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One half of one of STELLAR’s favourite blogging duos, Stylebitches, the goigeous Blanaid Hennessy has been on to us about a new event she’s running that’s pretty darn exciting. The inaugural ‘Absolut Style at Set’ event takes place this Easter Bank Holiday weekend (April 2nd,3rd,4th), in the opulent surroundings of the new Set theatre at Langton’s House Hotel in Kilkenny. 

A three-day event of vintage fashion, furniture and films, along with makeovers, style talks, live photoshoots and performances followed by fun nights out, all in association with ‘Absolut’ Vodka. 

The line-up goes a little something like this…
On Friday, guests can relax into the plush SET seats and indulge a full day of fashion inspired movies, from ‘The September Issue’ to ‘HBO’s Grey Gardens.’ 
Saturday and Sunday are the official ‘Absolut Style at Set’ days, with a vintage fashion and furniture shopping centre, the Gosh cosmetics makeup room, the Kerastase hair salon, along with live photoshoots and performances, The Courtyard food fair, and, for  the beleagured blokes, chuck them in The Men’s Den in Harry’s Bar, for live sport and whiskey tasting.
Guests will also have the opportunity to get fashion advice from top stylists Annmarie O’Connor (The Irish Examiner) and Laura Cunningham (TV3) and interiors advice from premier interior designer Simon Rawlings (Creative Director of the international design company, David Collins Interiors).
At night time, SET will be transformed for two full-on club nights out:
Saturday Night is ‘The Stylebitches Night Out’ , with a ‘demented’ dress code, ‘Absolut’ cocktails, crazy performances, neon warpaint and while the ladies themselves, The Stylebitches, take to the decks. 
Sunday Night is the ‘Soul Kitchen’:  DJ Davey Holland plays urban and soulful sounds, with a retro dress code, Absolut’ cocktails, make-up ladies and alcoholic cupcakes, (sound’s like our kind of cake).

And that’s only the start of it, with lots more to be announced. In you’re interested, (eh, yes please!) or want to pick up some tickets, contact http://www.set.ie, email styleatset@gmail.com or call Langton’s on 056 776 5133. 


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You know us here at STELLAR Towers, we’re dedicated followers of fashion, eager to jump on the next harem pant, shoulder pad, or knee-warmer bandwagon, (well maybe not the knee warmers.) But there’s one trend that’s got us thinking, and not just about what shoes will match it. Ethical fashion is a term that’s been bandied about for quite some time now. Not just en vogue because some trendy celeb has been spotted in an organic cotton tee or vintage coat, this is one trend that might just have the sustainability to outlast the season. 

However with lofty folks in far-off fashion capitals talking about organic this and ethical that, it’s tough for us lay fashionistas to know where to start in making practical, affordable steps towards a more sustainable wardrobe. Thankfully, a group of Irish ethicalistas (yep, it’s a word) have set up www.re-dress.ie  to sort out the fact from fibs and give you all you need to know for dressing ethically and stylishly in Ireland. 

And for the thrifty among you, one upcoming Re-dress event might be the soundest wardrobe investment you’ve made all year. Rather than splurging 80 quid on another new dress, learn how to make 5 new dresses and more with the Crafternoon Tea Design Day organsed by Re-dress. You’ll get a crash course in all things up-cycling. Learn how to alter your existing threads, and begin to make new ones and with a follow-up intermediate course on offer, you’ll be a dab-hand at dress-making in no time. 

See all the info on the flyer below, and happy stitching x 

crafternoon tea october flyer

swedish-sensation-72 If you love a bargain, you’ll love Quack & Dirk, a boutique-cum-vintage haven tucked down a laneway in Fairview. Not only does it house one-off creations (all lovingly created by proprietor and designer Deirdre Cantwell) but she also sources some very slick vintage pieces (bags, belts and the cutest dresses and jewels) that won’t cost you a small fortune. Individuality at cool prices. We likey!

Open Wednesday to Saturday 10am – 6pm
Rear Marino Mart, Fairview, Dublin 3
http://www.quackanddirk.com

My oh my, we’ve fallen in love. With bags, and hats and dresses and jewellery. The lovely ladies from the vintage clothing wonderland that is Dirty Fabulous, have recently returned from one helluva shopping trip in New York City. And the generous people they are, they’ve brought back something for everyone, literally. You’ll have a hard time not falling in love in this shop, between the fascinators, (you’ll defo win ladies’ day at the races with these ones) darling brooches, (the perfect gift) beautiful bags, (great to stand out at a wedding) and stunning dresses, that need to explanation, they’re just amazing, there really is something for everyone regardless of shape, size or style – in case you haven’t noticed, we want it all!

Now we know it’s getting harder to splash out on fashion of late, but it’s all about clever purchasing. These classic, timeless pieces are gonna last you forever and sure aren’t they practically antiques,  and if Bargain Hunt and the Antiques Roadshow have thought us anything (well they haven’t really), it’s that these things are a good investment. Safer than shares or property anyway and a whole lot more gorgeous.

For all the details on Dirty Fabulous visit www.dirtyfabulous.com

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