Wednesday 21 February 2018

The pleasure list: Ella enchanted for Armani

Ella Eyre
Ella Eyre
Clontarf Castle
Guinness Newbridge homeware

Singer songwriter Ella Eyre is the rising star of the year. Born Ella McMahon, of Afro-Jamaican, Maltese and English descent, she trained as a competitive swimmer before switching to singing. Hugely talented, she collaborated with Bastille and Tinie Tempah before releasing her debut single If I Go, followed by the smash-hit Changing, and has written for Paloma Faith.

Now, she is the face of Emporio Armani Diamonds fragrance, chosen directly by Armani himself for what he describes as "her individual style and her personality." Ella will feature in the new television advertisement for the perfume, launching mid June 2015, and her soon-to-be-released single, Together, will be the new official campaign music.

"I am beyond excited to be part of the Armani world and it is such an honour to be working with Emporio Armani fragrance on the coming Diamonds campaign", says Ella, whose energetic, engaged live performances are likely to see her become the hottest gig around throughout the coming festival season.

To Clontarf Castle for Russia With Love

The political situation between Russia and the Ukraine is a matter of serious concern in Europe, but it is a disaster for the most vulnerable children in Russia. These orphaned children have few champions, but luckily those they have are stalwart, most particularly Debbie Deegan and To Russia With Love, the charity she set up. To raise vital funds, TRWL have organised a mega sale next Sunday May 10th in Clontarf Castle, 12-6 pm. Fashion, jewellery, shoes, bags, furniture; designer and vintage, with items donated by celebrities including Marian Keyes, Mary Kennedy and Miriam O'Callaghan. Labels on sale include Givenchy, Issey Miyake, Gucci, Louise Kennedy, Richard Lewis and more. First, this is a chance to de-clutter your wardrobe by donating to the sale, second - perhaps more irresistibly? - a chance to buy beautiful things for outrageously good prices, knowing that every penny you spend, every item you donate, will go to a wonderful cause.

The search is on for  Ireland's best scone

If there is one thing this country has always done well, it is the humble but irresistible scone. The question is, who does it best? To find out, Goodall's and Odlums have once again joined forces in their hunt for Ireland's Best Scone. The winner can be a deli, café, restaurant or hotel - any food establishment that make their own delicious scones, and again, the public are encouraged to nominate. Last year saw hundreds of suggestions, with Graham Herterich, aka The Cupcake Bloke, crowned overall winner - and this year, votes close on May 8th at 5pm. Once nominations are in, ten finalists will be selected and their scones tasted by a panel of foodie judges - including Catherine Leyden, Odlums brand ambassador; Fiona Dillon, author of Food from an Irish Garden, and last year's winner Graham Herterich - at a gourmet high tea in the Merrion Hotel. So get nominating, to @GoodallsIreland using the hashtag #bestscone, or through the Goodall's Facebook page.

Harmony of black and blue

The fruitful collaboration between Guinness and Newbridge Silverware - the result of three years of joint research and development by the two brands - has already seen the launch of a range of jewellery, watches and homewares. Now, a fine selection of sandblasted serving dishes in a distinctive, attractive navy and cream finish, are adding substantially to the homewares collection. This collection, designed to appeal to men and women alike (Newbridge Silverware brand ambassador Rob Kearney is a big fan), offers great breadth of choice, from deep roasting dishes and soup bowls, to a large multifunctional mixing bowl and casserole dishes in many sizes, some with lids, some without, along with charcoal and cream textiles, including napkins, table mats, oven gloves and aprons. These beautifully produced designer dishes and dining accessories would make good gifts or kitchen must-haves.

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