Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
A whiter shade
Autumn/winter trends are steadily creeping into shops and there's plenty to get excited about. Something to start thinking about right now is your key purchase of a great coat.
Think oversized pale hues, such as this coat from River Island's AW collection. It works as well with jeans as it does with a party dress, making it a hard-working as well as on-trend item.
BUY: Hat €20, coat €147, jeans €55, shoes €65. Available in store and from eu.riverisland.com
For some breathtaking displays of skills, the Irish National Kite Surfing Championships is taking place during Hooked Kite Fest this weekend on Duncannon Beach in Wexford. Over 50 kite-surfers will compete in men's, women's and under-18s' categories. There's also water zorbing, archery, facepainting, kids' kite lessons and a festival barbecue.
DETAILS: For the full programme see visitwexford.ie
If you like to get your grill on, a trip to Ireland's biggest barbecue event, The Big Grill, is a must. It's taking place this weekend in Dublin's Herbert Park, with live cooking and some big names from the world of barbecue appearing, including Neil Rankin of Smokehouse Restaurant in London. There's also a wide array of live acts, DJs and eating competitions laid on.
DETAILS: Tickets from €15, biggrillfestival.com
Justin Campbell and Kate Rose Crean are the husband and wife team behind Irish company Dusty Boy Designs, which creates beautiful stationery and prints, lovingly designed and produced from their home studio in Wexford. They have incredible wedding and baby stationery and we also love their A5-sized Dreamy and Marble notebooks, perfect for scribbling down all your to-do lists.
BUY: Notebooks, €12.95 each. Available at dust.ie and see dustyboydesigns.ie
The pretty village of Terryglass, Tipperary, is home to a diverse five-day programme of arts, theatre, music, art and performance. Terryglass Arts Festival begins this Wednesday, with headline act Rebecca Storm performing an intimate concert in Terryglass Church on Friday. The works of Midlands-based artists Ciarnad Ryan, Patrick Fitzpatrick and Katrina Maguire, are also being showcased.
DETAILS: Tickets available at terryglassartsfestival.ie
Bag it up
If you're in the market for a good quality bag, but at an affordable price point, you could look to Radley, which is now available in Kilkenny shops nationwide, as well as the Radley accessories line - Pippa Middleton is a fan. Known for its instantly recognisable Scottie-dog logo, these are chic and functional bags for both work and play.
BUY: Prices from €75 at Kilkenny Shop, kilkennyshop.com
Chic staycations in the west await at boutique hotel The Connemara Sands, Ballyconneely. Husband and wife team Dean and Kathy Gibson opened their beachfront hotel last year and it's located next to the Blue Flag-awarded, Mannin Bay. Situated 15 minutes from Clifden, there's plenty to do in the area, from golfing to kayaking and the hotel has just opened a spa using a locally-sourced seaweed. Little ones will love the supervised kids' club, as well as baking and art classes.
The Italian job
The Dublin Cookery Club is launching in The Design Yard, Dublin 2 and on Thursday, August 25 you can join them for an evening of Italian antipasti and wine matching. Hosted by chef Rozanne Stevens and wine lecturer Jean Smullen, you can enjoy a hearty platter of eight different canapés which will be paired with different Italian wines, and learn how to recreate the same at home. Attendees will also receive a recipe booklet and a discount loyalty card for the supporting wine merchant.
BOOK: 6:30-9pm; The Design Yard, 11-15 Erne Street Upper, Dublin 2. Tickets are €35 and contact Rozanne Stevens book; firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming up Roses
It's that time of year again as 65 talented and undoubtedly charming women compete for the title of the Rose of Tralee. Besides the competition itself, Tralee is a hotbed of entertainment, with a full week of events with musical highlights including Nathan Carter (right) and The Showband Show. A fascinating exhibition is running at Kerry County Museum, displaying 50 of the dresses worn by the winning Roses, from 1959 to present. Street theatre, fireworks, food and crafts markets and Family Town with activities, performances and workshops all add to the buzz.
DETAILS: August 17-23; see roseoftralee.ie
The free, family-friendly, community event that is the annual Ukulele Hooley returns to Dun Laoghaire next Saturday and Sunday. Named by Trivago as one of the "five great British and Irish events to go to in August", it includes the Ukulele Hooley Open Air Concert in the People's Park on Sunday, which will feature global acts. There's also the Ukulele Bus Busk, where over 70 ukulele players hop onto an open-topped double decker bus and tour the Dun Laoghaire to Killiney coast, stopping off along the way to play, as well as ukulele workshops where you can learn how to play or fine tune your skills. DETAILS: All events are free. ukulelehooley.com
Hardware store shopping
It suggests that you're finally going to realise your potential as a DIY deity.
The taxi company is now delivering food in the UK. Please let it come here soon.
Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom's Sardinian holiday
Naked paddle boarding looks like a lot of fun.
We are now inspired to take up beach volleyball.
Renee Zellweger's plastic surgery response
If the lady says she hasn't had any work done, then she hasn't.
How annoying is it when everybody you know has seen Stranger Things but you haven't gotten round to it yet?
The potential hybrid of the rubber shoe brand with the classic boot just shouldn't happen.
Beer garden spaces
Rarer to find than a hen's tooth.
Let's face it, we haven't a clue what to buy or wear right now.
Male make-up fails
Yes, Gordon Ramsay, we're looking at you.