Tuesday 6 December 2016

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

Naturally stylish

Published 27/11/2016 | 02:30

Keem Fashion
Keem Fashion
Brian Kennedy
Original illustration prints from talesfortadpoles.ie
Neon art from bagandbones.co.uk
Rings and bracelets by Ringly
Graham Norton wine
Books
Anne Doyle
Melania and Ivanka Trump
Diet book

'Ethical luxury' is a very seductive term and new Irish company Keem - founded by Denise Thomas and inspired by Achill Island - creates just that. Its wearable separates and outwear are made from natural fibres, certified organic cotton and 100pc faux fur.

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The capsule collection has six items, including a dramatic, over-sized white shirt with tails (€237) made with 100pc certified organic cotton. All of the pieces are contemporary, feel-good fashion.

BUY: Available at MADE, Top Floor, Powerscourt Centre, and at Atelier 27, Om Diva Boutique, Drury Street, Dublin, keem.ie

Goodwill gig

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Spread some cheer next Saturday (Dec 3), as singer Brian Kennedy (above) and a host of special guests, including MC Katherine Lynch, perform in aid of a very good cause. The gig, which takes place in Whelan's on Dublin's Wexford Street, is being hosted by Irish charity Haven to raise support and awareness for the 1.4million people in Haiti in need of aid since the country was hit by Hurricane Matthew.

DETAILS: Doors open at 8pm, tickets €20, available at whelanslive.com

Noble novelty

For a great gift this Christmas - which also raises money for St Vincent de Paul - pick up As Seen On The Late Late Show. The double album features more than 40 Irish and international acts, and includes one-off performances from across last 10 years of the show. And while you're listening, why not wear a Late Late Toy Show jumper, slippers or PJs, all available at Penneys in aid of Temple Street Children's Hospital.

BUY: CD available in record shops and to digitally download; primark.com

Childhood dream

Bookworms rejoice: Tales for Tadpoles now has a permanent home on Dublin's Drury Street. From Alice in Wonderland to Roald Dahl, original illustration prints of Winnie the Pooh and the largest collection of Moomins merchandise in Ireland, the reading enthusiasts' shop has a wide range of prints, stationery, kitchenwares and, of course, books. Come here for the wonderful stocking fillers and leave with a sense of childhood nostalgia.

INFO: talesfortadpoles.ie

Inspiring art

There are visual treats aplenty at Dublin Gallery Weekend, which features 55 events that allow visitors to experience some of Dublin's best art, across 36 galleries. Talks, walking tours and workshops take place in galleries around the city, including The Hugh Lane and IMMA. Today, at the RHA, there are children's workshops with artist Amanda Coogan, and tomorrow drop into National Gallery for a free guided tour.

DETAILS: dublingalleryweekend.ie

Neon scene

Sisters Gigi and Cavanagh Foyle, who originally hail from Galway, launched their company selling neon art earlier this summer. Bag & Bones soon caused a stir in interior design circles - and the company has already worked with big brands including Alexander McQueen. These are modern, conversational pieces that will light up a room, and you can even choose to have a customised creation made.

Buy: Prices start from €205 at bagandbones.co.uk

Look smart

Why opt for merely pretty jewellery when it can also be smart, too? The Aries collection of rings and bracelets by Ringly has recently launched at Brown Thomas, and it sees pieces, beautifully crafted with semi-precious gems, meet wearable technology. The Aries Activity Tracker and Mobile Notification Ring (€225), connects with your phone allowing you to track steps, distance and calorie burns; create goals and view progress. It can also sync with more than 100 productivity, wellness and messaging apps.

BUY: Available at Brown Thomas, brownthomas.ie

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Upwards

Graham Norton GN Shiraz

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Blended in Bantry, available in SuperValu, and just like the man himself - lively and bold.

"Well, it is nearly Christmas…"

The catch-all phrase that excuses any amount of bad behaviour and indulgence.

Coffee table tome heaven

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We are currently very taken with the offerings at Irish online bookstore sundaybooks.ie

Heathrow Airport's Christmas ad

Teddy bears, a nana and granddad and a serious amount of sentimentality. LOVE!

Anne Doyle's TV return

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Who isn't counting the days to the new year when the Irish Dancing with the Stars hits screens?

Onwards

Black Friday sadness

When you can't stop thinking about the bargain that got away.

Diet books onslaught

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We'll have enough of that kind of thing in January, thanks very much.

Pre-social media amnesia

A lot of the early Noughties are a blur because nobody was there to Instagram it.

Military coats

You lose just one button from it and the entire look is ruined.

Melania Trump's wardrobe

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At least one designer has said that she won't dress the First Lady. At least she has stepdaughter Ivanka's label to fall back on.

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