Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
It's time for denim on the double. Where Alexa Chung leads, we all want to follow. After the model and all-round It girl's first collection for AG debuted in January, she started the massive trend for high-waisted vintage-style denim skirts
Her second collaboration with AG, which has just landed, is likely to be just as influential: think midi skirts, denim rompers and suede coats. "It's an evolution," Alexa says of the collection. We predict a sell-out.
BUY: Romper suit, €430, available exclusively at BT2 Grafton Street
Terryglass will be familiar to boating enthusiasts as a popular stop-off on Lough Derg, but the picturesque Tipperary village also hosts a very hands-on Arts Festival which this year celebrates its 17th birthday. Taking place from August 12-16, the festival offers an exciting programme with traditional storytelling, performances by Paddy Casey (pictured) and an outdoor craft and food market.
Get your stretchy pants on, the battle for Dublin's best burger has a new contender - the modestly named Wowburger, located upstairs in the Workman's Club on Wellington Quay. The burgers are fat, juicy, encased in a brioche bun and smothered in a special sauce, and you can customise yours with a variety of toppings. Also on the menu are craft beers and ice cream - the chocolate and caramel sundaes are spectacular.
From television series to recipes and now decor, the Scandinavian trend seems here to stay. Fans of the clean, contemporary design aesthetic can indulge their tastes with a new store. Nordic Makers is bringing Scandinavian furniture and design, including jewellery, textiles, lighting and prints to Ireland. The focus is on craft, simplicity and functionality. And cool.
DETAILS: The Lighthouse, George's St Lower, Dun Laoghaire; nordicmakers.com
Fancy yourself as a true detective? Then you'll enjoy one of Agatha Christie's best-loved tales at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Running from August 11-15, And Then There Were None is the world's best-selling mystery of all time about 10 guests stuck on an island, being killed off one by one.
BOOK: Tickets from €17.50; see bordgaisenergytheatre.ie
Finding the perfect pair of earrings is harder than one might think. If they're too 'statement', they won't work with some outfits; if you go classic and understated, they can lack impact. Fiona Paxton's Melody earrings, however, could be worn as easily with a T-shirt and jeans combo as they could for a night out. You'll be in good company too - the jewellery designer has a celebrity fan base in the form of Rihanna and Kate Moss.
BUY: €110; loulerie.com
Go sligo go
It's not all about Yeats in Sligo this summer. The Sligo Summer Festival, the county's biggest outdoor musical event, is already underway. Disco icons Boney M played last night and this evening Wheatus are headlining. Remember those teenage dirtbags?
There's a Family Sports Day happening today on O'Connell Street and the popular Soapbox Race is also back for a fourth year. Taking place on the Mall, there will be prizes for best-dressed driver as well as wackiest design.
Slap another shrimp on the barbie! Last year's inaugural Big Grill Festival was a sell-out and this year it promises to be even bigger and better. Taking place in Herbert Park in Dublin's Ballsbridge, from August 14-16, this is a celebration of all things BBQ-related, with demos by celebrity chef Levi Roots, a hot-wings challenge, as well as 'make your own pizza' workshops for little grillers. Restaurants represented include Smokin' Bones and The Pigs Tale, and there's an impressive selection of craft beers and ciders and wines on offer.
BOOK: Tickets From €10; biggrillfestival.com
Coming up roses
Not that we've had much of a summer this year, but you know it's coming to an end when the Rose of Tralee rolls around again. For those who are not competing, a carnival atmosphere reigns in Tralee over the five days with parades, musical events, air displays and exhibitions, including '56 Years of Fashion' at the County Museum, which examines Rose of Tralee fashion over the years. The new Rose will proudly take her place at a parade through the town on Tuesday, followed by a Midnight Madness Fireworks display.