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With Easter weekend just one more working day away many of us will be thinking about jetting off on little last minute voyage persay. Whether it be down to grannies humble abode in Kerry, an extreme surfing trip with mates in Donegal or a sunny city break in Barcelona we all have one thing in common – what to pack for the weekend break.

The fine art of packing light is something that takes years to master and as self-confessed fashionistas in Stellar mag we would like to think that we are pretty well darned equipped to share a few tips in this area. From our backpacking days to packing up clothes for photo shoots we know what every girl needs to make her trip a light yet still fashionable one.

1. Start off with a chic bag and invest in a leather one if your budget can afford it as it will last longer and age better (like ourselves of course). Check out this tanned leather one from Accessorize, €51. Remember to pack the heavier things at the bottom with the lighter items that are more likely to crease on top.

2. Prepare your outfits before hand and bring things that will mix and match easily when you are there. A pair of jeans is a must, one blazer/jacket that will look smart in the the day and evening and the essential item, the striped tee- even though your going to Kerry you’ll feel as if your on the French Riviera. This one is from River Island, €17.50.

3. Accessories are the key to simple outfits when travelling and a statement necklace or even a bright red lippy can change a little black dress from day to night. We love this turquoise and gold Angie Gooderham one from House of Fraser, €132.

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Purse £8.95

 If like us, you’re always on the look-out for new opportunities to test the benefits of retail therapy, look no further than www.hamptonblue.co.uk. Stocked with gorgeous jewellery, quirky gift ideas and the cutest baby clothes what you ever did see, all at really low prices (that’s the beauty of UK sites sometimes). It’s a go-to website if you need your shopping fix, without the killer credit card bill and a great place to bag a really unique treat for someone special. Have at look at our top picks and decide for yourself…x

Scarf £13.95

Bracelet £12.95

 

Wall Hooks £9.50

Ready to revolutionize your vintage shopping? Well Fluorescent Elephant one of Irelands first online vintage stores launch party was held on South William Street last night with every  vintage vixen in attendance. Bygone our the days of traipsing around in this cold, wet weather in search of that vintage heirloom.

All their items are hand selected from the UK, Europe and beyond so you know they are of great quality. Virtual vintage is the latest way to bag that 70s floral dress or that 80s embellished jumper.

Check out our two Stellar faves- the 70s Indigo Dress retailing at €65.00 or the 80s mint top, €32.00. Both easily wearable. They also stock a unique range of vintage bags and belts. Our shopping realm has never been so exciting.

Log onto now to http://www.fluorescentelephant.com for more fantastic vintage pieces.

We’re always gaggers to see what treasures await us around the corner into the new style season and Autumn ’09 does not disappoint. The catwalks are full of lush fabrics, elaborate embellishment and gorgeous designs, from Balmain’s sequined, strong shoulder dresses, to Emilio Pucci’s fabulous furs and Penneys’ funky parkas… Yep you heard right, Penneys.The cheap as chips retailer must have been glued to the fashion week shows because this season they are ahead of the posse and bang on trend. With sequins, furs, strong shoulders and body con, forget splashing out on designer garb, €100 quid in Penneys will have you sorted ’til Christmas….

The new Autumn range will begin trickling into stores over the next few weeks – Have a gander… xPower Jacket
Fur BoleroSequin Parka

Striped Sequin Dress

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