The pleasure list: A Keane eye and a good cause
Now that Christmas is past, it's time to look forward to the New Year. One great idea for a spot of early New Year entertainment is the Keane on Style event at the City North Hotel, Drogheda, on January 30, where Lorraine Keane will be running a full and action-packed day (12-6pm) of entertainment, demonstrations and fun, for 400 clever people.
Tickets cost €50, with proceeds going to help the Boomerang Café, a community centre aimed at helping disadvantaged young people in Drogheda with very necessary advice, information and support - so this is a wonderfully worthwhile way to have fun.
The day includes a glass of something cold and sparkling on arrival, afternoon tea, goody bags, designer pop-up shops with not-to-be-missed discounts, and all the usual Keane On Style elements of a fashion show, including expert talks on skincare. Also under the microscope are non-invasive beauty treatments, anti-ageing, shapewear and body shape. There's hair and make-up tutorials by Dylan Bradshaw, and a catwalk show, featuring clothes from Lorraine's favourite designer boutiques. A great day, for a great cause.
Irish and affordable handcrafted furniture
Finline Furniture are one of those great Irish success stories; the kind that bring us all along with them. A family-run business, now into the second generation, Finline specialise in handmade sofas and chairs, all of which are affordable, Irish and excellent quality. Each piece of furniture is handcrafted by specialist sewers and upholsterers, most of whom have been with the company for over ten years, some for far longer. With over 200 styles available, and three new models designed every year, based on customer feedback and market trends, Finline are keeping well up to the mark. Each couch comes with a ten-year frame and construction guarantee, with a tailored re-upholstery and refurbishment service available. Best of all, from January 8-10, Finline will be running their annual not-to-be-missed sale, with the kind of savings that are not to be missed.
Next generation of coffee? It really is high concept stuff
The world of coffee has moved so far, so fast; greatly influenced by general food and drink trends, including concepts of terroir, an interest in single estate origins, and the kind of creative approach that owes as much to the current interest in cocktails, as it does to the more traditional question: 'black or white'? Nespresso are, of course, quick to cop on, both driving and mastering this trend with their exciting new range of coffees and recommendations. There is the Tropical Ciocco Ginger Coffee, using cherry syrup, lemon and ginger beer to create a drink that is as pretty as it is delicious. Or try a Vanilla Cardamom Latte, A Sweet Vanilla Amaretti Latte or a Chiocco Ginger Viennois, all made with a Nespresso coffee machine; simple to use, delivering every time. This is where mixology and café culture meet - a very sweet spot.
Imagine, believe, achieve
Irish jewellery designer Melissa Curry launched her first collection in 1999 at Paris Fashion Week. That was picked up by Liberty of London, and since then, Melissa has worked with designers and brands including Phillipe Starck, Swarovski and Absolut. Most recently, Melissa has been hailed by Virgin Atlantic and Facebook, and has created a 28-piece collection of fine luxury jewellery called Be Your Own Success, to encourage women and girls everywhere to Imagine, Believe and Achieve.
The collection is made up of gorgeous necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings, available in gold, silver and rose gold, all embedded with positive and powerful messages, to inspire wearers to chase their dreams, to encourage and motivate them to believe in themselves and what they can achieve. The very first three Success bracelets were gifted to Michelle Obama and her two daughters Malia and Sasha Obama by the Irish State during their 2013 visit; recently, Facebook commissioned the Success bracelets to be gifted at this year's 'Facebook Woman's leadership day EMEA 2015'.