Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Avoca







While studying abroad in England I took a trip to Dublin, Ireland, with some girlfriends. We visited at the tail end of our Christmas holiday, so Dublin was still dressed for the season's festivities. I remember walking through winding cobbled streets decked in garlands and lights. We found this beautiful shop called Avoca in our attempt to find the Information Center (they aren't as easy to find as you would hope, by the way). It was piled high with brightly colored plaid throws, stylish frocks, candles, banners, stationary and yummy packaged mixes. An Irish stimulation overload, otherwise known as heaven! They have a gorgeous website, you've gotta check it out!

By the way, after soaking up the goodness at Avoca, my girlfriends and I crossed the street to a cafe that served lattes in simple white cups with matching saucers. They made little hearts out the foam. We were in love!

PS. I know it's bad to add something to an already posted post, but I had to add this little diddy! Thank you so much! :) Come see here!

22 comments:

ThePeachTree said...

WOW! What a gorgeous website :) It sounds like the absolute perfect way to spend a cold winter, Irish day!

cindy : quaint said...

i love the vibrancy in their photos!

Caroline @ Absolutely Unique said...

Oh God, what beautiful photos! I checked the website and they have some lovely things too! Thanks, Julia! xoxo

please sir said...

I love Ireland...went there several years ago on St. Paddy's day. Sigh...I want to go back and discover this amazing shop too!

Miss Aimee said...

I remember calling my parents from Dublin just as I arrived off the plane. Mind you it was 3am their time didn't care oen bit as I just HAD to tell them I found teh place I have dreamed up living-it was a reality! I loved it so much and had to scream it out! What a magic place. If only I lived there now :)
I can't wait to check out that store now. Thanks

Rachel said...

Oh so jealous! I wish I could get whisked away to Dublin for some shopping and lattes.

Lizzy said...

So pretty! I would LOVE to go to back to England and take a trip to Ireland. I was in the UK about four years ago for New Years. Sigh.

Krissy said...

i am so jealous! Great link dear :)

paula said...

their photos are stunning. so much color and fun.

Elizabeth said...

Such a wonderful showcase over on Design Lovely! Congrats! (And this shop Avoca looks truly incredible. What beautiful photos and outfits!)

Karen said...

My goodness, what a wonderful website! Just the pick-me-up I needed today :)

Mrs.French said...

I am in love too...with the clothes and your story...it was almost like I was there...xo

Emily said...

aw, what a darling story and a beautiful store. i love memories like those :)

Victoria said...

that reminds me when i visited you in ireland, we also sipped from cups with heart-shaped foam! and also speaking of ireland, i just picked up knitting needles for the first time in a decade... i am refreshing my skills by learning the simple "farrow rib" (so far, so good)... i am hoping it won't be too long before I can start knitting aran-type scarves and clothing, using some wonderful alpaca yarn! it has been "heaps" of fun delving into the world of blogs and Etsy and seeing all the fabulous ways people show their creativity. hugs & smootchies!

Sara Christine said...

Oh such lovely colors! I need to bring more color into my life. I wear tons of black and everything in my apartment is brown or white! :)

Bonbon Oiseau said...

when you say gorgeous you really mean it..holy camoly! (and your journals are beautiful julia!!! nice work lady!

Genie Sea said...

I love the names of their products. Love Coat, Narnia Coat, Wishful Thinking Coat. Thank you for the recommendation.

You journals are dreamy :)

S.HOPtalk said...

That is an amazing site! I want one of these:
http://www.avoca.ie/store/product.php?mid=3

How fun to have studies abroad. It's my one regret, that I didn't do something like that for a semester in college. Oh well, there's always retirement someday :) Lovely post Julia

●• Tiny Red said...

ohhh Dublin is great , isnt it?! i was there december last year. love the irish, lovely folk! :)

Jaimee said...

My college roommate studied abroad in England as well. She was nice enough to bring back an Avoca blanket for my wedding gift.

I've only been able to visit their shop here in the states in Annapolis...One of these days, I'll make it back to the UK and be sure to visit.

Callie Grayson said...

what a fantastic find! I am sure you had such a great afternoon!!! thank you for sharing this great shop.

Jennifer said...

Their photos are some lovely and vibrant! Thanks for the heads up about this one :)