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Saturday 20 September 2014

This weekend we're... upgrading our travel wardrobe

Clodagh Finn

Published 06/07/2014 | 02:30

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Hunting fairies and elves at Powerscourt Gardens in Co Wicklow
Tripp has come up with its lightest-ever hard-side collection.
Try their Rosehip Face Serum and see for yourself.

Clodagh Finn brings you the plans for the weekend...

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Tripping over ourselves to ...

Get one of these glossy, lightweight beauties in the rush to upgrade our summer travel wardrobe. Tripp has come up with its lightest-ever hard-side collection. These Star Lite cases weigh just 2.6 kilos – and they look so sophisticated. We'll be wheeling them around the airport with the pride of a dog-owner who has a pedigree pooch on a leash. Available in three colours (€95 each) from Debenhams and online at debenhams.com/ luggage and tripp.co.uk

Prepping ...

... our skin for summer (yes, it will be back) with the sumptuous Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish (once we get our mouths around the name, that is).

It's worth it, though – this natural, exfoliating wonder is formulated with sugar cane and sloughs away those dead skin cells, leaving smooth, radiant skin in its wake.

No wonder it's become a favourite among celebs. It's now available in pharmacies around Ireland and costs €38 for 330ml.

Focusing ...

... our attention on the PhotoIreland Festival in Dublin, a month-long celebration of photography taking place all over the city this month.

We'll be going along to see Dublin photographer Yvette Monahan's brilliantly named exhibition 'The Time of Dreaming the World Awake' at the Copper House Gallery and looking in at The Gallery of Photography to see 'Photo Album of Ireland', a sample of those cherished family photographs that we all have yellowing away in our photo albums.

But that's only a tiny sample of what's on. For more on the talks, exhibitions, book and magazine fair and themed workshops, see photoireland.org.

Beating ...

... a trail to Kildare Village to snap up some bright children's wear at the new Joule's Boutique.

Here's a sneak preview of what to expect: this sweet dress retails for €34 but is on sale for just €21.95 in Kildare, while the boy's rugby top is down to €22.95 from €40. As we're there, we'll also be looking for savings at the other children's boutiques: Clarks, Cath Kidston, Juicy Couture and K.I.D.S.

See KildareVillage.com

Making hay ...

... at the Hay Festival in Kells, Co Meath and imagining how the world might be at an event Bill Clinton once described as "the Woodstock of the mind".

Last year's award-winning inaugural event was mind-blowing, but this year's is also shaping up to be an event to remember. Highlights include Jeremy Paxman, Jung Chang, Louis de Bernieres, Joe O'Connor, Richard Corrigan, Deirdre Kinahan, the National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke, comedian Jason Byrne and musical guests Kells band Ham Sandwich and Liam Ó Maonlaí.

Tickets from hayfestival.com/kells.

Going organic ...

... with Kinvara Skincare, the only Irish nomination at the FreeFrom UK Beauty Awards.

This Galway-based skincare range takes natural ingredients (an incredible 93pc of them come from an edible food source) and magics them into fantastic beauty products. Try their Rosehip Face Serum and see for yourself.

See kinvaraskincare.com

Hunting ...

fairies and elves at Powerscourt Gardens in Co Wicklow tomorrow. If you are brave, pure of spirit and aged between three and eight (two out of three ain't bad), you are invited to the Great Fairy Hunt from 12.30 to 3pm tomorrow where you will be guided by Imaginosity (Dublin Children's Museum) through the Japanese Gardens and past the Dolphin Pond in search of the "little people". Tickets cost €8.50 for adults and €5 for a child. Under-fives free. powerscourt.com/events

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