Friday 21 October 2016

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

The O factor

Published 18/09/2016 | 02:30

Olivia Palermo
Olivia Palermo
Beer tasting
Natasha Sherling, sapphire and diamond cocktail ring
BUY: €12.95, available at Article Dublin, Powersourt Town House, Dublin 2. See
Powerscourt Hotel
Henry Shefflin
Dermot and Dave
Cashmere jumper H&M
Jilly Cooper, Mount
Bikini Questa Sera
Step hem jeans
Taylor Swift
Tom Hiddleston

There are very few celebrities who are pure fashion catnip, but Olivia Palermo is one. Besides the fact that she never puts a style foot wrong, there's also her love of mixing up the high street with designer wear, making her seem that bit more accessible.

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Her campaign with Coast sees her hand-picking her favourite pieces and styling them up a storm, in that particular Palermo way. Coast is noted for its occasion-wear, but its everyday-wear is showcased here. From velvet suits to dark floral skirts, a camel cape, houndstooth coat and embellished tops, this is high street heaven.

BUY: Prices from €79;

High life


Fancy being the king of the swingers? Those with a head for heights can fly through the trees, thanks to the Centra City Zipline, taking place in Dublin's Herbert Park from 12.30-7pm this Friday. The event is free and open to the public, and as well as ziplining, there will be nutritional advice from dietician Sarah Keogh and hurling tips from GAA star Henry Shefflin (above).


Wicklow winner

The only thing better than staying in a five-star hotel? That would be staying in a five-star hotel that has been crowned Ireland's Leading Hotel 2016. Wicklow's Powerscourt, Resort & Spa recently packed up this award at the 23rd World Travel Awards in Sardinia. Was it the Sugar Loaf views, the 30,000-sq ft luxury spa by ESPA, the two championship golf courses or the manicured gardens that cinched it? We imagine it was all of the above. BOOK:

Fine designs

The chic bride's favourite jewellery designer Natasha Sherling has launched new pieces from her ready-to-wear collection in Arnotts jewellery hall. The collection includes a fabulous sapphire and diamond cocktail ring in a platinum setting and pretty sterling sliver alphabet letter earrings.

BUY: Prices from €95, available at Arnotts

Book club

For a unique take on the state of nation, look no further than the work of Donal Ryan. The civil servant-turned-author - who was short-listed for the Man Booker prize for his debut novel - has just released All We Shall Know. To delve into the new novel, join him for a public conversation, hosted by 2fm broadcaster Rick O'Shea, at Dublin's Morrison hotel on Wednesday. DETAILS: Tickets €20, including a signed copy of the book. See

Lighten up

Hurray for autumnal nesting and all that comes with it - nights in with box set binging, comforting, hearty food and warming fires. The gold motif and branch designs of these porcelain tea-light holders are also reflected on the inside, which allows a subtle shadow to glow through to set the seasonal mood.

BUY: €12.95, available at Article Dublin, Powerscourt Town House, Dublin 2. See

Three cheers!

Are beer festivals the new music festivals? The prevalence and popularity of them in Ireland suggests that they are. The Great Irish Beer Festival starting this Thursday and running for three days, promises more than just great brews. Taking place in Cork City Hall, the musical line-up includes The Frank and Walters and Crow Black Chicken and there are lectures, brewing demos and food and beer tastings, too.

DETAILS: Tickets from €11,

Next weekend

Note perfect

The New Ross Piano Festival next weekend incorporates many lovely aspects including the PLAY ME pianos, which will be dotted around the town in public spaces for anyone to strike up a tune. One of the world's most successful string quartets, the Quatuor Ebène, will collaborate with American pianist Nicholas Angelich and Australian pianist Piers Lane, along with Irish Finghin Collins, the festival's weekend director. The winner of the 2015 Dublin International Piano Competition, French pianist Nathalia Milstein, will also be performing. All events take place in St Mary's Church.


Having a laugh


There's so much comedic talent appearing at the inaugural Cork Comedy Fest, taking place from September 23-25, it's impossible to list them all. Sean Hughes, Deirdre O'Kane, Neil Delamare, Jason Byrne and Alison Spittle are all on the bill, with more than 20 comedy gigs taking place in five venues all over the city. Exclusive to the festival is the premiere of Today FM's Dermot and Dave's (above) new live show, 'The Ah Sure Lookit Tour'.



High street cashmere


H&M's game is especially strong.

Central Bank for sale

If you had a spare €65m, it would make a pretty cool gaff in the capital.

Unashamed girlie-fests


Bridget Jones' Baby and Jilly Cooper's Mount is almost too much guilty pleasure in one month.

Choron sauce

Basically, it's a béarnaise with tomato paste. So good on steaks, so moreish and so easy to make.

The karate look

As demonstrated by Victoria Beckham at her NYFW show. A baggy shirt and big belt are the new way to look fierce.


Christian Louboutin's new fragrances


Would you be comfortable telling someone that you're wearing 'Bikini Questa Sera'?

Selfies with babies

There's nothing as ageing as your face alongside an 18-month-old's.

Cropstepper hem jeans


Is it just us or do these look both unfinished and fashion-victimy?

Over-scheduling your weekend

Because you were at home, bored on Tuesday evening and got greedy about your socialising possibilities.

Taylor and Tom's break-up


Finally, a break from tiresome HiddleSwift coverage. Until she releases a song about him, of course…

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