Every now and then you hit upon a hidden gem and this week that is Cookstown boutique Serephina.
This boutique is absolutely fabulous and full of some of the most gorgeous pieces of clothing. The Serephina Boutique strikes the right balance, and has a little something of everything so you won't be stuck on getting the perfect look for your occasion.
Owner Ngaire Watson told me: "People associate the shop as a dress shop mostly, occasion wear but then there's always nice bits of casual if you don't have an occasion but you can still come in and get something."
Ngaire has been keeping the ladies of Cookstown and surrounding areas on trend since September 2013. Noticing a gap in the market for a boutique for reasonably priced occasion wear gave her the drive to open a store that would give the town just that.
The boutique offers an array of fun, quirky, beautiful, good quality pieces, by brands such as Diva Catwalk, Girl in Mind, Little Mistress, Paper Dolls, Chi Chi clothing and The Pretty Dress Company to name a few. It is one of those shops where you quite literally could buy one of everything.
My sister Sarah (who is modelling the clothes this week) and I loved the store so much. She had been talking so much about it that her husband then went and surprised her by buying everything she modelled in this shoot - lucky girl.
Ngaire predicts that some of the most popular Autumn/Winter trends will be floral and lots of bright colours, continuing on from Spring/Summer.
She believes this will be because people feel like they have missed the Spring/Summer seasons and aren't just ready to go back into traditional Autumn/Winter colours just yet.
Emerald green and a lot of bright jewel colours will be very strong going forward into Autumn/Winter.
The best piece of fashion advice that Ngaire lives by is to buy for yourself, don't buy because of what your sister, mummy, husband/boyfriend thinks. It's important as a woman to feel good for yourself. If you love something you're wearing you feel better about yourself.
Serephina Boutique, 2 Oldtown Street, Cookstown, BT80 8EF. Tel: 028 8623 8050