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It's officially Saint Patrick's Day, but that doesn't mean we're not still on the look out for some amazing vintage buys. 

Nine Crows is one of Ireland's most well-known vintage stores, with locations in Dublin and Galway. 

To celebrate all things Irish, the vintage veterans are giving customers 20 per cent off in their online store if you use the code STPTRCK. 

 

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We may have to take this opportunity to stock up on some amazing bits ahead of festival season.

From bomber jackets and dungarees to luxe sports wear and accessories, the store has it all. 

 

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We're especially big fans of their iconic deep-V shirts.

We'll take one in every colour (especially green). 

Feature image: Nine Crows Instagram 

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Vintage wedding wear might be having a moment, but Abby Kingston's decision to wear a dress that was over a century old wasn't a sartorial one.

The bride, who was raised in Pennsylvania, will get married next month in a 120-year old dress that's been worn by 10 other women in her family.

Abby's great-great-grandmother first wore the dress back in 1895, and from there it was passed down through generations, with its last outing in 1991.

And 24 years on, the dress required a lot of repair to make it wearable again. 

"The sleeves were disintegrating, the dress was filled with holes and the satin had turned an unattractive brown," local paper Lehigh Valley Live reports.

"I thought, 'It's just not possible,'" Abby told the paper. "I'm just not going to be able to wear it."

Luckily, after a whopping 200 hours of design work, the Victorian-era dress has been restored to its original glory.

To balance things out (and avoid further damage to the delicate dress), Abby will wear a new gown for her walk down the aisle, and will change into the family dress for cocktail hour afterward.

But it won't be in her care for long… as a 12th family member is already interested.

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If you're low on funds but looking for an outfit with a difference, your first port of call should always be your local charity shop.

Yes, high street shops and even dedicated vintage stores might look more appealing, but as long as you're willing to rummage a little and be creative, you're guaranteed to find charity shop gems at half the price you'd pay elsewhere.

And we're not talking random Penneys slogan t-shirts for €1, either. Proper vintage finds, amazing prints, tailored pieces and more are all hidden away on charity shop rails waiting for a new home.

Here are a few tips to ensure you get the most out of your next visit…

1. Be ruthless
You don't need to spend hours slowly browsing through the racks – keep an eye out for prints and textures that catch your eye and you'll be sure to find a gem soon enough. Oversized coats and sweaters are always good bets as sizing is less of an issue. Only buy pieces that you can actually imagine in your wardrobe, rather than saying 'Oh, I'll wear it at some stage.' You probably won't.

 

Ready for fall now that I finally found a tweed blazer that fits nicely! #charityshopfind #tweed #fall #autumn

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2. Don't be afraid to tailor
Just because that gorgeous fifties-style skirt is a size too big doesn't mean it wouldn't look perfect with a few nips and tucks. The same goes for sleeves that are too long or necklines that are too high. Stylist Courteney Smith is a huge advocate of tailoring both new and vintage finds – check out her Instagram for inspiration.

 

3. Don't just look for clothes
Why splurge on a new Topshop leather satchel when you could find a perfectly good one for a quarter of the price at St Vincent de Paul? Leather ages brilliantly, so handbags are always going to be a solid charity shop bet. Also keep an eye out for homewares… some well chosen mis-matched plates and cups can totally pimp up your kitchen collection.

 

Plate wall coming along nicely #vintage #charityshopfind #countrykitchen #platewall

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4. Quality is key
Just because something is cheap doesn't mean you have to buy it. And likewise, if something in a charity shop seems over-priced, it could well be because you're getting a super high quality piece for a fraction of the usual cost. Materials like denim, wool and leather are all good finds as they're designed to look even better with age.

 

5. Keep an open mind
If you've never shopped in a charity shop before,  you may need a little attitude adjustment. Yes, the clothes are not as beautifully arranged as they are in other stores, and no things won't smell brand new, but that's the joy of vintage shopping. If you're still a little apprehensive, stick to shops that have a dedicated 'vintage' section with more unusual and colourful finds.

 

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Vintage Affair is a vintage wedding styling company specialising in rental & styling of vintage props & décor accessories. Their aim is to enable wedding couples the freedom to drift into bygone eras of vintage allure and enjoy the run up to their big day, at an affordable price.  They remove the hassle, time and money wasting that goes with planning your dream day. Allow the team at Vintage Affair to become totally immersed in the supply of your desired rental treasures and the hands on styling of your venue and removing the D.I.Y look from your wedding.

But that’s not all, Vintage Affair also caters for a range of events from sophisticated hen parties to baby showers and christenings.

So no matter what event you have coming up, whether big or small why not set the tone of your event in a Vintage Affair style, and let them take the hassle out of your special day.

To be in with a chance of winning a €150 voucher for Vintage Affair simply follow the steps below.

Step 1: Like the Vintage Affair Facebook page

 

Step 2: Enter your details below

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Elizabeth Taylor was a legend of Hollywood until her death in 2011, but her influence didn’t stop there. The actress continues to inspire other actors as well as fashionistas worldwide.

Elizabeth was the queen of Hollywood’s Golden Age and her style always reflected that title. We love her older looks the most as the tiny waist, flared skirts and fitted bodices are just so elegant and chic.

We love her high waisted trousers matched with a pretty bikini top.

The black playsuit is very Parisian and the cute belt enhances her already tiny waist.

Which of Elizabeth’s looks are your favourite?

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When it comes to wine, it can go either way really – it’s either too dry or not dry enough.

If you have something special coming up and you want to find some good quality wine for this occasion, remember our top tips on choosing the right wine:

Price: don’t be fooled by the price of wine. Nowadays, you can find a perfectly good wine at a reasonable price.

Consider vintage: the taste of wine is usually determined by its age. Some wine reaches its best flavour in around the second year, while others taste nicer when they are relatively young.

Pairing: make sure your pair the wine with your meal. Lighter meals require lighter wines and heavy wines are better suited for heavy meals.

These three tips will help you decide which wine to go for – we all the battle between red and white is just never ending.

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