I used to live in Dublin so enjoyed taking in the sights again as it's been 3 years since I last visited. The picture of a certain Bank headquarters is for my ex-work colleagues. It used to be reason why I travelled to Dublin every week, so it was nice to walk past it this time!
The previous day, the team had styled all the different body shapes for the book so the rails and rails of gorgeous clothing were still there. Unfortunately, ours was a head & shoulders shot so they were just there for us to admire, not to try on.
By now, I had a partner in crime, the lovely Helen from Co. Clare so we had a great time looking through the shoes and outfits provided. During this time, we had the opportunity to have our bra size measured by Clodagh from Bramora, a Dublin based lingerie shop. Everyone had the wrong size on! I'll spare you the details but I have been wearing 3 cup sizes too small and two chest sizes too big all my life. The difference was astounding. I would never have thought wearing the right bra size would make such a difference - I have been converted!
Brendan and Sonya, the Off the Rails presenters made us feel very welcome and we got to observe them planning for AW12 as they trawled through boxes of clothing during the morning. Then it was my turn to have my hair teased into shape by the lovely Kylie, make-up done by the team from Mac and then we were summoned for a group shot outdoors (unfortunately while my hair was still in clips - it's a look I guess!)
And outside, Sonya & Brendan were kind enough to pose for a picture with me and we had a chat about the blog. Sonya even recorded an interview with me to include in the book. Exciting!
Then I strutted my way down Grafton Street (very bouncy hair going on) and resisted the temptation to go into Brown Thomas to lust over the Louis Vuitton display, instead heading to Primark on O'Connell Street (oh, the contrast since my working days!) and then to the train back to Belfast, looking lots more groomed than on my earlier train trip..