Sunday 18 March 2018

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

Double up

Co-ords and florals: Jacket, €70 and trousers, €50;
Co-ords and florals: Jacket, €70 and trousers, €50;
Scarf, €125, Susannah Grogan, available at Brown Thomas, Arnotts.
That Beats Banagher
Burren in Bloom
Declan O'Rourke
Mick Conneely
Claire Danes at the Met Gala
Josh Olin for the June edition of British Vogue/PA Wire
Avocado rose. Photo: Instagram @secretsquirrelfood
Diptyque's Eau des Sens

Co-ords and florals are two of fashion's current obsessions and they're very much the cornerstones of a new collaboration between high street store Wallis and print queen, designer Hermione de Paula, which launches next week.

This is easy breezy elegance and proof that we have fallen in love with the matchy-matchy look all over again and this would make for a stylish and unusual wedding guest outfit. And of course, both items can be paired with other things on occasions when you don't feel like going head-to-toe in prints.

BUY: Jacket, €70 and trousers, €50;

Wild things

Learning festival Burren in Bloom, which runs until May 18, celebrates the annual arrival of the area's spectacular wildflowers. There are myriad walks, talks and demonstrations taking place in venues all around the Burren: tomorrow sees a guided afternoon walk through the Burren National Park and on Monday, a talk on the scents of the Burren, by Burren Perfumery, is a highlight.


Get in tune

Westport has itself a brand new festival this year. The Acoustic Yard Singer-Songwriter's festival takes place this weekend, with acts including Declan O'Rourke and Bap Kennedy. There are a number of free gigs and the festival ends on a high note with another free event in Matt Molloy's Yard Bar tomorrow with many artists from the weekend performing. DETAILS:

Star buy

Painful as you might find this but the time has come to put away the large, chunky Marni-esque necklaces. This season's jewellery is all about the delicate, the simple and the understated, particularly when it comes to necklaces. If this doesn't appeal to your maximalist inclinations, you can always try layering a few, but do try and remember the Chanel dictate: elegance is refusal.

BUY: Star necklace, €80, available from

Future of food

ARTMEATFLESH is the intriguingly entitled event taking place at Smock Alley, Dublin this Thursday, as part of the Science Gallery's ongoing exhibition, Field Test. Two teams of artists, scientists and philosophers will be pitted against each other in a live cook-off, to be judged by the taste-testing audience. It promises to be fun and unpredictable - and you are advised to bring chewing gum, just in case some dishes aren't palate pleasers.

BOOK: Tickets €12/€8.

It's a wrap

If we have learnt anything from Coachella, it is the powers of a jaunty little neck scarf to give any look certain insouciance. Even better if it clashes with whatever else you're wearing. How you tie it is up to you, whether in a roll or a knot but the brighter the better. Scarf tying is, alas, a knack that can take some practise to get adept at, but that's what YouTube tutorials are for. Alterntatively, you can always tie it to your handbag.

BUY: Scarf, €125, Susannah Grogan, available at Brown Thomas, Arnotts. See

Stolen moments

WB Yeats' poem, The Stolen Child, is the inspiration for a beautiful exhibition currently taking place at Dun Laoghaire Art Gallery. Voyagers by Wicklow-based artist Ann Marie Webb, who has exhibited frequently in the RHA and around the world, is also informed by poetry, her personal history and emigration to explore what a sense of place might be.

SEE: Running until May 14;

Next weekend...

An Offaly big adventure

The links between Jane Eyre author Charolotte Brontë and her curate husband, Arthur Nicholls Bell, are the focus of this year's That Beats Banagher Festival in Co Offaly. The couple stayed here for a period in 1854 and there are Brontë-themed readings and a 'Tea with Charlotte' creative writing workshop taking place. There are also craft drop-in sessions, pageant re-enactments and the Sionn Mhara, the Banagher long boat, will be moored and open to public all weekend.

DETAILS: Taking place 13-15 May;

Trad times

The seaside town of Skerries, Co Dublin, is playing host to the Skerries Traditional Music Weekend, taking place May 13-15. Concerts, tutoring and pub sessions are all on the agenda with artists including Mary Bergin, Con 'Fada' Ó Drisceoil and Mick Conneely (below) making their appearances. Irish folk music group Beoga, who the Wall Street Journal described as the best trad music band to emerge from Ireland this century, will be performing and on Saturday night, it's time to put on your dancing shoes for the Kilfenora Céilí Band.


Mick Conneely




The nutty superfood we're happy to get on board with, especially with eggs. Quinoa be gone.


Fashion sorts are championing the shade as the new neutral to be seen in. Can also be described as 'mocha'.

Summer citrus scents

Diptyque's Eau des Sens

Topping the wish list is Diptyque's spicy, orangey Eau des Sens.

Radiohead's online disappearance

The band's website is gone and so has all their social media, but the rumour is that this their new album release is imminent - happy days.

Claire Danes at The Met Ball

Claire Danes at the Met Gala

Wowing in fibre optic Zac Posen. This is how red carpet dressing should be done people!


Al fresco dining

Fabulous when it's actually sunny, and there are no flies or freak gusts of wind and the table isn't wonky, but when do all those planets ever align?

Kate Middleton's Vogue cover

Josh Olin for the June edition of British Vogue/PA Wire

Yes she looks lovely but the glamour deficit is a little disappointing.

Cold shoulder top conundrums

Is it acceptable office wear, and if you wear a jacket over it are you defeating the purpose?

Avocado roses

Avocado rose. Photo: Instagram @secretsquirrelfood

As if we hadn't already hit Peak Avo, Instagram is now telling us that we fashion them into flowers.

Ghostbusters, the remake

If the trailer is any indication, not even Tina Fey and a shirtless Chris Hemsworth can save this.

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