If you follow me on Instagram (@katierabbette) and snapchat (@katierab13) you would have seen I attended the Pre-Race Day Event in the Oranmore Lodge Hotel last Sunday.
The event kicked off at 1pm with a Prosecco reception and we then took our seats in their fabulous function room. There was approx. 150 in attendance and there were some stunning stalls on display including Designer Exchange (which admittedly was my favourite!)
Around 2pm, once everyone was nice and settled the first fashion show began with local boutiques showcasing some stunning occasion wear perfect for the Galway Races. We also had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Faith Amond who won best dressed at Aintree this year! What a classy lady!
There was a range of styles on display catering for women of all ages. Some of the boutiques featured were: Cari's Closet(Galway), GNine Boutique(Ennis), Olivia Danielle(Athlone), Montgomery Millinery(Mullingar), Carrig Donne, Catriona King Millinery(Galway), Elegance Boutique(Athenry) to name a few.
The models from Catwalk Agency did a fantastic job showcasing the pieces and personally, the head pieces from Montgormery Millinery were to die for!
As you can see from the above snaps, Blue appeared to be the colour of the season with some gorgeous pastels and light aqua colours. I love blue clothes so as you can imagine this made me very happy to know I am currently 'on trend'. LOL!
We had some delicious afternoon tea at the interval and then Faith Amond gave all her tips on how to win a race day. Her advice was to pick something classic and dress it up. She took a €49 white dress and transformed it into three different looks simply by using accessories! It was amazing to see how you can create something completely different by changing up a necklace or shoe.
The final part of the day was a great raffle in aid of the Oranmore Maree Rescue, a brilliant cause and there were some really good prizes up for grabs! I didn't manage to win anything but it was nice to support such a great service.
A great day ran well by all the staff at the Oranmore Lodge Hotel. If you are considering attending the galway races I highly recommend any of the boutiques from the show. You can get items from €30-€250 so don't be afraid to go into these boutiques.
As for me, I'm still dreaming of the Chanel bag the Designer Exchange had on display!! One word - WOW!
A huge thank you to Shirley (Hotel Manager) for having me and well done on such a successful event! I am already looking forward to next years show! ;)
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and hopefully got some inspiration for the Galway Races if you are attending. I highly recommend the Oranmore Lodge, the staff are great and the bar food is to die for!
Until next time,