Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
The right stripes
The cost-per-wear formula is a vital tool and never more so than at this time of year. Doing the fashion maths is important every time a green feather jacket or a sequin skirt croons its siren call because the reality, for most of us, is that you'll spend as much time in the office or cosying up at home as you will making an entrance at parties.
With this striped dress, however, you'll be winning all around because it's a classic with infinite styling possibilities, whether you're on or off duty, or tearing up the town.
BUY: €132, Scout, 5 Essex St West, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, scoutdublin.com
Scented candles may be one of the best ways to make a home smell amazing but now Wicklow company Max Benjamin has launched the Scented Card too, as a solution for scenting small spaces like drawers, cars and luggage. It comes in three fragrances - Dodici, Lemongrass & Ginger and White Pomegranate - has a ribbon attached for easy hanging and should last for a month.
BUY: €3.95 from stockists including Arnotts, Brown Thomas and Kilkenny Stores, maxbenjamin.ie
If we told you that one of Ireland's top chefs has released an album, you'd be forgiven for thinking it might be a new incarnation of the model/DJ genre. However, there's no cover versions to be found on Kevin Thornton's new release, 25X4 Autumn, and the only mixing is strictly food-related. Marking the 25th anniversary of Thornton's restaurant, the spoken word album provides insight into the inspiration behind some of his dishes. The first in a series of four seasonal albums, it also contains a recipe booklet.
BUY: €25, thorntonsrestaurant.com
All wrapped up
If you invest in one accessory this season, let it be an obi belt. Apart from its miraculous waist-cinching abilities - creating an hourglass figure where there was none - it revamps tired black dresses, or can be wrapped around a coat or a long cardigan for a great winter look. Opt for one in suede and in a rich shade like burgundy for added festive impact.
BUY: €65, available at marygrant.com
Get ready to kick your knees up and step in time! For the first time ever, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's hit stage musical version of Mary Poppins comes to Ireland at Dublin's Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. The world's most famous nanny will be treading the boards until January 9 with a script from writers including Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes, and singalong classics such as 'Feed the Birds'. BUY: Tickets €25-€68, bordgaisenergytheatre.ie
Escape the chill
Afternoon tea is getting a Christmas makeover at The Westin on Dublin's Westmoreland Street and it's a delightful post-shopping pick-me-up. Served in front of a warming fire, it includes roast turkey, spiced beef and smoked salmon sandwiches, and sweet treats such as cranberry and pecan scones and eggnog panna cotta. If you're feeling particularly festive, have a glass of Prosecco for an extra €7.
BOOK: €32 per person, until January 6, thewestindublin.com
A Carlingford Christmas
Tomorrow, Ghan House in Carlingford opens its fifth annual Christmas Fair. As well as a Santa grotto, there will be live music, kids' cupcake decorating classes, and wine and ale tasting with Carlingford Brewing Company and winesdirect.ie. You can get tips from Ghan House's award-winning chefs, while Ghan House will also be selling homemade jams, chutneys and breads.
DETAILS: From 12pm-5pm; entrance is free, ghanhouse.com
There have many cinematic and musical versions of the classic tale of Cinderella, but the Lambert Puppet Theatre's presentation of the classic tale is stand-out. Featuring large puppets, colourful sets and beautiful lighting, the show also has a cameo of Ireland's best-loved puppet Bosco, whom Paula Lambert voiced on TV for 17 years. The show is suitable for children over the age of three and up to 10 years of age.
BOOK: Tickets €8, Sunday December 20, 2pm & 4pm. The Pavilion Theatre Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, paviliontheatre.ie
From December 17 until Christmas Eve, Christmas at the Milk Market, Limerick is open for a full week of trading, featuring up to 60 stalls of shops and endless possibilities for gifting. As well as Christmas cuisine, artisan food, there are crafts, bric-a-brac, seasonal decorations and toys and multiple daily prize-winning opportunities. Various choirs will be singing in the market all week to compete for a prize of €500, with the winner to be announced on December 24 at 2pm.
DETAILS: For opening hours, see milkmarketlimerick.ie