Wednesday 18 January 2017

Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend

Wool gathering

Published 19/06/2016 | 02:30

Breeze dress, coletti.ie
Breeze dress, coletti.ie
Katie + Maud
Earrings, €265, available from Loulerie
Dublin Gin and Tonic Festival
Summerval at Curraghmore House
Erris Beo
Westport desert demo
There's a dog show at this year's Cork Summer Show
Pantone 448C
Mango Sandals
Justin Bieber
Sweet potato toast

Colette Ashe is the knitwear designer behind the Coletti brand which she established in 2013, and which utilises the luxurious cashmere yarn.

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Manufactured out of a purpose-built studio in Wicklow, the emphasis is on sensuality and comfort, and the spring/summer collection includes sweaters, long cardigans, elegant wraps and a fine-knit bikini top with a matching skirt. We love her 'Breeze dress', a form-fitting, sleek 100pc cashmere design with geometric lines - a nautical feel, which channels Riviera chic by way of Brittas Bay.

BUY: Breeze dress, €250; coletti.ie

Exploring Erris

The Erris Beo Festival, taking place in this beautiful area of Mayo this week, has an action-packed schedule with events and activities suitable for all ages. For example, you can discover the deserted islands of Inis Gé Theas with skipper Seán Lavelle, who is a direct descendant of the islanders, or go for a sea foraging walk along Rossport shore. There's also a guided walk of Erris Head and a 20k cycle from Belmullet to scenic Scotchport. DETAILS: errisbeo.ie

Best in show

The Munster Agricultural Society promise that this year's Cork Summer Show is its biggest and best to date. Taking place today and tomorrow at the Showgrounds in Curraheen, Co Cork, it features a family-friendly mix of agriculture, food, music, home, crafts and entertainment, which includes a dog show. Parking is free, as is entry for children.

DETAILS: Adult tickets are €15; corksummershow.com

Prints charming

Johanna Preston Butler, the designer at Sligo-based Katie + Maud, has found her niche in the market for products that inspire mindfulness. Her work uses uplifting messages designed to remind us to take a moment to breathe. Her personalised 'Positivity' prints are perfect for children and teenagers, with the empowering message that they are brave, beautiful, perfect and loved, just as they are. BUY: Personalised print, €15, with frame and mount, €35; katieandmaud.com

Making Hay

There's a diverse line-up of writers, artists, musicians and politicians in place for the fourth Hay Festival taking place in Kells from June 23-26. Writer Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette, The Buddha of Suburbia) is in attendance as well as Irish writers Kevin Barry and Patrick McCabe. From the world of politics, Eamon Gilmore will be reflecting on his years in the Dáil and John Bruton will be discussing international politics. There's also a musical treat in the form of singer Mary Black.

BOOK: hayfestival.org/kells

Lobe love

In recent times, earrings have become far more of a fashion focal point than rings or even necklaces. The Jackie earrings from New York designer Lulu Frost are complete crowd pleasers. Inspired by Jackie Kennedy Onassis, these are sizeable but light and feature glass pearls intertwined with antique gold plated brass.

BUY: €265, available from Loulerie, 16 Chatham St, Dublin 2; loulerie.com

Chin chin

You're being invited to raise a glass, specifically one filled with gin, for the Irish Gin & Tonic Fest, taking place Monday to Friday. This celebration of Irish gins is taking place all over Ireland in various venues. The public will be asked to vote for one of the eight Irish-made gins being showcased throughout the festival, and some of the gin brands will also be hosting special events and workshops.

DETAILS: greatirishbeverages.com

Next weekend

Summer sizzler

Waterford has a brand new festival and it is kicking off this Friday and running until September 4. Summerval comprises over 30 different events in Waterford City and the surrounding area. These include the Bulmer's Summerval stage in Waterford, with the region's best emerging bands every Saturday. There will also be a series of GIY pop-up gardens created in the city, and every weekend will also see events at Curraghmore House (right). Don't miss the barbecues on the strand in Dunmore every Sunday.

DETAILS: summerval.ie

Feast for foodies

There's much to delight food lovers at the Westport Food Festival taking place next weekend. The ever-popular mushroom and seaweed foraging events, kids' pizza making, the kayaking picnic and foodie tours all make their welcome return, as well as The Artisan Beer Race ­­- the relay event which involves carrying pints around a specially designed course, and which is as much fun for punters to look at as it is for the participants. New for this year is The Banquet - a Celebration of Mayo Food, taking place at Hotel Westport on June 24.

DETAILS: westportfoodfestival.ie

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Upwards...

Mango's knotted sandals

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So like the Chloé versions and currently on sale for a sweet €12.95

Travel wallets

The airport experience becomes so much nicer when you're not tearing apart your handbag trying to find your boarding pass

Sweet potato toast

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The struggle to find a healthy and delicious white bread alternative has just scored a giant victory

Budget beauty queens

Joanna Lumley swears by a jar of €4.99 Astral cream to maintain her looks

The 'lob'

AKA the long bob and rarely off our radars, but now been given a boost via Kendall Jenner's new cut

Onwards...

Underestimating portion sizes

We know we should be eating matchbox-sized servings of cheese but who does that?

Pantone 448C

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The green-brown shade, reminiscent of cow manure, has been decreed the world's ugliest colour

ID nostalgia

Remember when shop assistants didn't wallop the 'Think customer is clearly over 25' button without so much as a second glance?

Wedding marathons

Anything more than five in two months requires a serious amount of stamina

Bieber bedlam

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Getting into a fight with a six foot five fan really isn't big or clever

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