Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
So, you've got the metallic bomber jacket, the flatforms, the maxi floral dress and the cold shoulder top. Where to next with your spring/summer wardrobe?
It's important not to forget the basics, and COS is your one-stop-shop when it comes to those. Not 'basic' in the boring-but-necessary sense of the word, but more along the lines of great quality, classic wardrobe staples, generally given some twist, that you'll happily wear, day in and night out.
BUY: Available at 6-8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2 and cosstores.com/ie
Get a taste of Ireland's current, rich design scene at the Cloud 9 designer sale - taking place today at the Royal Society of Antiquaries Ireland - and a bargain to boot. Nine designers will be selling their wares including fashion's darling Emma Manley, jewellery designer Maria Dora Raj and queen of embellishment Jill de Búrca, and all at marked down prices.
DETAILS: Today from 10am-5pm, 63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2
This Friday sees the opening of the West Waterford Food Festival with a spotlight on some of the most exciting food talents in Ireland. On Sunday, Mickael Viljanen of The GreenHouse, Graham Neville of Restaurant Forty One and Patrick Guilbaud's Kieran Glennon are hosting a Sunday lunch showcasing their respective talents. There are also myriad food demos, workshops and a programme for children.
You're never too old - or too young - to broaden your horizons and the 13th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival is encouraging all age groups, across all kinds of abilities and interests to celebrate learning. Running from Monday until Sunday April 17, some 500 free events are taking place throughout Cork, ranging from talks to workshops and taster classes. Why not try a new skill?
Bright and bold
Jewellery trends are divided right now between a push for simple, delicate creations and all-singing, all-dancing statement pieces. In keeping with fashion's fixation on maximalism in terms of everything else at the moment, say it loud with Deborah von Metzradt's beaded pendant 'Willow' neckpiece. This piece utilises stones, crystals, freshwater pearls, polymer flowers, moonstones, amazonite and seed beads for maximum impact.
BUY: €100 available at dvmjewellery.com
Shop 'til you drop
Cork's Imperial Hotel celebrates it's 200-year anniversary this year and to celebrate the hotel has had a luxurious make-over, making it the perfect time to visit the rebel city for a shopping break. Get two nights' accommodation, breakfast and dinner on one evening in Pembroke Restaurant, as well as a Bellini Bubbles Cocktail on arrival and a €100 shopping voucher for Brown Thomas (per couple). Then after your shopping enjoy the Post Retail Therapy Afternoon Tea, with a glass of Bollinger Champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries. Who knew heaven was in Cork?
DETAILS: From €219 PPS; flynnhotels.com/Imperial_Hotel_Cork
Big day out
If you're in the process of planning a wedding, the Wedding Fair, taking place at the five-star Castlemartyr Resort in Cork next Sunday should provide plenty of inspiration. Taking place from 1pm to 5pm, the hotel will be transformed into a bridal extravaganza with over 30 suppliers there on the day and the hotel's wedding team on hand to answer questions. Also at the fair will be experts to advise on bridal hair and make-up. Entrance is free and couples in attendance are also in with a chance to win a two-night stay in Castlemartyr's Presidential suite, with spa treatments.
Festival season has already kicked off in Galway, and Cuirt, the eight-day, international literary event takes place next weekend. Some big names, both in this country and internationally, will be in attendance including John Banville, Tobias Wolff, Jennifer Johnson, Joshua Ferris and Kevin Barry. One must-see for fans of dark teen thrillers is Juno Dawson (right) at Galway Arts Centre on Saturday April 23. AKA The Queen of Teen, her books have garnered rave reviews and this year her new non-fiction title, Mind Your Head, is a guide for young people for caring for their mental health. DETAILS: cuirt.ie for the full programme line-up
Zara's rain coats
Where practicality meets awesomeness, and just under €50.
50 Ways to Kill your Mammy
The good news is that Baz and mother Nancy are back filming series three, and the not-so-good is that it's the last one ever.
7am gym sessions
Effort to make them: inhuman.
Feelings of smugness: off the wall.
Beauty Blender conversion
Just another make-up sponge, you think. I don't need one you think - until you try it.
Victoria Beckham's Insta-genius
Between pics of Harper painting and her own ballet poses, she knows how to keep us coming back.
The often pseudo-healthy breakfast choice that's actually fairly dull.
Mini break temptations
We'd love one right now but affording a proper holiday down the line is more necessary.
Drew Barrymore's divorce
She and Will Koppelman seemed like such a nice couple. This makes us sad.
There are now more new restaurants to visit than budget or schedule will allow and it's just not fair!
This New York food trend might be making waves online but frankly, after Easter chocolate-overkill we can't think of anything worse.