Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
A H&M/designer collaboration is always cause for excitement and this time around, it's reaching fever pitch. The Balmain x H&M collection launches this Thursday and thanks to a high-octane campaign fronted by Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn, it's pretty much guaranteed to fly off rails.
Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing's uber-glam designs hit shelves just in time for party season, so get in early!
BUY: Available exclusively in H&M College Green, Dublin 2 from 9am, Thursday, November 5, see hm.com
Neven Maguire is set to cook up a storm at The Royal Marine Hotel Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday, November 4, as he gives a cookery demo in aid of Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital at 8pm. The evening will commence with an artisan food and craft market from 6.30pm. And there will be a chance to win dinner and accommodation for two in Neven's award-winning MacNean House & Restaurant in Blacklion, Co Cavan.
BUY: Tickets €20, call (01) 834 0325 or email email@example.com
The Peacock Café is the latest addition to Dublin's Abbey Theatre and a much welcomed one. Theatre-goers and worn-out shoppers can now take a seat in the vibrant café, which shares an entrance with The Peacock Stage, while enjoying a menu rich in Irish produce. Opt for a lunch of an artisan roll filled with Ardsallagh goats cheese, radish and beetroot relish, or enjoy a beef and Guinness stew for supper.
Details: Open Mon-Fri from 8am, Sat 12pm; abbeytheatre.ie
Warm up this winter and keep your skin glowing with Northern Irish brand Story Horse. They've launched their new collection themed 'Chilly Days Out and Cosy Nights In' with a mix of knitwear, outdoor accessories, jewellery and skincare. We absolutely love their 'Leave Your Cares Behind Body Oil' with its blend of seaweed extract, rosehip fruit oil, evening primrose seed oil, sweet orange and geranium flower oil (to name but a few of the luxurious oils included).
BUY: €21, available on storyhorse.com
Fans of Strictly Come Dancing are in for a treat with a live show at the Dublin's Gaiety Theatre featuring dancers Gordana, Trent, Robin and Anya from the hit TV programme, with special guest Ray Quinn from the X Factor. Putting on the Ritz is a celebration of the music of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin, where you can expect to hear classics like Cheek to Cheek and Night and Day.
DETAILS: Tickets from €35.20, gaietytheatre.ie
Mindful Productivity is the inspiring name of a range of Irish beeswax candles and greeting cards. The candles are made from beeswax, which is natural and renewable, and are cut, rolled and crafted by hand in the west of Ireland, so no two are alike. They give off a natural honey scent when burned, ideal for meditation, dinner lighting or simply to give a warm glow. The cards, meanwhile, are inspired by positive thoughts and are printed in Mayo.
BUY: Candles start from €4.95, mindfulproductivity.net
If you fancy dipping your toes into the art market hensteethprints.com is a great starting point. The Irish web store offers contemporary prints from a curated roster of artists. Most pieces are commissioned for the store and have a typical print run of 50, with photographic pieces having a smaller run of 10. Notable names include photographer Rich Gilligan and illustrator Denise Nestor.
BUY: Prices range from €40 to €400, hensteethprints.com
Are you stuck in a home decor rut? Climb right out with some expert advice on transforming your pad with as little as a coat of paint. Next Saturday, at the Roche Bobois store in Dublin 18, there's an opportunity to meet with Farrow & Ball colour experts for one-to-one consultations on choosing paint and wallpaper. Interior designer Philippa Buckley of Studio 44 will also be there to advise on furniture layout, décor and lighting. The consultations are free but must be pre-booked.
BOOK: Call Roche Bobois on (01) 653 1650;
Art lovers will be pleased to hear that the annual VUE Art Fair returns to the Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery in Dublin between November 6 and 8. VUE 2015 takes in an array of styles, with leading Irish galleries coming together to showcase work by accomplished Irish and international artists. A celebration of the Irish Art scene, the exhibition is also the perfect opportunity for collectors to get expert advice from leading galleries. RHA Director, Dr Patrick Murphy, will be adjudicating the inaugural VUE Contemporary Art Prize, presented by Savills, for 2015.