Saturday 16 December 2017

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

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High impact dress from Cheap Monday
High impact dress from Cheap Monday
Westport Bluegrass Festival
Penneys Weddings
Amy Huberman and Donovan Leitch -
Bloom Garden Festival
The Strypes
Online accessories store -
Mr Tayto
Dominic West
Bella Hadid
Penneys swimsuit

That Scandinavian style equates with chic is a given. Even if you don't think you're a particular fan of this minimal-with-an-edge look, it's more than likely you've something from COS, H & M or & Other Stories in your wardrobe. But these aren't the only Nordic high street offerings worth checking out.

Cheap Monday, which is also under the H & M umbrella, is famed for its excellent jeans but it's also a good place to shop simple but high-impact dresses and trench coats with a twist. The label is big on sustainability too and has a goal in place to make 100pc of its denim fully recyclable by 2018. BUY: See

A store is born

Online accessories store My Shining Armour opens its first Dublin city centre pop-up shop this Thursday at no. 55 South William Street. From Kate Spade stationery to jewellery, expect a treasure trove of trinkets. My Shining Armour is also debuting its Hero handbag collection, created by owner Nicki Hoyne, as well as new products, never seen before on the site. DETAILS: Open until Sunday 11 June.

Garden heaven

Bloom is one of the nicest events on the June calendar and this year 22 incredible show gardens await visitors, including a dog-friendly garden in association with the Dog's Trust. DETAILS: Running until June 5. Tickets €16 - €22.50 and children under 16 go free; see

Bridal bargains

When you're budgeting for a wedding, ever cent counts and Penney's new bridal accessories and lingerie certainly look far more expensive than their price tags. Photobooth-ready selfie props (€4), Mr and Mrs tea towels (€8) and white satin bridal dressing gowns (€12) are all excellent and it's difficult to know whether this line or its pink flamingo pool inflatable that will prove to be Penney's greatest summer hit. BUY: Available now in Penneys stores

Bridal bargains

Tonight, RTE Radio 1's Comedy Showhouse is back at The Project Art Centre, Dublin 2 with Don't Quote Me. Recorded in front of a live audience and broadcast over the summer, Sean Hughes hosts the panel featuring Dave Fanning, Eleanor Tiernan, Katherine Lynch and more as they read and dissect the best quotes from Ireland and around the world, live on stage. Expect much hilarity. BOOK: Tickets, €10; see

Swinging out

The flower power era is the focus of a new fashion and music exhibition running at the Museum of Style Icons at Newbridge Silverware. '60s Summer of Love featuring Donovan' includes many items from singer-songwriter Donovan Leitch's private collection including cloaks featured on the cover of his records and his red cherry guitar which was played by George Harrison on The Beatles tour to India in 1968. Other exhibition highlights include a dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the film Charade. DETAILS: Runs until 23rd of July; see

Festival firsts

Carlow is inviting visitors to go on an artistic adventure at its Arts Festival, opening on Wednesday. The week-long event is a heady mix of live music, visual art, performance and family friendly events, featuring a number of international premieres including Italian theatre company Ondadurto Teatro performing for the first time in Ireland. Also on the line up are RTE Choice Music Prize winners Rusangano Family, Cavan four-piece The Strypes (below) and urban-street funk band Stomptown Brass. DETAILS: See

The Strypes

Next weekend

Feeling blue?

You don't have to be a hardcore folk fan to enjoy the Westport Folk and Bluegrass festival, as casual music fans are also welcomed with open arms at this friendly gathering. Three days of gigs, workshops, craft showcases by local instrument makers and sessions are in store with a line-up of acclaimed international and local performers. London traditional bluegrass band The Vanguards, rising stars Carboard Fox and The Horsenecks, purveyors of the finest American roots music are some of the gigs well worth catching. DETAILS: 9-11 June; see

Ode to Joyce

Bloomsday Festival 2017 gets off to a delicious start next Sunday with a Joycean foodie walking trail, as well as a pub crawl. Over the week, events include the first public broadcast of an interview with Joyce's sister, Margaret Alice 'Poppie' Joyce, Bloomsday Readings in Meeting House Square with poet Stephen James Smith and a line-up of speakers including comic writer Geoff Dyer in conversation with Mark O'Connell (13 June). A lively night of trad and pints is also promised at the Bloomsday Hooley. DETAILS: See


Tayto Park Hotel

Mr Tayto

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Baywatch inspo

Penneys swimsuit

A high-leg red one-piece swimsuit is actually a very good look

Conor McGregor's yacht

Calling it The 188 after his dole payment is quite funny

Desert boots

Drake's new collab with Clarks is giving us life

Dominic West

Dominic West

Back on our radar - not that he's ever really off it - thanks to art world satire film The Square winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes


Secret weddings

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Being replaced as the food trend by poké - a Hawaiian fish salad that tastes as good as it Instagrams


Do we really need a Gogglebox spin-off that focuses on internet videos and memes?

Lilac hair

So last season. Tangerine is the only shade to sport right now

Leo Di Caprio's dating form

Bella Hadid

Utterly predictable. Bella Hadid is said to be the latest addition to his long list of model conquests

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