With culottes, jumpsuits, midi skirts and luxe joggers flooding the shops, dresses haven't felt like an exciting choice of late, but vintage-inspired printed gúnas are gaining currency again - see Cate Blanchett and Alexa Chung for inspo.
We love tea dresses which are the easiest of summer wear, requiring little accessorising and which work as well with flats and trainers as they do with heels.
BUY: Vivian tulip dress, €59, from Carousel, 20 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 and at ilovecarousel.com
Beer lovers are convening in Killarney this weekend for the Killarney Beerfest, a three-day celebration of tastings, demos, meet-the-brewer events, food and beer tastings and live entertainment. Don't worry if beer isn't your thing because there is whiskey, gin and cider to sample too.
If you fancy flexing your sea legs, Ballynahinch Castle in Connemara has a package to tempt you. The 'Islands and Lobster Experience' here includes a three-hour trip to the deserted island of Inishlacken where you can pull up some lobster pots and fish for mackerel, finishing up in Roundstone for a spot of lunch. The package, which also includes two nights' bed and breakfast, costs €255 per person.
Strong and contemporary are the words to best describe Eva Dorney's jewellery designs. The trained goldsmith, who works from her studio in Dublin 14, specialises in engagement rings and handmade wedding bands, as well as bespoke creations and her own jewellery line. The latter includes a u-shaped sterling silver ring, with a freshwater cream pearl, which is made to order and can be customised.
BUY: Ring, €125, evadorney.com
You know summer has arrived when Ireland's biggest gardening festival rolls around again. Bloom (June 2-6 in Phoenix Park) is now in its 10th year and, as ever, it's a chance to immerse yourself in beautiful garden designs and get up to speed on the latest horticultural trends. There's a solid programme of child-friendly events and a lively food scene with a host of celebrity chefs including Neven Maguire and Paul Flynn. New to the Food Village this year is a fresh food market with meat, poultry fruit and veg for sale.
DETAILS: Tickets from €18, bloominthepark.com
Coming up roses
Brooke & Shoal's founder Alison Banton's passion for fragrance was inspired by the scent of her great-aunt Mollie's rose garden. Her Wicklow-made candles are now sold all over Ireland, the UK and Europe. For a real sense of the Irish countryside, Brooke & Shoal's Elderflower, Rhubarb and Rose candle is a divine mix of sweet and heady fragrances, with up to 45 hours of burn time. The Sweet Pea and Roses candle is another floral delight.
BUY: €18.95; brookeandshoals.ie
All about Alice
The visual feast that is new movie Alice Through the Looking Glass opened in cinemas yesterday and, to complement this, the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin has a special Wonderland Afternoon Tea (€45). It includes a Queen of Hearts yoghurt mousse and a Kir Royale with 'Drink me' label. Brown Thomas Dublin is also marking the film's opening with a pop-up in collaboration with chocolatier Charbonnel et Walker. Running until June 13, there will be a first edition of Lewis Carroll's Through The Looking Glass And What Alice Found There for sale.
DETAILS: TheShelbourne.ie; brownthomas.com
Some of Ireland and the UK's leading practitioners in tai chi, chi kung, meditation and yoga are gathering together for the Infinite Arts Festival, taking place in Millstreet Country Park, Cork, next Saturday. Throughout the course of the day, attendees can take part in workshops of their choice, with the ultimate goal being to achieve balance and harmony in life. There are also demonstrations, live music and plenty of opportunities to meet the teachers, while the setting itself, with its lake and mountain backdrop, is lovely. BOOK: Adult tickets from €65, theinfinitearts.com
Three days of family fun is promised at Riverfest, taking place along Dublin's North Wall Quay next weekend. Four tall ships and four schooners are arriving and will be open for public visits. Other water-based events include free tours of the Jeanie Johnston, river kayaking, wakeboarding demonstrations and trips on MV St Bridget as well as food and craft markets, maritime demonstrations and street theatre. Back by popular demand are the tug boat dances which proved to be a huge success last year.
A bit fiddly to make but worth it for their health-giving properties.
'Love & Friendship'
Kate Beckinsale is brilliant in what is probably the best ever film adaptation of a Jane Austen novel.
Tiger's reading glasses
Just the right side of hipster and a bargain €4.
Adele's bank balance
What's not to like about a new €115m deal with Sony?
Courtney Cox in the wild
The Friends star is making her way to Ireland this summer to take part in Bear Grylls' reality TV show and it might be the only time you'll ever see her without a perfect blow-dry.
Rihanna's Billboard Music Award outfits
Nul points for the singer's '80s-style power dress and subsequent giant green fur stole.
Maxi skirt misadventures
Wearing them on bicycles is not big and not clever.
Enough already. Can everyone just agree that it has to be Tom Hiddleston?
When you didn't get around to booking tickets and now everything is sold out or you can't get the time off.
When did €12 become the standard charge for a plate of gussied up eggs on toast?