Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
If one of your aspirations this year is to shop less but to buy better quality, 31 Chapel Lane designs are well worth considering. Pieces from the Limerick-based brand are designed to be held onto for a lifetime.
Made from Irish linen and Donegal tweed, they're aimed at a demographic who appreciate natural materials and craftsmanship. The label's spring holiday collection features tailored A-line dresses, lined cocoon coats and boxy shirts with puffed sleeve details. The elegant Neah culottes (left) can be styled in myriad ways, such as with a striped sweater with white sneakers, or dressed up with a pair of heels for nights out.
BUY: Culottes, €189; 31chapellane.com
Dublin's newest festival is taking place in The Outhouse on Capel Street today. The Mother Tongues Festival features poetry, music and workshops for all ages in more than 15 different languages. It's part of a series of events organised by Irish organisation Mother Tongues, which supports families who want to raise bilingual children.
DETAILS: Tickets from €8.50; mothertonguesfestival.com
Brought to book
World Book Day takes place this Thursday and there's a whole series of events planned. Children who were given a €1.50 book token in schools and nurseries can claim their free title in participating bookshops and supermarkets from Monday until March 15. Titles on the list include Paddington Bear and Mr Men books, and in Ireland only, Rugby Roar by Ger Siggins.
The clever people behind Irish store home-lust certainly know the kind of products to stock that will have interiors aficionados salivating. From stylish brass and glass drinks trolleys to magnificent rattan hanging chairs, the products are sourced from Europe, as well as Turkey, India and Morocco. These boho cushions, with macramé, knot motifs and fringing, are an inexpensive way of adding easy glamour to your home. BUY: €15; home-lust.com
Trip to Tipp
Tipperary's Butler Trail - one of the country's fastest-growing tourist trails and named for the most powerful aristocratic family in Tipperary for five centuries - has a new app and audio guide. The multilingual app was designed to cater for the growing number of local and European visitors to the area, with the Rock of Cashel, Cahir and Ormond Castles, Lough Derg and Holycross Abbey proving to be great draws.
DETAILS: Download on iTunes and Google Play
Jewellery label Scribble & Stone gets its entrancing name from the fact that every design begins with a drawing, while gemstones play a significant role in every piece's design. Designer Jenny Kiernan likes to mix different materials and play with contrast in two ongoing collections: S & S Minimals, which are classic designs and S & S Statement, which are more experimental. The earrings, in particular, have caught our eye - choose from Moroccan discs, tasselled drop earrings and re-imagined hoops.
BUY: Diamanté hoops, €125; scribbleandstone.com
The good life
Bestselling cookbook author Melissa Hemsley is one of the speakers at the Ballymaloe Good Living Day, taking place tomorrow on the grounds of Ballymaloe House (above), in East Cork. Chef Rachel Allen and James Kavanagh, of Curabinny foods, will also be in attendance for this day of cookery demos, health talks and yoga classes, and even a 5K run, all centred around mindful living.
BOOK: Tickets from €6, with talks and demos priced individually. ballymaloefestivals.ie
It doesn't get much more fun than an evening with Like A Version, the Dublin band who play pop hits by The Spice Girls, Sia, Justin Bieber and more in old-time styles, including swing, Charleston, Dixieland and ragtime. Their stylish vintage clothes add to the experience, and the band can be booked as a full seven-piece band for large events and as a trio or quartet for smaller functions. Catch them at The Liquor Rooms on Dublin's Wellington Quay from 9pm, Friday, March 2, for a vintage party where it will be impossible not to dance.
DETAILS: Admission free, likeaversionmusic.com
Let's get lost
Cocktails and creativity come together as Hennessy Lost Fridays return to the Dublin's Royal Hibernian Academy next week. Artist Helena Gorey is exhibiting her abstract work, and it's a chance to view Grayson Perry's tapestries, too. Music on the night comes from Choice-nominated musician Bantum and DJ Cáit Fahey, while guests can create customised badges with themes from Perry's tapestries or have their caricature drawn manga-style by artist Shota Kotake (above). There's also a tasting masterclass featuring Hennessy Very Special, V.S.O.P and X.O, as well as bespoke cocktails and food from Coppa Café.
BOOK: Tickets, including two cocktails, are €20. Event over-21s only. See eventbrite.ie