Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
We're nearly in September and you are now fully entitled to put away those optimistic sun dresses and concentrate instead on all the Autumn/Winter loveliness arriving into shops.
Topping our lust list at the moment is Danish brand Selected Femme which is new to Arnotts. Aimed at the fashion-forward woman, its emphasis is on wearable, stylish quality.
BUY: Alley Trousers (€69.95), Helga Cardigan (€169.95) available at Arnotts, arnotts.ie
If you were considering popping into Brown Thomas to update your Autumn wardrobe get there between September 3-19 because Lancôme have a fabulous gift exclusively available there. The Absolue Precious Cells gift is worth over €210 and contains two full size products - Absolue Precious Pure Cleansing Foam and Liquid Rouge in Love 316; plus a serum, eye cream and day cream, all free with the purchase of 3 or more products.
Calling all Tambourine fans! Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is being celebrated at 'Stuck Inside of Moville, The DylanFest on the Lough' this weekend in Donegal. This is Ireland's dedicated annual festival of Dylan's music as performed by tribute bands in pubs and various locations around Moville. The acts include Bobby Does Dylan and Blowins In the Wind - a five-piece band from Sligo.
Music de la mer
You don't have to like shellfish to enjoy the Dalkey Lobster Festival. The event, running until Sunday, showcases the best of local lobster and crab in restaurants, pubs, and cafés in the area. The soundtrack is provided by the best of global jazz musicians and highlights include Paddy Sherlock and The Cuban All Stars. And the kids will be entertained by the giant lobster on the streets of Dalkey Village, as well as street performers, face painters and balloon artists. DETAILS: facebook.com/DalkeyLobsterFest
Lets go sailing
If you'd care for a leisurely cruise, Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone has a package to tempt even the most avowed landlubbers. The Sail Away With Me offer takes in the Shannon's scenic views, departing from Athlone Castle. While you're travelling, you'll be sipping bubbly and nibbling strawberries before returning to your hotel room to complete your day out with dinner in the bistro.
BOOK: From €100 pps radissonblu.ie/hotel-athlone
Does stylish workout gear make you more inclined to go to the gym? We suspect that it might, especially if your usual exercise attire is a pair of well-worn leggings and a baggy T-shirt. Louth-based exercise guru Laura Armada-Buch, who was instrumental in bringing anti-gravity yoga to our shores, has just launched a new range of gym gear called 'Fit is an Attitude'. It's a colourful, breathable and tummy-flattening collection.
BUY: From €47.50, fitisanattitude.com
If you like your jewellery with an edge, then Mullingar-based Miriam Wade is a designer to watch. After studying at NCAD, Miriam went on to do a goldsmithing course with The Design and Craft Council of Ireland where she honed her signature style of combining geometric forms and organic patterns. Beautiful and timeless, they'll last a lifetime.
BUY: Silver flare earrings €60, available from Campbell Jewellers, Donnybrook Village, Dublin 4. campbelljewellers.com
Feeling peckish? West Cork, with its artisan producers and excellent restaurants is the perfect setting for Ireland's longest-running food festival. Over a 10-day period, from September 4-13, Taste of West Cork has a full programme of workshops, scenic walks, farm tours, themed restaurant evenings, music recitals, starlight kayaking and of course food tastings. The finale is the iconic Street Market on Sunday, September 12, with bands, food stalls, and a children's entertainment area.
Oscar Wilde had strong links to the West of Ireland spending summers in Connemara and describing Cong as having "the most romantic scenery in Ireland." Galway is the location for the Oscar Wilde Festival, from September 4-6, celebrating his life and works. Events include a screening of An Ideal Husband, starring Cate Blanchett and Rupert Everett, a talk on the face of Oscar Wilde and a walking tour of Galway, an exploration of the city that influenced the young Wilde.