“Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping.” Oscar Wilde
Oscar, I think this is my favorite of all of your quotes! I love when my lifestyle choices are validated!
We all know that when the going gets tough, the tough go shopping. It’s a form of therapy that neither Freud nor Jung nor Ryan Gosling can compete with. It’s all about empowerment and fun and style and…I could go on and on.
But besides being so many things, now shopping is officially good for you. According to an article in May 2017’s Reader’s Digest, in a ten-year study researchers found that men and women who shopped daily had a lower risk of dying early than those who shopped less often. Shopping every day helps you live longer by increasing your social contact, physical fitness, and mental agility. If shopping is good for you, I’m going to go out on a limb and claim that BUYING something every day is equivalent to eating blueberries and wild salmon, doing yoga, and getting nine hours of sleep. This claim is based almost entirely on my own research and habits and those of the Kane clan.
So here is my list of the best places to shop in the fair city of Dublin in the hope of extending your life span.
1. Powerscourt House Shopping Centre – The whole place is beautiful. Built between 1771 and 1774, it was originally the house used by the aristocratic Powerscourt family when they spent time in Dublin. Now it has restaurants, bars, clothing stores, a theatre, and my favorite jewelry made by Chupi. Chupi Sweetman is a beautiful Irish woman whose designs are made for your “inner magpie” and inspired by nature – a twig, a swan’s feather, a leaf. Hers are delicate pieces made with sparkling rose gold, semi-precious stones, and love.
2. George’s Street Arcade – The arcade is an enclosed Victorian market that has been enabling people to buy lots of stuff since 1881. It has everything: coffee cafes, vintage clothing shops, health food stores, record stores, and cupcake stalls. My favorite place to buy souvenirs is the Unique Crafts and Designs Shop. They make one-of-a kind collectible tiles.
3. Cow’s Lane – Cow’s Lane is part of the Olde City, just at the edge of Temple Bar. Vikings walked this street, but unfortunately they missed out on the fabulous shops and the Saturday market that are part of the culture today.(Pillaging doesn’t count!) Two of my favorite shops are Thundersolas for handmade leather jewelry and Cow’s Lane Designer Shop for handmade pottery. Both places are perfect for buying gifts. The beautiful bowls from Cow’s Lane Designer Shop are marked with peace, hope, and lovebirds.
4. Drury Street – Drury Street is a street of shops including Industry, Considered, Om Diva, and Carousel. Om Diva has both vintage and new dresses and funky jewelry. The window displays change almost daily. Carousel has vintage inspired styles designed by Circus. (Some of Saoirse Ronan’s wardrobe in Brooklyn was from Carousel.)
5. Grafton Street – Grafton Street is the pedestrianized shopping mecca of Dublin. Its flagship store is Brown Thomas. Brown Thomas has everything your heart might desire and a cafe, of course. My latest purchase was a gorgeous navy silk maxi dress with black velvet ribbons on the collar and sleeves by The Kooples. It did wonders for my mental and physical longevity. But just to add a little icing to the cake, I bought a bouquet of sunflowers from one of the many street venders who make Grafton Street the magical place that it is.
I’ll continue with more suggestions another time. In the meantime, I’ll end with some thoughts on shopping and buying things. From Marie Condo’s book, Spark Joy: “Your mind determines the value of everything you own. There are three facets to the spirit that dwells in material things: the spirit of the materials from which the things are made, the spirit of the person who made them, and the spirit of the person who uses them. The spirit of the maker has an especially powerful impact on an object’s personality.” Marie, I couldn’t agree with you more. In the name of healthy living – and a healthy economy – I will try to shop every day as I make my way through the shops and streets of Dublin. I will try to buy beautiful things that remind me of the spirit of this city that I love so much.
Please let me know your favorite shopping spots!