Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
The season of occasion wear is fast approaching and it can be stressful finding an outfit that's not only appropriate and comfortable, but which also factors in the weather and will make you feel amazing (not much to ask!).
Aideen Bodkin has been many Irish women's go-to designer for these situations since 1999 and her spring collection is perfect for those in search of tailored elegance, fabulous floral prints and strong colours. One dress will see you through the summer's events, from weddings to the races.
BUY: Dress, €285, for stockists see aideenbodkin.com
Dublin City's book festival One City One Book launched yesterday and this coming month sees several events designed to make people read a book connected to the capital city. This year is actually 'Two Cities, one book', as Dublin has now partnered with Belfast and the festival's book choice this year is Fallen by Lia Mills, which is set during the Easter Rising. On the agenda are talks, walks, readings, musical events and much more.
DETAILS: For the full programme listing, see dublinonecityonebook.ie
This weekend Carlow Town comes alive to the sound of music and more at the Pan Celtic International Festival. This marking of the cultural links of the Celtic nations of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man, is celebrated through the medium of song, dance and language. There will be nightly festival clubs hosted by the different nations, as well as an extensive programme of street entertainment and free events.
When accountant Aine Breen, left Ireland to relocate to Beijing, it was jewellery design's gain. There, Aine founded the Liwu range - the name is the Chinese calligraphy letter for love. The delicate jewellery features wishes, beliefs and words written in Chinese characters. A wonderful way to give a meaningful gift with a tastefully subtle design.
BUY: Gold-plated 'Love' earrings, €79, available from liwujewellery.com
The West is crooning a siren call of foot-tapping trad this weekend with the Clifden Traditional Music Festival. Sessions are taking place all over the town, and one of the highlights is tonight's outdoor gig on Market Square featuring the acclaimed Brennan sisters from Maam. All public events are free with plenty lively street entertainment on offer.
DETAILS: For the full festival line-up, see clifdentradfest.com
The sun has got his hat on - and all because Stella McCartney's sunglasses range has arrived into The Accessories Hall at Brown Thomas. The range features the Falabella line - inspired by her much-coveted bag - as well as these oversized, cat-eyes glasses, which are one of the hottest shapes around. As with all of Stella's designs, the shades are made from environmentally-friendly materials.
BUY: Stella McCartney sunglasses, €240, Brown Thomas, brownthomas.com
Fit for a queen
Cleopatra, a woman who appreciated the power of a pampering session, is the inspiration behind the Shelbourne Hotel's new and very luxurious spa package. It includes an Egyptian cotton nourishing skin bath, a deep-cleansing rose water facial, a foot ritual, and muscle-easing back massage, all designed to leave you feeling wonderfully indulged.
BOOK: Available at €189 for 90 minutes, shelbournespa.ie
The Liminal exhibition of Irish design - which was met with international acclaim as it travelled the world - is coming to the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny from next Saturday. There until July 3, the showcase features more than 30 Irish designers, architects and studios across many disciplines. The exhibition explores the craft of collaboration and features lots of innovative works. On Saturday 16, the Knit Creatures family day - inspired by the work of exhibitor Claire Anne O'Brien - will see pre-loved jumpers are turned into new characters.
DETAILS: Admission free, book at nationalcraftgallery.ie
On the up
If you'd like to develop your artistic and practical sides, The Design House's up-cycling workshops on Dublin's Dawson Street allow you to do both - and to sip on afternoon tea at the same time. Throughout the three-hour sessions you can learn the basics of up-cycling, whether that's repairing a torn seam or finding out how to make an old item into a new on-trend garment. It's a fun introduction to a cost-effective, ethical way to re-purpose your old clothes. Plus, there's tea and delicious cakes too!
BOOK: Tickets are €67. See thedesignhouse.ie and find tickets on eventbrite.ie
The extra hour
Evenings are suddenly filling up with possibilities of walks and, whisper it, maybe even eating outside.
Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom
Not the most obvious couple you'd ever put together but they're really sweet together.
The pleasant perfume alternative that also gives you a bit of sheen. We like Nuxe's version.
Conor McGregor's world domination
When Ben Affleck says he's been influenced by you in Batman V Superman, you really know you've made it.
Adele's 'pregnancy beard' revelations
We need more of this kind of celebrity honesty.
The shine conundrum
Is your metallic outfit the right side of on-trend or do you look like a sweet wrapper?
The Kardashian Dynasty
The new book claiming that Kim's sex tape was deliberately leaked by the family. We've reached K-saturation point.
Pub quiz fails
That moment when you realise your knowledge of capital cities wasn't what it once was is humbling.
Missing The Night Manager
Now that the BBC series is over and we've already binge-watched House of Cards, what's left to light up screens?
Ridiculously big earrings
From tassels to what look like half doilies, anything that's hitting our collar bones are, frankly, a potential health hazard.