Bairbre Power has inspiration for last-minute headpieces perfect for a day at the races
The Galway Races are on many a girl's fashion agenda this week as we head west for some style, fun and the spectacle of great hats at Ballybrit.
I've learned not to panic if there are things missing from my suitcase on arrival, because Galway is jammed with great shops for those last-minute buys.
Anthony Ryan's on Shop Street is still in sale mode and has a mix of sassy race wear, with brands such as such as Stop Staring, Toypes, James Lakeland, Kali Orea and Rouge, and more conventional looks from Ronald Joyce and Alex & Co.
The Hat Shop in Corbett Court/ Eyre Square does hat rentals from €25-€150, and you can take the stress out of the whole chapeau crisis by booking online in advance from hatshop.ie.
Daisy Boutique on Eglinton Street does rentals on its 'one-off designer desirables'. The labels, including Halston Heritage, Matthew Williamson and Herve Leger, vary in price from €80-€120.
If you've forgotten your Jo Malone, it's now available at Brown Thomas Galway, and for race week the store has a pop-up shop featuring Fran & Jane, Sandro, Raoul, Maje, Annoushka jewellery and Mark T Burke hats.
Innovative milliner, Martha Lynn, from Roscommon, has come up with a very exciting summer range just in time for the Galway Races. Her 'Orbital' hat is a true showstopper and is available from her website for €399.