Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Faux fur is going wild again this year with Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney and Celine all leading the way for Autumn/Winter 2015. And designer Charlotte Beecham, who is behind the label Charlotte Simone, is on a mission to reinvent the scarf.
Her charcoal candy, striped faux fur number adds a seriously glam touch to winter woollies so get in there early to avoid disappointment.
BUY: Scarf, €211; available in store from late August, Style Ikon, 18a The Crescent, Monkstown, Co Dublin, or order online at style-ikon.com
With the 1970s trends continuing to dominate the catwalks this autumn, the decade is also enjoying a revival in interiors. We're not suggesting that you embrace an avocado-coloured bathroom suite again, but you can evoke the look with this bright and funky orange footstool from Rococco. It has a cable knit design and can also double up as a side table when required. Aside from its functionality, it's great way to bring a splash of colour into a minimal room.
BUY: €49; carraigdonn.com
Talk about a 'good' buy. We're all more conscious of buying ethically nowadays so the addition of Apolis' Market Bag is very welcome on Ireland's fashion scene. Handcrafted by a women's artisan co-operation in Bangladesh, a portion of the proceeds go back to the Local + Global community project to support of educational projects in Saidpur. Made from natural jute fibre with waterproof lining and natural vegetable-dyed leather straps, it makes trips to the supermarket that bit more chic.
BUY: €68; 31chapellane.com
On a high
Let's go fly a kite! Duncannon Beach, Co. Wexford is the location for a visual spectacular this weekend, with kite-surfers from around Ireland set to compete in the Irish Kite Surfing Championship. As well as a series of course racing and hang-time competitions, the Hooked Kite Fest also offers up plenty of free family fun with kids' kite lessons, a festival barbecue and bungee trampoline.
All that jazz
For a night out with a difference Dublin's Fitzwilliam Hotel on St. Stephen's Green has launched a Saturday Night Jazz Club at Inn on The Green bar. There's no cover charge for the club, which runs from 9pm and features live performances with low lighting and candle lit tables. Of course it would be wrong to leave without sampling some of the distinctive and delicious cocktails here, courtesy of mixologist Michael Sammon.
Bottoms up! The Irish Craft Beer Festival returns to the RDS this Thursday with over 50 breweries on show over the three days. It's a chance for craft beer and cider aficionados to meet the makers and learn what combinations of flavours make every product unique and to try the various food offerings including Jane Russell Sausages, Cillian the Pie Man, and Dave's Wood Fired Pizza.
BOOK: Tickets from €10, for more details see irishcraftbeerfestival.ie
Make a discovery today. To mark National Heritage Week, Bord na Móna's Lough Boora Discovery Park in Offaly is celebrating 75 years of industrial heritage today from 12pm-4pm. There's plenty of entertainment including artisan food stalls, art and crafts workshops, scavenger hunts and the chance for children to learn to grow their own sunflowers. Visitors can also view machinery from eras past at the Bord na Móna Expo.
BOOK: Register at loughboora.com
It's a date
For those tiring of Tinder, there's always the more traditional way of meeting people. The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, now in its 159th year, is back on August 28 attracting thousands of singles looking for love and the craic. The Festival has ramped up its use of social media in the last few years, meaning that it's attracting new and younger audiences. But, of course, the traditional elements are still very important like the tea dances and the presence of third-generation matchmaker Willie Daly, who has been bringing couples together for over 40 years.
All fired up
Get your ringside seat at Flanagan's on the Lake next Saturday as it plays host to the Ring of Lough Derg BBQ Festival competition, held in conjunction with the Irish BBQ Association. This is Ireland's most prestigious barbecue competition with over 30 national and international teams. The teams are each given a grill, meats and utensils and can rub, season, marinate while judges will be making their decisions based on appearance, taste and texture. It's free entry for spectators with local food producers in attendance as well as live entertainment.
DETAILS: irishbbqassociation.com; flanagansonthelake.com