Sunny Afternoon: A Fashion and Food Tour of Newry

I love an adventure and when I got the opportunity to visit Newry to tour the food and fashion of the small city, I jumped at the chance. I've only ever been to Newry when on my way to Dublin, it lies about 35 miles outside Belfast and is right on the Belfast-Dublin corridor so usually the only glimpses I get are when my train is whizzing past.

Newry Style City is happening from the 18th-21st of April which comprises style awards, fashion afternoon tea, style secrets talks, fashion shows and independent events.The city is going to show you how to get out of your winter jumpers and into some fabulous fashion pieces for summer. It will be full of the latest hair, fashion, beauty and make up for attendees to look at, try on and get inspired by. Our Fashion and Food Tour let us take in some of the experiences those attending Newry Style City will have.

We started at coffee shop Grounded where we were shown how to get our coffee to 'bloom' in a chemex brewer. Those folk really know their coffee and have a real passion for everything that it represents. We got to taste an absolutely gorgeous Columbian blend, for once not at scorching temperatures. Perhaps you should take along a quiz when you go so you can test their knowledge, ok I'm joking there. If you get a chance check out the size of their traybakes, my goodness!

We moved to Posh a really fabulous occasion wear shop, they do dresses, hats, bags, jewellery and shoes, so pretty much a 'one stop shop' for any wedding or events you have coming up. Very handy.
We then nipped next door to Bogart where we were very entertained and saw some very sharp suits. Also check out the spots and stripes combo, bang on trend! Take the men in your life here and get them looking dapper.

Bows was our next stop, gorgeous dresses and beautiful prints. We were greeted with some champagne and there were so many patterns to lust after, sundaes, flamingoes, lighthouses. I loved the Egyptian style coin drop necklace, really versatile and wearable with everything this summer.

On to Belleza beauty salon to try out Senna brows, oh girls I got mine done, what do you think? I was so surprised as they're so dark but I really like them,  it was a real change and took some getting used to. You can see the stencils being applied and then filled in, this was the first time I'd actually seen stencils in action.

We got very well fed when we were in Newry, we popped into Cafe Maya, which has just opened to sample their hibiscus flower drink, it is gorgeous. The best way I heard it described was like cranberry juice but without the tartness. 
We then popped across the road to be fed at the busy Art Bar Funkel's where we got to sample their tapas, from Thai green chilli, goat cheese salad, chicken wings, nachos and many more. We all raved about it, I would heartily recommend the Thai green chilli, it was my favourite. 

We happily went over the canal to check out some of the gorgeousness from Jack Murphy Jewellers. We were given yummy strawberry daiquiris and out came all the diamonds! Oh my goodness! We got to try on all of the fabulous rings, we saw loose diamonds, uncut diamonds, amazing settings. There's nothing quite like a group of women getting to try on huge diamond rings! Their range is massive, I love Bouton, I have my eye on the Toy Watch in the Strong style for Himself, I think it is gorgeous. If you're in Newry on Thursday 18th April 5.30-8pm they're having a Diamonds and Daiquiri's night you can actually WIN a diamond on the night!

Snaubs has been a feature in Newry for a long time and they've seen a lot of fashions come and go, when we went to have a look we got to see some of their Armani and Versace range. My favourite piece had to be the blue Armani bag!

Azizi lingerie was a great port of call, we got to find out all about their range. The new Panache sports range, Lejaby, my personal favourite Aubade Paris which is a real luxury to spoil yourself with. They also have the Anita Care accreditation, guide and training to fit post surgery women, they are one of very few retailers in Ireland who do so. It was wonderful to hear a retailer who is clearly so passionate about  making the lingerie shopping experience for post mastectomy women easy and enjoyable.

We visited Cahill Bros Shoes who have been around since 1914, where Declan entertained us with his wisecracking and we looked at a whole host of shoes, right up my street of course were the Irregular Choice ranges. Many of the girls were also besotted with the bags on display. My favourite piece had to be the Irregular Choice shoes with the starburst buckle detail, just stunning. My fellow blogger and bridesmaid Claire was looking at them too, I think we may have found her shoes for my wedding!

Rounding the corner we popped in to see the award winning Berling, who were absolute darlings and had wonderful mini cupcakes made to greet us! We got to peruse their range and eat cake at the same time, you would not have found happier girls. My pick of the shop was the gorgeous sea toned maxi dress, if I had been there longer I'd have tried it on. I can imagine how gorgeous it would look with sandals in the summer, or even dressed up for a wedding.

The Gallery had some wonderful occasion wear I grabbed a shot of this lovely grey silk dress and coat. I thought my mum would love it for my wedding. I think we will have to come back so I can let her see it.
I've also grabbed a picture of this wonderful retro Warhol inspired Coronation Street shopper, I caught sight of it in the shop beside The Gallery and had to run in and buy it. I of course bought mine of the divine Bette Lynch, Get It, Got It, Good! I think everyone found it hilarious being that I don't watch soaps. Keep your eyes peeled for it on the blog soon.

McEvoy's is a pillar of the Newry community, relied on for school outfitting for dozens and dozens of schools, they are a generational shop where people who once came as children to get fitted now come as adults or take their own children. I was immediately interested in their haberdashery section, full of wool, knitting needles, hooks, sequins, everything you need to completely transform and customise anything!

We raced to the picturesque Canal Court Hotel for afternoon tea, I can tell you they may have the nicest bakewell tarts I've ever had. I should point out if you think your bakewell tart is better, please feel free to send it to me as I will happily test it! The Canal Court is situated beautifully overlooking the canal, I only wish we'd had more time to enjoy the peaceful surroundings but it just means we'll have to all come back. I can highly recommend their bakewell tarts. I've already told my mum I'll take her when we go, so I'm really looking forward to coming back to Newry.

Thank you so much to all of the Newry and Mourne District Council who facilitated our visit, a huge thank you to all of the amazing retailers of Newry who were so kind, enthusiastic and generous to us. Have a wonderfully stylish weekend! We'll be back!

Much Love

Newry Style City runs from 18th April -21st April 2013, for more information log on to

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