Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
One thing that can be confidently stated about spring summer 2018 fashion is that it's bright - with vivid hues dominating catwalks. If you haven't already invested in a jumpsuit, now is the perfect time to do.
The garment is an all-rounder that can be dressed up for events such as weddings or more casually styled for relaxed weekend glamour. This red version by Inwear is ticking all the right boxes, and the Gant trainers complete the look beautifully. BUY: Jumpsuit by Inwear €179.95; jacket by Oui €139.95; trainers by Gant €115. Available in selected Kilkenny Shop locations nationwide. kilkennyshop.com
A new community film festival is taking place in Rathmullan, Co Donegal from February 15-18. Promoting local creativity, visitors and residents can enjoy a programme of screenings, workshops, food and film experiences, as well as industry talks. Speakers include director Orla Walsh and writer and film-maker Derek O'Connor, and there's also an animation workshop for children.
Dublin's National Gallery takes a look at the less joyous side of love with its 'Bad Romance' programme this Wednesday. A free lunchtime tour of romance-themed works, including the tragic love story depicted in The Meeting on the Turret Stairs, takes place at 1.15pm, and that evening acclaimed singer-songwriter Lisa O'Neill is playing (tickets €20).
New York label Alexis Bittar rules when it comes to eye-catching and edgy jewellery. Cameron Diaz and Michelle Obama are just two celebrity fans of the brand which is regularly featured in high-end fashion editorials. These crystal encrusted spiked teardrop earrings will take you anywhere. While they have a certain punk sensibility, they're also delicate enough so as not to overwhelm the rest of your look.
BUY: €149 at Loulerie, Dublin 2; loulerie.com
Attendees at the Cork International Poetry Festival will hear poetry from around the world at the literary event, which runs from this Tuesday until Saturday. The programme includes readings, discussions and Q&A sessions with poets including Michael Coady, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, AK Blakemore, Mary O'Malley and Jan Wagner. DETAILS: corkpoetryfest.net
Not content with the huge success of her POCO Jeans line, Pippa O'Connor has launched a range of four scented candles and four 12-month planners. The style maven, who says she has loved candles from a very young age, worked with French perfumers to create The Pippa Collection, which is hand poured in Dublin and has a burn time of 45 hours. Scents include a spicy Pink Peppercorn & Ruby, refreshing Mandarin & Mint, a crisp Warming Winter Pine and the seductive Sultry Privé.
BUY: Candles €42; pippacollection.com
Crazy in love
If money is no object and you really want to wow and woo, Conrad Dublin is offering an 'Over the Top' Valentine's experience for €5,000 per person. It includes three nights' stay in the Presidential Suite and a VIP experience with a photography shoot, helicopter ride over Dublin and complimentary Dom Perignon. Alternatively, the hotel's 'Romance Package' includes breakfast, and a Valentine-inspired dinner in The Coburg for €380 for two people.
Big day out
Next Sunday, Mount Juliet in Kilkenny is opening its doors for a wedding afternoon from 2-4pm. Taking place in the newly refurbished Stables at Hunter's Yard, there's a drinks reception and canapés from Mount Juliet's wedding menus, with lifestyle and fashion blogger Holly White (who celebrated her own wedding at Mount Juliet) the MC for the afternoon. There will also be stylish bridal offerings from Myrtle Ivory Boutique and beauty expert Triona McCarthy will be sharing tips and tricks on how to look beautiful on the big day.
Paws for thought
Where to begin with all the excellent stuff happening as part of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival, from February 16 until March 4? It's the Year of the Dog and canine-themed events include dog life-drawing classes and a talk on the curious history of the Irish dog. There's a strong food element with lunchtime talks and tastings, a Lazy Bike guided tour of Chinese influence and special menus in Asian and Chinese restaurants. And there's plenty of culture thrown in, including performances by warrior monks from Songshan Shaolin Temple and plaza dancing to electro-Chinese pop music. DETAILS: dublinchinesenewyear.com
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