Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Published 24/01/2016 | 02:30
New season clothes are flooding into stores and for anyone with champagne tastes and lemonade money, Swedish label Lindex - of which Laura Whitmore is a fan - gives you an affordable fashion fix.
There are key capsule wardrobe items for under €30, and directional pieces like a striped dress for under €40. Lindex also has a great line of affordable, stylish fitness wear to keep you gym-motivated.
There are just three weeks until Valentine's weekend and Galway's five-star Glenlo Abbey Hotel has a charming break on offer. You'll find a welcoming bottle of Bollinger champagne in your room before enjoying a candlelit dinner à deux in the Pullman restaurant (which is set in two of the original carriages of the Orient Express) with breakfast before you depart the next day.
BOOK: Overnight package on Sunday February 14 costs from €179pps
Big day out
Planning a wedding? Don't miss Fallon & Byrne's Wedding Fair tomorrow from 1-5pm. The Dublin restaurant is also home to a ballroom on the second floor, which accommodates 50-100 guests and is proving to be a popular choice for urban weddings. Meet Fallon & Byrne's wedding planners, sample some food and indulge in a glass of bubbles.
INFO: RSVP email@example.com or simply show up, 11-17 Exchequer St, D2
If you're missing some glitter, post-Christmas, the good news is that interiors experts are declaring metallics as a huge trend this year. From chrome, to gold, brass and sliver, they can be mixed and matched and look especially good when teamed neutral colour palettes. This porcelain vase with a pleated design and a gold gloss finish is the glamorous way to incorporate the trend into your home. BUY: €20.30, available at Article, Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin 2 and at articledublin.com
The problem with eating healthily is that you can run out of ideas, but Avoca's series of cooking demos in Kilmacanogue, Wicklow, should provide plenty of inspiration to keep you on track. On February 2, spice guru Arun Kapil will be giving his demo and on February 9 healthy food blogger Indy Power demonstrates how to cook delicious food using the healthiest of ingredients.
BOOK: Demos start at 9.45am, tickets €15 per person, avoca.com
Gemstone pendants are a big jewellery story this year and Juvi Designs' Empowerment piece is a great way to tap the trend. All proceeds from the necklace, which costs €79, goes to children's charity the ISPCC and Today FM's Louise Duffy is the ambassador for the venture. The necklace itself is available in sterling silver or gold, featuring an oak tree design, which symbolises strength, with an aqua chalcedony gem, which is said to absorb negative energy.
BUY: Available at the Jewellery Hall in Arnotts, Henry Street, Dublin 1 and at juvidesigns.com from February 1
Healthy New year
New year, new determination to get in shape? Then get yourself to Dublin's Marker Hotel. As part of its continuing 'Equilibrium' concept - which is all about embracing wellness - The Marker has engaged the services of John Belton of No. 17 Personal Training. Trainer to Ireland's beautiful people, John takes a holistic approach and his sessions (€700 for 10 classes) will sit well with the hotel's Equilibrium menu, which has guilt-free dishes such as bone broth.
It's the new juicing. Possibly best accompanied with a hunk of bread to avoid hunger pangs.
Or mustard. Or yellow. Any variation on the shade is a sartorial kick in the teeth for grim weather.
The Bowie Constellation
Belgian scientists have named seven stars observed at the time of his passing after the music icon, in what is one of the loveliest tributes to date.
The return of Grant Mitchell
Hankies at the ready because Ross Kemp is reprising his Eastenders' role for his mother Peggy's funeral.
In a little over a week's time, you will have been paid, and maybe even had an alcoholic beverage and eaten something fattening.
Pom pom bobble hats
Some careful adjustment is required unless you want your head to take on weird, pointy, alien-like proportions.
When your newfound commitment to a regime of masks, lotions, potions and serums causes an unsightly skin outbreak.
Batten down the hatches; the next three weeks are not going to be easy.
Overrated as a path to happiness, despite what fans of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up will have you believe.
Not letting go
Poor Jason Donovan says he still can't talk to Kylie Minogue, 27 years after they broke up.