Wednesday 28 September 2016

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

Style council

Published 22/05/2016 | 02:30

Arnotts Summer Style
Arnotts Summer Style
Aerial dance
Duda Art
Carol Kennelly hat
Afternoon tea at the Westbury
Marie Staunton
The Millers House
Blake Lively
Black tights
Cocktail
Lily O'Brien's Peppermint Crunch

If you're in need of some beauty and sartorial direction, Arnotts is rolling out a series of summer style sessions, starting Thursday and continuing over the weekend.

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These include 'Skin Secrets' with skincare and beauty expert Elizabeth Whelan in the Beauty Hall at 6pm and 7.45pm on Thursday. Stylist Courtney Smith reveals your summer style essentials and the perfect pair of shoes to go with them in the Shoe Garden at 6pm, 6.45pm and 7.30pm on Friday, while DJ Daniella Moyles provides the tunes. There's also a complimentary Essie nail polish, worth €15, with every pair of shoes purchased on Friday and Saturday.

DETAILS: From May 26-29; arnotts.ie

Garden heaven

Expert advice on creating colourful window sills and picking plants for shaded areas are just some of the areas being covered at free pop-up summer gardening classes at Dundrum Town Centre today. Former model and resident gardening instructor at The Garden House, Marie Staunton, will be sharing her tricks of the trade at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm, weather permitting, at the Millpond in the Town Square.

DETAILS: thegardenhouse.ie

On a high

If you've ever dreamed of flying through the air the Irish Aerial Dance Fest, taking place in Letterkenny from May 28 to June 11, gives you the opportunity to do just that. All levels of experience are encouraged - and you can just watch - although, if you do choose a class, it's recommended that you choose one appropriate to your fitness and skills. Classes this year include fabric, cocoon, trapeze, rope, wall-running and more, and they take place in various places around Letterkenny such as the community centre and An Grianán Theatre.

Info: irishaerialdancefest.com

Countryside charm

For a staycation less ordinary, The Miller's House in Meath is the lovingly restored former home of a local miller, which dates from the end of the 17th century. The three-bedroom period house has all the modern facilities you'd expect, as well as a patio area, perfect for summer barbecues and boasts a path leading to the River Skane.

BOOK: Prices from €100 per night based on two people sharing, killeenmill.ie

Top hat

Not only are Kerry milliner Carol Kennelly's creations sported by Best Dressed Ladies all over Ireland, she's a prize winner herself, most recently winning the most Most Stylish Lady competition at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Specialising in race day and bridal headpieces, her hand-sewn hats can take up to 20 hours to complete - and it shows. We love her chic and irreverent ice-cream cone headband for summer.

BUY: €250, carolkennelly millinery.com

Festival fare

The Wexford Food and Wine Festival, now in its eighth year, kicks off this Thursday and this year the organisers promise that event is going to be bigger and even better. Highlights include cooking demos with themes like 'Cooking without waste', beer and wine tasting and guided foraging excursions, as well as showcasing all the best food Wexford has to offer at a food producers' market.

DETAILS: wexfordfoodfestival.ie

Picture perfect

Irish-Italian artist Duda (David Uda) returns to Dublin after a successful year exhibiting abroad with a solo exhibition 'Belles & Whistles' in Sol Art Gallery on Dublin's Dawson Street. His background in fashion is evident in his work - which includes portraits of several Irish models - and his take on contemporary pop art has garnered critical acclaim. The exhibition, which will be officially opened this Friday by Kevin Godley, formerly of art rock band 10cc, runs until June 10.

DETAILS: solart.ie, duda.ie

City scents

Perfume lovers will already know that Parfumarjia boutique in the Westbury Mall provides one of the city's most exciting fragrance experiences. The store has teamed up with its next-door neighbour, The Westbury Hotel, to provide a unique package called Spring in the City. On arrival, guests will receive a set of seven Discovery Olfactive Studio fragrances, accompanied by an invite to learn more about fragrance at Parfumarjia. Upon return to the hotel there's champagne afternoon tea and the package includes an overnight stay and a full Irish breakfast.

BOOK: From €430, available until May 31, doylecollection.com/hotels/the-westbury-hotel

Garden heaven

Expert advice on creating colourful window sills and picking plants for shaded areas are just some of the areas being covered at free pop-up summer container gardening classes at Dundrum Town Centre today. Former model and resident gardening instructor at The Garden House will be sharing her tricks of the trade at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm, weather permitting, at the Millpond in the Town Square.

DETAILS: See www.thegardenhouse.ie

Countryside charm

For a staycation less ordinary, The Miller's House in Meath is a lovingly restored former home of the local miller, which dates from the end of the 17th century. The three-bedroom period house has all the modern facilities you'd expect, as well as a patio area, perfect for summer barbecues and boasts a path leading to the River Skane.

BOOK: Prices start from €100 per night based on 2 people sharing. See killeenmill.ie

Next weekend...

On a high

If you've ever dreamed of flying through the air - and who hasn't? - the Irish Aerial Dance Fest, taking place in Letterkenny from 28 May to 11 June, gives you the opportunity to do just that. All levels of experience are encouraged - and you can just watch although if you do choose a class, it's recommended that you choose one appropriate to your fitness and skills. Classes this year include fabric, cocoon, trapeze, rope, wall-running and more and they take place in various places around Letterkenny such as the community centre and An Grianán Theatre.

BOOK: See irishaerialdancefest.com for information on classes and schedule.

Pet world

A celebration of our furry and feathered friends is taking place with a free family event, Pets in the City in Smithfield Square, Dublin, next Sunday. With a small animals farm, fish aquarium and reptile corner, it's an opportunity for children and animal lovers to interact with pets in a fun environment. The Scrufts Dog Show, with accolades such as 'Waggliest Tail' up for grabs, takes place at 2pm, and the DSPCA are providing microchipping and pet health advice.

DETAILS: From 11am; see www.petsinthecity.ie

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