Hot list: This weekend's top Irish events and buy-me-now products
Lovers of vintage clothes will know that it's rarely a case of picking up a find and it being the perfect fit - buy vintage and you generally need a needle and thread. An alternative for lovers of retro style are Irish label Charlotte and Jane's custom made 1940s- and 1950s-inspired dresses and suits.
They have a wide selection of styles which are made to your desired fit in a fabric and colour of your choosing, with each dress taking approximately four weeks to make. Charlotte and Jane are holding dress viewings from April 25-27 April in The Royal Saint George Yacht club in Dun Laoghaire. This is an appointment only event and those who book will have an hour to try on sample styles and select the style, fabric and colour they would like and get measured for their bespoke garment.
BUY: Block colour wools start at €345; tweeds at €390 and silks and wool crepes start at €450.charlotteandjane.com
Budding filmmakers will find plenty to inspire them at the 6th Annual Limerick Film Festival, taking place at the Millennium Theatre, Limerick Institute of Technology, from April 23-25. Highlights include guest speakers Brendan McCarthy, the co-author of the new MadMax: Fury Road; director Kevin Liddy who will be screening his latest short film, The Suffering Kind, as well as music composer Patrick Cassidy, whose work includes the soundtrack to Calvary.
DETAILS: See limerickfilmfestival.net for full details of the three-day programme
If you like simple and beautiful jewellery, you'll find much to like about Gemma O'Leary's designs. The Cork- born jeweller has just launched her label Inner Island, after learning her craft in Canada and Dublin, as well as working with famed designer Mette O'Connor of Amoc Jewellers. O'Leary's design ethos is one of simplicity, timelessness and minimalism using traditional silversmithing skills. She also accepts orders to create bespoke pieces.
BUY: 18kt gold plated silver and freshwater pearls 'Yugen' bangle, €159, available at Om Diva, Drury Street, Dublin 2. innerisland.ie
It's that time of year when thoughts naturally, if hopefully, start turning to outdoor entertaining. Why go down the plastic cups route when you can brighten up your barbecues and picnics more stylishly with a colour pop of vintage glass milk bottles? They're a chic way to serve cocktails and juices, or indeed milk and they'll look equally great when lined up on kitchen shelves. BUY: €4.50 each from Rua Boutique, ruaboutique.ie
Don't miss your opportunity to see Puccini's classic opera, Madam Butterfly, which comes to The Bord Gais Energy Theatre from April 22-26. This traditional production, presented by The Moscow State Opera features renowned Irish soprano Celine Byrne, with Anna Nechaeva, the soloist from The Bolshoi Opera in the leading role of Cio-Cio San. The performance is in Italian with English subtitles and is accompanied by the orchestra of the Moscow State Opera.
BOOK: Tickets are €35-€120; bordgaisenergytheatre.ie
Girls on film
If you've never seen the Tina-Fey penned film Mean Girls, starring Lindsay Lohan (in the days before she had a rap sheet longer than her list of film credits) you can fill this gap on your movie CV at The Lighthouse Cinema's Pyjama Party tonight. They're showing the classic teen film, as well as Modern Girls, the ultimate 1980s party movie. Expect proper pyjama party staples such as midnight feasts and spin the bottle, as well as a pyjama party photo booth set up for the night. Slippers and robe wearing optional. BOOK: Tickets, €12. lighthousecinema.ie
For those in need of some restorative 'me' time, the Farnham Estate, Cavan has a tempting April offer. For €99, midweek, you can book in for a lime and lemongrass body scrub followed by a full body massage of your choice, choosing either the soothing 'Sunday Amble' or the more energising 'Vigorous Ramble'. Also included is time in the Water Mint Thermal Suite, relaxation rooms and use of the indoor/outdoor infinity pool and gym. Then finish up your day of pampering with a two-course lunch, which can be upgraded to afternoon tea for an extra €5.
Next weekend sees shellfish lovers descend upon Howth for the annual Dublin Bay Prawn Festival. There's plenty to delight foodies including a Food Village, serving up seafood and a Mystery Dine Around where guests will go on a culinary tour of the village and finish up in a traditional pub. Seafood aside, there are not-to-be-missed cultural events too such as the musical sessions from the Howth Gospel Choir and Phelim Drew's one-man show of George Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London in the Findlater theatre.
DETAILS: See dublinbayprawnfestival.ie for the full festival line-up
Gardens of delights
A treat for gardeners combined with a great family day out is promised at the Clare Garden Festival, taking place next Sunday in the Ennis showgrounds. The slogan for 2015's festival is 'Growing on our own turf' and as well as demos and expert talks, there's a Bloom-style show garden; an artisan food fair, with over 69 exhibitors from all over Ireland pop-up gardens created by community groups; archery, basket weaving and spinning along with children's gardening and entertainment. DETAILS: Tickets are €7 per adult, with a €5 earlybird price before 1pm. For families, tickets are €5 per parent with children free. claregardenfestival.com