Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
After the huge success that was their autumn/winter collection, design duo Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney have launched their latest collection at Dunnes Stores. Once again, this is a sophisticated range full of workwear solutions that are elegant enough to take you into cocktail hour.
The collection, called Inspire, is dedicated to the women who have influenced Sonya and Brendan, from their mums to friends and creative types. And there's lots to love about Inspire, from its colour pops to the fact that lots of the clothes have pockets.
BUY: Prices from €79, available at Dunnes Stores nationwide and at dunnesstores.com
Look good and do good tomorrow at Dublin's Brown Sugar and Sugar Cubed which are offering 25pc off all blow-dries, up-styles, make-up and nails in their salons in Dublin's South William Street, Blackrock and Ranelagh. All proceeds on the day go to supporting Childline as well as Zoe Lonergan, a four-year-old suffering juvenile arthritis and who needs to travel to the UK for treatment. DETAILS: See brownsugar.ie
Keep it country
Some of the biggest names from country music are coming together next weekend for the Country to Country 2016 festival. American mega stars including Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Dwight Yoakam and Eric Church are just some names taking to the stage over three consecutive days, Friday 11, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March, in the 3Arena. Former American Idol winner Carrie, who is performing on Sunday is likely to prove one of the biggest draws, with her Storyteller tour has been a wall-to-wall sellout. BOOK: Tickets from €59.50 available from Ticketmaster
Calling all contouring queens and HD brow lovers. If you're interested in new beauty products, innovative treatments, the latest trends and getting expert advice, a visit to Irish Beauty Show next Sunday and Monday in the RDS is a must-visit. As well as making possible savings on beauty purchases, you can also see what the big name brands are up, from Benefit to Cocoa Brown. There are also lectures and demon, as well as the Irish National Nail Tournament where you can see lots of up and coming nail artist ply their trade. DETAILS: Admissions prices from €10-€30. http://www.irishbeauty.ie
If your little ones have the fashion sensibilities of Harper Beckham then they won't want to miss Arnotts' Children's Fashion Weekend. Taking place today and tomorrow at the Dublin store, it will see fashion shows happening throughout the day, as well as face painting, Irish Fairy Stories and dance performances by The Leah Moran Stage School. Artist Connor Merriman will also be there to sketch mothers and their children from 12 noon to 3.30pm.
Irish costume jewellery brand Aliquo captures fashion's geometric trend in 'Sides' - a gold plated collection with simple geometric lines each featuring a tiny Swarovski crystal. We love these 1970s-style geometric gold earrings, €50, with sapphire crystals. BUY: Available at Om Diva, 27 Drury Street, Dublin 2 and online at aliquo.ie
Caffeine and puppies sound like a potentially dangerous combination, but if you fancy bringing your pooch along while you put some more wag in your own tail then the newly opened Pupp on Dublin's Clanbrassil Street is for you. The café's menu is simple but tasty and it also houses a dog boutique so you can pick up some designer doggie treats.
DETAILS: 37 Clanbrassil St Lower, Dublin 8. See pupp.ie
Who needs London or Milan when our homegrown design talent is being celebrated in the west? Galway Fashion Week includes a Model Walk, where 60 models will take over Galway to display designs from students at Galway Technical Institute. Another highlight is the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards, taking place at the Radisson Blu Hotel on Thursday, where a short-list of Ireland's most creative designers will go head-to-head for titles such as Accessory Designer of the Year. Special guests on the night include design stars Mariad Whisker and Heidi Higgins.
DETAILS: Tickets for the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards, including goodie bag and after party, cost from €35. See goldenegg.ie/events for more.
There are some amazing films lined up for the Cork French Film Festival, which opens tomorrow. A must for Francophiles and cinéphiles alike, the screenings include the fabulous Dior and I, which follows designer Raf Simmons for the eight weeks before he launches his first haute couture collection. Also showing is Mustang, Deniz Gamze's Oscar-nominated directorial debut about sisterhood.
DETAILS: See corkfrenchfilmfestival.com for the full festival line-up.