Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Milliner Carol Kennelly is joining the judging panel in the annual Most Stylish Lady at The Shelbourne, which takes place next Thursday in the No 27 Bar.
The post-Horse Show event kicks off at 6.30pm and the big prize is a real gem, with two nights in The Shelbourne's wonderfully chic Princess Grace Suite and two nights in the stylish Renaissance Le Parc Trocadéro Hotel, a short stroll from the Champs-Élysées in the heart of the world's style capital, Paris. Not only that, but the winner will also receive a Carol Kennelly gift voucher, a floral bouquet, and an indulgent treatment in The Spa at The Shelbourne, among other prizes.
A curious night
The theme for this year's Festival of Curiosity, Dublin's science and arts extravaganza, is Urban Escapes, with a programme designed to allow visitors to experience the city in curious new ways, including a night cycle, leaving Temple Bar Square, inviting participants to pack sandwiches and a flask and cycle to Dunsink Observatory for a picnic under the stars.
The life and works of WB Yeats will be celebrated at the Tread Softly Yeats International Arts Festival, taking place in Sligo from July 24 to August 7, and which aims to broaden the appeal of the Yeats/Sligo connection. The 10-day programme is one of spoken word, art and music performances, as well as guided tours and family events. Two of the highlights of this year are Grammy-nominated acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, famed for his 'finger style' technique, as well as folk music from West Cork's The Casey Sisters.
The Dublin Horse Show starts a little earlier this year to accommodate riders who will go on to compete in Rio. Kicking off on Wednesday, the show runs for five days with all the usual equestrian delights, including the hotly contested Aga Khan Trophy. Ladies' Day is not to be missed, and the RDS hall is housing craft makers, artisan food, music and family entertainment. Not to mention the potential celeb spotting!
Even the most committed bargain hunter will have to admit that at this stage in the sales, there are few choice items left. However, there are still a great many great online sales gems available. Take this Sportmax dress, for example, a thing of beauty that ticks so many boxes with its stripes, pleats and colour pop. At its full price of €187.50, it still would be worth the investment, but now that it's half price, it would be rude not to. BUY: Dress, €93.75, houseoffraser.co.uk
If you've already perused the Galway Arts Festival, you're probably aware of the big names that will be there, including Elvis Costello and Suede - but there are other performers who are just as unmissable. These include Gravity & Other Myths, a circus ensemble from Australia, whose show, A Simple Space, features seven acrobats pushing their physical limits in an incredible display of skill and grace.
BOOK: July 19-24, tickets €18-€25, Black Box Theatre, giaf.ie
Modern, simple and very beautiful, Names is the jewellery label from Clare Grennan and Laura Caffrey, the duo behind Irish Design Shop. The 16-piece collection is formed by hand in brass, with contrasting matte and polished finishes and plated in 18ct rose and yellow gold. Each of the pieces have a story behind the name - the Daisy bangle is called after Laura's great grandmother, who worked as a lady's maid in 1920s London.
BUY: Prices from €58-€160; irishdesignshop.com
Object of desire
Working out of their small studio in Snugboro, Co Wicklow, Nell Roddy and Conor Kelly, who are behind the Snug label, make simple, functional objects that they would like to see in their own homes. Their milk stool, perfect for everyday use, comes in five different colourways, with tapered ash legs, and they are currently offering a four-for-three deal on them.
BUY: Milking stool, €60; snug.ie
Aviation fans are in for a treat at this year's Bray Air Display, taking place next weekend. Some world-class display teams will be taking to the air including the Red Arrows; Frecce Tricolori from Italy, the Breitling Wingwalkers (who do actually walk on the plane wings mid-air!), and the Irish Air Corps. In all, some 27 jets and 46 aircraft will be there over the weekend, and as well as the sky entertainment, there will also be a food and craft village and family fun fair.
DETAILS: The event is free, see brayairdisplay.com
Dodo Bar Or
The beachwear label (above) we'd wear this summer, if we were Lotto winners
Huge for A/W 16 - which is great news if you already have yours from last year
Kim Sears' big blow-dry
As seen at the Wimbledon champions dinner (above), and a subtle departure from her usual bouncy b-dry
Food bloggers are telling us that chocolate and peanut flavoured pureed chickpeas are a thing
Rave of Thrones
Game of Thrones' Hodor, AKA DJ Kristian Nairn (above), plays Dublin's Tivoli Theatre tonight. The tunes are coming
Airplane seat pockets
The most germ-tastic area on a plane, according to a new report. Reach in for the inflight mag at your peril
Cluedo's Mrs White
The board game character has been replaced with female biologist Dr Orchid (above) to make it more relevant to modern women. But what's wrong with being a cook?
As in 'to go on holidays'. Almost as offensive as using 'summer' as a verb
Season-inappropriate bed linen
We finally get it. Having a summer duvet doesn't mean you have notions
Lily Allen appears to want to bring them back - and someone must stop her