Brown Thomas gets racy

This is the very best time of the year in Galway, and in the run up to the Galway Races Brown Thomas will become a world of designer delights with special pop-up accessory collections in store. Some of the exciting labels to look forward to are Alexander McQueen clutches, Stella McCartney's fallabella bag, and clutches from Anya Hyndmarch. The YSL Belle De jour evening clutch is to die for. You could have a love affair with this bag. And it would not end in heartbreak.

Cherry Chau has an amazing collection of headpieces on show, and Annoushka jewellery collection will be in store. This collection is where art meets jewellery and your heart will start racing when you see the pieces. Even browsing on the internet I found myself putting my fingers up to the screen, totally bonding with the pieces, wistfully imagining.

Also in the lead up to the races Brown Thomas will have fashion workshops on Sat July 16, beginning at 12.30pm, and the following Saturday July 23, with a focus on pulling it all together for the races, from your lingerie fittings to your makeovers. Very often it can be the exact right headpiece, or pair of amazing shoes, or even the perfect lipstick that can pull it all together. Do not look at your dress, or make up or head piece as separate entities, everything has to flow together seamlessly along with your own vibe of course. On Ladies Day over at the Hotel Meyrick, Andrea Roche will be selecting the most stylish lady and it will most definitely go to the girl who is working a look head to toe. Brown Thomas is sponsoring some amazing prizes on the night, including something from Links and a designer shoe voucher.

Because so many people come home for the races, the chances of bumping into old friends in town quadruples. It is not a bad idea to have a few key go to looks you can drag out for this week, because despite everyone’s best intentions, it is not a week most of us head from work directly home. You cannot go wrong with a pair of summer wedges and a pretty dress for a more casual evening in Moran’s of the Weir in Kilcolgan or O’Connell’s beer garden in town. DVF has recently dropped some easy breezy options that are literally grab and wear.

Now is also the time to book in make overs in the Brown Thomas cosmetics hall ( subject to availability ) for the day(s ) you plan on going racing. It is incredibly time saving, and anxiety free, plus you know they will get it right. Yes it is also a little bit of luxury, but practical luxury, and just about everyone does it now. While there's nothing wrong with doing your own make up, ala Kate Middleton, remember that was her wedding day. We are talking about the Galway Races here. There is no room for error.

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