Society: Rachel has Magnum's on ice
Move over Willy Wonka! Sky Sports presenter Rachel Wyse had her hands full whipping up sugary sensations at Magnum's Ice Cream Experience in the windows of Arnotts.
The Blackrock native was on "decorating duties" and helped guests design their ideal ices.
"I must have made 60 ice creams at this stage," Wyse said as she sprinkled rose petals, popping candy and pistachios over vanilla ice cream. "Working in an ice cream shop could become a nice little nixer."
Arnotts' shoe garden was transformed into a hipster haven complete with bloggers, blaggers and Instagram addicts.
"Emm, do you mind moving?" one social media scenester asked me.
"It's just you're in the background of my selfie and I doubt I'll be able to crop your head out."
Harrumphing loudly, I made my way over to DJ booth where model Daniella Moyles was busy posing and playing tracks.
A bronzed Holly Carpenter looked relaxed and refreshed having returned from a recent trip to Bulgaria.
"I was having a relaxing holiday with my friend Thalia Heffernan, we just took it easy, went to the spa and relaxed."
Holly is in talks to start writing for UK website Unilad who were impressed at her ability to decipher women's Snapchat messages.
"I've always been into writing," she said. "Even when I was little I always kept a diary."
Radio host Eoghan McDermott was enjoying a night out but was remaining tight-lipped about his new 2FM evening slot.
"All will be revealed at the autumn launch," he said. "I'm under strict instructions to say nothing."
Eoghan will be hitting the festival circuit this summer with pals Jenny Greene and Al Porter to report on the muddy and mad-cap antics.
"Doing Electric Picnic is always great craic," he said before annihilating Kanye West's performance at Glastonbury. "I thought the second half was atrocious."
Across town and summer antics were in full swing as the Morrison Hotel had their annual summer barbeque bash.
The Luna Boys belted out tunes as guests loaded up on sweet and sticky kebabs and mountains of ice cream.
Stars and stripes for Alex and Ani fans
By Kirsty Blake Knox
Oh 'Merica! The country that gave us the Roomba, marshmallow fluff in a jar, and Marty McFly.
To say thanks for all of the above and to celebrate Independence Day, our very own Independent style squad joined forces with jewellery line Alex and Ani for an Americana-themed soirée in Arnotts.
Alex and Ani's bangles and bracelets are a firm favourite with US starlets including Selena Gomez, Beyoncé and Jessica Simpson.
Stars and stripes swags hung proudly on the walls and guests downed cans of soda pop and tucked into bags of hard-boiled candy.
Conor McGregor's clan were out in force and DJ Painted Lady kept us all bopping with vintage patriotic tracks. Indo style editor and native New Yorker Caitlyn McBride hosted the event and was on hand to announce the winners of a once in a lifetime trip to the land of the great and the good.
Irish eyes were smiling at the Derby
By Bairbre Power
The Curragh was most definitely the place to be for sheer glamour, excitement and fun last weekend as we celebrated the historic 150th running of the Irish Derby.
Newmarket-based John Gosden savoured his first win in the Irish Derby with Jack Hobbs - which made him the first British trainer since Henry Cecil saddled Commander In Chief in 1993 to land the €1.25m Classic.
Later, he told us how he had walked the course on the morning of the race, but not all the course, he explained, because he was at Legs Lawlor's wedding celebrations to mark her marriage to Australian businessman Peter Barnett, the night before, and dancing 'til late.
Friday night was all about the Derby Ball at the K Club in Straffan, in aid of The Jack & Jill Children's Foundation. I dined with Sinead El Sibai, VP of marketing at Dubai Duty Free and her husband, Jihad, and later met actress Mary Crosby, who played Kristin in Dallas and was the one who shot JR. Her late dad, Bing, delighted in winning the 1965 Derby with Meadow Court and 50 years later, Mary travelled to Ireland for the event with her husband Mark Brodka and their two sons.
Colm McLoughlin, the Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free and his charming wife Breeda, entertained 400 guests to a fabulous lunch in the VIP Pavillion, which had a perfect view of the winning post.
Ireland and Leinster rugby hero, Ian Madigan, attended with his girlfriend, Anna Kirwan (both left). Melanie Morris, Editor in Chief of Image Publications, was accompanied by Wayne Cronin who chatted with Amanda Byram's beau, Julian Okines, a digital exec in London, when us girls headed off to judge the fashion contest.
The hats were thrilling and Celia Holman Lee squeaked with delight to see a Limerick model, Lorraine O'Sullivan, win the Most Stylish Lady prize, which includes a fabulous five-night holiday in Dubai and Boodles jewellery. When Celia discovered I was wearing Julie Cotter, whose designs I spotted at the LSAD graduate show in May, she invited me back to Limerick to see what else is going on Shannonside.
Hawaiian 'Love/ Hate' one hula dance closer
By Kirsty Blake Knox
Grass skirts and Lei at the ready, it seems the Hawaiian adaptation of gangland drama Love/ Hate is one step closer to becoming a reality.
Creator of the original series, Stuart Carolan, has finished reading US screenwriter Dennis Lehane's re-writes.
Carolan is a big fan of Lehane's work, and why wouldn't he be? The Boston writer has some pretty impressive blockbusters under his belt including Shutter Island and The Drop.
"It's completely different to the Irish version," Carolan said. "Nidge is called Nagga but John Boy is still John Boy". Thank goodness for that.
"It's pretty seedy," Carolan added. "It's not Hawaii Five-O, and it's definitely not set in a Honeymoon resort in Maui."
For now, Stuart is focusing on his next project - the film adaptation of Paul Murray's novel Skippy Dies.
"We're just looking for a director at the moment," he said.
UTV's sunshine girl and the stars
By Bairbre Power
I always admire how UTV Ireland's Jenny Buckley delivers the nightly bad news that it is going to be grey skies again with such upbeat aplomb.
So we both found it hilarious when she good-humouredly revealed over lunch how it will be raining in Spain as she starts her family holiday this weekend.
Ireland's newest TV weather gal has every reason to enjoy down-time with her hubbie, Garrett McClean, and their three-year-old daughter, Jude, because when she gets back, it will be action stations for Jenny who has landed a Friday night entertainment slot, sponsored by Diet Coke.
The three-minute slot, called The Pulse, went out for the first time yesterday at 5.25pm, with showbiz, fashion, beauty and celebrity news. She then comes back after the evening news to present the weather.
She is taking a very a deliberate style change in clothes - quirky and edgy for the showbiz slot and more conservative and tailored for the weather.
Jenny, who is just back from meeting Tatum Channing in London, said, "I've waited a long time for this opportunity and I feel very lucky."
Father Michael launches his latest book
By Bairbre Power
Fr Michael Collins was in sparkling form and was surrounded by friends, family and parishioners when he launched his latest book, Pope Francis, a photographic portrait of the people's pope, at Dubray bookshop on Grafton Street on Wednesday evening.
The Kennedy sisters, Caroline and Louise, were there to support long-time friend Fr Michael, curate at Haddington Road church.
The photographer for the DK published book, Rodolfo Felici, flew in for the Dublin launch. His family, Vatican photographers, have been snapping popes for 152 years.
"The Pope obviously was invited," Fr Michael assured his guests. But as he didn't text, tweet and he didn't Facebook, "I presume he is on wash-up in the refectory tonight," said Fr Michael, who hopes to meet Pope Francis in the US in September.
Fr Michael dedicated the book to his mother, Helen, who attended with his sisters, Geraldine and Paula. Sadly missing from the proud family occasion was his late brother, internationally acclaimed architect and interior designer, David Collins, who died in July 2013. David was close friends with Madonna, who flew in for his funeral in Dublin.