Since London label Self-Portrait first launched in 2013 it's been steadily racking up a celebrity fan base including Kristen Stewart, Rachel McAdams, Jessica Biel and Kendall Jenner. And it's easy to see why it's been such a success.
With a sports-luxe aesthetic featuring lace and panelling, these are easy-to-wear dresses that make a strong style impact.
BUY: Self-Portrait ruffle midi dress, €390. Available at BT2, bt2.ie
Is there a budding Picasso, Monet or Warhol in your house? If so, they should get entering the 2016 Sightsavers Junior Painter of the Year Awards, which has just launched. The theme this year is 'Imagine 2030' and primary school students are being asked to create a piece of art inspired by how they would like the world to be in 15 years' time. Don't miss out, the closing date is November 27.
Decorating with clocks is never out of fashion. For a touch of retro chic, why not add a vinyl wall clock to plain walls? Made from real 12" long play records, each working wall clock from vintagist.com is unique with an individual label and cut to show the silhouettes of buildings and environments of the city from which it originated including Berlin, London, Paris, Rome and Barcelona.
BUY: €49.88 from
Boutique arts festival Shorelines kicks off this coming Thursday and it's a line-up with plenty to please. Writer Joseph O'Connor will be giving a reading, singer Mary Coughlan will be performing while Sunday sees a live recording of RTÉ Radio 1's Sunday Miscellany. Literary guests include poet and scholar Bernard O'Donoghue and there will be various workshops for adults and children.
We love practically everything on Irish website Lulu and Belle Vintage including this pair of pre-loved clip earrings with pinwheel design from the 1950s, with crystals in amber, champagne and aurora borealis. They're by Gustave Sherman, a Canadian costume jewellery designer whose company operated from 1947-1981 and only ever used the finest Swarovski crystals and rhinestones. Get online quickly!
BUY: €129, luluandbelle.com
This weekend Airfield Estate in Dundrum is holding its very first food festival, offering visitors a chance to reconnect with the land. There's an impressive line-up of speakers, food foraging and craft brewing workshops as well as a kids' zone with ice cream making, welly planting and art activities.
DETAILS: Tickets €5 for kids, €10 for adults, see
Thirty galleries around Dublin are opening their doors to visitors this weekend with a series of special events taking place including walking tours, curator talks and exhibition openings. Almost everything is free of charge and there are many interesting options to explore from artist talks to drop-in family workshops in IMMA on Sunday.
Big night out
It's been 10 years since the first Culture Night in Dublin. Since then it's grown from its modest beginnings to something that's enjoyed by some 350,000 people all across the country. This year's Culture Night is on Friday, September 18. Highlights include currach racing on the Liffey, the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir performing at Trinity alongside the Army Number 1 Band, Luka Bloom will play at Kilkishen Cultural Centre in Clare and the front of the College of Commerce in Cork city will be illuminated with 3D projections.
Your only problem might be deciding what to see.
Add some oom-pah
Eat, drink and be merry at Oktoberfest Dublin and its celebration of German culture, which returns to George's Dock in the IFSC from September 17 - October 18. You might be sipping on Bavarian-style wheat beer but there's also excellent hot chocolate available and it's the chance to sample German specialities including sauerkraut, sausages and ginger bread hearts and listen to traditional Bavarian musicians play their 'oom-pah' music.