Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Irish label We Are Islanders' SS16 offerings embrace a pioneering spirit, inspired by a fictional journey taken by two real-life 18th Century female explorers to a mythical island in the Atlantic.
The collection, called 'The Journey to Hy-Brasil', features hand-painted clothes made from fine-woven organic bamboo silk, and all pieces are made in Ireland using locally sourced, sustainable materials. If you're in the market for a pretty spring cover up, the Ida quilted coat (€630) works wonderfully, while the Ida grandfather shirt (€220, pictured) is a fluid hand-printed silk number for laidback chic on summer holidays.
BUY: From weareislanders.com
'Embodied' is Dublin Dance Festival's series of six new dance solos by female choreographers, representing their response to the events of 1916. Taking place in GPO Witness History Centre this Wednesday to Friday, it includes 'physical proclamations', as well as photographer Luca Truffarelli's visual documentation. With inspiration coming from sources as varied as Beyoncé and sean-nós, it's sure to be a different take on the centenary.
BOOK: Tickets €15, see dublindancefestival.ie
La dolce vita
If you fancy a midweek break to the Marble City, the Michelin-listed Ristorante Rinuccini and the four-star Kilkenny Court Hotel have launched a package to entice you there. It includes an overnight stay in the hotel, a three-course meal especially created by chef Antonio Cavaliere, followed by a full Irish (or healthy, your choice) breakfast the next day and afternoon tea in the hotel. The package costs €84pp, available Sunday to Thursday inclusive.
BOOK: See rinuccini.com and rivercourthotel.com
Kaja Skytte is a Danish designer who describes herself as "an architect with green fingers" and her creations are focussed as much on space as they are on form. Her Plant Planets - Japanese-inspired succulents on a globe of earth that you can hang anywhere in your home - are bestsellers at Dún Laoghaire's Nordic Makers. Now the store is stocking her Galaxy Globe range of mobiles (pictured). Made from marble and brass, they'll bring some planetary alignment into your home.
BUY: €65-€89, available in store and nordicmakers.com
The beautiful Carlingford Heritage Centre, a restored medieval church, is the setting for 'Sunday in Spring', a series of concerts and events running throughout April. Tomorrow, award-winning singer-songwriter Fr Liam Lawton is performing a concert called 'The Sacred and the Sublime' with liturgical and inspirational songs and music, while next Sunday playwright Peter Sheridan performs his humorous one-man-show on Ireland and the Irish. Both take place from 4-5pm.
BOOK: Tickets €12, see carlingfordheritagecentre.com
Footwear has gotten seriously exciting this season, especially now House of Fraser has introduced its new Biba capsule collection. The label - which enjoyed cult status when it launched in the 1960s - is all about easy glamour, and the collection features leopard print heels, peep-toe print courts and stylish wedges.
BUY: Maren caged sandals, €105, Biba, available at House of Fraser, Dundrum Town Centre and at houseoffraser.co.uk
It's an American tradition we've taken to with relish - the baby shower is now on par with the hen party as a life event. Limerick Strand Hotel's newly-launched baby shower afternoon tea includes sandwiches, pastries and a glass of bubbles or mocktail, for €18 per person. They'll help you coordinate the event with a mix of blue or pink accessories too.
DETAILS: Pre-booking essential, strandhotellimerick.ie
If seafood is your thing, mark Sunday, April 24 on your calendar. It sees the 6th annual All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off take place in the country's gourmet capital - Kinsale, Co Cork. The event is part of the two-day Taste the Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival, an open-air street market with food stalls, live music and family-friendly entertainment. The chowder cook-off itself takes place in Actons Hotel from 2pm-4pm, and will see over 30 chefs from all over Ireland will compete to win the title for best chowder. Best of all, for €15 you can purchase a card which will entitle you to sample each one!
DETAILS: See kinsalerestaurants.com
Author Kevin Barry, poet Liz Lochhead and Rod Nordland - Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and Kabul bureau chief for The New York Times - are just some of the names on the line-up for Cork World Book Fest 2016. Taking place from Tuesday to Saturday, revolution is at the core of this year's festival and the opening event, 'The Poet's Rising: World Voices', reflects the fact that four of the seven signatories of the Proclamation were poets. Next Saturday, comedian and author Maeve Higgins (pictured) will be bringing her unique brand of humour to the festival and discussing her new book.
DETAILS: For the full festival line-up, see constantreader.ie
Ice cream sandwiches
Set to be this summer's biggest food trend - make yours with a doughnut for maximum indulgence.
Bear with us... according to new book The Miracle Morning, it will help you lose weight, be less stressed and generally become a huge success.
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Although everything we want from her curated M&S line has already sold out.
Spring/summer's cheapest wardrobe update because no one knows if yours is Penneys or Proenza Schouler.
Colin Farrell's hair
The slicked back look is really working for him in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
'What are you eating?'
Love the programme. Hate the way you can never knowingly consume a chicken fillet baguette or a cheap sausage again.
Victoria Beckham's Photoshop fail
Has her thigh been cropped out or is it the shadow from her dress? Either way, enough already.
Interview/wedding guest/big occasion dressing
These are all situations where you're guaranteed to lose your sense of self and panic-buy a pair of nude court shoes.
New Bruce Springsteen tickets
If you'd already resigned yourself to not seeing him in Croker, the scramble commences again.
Very on-trend but fail to disguise black eye bags and other imperfections the way a giant pair of dark sunnies do.