Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Summer's sudden arrival is exciting but it does bring certain sartorial challenges, like when to retire the black tights... Also high on that list is occasionwear - and it's a problem that & Other Stories has tackled with typical style.
The Swedish brand's Bridesmaids collection features dresses, in shades ranging from peach and pink to white and cream, that are all kinds of lovely. And with the majority coming in at under €100, these are fairly affordable summer style solutions for wedding guests/debs/parties/graduations and, of course, maids of honour.
IT'S A DATE
Dublin 8 has a brand-new festival - the much anticipated Culture Date With Dublin 8 is happening in Inchicore and Kilmainham this weekend. A celebration of the cultural and historical life of the area, its highlights include the re-opening of Goldenbridge Cemetery, guided tours of Kilmainham Gaol and exclusive tours of IMMA's landmark exhibitions. All events and activities are free of charge.
Today is your chance to catch events at Remote Photo, a festival dedicated to photographers creating work in a rural context. Taking place in various locations in Donegal and the Northwest, its highlights include a talk from photographers Mads Holm and Linda Conroy, winners of the Jill Todd Photographic Award 2016, as well as Kurt Tong's exhibition, The Queen, The Chairman and I.
Jewel-encrusted, yellow-tinted or mirrored? It's hard to decide because there's so much going on with sunglasses this season. If your tastes tend towards the classic, with a strong emphasis on functionality and style, Taylor Morris Eyewear's Atlas collection ticks all the boxes. Suitable for men and women, its frame shapes are named after explorers and they look as good on your city break as they do a country stroll. BUY: From €208, from Harvey Nichols, harveynichols.com
SING IT LOUD
Ireland's biggest gospel music and choral festival, Gospel Rising, now in its eighth year, hits Galway this weekend. Some of the best gospel choirs in the country will be performing, with a Gospel Lunch taking place in Monroe's Tavern today at 1.15pm and the annual festival concert happening at 7.30pm tonight in the Black Box Theatre - all showcasing the many different styles of an 'Irish gospel choir'.
PRETTY IN PINK
There's a tropical feel to both fashion and interiors this season, as evidenced by the prevalence of flamingo motifs and designs which have replaced last year's ubiquitous pineapple. The Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic flamingo plate, available from Dunnes Stores, brings an element of fun to dining - use it to serve nibbles or, better still, a platter of the aforementioned pineapple.
BUY: €12, dunnesstores.com
ROOMS TO IMPROVE
The newly opened Neptune at Trevor Morrow Furnishings in Ballina, Co Mayo, is your go-to for ample interiors inspiration. The brand is known for its design-led aesthetic and craftsmanship, and the new Neptune at Trevor Morrow will feature a large number of Neptune designs including four kitchen collections and a large accessories section.
DETAILS: trevormorrow.ie and neptune.com
There are two chances to catch family pet event Pawsivity in the City - it takes place in Dublin's Merrion Square this weekend and then heads to Cork's Fitzgerald's Park on May 20. Aimed at dog owners and lovers, parents, children and pets, it's a full line-up, complete with doggy dance classes where owners and pets can shake their tails; the chance to test your dog's IQ, and health tips and tricks from Pete the Vet. A pop-up Doggy Café is offering complimentary Pedigree food and balloon modellers and face painters will be adding to the fun, as well as a screening of Lady and the Tramp.
WORD TO THE WISE
A stellar line-up of literary heavyweights will be welcomed to Ireland for the International Literature Festival Dublin, launching next Saturday, May 20. Some 60 events are running over the 10 days including workshops, readings, discussions, interviews and debates. An evening with legendary film-maker Werner Herzog in the National Concert Hall is sold out but comedy writer Ruby Wax, poet and playright Inua Ellams (above) and literary giant Colm Tóibín will all have events. There's also a strong kids' programme including best-selling author and illustrator Ed Vere introducing Grumpy Frog.