Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Naomi for Newbridge
It's the tale of the supermodel and the silverwear: international style icon Naomi Campbell has been revealed as the new brand ambassador for Newbridge jewellery.
The ever-elegant Campbell made the announcement while wearing pieces from the brand's Curragh collection (which looked sensational with her navy Alexander McQueen dress). Keep your eyes peeled for the Ocean collection which is due to launch on October 12. How could we resist?
The Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, running from October 14-26, has more hot acts than most of us have had hot paninis; namely Albert Hammond, Dylan Moran, Bell X1, Jack L and Al Porter. The bad news is that some of these shows have already sold out. However, Dylan Moran announced an additional show on Sunday 18, so get in there quick and check the website for the latest on ticket availability.
Tomorrow Ireland plays France in the Millennium Stadium. If you're a rugby fan, of course you know this already. You'll also know that Kildare's Carton House is a regular training stop for the team. You can enjoy the big match at the hotel's Arch BBQ area. Book your seat for €30pp, which includes a platter of steak, BBQ ribs and fries, served with three beers, as well as entry into a draw to win a signed World Cup jersey.
All shook up
The Dublin Cocktail Festival, taking place from October 12-17, has a uniquely Irish twist this year. Every participating venue - including Koh, Sophie's and Fire - will provide drinks containing an Irish spirit or liqueur as the leading ingredient. These special cocktails sell at a 30pc discount to anyone who has a festival wristband. These cost €5, and will be available at each of the venues during the event.
Baboró international arts festival for children, now in its 19th year, is taking place in Galway from October 12-18 and it promises to be a seven-day jamboree of creativity and fun. It features works from around the globe including Canada, Italy, Spain and not to be missed is the world première of CoisCéim's The Wolf and Peter, which sees the famous Prokofiev's tale retold through the eyes of the 'Wolf'.
Whether you prefer your furniture contemporary or retro, CA Design on Ranelagh's Dunville Avenue, in Dublin 6, is your go-to spot. The emphasis here is on affordable, accessible and stylish furniture and we love its Lamp Chien series, designed on the silhouette of a dog and which gives out a warm light. The lamp, which is 36cm high and 40cm wide, would work wonderfully in a child's bedroom but for grown-ups it's also a fun and magical piece of décor to illuminate any room.
BUY: €95; cadesign.ie
Dublin's Suesey Street (formerly known as Brasserie Le Pont) has undergone a complete redesign and refurbishment and its new laid-back luxe feel makes it the perfect spot to enjoy an autumn evening. Add to the this the fact that their new seasonal menu (served Tuesday-Friday) includes a beef sirloin with Gubbeen cheese custard, broccoli and almond, and Lyonnaise potato; and you may never want to leave.
DETAILS: 2 courses from €27, sueseystreet.ie
Feeling ghastly? Embrace Halloween to the full this year at the Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival. There are some 37 events happening over 16 days, which are divided into 'Fun by day' for children and adults' 'Fright by night'. At the Hill of Tlachta in Athboy - site of the first ever Halloween bonfire more than 2,000 years ago - a torch-lit procession and Samhain fire festival will take place. Other must-sees include Scarecus - a troop of crazed circus performers - and the House of Horrors at Tayto Park.
DETAILS: Oct 16-Nov 1, spiritsofmeath.ie
Life is beautiful
Autumn is a gorgeous season but not necessarily for complexions. Cold, wind and the change in temperature can wreak havoc with the skin, but thankfully the Brown Thomas Beauty Hall is coming to the rescue with its Extraordinary Beauty Event, taking place this Friday until November 1. The event has exclusive launches from MAC, Dior, Bobbi Brown and Bare Minerals, as well as visits from international make-up artists. October 20 also sees Brown Thomas Limerick unveil its newly refurbished Beauty Hall.
DETAILS: Booking fees apply, brownthomas.com