The first round of festive socialising has been completed but there's another week to go before you can hang up the party wear. If you're looking for a wow factor dress but one that won't scream 'Christmas 2015' in a few months time, gothic glamour is the way to go.
Look to shades of blue and black to make it that bit more interesting than your average LBD and nothing says party-ready like a touch of sheer and embellishment.
BUY: Dress, €150, Miss Selfridge
NYF Dublin, the three-day city festival, is now in its second year, and once again is celebrating the best in arts, music and culture. Highlights this year include the Three Countdown Concert including Fatboy Slim and The Coronas (tickets €34.50); the free Procession of Light throughout the city on the 31st, and spoken word events taking part in various locations around the city.
Should you be in need of some restorative pampering, Spirit One Spa at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway, has introduced a new treatment called The Lava Shell Relax massage which uses continual heat from shells all over the body in slow, deep moves, with its goal being to balance both mind and body.
BOOK: €89 per person, radissonhotelgalway.com
Designer Orla Kiely is one busy lady. As well as her fashion, homewares and fragrance collections, now her first ever line of watches is available at Weir & Sons. Featuring her signature retro colours and prints, you can choose from watches with her iconic stem on very thin straps, or go for extra wide straps with floral bezels. They're what every fashionable wrist should be wearing this season. BUY: From €125, available at The Fashion Rooms, Weir & Son, Grafton Street, Dublin 2
NYF Dublin, the three-day city festival is now in its second year, and once again is celebrating the best in Irish talent in arts, music and culture. Highlights this year include the Three Countdown Concert including Fatboy Slim and The Coronas on the line-up (tickets €34.50); the free Procession of Light throughout the city on the 31st, which will also include an attempt to break the record for the world's largest bodhran session and a spoken word element, taking part in various locations around the city. DETAILS: See www.NYFDublin.com for the full programme listing.
The write stuff
Before any premature fretting starts about January and the inevitable doldrums it brings, it's important to remember that it's still very much Christmas. There are probably mountains of confectionery in your house yet to be eaten and it's also acceptable to pour yourself a Baileys in the morning this week. There's also the excitement of making NY resolutions and the act of diary purchasing, which always helps making a fresh start a reality. This one from Paperchase is as pretty as it is practical.
BUY: €14, available at Arnotts and House of Fraser Dundrum, Dublin and paperchase.eu
Why not remove yourself from the melee of New Year's Eve and opt for a gourmet experience in Fallon & Byrne's Dublin city centre restaurant? For the first time, they're serving a tasting menu and some of the offerings include Irish brown crab ravioli with Sauternes crème, braised celery and fresh alba truffle; and pan-roasted monkfish, braised salsify, ramson, king oyster mushrooms with verjus. It makes for a gastronomic start to the new year.
BOOK: Tasting menu €65 for 6 courses, 11-17 Exchequer St, Dublin 2; fallonandbyrne.com
Take a break from the couch this week and watch a Christmas movie from the comfort of your car. Drive-in movies are running from tomorrow until December 31 at Tattersalls Country House, Ratoath, with three different films screened daily. There's a family-friendly matinee at 1.30pm, and classics at 5pm including Home Alone and It's a Wonderful Life. The later screenings are for grown-ups.
BOOK: €20 per car, tattersallscountryhouse.ie
A theatrical adventure comes to Dublin on January 2, with Globe to Globe Hamlet at Smock Alley Theatre. The company opened at Shakespeare's Globe, London on the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth and it aims to perform in every single country before finishing its run on the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death. Globe to Globe Hamlet, with two actors playing Hamlet, has already been performed in over 140 countries around the world, and it's fitting that it comes to Smock Alley where the renowned English actor David Garrick performed the role of Hamlet in 1743, causing such excitement that the city was affected by 'Garrick fever'.
BOOK: Tickets from €30, smockalley.com
Red Riding Hood alert
It's not really Christmas without a panto and Little Red Riding Hood at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre will have parents and children alike rolling in the aisles, as the heroine of the tale goes into the woods to Granny's cottage. Panto veteran Jo Conlon, who is celebrating 26 years in the industry, plays The Notorious Granny McGregor, while Hayley-Jo Murphy is Little Red Riding Hood. The panto was scheduled to end on January 10 but due to a huge demand, the run has been extended now until January 24.
BOOK: Tickets from €19.50, gaietytheatre.ie