Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Luxe for less
One of the season's greatest high-street hits is the autumn/winter collection at Warehouse. Largely inspired by the 1970s (there's no escaping the decade this year), it's all about the leather, suede, cashmere and tapestry, in hues of navy, caramel and wine and its poster children are Stevie Nicks and Kate Bush.
From feather-trimmed leather skirts to dramatic fur-collared long cardigans, be warned, you'll want everything.
BUY: Available from warehouse.co.uk and BT2 Grafton Street
For a starry start to 2016, Alex Synge's Calendar of Constellations is a beautiful investment. It contains 13 keepsake prints which show constellations visible from Ireland throughout the year. Each month includes a moon phase calendar, as well as notes on significant celestial events.
BUY: €45, available exclusively from The Irish Design Shop, 41 Drury Street Dublin 2 and online at irishdesignshop.com
All at sea
The Academy Award-nominated animation, Song of the Sea, has just been released on DVD and Blu-Ray. The film tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse, the last Seal-child, who must journey across a land of ancient legends and magic to return to their home by the sea. The charming tale features the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnuala Flanagan, and singer Lisa Hannigan.
BUY: From €14.99, available from hmv.ie
A lot of the fun of festive shopping is looking at Christmas window displays and this year Arnotts will have Scrumdiddly's Ice Cream pop-up store in their window. Rated by many to be purveyors of the finest ice cream in Ireland, the queues out the door at Scrumdiddly's shops in Donabate and Dun Laoghaire will attest to this, thanks in no small part to the 2,400 combinations available and homemade melted sauces. The pop-up is running until Christmas Eve.
DETAILS: 12 Henry Street, Dublin 1, arnotts.ie
The write stuff
The Dublin Book Festival, which launched on Thursday, today sees John MacKenna and Nessa O'Mahony discussing the inspiration of life, love and loss at 4pm in Smock Alley, while tomorrow, Irish crime writer Alex Barclay will feature on a panel discussing crime in the city at the Irish Georgian Society, City Assembly House, South William Street at 1pm. This is also a free event, although booking is essential.
DETAILS: For the full festival line-up see dublinbookfestival.com
Throughout Sandra Lovern's musical career she always carried a handcrafted leather handbag with her, which was a family heirloom. Now an accessory designer, she has launched the Galway Barrel bag, handmade from Tuscan leather and using methods dating back to the 1900s. Available in three colours, the bags are made in a small Irish factory, under the expertise of a master cobbler, available in three colours, dark green, red and tan and they come with a scalloped or curved edge.
BUY: €325, lovernleathergoods.com
Brunch has now become so ubiquitous that it can be difficult to get excited about any permutation of eggs and hollandaise sauce, but Dublin restaurant Super Miss Sue's brunch offering has plenty to tempt even the most jaded palates. There's Bloody Mary Eggs, composed of three eggs baked in a cocktail tomato mix and The Cure, which includes fresh oysters, crab claws, jumbo shrimps, devilled eggs, clams and mussels. Who could resist?
BOOK: 11am-4pm, Saturdays and Sundays. 2-3 Drury Street, Dublin 2, supermisssue.com
Play the market
You know it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas when festive markets start popping up. This year the Galway Christmas Market returns from Friday, November 20 and it's now expanding beyond Eyre Square to become a citywide event. Vintage carousels, amusements, pantomimes and pop-up shops at various locations are some of the new attractions this year, although Eyre Square still remains at the heart of it with crafts, toys, pretzels, mulled wine and festive music. Make sure you get your ticket for the Santa Express, which will take you on a train tour to see the sights of the city. DETAILS: galwaychristmasmarket.ie
Bring some seasonal cheer to your home and garden this winter by learning how to create Christmas potted containers at The Garden House in Malahide and Dundrum. Former model-turned-gardener Marie Staunton will be showing attendees how to create beautiful containers for patios, gardens and homes in Malahide on Saturday, November 21 and Airfield, Dundrum on Friday, November 27. The classes, which run from 10am-12.30pm, cost €10 each and places are limited, so early booking is advisable.