Sunday 17 December 2017

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

It's a wrap

Gorden Scarf, €165 at
Gorden Scarf, €165 at
Paddy Casey
Tayto painting
Mac's Lady Danger
Souvenir Jacket
Easter eggs
Scented Candles
Georgia McGurk
Sean O'Brien

Fashion 'rules' change so quickly that the minute you're applauding yourself on your midi skirt purchase, you find that all the cool girls are sporting 1960s-style A-line minis.

Those rules don't apply to cashmere however, which never loses its cachet. Irish designer Sian Jacobs' creations are covetable and always compliment-provoking. This Gorden scarf - which is half cashmere, half wool with a sugar pink base and a red and black check - is just the kind of thing to drape around yourself when you want to wear your jeans and a tee but with a nod to style.

BUY: Scarf €165,

Crack the case

Aside from its beautiful environs, there's another reason to visit Powerscourt Estate in Wicklow on Monday. Its Easter Hoppenings event is taking place and Imaginosity, the Dublin's Children Museum, is in situ for the event where families work together to figure out clues, solve riddles and take part in a variety of Easter challenges.

DETAILS: Adult tickets €9.50; children's tickets €6,

Horses for courses

Sure what else would you do of an Easter weekend except have a flutter on the gee-gees and don your loveliest fascinator? As well as three days of racing, there's live music from Paddy Casey and Sharon Shannon and lots of family-oriented fun. The Fairyhouse Easter Festival is also marking the Rising and festival-goers can enjoy a recreation of the 1916 Easter race.

DETAILS: March 27-29,

Spice up your life

Mexican food has been and still is one of the hottest culinary trends in recent years. Join in at burrito chain Zambrero, which has just opened its first European store on Dublin's Hatch Street. As well as its menu of healthy modern Mexican fare, for every burrito or bowl sold, Zambrero donates a meal to someone in need via its Plate4Plate charity.

DETAILS: Vault 9, The Station House, Park Place, Hatch Street.

Imagine that

Seven concerts and an impressive array of creatives form the basis of Imagining Home, a series of events taking place in the National Concert Hall from March 28 to April 3. Inspired by the 1916 Proclamation, Imagining Home is about Ireland's cultural journey over the last 100 years as well as its future. Performers include Glen Hansard, Camille O'Sullivan and John Banville - all unmissable. BOOK: Tickets from €22.50,

The sweetest thing

Don't let tomorrow's chocolate gluttony stop you from getting on board with the latest sweet trend. Celeb fave Sugarfina - which counts Leo DiCaprio and Sofia Vergara among its fans - is new this month to Harvey Nichols stores. The high-end US candy range includes a Gummy Bears box, with flavours such as Heavenly Sours and Peach Bellini promising the highest of sugar rushes.

BUY: From from €23.47, available from Harvey Nichols, Dundrum, Dublin and

Gallery gazing

The Irish Design Gallery, which opened its first premises in Wicklow's Powerscourt, now has another establishment at dlr Lexicon Dún Laoghaire. The work of over 40 local designers, artists, photographers and crafters are all on sale here, and everything is made within a 50-mile radius of Dún Laoghaire. There's a lot to love here, especially pop artist Orla Walsh's Tayto paintings.

DETAILS: dlr Lexicon Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin,


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Mac's Lady Danger

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New Louis Theroux

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Choc hangover anticipation

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Souvenir jackets for men

Souvenir Jacket

It takes a confident and fashion forward man to wear one but they're a breath of fresh air in a sea of parkas, peacoats and hoodies.

Twitter staying at 140 characters

Not being increased as was rumoured. But we have so much more to say!

Purchase pique

The anger felt when an item of clothing you thought - unreasonably - would be life-changing doesn't even fit you.

Cheap scented candles

Scented Candles

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WhatsApp proposals

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An off-the-market Irish rugby team

Sean O'Brien

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Georgia McGurk

Irish Independent

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