Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Trinny Woodall, the former What Not To Wear presenter, recently dished out some advice for office Christmas party dressing. This included not wearing anything too revealing and keeping jewellery simple.
We're not certain then that she'd sign off on the recently launched ASOS Night, which features lots of bodycon dresses, cut-outs and thigh slits. It might not be for Trinny but it's certainly for the woman who wants to channel the 1970s and 1980s, who likes to be noticed and who isn't afraid of a plunging neckline, a fringed hemline or a sequin.
BUY: Ombre sequin fringe mini dress, €220.59; asos.com
Make a wish
Did you hear the one about the Irish American who decided to introduce stand-up comedy to China? Well now you can see what happens next with Des Bishop's new DVD release Made In China. Following on from the RTÉ series which saw him spend a year in China, the DVD includes Des' live stand-up ruminations about his Chinese experience.
BUY: In stores now for €19.99, desbishop.net
This year has seen some interesting fish restaurants opening in Dublin including Klaw in Temple Bar and Catch 22 on South Anne Street - and now the new Seafood Bar by Wrights of Howth. Located on Dawson Street, it's all about smart-casual dining here. The menu has classic seafood dishes given a twist. From Thursdays to Sundays, there's a late-night bar, Funky Fish Cocktail Club, with cocktails, champagne, seafood platters. And on Friday nights, there are tunes from DJ Mo Kelly.
Details: 35 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. To book, see theseafoodbar.ie
Just the tonic
If you like a gin less ordinary, Cork's Ballyvolane House Spirits Company has just launched Bertha's Revenge. The intriguingly-named spirit is called after Bertha from Sneem, who was the oldest cow ever recorded - dying three months short of her 49th birthday. The milk gin is made from whey combined with spring water from Ballyvolane House and 18 locally foraged and grown botanicals. BUY: €49.99, available in selected stores nationwide, see ballyvolanespirits.ie
Need a last-minute pressie? Today is the final day to place an order with Irish company Hampers & Co, for delivery in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Prices start at €12 and go right up to €1,000, and gifts can include everything from artisan food to Avoca Handweavers' blankets. The luxury hampers come in leather-strapped wicker baskets, velvet-covered gift boxes or wooden crates, which can be personalised.
BUY: See hampersandco.com
Give your little ones an early taste for Christmas cooking at the East Coast Cookery School in Termonfeckin, Co Louth. On December 23, it's running a kids' cookery day with an emphasis on healthy eating. They'll get to make curried parsnip and apple soup; roast pork loin with apple gravy, orange roasted carrots and potatoes, followed by mini Christmas puddings made from chocolate biscuit cake. BOOK: Suitable for ages 8-13, €30 per child, eastcoastcookeryschool.ie
Heart of Christmas
Know someone who is expecting to find a bit of sparkle under the tree this Christmas? Well, call off the search because we may have found the perfect present to gift the jewellery-lover in your life. For starters, these earrings are crimson and ergo festive; they're heart-shaped but not in a twee way; they're luxurious looking, and to top it off they're by Alexis Bittar, the celebrated New York designer beloved of big names from Cameron Diaz to Michelle Obama. Also worth checking out are some of his cocktail rings, which are just the right side of bling.
BUY: €135, available at Brown Thomas, see brownthomas.com
Let this Christmas be all about luxurious lounging - and if they're sufficiently fancy, you can even wear them on a night out
Store gift-wrapping services
Sometimes the primary reason that you buy your Christmas presents in certain shops
Aid Action's Christmas CD
The Swedish section of the charity has put together an album of goats singing carols, and it's brilliant!
The Danish concept of 'cosiness' is said to be the secret to happiness. Pass the fleecy socks now
Festive wedding bells
Rory and Erica, Eva Longoria and her man - everyone loves a Christmas engagement
Flavoured popcorn gone mad
Frankly, the idea of a Tabasco-infused corn is a little frightening
An ever-present hazard when you go out with your list of presents to buy and return with lovely items for yourself
Star Wars comedown
Now that it's finally in cinemas, can we all just relax?
Let she who has never had a bad hair day cast the first stone at Cheryl Cole and her on-show clip-in extensions
A big trend, which look better on a four-poster bed than a person