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Places You Must Visit This Summer: Kildare Village

Gorgeous CAST sculpture
The best salad ever from L'Officina
Reiss
Amazing boots in Reiss
All Saints jacket
A new addition to the village- Kildare Village Kitchen
Ted Baker
Loved this simple. glam Ted Baker shirt dress
More Ted Baker bargains

Last week, I visited the beautiful Kildare Village. Kildare Village is located outside Dublin and it took just over 2 hours to get there from my Belfast home. Myself and my friend Lynda from Lifestyle Lessons Belfast decided to go mid-week. We picked the perfect day to go- it was 25 degrees and as the Village is outdoor, it made for the most lovely atmosphere. Kildare Village also is currently exhibiting art from Irish sculptors throughout the Village. The exhibition entitled "CAST" fits well into the landscape and feels very natural. It was lovely to stop and look at these amazing sculptures between shopping and read about their different meanings. Another recent addition to Kildare Village is the Kildare Village Kitchen. The pop up restaurant in the centre of the Village offers lots of tasty treats for hungry shoppers over the summer months. The artisan, Irish produced food is available until the 31st August. 

The Village itself if very spacious but not-overwhelming. There are many stores in the Village but fashion is the aim of the game with stores like Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Ted Baker, All Saints, DKNY, Jack Wills and Mulberry all offering amazing bargains. The choice of stores made me think that it is makes a perfect day out for a big crowd of girls or the perfect mum-daughter adventure. 

As it is the summer, many of the stores also have further reductions on items. The stores which impressed me the most where Mulberry, All Saints and Jaeger. These stores are well known for their high quality "classic pieces" which can often be quite pricey. However, the reductions on items such as shoes, bags and jackets made them more accessible investment pieces. I picked up two things in Jaeger which I'm sure I will feature over the coming months. There is also an amazing Joules store. Joules is a British brand which has just opened up in Belfast's Corn Market. Kildare Village's Joules outlet was offering huge reductions on their hero items such as their quilted jackets.

We had a beautiful lunch in L'Officina which is situated in the Village. The Italian restaurant which is run by a local couple, honestly served the chicken BEST salad I had ever tasted. The restaurant is bright, airy and the staff were friendly. 

I would highly recommend a visit to Kildare Village. The bargains I purchased were amazing and I know that I'll be returning again in the winter to stock up on Christmas pressies and winter pieces!

I thought I would give you my 3 top tips for shopping at Kildare Village

1. Arrive early and leave late. 
The village is huge and you might discover a whole new love for a brand you've overlooked previously. 

2. Try everything on.
It's a long way back to Kildare to return something.....

3. Go with a plan.
Don't just say "Oh I'll buy what I fancy". Go with a plan of things you have missing from your wardrobe. Kildare Village is the perfect place to pick up classic pieces at a reduced rate. On my visit I  knew I needed new summer sandals and a graduation dress and managed to pick both up with no bother. Need a new leather jacket or handbag? Go with that intention. You won't be disappointed. 

The best thing about going to Kildare Village is that McComb's transport are now running tours from Northern Ireland meaning that you can leave the car at home! For more information on their tours, prices and when they run, visit http://www.minicoachni.co.uk/shopping-tour.cfm 

For more information on Kildare Village, visit http://www.kildarevillage.com

Thank you so much to Kildare Village, Catriona, Dee, our driver Stephen from McCombs for making my visit so memorable. I can't wait to come back!