Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
It's easy to be sucked into the velvet/sequinned/lace vortex that is festive season wear at this time of year but non-party clothes should be all about the easy-breezy wearability. Carousel, the vintage-inspired store in Dublin 2, is your go-to destination for winter wardrobe solutions.
As well as an eclectic range of pretty prints, it also has an extensive range of hand-picked vintage pieces, and there's free delivery on orders in Ireland.
BUY: Megan dress, €85; beret, €19; cardigan, €79. At 20 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, ilovecarousel.com
Heart to beat
A great stocking filler doesn't necessarily have to be useful but at the very least it should be beautiful, like this ceramic heart decoration from Maple Tree Pottery, (formerly Potters Shed Crafts). Crafted in Wicklow, the unique ceramic designs are made to order which makes them perfect gifts for loved ones or a good option for brightening up your own doors and bookcases.
BUY: €10, mapletreepottery.com
How much does a hipster weigh? As everyone knows, the answer is: an Instagram. The sight of a hipster wrapped in a scarf bigger than his head is not an unknown one on Dublin streets and now Irish artist Austin Lysaght has captured this and other hipster vignettes in a very amusing series of prints. Choose between a selection of characters that perfectly capture the hipster phenomenon.
BUY: €38, available at April and the Bear, aprilandthebear.com
In a fizz
Now you can enjoy the taste of Prosecco in a crisp - yes really! Tesco Finest's limited edition Prosecco and Elderberry crisps could be called a flavour gone mad, but they actually do taste of Prosecco, with a slightly sweet flavour and a definite fizz. You couldn't imagine serving them with anything other than Prosecco at drinks parties, and why not put them between slices of sourdough bread with some mashed avocado for the poshest crisp sandwich ever? BUY: €2.50, available from selected Tesco stores
Today is your opportunity to take a peek inside some of Dublin's most beautiful Georgian buildings and celebrate Christmas on the Square at Merrion Square, from 10am-5pm. Irish design, crafts, food and drink are all on the agenda and events include a sample sale of Irish designers at the Royal Society of Antiquaries, No. 63; and a Meet the Brewers event at No. 8. All events are free but places at some are limited.
If you're in search of a new online vintage experience, Vertov is a treasure trove of carefully curated fashion and costume jewellery, focusing on the 1960s-1990s. Fashion writer and stylist Rosa Abbot, the founder of the site, hand-picks all items, which range from silk blouses to gold-plated earrings. Labels stocked include Christian Dior, Givenchy and Sonia Rykiel - many around the €90 mark. Perfect for Christmas perusing.
Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel has launched a new beauty salon and included on the treatment menu are the Hollywood Legends packages, named after Hollywood stars and tailored accordingly. The Grace Kelly, for example, offers pink sheer nail polish, a classic blow-dry and glass of rose champagne, while the Audrey Hepburn offers a deep wine nail colour, a swept hair style and a glass of pinot noir. At €59, this is a treat and would make for a great gift.
BOOK: (01) 663 4690, shelbournespa.ie
Next Saturday sees the second GLOW festival take place in Dublin's Smithfield Square, a free family celebration, with themes of winter and light. The events take place both indoors and outdoors and include Firefly, an LED light installation, camp fire stories, kids' disco and workshops, as well as juggling, clowning and acrobatic performances. You can also pop into the Block T Christmas Bazaar Arts Flea and Vintage Market, which is taking place there the same weekend.
The magical Forest Train Santa experience is returning to Avondale Forest Park on Friday, December 4, and running until December 23. The ever-popular train goes through the forest looking for Noodle, the lazy imp, who is late for work, before arriving at a secret destination where children will meet Santa and all his elves. Each child receives a wooden gift before posing for a picture with Santa, and there's also a special story time on the hour and hot drinks and snacks available in a cosy seated area.
BOOK: Tickets cost €15 per child and €10 per adult, with all children under one year at €5, theforesttrain.ie