Tuesday 21 November 2017

Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend

The right stripes

Dress, €29.99 from New Look
Dress, €29.99 from New Look
Inchydoney spa and resort
Green snowball spray flowers, €21.00; dust.ie
A design from Ciara Reynolds - ciarareynoldsdesign.com
Young scientist exhibition returns.
David Bowie
Earrings, €49; stelladot.eu
Italian Job: Angelina's at 55 Percy Place, Dublin 4, Ireland; angelinas.ie
Blanket Scarf
Back to work
Made in Chelsea
Yoda - part of Star Wars mania
Roz Pucell's holiday Instagram pic

The average weight gain over Christmas is 5lb. The short-term solution is to base your wardrobe around over-sized sweaters and comfy pants. The medium-to-long term answer is to up your exercise and lower your food intake.

But the fast fashion fix is to embrace the vertical stripe, which not only makes your look slimmer but also taller. Interestingly, some scientific research has also indicated that horizontal stripes can also make your silhouette look more svelte, making this dresser a winner on all counts.

BUY: Dress, €29.99 from New Look, available in store and online this week

The Italian job

The new Italian kid on the block is Angelina's, which recently opened off Baggot Street in Dublin 4. Its ethos is simple food made with the best ingredients, and all in an informal dining atmosphere. Dishes to try include the beef bresaola, aged for three months and the monkfish fillet served in a lobster soup. The cocktail list isn't too shabby either including, what Angelina's claim to be, The Best Damn Sazerac in Ireland.

BOOK: 55 Percy Place, D4; angelinas.ie

Well deserved

What better way to throw off the vestiges of Christmas excess than a spa break? Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa in Cork is offering a Wellness package to set you on track for 2016. The two-night break includes breakfast each morning on your private balcony; an Algo body wrap and full body massage in the hotel's spa and access to the heated sea water pool, gym, sauna and steam room.

BOOK: From €279 per person sharing, inchydoneyisland.com

Citrus burst

These Pavilion earrings from Stella & Dot's new spring collection can be separated so that you can wear the studs alone as a colour pop of yellow, or extended to become statement chandeliers. Made from hand-cut, semi-precious howlite stones set in semi-shiny gold, they're the perfect accessory to get you into a spring-like state of mind. There's also a matching pendant, which is similarly versatile and can be worn long or short. BUY: €49, stelladot.eu

Visual feast

A compelling exhibition awaits visitors at VISUAL Carlow. Just Left of Copernicus sees Irish artist Niamh McCann collaborate with architects to create an 8m-high sculpture, which mimics the skin of the moon. Made from interlocking cardboard pieces that visitors can walk through, the exhibit is here until the end of January before touring to the Limerick City Gallery of Art. DETAILS: visualcarlow.ie

Say my name

Something personalised is always appreciated when it comes to gifting so if you have a friend's new arrival to celebrate or his or her birthday to mark (and remember, people with January birthdays really get hard done by when it comes to presents), check out Ciara Reynolds Design. The Leitrim-born, Dublin-based architect and illustrator specialises in bespoke stationery and prints. Each illustration features personalised elements, customised to your requirements resulting in a most memorable and unique gift.

BUY: €35; ciarareynoldsdesign.com

Faux fabulous

Anyone under the illusion that faux flowers are a bit rubbish should think again. The extremely cool London-based interiors designer Abigail Ahern is a huge fan of faux plants and has taken them from lame to luxe. Closer to home, Irish company Dust has a range of stunning faux flowers including peonies, eucalyptus sprays and green mimosas. As well as being on trend, the advantage is that you'll never have to change the water or throw out rotting, malodorous blooms.

BUY: Green snowball spray, €21, dust.ie

Next weekend...

Absolute Bowie

Before we induce an apoplexy in David Bowie fans, it's important to note that the great man himself will not actually be making an appearance at the Grand Social next weekend. Nonetheless he will presumably be at the Dublin venue in spirit as some of his greatest hits are celebrated over the weekend. Irish band Rebel Rebel play a two-hour show of all his classics on Saturday and Gerry Leonard, aka Spooky Ghost, Bowie's guitarist and musical director, will be interviewed before taking to the stage on Sunday.

DETAILS: Tickets from €12; The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1. thegrandsocial.ie

Curious minds

The annual BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in Dublin's RDS will run from January 6-9. Four exhibition halls will be filled with 550 science and technology projects from hundreds of students around the country. The event attracts over 40,000 people - it's come a long way since its inception in 1965. The winner of that first competition, John Monaghan, just recently retired as Chief Executive Officer of Californian-based biotech company Avigen.

DETAILS: Tickets €12 per adult, €6 per child, family ticket for two adults and three children costing €25;




Voucher shopping

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New Year resolution deferral

Because you'd be crazy to start them on a weekend, right?

Christmas tree countdown

The end of pine needle Hoovering is in sight with only four more days until you can officially take it down.

Blanket scarves

Toasty, chic and the perfect post-Christmas weight gain cover-up.

Embracing the dryathlon

Hello clear eyes and skin; good-bye remorse and malfunctioning liver.

Star wars mania

The force has not only awakened but it continues right through to January. There's no end in sight!


Winter cold complexion

It's not just the red nose and bloodshot eyes, but the hideous grey pallor too.


Great in theory, but Kim Kardashian's new emoji app has left fans disappointed as it turns out they don't work on Whatsapp.


Irish actor Aidan Turner set pulses racing yet again with another topless appearance in a BBC TV drama. Who needs a wardrobe department?

Made in Chelsea

We don't know about you, but we're not sure we can take any more eye-rolling and long awkward pauses.

Back-to-work it is

What is this keyboard thing? Where is my remote control and my box of Heroes?

Celeb winter holidays

The envy we feel because we're not in the Maldives, or Thailand in the case of model Roz Purcell, and the fact we don't have a bikini body either is unbearable.

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