Friday 13 December 2019

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

Shades of spring

Wrap skirt, €89; silk top, €135
Wrap skirt, €89; silk top, €135
Turner Watercolours at the National Gallery
Little Diamond Light, €395,
€32.99; available at Parfois stores in Dublin, Limerick and Cork and online at
Carol McGonell -
Chris Hadfield
Cliff House Townhouse
Swatch 'Lucky Monkey' watch
Cate Blanchett
Gym shoes
Alicia Vikander
Brad Pitt with Ryan Gosling.

If you're struggling to find reasons to be cheerful this month, new season fashion trends, from bold multicoloured stripes to bold florals, are giving some colour to an otherwise dreary month.

Pretty pastels are big for 2016, with Pantone declaring rose quartz one of its colours of the year, and shades of blush, sandstone and salmon are the perfect antidote to January dreariness. The always affordable, ever directional high-street store COS has risen to the occasion this season with some beautiful separates that will see you right through to the summer months.

BUY: Wrap skirt, €89; silk top, €135;

Plenty of fish

Cliff House Townhouse

Chef Sean Smith at Dublin's The Cliff Townhouse is hoping to change the way we eat fish with a special daily lunch and dinner offering for the month of January. Diners will get to try a fish that they may not have eaten before and the restaurant will also be posting information online about these fish and how to cook them. Also, Sean will be hosting a seafood masterclass on January 27, which includes a glass of bubbly and a seafood tasting.

BOOK: Class €25pp; 22 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2;

Annual art

There are just over two weeks left to catch the JMW Turner exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland, whose celebrated watercolours go on display each year for the month of January only. This has been the tradition since Henry Vaughan bequeathed 31 of Turner's watercolours and drawings to the gallery, with the proviso that they would only be displayed in January when light levels are at their lowest to preserve them.

DETAILS: Free admission;

Monkey business

The Chinese New Year, which falls on February 8, brings the Year of the Monkey and those who fall under this zodiac sign (that's if you were born in 1968, 1980 and 1992) are said to be smart, lucky and very sociable. Whether you're a monkey, or you just enjoy aping around, Swatch has created the Lucky Monkey, featuring the Monkey King, a hero from a 17th-century Chinese fantasy novel.

BUY: €70, available in Swatch stores or stockists nationwide.

Rising above

A new exhibition by Dublin City Library and Archive, Citizens in Conflict, is a fascinating look at how ordinary people were affected by the 1916 Rising. Featuring eye-witness accounts and newly acquired sources, including the Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance logbook for Tara Street, it commemorates the many civilians who were killed during the Rising. BOOK: Free entry; runs June 25; Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

Bag it up

There's a theory that women are obsessed with handbags because unlike clothes, they'll never have to worry about having to fit into them. There could be a small element of truth in this, but for the most part handbag love is to do with the fact that they are the repositories of our lives. We love this stylish mustard one from Parfois, a perfect colour pop for black or navy outfits and big enough to carry a multitude.

BUY: €32.99; available at Parfois stores in Dublin, Limerick and Cork and online at

Light fantastic

Our appetite for Scandinavian chic continues unabated and at Nordic Makers, the design and furniture company based in Dún Laoghaire, there's a lot to tempt lovers of the clean simple lines of Nordic design. New in store for January are Omana Finish products including the Little Diamond light. A metallic diamond with visible bulb, it will add serious cool to any space in your home.

BUY: €395;

Next weekend...

Captive audience

Carol McGonell -

Get your year off to a musical and cultural high note with Music for Galway Midwinter Festival, at the Town Hall Theatre, January 22-24. This year's festival is called 'Captive' and it's exploring themes of activity through music, film, literature and theatre - there are three separate events taking place over the weekend. Highlights include a talk by leading human rights lawyer Professor William Schabas and performances from NYC-based chamber ensemble Decoda, which includes clarinet player Carol McGonell (pictured).

DETAILS: Tickets: €20/€16/€6; festival ticket: €55/45;

Rocket man

He's Ireland's favourite astronaut and now fans of Colonel Chris Hadfield can see him next Sunday at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre for one night. The author of bestsellers An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth and You are Here will speak for 90 minutes about life in space, as well as showing rarely seen videos from his personal collection. And of course, given that he is such a fan of the sadly departed David Bowie, a rendition of Space Oddity is likely to be on the cards.

BOOK: Tickets from €25-€110;


Everything Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander

Her Louis Vuitton wardrobe, her boyfriend Michael Fassbender and her acting skills.

Making a Murderer Season 2

Should the rumour be true that the Netflix docuseries might return, a lot of people are going to be very happy.

The '90s revival

Between the return of the crop top and Massive Attack playing the Olympia this week, it's all happening.

The cold snap

Looking on the bright side, getting dressed is so much easier when everything revolves around layering, jumpers and shearling boots.

Brad Pitt's youthful appearance

Brad Pitt with Ryan Gosling.

Brad Pitt (right) with Ryan Gosling

If this is what 52 looks like, bring it on.


January dishevelment

When you have neither the money nor the inclination to go to the hairdressers or get your eyebrows sorted.

Cate Blanchett's fashion fail

Cate Blanchett

Much as it pains us to criticise the usually impeccably stylish Ms B, her love-it-or-hate-it Givenchy frock at the Golden Globes wasn't a great idea.

Leaving Facebook

Initially exhilarating until you realise you won't know when anybody's birthday is.

Overlong films

Even avid fans of Tarantino may find his latest flick The Hateful Eight with a running time of over three hours just a tad lengthy.

Gym gear guilt

You've shelled out on stylish new leggings and cool trainers but haven't actually gotten around to using them yet.

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