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5 Essential Handbags Every Woman Needs


Every girl should have a clutch bag in her wardrobe. This mini size bag from McElhinneys by Lodi is just the perfect size for stylishly storing away all your handbag essentials. Featuring gold stud embellishment on the front and a nude wrist strap this bag has lasting appeal and proves that something minimal can leave a major impression.


This smart and modern shaped shoulder bag from Fiorelli  is a great example of a stylish and compact bag with space enough for all your daily essentials. Finished with a chic knotted shoulder strap this bag is the perfect day to day bag. 



The unstructured, slouchy shape of the hobo handbag is very popular this season. A great multi-functional bag that is ideal for weekends, trips away and days out. Fossil present their Emerson small hobo bag which is crafted from soft textured leather and is a great casual choice for everyday use. 


Some days it may seem like you have an impossible number of things, those are the days when you need a roomy tote by your side. The tote bag is the essential must have of any handbag collection. This take anywhere, fill to the brim essential from Guess features a hanging chain and top handle so even if you end up lugging around 20 pounds worth of stuff you will at least look good doing it.


Last but not least every lady needs a crossbody bag for hands-on situations in her wardrobe. The popularity of this bag has grown over the past few years thanks to its simplicity and the convenience of being able to keep your hands free. This simple style of this leather bag from Fossil will last the season and beyond. 

All these bags can be purchased instore in our Luxury Jewellery and Handbag hall on the ground floor or online at

Five brow products that will instantly up your beauty game

Brows can totally make or break your beauty look. The best brow products can be the difference between a polished look and a messy, outdated one.

Long before “eyebrows on fleek” had been introduced to our vocabulary. We were all guilty of over-plucking our brows and drawn them back on with a poor quality eyebrow pencil. But thankfully todays trends have shifted to a bolder, fuller more natural brow and luckily for you we’ve checked out the best brow products ( so you don’t have to) for achieving that perfect set of well-groomed eyebrows.

1. Clarins Long Wear Eyebrow Pencil


 There’s a fine line between defining your brows and drawing them on. Keep it simple with Clarins Long Wear Eyebrow Pencil.  This non greasy pencil enhances and defines your natural brows. The dual-ended pencil offers a comb-brush end to help keep brows perfectly groomed. Available in three shades! 

 2. Benefit Ka-Brow Eyebrow Cream Gel Colour


Looking for a full-on brow? Then look no further than Benefit’s Ka-Brow Eyebrow Cream Gel Colour . The gel easily fills, sculpts and defines the brows with buildable colour. The built on hard angled brush can convert to a full size brush for precise control and ease of application. A great choice when you’re on the go and the formula itself is waterproof. Available in six shades! 

3. NYX Make Up Eyebrow Cake Powder Kit


If its high definition that your after. Then this brow kit from NYX is just what that your make up bag needs. This brow kit includes a wax for shaping, two powders to perfectly match your natural brow shade and two mini brushes are included too, to ensure you’re well-groomed on the go.

4. Sleek MakeUP Brow Kit


 This affordable eyebrow kit from Sleek comes with a pigmented wax, a setting powder, a mini tweezers and 2 mini brushes all presented in a handy mirrored compact. The wax glides on smoothly for a seamless application and is also extremely easy to remove just incase you need to resketch a misaligned arch.

 5. Lancome Sourcils Waterproof Eyebrow Gel-Cream


This waterproof eyebrow gel from Lancome is great for setting your brows in shape or for managing longer unruly arches. To achieve a natural lift apply to your brows in an upward motion. This product can be used alone or over your brow powder or pencil. 

All these products can be purchased instore in our Cosmetic Hall on the ground floor or online at

Race Day Fashion at McElhinneys

The racing season is upon us and once again it is time for you to find the perfect race day dress. If you are looking for style inspiration and to stand out from the crowds on ladies day then look no further then our collection of dresses, headpieces, shoes and accessories all available to purchase instore or online at . Just some of our jaw droppingly beautiful dresses below. 

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1.Fee G presents this chic dress which is not only a great choice for the races but also a real winner for a variety of special occasions and evening events. Designed with a figure flattering fit and flare shape and featuring short sleeves.

2. One word WOW! You are sure to stand out from the crowd in this stunning dress from Spanish designer Matilde Cano designed with a fit and flare shape and full length with a striking dip hem. This gown shows you can take a risk…and still look fabulous!

3.For those looking for something a little bit more ‘classic’, fit and flare dress from Irish designer Caroline KIlkenny is a real winner! 


If you’re looking for something a little more figure-hugging this ladies day. We’ve got the perfect outfits for your next flutter, with our selection of fresh styles from midi dresses to body sculpting separates. 

4. Irish designer Caroline Kilkenny nails it again with this stylish and trendy striking Jazz  print dress designed with a figure fitting short sleeve pencil shape and made from fully lined satin this eye-catching number is sure to turn heads. 

5. Looking to make a statement? Then look no further then this ink blue dress from Three Floor, this stunning midi length dress is accented with delicate lace on the cropped sleeve and bodice. Paired with a matching headpiece from our in-house collections this winning duo is a favourite of ours. 

 6. If you are considering doing away with the traditional dress. A coordinating two piece is a chic way to dress appropriately for the races whilst still looking polished. The best part about investing in a two-piece is being able to mix and match with other items in your wardrobe (after racing season). 

As our collection instore is so extensive, it is impossible to showcase everything online. To discover our full collection of race day dresses and to meet our expert style consultants, we invite you to call instore where you will receive world class service and be guided through our amazing collection of clothing and accessories. 

Two Dress In One – Wedding Dress Trend

Fancy the idea of wearing 2 dresses on your big day? Well we’ve made it easily doable!

Most brides dream about ‘the one’ when planning their big day. And by that we mean the dress, not the husband. However, a growing trend influenced by celebrities has seen brides opting for 2 dresses for their big day so that they can still have the traditional bridal look for the ceremony but then slip into party mode for the reception. While this all sounds like it makes perfect sense, budget doesn’t often allow. Bridal Designers have realised that brides are looking to create different looks for their big day and are coming up with ways to make it happen.

One of the simplest ways to create 2 looks is to add sleeves or a jacket to give you more coverage for exchanging your vows. The dress is then transformed into its party look by removing the straps or jacket and sometimes with the addition of a detailed belt or applique to add the little sparkle. Maggie Sottero are particularly good with separates and offer brides a host of sleeves, cover-ups and belts to create a unique look.

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For the bride who want to be a little more daring and completely change it up Ronald Joyce offer a stunning fishtail gown that transforms into a straight style mini dress that is perfect to dance the night way in or even to wear for the ever popular after party the following day. This trend is set to continue into 2017 with a lot of Bridal Designers offering the option of detachable trains and overskirts. With designers making this a really affordable option for today’s bride we are sure to see the stunning design choice carry on into the future.

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Here at McElhinneys we are proud to offer an unrivalled collection of wedding dresses from the world’s most sought after designers. As we have an extensive wedding dress collection in our Bridal Rooms, it is not always possible to showcase every dress online. If you have seen a wedding dress from any of our designers which you love, please contact us as we may have it in-store for you to try on.

Take your pick of the top 10 kicks in the McElhinneys sale

Treat your feet to some of the best trainers in the McElhinneys Sale. We know that not every lover of trainers has the hours to spare while hunting down their perfect pair of kicks, so we’ve put together our edit of our fav styles to save you time and money. 


Left – New Balance 530 Runners, Purple were95.00, now €76.00

Right –  J’hayber Mesh Laced Trainers, Coral were €40.00, now €28.00

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Left – Skechers Suede Retro Fit Trainers, Black&Pink were €68.00, now €54.40

Right – Skechers Elite Memory Foam Trainers, Black were €80.00, now €64.00

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Left – New Balance Womens 530 Runners, Red were €95.00, now €76.00

Right –  Under Armour Micro Trainers, Red  were €70.00, now €63.00

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Left – Ted Baker Leather Trainers, Black were €115, now €92.00

Right – Converse All Star Canvas Trainers, Black were €52.99, now €47.69

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Left – Xti Metallic Reptile Print Trainers, Blue were €39.95, now €29.95

Right – Ted Baker Slip On Trainers, Fuchsia Print were €105, now €84.00

You can browse our full collection of trainers instore or online at and enjoy next day delivery, free returns and free delivery on all orders over €49 to Ireland & Northern Ireland. 

Style lessons from our favourite celebs who got festival style right

Festival season is upon us, which means trying to look headline ready after many nights in a tent and relentless punishment from the unpredictable weather. We’ve all had festival fashion mishaps, but nobody wants to let their style slide. Here are our top 3 looks recently adorned by our favourite celebs and how you can steal their style. All looks available to purchase instore or online at

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Hitting the right notes! Caroline opted for the tried and trusted festival staple of denim shorts, paired with a v-neck cami top and a chic suede coat as she leads the fashionable crowd at this weeks Glastonbury Festival.

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We love this look it is by far one of our all time favourite festival get-ups, Kate’s look is all about taking pieces from your current wardrobe and then turning them into one seriously cool, festival look.
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As Alexa clearly knows, festival season is the perfect time to mix and match the things in your wardrobe. A denim mini dress paired with a pair of Dr.Martens, we say its a winning combo. The Dr.Marten boots are also a great choice for shuttling between stages. 
 So whether you’re going glamping at Body & Soul or heading to the main stage at Sea Sessions you’ll be covered for all occasions and weather conditions with our great range of festival clothing. 

5 Facemasks You Need To Try

Late nights, stress & pollution takes its toll on your skin, which is why a weekly face mask is key to a glowing, healthy complexion. Here we have picked our top 5 face masks to give you that spa worthy skin.

1. Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment


Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment is a non-drying mask that moisturises, restores and replenishes the skin, giving you a healthy-looking glowing complexion. This 10-20 minute face mask can be applied 2 -3 times a week and when rinsed off, it leaves your skin silky smooth. Suitable for all skin types and developed with Dewdration, HydraPack, GreenEnergy and Teaoxi technologies this mask is a miracle worker and smells divine too! 

2. Clarins Super Restorative Replenishing Mask 


Clarins Super Restorative Replenishing Mask  is a comforting 10-minute mask that firms, tightens and defines facial contours. Suitable for mature skin this mask contains nourishing mango oil, shea butter and pueraria lobata  to strengthen weakened skin. Apply a thick layer on the face and neck, in the morning as a wake-up mask, or at night, remove any excess with a cotton dampened with toning Lotion. This mask leaves the skin with a  supple texture and a healthy-looking glow. A beautiful product that literally melts into the skin!

3. Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Mask 


Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Mask is a concentrated sheet mask that encourages skin’s natural recovery function and provides a rich infusion of moisture to help improve texture. Containing four lower face mask sachets and four upper face mask sachets, this product is suitable for all skin types and can be used 2-3 times a week at night, after cleansing. 

4. Benefit The Porefessional Super Cleaning Face Mask 


 works wonders if you need a quick pick me up before a night out. 

5. Hauschka Clarifying Clay Mask


This gem from Dr.Haushka cleans deep! It moisturises and purifies your skin without drying it out making it perfect for combination skin. Simply apply to the face for 5-10 minutes and remove with a warm damp cloth for great results. Works wonders if you need a quick pick me up before a night out.

All the above products can be purchased instore in our cosmetic hall on the ground floor or online at

Fathers Day Gift Ideas

It’s time to mark your calendar for Father’s Day on June 19th. Stumped on what to get Dad this year? The good news is that you still have plenty of time to figure out what to get for the Dads in your life. Below is a list of our top Father’s Day gift ideas for 2016 for those hard to buy for gent’s in your life. All are available to purchase instore or online at . 

1. Hugo Boss Leather Watch.


Every man needs a good quality watch and they don’t come much better than this Hugo Boss, Leather Watch . The black leather strap is embossed with a crocodile print which is a great match to the extravagant blue face. There is also a smaller white date dial in the face to add an extra touch of class.

2. Tefal OptiGrill Stainless Steel & Black


When it comes to men, we know that meat is a sure way to their hearts. This Tefal Optigrill is the answer to all your Dad’s charred meat problems. Cooking all types of meat to perfection, from rare to well done. The OptiGrill also drains all the fat away for those #leangainz. 

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Yes, we know it is the absolute cliché but every Dad loves a good pair of socks for Father’s Day. The Happy Sock Company  makes luxury socks from fine material with an endless variety of patterns and colours, there is a pair of Happy Socks for every Dad and occasion. 

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A classic pair of brogues is something every man should have. Keep your Dad super stylish with this pair from Goodwin Smith, crafted from premium quality leather which means they’ll age slowly and wonderfully – just like Dad himself.

5. Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb


Cologne’s always a good gift, if your father has a preferred brand you could always go ahead and buy him that. But if you are free to get him a new brand — inject a little adventure into his life with Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb. This masculine scent can be worn any time of year.  Plus the bottle is super cool too. 

6. Berg Outdoor Jacket 


This practical and stylish explorer jacket from Berg is light & breathable making it a perfect choice for those summer showers. A great choice for those Dads who love the outdoors whatever the weather. 

7. Fossil Mens Mercer Bagfossil bagFrom one of the top bag-makers the Fossil Mens Mercer Bag  is a good pick for the Dad on the go. Built big enough to fit all the essentials, this practical and functional work bag is also small enough to be used day-to-day.

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For the Dads that fuel their mornings with an espresso, the Nespresso Inissia Krups Coffee Machine is the dream!  Just pop in an Nespresso pod and with one touch you can create the perfect coffee. Compact and simple this coffee machine is smart little gift.

9. Tommy Hilfiger Linen Chambray Shirt


Keep your father cool in every sense this summer, with the Tommy Hilfiger chambray linen shirt. This 100% linen shirt will keep Dad super stylish as well as minimizing over heating this summer. 

10. McElhinneys Gift Card


 Still unsure what to get? Then you cant go wrong with a McElhinneys Gift Card. A Mc Elhinneys Gift Card makes the perfect gift every time with thousands of brands to choose from instore and online. Presented in a stylish free wallet and envelope which can be personalised with a message if requested at time of purchase. We offer free postage for all gift cards purchases.


All these great gift ideas plus many more are available to purchase instore or online at

Travel Beauty Essentials

Whether your heading for a long weekend away or a blissful beach break, don’t jet-set off without checking out our guide to the must have travel beauty essentials. Traveling is no reason to leave your beauty routine at home and these go-to beauty products will ensure that there is no need to say bon voyage to looking your best whist on your travels.

1. Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser


Keep on top of your skincare routine by bringing along your daily cleanser. The Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract is a spa-fresh exfoliating facial cleanser that polishes-away make-up to reveal the glowing skin beneath and comes in a convenient friendly size.

2. Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream


Instead of cramming four creams into your beauty bag you could add just one. Most BB creams act as skin perfectors, primers, moisturizers, sunscreens, and foundations, making this multitasking makeup superstar a must not only for your travel bag but for your everyday makeup bag too! Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream is a favorite of mine even the smallest amount gives your skin a bright, even tone and a healthy glow.

3. Benefit Erase Paste Brightening concealer

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A hard-working concealer is an absolute must have for any trip. Benefit Cosmetics Erase Paste is a brightening camouflage for eyes and face. It is a concentrated creamy, blendable concealer for instant brightening. Great for under eye puffiness. (Even those “I-stayed-out-until-3am” under eye bags. Yeah, those.) 

4. Real Techniques Travel Essentials Brush Set 


Almost as thin as your passport, Real Techniques Travel Essentials Brush Set has been specifically designed to go places so you can create and perfect your look wherever you are. This travel size set includes three full sized brushes and handy carry case. 

5. L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Lip Balm


Swap your lippy for this ultra-moisturising Shea Lip Balm from L’Occitane and keep your pout nourished and protected. With active ingredients to repair and restore, this is a saintly skin soother – especially if you’ve had too much sun.


6. Benefit Bad Gal Waterproof Mascara


We often switch from our everyday mascara to a waterproof formula when on our travels. That way were covered whatever the situation. Benefit Bad Gal Waterproof Mascara is a  long-lasting, smudge-proof, waterproof mascara that can be layered on for lush lashes that will perform rain or shine. It grants a natural look which is perfect for beach to the bar. 

7. Clarins Sun Care Milk Spray , SPF 50 


Hydrating, anti-ageing and protecting… this non-greasy spray from Clarins  contains SPF 50 ensuring your skin is shieled from travelling stress and the sun. It contains skin loving ingredients such as Vitamin E and Aloe Vera, to sooth and nourish, and ensures skin with a beautiful, healthy glow.

8. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream 

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You need this award winning Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream for multiple reasons this skincare classic restores, calms and helps relieved chapped, cracked and dry skin. Travelling calls for multitasking products making this product a beach bag staple of mine. 

9.  Dr. Paw Paw Original Balm 

1p1y1r-450x450This one is a no-brainer. I’ve always carried Dr. Paw Paw Original BalmI use it as hand cream, lip gloss, eyebrow wax and more. It’s also used for minor cuts and scrapes, etc. so it’s multi-purpose.

10. John Galliano Parlez Moid’ Amour Set


These gorgeous John Galliano fragrance bottles on your dressing table look great, but when you want a scent to go, these are the perfect pick travel-sized pick me ups. Featuring four gorgeous fragrances, with perfumes that are sweet and warm, one with citrus and white florals, and one with a woody end note, there’s a fragrance for everyone. 

All these tanning products can be purchased instore in our cosmetic hall on the ground floor or online at

Summer Glow – Self-tanning Heros!

Gorgeous, glowing sun-kissed skin ranks high on the lists of Summer time favourites for us ladies – the hyperpigmentation, skin damage & wrinkles not so much! So if you are not a sun worshiper like myself and want to earn that bronzed-goddess finish without totally damaging your skin, check out my must have radiance-boosting products enough to convince anyone that you’ve been lying poolside somewhere more tropical for the best part of two weeks.

1.Benefit Hoola Zero Tanlines body bronzer


Benefit Cosmetics Zero Tanlines body bronzer is the new kid on the block for Summer 2016. This award-winning gel body bronzer comes with a custom sponge applicator for a hands-free & mess-free application. Both transfer-resistant and streak-free this product dry’s matte leaving you with a flawless bronze tan. It’s light, buildable and lasts for ages! The big bonus is that is smells fab too!

2. Vita Liberata, Luxury Tan Trystal Minerals with Brush

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This revolutionary self-tanner from Vita Liberata offers pure mineral coverage, instant bronzing, and a subtle lasting tan. This is the perfect pop in your purse Summer tanner. It’s great for a quick dust over to touch up your tan and can be used to both contour or to provide an all over glow. Ideal for all skin tones.

3. Cocoa Brown 1 hour tan


Cocoa brown 1 hour tan has gained a strong cult following, since it first launched in 2012 with every Instagram beauty blogger raving about it and it’s easy to see why. This light moose formula glides over the skin and develops in 1 hour (no need to sleep in it overnight ), it dries in seconds you can literally be dressed and out the door within a few minutes of applying it and after 1 hour the tan can be rinsed off leaving you with a gorgeous sun kissed natural glow. This is a perfect option for those who are on-the-go and need a quick glow. Absolutely fab!

4. Bellamianta Self-tanning tinted lotion, medium 


This new self-tanning formula from Bellamianta is just genius, it dry’s in less than 60 seconds leaving you with a beautiful golden olive tone. Bursting with natural fruit extracts and odour neutralising technology this easy to use, streak free formula is also transfer and water resistant. This tan is designed to last so make sure you are extra careful when applying to ankles and knees.

5. St. Tropez Gradual tan medium/dark


With the serious lack of Vitamin D in Ireland, we have been looking less like we’ve stepped of a yacht and more like we’ve just returned from a rainy weekend in Bundoran, so using a dark tanning lotion like St. Tropez gradual tan medium/dark could be dangerous territory. Luckily, St. Tropez gradual tan was really easy to apply and whilst it does say dark this does tailor to your skins needs and can be built up gradually leaving a completely natural looking tan. Can be used every day.

All these tanning products can be purchased instore in our cosmetic hall on the ground floor or online at . As always I love to hear from readers so if you have any questions for me, please do not hesitate to contact me on