So we were very lucky to be invited to the well known Mc Elhinneys of Ballybofey Donegal. We have had a long standing relationship with this store. SarahJane reflects on being stranded there on a day out many years ago as a child. There's no way Dad forgot about her? She recalls visiting the store through all her special occasions; one in particular to get her Holy Communion dress and of course every accessory that existed. What makes Mc Elhinneys special is that it caters for every age and every style! It can carry you through every special occasion in your lifetime!
We remember visiting the store during our bridal hunt distracted by every department and of course making an number of non bridal purchases. This is where we got our suits for groomsmen, which were fabulous. The service from the men's department and in particular James was outstanding. One thing that I wanted was a scooped waist coat and at the time they didn't have any. This was not an issue, they sourced them for us. They offered their styling advice and ensured the Dads looked equally as dapper!
Christmas isn't complete without a trip to Mc Elhinneys... where we normally kit our Dad out! And oh the packaging! If something isn't the correct fit, there is never an issue exchanging.
When we received an invite to attend a Mother's Day event we were so flattered. There's nothing we love more than a girly day out and what better weekend for it. We left for Ballybofey running a little late as always. We were greeted by Sarah at the door. The treatment we received from our very arrival was exceptional.
When we walked into the Beauty Department, they announced that our mum would have a make over which was a surprise to us. If there's anyone that need some TLC or special treatment, it's this lady. While she had her makeup done by the amazing Annmarie, we walked around the stands admiring the vast array of brands they had available. One of the things that had surprised us was seeing how on trend the beauty department was stocking all of the bloggers favourites : NYX, So Sue Me, Blank Canvas, MakeUp Revolution.. There are beauty products to suit all budgets which is a fantastic feature. One of the stands that captured our attention was Lynda Strain Make Up. This beauty range was created by Newry born artist and spa owner. An affordable range, fantastic quality and lovely packaging! We had the pleasure of chatting with April who told us all about the range. We loved the matte liquid lipsticks which we have tried and tested - they are FAB. Noleen was brilliant, she told us all about the brands that we can expect to see in store very soon (we can't wait)!!
When we saw our mum again we loved her makeup. Our mum doesn't wear much eye makeup so when we saw her we thought her eyes were popping! Such a lovely start to the day. When the ladies in he beauty department presented our mum with a hamper, she was overwhelmed! Possibly even a little tear, so unexpected and so generous of the girls. We also got a gift bag. Mum's hamper had everything from moisturiser, cleanser to perfume and BB cream. Such a treat! We got perfume... something we really appreciate because we rarely buy.
We were then escorted to the restaurant. The manager, Breda presented us to our own corner with a beautiful presentation of afternoon tea; Prosecco and Pastries. For those of you that know us well, will know we don't drink tea, so our mum finished the pot and we finished the prosecco. We were on high spirits enjoying one another's company and the wonderful opportunity Mc Elhinneys had afforded us. The afternoon tea was delicious, so much so that we returned later for a late lunch.
Next up occasion wear. We love occasion wear. We were excited to see what they had in store and the brands they offer. Some people are of the mindset that Mc Elhinneys only do mother of the bride/groom. Not at all! They have something for every age, occasion, shape, size and budget. We were encouraged to try out a number of looks and this is when the fun really started. Soon we were hopping in and out of dresses and admiring all the beautiful outfit choices. As we have already mentioned we value our mum's fashion advice and soon she was tasked with the role of styling both of us. What an eye for colour, shape and sophistication. We call ourselves STYLED by Sisters but there's no doubt that day we were STYLED by our mum. Some of the brand we knew but we were also so impressed with some of the new brands we found in store!
Our wonderful day was coming to an end but not before we were gifted with more goodies. The girls in womenswear gave us some Hilfiger treats, we loved the new Gigi Hadid range so it was such a treat.
We went to the other departments in store too. As soon as we got to the bags we were in love with the Ralph Lauren and Guess range they had in stock. Some of the jewellery brands available included Chupi, Dyberg Kern and Marc Jacobs.
Then homeware - as some of you will have noticed we also love interior decor. SarahJane had been given some beautiful wedding gifts from the store and was keen to have a look at their latest stock. We were not disappointed, class, elegance and sophistication. According to SarahJane they have the only bed sheets that fit her bed. We loved their console tables, clocks and bed linen.
What truly makes Mc Elhinneys stand out? What makes it worth your trip to Donegal? And it comes down to it... the service! The staff are EXCEPTIONAL! When in store, they were friendly and approachable. We watched as they helped a lady select her mother of the bride outfit ensuring that she found something that she loved and felt comfortable in, we watched as another member of staff helped a student find the perfect shoes for her graduation. There's such a great atmosphere in store and you can sense it from the moment you walk in. Thank you so much to McElhinneys for this amazing opportunity - we can't wait for our next visit.
We want to thank McElhinneys for supporting us from the beginning of our blog. There are very few stores like it. We were lucky enough to attend the Hayley Paige Dream Factory event which was absolutely fabulous. We can't wait to see what they do next because no doubt it will be BRILLIANT!
SarahJane & Kate x