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Thursday, 29 July 2021

Alfresco Wining & Dining in Limerick City

Last week myself & Michael visited Limerick. It had been years since I was in the city and the days we were down there just happened to be during the Irish heatwave, so the weather really added to the experience! 😍

I just wanted to write this little blog post to mention a couple of places we drank & eat during our visit that I would highly recommend to anyone visiting the city this summer. 

I see from my Instagram @thestyleflamingos that many of you are going on Irish staycations this year so I thought some recommendations might come in handy! 

The first place we went to was The Locke Bar which is located on 3 George's Quay, Limerick. We ended up siting outside in the sunshine and enjoyed a few day time drinks (as you do! πŸ˜…). I had a few pink gins with tonic water and oh my God they were the nicest gins ever, the taste, the presentation, just everything was fab! 

The staff were so efficient and friendly -  you queue up to be seated and it's a table service then for food and drinks. Note if you want to eat there, especially for dinner, you need to book to avoid disappointment. Unfortunately we didn't get a reservation but I can say that the food looked insane and it was so busy, so that is always a good sign! 

It came highly recommended to us from a number of people so it's def a go to spot! 


For dinner we went to a restaurant which is right next door to The Locke Bar called Rossi's Italian & Grill & the food and drinks were amazing. To start we both had the bruschetta & that was so tasty and just fab! I would it eat again right now if I had it lol πŸ˜‚ Then for the main course I had a spicy meat & tomatoe pizza with garlic mayo & Michael had a chicken burger & chips. It was all to die for & I could not recommend the place enough. We had a few drinks there and it was all delicious. It is a walk in service but you may have to queue for a few minutes if you arrive at a busy time just FYI. 

The staff were excellent and so friendly. I think we had our table for just under 2 hours which was perfect. 



Later Saturday, the highlight of our night was visiting House Limerick which is essentially alfresco dining & cocktails on the River Shannon. I had a cocktail called 'Hugo' which had a gin, prosecco & mint combo which was amazing. Il pop a picture below. I can't remember the name of Michael's but they both looked so pretty and tasted gorgeous. I would say if you are visiting Limerick during the weekend days def. book, we were just lucky to get an available table for 2 but it is worth a visit, especially if you are going away on a girly night or for a hen! 



For breakfast Sunday morning we went to The SpitJack, an award winning breakfast & brunch restaurant on Bedford Row, Limerick. It was unreal. I had a breakfast bap & Michael had the classic Jack which is poached eggs. I don't have any photographs but I can confirm it was beautiful. You just queue for a table, it's basically a walk in service. 

I would love to know if you visit any of the places I have recommended or if you have any suggestions of where else is good in Limerick, drop them in the comments below.

Enjoy your staycations!

Arlene xx 


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Tuesday, 4 May 2021

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Style Staples 

One of my must have fashion pieces in my wardrobe is a leather jacket. This is something that you can add to any outfit on an all year round basis! 

Something that is incredibly versatile & worn so much is worth investing in! Last Christmas, I got the POCO black leather biker jacket from Pippa O' Connor's fashion line & I absolutely adore it! 

Its such a beautiful style & the lambskin leather is just so soft & buttery! I am so glad that I got this as I feel although its a little more expensive, it will be something that I will have forever! 

I will leave the link to the POCO by Pippa jacket here: - 


I actually happened to pick mine up in the Kildare Village outlet when the brand had a pop up store there in December. 

Its always worth investing in timeless pieces that you will style with so many outfits. 









*Disclaimer - The link is an affiliated link which means that I will earn a small on commission on any purchases you might make, it's important to note that you will not pay anything extra as a result.


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About Arlene

Hi, I'm Arlene, a full time Fashion & Lifestyle Creator @thestyleflamingos on Instagram. I am also a Law graduate, studied professionally to become both a Barrister & a Solicitor & worked in the legal industry for the best part of 10 years. Since becoming a Mammy after having my first daughter, Isabelle, 3 years ago, I have taken some time out from my legal career.

This was the best thing I have ever done, I got to stay at home with Isabelle & when she was a few months old, The Style Flamingos, my creative outlet, was born! 

My Instagram & my blog gives me a space to share everything I love - fashion, style, interiors & now simply my life.

In August 2020, during the global pandemic, my second daughter Juliana was born. Life is busy now as a Mammy of 2 but I would not have it any other way! Spending everyday with my girls & being a full time Creator is my dream! 

In the last 4 years, I have also built a house in the Kildare countryside with my Husband, Michael, so the interior dreaming never stops! πŸ˜ƒ I am constantly on Pinterest & on a daily basis need to remind myself that I'm not Kim K or BeyoncΓ©!! On a serious note, the ideas & inspo you can find on Pinterest is great! I am sure styling the house will be a life long journey but I am going to keep on making my mood boards & wish lists! It's good to be prepared & know what you want!

I also follow some amazing self build & home interior accounts on Instagram and they really are such an inspiration to me. 

I would love for you to join me on my little journey over on Instagram @thestyleflamingos, I am on stories daily, upload a few styling reels, do regular fashion try ons, share some Mammy bits & pieces & of course my home style.

I would love to have you there x

I am also a great believer in positive vibes & as the book 'The Secret' states 'think it, believe it, receive it'. 

My mantras include 'what's for you won't pass you by' and 'never be afraid to chase after your dreams' 

Arlene x 


                                                            










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Friday, 14 June 2019

5 Fathers Day Gift Ideas




As you may know Father’s Day is this Sunday 16 June 2019! If you haven’t already sorted your pressie for your Daddy or for your Hubby, on behalf of the kids, then let me give you some gift suggestions!

Here are some small ideas to celebrate the special man in your life this Father’s Day!

      1. Skincare

Why not treat him to some nice skincare, as this is often something men don’t buy for themselves, it can be nice to treat them to something that can help them to look after their skin!

I spotted this lovely skincare gift set from the Darren Kennedy range reduced to only €25.00 at Shaws Department store (Portlaoise store).




     2. Clothing

It is always nice to treat himself to some style – so why not pick up a nice shirt, t- shirt or even just some socks!

I spotted lots of gift tables set up especially for Father’s Day in store at Shaws displaying lots of nice present ideas! If you are not already following me on Instagram then you can check out my Shaws June highlight for more on my in store visit! 

You could go one step further and treat him to an entire new outfit – add a nice chinos or jeans with your shirt to complete the look!


All of the above shirts are available at Shaws stores

 3. Accessories

Accessories such as a wallet, a nice belt, a watch or a set of cuff links are all good options too!

Jewellery such as nice cuff links for a special occasion or a watch can be personalised which gives the present an added touch that he will love!



    4. Aftershave

Can you ever go wrong with a nice bottle of aftershave?! – there are lots of deals on fragrances in stores now for the weekend ahead!

What about this Joop set I spotted for only €30.00 at Shaws Department store!


This 100ml bottle of Hugo Boss is also on offer at Shaws for just €52.00.


     5. Grooming

What about a teeth whitening set – it seems now that our men are getting more and more interested in looking their best, so some extra grooming is always good!

This teeth whitening set from Spotlight looks great and again I found an offer on it for only €32.00.


 I picked up a nice electric toothbrush for my Husband from our Daughter Isabelle which I thought was a great idea! Not exactly something he would want to buy for himself!


So as you can see there are lots and lots of gift ideas available in stores and online and so many for varying budgets too!

So no excuses not to find that perfect present for your Daddy or Hubby for this weekend!

You can find out more on my gift suggestions on my Instagram @thestyleflamingos - check out my Shaws June highlight section! 

Happy shopping & happy father’s day to all of the lovely Daddies’ out there.

I miss my Daddy so much - he passed away in 2013. I want to send all my love to everyone else who is missing their Daddy too!  Our memories will always be with us! 

Love

Arlene

x





Happier times...






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Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Pamper time at The Residence Day Spa




Last weekend I was kindly invited to enjoy a pamper morning at The Residence Day Spa in Naas, Co. Kildare. 

"In The Residence Day Spa style, you are transported to a magical world of relaxation!"

These are the words advertising the experience to be enjoyed at the day Spa. So on Saturday last I headed over for my treatments and to experience exactly what I thought the Spa had to offer. 

From the moment I stepped inside the door it had this fantastic tranquil feeling and as a Mammy to an active 18 month old - this was bliss, 2 whole hours of peace and quiet!



Even before my treatment I was enchanted by the decor! It was so beautifully opulent - this immediately made me think, this is going to be fab! 

Even the decor in the toilets were interior goals!


Also the girls in the spa were wonderful - so helpful and so friendly! While I waited I enjoyed relaxing music and a peaceful environment!

I noticed other groups of girls coming in for a morning out and thought this was a great idea for a girls morning out or a hens party! 

Before I get into the treatments that I received I wanted to tell you a brief bit of detail about The Residence Day Spa. It is a place where you can enjoy healing, beautifying and luxurious treatments. The menu of treatment options is very wide - you can check out their website www.theresidencedayspa.ie for more info or visit my Instagram @thestyleflamingos and see my highlight section for more on what the spa has to offer. 

What I also noticed and loved is that the spa is open 7 days a week (9am - 8pm) so lots of time options for busy parents or a busy work schedule! No excuses to get that much needed relaxing time!

Their luxury treatment offerings are so vast as they really aim to give a personalised treatment experience. There are many massage options including their Residence Signature Massage which involves a blend of deep tissue, therapeutic, Indian head Massage & aromatherapy massage techniques. Sounds incredible!

Whether you need a brightening boost or refreshing pick me up or just a deep cleanse - there is the perfect facial waiting for you! One I wanted to highlight was the Mamma Mia Nurturing Facial for the lovely Mums to be! Such a lovely gift idea! They use the most natural and organic products which are safe for Mum and baby! It aims to soothe hormone challenged skin while providing much needed relaxation. It also includes a foot and calf massage to ease swelling and discomfort. Just exactly what is needed when you are preparing for your baby to arrive! 

They also offer skin peels, exfoliations & wraps, medi spa & a full men's treatment collection & so much more! 



I really wanted to highlight the Medi Spa services as they sound amazing! Under these treatments you can avail of some Dermal fillers which are non surgical invasive treatments to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, to restore the volume to the areas of the face (cheeks, lips, jaw line etc). As someone in my mid 30's and someone who is constantly trying to resist the wrinkles, πŸ˜€ this sounds incredible! 

There is a free consultation and they advise that results last anything between 4 months and up to 2 years depending on your type of filler and your lifestyle! 

To give you an example of price - 1ml lip filler is €190! 

You could opt for the Synergy eye revive and lift treatment or a Venus Freeze! 
The Venus Freeze is the first and only comprehensive non - invasive solution for body contouring, cellulite and circumference reduction, wrinkle reduction and skin tightening for the face, neck and body! A single face treatment is €89 and 8 facial treatments are €534. There are varying costs for body, arms, eyes, neck etc. Sounds so good doesn't it? 😁

On my visit, I received the Spring Revival Package - I really enjoyed my 2 hours of heaven with my lovely Therapist, Colleen. 

This is one of The Residence Day Spa's many spa packages. This is known as the 'top to tips' package which includes a signature hot oil back, neck and shoulder massage, bamboo body bliss back exfoliation, skin analysis, hydra balance facial, decollete, neck face lift massage and file and polish on the feet! In this package, you can opt for hand file and polish or hand and arm massage! This indulgent package also included delicious coffee and scones served in the pretty 'Rosie Posie Room' - a cute intimate space to enjoy some refreshments after your treatment! Again in this package, you can make the coffee a glass of bubbly if you are celebrating or simply just in the mood for something sparkly! 




I had such a fab morning with the girls in The Residence Day Spa and I want to thank them so much for the kind invitation to enjoy their Spring Revival package! I am living in Kildare and didn't know about the Spa so I wanted to tell you guys more about it too!

I can't recommend it enough - there are so many good offers on spa packages and other beauty treatments. It is definitely worth checking out their website for more details www.theresidencedayspa.ie as I have only highlighted some of the treatments that they provide!

I really want to revisit The Residence Day Spa soon and I am already planning to take my Mammy and sister there for my sister's pre wedding preparations - I think it will make for a lovely girly day out! There are perfect packages for Brides to be that will work and what I loved is that they have a private room where two people can have treatments together and there is even a private Jacuzzi in this room! 

I cant even begin to imagine a more perfect experience!

Please do check out my Instagram @thestyleflamingos for more on my visit to The Residence Day Spa. 

If you need some relaxation or unwinding time then this is the ideal opportunity! 

You can contact The Residence Day Spa on (045) 899 774 or email enquiries@theresidencedayspa.ie

Enjoy! 

love 

Arlene x 


Feeling so relaxed after my Spring Revival Package at The Residence Day Spa 
x





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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

A day out at Punchestown Races

We enjoyed a fab day of style at the Bollinger Champagne Ladies day Punchestown 2019. 

I wore the blush 'Pandora' dress by Irish Designer Vivienne O' Connor, blush head piece by Laura Hanlon Milliner and Lodi heels from Diamonds & Pearls Boutique. 







When your luck is in at the races!!

Arlene 
x





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