Sunday 19 November 2017

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

In good faith

Valennci Couture
Valennci Couture
Daniel Wellington Dapper Durham watch, €189, available at Weir & Sons;
Raspberry Instax Mini 8 camera
White and Green Linen
Kite flying
Fastnet Lighthouse
David Kitt
Brooklyn Beckham
Rihanna Dior
Muhammad Ali and Prince
Black straw hat

Tina Williams is the Zimbabwe-born Irish designer behind new clothing label Valennci Couture. The launch of her debut collection, F.A.I.T.H, takes place in Café en Seine on Dublin's Dawson Street this Thursday and proceeds for the event will be used to raise emergency funding for widows, orphans and the homeless in Zimbabwe.

The collection merges Williams' African culture with contemporary Western trends and there are two shows taking place on the day.

BOOK: Tickets from €120 (plus booking fee);

Up and away

Some of life's greatest pleasures are found in the simplest of things, such as the Dublin Kite Festival at North Bull Island, Clontarf. It doesn't matter if you don't know how to fly a kite because there will be experts on hand at this free event tomorrow to guide you, as well as workshops, competitions, games and live music. Mary Poppins songs optional.

DETAILS: 11am-5pm;

Arts explosion

More than 400 artists, an anticipated 50,000 punters and 39 events make up the Cork Midsummer Festival, which kicks off this Friday. Fusing opera, literature, theatre, dance, comedy, music and visual arts, there are many free events and highlights include chanteuse Camille O'Sullivan (above) and a new twist on the classic The Jungle Book, with street dance, circus and rap.


Clock this

With Father's Day on the horizon you may want to think about treating your dad to something amazing like this Daniel Wellington watch. The only drawback is that it looks as good on a female wrist as it does a male's, so you may be tempted to keep it for yourself. Decisions, decisions…

BUY: Daniel Wellington Dapper Durham watch, €189, available at Weir & Sons;

Write here

The best of travel writing is being celebrated at the Lismore Immrama Festival, taking place June 16-19. Speakers include Kim Phuc Phan Thi, best known as the nine-year-old 'Napalm Girl' pictured in the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph taken during the Vietnam War in 1972, as well as award-winning BBC correspondent Fergal Keane. Sunday sees a day of family fun, with music and entertainment at the Millennium Park.


Snap happy

We all know that if you don't have the visual proof, it didn't happen. Fujifilm's Instamax Mini 8 are super cute, lightweight (they're just over 300g), come in a whole range of bright colours including grape, yellow and raspberry, with multiple settings. Now there is no excuse not to tap into your inner Mario Testino.

BUY: Available from €89.99;

Beddy buys

The finest bed linen, throws and scarves made from organic cotton and 100pc Fairtrade certified? Yes please. White & Green is a new Irish label run by three Wicklow-based sisters Rebecca, Andrea and Danielle Winckworth and their mum, Sari, who are all advocates of a healthy, organic lifestyle - Danielle is a model and Rebecca is a singer with Celtic Woman. With their ethical textiles they hope to revolutionise the international cotton industry and by buying from them, you can contribute to changing the lives of the poorest people in India.

BUY: Prices start from €50,

Next weekend

Sea songs

Shanties, dance, craft markets, busking workshops and a sea songwriting competition are just some of the treats in store at the Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival, taking place in Ballydehob, West Cork, next weekend. Appearing for the first time are folk legends Andy Irvine and Steve Turner, as well as some old favourites including fiddle player Matt Cranitch. Most events are free, with pubs set to be filled with trad music and an art exhibition running all weekend.


Carlow calling

David Kitt

Carlow Arts Festival, which started yesterday, ends on a high note next weekend, with The Big Weekender. Taking place from June 16-19, this is four days of music, family fun, art and street spectacles centred on the lawns of Carlow College, St Patrick's, next to the cathedral. With musical treats from Le Galaxie, David Kitt (above), The Hothouse Flowers and more in store - as well as a food village with craft beer from local brewers and free demonstrations on how to achieve glamorous vintage hair styles from Fussy Galore - this is one festival that's certainly ticking all the boxes.



Oversized black straw hats

Black straw hat

Think Bianca Jagger in St Tropez or Stevie Nicks circa the late '70s.

Old-fashioned salads

Floppy lettuce, sliced tomatoes, a boiled egg, scallions, a bit of ham and not a pomegranate seed in sight.

Abandoning make-up

Alicia Keyes has done it and says it's empowering. We see her point.

That Prince and Muhammad Ali photo

Muhammad Ali and Prince

Possibly the cutest pic ever.

Rihanna and Dior's sunglasses collab

Rihanna Dior

Futuristic, fashion-forward and topping our wish list.


Factor 50 Fails

It's all about the reapplication and not just slapping it on in the morning if you don't want tomato face.

Last-minute BBQ decisions


The window between deciding to have one, buying the ingredients, lighting the grill, getting your cook on and the sun going in is alarmingly small.

Playsuits at festivals

Think about this. You're going to have to climb out of one in a Portaloo.

Grotty gym gear

Nobody wants to be the person in spinning class who is glowing in the dark because of lint-covered leggings.

Brooklyn Beckham's manbun

Brooklyn Beckham

Somebody - hopefully his mum - needs to tell him this trend is dead in the water.

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