Wednesday 22 November 2017

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

Nice and neutral

Jumper €45; skirt, €43; sandals €85, available from River Island
Jumper €45; skirt, €43; sandals €85, available from River Island
Jordi Murphy has teamed up with Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel.
Getting crafty
Knockranny House -
Lazy Susan set, €35; John Rocha at Debenhams
Kinvara Skincare
Mick O'Dea is famed for his portraiture and his new exhibition at Dublin's Royal Hibernian Academy runs until February 21
Hayfield Manor
Golden berries
Jumper dress
Sun holiday
Gym rage is a January phenomenon.

After a month of being suffocated by sequins, it's a relief to leave the sartorial excess behind and tentatively take a step towards spring, with more functional fashion.

There's lots to love about the new season's fashion (although the leg-of-mutton sleeves filtering down from the catwalks might take some getting used to) but in the main it's all about casual elegance. River Island has a strong take on utilitarian chic this season with simple shirt dresses, jumpers with ethnic detailing and pencil skirts in suedette, all of which are hero buys for 2016.

BUY: Jumper, €45; skirt, €43; sandals, €85, available from River Island

Up your game

Want to get fit for 2016? Why not be guided by an Irish rugby player? Flanker Jordi Murphy has teamed up with Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel to devise an intensive three-month membership, which promises to transform your body and mind. The programme includes a weekly one-on-one session with a personal trainer, tailored food plans, weight monitoring and access to all classes and facilities at the The Health Club in the hotel.

BOOK: Three-month programme, €600 per person.

Get crafty

Tick both 'digital detox' and 'learn new skill' off your resolutions list by paying a visit to Eason's on Dublin's O'Connell Street. The store has just launched a Craftworks area, which is packed with supplies for all sorts of crafty pursuits, from card-making to sugar craft, as well as boasting a huge selection of knitting wools. Beware the temptation to post the results on Pinterest though!

DETAILS: 40 O'Connell Street Lower, Dublin;

Soothe operator

Winter skin tends to be problematic but Galway-based skincare brand Kinvara can help you achieve your best skin at this time of year. Free from nasties like parabens, artificial colours and perfumes, its capsule skincare collection includes the award-winning Absolute Cleansing Oil and Rosehip Face Serum. The Active Rosehip Day Cream has a matte finish and can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and smells divine too.

BUY: €75,

Luxe for less

Perhaps one of your 2016 aspirations is to be more judicious and less spendy when it comes to fashion. Or maybe you have a wardrobe brimming with items that you just don't wear. In either case, StyleJump is worth checking out. The website and pop-up shop buys and sells pre-loved designer clothes and high-end accessories with plenty of bargains to be had.

DETAILS: 24a South Lotts Road, Dublin 4;

Gather round

While not in the same category as fondue sets, there's still something kitsch about a lazy Susan. Current interiors trends consider that a rather good thing. As well as adding an element of fun to dining, there are other creative uses for a spinning centrepiece too - use it as a cheese platter or even to organise stationery on a desktop.

BUY: Lazy Susan set, €35; John Rocha at Debenhams

Spa salvation

At this time of year, we can all do with a helping hand and Knockranny House Hotel & Spa in Westport is coming to the rescue with its two-hour detox treatment at its Spa Salveo. It's designed to stimulate circulation and drain the lymphatic system to help get rid of Christmas toxins and starts with a Himalayan salt exfoliation to remove dead cells. This is followed by a warm Dead Sea mud treatment and a 'Slim and Sassy' wrap with essential oils.

BOOK: Detox treatment, €135; two night's accommodation from €109 pps and weekends from €169 pps;

Next week...

Shopping with style

Five-star hotel Hayfield Manor in Cork is offering the chance to catch the last of the sales and stock your spring wardrobe in style with its overnight shopping package. You can avail of a complimentary transfer from the hotel to Cork city centre and then get expert advice from a personal shopper at Brown Thomas. Afterwards, you can revive yourself with a four-course dinner in Perrotts Garden Bistro, or Orchids fine dining restaurant at the hotel and the next day, have a full Irish breakfast before checkout.

BOOK: Overnight package from €268 per room, subject to availability,

Anniversary art

Irish artist Mick O'Dea is famed for his portraiture and his new exhibition at Dublin's Royal Hibernian Academy centres on the 1916 Rising. O'Dea, who has won many awards, says that he has no desire to interpret the events of the Rebellion so his work - which draws on documentary sources from the time - does not embellish or change history. With the exhibition opening on January 14, visitors to the gallery can expect to see art which highlights the destruction of war, albeit in a beautiful way.

DETAILS: Admission free, running until February 21. 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2;


Golden berries

The South American fruit that's set to become your new favourite superfood.

Free weekends

After December's insanity, how wonderful to have two whole days when you're not obliged to shop or meet anybody?

Holiday fantasies

There's a very good reason why January is the most popular month to book your getaway.

Wardrobe culls

So satisfying and so life-affirming when your clothing collection becomes a manageable size.

Sweater dresses

The nearest you can get sartorially to leaving the house wearing a duvet.


Low-rise trousers

This is one new season trend that everybody can do without.

Award season hoopla

The Oscar nominations are due to be announced on Thursday and already we're bored.

Beauty salon limbo

When you can't afford to get plucked, waxed or dyed for another three weeks. Eek!

Eligible bachelors

There's been a slew of GAA weddings since Christmas, with Paul Galvin, Sean Óg Ó hAilpín and Stephen Cluxton all tying the knot.

Gym rage

When everyone's NY resolution to get fit means there isn't an elliptical trainer to be had for love nor money.

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