huge Manhattan apartment BY HERSELF on a columnist’s salary? It’s ridiculousness. We still want her life though.

Susan Ertz summed it up pretty well when she wrote that New York was "never built for the comfort and happiness of its citizens, but to astonish the world." Well, it succeeded.

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Do you brace yourself every time you use your card in Dublin? Do you mumble excuses at the cashier when it’s declined?

I’ve taken to pre-emptively warning the staff at Zara that my card may not work. Dublin is one of the world's most expensive cities to live in, and we’re feeling it this summer.

With this in mind, we’ve come up with a few tips on how to make the most of your Irish summer on a tight  budget.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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1. Get familiar with the best-for-your-euro food options around the city centre

Looking for a burger? WOW Burger does a mini burger for €4.95 that ain’t so mini. Carluccio’s on Dawson Street does a half box of delicious pasta at lunchtime for less than 4 quid.

Mongolian BBQ in Temple Bar does an enormous Lunch Bowl for €7.90 that will do as your main meal for the day.

If you need to eat out, look around and see where a fiver lunch or a tenner dinner is available- be strict with yourself.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2. Choose culture for dates

The National Museums of Ireland are all free to visit and are simply gorgeous. The Archaeology Museum is on Kildare Street and the Museum of Decorative Arts and History is just beside the Museum stop on the red Luas line.

The Natural History Museum (think weirdly interesting stuffed animals) is on Merrion Street and is a fab place for a date or a stroll at lunch. Spend your free afternoons this summer, learning about Dublin for free.  

The National Gallery of Ireland also has breathtaking art with collections from icons like Caravaggio, Jack B Yeats, Mantegna,Titian, Monet and Picasso.

Paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photography, archival and bibliographical material all feature, as well as furniture. The inside of the building itself is worth a look for the beautiful design.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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3. Buy a good raincoat NOW

It may sound expensive, but if you make an initial investment, it will stand to you. Dublin is WET during the summer.

If you don’t have a waterproof jacket that a) has a hood and b) fits into your bag, you WILL accumulate several sh*t umbrellas over the coming months.

Not only is this a financial drain but its also the most unsustainable way to keep yourself dry this summer. Buy yourself a raincoat that will last and both your pocket AND the environment will thank you come September.

4. Drink off-peak

We don’t mean drink on your lunch break or have a liquid breakfast. We mean slightly earlier in the day or midweek.

Many places around town will have a two-for-one deal on cocktails (Fade Street Social, Pygmalion, Capitol Bar, Xico) or cheap pints (Dicey’s Garden) during the week or early in the day.

Have a scout and plan your drinks based on the deals- it will be worth the extra bit of research when you have more cash leftover at the end of the week.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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5.  Avoid the following high street stores like the plague:

  • Zara
  • Penney’s
  • H&M
  • Pull and Bear
  • River Island

Don’t lie to yourself. Don’t window shop or go in for a ‘quick look’. You WILL end up spending money. As usual, you will come across the most gorgeous clothes when you have the lowest funds available.

If your route home passes by these shops, choose another. An extra five minutes walk may save you money in the long-term. It's also beneficial for the environment to avoid these stores full stop…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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6. Look for half-price stickers

Once you get into the ‘reduced’ or ‘half price’ mindset, you'll be flying it. Food shops such as Marks & Spencer and Avoca have a system where they cut the price of many of their products (such as ready-made meals) at the end of the week.

Keep your eyes peeled for such stickers so you can eat well on a budget.

7. Shop Charity

If you take a turn up George’s Street, you will be met by an abundance of charity shop options.

St Vincent’s, Enable Ireland and Oxfam are all a stone’s throw from each other, so you are bound to find something.

The same can be said for the Aungier Street/ Camden Street area which is home to shops like Age Action, Gorta and the Dublin Simon Community Shop.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Charity shopping is a great way to save money, not to mention a greener way to shop for clothes and shoes.

Keep an eye out for the vintage racks in these shops where you might find some real treasures.

An unforgettable Dublin summer isn't impossible to reach for. If you carry out the right research and plan your budget, you can make the most out of this fun city without going into massive debt.

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If you have any Debenhams gift vouchers lying around; use them as soon as you can.

The chain, which has 1,600 staff and 11 shops in the Republic, is now in administration.

The department store is still in business despite shares in the struggling retailer being suspended at its own request.

Billionaire businessman Mike Ashley revised offer  was rejected because he wanted to be chief executive.

He had offered £200million (€230million) into the chain but this was refused and said putting it into administration was a ‘national scandal’.

He said, ''These politicians and regulators have proven to be as effective as a chocolate teapot.''

While the stores do remain open, Consumers’ Association of Ireland chief Dermott Jewell said, ''We advise consumers to use all credit vouchers/tokens and gift cards issued by the store without delay.'

According to retail industry expert David Fitz­simons, of Retail Excellence Ireland, the chain’s main problem stems from its constant promotions, discounts and sales.

He said, ''‘If you’re a woman and you know Debenhams is going to have 30% off fragrance next month and you go in and it’s full price, you’re going to hold off spending.''

He continued, ''There’s no price consistency at Debenhams which is the fundamental issue. They’ve lost their way and a number of stores had been earmarked for closure.''

Debenhams – which has 166 stores and employs 25,000 people across the Britain and Ireland – has been struggling for some time, with debts of £640million (€740million) and three profit warnings issued in 2018.

Administrators at FTI Consulting were appointed and sold the group to a newly incorporated company controlled by Debenhams’ lenders.

It's not looking good for the store so swoop in and get what you can with any vouchers you have.

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