Waking up on Christmas morning my mum sorry Santa would always have a stocking at the end of my bed. I am not sure if many of you hold this tradition or maybe you might consider starting this year. Personally I think it’s a great gift for a loved one. Instead of purchasing one expensive item that they may or may not use, filling a stocking with lipsticks, cozy soaks that you know they will want and need. As fun as Christmas can be, it can also be stressful buying gifts. For me I find a stocking to be the best solution to this problem. To fill the best stocking for your girlfriend or wife I have picked out the very best from Penny’s this season. No excuses boys its all under one roof. There is a lot to choose from but what will really make her smile is Penny’s 2 in 1 Tassel charging cable. I know sounds very long but this is the most perfect tasseled key chain, which has an iPhone charger cable underneath for 8 euro. For beauty Pennys PS cosmetics also have a lipstick/gloss combo for 3.50. You can find prices below. Once again have a lovely Christmas and of course.
Faux fur stole 15 euro
PS Smokey eye brush set 4 Euro
Gold clutch bag 10 euro
Bodysuit 13 euro
Earrings 5 euro
Oversized brooch 4euro
Bodysuit 11 euro
PJ Blouse 9 euro
PJ pants 8 euro
Vanity mirror 15 euro
Light box 14 Euro
Sweet lips mini lip palette 1.50 euro
Lip bath mat 5 euro
Smokey eye palette 3.50
Beauty kit 10 euro
Silver tote bag 10 euro
Gold Hair Brush 4 euro
Last week I was invited to Penny’s (Primark) S/S17 preview. Penny’s is a way of life for many of us Irish ladies, I can’t imagine growing up without it. There have been so many occasions for myself were I was stuck aboard for a pair of tights, tank top and just wished Penny’s was around the corner. Penny’s always fix a wardrobe malfunction. How many of you ladies would be lost at Christmas with out a PJ set or cozy socks? I know I would be. Ladies we do not know how lucky we are. While living in New York and Mexico the search for good tights or underwear was exhausting. Even when you would find a pair you were lucky if you purchased tights for 14euro. I’m sorry but that is the price of a fabulous cardigan in Penny’s world. It’s no longer an Irish or UK secret as you can now find stores in Milan, Amsterdam, Madrid and Boston. I may have left a store out and by the time I post this, another store maybe announced, as the excitement for “Penny’s best” is growing daily.
I was so excited to see what the New Year would hold for all us retail lovers. Lets face it January sucks. We have all come down from the high of Christmas celebrations. Decorations are taken away and you are left with a bank statement that you would rather not see. Well I guarantee you to wait patiently because Penny’s will soon change the mood with their new S/S collection. It really is their best yet from what I have been shown.
There were five separate collections for ladies each with their own individual look. It is a collection built to attract the girlie girl, punk rockers, and boss ladies. Something for everyone no matter what style or mood you want to show off. What stood out from each the five was their selection of jackets. OMG the jackets from embroidered denim to studded faux leather jacket. Gucci who?? My favorite collection had to be what I nicknamed the “glam rock rail”. This collection was a mix of studded jackets, gingham dress and a killer yellow ruffled dress. What’s not to love? There was three pieces from this rail shared similar popularity with many others in the room. Of course the yellow dress being one but also the leather embroidered jacket. I have recently purchased a pair of white boots and I literally cannot wait until spring to get this pink and white gingham dress. It is going to be everywhere this season ladies and why gingham is reintroduced time after time. Because it’s a 60s classic which in my opinion was the era of fashion but also it looks good on everybody shape.
Gather & Gather catered the event with some yummy pink treats and drinks. Once again another event filled with sweets and cakes that I could not resist. This no sugar month was a bad idea. Who was I kidding I am never going to change. Artic Stone Ice cream was also catering their signature hand rolled ice cream. Yes you read right hand rolled ice cream, its tastes amazing and is so much fun to see it being made. First you pick your flavor. I decided to go with raspberry but there are many options. The berries and cream are poured onto a cooling silver table. Here is the fun part where the Artic Stone ice cream masters begins to rotate, slice and toss the cream as it slowly cools and becomes thicker. After this they spread the ice cream like butter on toast. What I love is that they add a personally touch of writing your name on the thinned out ice cream before rolling it up. Of course you cannot see your name but it’s the personal touch that counts. Then the most important is the toppings from mash mellows, nuts, chocolate anything you like they have it all. It’s delicious but also very light and really added a fun experience to the day. Who knew lining up for ice cream could be so entertaining, I would highly recommend it for any party or event. Hope you love all my favorite picks from this years preview. I have no doubt this spring will be a very fashionable one.
‘Penny’s Best’ a phrase that would be more familiar to you Irish ladies, a store that can easily make you feel homesick. Penny’s is simply a fashion outlet in Ireland where you can purchase so many amazing pieces for ridiculously low prices. In the UK this store is also referred to as Primark and most definitely worth a visit if ever in Ireland or the UK. New York needs to catch up on to this amazing store, as I’m dying to pick up my basic essentials, such as a simple cute blouse or statement heels. It’s only in recent years that Penny’s have really “upped their game”, you will find everything you need for a night out, as they have in recent years created an incredible range and lines in cosmetics. Another favorite collection of mine is their range and variety of lingerie, which I personally prefer any day over Victoria Secrets here in the States. I feel they have a much better selection and better quality, which is extremely important to me but instead of paying $40 for the latest “VS must have”, you will get just as good if not better for €6 or $6.60 in Penny’s so you do the maths !!!!
Its “hiatus time” in production for those of you not in the know, means a lot of shows are finishing up filming for the next few months. So it’s hard to get work but also nice as it gives me days like this, to do what I want and just wander the city. I really can’t go anywhere these days without one of my now many Aritza pants. One thing I love the most to wear with them is my leather jacket but also an oversized scarf. I’m obsessed with this one in particular, I know check pattern has been everywhere this season and a lot of people are over it but I personally can’t get enough of this pattern. The term Penny’s will make a lot of sense right now as I purchased this scarf last Xmas for only €6. If this scarf ladies does not convince you that you are missing out in the States, I don’t know what will.
All I can say is, of course I can’t wait to get home to visit my family and friends but I also to have a shopping spree in Penny’s. Unfortunately this store is not online yet but feel free to follow on instagram @Primark and you will see for yourself how amazing this store really is.Follow my instagram/twitter (@your_lawless) & Snapchat (your_lawless) to see the excitement of living in New York and all the hidden gems behind it.
Photography by Jessica Robinson (Instagram @jesquar)