Online and in the shops: Irish designers

The Kilkenny Shop is home to Ireland’s largest collection of Irish designers, with a range of quirky keepsakes and quality designs, perfect for last-minute present-hunting.

Kilkenny is also giving customers a Valentine’s gift, with a €25 voucher to spend with every purchase over €75 today. Gift ideas include the Max Benjamin renewing luxury bath oil and candle set, €35.95, or this Orla Kiely toiletry bag, €30;

Lacking confidence: Worried about what other people think of you? Lacking confidence in relationships and work? A third (30%) of Irish women are not confident about their body and appearance, and this has affected their relationships, while three quarters say that lack of confidence has held them back in their career. In response to the survey, Head & Shoulders has created a new website,, to help women build confidence, with expert hints, tips and advice. One of the site’s contributors is brand ambassador and TV presenter, Dawn O’Porter, pictured, who says: “I used to care so much what people thought of me, that I would shift my entire view point on a subject just so I could agree with whoever I was with at the time. The older and wiser I get, the more I realise I would rather be true to myself.”

Pretty in pink: This stylish Dacja maternity dress in is in pink comes from online baby boutique, Cherish Me. With a three-quarter length sleeve and satin bow under the bust line, it’s flattering and comfortable. Suitable for daywear and special occasions. €79;

Pucker up: LUSH have products to celebrate Valentine’s Day, including ‘the kiss,’ a preservative-free lip balm. Fair Trade butters and organic agave syrup are combined with guarana seed powder, a natural lip plumper, €7.20 from LUSH stores, including Oliver Plunkett, St Cork;


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